Astral Projection Techniques
5 steps to Astral Projection
During an astral voyage, communication with other astral projectors is claimed to be possible. Of interest is the work of Robert Monroe who founded the Monroe Institute and published several accounts of his experiences of astral projection including “Far Journeys”. Robert Monroe developed a method he calls Hemisync to induce mental states that are favourable for projection
Sometimes the astral traveler reports being attached to his/her physical body by a silver umbilical cord. Pets have been said to react in a frightened manner, and some claim seeing an astrally projecting person’s spirit as a coloured beam or shot or light darting around the room.
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How to Astral Project
- Step 1. Before dropping off to sleep, put your body into a deep state of relaxation. Do this by systematically tensing and relaxing each muscle one at a time. Start with the toes and work up the body to the face. This will put your body into such an unfamiliar deep state of relaxation that in the early days you may feel a little discomfort. Your body may feel unbearably heavy but there’s nothing to worry about.
- Step 2 Now let your breathing become slow and deep- you may want to use some of the breathing techniques we learnt at the beginning of the book. Slow, deep breathing will relax you further and keep you alert. Focus your attention on the centre of your forehead but DON’T fall asleep.
- Step 3 Become aware of just how heavy your body feels. Think of it as being cumbersome and made of clay. Now set your attention on your astral duplicate body. See it as made of light. It is weightless and free. Picture in your mind’s eye images of bubbles, sunlight, feathers floating on the breeze, smoke rising upwards. Your body is heavy but your soul is weightless.
- Step 4 At this point many people report of being able to ‘see’ the darkened room even though their eyes are closed. It appears to be bathed in a purple light. If you get this far, try to focus your attention on the ceiling light fitting.
- Step 5 Imagine drawing the light bulb towards you. As you do this you may feel yourself floating towards the ceiling. Try to remain conscious. You will become aware of floating in your astral self and may even see your sleeping body laid below you on the bed.
PROJECTION IN SLEEP
I explain flying dreams as an astral projection technique
The studies made by researchers such as doctor’s Sabom, Kubber-Ross and Moody of testimonials from hospital patients who have been snatched from the brink demonstrate that most people report similar experiences- they step outside of their body into their astral form.
From a vantage point, usually on the ceiling, they see their ‘dead’ body. Sometimes they recall, when resuscitated, of having seen their operation in progress. They narrate details about the procedures that, without an extensive medical knowledge, they could have never known.
Here’s a fascinating example that was sent to me at one of my columns in the newspapers:In 1967 I had a severe asthma attack and was rushed to the old Royal Hospital in Portsmouth. I vaguely recall waking in an oxygen tent and a lot of fuss going on around me. I don’t know at what point I drifted out of my body but I do know now that my heart stopped and I was rushed to the Resuscitation Ward. I could see myself attached to a ventilator with lots of wires connected to me. I could see a doctor, two nurses and the bizarre sight of a man dressed in a bow-tie and full evening suit!
I then went into cardiac arrest and I saw them all trying to restart my heart. I was in no pain and felt no difficulty with my breathing. I was an onlooker, so to speak, watching myself in the hospital bed.
We had no telephone at home and I saw the police bring my husband to the hospital. ‘Is there any hope?’ I heard him say. ‘Very little’ replied the man in the evening suit. That was the only moment I felt unhappy.
I felt myself falling down a tunnel and saw my life flash before me like a rapid series of camera pictures. Suddenly I was standing and feeling wonderful with a sense of lightness, happiness and knew that I was surrounded by a great love. Added to this was a feeling of tranquility. I felt so well it was wonderful!
I then found myself stood to one side of a small arched bridge. There were people singing, not hymns but a lovely song of joy. There were colours such as I have never seen. I wanted to join them but thoughts of my husband stopped me. There were also things that I still wanted to do in life such as have a baby- but it was so very, very tempting to cross.
Stood on the bridge was a Jewish man holding a cross. He ‘spoke’ to me telepathically and asked ‘Are you ready to cross?’ I recall saying ‘No. No No!’ then immediately returned to my body. I could now ‘hear’ conversations going on around me in the hospital. ‘She’s slipping away’ they said. But I knew that I would live and started fighting the ventilator to prove that I could breathe by myself. ‘Why can’t these people see I’m not going to die?’.
After four days I was detached from the ventilator and gradually got well. The man who previously wore the evening suit when I was in a coma was now in a doctor’s white coat as he walked into the ward. I asked the nurse about him. ‘He’s the surgeon who performed a tracheotomy operation on you to try to save your life’ said the nurse. ‘I know’ I replied ‘But why was he wearing a bow-tie and evening suit?’ The nurse was dumb struck and then explained that they had to call him from a very important dinner engagement!
I did have a child- a son who is now 27. The previous year I lost a baby but I know he lives on and one day I will see him. I know I am lucky to have had such a wonderful experience.
ASTRAL TRAVEL DREAMS
From my Book Psychic Dreaming:
Out-of-body dreams, in which you “float” up and look down upon yourself or upon another location, are a form of psychic dream. Some psychics claim they visit other actual locations, often ones that they’ve never seen. Traveling out of the body is sometimes called Astral Projection.
Frederik van Eeden presented one of the first studies of out of body dreams to the Society of Psychical Research in 1913. Van Eeden had already presented evidence for lucid dreams in which the dreamer becomes conscious while the dream is taking place. He told the society that his own lucid dreams were often preceded for several nights by dreams of flying. Sometimes these lucid dreams included apparent clairvoyant received information that could be verified later. In other instances he believed he left his body.
In one instance while ‘flying’ he dreamed that he would be robbed of a large sum of money, a predicted event that was to take place soon afterwards. Of great interest to Van Eeden was when he noted that sometimes he would dream of lying on his stomach when in reality he was lying in bed and on his back. If he allowed himself to wake slowly he would experience the sensation of slipping from his ‘dream body’ that was lying face down into his actual sleeping body.
Depending upon the person, the appearance of the ‘dream body’ ranges from a gossamer-like form to an exact replica of the physical body. Having the ability to project consciousness can open up many interesting opportunities to the dreamer. Some claim to be able to travel to remote locations. They claim to be able to walk the beaches of Hawaii, explore the ancient pyramids of Egypt or even have a free ticket to the moon.
My Astral Projection Experience
I have had many of these experiences myself but have found in most instances that it is hard to maintain consciousness for long periods of time. My own experience is one of projecting my awareness rather than a dream body. Nonetheless on occasions I have looked down at my sleeping body from the ceiling and have sometimes awoken with clear memories of having visited a remote location. Many people report having these experiences during puberty.
At first the experience of being without a body is frightening if you have never heard about astral projection. It is natural to assume that you are dead and panic sets in. The result is usually a quick return to the body. A quick return is sometimes accompanied by sensations of a jolt to the physical body accompanied by a loud band and a flash of brilliant light. Once the initial fears are overcome astral travel become natural and is not accompanied by any negative sensations.
Have you practised astral travel projection? I’d love to hear about your experiences. Please post your comments below.
CRAIG HAMILTON-PARKER is a celebrated U.K. medium who has confounded skeptics by the uncanny accuracy of his readings. Craig and his wife Jane have had their own TV shows in the UK and USA including 'The Spirit of Princess Diana'. In 2003 the BBC made a 3 part documentary about their work. Craig is the author of 15 books.