The Best Astral Projection Techniques

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[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

Here’s a short overview:

1. Robert Monroe’s Technique

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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.

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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. 

Thirdly, the stage named “Control of Vibrations” has the main objective to utilize the vibrations under conscious control by systematically applying different procedures.

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. 

2. The Rope Technique

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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. 

3. The Astral Vehicle Method

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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.

 

4. The Induction through Lucid Dreaming

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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. 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).

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.

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

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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]).

I do NOT recommend this technique for obvious health reasons. 


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

        Regards
        Khaleel

        • 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.
    Thanks

  7. I think you should keep your energy depletion problems to yourself, just because your frequency is low doesn’t mean everyone has low frequencies so, just because a thing doesn’t work out for you don’t go around telling everyone to not do. Keep it to yourself, you’re weak and that’s how it is, but not everyone is.

    • I’m telling my story, and I won’t keep it to my self. Being honest wasn’t a sign of weakness the last time I checked. It’s easier to keep quiet and to submit to bullies – that’s exactly what weak people do.

      • I understand the above poster denigrating you although i believe she was way to harsh. Why not simply delete your site? On one hand you at least insinuate that obe isnt good yet on the other hand you teach people how to achieve obe’s. I notice there are many ads on your site. It looks like youre trying to make a buck off of something you freely express could be harmful to people in the same manner telling people the horrors of murder yet then go on to telling people various murder techniques……..solely to cash in. You cant have it both ways dude.