Astral projection is a paranormal concept which describes the out-of-body experience of the “astral body” which is capable of traveling outside the physical body. Astral projection is also known as astral travel as the astral body travels to the higher realms in the astral plane independent of the physical body. An individual can prove to himself that he has traveled astrally when he can rise up and turn around to look at his physical self. But since it is a subjective experience it cannot be said for sure that Astral projection is a reality as there is only anecdotal evidence associated with the concept that people can experience an out-of-body experience.
According to Jerry Gross who is an expert in astral projection and has experienced this phenomenon since childhood, feels that anyone can develop the inherent ability of astral projection. In astral projection the physical mind is put to sleep while the subconscious is active and the time when the astral body can leave the physical body. This is normally the state when people go to sleep but most of them are not aware of their astral experience. Astral projection is done consciously in the sense that the person knows what he wants and where he desires to go and has full control of his actions.
Astral projection is quite different from the near-death experience where one sees the white light or experiences the tunnel. It is an experience of leaving the physical body maybe for the last time. Instead, astral projection is an experience of projecting to the place one wishes to go. The astral body leaves for the place one decides to go while the physical body is asleep or resting.
Astral projection can take place while sleeping, resting or when the person is meditating or in a trance. The person should restore his mind and body to perfect health. He should be having pure intentions and not harbor any ill feelings for others. A pure vegetarian diet seems to make the body feel lighter and keeps the metabolism in good shape. Most astral projections happen during the night hence it helps to eat light and spare the mind and body from unnecessary clutter. Concentration and meditation helps in controlling dreams and consequently achieving success in astral projection.
In astral projection, the person can travel in the astral plane where he can communicate with the people he wants. He can also visit the spirits of the dead persons and visit any other place of his desire. In other words the person can do anything and go anywhere, but he needs to have a specific destination in mind before attempting to leave the physical body and travel in the astral plane. In order to astral project, one needs to develop his thinking skills and have a full control on his thoughts so that he can go to the desired place.