The following article – Astral Projection on Steroids – is the fourth part of my astral traveling series. The links to the other episodes that discuss inter alia the basics about the astral world and the best projection techniques can be found at the bottom of this page. With this slightly advanced episode, I’m aiming at bringing your astral journeying endeavors to a whole new level.
If you choose to delve into the contents of this article, you should – preferably – have gained at least some experiences by previous attempts to project with several of the various methods available. This does however not mean that it’s necessary for you to have already succeeded with these attempts at projection; quite the contrary is the case. This article is especially meant for those who struggle with astral projection – the ones who want to bring their efforts to a whole new level and are therefore not afraid to invest more time, dedication, perseverance and willpower than before.
Another thing that is quite important for the comprehension of this article is that you have already an understanding of the common sensations that come with deep trance states, such as energy flowing through your body, awkward noises, sleep paralysis (i.e. not being able to move) and so forth, so that they won’t scare you anymore. If you are still afraid of these and similar experiences, I would recommend you to work off your fears first, as fear can be a mental barrier preventing you from succeeding with your endeavor. I think my first article about the basics of astral projection should aid you in doing so. Also, the right motivation and the willingness to put a lot of (mental) effort into this endeavor, invigorated by the insatiable will to succeed and travel the astral, won’t do any harm.
It’s time to bring the big guns in, welcome to astral projection on steroids! Let’s get down to business; let’s focus more concentrated and serious on the project “astral projection”; let’s put more effort into the endeavor to experience an astral journey.
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While most of the experts on the subject matter will advice novices to start their attempts at projection in the early morning hours, most of the beginners will instead begin their practice in the evening – or even during the day. I did the very same, because the idea of having to wake up in the middle of the night to start practicing, instead of returning to a relaxing sleeping position didn’t sound all too comfortable. Therefore, I began “exercising” when going to bed, despite the warnings that projecting in the evening or late night was by far more tedious, thinking that I could balance the higher level of difficulty with harder training and more dedication. And to answer the question if it is possible to project when going to bed at night: yes, it certainly is. But, attempting to project after waking up in the early morning comes with some great benefits.
The key advantage of the early morning hours is that you are already exceedingly relaxed, as you have awoken out of a very deep state of physical and mental relaxation. Your brainwaves will remain – for a limited amount of time – at the deep theta level they used to be when you were asleep, even when you shut off the alarm clock. This basically means that all the effort you would have to invest into reaching a state of deep relaxation when attempting to project at night becomes redundant in the morning. Another very important aspect lies in the chemistry of the brain during the morning hours, which makes it the perfect time to practice astral projection. The reason for this lies in the fact that the melatonin levels are usually very high in the morning, which aids you in remaining in a very relaxed state. Simultaneously, the cortisol levels begin to rise and reach their peak at 7:00 a.m., hindering you to fall asleep too easily while attempting to project. Basically, that’s the perfect mixture for entering a deep trance without falling asleep.
How to go advanced?
Practice both in the evening when going to bed and in the morning, a couple of hours before you normally get up. This basically doubles your chances of succeeding. And still, if you fail you gained double as much experiences than you would have when only attempting to phase in the evening or the morning. You have nothing to loose instead of a couple of hours of sleep – blissful for those that plan some more hours of sleep.
1. The Morning Technique: Interrupted Sleep Method
I’ve promised that this article would bring astral projection to the next level. So far, it wasn’t that special, as we only concluded to practice astral projection twice, instead of once a day. Nonetheless, I’m sure the following technique will change that. The needed requirements for the implementation of this technique are a second alarm clock and a timer (alternatively: mp3-player) that is not too loud [remark: please do NOT use your mobile phone for this, because of radiation]. Alternatively to the timer you can also use an mp3-player with a specifically composed playlist for this purpose (more on this later). For your better understanding of the purpose of the timer or the cd/mp3-player: it’s an aid to wake you up after a given interval of sleep; firstly it’s 5 minutes of sleep, then 10, 15, 20 and finally 25 (more on this later). I personally prefer the usage of an mp3-player, as a timer requires one to get up in order to set program it for the next interval of time, whereas the mp3-player allows one to remain still, while the next interval unfolds automatically.
a) Wake after 4-5 hours of sleep
Basically, the technique consists of an interruption of your regular sleep pattern via the aid of a second alarm clock, which should wake you after you have slept for four to five hours straight. For instance, if you know that you are regularly falling asleep round about 10 p.m. you time your second alarm clock for 2-3 o’clock in the morning. Preferably, you should place the second alarm clock on a remote position, so that you will have to get out of bed in order to shut it off.
Depending on your sleeping characteristics you should either stay awake for an hour or so, until your eyelids become so heavy that the desire to get back to bed arises strongly – (this applies for people who can’t fall asleep once awoken). Or, alternatively, you can instantly continue with the practice of the out-of-body method shown in the following, which applies for people who would have a hard time to fall back asleep again, after being wake for an hour. If you are unsure about your personal sleeping characteristics you should test both and see what is more effective for you.
b) Set the timer or launch the mp3-player
So, when returning to bed, you set the timer for 5 minutes, return to bed and try to fall asleep again, just as if you were merely interrupted during sleep. Once the timer goes off, make it a routine to perform a “reality check” first, before getting up to re-set the timer. By performing a “reality check” it is meant that you examine whether you still remain in your physical body, or if you have already left it (partly). An excellent way to perform such a reality check would be to test if you can will your arm to stretch out in the direction it’s pointing to and thereby test if you can touch the wall with your hands. When you do that, always keep in mind not to move your physical body! Clearly, if you can touch objects that are out of your physical reach, it’s a sure-fix indicator for you having left your body.
After you’ve confirmed via reality check that you still remain within your physical body, reset the timer to 10 minutes – if possible without getting up and opening your eyes, but only by moving your arm; the less you move your body, the better – thereafter focus on falling asleep again.
The procedure remains always the same; once the timer has woken you up, perform a reality check and then set the timer to wake you five minutes later than before. First you start with a 5 minute interval, then 10, 15, 20 and finally 25 minute intervals of sleep. Once you reached the 25 minute intervals continue sleeping for 25 minutes as often as necessary, until you finally project.
You can see that it is really uncomfortable to get up at the end of each interval to rearrange the timer, which is why I prefer to use a customized playlist in my mp3-player. All you need for such a customized playlist would be a sound file of an alarm clock (for instance from the freesound project that offers a variety of sounds for free); also you would need a sound file containing 5 minutes of silence so that you can “build” the 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 minute intervals by copying, pasting and renaming the original file. In the following you can find URL’s to alarm clock sounds and a file that contains silence.
5 minutes of silence:
- alternatively, you can just record silence with a microphone
Alarm clock sounds:
In order to customize your own playlist, you will have to set the “5 minutes of silence” file as your first track, followed by an alarm sound, followed by 10 minutes of silence and so forth.
The advantage of a customized playlist with sound files instead of the usage of a real alarm clock is that it allows you to remain motionless in bed – an important aspect that shouldn’t be underestimated, as it can lead you to sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis in turn, as frightening as it can be for those who do not know what is going on, is an excellent “gateway” to an astral projection.
Synopsis of the “Interrupted Sleep Method”
1. Go to bed at night (e.g. 10 p.m.), sleep for 4-5 hours
2. Set a second alarm clock to wake you up (e.g. at 2-3 a.m.)
3. Set the timer for 5 minutes / or start the mp3 file
4. When the alarm goes off after X minutes…
- a) perform a reality check and set the timer to 10 minutes
- b) perform a reality check and set the timer to 15 minutes
- b) perform a reality check and set the timer to 20 minutes
- b) perform a reality check and set the timer to 25 minutes
5. Repeat the 25 minute intervals until you succeed
Why is this technique so effective?
The effectiveness of this technique results of the three side-effects it can cause. Firstly, I’ve already mentioned that sleep paralysis is very likely to happen with this method. This kind of protective mechanism occurs each night unnoticed while you sleep, but whenever your mind accidentally wakens, while your body remains asleep SP is the sensation you experience. Also, when you were woken up – for instance by an alarm clock – but remain fully motionless and fall back asleep again, SP is likely to occur. Basically, whenever you experience sleep paralysis it’s an indicator for the mind awake, body asleep condition that is perfect to induce an astral projection.
[. . .], sleep paralysis is the perfect time to try astral projection. While your body is anchored and unmoving it’s relatively easy to separate your astral body from the physical body. In fact, it’s an ideal situation. During astral projection you want your spirit or soul to get up out of bed while your physical body stays put. This isn’t easy. But sleep paralysis affords you the perfect opportunity.
Erin Pavlina, on Sleep paralysis and astral projection
There are different ways to induce an astral journey, while having sleep paralysis, but the most common would be to simply try to lift your astral fingers slowly, until you can lift your whole arm and then the rest of your body. Due to the fact that sleep paralysis is a protective mechanism of your body to prevent you from actually exerting what you dream, it’s the perfect condition to move your astral body instead.
The second reason why this method is very effective lies in the fact that it is commonly accepted amongst “lucid dreamers” that sleep-interruption can be regarded as an efficient technique to induce lucid dreams.
A period of wakefulness interrupting the normal course of sleep increases the likelihood of lucidity. [. . . ] One study showed a fifteen- to twenty-fold increased likelihood of lucid dreaming for thirty to sixty minutes of wakefulness compared to five minutes.
Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D. (2004), p. 26 in “Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life”, Sounds True, Inc.
At the point you have reached lucidity during a dream, you can focus your concentration towards the induction of an astral projection, for instance with the technique described in my article about astral travelling methods.
And the third and final aspect as to why this technique is so powerful lies therein that you can trick your body’s circadian rhythm (the “biological alarm clock” that sometimes wakens you, before the “regular” alarm goes off) with this technique. Basically, the intervals of 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 minutes of sleep program the circadian rhythm to expect the alarm after the same interval of sleep it occurred the last time, whereas in reality you scheduled the next alarm to be 5 minutes later. So when you’ve set the timer to 25 minutes, it is very likely that your body still assumes the initiation of the alarm after 10 to 15 minutes and begins the preparations to wake you up. What happens is that your mind begins to awake, whereas your body still remains asleep – the perfect condition to encourage an astral journey. The reason for why this works is quite simple; most of us tend to dislike the obnoxious sound of our alarm clocks, not only because it indicates that we will have to leave our warm beds, but also because it literally rips us out from a dream into a waking state, which can be a quite shocking sensation for a couple of seconds.
2. The evening technique: “The flow”
The technique you apply in the evening is at your own choice. You can make use of this time and test various astral travelling methods, but you can also just try to just reach a very intense and deep level of relaxation or even a trance. Due to the fact that most people are tired and exhausted in the evening, they often give up during their energy consumptive attempts at projecting. I know this feeling perfectly well; it’s the point when I’m mentally so exhausted that I chose to cease trying to project and roll over to the side to fall asleep, finally.
Therefore, my recommendation as an evening technique is “the natural flow” technique that I regard as a fantastic approach for beginners, especially because it is a technique that actually allows you to fall asleep – sort of. I will explain the technique in the following, but if you are really interested in to why this technique is so powerful, I highly recommend you to have a look at my detailed astral projection routine where the technique itself is explained in a more detailed way.
“The Natural Flow”
Everyone who has ever experienced a conscious separation of body and mind (OBE, AP, etc.) knows that the separation process itself happens entirely natural; you don’t have to do anything and it feels like some force is lifting you upwards – automatically. Therefore, the separation is not as difficult as many believe it to be; what is so tremendously difficult about phasing is to reach this specific state of mind, from where anything happens automatically.
The difficulty, therefore, lies not so much in the separation of body and mind, but in the ability to reach the state from where everything progresses in a natural flow, easily, without any further effort from your side.
taken from Part II of my astral projection series
What we are aiming to reach is the semi dream-like state, an intense day-dream, where your mind has wandered off to a different place, allowing the “auto-pilot” to kick in that separates you from your physical body in – what feels like – a natural flow.
In order to make this happen, there is an easy to follow routine that shows as follows:
Synopsis of the “Natural Flow Method”
1. Reach a deep level of relaxation, by applying
- deep breathing exercises
- progressive muscle relaxation
- couting up/down
2. Thereafter, allow your thoughts to flow
3. Spin stories in your mind, become engaged in them
4. Try to snap back to reality every once in a while
5. Repeat 2-4, until the natural separation process unfolds
Once you have reached a deep level of physical and mental relaxation, by the aid of your preferred method, you can congratulate yourself, as you have already mastered the difficult and energy consuming aspect of this method. From this point onwards, you can allow yourself to let your thoughts flow. Go with whatever thought that feels natural to you, whatever comes in mind is just perfect for this. Once you found something of interest, you can begin to develop a storyline out of the initial thought. The aim of imagining a storyline is to reach a dream-like state, where you have become so engaged in the story that you have lost complete track of the fact that you are still lying in bed. Allow your mind to become so engaged in the story that it begins to fully occupy it, so that the storyline begins to unfold naturally, without you having to imagine any part of it. It’s just like thinking out stories up to the point where they develop an interesting life of their own, finding yourself in the middle of them.
What normally happens when you become too involved in the story is that you fall asleep. Therefore, try to bounce back to reality every once in a while and remind yourself that you are still lying in bed. Don’t be discouraged that the story has found an abrupt end, but appreciate the fact that you haven’t lost awareness. This will definitely take some practice and there will be certainly many days where you simply fall asleep. An excellent tip to avoid this from happening is to lie on your back, when you are performing this method. The reason for this is simple: many people are struggling to fall asleep, while lying on their backs, which is exactly why it is so important for this technique to be performed while lying on your back. When doing so, you might notice that you are occasionally falling asleep, but in most cases, you will awake in the same position, making it necessary for you to drop the urge to roll to the side, but to continuing with spinning another story.
After you did this for a while, certain bodily sensations will manifest themselves, from a slight tinkling to intensive vibrations (or energy) flowing through your body. The best advice is to fully ignore these sensations and to focus your attention onto the story, the less you notice them and the less you categorize/recognize them, the better. Hoping for these bodily sensations to “kick in” and recognizing them means in turn that you are still aware and fully thinking.
Thinking means to be aware; awareness in turn resembles the infamous one step between an unsuccessful attempt and a projection.
taken from Part II of this astral projection series
With some practice, you will bounce back to reality, enter another story and so forth, and become more and more relaxed every time you bounce back to reality. Interestingly enough, when you do this for a while you will bounce back to awareness within such a day-dream exactly at the stage when the natural separation process is beginning to unfold. In my experience, this switch occurs when you begin to notice that your storyline was building the foundation for what is going to happen: the separation of body and mind.
For instance, I was fully engaged in this story where I was a jet fighter pilot, having lost full awareness, acting on the behalf of my subconscious. The story had begun to unfold itself and I had become a “zombie-like” protagonist of it. After some time, I bounced back to awareness (within this dream) and found myself in the middle of the natural separation process unfolding, leading to an astral projection on auto-pilot.
This article about Astral Projection on Steroids is the fourth part of my astral projection series. You can find links to the previous and following parts here:
Part I: The Basics about Astral Projection – Frequently Asked Questions
Part II: My extensive Astral Projection Routine
Part III: The Best Astral Projection Techniques
Part IV: Astral Projection on Steroids (current article!)
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