originally posted by: booyakasha
Fear is the enemy in these realms. Don't be afraid, you are powerful beyond your imagination in this area of consciousness.
You definitely had an OBE.
Well, one way to look at it is to say fear is the enemy. This is true on one level.
However, there's a good reason for the fear.
Fear is wisdom.
Instinctively, you know something about it is dangerous.
So, what's the danger? Well, some people astral project and never come back.
Most people are "attached" to life here on earth, and the thought of losing their physical body is worrisome, and fearful.
However, the reason why you should not fear, is that you'll still be "alive" somewhere. You might not be ready to cross over to the other side just
yet, but most Buddhists say you shouldn't care, you should let go of all attachments.
But, what if you're not ready to follow the Buddhist path?
What if you still have loved ones to take care of, and work to do, here on the physical plane? Then the fear is wise.
All of our "instincts" come from exposure to previous "experiences".
They are learned traits.
From dying and being reborn many times, we've learnt what to fear and to dread.
Our instincts are right on target. Because we have "attachments" that we'd very much like to still keep.
Throughout the whole Buddhist dogma, you're supposed to vanquish the fear, and proceed in the direction of the fearful thing. That's because Buddhism
is about giving up attachments, and when you go down the fearful path you do end up losing something you're attached to. Something you've lost many
times before, and so have built up an instinct for anticipating that loss.