The Dangers of Astral Projection (and How to Do It Right)
Astral projection is an intentional out-of-body experience (OBE) that assumes the existence of a soul or consciousness. This is called an "astral body," which is separate from the physical body and capable of traveling outside it throughout the universe. The practice can be a useful tool in a person’s spiritual journey. Even if you don’t choose to incorporate it into your beliefs, it’s still an interesting concept. Like all spiritual practices, certain cautions need to be taken, and misconceptions must be cleared up.
Myths About Out-of-Body Experiences
Two of the biggest misconceptions I’ve come across are the fear of getting "lost" while on your journey and of your body being susceptible to possession.
Neither of these things are possible, and there are ways to ease the fear of them when you first start practicing astral projection.
When you start on your travels, your soul never actually leaves your body. A good way to think about it is that you’re making a copy of yourself, and exploring through that. Like when you dream, you stay in your body, but your attention is directed elsewhere.
This means that whenever you want to return to your body, you can. If something scares you enough, the only thing that will happen is that you’ll wake up safely, though perhaps afraid or unsettled.
This leads to the second myth. Since you’re not truly absent from your body, nothing else would be able to get in without your conscious permission.
It’s unlikely that physical harm will come to your body while you’re mind is elsewhere. For one, if you’re practicing cautiously, you will either have someone else there with you, or your physical safety will have been secured beforehand. As soon as danger first appears, you’ll wake up to deal with the problem.
Dangers of Astral Projection
Astral projection isn’t without its risks, but most of them stem from psychological impact, rather than anything arcane.
- Obsession: Once you get the hang of astral projection, you may want to do it all the time. Like all activities, once it reaches the obsessive level, the rest of your life will begin to suffer. It’s the lack of balance, rather than the astral projection itself, that causes the damage in this case.
- Improper Grounding: The very first thing you should learn how to do is to ground yourself before taking the leap into astral projection. There are countless methods, and there’s nothing wrong with figuring out one of your own. You should use whichever method works best for you.
I’ve had problems with grounding for various reasons. It’s a common problem, but one that can be easily remedied with a little extra study and self-awareness. Lack of grounding can result in things like poor concentration, poor social interaction and even physical problems, usually based in the feet or legs.
These physical problems are the result of your body trying to force you back to earth, and they usually can’t be explained medically. They can range from ankle pain to painful blisters. It’s the pain that pulls at you until you fully return to the everyday world.
- Exhaustion: It is fully possible to return from an astral voyage and experience profound exhaustion. If you don’t know to watch out for it, the feeling can be startling and somewhat depressing. Let yourself sleep, explore your psyche in any way you feel comfortable, and above all, care for yourself.
- Spirit Attachment: It is possible for a lower spirit to attach to you if you haven’t properly shielded. Again, this comes with being ill-prepared to actually take your voyage in the first place. However, it isn’t likely if you keep your intention clear and your protection up.
Tips for Positive Astral Projection
These problems can all be avoided by taking the right steps and keeping a few things in mind.
- Intent: The most important part of astral travel is to have a clear and positive intent from the start. The more positive your attitude and the stronger your intent, the less likely you are to suffer from any of the dangers above. You can hold your intent through using affirmations, prayer, and other methods.
- Grounding: By making sure your connection with the Earth and the physical world is solid, you’ll be free to let your consciousness take the trip to the astral plane. It also eases the transition back, as well. When you do return, take a few extra steps to ground yourself.
Grounding and Protection Meditation
Some people find eating something helps, while others benefit from walking barefoot or doing some light exercise. Visualization or concentrating on your root chakra are also great tools when it comes to grounding yourself.
Protect Yourself Spiritually and Physically: Although it’s highly unlikely that you will come to harm during your travels, it’s still a good idea to set your spiritual protections in place before you start. This adds another level of mental security, which means you can concentrate more at the task at hand. The physical protection is a given. It’s immeasurably more difficult to sink into any sort of meditative state when you’re worried about what’s happening in the physical world around you.
Set Time Aside: Another way to avoid not being grounded enough is to set enough time aside to practice. If you’re interrupted abruptly once you’ve started your astral journey, you’ll wake up too abruptly. When this happens, you may feel as if your body doesn’t “fit” right, and you’ll more than likely feel extremely dazed for quite a while. By letting others know not to disturb you for a certain amount of time, you’ll be able to avoid this eventuality.
Surround Yourself with Positive People: Part of the journey is the people you take it with. By surrounding yourself with positive, loving and, most importantly, trustworthy people, you will benefit from their influence, as they will benefit from yours. You’ll be able to freely share your experiences with each other and work on solving any problems which might arise together.
Find the Right Balance: Since astral travel is only a tool to use towards higher enlightenment, you must remember to balance your life properly. Spirituality is an extremely important part of many people’s lives, but so are their professional life, social life, health, and family. If you neglect any one of these things in favor of another, problems will arise.
By finding the right balance, you’ll be able to foster a sense of positivity and growth. Astral travel isn’t something that should be feared. When you take the time to learn how to do it correctly and continue to care for yourself, you’ll draw all sorts of positivity into your life.
FAQs About Astral Projection
Why do people astral project?
There are many reasons the astral body leaves the physical body, such as to give the physical body needed rest, to gain information about the spirit world, to know the future, to meet other astral beings, to heal the sick.
How does it happen?
Astral projection refers to an out-of-body-experience (OBE) during which the astral body leaves the physical body, traveling what is called the astral plane. People often experience this state of altered consciousness during illness or when involved in a near-death experience, but it is also possible to practice astral projection at will.
Why would you want to do it?
There are many reasons the astral body leaves the physical body, such as to give the physical body needed rest, to gain information about the spirit world, to know the future, to meet other astral beings, and to heal the sick. Astral projection has been a part of many cultures' spiritual traditions for thousands of years.
Can you get stuck in an astral projection?
There shouldn't be any major dangers in astral projection. You should not be able to get "stuck" in a projection. While some people talk about "getting stuck" on the astral plane, this is not possible. Doing it too often, to the point of obsession, might damage your sense of reality, but you do not get stuck.
How Can You Tell if You're Astral Projecting?
When you are nearing your goal of astral projection, your body will start to vibrate. Don't let fear enter you at this moment.
Increased Heart Rate
Your heart rate increases and you could even check it through medical instruments. Again don't fear, this is normal. Typically, your heart rate rushes when you are in a highly active physical state, but in this form of elevation, the more you relax, the more you feel the increase in your heart rate.
Buzzing is yet another sign of astral projection. People have reported hearing different sounds just before or between the projections. Sounds like birds chirping, bells ringing, or other natural sounds are quite common. The more intense and louder the sound is, the more you are near to reaching your goal.
A sense of numbing or detaching is the most evident and strong sign of astral projection. Your body starts to feel numb, and you can’t move your arms or legs at your will. But, don’t worry. It's not a permanent condition.
During the astral projection, your mind could see what you couldn’t see with your physical eyes. Visual hallucinations are another sign of astral projection. The images you see appear even more prominent and vivid, but as they are just hallucinations, you should not be worried about them.
Alterations in Weight
When your astral body is about to leave your physical body, two major things could happen. You'll either feel very heavy (this is because your astral body wants to move, but as it tries to do so, the gravity pulls it with even greater force), or, secondly, you might feel quite light (because you become free from gravitational pull).
Can you do it while you're still awake?
The goal of the astral traveller is to keep their mind awake while their body goes into deep sleep. Meditation is one of the ways that people traditionally do this. But there is a faster, more convenient way of doing it.
How long can astral projection last?
Although it may feel like you have been gone for days, months, or even a few years (for the most experienced travelers), the astral state actually only lasts a few minutes or hours. When projecting, you can feel like you've experienced your whole life, because the projection can last as long as you want it to in your mind. Experienced travelers can control the length of time.
Can you die while astral projecting?
You don't suddenly become immune to the external world when you are having an out-of-body experience. You can still die if you have a heart attack or some other non-related bodily failure that was going to happen anyway. But no, you cannot die because you are astral projecting.
How many planes of existence are there?
In occult teachings, there are seven planes of existence. However, many different occult and metaphysical schools label the planes of existence with different terminology. In esoteric cosmology, a plane is conceived as a subtle state, level, or region of reality, each plane corresponding to some type, kind, or category of being.
The Seven Planes of Existence
The physical plane refers to the visible reality of space and time, energy and matter: the physical universe in Occultism and esoteric cosmology is the lowest or densest of a series of planes of existencep
The astral plane, also known as the emotional plane is where consciousness goes after physical death.
The mental plane, as its name implies, is that which belongs to consciousness working as thought; not of the mind as it works through the brain, but as it works through its own world, unencumbered with physical spirit-matter.
Buddhic Plane/Plane of Unity
According to Theosophy the buddhic plane exists to develop buddhic consciousness which means to become unselfish and solve any problems with the ego. in the buddhic plane, humans cast off the delusion of self and enter a realisation of unity.
The spiritual plane is split into many sub-planes and that on these planes live spiritual beings who are more advanced in development and status than ordinary man. According to metaphysical teachings, the goal of the spiritual plane is to gain spiritual knowledge and experience.
On the divine plane, souls can be opened to conscious communication with the sphere of the divine known and receive knowledge about the nature of reality.
Logoic Plane/Mondaic Plane
The logoic plane is the highest plane, it has been described as a plane of total oneness with the divine.
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