posted on Mar, 31 2011 @ 11:04 AM
My first tip is: don't try to Astral project while laying in your bed. Plain and simple. Its possible, but so much more difficult. Why? Well, what do
you have a bed in your house for anyway? Sleep. We are conditioned that our beds are for sleeping. So, when you get to that peaceful mind awake-body
asleep state, you're going to lose it and just fall asleep. Try using a chair, with arms, use a recliner without putting the leg rest up.
Second tip: prepare yourself for this. Do you like asparagus? Eat it. Lots of it. Change your sleep pattern. Sleep no more than 3 hours at a time.
Sleep 3 hours at "bed time" and if you have time in your schedule, a 3 hour nap in the afternoon. It takes some adjusting, but it keeps your mind in
a better state for AP and other related experiences.
Third tip: keep a dream journal. Sounds slightly crazy, at first, but trust me. We dream, everyone, every night. How many times do you remember your
dreams? I don't remember very many at all, anymore, but when I was heavy into AP I remembered several dreams a night. Keeping a dream journal
encourages you to remember what happens. Condition yourself to write down your dreams when you wake up. Eventually, this will trigger your brain to
remember more details and hold on to them longer. This is extremely beneficial, because 9 times out of 10 (unless you are a really experienced AP'er
you will lose fragments on memory transfer). Conditioning your brain to remember what happens is key in remembering your APs/OBEs.
Fourth tip: absolutely bury yourself in AP reading. We dream about things that are stuck in our heads often. Thinking about AP, reading about AP,
reading others' experiences are great dream programming. Before attempting AP, tell yourself you are going to have an OBE (over and over and over).
Tell yourself what triggers you are going to recognize, and you will. For instance, my first AP: I told myself I would see my body surrounded by blue
electric arcs in a dream and that would tell me I was dreaming. At that point I would become lucid and project from the dream state. (I had problems
not falling asleep at first and my first few OBEs were from the dream state.) Telling myself this actually paid off quite well (the first night) and I
had 3 amazing OBEs.
Fifth tip: don't be afraid. Astral noise can be confusing, disorienting, and scary. But relax, because the fact that you may hear disembodied voices,
although scary, is simply your consciousness being focused on a different vibrational level. You may hear strange noises that aren't really even
strange at all, when broke down. I can't count the number of times I would be sitting there/laying there and hearing a strong gurgling sound or the
sound of wind rushing all over me. What did I hear? Well, it took some figuring out, but I was actually already Astrally conscious and my Astral body
was laying right in my physical body. I was hearing my stomach gurgling and my body breathing. When I figured this out, I laughed so hard that I
actually snapped back to my physical body.
That leads me to my next tip. number 6: emotions are your enemy in AP. Strong emotions will snap you back faster than a fat kid eats cake. Scared,
humored, excited...all the absolute greatest guarantee for a quickly ended jaunt into the Astral plane. This is both a hindrance and a blessing, in
the early stages. Starting out, start small. Take in as much as possible, but don't stay out long. The more you overload your memory with, the less
you will remember when you wake up and this is very discouraging. So when you start out and you first learn how to fly or walk through walls or make
up some crazy contraption...you're going to get excited. This will end your AP very quickly, but you will remember everything! Eventually, your
memory tolerance will expand and you may remember copious amounts of time from your adventures. In 6 months, I would say I was able to remember enough
to encompass a 20 minute story (telling it to someone else). But when I first started, 2 minutes was a stretch.
I have tons more info and dozens of good AP stories that I would be more than willing to share, but I need to go eat lunch. Keep the thread going and
I'll be sure to jump back in.