Astral Travel and Astral Body

What is astral travel? What is the astral body? What is Islam’s approach to astral travelling? What are the main parapsychological researches and studies on this subject?

What is Astral Travelling

Astral travelling is the journey and experiences that a person makes with his/her astral body, outside his/her physical body, in order to wander in other places in a conscious state. Astral travel has a special place among other out-of-body experiences in parapsychology because it can be performed consciously, that is, consciousness is present during the experience.

Physical objects such as walls and distance are not an obstacle for the astral body. With this body, a person can travel across continents in an instant and pass through material obstacles. When one leaves the physical body, one can also see otherworldly beings. Astral travelling during sleep can be remembered as a dream when one returns to the physical body.

People who have experienced astral travelling, beyond defining this experience as a subjective state of consciousness independent from the outside world, have stated that this phenomenon has a quality that allows interaction with observable material life. For example, leaving the body while medically unconscious during surgery and observing the operation from above…

What is Astral Body

The astral body is the spiritual double of one’s physical body. It is connected to the body by a silvery cord. The soul cannot directly contact matter because of its inherent power. Because matter cannot directly carry the energy of the soul. There are other material vehicles, bodies in between. These intermediate vehicles, intermediate bodies are called perispri, subtle or astral bodies.

These intermediate bodies are never the soul itself. It is only a body composed of a finer vibrating matter. In order for the soul to be in contact with material bodies, intermediate bodies made of a very subtle substance are necessary. These astral bodies are also called the mantle of the soul. The human being is a whole made up of various energy bodies.

Our energy body constantly emits radiation into the environment. Kirlian photography takes pictures of this light body, also called “aura”. This radiation emitted by the astral body does not originate from matter. It is also called spiritual radiation or biomagnetic radiation.

Islam’s Approach to Astral Travelling

In one of the popular Islamic websites published in Turkey, which is considered by some to be authoritative, the answer given to the question “What is astral travel?” is as follows:

Astral travelling is when the soul leaves the body for a certain period of time and travels to various places with the speed of thought and watches the events that occur in the places we go. However, the soul does not actually leave the body. The soul has the ability to be in other places without leaving the body. As a matter of fact, the souls of people who have tamed their nafs can be in many places at once. Abdul Qadiri Geylani Hazretleri could be seen in more than 40 places at the same time. [1]Sorularla Islamiyet

History of Astral Travel Thought

It originated in ancient Egypt between 5,000 and 3,000 years ago. Egyptian priests believed in the existence of the astral body and called it Kha, and left inscriptions and drawings on the rock walls of many temples and buildings, depicting the separation of the soul from the physical body.

In ancient Greece, we find information about astral travel in the Temple of Eleus, in the writings of philosophers such as Plato, Clazomene, Herodotus and in some documents of the historian Plutarch of Queroneia. In the 18th and 19th centuries, there were three great pioneers who made the first efforts to popularise the belief in astral travel: Swedish philosopher Emmanuel Swedenborg, French writer and novelist Honore de Balzac and French writer Allan Kardec. Other names that come to mind for their work are Apollonius of Tyana, Antonio of Padua, Padre Pío and Sai Baba.

Parapsychological Research on the Subject

Astral travel is defined in occult and theosophical sources and in the works of many researchers as “voluntary separation from the physical body” [2]Dr Scott ROGO, Leaving The Body, 1983. However, British parapsychologist Celia Gren has made a different distinction. She coined the term exomatic experience for out-of-body experiences that occur spontaneously (against the will).

One of the people who has done the most research on the subject is Robert Monroe, who reported his research in his book “Journeys Out of Body”. Currently, an organisation known as the Monroe Institute in the United States continues to work on this subject.


1 Sorularla Islamiyet
2 Dr Scott ROGO, Leaving The Body, 1983

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