posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 09:02 PM
Imagination is a skill everyone has, astral projection is a skill most people have to learn if they want to know what it is.
For example, it takes virtually no energy to go off in your imagination, to day dream, to make things up. However astral projection requires energy
work, lots of focus, willpower, determination, persistence. It requires you to strengthen the energetic bodies of your being, if you will, and then
move those energies out of your physical body while remaining fully conscious.
Even then once you succeed, you typically find that your senses are all messed up, you need to learn how to use them, how to walk, talk, etc...
Furthermore at first it is hard to remain out of the body for long durations, or to go far from the body, but as you progress you can stay out longer
and go further.
There is also the fact that you can stop imagination at any time, whereas stopping astral travel often has to be learned. You learn how to command
yourself to return to your body, you learn that it often takes a few moments to settle in completely. The feeling of coming back from a projection is
far different than from a dream. Furthermore if you astral project to certain spiritual planes and such, you can charge your body with energy, heal
yourself, etc... Things which clearly linger well after you wake up. On the contrary, if you happen to engage in some kind of battle on the astral
plane as some of us must do from time to time, you wake up feeling drained and lethargic, sometimes even fall ill from the amount of energy you have
to use. Something that is also not as common with dreams.