I just finished the latest episode of Legion, and all the crazy things that have been happening in the show’s astral plane has got me thinking about my own travels. My path for most of the last two years has been about going inward and learning more about myself, the potential we each have in ourselves, and realizing said potential. Along with becoming a lot more intuitive, I realized that I’d astral project a lot without really meaning to do it, and now that I’m more aware of it, I feel that I have more control with the process and remembering it afterwards. This usually happens during meditation, oftentimes before I go to sleep, or in that hazy that time between being half asleep in the mornings.
Now, let me clear a few things up first. Astral projection or Out-of-Body Experience (OOBE) is not an “ability” or a “talent,” but a natural occurring phenomenon. It happens to almost anybody, whether they’re aware of it or not, and doesn’t always manifest as you floating in the air looking at yourself lying down on the bed. Generally, astral projecting is safe and harmless, unless of course you choose to do something incredibly stupid like astral project in a haunted house.
So why do it in the first place? There are many reasons to want to learn astral projection – from meeting your spirit guides, to wanting to learn about knowledge not necessarily available to you in everyday life (I used to have an old native mentor who would tell me about “Mga kahindik-hindik na kuwento,” which I so wished I could remember when I woke up – I also had to research what kahindik-hindik meant since Tagalog isn’t my first language), increase your psychic abilities or spirituality, reconnect with loved ones who have passed on, or even just enjoy the sensation of flying! See? It isn’t scary at all once you know what you’re doing.
While transcendental meditation personally helps me get into a state of deep trance where I can knowingly astral project, beginners are most likely to get to this open state by using one of these astral projection techniques:
Technique #1: The Yo-Yo
Before you go to sleep, choose a spot in your bedroom that you are very familiar with: the bookshelf, the closet, your desk, etc. Once you’ve chosen the spot, take a close look at it and examine it carefully. Pay attention to what it looks like, touch it, and memorize all the sensations before going to bed. As soon as you wake up, while still in that hazy state of being half-awake and with your eyes still closed, shift your awareness to the spot you had chosen earlier. Visualize it as vividly as you can for about a second, and return to your usual focal point and observe the darkness in front of your eyes. Keep staring into the darkness for a second and repeat this 2-step visualization over and over again, as if you were a yo-yo moving back and forth. This focal point shifting will likely to cause vibrations and eventually will result in full separation from your body.
Technique #2: Free-Fall
Imagine yourself falling down incredibly fast and try to feel all the sensations that accompany the free fall. Feel the speed of your free fall. If you do it right, you might experience vibrations and a general sensation of “not being sure where you are in space.” If any of OOBE symptoms occur (vibrations, buzzing noises, voices, rapid heart beat), continue your visualization. When you feel like you are very close to projecting, visualize yourself hitting the ground. Sudden collision can cause a sudden separation from your body. Also a great technique to master mind of matter.
Technique #3: Staring into Darkness
Start staring in the dark space behind your eyes. Pay attention to the patterns of light that will begin to form in front of you and wait until they transform into recognizable figures and objects. As the realism of the observed shapes increases, you should be able to either separate from your body or enter the observed scene and begin lucid dreaming.
Technique #4: The Rope
This astral projection technique was created and popularized by Robert Bruce and is perhaps one of the most popular astral projection techniques among practitioners. Lie down and imagine that there is a long rope hanging right above you. Without opening your eyes or moving your physical body, visualize yourself reaching up towards the rope and start climbing up. Try to feel all the sensations that usually accompany climbing a rope. Feel the tension in your arms (not real tension – keep your body relaxed!) and the weight of your body. Climbing the rope will cause vibrations and their intensity will increase as you go.
Technique #5: Sheer Exhaustion
This astral projection technique happens to me a lot, which brings me to some fantastic places when I don’t really mean for it to happen. The idea behind this method is that your body falls asleep very easily when you are exhausted. If you figure out a way how to keep your mind awake, you will easily reach sleep paralysis and astral travel as a result. Don’t go to sleep until you feel too sleepy to keep your eyes open and lie down in a comfortable position. Try to stay aware of all the sensations that accompany the process of falling asleep. Don’t let your awareness fade away. No matter how much you concentrate, your body should be able to fall asleep anyway. Once you pass the hypnagogic imagery, sounds, or vibrations, simply try to “get up” without using your muscles. You should be able to easily separate from your body this way.
Technique #6: The Tunnel
Visualize being in a long dark tunnel. At the end of the tunnel there is a white light. Now, imagine yourself flying through the tunnel, as if you were an airplane getting ready to take off, going faster and faster. At this point, you can feel vibrations and noises, but try to ignore them and focus on your visualization. As you enter the white light at the end of the tunnel, you will separate from your body and the projection will start.
Technique #7: Dot Between Your Eyes
Usually, your focal point is located in between your eyes. This astral projection technique involves concentrating on the spot right above your usual focal point, where your third eye is. Focus on that spot and try to shift your awareness to there. This might cause a sensation of floating and vibration. If it happens, keep doing that until the full separation occurs.
Technique #8: Room Visualization
Also called Displaced Awareness, lie down comfortably and with your eyes closed, count back from 100 to one while slowly relaxing your body without moving. Once you are in the right state and feel that you cannot move without a great deal of effort, visualize yourself walking in the room you are currently in. It is important that you visualize it in the first person perspective, so it actually feels as if this is were your really are. Continue the visualization until it becomes more real than the sensations coming from your body laying in bed. Imagining that you are somewhere else will shift your awareness point away from your body, which will be the starting point of your astral projection. Personally, I find this to be the most effective method for me.
Like any skill you plan to learn, it does take a little practice to consciously astral project. If you’re looking for classes to help develop your intuition, I highly recommend taking Mysterium Philippines’ Intuitive Awakening classes. If you want to start, but have questions about astral projections, or would feel more comfortable going about it with a teacher, kasamba.com’s Astral Projection Advisors is a fantastic resource with veterans who can answer any questions you might have about projecting into the astral plane.