An out-of-body experience occurs when a person temporarily feels like their spirit or soul has left their physical body. It's often the unintentional result of an accident or near-death experience.
Astral projection, on the other hand, is an intentional out-of body experience in which the subtle body travels outside the physical body at the whim of the individual. Some say astral projection is very much possible, while others say it's not. We dug into this mysterious spiritual phenomena to learn more about what its believers have to say and if they could ever be validated by science.
MORE IDEAS FROM THEARTICLE
Psychiatrist Roxanna Namavar, D.O. says that there is no real way to definitively measure astral projections or compare them to a control group. Not to mention, studying these things requires someone with funding to have interest. These are some reasons why, she says, "There tends to be this split between science and spirituality."
In a 2014 case study (University of Ottawa's School of Psychology),a woman who said she could astral project was put under a fMRI machine. The patient was physically stationary for an hour but guided in and out of astral projections in which she was prompted to move her nonphysical body in different ways. Researchers monitored the activity in different regions of her brain throughout the exercise and found that they did show activity that correlated with motion during the times she claimed to be astral projecting.
Well, we may never know for sure. "I don't think you can prove or disprove astral projection or out-of-body experiences," Namavar says in closing. Whether you choose to believe in astral projection or not will ultimately come down to your own experiences and beliefs in the potential of human consciousness.
Neuroscience says our brain has 86 billion neurons, linked in various ways, making trillions of connections. These neuron connections are getting converted into electrical signals, making a network of electro-chemical communication inside us.
This communication is providing us with a life experience of something that may not be there at all.
An out-of-body experience has long been associated with a spiritual journey of the soul, floating out of the body.
New studies by neuroscientists seem to think it involves the inner ear canals (vestibular system) that control our spatial senses.
❤️ Brainstash Inc.