Astral travel happens when a person wilfully goes out of her body; as in, the soul leaves the body. Travels to various places, even different dimensions and then comes back.
During this time, the body lies motionless. It is connected to the roaming soul with a fine energy thread.
There are many persons who teach such techniques and there are astral travel magazines where such practitioners share their experiences.
I have met many persons who have been doing it for years and have now stopped. Anna, a young teenager could so it spontaneously since childhood. Many times, she would just come out at night and fly through the malls, the clouds. Later, she stopped, after learning of nature’s laws.
Now, for the main question. Shall I?
The answer lies embedded in the goal. If the goal is just to have some fun, live life on the edge; then nothing can stop you.
However, please remember, a fundamental law of nature.
We have been given this human body to experience the world through the six senses. It is given for a specific purpose. No scripture by any prophet encourages such practices.
When the soul is trained to leave the body wilfully, the tether to the body is very fine. The body cannot react, get up or do anything as the life force i.e the soul is out. If during this period, something untoward happens, some emergency, the soul may not be able to respond instantly. In such cases death may occur.
That would be catastrophic. Because the death would be untimely and self willed. Now, no messenger from any realm would come to take the soul to spirit planes.
The person or her soul would be in doldrums for many years, until the actual time of death arrives. This is a very bad place to be.
Some teachers of this practice have reportedly died in this way.
Further, once the soul is out of the body, many practitioners of the dark arts can actually capture the soul, especially the one in doldrums. That is even worse.
There are some people who have a natural capability for astral travel, for a reason. Even such persons should be very careful while practicing.
Finally, for self realisation or finding God, such fancy stuff isn’t needed. The omnipotence lies right inside. It can be awakened in a state of deep surrender, stillness.
The ultimate teacher is right in me. My own subconscious mind. It doesn’t require all these dramatic practices.
Such stuff may also lead to blind alleys on the path to self realization.