To trigger the projection of the Astral
body, while fully conscious, there are four major requirements:
1. Relaxing your body 100% while
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
Below are exercises that
will teach how to relax the body, concentrate, clear the mind, raise
energy, stimulate the chakras and enter the trance state.
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.
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
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.
With practise the start of these
distracting thoughts will get shorter and shorter until you get:
"Who's that, what's happening?" becomes: "Who's th............"
"Who's coming in, or going out?" becomes: "Who's
" 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 my concentration.
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
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
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
Note: Once you get
the heavy feeling, stop the mental falling exercise.
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 Plexus.
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
How can you tell if you
are entering a deep trance? There are four very noticeable symptoms:
Note: These four
things, ALL TOGETHER, signify you are entering a deep trance.
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.
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.
Your mind is extremely powerful and has vast untapped resources. It can
do ANYTHING, no limits, if it is trained, conditioned and properly
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 body.
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,
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.
practise can be done lying down, but is best done in a comfortable arm
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 physical.
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.
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
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