Projection FAQs (To accompany BBC Radio Solent
Astral Projection FAQs :
Brief - What is Astral Projection?
Projection is a conscious attempt to experience being outside of one's
physical human body, while being both alive and preferably awake at the
time. It is an attempt to
have a controlled OOBE or (out of body experience). It is not linked in any way to ritualistic magic and does not
rely on any particular religious or belief system. There are techniques for achieving an OOBE.
As yet I haven't heard of it being at all dangerous.
However attempting to leave one's physical body under the
influence of medication or hallucinogenic drugs is seriously not
happens when people Astral Project?
what is commonly referred to as an OOBE or out of body experience where a
'part' of them, be it the soul or consciousness, rises up from their
physical body and either travels on the physical plane or on the astral
is the astral plane?
A topic of
debate: The astral plane however can be likened to the Akasha,
namely a place where all the thoughts, memories, fantasies and dreams of
everyone in the world exist. The astral plane is thought to be a fantastic
place to travel in, with many different
travellers, entities and levels to it. It
is said to operate at a much higher frequency than the physical plane we
It is thought that the etheric body, spirit or mind can travel on
the astral plane, which is said to appear more solid than the physical
plane we all inhabit, this is because in order to travel it, the etheric
body has to be existing and operating at the same higher frequency.
According to some the astral plane is far more mutable than the physical
and can be changed and altered simply by the power of thought.
people learn to Astral Project at will?
are techniques that can be learned but what degree of success is achieved
depends solely upon the individual.
would anyone want to have an Astral Projection?
Some people find it reassuring.
If it is possible for your consciousness to exist outside of your
body, then it is also possible that your consciousness may be able to
survive physical death.
Some people like to use the technique for spiritual reasons, maybe
wanting to be at one with the universe or for some religious reason.
Some people like to try it, simply to prove that it can't be done
- a negative approach.
Some people like to use it for their own ends.
They use it as a tool for clairvoyance to leave their bodies and go
and seek out information or even spy.
The CIA set up experiments to see if people could leave their
bodies to glean information from the enemy.
The CIA did it because they were convinced that the Russians were
doing it. There term for this
kind of Astral Projection is called Remote Viewing.
After mixed success and possibly a lack of funding the project was
eventually abandoned. We
don't know how the Russians fared.
Some people want to try it just because they can try it and they
just want to see what it feels like.
first discovered Astral Projection?
The ancient Egyptians were possibly one of the first cultures to
record beliefs about the soul. Hieroglyphics
in tombs recorded hundreds of prayers that were to be said over the body
of the deceased to guide the spirit on its way.
They believed that the soul ba was housed in a spirit body the Ka
an exact replica of the physical body.
This on death gave way to the sahu the true spirit body that would
house the ba forever. In life
the Ka and sahu were one of the same but the ka slowly diminished until
only the sahu housed the ba. However
the Egyptians also believed that the Ka could leave the body during life
and drew pictures of people sleeping with their Kas or souls floating
above them. This is very
similar to the modern day descriptions of NDE's (Near Death
Experiences). Here the soul
leaves the body at the point of death only to return again if the person
The Tibetans believe in the bardo body, which can leave the
physical body while still alive and can also pass through physical matter
because it is made of psychic material.
The bardo body can be directed wherever by will.
Ancient Greeks believed in a 'double body', which housed the
soul. Plato believed that the
soul was freed on death but could also leave the body during life and when
it did it perceived the physical world as dimly lit.
"Dean Sheils, in research published in the Journal of the Society
for Psychical Research in 1978 'A
Cross-cultural Study of Beliefs in Out of Body Experiences', compared
the believe systems of over 60 different cultures and found that fifty
four of them had some concept of astral projection or astral travel and
that half of them had also believed that it is possible for this to happen
consciously and while alive. Almost
half claimed that certain members of their cultures could do this at will.
Only three cultures seemed to have no concepts or beliefs about
this subject. Those that did seemed to accept it as a normal and natural
part of human existence." Source: (A Beginners Guide to Astral
Projection by Richard Craze - Hodder & Stoughton 1999 - ISBN: 0340
does modern science make of it?
man called Raymond A. Moody PhD. M.D. is often thought as the father of
NDEs and has written a very popular book 'Life after Life' on the
subject. According to Richard Craze in his book 'A Beginners Guide to
Astral Projection' over the last 45 years there has been a more
scientific approach taken. The
first major study was done in 1951 was by someone called Muldoon and
Carrington. They collected
and collated over 100 cases of OOBEs.
They found that their research did indicate a 'double' that
could live consciously outside the physical body and that could also
survive the death of the individual.
Richard Crookhall has also written many books on astral projection,
and he states a number of recurrent themes.
are these recurrent themes?
Some form of double.
A white light or illumination.
Ability to travel at will.
Inability to move or use physical
Feelings of tranquility and detachment.
A 'clear' consciousness of what is
A sense of realness.
is an OOBE most likely to be brought about?
By a NDE due to illness or exhaustion.
By an NDE due to accident.
Deliberately by people trying to leave
their physical bodies.
By the application of drugs such as
By trauma or shock.
do the sceptics think?
It is purely a mental state explained by
complex chemical reaction.
An autoscopic hallucination.
Cerebral anoxia or lack of oxygen to the
common is the phenomena?
Possibly between 5 and 10% of the
population, which suggests around 6 million in the U.K or as much as 30
million in the United States.
there been reports of people seeing OOBE people while they were 'out'?
Yes, which increases the likelihood that
OOBE's are not purely 'tricks of the mind'.
many types of OOBE are there?
Two - voluntary and involuntary, one involves a conscious effort
to leave ones body where the 'double' is rarely or only faintly seen;
and involuntary, say through an accident or trauma where the 'double'
is usually seen.
is a typical OOBE?
A typical OOBE only usually happens once in a lifetime.
Most often occurs lying down either resting or just before
There is a feeling of floating or soaring, usually upwards.
It is mostly adult women who experience the phenomenon although if
you are a student you are even more likely to do so.
A typical case suggests some form of connection to the physical
body, possibly by way of a silver cord.
There are few reported cases of leaving the room, but there is a
sense of realness and viewing the normal world.
Feelings of pleasantness, detachment and calmness often accompany
The person feels that the experience is real and although they feel
the ability to go anywhere they rarely wish to do so.
No ability or desire to change or move physical objects in their
Many women and more often than not students probably due to their
lifestyle and interests. They
are more likely to have heard about OOBEs and possibly more keen to try
OOBEs simply a form of dreaming?
Definitely not because the sense of reality experienced is far too
Scientific results show that people undergoing OOBEs are not
dreaming and they are not experiencing REM. Briefly, alpha waves decrease
indicating a calm state and beta waves increase indicating that the
volunteer is awake. There is
an increase in heart and respiration rates suggesting the presence of some
stimulus or activity.
OOBEs like NDEs?
An NDE or Near Death Experience is really just a different form of
OOBE that is brought about when a person is at the point of death or just
'died'. It is more akin
to passing over to the other side, seeing one's life flash before them
and traveling down a dark or light tunnel towards the light, God or
whatever you wish to call it.
is a typical NDE?
People who are seriously ill hear themselves being declared dead,
upon which a series of events are triggered, such as moving quickly down a
tunnel and hearing unfamiliar noises.
They find themselves at the end of the tunnel and can usually see
their own bodies being worked on by medical staff.
They sense that they have a form of 'body' somewhat different
to the one that they left behind and also become aware of deceased friends
and relatives coming to help them cross to the other side.
They report an entity or being of light that plays their life
review and every second that they have lived, but not judgmentally.
The beings of light are always described as full of love.
They are often told to return to their bodies and that their time
on earth is not yet over. Often
there is a reluctance to return.
On their return they find words difficult to express the magnitude
of the experience that they felt.
There views on life after death, tend to be radically altered and
fear of death tends to diminish.
many types of NDE are there?
There are two - PNDEs (perceived NDEs, where the person has a
suspicion that they are about to die) and UNDEs (unexpected NDEs, where
the person is quite shocked to find themselves in a near death situation).
the experience the same for both?
No PNDEs tend to be associated with an accompanied journey with
deceased loved ones to another world with another 'body' replacing the
one left behind. UNDEs are associated more with near fatal falls, electric
shocks or drowning to elicit a response.
From here the person usually has a flashback of their life
accompanied by feelings of happiness or peace.
There are not usually reports of a 'body' instead feelings of
just being that the person becomes pure thought or mind.
There is often a sudden return to their physical body.
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topic on your website?
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