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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@antu, Nope. I believe the act of putting this barrier around you just makes you “feel” safe, when in reality, you always are. So I guess, it doesn’t hurt to put this barrier around you, and if you forget, I wouldn’t worry :)
@vibez, I was in your shoes as well. Jordan had a post about seven books, and this was one of them. Check out what he said here:
I bought Adventures Beyond the Body a few months ago and would recommend it. More importantly, I’d stress the importance of your commitment to OBEs and the book’s techniques. If you think it’s worth a shot, then you’re already halfway there. Results may vary. My experience with OBEs hasn’t been as vivid as some accounts, but I blame that on my lack of effort. On an unrelated note, I’d also recommend Conversations with God.
thanks, that means a lot, and if we are going to enter a shift in the vibrational rate of our consciousness or what have you, I believe that this bidness of astral projection will be my catalyst
and yes, keep me posted, man shoot, we may even run into each other out there at some point
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…
@vizznou, That’s the text that I read two years ago when I got started with this. To this date it has been the most helpful and educational book that I’ve read on the matter. It is simplified so that even people with english as their second or third language should have no problem understanding the main points. There are diagrams for visual learners and on the website there is even a video for the laziest of learners. Here’s a link to the pdf for those who missed or ignored it last time. IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE WITH LUCID DREAMING OR ASTRAL PROJECTION, OR YOU JUST WISH TO TUNE IN YOUR SKILLS….. YOU MUST READ THIS DOCUMENT. SERIOUSLY, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. EVEN TEN MINUTES A DAY, DOOOO IT.
Ok thanks, I just have one last question what do you see right after separation?, do you open your eyes when you think you’re out if body? What escape method would you recommend bc i’ve tried tons with no results of leaving my body.
eh, I’d say it varies person to person, its less about needig the meditation practice beforehand (although it makes matters easier) I’d say anyone who has a deep spiritual connection to themselves, as well as a good amount of self disciplie/emotional awareness could go right in, but fr the sake of putting a number on it, I’d say 2 months or so would do it
I had my first OBE expierence today. I just dipped my foot in the water. My body went calm after the sleep paralysis vibrations and I felt my body shift and my felt like it was floating away. Anyways to my point; what’s the difference between astral projection and an OBE?
realistically…probably not, in my experience with binaural beats, they seem very hit or miss. sometimes they allow you to go deeper into trances faster and sometimes they annoy the hell out of you or don’t work. so needless to say I’m a purist
don’t let that discourage you tough, experiment to see what works best for you
@blankey, Yeah the sensations are so intense…I wish I could just let them be.
@antu, From what I’ve heard when you are outside that you are still connected to your body through a silver cord, almost like an umbilical cord. This cord can stretch out to any length and you can always pop back into your body and nothing can affect your body because of this.
i want to thank you too brandon. you are a seasoned traveller in this domain. and it is kind to share your expertise with us earthlings. tonite i am going to make a serious attempt at it in my bed. the rafters in this old stone farmhouse, could be good to sit up on! ill let you know. lets keep each other posted on this important work.
CHECK-IN: how are peoples’ practices going? have you stagnated, having issues/frustrations? feel confused about something? ask away and I’ll answer to the best of my abilities.
also, feel free to share notable experiences
@udntnome, the eyes remain closed throughout opening when you return and come to, as for manifestation of ideas, I’ve never actually tried to say, make a bus appear, but I’d assume it works, since you can go to where you think of going in an instant
@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
@Isaac, yes, but then that blurrs the lines between astral projection and lucid dreaming which are similar, but distinct from eachother, so you could start astral projecting then fall asleep, but continue, therefore making it an unconscious astral projectio
@mindlessfreak30 I’d say that lately I’ve been more about noticing energy shifts and such…really interesting stuff
@blankey possibly, I’e never tried it though, so I can only suggest seeing for yourself once the opportunity arises but I’d say as a rule of thumb, you need to be awake and fully conscious otherwise the astral projection loses it’s control, potentially
@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