Astral projection is a more powerful type of out-of-body experience, during which one’s spirit transcends the physical body, and travels the astral plane with intention. By leaving the physical body, the astral body can hover and observe the individual’s environment, or travel across the globe and beyond, transcend time, and go wherever intuition desires. Astral projection practioners are very aware of the flight of their consciousness from their physical body, as well as the bringing back of one’s soul to its body. Over time, several successful astral projection methods have been developed, and have been reported as safe and effective.
The Monroe Institute Steps to Astral Projection
Bob Monroe, the founder of the The Monroe Institute, wrote a book titled “Journeys Out of the Body” in 1971, in which he provided a detailed outline for how to astrally project in seven steps:
Step 1: Relax deeply, both physically and mentally.
Step 2: Enter a hypnagogic state, or body asleep, mind awake state.
Step 3: Deepen that state by focusing on mental sensation over physical sensation.
Step 4: Pay attention to the presence of vibration in your environment, which becomes apparent in a state of deep relaxation.
Step 5: Bring the vibration into your physical body, and relax into its presence. The purpose of this is to gently release the astral body out of the physical body.
Step 6: Focus your thoughts on leaving your limbs and torso, and try to do so one at a time.
Step 7: Focus on effortlessly drifting out of your physical body.
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The Rope Technique
Another method called The Rope Technique, was created by Robert Bruce, the founder of the Astral Dynamics movement, and is one of the most accessible astral projection techniques.
Step 1: Relax the physical body by visualizing each muscle, going limp.
Step 2: From your state of deep relaxation, enter a vibrational state; this should feel similar to a cell phone’s vibration mode through the body.
Step 3: Imagine a rope hanging above you.
Step 4: Using the astral body, attempt to hold on to the rope with both hands. The physical body remains completely relaxed.
Step 5: Begin climbing the rope, hand over hand, while visualizing reaching the ceiling above you.
Step 6: Once you have achieved a full exit of the physical body, you are able to explore the astral plane.
Astral Projection: Keys to Learning
Though astral projection techniques seem very formulaic, experienced practioners encourage those new to astral projection to try their own personal research and techniques. Your understanding of the nuances, and the amount of patience required, are the key to learning how to astral project. Once competency has been obtained, astral projection offers the ability to connect with those living and those passed on, and to “see the bigger picture” by viewing your own circumstances from a new perspective.
A Brief History of Astral Projection
According to Wagner Alegretti, the President and Senior Researcher at the International Academy of Consciousness, astral projection dates back at least until 3,000 to 5,000 years, according to records kept by the priests of Ancient Egypt; the Egyptians called the astral body the Ka, and is depicted in various hiroglyphs as a light leaving the physical body, or as a bird.
For millenia, the spiritual belief system known as Shamanism has been preserved through deeply rooted beliefs that the soul of the Shaman leaves their bodies, to ask for guidance from higher beings, in order to provide healing and clarity for those seeking it. Historical references to astral projection can be found in the texts of many civilizations, from those of the Ancient World, to the Middle Age Kingdoms, to the Bible.
Astral Projection Today
Today, several highly respected organizations exist, such as the Monroe Institute, which are slowly but surely putting disbelief regarding the truth of astral projection to rest, through conducting scientific research. The Parapsychological Association was founded in 1957, and has been recognized by and affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, since 1969. The focus of The Parapsychological Association’s mission is to challenge false narratives created around paranormal phenomenon. Several accredited researchers and institutions, including Dr. Robert Morris of Duke University and Dr. Charles Tart of University of California at Davis, have made advancements in the field of out-of-body experiences. One might say cultures known for using astral projection are light years ahead of modern science, in understanding the nature of human consciousness. But this knowledge is just a plane away, attainable to all those open to it.