Suppose Veritas has one of these coming. I should point out, as our Prophecy said, that it is important to develop other psychic skills, to master this one.
Although there is more to be told, it would be too difficult to say it in one page; as there are many sites and institutes and studies devoted. I feel a start to a clear understanding can be started and open to discussion as well as any additions the staff would like to add.
||This is not to be confused with Kobok's article, by where he uses the same term (psychic projection,) but under a different premise||
Psychic projection is the ability to travel to alternate realities and over distances, with the mind. "Flying without a broom," as the author DJ Conways calls it, it is not as obscure or uncommon as a few of you may have been led to believe. This kind of psychic activity occurs in a few ways and happens to us often, though most people only remember their trips as dreams.
You all know the term "astral projection" and have some clue as to its implications, but what you may not know is that it is not a single act, but one of at least two kinds of experiences. Also glibly reffered to as "leaving the body," but that is where some confusion has been laid forth for some time. Astral projection and out-of-body experiences (O.B.E.) happen to be completely different occurences, though relative in some ways, such as seeing places that you are not occupying. Having an OBE is alternatly reffered to as "etheric" projection; this is where the subject believes themselves to be in a completely seperate body, though most kinds of physical orientations and sensations remain.
In the Occult, the "body of light" (astral) and the "fluidic" body (etheric,) as called by authors Osborne Philips and Malitia Denning, play different rolls. A magican or shaman would use their body of light to visit fantastical worlds and explore their psyche, at an attempt as geining power; this is where the steriotype arose, of witches riding through the night sky. The fluidic body, though not quite as useful in magick, would be used to travel around this plane of existance.
Now, one must consider: what is the big difference? From personal experience as well as that of others, I can safely say only those who done both know the difference and why the two kinds of travel are not at all the same. I believe they both became meshed out of this sort of lack in understanding: someone says they where flying around, then who is to say it was not called one or the other?
Astral projection is fundementally compairable to lucid dreaming and deep meditation; it is used to visit other worlds and sometimes peek into this one (like in remote viewing). It happens to most of us and it is usually ignored, because of draumatized expectations - even those of having an OBE. No one can say wheather it really is imagination or not, however tests have shown some validity (see the Monroe Institute, et al).
Etheric projection is what most people aim for, yet to their disappointment fall asleep and have "strange dreams," which naturally could have been an astral experience. One will know they had an OBE when they least think they did: this is because of the fact that many projectors are not even aware they left their body! When you have an OBE, you still are "you" in most ways; it could be easy to think you are sleepwalking or just laying in bed and not doing anything. Usually, feeling like one is falling thru the bed, floating to the cieling and hearing "buzzing" sounds in their ears are the first indications that they are out. Keeping in mind when there are such indications, the person may still not know that they are out, so for the first time an OBE can be quite frightening.