The Astral Travel Phenomenon
By Judi Lynch
Submission for February 2021
Word count – 658
Bio word count - 60
Astral travel is the belief that the soul has the ability to leave the body, visiting other places on Earth and beyond. Also known as ‘soul travel,’ the practice is taught with meditation techniques and affirmed by repeating mantras in Sehaj yoga to visit the many planes of Heaven.
Helen Keller described an astral travel experience like this, "I have been far away all this time, and I haven't left the room...It was clear to me that it was because I was a spirit that I had so vividly 'seen' and felt a place a thousand miles away. Space was nothing to spirit!"
Astral travel has been documented by many throughout history. In 1875 Helena Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society, whose teachings included the ability to transcend the body through spirit travel to anywhere. The religion of Eckankar describes astral travel as movement of the soul closer to the heart of God. One of the basic tenets is that soul (the true self) may be experienced separate from the physical body and in full consciousness travel freely in "other planes of reality. This is attained by shifting the awareness from the body to the inner planes of existence.
For many years, Dr. Raymond Moody, a physician, psychologist, philosopher and author interviewed hundreds of people who had experienced out of body events. Well known for his books about life after death and near-death experiences (NDE), a term that he invented in 1975, he collected information and defined common qualities of these experiences. He identified nine elements of a near-death out of body experience. There are similar accounts of people who reported their consciousness was floating above their bodies, had seen themselves in surgery or when they were receiving life-saving assistance.
Many people have experienced astral travel unexpectedly while dreaming without fully understanding what happened. It’s really more than just feeling the anxiety of an ‘out of body’ experience, which is a different event altogether. It’s knowing you are visiting somewhere else, you are remote viewing what is around you and speaking to other souls who are also astral traveling. You have information that you would never have known if not for astral travel. We travel in our dream state while sleeping most of the time and may not remember it upon awakening. Science claims they have no real ‘proof’ that it is possible but they don’t have any that it definitely isn’t either. Hopefully scientists will soon discover a way to ‘see’ it happening and we will understand more about the consciousness. The pineal gland inside the brain is a miraculous part of this phenomenon.
Many metaphysics courses teach that you can fly, walk through walls, and bi-locate (experience multiple streams of consciousness) in the astral worlds when purposely traveling. It is also taught that you must be in control of your thoughts and emotional state to be able to choose positively what you want your experience. If not you can attract energies that can do more harm than good. It has been suggested that if you are extremely depressed, actively practicing astral projection may not be a good idea. It’s best to enter the astral worlds with temperance, projecting a pleasant frame of mind.
In meditation, astral travel allows us to become attuned with the universal energies available to life forms. We can call on the metaphysical abilities that are constantly evolving in humans to help us bring in peace, calm, healing energy and information we so dearly need. There are many techniques and methods available to study. Practice is needed to help call in the energetic frequencies to affect our dream state. With time, a practitioner can exit a dream and re-enter. As more people become aware of this, past beliefs of what is and isn’t possible will transform into greater understanding of our evolution. Souls alive in human bodies with divine connections to help us connect, survive and thrive.
About the Author:
Judi Lynch is a psychic medium, intuitive counselor, healing channel and author. She is president of the Crystal Healing Foundation, Inc. a 501(c) spiritual charity and writer for OM Times Magazine. She has authored two books, Friends with Lights and Conscious Ascension and has read for clients all over the world. To learn more or contact for a session see judilynch.com
Astral travel is the belief that the soul has the ability to leave the body, visiting other places on Earth and beyond. Souls alive in human bodies with divine connections.