History of Out-of-Body Experiences a.k.a Astral Travel
Ancient philosophies and belief systems presuppose the presence of what is known as the “astral body,” taken to be another word for the soul. The astral body is believed capable of traveling through the astral plane, observing the conscious intention of the traveler, a process generally referred to as ‘astral projection.’ The astral body, a faint body, is believed to be capable of hovering over the practitioners’ environment, or to travel all over the world, even beyond the spans of time, taking the practitioner to place whatever his/her intuition seeks. Practitioners of astral travel retain awareness of extracting their consciousness out of their physical bodies and returning it back once they have completed their travels.
Performing Astral Projection
A good time to start attempting this is early in the morning, around dawn, when you are still drowsy. Having said that, it is possible to perform astral travel at any given time, provided you achieve the right state.
Astral travel requires a deeply relaxed state of you, to create the right atmosphere for this, an atmosphere devoid of other people and distracting sights or sounds. Close the windows, draw the curtains, and, if you sleep with a partner, go to another room before attempting to do this.
Enter into a hypnotic state, approaching sleep without losing consciousness. Concentrate on a body part, such as your toes, and mentally tense and relax its muscles without moving physically, until it actually feels as though the body part is moving. Let your attention expand to your whole body, moving it with your mind in its entirety.
At this point, many people report that they feel waves of vibrations at varying frequencies. Do not fear these vibrations, as fear may disturb your hypnotic state. Succumb to these vibrations instead; they mark a soul prepared to leave the body.
At this point, you are ready to start astral travel. Use the mind to separate the astral body from the physical body. Imagine yourself in the room you’re lying in. Stand up in your mind, and survey yourself lying in the room. This point requires a lot of practice for some practitioners, whereas to others it comes naturally. This is the point where your soul extricates itself from your body.
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