20 Astral Projection Myths Busted!
There are a lot of misconceptions about Astral Projection floating around online and offline. Let us go through some of the common ones and throw some light on them.
Myth 1: Astral Projection is very rare.
Truth: Astral Projection is a very common phenomenon indeed. Five to ten percent of the world’s population has experienced a conscious out of body experience at least once. This means around 6 million people in the U.K, or as much as 30 million people in the United States.
Myth 2: Astral Projection is always spontaneous. You cannot learn it.
Truth: You can learn to Astral Project at will. There are countless techniques that teach you how to have an OOBE. Since every individual is different, no particular technique is best for everybody. You have to find out which method is best for you. Just like anything in life, you have to practice and get good at it.
Myth 3: Not everyone can learn to Astral Project. It is only for a select few.
Truth: Anyone can Astral Project but it requires some practice, consistency and open-mindedness. Just like you learn to walk, ride a bicycle or swim, Astral Projection is a skill you need to learn.
Myth 4: Only adults can Astral Project because they are more mature.
Truth: Age is never a factor in Astral Projection. It’s a fact that children Astral Project more than adults. The reason is that children are innocent and they believe everything is possible, so they achieve Astral Projection more easily. We adults do not believe everything easily. The more we are open-minded and start believing, the easier it is to Project. Age in itself is never a roadblock for Projection; the only hindrance is your level of belief.
Myth 5: Astral Projection is not safe.
Truth: Astral Projection is a natural experience reported in every culture and society of the world. It is safe for most people but anyone who has acute psychological problems should avoid it.
Myth 6: It takes several years to achieve a conscious Astral Projection.
Truth: Since every individual is different, no one can guarantee how long it may take. Some achieve it on the first try and others do not achieve it even in two years! But if tried consistently, about 30 days is a fair enough time to experience at least one projection.
Myth 7: It is possible that you may not be able to get back into your physical body.
Truth: Every night when we sleep, our Astral body is out of our physical body. We are just not conscious about it. During Astral Projection, we are aware of the fact that we’re in another dimension. Since after every night’s sleep we can easily get back into the body, we can do the same after Astral Projection too. The surprising fact is that it is difficult to stay out of the body. Getting back into your body is instant and automatic. Your Astral Body is connected to your physical body by a Silver Cord, which ensures that you can always get back in.
Myth 8: You can get possessed during Astral Projection.
Truth: This is a very common question in most people’s minds, but there is no danger of being possessed by other entities. Your Astral Body is attached to your physical body by a Silver Cord. No one else can sever it and enter your body. (Let me be extra clear here.. You are perfectly safe while astral projecting. You are safe because entities need physical matter to tether to, and while projecting you have no physical matter they can tether to. Possessions ARE a possibility when you are in your body. That is why Seances and Ouija boards can be quite dangerous. Because you’re actually calling entities to you when you’re in your physical body.)
Myth 9: Astral Projection changes a person’s religious beliefs.
Truth: An in-depth study of 350 participants was conducted and published by Dr. Melvin Morse in 1992. According to that study, out-of-body experiences did not seem to alter one’s religious beliefs. In fact, most people reported that their religious beliefs were confirmed and strengthened by their out-of-body experiences.
Myth 10: You cannot go very far when out of the body.
Truth: There is no defined limit as to how far you can go away from the physical body. However, it is important to note that there are certain areas that you do not readily have access to unless you have spiritually graduated to those areas. There are several planes apart from the Astral Plane. You cannot visit a higher vibratory plane in a lower vibratory body.
Myth 11: There is no cord that connects the Astral and the Physical bodies.
Truth: There is definitely a Silver Cord that connects the two bodies. You may or may not be able to see it, but it is always there. Even the Bible talks about it. Through the Silver Cord, the transference of energy takes place that gives life to the physical. As long as a person is alive, this cord is intact. It can be likened to the umbilical cord attaching a child to the mother.
Myth 12: Other Astral entities can sever the Silver Cord.
Truth: The Silver Cord cannot be severed by anyone. This only happens when the hour of death has arrived for a person, and that comes by law.
Myth 13: The Astral Plane is full of dangerous negative entities.
Truth: Yes, there are negative entities in the Astral Plane, but they are not dangerous. They can do no harm to you in any way. Remember, in the Astral, your thoughts have power. If you don’t like something, you can always change it into something you want. By not being afraid, you can make these entities vanish or turn them into something more pleasant. If any of these entities do scare you, at the most you will slump back in your physical body. Many of these negative entities are self-created. They are nothing but manifestations of our own fears, which appear as thought-forms. In order to avoid bumping into any of these entities, you should attempt Projection in a good mood. The rule in the Astral Plane is like attracts like. If you are in a negative or bad mood, you will attract negative thought-forms, but if you Project with positive and loving thoughts, you will most likely attract positive and loving entities.
Myth 14: When a person wakes up after Projection, he feels really tired.
Truth: During Astral Projection, the physical body sleeps normally, so when you wake up, you feel very refreshed.
Myth 15: You cannot touch objects in the Astral.
Truth: You can touch and feel Astral objects in the Astral just as you can touch physical ones in the physical plane. But in the Astral, under normal circumstances you cannot touch physical objects. If you attempt to, your hand will pass right through it. That’s why you have heard that your Astral body can pass through walls!
Myth 16: It is necessary to be good at visualization in order to Astral Project.
Truth: Visualization is not a necessary ingredient for Projection, but if the projector can increase his ability to visualize, it will help him progress faster.
Myth 17: Drugs be used to help induce Projection.
Truth: Some kinds of Drugs do induce projection, but I do not recommend any kinds of drugs because they harm your Astral vehicle. The key to a productive out-of-body experience is complete control, and control is the first thing lost when you use any kind of mind-altering substance. Drugs curtail your spiritual growth. They take you to the lower Astral Plane full of confusion and disorientation. It is dull, gloomy, and full of negative energy. The lower Astral is very unlike the vibrant, progressive, positive Astral we are seeking to achieve. Why contaminate the biological vehicle when effective results can be achieved naturally? Don’t put your body at risk. If there is real desire to experience Astral Projection, then that desire along with consistent practice will get you there.
Myth 18: It is impossible to meet with other human beings during Projection.
Truth: It is possible to meet other human beings (dead or alive) in 4D, but if you want to talk to them meaningfully and remember what was said, you should both be conscious while doing so. If we find them in 4D while they are asleep and dreaming, they will usually appear drunk to us because they aren’t actually conscious. They may not recognize us, but later when they awake, they may remember seeing us in a dream. When we see people in dreams, most of the time, they are in our dreams because we put them there. SOMETIMES, we see people in dreams because their souls are actually with us in the 4th dimension.. But it’s hard to say either way. If you see someone in a dream, and you were able to remember it clearly, there’s probably a reason you can remember it.. It may have actually happened.
Myth 19: When we are Astral Projecting, if we think the name of a friend such as John, by mistake we can visit some other person by the same name.
Truth: In the Astral, your thoughts are the key to where you want to go. Your higher self knows who you want to visit and will take you to the correct person. Here, the name of the person doesn’t matter at all. Since you are thinking of that person, you will go to that person.
Myth 20: Astral projection doesn’t prove life after death.
Truth: People who have experienced proper conscious OBEs even once start to strongly believe in life after death. Finding themselves outside their physical bodies and still functioning, still able to see, hear, touch, even smell and taste, still able to do everything and more, how can anyone deny that life goes on?
Some of Robert Monroe’s Astral Projection Techniques:
(Excerpt from Leaving The Body: A Complete Guide to Astral Projection, D. Scott Rogo by D. Scott Rogo)
One of the chief barriers people learning to project face is fear. Many are afraid that they may die, or be harmed in some way as a result of their projection. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Canterbury Institute, renowned for its occult studies, executed an experiment in projection involving over 2,000 people. None of them were hurt in any way by this, and now, three years later, none have complained of any newly arising problems.
Once you are aware that you cannot be harmed by projecting, you should begin Monroe’s techniques, step by step.
Relax the body. According to Monroe, “the ability to relax is the first prerequisite, perhaps even the first step itself” to having an OBE. (out of body experience) This includes both physical and mental relaxation. Monroe does not suggest a method of attaining this relaxation, although Progressive Muscle relaxation, coupled with deep breathing exercises (inhale 1, exhale 2, inhale 3…. until 50 or 100) are known to work well.
Enter the state bordering sleep. This is known as the hypnagogic state. Once again, Monroe doesn’t recommend any method of doing this. One way is to hold your forearm up, while keeping your upper arm on the bed, or ground. As you start to fall asleep, your arm will fall, and you will awaken again. With practice, you can learn to control the Hypnagogic state without using your arm. Another method is to concentrate on an object. When other images start to enter your thoughts, you have entered the Hypnagogic state. Passively watch these images. This will also help you maintain this state of near-sleep. Monroe calls this Condition A.
Deepen this state. Begin to clear your mind. observe your field of vision through your closed eyes. Do nothing more for a while. Simply look through your closed eyelids at the blackness in front of you. After a while, you may notice light patterns. These are simply neural discharges. They have no specific effect. Ignore them. When they cease, one has entered what Monroe calls Condition B. From here, one must enter an even deeper state of relaxation which Monroe calls Condition C— a state of such relaxation that you lose all awareness of the body and sensory stimulation. You are almost in a void in which your only source of stimulation will be your own thoughts. The ideal state for leaving your body is Condition D. This is Condition C when it is voluntarily induced from a rested and refreshed condition and is not the effect of normal fatigue. To achieve Condition D, Monroe suggests that you practice entering it in the morning or after a short nap.
Enter a state of Vibration. This is the most important part of the technique, and also the most vague. Many projectors have noted these vibrations at the onset of projection. They can be experienced as a mild tingling, or as is electricity is being shot through the body. /their cause is a mystery. It may actually be the astral body trying to leave the physical one.
For entering into the vibrational state, he offers the following directions:
Remove all jewelry or other items that might be touching your skin.
Darken the room so that no light can be seen through your eyelids, but do not shut out all light.
Lie down with your body along a north-south axis, with your head pointed toward magnetic north.
Loosen all clothing, but keep covered so that you are slightly warmer than might normally be comfortable.
Be sure you are in a location where, and at a time when, there will be absolutely no noise to disturb you.
Enter a state of relaxation
Give yourself the mental suggestion that you will remember all that occurs during the upcoming session that will be beneficial to your well-being. Repeat this five times.
Proceed to breath through your half-open mouth.
As you breath, concentrate on the void in front of you.
Select a point a foot away from your forehead, then change your point of mental reference to six feet.
Turn the point 90 degrees upward by drawing an imaginary line parallel to your body axis up and above your head. Focus there and reach out for the vibrations at that point and bring them back into your body. Even if you don’t know what these vibrations are, you will know when you have achieved contact with them.
Learn to control the vibrational state. Practice controlling them by mentally pushing them into your head, down to your toes, making them surge throughout your entire body, and producing vibrational waves from head to foot. To produce this wave effect, concentrate of the vibrations and mentally push a wave out of your head and guide it down your body. Practice this until you can induce these waves on command. Once you have control of the vibrational state, you are ready to leave the body.
Begin with a partial separation. The key here is thought control. Keep your mind firmly focused on the idea of leaving the body. Do not let it wander. Stray thought might cause you to lose control of the state. Now, having entered the vibrational state, begin exploring the OBE by releasing a hand or a foot of the “second body”. Monroe suggests that you extend a limb until it comes in contact with a familiar object, such as a wall near your bed. Then push it through the object. Return the limb by placing it back into coincidence with the physical one, decrease the vibrational rate, and then terminate the experiment. Lie quietly until you have fully returned to normal. This exercise will prepare you for full separation.
Dissociate yourself from the body. Monroe suggests two methods for this. One method is to lift out of the body. To do this, think about getting lighter and lighter after entering this vibrational state. Think about how nice it would be to float upward. Keep this thought in mind at all costs and let no extraneous thoughts interrupt it. An OBE will occur naturally at this point.
Another method is the “Rotation method” or “roll-out” technique. When you have achieved the vibrational state, try to roll over as if you were turning over in bed. /do not attempt to roll over physically. Try to twist your body from the top and virtually roll over into your second body right out of your physical self. At this point, you will be out of the body but next to it. Think of floating upward, and you should find yourself floating above the body. Monroe suggests you begin with the lift-out method, but argues that both are equally efficacious.
More info and tips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4_-PDqQ9bM Thanks to the original poster: The Mind Unleashed
Here is another video explaining it.
Spirit Science 9 - Astral Projection