Currently, I think the most plausible scientific explanation for the experience of astral projection is that it’s an illusion. We have discovered in the last decade or so that humans sense of “being in a body” is surprisingly plastic (see rubber hand illusion, Body transfer illusion, etc.).

I don’t think there is any general evolutionary theory that explains all illusions. You have to deal with each one on a case by case basis, and I don’t think enough is known about these illusions yet to come up with a convincing evolutionary explanation. Usually, what people mean by “evolutionary explanation” is a functional reason for that feature, and not every feature of an organism is functional. So there may not be a satisfactory evolutionary explanation.

This answer originally appeared on this Quora question on Astral Projection.

Astral Projection – Enlightened Evolution

Astral Projection – Enlightened Evolution

Taken from the album ‘Trust In Trance’

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