Projectiology, a sub-discipline of conscientiology, is the science that studies the projection of the consciousness outside of the physical body (out-of-body experience, OBE, astral projection), as well as correlated parapsychic and bioenergetic phenomena.

Based on projectiological data, the projection of the consciousness is a real experience that takes place in a dimension other than the physical. Conscious projectors are able to temporarily leave the restriction of their physical body and access non-physical dimensions where they discover new aspects of the nature of consciousness.

The primary reference book for projectiology is Projectiology: A Panorama of Experiences of the Consciousness outside the Human Body, published by Dr. Waldo Vieira in 1986 (1st edition). An English edition of this book was published in May 2002.

The OBE is completely different from the dream state (ordinary or lucid) and other altered states of consciousness. Nor is it an hallucination, creation of the imagination, or daydream.

Generally the out-of-body experience is a subjectively experienced phenomenon. In some cases, however, such as in cases of physical bilocation, objective, ostensive, physically visible manifestations arise from the consciousness’ experiences when projected. Even in ‘subjective’ projectiology, however, there are cases in which conscious projectors obtain verifiable information that would not have been accessible to them via physical ordinary senses.

Projectiology employs the rigor of scientific methodology to conduct its research on the out-of-body experience, manifestations of bioenergy and psychic phenomena. Nonetheless, projectiology is not reduced to experimental projectiology, as it requires theories and methods that are adapted to the singularity of its scope, specifically the human being as considered under the lens of a comprehensive, integral, multidimensional, and multiexistential approach.

Great importance is placed on personal experience as a definitive tool for proving the OBE phenomenon to oneself. Individuals who have been through a conscious projection know the veracity and authenticity of their experience, making it seem academic to prove to others that their experience was real.

Historical overview

The out-of-body experience is a phenomenon that has been known since ancient times. Early references to the OBE are found in Ancient Egypt where priests considered the existence of a subtle body (Ka), as well as in Ancient Greece, where it was mentioned in the writings of Plato, and the studies of the historian Herodotus.

During the Middle Ages, as a result of the repression and fear imposed by religious ideologies of the time, the out-of-body experience was studied and practiced within secret societies and schools. In the 18th century, the Swedish scientist Emmanuel Swedenborg made early attempts to systematize the study of the out-of-body experience, and in the 19th century, the French writer Honoré de Balzac prophesized the creation a new science that would study this phenomenon.

In the last decades of the 20th century, researchers such as Karlis Osis, Janet Lee Mitchell, and Robert Morris, to name a few, published the results of their scientific investigations into psychic experiences and out-of-body phenomenon. From this point on, the out-of-body experience became the subject of more rigorous scientific investigation.

Anthropologists have recently identified that 95% of cultures worldwide believe in some sort of extracorporeal experience (Alcock & Otis, 1980). The out-of-body experience is currently considered to be a universal phenomenon, present in all civilizations and described in many philosophical, religious, and literary writings throughout human history.

Although the phenomenon of conscious projection has been known for millennia, projectiology is a relatively new area of study that focuses on the application of interdimensional phenomena. It is the practical side of conscientiology.


There are many benefits associated with the ability to consciously leave the physical body. The first and foremost benefit is the replacement of belief with direct, personal experience.

Formal research into and self-experimentation with the out-of-body and correlated phenomena allow a greater understanding of our reality as consciousnesses in evolution. By being able to leave the body with lucidity, we are better able to answer for ourselves many of life’s fundamental questions such as “who am I?”, “what am I doing here?”, “is there more to life than our physical experience?”, “is biological death the end of existence?”

Benefits of the out-of-body experience include:

  • Elimination of the fear of death;
  • Increase in psychic abilities;
  • Greater understanding of the purpose of life;
  • Ability to communicate with non-physical consciousnesses;
  • Greater sense of humanity and desire to help others;
  • Valuing life more greatly.
Projectiology – topics

Projectiology’s research subjects include the following:

  • Projection of the consciousness and its applications;
  • Characteristics of the subtle bodies;
  • Non-physical dimensions;
  • Types of bioenergy, and their applications;
  • Paranormal phenomena;
  • Altered States of Consciousness;
  • Interaction between physical and non-physical, dimensions and consciousnesses;
  • Techniques to leave the physical body with lucidity and subsequent recall;
  • Mechanisms that facilitate and inhibit projective ability;
  • Aspects that optimize the preparation for OBEs;
  • Types of out-of-body experiences;
  • Levels of lucidity while outside the body;
  • Sensations associated with the process of leaving the physical body;
  • Relationship between projectiology and conventional sciences.