While the amount of effort to reach a lucid out-of-body experience can change from person to person, a bit of theory and selecting the right approach can make a world of difference.
This article is divided in 3 sections: the process, tips to help you get started and an overall look at the benefits that the OBE entails.
Out of Body Experience for Beginners in 3 Steps
When trying to explain how to astral project for beginners, I usually summarize the process in three steps:
1) you need to take off
2) you need to manage to stay lucid while out
3) you need to recall the experience once you go back to the physical body
1) Taking off
If you are trying to figure out how to astral project easily, the first thing you need to understand is how to produce the take-off. In other words, you need to learn how to relax the physical body to the point your psychosoma (astral body) is free to take off.
Aside from the relaxation of the physical body, you will need to have the equivalent “relaxation” of your energosoma (energy body). Knowing how to unblock your chakras and achieve a better distribution of energies throughout the energosoma can be a great help in this process. Ideally, you should achieve a state with your energies that will produce a slight expansion of your energosoma. Since the energosoma is the “glue” between the physical body and the psychosoma (astral body), you will be in a better condition to take off.
Unblocking chakras and expanding the energies are not absolutely necessary conditions to produce a lucid OBE, however, working on it can greatly increase your chances for take-off.
Blocked areas in your energosoma can keep your astral body “glued” to the physical body. For example, you could get to the point of relaxation where you feel your legs and arms floating, and even get the head of the psychosoma to move around a bit, but feel as if there was a weight on top of the chest that keeps you inside the body.
2) Staying Lucid During Take Off
On the process of learning how to achieve astral projection, lucidity is paramount. Being lucid means to be aware, cognizant, making sense of the information we receive from the environment around us consistently with how we do it in the waking state. We can say that lucidity means to be “awake” however we do not use that word in order to avoid confusion with the state of our physical body.
Our physical body can be awake or asleep. We, as consciousness, can be lucid or not. So the trick to astral project is to put the physical body to sleep but to stay lucid. The consciousness is not the physical body and therefore does not need to sleep.
3) Recalling your Out-of-Body Experience
The third element needed while learning how to do astral projection is to remember the experience after it happens. This is usually not the part that requires the most amount of information and training.
When you are outside the body, everything you experience is captured by you “extraphysical brain” (or parabrain) in your astral body (or psychosoma). Because of that, when you go back to the physical body a transfer of information needs to happen from this parabrain to the physical brain. This is the essence of the recall process.
There are things you can do before the projection to help with the recall. Self-suggestion is one technique you can use before your OBE attempt. This recall technique consists in repeating a phrase to yourself a few times. Repeating it five or ten times is typically effective. If you can say it out loud and do it after you have achieved some relaxation, even better.
The sentence should be simple and direct, something like “I will get out of my body with lucidity and remember everything when I come back”. It is important to pay attention to what you are saying and say it “with energy” and with confidence.
During the OBE you can try to repeat names of people and places that you learn, and also tell yourself that you will remember those names after you wake up. Coming back to the physical body by your own decision usually helps with a more controlled reconnection and with the overall transfer of information to the physical brain.
An important factor on remembering your astral projection experience is to wake up slowly and to keep your attention on the recall process as you reconnect. If you wake up abruptly, after a loud alarm goes off, and quickly move to switch it off, you would reduce your chances of recall.
The ideal scenario for recall is based on a slow reconnection process. Those kinds of alarms that increase the volume slowly can help in this regard. You should ask yourself if you recall anything from the period your physical body was asleep before making any movements.
In summary: put your physical body to sleep, stay lucid, and try to manage the reconnection process to remember the experience.
7 Astral Projection Tips for Beginners that Will Help you Get Started
This section tries to give some initial ideas to individuals that are willing to start having astral projections with more lucidity.
In order to have your own astral projections you might have to improve (and observe) certain aspects within your life that would help you speed up the possibility (and frequency) of lucid astral projections.
The best way to leave the body or to have a lucid and controlled projection is to apply techniques; this way you have a methodology that will help you prepare and develop this process properly in order to successfully disconnect your body and allowing you to have your experience.
Do not believe in anything, but instead, experiment: have your own experiences.
What is important here is to understand that beyond and above any information that you might read and access via the internet, a book, someone’s story, a friend’s experience or any other source, it is necessary for you to organise your expectations because when you have your own experiences whatever you read, heard or learned before can’t then be compared to your own perceptions, experiences and conclusions while you are experiencing a projection.
We don’t really understand what the fruit called ‘mango’ is until we taste, swallow and digest it. So it is important for anyone that is willing to start leaving the body or to have a projection to allow him/herself to have their own conclusions and results from that experience.
There’s nothing better than self-knowledge, particularly in this area.
Choose a good technique and apply it at least 15 times for the period of 1 month.
Picking or choosing a technique is very important. Just because everyone is using a certain technique does not mean that the technique is good for you. There’s no technique that ‘fits all’. So choosing a technique will very much depend on your own characteristics (maybe you are more creative, or more rational, or you prefer something that uses breathing and relaxation, etc). So what’s your personal profile?
Choose a technique that works well with your personal traits. Learn this technique very well, step by step; beginning, middle and end of the technique. There are some techniques that are very complicated and mystical, which don’t help you since they don’t provide you with the correct guide for their application.
So check the technique first, understand it and memorise it. Then apply it at least 15 times for the period of 1 month (maybe choose the days where you have less work to do, or your routine allows you to concentrate better on that technique, etc). Apply it on different days and not 3 times in one day. It does not matter if you apply it in the morning, afternoon or night, as long as you spread them over the 15 days.
Have the right ‘mindset’ when applying the technique.
To have an astral projection it is important to have ‘quality’ emotions, sentiments and thoughts inside of you (in order to help you develop a proper projection). These would, for example, include: confidence, self-motivation, curiosity, perseverance, persistence and so on. So avoid fear, self-doubt, anger, busy thoughts, or thoughts that are not related to astral projection. Find moments in your day in which you can easier control your thoughts and emotions and create a good mood; a positive one that works for you.
So your technique should be full of positiveness towards your goal of achieving your OBE or out-of-body experience.
Places and conditions for you to apply the technique.
Ideally you should apply your techniques in a place where you can control the physical conditions. For instance, a place where there is a door which you can lock in order to avoid people coming in in the middle of you applying your technique. Or for example lighting; do it in a dark room but have a spotlight on so you can still see inside the room/place/area.
The temperature should be ideally around 20 degrees Celsius so you’re not either cold nor hot and can therefore relax better.
Turn off your mobile phone or any other instrument that might make a noise or beeping sound during your technique.
Lay down on a bed or a place where you are totally comfortable so you can relax completely.
All these conditions when picking the place are necessary for you to be able to stay in long enough to relax and at the same time maintain your lucidity to leave the body under control.
How long should we apply a technique for?
A person that is practising a technique to have a projection should apply this technique for a minimum time of 30 minutes and a maximum time of 1 hour. This will allow the practitioner to have enough time to apply the steps the technique offer and at the same time wait for the results to take place.
So, set an alarm clock for one hour and apply all the steps of your chosen technique; calmly and in an organised way. If you apply it and finish all of the required steps but had no results and your alarm clock has not gone off yet start again from the beginning and apply step by step.
Set the amount of time, apply the technique and repeat the steps if necessary for as many times as you can within the period of time. If you fall asleep and wake up in the middle of it and you haven’t heard your alarm clock start the technique again. Take advantage of the time that you have left and apply the technique as many times as you can within your time period.
Non-physical sensations during the application of the technique.
During the application of your technique and in order to achieve a lucid and controlled projection you might experience non-physical sensations. These are sensations you may have during the technique while you are laying down on your bed.
The sensations might vary from vibrations (in and on your physical body), shivers, changes in temperature, sensation of ‘internal electricity’, pressure on your head or at the back of your head, sensations of partial disconnections and so on.
All these sensations are somehow a kind of warning that ‘informs’ you that you are starting to have some form of contact with other dimensions or that you are disconnecting from your physical body (or also energetic sensations).
If you do feel these or any others, do pay attention and make a note of them later (after your alarm clock goes off) so you end up with a diary which contains all of your experiences. You can later study the diary in order to understand your patterns.
Every experience during the techniques counts!
Pay attention to any ideas, sensations or images that you might have during your astral projection. When waking up from it write down all that comes to your mind! Make a Projective Diary: each morning write down on your notepad any relevant information you may have/remember and start building up ‘the collection of memories’ from your experiences. This will help to reinforce your ability to recall them and in time you will be able to recall most of your experiences!
Now let’s look at the benefits in general.
Benefits of Having an OBE
The phenomenon called out of body experience offers to anyone that experiences it the possibility of having a major life change because of its numerous benefits.
One of the first and important benefits of the out of body experience is that after a few experiences the person starts to see life in a different way and death is understood in a different context.
Instead of fear, the person realizes that nobody really dies; there’s no death, we will continue to exist after this life so there’s no need to be afraid and normally from this understanding the person becomes happier, calmer, more relax, confident and has better self-esteem, improving his or her quality of life tremendously.
Another important benefit of having an OBE is the possibility to find out about our reality; where we came from: understanding and remembering facts that we already knew but that during our physical life we had forgotten. So we can remember why we came to this life, why we were born in a particular family, what we have to do in this life. This would help us have a more coherent and happier life.
Some projectors also consider that leaving the body is an opportunity to meet with relatives that have already passed away and therefore they can talk to them and maybe clarify or reconcile anything that needs to be ‘fixed’ (which was not possible during the lifetime on this planet).
So as you can see the benefits of OBE are clear; another one being the increase of your level of maturity about life (yours and others). This happens because by leaving the body you might better understand why a friend or relative is having all the problems that they are having, or why you have a problem with a specific person.
The communication in an OBE is more efficient, direct and clear, therefore it helps to clarify our karmic relationships.
We hope that you will be motivated by this article and have a lucid and controlled astral projection.