Basic Astral Projection Facts For Beginners
The term "astral projection" can be used in 2 senses. First, it can be used to talk about an out-of-body experience (OOBE). Second, it can be used to explain the weird phenomenon of consciousness leaving the physical body and viewing the world objectively, impasively, and independently.
Most of the scientific world, of course, pooh-poohs the very idea of leaving one's body. People with a rational bent of mind claim that, since the experience can not be explained as per the current known laws of physics, it has to be dismissed as hallucination, imagination, or dream. In other words, science claims that there is no such thing as astral projection.
However, at least 14 percent of the human population claims to have had an OOBE. Most OOBEs were reported by people who survived death. These people have commonly reported floating out of their bodies toward the ceiling and objectively observing from above anxious relatives, doctors working feverishly to revive them, nurses helping out, and so on. Such cases are also called near-death experiences or NDEs.
Consciousness can also leave the physical body when the person is in deep meditation or trance. Ordinary people can float out of their bodies when they are simply resting or sleeping. Usually, astral projection leads to astral traveling. No longer content with hovering around their bodies, seasoned practitioners travel all over the universe visiting dead as well as living loved ones, different phases of existence, and so on.
The separation of consciousness from the physical body is not a new phenomenon; the ancients knew about it. According to Medieval, Classical, Renaissance, Rosicrucian, and Theosophist philosophies, everyone has an astral body, a body of light that links the physical body to the soul. In ancient Egypt, the phenomenon of "soul travel" was well known. Ancient Egyptian texts contain ample information about the soul's ability to leave the physical body and travel at will.
A large number of books on the subject were published in the twentieth century; but the authors are no longer in the limelight. Some of these writers were Robert Munroe, Yram, Oliver Fox, and Sylvan Muldoon.
Contemporary authors who have attracted a lot of media attention are William Buhlmann and Robert Bruce. They are also the most popular practitioners at present. Michael Crichton speaks about the experience in detail in his book "Travels." The dentist Waldo Vieira had his first OOBE when he was only 9 years old. Later he wrote more than 20 books and innumerable articles on the subject.
Although science can not find an explanation for these paranormal phenomena, some scientists do make a sincere attempt to study and analyze them. For instance, The Archives of Scientist's Transcendent Experiences (TASTE) was founded to provide a common platform for scientists to record their personal astral projection experiences. Anybody can read these experiences online.