The Journey Continues – When a Dream isn’t a Dream


I find myself with a need to divert my attention from the chaos and turmoil, that’s taking place in our waking world, and talk about something “otherworldly.” Quite frankly, I’ve found it more interesting and exciting than what “reality” has to offer for decades.

Like everything in this realm of existence, being human means we are dual in nature. There’s the physical body that we can plainly see and feel when we are consciously awake. Even though we are programmed from an early age to totally focus on that physical part of us, we are more than that and that part of us is more ethereal consisting of energies that are invisible to the eyesight of most humans.

Call it the Spirit, the Soul, or the Astral Body, it’s that part of us that continues to exist after the demise of the physical body. It is the immortal or eternal part of each of us. When our physical bodies sleep, this other part of us has the opportunity to free itself from the confines of our physical bodies. That process is called astral projection – the separating of the spirit from the physical body while still attached by a “silver” cord. It’s actually a necessary part of the regeneration of the physical body.

When we sleep, the astral body hovers about four inches above the physical body. Most people have no control over this and as a result can experience such things as dreams of flying or falling or even experience a form of catalepsy where they are unable to make the physical body move. Feeling paralyzed, even temporarily, can be extremely frightening. In reality, all these things are caused by the projection of the astral body either when it’s disengaging itself from the physical body or when it‘s returning to the physical body and trying to realign itself with that body.

The astral body can travel farther from the physical. That “cord” connecting the astral and physical bodies is very elastic, making it possible for the astral to travel to anywhere in the physical world as well as into the past and the future. That’s why sometimes people say there dreams were “so real.” The truth of the matter is that they were actually astrally projecting. It also accounts for times when others swear they saw us somewhere when we were actually home asleep. I remember one time, a long time ago, when I dreamed I was in my best friend’s bedroom, bending over her while she was asleep in bed. I thought it was a dream. Then I got a phone call from her the next morning. She asked me what the hell I was doing in her bedroom last night! Interestingly, she thought I was really there until I just seemed to disappear. Meanwhile, I thought I was dreaming. Needless to say, my friend was quite psychic or she probably would have never known I was there. It was quite a shock for both of us. My point being, most people don’t have any control over their astral bodies, not without practice anyhow.

However, there are those who have mastered the art of astral projection and can even do it in a meditative state rather than having to go to sleep. This isn’t to be confused with mental projection where only the mind and mental faculties are projected to a specific person or place. You might know this by its other name, remote viewing. While, in both cases, travel is in the blink of an eye or rather the speed of ones thoughts, the difference lies in astral projection the entire astral body is projected (or released) instead of just the mind and mental faculties as in mental projection.

Although you may remember these projections as dreams, to awaken your astral consciousness is to take control of your actions -where you go and what you do, even who you might communicate with. It reminds me of what some define as lucid dreaming. To quote from Wikipedia, “A lucid dream is a dream during which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. During a lucid dream, the dreamer may gain some amount of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment; however, this is not actually necessary for a dream to be described as lucid.” Sounds pretty similar. Does that mean lucid dreaming is really becoming conscious while astrally projecting? I don’t know, but it seems possible to me.

So why would anyone want to deliberately practice astral projection? From my point of view, why not? You’re already doing it, to some degree, every night you sleep, so why not go on an adventure or two? To quote the writings of William Shakespeare, in Hamlet, “There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, / Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” It can be quite exhilarating and epiphanic to experience the many planes of existence one can access/travel in while projecting.

Are there pitfalls? Yes. Some of them may explain those very vivid nightmares had by some of us, even those of children. There are also protective practices that can be taken, if you develop an interest in practicing astral projection on a deliberate conscious basis. It would take pages of explanation to give you all the necessary information on both the pitfalls and the precautions that one should be aware of, as well as the actual procedures for projecting the astral body. Instead, I recommend what I consider the best book on the subject, Journeys Out of the Body by Robert A. Monroe. It’s still available in paperback or hardcover as well as a Kindle version from Amazon, should you find yourself wanting more information.

Know this, there’s more to each of us than is apparent when looking at the human body. There’s even more to us than our mind and emotions. Every night that other part of us could take us on a possible adventure. What we wake up thinking was a dream may have actually been a journey…into the realms of the astral projection. That can cause a person to pause and think about where they were while they slept.
Sweet dreams…

Love & Blessed Be

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