Astral Travel Exploration made easy
“Since The Astral plane is made up out of emotional energy, you tend to perceive everything in an emotional way.
Buildings you find ugly can become unbearable to look at in the astral plane.
Interesting anecdote: Vincent van Gogh, the famous painter, used to drink for ‘free’ in a certain cafe in Paris. But suddenly, the cafe owner, refused to serve him any longer. They got into a serious fight, and Vincent left the cafe in a rage. He then painted the interior of the cafe as ugly as he could possibly make it, with disgusting browns, reds and greens. This is a lot like seeing something you dislike in the Astral.
“Reading something can be very hard. This has two reasons: 1. you don’t have your brain with you 2. You can only read what’s emotionally important to you. Talking can be done telepathically….”
“Simply put: it is possible to ‘melt’ with another astral being. What happens then, I leave for you to explore, but… …it will rock your socks! Study the elementals to learn about this. It’s about the only thing they ever seem to do. You can show yourself to other people also while they’re dreaming. You can even ‘shape’ their dreams. This is frowned upon by some people, but if you feel someone needs to ‘think about something’, this may be a decent way to make sure that (s) he does.”
It’s a good thing to perform the heavier/ lighter investigation on yourself (your own body). Thought forms will show up that affect your life, and you can alter them. Ow! Is there that memory of the time you went swimming in the sea and lost your bathing outfit in the water, so you had to walk back to your towel all naked ? Does it still affect your life so you won’t go swimming in the sea anymore? Now is a perfect opportunity to erase that thought form.”
Ma’at’s note: Although this text is not my own, I have found it to be the most practical, down-to-earth (if you’ll excuse the pun!) article on how to astral project. Enjoy!
This is a text on the ‘how to’ of astral projection. It basically deals with ‘how to get out of your body’ and is also about all the things you can do and meet on the Astral Plane.
What is Astral Projection?
Astral Projection is the projection of your mental body to any place outside your physical body. To do this, the mental body needs a part of your astral body to serve as its vehicle. It’s not an unnatural thing to happen. In fact, we unconsciously do it two to four times at night, when we are asleep. Many little children for example report ‘flying’ dreams. Those weren’t dreams, but astral projections. The real fun starts if we can train our being to astral project ‘at will’, or, in other words, when we are conscious. When you are consciously ‘out there’ (on the Astral Plane), you can go anywhere you want, see what you want to see, heal the sick, work some spells and meet the other beings on the Astral Plane; the elementals, the guides, other astral travellers, earthbound spirits, angels etc. You can even have Astral Sex! It’s even more fun than Netsurfing!
How to do it?
There are many ways to achieve Astral Projection. In fact, there are about as many different ways as there are practitioners. Shamans may call up on the help of nature spirits to take him out of his body. A traditional Quabbalist may meditate upon the path between Yesod and Tiphareth. A Golden Dawn or Enochian ritualist may use the ‘skrying in the spirit vision’ rituals. So, there’s not one way to do it. Please remember this as you go along and feel free to make any adjustments you want to make to the following meditation. As long as it ‘feels right’, you’re doing fine. The meditation in this text, however, was designed to more or less ‘bridge’ the different methods used to Astral Project. It’s not Wiccan nor Crowleyian nor GD’ian nor whatever. The designers (Denning & Philips) have taken a good look at all the ‘overlapping’ points in all those different rituals, and have concluded that these ‘overlap’ points are the important ‘points’ in the process of astral projection. They managed to synthesize these points into the following meditation.
You have to prepare yourself properly before you can successfully astral project. It takes a long, long time of hard work and practice before you can just sit down and pop out. Only the best and most dedicated magicians may achieve this status. We mere mortals have to gradually glide into the process and gently persuade our bodies to let go of part of its consciousness and astral body. Here are some important points:
Learn the meditation properly by heart. This is easier than you think. You cannot project while you’re reading this text.
Get into a steady life-rhythm. Wake up at the same time; go to bed at the same time. The body really appreciates this!
Try to get as much good sleep as you can. 8 hours a night is the absolute minimum. 10 hours is much better.
Get plenty of physical exercise. This will release energy blocks and thus allow energy to flow more vigorously through your body.
Watch your diet! Try to stay away from arousing stuff as much as possible. No hot or spicy foods stay low on fat.
No coffee or chocolate (try herbal tea instead) and ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL! Trying to project while under the influence of this drug can get you into SERIOUS TROUBLE. Try to eat no meat, or, if this is hard for you, as little as you can. Try drinking plenty of water (no mineral water). A big mug of water with some freshly squeezed lemon juice can be a great coffee substitute at breakfast.
Pick a regular time at which you may try to project. This can be at night, in the afternoon or in the morning. Just make it the same time every time. The body does not like surprises.
A good general rule
Before you try to astral project, concentrate on it. This may start hours, days or even weeks in advance. Persuade yourself that you ARE going to achieve it someday, and visualize yourself being out of the body already. This gets your being in the right frame of mind.
Make sure you will NOT be disturbed while you perform the meditation. Disconnect the phone and try to jam the door-bell. Lock your cats away, and kick everybody else out of the house. Any disturbance to this meditation (or any meditation) can be extremely annoying, and get you into a really bad mood.
Pay attention to other disturbing factors. Your clothes for example. You may want to perform this mediation naked, because your clothes are too tight, or just getting in the way.
Room temperature is another factor. Not too cold, not too warm.
Disconnect all the electrical wiring that surrounds you. They can generate disturbing energy fields. In fact, any steel/iron/metal in and on your body can seriously fiddle with your energy-flows. So take out those earrings and tongue-piercings. Any acupuncturist can tell you that it’s not a good idea to just jam a piece of metal in your nervous system. Oh and here’s a good one: remember to go to the bathroom before you start your meditation if you insist on using music through the meditation, that’s fine. It doesn’t work for me, though. I always end up just listening to the music instead.
Make your room very dimly lit. This will relax your eyes. A very important and often neglected step. Getting out is very difficult when your eyes are still hard at work.
Like I said earlier: really work up to the moment you will start the meditation. If you feel you’re not up to it, then don’t do it. You will most likely not be able to project and this will only lead to disappointment and eventually break your moral. Always remember that it’s a natural process and that you CAN and WILL do it. A few hours before the meditation, open all the windows and doors in your room and allow fresh air to blow through it. You may want to use the incense I included in this text. Burn it beforehand and then extinguish the fire. Your body will instinctively react to fire burning somewhere in your room and relaxing will become very hard.
Make sure all your body’s needs are satisfied. Make sure it’s not hungry, not thirsty. Don’t eat anything ‘heavy’ before meditating. Make sure your body is sexually pleased, although after having a taste of astral sex, the urge for having sex can actually be of help to achieve astral projection.
Lie down, with your head pointing to the East. Relax. Make sure you’re in a comfortable position. Make sure your spine and neck are quite straight. You may need a pillow to support your head. Breathe rhythmically.
In, hold, out, hold, in, hold, out, hold. Very deeply. Concentrate on your breath. Feel it flowing and blowing through your body. In, down, through your lungs, cooling your ribs, all the way down to your genitals, hold it, out, up through your belly, up your throat etc. Do this until you have reached a very relaxed posture and breathing rhythm. This may take a while, so don’t rush things.
Now do a muscle relaxation exercise. Clench your toes for a few seconds then relax. Feel the fatigue taking over your muscles. Do this again. Do the same with all your muscles, working from bottom to top. Your legs, your bottom, your belly, your chest, your hands and arms, your neck etc.
Particularly important is relaxing your face! Try to really wear out your facial muscles. Stick out your tongue as far as you can, make funny faces, clench your jaw, lift your head a little of the floor, make yourself look like an idiot (this is why there should be no other people present.
Then feel the fatigue and warm relaxation take over. Also try to relax your eyes this way.
Now comes the main meditation. It is made up out of four parts: Energizing
Formulating the Astral Vehicle
The energizing meditation is actually a very good meditation to perform whenever you feel like it. It balances out your chakras and makes you feel fit and clear. It’s also very important to perform this meditation after having (whether or not successfully) tried to astral project, because it will rebalance your being again. On an ‘out’ breath, visualize the Crown centre (the top of your head) as a sphere of brilliant, white light. Keep on breathing until you get a steady image. On an ‘in’ breath, draw down a shaft of white light to your next centre, in this case the Brow (your forehead, the third eye between your eyebrows). On an ‘out’ breath, visualize a sphere of dove-gray light on your forehead. Make sure you get a steady image. On an ‘in’ breath, draw down a shaft of white light from your forehead to your throat. etc. etc. etc. Here are all the centres and their colours. The shaft is always made of white light. Visualize the spheres as being part inside and part outside your body. When you visualize a sphere, quickly recap all the spheres you already ‘energized’.
Top of Head – Brilliant white
Forehead – Dove-gray
Throat – Intense mid-purple
Heart – Radiant Yellow
Genitals – Lavender, radiant and swirling
Earth (under your feet) – The seven prismatic colours (rainbow) swirling lazily.
Once you have energized your whole body like this, concentrate on all the spheres and shafts at once. Be aware of all the colours. After having done this exercise a number of times, you will feel actual tingling in the centers when you energize them. You will feel your solar plexus (in the middle of your body, right between your belly button and ribs) throbbing like crazy. Here’s where you will exteriorizing astral substance. Hold the spheres for a few more seconds then let them slowly fade away.
The protection. Visualize a large sphere of radiant white light lying at your feet, until you get a steady image. Breathe in, and pull all that light in a long white shaft up through your body to the top of your head.
See it light up the inside of your body, leaving a steady shine. On an out breath, let the light flow down along the outside of your body, encapsulating you in a waterfall of white, protective light. Let the light recollect at your feet and at an in-breath, pull it back up again. This is a greatly relaxing exercise, and it makes you feel great. Repeat this cycle for as long as you like, at least 10 times.
Now you have to formulate your astral vehicle; the ‘car’ your conscious needs to ‘travel’ in. Here’s how to do it. Visualize a jet of blue-silver mist to leave your body at your solar plexus. Make it form a cloud a few feet above you. Then form this cloud into a human figure, floating above you, facing down towards you. This human figure decides what you’re gonna look like in the Astral plane, but don’t worry! You can remodel this figure in great detail once you’re out there. It is a good idea however, to, prior to the meditation, concentrate on how you want to look like. Once you’re happy with this visualization, stop the flow of astral substance, but keep the fine line between you and the vehicle intact.
IMPORTANT: if you don’t succeed in projecting, ALWAYS make an effort to ‘take back’ the exteriorized astral substance. Make the figure into a cloud again, and pull it back. This will prevent unnecessary and severe energy loss and fatigue.
The actual projection. Pick a point on your body. Any point will do, but I have found that the point that works best is your solar plexus, because it’s right where your astral vehicle is attached to your body. Now, collect your being, yourself, everything you are, all your wishes, thoughts, movements into this point. It like crawling away into a grain of sand. Empty your head, your legs, arms etc. and recollect yourself at this specific point. Now visualize the same point on your astral vehicle, that’s still floating above you. Now, make a mental resolution to lift this point where you are out of your body, along the line (cord) that links you with your vehicle, into your vehicle, to the same point in your vehicle, and SEE IT HAPPEN. Now the hard part: make a mental effort to ‘turn around’ in your astral vehicle thus come to face your own body lying a few feet away. Now expand your personality again, and make it fill your astral vehicle. This is rather like putting on a thick glove. Make yourself aware of your new body. You’ve done it! You can fly! Whee! Have a good time!
The first time it actually happens, don’t do much more than just floating in air and looking at your body. Keep this up as long as you can, then slowly ‘drift down’. You will automatically ‘snap back’ (this is very much like what can happen to you when you’re lying in bed, when you get that feeling like you’re falling down. I already said that we all astral project while we’re sleeping). This ‘snapping back’ will happen more often that you wish for the first times you achieved actual projection. Don’t worry. You have learned the ‘knack’, there’s no reason why you cannot do it again, and you will learn how to stay out there for a longer period of time automatically.
Once you’re out there comfortably, and you’re ready to explore, get away from your body as quickly as possible. Because, even looking at your body, or getting close, may cause snapping back.
When you are back (or haven’t successfully projected), always do the Energizing meditation again, to revitalize your being.
I almost forgot: you need a good reason for your body to willingly let you go. Like I pointed out, sex is a good reason. But also a friend in need, someone who needs healing, curiosity etc. Any reason that makes you feel comfortable (yes, this may include eavesdropping! But be careful, someone might actually see you!) It’s a good thing to meditate on your reason to project, and to think of your reason and why it’s a good one right before you try to project yourself.
The Key-signal phenomenon. Many people who astral projected reported a ‘key-signal’ right before they left their bodies. This usually is a strange, whistling sound in their ears, but can also be a cold draft on your forehead, a strange smell, or weird metallic noises. If this happens, don’t be upset at it! It means you’re on the right track. Thinking about your specific key-signal the next time you try to project may even facilitate the process significantly.
What can I actually do out there? astral travel exploration.
You can remodel your astral vehicle with your willpower, to look like anything you wish. Yes, if you miss and arm or a leg, you can still have one in the Astral world (this may explain the Phantom pain phenomena. People who had to miss an arm or leg often experience pain in their missing body part). Your eyesight can be very screwed up. You can at times experience eyes ‘at the back of your head’. This 360 degrees vision can be upsetting to some people, and very interesting to others. Making a willed resolution to ‘see as you wish’, will solve the problem. You may be able to dress up as you wish; you cannot disguise your personality on the astral. Other beings can see your aura very clearly, and if it’s no good, you will be treated likewise. You can check on your aura by looking at yourself in streaming water, or a crystal ball (if you know where there is one).
Moving in astral space can be very difficult at first. Travel speed in astral space equals thought speed. You can move yourself to the other end of the universe by just thinking about it. So, you have to think yourself forward and backward. This may be awkward at first, but you’ll soon get used to it. Don’t be afraid about getting lost! Just think about your body or your room and you’re there. Get a little closer, and you’ll snap back automatically. Oh yes, physical obstacles form no barriers!
You can also move in ‘lightness’ and in time! Though this is a bit harder, and you may want to really practice to stretch your limits on this. Moving in ‘lightness’: You can, by an act of will, pull energy along the astral cord from your body, or send back astral energy to your body. Gaining energy causes your astral vehicle to get heavier and more ‘to the earth’, losing energy makes you lighter and flow upwards, to the higher astral realms. But getting too heavy or too light causes you to ‘snap back’.
Through practice, you can get heavier or lighter. If you are at a particular scene that is of interest to you, try making yourself lighter and heavier in turn. At every level you arrive at, something else is revealed about the scene. Getting heavier is useful when you want to heal someone (you’ll need the extra energy), when you want to try to lift physical objects (this takes great effort, you can lift about 56 grams), or if you want to try to show yourself to someone (to haunt the living daylight out of him … grin)
Someone might be able to take a picture of your astral body this way. Getting lighter is useful for visiting the upper realms, where the higher astral beings hang out. The higher you can get, you more ‘enlightened’ you are. Moving in time: you can travel in time, about 500 years forwards and backwards. To achieve this, visualize a calendar losing its days, or a clock going forwards or backwards.
Three interesting phenomena occur as you do this:
You will find that some eras are unreachable, no matter how hard you try.
When you go back, the images you’re getting fade and become colourless. More than 500 years back, almost nothing can be seen. When you go forward, images become more and more vibrant and sharp, until they become painful and unbearable. You cannot interact with the physical level when you’re back in time.
Time elasticity. When you spend a few minutes in the past, you may have spent a whole hour in the present. The further you go back, the more ‘present time’ you need to spend a time in the past. For going to the future, this is the other way around. You may be out of your body for an hour, and spend a few hours, days or even weeks in the future time. Odd, isn’t it? Travelling to the future opens up interesting possibilities. Yes, try and see if you can find out which horse will win the race next week.
The Akashic Records
This is an astral place where all the knowledge is stored and can be studied. To go there, simple imagine a place of study, learning, students, teachers and books, and you will most probably find yourself back at the Akashic Records. You can ask for teachers, information etc. You will only be able to learn what you can understand. Remember the old saying: ‘When the student is ready, the teacher is present.’
The Astral Beings
There are a lot of these. First, there are the elementals. Salamanders (Fire), Undines (Water), Sylphs (Air) and Gnomes/Elves (Earth). You can find them anyplace where their element is overly present (Volcanos, Rivers, Geysers, Mines, Cyclones etc.), but there’s usually one present in your own house. Try to observe them closely. You may learn a lot of astral tricks from them, like astral kissing. If you want to get involved with them closer, keep one thing in mind: they are not particularly ‘good’ or ‘evil’, but playful, and most of them have the emotional reactions of a little child. This is fine of course, but they love imitating humans, and they can get you in serious trouble without them realizing it.
These are the spirits of dead people. No reason to be afraid of them, they are just like most people around and usually very frustrated. They pin themselves down on some reason to stay ‘down here’ and not evolve to the upper levels. You may try to talk some reason into them and thus help them.
Your Astral Guide
(S) he’s always with you, and (s) he can become a good and warm personal friend to you. They are usually at the same intellectual/emotional level as you are, and they know a great deal about you. You can ask him/her to guard your body, or to come along with you.
There are numerous other astral beings. Angels, archangels etc. Going into describing them takes a lot of pages more. Read about it! Ask around! Thought forms: these can take on various shapes, from stunningly beautiful crystalline formations to clouds of vicious energy. They are a good indicator of what goes on in people minds and you can learn a great deal about certain people by looking at their thought forms. Don’t touch them! You have no reason to destroy other people’s thoughts, and you may even take on the negative thoughts of some people! Of course, you can make thought forms yourself, through willed action. They can be anything you like, from a pet familiar to a diamond castle!
That’s about it! But be patient. It may take many months, even years before you fully master this art. Once you’re an experienced traveller, you may try to ‘loosen up’ on the rules. Try another diet, and see how it affects your astral abilities. And if you’re a steel-nerved kind of person, try projecting while being drunk! Only do this if you really know what you can do and how to do it. Oh yes, I almost forgot.
RECIPE FOR INCENSE TO HELP ASTRAL PROJECTION
(from Scott Cunningham)
Take the following ingredients:
3 parts Benzoin
1 part Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris, NOT Artemisia Absinthium!)
1 part Dittany of Crete.
Dry the ingredients and grind them. You’ll have to sand the sandalwood into a granular dust. Grinding the Benzoin can be quite hard, because it can get quite sticky, but practice makes perfect. Then, slowly, thoughtfully, while thinking about the purpose of this incense, mix the ingredients together, one by one. Think about astral projection. See yourself fly. When you have finished, keep the incense in a dark, airtight jar, and keep this in a dark, cool, dry place. To use it, put some sand in a heat-resistant pot, light a coal (or better, incense coal: a little ‘cup’ made of coal, which you can buy at a store for Church supplies) and put some of the incense on it. If you’re going to use it indoors, experiment with how much smoke the incense will generate. It’s hard to relax while you’re suffocating!
OK. That’s all folks. Always remember to act sensibly, respectful and with common sense. It keeps you out of trouble. And one final warning: regard the Astral Plane as an enrichment of your life, not as a substitute.
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