D01, on the Spiritual Forums forum asked these questions: http://www.spiritualforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=51057
I’d like to answer them here, because they’re actually really great questions!
1) Can an individual close one’s eyes and instantaneously arrive at the astral bridge (1 minute or less) being only a practitioner of qigong–never practicing astral projection–for 1 year; or, is this a delusional thought?
In the world of Projection, anything is possible. People have spontaneous projections even without knowing what a projection is… this is usually the first step in their discovery of the process. If you’re excellent at focusing… and more importantly, focusing away from the physical, then yes, this kind of thing would be very possible. There is a big HOWEVER though. The problem is that someone who hasn’t had any direct projection experiences of their own, doesn’t really know or understand how the process happens.
I won’t say it can’t happen, because as I said… anything can happen. For this particular scenario, even with the training that QiGong provides, it’s probably just unlikely
In the end, just work on meditation… and more importantly, work on trying to ignore the physical as much as possible. This will remove you from this reality… which is the end goal. 🙂
2) If an individual does not see their astral body leave the physical body, then did I really experience astral projection?
Yes, it’s a Projection. Projection is about being consciously aware that you’re experiencing a reality that you recognize as not being this physical reality. That’s it really. The sensations of “leaving” the body and other separation phenomenon are only symptoms of the process by which you have this experience. Just like a lucid dream illustrates the process that you projected by becoming aware while ALREADY being in the non-physical… or the classic obe separation experience whereby you have the perception that you’re “separating” from your body is only the process by which you experience the non-physical.
So anytime you have an experience where you recognize you’re not in this physical reality, *IS* a Projection. You can understand now that you’ve probably had more Projections than you realize.
3) Does the astral bridge look like Space with only star like figures swirling around, and can this be referred to Dr. Robert Monroe’s 3D blackness
That is one particular interpretation, yes. Your interpretation can, and probably will be, be much different. It can even be different each time you experience it.
4) Is Dr. Monroe’s Focus 21 the astral bridge and if so does one have to get to arrive at that stage, or see it, in order to astral project?
Just to clarify one quick thing. Robert Monroe wasn’t a doctor. He was an electrical engineer. 🙂
Now onto your question… my understanding is that, yes, Focus 21 (or around there somewhere) is the “bridge”. You don’t have to ever experience it in order to project, consciously or otherwise. More often than not, you’ll probably skip right past it.
Now, my honest opinion, is to completely forget about any of the “Focus Level” stuff and just project. Don’t be so concerned with what other people say happens AFTER you’ve projected, just work towards having experiences in the non-physical… explore and have fun. Log your experiences… then after having LOTS of them, go back and begin analyzing them.