Astral journey, commonly known as astral travel or astral projection, is a term used when referring to an out of body experience.
According to Dictionary.com, astral travel is, "the act of separating the astral body (spirit or consciousness) from the physical body and its journey into the universe."
Wikipedia defines astral travel as an out-of-body experience in which the astral body (intermediate between the intelligent soul and the physical body), detaches from the physical body and travels outside it.
There is an abundance of information on this topic going back to ancient times. Ancient Egyptians believed that the soul had the ability to roam outside the physical body. In ancient Greece, one can find reference to this spiritual phenomenon in the writings of Great philosophers.
Two common themes regarding astral projection, as reported by those who have experienced it, is the stepping out of the physical body and traveling to other places or dimensions.
Below are two accounts of astral journey.
“These experiences commenced when I was an adolescent. I was neither awake nor asleep. I was in an in-between stage. I would step out of my physical body and drift. I should rephrase that. My soul would step out of my physical body and drift. My physical body would remain motionless and at rest. There was always a thin, transparent cord present. The cord connected the soul to the physical body. In addition to being transparent, the cord was long and strong. As I traveled to far away places, the cord remained intact.
My travels were not confined to places here on Earth. I would travel to other dimensions or planets where I met my spirit guides, chatted with family members and friends long gone. The experiences were incredible.
My first experience was extremely scary. I did not know what was happening to me. I actually thought I was going to die. The experience was short-lived. I was too frightened to let go totally. It was after being well informed by a spiritual medium and good friend that my fears dissipated.
Due to a selfish and naïve decision to abandon my mediumship, I have paid a heavy price. I no longer enjoy the many spiritual pleasures of astral journey. Although I am now devoted to following my spiritual path, I cannot recapture what was lost many years ago."
(Click here Medium's Memoir to read more on the person's spiritual experiences).
The following is the second account:
“The first time I had an astral travel experience, I did not know what was happening to me. I went to bed as usual. I was about to doze off when suddenly I felt a pulling. When I looked down, I noticed my body in the bed motionless. It was a strange situation. I became two beings. One was in bed, and the other was floating above. I felt very light. I began drifting higher and higher. I was floating above buildings. I could see the streetlights and the lights inside the apartments. Unexpectedly, fear took over. I began to panic. I kept saying to myself, ‘I don’t want to die…I want to go back.’ When I finally woke up, I was sweating and my heart was pounding. I thought it was the scariest moment in my life. I thought I was going to die, and kept thinking about my family.
After gathering information, I realized what it was. Now, I accept the experience as part of my spiritual growth. Although I would like the experience to occur more often, it just doesn’t happen that way.”
My experience with astral travel has been, in some way, similar to the above-mentioned-traveling outside the physical body. The few times this spiritual phenomenon has occurred, the sensation has been astounding. Although you see the physical body in a rest state, the experience outside the body feels so real. The soul can experience the environment without being affected by it. During these travels, I have felt immense inner peace.
Fear is an emotional barrier that prevents the person from enjoying the experience. The fear of not being able to re-enter the physical body and dying can be overwhelming. This is understandable, especially when the person has no information on astral projection.
If you have experienced astral travel and are fearful, gather the proper information to help you better understand the nature of this spiritual phenomenon. Remember, fear is a barrier that keeps us frozen in time, and prevents us from discovering our true spiritual self.
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