I completed Belsebuub’s course on astral travel and dreams, during which I learnt some techniques that could be used for protection when attempting to explore beyond the body. I had a few dreams where I encountered negative creatures, so I felt it was good to learn how to deal with them in a dream situation as well.
Using Techniques from The Astral Codex
The techniques I used are explained in Belsebuub’s book The Astral Codex and include the ancient practice of using the elementals of nature for protection, similar to the circle of protection used by Jesus to protect a woman from being stoned by an angry crowd.
Although I used the techniques for protection regularly before going to sleep, I usually wasn’t conscious enough to remember to use them in dreams. Consequently, despite my efforts to dispel negative creatures when I encountered them within a dream, they usually just seemed to become more unpleasant.
Success with the Recitations
I then had a dream where a man was acting negatively towards me and I reacted in a similar way by speaking harshly to him and trying to push him away. This did nothing – in fact, he seemed to become even more enraged and determined. Then I remembered the tools for protection and started to chant the Bellilin recitation three times, similar to Geraldine’s experience here. The negative person immediately seemed weakened and I woke up from the dream.
Unfortunately, I woke up in my physical body, rather than in the sense of becoming lucid within the dream. But the immediacy of the change from being helpless to being in control of the situation served as a reminder of the importance of using the techniques for protection, both before sleep and in dreams.
Using Intuition as a Guide
In his advice on how best to approach astral projection and lucid dreaming, I recalled Belsebuub also highlighting the importance of using intuition, in order to avoid being deceived by negative entities. He mentioned that although it’s possible to encounter spiritual beings while out of the body, negative entities may sometimes appear in the guise of a spiritual being, in order to mislead someone.
I later had a dream where I was looking to travel to a particular place. An old man was waiting nearby, who seemed to fit the classic image of a god-like figure. He had longish white hair and a beard, was dressed in a white robe and had a golden cane, which he pointed to indicate the direction that I should take.
However, I remembered Belsebuub’s advice to look into a person’s eyes in the astral plane, in order to determine if they are genuine. In this case, despite the spiritual appearance, I had a strong feeling of deception when looking into the man’s eyes and set off in a different direction.
These experiences were only brief, but highlighted the importance of using the techniques for protection both prior to sleep and during regular dreams, lucid dreams, and astral experiences.