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What is astral projection and how is it done? Christian views on it?

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  1. Information about the “out-of-body” experience is both vast and subjective. According to Wikipedia, one out of ten people claim to have had an out-of-body experience (OBE), and there are many different types of the experiences claimed. They range from involuntary out-of-body experiences or near-death experiences that happen after or during a trauma or accident, to what is called “astral projection” in which a person voluntarily tries to leave their body behind and ascend to a spiritual plane where they believe they will find truth and clarity.
    A few famous Christians have had what might be called an out-of-body experience in today’s world, most notably the Apostle Paul. He says in 2 Corinthians 12:1-4 “I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know–God knows. And I know that this man–whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows–was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell.” In the verses preceding this passage, Paul lists his “boasts” or the things that, if he was counting on works and good deeds to secure his salvation, would get him into heaven. Though he seems to be referring to a third party, scholars agree that he is speaking of himself in the third person. Therefore, he is including this apparent out-of-body experience in his list of boasts. The point he is making is that any revelation that comes from outside the Bible (extra-biblical revelation) is not a reliable source, and as Paul says “there is nothing to be gained by it.” This does not mean that his out-of-body experience wasn’t real, but just that he is not relying on it to give him truth or really to benefit himself or other people in any way.
    An involuntary out-of-body experience or a near-death experience, like the Apostle Paul’s, should be treated in the same way as a dream in the life of a Christian–an unexplained phenomenon that may make a good story, but does not give us truth. The only place we find absolute truth is in the Word of God. All other sources are merely subjective human accounts or interpretations based on what we can discover with our finite minds. The book of Revelation, or John’s vision, is an exception to this, as are the prophecies or visions of the Old Testament prophets. In each of those cases, the prophets were told that this was a revelation from the Lord, and they should share what they had seen because it was directly from the mouth of God.
    A voluntary out-of-body experience, or an “astral projection,” is a different story. A person trying to achieve an out-of-body experience in order to connect with spirits or the spirit world is practicing the occult. There are two forms of this. The first is called the “phasing” model, in which the person tries to find new spiritual truth by accessing a part of the mind that is “shut off” during everyday life. This practice is connected to Buddhism or postmodernism and the belief that enlightenment is achieved from looking within oneself. The other form, called the “mystical” model, is when the person tries to exit the body entirely, their spirit traveling to another plane that is not connected to the physical world at all.
    The Bible explicitly warns against occult practice, or sorcery, in Galatians 5:19-20, saying that those who practice it will not inherit God’s kingdom. God’s commands are always for our good, and He commands us to stay far away from occult practices because there is great potential, when trying to access the spiritual world, of opening oneself up to demons who can tell us lies about God and confuse our minds. In Job 4:12-21, Eliphaz describes being visited by a lying spirit in a vision that tells him God does not regard humans and that He doesn’t care for us, which is false! The phasing model is also futile, according to Scripture. Jeremiah 17:9 says “the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick; who can understand it?” and 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 says “When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” It is futile to search for infinite wisdom inside the finite mind of man.
    One concrete example of this comes from the popular book “90 Minutes in Heaven” by Pastor Don Piper. Piper describes what is, in essence, an out-of-body experience he had after a severe car accident during which he believes he died and went to heaven for 90 minute

  2. Astral projection is said to be the release of the soul without physical death, allowing the person to explore the other side and return to the body later. Christians would probably call it a mystical experience or “theophany”, but would not like the term “astral projection”.

  3. Astral projection is not releasing the soul. The soul is always in the body. It is projecting or sending your consciousness to a “parallel” universe (which is actually over lapping) aka astral realm.
    How is it done.
    We naturally astral project unconsciously every night where dreams may manifest. We astral project to “recharge” ourselves.
    Consciously astral projecting can be done by keeping your mind awake while your body falls asleep.
    Christians view on it.
    There are two things, the Christian people’s views and the Bibles views. The Bible isn’t against it. It has been mentioned in the Bible.
    The Christian people are simply against it because it involves spiritual growth, meditating, opening up the mind, etc.
    Anything mysterious to Christians is evil……. so they think it’s evil.

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