Table of Contents
Astral projection and out-of-body experiences are topics that have been fascinating people for centuries.
With more people being revived after clinical death, there are more stories and many of them are similar in content.
- A Little History on OBE’s and Astral Projection
- What Science Says
- What is an OBE
- What is Astral Projection
- My Personal Astral Projection Experiences
- A Dream Astral Projection
- My Conclusions
- Your Turn To Astral Project
We’ll look a little bit into the phenomenon and see what we can learn.
OBE’s Astral Projection Similar
We’ll look at OBE’s or Out of Body experiences and Astral Projection together as they are similar in type.
Many sources make a distinction between them based on volition, whether it happens voluntarily or involuntarily.
Although OBE’s are typically leaving the body because of trauma or dying for a short time before being revived, astral projection is often considered to be something that is accomplished by means of using certain techniques.
I believe that astral projection can occur spontaneously as well.
After all, how could we have known it was possible to try if it hadn’t happened to someone once.
A Little History on OBE’s and Astral Projection
Cultures throughout history have had stories about people leaving their bodies. Most of those stories have been in their spiritual teachings.
Egypt talked about their Ba, depicted as a bird, floating or hovering over their bodies.
Presumably, this was after they had actually died. There must have been some type of experience for them to think along these lines in the first place.
In several eastern traditions, such as Taoism and Hinduism, there are stories of practitioners leaving their bodies and visiting other people or even performing miracles.
These are similar in some ways to things some people claim have happened to them, except with more of a spiritual bent.
Other older aboriginal cultures talked of leaving their bodies to go on quests or to gain information or answers to questions.
Whatever the truth of some of these, people have been talking about astral traveling for centuries.
What is an OBE?
An out-of-body experience happens when a person has a traumatic experience.
They suffer extreme injury or actually die for a short time.
For many, the scenario follows pretty much the same pattern.
The person sees a light or a tunnel and they may feel compelled to travel down it.
Some see a pretty green field or other nature scenes at the end of it.
Very often there are family members or friends who have passed on to meet them or spiritual beings that feel benevolent offering advice.
The majority are told to return to their lives.
A few others don’t see this at all and instead find themselves hovering over their bodies and looking down at whatever is happening, a resuscitation for the most part.
All of this is considered to happen without the person’s conscious volition.
What is Astral Projection?
Astral projection, on the other hand, is thought to happen voluntarily. You make it happen.
It’s thought that there is an astral body connected to our physical body. It houses our soul or spirit.
I believe these two are pretty much the same.
The astral is considered to be a plane very close to our physical plane where spirits, angels, and other entities reside.
This is the realm where our astral body goes when it’s projected.
There are several methods put forth by which you can leave your body and go traipsing through the astral.
Some people suggest that you master lucid dreaming, whereby you train yourself to notice when you’re dreaming and then take control of the dream.
This can be done by telling yourself to notice a trigger item in the dream, such as an apple, and when you see an apple you’ll remember that you’re dreaming and go from there.
Or they suggest that you ask yourself periodically throughout the day if you’re dreaming.
At some point, it will become a habit and will occur while you’re dreaming.
When you can answer yes to that question, then you are in control and dreaming lucidly. From there, you can then will yourself out of your body.
Another method involves meditation. You get into a deep meditative state and then consciously tell yourself to leave your body.
There are many methods online and you can check them out and see if they work for you.
If you look online or in bookstores, you’ll find a lot on these topics.
And the ones I’ve seen all say that the main distinction between these types of soul/body separation is that one is voluntary and the other involuntary.
But, I had a few experiences and they weren’t out-of-body experiences since there was no trauma and I didn’t die.
All I can figure is that I astral projected and I wasn’t trying for that at all.
My Personal Astral Projection Experiences
There were three instances where I feel as if I left my body. Two during meditation and one while asleep.
Not Alone in My Room
One was when I was lying flat on my back in bed trying to meditate.
Just counting breaths, one on the in-breath, two on the out-breath, three on the in-breath, and four on the out-breath.
Then repeat. Normally I have trouble quieting my mind, but this time I relaxed easily.
I thought I heard the shower running and looked towards the bathroom. The light was on when it hadn’t been before.
The next I knew I was sitting on the end of my bed and looking at my body lying there.
There was a girl sitting on the floor and another sitting on my dresser. A third, presumably, was in the shower. I thought I knew them somehow.
Then I was back in my body and back to normal awareness.
I looked toward the bathroom but the light was off and there was no water running.
Pulled Out of My Body
Another time I was doing the same meditation when I felt someone grab me and pull me out.
We went through the walls and the ceiling and flew around at breakneck speed, in and out and around. I fought to get it to let go, as it terrified me.
I finally went back into my body but felt arms touching mine and I still tried to get them to let go. Then I came back to full awareness.
As I calmed down, I felt emotions of chagrin in the air, for want of a better description and the thought came into my mind “We thought you were ready.”
I wonder if those girls were spirit guides or something and were trying to help me see what was possible.
This only happened these two times and only in that apartment, so who knows.
They could have been dreams as well, but it didn’t feel like it.
I don’t think they were lucid dreams, either, because I wasn’t aware of dreaming, but of being out of my body and didn’t take control of it.
A Dream Astral Projection
The last situation did happen during a dream.
I was asleep and dreaming and the next thing I knew I was at my friends’ apartment.
I was seeing everything from another plane, it was dark but I could see and hear them through this veil.
They were having a fight, arguing and yelling and the sound was very loud.
I could feel the emotions in the air and it was overwhelming. I tried to get them to see or hear me, but they couldn’t.
Finally, I huddled down on the floor, put my arms over my head, wished to be out of there, and found myself back in my dream.
The next time I saw them, I told them about the strange dream I’d had about them.
They looked at each other uncomfortably and asked what day.
I told them it had been Friday and they looked at each other nervously.
One of them said, “It’s not nice to spy from the astral” and they admitted that they had had a fight.
I had already been awake by the time they had it, but it was only off by about two hours.
So I may have astral projected to their apartment and a couple of hours into the future.
They had been in the room I saw and the fight had been pretty intense.
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Out Of Body Experience Books
There are also out-of-body experience books.
One of the ones I read was Journeys Out of the Body by Robert A. Monroe in which I found that the feeling of someone touching my arms that night was the feel of my own soul lying on top of my body preparatory to going back in.
That was a comforting feeling and made me feel better about it.
There’s also a plethora of books and articles about near-death experiences and what is common among them.
A few have been written by physicians who gathered stories from their patients.
A word of caution though. There is a religious cult that is writing books on topics that are paranormal and on other religions or spiritualities.
These books and videos look as if they were written by someone who knows about the topic and there is often no indication that it is really about their religion.
The intent is to lure you away from your interest and get you to convert to their beliefs.
They will attempt to scare you as well. If you start to see references to the devil or hell or many references to God and Jesus or Bible verses, the book isn’t legitimate.
Although many books on these topics will reference Bible verses it won’t be so often and it won’t be the same type.
Legitimate OBE’s don’t push anyone’s religious belief. They all have a similar, loving experience and the experience is brief, even if it seems a bit longer.
They will be positive, not negative. So, just be discerning and pick up some good ones.
Books on Astral Projection
Here are some books that look good. This one looks like it feels that obe’s are the same as astral projection but still looks good.
Some of these books I have read and provide good information on Astral Projection.
Out of Body Experiences: How to Have Them and What to ExpectAvailable on Kindle and Paperback.
Journeys Out of the BodyAvailable on Kindle, Audible, Hardcover, and Paperback.
Life After Life
This book is one of the ones that brought these occurrences to the public’s attention.Available on Kindle, Audible, and Paperback.
OBE’s are also known as near-death experiences. This book is one of the ones that brought these occurrences to the public’s attention and is very good.
What Science Says
For the most part, science can’t prove that OBE’s or astral projections actually occur outside of the body.
Most of this is based on the assumption of a soul, which can’t be located or seen by scientific methods.
So, the general consensus is that these experiences are caused by a problem in the brain, either trauma from a blow, lack of oxygen during a time when clinical death occurs, a mental disorder, or the use of hallucinogens.
In attempts to see if a person left their body, items or pictures were placed on top of high cabinets, since many people who have claimed to leave their bodies said that they were floating up towards the ceiling.
The person would be asked what those items or pictures were on their “return”.
The only problem was that either an OBE didn’t occur or it happened in another room, so there was no conclusive evidence obtained.
My feeling is that science helps explain some things, like time-lapses, that are more objective or described in physics and simply can’t explain those things that are subjective, like astral projection or seeing the future.
There are some scientists that are taking the possibility seriously, but they aren’t getting the support some of the others are.
Hopefully, the means to study this scientifically while accepting the concept of a soul will be discovered soon.
For me, pretty much any psychic or paranormal event is fascinating, but OBE’s and astral projection is low on my list of what I’d like to experience.
So, I guess I have what they call out-of-body experience anxiety. Lucid dreaming is fun.
I’ve had two spontaneous experiences with that and once I knew I was dreaming I did all kinds of things.
Flew, broke things and put them back together, created things out of thin air, etc.
But, leaving my body, if that’s what I did, isn’t something that I would like to repeat.
Lots of people do want to do that, though, and I know that could be a real adventure.
Your Turn to Astral Project
It’s a way of knowing that we survive death, since we leave our bodies then too, only permanently.
This is only a foretaste. Maybe if I had known what was happening at the time, I would have gotten more into it.
Perhaps those were spirits who helped me along and I did apologize for fighting them that one time and thanked them for trying to show me what was possible, just in case.
If you’d like to experiment with out-of-body travel, take a look online and see what techniques are available.
If you have either astral projected or had a near-death or out-of-body experience, let us know in the comments.
It will help others validate their own experiences and give us some assurance of life after death.
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