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Soul Leaving Body - What Does It Mean?


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.

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Ovi (guest)
1 month ago (2020-04-30)
I don't go to church nor I have any desire on going to one, but this just happened to me on my dreams... Suddenly I was on a white sandy beach and it was empty and there was a small little canoe and suddenly someone told me I,m real and I came and I will show you that I'm real and suddenly I saw my self sleeping in my bed and felt like my soul was leaving my body and I felt super super good, there was no pain at all and in the dream I realize I was dying and I said, no no no no but regretting it at the same time because I was feeling really good... So I woke up with wittery eyes and very anxious... This is my hotmail, if anybody knows what that means... Thanks ovicruz06 [at]
Soulful experience (guest)
4 months ago (2020-02-17)
I experienced my soul leaving my body today upon waking up. I was laying flat and my Soul was leaving the same way. I was super scared but did not utter a word. I open my eyes and could see colourful birds, chirping and happy. My soul went past that and was going up in the clouds when I saw a tiny white thing, couldn't figure out what until got closer and it got bigger and I saw Angel with wings, all white. At first it was scary but the thought just came like an intuition that don't be afraid I am protecting you. I think we had a conversation but I can't remember a word. Upon waking, only thing was strong in my head was" I am protecting you".
Been going through so much past few years but my faith in God is soo strong and recently going through Spiritual Awakening. I have been seeing repeating numbers and dreams a lot but this experience was something I never experienced before Its amazing to read how some people had similar experiences here.
T. Peday (guest)
4 months ago (2020-01-25)
I dreamt last night that my soul was leaving my body. I felt light and free. Was flying. After few seconds, I got scared and got back into my body.
Soul_bird (guest)
5 months ago (2019-12-25)
I once saw a dream I was skateboarding on the streets of my old neighbourhood and suddenly I came across a big herd of birds in front of me in the middle of the road.
I stopped because I didn't want to scare 'em off, I remember hearing something about disstress and that's when something strange happened. My breathing slowed down to a point that it normally never reaches, it almost stopped and then suddenly it felt as if I was going to slip out of my body and float up towards the sky!
But I thought I would die and then I woke up...
I don't know what would've happened if I didn't woke up, but it was a scary feeling, that I can say!
Almost surreal...
Beri (guest)
5 months ago (2019-12-23)
I had a similar out of body experience on the 19th of Dec 2019 betweeen 18:10-~18:14. My soul left my body and was watching my landlord cleaning the yard with some gardeners. I was even able to follow their discussions. I thought it wad all a dream until fear gripped me and I wanted to wake up. I realised that only one of my fingers was active as I hit it on the matteras several times. I shouted Jesus, cried, holy spirit and got tired. Then I suddenly gave up and lied still, I then so my spirit getting back into my body. I saw my head very clearly and how my body was helpless as I tought it was an evil spirit coming to take control of my body. I couldn't get up, nor utter a word. When it finally entered, I got up and I was terrified. I have alwats had attacks and fights in my sleep, including other spirits following me ans I am running, but this one was the height of it as I was scared I was going to die.
Shaken J (guest)
6 months ago (2019-12-09)
I had something like this last night. Sometime in the night while I was sleeping, I woke up feeling a vibration throughout my body. It was brief, but then moments later I felt an even stronger vibration throughout my whole body, and so I sat up. After sitting up, I looked around the room, and in the dark I could see my husband sleeping next to me. Right after this, I felt like I was completely paralyzed, and it felt like something else controlled my bodily motions. It felt like something was pulling me over off the bed (the top half of my body was now over my husband's side of the bed), swinging my arms up and down (either like a dance, or after thinking about it, maybe whatever was trying to control me was trying to pull and shake me the rest of the way out of my body). I couldn't even move my lips, but I could vocalize sounds. I felt so scared because I was not the one shaking my arms up and down, so I spoke out (like a ventriloquist, since I couldn't move my lips) "Satan, I rebuke you in the name of Jesus!" several times, and next thing I know I was laying like normal on my pillow. It was like my soul had been lifted up halfway out of my body when I had "sat up" in bed, and then something was trying to pull me out the rest of the way, and then I snapped back into my body.
Arushi (guest)
8 months ago (2019-10-01)
I just expereinced something bad and terrifying. Usually I m not sleepy so as was today I only closed my eyes and within an instant I felt my ears could hear anything from far distance, as if my hearing is heightened. I was amazed and confused at the same time then it happened to me, I found myself paralysed not able to move or say anything! I saw my roommate, she was talking on the phone I tried calling for her but no sound came from my mouth!
I tried to run towards her but I cannot move. Then I felt myself getting up but I've never felt this light weighted before, also my chest felt heavy but at the moment, I just ran towards my roommate, I tried shaking her telling her that I need you help me, move my body but she was acting like as if I am not there. I got scared, I kept on telling her to wake me up but she can't listen to me!
Then I felt a very strong pull towards my bed. I didn't wanted to go as then I'll be trapped, I shut my eyes so that I could wake up once I reach back to my body but when I opened them, I was still stuck in my body, this was horrible! I thought that now I am dead! But then something clicked that I should start counting backwards, so I did that mental exercise too, I started counting back from 30 to 1 when I finished counting, I was still there stuck!
I thought I am dead now, my soul is somewhere just then I snapped back to my body and I immediately woke up!
The room was same as I saw in my dream or in soul state. I closed my eyes at 01:06 but I woke up at 02:15.i am confused of how I lost so much time because it felt like a minute when I was in there.
Will (guest)
8 months ago (2019-09-22)
I had the feeling that my soul would leave my body last night. It was terrifying. I stopped it from happening by taking the drug Haldol. I believe I caused the phenomenon by over methylating using vitamin B9 so now I've damaged my soul. So I hope that I can fix this problem using some kind of natural remedy. Any ideas would be welcome.
Whoa (guest)
9 months ago (2019-09-04)
Experienced this just now while trying to fall asleep. I've had some weird things happen when I'm sleeping like. A vibration feeling or that I couldn't breathe well, but this time was really scary. I was asleep having a dream I was walking in the dark woods during a thunderstorm. I'm with someone else and we begin to run toward a house in the woods. Suddenly it's dark and I feel my something pulling on my body like a vacuum as if my soul is trying to leave my body. I felt like I couldn't breathe, and I feel my body make a sound like a gag but not necessarily that sound, and then I snapped back in and woke up. To say I'm shaken up is an understatement, I'm a bit scared to fall back asleep as I thought I was dying. Does anyone have answers for what this is or what I should do?
Aric (guest)
9 months ago (2019-08-31)
About 2 months ago while visiting my parents place I had a strange experience... It was like an OBE and a paranormal experience all in one. I was super tired from a long flight and was laying propped up in the bed getting a nap. I woke up, still with my eyes closed, and could feel a very awesome vibration not in my body but every part of me that was touching the bed. It was a very comforting vibration but at the same time I was scared that a negative entity had taken control of my body. I could hear a low low earth type of rumbling in my head. Then I started physically feeling the top part of my body and head lifting off the bed. Maybe it was just an inch or two but I actually heard the pillow I was laying on shift. It moved! It couldn't have moved if my head was on it. I then hear and feel a bang on the headboard. In my mind I felt as if I was being lifted and about to be thrown towards the ceiling. This caused me to open my eyes. The vibration and noise was still there. It felt really comforting. When I would get scared, it would calm down and when I relaxed it would ramp up again. At the same time this was happening, my parents dog started barking at nothing in the living room. Every once in a while he does this at a specific spot in the house, sometimes accompanied by weird events. That night, hours later, I could still faintly hear the rumbling and the vibration but much much less intensity. That night I heard a female call my name and ask if "it was me". The weird part of all this was the vibration was more underneath me than inside my body... Just the part of my body touching the bed. It was either an obe or some type of other worldly contact. Last time I was at my parents house (6 months before this trip), something kicked the bed in the middle of the night and woke me up...
Ferg (guest)
9 months ago (2019-08-27)
Last night During my sleep there was a point in which I felt like my soul was getting ripped out of my body. While it was happening I was scared that if I let go, I would die. So I fought with everything and then I woke up to me screaming and reaching for something. All I knew is I couldn't/didnt want to die then I suddenly woke up to myself yelling like I was falling and reaching in the air... Weird. I searched it up and found this. It wasn't an out of body experience because I didn't see myself or my surroundings like so many people explain. All I felt was a force trying to rip my soul out of my body. It was scary. Anybody else? Please let me know by emailing me kristopherwtferg (at)
Richard (guest)
10 months ago (2019-08-07)
I myself had a really strange dream were I was locked in an old house attic and I mean old like western times. I was laying on a twin size bed and I couldn't move... I remember hearing the door knob jiggle and I felt freightened the the door slightly opened maybe about 4-5 inches and I gazed into the darkness of it but couldn't see anything. About 20 seconds or so after I literally felt like I was being sucked out of my body as this feeling was going on I could see my body leaving my skin as I was being pulled into the darkness from the door. Then I woke up but honestly I myself have not felt the same ever since. I've even had panic attacks/anxiety while driving and I can't seem to focus on anything. It feels like part of me had been taken from me. Honestly I wish I could have that dream again so I can fight what ever that presence was.
Mary (guest)
10 months ago (2019-08-05)
It happens to me even now. I will leave my body fly to heaven to play with clouds then the voice will call me I will fly back home see my body and my spirit will go back to my body

Again I leave my body to fight with other spirits small people. The thing is it start as parallel sleep then My spirit escape my body to fight with this small people who causes me to have parallel sleep. I will kill them after my spirit will go back to sleep.

Sometimes I control it sometimes I don't it just happen
Ina (guest)
10 months ago (2019-08-01)
Great description. I experienced similar a couple of days ago. I came back home early in the morning from dropping my partner off to work and I usually come back home and jump into bed to have a snooze before I begin my day. I thought I was having sleep paralysis (because I do remember experiencing this just under a year ago) but this was very different this time. I felt as if my soul was trying to disconnect from my body and a very bright light was above my head... To be completely honest I thought this was the end of me and this was the 'gate to heaven'. I knew I wasn't dead because somehow I could see my room but not entirely sure if my eyes were open or if I was just imagining it. I tried my best to wake up and I had the urge to pick up my phone that was beside my pillow and call my partner but I wouldn't move or at least my 'spirit' wasn't intact with my body. I was so scared and I almost convinced myself that this was it, I was going to let go and be gone from my life and I was sad because I started thinking about the people in my life that I haven't said goodbye to and I didn't know how they'll make a conclusion to my death. I didn't want anyone to be blamed for anything to do with my 'death'... So I laid in bed and tried to relax. I felt as if my soul was being lifted out of my body. The next thing I remember after the bright light above my head was being placed on an empty beach, just hearing the ocean crash together and this was when I began to get really emotional and started to cry and was scared to find out what was going on. I woke up immediately like my soul snapped back into my body and reached over to my phone to try and send a text or call my partner just to check if I was real.

My whole day felt unusual, I didn't feel like myself and I was worried that I was going to feel like that for the rest of my life! Whatever it was, it was terrifying and I was definitely not ready for it. Maybe this is the gate beyond our physical ability as humans? So mysterious.
Ashley (guest)
10 months ago (2019-07-29)
It's happened to me lots of times It energised me.
I keep trying to meďiatate as I don't know when it is going to happen.
I welcome it when I leave my body even though it scary because youbody is dead.
Some spirit say you have to go back to your physical body.
Then all suďen back into your body.
Remember once some spirit said not going back to your body ok said what will be will be.
Suddenly back in my body.
Some lovely experiences some scary.
Cam (guest)
11 months ago (2019-07-07)
Last night while I was asleep, in my dream my soul was force to come out of body. I try to laid back but couldnt. So I let my soul come out and was surrounded full of bright white light. Saw my body on bed.
Wolf (guest)
11 months ago (2019-07-02)
I do it on a daily when i'm a wake. You see when I do it i'm still in my body yet at the same time i'm out of it. This ability I have has aloud me to travel and help people that have nightmares as I sleep. When I find someone with a nightmare I change it into a dream and help them that way along with people that are dying I do the same as they die in their sleep.
Benson-Nigeria (guest)
11 months ago (2019-06-30)
I had this encounter few years back. I was in a sleep when I Dreamt. In that dream, I saw my spirit leaving my body. Then after a while, I saw my spirit looking at my body lying lifeless in that dream. It feels as if I'm dead but no I'm not. Then I (my spirit) saw my school friend, still in the dream, Telling me things I can't remember. It's been years now, I'm still alive but I really need explanation for this dream.
Leialoha (guest)
11 months ago (2019-06-26)
This happened to me years ago while laying in bed sleep. I woke up to my room and left my body completely. I looked back and saw myself asleep. I felt like hands grabbing me trying to pull me away from my body. I struggled, but got back to my body and woke up. I was so scared! Later I heard a man voice in my ear that said my name. I thought it was my brother in the living room, but he said he didn't call me.
shahrzad (guest)
1 year ago (2019-05-19)
I've experienced this many times when I was a kid and specially when I was not very tired but forced myself to sleep! A very very bad feeling! It was like my soul was being pulled out and I felt weightless but it all used to happen with a special pain! After all these years I can still remember the feeling of that pain! Not a good thing to experience as a child and to this day I can't find a good explanation for it!
Rachel (guest)
1 year ago (2019-04-23)
I've had this happen many times to me when I'm in a trance/nearly asleep state.
It feels like a suction like a vacum cleaner, (very fast) my soul leaves my body and goes way up high, the energy is intense and then its like I spin around the room fast.
I go with it and I'm not scared, I'm very open minded and a spiritualist.
These goes on for about 30 seconds and then I go back down to my body with a strong force, like I've been dropped from a height.
It happened today when I meditated but I didn't spin around I just stayed up there in a purple glow then very gently floated back down, so peacefully, I'm sure if I ask spirit and the angels to show me something next time they will. Xx
Godlovesus90 (guest)
1 year ago (2019-03-30)
I had this experience but it was awful experience... I felt like I was yanked out of my body me not doing it... Now I don't have none my sense s and I don't like it at all
Lenny (guest)
1 year ago (2019-03-25)
I have had several paranormal experiences since I was a child and less frequently now since I'm in my early 30's.

A few months ago I was sleeping and my soul left my body and walked outside the house, across my house is a open field to which I walked to. I noticed my cats were following me all the way. Once in the field I saw my pet rooster who lives with my in-laws 150 miles away. The rooster sat on my lap and cuddled with me and said "thank you for everything but I need to leave now". The rooster left and I was scared. My cats told me it was time to go back to my body and the guided me back to the house where I went to my bedroom and returned to my body. A few days later I travelled to my in-laws and learnt my rooster friend had died. He came to say goodbye that night when we met.

When being a child I've had intens discussions with my grand father who passed away while a sleep, demons who visited me because they were dressed as my grandfather and scared me when they revealed themselves, my grandmother told me she passed through messing with electric appliances in my home and causing an electric blackout while neighbors did have electricity, while awake entities telling me things, sleep walking and running in circles in my bedroom and many more.

I'm happy things have calmed down now I'm older but it was very confusing and scary at times.
Sarah Denise (guest)
1 year ago (2019-03-14)
My Testimony This time it started in 2014 when I saw '11,11' everywhere and a Dove kept showing up outside on my balcony, At sankt johns day I felt an urgent feeling that I should pray so I did, then my soul suddenly popped out and was begging to come home, A voice behinde me said 'make happy immediately I became very joyful 'Then one night a angel woke me up telling me I had to meet the lord, I flew out of my body from my balcony and saw a shinning crystal stairway I was so amazed that I sat down on it for awhile and looked around, there was nothing else but the shinning stairs the stars in the sky and me, soon after I heard a voice say ' Sarah Come ' So I raise and continued to the top, there I saw two doors, I chose the one I could hear music from, now I was in space again when he (Jesus) came flying on my right side, we then went to Orions Nebula (Messier 42) where he opened up a black hole or a tunnel with somekind of spellword to the four stars on the Nebula, as we walked through it I looked at the 'walls' it was kind of flickering electric but still I had view to cosmos... As we approach I saw many glittering colors and music, he said that's inspiration too people on earth and that I soon will fall apart as we get closer but he will fix me again when we get there... Then I woke up on his lap as a kid in the New Jerusalem (a star *) (all stars are home for our souls *) I was growing up fast, my whole past away family was waiting on a little bridge in front of me, all of them was young again I asked my aunt 'Do you know who this is'? Her answer was 'Yes He is always here'! I had some alonetime with them and we went up in a old mill tower to talk. I remenber there was a big old closet behinde the door and the floor was of red tiles and a little round window in the small room on 1st floor, after awhile Jesus came to get me and he and I went outside in what looked like a courtyard with pillars Jesus and I sat on the the edge of an small fountain and he gave me gifts, toys I had as kid, he laugh highly when I was silly, at one point I pinched myself and felt it like I still had my body even though I knew I was out of my body, I looked up in the air there was no sun but still everything shined like a beautiful summerday. On somekind of cloudscreen he showed me my whole life and some of my future. The cloud somehow surrounded me and I was reliving a scene from my life but from another perspective, I saw myself eksemple playing with my brother and sister, when the scene was over the cloud left me and I was still sitting with jesus, and he showed me another scene from my life, at one point I was showen that he was the one that put my soul down in my body the day that I was born, I actuelly was in the hospital watching him kiss my forehead one second before I came to the world. When there my soul didn't care much for my body, I was still me but in my soul it ment much to please and obey him. He also showed me the many times he saved me in life, from car accidents among other stuff, like many of the times I prayed as kid, it felt like I was reliving all the scenes again, he then gave me some paperthin flesh like papyrus with his name on, written with blood that I had to eat. Before it did that I asked him if I could see his hands, he smiled and showed me them, I could clearly see that he once had huge old nailmarks in them. He then begain to teach me with words from the Testament and from the first page of the Bible but in some sort of code, words I had to heal with he said, and names and words was flashing fast on the screen, all the Desiples names and some letters, I said 'It is so simple that a child could make it' (It was sooo easy there) He then showed me the stonepillar Symeon Stylites use to seat on and something about the ANKH In the end he showed me myself as about 80 in a nursinghome and that he will come and get me the day that I die, he then gave me eternal life while he did that he draw something on the ground and said I should stop the daily temptations and stop saying hard words in anger then he hugged me and a big bright warm light surrounded us and we had go back to my body, on the way back we went close to saturn and walked on clouds... I been there two times now and everything he said came true (At the first experience I was sitting with Jesus looking out on a sunset and a beautiful wheatfield, behinde me there was a large tree with fruits I never seen before and a ladder in the middle of all, later he took me to a throneroom where I saw two chairs in one of them infront of me on my right hand I saw a old man looking exacly like GOD from Micheal Angelos painting of The Creation of sun and moon, behinde me on the wall I saw a big old wooden wheel with saphires between the spokes, I heard a loud voice said 'Bend' so I did and now Jesus was sitting in the other chair he told me that I had to save a girl from doing drugs, I met her and manage to convinced her, she is now working for the Governent... (everything above was going on telepathically) . I also been filled with the Holy Spirit twice, the last time it lasted for five days, I was full of pure joy, infact I never felt more joyfull and happy in my whole life, I was glowing for five days and the Dove keept showing up, in the air I saw tall blue/grayish men flying up and down everytime I heard an ambulance in my town and energies, purple /turquoise colors like rain comming towards us all the time maybe Neutrinoes) , His hair was so beautiful and his beard had at the throat some sort of an ancient hammercut style, his robe was light blue and old sandals... The followring days I saw his face in everything, in the the shape of trees and in almost everything living on earth...
UPDATE: A few days later I saw the old man sitting next to Jesus in the throneroom came flying right towards me in a vision when I blinked my eyes for a short moment
Queen (guest)
1 year ago (2019-01-29)
Hey I have had many of these experiences before. I understand quite a lot about the spiritual realm but can't type everything here. I got delivered from demons a few days ago. My body was shaking and trembling and being over backwards. Am a born again Christian now and I talk about spiritual realm and spiritual warfare on my Instagram [at] kezaa__ if you want to follow and watch you are welcome
Aiman (guest)
1 year ago (2019-01-27)
I'm so glad I found this. I'm 20 and I experienced it for the first time in my sleep last night. I'd fallen asleep feeling very upset and wishing I never woke up. I don't know whether to call it a good or bad experience. It was some energy trying to separate my soul and body, like a force pulling my soul similar to a vacuum cleaner. I wasn't really trying to resist it. While feeling that way, I could hear faint scream of people trying to stop me from leaving and I was wondering if that is how death feels. It happened about 2-3 times repeatedly and in between I dreamt of my family. I generally get strange dreams and occasionally lucid dreams, also hypnogogia (hallucinations in the transition of the awake and sleep state). But this was very new to me.
Nathan (guest)
1 year ago (2019-01-21)
I am from Trinidad and this happens to me a lot especially when I am tired. Can someone give me answers please? I am getting sick of experiencing this.
Karla Quezada (guest)
1 year ago (2019-01-16)
This happened to me I will like to know why does this happen
That's not the first time it happened I need answers
Anook (guest)
1 year ago (2019-01-06)
I believe that feeling you soul is leaving your body is some how spiritual connected to god I have the same feelings here lately more than I would like it's very scary the worse one put me in the hospital I fell asleep then quickly awoke with the feeling my heart stoped when it felt like my heart kicking in I got really scared my heart test came back normal but I still felt like my soul was trying to float out of my body I believe people with gifts are the ones who feel it you are a discerned of spirits I can feel others emotions true emotions I feel all living things I feel sickness from sick people I have dreams that has come to pass I know when things are going to happen before they do yes I thought I was crazy so I seeked to talk to a therapist and a priest my therapist has witnesses a lot of what I'm telling you I believe the closer you get with God the stronger the attacks come I'm going under testing on the brain and more on the heart they are going to monitor my sleep brain waves sleep rhymes these feelings are not normal and I'm sarching for answers spiritually and mentally I can say that god uses people that truly believes and obedience to him
Anook (guest)
1 year ago (2019-01-06)
I feel like that here lately it feels like my heart has stoped when I raise up out of fear my heart starts beating fast it's a feeling like floating it truly feels like my soul is leaving my body I'm very scared Becouse I don't know if it is my heart or not the only thing I have came up with while studying on it is you die for that few seconds I'm trying I have finally got doctors to start studying on my mind and heart the sleep ryms and brain waves it's scary and not normal

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