What is astral projection: some kind of rare magic skill or something that anyone can learn? Is it an illusion of the mind or a real experience? What are its risks and benefits?
Astral projection is a phenomenon that concerns many people interested in unexplored human powers and psychic abilities. In the last few years, there has been a growing interest expressed in books, articles, seminars and groups practicing astral projection techniques.
To put things in order and sort out the scenery, I present you the answers to 12 most frequently asked questions about astral projection:
Question 1: What is astral projection?
Astral projection is a phenomenon associated with the feeling of being
Question 2: When does astral projection occur?
Astral projection occurs when the astral body separates from the physical one. This can happen either unintentionally (in cases of accidents or in altered states of consciousness) or at will (usually after consistent and constant practice).
Question 3: Where is the astral world?
In the same location as the physical, material world. This is not a specific place, but a different way of perceiving. We do not go anywhere, but we just have the ability to understand a different side of reality, based on the energy nature of people and objects.
Question 4: Are there things or entities of the astral world that do not exist in the material one?
Spiritual and esoteric traditions, for the most part, accept the existence of entities in the astral world, and even mention interactions of these entities with people. Therefore, people practicing astral projection are recommended to make an energy shield (it can be a prayer and visualization of white light). Generally the astral world, although it is full of astral creatures, is probably more secure than the material world.
Question 5: Is there a danger of not coming back in my body?
No, the astral body is always associated with the physical one through a “silver cord”, with the help of which we always return back. In fact, one of the difficulties of astral projection is that it is very easy to return back. The difficult part is to stay in the astral world. The unique case when the silver cord is broken and we can’t come back is when we die.
Question 6: I have tried many times and it is not working. Someone told me that only people with karmic predisposition can succeed in astral travel. Is it true?
No, traveling in the astral world is an ability we all have. Surely you have traveled on the astral plane, but have not been aware of it. After continuous practice anyone can learn to consciously go out of his physical body. You might not have done so far for many reasons (for example, lack of practice).
Question 7: When I am on the astral plane can I still see things of the material world?
When a person enters the astral world, he does not see the physical matter, but the astral part of the world. Whatever exists in the physical world exists in the astral one and is perceived accordingly. Someone who starts learning the astral projection techniques, finds it difficult to recognize places and objects on the astral plane, but the more familiar he gets with the astral world, the more easily he recognizes the shapes of the objects he knows from the natural world.
Question 8: What can make astral projection difficult?
For example, antidepressants affect the brain and consciousness, which need to be as clear as possible to succeed in astral travel. Also, alcohol and drugs not only make it difficult, but can substantially destroy the astral body and eventually make conscious astral projection completely impossible.
Question 9: Are dreams a kind astral projection?
Surely you have traveled on the astral plane in one of your dreams, but it does not mean that every dream is an astral projection. The psychic experiences we have in our sleep and call them dreams, do not all belong to the same category. There are many dreams of different quality and function such as psychological dreams, dreams associated with daily events, intuitive and prophetic dreams etc. Dreams that are a kind of astral projection are usually a very lively and more easily remain in memory and leave a vivid impression.
Question 10: Is astral travel the same as lucid dreaming?
Both have to do with being aware of being in the astral world. A lucid dream presupposes that you are sleeping, having a dream and suddenly become aware of your astral body, ie you know that you are dreaming. Unlike astral projection can happen without having fallen asleep. However, most traditions and systems for astral projection agree that practice in lucid dreaming facilitates astral projection, and vice versa.
Question 11: What can I do in the astral world?
In the beginning a person learns to consciously raise his astral body and stay there as long as possible. As he becomes more and more familiar with the astral environment, he recognizes objects and places more easily and can become an advanced traveler. Thus he can visit specific places, located far away, and see what happens there. Advanced travelers can even affect the astral bodies of other people, meet spiritual teachers or heal.
Question 12: Is there any scientific evidence for astral projection?
In recent years there have been hundreds of studies at the university level on the ability of consciousness to exist independently of the physical body. There were many cases of people who report these experiences, including those who never had a relationship with such issues, but as a result of random events such as an accident, described in details what had happened while they had been unconscious on the surgical table or somewhere else. There are many interpretations of such kind of events and we still are away from a scientific theory that could fully cover this aspect of human psychic abilities. The problem is that astral projection, the same as the belief in a higher power, dreams or intuition, is essentially an inner experience and is difficult to be verified by an independent observer-scientist.