What is astral projection and sleep paralysis?

What is astral projection?

Astral Projection is a form of O.B.E. (OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE) which can be involuntary or voluntary, depending on the usage and circumstances.  It’s a “floating” sensation that you utilize to navigate different realms via an astral body.  Astral travel is mentioned in all religious scriptures (Bible, Quran, Torah) and entered mainstream society through the Theosophy (New Age Movement) and modern-day spiritualists. 

A silver cord is a common occurrence in astral travel, as stated in the Jewish Bible:

Before the silver cord snaps, and the golden fountain is shattered, and the pitcher breaks at the fountain, and the wheel falls shattered into the pit. And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God, Who gave it” 

The cord acts as a pathway between your physical and spiritual body.  The cord cannot be affected in the astral realm and can only be severed if you die in the physical world.


Sleep paralysis is an experience encountered while in the beginning stages of the REM (Rapid-Eye-Movement) sleep or during the awakening process.  The subject is acutely aware of the surroundings meanwhile their body is paralyzed, and a demon, monster or shadow presence often appears.  This is a terrifying disorder that can affect anyone.

“The Nightmare” painting by Henry Fuseli


Astral Projection has similar traits to sleep paralysis but isn’t a frightening experience if you know how to navigate your journey.  Astral Travel or an Out of Body Experience (O.B.E.) takes place when you leave your body via the use of your Etheric body (Astral Body).  Telepathy or natural causes such as Near Death Experiences (N.D.E.) can induce astral projection.  Some individuals also have interactions with a shadow or divine being in the astral form; this is used as a deterrent to keep you from entering another realm.

There is much controversy within individual communities about the usage of astral projection.  An involuntary projection related to an N.D.E. Or traumatic experience is considered to be in a spiritual sense and not occult.  A voluntary projection refers to occult practices and so on.  These theories (in my opinion) has no apparent standing in a pure essence of astral projection, you should judge for yourself based on your experiences.


The Bible on astral projection:

Deuteronomy 18:10-13

There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God,

2 Corinthians 12:1-4

I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.

According to the Islam and the Quran, tajarrod is only acceptable.  This means to have all faith and belief in Allah and no other sources, similar to Deuteronomy 18:10-13 in the Bible.  Astral practices and fortune telling devices such as ephods are prohibited by Judaism and the Masoretic Text of the Torah.  The three major religions each have a mystic sect.  Buddhist and Hinduism embrace meditation and a free flow of consciousness; thus their doctrines speak more openly within the context of astral travel.


Sufism interprets Muhammad’s night journey “Isra and Mi’raj” as the use of astral projection and that Muhammad’s body did not physically ascend to Allah and that his astral body did instead.  This differs from traditional Islamic texts and practices.


Kabbalah as deep roots in Jewish mysticism, the obscure book “Sefer Yetzirah” is said to have origins with patriarch Abraham.  The Sefer Yetzirah has influenced countless mystics that contribute it powers to alchemical texts and astral projection.

Christianity/Christian Mysticism

Christian Mysticism derives from books such as “Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz” and has origins within the “Rosicrucian Order of the Rose Cross.”

Hopefully, this article expanded on “what is astral projection?”

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