Astral projection

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Astral projection (also known as astral travel) is a term used in esotericism to describe an intentional out-of-body experience (OBE)[1][2] that assumes the existence of a subtle body called an "astral body" or "body of light" through which consciousness can function separately from the physical body and travel throughout the astral plane.[3][4][5]

"The Separation of the Spirit Body" from The Secret of the Golden Flower, a Chinese handbook on alchemy and meditation

The idea of astral travel is ancient and occurs in multiple cultures. The modern terminology of "astral projection" was coined and promoted by 19th-century Theosophists.[3] It is sometimes reported in association with dreams and forms of meditation.[6] Some individuals have reported perceptions similar to descriptions of astral projection that were induced through various hallucinogenic and hypnotic means (including self-hypnosis). Those who have never had these experiences, are the most critical of their existence. The scientific community doubts its existence heavily, given their lack of scientific evidence. As with most spiritual belief systems throughout the world, there is no scientific evidence that there is a consciousness whose embodied functions are separate from normal neural activity or that one can consciously leave the body and make observations of the physical universe,[7] and astral projection has been characterized as a pseudoscience[8] by some scientific communities. As always, astral projection is left up to interpretation by the individual who has such experiences; leaving modern day science with several unanswered questions.