is the season of turning inward, and – with the lengthening
nights – one’s attention can be drawn toward spiritual
and psychic exploration of and experimentation with techniques
such as Astral Projection. This is something we do every night
when we sleep, but there is a lot to be said for developing the
ability to do it “consciously”, and learning to control
where we go and what we do when we are freed from the limitations
of the body…
have read extensively on this subject and tried many different
methods of astral projection, with varying degrees of success.
The hardest part for me is the shutting off of internal dialogue
when trying to focus on the "void". Sometimes I am able
to do so quite easily, but most of the time - and especially if
it's been a stressful day - it is nearly impossible for me to
achieve...unless I do a specific breathing and relaxation exercise.
can take the form of a grounding visualization, or tensing and
releasing each muscle of the body, starting with the feet and
moving upward...but my favourite technique is a chakra balancing
visualization, as follows:
taking 3 particularly deep breaths - the first to relax the body,
the second to calm the emotions, and the third to still the mind
- I begin by visualizing the colour RED entering in through the
soles of my feet, and feel it rising up into my knees and thighs,
slowly up into my hips, waist, chest and shoulders, feel its warmth
spreading down into my arms and hands and fingers, then feeling
its energy rising up into my neck and head and face...I breathe
in the colour RED and feel it's energy permeate my entire body...then
I release the colour RED out of the top of my head and dismiss
I visualize and feel the colour ORANGE entering in through the
soles of my feet and upward through my body as described above,
ending with breathing in the colour ORANGE and feeling its energy
permeate my entire body, then releasing it through the top of
my head and dismissing it...
other colours follow in succession: YELLOW, GREEN, LIGHT BLUE,
INDIGO, and VIOLET...and once all the colours of the chakras have
washed through me, I surround my body with a silver light and
protective aura and ask my Higher Self for guidance and aid in
leaving my body safely. By this time, I am quite relaxed and ready
also use this technique as a prerequisite to exploring my other
lives - it's a good basic grounding and balancing technique that
is easy to do and very effective!
I imagine myself in another room of the house...in fact, I recall
one time that I ended up in the bathroom, standing in front of
the mirror, trying to see my reflection - which was quite wavery,
like ripples in a pond. I would try to focus in on, say, one eye,
and that would become clear, but the outline of the head remained
out of focus, and I remember thinking that I needed more light
and tried to flick the light switch, which my hand promptly right
through...but as I was thinking of more light, the moonlight from
the window brightened in intensity and gave me more light! I then
started talking to my reflection and began to feel all emotional...and
all of a sudden, whoosh! I was back in my physical body, opening
my eyes and being VERY surprised to find myself back in bed!
conducted other experiments with going to other rooms in the house,
and eventually I decided to try something harder - going outside
into the yard...and then into other parts of the property, and
eventually - after much practice - to other places on the planet!
I've had many past lives across the pond in Britain, especially
Wales and Scotland, and - since I am obsessed with studing and
mapping out all the "power spots" over there - I decided
to visit them astrally. It's definitely the cheap way to travel!
I've had varying degrees of success with certain spots, and seem
to have the most success with Northwest Wales - the Snowdon Mountain
area - where I have some particularly strong memories...
interesting phenomena I've experienced is the 360º vision.
It can be a bit unsettling the first time it happens, but one
quickly discovers how handy it becomes! It started when I was
experimenting one evening, lying on my right side, facing the
wall. All of a sudden I found myself able to see - behind my head
- my door slowly open (due to one of the cats pushing it open)
and a ray of light entering the room...yet my physical body was
still facing the wall! This eventually developed into being able
to see all directions at once in my travels...
times I've experienced a complete flipping of the astal body from
the physical position: I'd be facing one way and then find that
my astral head was where the physical feet were, and vice versa,
and the astral was facing the opposite direction - not sure why
this happens, but it's interesting to note...
and I should mention here that it is never completely "dark"
on the astral plane - there usually seems to be a bluish glow
to everything - like a phosphorescence of sorts...
with any form of psychic work, though, I highly recommend knowing
how to invoke a protective aura around yourself before experimenting.
Not that there is anything particular to be afraid of (especially
since we don't always do this before going to sleep at night),
but it seems that - when one is trying to leave the body consciously
- one's mind can sometimes feel a little skittish about venturing
out into the "unknown", and it's more to comfort the
mind than any real need for protection. That being said, my experience
has been that if I ever did run into anything or anyone that didn't
feel good to me, my astral form would automatically snap right
back into my body before I even had a chance to think about it
- and I imagine it would work in a similar way for most people...
following is an excerpt from Leaving The Body: A Complete
Guide to Astral Projection, D. Scott Rogo, Prentice Hall
Press – who draws heavily from Robert Monroe’s Journeys
Out of the Body:
of the chief barriers people learning to project face is fear.
Many are afraid that they may die, or be harmed in some way as
a result of their projection. Nothing could be farther from the
truth. The Canterbury Institute, renowned for its occult studies,
executed an experiment in projection involving over 2,000 people.
None of them were hurt in any way by this, and now, three years
later, none have complained of any newly arising problems.
you are aware that you cannot be harmed by projecting, you should
begin Monroe's techniques, step by step.
one: Relax the body.
to Monroe, "the ability to relax is the first prerequisite,
perhaps even the first step itself to having an OBE. (out of body
experience)”. This includes both physical and mental relaxation.
Monroe does not suggest a method of attaining this relaxation,
although Progressive Muscle relaxation, coupled with deep breathing
exercises (inhale 1, exhale 2, inhale 3.... until 50 or 100) are
known to work well.
two: Enter the state bordering sleep.
is known as the hypnagogic state. Once again, Monroe doesn't recommend
any method of doing this. One way is to hold your forearm up,
while keeping your upper arm on the bed, or ground. As you start
to fall asleep, your arm will fall, and you will awaken again.
With practice, you can learn to control the Hypnagogic state without
using your arm. Another method is to concentrate on an object.
When other images start to enter your thoughts, you have entered
the Hypnagogic state. Passively watch these images. This will
also help you maintain this state of near-sleep. Monroe calls
this Condition A.
three: Deepen this state.
to clear your mind. Observe your field of vision through your
closed eyes. Do nothing more for a while. Simply look through
your closed eyelids at the blackness in front of you. After a
while, you may notice light patterns. These are simply neural
discharges. They have no specific effect. Ignore them. When they
cease, one has entered what Monroe calls Condition B. From here,
one must enter an even deeper state of relaxation that Monroe
calls Condition C – a state of such relaxation that you
lose all awareness of the body and sensory stimulation. You are
almost in a void in which your only source of stimulation will
be your own thoughts. The ideal state for leaving your body is
Condition D. This is Condition C when it is voluntarily induced
from a rested and refreshed condition and is not the effect of
normal fatigue. To achieve Condition D, Monroe suggests that you
practice entering it in the morning or after a short nap.
Four: Enter a state of Vibration.
is the most important part of the technique, and also the most
vague. Many projectors have noted these vibrations at the onset
of projection. They can be experienced as a mild tingling, or
as if electricity is being shot through the body. Their cause
is a mystery. It may actually be the astral body trying to leave
the physical one.
entering into the vibrational state, he offers the following directions:
Remove all jewelry or other items that might be touching your
2. Darken the room so that no light can be seen through your eyelids,
but do not shut out all light.
3. Lie down with your body along a north-south axis, with your
head pointed toward magnetic north.
4. Loosen all clothing, but keep covered so that you are slightly
warmer than might normally be comfortable.
5. Be sure you are in a location where, and at a time when, there
will be absolutely no noise to disturb you.
6. Enter a state of relaxation
7. Give yourself the mental suggestion that you will remember
all that occurs during the upcoming session that will be beneficial
to your well-being. Repeat this five times.
8. Proceed to breath through your half-open mouth.
9. As you breathe, concentrate on the void in front of you.
10. Select a point a foot away from your forehead, then change
your point of mental reference to six feet.
11. Turn the point 90 degrees upward by drawing an imaginary line
parallel to your body axis up and above your head. Focus there
and reach out for the vibrations at that point and bring them
back into your body.
if you don't know what these vibrations are, you will know when
you have achieved contact with them.
five: Learn to control the vibrational state.
controlling them by mentally pushing them into your head, down
to your toes, making them surge throughout your entire body, and
producing vibrational waves from head to foot. To produce this
wave effect, concentrate on the vibrations and mentally push a
wave out of your head and guide it down your body. Practice this
until you can induce these waves on command.
you have control of the vibrational state, you are ready to leave
six: Begin with a partial separation.
The key here is thought control. Keep your mind firmly focused
on the idea of leaving the body. Do not let it wander. Stray thought
might cause you to lose control of the state. Now, having entered
the vibrational state, begin exploring the OBE by releasing a
hand or a foot of the "second body". Monroe suggests
that you extend a limb until it comes in contact with a familiar
object, such as a wall near your bed. Then push it through the
object. Return the limb by placing it back into coincidence with
the physical one, decrease the vibrational rate, and then terminate
the experiment. Lie quietly until you have fully returned to normal.
This exercise will prepare you for full separation.
seven: Dissociate yourself from the body.
suggests two methods for this:
method is to lift out of the body. To do this, think about getting
lighter and lighter after entering this vibrational state. Think
about how nice it would be to float upward. Keep this thought
in mind at all costs and let no extraneous thoughts interrupt
it. An OBE will occur naturally at this point.
Another method is the "Rotation method" or "roll-out"
technique. When you have achieved the vibrational state, try to
roll over as if you were turning over in bed. Do not attempt to
roll over physically. Try to twist your body from the top and
virtually roll over into your second body right out of your physical
self. At this point, you will be out of the body but next to it.
Think of floating upward, and you should find yourself floating
above the body. Monroe suggests you begin with the lift-out method,
but argues that both are equally efficacious.
above should give you a foundation from which to try your own
experiments with astral projection. The main thing to keep in
mind is that - for most of us - it takes PRACTICE! Do not get
discouraged if your efforts don't produce results the first time
- or the first 50 times. It mostly depends on how successful you
are at being able to relax and trust the process, and how patient
you are with yourself.
thing I CAN say, though, is that it is an extremely rewarding
and stimulating experience, and once you are able to astrally
travel, there are no limits to the places you can explore - as
fast as thought. It's also a very handy vehicle for checking in
on a loved one far away. And once you are freed from the limitations
of the physical form (yet still connected to it), it can have
another result: the negating of any kind of fear of death. Once
you see that YOU are so much more than your body, it is not only
comforting, but extremely enlightening and a tool for much personal
growth and freedom!