I'm 24. In the last three or so years I've had a couple of experiences which, while they were scary, made me see that I have an actual soul. A real, tangible soul, not just a metaphorical one. You see, I believe I have had experiences of nearly leaving my body (astral projection in other words).
The first time I was lying in bed and I woke up and saw my sister asleep next to me and then felt my 'soul' leaving my body. It was as if it was being pulled out of my physical body. The experience was terrifying, it was the probably the most scared I've ever been, in fact. What is really quite strange about it though is that at the time I thought it was God pulling my soul out of my body. The reason this is strange is because, although I am baptised Catholic, I'm not in any way a practicing Christian. Anyway, when I thought that God was pulling me out, I felt such terror that in my head I just kept repeating strongly 'NO', 'NO, 'NO' - over and over again, about 10 times. Eventually after the 10 times, I was 'snapped' back into my body. I say 'snapped' because that is the only way I can describe it - it's like I was being pulled by elastic and it was stretched and then let go when I was dropped back into my body.
This happened to me again a year or so later and this time I wasn't as scared (and I'd read up on it a little bit) so I decided to try and 'go with it' to see what would happen. I let my soul go out almost to the point where it was out of my body but chickened out at the last second and said no and again I was snapped back into my body. I think what was holding me back was the idea that if you leave your body and then wake up, you die. I didn't really know how I would get back in if I got out.
These experiences have really intrigued me. I think of myself as a fairly spiritual person; I enjoy yoga, I like poetry, I try to get time on my own to think etc. Sometimes I also feel I am a lot more perceptive than the average person and can be very affected by vibes and people's behaviour. I'm not sure if anyone else has had a similar experience of being terrified and feeling their soul leaving their body but I would like to hear about it if so.
Thanks for reading.