Astral Projection: Exploring the Controversial Phenomenon of Out-of-Body Experience

Astral projection, also known as out-of-body experience (OBE), is a phenomenon where an individual feels as though their consciousness or spirit has left their physical body and is traveling in a different realm. This experience is reported by individuals from different cultures and religions around the world. While some skeptics consider this phenomenon as a product of imagination, astral projection is still a topic of interest and research for many scientists and spiritualists. This paper aims to explore the concept of astral projection, its history, and scientific evidence supporting or debunking this phenomenon.

History of Astral Projection

The concept of astral projection has been present in various cultures and religions throughout history. Ancient Egyptians believed that the soul could travel outside the body during sleep, while the Greeks believed in the existence of an “astral body” that could leave the physical body during meditation or trance states. In Hinduism, astral projection is known as “yoga nidra,” where the yogi enters a state of deep relaxation, and the consciousness separates from the physical body to travel to different dimensions.

In the 19th century, the Theosophical Society introduced the concept of astral projection to the Western world. Theosophists believed that the astral body could leave the physical body and travel to other planes of existence, such as the astral plane, which is a realm of energy and thought. Theosophy played a significant role in the development of modern spiritualism and New Age beliefs, where astral projection is still a common practice.

Scientific Evidence of Astral Projection

While astral projection is a popular topic in spiritual and New Age communities, it is still a controversial topic in scientific circles. Many researchers have attempted to study astral projection using scientific methods, but the results are inconclusive, and there is no concrete evidence to support the existence of astral projection.

One of the most famous studies on astral projection was conducted by Dr. Charles Tart in the 1960s. Dr. Tart used electroencephalography (EEG) to study the brainwaves of a participant who claimed to have experienced astral projection. However, the results of the study were inconclusive, and Dr. Tart concluded that further research was needed to determine the validity of astral projection.

In 2014, a study was conducted by Dr. Sam Parnia, a critical care physician and director of resuscitation research at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, to investigate out-of-body experiences during cardiac arrest. The study involved 2,060 cardiac arrest patients in 15 hospitals in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Austria. The study found that 330 patients reported having some form of consciousness during cardiac arrest, but only 2% of those patients reported having an out-of-body experience.

Another study conducted in 2018 by the Swiss neuroscientist Dr. Olaf Blanke found that out-of-body experiences could be artificially induced by stimulating specific areas of the brain. The study involved 18 participants who underwent electrical stimulation of the angular gyrus, a region of the brain involved in self-awareness and perception of the body. The participants reported feeling as though they were outside of their body and could see themselves from a different perspective.

Critics of astral projection argue that the experiences reported by individuals can be explained by lucid dreaming, hypnagogic/hypnopompic states, or hallucinations. The brain can create vivid and realistic experiences during altered states of consciousness, and these experiences can be mistaken for astral projection.


In conclusion, astral projection is a controversial phenomenon that has been present in various cultures and religions throughout history. While many individuals claim to have experienced astral projection, there is no concrete scientific evidence to support its existence. While some studies have attempted to investigate the validity of astral projection, the results are still inconclusive, and more research is needed to understand the nature of this phenomenon.

Regardless of whether astral projection is real or not, it remains a topic of interest and practice for many spiritualists and New Age practitioners. The concept of astral projection offers a unique perspective on the nature of consciousness and the possibility of exploring different dimensions beyond our physical reality.

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3D? Lets go One More! 4D!

3D printing has of late become the hottest discussed news. With this new age printing method we can create guns, replicate handy tools, and even create stem cells to print organs. With 3D printing becoming more accessible and developed further, we of course now have to turn to the world of 4D, a world where things make themselves, without outside intervention!

The world of 4D printing is a world that is yet to be fully realized though research into it has already begun. Exciting new developments in this field will lead to more efficient explorations of the next frontier! Hints of a better lifestyle also  come promised as more is learned about this new self assembly system. This passive self assembly system could be the next step to developing AI and creating a new, always adapting system of thought.

Skylar Tibbits, from MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab says:

Imagine robotics-like behavior without the reliance on complex electro-mechanical devices!

Although it is still being developed, even in early stages, the potential for 4D “printing” is outstanding and very real. Shake a passive cube system and you get a desired structure! As Skylar mentions in the Ted talk:

Bridges, buildings, and structures can self assemble through previously programmed data.

A machine that creates itself based on data could be advantageous in war-like scenarios where a bridge for transports is needed. Set a self assembling robot to work if a base camp needs to be set up quickly while manpower is used more efficiently on scouting and gathering intelligence. It could even lead to the development of this guy…

He could be a bad-ass soldier and all, but why is this important to you and I? With all this advancement hopefully we will get to the point where our conveniences become that much greater with the use of these 4D inventions, that is, as long as our reliance on robotics doesn’t also increase exponentially in the process. As convenient as our lives can become through technology, I remain a firm believer and enthusiast of personal connections and interactions! Less is sometimes more… but until then…

The Singularity is Nigh Upon Us.


Sources for research:

Ted Talk by Skylar Tibbits

3D printing by Wondergressive

ABC 7: Guns and 3D Printing

CNET: Printing Organs

4D Printing

SJET: Self Assembly System

Wondergressive: The Singularity is Nigh Upon Us

Blimps are the Future!


Aeros Corp in southern California is developing an Aeroscraft which resembles a blimp in technology and appearance. These neat nifty new age airships have the ability to climb vertically in altitude to a desired height of up to 12,000 feet and can travel horizontally at 222 km/hour or roughly 134 miles/hour. AerosCorp is working on different models that can lift from 20 tons to 500 tons of equipment! These airships have an eerie UFO look to them, since, well they really are unidentified as of yet.

aeroscraft-diagramStill in development, the ultimate goal of these airships is to carry military cargo using roughly a third of the fuel of a conventional cargo plane. The Aeroscraft, measuring at only 230 feet long, is built so efficiently it is able to manuever easily through the sky and land anywhere from a landing pad to a parking lot. A prototype is set to fly this year and a full sized Aeroscraft will set out in 2016.

Without the modern day limitations of an airport, you can land this Aeroscraft anywhere hilly and resupply a village with equipment. Help out that local revolution without being slowed down by travel on the ground. And for those with lots of money? How about a vessel for all your fortune as you travel the world? Think Casino in the Sky! Training facility on the way to that big sports event! Scenic sky cruise of the Himalayas! Or maybe Blitzball brought to reality in the sky. I’d name mine “Plane to Sea”.

The future is NOW! Or rather, it has been? Only better! But similar.