We are all psychic, but to varying degrees. Even psychic skills face logical limitations; some people are just more sensitive, sensitive in different ways, and more talented than others. Everyone can run, but some people run faster, longer, and with more grace than others. With training you can improve and maximize the psychic skills you have, just like improving your speed, endurance, and grace as a runner.
Sometimes psychic gifts remain dormant until a specific trigger moment, like a near death experience, or they are unlocked through concentrated efforts at meditation and mindfulness work. There are also a wide range of talents, from simple intuition to channeling other entities. This section of the AskAstrology website explores and explains different psychic reading skills.
What is Astral Travel?
Astral travel is possible after you have achieved the ability to astral project, which is an intentional out-of-body experience by which you separate from the physical body to move around outside it to enhance your psychic and spiritual awareness. To achieve astral projection, you recognize that you have an etheric double which is anchored to your physical being. When you astral project, you disengage your etheric self from your physical self.
Once you disengage from and practice returning to your body enough times to safely and quickly go out and back into your body, you can begin to venture over great distances in this reality as well as break into other dimensions and realms. Astral travel can be both across the known universe and between the physical realm and spiritual realms.
Learning to Astral Project
This psychic skill is not easy to achieve or maintain. Very rarely do people “just” astral project. It can take months of repeated, meditative effort to detach the etheric self from the physical self. Much of psychic work begins with the imagination and arrives with consistent effort and practice. Visit our page on Astral Projection for a detailed example of learning this psychic skill.
Learning to Astral Travel
Astral travel is a process you want to explore carefully. Like all forms of behavior, psychic or physical, there are best practices. Whether you travel abroad in this world physically or psychically, it is important to take proper precautions and follow helpful guidelines. The main concern, always, is making sure you can get home.
Once you achieve astral projection, you can decide to stay within your local area or even just nearby your body. The act of astral projection has numerous benefits without ever traveling far from your body. But if you decide to astral travel, you still want to follow a logic that has you go back and forth between short distances, working up to longer distances.
After you master travel within this dimension, then you can consider piercing into other dimensions. Once again, first attempts should be done cautiously and carefully. When you open a door, you want to be sure you close it when you come back from your visit. You also want to “wear the right gear” mentally and spiritually speaking. Inoculations, protective shielding, and so on apply in astral travel as well as three-dimensional travel. You do not go into outer space without a ship and space suits, and you should not go into inner space without the right spiritual gear.
Benefits and Pitfalls of Astral Projection
Like any psychic skill there can be important benefits and valid concerns (or pitfalls) to the practice. One benefit of the process is direct access to spiritual knowledge, interactions with spiritual beings, and full connection with your etheric self. You may also find you can travel back along the line of your past lives.
If you can achieve basic astral travel, which means just getting outside your body and traveling around your neighborhood, then you will better understand the limitations of the physical world. The etheric state is soul-side of our three-dimensional interactions. Astral travel will allow you to see limitlessness of spiritual energy.
There is a reason it takes tremendous effort to astral project, which is necessary for astral travel. You are here to have an incarnated experience and be fully invested in that experience. You do not want to become untethered from your physical self for too long; otherwise, you may have trouble “re-entering” reality even if you are back in your body.
Just like exploring unknown territory, it is a safe and good practice to limit your travel time and distance, and build slowly your ability to stay out of the body longer and over longer distances. This psychic skill, once achieved, will alter your perception of reality, which, like so many talents, can be both a positive or negative experience depending on how you use it.
Flying, Passing through Walls, and Travel
At the beginning stages of astral projection, you will still respond to physical limitations. You will feel the astral self as you feel the physical self, but these feelings are just thought patterns that can now be challenged with the astral self. The first challenge you can attempt to overcome is gravity. Once outside your body, look up to the ceiling in the room and reach out.
As you do so, think about rising to touch the ceiling. You only have weight in your mind now, but not physically any more. You will feel your hand “bump” against or touch the ceiling; you will even be able to feel the ceiling texture.
As stated before, work carefully and slowly with the skill. Move around the confines of your room, turn yourself upside down. Once you master the space around your resting body, approach a wall and push your hand through it. Relax into the idea that the etheric self can pass through the molecules of the wall.
Once you feel comfortable with this effort, try pushing your head through and looking at what is on the other side, another room, or the outside world. And, always return to your body after each new effort so you can return with just a thought.
As you build experience, you can begin to travel greater distances and eventually recognize that this dimension or realm is but one of many. In your etheric form, you can go beyond this world and into other dimensions of thought and experience, which we all do when we dream. With astral travel you can make those journey far beyond the confines of this one planet.