A key ingredient to the new projection techniques is an invisible,
imaginary ROPE hanging from your ceiling. This ROPE will be used
to exert dynamic pressure at a single point on your astral body to
force its separation from the physical.
The ROPE technique is similar, but more direct and hence more
effective than other more passive and indirect methods, such as
reaching out and pulling vibrations into you, or visualizing
yourself in front of yourself. The idea of pulling vibrations into
you is vaguely illogical, if you understand the mechanics of
The vibrations are an effect and NOT a cause of projection. When
enough pressure is exerted on the astral body to loosen it
sufficiently, the energy body expands and energy flows through the
chakra system to be stored in the energy body. This flow of energy
through the hundreds of chakras and their connecting web, or
meridians, CAUSES these vibrations. This normally happens,
unnoticed, during sleep.
PUTTING THE PRESSURE ON
The more passive, indirect methods of projection do exert some
pressure on the astral body to separate, but over a wide area.
They still shift the point of consciousness out of the body,
albeit obtusely. Any mental action that exteriorizes the point of
consciousness will exert some pressure on the astral body.
The action of pulling yourself hand over hand up a rope is a
strong, one pointed, natural action that is easy to imagine
yourself doing. The ROPE technique concentrates ALL your mental
resources into one strong, DYNAMIC action, which exerts a high
level of pressure directly on a single point of the astral body.
There are many other, more subtle, ways that exert pressure on the
astral body as well. Many of these are unsuspected for what they
are. Most meditation exercises, for example, exert PASSIVE
pressure on the astral body. You may imagine you are going down in
a lift, falling, climbing down a ladder, or just floating
downwards. Whatever the technique, it is designed to reduce brain
activity. Any self induced, inward falling sensation places
passive pressure on the astral body, which will cause brain
activity to lower and bring on the trance state where a deeper
level of the mind is revealed.
The action of inward falling obtusely shifts the consciousness out
of the body, exerting passive pressure on the astral body over a
wide area, but in the reverse to that needed for projection, i.e.,
general downwards pressure. This, in a way, is like trying to get
your astral body to FALL out of your physical body on its own,
i.e., your point of consciousness tries to FALL, downwards, out of
the physical body.
What most people do to project is to either exert forward, passive
pressure on the astral body, by visualizing themselves floating
out of themselves, and HOPE, they can make it happen, i.e.,
trigger the projection reflex. Or, they try a more direct method,
such as visualizing themselves out of their body, which is very,
very, difficult. Lets face it, 99% of people can't visualize for
peanuts and the act of mentally visualizing yourself OUT of your
body, AND shifting your consciousness INTO this visualization is
almost impossible for most people. The other popular method is to
try to pull vibrations into you. This method is slightly more
effective than most as it exerts some pressure at a single point,
but it is still an indirect mental action and, therefore, obtuse.
All the above, and the general lack of information about the
mechanics of projection, i.e., HOW it happens, accounts for the
extremely high failure rate amongst people learning to project.
Holding passive pressure, over a wide area, on the astral body,
for long enough; WILL activate the projection reflex, eventually.
But this can take a long time and can be mentally exhausting. I
have developed, through recent research, a better, faster and more
dynamic method of projection that is very effective. I call this
technique simply ROPE. It is not that using an imaginary rope for
projection is such a new idea, it's not, but the understanding of
the mechanics of it and the application of this knowledge to ROPE
If you fully understand how a thing works, you can use that thing
more efficiently and, therefore, get better results.
The new ROPE method overcomes the general misdirection of mental
resources and the chronic waste of mental energy caused by the
usual lengthy procedures needed for projection. ROPE shortens the
time needed to cause a projection and optimizes the use of
One of the most important ingredients for a successful projection
is to be properly motivated. Without this motivation you will not
have enough mental energy to succeed and will either fall asleep
or forget the projection afterwards. It is, therefore, important
to keep preparation time as short as possible so it is not such a
daunting and mentally exhausting task.
One thing a new projector has in abundance is enthusiasm.
Enthusiasm is pure mental energy. ROPE, plus the understanding of
HOW it works, harnesses and makes better use of this energy
resource and vastly improves the success rate.
Getting The Feel Of Rope
Pin a length of ribbon, string or rope to the ceiling above you.
Have it hanging within arms reach so you can easily reach up and
touch it. Reach out and touch it frequently, until you are used to
where it is in your mind. This ribbon is only a tactile aide. By
being able to reach out and touch the ribbon, you used to the
spatial coordinates of where the invisible, imaginary ROPE is.
This grows both in your mind and hence as a thought forms, making
it easier to imagine yourself reaching out and climbing the ROPE
with your imaginary HANDS.
Note: You do NOT have to actually visualize, or see, the ROPE at
any time, just know where it is supposed to be. This method uses
NO visualization at all.
Reaching out and pulling on this invisible, imaginary ROPE with
your imaginary HANDS shifts the bodily awareness induced point of
consciousness, out of the body, with a strong natural action that
puts direct pressure on one point of the astral body.
One important point, if you happen to have more activity in your
Brow Chakra, rather than in your Heart Chakra, which is sometimes
the case. Move the position of your imaginary ROPE so your arms
would be at a 45-degree angle above your head. If you use the
visual aide, ribbon, move this so it is hanging down over your
head, rather than over your chest.
Changing the angle of the ROPE shifts the point of pressure you
are exerting on your astral body to the most active chakra area
and gives better results. In any case, position the angle of the
ROPE at the most natural and easy to imagine attitude for you. It
is important that the angle and position of the imaginary ROPE
feels natural. Experiment with this angle until it feels right for
ARE YOU READY TO PROJECT?
All the exercises in the previous parts of this series ARE
necessary training for projection. They are; however, not all
needed, in themselves, for the projection process. If you do all
the relaxation, mental calming, mental falling, chakra opening and
energy raising exercises during the actual projection, you can use
up your supply of mental energy. This can cause mental exhaustion
and you may find yourself short of energy and willpower for the
All the exercises should be done separately from the projection
itself. They are training and development exercises designed to
improve control over body and mind and to increase the flow of
energy through the chakras. This is like working out in a gym as a
part of football training. You don't actually use these exercises
to play football; they just improve your fitness and strength so
you are able to play football effectively.
Do the training exercises separately UNLESS you are trying for an
advanced, real time projection. It is, then, still necessary to go
through the full procedure, and activate all the chakras, prior to
the actual projection.
The whole point of learning to project is to get your astral body
to separate from the physical while fully conscious. The earlier
you get a fully conscious projection the better. Otherwise, you
may eventually give it all up as just too difficult. Therefore, I
strongly suggest all beginners' concentrate on the simplest, most
effective way of getting a conscious projection. Once you have
some projection experiences under your belt you can try for some
of the more advanced, and hence, more difficult, types of
By doing the training exercises you have learned to relax your
body, to clear your mind and to concentrate. You have begun to
develop (MBA) (mobile bodily awareness) and how to use MBA, i.e.,
using your imaginary HANDS to perform certain tasks both inside
and outside of your body. You have also begun to awaken and
develop your chakras so your energy flow is stronger and you have,
hopefully, spent time getting used to being in trance. These
skills have prepared your body and mind for projection.
When To Do The Exercises
Even though the exercises, in themselves, are not all used during
the projection sequence, they still need to be done regularly in
order to develop the necessary skills and energy levels for
conscious projection. I suggest the relaxation, concentration and
mental calming exercises are done daily. Use your imaginary HANDS
with these exercises. The energy, chakra work and other exercises
should be done at least once a week to be effective. If you wish
to do them more often, fine, just don't tire yourself out too
Your Projection Sequence
It is difficult to give one, universal projection sequence as
everybody has different levels of skill and natural ability. For
this reason I give a more flexible sequence and I suggest you
tailor a projection method to fit your own needs and level of
skill. Keep in mind the old saying, "What works, works!" Play
around with your sequence until you find what is right for you,
what is easiest and most effective.
First, here is the full sequence for advanced real time
Do relaxation exercises
Clear your mind through
*Enter trance using
mental falling method.
*Raise energy and open
Pull yourself out with
the imaginary rope.
Steps 3* and 4* can be
swapped to suit, i.e., do the energy work before, or after,
entering trance. Energy and chakra work is more effective done in
trance, but some people have trouble getting into that state.
Doing the energy work first will usually help bring about the
If you still have
trouble getting into trance, use the ROPE climbing method at step
3* instead of the mental falling exercise, until you are in
trance. Then stop the ROPE climbing and do the energy work before
continuing with the projection, i.e., using the ROPE at step 3*
will help force your body into the trance state.
To Use ROPE
This is a complete projection method in itself, if you have good
powers of concentration. I suggest beginners concentrate solely on
this method until they have more experience. This projection
method will give you a normal Astral projection. The duration of
this projection, in real time, will depend on the level of chakra
development and energy flow you have attained.
Do the relaxation
exercise thoroughly, until you are completely settled. This should
only take a few minutes, don't overdo it.
Reach out with your
imaginary HANDS and pull yourself, hand over hand, up the strong,
invisible, imaginary ROPE hanging above you. Try and imagine the
feel of a strong, thick, coarse rope in your HANDS.
Don't try and visualize
this ROPE! I want you to imagine you are reaching out and climbing
this ROPE in the pitch dark, so you can't see it at all, you just
know where it is and can imagine the feel of it. Visualization
wastes valuable mental energy that can be better put to use
exerting direct pressure on your astral body. You will feel a
slight dizzy sensation inside you as you do this, specifically in
your upper torso. Exerting dynamic pressure on the astral body
causes this. The dizzy sensation comes from the astral body
loosening. This feeling of vertigo will intensify the more you
pull on the rope.
Very Important Note:
This dizzy feeling and
any feelings of pressure or vertigo, etc, caused by your mental
action of pulling on the ROPE MUST be carefully noted by you.
Learn the EXACT mental action you are doing to cause this vertigo.
You will have to train your mental climbing action to cause this
feeling. So, the first few times you try this ROPE method
concentrate on finding the right mental action to do this. Once
you learn what it is you are doing to cause this, and can recreate
it at will, you are really starting to get somewhere.
IGNORE *ALL* SENSATION
YOU FEEL DURING PROJECTION or it will distract you, break your
concentration, and ruin your chances for projection. Concentrate
on the single act of climbing your ROPE to the TOTAL exclusion of
everything else. Put everything you have into this one action, but
don't tense up, it must be all-mental.
Keep climbing, hand
over hand, ever upward, and you will feel the heavy sensation come
over you. The pressure you are exerting on your astral body will
force you into the trance state. Ignore this when it happens and
concentrate on what you are doing.
Keep climbing and you
will feel your chakras open in response to the pressure, don't
Next you will feel the
vibrations start, your whole body will seem to be vibrating and
you will feel paralyzed. Concentrate, single minded, on climbing
your rope, and don't stop.
Next you will feel
yourself coming free of your body. You will buzz slightly as you
pull yourself out of your body. You will exit your body in the
direction of your imaginary ROPE and will be hovering above your
body. You're free at last! Note: a) Do *NOT* allow yourself to
break concentration when the vibrations start. They are a natural
EFFECT caused by energy coursing through all the hundreds of major
and minor chakras in your body. If you do find yourself being
distracted by this, spend more time and effort doing the
concentration exercises until you overcome this problem.
If you have not
mastered using your imaginary HANDS for relaxation, raising energy
and chakra work, you may have difficulty using them for climbing
the ROPE. This does not mean you have to be able to open your
chakras successfully to project using this method, you don't, and
it just helps if you can.
This method is very
direct. It shortens the time needed to project dramatically! Once
you start pulling in earnest on your ROPE you WILL enter trance,
your chakras WILL open, the vibrations WILL start and you WILL
project, very quickly! The speed of this method may frighten you,
the first time you try it. Everything will seem to happen TOO
fast. You will get used to this, though, and will appreciate
having plenty of mental energy to use during your projection.
If your powers of concentration are good, you have a better chance
of getting out with this method than any other, even if you
haven't mastered deep relaxation and trance skills. What is
needed, apart from the ability to concentrate, is the ability to
carry out strong mental actions, without any corresponding
muscular action, i.e.; you have to be able to separate mental and
If you have trouble with any part of the ROPE method, analyze it,
find the problem area, then go back and concentrate on the related
training exercises until you overcome the problem.
A ROPE Variation
Note: One good variation for the simple ROPE technique is to do
the full sequence of exercises and energy, chakra work first, but
separate from, the actual projection. Do the full sequence, but
`don't' close your chakras. Get up and have a break, make yourself
comfortable, have a drink etc. Then return to your bed /chair
fresh, spend a couple of minutes relaxing and go straight to your
ROPE. This will increase the amount of chakra energy available
during the projection.
The Mechanics OF How ROPE Works
ROPE is the most dynamic projection method to date and can
override the need to do just about anything else, once it is
learned. Let me explain a little more of the mechanics of what
actually happens when you use ROPE, by breaking it down: Clearing
The Mind: The mental act of climbing the ROPE fully occupies and
clears the mind. Brain Wave Activity: Clearing the mind and
exerting, one pointed, dynamic pressure on the astral body forces
the reduction of brain wave activity. Deep Relaxation: Reducing
brain wave activity forces the body into a deep level of
relaxation. Trance State: Exerting dynamic pressure on the astral
body, while the physical body is deeply relaxed, and brain wave
activity is at a low level, FORCES the mind and body into the
trance state. The Chakras: Exerting dynamic pressure on the astral
body, while in trance, FORCES the energy body to expand and the
chakras to open. Vibrations: Exerting dynamic pressure on the
astral body while the energy body is in its expanded state and the
chakras are open causes energy to flow through the 300 odd chakras
in the body and causes the vibrational state. Separation: Exerting
dynamic pressure on the astral body while the energy body is in
its expanded, vibrational state forces the astral body to separate
from the physical.
Note: If you exert enough pressure on the astral body, during the
final phase of the projection sequence, the exit, it will override
the projection reflex completely. This forces a manual separation
of the physical / astral bodies.
This means: Instead of involuntarily buzzing out of your body via
the projection reflex, at the climax of the projection, and ending
standing at the foot of your bed etc, you will exit your body in
the direction you are pulling on the ROPE.
How Long Does It All Take
The whole projection process can be done in less than fifteen
minutes; I can do it in less than five minutes. The speed of the
method allows you to use ALL your available energy in one burst.
If you don't get out in the first fifteen minutes I doubt if you
will during that attempt. IF this is the case, either get up or
have a break and come back to it later, or get some sleep.
Using the ROPE method, literally, amazed me with its ease and
simplicity the first time I used it. It shortened my usual
projection time (20-30 minutes, from a cold start) to about 5
minutes, for a normal astral projection. I still, though, use the
full sequence when I do a real time projection.
My analysis of the mechanics of this process comes from using the
ROPE method myself and carefully observing what was happening to
my body during the separation.
My First ROPE Projection
Here is an account of the first time I tried ROPE, while I was
developing it as a viable theory:
I laid down on my bed, I was thinking of my new theory. I had been
working out a projection technique that blind people could do. A
technique that did not require ANY optical visualization. I had
come up with the idea of using the sense of touch to exert
pressure on the astral body, tactile imaging, as this sense is
strongly developed in blind people.
I lay there for a few minutes, mulling it over in my mind, while I
generally relaxed and settled myself, ready for sleep. Then I
decided to try it out, to see if it was practical.
Note: I did not do any of the usual relaxation, mental calming or
chakra energy exercises. I just wanted to see if I could exert
pressure on my astral body with this method.
I reached out my imaginary hands and began climbing the ROPE, hand
over hand. I immediately felt a sensation of vertigo in my stomach
and upper torso and a dizzy feeling inside my bones, like a
tickling inside my arms and legs. I snapped my mind shut, stopped
all thought, and focused my will on the climbing action. I could
feel the enormous pressure it was exerting on my astral body, my
astral head and upper torso was starting to lift free, trying to
go up the ROPE following the line of pressure I was creating.
Still pulling, I felt my brain waves drop into the alpha state and
the heavy sensation came over me as I entered trance. I kept
pulling and the trance deepened, my body was now paralyzed. Still
pulling, my chakras opened and the vibrations started. I was
amazed; I had only been doing this for a couple of minutes! I kept
pulling and my astral body soon buzzed free of the physical.
This was completely different from any other projection I had ever
done. The projection reflex did not seem to have time to cut in
and project me out of my body. I had, literally, pulled myself
free on my own. I floated above my physical body, still aware of
myself on the bed.
I went to go through the wall into the lounge, where there was
more light, as it was pretty dark in my room. Suddenly I was in a
strange world. "Where the hell am I," I thought. There was very
dim light and there was a damp fog all around me. There was a
large building in front of me with an old fashioned thatched roof.
To the side of me was an old rail fence made of massive,
rough-hewn timbers. I leaned against the fence and thought about
it all. I looked past the house and saw the reflection of water.
There was a lake on the other side of the house.
This didn't make any sense to me and I was getting bored, so I
tried to move to another realm in the dream pool. I looked at my
hand, this usually works. It was white and pale and unreal
looking, it began to melt quickly, like white ice under a
blowtorch. My fingers were soon stumps and then my hand melted and
my arm began to follow. I tried remaking it. It grew back as I
concentrated on visualizing what it should look like, but started
to melt again as soon as I stopped concentrating.
Then it hit me, why this scene was so familiar to me; I was in a
picture! I have a large picture hanging on the wall in my room, in
the exact position where I had tried to pass through the wall.
This picture has an old house with a thatched roof and a
rough-hewn fence around it. There is a lake behind it and it is
early dawn, when the sun is just starting to illuminate things.
There was no doubt about it; I was in my picture.
I'd had enough of this; it was too dim to enjoy the projection, or
to do anything. I focused on my physical body, which I could still
feel. I concentrated on moving my mouth and eyes and this soon
brought me back to my physical body. I sat up in bed and thought
about it while I recorded the results of my experiment.
Settling back down again I tried climbing the ROPE again. Within a
couple of minutes I was back out of my body again. "This is
great," I thought! I hovered above my body and looked about the
room. There in the gloom was the picture on the wall, the one I
had entered by accident. I went towards it again, just to see if
it would happen again. As I got closer it got bigger and bigger
and I seemed to shrink into it. As I got right up to it, instead
of passing through it, I seemed to move into it and there I was
again in this dimly lit, damp world with the old house and the
fence. Everything felt real about it, the fence felt like wood and
even the air smelled different, it had a farm like, swampish smell
Leaving the picture again and returning to my body, I again wrote
everything down in my notebook. I lay there for most of the night,
thinking about what had happened, mulling over the implications of
it all, what it all meant....
This is how I discovered `Virtual Reality Projection' or (VRP)
This technique is, at the moment, in its infancy and only a rough
method for creating a custom made world. I plan to do some more
experiments with it in the near future, though, to get the bugs
out of it.
Remembering It All
One of the biggest problems with any kind of conscious OOBE is
remembering it all when you wake up.
Here's what you can do about this not remembering. As soon as you
wake up, sit up in bed and pull those memories back. Sit up and
think hard. Put aside a few minutes quiet time each morning to do
this. It will train your dream memory.
During this quiet time, run key phrases through your mind until
you hit on something. Say things like: I looked at my watch and. I
looked at my hands and... I was walking... I was talking to... I
was just going to... I was over at... I was flying over... I was
having a... I was inside a... I was with... These are examples of
phrases that can lead you to a fragment of dream memory you can
lock on to. Make up some more phrases to suit yourself. It may
feel like there is nothing in your mind to remember, but try hard
and put some REAL effort into it. They are there, you just have to
reach in and locate them. Once you lock onto a fragment of memory,
more can be located and more and more. You will be surprised how
much you can remember this way.
It is important to write these down as soon as you remember them.
Even if you have to do this several times during the night. They
may seem vivid and unforgettable at the time but dream, or astral,
memories will usually vanish in a few seconds if you don't record
them. Just write down a few key words and you can fill in the
blanks later. With practice, this writing down can be dispensed
with as your astral recall develops.
Some people may find they are stuck in part of their body during
projection. They may come free of their body but be stuck at their
head or stomach area. If this happens, exerting too much pressure
by pulling on the rope may cause some physical pain and
discomfort. There are two possible reasons for this: If you are
stuck in the middle, stomach area, it may be diet related, i.e., a
heavy protein or meat meal before projection can cause this.
Remedy: Eat a light meal, eat plenty but have fish or white meat
instead of red meat and avoid fats, oils, nuts and cheese. If you
are stuck at the head, or some other part, this is a sign of an
inactive chakra, possibly caused by an energy blockage.
Remedy: Concentrate on opening this stuck chakra during the energy
exercises. If this happens during your projection sequence, stop
everything and open that chakra, you will be in trance so it will
be easier. Once you have done some work on it, try pulling on the
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