Astral projection for beginners begins with the basics.
Understanding the Theory of Astral Projection
Astral projection is a term used to describe the process in which many believe the soul leaves the body for specific periods of time while the body remains alive. The soul then returns to the body and when you awaken, you recall your out-of-body sojourn.
Kinds of Astral Projection
Most people believe there are three types of astral projection that the soul is capable of achieving.
Some people experience what's called spontaneous astral projection or Out of Body Experience (OBE). The person isn't attempting to consciously project her soul from her body; it just happens. Suddenly, the person finds herself standing outside her body or watching from above her body. Many times, spontaneous OBEs are short-lived because the person panics and is instantly pulled back into the physical body.
This kind of OBE is consciously induced through deep meditation. You choose the time and place to deliberately place your body into a relaxed state of being.
It's widely believed among those who practice astral projection that the soul sojourns out of the body during sleep. This knowledge should help reassure you and ease any fears you have about astral projection.
Astral Projection Basics
Meditation can assuage the body's natural fear of releasing the soul. You'll need to focus on overcoming this fear factor before you attempt astral projection. Don't attempt astral projection until you're no longer fearful of your soul leaving your body.
You might wonder if the body is used to the soul departing for nightly sojourns, why the conscious body should be afraid. Astral projection is a natural state of being during sleep, but a conscious attempt made during a purposeful meditation isn't the normal process. That's why you need to train your body to the conscious method through regular meditation.
Getting Started: Location, Meditation and Fear
Your meditation area should be located where you feel safe and relaxed. Set aside a regular time each day to practice your meditations. When you feel ready to attempt astral projection, test the waters during a regular meditation, and stop if you experience any feelings of fear. You aren't ready for astral projection. Your fear factor becomes an important barometer for your readiness.
Types of Meditation for Astral Projection
There are different kinds of meditations used for astral projections. Below are four popular ones you can try before selecting one that works best for you.
Robert "Bob" Monroe coined the phrase "out of body experience'" when he experienced his first spontaneous OBE in 1958. He went on to pioneer the field of OBE and perfected his meditation technique for astral projection.
According to Monroe, the key to astral projection is mental and physical relaxation. He encouraged morning meditations as the best time for astral projection since your body is restored from a full night's sleep.
Bob Monroe's technique is based on inner and external vibrations and visualizations. He believed that your vibrational level was significant to your ability to experience astral projection.
Roll Out or Rotation Technique
The roll out or rotation method of astral projection can be used with any relaxation meditation. This technique is exactly as its name implies.
Envision yourself turning over inside your body, and simply rotate out of your body onto the other side of your bed.
Any kind of yoga is conducive to astral projection because of the basic mental and physical control yoga teaches. Bhakti yoga, founded in the Hindu belief system, can be used to reach the ultimate oneness with God. Bhakti yoga is a very complex and multi-layered practice, yet you aren't required to practice all nine forms. Find one form that suits you, and stick with it while you move through its disciplines.
Chakra Meditation or Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini yoga is a practice that takes you through the main seven chakra energy fields located through the center of your body. By focusing on each chakra, you'll move into a deep relaxing state until you reach the final crown chakra that you can use as a door to leave your body. Many practitioners warn against using this form of yoga if you have epilepsy or a heart condition because of the chakra stimulation. Hath yoga (breathing) is often practiced with chakra meditation (energy meditation).
Mantra or Chanting Meditation
Tibetan monks practice mantra or chanting meditation as do other cultures. A mantra is simply a phrase or saying that has a specific meaning, such as, "I am that I am". These disciplines prepare the mind and body for spiritual enlightenment. It's widely believed that sacred chants and mantras create a groove of energy in the astral plane much like a stylus cutting into a vinyl record. Whenever you repeat ancient chants or mantras, you tap into the power of those energy grooves.
Helpful Hints: Astral Projection for Beginners
Before you begin your first meditation, you'll want to review the tips below to ensure you have a successful journey.
- Choose a place where you can control noise, temperature and interruptions.
- Select a place where you feel safe and protected.
- Sit, recline or lie down.
- Use a blanket or comforter (body temperature will drop).
- Burn incense, play soft music, focus on a burning candle or sit beside a water fountain.
- Remove your shoes.
- Wear loose comfortable clothing.
- Wear hair loose.
- Remove contact lens or eyeglasses.
- Remove all jewelry.
- Practice deep breathing.
- Practice in solitude or with someone you trust.
- Low lighting is best to induce relaxation.
- Completely relax your mind and body.
On Your Own Clock
The key to success, especially in astral projection for beginners, is to move at your own pace. Don't set up a timetable to measure your progress; allow the process to flow in a natural order, and one day you'll surprise yourself with your very first OBE.