Astral Projection Stories
Wherever, whenever and however astral projection stories are told, there are nearly always some common aspects within them. What actually happens during an astral projection event would always be the same, and yet entirely different for each and every person. An individual’s astral experiences would always have one or more of the factors that all astral experiences have, and there are certain things that would tell a person that he or she is actually having an out of the body experience.
Astral travels usually start with a person feeling as light as air, and then turning around to see his or her physical body deep in sleep. This usually causes panic among those who are not practised, and the mind would wake itself up, erasing all possible memories of the travel, while passing it off as a dream.
Astral projection stories usually revolve around one thing, seeing oneself from one’s point of view. Sounds contradicting? Not at all! Astral projections are not referred to as astral for nothing. By definition, an astral body is the ethereal counterpart of one’s physical body. This is, in certain texts, two separate entities viewed as being tied to each other by a cord that holds them together and that serves as a guide to wherever the other may be. These experiences, tied yet very far apart from the point of view of the physical body, are the most common kind of astral experience stories. People who tell stories of astral projections would remember seeing themselves from the point of view of what seems to be another person, but then realizing that the other person is actually a projection of themselves.
As a projection, an astral body would not be affected at all by the things that usually affect the physical body. These things include gravity. An astral body, unlike the physical body, is weightless. This also explains why some astral projection stories would include the person flying or covering extreme distances which would not be possible with the physical body. An astral experience would most likely start with a person hovering on top of his or her physical body.
Astral travel has become a popular way of communicating with people who have long passed. This is because of claims of astral travel experiences that include meeting and talking with a person who has already passed away. Take note however, that those you meet that do not have a physical body are also astral projections and should not be mistaken as real, living people.
Another sure-fire way to recognize an astral travelling experience is when an individual does something that is usually limited by the physicality of the body. For example, astral projection stories usually revolve around the astral body owner’s skill at being able to fly or walk through walls.
Anyone who knows about astral experiences will usually be able to recognise astral projection stories. As these stories usually go, the astral traveller can and does go to places that are in every way impossible for the human body to go to. Astral experiences are also connected to déjà vu, the feeling of knowing and recognition of a certain place, or of some experience that has happened before.
There are references to astral projection stories from many different ancient civilisations, and there are even references in the Bible also. From ancient Egypt, Japan, India, China and many other places, they have tales, which are said to be based on astral travel. For the most part, these are not stories about how somebody accidentally came to be having an astral voyage. Instead certain members of their communities were able to make use of astral projection for certain purposes. Examples of these are where they would look for some good luck with hunting, or look for help on how to cure a sick person. Other examples abound also, such as seeking out the best name for a newborn child. In some cases, it would be used for vengeance or revenge against an enemy, by making ones astral being appear before the eyes of the enemy in order to cause fear.
In more modern days, many astral projection stories originate from hospitals, or places where patients are recuperating from illness. Anaesthesia is a common factor in these stories. In a way, this makes sense. Researchers and scientists have determined that when our brains are in the theta state of activity, this is the opportune state for astral events to happen. What his means is that our brains are operating at a slow state, and less electrical brainwave activity is going on. Not so low as to be actually asleep, but not enough so as to be active either. This state is also called the daydreaming state.
Patients who are recuperating, perhaps who are also being treated with drugs, can spend many hours in this state. Since this is the ideal state for astral travel to begin, then it is not so unlikely that some of these people have chance encounters, probably by accident. And so the astral projection stories go, they often see themselves lying on the bed, and perhaps they travel to places in the hospital that they never visited before. Normally once they become aware that they are not in their own body, they are immediately whisked back.
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