With more and more people shying away from conventional churches while still asking spiritual questions, phenomena such as astral projection have gained more and more interest. In this astral projection FAQ, I’ll answer a couple of questions people have about how it works.
What is astral projection?
Astral projection is an experience in which a person’s awareness goes outside their physical body. They’re able to see, hear and move around a seemingly real world, without their body actually being present. Sometimes, individuals may even see their own body lying in bed.
What’s the difference between astral projection, an out of body experience and remote viewing?
“Astral projection” and “out of body experience” generally refer to the same thing. But the term “astral projection” generally refers to the astral plane, which is considered to be an alternate dimension, or reality.
Remote viewing refers to similar psychic events that take place within a controlled environment. Remote viewing usually involves a viewer simply reporting on a scene in a distant place or time, without ever feeling they are outside their body.
It’s been a while since I first started telling friends and acquaintances about how to achieve lucid dreams, and a few have reported back on their experiences to me. For the most part, they haven’t been positive!
So why aren’t they getting the lucid dreams they’re after? After a little inquiry, the general report goes something like this:
“I tried to learn lucid dreaming for a few nights, I even set up a dream journal. But after a couple of days, I hadn’t noticed any difference. I think I started to have one this one time, but I got too excited and couldn’t stay with it. I want all the fun that a lucid dream can bring, but it’s just too hard!”
I’m sure many of you have felt the same way. I know I have. Lucid dreams present a tantalizing possibility, but when we come up against difficulty, it’s easy to just get disheartened and forget about it.
But so long as we remember that anyone can have lucid dreams and we stay committed, it won’t be too long before we’re having long, fully lucid dreams. Psychics can help you identify the meaning of the dreams; visit https://www.sfweekly.com/sponsored/feeling-unsure-about-the-future-get-a-free-psychic-chat-now/ for more details.
I recently made a post titled “Should I Try Transcendental Meditation?“, in which I was generally critical of this meditation practice, as it’s in service of a decidedly “for-profit” corporation. This started a few interesting conversations with others who were supporters of TM, including a link to this page.
I’m still not convinced.
I decided to email the TM organization directly with the following questions:
1. Meditation usually involves an extended period of focus on a certain point (the breath, a mantra etc.) Does TM involve practices that differ from this in any way?
2. Your website has quotes from prominent members of Christianity, Judaism, Mormonism and Islam. Has TM received similar praise from members of Eastern religions? If so, why has this not been published? If not, why not?
3. On the TM.org website, James Krag, M.D. states “The vast majority of [academic] research on meditation has been on the Transcendental Meditation technique” Do you know of any reason for this? Why have other thousand-year-old meditation techniques not been studied as extensively as TM?
4. Why isn’t the TM method published openly?
5. Why are TM mantras kept secret? More >
First, a warning. In this article, I’m going to say that Stephen Hawking is wrong about aliens. That’s a little like telling Mike Tyson he fights like a girl, but hopefully there’s enough evidence here to convince you that I’m right.
In his recent Discovery Channel program, Stephen Hawking stated that not only does he believe that aliens are out there, but that we should NOT try to actively engage with them or get their attention.
“If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans”
While I certainly agree that alien life exists in some form, I don’t think avoiding investigation into the phenomena is advisable, or even possible. Hawking hasn’t thought about this deeply enough.
What’s Wrong With Stephen Hawking’s Theory?
There are a number of things we have to consider when it comes to contact with alien life:
– Any civilization advanced enough to have highly developed space travel can access resources far greater than Earth’s.
Consider how much power it would take to travel the billions of miles from an alien planet to Earth.
It’s likely that if human civilization is able to advance past 2012 and beyond, we’ll stop using non-renewables and start harnessing the power of the sun. If another civilization has advanced to this level, why wouldn’t they use one of the millions of other suns in the universe? Would they come to Earth just for our oil? Or perhaps a few pieces of gold?
– UFO encounters occur at a regular enough rate to show that aliens are already aware of us.
This one is still debated, of course, but sufficient evidence is available. Even if you don’t believe that close encounters are real, you have to acknowledge that a highly advanced civilization, if it’s out there, would be aware of us long before we’re able to make contact with it. More >
This video screened in 1995 on the American “Nightline” program. This was the first mainstream story about the government’s experiments in remote viewing.
Despite the many successes that were reported through remote viewing, the two experts selected by the CIA to report on the program decided it needed to be shut down. According to Joe McMoneagle (also in this video) this had less to do with the success rate of remote viewing than political pressure and fear.
The obvious question about the remote viewing program remains: If the CIA thought there was nothing to it, why did they fund the program for twenty years?
And here’s something else worth considering: Are these programs still going on, outside of media scrutiny?
Stay tuned to Psychic-Dream.com for more on remote viewing, psychic spying and Government conspiracy.
I’ve been talking a bit on this website about different 2012 predictions and how this date could change our lives. Now it’s time that I tell you my own prophecy as to what is really going to happen, and what 2012 means for us all.
Bear in mind that this is all speculation. I’m not a trained psychic, and those who proclaim themselves to be experts on 2012, such as John Major Jenkins or Daniel Pinchbeck, still admit that they don’t know exactly what will happen on this date.
What I Think Will Happen On 2012
So what do I think will happen? It’s simple enough:
December 21, 2012 will arrive. People will eagerly awake the arrival of Planet X, the shifting of the poles, or a massive worldwide expansion of consciousness. As 11:11 draws closer, even the sceptics will start to get a little nervous. But the day will go on, no massive event will happen, and people will wake up on December 22 with no real change in their lives.
I don’t think anything noticeable will happen on 2012. However…
Does meditation work as a way to reduce stress? It sure does! Sitting calmly in a single position, focusing on a single point, letting thoughts flow by and stepping outside of our worries and concerns will obviously have a positive effect on our state of mind.
If you’re looking to meditate with the specific purpose of reducing the level of stress in your life, here are a few things you can do:
- Start with five to ten deep breaths. The level of oxygen you have flowing to your brain will have a real impact on your stress levels. By slowing our breath down at the beginning of the meditation, we’ll immediately bring ourselves down to a deeper level of calm.
- Just notice the breath. Try to focus all of your attention on the sensation of air going in and out through your nose. Don’t make yourself breath, just let the air flow in and out naturally
- Just notice your thoughts. Inevitably, you’ll start to drift off into feelings of guilt over the past and anxiousness over the future. When you catch yourself doing this, just notice that you’ve done it and go back to the breath. Don’t berate yourself for meditating “wrong”, as this itself generates feelings of anxiousness. Simply let your attention go back to the breath.
- Don’t push emotions away. If you’re especially stressed about something, thoughts will continue to come up around it during your meditation. Don’t deny to yourself that you’re having these thoughts. Instead, focus on your bodily feelings at the time of stress. Where do you feel this discomfort, nervousness, or anxiety? Without words, simply observe this sensation. You might begin to see that the things you have been so concerned about are not such a big deal after all.
- Have a positive outlook. Your internal attitude of life has a real affect on the way you perceive reality. If you see the world as a greedy, angry place, you’re going to have the belief that you’re correct. If you view the world as compassionate, kind of forgiving, you’ll find evidence for this everywhere you look.
Remember that these aren’t loopy alternative treatments that real doctors think are crazy. The benefits of meditation are real, and cause actual physical changes to your brain. In the recent book “How God Changes Your Brain”, these changes are clearly shown to be real and scientifically sound.
Meditation in some form or another has been used across the world in hundreds of different cultures as a way to reduce stress, quiet the mind and understand reality. Whichever form of meditation you decide to use, stress reduction will be a natural side effect of this practice.
Transcendental Meditation has been growing in popularity ever since The Beatles first met Maharishi Yogi, the founder of TM. Paul McCartney still appears supportive of Transcendental Meditation, and has continued to promote this practice with another celebrity, director David Lynch.
Check out this interview between Lynch and McCartney. An unlikely combination!
Despite the celebrity endorsements, there are many things about TM that make me uncomfortable.
The main issue is this: Transcendental Meditation is a brand.
Recently the world’s most famous atheist, Richard Dawkins, writer of The God Delusion, The Selfish Gene and The Greatest Show on Earth, has been in Australia. Last Monday night he was on the ABC program Q and A, with a number of Australian guests (some more intelligent then others) each with religious faith of some kind. While Dawkins spoke with his usual skill and intelligence, there were many things he said that irked me, especially when he stated that faith had no positive psychological effects. But I’ll ignore most of these for the time being to focus on a moment when Dawkins revealed just how little about spirituality he actually knows. It starts at about 2:30 in this clip:
Here’s the transcript of what was said:
JACQUELINE NINIO: There’s an amazing Jewish philosopher who said the second you start to define God, you already limit God. God is un-understandable in some ways by humanity and so the second we try and grapple with it, we’re already limiting what God is. I think that there’s an unfolding understanding of God as you change and as the world changes and all we can do as human beings is to approach it from where we are and from our understanding and what we know in that moment.
TONY JONES: Now, before we come to our questioner down the front who had his hand up, Richard, do you regard that as just clever sophistry?
RICHARD DAWKINS: I was wondering what on earth it meant, I must say.
I wish Jacqueline Ninio, a Rabbi, wasn’t so easily intimidated by Dawkins and didn’t back down from what she said, since it was such a clear elucidation of what gaining an understanding of God is all about. The key statement Ninio says here is “The second you start to define God, you limit God”. This key point appears to have gone over the head of Dawkins, who nevertheless speaks as though he has a full understanding of religion.
I talked yesterday about edge researchers losing track of real evidence and believing in falsities. When it comes to investigating something like 2012, it’s hard to sort the garbage from the gold. One of the biggest fabrications comes in the form of Planet X, aka Nibiru, an asteroid or brown dwarf star five times the size of Earth that will hit on December 21, 2012.
Forgetting About Evidence
There are many internet forums discussing the nature of Planet X, but absolutely no real evidence available. This leads us to the question: Why do people still believe it?
The following can be guaranteed as true:
- No serious scientist has claimed that Planet X is real
- Many scientists claim that Planet X is a complete hoax
- Mayan predictions may indicate a massive event in 2012, but they do not predict the end of the world.
- Mayan descendants have stated the idea of 2012 being doomsday is ludicrous. They predict an age of enlightenment, not total destruction.
- So both mainstream scientists and Mayan researchers say Planet X is a lie. Yet so many people have jumped on the Planet X bandwagon.
- There is something strange that happens to allow people to believe in something like Planet X, and many other bizarre conspiracy theories. And yet, it remains a popular topic of discussion.