The Dangers of Astral Projection
Astral projection can be a useful tool in a person’s spiritual journey, and 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.
Out of Body Myths
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 coming to your body while you’re otherwise occupied will happen, either. 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. For another, as soon as danger first appears, you’ll wake up to deal with the problem.
Astral Projection Dangers
Astral projection isn’t without its risks, but most of them stem from psychological impact, rather than anything arcane.
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.
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, if it works best for you.
I’ve had problems with grounding for various reasons, before. 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.
The physical problems are the result of your body trying to force you back to earth, and 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 every day world.
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.
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.
Astral Projection Can Bring Physical Sensations
Tips for Positive Astral Projection
These problems can all be avoided by taking the right steps and keeping a few things in mind.
The most important part of astral travel is to have a clear and positive intent from the start. The more positive your attitude and stronger your intent, the less likely you are to suffer from any of the above. You can hold your intent through using affirmations, prayer and other methods.
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.
Spiritual and Physical Protection
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 with yours. You’ll be able to freely share your experiences with each other and work on solving any problems which might arise together.
Since astral travel is only a tool to use towards higher enlightenment, you must remember to balance your life properly. Spirituality is an extremely 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.