What is astral projection?
1- "An out-of-body experience (OBE) is the feeling of departing from ones body and observing both one's self and the world from outside one's body"
2- "In astral projection the conscious mind leaves the physical body and moves into the astral body."
There have been thousands of documented scientific experiments confirming that astral travel is real.
Susan Blackmore, the former parapsychologist was quoted for many years in paranormal studies and worked continuously to verify this phenomena. She had a paranormal experience after several hours on the Ouija board while stoned on marijuana that sent her on the path of discovery of consciousness beyond the physical body. She was in a period of her life when she deprived herself of sleep--as she herself says; probably because she was a dedicated student and researcher. Any of those factors alone could have helped in attaining an experience.
Her experience: Blackmore floated out of her room in Oxford, hovered over New York and went back in to her room. She says she became very small and entered into one of her toes and finally become so big as the universe.
She becomes a lecturer a well known expert and one day she quits, she no longer believes in the paranormal. I suppose t his is a fluid situation and I am interjecting here that we are not always the same person, form day to day, from year to year. As she said: "Another "psychic" turns up. I must devise more experiments, take these claims seriously. They fail - again. A man explains to me how alien abductors implanted something in his mouth. Tests show it's just a filling, but it might have been".
So now she a skeptic or was when she wrote what she wrote in her home age.
What some the scientists say about self proclaimed alien abductees:
... they have a tendency to believe in fantasies and suffer disturbing experiences in their sleep
... "abductees" also believe in their experiences so deeply that they display real stress symptoms similar to those of traumatized battlefield veterans
... they have episodes of apparent sleep paralysis accompanied by hallucinations
... they had pre-existing new-age beliefs
... they have psycho-physiologic emotional reactions
It is thought there more than five million Americans who believe they have been abducted by extraterrestrials
People seek therapy because they wake up paralyzed and rigid (sleep paralysis, a close component of astral travel). They wake up and see strange beings around them (entities found in the astral plane-aliens?) or find themselves floating or vibrating violently, or engulfed in a bright light ( found in near death experiences). Some people have even gone so far as to say their astral experiences are connected with alien encounters.
Does it appear to be the description of an abduction? Is there a connection?
In view of the following and other information from different experiencers, I ask myself the question: are they extraterrestrials or are they "us" in the future"? This idea is alive in texts and communications from some that claim to be receiving information from extraterrestrials. Can we travel to the future in this way? Are the aliens coming from "a future"?
On the other hand, there are people like Robert A. Monroe (October 30, 1915 - March 17, 1995) whose institute still runs classes to develop altered consciousness and to experience OBEs/astral travel. He subjected himself to different experiments until he discovered what he called Hemi-Sync *, a process to induce astral travel or help enhance consciousness. According to his own account, while experimenting with sleep-learning in 1958, Monroe experienced an unusual phenomenon, which he described as sensations of paralysis and vibration accompanied by a bright light that appeared to be shining on him from a shallow angle. Monroe goes on to say that this occurred another nine times over the next six weeks, culminating in his first out-of-body experience. I have read his three books where he describes the increasingly complex accounts of his out of body travels and I was impressed. He was able to move back to a prior "self" in at the moment of dying and helping "him" realize he was dead. In another OBE he talks to another person and we later learn that that person was his future self helping his current personality! Impressive. My view of this phenomena has been greatly enhanced by his three books: Journeys Out of the Body, Far Journeys and The Ultimate Journey, which I have read over three times.
* In 1975, Monroe registered a patent for an audio-visual device designed to stimulate brain functions until the left and right hemispheres became synchronized. Monroe held that this state, dubbed Hemi-Sync (hemispherical synchronization), could be used to promote mental well being or to trigger an altered state of consciousness. Monroe's concept was based on an earlier hypothesis known as binaural beats and has since been expanded on a commercial basis by the self help industry. (wikipedia)
On his astral travels Monroe learned about different "locales" where he could find himself during an OBE. First of the locales was a representation of the physical world. On one specific occasion he managed to go out and visit a friend, Dr. Bradshaw, who was ill. He could later describe the clothes he and his wife were wearing on that day, but not only that, he had found the couple outside the home, which he did not expect since the doctor, to his knowledge, was ill in bed. He called them later and he learned that he had decided to come out at that precise moment to get fresh air, thinking it would help him get better. So much for the hallucination theory. On a similar note, individual experiences by other people corroborate that.
Serious and dedicated scientists have looked into this phenomena, astral travel and sleep paralysis (associated with it), with great enthusiasm and open eyes. We are discovering a new country, different worlds within worlds or consciousness within consciousness. People experiment, meditate, use different techniques like Hemi-Sinc, beverages and music; some get to experience OBEs and some don't. We are all different and have different capabilities. The many "locales" may represent concurrent worlds within the physical world, beyond what we can actually see with our physical eyes. Many different kinds of "life" can inhabit these worlds or dimensions.
Some people believe we humans are multidimensional beings and that we are not aware of the capabilities to live in these many other worlds, although we do it unconsciously. Is the next evolution of the human race to consciously travel these dimensional worlds consciously? I believe that the answer is yes and the proof is in the being able to experience these altered states naturally as we evolve into higher beings.
An experiencer of lucid dreams.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
What is astral projection?
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