In Second Corinthians 12, we read of the apostle Paul describing an experience that many in the occult refer to as an out of body experience (or astral projection). Paul writes,
“I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know–God knows. And I know that this man–whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows– was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell.”
This heavenly experience was brought upon by the Lord not by some occult force or implementation. There may be times God permits a heavenly experience, that may involve being “out of body,” to carry out His divine will in an individual’s life. This is the Lord’s prerogative. The problem with this recent interest in astral projection, soul travel, and out-of-body-experiences (OBE) is that it centers on occultic means to carry this out. Nowhere are we told in Holy Scripture to seek an out-body-experience or to astral project.
In astral projection, the conscious mind (the soul nature) leaves the physical body (the body nature) and moves into the astral body (a spiritual body). When one participates in this supernatural phenomenon, the person remains attached to their physical body by a silver “umbilical type” like cord.
When one travels on an astral plane (a spiritual realm) one might meet other humans, unknown beings, animals, or visit spiritual places. I do not believe an occultist can astral project and travel to known places in their own power—such as leaving one’s body and travel to the Niagara Falls (in Canada) for example. I do believe, demons are capable of supernaturally carrying people (and at times just ones soul) to other locations.
In Matthew 24:31 and Luke 16:22 we see angels carrying this task out—transporting humans.
This is what happens when one astral projects—the unsuspecting soul is taken by a demon, thereby, traveling in the astral realms. This allows the person soul traveling to experience what they (the spirit carrying the individual) have devised to keep the person in further bondage to them. When people report of soul traveling to various places around the world, more often than not they are actually being deceived by the devil, who is capable of distorting your mind and making you believe you actually travelled to these locales or astral planes, when in reality you have been fed a lie. It appears that the devil has the unique ability to instantaneously project a false reality and thereby deceiving the one who believes they are actually traveling on some kind of astral plane (see Matthew 4).
The problem of astral projection is it opens one’s body to demonic possession. When one participates in soul travel, you allow your body to be unprotected as your soul, which consist of the mind, emotions, and will, leaves your body. It is the mind (part of the soul nature), which wards off evil. It is our free will that lends us the ability to resist the devil and his demons. When you permit your soul to leave your body, essentially you’re leaving a door open for demons to enter your body at any point.
In addition, this goes much deeper…
When one participates in soul travel, it is entirely possible for the souls (not the spirit nature) to enter within the soul nature of another human being hence the term human interject. We have come across many cases of demonization where a actual human soul part will communicate to me via the victim’s mouth or the victim will describe seeing the person from within or hearing the person (now sometimes it’s an demon masquerading as a actual human). Now, be mindful there is a distinction between a human interject and a dissociative identity.
Human interjects are parts of human souls that are stemming from an external source (usually witches, occultists, Satanists, etc who seek to torment)
Dissociative identities are internal fragmented parts of one’s soul. They are present to assist in their survival not for their destruction.
Human interjects can, if there are demonic rights present, invade (with the aid of a demon) a person’s soul nature and afflict dissociative identities and even enter the fragmented part.
Human interjects are NOT part of one’s soul nature created by God. They are invaders and need to be treated as such (one has authority in Christ to force out these human interjects)
Recently, at a deliverance conference, I dealt with a human interject inside a person and after getting rid of the spiritual rights that allowed the demon to aid this human soul to invade, we commanded the interject to leave and it did!
These human interjects are becoming more and more common and causing spiritual havoc in many lives all over the globe! Deliverance workers need to be aware of this reality and to keep in mind to test to see whether you are dealing with a demon, a human interject, a dissociative identity, an ancestral dissociative identity, etc. By Jay Bartlet