We have discussed the basics of lucid dreaming, how to prepare for lucid dreaming, and what to expect from lucid dreaming over the past few blog posts, but there is one subject we have left out so far: astral projection, an advanced phenomena that, when experienced, can truly open one’s mind about the possibilities in our universe. But what is astral projection? Is it dangerous? Is it even real?
What is astral projection?
Astral projection, as defined by Wikipedia, “is an interpretation of an out-of-body experience (OBE) that assumes the existence of an "astralbody" separate from the physical body and capable of travelling outside it.” In layman’s terms, astral projection is the phenomenon when one’s astral body, which we all have, actually leaves the body behind and can travel anywhere they wish, even to what is known as the “astral plane,” a plane of existence in the universe accessed only by astral bodies.
Once the astral body leaves the physical body, it will be tethered to it by a silver cord, a “lifeline” if you will, and it is through this silver cord that you will be able to come back. Some people believe that if that cord is cut, you will perish, some believe that the cord can only be tampered with, while others believe the cord is your indestructible connection to your body.
It seems like there’s a lot to take in, but don’t worry. We will have a more in-depth discussion about the astral plane, the silver cord, and even more details about astral projection in a future blog post, so stay tuned!
What is the difference between astral projection/OBE (out of body experience) and lucid dreaming?
With both being very vivid experiences, one can easily deduce astral projection and lucid dreaming to be one and the same. But they can’t be any more different. To put it simply, lucid dreaming is internal, astral projection is an external experience.
When you lucid dream, everything you experience happens within your mind, influenced by your mind’s control over your dream. In essence, it is an “internal journey” if you will, to worlds and events of our own making.
When you perform astral projection, everything you experience happens outside your mind, whether it’s in our world or the astral plane. The only thing you can control is how your astral body moves, and how it acts, but everything else is simply there for you to experience. It is an “external journey.”
Lucid dreaming -can sometimes- lead to astral projection, however.
As for OBEs (out of body experiences), they are similar in that there is a departure from the physical body that happens, but different because astral projection is a conscious effort we execute, while OBEs are usually associated with times of duress, like being near death or sometimes just being very stressed.
We will be discussing the differences between the three and how lucid dreaming can lead to astral projection in a future blog post.
Basic elements for astral projection
There are many methods that one can employ to perform astral projection, but all of them rely on a few basic elements for the body to project.
- A relaxed environment for the person to stay in. Any place where one can lay down or sit down comfortably.
- Controlled meditative breathing that can allow the mind to relax further and be void of any thoughts until a state of being numb is reached.
- Exerting the willpower to project the astral body outward. This happens once the body reaches what is known as the vibration phase, a state where the body begins to feel like it’s vibrating and shifting its frequency, like what one feels when there is an electrical current going through, or when holding something that is vibrating fast, like a drill or a massager.
Depending on the method you will use, this process may vary from simply trying to clench your hand into a fist or moving it up and down, to actually trying to do something more complex like reach for a rope or jump out of your body.
4. Once you’re out of your body, you can either explore the world, or explore the astral plane!
What to expect from astral projection
This topic has a lot of possible answers, with some needing a lot of explanation to assuage possible fears and apprehensions people might feel. What you need to know however, is that astral projection will open your mind to things and experiences that you may not have expected, and it is important to know the exact steps on how to deal with them.
We will be discussing the various methods of executing astral projection, how to explore the world and the astral plane, and most importantly, what to expect from astral projection in detail in a future blog post soon. For now, practice getting into that relaxed state of mind that is the very first step for astral projection using this binaural beats track for meditation.
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