Do you wish you could afford a vacation to Hawaii every week? Do you dream of total freedom? Or do you just need a break from everyday life? You might want to learn astral projection, as a way to take a dream journey anywhere, anytime.
What is Astral Projection?
Astral projection is an experience in which your conscious mind temporarily separates from your physical body. Advanced astral projection practitioners can travel to exotic, distant locations, while their bodies sleep, thousands of miles away. Like many psychic arts, astral projection is thought to be an innate ability, but it must be developed. While there are those who connect with their gift early in childhood, it is believed that everyone is capable of learning this skill.
Astral projection has been recorded across cultures for millenia, but the specifics vary from culture to culture. In Hindu texts, spiritual gurus can perform miracles by leaving their bodies. Compare this benevolent practice, for example, to the Japanese Ikiryo, a “living ghost” that comes into existence when a person’s anger grows to an uncontainable level, and a spiritual “avatar” springs into existence, to act out their vengeful fantasies. Whether an astral body is manifested by a benevolent yogi or by someone consumed by anger, the mechanics of leaving the body are similar.
The Silver Cord
In modern astral projection, certain terminology has become common. Foremost, is the silver cord. Described as a tether that links the body and soul, it is an elastic cable, a sort of spiritual umbilical cord. The term is derived from a biblical passage (Ecclesiastes 12:6-7):
Remember him, before the silver cord is severed, or the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring or the wheel broken at the well, and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
Astral projection practitioners interpret this as a metaphor for the union of body and soul. Many also actually see and feel it in their out of body projections. Whether the cord is a metaphor or an exact description is unknown.
There is somecontroversy about whether the silver cord could be damaged during an out of body experience. Some argue that it’s nature is unbreakable, and can never to be severed until the moment of death. Others argue, that the physical body is vulnerable during an astral projection, and malevolent spirits and demons wandering the astral plane might use the opportunity to possess the body. If this is a concern for you, you can enlist a guardian Angel. In any case, it is advisable to take precautions so that the physical body is safe during an out of body experience.
Astral Projection and Lucid Dreaming
It’s often believed that astral projections occur during sleep, without our awareness, and that dreams are merely half remembered out of body experiences. Many believe that lucid dreaming and astral projection are one and the same experience. The experience of consciously awakening within your dream, is called a lucid dream. It’s usually hall marked by the ability to explore, interact, and alter the dream story as it is playing out. It’s easy to see the parallels between a lucid dream and astral projection, and the connection is worth exploring. Keep a dream journal to record your dreams immediately upon awakening.
Learning Astral Projection
Meditation. It’s the best ways to get in touch with your spiritual self. Meditation is an all around psychic workout. Any type of meditation is a great way to “get in the zone” for astral projection. You cannot get your mind free, when you’re worried about a to-do list, or your job. You must “free your mind” if you want the freedom astral projection provides.
Visualization. Start by simply imagining your spirit rising gently out of your physical body, and joined by a delicate but strong silver cord, hovering a few feet overhead. Look at your body beneath you, taking in the details. With practice, the difference between “imagining” and “doing” will disappear.
Listen. Some experienced astral projection practitioners have found that certain music can aid their out of body experience. Wordless, ambient compositions are generally good for this purpose. You may have a song in mind, but if not, there are some choices available, here.
Developing Your Out of Body Practice
You won’t become an astral projection adept after one experience. It can take years of practice to achieve an out of body experience, even with regular practice. If you’re frustrated with your progress, you might consider seeking a teacher’s guidance. But whether you go it alone or seek out help, don’t get discouraged if your first try isn’t an immersive journey to paradise. Just trust that you are learning, and maintain your curiousity as you progress down the road.