Astral Projection — Pseudoscience?

Most of us may have come across the term “Astral Projection” either by reading, or in movies or even in TV series. We might have seen Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) doing it to continue his reading without interruption, or Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) from Insidious doing it to find a missing boy. Although the concept is similar in both, we see how differently the astral planes are portrayed. One where a lot of productivity is shown, whereas in the other, sinister beings exist. The concept is also seen in the massively popular show, “Stranger Things”. It can even be found in one of the Indian movies, “Taxiwala”. But let’s slow down a bit and first go through the concept and the origin.

Astral projection according to Carrington and Muldoon, 1929
The subtle body in Indian mysticism, from a Yoga manuscript in Braj Bhasa language, 1899. A row of chakras is depicted from the base of the spine up to the crown of the head.
  1. The prana-maya, (the body made of vital breath),
  2. The mano-maya (body made of mind),
  3. The vijñana-maya (body made of consciousness), and
  4. The ananda-maya (body of bliss, the subtlest level)
  • Experimenters gave coordinates to an island that wasn’t shown on their map. Subject drew large scale map, filling several sheets.
  • Subject was made to visit an underground facility. He described the number of people working, names of the officers having a conference, name of the facility, code words on papers and cabinets.

Just a millennial trying to figure out what works.