ROPE is a very effective projection technique, but it still has to be
learned to be effective. I would like to elaborate on a couple of
points about the technique, inspired by the feedback I have received so
1. There is NO visualization required - AT ALL - in the ROPE
technique. It is ALL tactile imaging. This means you do NOT have
to picture yourself doing it.
I.E. To climb ROPE, the correct mental action is to REHEARSE the
climbing action in your mind.
* This mental rehearsal - IS - the ROPE technique *
2. You need to * mentally * grit your teeth and strain with the action,
i.e., you have to put maximum mental effort into it, as if you were
really climbing a ROPE, but without allowing your muscles to take
part in it - this is ALL mental. Your body must not be allowed to
respond. You also need to feel you are very strong, full of energy
and could climb like this all night.
3. You will find that a certain way of holding the focus of your mind,
while you climb, will exert more pressure on your astral body than
another. It is VERY important you note what this is and learn how
to apply it. This will tune your climbing action for the maximum
effect. When you hit on the right mental focus for the action, you
will feel a corresponding dizzy/falling sensation in your Solar Plexus.
4. To use ROPE successfully, it is extremely important to make a firm
decision to DO IT. This commitment is VERY important to success.
A DO OR DIE effort is needed. This focuses all your mental energy
into a single point, for a single purpose - to exit your body.
5. Many people have emailed me with ROPE success stories. In every
case - they have been practising ROPE when they suddenly decided
to give it a go - TO REALLY DO IT! This commitment to succeed
means the difference between actually getting out - OOBE - and
experiencing various levels of ROPE induced relaxation, trance,
paralysis, chakra activity etc. I cannot stress enough the
importance of this commitment to the success of ROPE induced
6. While using ROPE, completely IGNORE ALL PHYSICAL SENSATION AND
ANY NOISES YOU HEAR. If you react to a sensation, in any way, you
will lose the focus of your mental energy and dilute your effort
All the energy/chakra work and other exercises in parts 3 and 4, are
designed to stimulate the flow of energy in your body and increase
concentration, will power and mental control. By increasing the energy
flow during a projection and controlling your mind better, your
duration in real time is increased. It is also easier to exit.
You CAN skip all the exercises entirely and just concentrate on
learning ROPE. Everyone has different levels of skill, natural ability
and energy flow. Some people need lots of training in order to OOBE,
others do not. Some people will prefer to learn ROPE by DOING it,
rather than training for it. If your goal is just to have a conscious
OOBE, of any kind, the simple use of ROPE, below, is your best option.
SIMPLE USE OF ROPE
Some people have the impression ROPE is too complicated. This was
possibly because by the detailed explanation I gave about the mechanics
of ROPE in part 5, i.e., HOW it works.
ROPE is THE simplest projection technique to date. All that is needed
to use ROPE in its simplest form, are these two steps:
1. Go to bed, or sit in your chair, relax and settle yourself down, as
you normally would do before going to sleep.
2. Start climbing the ROPE.
* This is all there is to the simple use of ROPE *
As there are no time consuming exercises or complicated relaxation
exercises involved, the simple use of ROPE has many advantages. It
allows you to focus all your mental resources on it. In many cases
this is all that is needed to give you your first conscious OOBE.
Because the simple use of ROPE is less complex, you will find yourself
attempting projection more often, even when you are tired - one of the
best times to try - and cannot be bothered with anything complicated.
The increased frequency of your projection attempts gives you more
practise with ROPE and hence the technique will be mastered sooner.
LUCID DREAM BACKUP
I have had a great many reports of vivid dreams and heightened lucid
dream activity (L.D.) from people doing the energy/chakra training
exercises. This is happening far too frequently for it to be
The energy/chakra work increases the level of energy flowing into the
energy body and heightens awareness and memory of the dream and OOBE
state. It is a shame to waste all this energy on uncontrolled dreams,
so I suggest L.D. be used as a secondary goal. This will give you OOBE
experience earlier, in the form of L.D., and help keep your interest
high until you learn how to do the conscious exit.
To become Lucid in dream you need to program yourself with a trigger to
make you realize when you are dreaming, in order to take control over
it, i.e., become lucid. The best way of doing this is by getting into
the habit of doing frequent reality checks during your daily life.
A reality check is when you stop what you are doing and check the reality level
of your situation. This is simple to do. Every time you do a reality check. Ask
1. Is this a normal situation, is there anything strange about it?
2. Can I fly? Try floating up in the air.
3. Try closing your eyes. This is a dead giveaway as you cannot close
your eyes in astral form.
Note: This reality checking must become habitual to be effective.
When you do a reality check during a dream, you will realize you are
dreaming and can take control of it. It is then important to affirm to
yourself you are going to remember everything. Tell yourself over and
over, " I will remember this when I wake up."
Lucid Dreaming Trigger
The key to success with reality checks is to have a good trigger for it. This
should be something you would normally do many times a day. This can be any kind
of habitual action, but here are a few ideas:
1. Time: Every time you look at your watch, do a reality check. An
electronic watch is a good aid. Set the timer to beep hourly.
When it beeps, do a reality check.
* A wrist watch, beeping hourly, is the most effective *
2. Hands: Every time you notice your hands, do a reality check.
3. Smoking: If you smoke, every time you have a cigarette, do a
reality check. You will usually find yourself reaching for a
cigarette during the course of a dream, if you are a habitual
Note: It takes time to make your trigger habitual, usually a few
weeks. It also helps to do a few affirmations before you go
to sleep, e.g., "I will remember to look at my watch"
When you become aware in a dream, L.D., you should already be in a
communal dream pool. If you want to try changing this to a real time
projection, try and become aware of your physical body. If you can
sense it, you may be able to return to a time location near it. This
is difficult, though, and may end the experience completely, i.e.,
forcing a return to the waking state.
I suggest you enjoy the L.D. for what it is. Communal dream pools are
very colourful places and usually lots of fun. You will see all kinds
of weird and wonderful things there and have all kinds of adventures.
Note: To improve your memory of the L.D. don't forget to remind
yourself constantly during the L.D., to remember it all.
Changing Your Reality Location
If you don't like the dream pool you are in, or are in a real time OOBE
and want to enter a dream pool, here are a couple of ways to do it:
1. Look closely at your hands and watch them melt. (This is worth
doing just to see the melting hands phenomenon).
2. Spin around until you become disoriented.
3. Visualize a place you would like to be. (Instantaneous travel).
This will usually move you to a dream pool similar to your
visualized target destination.
4. Fly straight up, as fast as you can. If this fails to shift your
reality location, at least you will experience space flight.
5. Fly away fast, close to the surface, until you find a place you
like. The blurring of speed will cause a reality shift.
6. Walk into a mirror, picture or painting. This is the same as VRP
(virtual reality projection).
These techniques all trick the subconscious, through disorientation,
into moving you to another reality location.
THE ASTRAL FORM IN MOTION
Many people have motion problems in their first few projections.
Simply getting across a room in the right direction, can be a major
accomplishment. This lack of control is simply because they are
unfamiliar with astral form. It is like being in zero gravity. You
have to learn to move all over again. When you project in real time,
you are just a point of consciousness with a poorly constructed etheric
shell surrounding it. Motion is provided by thought - not muscles.
There is a type of momentum in astral form that causes most of the
problems. This causes you to continue moving for a while, after you
decide to stop. This may take you through a wall or a ceiling etc.
This impetus is caused by the thought you used to cause the motion. If
it is too strong, or too prolonged for the action, you will move too
quickly or too far. Only practise teaches you how to get about with
any degree of accuracy and grace.
It really is quite a comical process, learning astral motion. I
remember learning to move about my home town, in my youth. I would
start by trying to navigate through my house, usually ending up stuck
in the roof, for a while. Then I would run down the road, trying to
build up speed and take off like a plane. I would get airborne for a
while, but could never quite clear the roof tops of the surrounding
houses. I would often float unintentionally into strange houses,
blundering about like a drunk in zero G. I seemed to be endlessly
apologizing to all these strangers in passing, as I floated in and out
of their houses.
How To Move
To move about in astral form, simply - DO IT. Do not think about what
you are doing, just DO IT. Be aware that motion is provided by your
mind. You have to will yourself into motion, to change direction, and
to stop. This is the best advice I can give you on this. It really
has to be learned by doing. Have fun.
When you have learned basic motion, do not try anything too ambitious
for a while. Stick close to the surface and learn to get around your
local area first. Practise varying your speed until you gain some
control over it.
Learning To Fly
Learn to fly the same way as you learned to move, by using your mind.
At first you may find something very much like gravity affecting you.
You may get yourself into the air only to find yourself slowly arcing
back to earth again. If you persevere you'll find yourself moving in a
series of short flight hops. This is caused partly by habit and partly
by the basic motion problem in general. You sink back to earth when
your motion causing mental action falters. This causes your flight
impetus to stop and the gravity habit then pulls you down.
You may find yourself, as I did, trying to fly by running down the
road and leaping into the air. This is not necessary. Focus your will
into floating up into the air. Then use your will to provide motion,
same as with basic motion. There is NO gravity affecting you in astral
form. Convince yourself of this and you will be flying in no time.
The three speeds as defined by, S. Muldoon, and commonly accepted, are
a basic guide only. These are:
1. Walking speed.
2. Motor car speed.
3. Instantaneous travel.
I think these three speeds were a sign of the times back then. These
would have been the only types of speed known to most people. Today,
movies, computer games and air travel have thoroughly prepared our
minds to accept much higher speeds.
With practise and good mental control, you CAN vary your speed to your
purpose, from walking speed to supersonic speed. This is a big problem
for the beginner though, the control of direction and speed. It has a
lot to do with how stable the projection is and how experienced you are
at applying your will to motion.
It is generally accepted that if you can visualize a destination you
can project yourself there instantly, at the speed of thought.
* I have found this to be highly unreliable *
I find this instantaneous method usually projects you straight into a
subjective location created by the visualization of your target. You
may appear to be at your destination but you will usually find many
discrepancies between the real location and where you are.
Instantaneous travel is very like VRP. By using your visualization
powers to travel with, you will not actually travel. You will create a
subjective copy of a destination and enter it.
Long Distance Travel
I have found it more reliable to follow the surface for short to medium
distance projection of up to a few hundred miles. Even this can be
difficult as it is easy to fall into the Alice effect while travelling.
All you have to do is break concentration once and you will slip into a
dream pool. Strict mental control must be maintained at all times when
travelling in real time.
It is not really practical to follow the surface for a long distance.
For example, a country on the other side of the world from you is 12000
miles away. You would need to travel at about 64 times the speed of
sound to reach there in 15 minutes. At this speed in the atmosphere,
everything blurs and clouds and surface features cause disorientation
and a corresponding reality shift. Any real time objective aspect of
the projection will then be lost.
Note: Newbie projectors can normally hold themselves in real time for
only a few minutes. Therefore, any long distance travel is
limited by the real time part of a projection.
To travel long distance you need to study geography. You have to be
able to recognize continents, oceans, countries, states and cities.
You also need to study a map of your target area and note any
landmarks. To project there, after this is memorized, you must go into
orbit and reenter over your target. As you approach the earth you must
adjust your approach and aim for the geological features and landmarks
around your destination.
Orbiting the Earth
To enter orbit is a little more difficult than it sounds. Getting up
there is easy, you just go straight up, but stopping when you get high
enough is difficult. Most people, myself included, tend to blast
themselves straight out of the solar system, sometimes right out of the
galaxy. To avoid this, it is important to control your speed during
It is easier to project to the moon first, as a way of entering orbit.
This gives you a large visual target you can project to in moments.
Once there, it is a simple matter to head back to Earth, enter orbit,
and circle until you are above your target. In space, away from the
atmosphere, there are no problems with speed induced blurring.
How Far Can You Go?
There are * NO * limits to distance, destination or speed. You can
travel to the most distant galaxy. The speed of thought is infinite.
It is like folding space and moving without moving. If you can see
something, you can be there....as quick as that. In comparison, the
speed of light is that of a snail. I often go out into deep space,
where the galaxies are just tiny smudges in the distance, to think and
meditate. That is easy, but the trick is getting back for a conscious
reentry. Unless you have a good knowledge of astronomy, which I do
not, this is difficult. Following the silver cord, if you can see one,
is not practical at that kind of speed, though it will give you a basic
direction to go in.
To return from a long distance projection, tune into your body and
become aware of it. Then try moving part of your physical body, i.e.,
a finger or toe. This will return you to your body, and end the
projection with full memories of the OOBE.
There is a strange phenomenon you will come across, from time to time,
while you are projecting. I call this "Future Wind."
You will be OOBE'ing somewhere, minding your own business, when all of
a sudden you will feel an irresistible force. You will feel yourself
being moved against your will, usually backwards, by this force. You
can fight it for a while but it will grow steadily stronger until you
are blown away; over the roof tops, up into the sky and....into the
Then, after a while, you will come down in a different place....and
time. Often it will be somewhere mundane, maybe a domestic setting of
some sort. You will be released there and left to wander about...
confused. You may even meet people you do not know, yet, and they will
be just as confused as you are.
This may be an actual scene out of your future life, it may be a
symbolic vision, or a mixture of both. You may be an invisible
spectator to this scene, or you may merge with your future self, and
see out of your future eyes for a while.
This can also be a scene of an important future event. It could be a
disaster, natural or otherwise, or something unusual or exciting on the
world scene. These type of events usually have a lot of energy
surrounding them, and this may be part of the reason for the vision.
The only explanations I can give for this are:
1. The intervention of your higher self: For some reason it decides
that now is the time to show you something from your future.
2. Clairvoyant interference: Your Brow chakra has become
clairvoyantly active and has tuned into a future setting. Your
point of consciousness is caught up by this vision and projected
into the vision.
3. A combination of both of the above - this is the most logical.
There is another aspect of this wind that is very similar to the above
but the vision you experience is symbolic, or has a symbolic aspect,
rather than an actual future event or scene.
Note: I would like to warn you about the symbolic aspect of visions.
If you don't understand the nature of symbolism it can cause
great harm to your life. This warning applies to all
clairvoyant visions in general, whether experienced in astral
form or not.
For example: You are taken, by a future wind, to a scene in which you
see yourself winning a lot of money. You are sitting at a table
checking your lottery ticket with the results. You see the prize money
is $18 million. You check your numbers, or ticket, and find you have
the winning ticket. You feel all the excitement, the surge of
adrenalin, dreams of wealth come flooding into you and your heart races
After this vision, you start buying lots of tickets. You also start to
make decisions that affect your life with a "When the money comes
through" type of attitude. This can cause irreparable damage to your
life! You lose your drive, your initiative, your ambition, i.e., you
stop trying. This imparts a "Cargo Cult" type of belief system on you,
a belief that everything will be given to you - with all the negative
aspects this primitive belief system has.
This can cause you to mark time in your life, instead of living it to
* What you may have missed, from the symbolism of the above vision is:
The amount of money may be unusual for that lottery draw. $18 million
is an odd amount of money and may be a rare event. This is what I call
a SIGN POST - a date stamp of a future event. This means that when
your local lottery has a prize of the above amount, something important
is going to happen in your life or in the world around you.
If you know how symbolism works, during the vision you would have been
able to pick up more information about this coming event. The setting,
the symbols, the connections to you, the action and the sequence of
events in it, are all important aspects of its meaning.
Misunderstanding a vision can ruin your life. Only experience and the
intelligent application of logic can teach you how to interpret a
symbolic vision. Until you have this experience, it is best to treat
any sort of vision with caution.
Some possible reasons for a symbolic vision are:
1. You are being given a warning or guidance by your higher
2. You are being given proof there is a future, a destiny, a
a purpose to your life.
3. The sign post of this vision may mark a good or bad event
4. You may actually win the lottery. Personally, I would
sure I had a ticket in the draw, just in case,
but I would not
depend on it.
Future Wind Example
I left my body and was moving about my home, getting my sea legs.
Suddenly, a force moved me across the room. I tried to fight it but it
grew stronger until I was blown out of the house and up into the night
sky. A short time later I was brought down again, outside my home. I
was just left standing there in the middle of the road. In front of me
stood a refrigerator. It was just sitting there in the road with its
door open. I examined it and could tell it was not working. Behind it
was a massive red brick wall, 40 feet high and twice as wide. There
are no REAL brick walls in this street. Then I noticed my wife was
standing beside me. I turned and said hello to her. She just said
goodbye, very coldly, then turned and walked away. Perplexed, I
watched her walk away. Oddly, instead of walking to our home, she
walked away from it and off into the distance.
Being experienced with the symbolism and nature of visions I knew what
this foretold, the end of my marriage. I could not understand it as we
were only recently married and very happy together.
To decipher a symbolic vision it is necessary to analyse it and break
it down into its parts.
The six significant aspects of this vision are:
1. The sign post... (the date stamp of the event)
* The refrigerator that did not work.
2. The connections... (something, or someone, in the vision that
connects the events to me).
* 1. My wife. 2. It was outside my home. 3. I was there as me.
3. The symbol... (the basic nature of the coming event)
* The large brick wall. This symbolizes a barrier or an end to
something. This was the only actual symbol in the vision, but
other parts of it were by nature or action - symbolic.
4. The symbolic action... (this signifies the meaning of the vision)
* My wife's cold goodbye.
5. The symbolic modifiers... (these modify the symbol or, in this
case, the symbolic action in the vision).
* 1. My wife departed in a direction away from our home. 2. She
walked away until she disappeared from view.
6. The sequence of events.
* 1. The broken fridge. 2. The large brick wall. 3. My wife's
OR: When I saw the broken fridge (sign post) I saw the brick
wall (symbol) and my wife (connection) said goodbye and left
(symbolic action) in a direction away from our home, until she
disappeared (symbolic modifiers)
The timing and sequence of a vision is important to unravelling its
meaning. It is important to break a symbolic vision into its 5 basic
parts and to note this in your journal, while it is still fresh in your
Note: There may be more than one modifier to each part of a vision.
A year after I had the above vision, we moved to another town. The day
we moved, we had to borrow a refrigerator from a relative. Ours had
broken down and was in for repairs. The borrowed fridge did not work
either. After our's was repaired, this other fridge sat on our porch
for two and a half years, waiting to be collected. I remembered the
vision clearly, and knew this fridge was the date stamp of an upcoming
event. I also knew what the event was, but honestly could not see it
happening. One day, though, they came and collected this fridge. A
week later my marriage ended. Suddenly, permanently, and for no
Looking at it in hind sight, it is crystal clear what the vision meant.
It was as simple as it was accurate. Most symbolic visions are this
simple. Be very careful not to read too much into vision otherwise the
true message in the vision will be obscured.
Always break a vision down into its parts.
Ask of each part:
1. "What is it in itself?"
2. "What does it do?"
3. "What is its simplest, most basic, symbolic meaning?"
Write these answers down and then apply common sense and logic to them.
This will give you insight into the true meaning of the vision.
Mirrors, historically, are magical devices used as doorways to other
worlds. There are also numerous superstitions and old wives tales
concerning their effect on the recently departed. After a person had
died, all mirrors in their home were covered. This was so they could
not see their lack of a reflection and be shocked. Another reason for
this was to prevent them from being accidentally trapped in a mirror.
There is some logic to this if you look at the mechanics of projection.
Death, in the early stages, is very much like a powerful real time
projection. The biggest difference being the lack of a living body to
Spirits are normally held close to the physical dimension, in real
time, for a week or so after death. This is until the supply of
etheric matter that binds the spirit to its physical body runs out.
During this time it is normal for the spirit to wander among relatives
and loved ones, saying goodbye and coming to terms with their new state
of existence. This goodbye process, eases the psychological trauma of
death, and helps prepare the spirit for the next stage of existence.
What can happen with mirrors, is this: A new spirit can inadvertently
enter a mirror. If this happens, they enter a mirror world in the same
way a projector enters a picture through VRP. Once in a mirror world
they usually do not know where they are, or how to get out of it, and
can be stuck there for the duration of their real time stay. This will
not interfere with the journey of the soul. It will just cause
confusion for a few days until it enters the next stage of existence.
This can though, make their last days near the physical world very
confusing and interfere in the natural goodbye process.
This, I believe, is where the old superstitions came from. Therefore,
in the light of my understanding of projection and the death process, I
think the covering of mirrors after a death is a VERY good idea, for
the benefit of the deceased. This is best done for two weeks, to be
A Better Goodbye
It is possible to communicate with a recently departed spirit during
its real time, post death wandering. This can be done by leaving a
letter, uncovered, for the spirit to read. They can also hear you, so
talking to them is also effective. I think a good practise would be to
have goodbye letters, from all the people that loved the deceased,
stuck to the wall in the spirit's old room. Leave the letters open,
with all pages clearly in view, to make reading easier.