The Differences Between Remote Viewing and Astral Projection

Paula Santos
3 min readMay 29, 2021


Many people often confuse Remote Viewing (RV) and Astral Projection (AP), using the two terms interchangeably. This is a seemingly small misconception but it can effectively muddle the distinctions between the two practices.

What these people fail to understand is that RV and AP have essential differences. If you want to clear up some confusion about these two, then read on.

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Similarities Between RV and AP

Let’s start by talking about the characteristics shared by the two practices. The most important point of comparison between Remote Viewing and Astral Projection is both are types of out-of-body experiences. Both have also been investigated thoroughly by the CIA through the Stargate Project.

In both protocols, a practitioner projects their consciousness to reach a particular plane of existence. This is where the differences come into the picture.

The Earth Plane vs the Astral Plane

A vital distinction between RV and AP is the application of consciousness projection. In Remote Viewing, practitioners project their consciousness to the earth plane giving it the nickname “earth projection.” Astral Projection, on the other hand, is the projection of consciousness into the astral plane.

Seems simple right? Not quite. Earth plane is simply the physical world that our physical bodies are placed in. The colors, sounds, and objects we experience using our physical bodies are what our projected consciousness goes through, as well. In short, it is exactly the world we know and experience while awake.

Meanwhile, the Astral Plane is a higher plane of existence in which we can encounter a much broader and finer range of frequencies, affecting what we see and hear. With a wider frequency range, we can also perceive objects and entities we do not bump into in the earth plane.

Is Hypnagogic State Necessary?

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This question is a bit tricky to answer as Remote Viewing can both be done while awake or asleep. What practitioners just need to do is to use their minds to gather information about a target. This information can range from the most mundane things such as what the target is doing and its location to more in-depth knowledge like its past and future.

Astral Projection requires practitioners to fall asleep and enter into the state between wakefulness and sleep, also called the hypnagogic state. This practice leverages meditation to enter hypnagogia and facilitate astral travel. While on the astral plane, practitioners can use their minds to go places, meet people, and interact with the world.

How are RV and AP Used?

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The thing about Remote Viewing and Astral Projection is that they both have many uses. However, they are utilized in different ways. RV is used to obtain information about people, places, or objects that are unseen from where the physical body is in. Because of this record-gathering potential, this can be used for investigative and exploratory purposes.

Don’t get us wrong, Astral Projection can also be used to investigate and explore. However, it deals with a much more elevated world, which poses a plethora of possibilities. Plus, the astral body pass through walls, teleport, float, can interact with the astral world, giving the experience a whole new level of potential.

The Bottom Line

Remote Viewing and Astral Projection are both specialized practices that anybody can learn. Knowing their essential differences, interested individuals can start exploring RV and AP more and see what they can do while projecting their consciousness in different ways.