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My Longest Astral Experience

Experience submitted by Jon Alswinn
Experience submitted by Jon Alswinn

One of the most memorable out-of-body experiences I had was about six months after completing Belsebuub’s course on astral travel and dreams. I had also just attended a retreat which Belsebuub had been at too, which was a cool experience in itself, and it had given me lots of motivation and inspiration to experience the spiritual in my life from being there. 

I was remembering many dreams each night, and they were mostly very clear, so that was showing me that my efforts during the day were paying off. Then one night, an unexpected experience took place.

Waking up in the Astral from a Dream

It was the early hours of the morning, maybe around sunrise on a Sunday morning. I had woken up a couple of times during the night, writing down the dreams I had remembered. Each time I went back to sleep I tried to astral project, although I kept falling asleep without consciously leaving my body. But finally I became aware of being in a dream.

I was outside in an area well lit with sunlight. There was a garden in front of me with nice water features. The scene was just so pleasant, with the warmth of the sun, and the quality of the light very beautiful, which made me pay attention very closely.

It was this close attention and looking in awareness that made me realize I was in the astral. Any thoughts I may have had up to that point (being in a dream), were gone – I knew I had to take advantage of this opportunity and not spoil it with falling back into the dream or waking up with an emotion of excitement. 

Staying calm I began to perceive more around me. There were others there that I recognized. To my amazement I realized they were people I had met recently at the retreat I had just attended. They seemed to be very aware and making an effort to be conscious as I was. We noticed each other but stayed fairly calm, perceiving the area with its beautiful sunlight, water, and plants.

Being Taught in the Astral Plane

I then noticed someone who seemed to have more authority, teaching and showing us something. I concentrated on what they were showing, continuing to be aware and not get excited. It was great just to be there, knowing I was in the astral, feeling so light, warm, and clear, and on top of that being taught with all these people also having the same experience. As it was so awesome, I didn’t want it to end, and for that I knew I had to keep concentrating, being very aware and not letting the slightest thought take me away.

After being taught by this person, I began to move around while still making the strong effort to be aware. I explored the garden a bit more, seeing and acknowledging the other people. I just wanted the experienced to continue… and at this stage it didn’t seem like it was ever going to end!

I left the garden area and moved over a meadow, again trying to stay calm and not get carried away. Still I kept aware as I walked/floated, even though there seemed to be lots more activity after leaving the garden. It seemed there were people all around. I didn’t notice they were doing anything in particular – actually I didn’t focus on any of them really, but just kept moving, not wanting to be distracted.

At this point I had the thought that this could actually be my life, that I could seriously live here. There was so much life around me that I really felt it could be so. And the experience to this point had seemed to go on forever, possibly longer than all the astral experiences I had had combined up to that point. But still I tried not to let myself drift off too far, and continued exploring.

I came to a building of some kind, perhaps like a warehouse, and went inside. There were different sections and areas. There were quite a number of people in there too. I had thought more about how this experience just kept going on and on and didn’t seem to end. I know I spoke to a couple of people in that building, but at that point I was probably thinking a bit too much, so it wasn’t quite clear what was said, and I then woke up back in my bed.

Verifying My Astral Experience with Others

Amazed, I simply opened my eyes and let the experience soak in. I really couldn’t believe what had just happened. Again, I thought, “that could be my life!” It showed me how long you can stay in the astral by concentrating and not losing the experience.

A while later I chatted with a couple of people that I had seen in this experience from the retreat about what had taken place in the astral, and they too mentioned they had a similar experience around the same time, which makes me believe some or all of the people I saw in that garden were actually there at the same time, and were not just representations in my mind.

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  • What a great experience Jon. It sounds like you put in a great effort to remain calm and concentrated to be able to maintain the experience for so long. It’s wonderful too that you were able remain long enough to be taught and that you were able to remember what you were taught, as well as to share that experience with other people that you know.

  • What a wonderful experience. I could almost feel what it would be like to be there, the warmth, the garden, the feeling of being light and free. It makes me want to concentrate on tasks during the day so I will be able to stay focused if I wake up in the astral. Somehow I haven’t given enough determination to just being focused during the day.

  • That sounds like an awesome experience to have Jon. I can see how spending a prolonged time there in such a state can make you feel ‘this could be my life’, living there.
    And I imagine that even our clarity and way of experiencing that dimension can change so much with a serious spiritual work.

    I’m glad this article also features your love for concentration, it has been something that stuck with me since reading your other article. What I thought about and noticed was that it’s quite a big shift actually, a very different way of being. Even though it seems like a small thing, to either do an activity in the mechanical psychologically asleep way with its pleasures or dislikes. Or to do an activity with concentration, in consciousness, and denying that way of mechanical drives. It’s actually a pretty huge decision, because with it we start to give up on pleasure basically. It requires quite a bit of understanding and strength to choose to do that imo.
    I mean we can say we like to do things in concentration but to actually do it requires giving up that sleep and pleasure which we’re so used to being in and working with. To do an inner cold turkey so to speak. Which is something our psyche might not actually feel like doing if our general level is low. Yet if we are at a good vibration internally we want to do things in concentration and actually that sickly sleep does not appeal.

    But it seems a very important shift to make, to reach the vibrational level within to be able to do our daily activities with concentration. (or do things in concentration to raise our general level, which way is it 😉 )

    Along with our inner level I’ve also seen our mind plays a big part. If I seriously set the goal to be concentrated on an activity it’ll happen. But if I don’t ‘really’ set it, only lukewarmly, it will not break through into that purer concentration and level, which is needed to get the enjoyment of that kind out of it.

    But yeah, wonderful experience, which seems like a beneficial gift due to your efforts during the day.

  • Great experience Jon. I like that you made so much effort to be present and conscious in that place – and what a reward you got! It inspires me to let go of the fear that i often feel in the astral and to try harder to be conscious there.

  • I love what you described Jon about the beautiful quality of the sunlight, the garden, water, plants… there seems to be a special beauty in the astral plane sometimes, especially in natural settings, that can be magical and impactful on its own. For example, I remember once looking out of a window or balcony in the astral and seeing a forest that had deep shades of blue and green and a feeling of magic about it. It is really uplifting whenever I experience these things, and even just knowing you are seeing the astral plane as it really is and being in a real place over there is inspiring for me.

    Of course even better and more inspiring than that is getting real teachings in the astral plane. It’s great to read how you managed to stay in this experience and keep your lucidity for such a while, able to be taught, meet other people you know etc. I can relate to how you said it felt like it was going on for so long, very often my astral experiences are stopped short either by my emotions, lack of concentration, inability to deal with negative interference etc. Thank you for this.

    • I agree about the beauty of the astral Laura. When we manage to be clear there, things can be so incredibly beautiful and magical, especially with natural settings as you said. I also remember an “astral forest” that had an amazing beauty to it, or a river with a bridge that was so beautiful I had to stop to take a closer look, or a “flower bouquet” I could not resist to explore deeper, etc… And as you say, sometimes just being there immersed in this beauty is satisfying on its own. I even noticed that when I don’t get conscious in the astral plane for a while, I start missing that feeling, as if i needed to get that “food” again to nourish some higher parts of myself. 🙂

  • What an amazing and memorable experience to have as your longest! Being part of a group teaching in a beautiful garden and going off to explore on your own. So magical!

  • Hi Jon, thank you for sharing this beautiful astral experience! I can totally relate to the “this could be my life” thing! 🙂 During the periods of being more conscious in my daily life and dreams I also wonder why I can not live like that on a regular basis… to learn during the day and then go to sleep and keep learning consciously in the astral plane, with others who are also trying to awaken. How different and so much more meaningful life would be!

  • Sounds like a really beautiful experience Jon. It’s very interesting you kept thinking, “this could be my life”. Having these profound experiences ‘over there’ is a real inspiration to work on overcoming the emotion of excitement, and the hypnosis of the mind. Thanks for sharing.

  • What a lovely experience Jon. As Aleksandr mentioned, it seems your effort to remain concentrated and not excited with your experience finally was rewarded with the best way.

  • What a great experience Jon. It sounds like the effort to be concentrated in the astral really paid off -it must have been really motivating to be able to extend an experience so long through personal effort. Most of my experiences are ones where I am quite excited/interested in a situation, and unfortunately do not last long. It sounds like this way of concentration and not fascination is the way to extend an astral experience.

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