Out of body experiences are pretty common in my family. One might even say they run in the family. My aunt had an out of body experience when she was about 12 years old where she could see herself lying below her. She said she flew around the room, spied on the rest of the family in the house, and returned to her own body. My grandmother, great-grandfather, and cousin have all had similar experiences. That was why I was so jealous. I have never had the opportunity to experience astral out of body travel.
I spent a lot of time trying to have an out of body experience. I would stay in bed, concentrating on my breath and trying to empty my mind of all thoughts and feel myself taking off out of my body. I felt like I was getting close a few times, but I never quite got there. It somehow seemed to be just simply beyond me. I was on the verge of giving up on it when I found an interesting book.
It was called “A Guide to the Out of Body Experience.” It had a plain red cover, pretty conventional typeface, and an unremarkable design. As a matter of fact, it had more the look of a scholarly tome than a guide to traveling in other realms. I bought it at a book sale, and it only cost two dollars.
The great thing about that out of body experience book was that it actually broke it down into understandable pieces. It told all about research into out of body experiences, techniques for astral travel, and different theories held by different experts. It wasn't exactly a scientific book, but it did have quite a bit of science in it. By the time I had finished reading it, I was ready to try for myself.
My first few attempts at an out of body experience were complete failures. Nothing happened. Nonetheless, I tried the visualization techniques they taught me time after time, determined to find success. Finally, one day, it happened. I felt myself drifting beyond the bounds of my own body in a widening arc, moving towards the ceiling. It was like nothing I've ever felt before. Unfortunately, it was over almost as soon as it began. Nonetheless, I was able to do it again about a week later. Slowly but surely, I'm gaining control of the techniques. Soon, I will be able to astral travel at will.