Research shows that one in ten people claim to have had an out-of-body experience at one point or another in their lives. Regardless of the statistics, most people are still skeptical about Astral Projection. They do not really believe that it exists or that it can be done.
According to those who practice it, they believe that Astral Projection is something that can be learned.
The amount of effort required to reach a lucid out-of-body position is different from one person to another.
Understanding what it is all about, and choosing the right approach to it is what makes a world of difference.
For this guide, I am going to explain to you what Astral Projection is, some tips before you start, how to achieve an out-of-body experience, and how you can remember it.
What is Astral Projection or an Out-of-Body Experience (OBE)?
Astral projection or what is known as astral travel is a situation where your soul completely separates from your body. This is why it is also called an out-of-body experience.
The soul merges with a different body called an “astral body” and this hovers over your physical body. It is believed to be driven by intuition.
The people who are able to practice Astral Projection are normally aware of this separation and they normally have no control over where they go, or when to return and rejoin with their physical bodies.
It is widely believed that an OBE will occur mostly when you are asleep while meditating, or when exercising wake induced dreaming. The mystifying aspect of Astral Projection is the unlimited exploration of time, distance and mass.
You can actually reach whichever distance you want in just a few seconds. You can even cross continents and when you are done, you get back to your physical body.
What you need to achieve astral projection is time, patience, and lots of practice in order to perfect the art.
Tips for Astral Projection
Before we look at the process of achieving astral projection, I shall give you a few tips as a beginner. These tips are what you need to do before you can have your first OBE.
- You must be willing to believe:
If you want to have an astral projection, then, the first step would be to believe that it is real and be willing to experience it. It’s not just about what you read, or what you hear, having an OBE is purely personal and this experience must be yours and yours alone.
For example, it does not matter how many people tell you that a strawberry is delicious. What will make you believe that it is, in fact, delicious is actually eating one.
That is where the truth lies.
Experiencing an OBE will cement your conclusions on whether it really exists or not.
So, believe, and then you shall achieve it.
- Choose a technique and practice often, at least 15 times each month:
This is very important. Just because someone has used a specific technique before, does not necessarily mean that it shall work for you. There isn’t a “one fits all” kind of technique. If you are creative or rational, or if you prefer breathing, relaxation, etc. The choice is yours.
Choose one that will work well with your personal traits. Learn it step by step, the beginning, the middle and even the end. Make sure you understand it completely, then practice, practice, practice.
They say that practice makes perfect, and this is true with OBE.
Try practicing the technique 15 times in a month. Do this when you have had less work to do in the day so you can concentrate better. Do it on different days, and not more than 3 times a day.
- Ensure to have the right “mindset”
In order to have an Astral Projection, you must have the right emotions, thoughts, and sentiments. These will help you have a proper projection. You must also be confident, self-motivated and be curious.
In order for you to achieve the above, get rid of the following; fear, anger, self-doubt, busy-thoughts, any thoughts that are unrelated to Astral Projection. Find times in the day to practice where it is easier to control your thoughts and emotions.
Positivity will work best for you when it comes to Astral Projection.
- Choose the right place and the right conditions for you to apply the technique;
Ideally, the technique should be applied in places where you can be able to control the physical conditions. E.g. a room with a door that you can lock so people will not come in and out while you are in the middle of the technique. Also, let the room be a little dark with a spotlight that can show you the inside of the room.
The temperature while you attempt the technique should be 20 degrees Celsius, which is neither too hot or too cold. This will help you concentrate and relax better.
Turn off your phone, or anything that may make a sound or a beep while you are in the middle of the technique.
Lay down on a bed or on anything that will make you comfortable and help you achieve complete relaxation.
All these conditions are important for you to be able to stay in the projection longer and be able to maintain your lucidity and be able to leave your body in control.
- Length of technique:
Try and apply the technique for a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of one hour. This gives you ample time to apply all the steps in the technique and awaits the results to take place.
Set an alarm for one hour, follow the steps of the technique you have chosen in a calm and organized way.
If you finish all of the steps and have no results by the time the alarm goes off, start again from the beginning and do it step by step just like before. Keep repeating over and over again as many times as you can and if you sleep in the middle of it all, and you still haven’t heard the alarm, start again. Take advantage of every single minute you have allocated to the technique.
- Non-physical sensations:
There are some non-physical sensations you may experience while doing the technique. These include vibrations – both inside and outside of your physical body, vibrations in your head – mostly at the back, sensations of partial disconnections, etc.
All of these sensations are a kind of warning that your body is about to have some form of contact with other dimensions that may disconnect you from your physical body.
If you do feel them, pay attention and make a note of what you felt, later on, i.e. after the alarm goes off. In the end, you may have a diary full of all your experiences. You can then take time to study them later, so as to understand your patterns.
- Everything that happens during the technique counts!
Every day, after you have had an astral projection, write down any ideas you may have had, the sensations you felt or even the images you saw. This is your Projective Diary, and it should consist of a collection of memories from your experiences.
How can I achieve Astral Projection – Step by step Guide
The following is a simple technique you can employ while trying to have an Astral Projection:
- Set your alarm
This should be 4 hours after you have gone to sleep. Yes. In order to practice, you will need to wake up in the middle of the night. So, probably 3 am or 4 am for most people. The reason for this is to ensure you have had your REM sleep and a few dream cycles before waking up.
It is more likely to have an OBE or a lucid dream after already sleeping a few hours. This makes you more relaxed, and ready to try astral projecting.
- Stay busy for 10-20 minutes
Stay awake when the alarm wakes you for a few minutes to ensure you do not go back to sleep. Make sure you read extensively about OBEs so you can know what to do. You can also choose to meditate or sit silently for 5-10 minutes in order to relax your mind and body and be able to get into a state of mindfulness.
Mindfulness will help in keeping you awake and not drift back to sleep.
- Go back to bed, but do not go to your own bed
You can use the spare bedroom, the floor, the couch, any place really, where you do not normally sleep. The bed should be different from the place you woke up a few minutes ago. This is important because:
The unfamiliar bed will help keep you more alert so you do not sleep.
Remember what you are trying to do is to delicately stay aware and alert as your body drifts off to sleep. This may be easier said than done, but with practice, you can achieve it.
- Lie still for 30 minutes:
This may sound hard but it is important. Try to lie on your back in a relaxed position. You can choose to listen to some guided meditation or listen to some OBE instruction.
You could try Robert Monroe’s Hemi-Sync audios. Though expensive, many people have stated that they really helped them. Also How to Have an Out of Body Experience audio by William Bulhman can come in handy.
These audios talk about “target technique,” where you can picture a location that you know well, and hold that focus for as long as possible. If you are successful and manage to fall asleep, your subconscious mind will project you into that location.
- Go to sleep if nothing happens:
In the beginning, you may end up trying and trying but nothing happens. The problem could be that you are not getting relaxed enough, or your mind is too alert. If this happens, and you have waited for more than an hour to have your experience, just forget about it and go to sleep. You can try again another day.
Having already done the practice before attempting the OBE, ensure to pay attention to any images you will see even if it was not a success.
Other important points
- Notice the vibrational state if it happens:
In case you happen to notice any change or shift in your body where it may be vibrating or it may be buzzing with energy, this is where you need to be. It is a magical state. It is a big milestone, and even if you were not actually able to project out, you achieved something huge.
This is explained in great details below.
- Project out by standing, rolling or floating down.
There are many ways you can project out when you reach the vibrational state. While doing your research, you may have seen photos or read stories on the rope or the target techniques. These are all fine, and they worked for someone else. Do not try to replicate someone else’s experience as it may not work.
Project in your own unique way and simply let go. When you reach the vibrational state, do not resist, relax, and keep on letting go. While relaxing, you will notice your body floating either down or up. This is the astral projection.
- Demand, think and declare “clarity now!”
When you start to feel the separation and you are not completely “out” yet, use your conscious thoughts and intentions so say the words “clarity now!” or you can also say “doorway now!” This is a somewhat intermediate step.
These will help make your reality clear, more vibrant and more real.
- Leave the house, do something, fly away!
When you leave your body, things will appear stable, so do something. Go to the front door, open it and walk out. Do not just stay in the room looking at your physical body or around. There are very many things that you can do while projecting, so, do extensive research and try them all.
The vibrational state:
The vibrational state is a moment that lets you know that you can be able to go out of your body. It is the time between sleeping and waking, where your body is asleep, but your subconscious mind is still asleep. It is also called sleep paralysis.
This is probably something you have felt in the past and it is normally associated with lots of fear and hallucinations – scary ones. You may even have night terrors. Now, night terrors have a close relationship with OBE’s, lucid dreams and astral projections.
This refers to what you are paying attention to. Are you concerned with what is happening around you? Are you centered, aware and present? The more mindful you are of what is around you, the easier it will be for you to have an out of body experience.
Practice meditation often if not daily, and make use of the lucid dream’s reality checks throughout the day. Keep asking yourself constantly “am I awake?” and “I’m I dreaming now?”
How to recall your out of body experience
While learning how to astral project, you need to also learn how to remember the experience after it happens. This usually does not require too much information or training, because when you are outside your body, everything you will experience shall be captured by your “extra-physical brain.”
The extra-physical brain or what is commonly known as parabrain is found in your Astra body or psychoma. Because of this, when you go back to your physical body, you shall be able to transfer all of the information in the parabrain on to the physical brain and be able to remember everything that happened when you had let go. This is the essence of the recalling process.
Now, there are however a few things you can do prior to your projection that can help you recall easily.
- Self-suggestion: This is a technique you can employ before your OBE experience. It is a recall process where you repeat a certain phrase to yourself several times. 5-10 times is usually effective enough, and also saying it out loud, or doing it after you have achieved relaxation can also help you.
- Repeat people’s names and places you visit; During your Astral experience, you can tell yourself that you shall remember the people and places you have seen when you wake up. When you get back to your physical body, your own decision to remember shall be able to help you with a more controlled reconnection and the overall transfer of information to your physical body.
- Wake up slowly: Whether this is achievable or not is simply a matter of practice. As with most things OBE, practice makes perfect, so try practicing how to wake up slowly. This ensures that you keep your attention to the recall process and helps you have a more controlled reconnection and the transfer of information.
If you wake up quickly and abruptly after the alarm goes off, and immediately move to switch off the alarm, your chances of recalling are greatly reduced.
- Slow reconnection process: For this to happen, choose alarms that go through a process of waking you up, e.g. where the volume increases slowly, or a song progresses slowly, so you can have time to ask yourself if you can recall anything from the period that your body was asleep.
All this may seem easier said than done, but there are actual people who have been able to have out-of-body experiences and come back to tell all about it. The key here is to keep practicing, experiment with different techniques and do not try too hard.
Trying too hard makes it hard to relax, and without relaxing, you cannot have a mind-blowing OBE. Keep letting go, and keep relaxing. Do not hold tight to just one method. If it is not working after a couple of tries, it is okay to try something else.
Do not forget to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. The more you try, the better you get at it.
I hope that your mind is now more open to Astral Projection than it was at the beginning of this guide.
Being open-minded will go a long way in helping you achieve an astral experience. Good luck, and I hope you shall be able to tell your friends and family how the experience was for you.