Is it possible that another spirit/core occupies my physical body while I am "traveling" through the "astral world"?
It's not possible that a spirit occupies your body while you are away on astral travel. You have the same protection as you have in sleep - while asleep to a certain degree your body is left alone as well, because you have no control about your consciousness; nevertheless you are not endangered.
Why does the room and house I was originally in change?
Because you have no physical sight. Because of the fact that you rolled out of your body, you have the impression to be still close to the physical body. But it is not this way - perhaps you are close to the physical but nevertheless in an other dimension (or how you may call that). Instead still moving in the material surrounding, as you have the vivid impression, you move in an astral reproduction of your room, a kind of astral layer which penetrates the physical counterpart.
Why does the outside area change?
The outside area changes because you are moving in an astral counterpart as told above. But I want to point at an additional and interesting fact:
Your outside area does not change continually but it changes in steps. Everytime you pass a border your surrounding changes in the range of "only a bit" up to "dramatically". Let me just explain what I understand by the term "border". A border is a location which prevents you to have a sight of the coming, like a door, the hook of a wall or a building, a street crossing etc. This changing by steps seems to be the result of a psychic law. Using this law you even can realize a wish for arriving at a special place by means of imaging this location after the border in front of you. Thereby you have a chance to approach your desired location.
Why, if I am astral travelling and none should be able to be aware of my presence, are people aware of me...but not quick to give me information.....even when I am polite and start with an "excuse me"?
I did not understand your question quite well, I fear, but let me suppose you mean the astral people there.
There are different astral planes:
In the worlds of the deceased these people would react immediately if you speak to them, I had never such problems at these planes.
Further are existing such planes like "dream planes" or "near earth planes", as I like it to call them (no terminology is existing relating to that). These planes are crowded by people who are astral travelling unconsciously. They all are absent minded. They have their own dream like thoughts. If you speak to them and if they react, then they usually make you to an actor of their inner dream movie and you get an answer that seems confusing.
I recommend you to observe this aspect for the next time you are experiencing your OBE. I would appreciate your report of your experience at this respect in order to be less subjective in my "Astral Pages" and to serve with wide spread experiences.
Additional to my respond I recommend you to read the article: Dream Planes (not posted yet)
...But what surprised me and scared me is when I looked in the mirror. What I saw was a being that looked similar to myself however it looked like what I believe an alien would look like. ( If you have ever seen The movie cocoon, it looked like the aliens in that.) It was mysteriously beautiful but looked sad. If I had anything else to compare it too Id probably say that it looked sick. I have a strange phobia for aliens --dont ask-- anyway thats why I was frightened I then jumped back in my body and woke up.
Is what I experienced natural? What should your astral being look like in the mirror? And any advice you might have would be helpful.
What you saw is natural - in an astral mirror you can see whatever your subconscious likes at that moment. To explore: next time when looking into the astral mirror change the vision of your face by will.
Regard: what is a mirror in the physical sense? - it's an object that reflects light (light understood as photons). In the astral world you have no objects which can reflect anything in the physical sense - any reflection is constructed by imagination. In the astral world you have no photons and no light in the physical sense - thus there is nothing which can be reflected. Everything there on astral plane is an expression of the collective and individual consciousness and light is an expression of (inner) power which is inherent to the plane or your state (which attract each other and therefore are identically). From the latter point of view your astral projection was a great success!
Fascinating old streets ...
OBE Letter 359:
....It fascinated me when it happened because the street seemed to be very old and just simply another place, almost like looking into another dimension.
Yes, that is the fantastic in astral projecting and makes it to a great adventure, much more interesting than a movie, because you can decide the direction of walk and you don't know what there would be at the next hook - and everything is clear and radiating a kind of emotion which makes every building saturated and penetrated with individuality (the source is the inhabitant) and its history and purpose - every stone is telling you a lot....
OBE Letter 360:
You mention a few times on your site about the dangers that are "possible" with an ethereal OBE. I am curious to get specifics on what exactly these dangers are so that I can watch for them. Don't get me wrong I totally plan on being calm and controlled if/when I achieve an OBE, but on your site you don't give specifics on what the dangers are. So that if I AM in danger I will know it and not confuse it with being "frightened". I have a little fear of the unknown, but I am fully aware and confident I can overcome any fear I have with my curiosity and commitment. If you could get back to me I would appreciate it.
If you start your OBEs you enter a world which is ruled by psychologic features. In your case you would enter the state and remember: "Alfred has told me that..". And whups, this event or thing or what ever it should be would sit on your neck - you have attracted it by your own imagination!! For that reason it is wise to let it run its natural way and not to interfere.
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