Astral Projection Techniques
With all of the confusion surrounding the topic of astral projection, I have decided to explain what it is and how to successfully do it.
Part 1: What Is Astral Projection?
Dreaming is an unconscious astral projection. Every night when you fall asleep your soul leaves your body. It literally leaves our 3D physical reality! This is caused by your pineal gland releasing Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). DMT is what propels your soul out of body when you sleep as well as when you are about to die or have a ‘near death experience’. However, you do not have control over what your soul does when it leaves your body while you sleep because your subconscious is in control.
When you astral project, you are able to consciously control your soul and where it goes. For example, when you start to fall asleep, but wake up right before it happens, you can literally feel your soul coming back into body. The ‘head exploding sensation’ (as some people describe it) is the first step to starting an astral projection. You feel pressure in your brain, and your body starts to tingle. Subsequently, your whole body goes limp and if you can control it, your soul will leave your body shortly thereafter.
Part 2: Author's Note
If I were to astral project and wanted to communicate with someone that is sleeping, it would be very difficult for me to do so. While I could easily find that person in the ‘spirit realm’, I would not really be able to have a deep conversation with that person because they would appear 'drunk' to me. That is because they are not really conscious. If I spoke to them, they may remember me being in their dream a little bit, but they would not remember most of it.
Conversely, if two people are astral projecting at the same time, they can indeed meet up in 4D, have a conversation together (they can even have sex), and both people will remember everything that happened! Furthermore, you can speak with friends and family that are living, friends and family that are dead, your spirit or animal guides, extraterrestrials, beings from other dimensions, or you can just fly around like a super hero and see the world. I realize this probably sounds crazy to people who are new to this concept, but I have done it myself so I know you can do it too! Nothing has expanded my awareness and my consciousness like astral projection. I hope you give it a try.
Part 3: Exiting The Body
Before we get into techniques, you should know that there are hundreds if not thousands of different techniques to get your soul out of body. We are all unique. One technique that works for some people, may not work for others. I recommend you try one for little while, and move on to a different one if you don’t succeed.
I. The Rope Technique: This technique has been formulated by Robert Bruce and is one of the most effective techniques around. A key ingredient to this projection technique is an invisible, imaginary rope hanging from your ceiling. This rope will be used to exert dynamic pressure at a single point on your astral body to force its separation from the physical body. Reach out with your imaginary hands and pull yourself, hand over hand, up the strong, invisible, imaginary rope hanging above you. You will feel a slight dizzy sensation inside you as you do this. This feeling of vertigo will intensify the more you pull on the rope. Keep climbing, hand over hand, ever upwards, and you will feel the vibrations start. Your whole body will seem to be vibrating and you will feel paralyzed. Concentrate single minded, on climbing your rope. Don’t stop. Next, you will feel yourself coming free of your body. You will exit your body in the direction of your imaginary rope and will be hovering above your body. You are free at last!
II. Watch Yourself Going To Sleep: Lie down comfortably on your back, facing the ceiling. Relax your body and clear your mind of unwanted thoughts. Relax even more.
Tell yourself that you are going to watch yourself in the act of going to sleep. You must be very clear about your intent. You are going to let your body sleep while your mind will remain alert throughout the entire process. Tell yourself you will retain consciousness even while your body is going to be in a complete 'trance'. As you relax completely, you must learn to recognize the rather strange, distinctive sensations you feel as your body moves into the sleep state. You must stay aware as this unfolds. At a certain point, you will feel that your body is feeling heavy and numb.
You are on the right track! Pay close attention to all your bodily sensations. You may feel yourself swaying or floating. You might even find certain parts of your body tingling. There might be vibrations running from head to toe. You might even hear a strong buzzing sensation in your ears. Whatever the sensations, do not panic as these are very good signals that you are on the verge of experiencing an Out of Body Experience (OBE). You have to then visualize that you are rising up from your bed and floating towards the ceiling. How would it feel if you could actually float? Try to make the experience as real as possible. Hold this image for as long as you can. If everything goes well, you might suddenly find yourself outside the body, floating near the ceiling!
III. The Monroe Technique: Dr Robert Monroe, one of the foremost authorities on astral projection devised this method. You have to first relax your body. This is a very important step. Then try to go to sleep, but do not fall asleep! Maintain your awareness between sleep and wakefulness. This is known as the hypnagogic state. Then deepen this hypnagogic state and start to clear your mind of unwanted thoughts. Simply look through your closed eyelids at the blackness in front of you. Then you must enter an even deeper state of relaxation. The next step is to induce vibrations throughout your body and intensify them. These vibrations have to be controlled and intensified further. This is the moment when the astral body will separate from the physical body. You then simply have to 'roll-over' and you will find yourself out of your body.
IV. OBE From Lucid Dreams: A lucid dream is a dream in which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. In a lucid dream, you are already 'out' of your body. In order to achieve astral projection from lucid dreams, you have to first become obsessed with having an OBE and you must really desire it. You must read everything you can about it. You must think about it every free moment that you have. Once your mind is besotted with the thought of an OBE, you will need triggers and affirmations so that you have a lucid dream. During the day, keep thinking to yourself, "Tonight I am going to have a Lucid Dream." Remind yourself of this all day long. Lastly, this part is critical, keep asking yourself during the day, “Am I dreaming now?” With a few days of practice, you will have programmed your subconscious to induce a lucid dream. Once you are in a lucid dream, and know that you are dreaming, you would also know that you are not in your body. You can then will yourself to see your bedroom. In most cases, when you do this, your dreamland will suddenly disappear and you will find yourself in your bedroom, floating above your body.
V. Displaced-Awareness Technique: Close your eyes and get into your usual trance-state. Try to sense the entire room, at once. Feel yourself just above your shoulders and seeing all around. Be very passive about what is going on. Then imagine that your astral body is slowly rotating 180 degrees. Once you finish your mental rotation, your astral head should be where your physical feet are, and your astral feet would be where your physical head is! With this firmly in your mind, try visualizing the room from this new direction. The idea is to forget about where you really are, and displace your sense of direction. When you do this correctly, you will find yourself getting dizzy. This is normal. When you are comfortable with this, the next step is to imagine floating towards the roof. Try to make it as real as possible. You may suddenly find yourself 'popped' out of your physical body!
VI. The Jump Technique: When done well, this technique can wake up anyone in their dreams and make them lucid. However, it does need to be done well. Here is how it works: We repeatedly need to ask ourselves during the day whether we are in a dream or not. It is important that we do this not just for the sake of asking ourselves the question, but because we really want to know where we are. We should really doubt that we are in the physical. So in order to prove where we are, we jump as if we were going to fly. If we are in the physical, we will land back on the ground. But during a dream, when we jump, we will defy gravity and float. When this is done for a few days, you will soon find yourself in a dream in which you are jumping to check whether you are in a dream or not. As soon as you jump, you will find yourself floating, thus triggering a lucid dream and an OBE.
VII. Muldoon's Thirst Technique: Designed by Sylvan Muldoon, this is not one of the most pleasant methods! In order to use this technique, you must refrain from drinking for several hours before going to bed. Throughout the day increase your thirst by every means you can. Keep a glass of water in front of you and stare into it, imagining drinking, but not allowing yourself to do so. Before you go to sleep, eat a pinch or two of salt. Place the glass of water at some convenient place away from your bed and rehearse in your mind all the actions necessary to getting it: getting up, crossing the room, reaching out for the glass, and so on. You must then go to bed, still thinking about your thirst and the means of quenching it. At night, you might awaken in your dream and you will find yourself walking towards the glass of water. With any luck, the suggestions you have made to yourself will bring about the desired OBE.
VIII. The Stretch Out Technique: Lie down, shut your eyes, and relax your body. Imagine your feet stretching out and becoming longer by just an inch or so. Once you have this picture in your mind, let your feet go back to normal. Do the same with his head, stretching it out an inch beyond its normal position. Then, get it back to normal. Then alternate all between head and feet, gradually increasing the distance until you can stretch out both your feet and head to about two feet or more. At this stage imagine stretching out both at once. This exercise will make you feel dizzy and often start the vibrations. After some practice, you will experience floating sensations and you can then tell yourself to rise up towards the ceiling. You are out!
IX. The Hammock Technique: Visualize yourself lying in a bright white hammock, stationed between two palm trees on a secluded beach. Imagine the feeling of swaying in the wind, and recreate that feeling now as you visualize yourself swaying from side to side in the hammock. Repeat this visualization for as long as it takes to bring forth the vibrations, and when you feel the vibrations, just 'roll-out' of your body.
X. Relaxation Mantra. Get to where you cannot feel your body. Repeat the following saying in your head, and focus on it as much as possible. Do not get discouraged! Say it slow if you have to: “I am going to have an out of body experience. I am going to let myself go to sleep, but I am going to bring this waking consciousness with me wherever I go. I am going to leave my body with full awareness.” Keep saying the phrase even when you feel tired and you feel like rolling over. Roll over if you have to in order to stay comfortable, and keep doing it. If you feel any tingles or see any lights that seem to flash, do not let them throw you off. They are perfectly natural. If when you are tired you struggle to remember the words, just recite something shorter like, "mind awake, body asleep", and do it until you lose consciousness.
Whichever technique you choose, you are unlikely to get a result on the very first night, or even on the first few nights, so take your time with them and try not to get frustrated when nothing happens at first. I promise you will soon start to see some results. If you do not experience results with a month or two, do not let it frustrate you. There could be mental or physical blockages preventing you from getting out of body. For example, undealt with past trauma or an unhealthy pineal gland due to excessive sodium fluoride and bad diet. It could be many different things. If you are struggling, I recommend working with catalysts such as crystals, binaural beats, and tuning forks to assist with astral projection. Godspeed!