Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers
Advanced Search
What's New
Most Popular
List of Articles

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.

Get the Latest Issue of New Worlds

November/December Gift Guide 2015 Issue

New Worlds Catalog

Get the FREE app for your tablet and mobile device. Now available in the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store

Also available as a PDF File.

Click for more information about New Worlds or to receive issues via mail.

The Llewellyn Encyclopedia
Print this Term Print this Article

Astral Projection Story #2 - Astral Escape

This article was written by Llewellyn on May 09, 2002
posted under Astral Projection

Stressful situations can cause people spontaneously to leave their bodies. The phrase "stressful situation" hardly begins to describe the plight of Ed Morrell, who as an inmate of a state penitentiary, was subjected to terrible tortures but who succeeded in escaping the attendant agony by projecting his astral body outside the prison walls.

The torture usually involved a specially-devised strait-jacket into which the prisoner was bound; then sadistic guards poured water on the jacket, which proceeded to shrink. "One seldom survived this treatment for long," Morrell would write in his book The Twenty-Fifth Man. "A victim being slowly squeezed to death by a boa-constrictor can alone appreciate the suffering and anguish of that awful torment."

After half an hour of this, Morrell’s body abruptly felt strangely still. He saw lights flashing in front of his eyes. He felt as if he were smothering—and at that moment he found himself separating from his body. He was out in the countryside beyond the prison—free!

This was only the first of a series of out-of-body experiences Morrell would undergo during his prison tortures. He traveled far and wide, into outer space and out on to the ocean (where he witnessed a shipwreck which he subsequently learned really happened). He saw persons whom he would later meet in life. He even encountered the woman he one day would marry. He saw the governor of Arizona and predicted the exact date and hour he would be released from prison. He visited distant cities and countries, returning with accurate information to which he had no access through normal channels.

All the while the jailers knew something was up. Morrell would appear to be sleeping soundly while his tormenters devised even more cruel methods intended to break him.

Toward the end of his long ordeal the tortures ceased and Morrell spent several peaceful months in an isolated cell. Ironically, he was no longer able to leave his body—perhaps because his projections had served their purpose: they had freed him from torment and probably saved his life as well.

Jack London, the great American writer, was so fascinated with Morrell’s story that he based a novel, The Star Rover, on it.

A few years ago, my youngest son was arguing with his friend about the age of Honey, our wild golden retriever. His friend insisted that Honey was five, because the dog had been alive that many years. Said Gabe, "Sometimes Honey is really one, like when he chews our shoes; sometimes he's 89, like when he pretends he's too old to listen when you... read this article
How to Successfully Navigate a Mercury Retrograde
Psychic Vision: 3 Easy Ways
An Accessible Guide to the Thoth Tarot
How Strengthening My Spirituality Helped Me With My Cancer Diagnosis
5 Ways to Embrace Your Home as an Archetype of the Divine Feminine

Most recent posts:
A Fresh View of Judgement
In my opinion, the Judgement card needs a rename as much as the Hierophant. It is such an important card and so many people seem to misunderstand it....

Wishing On a Falling Star: My Favorite Chakra
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Cyndi Dale, author of a number of books, including The Complete Book of Chakra Healing and the new...

Thank you, Carl
Let’s start by saying I can’t believe I’m writing another remembrance on this blog. I’ve lost too many authors in the 10 years I’ve worked for...

Love in the Stars Love in the Stars
Find Your Perfect Match With Astrology

By: Brad Kronen
Price: $21.99 US,  $25.50 CAN
Llewellyn's 2016 Witches' Datebook Llewellyn's 2016 Witches' Datebook
By: Llewellyn
Price: $11.99 US,  $14.99 CAN
$9.59 US,  $11.99 CAN On Sale!
Llewellyn's 2016 Witches' Calendar Llewellyn's 2016 Witches' Calendar
By: Llewellyn
Price: $13.99 US,  $16.99 CAN
$11.19 US,  $13.59 CAN On Sale!
Llewellyn's 2016 Astrological Calendar Llewellyn's 2016 Astrological Calendar
83rd Edition of the World's Best Known, Most Trusted Astrology Calendar

By: Llewellyn
Price: $14.99 US,  $17.99 CAN
$11.99 US,  $14.39 CAN On Sale!
Wheels of Life Wheels of Life
A User's Guide to the Chakra System

By: Anodea Judith
Price: $21.95 US,  $25.50 CAN