[Please note: I no longer practice Astral Projection. It no longer feels right to me because it heavily depleted my energy levels. I do not recommend Astral Projection. I no longer support the views expressed in this article. Do not practice astral projection, it is dangerous. The following is left for informational purposes.] 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.
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].
5es 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.
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.
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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