Foundations of Astral Projection for the Curious Traveller
hey all, Tine just asked me in his http://www.highexistence.com/discussions/topic/possesion/ thread to make a sort of guide to astral projection detailing with the process of doing so and techniques that help with it.
quick note before I begin: this is a process that requires full submission and dedication, if you aren’t willng to do so, you may end up unsatisfied with the results you get. also keep an "astral journal" so after each session, write down how everything that happened durin these trips inward and outward. it’s a good practice
so here goes.
1.) the 2 most crucial parts of the astral projection eperience is that you allow yourself to enter a deep meditative trance and have the energy o sustain an astral projection, the latter of which can be achieved by the raising of the kundalini, choosing to astral project during a time of the day that you are fully awake, aware and energized. this is the foundation, if one of the two are missing, the chances of a conscious astral projection become rather low.
2.) after you’ve raised your energy and entered the state of relaxation you must take great care in not moving, even the slightest twitch of the finger is enough to make you leave that hypnotic state you’d been working toward entering. I find that internally chanting affirmative mantras e.g. "my focus will be sharper than obsidian" helps you stay grounded in this state, as well as keeping other thoughts at bay, and once you feel you can let your mind be at ease, you can now begin step 3
3.) for your protection in the astral plane, picture yourself sheathed in a radiant, white light that emanates from within, so that any entities interested in your physical body may no access it
4.) you must begin to "feel" your astral body and accept that it is separate from your physical one, though it rests inside of you. at this point, you can begin to remove your astral body, which is done in a few ways
a. you can try to make your astral body float out, which takes practice but is arguably the quickest way to get out
b. there is the "astral rope" trick, where you imagine that a roe hangs over your body, just in (astral) arms reach, you now imagine your astral arms reaching out and grabbing said rope, climbing hand over hand, slowly hauling your astral self out
c. rolling out. as stated you ierally roll out of your body, slowly at first, making sure you are calm and relaxed, which is to be said for all exiting techniques, as the strain you put on yourself to get out can lead to frustrations that will quickly kick you out of your trance.
d. imagine that your astral body is slowly ballooning in size, until it is simply too "big" to be contained by your physical body, at which point you shift in either direction until you are no longer attached, at which point you can shrink your astral body accordingly.
e. the possibilities to exiting your body are only limited to your imagination, so if you fin something else that works for you, that isn’t one of these 4, that’s great and I’d love to hear your methods.
5.) at this point, you want to stay "in your room" and begin looking around, do you see clearly, is eveything foggy and somewhat indistinct to you? if so begin focusing on clearing your astral vision, again slowly, allowing yourself the time so that you stay relaxed. once you feel things have cleared up for you, begin looking at your physical body, as a sort of check that you are completely out, and not hanging on by a pinky, next you should check to see if you have remembered to keep yourself by the white light, if not, do so now, it IS important. that means both your astral and physical bodies
6.) begin exploring this room now for changes, are there things there that weren’t before? are there things missing? are there any entities in there with you? if so, do not interact with them at this point as it is hard to judge intent if you are just starting out.
7.) ifyou have just started astral projection now or recently, this is probably a good place to stop, return to your physical body and reflect on the experience.
a. what worked?
b. what didn’t work?
c. what do you need to work on next time?
d. and most imprtantly, how did you feel?
so you’ve been practicing astral projection pretty consistently now for about 2 months, or about 50 times, you’ve probably hit a few rough patches where something goes wrong or doesn’t go at all.
common "slip ups” include
a. you forgot to protect yourself in a white light and got snapped back into your physical body in response to a disturbance
b. you rushed it…nuff said, you’ll know when this happens
c. you ended up falling asleep and began dreaming instead
d. (which is the proverbial "doozy") you got WAY too overzealous in your belief of your abilities to do so, so you may have skipped steps or half assed them due to impatience
remember, even seasoned astral projectors fall into these mistakes from time to time, but you must follow the process for the good of your experience, as a rule, you should probably expect to to spend ~ an hour doing preparation for the actual astral projection, including, 30 minutes of meditative trance/self hypnosis, 15 minutes to clear your thoughts, and another 15 for gathering your energy from within to power this. and finally that white light of protection
^ that is your day’s serving of fruits and vegetables, don’t skimp on it
so, back to the point, now that you’ve become acquainted with the process of bringing yourself into a deep trance, separating from your physical body, clearing your vision so that you can see well and you’ve probably made the bold step out into the astral world
1.) traveling to other places. you may already be aware of this by this point, but ther are two ways to travel in the astral plane. the slow way, and the fast way, the slow way being just flying there at a seed of your choosing, or instant travel. but the only stipulations of these things is that
a. you go to a place you know, e.g. your school
b. you have permission to go there, so no inappropriate spying or going to restricted areas, the same rules apply in the astral plane .
and not to beat a dead horse, but as you travel, be mindful of your relaxatio, don’t overexert yourself if you don’t have to, this might trigger that "snapback reflex", but going on…
2.) (will add to this later, I’ve outlined the basics above, feel free to ask clarifying questions, which I will try to answer to the best of my knowledge but otherwise there will be more)
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Lucid dreaming is actually very similar to astral projecting… what many people don’t realize is that during astral projection you don’t actually leave your body, you are only discovering what your sub-conscious has created of the reality you see…
If anyone is getting into astral projection and the alike, and wants some history about it as well I would suggest reading the book called Soul Flight by Donald Tyson.
brandon, i did this once by accident on a speed boat and i left my body behind , i was attached like on a kite really high above the speeding boat, and my body fainted, when i came to , everyone was really scared and i was dazed for a long time. this scares me. i thought alot about it last nite when i couldnt sleep, going out of my body, is it of any benifit to me, or is it more useful to go deeply inside of it. like feeling deeply within the cells. that too is a journey.
i appreciate your ability to do this. you are a brave warrior of the spirit and real sky walker!
@hlalhabattu, I would love to hear a story of your favorite OBE you’ve had!
Also, I feel like I will get this in the next month. I will make this my primary goal. Going to be hard in College though. Ugh, regret going back.
@hlalhabattu, Awesome thread man. So.. Do you see cars driving around and people walking around or is it just you in a big empty (replica or different?) world? I think that was four questions in one sentence haha.. Anyways, I need to get on your level!
@facets, good on you for not letting your skepticism totally shut you off from trying it. if you ever need help, give me a shout :) and like I said before to a couple people, even if you don’t fully leave your body if at all, the energy buildup beforehand is still worth it
@Stonedragon: I am most certain that we can’t become trapped while AP-ing, although that would make a great movie or book! : ) Just remember that our reality behaves in causal chains, and our thoughts and emotions resonate and create feed back loops, with each cycle amplifying in intensity.
In layman’s terms, your fear of getting stuck and leaving your life behind is going to constrict and define the nature of your AP experience. Non-physical reality (“Meta” and/or everything and anything “beyond” our “outside” the boundaries of the closed set that is our physical reality) is more malleable to our conscious intents. Vibrations are higher, and our intents manifest quicker as a result. This can create paradise or trouble depending on the evolutionary status of the conscious observer : )
I’m excited to have found this thread. This morning I was finally able to separate from my body for the first time. I’ve been dreaming lucidly for as long as I can remember, and in researching it I discovered the astral projection phenomena. I’ve been on and off attempting it for the past few years, but only recently have I made a serious dedication to success.
I have only been able to reach the vibration state up to this point where my attempts to separate always ended up failing (I got too excited). The last attempt I managed to half way separate, but the tearing sound was so jolting that I panicked. This morning though was so much easier. It still took me a few tries, but now that I knew what to expect I was able to stay calm and roll right out of my body. Let me tell you, standing over the bed and staring down a my own physical body was one of the most incredible experiences.
The first thing i did was a reality check: looking at my digital clock on my bedside table, and then I wandered around the upstairs of my house, listening to the people waking up on the floor beneath me, pondering whether or not I should go down there and snoop around :) Then, I believe I ended up falling off to sleep, because while I stayed lucid and believed myself to still be projecting, there were certain things that were signs that I was dreaming: mainly, I also believed that my significant other and my best friend were ALSO projecting with me and we were exploring to this ridiculous future diesel/steam punk alien world together.
And yet, perhaps I was unintentionally still projecting as I encountered a being who seemed very much interested in me but set off a bunch of red flags. I’ve become very adept at lucid dreaming to the point where I’ve come to enjoy my nightmares as much as my flying dreams but this guy gave me legitimate creepy crawlies. He was very interested in who I was / where I came from, and having been warned of creatures like him I had a persona and story at the ready (a super awesome inter-dimensional dream pilot, fuck yeah). I remember looking into his eyes and seeing the sentience- he was definitely NOT a dream apparition. Pretty amazing, really.
Anyways, a bizarre side-note: I kept brushing my hair out of my left eye the entire trip and when I awoke I realized I’d passed out on my side with half my face smushed into another pillow, thus blocking out the vision of my left eye. Not sure if this were coincidence or what… Also, the creepy guy had AWFUL breath.
So I had a lucid dream this morning after my mom waking me up and then falling back asleep. As I became lucid, I sat down in some grass, closed my eyes, and said out-loud, “I would like to leave my body now.” When I did this I felt the presence of my room around me, but instead of feeling my body, I felt something begin to move away from me, I felt myself briefly break away from my body. As I broke away, the sensation was the most intense thing I have ever felt and therefore resisted. Sadly, I barely got out of my body and was immediately slammed back into my skin bag.
Soon my friends, soon…
@collinflysoul, typically, my room is the first thing I see, because that “exists” in the astral plane as well. and your eyes should be closed the whole time, you are seeing everything with the third eye, which can be “Activated” independent of the projection itself, and this may happen with you. as for me, at first visualizing a rope hanging over me just within arm’s reach helped tremendously. you can trick your astral body into climbing out and it is relatively low stress. but as for now, when I actually try (because I’m out of practice these days) I lift it out of my body, don’t worry though, you’ll get there eventually, with enough practice and determination. and remember, even experienced AP practitioners can hit rough spots, so if you are having trouble, work through it and next time may be different. feel free to ask me any more questions or PM me if necessary, I’m always up to help
@blankey, wow sorry it took me this long to answer this, man
I’d say (one of) my favorite ones happened last semester , I was on the bus leaving to go home after a really long day of classes, when I thought I try to meditate for at least some of the ride. I fell into a much deeper trance than I was expecting or was prepared for and had a “moving OBE/astral projection or whatever you’d call it” I remember freaking out and then seeing a humongous golden tree, it had a definite glow to it and there were strings of numbers and symbols I couldn’t make out, descending slowly through its branches. this was beautiful and I was suddenly forced “back into my body” just before my bus pulled into my stop. I wracked my brain the rest of that night trying to figure out what that meant, but couldn’t get anything, although I can still picture clearly exactly what it is I saw to the point of being able to paint it
keep at it though, the practice pays off! same goes for you @vibez
@tine I’ve been catchin up on all these new posts, man
at least a full hour of entertainment and more importantly, information on Astral Travel/ Out of Body Experiences… and even personal accounts from masters of this thing like Steven LaBerge.
@fyrirrek, I’ve had experiences like that in dreams where the dream is naturally flowing then something happens that I don’t like so I “rewind” to the start and keep playing out the same thing. But for some reason my consciousness hasn’t taken over yet and made me realize that I am dreaming I just wake up the next morning like “damn, that was a dream”. How do you think that I could get myself to start realizing that I am dreaming instead of the dream just continuing?
@hlalhabattu, I have tried and failed many a time at validating that my travel is actually out of my body; I was just curious as to your experiences. What do you usually do when you project? While I am under the strong impression that the astral plane is a subjectively experienced reality mostly subconsciously fabricated from memory and creativity; with my worldview that doesn’t make it any less of a viable medium for communication with “the source” “god” “oversoul” “universal unconscious” or whatever else you want to call it
Hi! When you say Body Vibrations you mean like little jolts in the nerves?
For example I was loooking at my open hand the other day and I tried to imagine that I bend inwards my index finger. After my imaginative sense became clearer I felt these jolts at my index finger BUT ALSO in some other nerves that were in my palm.
I have felt this also in other parts of my body but the vibrations are very concentrated and funny. I do not feel, like, a state of vibrations. Its just in some parts. Is that what you ‘re talking about? Thanks in advance!
i want to try it again then, it does sound useful afterall. i will follow brandons advice. thanks for the explain jason. very good and useful information. i need to digest this. i mean what if we get out there, and cant come back. i love my life too much still to want to leave it.
wow man that’s awesome, I’d love to compare AP notes and share experiences with you some time. it’s nice to see that there are people I could talk to about this practice, as I know no one else in my town that does this, who I could connect with about that
definitely continue expanding you astral horizons man, shoot, we may meet eachother out there one day
@hlalhabattu, I really don’t know. I naturally feel some initial skepticism, but I am still going to give it my best try. I don’t mean to knock it, just wanted to see how my fellow HEthens felt about the skeptic’s perspective.
But no worries, I will definitely try my best to achieve a projection :)
@krkrich, no problem, it’s all about sharing knowledge learned. as for those voices, they could be entirely psychosomatic chattering for all I know, or a last ditch effort at a sort of self-preservation,etc there may or may not be rhyme or reason to them at all, so I’d just look at it for what it is, an unknown distraction and keep moving forward (comfortably) because remember, too much strain will knock you back to square one.
as for why it sounds like news reporters ….maybe you’ve come to associate mindless chattering with news broadcasts?
good question, to me astral projection is like going home after having travelled to a land far away, like australia. in this way I see astral projection as going back to where we truly live. and that this “Waking life” is a sort of school, or more abstractly like a business trip for a journalist. we learn about this other culture through mingling with nature and the people throughout, and at the end, take all we learned back home to share with everyone, as each soul will have their own perspective on this 3 dimensional life.
moreover, I can feel myself leaving my body, inthat sense I know that this thing I’ve been lugging around for 20 years is just a vessel, that will in time return to earth while “I” return “home” so I guess in a sense, this astral projection is also like a phonecall to check in with everyone there
and I haven’t yet seen things out there that I haven’t already seen in reality, or haven’t been aware of the fact that I saw them, save a wandering entity or two. I kind of just take it as it is, I realized that I validate so much in life already, so perhaps as a sign of respect or some expression of catharsis try not to validate or quantify it.
although I do have a morbid curiosity to jump into my subconscious and see what lurks in those seldom explored nooks and crannies, I just hope that when and if the time comes for me to do so, I’m prepared for what I witness
@cambam, I haven’t personally encountered any entities myself, but it’s to my understanding they are kind of a curious, neutral force. while some ma wish to interact with you in some way, others may pay you no mind. as a precaution, however, I always encase my physical and astral body in a protective field of white light, that repels anything that tries to interact with you
@blankey, it’s not a particularly hard process, it just requires a lot of patience and willpower. Id say to start out, try to focus on only getting parts out one at a time, e.g. the right foot. once you have gotten comfortable leaving your body in this way, you shoukd be able to leave in one push much easier. but the biggest thing to be aware of is not putting too much strain on yourself, as this can breed frustration which in the blink of an eye, can bring you right back to square one. it’s much easier said than done, but the key is to stay as relaxed as possible, and things should go smoother for you once you get the hang of it. also worth mention: chances are, after you’ve become accustomed to leaving and travelling, don’t be surprised if you hit a rough patch, where you can’t really project fully, or you can’t “see” these happen to everybody at some point, the main reason being that in your familiarity with projection, you’d have probably skipped a step, because you wanted to move things along quicker. hope this helped