Now we understand what Lucid Dreaming is, but what does it have to do with Astral Projection?
Astral Projecting advocates hold that when we dream, we are actually in the Astral Plane (which is a kind of layer of reality which transcends the Physical Plane). The Astral Plane is as real and literal as the physical world you work, love and live in throughout the day while you are awake. You are simply unaware of the fact that you are in the Astral Plane, and then, even when you become Aware of the fact that you are asleep, you lack the focus to objectively see the Astral Plane as it is.
The human mind can invent scenarios from thin air. Close your eyes right now and imagine a distant planet with purple meteorite dashed ground and a fluorescent green sky. You should be able to quite easily envisage this location in some form. You are imagining it. Your mind will fill in 99% of the gaps, given 1% of the information.
Now try something else, this time, without closing your eyes. You should be looking at your computer screen right now, but without taking your eyes away from it, try and see a beautiful beach with lapping ocean waves. Do your best to envisage it in your mind’s eye.
Allow a good 60 seconds for this image to form fully and then recognize that you are in fact only sitting at your desk. You just had a daydream. This is an example of the minds ability to “imagine” a location.
Whilst you were imagining the beach, the real, Physical Plane didn’t go anywhere. You were sitting at your computer screen the entire time, yet if your powers of imagination were powerful enough, you might have believed you were on a beach. When you dream, your powers of imagination are extremely powerful.
When you dream, your mind is doing a lot of imaginative work. It is creating entire dream worlds. False mental scenery. This overwrites the Astral Plane as it really exists, which explains why dreams – actually Astral Projections – apparently take place in fictional, impossible settings, despite the fact that the Astral Plane coexists with the Physical Plane.
Over time you can see the Astral Plane more and more objectively, with your mind filling in less of the gaps, daydreaming less, making less up. The Astral Plane precisely represents the actual existing Physical Plane as is explained in the next section so traveling to a place in the Astral Plane will show you as it exists “in Physical Reality”.
So, the final word on the difference between Lucid Dreaming and Astral Projecting is simple. Astral Projectionists believe that Lucid Dreaming is a precursor to true Astral Projection. With increasing Awareness comes not only control of their actions, but also to “switch off” the imagined scenery the mind generates during sleep, seeing the actual, literal Astral Plane beneath, like a student who stops daydreaming and realizes they are actually sitting in class. That same student can then get up from his desk and do whatever he pleases, free from his own imagined scenery.
As Awareness increases further still, you can do more and more in the Astral Plane becoming more aware of your own spirit and nature. The advanced stages of the home study course, Astral Projection for Beginners, deal with this topic but to discuss it now would be premature. If all of this seems quite complicated, don’t worry too much – it becomes much clearer as you continue to read.