ROPE is a very effective projection technique, but it still has to
be learned to be effective. I would like to elaborate on a couple
of points about the technique, inspired by the feedback I have
received so far.
There is NO
visualization required - AT ALL - in the ROPE technique. It is ALL
tactile imaging. This means you do NOT have to picture yourself
doing it. That is, to climb ROPE, the correct mental action is to
REHEARSE the climbing action in your mind. * This mental rehearsal
- IS - the ROPE technique *
You need to *mentally*
grit your teeth and strain with the action, i.e., you have to put
maximum mental effort into it, as if you were really climbing a
ROPE, but without allowing your muscles to take part in it - this
is ALL mental. Your body must not be allowed to respond. You also
need to feel you are very strong, full of energy and could climb
like this all night.
You will find that a
certain way of holding the focus of your mind, while you climb
will exert more pressure on your astral body than another will. It
is VERY important you note what this is and learn how to apply it.
This will tune your climbing action for the maximum effect. When
you hit on the right mental focus for the action, you will feel a
corresponding dizzy/falling sensation in your Solar Plexus.
To use ROPE
successfully, it is extremely important to make a firm decision to
DO IT. This commitment is VERY important to success. A DO OR DIE
effort is needed. This focuses all your mental energy into a
single point, for a single purpose - to exit your body.
Many people have
emailed me with ROPE success stories. In every case - they have
been practicing ROPE when they suddenly decided to give it a go -
TO REALLY DO IT! This commitment to succeed means the difference
between actually getting out - OOBE - and experiencing various
levels of ROPE induced relaxation, trance, paralysis, chakra
activity etc. I cannot stress enough the importance of this
commitment to the success of ROPE induced OOBE.
While using ROPE,
completely IGNORE ALL PHYSICAL SENSATION AND ANY NOISES YOU HEAR.
If you react to a sensation, in any way, you will lose the focus
of your mental energy and dilute your effort considerably.
All the energy/chakra
work and other exercises in Parts 3 and 4 are designed to
stimulate the flow of energy in your body and increase
concentration, will power and mental control. By increasing the
energy flow during a projection and controlling your mind better,
your duration in real time is increased. It is also easier to
You CAN skip all the exercises entirely and just concentrate on
learning ROPE. Everyone has different levels of skill, natural
ability and energy flow. Some people need lots of training in
order to OOBE, others do not. Some people will prefer to learn
ROPE by DOING it, rather than training for it. If your goal is
just to have a conscious OOBE, of any kind, the simple use of
ROPE, below, is your best option.
SIMPLE USE OF ROPE
Some people have the impression ROPE is too complicated. This was
possibly because by the detailed explanation I gave about the
mechanics of ROPE in Part 5, i.e., HOW it works.
ROPE is THE simplest projection technique to date. All that is
needed to use ROPE in its simplest form, are these two steps:
Go to bed, or sit in
your chair, relax and settle yourself down, as you normally would
do before going to sleep.
Start climbing the
ROPE. This is all there is to the simple use of ROPE *
As there are no time
consuming exercises or complicated relaxation exercises involved,
the simple use of ROPE has many advantages. It allows you to focus
all your mental resources on it. In many cases this is all that is
needed to give you your first conscious OOBE.
Because the simple use of ROPE is less complex, you will find
yourself attempting projection more often, even when you are tired
- one of the best times to try - and cannot be bothered with
anything complicated. The increased frequency of your projection
attempts gives you more practice with ROPE and hence the technique
will be mastered sooner.
LUCID DREAM BACKUP
I have had great many reports of vivid dreams and heightened lucid
dream activity (L.D.) from people doing the energy/chakra training
exercises. This is happening far too frequently for it to be
The energy/chakra work increases the level of energy flowing into
the energy body and heightens awareness and memory of the dream
and OOBE State. It is a shame to waste all this energy on
uncontrolled dreams, so I suggest L.D. be used as a secondary
goal. This will give you OOBE experience earlier, in the form of
L.D., and help keep your interest high until you learn how to do
the conscious exit.
To become Lucid in dream you need to program yourself with a
trigger to make you realize when you are dreaming, in order to
take control over it, i.e., become lucid. The best way of doing
this is by getting into the habit of doing frequent reality checks
during your daily life.
A reality check is when you stop what you are doing and check the
reality level of your situation. This is simple to do. Every time
you do a reality check. Ask yourself:
Is this a normal
situation, is there anything strange about it?
Can I fly? Try floating
up in the air.
Try closing your eyes.
This is a dead giveaway, as you cannot close your eyes in astral
Note: This reality
checking must become habitual to be effective. When you do a
reality check during a dream, you will realize you are dreaming
and can take control of it. It is then important to affirm to
yourself that you are going to remember everything. Tell yourself
over and over, " I will remember this when I wake up."
The key to success with reality checks is to have a good trigger
for it. This should be something you would normally do many times
a day. This can be any kind of habitual action, but here are a few
Time: Every time you
look at your watch, does a reality check. An electronic watch is a
good aid. Set the timer to beep hourly. When it beeps, do a
reality check. * A wrist watch, beeping hourly, is the most
Hands: Every time you
notice your hands, does a reality check.
Smoking: If you smoke,
every time you have a cigarette, does a reality check. You will
usually find yourself reaching for a cigarette during the course
of a dream, if you are a habitual smoker. Note: It takes time to
make your trigger habitual, usually a few weeks. It also helps to
do a few affirmations before you go to sleep, e.g., "I will
remember to look at my watch"
When you become aware
in a dream, L.D., you should already be in a communal dream pool.
If you want to try changing this to a real time projection, try
and become aware of your physical body. If you can sense it, you
may be able to return to a time location near it. This is
difficult, though, and may end the experience completely, i.e.,
forcing a return to the waking state.
I suggest you enjoy the L.D. for what it is. Communal dream pools
are very colorful places and usually lots of fun. You will see all
kinds of weird and wonderful things there and have all kinds of
adventures. Note: To improve your memory of the L.D. doesn't
forget to remind yourself constantly during the L.D., to remember
Changing Your Reality Location
If you don't like the dream pool you are in, or are in a real time
OOBE and want to enter a dream pool, here are a couple of ways to
Look closely at your
hands and watch them melt. (This is worth doing just to see the
melting hand phenomenon).
Spin around until you
Visualize a place you
would like to be. (Instantaneous travel). This will usually move
you to a dream pool similar to your visualized target destination.
Fly straight up, as
fast as you can. If this fails to shift your reality location, at
least you will experience space flight.
Fly away fast, close to
the surface, until you find a place you like. The blurring of
speed will cause a reality shift.
Walk into a mirror,
picture or painting. This is the same as VRP (virtual reality
projection). These techniques all trick the subconscious, through
disorientation, into moving you to another reality location.
ASTRAL FORM IN MOTION
Many people have motion problems in their first few projections.
Simply getting across a room in the right direction, can be a
major accomplishment. This lack of control is simply because they
are unfamiliar with astral form. It is like being in zero gravity.
You have to learn to move all over again. When you project in real
time, you are just a point of consciousness with a poorly
constructed etheric shell surrounding it. Motion is provided by
thought - not muscles.
There is a type of momentum in astral form that causes most of the
problems. This causes you to continue moving for a while, after
you decide to stop. This may take you through a wall or a ceiling
etc. This impetus is caused by the thought you used to cause the
motion. If it is too strong, or too prolonged for the action, you
will move too quickly or too far. Only practice teaches you how to
get about with any degree of accuracy and grace.
It really is quite a comical process, learning astral motion. I
remember learning to move about my hometown, in my youth. I would
start by trying to navigate through my house; usually ending up
stuck in the roof, for a while. Then I would run down the road,
trying to build up speed and take off like a plane. I would get
airborne for a while, but could never quite clear the roof tops of
the surrounding houses. I would often float unintentionally into
strange houses, blundering about like a drunk in zero G. I seemed
to be endlessly apologizing to all these strangers in passing, as
I floated in and out of their houses.
How to Move
To move about in astral form, simply - DO IT. Do not think about
what you are doing: JUST DO IT. Be aware that motion is provided
by your mind. You have to will yourself into motion, to change
direction, and to stop. This is the best advice I can give you on
this. It really has to be learned by doing. Have fun.
When you have learned basic motion, do not try anything too
ambitious for a while. Stick close to the surface and learn to get
around your local area first. Practice varying your speed until
you gain some control over it.
Learning To Fly
Learn to fly the same way as you learned to move, by using your
mind. At first you may find something very much like gravity
affecting you. You may get yourself into the air only to find
yourself slowly arcing back to earth again. If you persevere
you'll find yourself moving in a series of short flight hops. This
is caused partly by habit and partly by the basic motion problem
in general. You sink back to earth when your motion causing mental
action falters. This causes your flight impetus to stop and the
gravity habit then pulls you down.
You may find yourself, as I did, trying to fly by running down the
road and leaping into the air. This is not necessary. Focus your
will into floating up into the air. Then use your will to provide
motion, same as with basic motion. There is NO gravity affecting
you in astral form. Convince yourself of this and you will be
flying in no time.
The three speeds as defined by, S. Muldoon, and commonly accepted,
are a basic guide only. These are:
Motor car speed.
I think these three
speeds were a sign of the time's back then. These would have been
the only types of speed known to most people. Today, movies,
computer games and air travel have thoroughly prepared our minds
to accept much higher speeds.
With practice and good mental control, you CAN vary your speed to
your purpose, from walking speed to supersonic speed. This is a
big problem for the beginner though, the control of direction and
speed. It has a lot to do with how stable the projection is and
how experienced you are at applying your will to motion.
It is generally accepted that if you can visualize a destination
you can project yourself there instantly, at the speed of thought.
* I have found this to be highly unreliable * I find this
instantaneous method usually projects you straight into a
subjective location created by the visualization of your target.
You may appear to be at your destination but you will usually find
many discrepancies between the real location and where you are.
Instantaneous travel is very like VRP. By using your visualization
powers to travel with, you will not actually travel. You will
create a subjective copy of a destination and enter it.
Long Distance Travel
I have found it more reliable to follow the surface for short to
medium distance projection of up to a few hundred miles. Even this
can be difficult, as it is easy to fall into the Alice effect
while traveling. All you have to do is break concentration once
and you will slip into a dream pool. Strict mental control must be
maintained at all times when traveling in real time.
It is not really practical to follow the surface for a long
distance. For example, a country on the other side of the world
from you is 12000 miles away. You would need to travel at about 64
times the speed of sound to reach there in 15 minutes. At this
speed in the atmosphere, everything blurs and clouds and surface
features cause disorientation and a corresponding reality shift.
Any real time objective aspect of the projection will then be
Note: New projectors can normally hold themselves in real time for
only a few minutes. Therefore, any long distance travel is limited
by the real time part of a projection.
To travel long distance you need to study geography. You have to
be able to recognize continents, oceans, countries, states and
cities. You also need to study a map of your target area and note
any landmarks. To project there, after this is memorized, you must
go into orbit and re-enter over your target. As you approach the
earth you must adjust your approach and aim for the geological
features and landmarks around your destination.
Orbiting the Earth
To enter orbit is a little more difficult than it sounds. Getting
up there is easy, you just go straight up, but stopping when you
get high enough is difficult. Most people, myself included, tend
to blast themselves straight out of the solar system, sometimes
right out of the galaxy. To avoid this, it is important to control
your speed during the ascent.
It is easier to project to the moon first, as a way of entering
orbit. This gives you a large visual target you can project to in
moments. Once there, it is a simple matter to head back to Earth,
enter orbit, and circle until you are above your target. In space,
away from the atmosphere, there are no problems with speed induced
How Far Can You Go?
There are * NO * limits to distance, destination or speed. You can
travel to the most distant galaxy. The speed of thought is
infinite. It is like folding space and moving without moving. If
you can see something, you can be there.... as quick as that. In
comparison, the speed of light is that of a snail. I often go out
into deep space, where the galaxies are just tiny smudges in the
distance, to think and meditate. That is easy, but the trick is
getting back for a conscious re-entry. Unless you have a good
knowledge of astronomy, which I do not, this is difficult.
Following the silver cord, if you can see one, is not practical at
that kind of speed, though it will give you a basic direction to
To return from a long distance projection, tune into your body and
become aware of it. Then try moving part of your physical body,
i.e., a finger or toe. This will return you to your body, and end
the projection with full memories of the OOBE.
There is a strange phenomenon you will come across, from time to
time, while you are projecting. I call this "Future Wind."
You will be OOBE'ing somewhere, minding your own business, when
all of a sudden you will feel an irresistible force. You will feel
yourself being moved against your will, usually backwards, by this
force. You can fight it for a while but it will grow steadily
stronger until you are blown away, over the rooftops, up into the
sky and....into the future.
Then, after a while, you will come down in a different place....
and time. Often it will be somewhere mundane, maybe a domestic
setting of some sort. You will be released there and left to
wander about... confused. You may even meet people you do not
know, yet, and they will be just as confused as you are.
This may be an actual scene out of your future life; it may be a
symbolic vision, or a mixture of both. You may be an invisible
spectator to this scene, or you may merge with your future self,
and see out of your future eyes for a while.
This can also be a scene of an important future event. It could be
a disaster, natural or otherwise, or something unusual or exciting
on the world scene. These types of events usually have a lot of
energy surrounding them, and this may be part of the reason for
the vision. The only explanations I can give for this are:
The intervention of
your higher self: For some reason it decides that now is the time
to show you something from your future.
interference: Your Brow chakra has become active and has tuned
into a future setting. Your point of consciousness is caught up by
this vision and projected into the vision.
A combination of both
of the above - this is the most logical.
There is another aspect of this wind that is very similar to the
above but the vision you experience is symbolic, or has a symbolic
aspect, rather than an actual future event or scene.
Note: I would like to warn you about the symbolic aspect of
visions. If you don't understand the nature of symbolism it can
cause great harm to your life. This warning applies to all
clairvoyant visions in general, whether experienced in astral form
For example: You are taken, by a future wind, to a scene in which
you see yourself winning a lot of money. You are sitting at a
table checking your lottery ticket with the results. You see the
prize money is $18 million. You check your numbers, or ticket, and
find you have the winning ticket. You feel all the excitement, the
surge of adrenaline, dreams of wealth come flooding into you and
your heart races with excitement.
After this vision, you start buying lots of tickets. You also
start to make decisions that affect your life with a "When the
money comes through" type of attitude. This can cause irreparable
damage to your life! You lose your drive; your initiative; your
ambition; i.e., you stop trying. This imparts a "Cargo Cult" type
of belief system on you, a belief that everything will be given to
you - with all the negative aspects this primitive belief system
This can cause you to mark time in your life, instead of living it
to the full. What you may have missed, from the symbolism of the
above vision is:The amount of money may be unusual for that
lottery draw. $18 million is an odd amount of money and may be a
rare event. This is what I call a SIGNPOST - a date stamp of a
future event. This means that when your local lottery has a prize
of the above amount, something important is going to happen in
your life or in the world around you.
If you know how symbolism works, during the vision you would have
been able to pick up more information about this coming event. The
setting, the symbols, the connections to you, the action and the
sequence of events in it, are all-important aspects of its
meaning. Misunderstanding a vision can ruin your life. Only
experience and the intelligent application of logic can teach you
how to interpret a symbolic vision. Until you have this
experience, it is best to treat any sort of vision with caution.
Some possible reasons for a symbolic vision are:
Your higher self is
giving you a warning or guidance.
You are being given
proof there is a future, a destiny, a meaning, and a purpose to
The signpost of this
vision may mark a good or bad event in your life.
You may actually win
the lottery. Personally, I would always make sure I had a ticket
in the draw, just in case, but I would not depend on it.
Future Wind Example
I left my body and was moving about my home, getting my sea legs.
Suddenly, a force moved me across the room. I tried to fight it
but it grew stronger until I was blown out of the house and up
into the night sky. A short time later I was brought down again,
outside my home. I was just left standing there in the middle of
the road. In front of me stood a refrigerator. It was just sitting
there in the road with its door open. I examined it and could tell
it was not working. Behind it was a massive red brick wall, 40
feet high and twice as wide. There are no REAL brick walls in this
street. Then I noticed my wife was standing beside me. I turned
and said hello to her. She just said goodbye, very coldly, then
turned and walked away. Perplexed, I watched her walk away. Oddly,
instead of walking to our home, she walked away from it and off
into the distance.
Being experienced with the symbolism and nature of visions I knew
what this foretold, the end of my marriage. I could not understand
it, as we were only recently married and very happy together.
To decipher a symbolic vision it is necessary to analyze it and
break it down into its parts. The six significant aspects of this
The sign post... (the
date stamp of the event) * The refrigerator that did not work.
(something, or someone, in the vision that connects the events to
me). * A) My wife. B) . It was outside my home. C) . I was there
The symbol... (the
basic nature of the coming event) * The large brick wall. This
symbolizes a barrier or an end to something. This was the only
actual symbol in the vision, but other parts of it were by nature
or action - symbolic.
The symbolic action...
(this signifies the meaning of the vision) * My wife's cold
modifiers... (these modify the symbol or, in this case, the
symbolic action in the vision). a) My wife departed in a direction
away from our home. b) She walked away until she disappeared from
The sequence of events.
a) The broken fridge b) The large brick wall. c) My wife's
OR: When I saw the
broken fridge (sign post) I saw the brick wall (symbol) and my
wife (connection) said goodbye and left (symbolic action) in a
direction away from our home, until she disappeared (symbolic
The timing and sequence
of a vision is important to unraveling its meaning. It is
important to break a symbolic vision into its 5 basic parts and to
note this in your journal, while it is still fresh in your mind.
Note: There may be more than one modifier to each part of a
A year after I had the above vision, we moved to another town. The
day we moved, we had to borrow a refrigerator from a relative.
Ours had broken down and was in for repairs. The borrowed fridge
did not work either. After ours was repaired, this other fridge
sat on our porch for two and a half years, waiting to be
collected. I remembered the vision clearly, and knew this fridge
was the date stamp of an upcoming event. I also knew what the
event was, but honestly could not see it happening. One day,
though, they came and collected this fridge. A week later my
marriage ended. Suddenly, permanently, and for no foreseeable
Looking at it in hindsight, it is crystal clear what the vision
meant. It was as simple as it was accurate. Most symbolic visions
are this simple. Be very careful not to read too much into the
vision otherwise the true message in the vision will be obscured.
Always break a vision down into its parts.
Ask of each part:
"What is it in itself?"
"What does it do?"
"What is its simplest,
most basic, symbolic meaning Write these answers down and then
apply common sense and logic to them. This will give you insight
into the true meaning of the vision.
Mirrors, historically, are magical devices used as doorways to
other worlds. There are also numerous superstitions and old wives
tales concerning their effect on the recently departed. After a
person had died, all mirrors in their home were covered. This was
so they could not see their lack of a reflection and is shocked.
Another reason for this was to prevent them from being
accidentally trapped in a mirror.
There is some logic to this if you look at the mechanics of
projection. Death, in the early stages, is very much like a
powerful real time projection. The biggest difference being the
lack of a living body to return to.
Spirits are normally held close to the physical dimension, in real
time, for a week or so after death. This is until the supply of
etheric matter that binds the spirit to its physical body runs
During this time it is normal for the spirit to wander among
relatives and loved ones, saying goodbye and coming to terms with
their new state of existence. This goodbye process, eases the
psychological trauma of death, and helps prepare the spirit for
the next stage of existence.
What can happen with mirrors, is this: A new spirit can
inadvertently enter a mirror. If this happens, they enter a mirror
world in the same way a projector enters a picture through VRP.
Once in a mirror world they usually do not know where they are, or
how to get out of it, and can be stuck there for the duration of
their real time stay. This will not interfere with the journey of
the soul. It will just cause confusion for a few days until it
enters the next stage of existence. This can though, make their
last days near the physical world very confusing and interfere in
the natural goodbye process.
This, I believe, is where the old superstitions came from.
Therefore, in the light of my understanding of projection and the
death process, I think the covering of mirrors after a death is a
VERY good idea, for the benefit of the deceased. This is best done
for two weeks, to be sure.
A Better Goodbye
It is possible to communicate with a recently departed spirit
during its real time, post death wandering. Leaving a letter,
uncovered, for the spirit to read can do this. They can also hear
you, so talking to them is also effective. I think a good practice
would be to have goodbye letters, from all the people that loved
the deceased, stuck to the wall in the spirit's old room. Leave
the letters open, with all pages clearly in view, to make reading
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Astral Dynamics: A New Approach to Out-of-Body Experiences