Although the topic attracts hot debates from different people across the world, whether it happens or not is not the point.
The experience is what matters;
You may wonder what does astral projection mean?
In astral projection (or astral travel), to describe a conscious out-of-body experience (OBE), where the soul completely separates from the body.
The soul, in this case, merges with an existing body commonly known as an ”astral body” (or astral plane), which hovers around the physical body with intentions and driven by intuition.
People who practice astral projection tend to be fully aware of the separation and have control of where to go and when to return and join with the physical body.
Between one in ten people claim to have had an OBE at some time in their lives.
In this article, we want to observe a few aspects of astral projection.
So, in the end, you will know:
What is Astral Projection?
Is Astral Projection real?
Is lucid dreaming the same as astral projection?
How to astral project for beginners? (step by step guide)
Final Thoughts (conclusion)
So, let’s begin with…
1. What exactly is astral projection?
Ancient cultures described their beliefs that all existing human beings are composed of several layers.
The names given to these bodies differ from one culture to another basing on religion and social value.
An out-of-body experience (OBE) and near-death experience (NDE) involves people leaving their bodies and hovering around like a spirit and a person can watch his/her body in bed, sometimes traveling far beyond it.
OBEs are most likely to occur when you are asleep, meditating or practicing wake-induced lucid dream exercises.
Astral projection goes beyond these mysterious and un-explainable abilities in a person.
The mystifying aspect when astral projecting is the unlimited exploration of distance, time and mass.
You can actually get to any destination as you wish within seconds.
Yes, across continents and back to your physical body.
It only requires practice and patience hence mastery of the skill!
2. Is Astral Projection real?
No doubt that it is delightful and extremely abnormal to experience the soul leaving your physical body.
In fact, the ability to travel across walls and unimaginable distances in a second is incredible.
But is it real? This is an extremely controversial matter.
Some say it doesn’t matter, so long as you are enjoying the experience of something ordinary.
Astral projection is all about consciousness.
Resetting your mind to focus on detaching from the limbs and body that eventually comes to pass.
To astral project, you have to be asleep or to meditate.
Scientists peg on this to disprove and disregard the reality of astral projection.
However, some experts in the skill argue that it is possible to astral project while in your right and conscious mind.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
There is no scientific proof of how consciousness can exist out of the mind.
While there is no substantial theory to outdo astral projections, scientists disregard the art and skill is evident.
Critics describe it as fantasy and mind tricks that cannot be substantiated.
But why wouldn’t scientists work on proving or disproving astral projection?
Astral projection enthusiasts take this chance to bash scientists claiming it is closed-mindedness and lack of exposure.
It is unclear as to why there are no ongoing researches going on in this field because it can be tested and proven.
Psychic powers and projections in the spirit realm can be easily proven.
Identify 5 or more objects in a place, then hide them within the area to the astral projector.
Give the individual a chance to project and identify the items from their hideouts.
This should be proof enough.
However, we believe that it is hard to prove even for scientists because the topic is something that we don’t know enough about.
All in all, there’s no evidence that out-of-body-experiences happen outside the body and not inside the brain.
3. Is lucid dreaming the same as astral projection?
The main difference between lucid dreaming and astral projection is the onset.
In a lucid dream, the conscious mind wakes after you fall asleep and the dream is on.
On the other hand, astral projectors consciously get to the spiritual state.
You have to manually engage and focus your mind on leaving the body and practice patience till it happens.
4. How to astral project for beginners –
an easy step-by-step guide
Step 1: Relax, both your mind and body by:
– lying down in your bed/sofa/flat comfortable surface. The most important is to be on your back in a comfy position
– take slow, deep breaths and simply let yourself to relax even more
– focus on your breathing, and don’t get carried away with thoughts
– imagine them sinking into the bed or floating up and becoming weightless or simply going invisible.
Fully relax all the tension in your body.
– approximately after 10 minutes, you should already feel relaxed and dreamy
BE CAREFUL NOT TO FALL ASLEEP.
Your goal is to allow your body to fall asleep but your mind should stay awake.
Step 2: Vibrations
Vibrations are completely normal and they are a sign that shows you are on the right way!
Try to still keep the relaxed mode without getting too much excited, because it may stop you from reaching your goal.
Simply be aware and pay attention to the appearance of vibration in your environment.
Not absolutely everyone gets them but they are very common.
You may experience a tingling sensation and also you could feel your physical body is shaking.
Step 3: Enter the hypnagogic state or half-sleep
Hypnagogia is the term for the transitional state between wakefulness and sleep.
llucinations-sights, sounds, and other sensations we experience during the transition.
– here you may simply follow your natural hypnagogic state, observe it and go deeper in your awareness
– at this stage, you are tricking your body to think that you fall asleep
– the important here is to stay fully relaxed without moving at all!
At this stage, you may go through a Sleep paralysis, but that’s COMPLETELY OKAY.
It is another ” sign ” telling that you are on the right path.
If you feel that you cannot move or that there is a weight on your whole body, simply:
– Calm down as much as you can and let it be. It will pass as soon as you relax
Sleep paralysis does not occur to everybody, but just be aware that there is a chance to happen.
Step 4: Leave your body
After the vibrations, hypnagogia and perhaps sleep paralysis are over, you will be able to move out of your body.
-with your eye closed, focus on the thoughts on leaving your body
-imagine your spiritual (astral) body raising up from your physical body
-keep doing this until you feel like you’re floating up. This is a great sign that it is working
It may start by having only a part of your body free, such as your arms/legs, floating above you.
It may feel weird, but don’t worry because your real physical body is sleeping peacefully.
If you feel stuck in your body, don’t freak out, but try to relax and remember that your body is laying in your bed.
After being relaxed, your movements and your control over the dream should let you ”leave” your body without a problem.
If you want to know how to return to your body, check our NEW article, where we cover this question, as well as 2 more guides on how to Astral travel!
Whether you believe in astral projection or not, it happens.
When comparing it with lucid dreaming, the result is similar; all end up in waking your mind while your physical body is asleep.
For anyone who has wondered about the realm of spirituality, astral projection and OBE’s, we recommend this book.
It will fracture some of the contemporary misconceptions about the reality of who we are.
What makes the author’s (Robert Monroe) book so compelling is that he documented his out-of-body experiences over a period of 14 years! He shares his knowledge on the topic in details.
This book also brilliantly gives a functional technique for leaving and returning to one’s body.
So, did you manage to experience astral travel?
Feel free to share your experiences or questions in the comment section below!