The belief is that the soul, while connected to this earthly body, is not imprisoned by it. The soul can (and does) occasional leave the body and travel to other people, places, even other dimensions and higher realms.
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Astral travel has been practiced for spiritual purposes—people sometime seek out higher beings and or otherworldly experiences in order to gain wisdom, knowledge and insight into other realms. For some people, it’s a matter of curiosity or a desire to explore the realms of possibility.
The idea can be exciting to some, frightening to others. To some people it can be both exciting and frightening at the same time—which is why it can be a difficult practice to begin.
These feelings make it difficult to get into the proper state of mind to deliberately astral travel. There are a few different practices that can help induce astral travel for those who desire to learn the art.
One of the most common ways to begin astral travel is through meditation. If you’ve never meditated before, you may want to practice it for a while to get the hang of it before you begin trying to astral travel.
Meditation is a state in which you relax your body and focus your awareness on your existence in the moment. When you become better at meditating, focusing for longer periods of time and deepening your trance, eventually you can focus on willing your spirit to slip out of your body through your head chakra (the energy vortex on the top of your head).
Sound is a great way to stimulate your mind to a state conducive to astral projection. You can purchase CDs or MP3s with sounds that occur at certain vibrations and frequencies to attune your consciousness to a state of mind conducive to astral projection.
You’ll need music and headphones to practice astral projection with binaural beat recordings, but results can come quite quickly with these aids.
THE LUCID DREAM METHOD
When you go to sleep, your soul is able to naturally slip in and out of your body at will. A lot of times, dreams you remember are not just illusions, but astral projections. Most of the time you don’t remember these nightly travels, but the mind goes in and out of that perfect state in order to induce astral travel.
Set your alarm clock to wake you up about two hours earlier than you plan to rise, and then sit up for about a half hour in bed. Read, write or do some other quiet, mindless activity.
Do not do anything that will over-stimulate your brain or body. Don’t do any exercises that will trigger an adrenalin rush, don’t talk on the phone or text anyone, don’t listen to music, use the computer, watch television or eat.
After about 30 minutes, go back to sleep telling yourself that you will remain aware during your dreams. This is known as lucid dreaming. It may take a few tries to get the hang of it, but once you do you’ll realize you’re retaining control of your thoughts during your dream.
This is the perfect state of consciousness to will your spirit out of the body and astral travel. Astral traveling may take practice, but with effort you will eventually achieve your goal.