originally posted by: Joesepth
For those who are well experienced and practice astral projection i hope you could explain to me what exactly is astral projection and how can i
astral project as a total beginner?
P.S i tried to research about it and try it and the more i researched the more i could confused and failed doing it, so i thought what better than an
experienced persons help
Not everybody can astral project easily. It depends on your body type. It has a lot to do with your attachments. According to eastern lore, your
consciousness has several different bodies, all intertwined within each other. There's the physical body, that you see in the mirror, and you identify
mostly with. There's the etheric double, that's a kind of "energy body" that drives your physical body. There's your astral body, that contains the
emotional content of your mind, and is often refereed to as the "spirit" in the scriptures and religious texts. Sometimes the "etheric double" and the
"astral body" are referred to together as just the "astral body" or "spirit". There's the "mental body" that has no emotions, just pure thought.
There's the "buddhic body" that is obtained by discarding both emotions and thought, being pure awareness...etc..depending on which system you
reference, the number and types of bodies possessed by a being can vary somewhat, the ancient Egyptians had another classification scheme, but the
central idea is the same...you have more than one body that you inhabit simultaneously, and it is possible to discard the lower body types and abide
in just the higher forms.
These bodies are often referred to as "levels" of consciousness, or said to exist on different "planes" of existence. But this is all just terminology
to help grapple with the idea that you can change your perception of the world you inhabit. You can "withdraw" your conscious awareness from base
sensations, and rest your mind in more subtle sensations. And there are distinct boundaries between certain "levels" of this activity, so that you
experience a definite "jump" in the type of experiences you encounter. Everyone knows of the existence of these alternative realms, but to some people
they prefer the term "hallucinations", which is just a code word for "seeing something others don't understand and can't accept as having any
One person's astral trip, is another persons hallucination.
Ok. How to astral travel. This is a "siddhi power", that is described in yoga. According to "The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" there are 5 ways to obtain
any general shiddhi power: (1) by birth into a certain body type, i.e. people with natural Psychic abilities, (2) by herbs or drugs obtained from
certain plants, (3) by austerities, i.e. fasting from worldly consumptions and engaging in sensory deprivation, (4) by mantras, incantations or
prayers of certain sound patterns, (5) by contemplation and concentration that is described by real yoga. But, there are actually 6 ways. The 5
mentioned by yoga, are the ways you can do it by yourself. The 6th way, is getting help from someone else. Some other "master", or "guru", or
"angel", or "lord" or "demon" literally helps you up into the higher or other realm..e.g.
After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with
me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold, a
throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. KJV, Revelation 4:1-2
Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD from his
place. KJV, Ezekiel 3:12
So, either a spiritual being, or spiritually enlightened individual, literally "lifts" you up into the astral realm, or you go there on your own, by
your own efforts, which is much harder.
Dangers in doing it yourself. Yes, it can be dangerous. A friend of my brother died while astral projecting. We don't know whether he just didn't want
to come back, or something went wrong during the projection. So, as far as I know it is dangerous to try it alone. But, many people claim that it is
not dangerous for them. Believe what you will. I think it depends on the individual. All of my projections have been pleasant and instructive, but
others claim to see demonic things and horrors. According to the Tibetan Buddhists, it's all in your mind. You see the content of your own mind when
you astral project. This is why lots of preparation, purifying the body and mind, or using a spiritual guide, is recommended before attempting any of
these spiritual practices.
Nevertheless, here is how I started out. What got me going. And the explanation I developed to explain how it works. Your mind is like a radio
receiver. It is tuned to the frequency of this physical world. It has an "auto tuner" that always tries to find a "radio station" that is broadcasting
a strong signal that the mind can interpret and make sense of. If you block out the sensory signal from this physical world, the auto tuner
automatically scans the other frequencies looking for a signal, and "locks on" to the next strong signal it can find. You don't have to "do anything"
to find the next station, except block out this current station. Just "relax". The mind will find it automatically. It's always scanning, trying to
find signals, attempting to make sense of your surroundings.
When I first tried to astral project, I closed my eyes, and relaxed. But, then I always fell asleep. Then I found the key described in a Psychic
Magazine, that the trick to keep the mind awake was to provide an "indistinct signal" to keep the brain working, looking for meaning, so remain awake,
but unable to find a recognizable meaning from the signal. This was done by taking a ping pong ball, cutting it in half, and placing the two halves
over the eyes. This allowed "light" to enter the eyes, hence the brain kept getting the signal to stay awake, but the light was diffused and
featureless, so the mind kept "scanning" to find an interpretive meaning, this is like "sensory deprivation." After awhile, the field of vision would
begin to show various colourful shapes, and features would emerge, simultaneously the brain wave patterns changed as the mind continued to scan for a
signal. Finally, the mind enters the next strong signal radio station, which is the astral world, and "locks in" there, and thus began my adventures
into the other realms. That's the basic.
However, there are things to note. What prevents most people from being able to astral project? There are two "flaming swords" that guard the way.
Essentially, they are "lust" and "fear". Most people will be stopped by these two "swords" and be unable to progress any further. To understand this a
bit better, the Buddhists describe the world as being constructed from four elements: earth, water, air, fire. Astral projection is described as going
from earth to water, water to fire, and then fire to air. The step, where water mixes with fire, produces sexual feelings and thoughts of lust prevent
further advance. The individual begins to daydream about sex, instead of concentrating on the goal at hand, that of astral projection. He or she
forgets all about the astral, and dwells in the pleasurable thoughts of lust. So, the path is blocked. This is the main reason the scriptures warn to
avoid "lust" if you would seek a pure spiritual path, and so Priests must be celibate etc..
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. KJV, Galatians5:16
Lust is an obstacle to astral travel, but can be overcome by using other methods like taking drugs etc..which traditionally has been considered the
But, even if he or she can overcome this first obstacle, there's still another problem, "fear". As soon as "fire mixes with air" the emotion of "being
afraid" arises, and the physical heart begins to beat rapidly. The individual becomes conscious of this sudden change in heart beat and the mind
dwells on the fear of dying, and thoughts of not being able to come back from that state etc..and most people will be stopped right there. Again,
either faith and pure spiritual thought, or some drugs to numb the senses and enable one to overcome this obstacle is required to go on further.
If you pass successfully through these "two gates" you enter the other realm. But, what you see there depends on what is in your mind, and how you got
That's just the basic idea, as briefly as I can explain it.