Astral projection can be depicted as a supposed form of telepathy which accepts the presence of a spirit or cognizant personality called as astral body which is separate from the physical body and can go outside into universe. This article will explain you the phenomenon of astral projection and its relationship with lucid dreaming. Also, this article will also make you familiar with the process of astral projection.
What is astral projection?
The belief that humans can leave their bodies while in a dream state has continued since ancient times. Many people from new agers to shaman around the world believed that it is possible to live together and share possessions in a group with cosmic intelligence through visions and vivid dreams experienced during this out of body experiences. According to a survey, it was observed that 8 to 20 percent of people claim to have had these experiences at some point of time in their lives.
These days astral travel is considered as a big business and Mark Pritchard after realizing the potential of this concept, has been offering online courses and books on how to learn astral travel within two months.
Is astral projection real?
The fundamental problem associated with this phenomenon is that there is no way to scientifically measure whether a person’s spirit leaves or enter the body. The simplest and the best explanation of these experiences is to consider that the person is dreaming or fantasizing because in these phenomena there is no evidence whether the soul exists or can consciousness exist outside of the brain. During astral projection, it is considered that you remain attached to your physical body through a silver umbilical type cord and some people can see it while astral projecting. It is considered that when you astral project you are consciously aware of the things which are out of your physical body.
The practice of astral projecting depends on the mind-set of a person because some people can experience this phenomenon naturally whereas others don’t remove their consciousness from the physical body and never learn to astral project due to fear. People who say that they had experienced this phenomenon often say that their spirit had left their physical body temporarily and moved in another dimension which is known as the spirit world or the astral plane. The concept of astral projection has around and has been practiced for thousands of years. According to physics, the subconscious mind contains the astral body which results in falling dreams or waking up with a falling sensation or a sudden jerk. Conscious mind cannot remember most of these dreams thus, it makes the experience of astral projection a subject of subjectivity.
Relation between astral projection and lucid dreaming
The core experience of astral projection is considered like sleep paralysis and wake induced lucid dreaming. During these experiences, you may feel half asleep in bed and feel paralyzed. You are aware that you are lying in bed and there are some funny sensations which are going on around you. You begin to feel floating, as you feel further dissociated from your body. As long as you are awake and your body starts falling asleep, your awareness will naturally start transferring to a more flexible replica body known as a dream body. Thus, you can call this experience as a spirit or astral body travel or even as a lucid dream and it all depends on your perspective. But, it is important that you should not confuse this with the real body.
Experiences are classified into two types viz., internal experience and external experience. An externally generated experience is presented in the same way across the population whereas internally generated experiences are highly subjective. If astral projections are considered to be real, then in case of external experiences, we would all be able to see the same beings, same gods, same angels, irrespective of cultural differences and religious views whereas in case of internal experiences, spiritualists would only see angels and UFO-logists would only see aliens because that’s what they are expected to see. Thus, it can be inferred that external experiences depends on reality and is independent of people whereas internal experiences depend on mind and can be driven by conscious and unconscious expectations.
During the experience of astral projection, you may travel to different astral planes and see layers of ethereal realities shaped because of light and energy. In case of lucid dreamers, the expectation principle will work in your favor whereas for astral traveler, both the conscious and unconscious power of expectation can be a major hindrance. Lucid dreams can be used to manifest dream figures and objects and can change the scenery and fulfill your greatest desires.
In a lucid dream, you are in a dream world and the characters in it are the fabrication of your own mind. Since, these are not real you can control them and can create anything like a donut by just snapping your finger or can create a Porsche, but none of these are actually there. In case of astral projection, you are awake while leaving your body and there are no dream elements in it. When you separate your soul from your body there is no question whether you are dreaming or not, it is just like anything you have experienced in your dream.
How to astral project?
You need to be careful while going for experiencing astral project and if you are totally new to it then the following steps can be followed. In case of any difficulty during this phenomenon, just relax, keep your mind clear, and think that you have total control of it. For going back into your body, you just need to think about it.
- Relax your mind and body and for this you may choose to meditate or perform a series of deep breath. You need to ensure that you inhale deeply and your breaths are not shallow. In case you know any good body relaxation meditation, then perform it, else tense your muscles and release them one at a time.
- After you get into relaxed state, just enter a hypnotic state where your mind is at the edge of sleep. Then, lie down and focus on any object and stare at it until you visualize it perfectly even after closing your eyes.
- With your eyes still closed and while you are visualizing your chosen object, enter into a deeper state of relaxation. Then, look around with your eyes closed and gaze into the darkness. After some time, you will see some light patterns dancing across your eyes and after ignoring them, they will disappear on their own. After they disappear, you may realize that you have entered a deeper state of relaxation. You will feel so relaxed that you will no longer be aware of your physical body.
- After this, once you start feeling the vibrations, it is the moment when your astral body begins to leave your physical body.
- Focus on these vibrations as they will travel throughout your body and try to control them by using your willpower.
Overview of astral projections
Astral projection is a controversial subject which touches on that sensitive spot where people hold their personal, religious, and spiritual views. Astral projection is likely to occur when you consciously try to separate your astral body from your real body. As some people believe that if your body houses your soul, then astral projection is the separation of these two and with the astral body felt to be carried away during astral projection, your consciousness is likely to go away with it.
During astral projection experiences, when your body is still left behind in a sort of inactive state, your body is still alive and functioning even though your astral body has left you. A silver cord is said to be attached to your astral body with your real body, which keeps you connected and if this silver cord is cut, then it is considered that you would die. While in a projected state, it is considered that you can do lot of things like encountering negative, low energy humans and get to know them, visiting and conversating with high energy humans, helping lost souls in finding their way to the after-life, meeting and conversating with deceased relatives, visiting friends who were astral, flying around the planet for fun, going to other planets and realms, having interesting conversations with spiritual guides and others, etc.
An important thing during astral projection to be sure of is not to be afraid of death. This will lead you to comfort and explore and understand the universe better. But, there is no need for you to experience this unless you are very much involved in understanding and exploring the world. Without experiencing it, you can choose to live a full and satisfying life.
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