A good portion of the people who sought out this Astral Projection for Beginners tutorial, have probably heard of Lucid Dreaming and many of them will have tried Lucid Dreaming themselves, with varying degrees of success. Many have heard of Remote Viewing as well, but do not have a clear understanding of what it is. While this tutorial covers Astral Projection and Dreaming in depth, Lucid Dreaming and Remote Viewing are important enough to need a special section.
There exists a degree of crossover between Dreaming, Lucid Dreaming, Remote Viewing and Projection but all of them have very distinct aspects as well. Each can serve to complement your abilities in performing the other and combined together, their experiences can give you a fuller understanding of what you witness.
Many critics of Astral Projection claim that it is little more than elaborate Lucid Dreaming. They may or may not be correct but there are many examples that would point to the fact that this is incorrect; such as examples of people visiting real locations or obtaining knowledge they could not possibly have obtained if the Astral Plane were a complete work of imagination. It does not explain OBE (Out of Body Experiences) at all either.
In order to develop the absolutely critical quality of Awareness needed for intentional projection, many of the exercises and thought processes encouraged in Learning to Fly are borrowed from well-known Lucid Dreaming techniques. Astral Projection is the next state of Awareness once you’ve become more proficient at Lucid Dreaming.
Before we outline a few exercises to increase your ability for Lucid Dreaming, let’s start with a simple definition for each of these practices to begin clearing up any confusion about them and start letting you see how they complement each other.
A series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.
A dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming.
Any form of out-of-body experience (OBE) that assumes the existence of an astral body separate from the physical body and capable of traveling outside it. Astral projection or travel denotes the astral body leaving the physical body to travel in the astral plane.
The ability to gather information about a distant or unseen target using paranormal means. Paranormal is defined as anything out of the normal experience or beyond science’s current ability to explain or measure.
Each of these practices, when experienced with intentional Awareness, can provide the traveler/dreamer with a wealth of information that would otherwise not be possible for them to know. Anyone can become accomplished at these skills through practice and development of their attention and Awareness.
The last two, Remote Viewing and Astral Projection, overlap the most as the means, methods and experiences of the travel are the same – but the where the travel may occur is different. After a discussion of Lucid Dreaming we will turn and look at Remote Viewing.