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Dr Robert Crookall - More Astral projections – Mr R. J. Carlson, who had been practising auto-suggestion, has an OBE

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023569

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Dr Robert Crookall - More Astral projections

Case No. 201 – Mr R. J. Carlson, who had been practising auto-suggestion, sent this (in litt., Oct. 5, 1960):

You write of people projecting their astral bodies. I believe this has happened to me, accidentally.

One night I blanked my mind and relaxed. Then came this wonderful sensation of breathing through. After an initial stage of moving forward very lightly and slowly , I suddenly found myself out of and above myself - and yet I could either sense or see my body in bed.

I was moving away gently from it and thought, 'How am I to get back if I drift too far away?' I became scared and I believe I wished myself back. Instantly I was wide awake in bed, feeling no fear but only curiosity.

I thought then that what I had experienced was not auto-hypnosis but something l did not understand and, because I did not understand it, I left it alone. I have never tried to repeat it. I have often dreamed that I was flying above a city, but this experience was not a dream - the abrupt transition to wide-awakeness, and the ‘feeling', at the time, of something having happened which was very unusual, makes me wonder, now that I have read your article, if I stumbled through the psychic barrier. Assuming that I did-what might have happened?

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Science Items

Hypnagogia

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Dreaming and lucid dreaming
Relaxation

Commonsteps

Hypnagogia

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