I'm a new member to these boards and I'm excited to share my experiences with you. Okay, so since about 4 months ago I began to get very interested in the aspects of meditation. I did not know much about meditation at all, so I looked into it and did a lot of research. I became very fascinated with the whole idea of meditation and soon learned about the wonders of astral projection, OBEs etc. etc. I even read Robert Monroe's book, Journeys Out of The Body. I then came across a video of one of Thomas Campbells lectures on YouTube which I found very interesting.
Anyways, after learning about all of these different things, I eventually started to attempt to meditate at night before going to sleep. I did this for about 3 weeks, with nothing mind-blowing occurring.. But that was fine, because I was ( and still am ) enjoying my meditation sessions very much. I felt rejuvenated, and happy after each night of meditation. At this point I was aware that OBEs and such were possible but I did not try to force it nor did I expect them to occur this early in the process.
One night, about a month or so into it, I went to sleep without meditating. Here are the notes which I took that night.
"Wednesday, January 25, 6:13 A.M.
Just woke up after having a dream which included my mom, my cousin, and my aunt. After waking up I began to try to go back to sleep. A mental image of the silhouette of an angel ascending towards the sky appeared in my head. I began to examine this mental image, the more and more I examined it the more clear it became to me. It came to the point where I could see every single brush stroke and detail of the image. I realized that this was a painting, although i had never seen one like it in my life. I was absolutely fascinated, (but somehow remained completely calm and relaxed) because the image was so clear that I honestly felt like it was right there in front of me and I could reach out and touch it. I then quickly realized that I no longer had any sense of my physical body. I was in a void where it was simply just my consciousness and this painting. Almost as soon as I made this realization, I felt the vibrations set in, I could also hear voices very clearly but do not remember what they were saying. During this there were also short bursts of static. I was only in this state for maybe 10 to 15 seconds until fear took over and I immediately thought of my physical body. I returned to my physical body right away and laid there for a while thinking about what had just happened."
So there it is, my "unexpected breakthrough". I'm a little disappointed in myself that I was too afraid to go past the vibrations, because none of what happened was painful in anyway at all. I guess the fear of the unknown just set in. Although, ever since this happened I've been very excited and eager to come back to that state because now I know that it is possible to reach that vibration state that Robert Monroe discussed in his book.
I do have some questions though... First off, was this an authentic "vibrational state"? I'm pretty sure it was because I have never in my life experienced anything like it. Also if it was, how do I get back to that state? Because when it happened i wasn't even trying to get it to happen, it just did.
Anyways that's it, if you have any comments or anything please do leave a message. I'll keep this thread updated if I make any progess if anyone is interested. Oh and sorry if some parts of this post seem convoluted or confusing, It's very hard to me to put this experience into words.
Bye for now, :)