At least one out of ten people in this world claim to have had an astral projection. Simultaneously, a sizeable chunk of the human population rubbishes the entire idea of consciousness leaving the body and travelling to distant places such as Moon, Mars, and Jupiter. Rationalists label the phenomenon as “tricks of the mind,” “mind thing,” “hallucination,” “imagination,” “drug abuse,” “too many quick ones,” and so on.
The Skeptic’s Dictionary says (quite truthfully) that there is absolutely no evidence that anybody can get their consciousness, mind, soul, spirit, astral body, or whatever you might choose to call it to leave their physical bodies and travel to distant places on Earth or the Universe. The entire body of “evidence” that astral travel has is in the form of testimonies, experiences, or tales of people who claim to have had an astral projection.
In recent days, scientists have dragged the phenomenon of astral traveling to the laboratory and tried to find the truth about it. Two teams of scientists, hailing from University College London UK and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, used virtual reality goggles to fool the brain into believing that the body was located somewhere else. These scientists have pointed out a neurological explanation for astral projection. They claim that some out-of-body experiences (OOBEs) might be because of a disconnection between brain circuits that process touch and visual information.
And what do practitioners say? The best of them do admit that some OOBEs or astral travels are not really true. They are just figments of imagination, generated by an alcohol-soaked or drug-influenced brain. In other words, they are “dream” stuff originating from the unknown recesses of the brain. These experiences can be had as a result of deep sleep, drug and alcohol abuse, exhaustion, or just plain imagination running wild.
Simultaneously, seasoned practitioners claim that certain OOBEs are genuine. Practitioners know that they are real simply because these experiences produce knowledge that was not available before the projection. For instance, in case of certain near death experiences (NDEs), the subjects converse with relatives they do not even know are dead. Several recorded OBE’s were later carefully analyzed and investigated by experts who came to the conclusion that the subject was indeed out of his/her body.
And how can you know about the truth of astral traveling? You can, in the first place, read about it. Accept it as the truth only if you can really experience it first hand. Many people who have experienced it feel that it is a “trick of the mind.” But there are many more who are convinced that it is real. You have to draw your own conclusions on the basis on careful study, analysis, research, and experience.