Ever felt like you were watching yourself from outside your body? Imagine intentionally making your mind leave your body while sleeping or meditating to explore new places.
Astral projection is when your spirit, called the “astral body,” leaves your physical body.
People say they can go to different parts of the world or even different planes of existence. If you’re curious about it, let me explain.
Astral projection has been known in many cultures, like ancient Egypt, where they called it the “Ka.” Even in the Quran, it’s said that Prophet Muhammad did it during his journey.
People have been doing astral travel throughout history, so how can we do it now?
Unlike unplanned out-of-body experiences recognized by doctors, astral projection is intentional and spiritual.
Doing it without intent can make you feel like you’re losing control. To do it safely, align your energy points and connect with your chakras.
If things get tough during astral projection, you might feel a bit disconnected.
For a safe and good astral projection, be open, have intent, and stay calm.
While doctors don’t say it’s “physically” possible, those who do it often feel big changes, encouraging others to try this ancient and mystical practice.
What is astral projection?
Astral projection is when the soul or ‘astral body’ intentionally leaves the physical body during sleep or meditation and goes wherever it wants.
It’s also called an ‘out-of-body experience (OBE),’ where consciousness can operate independently from the physical body and explore the astral plane.
People have different beliefs and techniques related to astral projection, making it a topic of interest in spiritual and esoteric traditions.
Some think it offers personal growth and spiritual insights, while scientists see it as experiences linked to mental states like dreams or altered consciousness.
Psychologists and neuroscientists associate OBEs with abnormal brain activity.
Despite sounding supernatural, there are many documented cases of astral projection dating back centuries. Let’s take a closer look.
Astral projection vs. OBE
Astral projection typically involves consciously sending your consciousness out of your body, often towards a spiritual plane or dimension.
On the other hand, an out-of-body experience (OBE) is usually unplanned, where your consciousness is said to float or hover above your physical body.
The sensations of OBEs are widely recognized in the medical community and have been studied extensively.
In contrast, astral projection is seen as a spiritual practice.
How to Have an Out-of-Body Experience in 7 Easy Steps
You might be wondering, “How can I do this with no experience?” or “Can I astral project if I’ve had trouble before?”
Whether it happens on your first try or takes a few weeks depends on your natural ability, but be patient!
Now, let me share a simple, beginner-friendly step-by-step guide to astral projection:
#1 Set Your Intention
Ask for the protection of your spirit guides, angels, or a higher power, depending on your beliefs. If spiritual beings don’t resonate with you, visualize a protective circle of white light. It’s crucial to have a clear intention before astral projecting.
#2 Relax Your Body
Once you’ve set your intentions, the next step is to lie down or sit comfortably. Consider playing white noise, binaural beats, or other soothing sounds to help you enter a deep meditative state.
#3 Meditation and align your chakra energy
Begin by concentrating on each part of your body, starting from your feet and working your way up to your head.
Each body part corresponds to a different energy point, known as a chakra.
As you exhale, affirm to yourself, “My body is relaxing,” and let the sensation of vibration envelop your entire body.
#4 explore everything with visualization
Direct all your attention to your third eye, the space between your eyebrows in the center of your forehead. Envision your surroundings in detail, focusing on a specific point.
Imagine yourself inside the room. If you’re having difficulty leaving your body, you can try the rope method—picture a rope hanging from the ceiling and use it to pull yourself out, allowing you to see yourself below.
Once you can see yourself, you’ve entered an out-of-body experience and are starting to astral project.
#5 Explore Astral Plane
Now that you’ve left your body, explore with curiosity and no specific agenda. Wander freely and let yourself be taken wherever your experience leads you.
As you become more accustomed to astral projection, you can start making plans for specific destinations before entering this state.
#6 Return to your Body
When you’re ready to return, shift your focus back to your physical body. Notice sensations like your sit bones, fingers, or your back resting on the surface beneath you.
Bringing attention to your physical body helps anchor you back. You can also think or say, “I call back my energy” to aid in this step.
#7 Keep record in Journal
Once you are fully awake, take a moment to reflect on what just happened, what you may have learned, or any experiences you had. You can choose to sit with these thoughts or start taking notes.
The more familiar you become with your own process, the easier it will be for you to intentionally enter and exit astral projections.
If it doesn’t work what to Do?
If you don’t astral project on your first attempt, don’t give up! Whether you fell asleep, struggled with visuals, or felt frustrated, remember that astral travel comes more easily to some people. However, everyone can learn it, so keep practicing.
There’s no need to rush or compete in the process of astral projection. Simply taking time to relax and connect with yourself is an accomplishment.
Over time, your astral projections will likely become more vivid, offering deeper subconscious insights that can reshape your perspective.
Practicing astral projection can contribute to a more conscious and peaceful version of yourself in your waking life. Most importantly, remember to have fun on your astral travels!
Is astral projection safe?
The concept of astral projection has ancient roots and is practiced by various individuals, including New Agers and Shamans, for self-care and spiritual healing.
An Elite Daily article featuring an interview with Dr. Deganit Nuur, a renowned spiritual teacher, clairvoyant, and acupuncture doctor, emphasizes the importance of practicing astral projection with care and intention.
Dr. Nuur warns that during traumatic events, individuals may unconsciously astral project, leading to a loss of control.
She explains that when not done responsibly, astral projection can result in a diminished sense of authority and control over one’s own body, making it a potentially disempowering experience.