All About Astral Travel
Astral travel is often called an out-of-body experience. It is the conscious separation of the astral body from the physical body.
This results in an altered state of consciousness. There are a large amount of techniques that can be used to achieve this including meditation, trance and imagination techniques.
A large number of people who experience astral travel report that the experience happened from a vantage point such as high in the sky looking down. A number of controlled tests have taken place which support the excistence of astral travel.
Astral travel has also been reported by some people who have had a near death experience. Some people who have had this type of experience have reported watching their operation and recalling conversations among hospital staff.
The astral body is often reported as being joined to the physical body by a silver cord - an etheric umbilical cord. Some people believe that if the cord breaks while in astral travel you will not be able to return to the physical body.
How Common Is Out of Body Experience
Research indicates that between 5 to 10% of people have experienced an out of body experience. That amonuts to as much as 30 million in the USA alone. A further 85% of those people indicated that had the experience while resting or trying to sleep.
In some cases an out of body experience has occured during high speed travelling. Both aircraft pilots and motor cycle riders have reported the experience. Some pilots reported finding themselves out of the plane trying to get back in. Yet at the same time being aware that still also in the plane and flying it.
There are reported cases where the person has travelled a large distance to another place and even held a conversation which has been confirmed by those present.
Natural & Voluntary Astral Travel
There are a number of differences between deliberate and spontaneous astral travel. People who experience spontaneous out of body report a body shape that is usually an exact double of their physical body. People who experience deliberate out of body report a body shape that is altered at will. They also report a type of joining to the body such as a silver cord. There are also many similarities between the two.
- Both experiences report an increased sense of energy and vitality.
- A much higher sense of sight and hearing.
- Experiences of strange sounds such as loud bangs.
- An altered sense of vibration of the consciousness.
People who have experienced an out of body have a much stronger belief in life after death. One of the most interesting points is that people people report that the experience retains its sense of realness indefinitely.
Are We Perhaps Just Dreaming?
Characteristics of dreams are that they are unlike real life. Dreams are often vague, hard to remember in full and fade over time. The character of astral travel is that it is real. The experience is easily remembered in detail and the experience does not fade over time. Also astral travel can happen while the person is awake.
During experiments on astral travel volunteers who were able to leave their body were wired up to an Electroencephalograph machine. The EEG instruments are monitered by electrodes placed on the volunteers scalp. These electrodes record the electrical potential of the celebrial cortex. The following results were recorded :
- Alpha waves decrease.
- Beta waves increase, indicting the volunteer is awake.
- Electrodermal activity falls.
- Respiration rate increases.
- REM is absent.
- No Theta or Delta waves.
The tests show something is happening, but not exactly what that is.
Another test involved getting a person to project and getting him to reveal numbers that were written on a board in the next room. Seven numbers were used in this test. However the volunteer was at no stage able to recall the seven numbers. However he did on one occasion recall six numbers in the exact order. This in itself indicates something.
In another test a female volunteer was able to recall conversations in another room.
There is certainly a need for more testing over a long period with large groups of volunteers in a controlled situation so as to establish some sort of scientific opinion on this.
Theories of Astral Travel
Some people say we are always out. That the feeling is in fact that we become aware of the fact. That in fact nothing leaves the body because we are having the experience on a continual situation. This theory however offers no explanation as to the feeling of leaving or returning.
Some people think that astral projection is Lucid Dreaming. However when one examines the evidence from EEG readings it tends to indicate there is a clear difference.
Some people feel that Astral Travel is just an Hallucination. Physiologically the two are very similar. Both have a sense of realness. Both have heightened sense of vision of vision and hearing. There is one major difference though. A person who has experienced both Astral travel and a hallucination can easily distinguish between the two.
Some people say that Astral travel is just a Psychosis of some kind. This is a very negative approach and in fact insulting. It also does not stand up to close inspection.
Astral Travel Tips
- Be calm and relaxed.
- Do not be over full in the stomach or feeling hungry.
- Practice only when your mind is focused.
- Room temperature should be comfortable.
- Stay balanced.
People who are having relationship problems usually have difficulty in projecting. Build a support system around you on this. Talk to others about astral projection. Join a newsgroup. Do not use astral projection for the wrong reasons.
Getting Back In
Getting back in after Astral Travel is as simple as just willing yourself back in. Also you will find that any ocurrance such as a strange noise, wind or light will take you straight back in. There is no evidence to suggest you will not be able to get back in, get taken over, not find your body or any other such thing. Getting back in is simple and straight forward.