Astral projected? Lucid dreaming?
Ok. What happened? I meditate every day and I have remote viewing so I’m use to paying attention to detail when I’m in a meditative state but I felt him touch my arm.
I know this sounds crazy, it does to me also. My clothes was different and the cats wasn’t where they always are at night.
Did I step though a portal?
Hey Rene I have had similar experiences to what you described and this is what I think you experienced. When I astral project I often, but not always, wake up with a racing heart especially if I encounter an experience, or an energy, that I am unfamiliar with as I believe you did. The man you met out on the trail was most likely either a Guardian Angel of yours or perhaps a guiding spirit. In either case I believe that they/he recognized how disoriented you were and came to guide you back to your familiar surroundings. And yes, I also believe that you stepped through a portal to a dimension that runs along side of our own which is what scared you. You were definitely out of your realm of comfort though you were in no danger at all. It's just fear of the unknown.
As to your question above: Lucid dreaming is usually considered an in body/soul experience, meaning that your astral body never actually left your physical body but your conscious self was awake enough to take over and guide your dream experience where ever you wanted it to take you. Where as astral traveling is usually considered a partial separation of soul with the physical part of you. And many believe that this astral part of you is still connected to the physical you by a silver cord of energy that stretches the entire length between where ever your soul is and your physical body. And that cord will only break at the moment your physical body ceases to exist releasing your soul back to a higher level like heaven.