This is an introduction to many basic and common elements of
astral projection techniques. Most astral projection techniques
are very similar and most of them share a similar structure. One
could say that the main difference between most techniques is how
much they stress a certain element. While there are some basic
elements that seem to work well for most people, we are
individuals and as such we must discover for ourselves what basic
elements we are good at.
Relaxed body and mind: I can not stress enough the importance of a
relaxed body and mind. If both mind and body are healthy, then
this will make it much much easier to AP.
Some tips to relax body and mind are to exercise, take a hot
shower, drink hot tea or hot chocolate, etc.... Anything that
helps to relax is good.
Breathing: Breathing is useful to focus the mind and to gather new
energy. Metaphysically speaking, the act of breathing in, is the
act of taking in energy, and the act of exhaling is the act of
releasing spent energy. If it is done with a consciouss goal in
mind, it can serve to re-energize one's energy.
Visualization: Visualization is the ability to imagine or to use
creativity to manipulate something outside of oneself. We can all
visualize something. It is part of creativity and it is part of
our everyday thoughts. There is no such thing as having trouble
with visualization because we are all capable of it unless we are
blind. Visualization simply consists of going through a pre-set
story in one's head. It is like telling oneself a story. It is not
neccessary to visualize every element or to even "see" anything.
Any "seeing" will occur by itself simply by the telling of the
story to oneself.
For example, try not to think of a pink elephant. Did you think of
a pink elephant? If you did not think of a pink elephant at all
then you are not consciouss and visualization will be very very
difficult for you.
Loss of Physical Feeling: It is important not to pay attention to
the physical body. If one keeps one's physical body still during
the astral projection attempt, one will begin to loose feeling and
attention of the physical body and this is what is desired. The
less attention we have stored in the physical body, the better
your chances at astrally projecting.
A "floatation tank", which is a tank of water full of epsom salts,
is used by some to loose attention on their physical body. Since
their body is floating on salt, they loose attention of the
gravitational pull of the Earth on their body and begin to loose
attention on their physical body. If you are interested in this,
be sure to do more research on it.
Body Asleep Mind Awake: This should not be taken as a concept to
aim for, but should be regarded as a literal statement. The body
should be asleep and the mind should be awake. This is why
relaxation is so important.
The mental state where an out of body occurs is what scientists
call "deep-sleep". For this state to occur, one's body must be
asleep. The mind is kept awake by giving it a simple task to
follow. The task could be to think about a geometrical figure or
to just imagine a thing or things. This state is also termed the
trance-state, since one is in a state that is very limited in
terms of mental actions.
This is a difficult concept to describe, but it should become
clear to you when you arrive at this stage as to what it is.
People familiar with meditation are probably more consciouss of
what this state is than people that have never meditated before. I
have never meditated so I can not say what it is in terms of
meditation, but I would guess that it is similar to some type of
meditative state, since the mind is very focused and the body is
How does one know that one is close or is in this stage? One's
breathing will slow down and one may have very vivid imagery or
one may feel "energized" as if one had already slept fully. It is
a state of deep relaxation. The mind can be focused very easily in
this mental state and it is easy to solve problems in this state;
this state is not only the gateway to a consciouss out of body
experience, but it can also be used to heal oneself and it has
many other uses. You should become familiar with how this state
feels once you find it for yourself.
Motion: Motion in terms of
bodily feeling and in terms of visualization can be very helpful
in achieving an astral projection. Motion helps in visualization
by letting the mind be active at the same time that it is in a
relaxed state. The mind is a very active being and letting it be
active with a predetermined object can take one into the trance
state. For example, one can visualize a ball or a cube moving to
keep the mind active and to keep the thought current to a minimum.
If the mind is properly distracted, the thought current will
Some people have commented that swimming in the ocean for a long
time and letting your body feel the motion of the waves all day
long so that as one is going asleep they can still be felt is
helpful to relaxing the body and mind due to the energy of the
Energy: Energy is a general term for a type of spiritual, physical
and mental energy that is acquired in this plane of existance. A
good healthy diet, exercise and an active mind are all that is
needed to keep one´s energy high. A good and healthy environment
is also needed however to keep the energy high after it is
There are many practices where energy is acquired through physical
exercises. This seems to be the best path to take in terms of
energy, since strenous physical exercise strenghtens the body,
mind and soul.
Chakras: The practice of activating the chakras might have some
effect on letting one astrally project. It is my personal belief
that the activation of the chakras is not needed to astrally
project. Nevertheless, the practice of activating the chakras and
the feeling of this energy is helpful towards letting one become
consciouss of one's energy body. For this reason, the activation
of the chakras is a helpful practice, but it should be combined
with some technique to astrally project. A simple technique will
work if one is consciouss of one´s energy body or chakra energy.
Meditative Trance: A meditative trance is just that a trance
state. This state can most easily be accessed through a calm mind
and a relaxed body; this is why exercise is so important.
Light: Light is just another element in terms of visualization
techniques. Its main purpose is to keep the mind distracted while
other parts of the mind are working to calm the body and mind
Concentration: Concentration consists of quieting the mind so that
thoughts seem to come in minimum doses. It is a state where the
mind is no longer very actively thinking, but it is in a more
To achieve this state, one needs to use the will to calm the mind.
If one thinks of the mind as a calm pond with every thought as a
ripple, then one will get the idea that the mind is very fragile
when it comes to disturbing it towards thought and action. To calm
the mind all it takes is the will for it to be so and the patience
for thoughts to subside. If one tries to calm the mind by using
the mind, all that one is doing is creating more ripples in the
pond. One needs to let all thoughts pass and to not worry if they
will every stop coming. A feeling of detachment towards one
thoughts is what is needed to stop their flow.