Wow very interesting experience autumn!
It reminded me of a situation I had during my "alien" phase. It was morning and I sort of woke up. Like the state of mind when you become conscious of yourself but really are sleeping. You can wake up fully and get our of bed from that state. Anyways I got in this state in the morning, it was still kind of dark and with my closed eyes I felt a presence. I opened my eyes and there looking at me was an alien! It was the typical gray alien known from X-files, but this one was purple. He was sitting next to me, his face close to mine. This whole sight took about 0.01 seconds because I immediately became unconscious after seeing it. I blacked out. The next thing I remember was someone/something hitting me hard in my belly! I was lying on my back and it felt like someone punched me in the stomach. That woke me up completely I opened my eyes and thought WTF!?
I didn't really believe at that time it was an alien. I convinced myself it was some sort of trick of the mind. The thing that scared me is that my dream encounters can have physical manifestation. I can get hurt! I think that is what frightens me most about astral projection.