To trigger the projection of the Astral body, while fully conscious,
there are four major requirements:
1. Relaxing your body 100% while staying awake.
2. Concentrating 100% on what you are doing.
3. Having enough energy available.
4. Pressuring the astral body to separate.
Together, these four things will trigger an OOBE.
Below are exercises that will teach how to relax the body, concentrate,
clear the mind, raise energy, stimulate the chakras and enter the
CALMING THE MIND
You must learn and master, a full body relaxation exercise. If you
know one already it can be adapted to suit. Here is a very simple one:
Sit, or lie down, and relax. Starting with the feet, tense and relax
them. Continue this with calves, thighs, hips, stomach, chest, arms,
neck and face until your whole body is deeply relaxed. Go over this a
few times, making sure your muscles stay relaxed.
Note: Deep physical relaxation is the key to bringing on the trance
state, i.e., deep relaxation CAUSES the trance state. Once you are in
the trance state, projection on the astral body is relatively easy.
When you begin meditation, you will be plagued with thoughts from your
surface mind, which acts like a huge Memo pad. It carries messages,
reminders, pressing thoughts, problems to solve, unresolved issues etc.
It is constantly busy, it NEVER rests, thoughts, thoughts, thoughts,
one after the other, all clamouring for attention.
Before you attempt to clear your mind, with the breath awareness
exercise below, it is wise to deal with these surface thoughts by the
act of contemplating them. Sit comfortably, do the relaxation exercise
and think, nothing more, just think. Search out the strongest thoughts
in your mind and examine them, try to resolve and understand them.
Note the word: THINKING. Contemplation does not involve clearing the
mind, or visualization. It requires you to THINK, deeply and
thoroughly, about something, to gain a deeper understanding of its
nature and how it relates to you, an insight.
Breath Awareness Meditation
This is a simple form of meditation. It will clear your mind and focus
Sit or lie down, close your eyes, do the relaxation exercise and clear
your mind. Breathe deeply and slowly and focus on the breath entering
and leaving your body. Feel it coming in and feel it going out. Focus
your whole attention on your lungs and the breathing process. This
simple action is enough to occupy your surface mind. Firmly push
intruding thoughts away, as they begin, before they can gather strength
and distract you.
Breath awareness occupies the surface mind and allows you to think on a
much deeper level.
Sounds are very distracting, they generate surface thoughts. A car
horn will generate: "Who's that, what's happening?" A door opening
will generate: "Who's coming in or going out?" The surface mind is
always very curious about what is happening around you. It wants to
know all, and it wants to inform you of every little thing going on
around you. It will pressure you to open your eyes, get up and go find
out what's happening.
Don't allow this to happen. USE these annoying, attention getting
thoughts as a training aide. By learning to quash and ignore them,
your powers of concentration will grow.
Stop these annoying little thoughts as they begin, before they can take
root and grow into something stronger.
"Who's that, what's happening?" becomes: "Who's th............"
"Who's coming in, or going out?" becomes: "Who's co............"
With practise the start of these distracting thoughts will get shorter
and shorter until you get:
" Wh....?........?.........." and " W...?................... "
Many people say they can't clear their mind as they are too easily
distracted by all the small noises that surround them, in normal day to
day activity. DON'T use music or other sounds to blanket these out,
USE them for training. It's like weight lifting, if you train with
feather dusters your strength will not increase. You need to master
this, the hard way, if you want to give your mind real muscle.
Slowly but surely you will master the ability to clear your mind. Once
accomplished, you will have gained a valuable mental tool. You will
be able to concentrate 100% of your attention, on one task, to the
TOTAL exclusion of everything else.
I sometimes meditate, in the trance state, successfully, in a noisy,
crowded room with little children crawling all over me. NOTHING breaks
You must be able to concentrate and focus completely on what you are doing. Lack
of concentration is the single, biggest cause of projection failure. It affects
every aspect of projection, from the relaxation exercise, to the trance state
and actual projection.
To test your ability to concentrate: Sit and relax. Close your eyes
and clear your mind of ALL thought. Breath slowly and deeply and count
each breath, at the end of each exhale. Hold it totally BLANK, apart
from the counting, for as long as you can. See how long you can hold
it like this. Be honest with yourself, every time a thought intrudes
start counting from the beginning again.
You are doing well if can do this for longer than ten breaths. Ten
breaths is, however, not long enough. Don't worry though, this can be
improved on with the exercises below.
Concentration Exercise (1)
After image retention: Relax, calm your mind, and look at a candle or
a light bulb. Place this light in front of you, a couple of feet away,
and stare fixedly at it for a minute or two. Close your eyes and
concentrate on the after image this will generate behind your closed
eyelids. Try and keep sight of it for as long as possible. Use breath
awareness to keep the mind clear, while you are doing this. Try and
make the after image grow, instead of fading away.
Concentration Exercise (2)
One point stare: Pick a spot on a wall and gaze at it. Don't focus on
it, just gaze at it gently. Clear your mind of ALL thoughts and
forcibly hold it blank. Concentrate HARD, on breath awareness while
you are doing this. When you feel a thought beginning, push it away,
don't let it finish! Hold this for as long as you can. Do this
several times a day, or more if you can.
Concentration Exercise (3)
Energy breathing: Sit and relax. Close your eyes and clear your mind.
Do the breath awareness exercise and imagine the air you are breathing
IN is brightly coloured energy of your favourite colour. Imagine the
air you are breathing OUT is a murky Grey, full of toxic waste. This
is a purification exercise. It stimulates your chakras into absorbing
energy on the inhale and getting rid of negative energy on the exhale.
Note: Try your best not to tense up while you are doing these
concentration exercises, it is ALL mental. In the beginning, it may
feel as if you have to tense your mind into a tight ball to stop it
thinking, but in time you will find the opposite to be true. When you
get used to it, clearing the mind is VERY relaxing.
The Trance State
When you have attained a deep level of relaxation and mental calmness,
you will feel your body begin to get very, very heavy. This heaviness
is the main symptom of your brain waves changing from the Beta to the
Alpha level as you enter a trance. The trance state is caused by deep
physical and mental relaxation. There is nothing weird or supernatural
about it. It simply means your body has entered the sleep state while
your conscious mind is fully awake.
How to Enter a Trance
Do the relaxation exercise and calm your mind through breath awareness.
Imagine you are climbing down a ladder in the dark. Don't visualize a
ladder, just imagine you can feel yourself doing it. On the exhale,
feel yourself climbing a step or two down the ladder with your
imaginary Hands (outlined below). On the inhale, feel yourself holding
still on the ladder. What is needed is a mental falling effect inside
your mind. This changes the level of brain wave activity from the
awake level (Beta) to the asleep level (Alpha) or the deep sleep level
(Theta). Once your level of brain wave activity reaches Alpha you will
enter a trance. Keep doing this for as long as it takes. The time it
takes to enter trance will vary, depending on your experience with deep
relaxation and mental calmness.
Note: Once you get the heavy feeling, stop the mental falling
If you don't like the ladder, imagine you are in a lift, feel yourself
falling on the exhale and holding on the inhale. Or, Imagine you are a
feather, feel yourself floating down on the exhale and holding still on
the inhale. As I stated above, you need a mental falling effect to
lower your level of brain wave activity. This mental falling effect,
when combined with deep relaxation and mental calmness, will cause you
to enter the trance state. Feel free to use any scenario you are
familiar with to bring about this going deeper feeling.
A trance feels like: Everything gets quieter and you feel like you are
in a much bigger place. There is a very slight humming feeling in your
body. Everything feels different. It feels a bit like putting a
cardboard box over your head in the dark, you can feel the atmosphere
change. It's like everything goes fuzzy or slightly blurred. Any
sharp noises, while in trance, feel like a physical blow to the Solar
The level of trance you achieve depends greatly on your relaxation,
concentration skills and will power. To enter a deeper trance, i.e.,
Theta level and beyond, you have to concentrate much more and for much
longer, on the mental falling sensation aided by breath awareness. The
first level of trance, i.e., when you get very heavy, is quite deep
enough for projection. I strongly advise against forcing yourself
deeper than a light trance, until you have plenty of experience with
the trance state.
How can you tell if you are entering a deep trance? There are four
very noticeable symptoms:
1. An uncomfortable feeling of cold that doesn't make you shiver,
coupled with a steady loss of body heat.
2. Mentally, you will feel very odd and everything will feel extremely
slooooow. Your thought processes will slow down as if you had been
given a strong pain killing injection.
3. You will feel disassociated from your body, i.e., a strong floating
sensation and everything will seem far away.
4. Total physical Paralysis.
Note: These four things, ALL TOGETHER, signify you are entering a deep
Do not mistake the mild floating sensation you sometimes get with light
trance, i.e., as you astral body comes loose. Or the slight loss of
body heat from sitting still for a long time and the mild paralysis,
i.e., the heaviness, for a deep trance. The sensation of deep trance
is quite uncomfortable and unmistakable for what it is.
It is very difficult to get into the deep trance state, as you need
highly developed relaxation, concentration and trance state skills plus
lots and lots of will power and mental energy. You will not
accidentally fall into it.
If you are worried you are going too deep, remember this:
You CAN pull yourself out of it at any time. Concentrate ALL your will
on moving your fingers or toes. Once you can move a finger or toe,
flex your hands, move your arms, shake your head, i.e., reanimate your
body; and get up and walk around for a few minutes. Falling into a
deep trance should not be a problem with these exercises.
I have seen many people in meditation groups etc, enter a light trance
and not be able to pull themselves out of it, i.e., they float away
with the faeries. Usually some kind person will talk them out of it or
massage their wrists etc to get them to come back to reality. This is
unnecessary and is the result of lop-sided training, i.e., no
concentration or will power training. The person only THINKS they
cannot come back and therefore does not try very hard. It is also a
good way of getting attention from the group.
Note: Your mind is extremely powerful and has vast untapped resources.
It can do ANYTHING, no limits, if it is trained, conditioned and
Energy Body Expansion
At some point after entering the trance state, you will feel a mild
paralysis come over you. This will soon be accompanied by a deepening
vibration and a buzzing feeling all over. You may also feel like you
are huge and swollen. The paralysis, vibrations and the huge feeling
are symptoms of the energy body expanding and the astral body
loosening. This is part of the normal sleep process. The energy body
expands and opens in order to accumulate and store energy. During
this, the astral body drifts free, slightly out phase with the physical
Many people blow their projection simply because they are not used to
the trance state. They think it is a briefly opened window into the
Astral dimension. This is simply NOT true. If you stay mentally and
physically calm when you enter the trance state, you can maintain it
for hours. I regularly spend several hours at a time in the trance
state, during meditation.
If, when you enter trance, you think: "Yes! I've done it!...I'm in a
trance! Gotta hurry and get out quick...before it stops!" You'll blow
it for sure! The trance will be ended by the simple act of getting
over excited, i.e., breaking relaxation and mental calmness.
It's a good idea to spend time in the trance state, just getting used
to it, before you try and project. Just relax, stay calm, focus on
breath awareness, and hold the trance. It won't end until you want it
to. Get used to how it feels.
When you are comfortable doing this, do the energy raising and chakra
stimulation exercises, below, in trance.
Note: You do not HAVE to be in a trance to learn energy and chakra
work, it just works better in trance.
Note: Trance practise can be done lying down, but is best done in a
comfortable arm chair.
Your astral body will be loose in the trance state, so try lifting your
astral arms and legs out, one at a time. Use your HANDS to do this, as
shown in the next section. Focus and FEEL your awareness in an arm and
slowly lift it free of your body. You may feel a slight tickling or
localized dizziness inside your arm or leg, as you do this. Lift your
astral arm up and look at it, with your eyes closed, but DON'T move a
muscle. In this state you should be able to see it through your closed
eyelids, but don't worry if you can't, this will come later.
Lifting your astral arms free is good practise for projection. Later,
you will use these astral arms to pull your astral body free of the
Tactile imaging is a perception or FEELING of localized bodily
Your hands are very closely linked to your bodily awareness. They are
intimately aware of every part of your body. Imaginary HANDS, outlined
below, is only an extension of this (hand to body) awareness. When you
are asked to feel your awareness, in any part of your body, PRETEND
your hands, your real hands, are going to touch that area of your body.
Then use the awareness this generates in that area to imagine your
imaginary HANDS are there.
Keep your eyes closed and hold your hands out a foot or so in front of
your face. Concentrate, FEEL where they are and try and SEE them
through the blackness behind your closed eyes. Cross your wrists,
slowly move them about, turn your hands over, open and close your
fingers. Look hard, concentrate, as if you were trying to see in the
dark, and you will see a faint moving shadow in your minds eye, where
your hands and arms are.
Close your eyes and touch the tip of your nose with the index finger of
your right hand. You'll find you can accurately put that finger on any
part of your body with your eyes closed. Try it, put your hand, your
real hand, on different parts of your body like this. You know exactly
where your hands are at all times, you can sense and feel where they
are. If you observe what is happening in your mind, while you are
doing this, you will notice you become aware of the part of your body
you are going to touch, the instant you make the decision to touch it.
Go over your whole body like this, getting used to the sensation of
awareness it generates in different areas of your body.
What is happening is this: Part of your mind is shifting into, and
HIGHLIGHTING, the area you are going to touch, in order to guide your
hand to the exact spot. Your mind shifts part of its awareness to this
spot and acts like a homing beacon for your hand.
The ability to shift your awareness into different parts of your body
like this is VITAL to energy work and this projection method.
Note: You do not have to actually visualize these HANDS, i.e., see or
imagine you can see them. It is ALL tactile, NOT visual. You just
have to be able to pretend to FEEL them doing something, like you are
rehearsing some simple action in your mind.
I originally developed this technique for blind people. Blind people
cannot visualize AT ALL, if they have been blind since birth, but they
do have a very keen sense of bodily awareness. The majority of sighted
people also have great trouble with visualization of any kind, and all
projection techniques depend heavily on visualization. This being the
case, I developed a projection technique that does NOT depend on
visualization to exert pressure on the astral body to separate. It
turned out to be so much easier, and more successful, than the other
visualization based techniques, that I discarded them in favour of this
simple tactile method.
Note: Blind people are not blind in astral form. The astral body does
not have any organs as such, it is a point of consciousness only. The
astral body you are aware of while projecting is provided courtesy of
the subconscious minds creative ability.