How to Astral Project

Astral projection is a really interesting subject. It’s basically one way to look at out of body experiences. Those who believe in astral projection on a religious level describe humans as having both a physical and an astral body. The astral body is capable of traveling on an astral plane outside of the physical body and the physical plane. If you’re interested in trying this unique form of self-awareness, here’s how to astral project.

The Basics

The thing to note first of all is that as with lucid dreaming, there are different ways of how to astral project. If you’re curious about how to astral project, you might want to try out different techniques, since different techniques could work for you in different ways. When it comes to how to astral project, there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to do things. Just try different techniques to figure out what works well for you.

While the ways of how to astral project are similar to lucid dreaming techniques, most astral projection techniques require that you actually be awake first. In fact, many practitioners say you should do astral projection techniques early in the morning – around five or so – when you are still relaxed from sleep but are conscious enough to stay awake and alert while practicing astral projection. You can try at other times of the day, too, as long as you’re both relaxed and alert enough to let go of your body while your mind is keen and aware.

When learning how to astral project, you’ll want to pick a stress-free time for you. If you’re serious about astral projection, you’ll do what you can to clear up stress in all areas of your life, since stress can interfere with your ability to astral project.

How to Astral Project: Basic Techniques

How to astral project is similar to the WILD technique. Your goal is to let your body fall into sleep while your mind stays awake and aware. This can take some practice, so if you can’t get it down at first, don’t worry about it too much. Just keep trying and practicing, and you’ll eventually get the hang of astral projection.

To astral project, you need to consciously put yourself into the hypnagogic state. You’ve probably experienced this liminal state between sleeping and waking before. It happens to me most often when I’m really tired but unable to go to sleep because of internal stress or external reasons. In the hypnagogic state, you’ll often have unsettling sounds and imagery overcoming your mind – it’s a little like a dream, but you’re still totally awake.

Eventually, your body will start to shut down and may even become paralyzed. Don’t panic. This is totally normal and happens every night when you’re sleeping. This is called sleep paralysis. Just continue to stay relaxed mentally and physically as you move deeper into this state of awareness while your physical body is starting to sleep.

Once you’re ready to separate your astral being from your physical being, you might get a little over-excited. When learning how to astral project, you might find that the first sensation of separation makes you lose focus and fall out of your hypnagogic state. Don’t give up, but keep trying. If you’ve ever had a lucid dream, it’s a little like those first few times when it’s easy to wake up after a reality check because you get so excited that you became lucid.

When I astral project, I tend to simply float out of my body, but there are all sorts of exit techniques. Most people just say they know what they should do when they get to this point. Once your astral body is separated from your physical body, you’ve learned how to astral project, and you can start exploring the world around you in a whole new way.

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