"When I go out of my body," says a woman who has done it often, "I feel good. I enjoy it. It’s like having a high without being high."
"No words can describe the exhilaration and freedom that I experienced," a man remarks. "At no time in my life had my mind been so clear."
To the astral traveler even the physical world may look unimaginably different. The astral eye is sharper than the physical eye. Through it light is brighter, color is deeper, auras and energies around living things are visible, and objects break down into their molecular and atomic components. The soul of the world is revealed and the inadequacies of ordinary physical perception become
all too manifest.
A doctor who went out of his body saw his own body through new eyes: "With all the interest of a physician I beheld the wonders of my bodily anatomy, intimately interwoven
with which, even tissue for tissue, was I, the living soul of that dead body." When astral traveler lngo Swann is out of his body, he often does not see normal objects, which look to him like "the forms of certain light rays and
ionization of the air around changing light sources," according to parapsychologist Janet Mitchell, who has tested Swann’s talents in the laboratory.
Much of the fun of astral travel stems simply from the fact that you are free from the constraints
of biology, gravity and distance. You can go anywhere??"up into outer space or down into the depths of the ocean??"and you won t have to worry about freezing, drowning or coming to any of the sort of harm your physical body would suffer
in those environments. And the best part of all this is that there are no travel agents to pay or airline tickets to purchase. It’s all free!