Scientists have recently theorized what spiritual movements have been maintaining for millennia: our reality is multi-dimensional. Whether it is the lokas of hinduism, the sefirot of Kabbalah, or the dimensions of string theory, both spiritual and scientific scholars seem to agree that there is more to the universe than our 3D plane. Some excellent anecdotal evidence for this idea exists in the realm of out of body experiences (OBEs). This phenomenon typically occurs when individuals decrease the activity of their conscious mind either through meditation, hypnosis, or sleep. In this state, people report leaving their physical bodies behind, free to float throughout the universe and interact with other discarnate beings in a dimension known as the astral plane.
History of Astral Projection
Leaving one’s’ body to float through the ether is not a new concept. In fact, we have drawing from Egypt dating back as far as 5000 years depicting the subtle essence of individuals leaving the body to float towards higher realms. Furthermore, references to this mystical occurrence can be found in the writings of figures from ancient Greece such as Plato, Plutarch, and Herodotus. In their writings we find accounts of individuals who had near death experiences returning to their body with tales of a mystical world inhabited by unearthly entities. The shamanic traditions of Native Americans place importance on leaving the body to enter the spirit world in order to obtain special knowledge to help the community.
Experiencing Astral Plane
It is often reported by those who have OBEs that once in the astral realm, they maintain the physical body’s senses of sight, smell, sound, etc. However, these feelings are all often heightened to a vibrant level. With this enhanced perception we find both angelic and demonic entities depending on the energies we currently resonate most with. For this reason, it is always important to maintain a positive state of mind when embarking on astral travel. Individuals often report having healing experiences with the souls of deceased loved ones or pets. It is also possible to fly throughout the Earth and observe beings on the physical plane. This phenomenon is known as remote viewing.
How To Astral Travel
Although this dimension of life seems elusive, there are rather concrete steps you can take towards exploring this presently unseen arena. In his book, “Journeys Out of the Body,” consciousness researcher Bob Monroe created a method for entering the astral realm. Although this is not the only approach, many have found it useful. To start, as you begin to fall asleep at night, maintain conscious awareness as your body relaxes deeply. This can be made easier by meditating right before bed and focusing on your breath as you fall asleep. If you do this properly, as your body begins to sleep, you will begin to feel intense vibrations. As this happens, try to consciously move your awareness out of your body. If all goes well, you should be off exploring the astral realm right away! Now, this is easier said than done; however, with proper practice and concentration astral travel is definitely doable. And, if you need them, more in-depth approaches are just a google search away. Happy projecting!