The Best Astral Projection Techniques


[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.] In today’s article, which is the third part of my astral projection series, I would like to present and explain you some of the best and most popular astral projection techniques that exist. Feel free to also have a look at the other parts of the series that is based on the astral world and the journeys within it; the links can be found at the bottom of this article.

Popular Astral Projection Methods

  1. Robert Monroe’s Technique
  2. The Rope Technique
  3. The Astral Vehicle Method
  4. Induction through Lucid Dreaming
  5. Muldoon’s Thirst Technique

1. Robert Monroe’s Technique


Robert A. Monroe

Robert A. Monroe was a pioneer in the research and investigation of altered human consciousness, whose experimenting with a group of researchers led to the foundation of the Monroe Institute that studied and tested his theses with volunteers in its research institution.

Robert Allan Monroe (October 30, 1915-March 17,1995) was a New York radio broadcasting executive who became known for his research into altered consciousness. Wikipedia – Robert Monroe

Monroe is credited for having brought to light the term “out-of-body experience” (short: OBE) with his very popular book “Journeys Out of the Body” that was published in 1971. The technique described in the following has been tested on many individuals and was found to work extraordinarily, as it allowed participants to induce a very powerful out-of-body-experience. Monroe’s technique consists of four different parts, namely “Relaxation”, “State of Vibration”, “Control of Vibrations” and finally “The Separation Process” itself.

The first step of his technique – “Relaxation” – focuses on the physical and mental relaxation, which can be regarded as the foundation of every successful attempt to have an OOBE (out-of-body-experience) or inducing an astral journey. Monroe recommends preferably applying his astral projection technique “when you are tired and sleepy” (Robert A. Monroe [1977] “Journeys Out of the Body”, Broadway Books), as it will be easier for you to relax both physically and mentally. This also implies that you shouldn’t implement his technique when you are emotionally upset (e.g. from your everyday life / watching TV) or in a hurry whatsoever – even if you have a hurry to fall asleep.

As you become relaxed and start to drift off into sleep hold your mental attention on something, anything, with your eyes closed. Once you can hold the borderland state indefinitely without falling asleep, you have passed the first stage.

Robert A. Monroe (1977), p. 208 in “Journeys Out of the Body”, Broadway Books

I think it’s normal for everyone new to the matter to fall asleep the very first time you implement Monroe’s relaxation technique , but the more you strengthen your mental willpower to stay awake, the easier it will become for you to reach a point of very deep physical and mental relaxation, while being fully awake. All the thoughts and mental images will start to fade away and are being detached (at least in my personal experience) by awkward light patterns that I recognize here and there in-between the blackness of my closed eyes. For me, the point where I know that I’m mental fully relaxed is where these “awkward light-patterns” start to cease when there is nothing more than blackness in front of my closed eyes.


Methods to achieve an astral projection

Secondly, Monroe focuses on the accomplishment of the “State of Vibration” in which he tries to pull a certain type of vibrations back into his head. In order to accomplish this, Monroe selects through his closed eyes a spot in the darkness that is roughly 10 inches away from his forehead and moves this point of mental reference until it is five or six feet at distant. After a while, he turns this point 90° upward into the direction of the top of the head on a line parallel to the axis of the body. Unfortunately, Monroe is very vague with his explanation, but after hours of studying what he wrote and drawing it down on a piece of paper, I think the target destination should be located at some six feet distance of the top of your head, hence it would make sense why he recommends lying down with your head pointing towards the magnetic north. The point of intersection can be signified by a rhythmic pulsation or a tinkling and once he has identified this spot, Monroe focuses on the mental pulling back of the vibrations located at that spot.

Thirdly, the stage named “Control of Vibrations” has the main objective to utilize the vibrations under conscious control by systematically applying the procedures shown in the following. In order to obtain control over the vibrations, Monroe mentally conducts all the vibrations into his head, pushes them along his body to his arms, legs, and toes and then back again to his head. He thereby creates a rhythmical wave that sweeps within (approximately) ten seconds to his toes and takes another five seconds to complete the circuit back to his head. Monroe practices this until the wave of vibration floats through his body on mental command.

Finally, after having achieved a form of control over the vibrations “The Separation Process” of physical and mental dissociation can begin. Luckily, this is not as difficult sounding as the “Vibration” stage described above. In order to initiate the separation process, Monroe suggests attempting to reach with one hand (either the right or left arm – depending on your personal preferences) for any object (wall, door, wardrobe, etc.) that lies “beyond the reach of your physical arm” (Robert A. Monroe, 1977, “Journeys Out of the Body”). It is important that this object is positioned in the direction the arm of your choice is pointing, meaning that you will not attempt to reach for instance for the ceiling bulb, your shoes or the walls beside you, but for something that is at the same height and direction of your resting arm. Reach out with your (imagined non-physical) stretched arm and push further and further until you finally encounter something. Your sensory senses will indicate in athe case of success that you are touching and examining the object with your “real” physical hand.

The second method described for the separation process is what Monroe calls the “lift-out” procedure that basically consists of imagining oneself getting lighter and lighter until one starts to float upward. Monroe emphasizes the importance to think “how nice it would be to float upward” (Robert A. Monroe [1977] “Journeys Out of the Body”, Broadway Books), in order to stir anticipation.

2. The Rope Technique


Robert Bruce – Public Domain

The second technique presented in this article is just as much a classic as Robert Monroe’s previously presented method. In fact, you will come across the rope technique – developed by Robert Bruce – on many websites, forums and naturally, of course, in his book.

Similar to Monroe’s “state of vibration” technique, the rope technique requires a deep level of relaxation, too. In order to attain a very relaxed state of mind you can feel free to apply the techniques I presented in my personal astral traveling procedure (see paragraph III. My personal astral projection routine); namely the progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing exercises. Also, it is important to note that the rope technique is not being applied in order to “drag yourself out of your body”, but instead as an aid to reduce your brain activity and thereby inducing a deep trance state – please have this in mind when you practice. Actually, the first times I applied this technique, my focus lay on the “dragging myself out of the body” aspect, which rather prevented me from entering a deeply relaxed state of mind. Once you have entered a deep relaxation you can continue with the following rope technique.

As the name of the method implies, the main element of it consists of an invisible, thick rope of twisted fibers that you imagine to be hanging above you, coming down from the ceiling. Once you are ready, close your eyes and imagine what it feels like to reach out with your (imaginary!) hands, to grab the rope and then to begin pulling yourself upwards.

You do NOT have to actually visualize, or see, the ROPE at any time, just know where it’s supposed to be. This method uses NO visualization at all.

Robert Bruce on Astral Dynamics

Reach out, hand over hand, just as if you were to climb a never-ending rope in the darkness. Keep ascending on the cord and try to ignore the bodily sensations at best. It is very likely that you will feel your body getting heavier and heavier, also you will most likely feel a slight tingling sensation up to distinctive vibrations, pulsating like energy throughout your body as your chakras (= the energy centers of your body) open up. Focus all your attention on the act of pulling yourself upwards on the rope, arm over arm, instead of seeking for and/or noticing these breakthroughs. If you continue, you will experience a paralyzed state, in many cases unable to move your physical body, but do not stop climbing on the rope, even as it gets more and more complicated to remain concentrated.

At some point, you will come free of your physical body. You will definitely notice the process unfolding, as your whole perception begins to change, even if you have entered a semi dream-like state and are climbing up on a fictional ladder on the Amazonas. Getting out of the body will feel like an automated process, performed on auto-pilot, just like a regular routine that you have performed for years.

3. The Astral Vehicle Method

Lifting body

The Astral Vehicle

Again, this technique requires you to be in a very relaxed, trance-like state of mind. You can use the progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing exercises as described in my second article (Part II – paragraph III) of this astral journeying series, or any other technique you find suitable for this purpose. As soon as you have reached this deep state of physical and mental relaxation, you can begin to pick a point on your body – preferably in your solar plexus or heart area – and start to visualize astral substance or lightening energy leaving your body out of your chest. Visualize the substance forming itself to an empty shell in the volume and size of your body. Continue doing so until you can perfectly see the empty duplicate of your physical shell in your mind’s eye floating above you, connected with your chest area. If you have difficulties visualizing the astral vehicle you can also think of a body duplicate floating above you, which slowly vanishes – leaving an energy shell behind. (Always remember to pull this energy back into your body, before you cancel the exercise, in order to avoid an energy loss, fatigue and exhaustion!)

When you finished the forming of your astral vehicle you can begin to transfer your point of consciousness from your body into the vessel. In order to accomplish this, it is advisable to collect your whole being, the characteristics that define you, your thoughts and selfhood, from your personality to your bodily characteristics in one spot – termed as the center of consciousness. This spot can be on your forehead, where your third eye is located, but also in your chest, depending on what you prefer. Continue to recollect everything about you at this specific point; your head, arms, fingers, legs and the awareness of self until this point becomes the center of your beingness. Once you have finished, let the center lift off from your physical body until it floats above you and then enters the astral vehicle that you formed previously; at the exact same spot where the center was located in your physical body.

It is important while transferring your consciousness that you change perspectives, meaning that you begin to look at your physical self as you are now floating above your body. (You do not have to SEE it at this point, just visualize it, feel it and know it). Just think about this change of perspectives as if you were standing in front of a mirror, on one side the physical body that is facing the astral body at the other side. While doing so, keep fully expanding your personality within the astral vehicle. Continue to pull more and more of yourself from your physical body into the vehicle and begin to make use of the senses of your new vessels. Focus your attention on smelling, hearing, and tasting, if possible even on your tactile senses. An excellent reality check at this moment would be to reach out with your astral hand and trying to touch the wall near you. When you are able to feel a wall that is out of your reach, you succeeded.

A very similar method like the astral vessel technique is called “Exteriorization” but contains the mental action of turning around once your center of consciousness floats into the vessel, instead of instantly visualizing that you are facing your physical body.

4. The Induction through Lucid Dreaming


Lucid dreaming

The fourth astral traveling technique described in the following is excellent for those who are experienced in lucid dreaming but is even more difficult to apply for those that aren’t – as you would have to learn how to induce lucid dreams before you could even think of implying this technique. But if you take the time, implement a dream journal and some reality checks into your daily routines, you might find it easier to induce an astral projection through a lucid dream, instead of having to practice for years in order to project at will. Lucid dreaming is, in my opinion, definitely worth a try, as it is by far easier to master than the separation of body and mind (astral projection). Also, the conversion of a lucid dream into an astral experience simplifies things for people who have a difficulty to fully relax, while awake.

Interestingly enough, many consider that (lucid) dreaming and astral traveling are interconnected experiences. While dreams proceed in the dream plane of the lower astral, controlled and influenced by the subconscious mind of the dreamer, an astral projection takes place on the higher planes, on a higher vibratory level than out-of-body-experiences and in a fully conscious state of mind. One characteristic of an astral journey is that you are fully conscious of yourself leaving your body, you are conscious during the experience and conscious when you re-enter your body, meaning that there is no suspension in consciousness throughout a “real” projection. As opposed to this are lucid dreams, as there is most likely such a suspension in consciousness, whether it be before you become lucid (aware that you are dreaming) or during your experience when you fall back asleep again.

So, how to convert a lucid dream into an astral projection? First of all, you need to become aware that you are dreaming, for instance by the use of a reality check. The first option that can lead you to a projection would be to quit the dream”, which is – in contrast to the efforts of keeping a dream alive – not difficult at all. I for instance, only need to become fully aware of the feeling of lying in bed, which ends the lucid dream. The objective of ending the dream is not to fully awake, but only to return to your body with your consciousness. It’s important that you remain motionless once you have left the dream; just recognize that you have returned to your physical body. The advantage of this lies therein that you are still in a very relaxed but conscious state of mind, which then allows you to perform the astral projection technique of your choice, with the difference that you are already in a trance-like state of mind.

The second option would be to adoptwhile lucid dreamingthe same position as your sleeping, physical body. In order to do this, you will have to levitate horizontally, within your dream. After you matched your dream self with your body you can begin to rise up into the air, as an attempt to encourage the astral body to leave the physical body.

The third option to convert a lucid dream into an OBE is to – once again – match positions with your physical body and your dream self. But then, instead of rising up into the air, you begin to perform your regular astral projection routine, but this time within the dream environment. Perform your routine briefly but keep an eye on not falling back asleep again.

As a side note, a sure-fire way to distinct between an astral projection and a lucid dream is to look at anything that contains numbers or letters, for example, the title of a book, a street sign or a clock. If you notice that the numbers or characters change or get distorted, each time you look at them, you can clearly tell that you are experiencing a lucid dream. On the other hand, while having an astral journey, the numbers and letters will remain the same when looking back at them.

5. Muldoon’s Thirst Technique

S. Muldoon

Sylvan Muldoon

Sylvan Muldoon, born in 1903, was just as much a pioneer in the research of astral traveling and altered states of consciousness as Robert Monroe was. His books – one of their earliest on the subject matter – have helped to add quantifiable knowledge to the study of the astral projection phenomena. An interesting astral projection method that stems from Muldoon is called the “thirst technique”. According to Muldoon, “thirst is the strongest and most quickly produced ‘stress’ ”, which stimulates the subconscious will to action (taken from p. 117, “Projection of the Astral Body” by Sylvan J. Muldoon and Hereward Carrington, Weiser Books [1970]). In this case, the desire to satisfy one’s thirst is what wills the subconscious to move the astral body, while the physical is at rest.

We can readily see that the prime requisite is to impress one of these ‘activating’ factors so strongly upon the subconscious mind that that mind will retain the impression during sleep.

p. 111, “Projection of the Astral Body” by Sylvan J. Muldoon and Hereward Carrington, Weiser Books [1970]).

The thirst technique will require you to refrain from drinking before going to bed, preferably for some hours, in order to activate the desire for water. You can also increase the ‘stress’ by placing a glass of water somewhere near your bed so that you can gaze at it. You can begin to imagine what it would feel like if you could get up from bed, reaching out for the glass, putting it on your thirsty mouth and then to drink the refreshing water. Imagine how you get up from bed, reach out for the glass and drink the refreshing water. Muldoon goes in his technique even so far to swallow salt (an eighth of a teaspoonful) to aggravate the desire to satisfy his thirst, which I do NOT recommend for obvious health reasons. Eating some anchovies – small saltwater forage fish that are being gutted and salted – for dinner and the cessation of drinking after dinner will be sufficient enough; there’s no need to eat pure salt. Also, you shouldn’t implement this technique when you are having any problems with your health or a condition. Understandably, you should drink a lot of water (!) before and after this experiment, which you shouldn’t implement every day, but just once a month or even lesser.

So, when you are falling asleep, remind yourself of the desire to slake the thirst and focus your thoughts on that glass of water you placed somewhere in your bedroom. Imagine what it would feel like if your astral body could leave your physical, reaching out for the fresh water. During the night, you might have awkward dreams about your thirst, like being in the desert, and – with some luck – your thirst will make your astral body reach out for the beverage.

This article about the most effective astral projection techniques is the third 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 (current article!)
Part IV: Astral Projection on Steroids

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  1. Reading that, I feel quite exhausted, no offence. I too have accomplished, and written about “Astral travel” on my blog, and I must say, I don’t believe it can be achieved by anyone who simply wishes to attempt relaxation techniques, or by studying the theory of someone who, they themselves, believed they had achieved astral travel.
    I think it’s an incredibly spiritual process, and it shouldn’t be marketed as a hobby or something to try out on a whim (not implying that you are), but people should understand and respect that astral travel is, at it’s very core, about the spirit of a person, and it shouldn’t be attempted lightly.

    • Hello Lucy, I believe that it’s impossible to experience an astral projection if the person is not ready for it, meaning that they have not yet been able to overcome their fears of the unknown that awaits them on the other side. But, on the other hand I do want to provide information for those who are interested in the subject matter. I agree with you on the rest.

  2. I have read Robert Bruce’s book Astral Dynamics. I have practiced his energy and tactile techniques. When I first actually felt the energy ball traveling up and down my arms I was so excited. I have been trying to have an OBE for several years with no success. One time I got to the vibrational state where it felt like my heart was going to beat out of my chest. I know it is not my actual heart but rather my heart chakra. At this point I got so excited knowing this happens just before the separation of my subtle body from my physical body that I apparently came out of my meditative state.

    I agree that this is a spiritual process and a person must be ready mentally to achieve this phenomenon. I have absolutely no fears about astral travel and had used the rope technique to achieve the vibrational state. So I appreciate the different techniques you share. Thank you and wish me luck.

    • Thanks a lot Amy!

      I also tried for a long time many different methods and techniques. But once it happened I didn’t use any technique at all. It simply happened, because I believe in a sense it is a natural process that happens quite automatically if we position ourselves in the right conditions.

      What I would recommend you is that you simply lie on your back, count with every breath until you’ve reached a count of something like 500 or even 700. At that point your body should be deeply relaxed and could be falling asleep any minute. At least the deaths for me. But at that point you will notice that it’s just a body does falling asleep, not your mind. And from this point on your chances of achieving your goals are much higher. You’ll see, if you try often and hard enough.

      • Hello, Mr. STEVE MUELLER.
        I tried few techniques like rope technique and imagining falling from height place, no doubt during first or third time I heard heavy sounds few of my body organs getting paralyzed but could not succeeded so just quiet.
        Now after long gap again tried, to my surprise I felt heart rate little fast compare to normal and body tingling/vibrating before realizing anything I saw that I am going to some open place like big land and I can not see my physical body, I saw a wooden board moving in front of me (like am a standing in rail engine) how engine driver have out side view it is like same, while moving I saw another wooden board like sign board with a figure drawn on it like chines dragon and I heard voice asking me why you came here at this place or why are you entering this place?; it is like am on auto pilot, automatically I replied all places are created by the Almighty GOD, than within few seconds I came back to meditation stage, after that am trying and reaching up to the level of paralyze and not able do astral projection/OBE, can you please comment at my previous experience and now how to have astral projection.
        Thanking You


        • The single most important aspect is diligent exercise, in my opinion. If you can manage to practice for a regular period of time, you will see better results.

          Concerning your experiences, they are entirely your own and trying to interpret them wouldn’t do justice to the manyfoldness of possible meanings. Perhaps it was a part of your subconscious mind indicating that you are not ready yet to enter certain areas or to project in general.

          Regarding your second question, what are you struggling with? Was the experience you described just a dream or was it a projection? I do not precisely understand what you mean.

    • I have almost the same faith. When I was a child I experienced the increased chkra activity multiple times, maybe I was too young and/ or not ready for that experience. Soon I’ll try it again. I wish you luck, please keep us posted about your progress. 🙂

  3. Hello Steve, greetings from Brazil!

    I’m trying several times to do “Astral Projection” but always ending up failing, sometimes I got the vibrations nothing happens, I suppose I’m very focused on my body… When I reach a deep level of relaxation I try the “rope technique” but with no success just the vibrations.

    I appreciate if you could help me out.

  4. 13 years ago, at the age of 16 I had that paranormal experience. It was no dream.
    I was lying in bed, eyes closed. I could hear my grandma taking a shower. I don’t know why but in that night, I wanted to hear the cars moving by down the street. So I was just lying in bed.
    Suddenly the black in front of my eyes was gone and I saw myselflying in bed and everything else .. I could even see the light shining out of the bathroom. Weird thing is: I had all my sensen still on. I could hear everything, see everything in real-time. Had a look on watch. Seconds were gone by .. It was not a dream nor another dimension I got sucked in.
    was this planet, it was real and that is what I was afraid of the most.
    As I found out that this wasnt a dream (although I could fly ..) I was in fear for my life cause I thought “if this is real, what the heck am I gonna do when I can’t get back into my body?”
    So I tried to bind my 2nd me to my physical bed- me and tried to move any bodyparts … after one minute of adrenaline pumping action i could feel my right foot again and moved it as long as it took to get awake again..

    This experience was pure horror for myself!
    And though I try now, 13 years later, to get back into that state artificially, with a “technique”.

    However, fact is that I didn’t us any of these techniques to get into that state.
    It can happen out of pure randomness too. Relaxaion is important, and maybe hearing sounds of waterwaves on the beach.. or even your grandma, taking a shower. 😀
    So why do I write here, to tell you my story? – No. But now I got your attention.
    I know that theres another technique out there for oobe’s. 13 years ago when i encountered the oob I made a research and there was a technique with some points to do, I can only remember 3 points:

    ->Watch the blackness in your conscious state of mind and the symbols which are coming and passing by.
    -> Lay your head in northeast (I’m not sure if its the right direction but it stated A direction you should lay your head at)
    -> Hear music from water coming down the waterfall (see the parallels between showering and “waterfall” noises?)

    and some more points but I don’t know the name .. I just wondered how old that technique was. At first when I read the name Monroe i thought it was the right instruction but as I read something of a vibrational state I knew it wasn’t the thing I experienced back then.

    Do you know other techniques? I search for the one technique where it’s a must to direct your head in a specific direction and relax with sounds of waterfalls..

    kr, karl

    • Hi Karl,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences and your excellent technique.

      As you’ve already mentioned, the occurrence of such an experience is quite a natural process. In fact, instead of using sophisticated techniques, I experienced very first OOBE without doing anything – I was simply lying in bed and trying to relax without moving for hours. So I firmly believe that if you are able to set the right conditions, you can trigger this automatic process. But it also takes quite a lot of exercise and time.

  5. Finally, glad I’ve found it. You missed some important steps on your research on monroes technique. With your publication of the 4th step. Nobody will ever succeed.
    Here are the steps do overcome “the vibrational phase”:

    Step Four:
    Enter a state of Vibration. This is the most important
    part of the technique, and also the most vague.
    Many projectors have noted these vibrations at the onset
    of projection. They can be experienced as a mild tingling, or
    as is electricity is being shot through the body. /their
    cause is a mystery. It may actually be the astral body trying
    to leave the physical one.
    For entering into the vibrational state, he offers the
    following directions:

    1. Remove all jewelry or other items that might be touching
    your skin.
    2. Darken the room so that no light can be seen through your
    eyelids, but do not shut out all light.
    3. Lie down with your body along a north-south axis, with your
    head pointed toward magnetic north.
    4. Loosen all clothing, but keep covered so that you are
    slightly warmer than might normally be comfortable.
    5. Be sure you are in a location where, and at a time when,
    there will be absolutely no noise to disturb you.
    6. Enter a state of relaxation
    7. Give yourself the mental suggestion that you will remember
    all that occurs during the upcoming session that will be
    beneficial to your well-being. Repeat this five times.
    8. Proceed to breath through your half-open mouth.
    9. As you breath, concentrate on the void in front of you.
    10. Select a point a foot away from your forehead, then change
    your point of mental reference to six feet.
    11. Turn the point 90 degrees upward by drawing an imaginary
    line parallel to your body axis up and above your head. Focus
    there and reach out for the vibrations at that point and
    bring them back into your body.

  6. That’s very odd you no longer want to do it. Can you explain yourself better as to the why’s ? I’ve been trying offand on for years to astral project and was only ever able to lucid dream which was the best feeling I’ve had in my life to date.

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