Ian Parkin is the author of this post.
Who else wants to learn how to project their physical bodies into the astral realm? If you want to master conscious willed astral travel, you can start by exploring the following free astral projection techniques consisting of the 3Ps: Preparation, Practice, and Projection.
With these easy techniques you will soon be experiencing your the spiritual practice of astral projection.
Make an intention to be an astral projector. Understand it takes as long as it takes to master this altered state of perception for the first time. Keep an open mind - it could take weeks, months, years, or it could happen for you right out of the starting gate.
The first step is to start a journal for your astral adventures. Other terms of astral projection are out-of-body experience (OBE) and near-death experience (NDE) Record any OBE dreams you experience (we all travel to the astral world during dreamtime). The jolt of returning from another dimension to our three-dimensional world (your human body) usually obliterates all except the last few impressions of the dream world.
Dedicate an appropriate space in your home for practice. It must be a quiet place, where you will not be disturbed.
Prepare a regular schedule for your astral projection work.
Gather information on the idea of astral projection – learn the basics of how to astral project and how to perform rhythmic breathing. Read anecdotal evidence of others who have taken astral voyages to get an idea of what you might see or do. There are various levels in the next dimension from the astral to highest levels of the spirit world.
Try to practice each session at the same time, at least an hour after eating. Wear loose clothing. Let go of any fears. Astral projection is natural. It is not dangerous. Our astral bodies are connected to our physical bodies with a silver cord. So, you will not get lost while adventuring in the ether.
Teach your own body to relax, through rhythmic breathing. Concentrate on the different parts of your physical form, one at the time and give each body part permission to relax.
Creatively visualize your astral body outside your physical body. Focus on a spot about three feet away. Visualize your astral self being there. Increase the distance in increments of three feet.
Meditation complements these techniques. A self-hypnosis audio recording is an excellent modality for preparing to have your first out of body experience.
With practice, your energy should start vibrating in a different way. Your heart rate slows, your brain functions in resonance with the astral plane. Keep telling yourself how lovely it would be to float upward into higher dimensions. Imagine a beautiful, peaceful journey as an astral traveler.
During our first OBEs, our astral selves may simply float above our body or visit distant places on the earth plane. Before you take longer journeys, it’s best to gradually get used to the out-of-body feeling.
When you desire to return, think yourself back in your body.
Keep practicing these astral projection techniques!
Is lucid dreaming and astral projection the same thing?
Lucid dream states and astral projection share a lot of spiritual similarities. The form of astral projection is performed in an awake state and lucid dreaming in the sleep state. But the connection is found in the altered mind states of Alpha and Theta. The main difference is astral projectors enter alpha and theta while awake and the lucid dreamers enter alpha and theta while sleeping.
What does astral projection mean?
Astral projection is one of the deeper powers of your mind. Astral travel (or out-of-body-experience, OBE, as it is often referred to) denotes the separation of the etheric body (or soul) and its travel through space and time. An advanced practice, learning how to astral project is not outside of the reach of spiritually sensitive individuals who are aware of the existence of a soul. So, you have an astral body. Your astral body can separate itself from your physical body and travel the material and astral worlds. The best thing to know is that out-of-body experiences are natural and happen more frequently than you realize.
"Is this all there is?" has always been one of the questions puzzling mankind. The truth is, the world around us is not simply made up of physical matter, of objects visible to the eye and tangible to the finger. It goes well beyond that in all the different cultures, as Ancient Greek philosophers, wise men from India, and late Victorian Theosophists all argued.
What dimension is the astral plane?
Based on my own experiences our universe consists of three planes - the physical (the one our bodies and all the tangible reality exist in), the astral (a different plane of the soul, the emotions etc.) and the mental (where thoughts and abstract ideas dwell). By default, the average person only has access to the lowest, physical plane, having but limited consciousness of the other two. With some spiritual work and self-improvement however, all of us can potentially experience a dissociative episode and reach the upper echelons of reality.
Is it easy to project yourself into the astral realms?
Physical, emotional and mental health are key in learning how to astral project as they provide a strong foundation for practicing all the techniques. Balance and moderation in every aspect of one's life never hurt anyone and can only make things easier. Developing clairvoyance and embarking on astral travel has more similarities than one might think, so the general advice applies to both.
The practice of it begins with choosing a quiet and secluded spot where you can lie down comfortably and relax. Deep relaxation of every part of your body (and mind) is essential. The next step involved is reaching an almost hypnotic state by letting the body approach sleep without completely losing human consciousness. This fine balance between wakefulness and sleep is the trigger for all astral projection techniques. Oftentimes, as the astral body prepares to separate from the physical, vibrations are felt throughout. Just as the separation is about to occur, you need to firmly but gently use your mind to control and move your astral frame. Stand up, look around, walk across the room, then try to look back at your physical body. It should be lying where you left it, motionless as if asleep.
Learning how to astral project will, of course, be a bit of a challenge at first, but be persistent. As you get better at it, try to leave the room (in your astral form), go to the next one, examine an object of your choice, remembering every detail. Once you're back in your physical frame and fully conscious, go and check whether your astral perception was correct. This way you will make sure that you are really having an OBE and not living a mere fantasy.
Is astral projection safe?
There is no reason to fear astral projection. Go on and explore further. The silver cord (which you can think of as your astral umbilical cord) is firmly attached and won't snap. You can return to your physical frame easily by "willing" it. Relax, and enjoy the ride. Only those with psychological problems should avoid learning how to astral project.
What happens if you die while astral projecting?
Although the silver cord that links your astral and physical body together is a key component to being alive, it simply would not break in an out of body experience. Any death experiences while learning how to astral project would not be related to traveling in the astral plane.
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