We have the ability to travel out of our body since we were born, but we are not aware of this ‘power’ that was given to us with our birth.
Astral projection is not a modern spiritual procedure, it is known through the history for a long time. It was familiar to the ancient civilizations and it was manifested, described and interpreted in different ways.
The term astral projection was present for a long time, but until today it was unfamiliar for the human world. With the development of the science new levels of knowledge were discovered and answers were found for the questions about the life in the physical body.
Death was explained as transition to another dimension or place of existence, and the astral projection is interpreted as a process of division of the spirit from the physical body. With usage of astral projection we can explore our inner world and become conscious about ourselves. Our limited awareness gets bigger dimensions, because previously the man has lost touch the use of his own mind. The man is conscious only about the physical world and that is the only reality that exists. People were confident that real things are those that can be perceived with the senses, but the mind has abilities that go beyond the borders of the five senses of the physical world. Our physical body is given to us to carry out our duties, but the astral projection allows us to project out of the body and into the next realm of existence, which is the astral realm. This was researched and argued by philosophers and religious people from time immemorial. Until now, it has remained elusive discovery. There are some attempts to isolate astral projection from various religious beliefs, so that it is seen as a purely spiritual doctrine. For many centuries, the teachings of certain churches have been that some things are mysteries and are not to be questioned.
Astral projection has been as old as the Hindu beliefs of reincarnation and karma
According to historians, the thought of astral projection have been in existence from the time man was first able to have intellectual inclinations. The thought that you can leave your body behind and travel to alternate plane creates a lot of curiosity.
People who want to explore this phenomenon must first overcome the obstacle of fear, which will present itself in many forms. The fear of death, pain, injury, the unknown or the fear of evil may loom up before them and become an obstacle. These mental creations were used through the centuries. People were creating different mental dimensions and the same were explored by experts. People were experiencing this phenomenon to face their biggest fears or to meet people that they love, but they are not near in the reality. These assumptions were made from people that knew about the existence of OBE, but they wanted ordinary people to stay away from this phenomenon and not be informed about it because they were afraid of the consequences.
Astral projection can’t be considered for a modern spiritual procedure, because the ancient civilizations were familiar with it. This is one of the oldest ways to achieve inner peace through meditation and out of body experiences. Written records can show that astral projection has been as old as the Hindu beliefs of reincarnation and karma. According to different written accounts, India is considered as the birth place of astral projections, but there are some other evidences that point out Egypt and the lost city of Atlantis as the areas where were found the roots of this phenomenon.
Maybe the first notion of out of body experience would have originated when the man began thinking how to continue living even after death, the curiosity about what comes next motivated the people to explore more widely beyond their limits and to think about the eternal life, experiences in it and something that exists somewhere but is hidden from our eyes while we are in our physical body. The idea that the spirit is distinct entity and very different from the physical body is illuminating! This process can be connected with the theory of reincarnation. When the death was closer, the desire to live becomes stronger and people were trying to explain the separation of the soul from the body. We can encounter stories and myths that describe this in the most ancient literature.
Anthropologists have found that OBE beliefs appear in about 95% of the world’s cultures.
The ancient tribes in Africa and Asia believed in life after death and they had their gods that protected the tribe from evil spirits and forces. According to these tribes, the soul has the ability to separate from the physical body, to travel around and collect experience and to come back on the Earth in a different shape or to settle in another living creature. Same believes where are represented in the culture of the Native Americans.
Many traditional texts mention the shamans, individuals who were able to travel through the time and space with usage of astral projection. They have overcome the common perceptual mindset of space-time conditioning. Shamans are able to bilocate themselves, that they move in space, can go far and come back in a moment; they can be therapists or magicians. According to these people, astral projection is one of the most salient features of the mystical tradition underlying most of the major religions.
The concept of astral projection has been around and used for a long time on the territory of ancient China. It has been associated with the New Age movement. In this culture we can encounter a Taoist alchemical practice which involves creation of an energy body breathing meditations, drawing energy into a ‘pearl’ that is then circulated. This is about falling asleep and division of the spirit from the body so it seems that in the room there are two people, one laying on the ground and the other floating above. When the person hears the drums, the soul and the body merged into one and the person woke up. This is from one Chinese legend about the division of the body and the spirit.
It was mentioned in the Bible too, there were various evidences of cases of conscious projections.
Astral projection is forbidden for Roman Catholics because the soul, containing all reason, thought, memories, emotion, attitudes, and beliefs, the soul leaves the physical body while the person is awakes, this phenomenon can cause development of bizarre belief systems, as a consequence of improperly interpreted sensations from the reality elevated from, and parallel to three dimensional reality. The soul achieves agnostic state, which is indifferent toward The Holy Trinity. A human soul, when detached from the physical body, during a waking state, without the protection of The Roman Catholic God, Jesus Christ, is very vulnerable to molestation by demons.
Almost all ancient cultures shared similar beliefs about the eternal nature of the human soul, the incarnation and the ability of the soul to travel metaphysically. The astral projection was explained on different ways with very poor vocabulary and examples because the people were familiar with the phenomenon but the science wasn’t so advanced. Now days it has bigger dimensions because the scientist invented terms to describe it so it could be understandable for everyone.
Today, spiritual counselors, teachers and guides help people to learn the art of astral projection and to be able to practice it. Thanks to this phenomenon people are able to explore their inner world.