also known as an out-of-body experience, is a state in which
we dream or day dream about flying
or floating to places where we may meet spirit
guides, guardian angels
or deceased relatives. Some people report experiencing themselves
rising above their body whilst it lies sleeping below. Its
a state in which our etheric body, spirit or mind separates
from the physical body, as it sleeps. As it does this the etheric
body begins to operate at a higher frequency allowing it
to travel to the astral plane.
Psychics say that their consciousness or soul is transferred
into an astral body or double. However, astral travel
isnt restricted to psychics
but can be learnt and practised by any one. Through conscious
astral projection one is able to remember events occurring during
an astral journey. Conscious astral projection can be induced
through deep meditative states. Some individuals leave their
bodies from the solar plexus area, while others leave from the
third eye or the crown chakra.
isnt restricted to psychics or students of metaphysics.
Any one can achieve it through meditation or lucid dreaming.
It is also a common practice of Shamans to use drums, rattles,
chanting and dance to bring about an altered state of consciousness
where astral projection is induced. Astral travel or out- of-
body experience is treated as a normal aspect of some cultures,
for example tribes in New Guinea believe that the soul travels
astrally during the night and experiences are remembered vividly
in the morning. Astral projection was also used by many ancient
civilisations including the Aztec Indians and the Egyptians.
It is also a highly sort after goal in neo-Paganism.
Some psychics and
metaphysical researches regard the astral body or spirit body
as a separate part of our being and that our consciousness or
soul exists in a world known as the astral plane. This more
subtle, energy body, is believed to carry the consciousness
outside of the physical body to the astral plane. The subtle
body (the term "light body" is sometimes used in this
context) is attached to the physical body by means of a connection
via the chakras, which usually takes
the appearance of a silver umbilical cord. Some psychics say
that this cord could be severed when you astral project, thereby
making it impossible to come back to your body. Other psychics
say that the silver cord is connected to you when you enter
the physical body for the first time, and it is not cut again
until you leave for the last time.
is based on the ability to keep youre body asleep, yet
at the same time keeping your mind awake. Sleeping light enough
to be aware of yourself passing in and out of the hypnagogic
state in order to induce the right state of mind attains this.
There are aids that can be purchased which also help induce
OBE. These vary from speakers that fit under your pillow to
playing relaxation CDs and light & sound machines
which produce flashing lights and sounds in precise patterns
in sophisticated glasses or goggles
There are also many
books and CDs that can also teach you simple, proven methods
for becoming fully conscious in the dream state. These tools
claim to help you consciously explore and use dreams for self-discovery,
creativity, fantasy fulfilment, emotional healing, and profound
Probably Robert Monroe
at the Monroe Institute in USA did the most scientific research
done into astral projection. Originally a businessman, Monroe
began to have out of body experiences that drastically changed
his life. He found himself leaving his physical body and travelling
via a "second body" to explore places far removed
from physical reality or the constraints of death or time. He
formed to Monroe institute, which pioneered and developed the
mind expansion field resulting in practical audio techniques
and programs that are available from http://www.hemisyncforyou.com.
Our brains produce patterns of electrical activity. Different
patterns indicate different mental states, such as rest (Alpha),
deep sleep (Delta), meditation (Theta), physical activity (Beta).
The audio technology is based on encouraging the natural functioning
of the brain to coherent brainwave activity.