The Problem I have with the "common" literature on OBEs/Astral Projection is that like someone said: There's enough "techniques" out there but
none of the "how to" out there. Seeing as you mentioned the Monroe Institute, it's actually a good thing you found them in my opinion - The reason
I liked the Gateway Experience discs was it didn't focus on techniques, but to get you in the right mindset.
I have experienced my fair share of astral projections, and can tell you that you don't need all the "fancy" gadgets to do this - you do NOT need
to "raise your chakras", you don't even have to meditate. You don't need binaural beats, frequency tones, hypnosis, subliminal messages tapes
(Although these can sometimes help). There isn't any "spells" or magick that can do this instantly.
The reason everyone goes for the "fancier" items (such as what I mentioned above), is because it gives you something to "focus" on while going to
sleep. Assuming you follow the "mind awake, body asleep" methodology, when you go to "sleep", if you are not focused on something, then your
"mind" will also go into dreaming instead of staying awake.
The only things you really need are:
1. Relaxed state of mind & body
3. Good Visualization (optional).
Ironically, I am a scientific-oriented person, and yet have experienced psychic moments in the past. I also did an experiment a while back (long
time), in which I attempted to have one astral projection a night.
Here's my basic method:
1. Relax yourself physically (do stretches, read, meditate, etc...)
2. Use a CD Player, MP3 Player, or Stereo (if headphones bother you) and play your favorite music (note: try not to pick something loud - I use
classical at a low volume).
3. While laying in bed, try to focus on the music - do not get tense, just relax and focus on it.
4. If you start getting "weird effects" (such as increased heartbeat, body vibrating, or hearing/seeing images or voices in your head), you are
getting close, and continue to relax.
5. When you think you are ready, try a "technique" (ie rolling out, flying, etc).
This technique gained me a couple projections - it stopped working because my body started to consider the music as "background noise", and filtered
it out (same reason people can sleep through trains if they live next to the railroad tracks).
As for other information out on the web, I have a few resources you may be interested in. These deal with a methodology called "Phasing", which I
consider to be "closer" to the best way (Think about it - Robert Monroe was a salesperson if I remember correctly; as plain and ordinary as any one
of us. He wasn't using chakras or anything of the like at the time. Instead, he was doing it spontaneously, and eventually found a way to make it
work without all the "aids" that are now on the market)
Links for consideration
Phasing Ebook: Free Ebook
This is a simple guide that might benefit some - the ebook is free, and they also offer a hardcover edition for a price.
Frank Kepple Resource: Frank Kepple Resource
Finally, I will say that the reason I read up on the subject was because it has happened enough times to me before
I found the literature. And
as a final note (for now) - the easiest way to experience this is to have the intention to. What all these guides and videos did get right is that it
will take time to do it (I've been at it for about 10 years, and still only have a handful to boot).