posted on Oct, 10 2011 @ 06:42 PM
I'm new here, but I'll throw in my two cents.
Astral projection has been a little obsession of mine for probably seven years or so, since I had my first and only experience with it. I had been up
for 24 hours, fallen asleep, woken back up, fallen asleep again, and then woke up in the night with sleep paralysis. I knew from researching it for
years before that sleep paralysis was the key to getting out of the body. So I just closed my eyes and it was as simple as willing myself up and out.
It only lasted a few moments because I was excited and freaked out all at the same time. Since then, I haven't been able to do it, but like you, my
goal is to be able to do it at will.
I can't meditate and all that stuff. I can get very relaxed, and get a "tingly" feeling, but for me that just happens when I haven't moved for a
while. Sensations such as that haven't been a good indicator of readiness to leave my body. It's only when I wake up into sleep paralysis that I
feel what I consider to be legitimate indicators. The lead blanket feeling, not being able to move the limbs well, the "woosh" and a kind of weird,
heavy pushing and pulling feeling. I woke up with sleep paralysis very recently but was too afraid to try and get out, as I wasn't home at the time
and wasn't very comfortable in that environment. But I do believe that is the key. I sincerely believe that if people were able to do it a handful
of times one after the other that they could eventually get the hang of it. Unfortunately, sleep paralysis episodes can be weeks, months, and years
apart, so "practicing" isn't really a possibility.
So yeah, the trick is to enter the "mind awake body asleep" state. So far I haven't found any decent techniques to induce this, but that's
partially because of my inability to maintain a calm, relaxed position. However, there is a series of videos on youtube, just search for "Lucidology
101" and you should be able to find them. They have been helpful in some regards, so I'd say they are worth the watch.
Good luck with your astral travels.