Have you ever had a feeling of flying, while asleep in your bed? As a child, this would happen frequently. Now, however, it would take an act of will to achieve astral projection.
One of my earliest recollections of flying in my dreams occurred when I was about five years of age. Superman was on the TV, played by George Reeves. In my dreams, I would take that three step run and jump, and begin to float above the earth, moving higher and higher to avoid trees and buildings in my way.
Since I lived in the city of Toronto during those formative years, the sense of freedom was marvellous. I got a similar feeling when I could run free, after moving to the countryside in New Lowell. Later, when I learned how to ride a bicycle, the wind in my hair gave me that same sense of freedom.
Over The Years
I never lost that ability to fly in my dreams, but as the weight of life began to keep me grounded in reality, I found that these flights happened less and less, until one day, I realized that I felt earthbound.
The Hometown Band’s Flying is a gentle reminder of what we all need to remember when we’re earthbound.
In the early part of 1996, I tried a series of tests to see if I had the ability to astral project to specific people at will. I did not tell these people that I was going to attempt to do so, because I didn’t want their anticipation to create the event. I wanted it to happen purely on my part, to see if I could do it, and if they managed to ‘perceive’ me, all the better.
It will probably come as no surprise that my ‘targets’ were women who were good friends of mine. Women are much more perceptive and receptive than men, when it comes to psychic awareness. Also, I had various emotional attachments to them, from casual friendship to an ongoing sexual relationship.
Over several different nights, I settled myself down to a comfortable sleeping position, held a picture of the person I wanted to visit in my mind, then drifted off to sleep. In most cases, I had a sense of actually visiting them in their homes, but I suspected that was only in my imagination. The only person I seemed to visit in her bedroom was the one with whom I had a sexual relationship.
Casually, over the few days following these experiments, I asked my targets if there had been anything unusual that had occurred. Each related that she had seen me in their mind’s eye, as part of a dream or daydream. Most couldn’t add anything more than that, but I was satisfied that ‘something’ had occurred.
Only my sexual partner was able to say more than the rest: she said that she woke up from her sleep with the feeling of my body pressed to hers. However, she told me that she had said, “Chris, get off me, you’re heavy.” Needless to say, I got off her, according to what she told me.
More recently, I was in contact with a former lover, who wanted to connect spiritually. She set a time when we would meditate together: early morning for her, middle of the night for me.
I focussed on her in a physical way, and seemed to have been in her space. But it wasn’t until she was able to email me later that I realized how ‘there’ I was. Her words were, “You flattened me.” According to her, she had been sitting on her bed, when my energy seemed to knock her on to her back, and rested upon her.
The experiments I tried in 1996 showed that some part of me did astral travel to where my friends were living. And the heaviness experienced by my then lover was ‘real’. I thought it was just a ‘one-off’, but the recent experience with a different former lover showed me that I can actually astral project, with the physical effects still there, too.
It seems to me that my spirit is far weightier than my physical being, which is why I try not to project or react in any way that might cause harm to another.
I believe I am much more than just a body on this earth. This is not something I can prove to anyone else. You, the reader, must prove this for yourself.