Astral Projection. Real or Not?
The way I’ve always figured it, great minds would remain open to various possibilities in life, yet have a healthy amount of skepticism. Many people will claim to have had out-of-body experiences through near death or simply through voluntary astral projection. A near death experience is by no doubt a very traumatic experience and very few of us have actually had one.
The people who claim to have had out-of-body experiences share many similarities in their experiences. Now, I’m aware of how the power of suggestion works. I’m also aware of how people claimed to have seen aliens, whom remarkably look much like the aliens on TV. Many, or even most, of these people could be completely making everything up, or actually believe it happened when it was simply a quite vivid dream. Does that mean that it is impossible?
I’m also quite aware of the experiments where various drugs are used to induce these same experiences. One would claim that because of this, these vivid experiences would actually be hallucinations or various chemical imbalances in the brain.
This may not be the best website, but it contains various other possibilities:
Now, one could also argue that these drug-induced experiments would make the physical body weaker and easier to project, though unhealthy and dangerous. Even if in some cases it is simply a hallucination, does that mean it’s absolutely impossible for any such case to ever be an actual out-of-body experience?
I don’t want this to turn into a religious debate, because that won’t solve anything. I don’t think you have to even believe in any religion to accept the possibility of an out-of-body experience. Although, you would have to be open to the possibility of there being some sort of spirit or energy, which various religions refer to as a soul; though you wouldn’t even need to agree entirely with the religious definition of the soul.
Anyway, I try to argue both sides, but would like to hear some educated thoughts. Unfortunately, I feel this is not a subject that can be “proved,” although information can always be provided to back one’s own understanding or belief.