Astral Projection and Lucid Dreaming

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When I was a kid I used to astral travel all of the time, except I had no idea that’s what I was doing.

I thought it was a recurring nightmare.

When I became an active intuitive much later in life, I immediately shut that stuff down, knowing that dabbling in higher vibrational energy would make me more likely to float off to other planes while dreaming.  That was not a party I wanted to attend again.

Everyone kept asking me,”Why not??”  They thought astral traveling sounded like something they’d love to do.

I’ll tell you what I remember.  I remember a very long, dark, dank tunnel that seemed to have no end.  I would always be cowering on the floor, plastering myself against the wall, praying to wake up before “it” or “they” got to me again.

Let’s not talk about what they were.

There were recurring situations where I was in a shopping center that I frequented with my parents, going from store to store, getting lost.  I had that one for years.  It went hand in hand with the one where it was like the old Looney Tunes cartoons, a long hallway with door after door being opened and closed in a traditional chase scene.  Again, let’s not discuss what was doing the chasing.  Finally I developed a (Do Not Laugh!)  lifelong fear of midgets, of all things, because in one recurring dream they would chase me around the kitchen peninsula and down the halls of my childhood home with hatchets and indian headdresses on.  In my defense, I was under ten and there were a lot of them.  I must have had that experience a hundred times.  I actually had to go meet people who were midgets and force myself to acknowledge that they are just regular people like everyone else, because the terror of the experience stayed with me until pretty recently, sad to say.

Every time I woke up, it was that sensation of falling with a loud THUMP back into my bed, including the stomach free fall.  Little did I know that was the hallmark of astral projection.

When I became an adult those dreams went away and the falling stopped, but I started to lucid dream regularly and have sleep paralysis.

So let’s talk about what the differences are between nightmares, lucid dreams, and astral traveling.

In a nightmare, it’s a regular dream and you don’t control anything.

In a lucid dream you can control what happens in the dream.  You can change the players and make things happen at will.  Lucid dreaming is when you become aware you are dreaming, in your dream.  You’re conscious, but still asleep, aware your body is sleeping.  In a lucid dream, the quality of it is so very different from your standard dream – it’s realistic.  To be “lucid” means that you are awake (conscious) within your dream and you know it.  It’s still a dream and you haven’t astral projected or gone anywhere.

If you’ve ever been asleep and thought,”Hmmm…what would I like to have happen next?” that is probably a lucid dream.

Astral traveling is not a dream.  You are asleep and have separated your soul (consciousness) from your physical body and the two are no longer attached except by a cord.  Usually, but not always, you will become aware this is happening because you will experience the separation of the body and the soul.

What does sleep paralysis have to do with lucid dreams and astral traveling?

Sleep paralysis only happened when I napped during the afternoon.  Say I fell asleep on a Sunday afternoon when my husband and the boys were watching some sci fy movie complete with the zombie apocalypse (snore).  I’m on the couch with a pillow and a blanket.  In my dream, it’s the exact same scene, except I wake up and can’t open my eyes.  I can’t move my body.  I try to talk to them while they are moving all around me, to tell them to wake me up, and I can’t.  I tell myself to fall back asleep so I might wake up naturally, and I fall into a standard dream…and wake up back in the livingroom where I am still in a dream and still having sleep paralysis.  This will cycle back five or ten times until I finally force my eyes open and it actually works.


I can’t explain it any better than to say I am simultaneously aware of the fact that I am asleep and can’t open my eyes AND I can see myself lying on the couch and I can see the whole room and what everyone is doing in it, at the same time.

If you wake up where you are actually asleep, in the same place and room, and (you can check this later) the people in the room with you are moving around like they always do, then you are ready to astral project.  I’ve had my kid bounce up and down on me while I am asleep, and I see him doing it to me as if I’m watching myself, and later my husband will tell me it actually happened.  That’s how awake you are.  Sleep paralysis is when you feel completely frozen within the dream, and that’s when you are primed to astral travel – that’s your opportunity.

When you astral project it means you actually travel in the (wait for it) astral planes.

When you’re astral traveling you can actually go look around at the real world here on Earth, too.  I could for instance, visit your house.  My view on this is, why?  Why would I want to take my soul out of my body, which is perfectly happy with my soul in it, thank you very much, and wander the earth at night, uninvited, when I could just as easily get an actual invitation and maybe lunch.  Unless you’ve made plans with a friend to try to time it just right and meet up somewhere, it sounds like spying to me.

By the same token, I already know I can astral travel to other planes but I don’t want to.  I have specific instructions to my team to keep me in my body.  You’d be disconcerted if you suddenly were jerked out of your body by an astral entity, wouldn’t you?  Better to leave it to the angels to guard your bedroom door and white light your room.

Just in case you want to travel to other realms whilst sleeping, here is what I can suggest.

  • Take naps.
  • Lay on your back.
  • Become an insomniac or set your alarm clock for the middle of the night, watch a sitcom, and go back to sleep.
  • Ask your angels to protect you and stay with you the whole time you are gone and to safely bring you back into your body.
  • Do not, do absolutely not, interact with “just any energy” that happens to invite you on a little trip.  No one good is ever waiting for you to agree to come along.
  • Have a very clear, highly vibrating energy before you go.  Meditate and clear your chakras.
  • If you start to hear high tones or like an engine sound, or start hearing a “thump, thump, thump” in your head, or start to generally tingle, you’re on your way.  Note this doesn’t happen to everyone, but it’s pretty common.
  • A lot of people tell me that they freeze up as it starts to happen, like they see their hands in front of their face and see their arms lying in the bed and they panic.  Don’t panic!  You have to set your intention with your angels before you go to sleep that you want their protection and assistance, and then trust and remember that they are right there!  You have to stretch out of your body like you’re sending your energy out ahead of you.  If you retract your energy and pull it back in, your experiment will fail.
  • If you do freak out when you see your hands no longer in your arms, try another way.  You can lead with another part like your head or feet, or just try a full body roll.  I wouldn’t want to be there dangling by my feet, but if you find it hard to just reach forward and sit up, then just go with the body part that seems like it wants to go first.
  • If at first you encounter realms or entities which aren’t to your liking – and trust me, my pretties, you will! – you have to raise your vibration to move away from them.
  • Before you attempt astral travel you have got to practice raising your vibration, because you’re going to need it.  You also had better know how you’re going to react when you encounter something that scares you right out of your pants, and then practice raising your vibration to get away from it.  You need balls for this, I don’t care if you’re a girl.  Quick!  Standing behind you is a vampire ghost who’s going to start feeding on you!  What do you do??  Know the answer to that before you go anywhere.  Otherwise your beautiful energy will be sucked right out of you faster than you can say,”BOO!”
  • Remember that you own your body, and have every right to get back into it when you’re ready.  If anything is standing there telling you that you can’t, tell it to get out of your way and then climb back in.
  • Where are you going?  Have a plan ahead of time.  Are you just going to look around in your current Earth world, or are you going to try traveling to other planes?  Know why and where you want to go.  Have an itinerary!

Before you attempt astral travel, get really clear on why you want to do it.  Then seriously assess how brave you are.  How able are you to banish the things that live under your bed or go bump in the night?  I still get freaked out sometimes, even though I meet with disincarnate beings regularly and I am fairly knowledgeable about when I am getting into trouble and how to quickly get out of it.  In other words, I practice this all of the time and I know how to raise my vibration and I know what tactics to use when I am in trouble and need to defend myself psychically or call for help.  Yet still, I will get the hair raising on the back of my neck at times or not want to put my feet down on the floor.  Maybe it’s because I am hyper aware of what is out there that I can still pull my energy back when logic would say it’s okay to extend it.

What I’m saying is, know thyself.  I recently met someone who astral travels all of the time, wasn’t aware there was a name for what he is doing, and soars all around the universe as happy as a clam like he’s flying.  He’s never met anything nasty during those events, and it never crossed his mind that he would.  So if you’re like that, if you’re a calm sort and an adventurer and you have no idea what I’m talking about when I mention fear, you probably are a great candidate for astral travel.  If you hide your face with your hands when watching a horror movie, may I suggest you try something else instead!

Remember that the purpose (for most people) of astral traveling at least initially is to prove to themselves that their body and their soul are separate.  It’s one way of “proving” to themselves that life goes on after death.  For me, I just figured once I met and spoke to other people’s spirit guides and angels and was able to check with the humans to prove what I got was true, that was enough.  But go on and astral travel if you want and let us know how it goes!

Have you ever had a lucid dream or astral traveling experience?  Was it on purpose?  How far did you get in the process?  If you went all the way, what happened?  Who did you meet and what did you see?  


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  1. Hey Julie,
    I loved reading about this. I know I have never astral traveled before, but the lucid dreaming I’m not so sure. I’ve had extremely real dreams before, so real that when I woke up I was not sure if it really happened or not and felt the REALLY strong emotion of whatever I was feeling in the dream… not sure if that is the same thing. Gosh, I don’t know if I could have handled what you did at such a young age (the astral traveling)! So interesting to read about!

    {{{{hugs}}}} 🙂

    • Hi Lorin, I’ve had those dreams too where they stay with you all the next day. Some of those are visitation dreams (when they involve people who have already passed) and other times…well, I think some are to work out our strong emotions, connections and associations and bring our attention to them, and others are different still. I’ll write more about the other types of dreams another time.

  2. Hi Julie,
    Thanks for all this information. You know dreams fascinate me! This all has convinced me I don’t want to try astral travel 😮 I don’t even WATCH horror movies! – No way! Astral travel doesn’t sound like something I’d enjoy!
    But I am curious about the ringing in my ears. Could it be the yearly earaches (twice a year) I had until I turned 13 and willed them away 😉
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  3. Nicole says:

    Hi Julie

    A very interesting topic, one that I don’t know much about so the explanations clarify the differences for me. Thank you! I have empathy for you! Your experiences sound like a bad Terry Gillian or David Lynch movie, both with little people & both directors elicit a macabre reaction from me. (Ick.) I do not wish to ever astral travel but believe I have had a few lucid dreams perhaps. One was with my twin flame. ; )
    I enjoy your blog & always look forward to the next one. On a side note, do you know anything about Moon Wobbles? A cycle that we are about to go into, if so any advice?

    • Hi Nicole, I think some kids are just more apt to have vivid dreams and experiences than others. Must have been a cool lucid dream! Nope sorry, don’t know about moon wobbles.

  4. Todd | Channelingmyself says:

    Hi Julie,

    I wish you could have had better experiences with astral travel. I’ve done it a few times and those times were the most amazing experiences. You can call on your guides when it happens and they might just show up. I did once, and they came to pay me a visit. Thanks for the tips, I can’t seem to make it happen anymore.
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    • Hi Todd, Well I think when you’re a kid and you don’t know what’s going on, you’re apt to run into a bad experience. I would do it now with much more confidence, but since I can connect in other ways I just find it easier to talk to them directly. Still, I am really glad to hear that you had some awesome experiences and maybe someday when I’ve upleveled some more I’ll actually want to give it a go 🙂 You never know! They say as you get older it makes it a bit harder but who knows if that’s true.

  5. I am so happy to report that I only have lucid dreams Julie and have never done any astral projecting.

    I’ve spoken of my “old” friend a few times in my comments and she use to do this. She would share with me where she went and what she did. I did find it fascinating but just like speaking to spirits, I don’t think that’s a “gift” I would like to have. I’m sure though if it was something that I had as a child then I would be more use to it I suppose but thank goodness that’s not the case.

    Sometimes I remember my dreams but most times I don’t. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not but I find your life just fascinating. Thanks for sharing this with us and letting me live through your unique experiences.

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    • Hi Adrienne, It probably sound more exciting than it is, although I will say that the ^results^ are sometimes so fantastic that I really can’t help but appreciate the opportunity to communicate the way I do. When people tell you how it’s helped them, that’s what makes it all worthwhile (and I know you feel the same way, doing what you do). Thanks for reading my adventures 🙂

  6. Anne McCarroll says:

    When I first started reading (distracted, obviously) this post and thought your topic was ‘acid dreaming’….which seemed like something from long ago and far away. Alas, I looked again and saw ‘dwarves with headdresses and hatchets’…
    Well, my mouth was agape for the whole post. 😉
    Your point is a good one – everyone needs to getcha gonads on for this work. I am hands off but find it really fascinating. Thanks for the primer.
    My husband had a friend who would Astral travel with his wife – they had to tie their hands together before going to sleep so they stayed together. Yikes. He’d come to work the next day exhausted – and he only did it when there was an ‘issue’ in the family – not for fun. They’d settle the problem ‘out of court’, so to speak.
    Glad you brought this up…you are very matter if fact, as usual, Julie, which made for captivating reading!

    • Hi Anne, Acid dreaming would be a good topic for someone, maybe?? That’s funny. I am sure much has been written on it!

      That’s a great story. They set their intention to stay together through the act of tying their hands. One good way to save on airfare 🙂

  7. I have a question, could an entity that you run into actually be someone you know? and also can an entity make themselves look like someone you know to get you to go (as you mentioned) with them? Sort of like saying well I know this person, they look, act and sound like them type of thing so why wouldn’t I trust them. Meanwhile the entity thinks it has one-upped if you, if you will.

    I’ve astral traveled about twice, and I didn’t go far, it was a medical emergency and I wanted to get information (not spy really) they were all at a hospital and I couldn’t be there (it was close by) and I couldn’t physically contact them so I went there instead, stayed long enough and came back. I always had someone who stayed with me when I did this, and I also told them what I saw, heard, etc when I woke up. I think in away between letting them know what was going on, and also like a witness, when we did get contacted and I was right everytime, we later told them and they thought that was awesome. But I don’t do it unless it’s situations like that and it’s been many years since I have.
    I have what I call accidental “AT” (Cause I never knew what to call it) I never intended to do it, but it was similar to above minus the emergency, more like a watch over, like I was worried about someone and they’d be on mind, and suddenly I was there, I see they are either okay or they were having problems, then I would I guess wake up, thing is all I remember is closing my eyes for a second.
    I think I’ve got it almost contained if you will. I don’t do it much at all, and as soon as I see they are okay I am outta there each time, I don’t stick around like “gee wonder what they are saying/doing.” I don’t like doing that in person, don’t like it that way either.

    I’ve had dreams where my mom (GRHS) was there, I’d be in bed and sit up and see my mother wheeling a vacuum around my room lol like she just finished up. Another where I came out of a room and sat down next to this person who rested against me, looked over at her and she was knitting (which she never did when she was alive lol) she looked at me nodded and winked then went back to it.

    I am at times also an active dreamer usually the same people are in my dream, and it can either be slow or fast paced (you hear things they are clear but yet you couldn’t say what was said) and sometimes you see something or someone who sticks in your mind I’ve seen writing and apparently in the dream I knew what it said but I couldn’t tell you when I think back its just blurred writing. Or if they said something sometimes its real clear or when i wake it’s gobbled. Same with feel and knowing. On average it’s a different dream every night, or if it’s the same it’s not quite the same its a little different here and there. Just enough that you notice something is different.

    I’ve also had the dreams where I was laying down but yet I was awake, I wasn’t paralysed at all person I think I was stunned because I could move if I wanted to. But I could hear and see, etc what was going on around me.
    Thing is none of this ever freaked me out, or scared me and I am sorry that it did you. It felt normal or like “gee okay”. But alot of times it’s so strong and real like one said it’s hard to tell where it began and waking does.

    Now I never to my knowledge had an entity do what I asked but if this ever happens to me I would like to know alot of tricks they might use and if they can use tricks. – Thanks, much appreciated.

    • Hi Susan, Yes I would say anything is possible. Probable is another matter entirely. I doubt very much that anyone would try to trick you via morphing into someone who looks familiar to you, but we bring on what we expect so it’s possible. You can meet with loved ones too but that would not be the easiest way to do so – unless you find astral traveling your preferred mode. It’s much easier to ask them to visit you in your dreams (or at least, it’s much easier to me) or just to be with you in your waking moments.

  8. Lucid dreaming is my thing too Julie. I do it a lot and learn much about how the universe works, recognizing that my dream life asleep is not much different than my dream life when I’m awake. All one big dream, just in faster or slower dimension.

    Astral dreaming is not something I’ve done. I’ve had the sleep paralysis bit I think. And sometimes I think I’m awake because there I am in my bedroom, and then I realise something isn’t quite right about what I see around me…and then I can tell I’m still sleeping.

    It’s a fascinating subject and I get lots of information while sleeping.

    Thank you for sharing your insights on this topic Julie.

    Love Elle
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    • Hi Elle, That is so true, and some days feel more “real” than others. If we realize it’s all one thing, that can make it easier to relax into the whole experience.

      What we do with our dreams shows our different personalities, doesn’t it? Some are raring to go without a second thought, others panic, and some shut their eyes to the whole thing and say,”WAKE ME UP and stop paralyzing me, already!” (ahem, we know which camp I belong in, the belligerant one!)

      Thank you for sharing 🙂

  9. When I was a child I had an out of body experience. I didn’t really question it at the time, but at one point I got scared and wanted to come back, and somehow I did. I remember thinking I shouldn’t tell anyone about it because I was supposed to be napping at the time and I didn’t want to get in trouble!

    I’ve never really tried to do it since, and that’s fine. I’m happy to stay in my body!
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    • Hi Galen, Me, too 🙂 I’m all about staying in the body! That’s cute that you had that reaction…better not tell or I’ll get in trouble. We must have been really young when this happened.

  10. I just found your site and started reading your blogs. You are a hoot. You make me smile. The posts are informative, entertaining, and I love reading them. I hope good times are coming your way. Thank you so much for taking the time to write these and I hope you find time to continue.

    Thanks so much!

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