What is astral travel? Is it real? Imaginary? The byproduct of an overactive imagination or a genuine spiritual experience? If you are anything like I once was, the simple truth is that you are probably pretty skeptical that any of this stuff could be true, right? I mean, the idea that your soul or spirit can actually LEAVE your body at will is pretty far fetched, even for those of us who DO believe that the “soul” is real.
What IS astral travel, anyway? What does it mean?
Good question! It’s commonly thought of an INTENTIONAL exercise of allowing your etheric, or “spirit” body to separate or split from your physical self, allowing your TRUE self to explore and adventure through the astral realms.
Sound confusing? The easiest way to explain astral projection is that your MIND is not inside of your brain, but rather…..can project, and have experiences at a great distance from your physical form.
Is astral projection and astral travel different ideas, or are they really the same thing?
From my perspective, they are the exact same thing. Some “purists” will get hung up on the language of describing an experience, and will use one or the other to refer to specific styles of events. For simplicity sake, and because I think “names” are often nonsense, I call any willful experience that involves the separation of mind and spirit from body, and involves exploring locales NOT proximal to where you are, astral travel.
What about Out of Body Experiences? Are they the same thing as well?
Similar. And many scientists refer to all of these experiences interchangeably. To me though, an OBE is often short, NOT intentional, and is often not so adventurous at all. (often the experience lasts mere moments….and you only really “travel” to an elevated position in the room where you are) OBE’s are often more related to danger, trauma or even near death experiences. (about 18% of people who die and are resuscitated will report a traditional NDE, which usually involves some element of being out of the body and observing what is happening)
The REAL secret to having your first astral projection experience?
Strangely – it’s BELIEF. Having an open mind. Believing that all of this stuff is possible, opening your mind, and being receptive that you are MORE than a physical body, and have a spiritual, eternal component…..whatever you want to call it. If you couple belief with commitment, I truly believe that ANYONE can get first hand proof that astral projection is in fact a REAL phenomena that WILL forever change the way you look at the world, and your place in it!