Astral projection is the spiritual
belief that you can project your soul outside your physical body and travel
around. Some believe you can even go to different planets and universes.
Although popular among otherkin/therians/spiritual religions/etc., it is not
just for those communities, nor does this belief contradict with any other
religious beliefs, so you’re all welcome to try it.
Figure a time of day. It’s supposedly easier in the morning for beginners, about
an hour or so after you’ve woken up. This is because you’re still a bit dreary,
and are at your most relaxed. An exhausted dreary can instead cause you to fall
asleep, or perhaps not get you as properly relaxed. It’s up to you. For some,
the time might not be morning. I’m foolish, and tend to not get around to
projecting until around 11. Not so good an idea, don’t follow my lead. (Also
keep in mind I’ve got a really strong tether to psychic things, and have been
doing this a while.)
Find a comfortable area you can lie
down on. A couch or bed will do just fine,
but if you’re an oddball like me and can use the floor with just as much ease,
be my guest. Also make sure you’re not too hungry or too full. If you’re
hungry, eat something light and little. If you’re full, maybe wait a bit until
your stomach is content.
Make sure the room is at a
comfortable temperature. Too hot or
cold won’t do, so adjust if necessary. It seems like a lot, but it’s all worth
it, I promise. Getting under blankets is fine, so long as they don’t put you to
and Physical Preparation:
For beginners, it’s suggested you
start out straight as a pencil, with your arms at your sides and your legs
together. However, if you sleep on your back,
this is probably not the best choice for you. Really, AP is fine in any
position, so long as it doesn’t put you to sleep. Lately I’ve been doing it on
my side, and only once did I fall asleep (I was so tired, though).
Once you find your comfortable and
non-sleep related position, take deep breaths. No need for something as intense as Past Life Regression,
but enough so that you can focus on it and grow relaxed. Many choose to focus
on their breath as the relaxation part, but it’s not mandatory. Close your
in The “Zone”:
Close your eyes and relax.y Like mentioned, some choose to focus on their breathing to
clear their mind. Others daydream, but some may find that too distracting.
Another way is by simply pushing everything out of your mind. Or perhaps
focusing on one thing. It might be the AP journey, it might be the hum of a
lawn mower or the ticking of a clock. Whatever method suits you best, try it
out. Try multiple methods, you never know what little thing might make your
Imagine your limbs are weightless,
and don’t focus on your physical body. You could use the Past Life Regression
method, where you’re on a hill and the sun warms each part of your body until
you relax and they “Fall away”. This is a really flexible part of the whole process, so don’t worry about how you get there.
Exiting your body:
another flexible part of this process. Really, Astral Projection itself
can be put into any way shape or form, so long as you have the proper
order (but really, can you physically do this in any other
order?) There are many a-methods of doing this, so try ones that help
you. I personally just sit right up and out of my body, but once again,
I’m decent at it as well as- it might not suit you well. I’ve been told
it’s not an easy method, nor a preferable one.
Dont give up. Keep trying. Reuse certain methods. Use the method you were avoiding because you were a little weirded out by it.
Commonly it’s said you’ll feel tingles/vibrations when moving your astral limbs out of your body. If you don’t, it doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong. Sometimes I get them, sometimes I don’t. Don’t worry about them, though they feel weird.
I’m out. Now what?:
beginners and first timers, you don’t have to do too much. Yes, it’s
exciting, and I’m sure you’ll want to do a lot, but also remember
there’s only a certain amount of time you can stay in a single position
without moving. I usually last an hour. Once I lasted two.
around your room. look at your physical body. You may find your soul
isn’t human. You may have to move differently than you’re used to. This
is why AP is so helpful for otherkin. Examine something in your room for
practice. Anything you do in this plan will not affect the physical
world. Take that as you will, pleasing or disappointing.
few practice runs, you’ll be able to go farther and farther. Each time
even, you may go a bit further. You can even go to other worlds. Yes,
you can go to your canon if you’re fictionkin. Yes, you can go to canons
when you’re not fictionkin, and yes you can go to other canons when you
are fictionkin. A lot is possible.
However, (and I’ll go into
detail on the other post) please note when you exit this world, you do
in fact affect things. I’m not sure the logic in that, but that’s what
I’ve found. Both universes and worlds other than our owns are in fact
affected by you, so keep that in mind with what you say and do.
Don’t worry, you can’t get your physical body hurt in the astral plane.
Have fun, meet your favourite characters, go and visit worlds unbeknownst to us.
Returning to your physical body:
not recommended to awaken quickly, so try to avoid it. It can result in
very unpleasant feelings. If you need to, however, it should not harm
you past dizziness and slight dissociation in a sense (you may feel
distant and disconnected. You’ll return properly in a little bit, don’t
Simply “bungee-cord” back to your body. Think about
returning, and slowly wake yourself up. Become more and more aware of
your surroundings. Focus on a noise again if you wish. When you feel
your limbs and physical body again, open your eyes and relax for a bit
before jumping up or anything.
I wish you the best of luck.
Remember, everyone can do it, you don’t need to be psychic or have any
previous knowledge of anything in metaphysics/spirituality or else wise
in this sort of respect.
10 effective techniques for experiencing an OBE (Out of Body Experience) a.k.a Astral Projection
There has been a lot of confusion about Astral Projection, so I figured I’d explain what it is and how to do it. Dreaming, is an unconscious astral projection. When you sleep, your soul leaves your body. It literally leaves our 3D physical reality. This is caused by your pineal gland (the most important part of your brain) releasing Dimethyltryptamine aka DMT. DMT is what propels your soul out of body when you sleep, and when you’re about to die or have a ‘near death experience’. The thing is, you do not have control over what your soul does when it leaves your body while you sleep… Your subconscious controls it. The difference between normal sleep and astral projection is, when you astral project, you are able to consciously control your soul, and where it goes. Astral projection is basically just Conscious Sleep. When you start to fall asleep, but wake up right before it happens, you can literally feel your soul coming back into body. That is why you sometimes feel like you’re falling. The 'head exploding sensation’ (as some people describe it), is the first step to starting an astral projection. That is one of the signs you know that you’re doing it right. You feel pressure in your brain, and your body starts to tingle. Then, your whole body goes limp, and if you can control it, your soul will leave your body shortly after.
From these remarks it will be seen that I look at the term species as one arbitrarily given, for the sake of convenience, to a set of individuals closely resembling each other, and that it does not essentially differ from the term variety, which is given to less distinct and more fluctuating forms. The term variety, again, in comparison with mere individual differences, is also applied arbitrarily, for convenience sake.
There are a lot of misconceptions about Astral Projection floating around online and offline. Let us go through some of the common ones and throw some light on them.
Myth 1: Astral Projection is very rare.
Truth: Astral Projection is a very common phenomenon indeed. Five to ten percent of the world’s population has experienced a conscious out of body experience at least once. This means around 6 million people in the U.K, or as much as 30 million people in the United States.
Myth 2: Astral Projection is always spontaneous. You cannot learn it.
Truth: You can learn to Astral Project at will. There are countless techniques that teach you how to have an OOBE. Since every individual is different, no particular technique is best for everybody. You have to find out which method is best for you. Just like anything in life, you have to practice and get good at it.
Myth 3: Not everyone can learn to Astral Project. It is only for a select few.
Truth: Anyone can Astral Project but it requires some practice, consistency and open-mindedness. Just like you learn to walk, ride a bicycle or swim, Astral Projection is a skill you need to learn.
Myth 4: Only adults can Astral Project because they are more mature.
Truth: Age is never a factor in Astral Projection. It’s a fact that children Astral Project more than adults. The reason is that children are innocent and they believe everything is possible, so they achieve Astral Projection more easily. We adults do not believe everything easily. The more we are open-minded and start believing, the easier it is to Project. Age in itself is never a roadblock for Projection; the only hindrance is your level of belief.
Myth 5: Astral Projection is not safe.
Truth: Astral Projection is a natural experience reported in every culture and society of the world. It is safe for most people but anyone who has acute psychological problems should avoid it.
Myth 6: It takes several years to achieve a conscious Astral Projection.
Truth: Since every individual is different, no one can guarantee how long it may take. Some achieve it on the first try and others do not achieve it even in two years! But if tried consistently, about 30 days is a fair enough time to experience at least one projection.
Myth 7: It is possible that you may not be able to get back into your physical body.
Truth: Every night when we sleep, our Astral body is out of our physical body. We are just not conscious about it. During Astral Projection, we are aware of the fact that we’re in another dimension. Since after every night’s sleep we can easily get back into the body, we can do the same after Astral Projection too. The surprising fact is that it is difficult to stay out of the body. Getting back into your body is instant and automatic. Your Astral Body is connected to your physical body by a Silver Cord, which ensures that you can always get back in.
Myth 8: You can get possessed during Astral Projection.
Truth: This is a very common question in most people’s minds, but there is no danger of being possessed by other entities. Your Astral Body is attached to your physical body by a Silver Cord. No one else can sever it and enter your body. (Let me be extra clear here.. You are perfectly safe while astral projecting. You are safe because entities need physical matter to tether to, and while projecting you have no physical matter they can tether to. Possessions ARE a possibility when you are in your body. That is why Seances and Ouija boards can be quite dangerous. Because you’re actually calling entities to you when you’re in your physical body.)
Myth 9: Astral Projection changes a person’s religious beliefs.
Truth: An in-depth study of 350 participants was conducted and published by Dr. Melvin Morse in 1992. According to that study, out-of-body experiences did not seem to alter one’s religious beliefs. In fact, most people reported that their religious beliefs were confirmed and strengthened by their out-of-body experiences.
Myth 10: You cannot go very far when out of the body.
Truth: There is no defined limit as to how far you can go away from the physical body. However, it is important to note that there are certain areas that you do not readily have access to unless you have spiritually graduated to those areas. There are several planes apart from the Astral Plane. You cannot visit a higher vibratory plane in a lower vibratory body.
Myth 11: There is no cord that connects the Astral and the Physical bodies.
Truth: There is definitely a Silver Cord that connects the two bodies. You may or may not be able to see it, but it is always there. Even the Bible talks about it. Through the Silver Cord, the transference of energy takes place that gives life to the physical. As long as a person is alive, this cord is intact. It can be likened to the umbilical cord attaching a child to the mother.
Myth 12: Other Astral entities can sever the Silver Cord.
Truth: The Silver Cord cannot be severed by anyone. This only happens when the hour of death has arrived for a person, and that comes by law.
Myth 13: The Astral Plane is full of dangerous negative entities.
Truth: Yes, there are negative entities in the Astral Plane, but they are not dangerous. They can do no harm to you in any way. Remember, in the Astral, your thoughts have power. If you don’t like something, you can always change it into something you want. By not being afraid, you can make these entities vanish or turn them into something more pleasant. If any of these entities do scare you, at the most you will slump back in your physical body. Many of these negative entities are self-created. They are nothing but manifestations of our own fears, which appear as thought-forms. In order to avoid bumping into any of these entities, you should attempt Projection in a good mood. The rule in the Astral Plane is like attracts like. If you are in a negative or bad mood, you will attract negative thought-forms, but if you Project with positive and loving thoughts, you will most likely attract positive and loving entities.
Myth 14: When a person wakes up after Projection, he feels really tired.
Truth: During Astral Projection, the physical body sleeps normally, so when you wake up, you feel very refreshed.
Myth 15: You cannot touch objects in the Astral.
Truth: You can touch and feel Astral objects in the Astral just as you can touch physical ones in the physical plane. But in the Astral, under normal circumstances you cannot touch physical objects. If you attempt to, your hand will pass right through it. That’s why you have heard that your Astral body can pass through walls!
Myth 16: It is necessary to be good at visualization in order to Astral Project.
Truth: Visualization is not a necessary ingredient for Projection, but if the projector can increase his ability to visualize, it will help him progress faster.
Myth 17: Drugs be used to help induce Projection.
Truth: Some kinds of Drugs do induce projection, but I do not recommend any kinds of drugs because they harm your Astral vehicle. The key to a productive out-of-body experience is complete control, and control is the first thing lost when you use any kind of mind-altering substance. Drugs curtail your spiritual growth. They take you to the lower Astral Plane full of confusion and disorientation. It is dull, gloomy, and full of negative energy. The lower Astral is very unlike the vibrant, progressive, positive Astral we are seeking to achieve. Why contaminate the biological vehicle when effective results can be achieved naturally? Don’t put your body at risk. If there is real desire to experience Astral Projection, then that desire along with consistent practice will get you there.
Myth 18: It is impossible to meet with other human beings during Projection.
Truth: It is possible to meet other human beings (dead or alive) in 4D, but if you want to talk to them meaningfully and remember what was said, you should both be conscious while doing so. If we find them in 4D while they are asleep and dreaming, they will usually appear drunk to us because they aren’t actually conscious. They may not recognize us, but later when they awake, they may remember seeing us in a dream. When we see people in dreams, most of the time, they are in our dreams because we put them there. SOMETIMES, we see people in dreams because their souls are actually with us in the 4th dimension.. But it’s hard to say either way. If you see someone in a dream, and you were able to remember it clearly, there’s probably a reason you can remember it.. It may have actually happened.
Myth 19: When we are Astral Projecting, if we think the name of a friend such as John, by mistake we can visit some other person by the same name.
Truth: In the Astral, your thoughts are the key to where you want to go. Your higher self knows who you want to visit and will take you to the correct person. Here, the name of the person doesn’t matter at all. Since you are thinking of that person, you will go to that person.
Myth 20: Astral projection doesn’t prove life after death.
Truth: People who have experienced proper conscious OBEs even once start to strongly believe in life after death. Finding themselves outside their physical bodies and still functioning, still able to see, hear, touch, even smell and taste, still able to do everything and more, how can anyone deny that life goes on?
Some of Robert Monroe’s Astral Projection Techniques:
(Excerpt from Leaving The Body: A Complete Guide to Astral Projection, D. Scott Rogo by D. Scott Rogo)
One 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.
Once you are aware that you cannot be harmed by projecting, you should begin Monroe’s techniques, step by step.
Step one: Relax the body. According 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.
Step two: Enter the state bordering sleep. This 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.
Step three: Deepen this state. Begin 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 which 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.
Step Four: Enter a state of Vibration. This 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 is 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. For entering into the vibrational state, he offers the following directions:
Remove all jewelry or other items that might be touching your skin.
Darken the room so that no light can be seen through your eyelids, but do not shut out all light.
Lie down with your body along a north-south axis, with your head pointed toward magnetic north.
Loosen all clothing, but keep covered so that you are slightly warmer than might normally be comfortable.
Be sure you are in a location where, and at a time when, there will be absolutely no noise to disturb you.
Enter a state of relaxation
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.
Proceed to breath through your half-open mouth.
As you breath, concentrate on the void in front of you.
Select a point a foot away from your forehead, then change your point of mental reference to six feet.
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. Even if you don’t know what these vibrations are, you will know when you have achieved contact with them.
Step five: Learn to control the vibrational state. Practice 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 of 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. Once you have control of the vibrational state, you are ready to leave the body.
Step 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.
Step seven: Dissociate yourself from the body. Monroe suggests two methods for this. One 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.
More info and tips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4_-PDqQ9bM Thanks to the original poster: The Mind Unleashed
“Yeah, that’s amazing. I just assumed he had one already. I thought he was born with one. I think it’s wonderful. It’s wonderful to see every time Benedict gets more successful, I just think ‘There can’t be anything else he can do now’. I don’t think he’ll stop until he’s president of the world. I think that’s on the cards! I think he’ll be president of the world, and the moon.”
Steven Moffat, OBE, on Benedict Cumberbatch’s CBE honour (x)