Astral projection is an out-of-body experience. The idea that humans can leave their bodies during dream states is ancient. Countless people, from New Ages to shamans around the world, believe that it is possible to commune with cosmic intelligence through visions and vivid dreams experienced during astral projection, also known as out-of-body experiences. Surveys suggest that between 8 and 20 percent of people claim to have had something like an out-of-body experience at some point in their lives — a sensation of the consciousness, spirit, or “astral body” leaving the physical body. While most experiences occur during sleep or under hypnosis, some people claim to do it while merely relaxing.
Practitioners of astral travel insist that the experience must be real because it seems so vivid, and because some of the experiences are similar, even for people from different cultures. But it’s not surprising that many people who try astral projection have similar experiences — after all, that’s what the term “guided imagery” is: when an authority (such as a psychologist or astral travel teacher) tells a person what they should expect from the experience.
According to researcher Susan Blackmore, author of “Beyond the Body: An Investigation of Out-of-the-Body Experiences,” people who experience astral travel “have been found to score higher on measures of hypnotizability and, in several surveys, on measures of absorption, [a] measure of a person’s ability to pay complete attention to something and to become immersed in it, even if it is not real, like a film, play, or imagined event.” Out-of-body experiences are more imaginative, suggestible, and fantasy-prone than average, though have low levels of drug and alcohol use, and no obvious signs of psychopathology or mental illness.
Though astral projection practitioners insist their experiences are real, their evidence is all anecdotal — just as a person who takes peyote or LSD may be truly convinced that they interacted with God, dead people, or angels while in their altered state. Astral projection is an entertaining and harmless pastime that can seem profound, and in some cases even life-changing. But there’s no evidence that out-of-body-experiences happen outside the body instead of inside the brain. Until the existence of an astral plane can be proven — and made accessible — there’s always the continuing adventures of the Sorcerer Supreme.
According to the Hinduism The Indian spiritual teacher Meher Baba described one’s use of astral projection:
In the advancing stages leading to the beginning of the path, the aspirant becomes spiritually prepared for being entrusted with free use of the forces of the inner world of the astral bodies. He may then undertake astral journeys in his astral body, leaving the physical body in sleep or wakefulness. The astral journeys that are taken unconsciously are much less important than those undertaken with full consciousness and as a result of deliberate volition. This implies the conscious use of the astral body. Conscious separation of the astral body from the outer vehicle of the gross body has its own value in making the soul feel its distinction from the gross body and in arriving at fuller control of the gross body. One can, at will, put on and take off the external gross body as if it were a cloak, and use the astral body for experiencing the inner world of the astral and for undertaking journeys through it, if and when necessary….The ability to undertake astral journeys, therefore, involves the considerable expansion of one’s scope for the experience. It brings opportunities for promoting one’s own spiritual advancement, which begins with the involution of consciousness.
Danger of Astral Projection
- You may experience astral projection and enjoy it so much, that you may want to do it all the time which can lead to The lack of balance can be harmful to your productivity and personal growth.
- As with lucid dreams, it is completely probable to return from astral travel and to feel kinda exhausted.It is possible that if you have long, vivid and active astral projection, you would wake up tired.
- Since astral projection might include either sleep paralysis or some very realistic and terrifying visuals, you may be convinced that what you see is completely real. Even if you experience Sleep paralysis and you know that is all in your head, it can be still pretty scary.
- You can still die if you have a heart attack or some other non related body failure that was going to happen anyway.
- Sleep paralysis occurs as a protective mechanism of our body to prevent us from acting out our dreams. It is the feeling when you wake up and being conscious but you are unable to speak or even move.