Out of body experience
The experience of floating outside of, and in some cases, seeing one's physical body from a place outside one's body. This usually occurs spontaneously and is linked to dangerous circumstances, a dream-like state, a near-death experience, or use of psychedelic drugs. In this episode Dean tells Tessa that if they are having an out of body experience it means that they are spirits of people close to death. Other names for an out of body experience are bilocation, crisis apparitions, and fetches.
Dean and Sam arrange an intentional out-of-body experience when they have psychic Pamela Barnes send them to the astral plane so that they can investigate their case. Once there, they are vulnerable to salt and iron, like ghosts. However, they also possess all the powers of normal ghosts, and they are able to see the reaper Tessa. With the help of Cole Griffith, they learn how to use their powers properly and save Tessa from Alastair, who was captured by Castiel while chasing Dean. Sam is pulled back to his body by Pamela after a demon attacks her, but Dean stays a spirit long enough to help Cole cross over with Tessa.
As a witch, James Frampton is capable of astral projection and uses it to spy on his rival Ed Stoltz at the police department, projecting into Sam and Dean's minds what he sees. Using astral projection, James, Sam, and Dean learn that Stoltz is building a case against James for the murders that have been happening recently and they find a clue to who is framing him: the familiar of his friend Spencer, Phillippe LeChat, is the witness against James that Stoltz is building his case on.
In order to spy on Crowley, Rowena performs a spell where she invokes the Wings of Titania. The spell allows Rowena to astral project, leaving her body at Needham Asylum and traveling to where Crowley is meeting with the Winchesters.
Rowena astral projects to spy on Sam, Dean, and Crowley. She hears Dean tell Crowley that Amara can be defeated if Lucifer has the Horn of Joshua. After witnessing Amara use her powers, Rowena decides to double-cross her by telling her that Crowley and the Winchesters don't know what to do. She later contacts the trio to let them know that she's alive.
Before intruding Clea's home, Rowena astral projects to inspect her house for any weapons, but Clea is able to see her astral form and blow her cover.
Later, when Rowena, Clea, and her sister witches decide to help God, the Winchesters, Lucifer, Crowley, the angels, and the demons defeat Amara, Rowena astral projects to spy on Amara who is in Dean's Bedroom in the Bunker. She reveals God's location to lure her into the open.
While meeting with Sam and Dean in a hotel lobby, Rowena ensures her safety by astral projecting, a fact unbeknownst to Sam and Dean until they attempt to force Rowena to leave with them.
When confronting Loki in the penthouse of the Ophidian Hotel, Dean tries to stab him with Gabriel's wooden sword, but it phases through him. Loki's astral projection is still capable of inflicting harm to Dean, however. Sam momentarily tries to shoot the illusion as well, but it completely disappears while the real Loki battles and is killed by Gabriel.