ASTRAL PROJECTION FOR PSYCHIC EMPOWERMENT
“The out-of-body experience is a preview of the unlimited possibilities awaiting each of us in that liberated, enriched state beyond the gateway of death.” – The Authors
Astral Projection for Psychic Empowerment is a masters course in the out-of-body (OBE) experience that takes work-at-home students from basic exercises to induce the first OBE experience all the way through advanced techniques to achieve a myriad of spiritual goals.
At nearly 400 pages, this book runs the gamut of metaphysical and scientific information – from an explanation of the spiritual paradigm into which OBEs and other psychic phenomena reside to clinical case studies that offer real world examples of human interaction with the invisible world.
While OBEs naturally seem to be a subjective paranormal experience, the authors make clear at the outset that this is a scientific book, and the particular science to which they refer is parapsychology.
One of the co-authors, Dr. Joe Slate, is the former head of the Athens State University Psychology Department where he established the University’s parapsychology research laboratory. He is also the founder of the International Parapsychology Research Institute and Foundation (PRIF), and his research has included projects for the US Army Missile Research and Development Command.
Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, the book’s other co-author, is Chairman of publishing house Llewellyn Worldwide, one of the oldest publishers of New Age and metaphysical literature. He is a lifelong and accomplished student of esoterica. Together, they provide a rich background for the study of astral projection, its effects on the individual and the realisation that the out-of-body experience is an integral step in the development our evolving, infinite and reincarnating souls.
One of the more interesting things Astral Projection brings to the table is the plethora of case studies conducted by Dr. Slate, presumably during his research at Athens State and PRIF. The authors’ scientific approach to the study of the phenomena associated with astral travel certainly helps reposition the topic from being strictly a paranormal subject into something which may increasingly be the norm for more and more people during this era of spiritual awakening.
The exercises in the book begin with simple procedures aimed towards allowing the subject to begin to see the auras, or energy fields, surrounding living things. Pre-sleep exercises are also provided to help induce spontaneous OBEs during sleep, the period in which most of us naturally achieve the out-of-body state. Procedures are then given for techniques to induce the OBE during meditation. And for those who have mastered the out-of-body experience, advanced techniques are provided to achieve goals such as past-life retrieval, healing and rejuvenation, as well as interaction with astral guides.
But more than simply delineating techniques and case studies, the authors place the astral experience into an esoteric paradigm of expanded awareness, explaining the physics of metaphysics as well as the philosophy of spirituality. In this metaphysical course, Weschcke and Slate are guides, as well as teachers, whose experience with and understanding of the multi-dimensional realms offer readers a whole-brain approach – both spiritual and scientific.
“Understanding and being familiar with the real nature of these dimensions will better enable you to relate appropriately to them,” the authors state. We are not simply born with a physical body, the authors assert. We are born with a physical, mental, emotional and astral body. And just as our physical body is not born fully formed and mature, neither are our other bodies – or vehicles. “Each [body] must be trained, exercised, and developed just as a child first learns to walk, then talk, and then is taught.”
Ultimately, Astral Projection is a course book for students who wish to train themselves via dedicated and habitual effort to open the brow chakra and work towards moving conscious awareness outside of the body. Like anything else, attaining the astral experience requires practice.
“In developing our out-of-body induction and guidance skills, there can be no substitute for practice,” the authors maintain. “Even experienced out-of-body travellers find that practice is essential toward fine-tuning their old procedures and mastering new ones.”
The astral plane is the next frontier of human exploration and evolving souls. Astral Projection provides the tools for understanding and interacting with the higher planes in profoundly meaningful ways.
“Once you master astral projection, all that is relevant to your existence can become at once at your command, free of fantasy, distortion, and denial. The full scope of your existence as an endless soul – past, present, and future – becomes yours.”
– Reviewed by Marc Star in New Dawn 136