Is astral projection real? The dark twist in Behind Her Eyes on Netflix
I have so many questions
We need to talk about *that* ending of Behind Her Eyes on Netflix. Never did I, not even for a single second, expect that to be what was coming. I feel like my entire mind just exploded and now I’m looking at it all like, what in the hell did I just watch? The main question we all most definitely have is can all of this actually happen? And by “all of this” we mean astral projection – which is the fancy term for all the wild shit we just saw happen at the end of series.
If you need the ending explained to you in full we’ve got you covered, but in short the ending reveals that Rob has been practicing dream control and astral projection as a way of taking over Adele’s and then Louise’s bodies to live his ideal life. It was all just like Freaky Friday on steroids. So let’s break down what it means, in actual real life terms.
What is astral projection and can you actually do it?
Astral projection is a type of out of body experience (OBE) – it’s a sensation of your consciousness leaving your body. However, an OBE and astral projection are not exactly the same thing. Astral projection is an intentional effort to separate your consciousness from your body, whereas an OBE is usually unplanned. An OBE is recognised within the medical community as something which can happen to someone without warning or as a result of a neurological condition, whereas astral projection is considered a spiritual practice.
Astral projection is the term used to describe this intentional out-of-body experience, that assumes the existence of a soul or consciousness called an “astral body” that is separate from the physical body and capable of travelling outside it. This is as we see in Behind Her Eyes, when Rob, Adele and Louise all have experiences where their consciousness leaves their bodies and travels to other places – like when Louise was able to see exactly what her neighbour was doing across the hall, even though she was actually asleep in her son’s room.
The practice is like lucid dreaming, but is described as going into a “dreamlike but still-conscious state” where you are fully lucid and in control of your own decisions.
In Behind Her Eyes, we see Adele counting on her fingers and picturing different things to transport herself into the spiritual state, and apparently the ways in which you can practice astral projection in real life differ from person to person – but people do claim to be able to do it.
It can be done as simply as when you are in one situation, but you think of being somewhere else and let your mind completely drifts there. For example if you’re talking to someone and your mind switches off and pictures going to the shops or being at home or something. That’s astrally projecting, in it’s simplest and easiest form. The only thing is you have to chosen to drift there and be in complete control of your thoughts and decisions.
Have people ever used astral projection to swap bodies?
Call me crazy, but Behind Her Eyes has got me questioning everything. So can people actually swap bodies through astral projection or? The idea of astrally projecting yourself into other realms is very popular, and similarly to manifesting, people believe it is a spiritual thing that you can actually do. But, beyond just extreme daydreaming, there’s very little evidence that people can actually do it.
According to LiveScience: “There’s really no way to scientifically measure whether or not a person’s spirit ‘leaves’ or ‘enters’ the body. The simplest and best explanation for out-of-body experiences is that the person is merely fantasising and dreaming. Because there is no scientific evidence that consciousness can exist outside of the brain, astral projection is rejected by scientists.”
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