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Astral Projection – What do to with the Vibrations?

How about this… ignore them! For the most part.
Acknowledge them only in the most minor way “Oh hey, vibrations, great…” then just continue doing what you were doing before they occurred.

Let me explain. Vibrations should ONLY ever be considered a signpost experience/sensation. They are one of those sensations you will experience during your practices which tell you that you’re on the right path. Basically, they’re a signpost that reads, “Keep doing what you’re doing, because you’re doing it right!!”.

However, what most people (especially new people) end up doing is the COMPLETE OPPOSITE!!! They end up stopping the method/exercise they were doing which CAUSED the vibrations in the first place and then focus entirely on the vibrations instead of what they were doing!! It’s like they’re walking happily down their path towards Astral Projection, then someone pokes then with a vibrating stick and then walk off the path in order to investigate that stick. Well, you’ve just stopped walking towards projecting. Understand?

So, the signpost DOES NOT read, “Stop what you’re doing and focus completely on me!”… there’s no better way to KILL your experience than to stop what you were doing to focus on the vibrations.

When you experience those vibrations, they’re only telling you that you’re doing things right. That’s it. Just give them a mental nod and continue walking calmly down the path you’re on. You now know you’re on the correct path, BUT you still need to continue walking down that path if you’re to actually project. So, in order to continue walking down that path… just keep doing what you were doing which brought on the vibrations in the first place.

You’re so close.

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How to Design your own Effective Astral Projection Technique

How can you design your own, more effective Projection method? I’ll explain and hopefully walk you through the process.

I had posted a while back a PDF which had something like 100 different methods for achieving a Projection in it. Well, yes, there were 100 different methods, however they were *ALL* a variation of one single method. Nice, eh?

When you understand that every single projection method out there is simply a variation on a theme, you can then begin to understand how to fashion your own method OR find one that has already been written which will work best for you.

What you need to find is your “Focus”. This is the thing that you’ll be focusing your attention on to the exclusion of everything else. You’re basically going to make this one thing the point of your focus so that everything else around you, everything physical drops away. This is when the Projection-reflex occurs.

First, let’s talk about a couple methods and I’ll explain what their “Focus” is and why they work.

I’ll start with the famous “Rope Method”. As you’re lying down, you imagine a rope hanging down above you around your chest level. The point of it is to take your imaginary hands (astral hands), reach up with them, grab the rope and pull. This act should eventually cause you to Project.

So what’s really going on here? Is the pulling on this imagination rope really “loosening your astral body” (as others would suggest)? Metaphorically, yes. Realistically, no. The act of using your imagination to create these hands which reach out, grab and pull on this imagination rope is the *FOCUS* of this particular method. You are essentially using this visualization as your focus, which when you do this to the exclusion of everything else going on around you causes the Projection-reflex to trigger.

Ok, the next one we’ll look at is my own Noticing Exercise which I provide in my free book “My Astral Projection Truth: What is Astral Projection and How To Do It”. In the Noticing Exercise you lie down, close your eyes and then just look out into the blackness caused by closing your eyes. At that point, you’re to draw your attention towards any “changes” you see happening in that blackness. Allow your attention to draw towards anything, however minute it may seem. When you begin to see changes occur, move your attention towards it more and more, investigate it as deeply as you can.

So what’s really going on with this exercise? The act of bringing your awareness towards the changes going on within the blackness is the *FOCUS* for this. When you do this exercise and you focus on those changes to the exclusion of everything physical around you, you will trigger the Projection-reflex.

Give me any AP/OBE/LD/etc method/techniques/exercise and I’ll let you know what the Focus of that technique is. The only exception is that this Focus stuff only relates to methods/techniques/exercises where the goal is a Projection from a fully conscious, awakened state.

If you can find a good Focus that will work for you, then it’ll keep your awareness engaged. The Focus can, literally, be anything you want. It can even be something on or about your physical body. Some people would say that’s an issue because it would keep your focus on your physical body. It’s not an issue as long as you can use that Focus in an effort to push everything else physical away from your awareness. The goal is to remove your awareness from this physical reality. Or another way to put it is that you’re looking to make it so that your five physical reality senses are no longer “processing” input from your environment.

So what should your Focus be? As I said, it can be anything you want as long as it’s engaging and it can hold your attention for extended periods of time. We’ve already discussed how the Rope Method and the Noticing Exercise work and what their Focus is. Try to pick something that’s of interest to you. For myself, I (used to) train in Yoshinkan Aikido, so I would visualize myself doing that martial art. I’d visualize myself doing the movements, feeling everything as I would if I was really practicing it. It worked great as it’s something I enjoyed doing, so it would hold my attention. What I would find is that as I was doing this visualization, I’d find myself in a dojo actually practicing it, like I was physically there standing on the mats in the middle of whatever technique I was performing at the time. That’s Projection.

You could use something Visual. I’ve seen people use a candle flame. You stare into a real, physically lit candle until the point when you close your eyes you can see an afterimage of the flame. Then you focus on that afterimage. You could also use something making sound. If you have a fan going, you can focus on the sound of the fan makes. You can even do an open eyed Focus where you focus on something across the room, say a teddy bear on a shelf. As you focus on it to the exclusion of all else going on, allow your eyes to fall shut. Eventually, if you’re focused enough on it, you’ll trigger the Projection-reflex.

You can use full visualizations like I suggest in the Mental Rundown exercises from my book. If you can engage all of your senses within a scene you create, then that too is a great Focus with which to trigger the Projection-reflex. For that, I like to take walks down at the local beach front. Very relaxing to me. Although, you could also do anything you want. Do you enjoy canoe trips? Do a visualization where you ride in a canoe down a river. This kind of visualization works best when you use a memory of something you’ve already done. This allows your Focus to be created very strongly, because you don’t have to guess what something feels like.

A more basic example of this is visualizing yourself in an elevator going up and down. If you use a Mental Rundown like this as your Focus, then try to make sure there’s some sort of incorporation of “movement” in it. I find that helps greatly in triggering the Projection-Reflex.

Anyway, that’s about it for now! Feel free to PM me on the forums, email me, or drop a comment here if you wish to discuss what Focus works best for you. I’m more than happy to help you come up with something!

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Astral Projection Sensations – Vibrations, Spinning, Etc

I’ve noticed over the last while that a lot of people try to focus on experiencing what is commonly referred to as the “Vibrations”.
Why are they called that? Well, that’s exactly what they feel like. It feels as if your entire body (or simply just parts of your body) are actually vibrating. Now, we know that it’s not your actual physical body vibrating, because people can touch you and you’ll feel normal even though YOU think you’re body is shaking on a 9.0 on the richter scale.

While it seems to be all and good for some people to experience the vibrations (and many other sensations), you shouldn’t make them your goal… and I’ll explain why.

It’s like in the martial arts, say Karate for example, you’re taught to punch THROUGH your target. You pick a point PAST your target and you aim for that.
You don’t aim for your target, because that’s a much weaker strike, so by the time your fist is hitting the target, your punch is pretty much stopped.

What you’re doing when you focus on achieving the vibrations (or any other non-direct projection goal) is that you’re focusing so hard on experiencing these “sensations” that your aiming for the target (sensations) so when you finally hit that target, you’re stopping. Aim beyond the sensations. Aim beyond what you THINK you need to achieve.

It’s okay, and even good to have those symptoms/sensations… but they’re mostly just a signpost that reads “Keep doing what you’re doing, because you’re doing it right”. Just keep doing whatever it was that got you there. Continue focusing away from the physical. Don’t stop to read the signpost.

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My Free 60 Page Book, “My Astral Projection Truth”, What is Astral Projection and How to do it!

Direct Download Link – PDF Format
My Astral Projection Truth: What is Astral Projection and How to do it!

I just finished editing version three of my free Book! It’s now ready for downloading!

I’ve also re-branded it in honor of Frank Kepple, who put in so much time and effort into teaching others to experience the larger reality. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have progressed as much as I have, and with the use of PDF format, is easy to share and use this book, since there are software like sodapdf which help a lot with this.

It’s now “My Astral Projection Truth: What is Astral Projection and How to do it!

This Book represents everything I’ve learned over my life, but mostly the last 2 – 3 years of my practices in Projection and Phasing. It’s now a 60 page Book full of great information regarding how you can begin to explore the furthest reaches of reality on your own! All the information I provide in it was the same information that helped propel me towards the experiences I now enjoy.

Feel free to pass it around to where ever you wish, as long as the information remains intact and all credit is given where due.  I hope the information helps you as much as it has helped me.

Thanks for reading! Please leave me some feedback on how you like the Book, and if there was any parts of it that are unclear or confusing. I’m happy to re-write sections to make them easier to understand.

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How To SEE Your Visualizations

You won’t *see* it. You’ll… well, the best way to describe it is *perceive* it.

Try this…
Take a childhood memory you have. Now replay that memory in your head…
What’s going on right now? You’re not actually *SEEING* that memory, yet you can still *perceive* every nuance of it. You can see the people, you can perhaps hear the words they’re saying, and the environment going on around it. But never do you SEE anything other than the blackness when you close your eyes.

Actually, you don’t even have to close your eyes when you do this! You can see what’s physically going on around you AND still “perceive” the memory.

Does that make sense?

A lot of people confuse what visualization actually is and how it relates to Projecting. Use this knowledge now when you try your Mental Rundown Exercise!

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The KEY To Learning Astral Projection

I’m going to share with you what took me over 10 years to figure out. I’m going to share with you the KEY to learning astral projection. Once you understand this concept you will understand how important Meditation is to having conscious exits.

So let’s get this started…
We’ll start with a bit about the 5 senses first, because this is where the key lies. When you close your eyes you probably see blackness (depending upon the amount of light in the area). Well, that blackness isn’t really BLACK black. If you look really closely, it’s made up of a lot of moving shapes and colours swirling about. If you don’t see that, look closer… it’s there. What you’re seeing is what your eyes ‘see’ when there’s nothing physical to see.

The same holds true for all of your senses, as long as you’re awake (and ostensibly, alive), your 5 senses are ALWAYS working, ALWAYS being bombarded with input from your environment. So, even when things are super quiet and you hear that “mystery sound”, it’s simply the sound which your ears hear when there is no physical sounds there to hear. It’s usually a combination of sounds being emitted by your body which can include things like the blood flowing through your ears.

Now apply this to your other senses…
You’re always tasting something, it might only be the inside of your mouth, but you’re always tasting.
You’re always feeling something, be it the air on your skin, but you’re always feeling.
And you’re always smelling something, even if you’re not actively breathing in, there is always “something” hitting your olfactory senses.

As you can see, even if you’re sitting there doing “nothing”, you’re actually doing a lot, it’s just all automatic. Now, the key to having a conscious Projection is to learn to IGNORE those 5 senses. Stop listening… stop feeling… stop tasting… stop smelling… stop hearing… sure, some of those are easier than others, but that’s the challenge, that’s the “learning”.

Just ignore it all. That’s when the projection will naturally kick in, because your consciousness WANTS to sense something… so it’ll give itself something to sense. That’s a projection.

You can then use your Intent to direct those senses to something subjective… or something objective.

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Destynee’s Plan – Personal Attention To Learn Astral Projection!

Hi everyone!

We’re opening Destynee’s Plan on the Unlimited Boundaries Forum!
You can go there from here: http://www.unlimitedboundaries.ca/forums/destynee-s-plan-f65.html

Have you been trying to learn Astral Projection, yet haven’t been able to do it? Are you confused about what you’re trying to do?
What we’re willing to do for you is provide you with personalized, individual attention from myself or one of the other highly experienced individuals who have agreed to put aside time in their busy day to help YOU learn Astral Projection!

This is a 100% free service. You don’t have to pay a single dime now or ever!
Our payment is knowing that we have taught people how to experience the larger reality for themselves. THAT is our goal.

It’s called Destynee’s Plan in honor of the individual who first thought of this concept of personalized, individual attention to help people learn Astral Projection.

Head on over to the above links, create an account and post your desire to learn. We’ll try to match you up with someone in order for them to teach you, OR you can also post in the sub forum section and get advice from everyone. It’s up to you. All that we ask is that you put as much dedication into this as we are putting into it for you. We want you to experience the larger reality for yourself, first hand. That’s the only way for you to break free and truly begin to learn for yourself.

So we’ll see how this goes! Thanks everyone!

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Astral Projection – Visual Sensory Deprivation

There’s a great product on the market called the Mindfold.
The nice thing about the mindfold, and other functional products like it, is that you don’t have to worry about your eyes as much. It removes that factor of worry from your projection sessions.

A lot of people, including myself, have had issues where you have your eyes closed… you get really deep, then your eyes begin to flutter.
In the day light this can really ruin things… but with a mindfold on, you don’t have to worry about that light troubling you.

You can actually practice without having to close your eyes at all!
I’ve tested this… and it really works. Try it: find a room in your house which you can remove all light from… for me, it’s a bathroom on our main floor. If I close the door, put a towel under the crack in the door and turn the lights off, it’s 100% dark. Not an ounce of light anywhere creeping in. Now just sit there in the dark with your eyes open… if they begin to close, let them. This isn’t an exercise in keeping your eyes open. Allow them to do whatever they want to.

Eventually, as you sit there, for the most part, meditating with your eyes open, you’ll start to “see” things. These are the same things you “notice” using the noticing exercise. The exact same things you would see if you had your eyes closed in an otherwise well-lit room. You can project from this state just fine too. PROJECTION WITH YOUR EYES OPEN. Why does this work? Because with the room dark, you’ve done the same thing as if you had your eyes closed… you’ve shut off the visual sensory input, and this is the cause for triggering of the 3D Blackness/Void state.

By just doing this, you can initiate a conscious exit projection. Let me know how things go! Enjoy!

How to Project using a Focused Breathing Technique

I want to focus upon a usual technique that people like to use to Project with. Focusing upon your breathing.
The main action here is, well obviously, focusing upon your breathing, so let’s focus on that for a minute, because that’s going to be your make or break action.

Try this:
Don’t worry about vibrations, noises, heavy feelings, SP… NOTHING. Forget you even know all that stuff. Forget everything you’ve learned up until this point about astral projection. It’s useless knowledge. (This should be your first step with ANY projection technique, I’ll explain later in another article). Now, focus all your attention completely and utterly upon your breathing. Breathe in… feel the air passing through your nostrils, passing up your nose, down into your lungs… don’t just “feel” it though, completely ENGROSS YOURSELF in the sensations. Then when your lungs are comfortably full, begin to breathe out… completely engrossing yourself in every sensation associated with that biological movement. Each time you breathe in again, increase the depth of how completely engrossed in focus you are on those sensations…

The deeper you get, the more “lost” in the moment you’ll become… keeping the focus on the sensations will keep your mind active, just keep at it.

Focus… deeper… focus… deeper… focus… deeper… etc… eventually the physical reality will completely melt away. At one point you’ll notice it has melted away and you’ll notice that you’re not experiencing ANYTHING. It will be just YOU there, no physical anything. This alone will probably snap you back to reality, but then just keep doing what you’re doing. Keep teetering between “here” and “there”… and eventually you’ll notice yourself “there” and you’ll remain “there”.

Bedeekin – The Lightsaber Experiment

I wanted to post this here for everyone’s reading pleasure! A fine post made by Bedeekin regarding an experiment he did in the non-physical about manifesting items.

Bedeekin’s – The Lightsaber Experiment

I thought upon one occasion after reading a particular nudging post on a forum to create an object while in an Out Of Body Experience. Something of which i have been practicing regularly for 29 years.

The question was

When Astral Projecting can you make anything appear in front of you and if so is it real?

or words to that effect.

I decided to tackle the question in a way that would not only confirm the question personally but challenge the preconceived outcome.

I decided to create a Lightsaber.

The opportunity to try this exercise arose a few nights later during a type of focused experience I normally use to play out scenarios to find out the possible outcome; the free will of any people involved pending. The landscape I decided upon was a small clearing in a wood that I have visited since on many occasions.

I thought of a lightsaber in my hand but nothing happened. I created blackness and and imagined it best I could, still nothing in my hand. I walked a few paces as my mind became distracted and realised that something heavy bumped off my thigh. I looked down and there hanging from a clip on a nice leather belt was a shiny lightsaber.

I tugged at it and felt it slide from what was possibly a magnetic clip and held it in my hand. The surprise of seeing it and feeling it almost pushed me into dual consciousness so I gripped it tighter to anchor myself. I noticed the details. The machining and construction of it was sublime and solid. Very precise and a beautiful example of technology. It was rather heavy, most of the weight distributed at the pommel end of the shaft which almost felt like it was filled with lead shot.

I peered carefully into the business end and noticed a dark lens of some sort about the size of a dime (1/2 inch) nestled in a concave sand coloured ceramic inlay around which there were six small holes, like vents.

Curiosity and the obvious got the better of me and I played the hilt in my hand to find the ‘on’ switch. There were a few nobs and complicated looking bits along the shaft but one in particular stood out as being the obvious choice. I pressed it and nothing happened. I tried to slide it up like a torch but again nothing. I thought I might have manifested a broken or useless one when I suddenly slid the switch sideways with the ball of my thumb.

“FBBBVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV”

A three foot long blade of heat and light instantly exploded in a burst of blue.

Now… I will pause here to reflect. If you told me that I was to hold and activate a lightsaber as a child I would have probably just thought it was the most amazing thing to swish and swing around. In ‘reality’ (careful choice of wording) this was a different matter. For a start I am now an adult and I work with dangerous power tools. I have also travelled to the depths of the Alabama and Louisiana for a 3 week stay with the local SWAT teams and was dutifully introduced to the tools of trade they use to ‘stop’ people with. I remember holding a gun for the first time and being instantly terrified of it. This was the same emotion I felt upon activating my new Lightsaber. It was akin to what it may be like holding a chainsaw or a very sharp samurai sword in the presence of a group of children. Instant respect of power and danger with a shred of anxiety.

The heat of the blade was tremendous. How a Jedi swings these things around and not singe their towelling robe is beyond me. I could smell the ozone in the air.. the soft blue light was cast all around me kissing the stand of trees nearby.

I dared to peer more closely at the blade. It was bright within the centre, the glowing edge, I noticed, was seemingly present from the intense heat annihilating atmospheric dust and particles rather than part of the the body of the blade.

I carefully walked over to the nearest tree holding the awesome weapon well away from me, swished it about quite noncommittally and took a swing at its trunk. The blade just cut through it like butter. Not even butter. There was no resistance. If anything, it reminded me of a red hot-wire gliding through polystyrene. The tree dropped 2 inches in a shower of embers and then crashed sideways in a flurry of leaves, accompanied by the stench of burned wood. I felt rather destructive at this point and really only meant to scorch it. Embarrassed for some reason I flicked the switch off and the blade retreated leaving complete silence. I did slightly move my hand over the end and thumb the edge carefully… it was unexpectedly cool.

I walked into the centre of the clearing mulling over what just transpired. I glanced back at the tree and it had reset to its original upright splendour. I eventually gave into astonished excitement and phased back to full physicality. I instantly wrote it down and to this day remember it in minutiae.

The results upon reflection.

Now obviously this is anecdotal and entirely subjective yet it is a source of constant interesting data for me and those I tell it to.. or those who are willing to listen/read with open minded skepticism.

I have, as a Star Wars fan, always wondered what it would be like to have a real Lightsaber. Most Star wars fans have I’m sure, mainly what they could cut with it or battle with one, so there are many instances of expectation that are glaringly obvious yet curiously unexpected.

The pommel or ‘butt end’ for instance was considerably heavy. In hindsight and through remembering when the blade was ‘on’, this gave a fantastic feel of it having balance; like it was a blade of substance rather than of just energy.

I expected it to switch on like a torch or any flashlight. In actuality, although I made it look quite fumbled, it had a very nice and rather intuitive thumb sliding action that would of course benefit the use of it when grabbed and ignited quickly in the heat of battle.

I expected it in my hand and almost gave up, when it appeared to be where it should have been; hanging off my belt.

The particles of atmosphere being ignited creating the secondary glow of the blade are interesting. After the experience I looked online to find information about LASERs and found that the very powerful chemical LASER although devoid of light was evident as a beam because it ignited the particles in the air it penetrated. I didn’t know this prior to the experience.

Most of all was my reaction to it which I still laugh at today. I was ashamedly afraid of it. I had a very realistic reaction to something I desired since I was a child. I was exited but overall this was replaced with anxiety and the perception I could hurt myself.

Conclusion.

I have held and operated a real Lightsaber. Period

As subjective as the experience is and entirely anecdotal to anyone else, it was as real as real can get to me. I had manifested a fully functional object, that either through my own subconscious creativity or the collective data within the NPMR, operated with true PMR physics; I impressed PMR constraints upon a fictitious device within the NPMR. It worked beyond my expectation and left a lasting impression on me.

Last year I finally got around to wasting my money on an expensive prop replica complete with a removable polycarbonate blade and a show stand to display it on. It has several pre recorded ‘Authentic sounds from the movies’ that are activated by motion sensors and it even makes a cool ‘short-out’ Bzzzzzzzzt noise if you try to turn it on without the blade attached. It’s blue.

Although nicely made it’s not beautifully machined. The ‘on’ button isn’t quite right and there’s no weight or balance to it. When I walk past it I turn it on but it just doesn’t cut the mustard. I can however swing it around without killing the dog.

The Vigil Method & Fred’s New Book!

Fred (Major Tom from the Astral Pulse) from the Explorations-in-Consciousness website/forum released a chapter from his now released book, “Explorations in Consciousness”. It describes what the author calls “The Vigil Method”.

You can find the method at the following link: The Vigil Method

THE IMPORTANCE OF WAKEFULNESS

So you want to join the ranks of those who, in the words of the poet John Magee, have “…slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.” You won’t be flying an airplane, which inspired those words, but the rewards of learning how to project are even greater. So how do you make the OBE happen?

Clearly, the voluntary induction of the out-of-body state is associated with sleep. There are other situations in which the OBE occurs, such as during trauma or other extreme events, but the voluntary induction of the state is associated with the natural sleep rhythms of the physical body. In particular, Robert Monroe was the first to fully recognize the importance of being able to reach the MABA state (Mind Awake/Body Asleep) in order to effectuate the OBE.

Please do head over to Barnes and Noble or Amazon to purchase Fred’s new book! It’s promising to be an excellent read!
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/explorations-in-consciousness-frederick-aardema/1110505574?ean=9780987911902&itm=1&usri=0987911902
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0987911902/

You can also find more information about his book here: Explorations in Consciousness

In Explorations in Consciousness, Frederick Aardema, a clinical researcher, provides a profound, in-depth account of the out-of-body experience, during which the explorer of consciousness is able to transcend the boundaries of time and space.

Congratulations Fred!

Mind Quietness – An Experiment!

I have an experiment that I’d like everyone to try. If anyone would like to volunteer, you only have to do the following and report here via comment or on Facebook your results.

I was meditating on the train the other morning, during it I was attempting to observe my Mind Chatter as it was happening. I made a kind of discovery in regards to myself and how my mind chatter works in conjunction with my breathing.

I found that if I hold my breath, the “mind chatter” is expressed much slower in my mind. What I mean by this is that the chatter happens much slower (sometimes at a complete standstill) than if I was breathing normally. When I hold my breath, each word that occurs seems to have a long break in between and feels like each word is struggling to be said. Whereby if I’m just breathing normally the chatter happens at normal speaking speed with no struggling occurring.

I found this rather intriguing and wondered if everyone/anyone else is like this as well? Obviously, it’s ineffective and useless to attempt to hold your breath for extended periods of time in an effort to meditate “mind-chatter-free”, BUT, as a result of this, I was now attempting to keep the mind chatter at bay by focusing on the quietness that occurs between my breaths.

So give this experiment a quick try. Try to “observe” your mind chatter while you’re breathing normally and when you’re holding your breath and see if you notice a distinct difference between the speed of the two. As I said, for me the mind chatter was expressed significantly slower (sometimes completely stopped) while I was holding my breath.

Feel free to post your findings here or on facebook. 🙂

How to Increase your Chances of having Lucid Dreams and Astral Projections

I’m going to take this directly from my free 60 page eBook on the Basics of Phasing, which you can download from here.

Another way to have a non-physical experience is becoming aware during a non-physical dream awareness experience (aka, a normal dream). Some people call these DEILD’s (Dream Exit Initiated Lucid Dream) There are certain things you can do to increase your likely hood of becoming aware during an experience. The following are ideas you can use to make such occur.

1. Practice Reality Checks throughout your day
2. Keep a Dream Journal
3. Repeat Affirmations while falling asleep at night
4. Practice Mindfulness
5. Have the proper Intent

The first way to try to increase the number of Lucid Awareness experiences you have is to practice doing Reality Checks throughout your day. What this means is that as you’re going about your physical life, stop for a second every so often and check to see if you’re actually awake. If you’re awake in the physical, the check should be obvious. Likewise, if you do a reality check while you’re non-physical, it should also be obvious. I tend to use the same questions as in the above section:

1. “Where am I?”
2. “Where am I going?”
3. “How did I get here?” and
4. “What am I doing?”

You can ask yourself these questions in 10 seconds or less. Then, when you get the result you either continue going about your physical life or fly off into the sunset in the non-physical to have some amazing adventure. It’s important that the timing of your reality checks happen when you’re doing something that you usually do while you dream. For example, you might do a check when you hear a beep on your watch. Or perhaps when you look at your hands, or maybe when you go to the bathroom. Timing is everything with reality checks. You’ll need to do them for at least a couple weeks before they’ll carry over into your non-physical
time. Just keep them up and be persistent, they do work!

The next thing you can do is to keep a dream journal. This is probably one of the best things you can do as the benefits are twofold. It helps you to remember your non-physical experiences by programming your subconscious mind into remembering as much of them as it can. Also, we tend to dream the same stuff over and over. The more dream experiences you can actively remember because of your journal, the greater the chance that you’ll notice one of those experiences happening while you’re in the non-physical. If you can recognize certain dream elements that you tend to dream about a lot, you can use that knowledge to trigger a lucid awareness within your consciousness. For example, say you dream a lot about walking down a side street in a city. This is a dream element that appears in your dream journal quite a lot, then one night you have a dream that you’re walking down a side street in a city. As you’re having this experience, you might stop for a second and remember your dream journal entry regarding it. This might trigger your lucid or astral awareness.

Another way of having more lucid awareness experiences is to program yourself while you’re falling asleep at night by repeating an affirmation. The affirmation should always be kept in the present tense and should allude to you recognizing that you’re dreaming. Something like, “I am recognizing I am dreaming”. Try not to use future tense such as, “I will recognize I am dreaming”, because your mind will always look at that as being “in the future” and will never apply it to your present self. That’s just how the subconscious mind works. Try coming up with your own affirmations and see which works best for you.

Next method to increase your lucid awareness experiences is to practice always being mindful. Always be fully aware of what you’re doing and when you’re doing it. That level of awareness will travel over into the non-physical with you if you do it enough while awake. It will become part of who you are and you’ll naturally realize that you’re in the nonphysical.

The last thing is your Intention. Command your subconscious on a constant basis by saturating it with Lucid Dreaming and Astral Projection content. Read as much as you can on the subject. Read books, websites, forums, talk about it with other people. Just keep your mind completely on the subject to the point where your subconscious mind can’t ignore it.

Another Meditation Gem from the mind of Tom Campbell

I found a response that Tom had made to someone who was having problems with meditating. I think it’s a complete gem. Please do read. 🙂

You need to learn to meditate consistently first before trying more complex things, no wonder you are frustrated. Some how we have to calm that mind down or figure out a way to keep it occupied with non-operational non analytical fluff.

sound: Breathe normally but slowly, you can’t meditate holding your breath. Listen for the mantra while you inhale (breath in)(like listening for the thunder), Then hear the sound of the mantra in your mind while you exhale (breathe out), immediately listen for it again during the next incoming breath, then hear it again while exhaling, etc. As soon as any thoughts intrude, Gently (casually) put them side and begin listening and hearing again with the next breath — always breathing smoothly and slowly. keep this up. for just 5 minutes — set a timer or an alarm. when that gets easy lengthen it to 10 minutes, when that gets easy lengthen it to 20 minutes and then to a half hour. Do this at least several times a day (more when the times are short). EVEN IF THE IF THE LISTENING AND HEARING ONLY LAST A MICROSECOND BEFORE BEING INTERRUPTED, KEEP IT UP, JUST GENTLY AND CALMLY BUT FIRMLY PUT THE THOUGHTS ASIDE AS SOON AS YOU NOTICE AN INTERRUPTION AND THEN GO BACK TO LISTNING AND HEARING. Just do it with no expectations – we are not trying to meditate yet, first we must minimize those interruptions — that’s all, forget meditation for now — we are only trying to minimize the interruptions.
If you keep at it, the time between interruptions will grow – even if it grows from one microsecond to two microseconds, stick with it and it will continue to grow. After three months of multiple times a day, you should notice some progress. At that time, if the interruptions have slowed enough, report in and we will go to step 2

Sight: Same as above except instead of listening and hearing imagine a soccer ball levitating in front of you in one spot. As you breathe in let the ball spin slowly forward (top moving toward you, point closest to you moving down, and point on the bottom surface of the ball moving away from you), As your breath stops, let the ball stop, then as you breathe out let the ball spin slowly backward. Just intently watch the ball. Breathe slowly and rhythmically. All the rest is the same.

You do not need to wait 3 months to let us know what is happening, but do wait three months before analyzing anything or making any judgments. Just do and observe.

It’s a great suggestion really. Don’t jump headlong into meditation… learn to stop those mental interruptions, and before you know it you’ll be meditating!

Three Exercises For Specific Learning Types – Tom Campbell

Starting on page 174 of Tom’s book, MBT… he relates three exercises for learning to meditate.  Each method focuses upon one of our major methods of learning:  Auditory, Visually and by Touch.  He uses those as a means of quieting and focusing the mind away from the physical.

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The auditory exercise is about repeating a mantra.
The visual exercise is about allowing objects to appear before you in the blackness (sound familiar?) or creating a simple “scenario” and playing it out allowing yourself to perceive all the sensory input from it (also sounds familiar, eh?).
The touch exercise is about creating the sense of you touching something, like running your hands over a fur coat.

So yeah… you’re to keep doing the chosen exercise and bringing your attention back to it whenever you notice that it’s wandering.  However he mentions that when the image/sound/scenario begins to slip away (aka your mind begins to wander), but no extraneous thoughts appear, then just let the image/sound/scenario go and drift in the still oneness of your consciousness.  <– That’s the point consciousness state.

Once you’re in that state where you’re experiencing that “drifting oneness of consciousness” you have *ALREADY* phased.  It’s just a matter at that point to place your Intent towards what you want to do, and allow it to happen.

And this part is of UTMOST IMPORTANCE:

Be careful not to try too hard, and do not struggle with high resolution, image quality, or anything else.  Images may be felt as well as seen.  Struggling to make your meditation be how you think it should be is always counterproductive.  No expectations.  No struggle.  No demands.  The point is not to force your will on the process, but to let the process unfold naturally as it captivates your attention.

A Twist on the Noticing Exercise

I was meditating yesterday doing the Noticing Exercise, not really with any particular goal in mind other than trying to relax and de-stress myself by focusing within and just becoming “lost”, allowing my mind to drift where ever it wanted.  Anyway, I was staring out into the blackness trying to “notice” changes when I began to notice more than just slight changes.  These were full patterns instead, in some cases full objects.  Now, I never really considered in the past that I’d see more than just “slight variations” in the blackness.  But, I started focusing more on the patterns that I was seeing and I’d see an eye, maybe a wing of a bird, or a cube, etc…

I’m not sure if this is a twist so much as a realization of the nature of the exercise, but instead of “passively observing” I tried “actively creating” in that blackness.  I began to look at the blackness and the swirls of changes that I usually see, and tried to find patterns in it.  I don’t actively create either, I just kind of allow things to ‘form’ until I recognize something (ie: a wolf howling), then I try to focus upon whatever it is. The object will either get stronger or it will just fade away, at which point I start the process again of allowing something to form.

Now, the trick here isn’t to see a pattern and think to yourself, “Oh, I see a circle!” or anything like that, you still want to remain passively observing, yet focused upon the image you’re seeing and try to strengthen it if you can (don’t try too hard, remember to stay relatively passive).  Bring your full attention towards it.

You might even see more than one pattern at a time!  Try to bring them together if you can by using your Intent. Then to deepen the state, try interacting with whatever you’ve created. Try making it move. If it’s a person, move an arm by using your Intent. If it’s a ball, try rolling it around the blackness.  Your goal here is the same as the Noticing exercise: the total removal of your conscious awareness from this physical reality and place it ENTIRELY within the blackness (viewing the blackness).

So a quick recap… the usual Noticing Exercise would have you staring into the blackness behind your closed eyes and trying to “notice” any changes in that field of vision.  Then you would focus into those changes, and try to see more changes, and then focus into THOSE changes… etc.  This Noticing Exercise with a Twist is different because instead of focusing in on “changes”, you’re going to focus in on recognizable patterns that you’re seeing.  These patterns might initially start off as slight “changes”, but then just use your Intent to try to “see” more.  You can even try to mentally give a command and see what happens.  🙂

Give that a shot and drop me a comment if you need any clarification on this.

Post Focus! Contenteo!

I read a wonderful post today made by a new member of the Astral Pulse named Contenteo who had some big realizations after having their first Astral Projection! I thought it would be beneficial to post them here so that others off the Pulse can enjoy it too! So with his permission, here is it:

“I am proud to announce that this morning I had my first conscious exit astral projections(I had three). I foremost want to thank the community for being there and lending advice to help me achieve this. I appreciate all who helped me the last few weeks.

I don’t need the typical congratulatory posts, or feel the need to explain my experience(super long story posts are annoying to me) for self satisfaction.

What I do want to discuss is the vast difference between what I thought I was doing right, and what actually were factors in my success in projection. I started my journey about a month ago and did a tremendous amount of research, so I feel I am a good newcomer-to-success story and have a couple of major insights to lend to the community. What worries me most is although the information I got was accurate; there is a way to go about interpreting this information that can lead you down a near dead end path in your projection attempts. I can’t tell you how many posts I scanned through that contained people experiencing the same frustrations I was, and in retrospect, it was because we were all misinterpreting the fundamentals.

1. State of mind is very important to a first projections

When I started, I was attempting to go about projection before I went to sleep, in the evening or in the late night. Unknowingly, this was my first critical mistake. I read that night attempts were more difficult, however, I thought I could manage harder training. Who wants to get up in the morning to project, that sounds like major suckage. I was wrong. I got extremely proficient at entering a strong F12, to the point where I could force immense vibrations. But it was always the same things that got in my way. My breathing. A really annoying itch. Thinking I heard something. In essence, BEING AWARE. I was shooting myself in the foot.

When you go about phasing its not that you are shutting off your psychical awareness, but rather completely diverting your focus; on visualization, or being really good at a mantra. This is extremely difficult. I will repeat that, this is extremely difficult. In the old world, people would train a lifetime to master this. And you want to pump this thing out?

You need help if you want to do this quickly. The helping crutch is choosing the right frame-of-mind. You will use this to get through the exit the first time. Once you know that feeling, I can assure you will understand the basic way to get there. So what is this crutch of a state? We have all had it. It is the “screw it, I am going back to bed to catch another hour of sleep” feeling. It is that quintessential, identifiable drowsiness that is actually rather rewarding and pleasant. So I highly recommend, not attempting to project at night, but instead sleeping for like 4 hours, waking up and forcing yourself out of bed. Take a shower, eat breakfast, and start you day, really do whatever you want, until that, screw-it-I-am-going-back-to-bed-for-another-hour feeling creeps up. That’s when you lay down on your non-usual sleeping comfy place and attempt your projection. Again, this is to learn the way to get there. Then you can really start your training once you know the initial path.

2. Practice meditation

There is not an agreed upon nomenclature in this field, so for this purpose, I will refer to meditation as a deliberate mental expedition to find the “exit” into the astral. I was meditating, when I thought I was on the path to phasing. This was my second critical mistake. When meditating, you can get very deep into your consciousness(a deep F12), you can even stand at the foot of the “exit”, but you will not know HOW to use the exit unless you have experienced it once before. When I started I was so full of vigor to find it enter it, and failed repeatedly. I can’t tell you how frustrating this is; you will time and time again wake up sweating, trying to analyze what you did wrong. I am sure most newcomers will experience exactly what I am talking about. So, when beginning, you are in a conundrum of sorts, you need to get somewhere you don’t know how to get to, and all you have is a myriad of mixed approaches people have suggested to explore your surrounding when you close your eyes in a relaxed state.

Now although these repeated attempts at meditation are frustrating, especially when they appear fruitless, please do not discount them. They will teach you how to get to the exit, even if you can’t go through it. So when you finally give the morning technique a shot, you will identify and understand all the basic feelings you encounter. You need to understand and be comfortable with all these feelings and learn what the milestones are so they don’t freak you out, when you experience them and can discount them without a worry.

So contrary to what I said in 1, practice before bed. Do it and do it often, but understand that a deep F12 state is your goal. This I did right. Hell, try to find the exit, but please don’t get frustrated if you can’t, just simply understand you are going to need that state of mind tip in 1 to understand the way. Then when you understand how to apply the way to find that exit in a deep F12. Practice, Practice, Practice.

Intermission – I so wish I had these tips when I started.

3. Don’t search for the milestones

Vibrations. Random Noises. Mind Awake Body Asleep. A feeling of being pulled upward. I know all these sensations very well after all my practice, but when you are actually phasing, experiencing any of them doesn’t matter, ignoring them is what matters. That is so vital. I would stay up night searching for the path, exploring colors, reaching chest pounding and hyperventilation dead ends, thinking I just need to get past those points. Thinking that finding the vibrations is the secret to astral projection and I am just failing at finding them. This is NOT the case. Phasing is natural, there is no searching for milestones. There is no getting past anything. I could never believe that it just happens so easily, but it does. I feel so foolish after all my attempts, but am grateful I understand how to reach different levels of consciousness so quickly now. So how do you get there if milestones aren’t the solution?

4. Visualization

Visualization is the key. Honestly a mantra does not work for me because I get to bored with it after a while, and start thinking about other things. I think very few of us are that mastered at focus. Again, that’s a lifetime of training. So what exactly is visualization?

The best example is daydreaming. You know when you are daydreaming, and you snap back into reality. That action, that disconnectedness, is exactly what we are trying to achieve. That is what we want to attempt to recreate. Lay there in a relaxed state taking deep breaths and state thinking out stories. Really anything you could daydream about. Ironically, this is how I get to sleep at night. The differences, is that because you have been practicing, you know all the cues of falling asleep. You will visualize a story, and then snap back to thinking that you lost focus of your story. But that is natural and OK. Actually what you just did was perfect. You are more disconnected and still aware. Then visualize another story, try to bring it as far as you can. And again you will lose focus and snap back. Be persistent and stay focused on you stories. Really they can be any physical manifestation daydream, just keep ’em coming. Eventually, the milestones will start to kick in. For instance a noise in one of your visualizations will actually happen, but because you have been practicing you will not be startled. Just think, “good” and enjoy the added effects to you thoughts. Keep up your visualization attempts and deeper, passing the vibration milestones, far past where you realized you are actually laying there. It will just happen, because you will be so engrossed in your visualization. You will feel vibrations and a rush/whoosh. From this point, you have entered the natural process. It will feel natural, just maintain composure and keep focus on you visualizations. From this launching pad, you can go all sorts of places depending on your proficiency.

5. Remember your training

Because you have been practicing and reading so much about the astral, remember the tenets will be easy when you get to the training ground or wherever you launch takes you. Thought = Action, Emotions will Manifest. Intent is King.

You will feel light and soft and everything will be beautiful. The astral is absolutely gorgeous. It is more astounding and comforting then anything I could have ever imagined it to be.

To recap. Don’t force yourself into a state. You have to know the path. Stay up late, wake up a couple hours early, but use those hours to go back to rest/attempt when your body tells you too. Practice before going to bed on normal nights. Understand the milestones, but don’t search for them, the process is natural. Searching will interfere with the steadfast visualization that is truly required to achieve success.

I wish you all the best in your journeys and would like to thank everyone here at the board again for helping me out so much. I sincerely hope this helps newcomers. It is exactly the information I needed when I started.

Sincerely,

Contenteo”

Good job Contenteo! 🙂

Asking For Guide/Helper Assistance

I was listening to some of the explorer tapes from the link that Dave (http://gravatar.com/galahadz)  linked in my other post the other day.

I got the idea from them to “ask” for assistance while I was in Focus 10 or 12 and just see where that takes me.  Well… I did just that about 20 minutes ago and was quite pleased with the results.  I was just sitting here at my desk, meditating in Focus 10 and I asked if a helper or guide of mine can help me to experience something “different”… after a minute I saw my field of view (the blackness behind my eyes) start to spin and rotate, it turned into what looked like a tunnel with me “moving” through it.  I began to feel a shift occur, but it eventually stopped and I found myself back at my desk.

So yeah… that was definitely “different”.  I’m going to play around with “asking” for assistance from now on when I go about my meditations and phasing practices and see where it takes me and I highly suggest adding this to your own routine as well.  🙂

Goodluck and have fun!

Phasing with Noticing – A More Detailed Explanation

I’ve received a few questions lately regarding the “Noticing” exercise.  Certain aspects of the explanation that Frank writes about seems to be confusing people slightly… so I’ll try my best to fully explain the process, at least how it relates to me and hopefully you can apply some of this knowledge to your own practices.

First, the entire point of the noticing exercise, as Frank puts it, is to “become fixated within”. That’s really the end goal, as THAT is where the non-physical lies… within us. It’s nothing exterior that you “go to”.

So, how do we “become fixated within” by using the Noticing exercise? That’s where the actual NOTICING part comes in. You can’t just sit/lie there and “look” at the blackness, because that will do absolutely nothing and you’ll eventually become frustrated thinking that it’s not working for you. You need to actually do something for this to work! Just like a binaural beat won’t project you automatically unless you do the actual work yourself… you won’t Phase with Noticing unless you actually Notice!

Now, here’s the confusing part… “to notice” is something you have to actively do… HOWEVER, you have to remain “passively aware” while actively noticing. I know, that sounds confusing… well, lemme describe how “I” notice and I’ll go from there.

When I actually get to the part of my routine when I begin “Noticing”, I stare into the blackness… it’s the same blackness that you see when you close your eyes. It’s just blackness (however nonuniform it may look). My goal is to notice any changes that happen within the blackness that is in my field of view. It can be literally anything, as Frank put it, it could be a flash of something, or perceiving some kind of movement in the blackness… when you begin to see ANYTHING (again, do not outright dismiss anything you see) consciously zero in on it. Your goal is to “Passively Observe”… this means (and this is VERY IMPORTANT) to keep an air of curiosity about what you’re seeing. As I see this stuff, I kind of talk to myself while observing it, but I do so without actually talking verbally or thinking it.

To explain that last part… take a piece of paper, this piece of paper is going to represent the “blackness behind your eyes”. Draw a single dot in the middle of that page then hold that page up to your face and stare at the dot (it’s okay to allow the dot to become unfocused). The dot represents your fixated gaze (depending upon how closely you’re holding the paper to your face, you could see two dots) within the blackness (or in this case the whiteness of the paper)… now, consciously take in the rest of what you can see of the paper, but don’t actually look around, use your peripheral vision. Try to see any irregularities in the paper… there might be a spec of something somewhere, or a small crease somewhere else that you didn’t notice before and you might be noticing that the paper isn’t uniformly white and you begin to focus in on these new-found items of interest. Notice these irregularities and retain that air of curiosity regarding them. Become consciously curious about each and every aspect that you notice in the paper… the more you do this, the more you begin to forget about the physical world around you and the more your consciousness shifts within what you’re gazing at. This is the act of becoming fixated within.

So now that you’ve just done that with a piece of paper and with your eyes open… close your eyes, visualize that dot in front of you… and do it again, this time staring at the blackness behind your eyes instead of a white piece of paper. Remember to NEVER verbalize or think about the things you’re seeing and noticing… try to keep that “air of curiosity” about it all.

The shift into Focus 12, where you start to really get visuals, for me, takes anywhere between 10 – 20 minutes. If I don’t get it after 20 minutes, then I know that my heart just isn’t in it for that session and I go do something else. But, give yourself whatever time you feel is necessary. It can take a while. Just remain relaxed and calm.

Once you do attain a solid Focus 12 and can hold it for a good period of time without losing it, the next shift to Focus 21 will more than likely happen naturally from a solid Focus 12. You simply have to drive your consciousness within just a bit more… the big point here though is that it’s nothing you can force. You have to ALLOW yourself to do this shift. From Focus 21, you can pretty much go and do whatever you want simply by visualizing the area you want to go to. 🙂

I hope that helps fill in some of the blanks as per the Noticing exercise. If you have any questions, please leave a comment here, on my own forums, or on the Astral Pulse. Thank you for reading!

Relaxing Your Head

I believe that one of the biggest things that has stopped me from projecting properly in the past was insufficient relaxation of my head.  I feel the muscles in your head to be of the utmost importance to relax.  As Robert Monroe mentions, once you relax the head, you can then use that sense of relaxation throughout your entire body… whereby if you do it the opposite and relax your body first, it doesn’t quite work the same way with your head.

Now, I’m starting to come to the conclusion lately that relaxation isn’t a major key in projection.  I find that being able to disassociate your focus of awareness from your physical body *IS* the key, however a fully relaxed body can certainly assist with this goal and can seriously speed up the process.

I was practicing last night and focusing entirely on slowing the relaxation down so I could figure out how I do it… my hope is that this information might help someone else who has a lot of stress held in the muscles of their head.

I find that a lot of tension, for me, is kept around my ears, eyes, and forehead.  I can actually sit here and feel the tension in them right now just from my day up until now.

Now, what I do first when I sit down is I stretch out my eyes… I close them really tightly for 5 – 10 seconds, then move them around in a circular motion several times trying to move them outwards in all directions as far as they’ll go.  This won’t relax them outright, but it will make it much easier to relax them and encourages them to stay closed while you’re practicing.

For the ears, it’s a little harder because they’ll be attentive if they hear anything out of the ordinary.  I had a hell of a time last night trying to relax them and KEEP them relaxed because there were a bunch of little noises that kept creeping up in the area I was practicing in.  I found out last night that when I breathed deeply and yawned, the muscles around my ears settled.  I never realized the yawning part before… so I’ll have to keep experimenting with this.

For your forehead… this area of your head is mostly attached, on the top, to your scalp (which also could use relaxing) and on the bottom at your eyes.  So relaxing your eyes first, and your scalp second might be good to encouraging your forehead to release its tension.

The next paragraph is probably the most important to realize:
The feeling you’re aiming for is an actual physical drooping of the muscles in the area of where you’re focusing.  I mean that you’ll actually PHYSICALLY feel them get pulled down slightly and slowly by gravity as the tension drifts out.  This can actually take upwards of several minutes per spot… DO NOT rush this.  It takes time and practice to be able to will your muscles to relax on command, this entire head relaxation can take anywhere from 10 – 30 minutes, but it simply CAN NOT BE RUSHED.  Take your time and enjoy the entire experience.  🙂

Once you have all the major and minor muscle groups relaxed… I like do to what Robert Monroe talks about in the Gateway series, which is allowing that feeling of no-tension and relaxation to seep into your brain.  Allow the feeling of relaxation to become one with your physical brain.  Visualize the relaxation of your head moving inwards.  Once that’s done, I find that you can then initiate that feeling of relaxation in other parts of your body, reaching for the relaxation that your brain is experiencing.

By this point, your body should begin to be numb… sensory perceptions should be slowing down, if not completely ceased.

You should now be in a great place to begin whatever Phasing exercise you want… be it noticing, rundowns or something else.  🙂