My active journey began when I decided to leave my day job in mid 2012; I worked as an IT Manager for a successful corporate organisation in London. After 5 years of the same routine, I decided I would go freelance, which would give me more time to explore my passions and do some much needed soul searching.
On the last day of my employment; my colleagues who had become my friends threw me a leaving party, it was Friday evening so we went to a nearby cocktail bar to dance and drink the night away. Little did I realise that my destiny was going to start unfolding from there on...
I got friendly with the DJ as I kept pestering her to play all my favourite songs and she was kind enough to oblige me. During the course of the night she asked me if I was on Facebook with the premise that she would invite me to her next gig. Months later I received an invitation to an event via Facebook by someone called Caz... Ahhh I remembered, it was the DJ from the cocktail bar! She must be DJ'ing at an event I thought.
The event had nothing to do with DJ'ing or cocktail bars - it was an event held by the International Association of Consciousness (IAC) and it was about out of body experiences! I was thoroughly intrigued. Anything supernatural or out of the ordinary always fascinated me, although I had never known where to go to find accurate information on these topics, not to mention I had been a victim of my own desires in the past and always got distracted by normal everyday life.
I sent the details to my girlfriend at the time, asking if she wanted to go along with me. I have always been a bit too open minded and I knew I would likely believe everything they told me. Whereas she was a little less trusting and I felt it would be a good idea to have her perspective.
We went to the IAC offices in London on the day of the event and registered. It was held in a small room that barely contained 15 chairs. We immediately went to sit at the back of the room. We seemed to be in a room full of much older hippies (with the exception of Caz and the host). The gentlemen who was hosting the event began talking about the 'energy body' and a bunch of other similar topics which I had only ever heard about in Japanese fantasy Manga comics and Anime cartoons. He and the other attendees were so serious about the topics it was difficult to keep my composure, my girlfriend and I shared a few giggles through the long discussion.
The host got everyone in the room to do a series of exercises that involved visualising energy moving up and down our bodies, then into our third eye and looping this energy back into the crown chakra. We did these exercise in 3 phases;
The first was to make the energy move from feet to head - gradually increasing the speed of it. It was relaxing at slower speeds and made my body tingle all over as I increased the speed of the vibration.
The second was to visualise the energy moving up to our third eye, coming out of our third eye and going up and into the crown chakra, then back out through the third eye - creating a loop as we breathed gently. This exercise felt very relaxing and not much else at the time.
The third phase of the exercise was for us to shoot energy out of our third eye and into the third eye of the host for several minutes, then he did the same to us. I felt a pulsing sensation at my brow and became pleasantly light headed.
We did these energy exercises for roughly an hour, at which point he explained in his South American accent "All your third eyes should be moderately active and the energy of the room has built up into a good concentration. For this next phase I want you guys to sit relaxed and just focus your attention to the top of my forehead; keeping your eyes open just enough to see what’s going on. You may also pay attention to your peripheral vision."
The host who had a receding hairline then sat before us and closed his eyes, he appeared to be concentrating fiercely. I felt very relaxed; after a few minutes a subtle purple haze encompassed my vision, and the host appeared to have an angelic golden glow radiating around his body. Suddenly from the corner of my left eye, I saw a tall figure clothed in black and hooded standing over an elderly lady who had also come to the event. This figure was as tall as the ceiling - which was an impressive 8-9 feet in height and I instinctively knew it was a spirit. Startled by the sudden appearance I turned my head to try and see it clearly, but no one was there and the purple haze had vanished. Everything had gone back to normal. I realised that being startled had taken me out of the relaxed zone I was in. So I calmed myself and resumed the exercise; after a few moments the purple haze returned and so did the tall cloaked figure. This time I remained calm and turned my head to look at it slowly - again it vanished. I could only see it from the corner of my eyes, so i decided to ignore it and fix my gaze upon our balding host.
Without warning, the most unbelievable thing happened right before my eyes... the face of the host began to slowly morph and take on the appearance of different people! As I watched and tried to remain calm – the host had taken on the face of a woman with long flowing hair. He then morphed into an old man with grey hair, a young boy and even a black man with a high top (the host is Caucasian). It was only his head that changed, and the changes were extremely subtle, the rest of him remained the same throughout. I noticed that whenever I would get over excited or if I looked with concentration - the 'magic' would instantly vanish.
Finally towards the end, the host lost his head... his head simply vanished and I could clearly see the wall behind him. I was stunned beyond belief, I had never experienced anything like this in my life! The fire inside of me stirred to discover the truth behind what I had seen and felt.
Everyone in the room had the opportunity to share what they had experienced. Many of them had seen far more than I had; they had seen the spirits who they described similarly to the faces I had seen, enter the room and surround the host and one by one these spirits took turns getting into his body. My girlfriend had seen his face change only slightly and had seen his head vanish. I could tell that she was shaken up by this, where I was more excited. The other people attending the event were barely phased by what had happened; as if this was an everyday thing for them.
The host explained that by raising the vibration and energy of the room it encouraged spirits who were nearby to come see what was going on. He then telepathically communicated with them and invited them to inhabit his head space - he explained it was like possession except that they had no power over him, it just made it easier to have a chat with them while they were guests in his personal space. He explained that it’s impossible to be possessed by a spirt as your soul is a unique key that fits perfectly into your body. He went on to say that we were able to see these spirits to a greater or lesser degree due to the energy exercises we had done prior. We were not seeing them with our physical eyes, rather with the third eye. He said the first exercise could be used for a variety of things such as balancing the chakras, cleansing the aura, psychic chord cutting and out of body travel which he dubbed 'projection'.
In the excitement of what I had experienced, I didn't notice the host hadn't told us how to go out of body, until I had left the event. I spoke to a few trusted friends about what I had experienced and they all surmised that the host must have used mass hypnosis or some other technological trick to fool us. However my instincts which had never failed me said otherwise. I began reading up online about various out of body and astral projection experiences people had posted. I started spending all day and all night researching, and trying out various guided meditations designed for astral projection.
In just a few weeks I had gotten to the point where I was meditating twice a day; 2 hours in the evening just before bed and 2 hours first thing in the morning after waking up. I was desperate to prove this wasn’t just some fantasy – that there really was more to this life than I had been lead to believe.
My girlfriend at the time accused me of being obsessed as I began paying more attention to my meditation than our relationship. After 2 months of this daily/nightly meditation I still hadn't managed to astral project. Instead, I ended up in an unusual state of mind whenever I would go to sleep; my mind would stay completely awake, my body would be fast asleep and I would be unable to move it. I was completely aware throughout the night, I wouldn't dream, just lay in wait for morning to come, while thinking about various things related to astral projection. Despite this I would wake up feeling refreshed every morning as if I had a full restful sleep. After this going on for two weeks, I was getting fed up of being in what I felt was a ‘trapped in body state’. I decided to stop all meditation and consult Caz the DJ who I discovered had been a long time astral projector and lucid dreamer.
Caz gave me a new method that didn’t involve hours of meditation. The method was called ‘Wake Back To Bed’ (WBTB). As the name implies, you go to bed and sleep as normal, wake up during the night and go back to bed with hopes of encouraging sleep paralysis, which is the catalyst of most unplanned out of body experiences. I cover this and two variations of this method in detail in my article 'How do I Astral Project'.
I decided I would try this for a week, if it didn't work I would give up on all this stuff and focus back on the real world. Caz also invited me to her group – The Conscious Explorers which had just over a hundred members at the time (now over 3,000) – many of whom had experience of astral projection amongst other things. This way I could speak directly to real people, rather than relying on what strangers had posted on forums and shady blogs.
From the first moment I tried this technique, I would immediately reach the sleep paralysis state (SP), but would get too excited and end up waking up. After three days of persistent trying… I decided to customise the WBTB method and combine it with Binaural audio beats which I used immediately after waking up - finally I manged to get out of body!
The feeling was beyond anything I could imagine, it felt like I had been sleeping my entire life and for the first time I had truly woken up to face the world. It felt more real than waking life and at first I almost thought I had stood up using my physical body.
What happened next was just as surprising... please continue to read my journey in chapter 2 which is posted here
Stay positive, stay healthy, live with passion and compassion.
Thanks for reading.
Your brother, Eye-Zen