Before I start writing this, I should really say that I have no problem with religion, and anyone from any walk of life can practice dream control and astral projection. But I'm going to talk about how Christianity affected my development personally.
At early 14 I was introduced to Christianity by a youth group called YFC. They took me on a free ski trip and fed to me that Christianity is something we all need. They were all very nice, happy people and I eventually I fell in with it. I was a young teen at an impressionable age, and believed I was really making a difference. I was told that astral projection, dream control and anything that the youth ministers considered occult (which literally just translates to the unknown, things we don't understand) was bad and could harm me, and I stopped practicing. I had the occasional lucid dream (more on lucid dreams later) but really stopped putting in any work to achieve this. While I was a christian I lived in something of a bubble world. We were told that temptations and doubts were caused by the devil, and that if we didn't surround ourselves by christians then the devil would find his way in. Of course, speaking symbolically this is true - if you never seperate yourself from the church, you'll never see how life could be better because you'll never experience it. At age 17 I spent some time away from the church, I was just too busy, and the more I did the more I asked myself "really, what am I doing? This isn't me! I wasn't born to follow, and I don't even believe this stuff or agree with the morals, really why am I doing this?" A christian would interpret this as the devil getting inside me due to me being away from the church. I interpret it as common sense, something I was lacking when constantly surrounded by religous songs and imagery.
So I left, promptly and spontaneously. Now as I said, anyone from any walk of life can practice astral projection, but I have to say, it was the best decision I ever made. Not just as far as astral travel and the like goes, but for my whole life. Christianity really held me back. Lots of missed opportunities concerning school, social gatherings, hobbies, friends, girlfriends and, of course, practice of things we do not understand (or occult as they'd call it). It really held me back for about three years. I met lots of lovely people but never developed in life, not even in character. When I left I had to pick up the pieces and start again from when I was thirteen.
If there's one thing I would recommend to anyone reading this it's to never, ever fully submerge yourself in a religion. If you do, you lose all judgement because you're going off someone elses rules. I've never met an open-minded christian. They never have their own opinions, they have to go with what the bible says. Christian churches commonly have something called an altar call. This is where at the end of the talk/band, they tell everyone that Christ is in the room and is ready to accept anyone that isn't a christian. If you raise your arm now you're accepting him into your life, but you have to do it now! Tomorrow is too late, submit yourself now! There's the problem, anything that says "just go for it now", especially concerning such a MASSIVE lifestyle choice is bound to be no good. If it's worth anything at all, then milling over it in your head for a while and going at it step by step is just as good as jumping in at the deep end, better infact. See I never knew a lot about the bible before I was encouraged to get involved. I never knew Jehovah was very homophobic. I never knew he killed over 33 million people in the bible. I never knew about the weird animal sacrifices he demanded, and the fasting (see: starving yourself) he asked of his disciples later. If I had known this right from the start, I wouldn't have joined. But because I just dove in then learned later, I had to accept it. Never do this. Learn everything there is to know before getting involved with any lifestyle.
The problem with christianity is that they claim that if we don't accept christ while we're alive we're going to Hell, and from there there's no turning back, so you must DO IT NOW. Any god that truly loves his people would not ask this, and he wouldn't ask that people must worship him in order to be saved. What do I think? I think you should have an open-mind, look at every religion subjectively but never commit to one unless you're 100% SURE that you relate to every aspect of it. Don't fall for the blackmail of hell or bribe of heaven. If God's love was so great he wouldn't need this punishment and prize. So keep an open-mind, look at all walks of life and live the way you see fit, not the way people tell you you MUST should you want to avoid an eternity of fire and brimstone. Be yourself. It will help you not only with the practice but with the rest of your life too.
Next post I'm going back to astral projection. I'm going to talk about what astral projection is, afterall everyone, practioner or not, tend to disagree on what is actually happening, so I'm going to give my cents but encourage you to figure out what you believe it is for yourself.