Astral Experiment #1

Experiments in Time

My decision to conduct experiments with Time and Space started in September 2011 after a year long research on topics such as Astral Projection, Space Time continuum, Time Travel and other similar topics that may sound out there to an average so-called intellectual. After going through the procedures involved and initial preparation, I conducted my first experiment on the afternoon of 18th September 2011. The day had been slightly warm (temperature was in 80s) but the inside of my apartment was pleasant. The focus of my first experiment was to be able to Astrally Project on a chosen date and place.

Before I proceed ahead – I must disclose the fact that this experiment is ideal for early morning around sun-rise or just prior to sleeping. Just the fact that I conducted this cycle in the middle of afternoon showed that i.) I was not expecting any results and ii.) I may not have been that serious as I would be in my future experiments.

Sitting down/Preparation

After tuning into my consciousness and confirming the set-up, I requested Providence for assisting me to astrally project at Rohtak (India), which is where my parents live. This cycle lasted for about 10 minutes. My initial tuning was not 100% to my satisfaction yet I decided to proceed ahead for the sake of time. I later found out that results may significantly improve if this cycle were to last for 20 minutes. I plan to extend my time-frame in my future experiments. After wrapping up, I sat down on my reclining chair for a period of about 25 minutes. The goal was to relax and clear the mind to arrive at a state of tranquility. In scientific terms, one could say that you are looking to reach somewhere between an Alpha State and Theta State. For those not aware with these terms; here is how it is explained:

  • Alpha brainwaves are slower, and higher in amplitude. Their frequency ranges from 8 to 12 Hz (cycles per second). A person who takes time out to reflect or meditate is usually in an alpha state.
  • Theta brainwaves are typically of even greater amplitude and slower frequency. This frequency range is normally between 6 and 10 Hz (cycles per second). A person who is driving on a freeway, and discovers that they can’t recall the last five miles, is often in a theta state–induced by the process of freeway driving.

After the relaxation period, I resumed my normal chores, but stayed away from anything too physical. The actual results were to reveal themselves at night.

Astral Projection and OOBE

After a late dinner and reading a book, I went to bed at around 12:30 at night. After saying my nightly prayers, I put myself into a state of conscious sleep where you are aware that you’re sleeping yet your mind is observing (not participating). I must also mention that just when I was about to drift off to sleep, I noticed a strange sensation in my body as if some invisible force was causing me to levitate (as noticed in different body limbs). Now the most interesting part of the night was to happen around 3 AM. I found myself lying on my bed in my room at our house in Rohtak. The room was dark so I assumed it was night-time. What happened next is still hard for me to explain given the surreal nature of the experience. It was almost like watching a movie, BUT where you get to participate instead of simply being an observer.
Even though I was in Rohtak, I was consciously aware of the goings on about 8000 miles away in my apartment in US.

Out of Body Experience

My astral self/soul (or whatever term you wish to use) gradually started to separate from my physical body. It felt as if an elastic was being stretched and then going back to the starting point. I merged back into my physical body after a couple of small jumps, and afterwards a full disjunction was observed. I had now fully left my physical body and was floating above it while observing it consciously. This is very critical as this is one of the things that separates such an experience from a Dream (which is mostly done sub-consciously, hence most of us don’t remember our dreams or forget them soon after waking up).

After floating above my body for a while, I decided to explore further and moved outside the room. I followed the stairs and floated all the way to the ceiling and lingered there for a while. Since this was the first such experience for me, I repeated this process a few times where I went back to my physical body still lying on the bed in my room and floated right back up to where the stairs ended. At this point, I made an attempt to cross through a physical barrier, which in this case was the ceiling itself (made of concrete). To my surprise, I was able to pass through the ceiling and found myself outside in dark on the terrace (still floating). I felt a sensation as one feels while inserting hand within an object made of rubber/gas. While I was out, I noticed the darkness and the quiet of the night when suddenly – a feeling of fear engulfed me for some reason and I decided to drift back inside.

Location Confirmed

Here is where I encountered my mother and for the next bit, things took an unexplained turn. Firstly, she was not surprised to see me floating. Based on what I know, an average physical person can not detect an astral being/soul/spirit with bare eyes. We conversed for a few moments and this is when I consciously remembered (to my surprise and relief) to ask and confirm – What time period I had travelled to.

Going back to the beginning of my experiment, my goal was to astrally travel to Rohtak on 30th December 2010.

I asked, “What date is it today”? My mother then looked at the Calendar hanging on the nearby wall and informed me of the current date; 5th August. I could not confirm the year as I could not retain that information. I do, however, remember staring at the calendar to confirm the date myself, but my clouded vision prevented me from doing so.

Soon after that I merged back with my physical body and got up from my bed (back in my apartment in US). The time was around 4AM and I could recollect every tiny detail of what had happened. I was glad that the Experiment number 1 had shown solid results and paved way for future experiments.

Final Notes

To sum it up, I have had vivid dreams before, but nowhere close to what I experienced this time. It was a mixture of Astral Projection at will – later combined with an OOBE (Out of Body Experience). I am not sure what the Divine will is behind this, but with the grace of Providence, I will soon conduct my second experiment. Some observations and notes for the future are noted below.

I also pray that these experiments do not conflict with my Spiritual Sadhna and I trust the Divine Powers to show me the right path.

Observations/Notes for Future Experiments:

  • The tuning requires acute concentration and focus. You must find yourself in a state of meditation and clear your mind of the goings on in your life.
  • In my next experiment, I plan to use only Month and Year and drop the date out of my requirements. I also plan to use a different location this time to visit astrally.
  • The overall tuning and focus period is advised to be around 20-30 minutes. I plan to implement this. Also the pre-set up stage for tuning needs to be refined.
  • The time of running this experiment is most critical. Either Sunrise or just before sleeping are considered to be most apt.
  • Mind should be calmed and relaxed as much as possible. Perhaps somewhere between Alpha and Theta state is where I will strive to be.

Gautam Dhar
Documented on: 19th September 2011
Experiment Date: 18th September 2011
Sunnyvale, CA (US)

Comments So Far..
  • Nik 19 September, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I have some things to share:

    1. First you saw your mother in this OOBE and she wasn’t surprised to see you. Two things that I assimilate here could be – since you weren’t aware of year .. you could have actually be in a future timeline where you met your mother’s spiritual form and she was able to converse with you without any surprise. August 5 might play a important date in future.

    2. You mentioned fear of the dark outside your home – I believe since you focused specifically on going back to your home … the astral journey took you to only one particular spot in time … based on my readings on this matter it is said that the spiritual world attached to the earth realm is a gray/black area where all kind of energies reside – so you could have ventured into it if you should have stepped outside your home …

    I think it was a great experience .. would like to read more as the future events unfold.

  • bmcboss1942 19 September, 2011 at 10:42 am

    You are finally on your way to relocating yourself to your roots. In such cases of auto suggested trance, your mind might sometimes gather your potential thought patterns and project what you might have desired to see in a kinetic form. Early morning sessions, during periods of Brahma Muhurt would be more conducive, rather than a tired mind late at night.

  • Dr R M Kaushik 20 September, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Hi Gautam,
    As you tried to go into conscious sleep at night, you were entering into a state of yoganidra during which you felt as if your body parts were levitating. Such feeling can be perceived during self induced trance as during this state, the conscious mind is put to rest and only subconscious mind remains active. One may have extraordinary perceptions in this state which otherwise are very difficult to get in a conscious state except by advanced yogis. Such feeling of levitation of body may also be perceived during meditative sessions if the Kundalini force is rising up.
    I have read in a book by Annie Besant that ‘during sleep, astral body just hangs over the physical body but remains connected to it’. During state of trance, it is possible for the subject to see a person/object situated far away or to travel into time and see the things in past or future. Basically the astral body is able to perceive all such things as it develops a sort of antenna through which it can receive the signals from the cosmic mind in which memories of all past, present or future events are stored. When you watch a TV, you are seeing the scenes being flashed on the TV screen and you are also aware of your own body at the same time. Same sort of resembelance may exist between your presence in US and Rohtak at the same time. If your astral body was at Rohtak still you were able to feel yourself in US inbetween because the link between your astral body and physical body was not broken. When you are flying a kite, connection between you and kite exists through the thread. Sameway through your conscious efforts and may be through blessings of higher souls, you were able to get this experience. But you must remember that fear of unknown may always be present during these experiences which may scare you at times. Your conversation with your mother is not surprising as astral bodies can always communicate with each other. Even seeing somebody during a dream and conversing with him may be due to communication of his astral body with your astral body at that point of time.
    Dr R M Kaushik

  • Gautam 20 September, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks for your feedback Doctor sahab. Will connect with you on this more in person – hopefully soon!

  • Meese 21 September, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I have not done any reading on astral project, but here is a question. If this is what you are doing, carry on and keep me posted, if this is not what you are doing, I would like to hear your thoughts on it.

    Have you considered that what you are doing is loading a dream into your mind for future recal? your mind is aware of your experiment so it has to be a consideration. By using electromagnetic waves to alter brain activity, you could preload thoughts that will ultimatly be recalled during sleep. This is potentially a step in a different direction for virtual reality. The fact that you are trying to go to a particular day is not a true indicator of space/time travel, but instead your minds ability to let you be successful in proving your theory.

    Life is nothing more than an Instance of an Object. — Justin Meese

  • Gautam 21 September, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Interesting observations, Mr Meese. Thanks for your feedback!

  • Anu 8 July, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Dear Gautam,

    Very interesting read and I believe that for me finding this article at this point in time is very significant as I am grappling with a lot of thoughts and feelings within my mind and body at this time. I have had a OOBE naturally at one point of time many years back but have never been able to once again do it on my own.

    Another part of your website that interested me is your write up about Shri Babaji. I have never been any where near the cave but have had many experiences recently which are calling me to the cave and indicate Babji’s involvement in my current life.

    May Providence bring to each one of us what we are meant for,


  • raju 11 January, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Gautam! great experiment and powerful memory,, which shows your passion for writing and same time, sharing your vision with open world. I am trying to understand little by little which makes more interesting. Hoping to read some more….

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