Beginners Guide to Astral Projection
People for centuries have been astral projecting, it has been documented by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks as being a method to experience something beyond our physical realm.
Our consciousness holds no limits, it is designed for exploration and we as humans possess an astral body to do exactly that. So by projecting your awareness to a different place in time, you’re able to have an out of body experience and visit places beyond your wildest dreams.
The beginners guide to floating
When you manage to achieve astral projection, your consciousness & astral body leave the physical body together. You have your senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste as you float through the astral plane. This is not dangerous, physically your body is not floating at all and while you are traveling, nothing can enter your physical body except for your astral body. Should you feel fear or sense danger as you travel, your astral body returns immediately.
Astral projection promises amazing experiences and adventures. Take your time, keep your mind open and you will get there, reaping the benefits of mental strength and spiritual calm.
Astral traveling for beginners is not too different from that of the people that are more experienced; the main difference being is in how you get to and how you handle the new experience. There are many things that you need to do and understand before you can successfully get to enjoy your own travel.
Make sure that you relax every part of your body. Get into a place where you’re comfortable. This can be either laying down on your back or sitting up in a chair. Whatever position you’re going to astral travel from, make sure you’re not having to support your body to stay in that position. Basically when you relax ALL of your muscles, you should still remain in the position safely. When you’ve got yourself into a comfortable position, you’re ready to move to the next stages.
A note about meditation and breathing, it’s important to mention breathing and meditation for astral travel. Make sure to Meditate before attempting Astral Travel.
Focus on muscles and body parts
The first step is once you’ve got into a comfortable body position, is to focus on your body. Start by focusing on a particular body part, for example, your hand. Don’t move any muscles, and don’t even think about moving them at this stage. Just be aware of the hand, and focus on it until you can almost see every part of it in your mind. making sure you focus on how the hand feels resting against the bed, Feel the strength and muscles in the hand, Visualize exactly what it looks like and where it is in relation to the rest of your body. do this for about 2-3 minutes, after which you can progress
Moving the focus
Now you’re going to start shifting focus from body part to body part. Start either at your head or at your toes and work your way up/down the body. focus on each body part separately, and make sure you really get a feel of the body part and where it is. Visualize exactly what it looks like, where it is and how it feels. Again, don’t try to move anything. Imagine moving your body parts. Now that you’ve done that, start again, but imagine what it would feel like to move each body part.
If you start by focusing on one part of your body usually starting at the bottom with your feet, start to imagine what it would feel like and look like to move your foot up and down. Visualization it so strongly that it almost feels like you’re actually doing it. Now try doing this with every part of your body, don’t be rushed our first time. Once your comfortable with this you can move onto what they call the Vibrational Stage
The Vibrational stage
This is where things can get a bit difficult yet Fun. Take your time and do not Rush! You’ll feel your whole body start to vibrate gently, as if a soft current of electricity is going through your body. It might also feel like a heavy blanket is covering your whole body. It’s at this point that you’ll either have an OBE or you’ll get scared and give up, or lose focus. Don’t be scared – It’s really important that at this stage in particular, you stay as relaxed as possible. Don’t think about anything other than what you’re trying to do. And don’t focus on anything other than your body. The next stage is probably the hardest part of learning how to do astral projection so make sure you stay focused! Also, don’t give up. It might not happen to you for the first few tries, but keep trying!
Move your astral body out of your physical body
This is where you will move to your Astral Body. This takes a lot of practice, and there are several techniques once you get to this point. They all revolve around visualizing and being relaxed. This is why I suggested that you practice meditation as a key part of your astral travel efforts.
Here s a couple of Techniques used:
The swing technique
Imagine you’re on a swing. As you lay there in your bed or sit in your chair, imagine your body gently swinging back and forward. Start off with really small movements. Now, don’t actually move, but imagine your body is moving. Just like before when you imaged your separate body acts moving. This time, imagine your whole body moving, in very small movements as if you’re on a swing. Make the movements get bigger and bigger until you eventually swing your entire astral body out, and find yourself floating a little way above your physical body.
The rope technique
The rope technique involves focusing on your hands. Just like before, imagine your hands moving. When you can strongly visualize your hands moving separately to your physical body, imagine a rope is in front of you. Reach out to the rope, Again, all with your astral bodies hands, not your physical hands and grab it. Gently use it to pull yourself up and out of your body.
The bar technique
Exactly the same as the rope technique, but imagine a bar in front of you.
These techniques are not by any means ALL of the techniques out there, but they’re the most common and will get you started the right way.
The important thing to remember when you’re doing astral travel is that you need to stay focused. It’s easy to become hazy or confused when you’re trying this. Practice meditating every day so that you’re good at staying focused for long periods of time. This is called being ‘lucid’. It simply means being aware of ‘clear’. It’s an important part of astral projection. Remembering your astral travel experience, Part of staying lucid and being aware involves actually remembering your astral experience!
This means that unless you really try and set yourself up for it, you’ll forget everything as soon as you return to your physical body and brain. Mantra’s are used to aid you in this, A mantra might help to get past subconscious impediments when trying to still the mind for an astral separation. The things which are seen in the transition period of the astral bodies separation from the physical one as images and sounds are onsets of the actual dream occurrences that take place in the astral plane. Such images, sounds, sensations, etc. are the reason why most people have vague or semi-real astral experiences.
The use of Mantra’s
The astral can appear far more substantial with the removal of dreams. With a mantra it is possible to fall asleep consciously. An estimate of how long it might take to do a mantra is around an hour. Also, mantras can have the effect of causing lucid dreams. 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.
Returning to your physical body
The next stage is returning to your physical body. It’s no good learning how to astral project if you don’t also learn how to get back to reality! To return to your physical body, you don’t actually need to do much! Your astral body is connected to your physical body via a ‘silver cord’ or rope. This ensures you never lose contact with your physical body and can always return. You may sense or even see this cord as you’re traveling. It appears as a white or energetic beam of energy which goes through walls and can stretch to an infinite length. You simply have to either follow the cord back to your body if you’re ‘deeply’ focused in the astral realm. If you’re not so ‘grounded’ you can simply think about opening your physical eyes, and this will ‘snap you back’ to physical reality.
Sutrama, or Silver Cord, is, in metaphysical literature, a term referring to the link between the physical body, the astral body, and the Higher Self (the Monad). The Silver Cord is mentioned by occultists and mystics, especially in contexts of dying and of near-death experiences, but actually is the cord that feed the personality (the Ego) with the energy that maintains the life influx inside of the body. In some schools of Spirituality it is also called perispirit.
The Silver Cord
The Silver Cord is also described as the Astral Cord because it is the bond between the physical body and the astral body; and it is called Silver Cord because it is formed by an assembly of high vibrational particles that rotate very rapidly and can be perceived as shiny ray of silver, gray, or a white-blue florescent light. It has been described as being smooth, very long, and very bright, like an elastic cable made of light. Its higher vibrational field allows it to be stretched infinitely, except at the moment of death. It appears to be about an inch wide, sparkling like tinsel on a Christmas tree, and attached to one of several possible locations on the physical body. The existence of this connection can be seen as a mystery, as this is the vehicle from where we gather all our “spiritual food”, our ideas and discoveries.
The Sutrama should not be considered simply as an energy cord, it is more than that. It is a compendium of energetic filaments interconnected and weaved just like a web. In astral projections, some can perceive this cord permeating the entire extension of the physical body. The most important energetic filaments are connected from the head (Pineal gland) and also the Heart Chakra. In astral projection, one will be able primarily to see the Silver Cord coming out of the back of the head.
The idea of astral travel is rooted in common worldwide religious accounts of the afterlife in which the consciousness’ or soul’s journey or “ascent” is described in such terms as “an… out-of body experience”, where in the spiritual traveler leaves the physical body and travels in his/her subtle body into ‘higher’ realms.” It is frequently reported in association with dreams, and forms of meditation.
Now that you basic understanding and guide, experiment with ways and have fun in your travels