posted on Apr, 20 2004 @ 12:25 AM
Astral projection is the same thing as an OBE.
And IMO, is In My Opinion, I believe.
Interesting question and I wish I had a set in stone answer for you, but as with most things to do with mysteries of the mind, all we can do is
We can start with what we DO know for sure and that is that astral projection and lucid dreaming do indeed exist, these aren't speculation or theory.
They are definitely real, because so many have had them and these experiences have been well documented.
But your question of whether you met people who were astral projecting...my opinion ? I really don't think so. I think APing and lucid dreaming are
two totally different things. Whereas Astral projection is in "real time" that is, your soul is temporarily out of your body in the here and now,
and 'dreaming' has absolutely nothing to do with AP. But lucid dreaming is merely dreaming, only of a higher more controlled sort.
There are some great books on both topics. I recommend finding your nearest new age shop and buying a couple.
Good luck in your explorations.