About 50 years ago I discovered astral projection from Muldoon and Carrington's book as well as Lobsang Rampa's books. So shortly back then lying in bed sleeping I became a bit lucid and envisioned me in a basement room looking out a ground level window. Looking at two old style lanterns swinging back and forth and coming my way. Next I felt hands under my arms lifting me up. I assume it was a couple helpers trying to get me out of body. I freaked of course and they let go. I regretted this so much until I realized everybody has to go thru the fear thing.
I've had a few close obe's but have never succeeded in a real projection. Now thx to the internet and all the written stuff I'm back to trying. The other night I heard a knocking I at first thought was someone at the door-at 5am. Quickly I realized it must be my own mind reminding me to try to exteriorize. A couple days later the same thing happened.
My point-if there are these helpers out there who know you are trying to get out why don't they come to me with more help? I'm especially grateful to those who make statements that there is nothing to fear, or everybody should learn to project etc. After giving up for decades it gives me confidence.