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If Astral Projection Is Real, How Do You Explain Brain Damage?

Updated on August 16, 2019
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In addition to fitness and exercise, I've always had an interest in the paranormal and "unexplained," particularly lucid dreaming and NDEs.

Brain on right damaged by chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Brain on right damaged by chronic traumatic encephalopathy. | Source

Does our astral double "live" inside our brain's neurons?

When brain damage affects cognition, this contradicts the idea of astral projection or out-of-body experiences.

Look at the image at the top of this article. The cognitive state of the person whose brain is on the right must have been quite compromised before he died.

Many people are alive with brains similar to that: shrunken and diseased from any number of causes.

  • Do they ever astral project?
  • If a person with a healthy brain regularly has out-of-body experiences, what would happen if his brain sustained damage from a vehicular accident, stroke or lack of oxygen?
  • Would they still be having OBEs and be cognitively normal during them?
  • And if so, then this means that when they re-enter their body, they go back to being cognitively compromised – even if that means a persistent vegetative state.

This strongly suggests that our consciousness – which we’d all like to think continues to exist after the death of our body – is very much linked to the physical state of the brain.

In other words, this contradicts the concept of a separate astral self.

If a person in a vegetative state or who’s conscious but cognitively impaired due to injury or disease has an astral projection – is she impaired while out of her body, too?

Or are such individuals the way they used to be before the brain damage?

Persistent Vegetative State but Having OBEs

Suppose a person in a PVS has occasional OBEs. And during those astral projections (aka remote viewing), he or she is cognitively normal and knows their body lies in a nursing home with eyes open but not seeing, and no self-awareness or sentience.

This would mean that this person’s “conscious” existence occurs only while he’s out of his body.

Imagine an existence in which you’re always out of your body – but it’s not a never-ending single episode. It’s recurring episodes, and every one concludes with the sensation that you’re being pulled back into your vegetative or comatose body.

Next thing you know, you’re floating above it again – another OBE – for which months may have passed since the last one you remember. And that is your existence.

Your “waking” states are astral projections – which are brief. You always know when you’re having a new one, and don’t know how much time has lapsed since the last one. Could this be what some comatose people or those in a PVS experience?

Our Astral Double

If we indeed have an astral self, how is it able to disengage from the physical brain (consciousness outside the body), yet be at the mercy of the brain’s condition (e.g., stroke, dementia) once we’re back inside our body?

Mentally Handicapped Having OBEs

Ever wonder if someone with severe or even profound mental retardation has out-of-body experiences? Why would OBEs be limited to only those people with “normal” intelligence (or healthy brains)?

It’s logical to conclude that spontaneous OBEs occur in those with cognitive impairment – regardless of cause and when the impairment occurred.

But if someone was born with the impairment, is that person “normal” while out-of-body?

Here is a link to a report about a research project in which one of the study subjects, blind since birth, reported being able to see during a near death experience (NDE) following a car accident.

Though NDE experiences differ from OBEs, there is one part of the report that’s quite intriguing.

The subject states that during the NDE, she saw Debby and Diane, who had died when they were children.

They’d been students at the school she had attended for the blind. However, the Debby and Diane whom she’d known as children had mental retardation.

In the NDE, they seemed perfectly normal – and were no longer children, but at their “prime.”

Astral Consciousness at the Mercy of the Physical Brain

Maybe the best explanation is that once a person is “out” of her body, whether it’s an OBE or NDE, the influence that her brain has on her astral double is waived.

And once the astral self returns to the body, it’s subjected to the rules and regulations of the brain – no matter what state it’s in – be it vegetative, delusional from psychosis, impaired by dementia or stroke, or incapacitated by head trauma due to an accident or crime.

All the true answers, however, await us on the other side.

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    • Lorra Garrick profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorri G 

      20 months ago

      Interesting take. However, many OBEs are spontaneous -- occurring after someone falls asleep overnight or during a nap. I can't imagine how an OBE is induced without falling sleep.

    • Pamela Nichols profile image

      Pamela Nichols 

      20 months ago from Soonergal444 Oklahoma

      This is an interesting article. The few times that I've been able to experience a conscious OBE or Astral Projection, it required a lot of effort without falling asleep first. However, I almost think that someone that is either physically or mentally challenged would have a better advantage to do this. They would have a lot more time to be able to practice this, therefore, becoming better adept at it and the reward would be the escape they get from their condition. I don't know though, I can only imagine how hard it would be to come back to the physical condition.

    • Pamela Nichols profile image

      Pamela Nichols 

      20 months ago from Soonergal444 Oklahoma

      Mental or physical condition


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