HarPea, it seems like you are trying to justify astral projection ("AP") by convincing us that it is really just (a) imagination, and/or (b) introspection, and then pointing out that those seem like good things to do and therefor AP must also be good.
First, it does not seem to me that your interpretation is accurate--the main point of AP as I understand it is a belief in "you" (e.g., your "spirit," or "astral body") being able to leave your physical body. I have not found anything about it merely being a metaphor for "looking inward & spirituality"--believers actually think they are literally separated from their body.
Second, even if your interpretation of AP is correct, we already have concepts for imagination and introspection, namely "imagination" and "introspection." If you want to use your imagination or to introspect, then you should--both are good things to do in the proper contexts. But calling it astral projection is only going to confuse you and have a destructive effect on your life, because AP is a "package deal" that includes irrational and destructive ideas along with the rational and beneficial ideas. You should not believe in things that cannot be proved to you rationally by objective evidence, which means the evidence of your senses integrated by your faculty of reason.
answered Feb 21 '12 at 17:53
Try looking up "transient ischemic attack". Given the mind-numbing chanting, food/sleep derivation and rhythmic rocking usually associated with these "Mystic" activities. For my money, TIA's are a much better/rational explanation for what's going on and does not require the assertion of an "Astral Plane".
As for Spiritual Healing - you might want to research the so-called "Placebo Effect". Again, a much more rational explanation that does not require any unexplainable mystic forces to be added to the mix.
I realize that this may seem like I'm "Taking all the fun out of it." But in my experience the truth is always more interesting that even the most imaginative of fairy tales.
answered Feb 21 '12 at 14:28
Jason Gibson ♦
What does it even mean to "try astral projection"? How can you try something that's imaginary (except, I guess, by engaging in imagination)?
Do you mean have we tried to imagine our consciousness leaving our body (how?) and going to the astral plane (which is where?). Consciousness does not and cannot exist without the body; they cannot be separated. Alternate "planes of consciousness" do not exist, except in the imagination.
Chakras are supposed to be a form of spiritual energy. My view is that the whole idea is based entirely on imagination and emotion; it has no basis in reality. Yes, the body does have an observable, measurable electrical energy system; but that's not related to what chakras are supposed to be.
Regarding spiritual healing: I've heard the term, of course, but it seems contradictory to me. I've also heard it used in two ways: to heal the spirit itself, or to use the spirit to heal the physical body. The spirit is supposed to be ephemeral, without physical form, so why would it ever need to be healed (after all, it can "live on" after death). And since the spirit does not have physical form, how can it impact (heal) something that does have physical form (the body). Again, I think the people who believe this kind of thing often confuse emotions and imagination for something else.
answered Feb 25 '12 at 20:54