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Is this against my religion?
"Or ever the silver cord be loosed,
Or the golden bowl be broken,
Or the pitcher be broken at the fountain,
Or the wheel broken at the cistern."
- Ecclesiastes 12:6
"It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body."
- Corinthians 15:44
It is my belief that astral projection is not against spiritual attainment, but in fact, directly related to achieving a higher state of consciousness.
During both near death and out of body experiences, people have reported seeing religious figures. What's interesting, is that depending on that person's belief, is what they will see. Robert Peterson, in "Out of Body Experiences" wrote, "Christians tend to see Christ. Buddhists tend to see Buddha. Hindus tend to see their deities. I believe there is only one God. Perhaps certain powerful spiritual entities on the other side can appear in a form that makes the participant most comfortable."
Reverend Joshua Orsak, Dip Bib St, BCE, who subscribes to a lucid dreaming board, provided these statistics on dreaming and the bible, which he graciously has allowed me to post here. And it has always been my postulation that dreams were just concealed episodes of astral travels.
"Dreams are mentioned 98 times in the Bible, God appeared to people and communicated with his elected servants in Gen 20:3, Gen 20:6, Gen 28:12 (where Jacob percieved Jacob's Ladder), Gen 31:10-11, Gen 31:24, Gen 37:6-10, in Gen 41-42 God communicates with Joseph through the dreams of egyptians and the Pharoah, Gen 42:9, in Numbers 12:6 God says he communicates through dreams, more communication in Judges 7:13-15, we see that God communicates by dreams in 1 Sam 28:6 and 28:15, talks to Solomon via dreams in 1Kings 3:5-15, we see allusions to dream-nature of God in Job 4:3, 7:14, 20:8, 33:15, same in Psalm 126:1, Ecclesiastes 5:3, again we see God speaking to prohets in dreams in Jeremiah 23:28, Daniel was very in tune with dreams communicating with God and interpreting them in Dan 1:17, 2:1-45, 4:1-28, and his prophecies came in dreams (7:1, 7:15), more of this theme in Joel 2:28 and Zechariah 10:2. In the new testament we can see similar themes in Matt 2:12-22, Matt 27:19, and Acts 2:17. Just thought you may be interested in this, and I wanted to confirm that dream travel is a legitimate Christian tool."
Astral projection appears to be in line with attaining a higher spiritual awareness of self. William Buhlman wrote in "Adventures Beyond the Body" that "According to an in-depth study of 360 participants published in 1992 by Dr. Melvin Morse, "Out-of-body experiences do not seem to alter one's professed values." Many people even report that their religious beliefs have been confirmed and strengthened by their out of body experience."
I think it's safe to assume that we are indeed more than our physical body and the pursuit of discovering who we really are is natural and healthy. Eastern religions have been promoting astral projection for centuries. It was also part of the Egyptian culture as well. Out of curiosity, I looked up "Spirit" in the back of a bible, and it was referenced 63 times.
I have a friend who is very religious and she thought it was bad because the few times she left her body she heard horrid screams, which she interpreted as evil (or the devil). These noises can sometimes be heard when you first leave your body because you are on the lowest level of the astral (the etheric). If she had proceeded, moved away from her body, and raised her vibrations, these noises would have vanished. (I long ago realized that if I simply ignore these noises, they go away). They can do you no harm. Look at how much evil presence is here in the "physical", and yet we deal with it and accept it as part of our existence; it is no different once you leave your body. All types of people (or entities) exist, both good and bad. We cannot look at one side of the issue, for if we did, we would have a narrow view indeed! The act of astral projection is not bad, but what you may encounter may scare the heck out of you.
As William Buhlman says in "Adventures Beyond the Body" that "Instead of Saint John stating in Revelation, "I was in the spirit," he would likely say, "I was out of body.""
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