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Are There Any Astral Projection Dangers?

Updated on August 19, 2013

Is There Any Danger To Astral Projection?

Any person who first hears of the term astral projection will invariably wonder about the astral projection dangers. Afteral leaving the body while exploring the unknown in the middle of the night is not something that is 'the norm' so to speak. What if you can't find your way back?

Or what if that 'silver cord' gets cut off and you're out of the body forever, lost in the astral plane? And what if some strange entity hurts you while you're 'out'?

These are some of the questions I also asked a few years ago when I first started my journey with AP and my OBE experiences. So this page is dedicated to everyone who has doubts about leaving the body consciously while sleeping.

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What is Astral Projection

Let's Define Astral Projection First

astral projection
astral projection

Basically astral projection is when you leave your body and explore the world 'beyond' so to speak, the astral plane. It is an out of body experience that once you do it consciously, you will never forget it - and you will want to do it as often as possible because it's truly cool - and I mean it!

Especially once you get your fears of astral projection dangers out of the way, you are left with all the joy and benefits of going anywhere and doing anything that you want - just like in dreams, except in a way that you do it consciously, by your own will.

When you astral project, you separate your consciousness from your body and you have a sense of floating above your body - and you can even see it you body sleeping innocently in your own bed.

Once you've done it a few times, you might want to venture a bit further away, and you can simply fly wherever you think of. And once you've done this a few times, you might even go further to other astral planes, which is really the most fun place to be when out of your body. I mean what fun is it to see your body just 2 feet below you anyway?

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One Of The Best Books On Astral Projection For Beginners

Adventures Beyond the Body: How to Experience Out-of-Body Travel
Adventures Beyond the Body: How to Experience Out-of-Body Travel

Adventures Beyond The Body by William Buhlman was one of the first books I've read on AP and it's what literally changed my life.

You get loads of great techniques to try leaving your body consciously, and you get the author's first hand experiences on how he achieved them as well. He really made a believer out of me and had me lose my fears of astral projection dangers.


Some Of The Best Sources For Learning More About OBE

If you want to learn about astral projection practices and techniques, along with the various experiences of other APers, here are some of the places I have bookmarked and some of them I'm using regularly (some AP forums, for example). All highly recommended for finding other like minded people with experiences that you'll want to learn about.

What Are The Differences Between Astral Projection And OBE?

Some people might have heard of astral projection, while others of OBE, i.e. out of body experiences. For the most part the two are the same. However there are some nuances that some people believe exist, so I think it's wise to mention them at least briefly.

Note: personally I think astral projection (AP) and OBE are one and the same thing. You leave your body consciously, you project your consciousness out of your body.

Basically some people say that when you have an OBE, you are still in the physical plane, i.e. you are hovering above your body, you can fly to any friend's home to 'spy on them', you can visit your old school or go to the malll and eat anything you want - all for free.

AP, on the other hand means you're not only leaving your body, but actually going to the astral plane, leaving the physical plane behind.

Robert Monroe has a great set of books on AP where he describes his astral travels. It was from his books that I first got hooked on AP myself.

Here Is Robert Monroe Himself Describing His First AP

Journeys Out Of The Body - One of my favorite books on AP

Journeys Out of the Body: The Classic Work on Out-of-Body Experience (Journeys Trilogy)
Journeys Out of the Body: The Classic Work on Out-of-Body Experience (Journeys Trilogy)

Along with William Buhlman's book, the book by Robert Monroe was the one that really wet my appetite for wanting to learn how to astral travel and take journeys out of my body.


The Dangers of Astral Projection

So How Dangerous Is Astral Projection Anyway?

astral projection dangers
astral projection dangers

Personally I think astral projection is not dangerous at all. Whenever you leave your body, you will safely return to it at some point, there's no way around it. That silver cord that so many people speak about will pull you back, and it will not get cut, never worry about it.

Here are some of the most common worries about astral projection dangers that I've hears or read about so far. Personally I haven't encountered any of them ever.

1. Can some entity, demon, etc, enter your body while you're out of your body?

The thing is, while you're out, you're not completely out, your body is not an empty shell that remains behind. While you are alive, there is no way any other entity from the astral plane can enter your body.

What is important to realize here is that we leave our body practically every night while we sleep and dream. And we always return to our body, i.e. we wake up in the morning still in our bodies, right? In all the years you've lived so far, has it ever happened to wake up in the morning and NOT be in your body? I'm pretty sure not. Except when we intentionally astral project, we do it consciously, while when we do it unconsciously, we are doing it while dreaming.

2. Can you die from astral projection?

This is something else people are afraid of. Literally nothing you do out in the astral can severe your connection to your body. Again, I'm going back to the previous point - we are astral projecting every single night while sleeping and we always return before it's time to wake up in the morning.

3. What if I can't find my way back to my body?

Somebody actually asked me this question, and again it is nothing to worry about. In fact I've been pulled back to my body as soon as I thought of my body, which annoyed me quite a lot because I wanted to stay out more, so I go to great lengths to not think of my body at all while flying around, so that i can stay a bit longer out of the body. So if you're ever afraid of not getting back, all you need is simply think of your body and you'll get pulled back faster than you can count to 2.

4. What happens if I actually meet negative entities like demons while I'm APing?

This has happened to many astral travelers, and the main idea here is to simply not be afraid. They can only 'hurt you' if you believe they can. They are all in your mind, so to speak (well not exactly 'in your mind', they are in the other astral planes), they are definitely not real and not here in real life. The more sensitive to energies you are, the more entities you will encounter. But they can not actually, physically hurt you.

5. Will my AP experiences change my belief about God and about my religion?

This is an interesting fear and yes, it's not always unfounded. Let me explain. When you astral travel, you realize that first of all, there is more to life than what we see. There is something beyond. So if you're an atheist (like I was), you might start a quest for learning about spirituality, like I did as well.

What I found is that with astral projection you really change your beliefs and what you thought before, you won't be the exact same person anymore. You will find new meanings in life and will fear death less. The changes will definitely be positive, that I can assure you of.

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Just A Few Of My Astral Projection Books At Home

my astral projection books
my astral projection books

I have tons of AP books at home, and here are just some of them that I gathered. I also have many on eBook format, and some that I have lended out to friends (and have yet to get them back). I don't think I'm lying when I say I have over 30 books on AP and OBE to date.

Are There Any Benefits To Astral Projection?

Yes they are, I can safely say that. While there are not many astral projection dangers (the biggest one is really the fear of AP itself), there are tons of great benefits that I found for leaving my body in a conscious way. Let me list below some that I have personally experienced.

  1. Less fear of dying. Most people are afraid of dying, it is natural, I think. However most people also 'know' that we die and that's it. But when you actually astral travel, you are out of your physical body. An OBE experience (just as a near death experience) can show you that there is life out of the physical body as well, independent of it. You can continue on even apart from the body. Knowing that first hand can greatly lessen any fear of dying a person has.
  2. Increased spirituality. I used to be an atheist (not by choice, but by location of birth and where I lived my first 20 years of life). Having out of body experiences literally changed me. I became interested in spirituality, in the world beyond our 5 physical senses. I learned so much more!
  3. Respecting life more. Believe me, there is a different feeling when you know that you go on living (either through reincarnation or as a spirit) and you don't simply cease to exist, from the feeling that you die and that's it. You start to really enjoy living more, to find new meanings in everything you do. You learn to find a new respect for all that is and you start to feel less violent and negative overall. It's just a part of actually 'knowing' rather than just hoping that life is not meaningless and short.
  4. Gaining a new sense of adventure. You will enjoy dreaming much more, and will want to astral project as much as possible to learn about the world beyond the physical one. You will also be more adventurous in real life and see things through different, with eyes much more alive, so to speak.
  5. Meeting deceased friends and relatives - Oh this is a big one and it's really really worth learning to AP for! When you're astral traveling, there is a great chance to meet a family member who has passed away. Meeting your grandma, or a friend whom you dearly missed, having a great conversation with them, telling them that you love them (maybe you never had a chance to say it before they moved one). It is simply awesome and one of the best benefits of exploring the astral world ever!

A Great Interview With William Buhlman About The Benefits Of OBE

A Few Book Recommendations On Astral Projection - I have personally read and can recommend

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How Do You Feel About Astral Travel And Out Of Body Experiences?

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      3 years ago

      I had an OBE when i had to have an emergency operation cos my bowel ruptered. I saw my body just lying there helpless, I saw my dad who passed away from lung cancer in 2009 and he was crying, hugging me and saying "no baby no, go back youre 28, youre too young, fight this please

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      5 years ago

      I've done it a few times... both consciously and subconsciously - and I find it scary when it happens

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      Kathryn Grace 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      The jury is out for me, and I'd almost forgotten about this. When I was young, I was quite interested in the concept.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      5 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      I've not done it consciously as astral travel. But many times while mediating, with music or guided meditations, I "travel" to different places and meet different people. It's fascinating!

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      Raymond Eagar 

      5 years ago

      I remember once waking up in the morning and clearly remembering floating above my body and then being pulled down into my body .

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      5 years ago

      Fascinating lens, I have always been intrigued by this.

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      5 years ago

      Honestly, I have not given a lot of time to thinking about astral travel or out of body experiences. Thus, I don't really have an opinion one way or the other. I am quite content to just live life however it happens to be for me. Quite interesting reading material, especially with your personal take on the topic!

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      5 years ago

      I've been interested in astral projection since the 1970's and have tried and tried to do it. I've read lots of books about it and followed the techniques, but it never happens. There have been two incidents where it seemed like I might be leaving my body and I got scared. One was while smoking a very good grade of marijuana that I was not used to, and the second was while in a sweat lodge. I started to panic and got out of there. I don't know what blocks me from it, and I am not afraid of dying (although maybe I was when those incidents happened). With all the new stories about NDEs and OBEs, I find myself wishing I could have one. Any suggestions?

    • kislanyk profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cyprus

      @Corrinna-Johnson: Oh wow I'm so glad that you had experience with it and in a positive way as well. Isn't astral projection just wonderful and life altering too?

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      Corrinna Johnson 

      5 years ago from BC, Canada

      I have had experiences of both! The first time I knew I AP'd, it was life changing for me. I was able to get closure with a loved one who passed traumatically and she provided me with information about an event occurring in my life that I was unaware of and was able to change for the better.

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      5 years ago from Cyprus

      @Scarlettohairy: Yes, it is dreaming when you're doing it unconsciously. When you're doing it consciously, then it is astral projection.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Many years ago, and over several years, I looked down at my body from above and realized it was me, and that I was in a baby blue car, had been in an accident, and the steering wheel was pushed through my chest. I never ever drove a baby blue car after whole family knows I won't do it. I'm not even sure those WERE an OBE, but it made such an impression on me that I chose not to ever go there again. I agree with you that the human spirit does not die, but is recycled over and over. Very interesting, well written lens, with good backup material.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is an interesting concept. I just call it dreaming (you know, from my Bubblews post) and have had some very vivid dreams that seemed real and that I can remember. Who knows?

    • kislanyk profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cyprus

      @Nancy Hardin: Yes Nancy, you had actually an NDE (near death experience, which is an OBE but not exactly astral travel). I'm glad that all is ok with you now!

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      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Well, it's not something I want to try. I'm perfectly fine here in my body and with my feet on the ground.

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      5 years ago

      I definitely believe in astral travel and always believed it was completely safe (my mother used to do it as well). I had a really, really bad experience about a year ago and will never do it again. I do believe that it increases spirituality, but I also think that it can leave you vulnerable.


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