Dangers of Astral Projection
The dangers of astral projection are mostly associated with the spirit's experiences on the astral plane, encountering other spirits and beings or becoming lost and unable to return to the physical plane. Others speculate that while you are engaged in an out of body experience, your physical body is equally vulnerable to physical attack or possession. Do the benefits experienced while astral projecting outweigh the dangers? Only you can decide.
Obscuring Your Focus
Becoming obsessed with the astral plane is one danger for those who seek out of body experiences. You can become so focused on achieving connections with the planes beyond your own that you fail to care for yourself in this one. This danger refers to caring for yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually. Long separation of spirit and body may leave a person feeling disconnected from reality.
In astral projection, the spirit leaves the physical shell to travel on higher planes. Many people believe there are multiple planes of existence beyond the body's physical one. Traveling to these higher planes can be emotionally and mentally draining, leaving you fatigued and depressed upon return. The physical side effects, particularly if you are not prepared for them, can affect your day-to-day life.
What about encountering other spriits and beings? While some spirit guides may be benevolent, not all are. Astral projection guides warn of deceptive spirits that enjoy fooling the unwary. Others speculate that the absence of a spirit in the physical body can leave it open to possession. While there are no documented cases of this, the belief that proper preparation and controlled journeying can protect the body from undue influences. If a body is possessed by another spirit or demon during an out of body experience, can the cord that connects your soul to your body be severed?
A spirit traveling the astral plane may become lost or disoriented. The purpose of the silver cord of life is to keep one tethered to the physical body, but obsession or distraction can leave a spirit wandering and uncertain how to return to the body. Another concern is encountering a dangerous spirit or spirits that may mug or attack the traveling, astral projector. This danger of astral projection is harder to predict because if the spirit is harmed, there would be no evidence beyond the death of the body at home. Conversely, if the physical body is killed while a person is astral projecting, they would have nowhere to return.
Astral projection is pursued by those who wish to have a higher understanding of nature, man and existence. It's important to stay focused, to train the mind and the body for these experiences and to be vigilant. Having someone trusted to be present as a guardian of the physical body can increase a personal sense of safety.
One concern for those who enjoy out of body experiences is that the spirit is meant to learn from life. Too much time spent in out of body experiences may hamper the spriit's ability or focus in learning from phsical reality. The dangers of astral projection encourage those who practice it to exercise caution on the spiritual planes.Learn more about this topic by visiting Out of Body Meditation.