or out-of-body experience, is. a state in which the astral
body, (see subtle
rather than the physical body, is the vehicle of
consciousness. This may occur whether one is awake, asleep,
or in a trance state. Remember your flying dreams?
Most likely you were astral traveling. The astral body
is indeed the focus of the consciousness, but instead of
being controlled by the conscious mind, it is being
controlled by the unconscious mind in t. the scene or dream
that the subconscious mind has created. But flying in a
dream may not be the only time you're out of the body while
dreaming. Actually, your entire dream. may take place in the
These experiences are as real as the fact
that you are sitting here and reading this article.
This ;page is written to help you achieve astral travel in a
conscious state and on a regular basis.
You are much more than just a physical
body. You are a spirit which has control over .
several bodies (or vehicles). The physical body is one and
the astral body is another. There is also an etheric body
and perhaps others. The astral body is complex and
always in a state of flux. Its appearance ranges from a
Casper-like ghost shape to an exact replica of the physical
body, depending on the level of consciousness of the viewer.
Just as, with a single thought, you can
travel to any place or time in your mind, so your astral
body can take you there, too, only with the sensations also.
You can travel anywhere in the world.. Or to other planets,
if you want... You can visit friends and loved ones, in this
world or the next; or you can even meet with other astral
travelers and communicate with them. You can go anywhere or
anywhen that you choose. The difference between traveling
mentally and traveling astrally might be said to be like the
difference between a regular movie and one in 3-D and
smell-o-vision! . .
to do it
is one of the easier ways that one can leave the physical
body and travel astrally.. Other methods need fierce
determination and hard work, but meditation is simple and
requires no effort.
To do it, .just sit back,
close your eyes, and relax. Let you mind go free and, then
progressively relax your body (that is, relax all of
the muscles in your body one at a time until you are totally
relaxed) until you have the feeling of being as limp as a
Once physically relaxed
you will need to quiet your mind and allow your
consciousness to be still and empty. Sensations that you may
feel will include a soft breeze, a humming in the ears,
shapes may form and so on. Look at them but don't think
about them as this will start your thinking processes again.
Then just wait. Your head
may appear to grow larger, you may vibrate but let it
happen. It just means that you are close to leaving your
physical body. Suddenly, and all it takes is an instant, you
will find yourself hovering above your physical body. All it
takes then is a thought about where you would like to be,
but do not analyze the thought. Simply flow with it and see
where it takes you.
To return to your physical
body just tell yourself to return. Pause for a moment, count
upto five and then open your eyes..
start this method with the progressive relaxation technique
until you are totally relaxed. Once the body is relaxed
imagine yourself on a swing, swinging to and fro in an arc
that flows from the tip of your nose to the top of your
head. Concentrate on these two points but feel your body as
if it were on a playground swing. Try swinging a little
higher each time until you feel that the swing could do a
complete revolution. At the highest point of the arc, just
before you feel that it will keep on going in a complete
circle, let go in your mind. You will suddenly find yourself
outside of your physical body. This creates a strange
sensation as you will feel in your stomach that you have
been swinging, However, on looking at your physical body you
will see it relaxed and motionless, right where you left
Eventually you will not
need to use the progressive relaxation technique as you will
be able to instantly visualize yourself on the swing going
higher and higher until you begin astral traveling.....
VISUALIZATION TECHNIQUE: This
technique is easy if you have the ability to visualize
clearly. To test your abilities to visualize sit down
quietly where you will not be disturbed and close your eyes.
Visualize a scene from your early childhood, preferably when
you were less than five years old. See the scene as clearly
as you can and become aware of any smells, feelings or other
sensations connected with the scene. Once you can picture
this scene let it go and picture a blank screen.
On this screen, visualize
the front door of your home. See it as clearly as possible
and notice any marks or scratches on the surface. See the
keyhole, the door frame and anything else that you can
recall. Then, again let the scene go blank.
Next visualize your
bedroom. See it as clearly as possible and notice the
furniture and everything else in the room. Check the
position of clothes and so on until you have seen
everything. Then, again let the scene go blank.
In the final visualization
see yourself walking across the surface of the moon. See it
clearly and become aware of any sounds that you may hear.
Totally immerse yourself in this scene. Once you have
visualized theis scene as clearly as you can let it go and
open your eyes.
There is no right or wrong
answer but which did you see most clearly? Some people find
that they see all scenes clearly whilst others don't see
anything. The majority of people see some things but not
all. If you don't see anything there is little sense
continuing with this method.
If you see some things but
not all you need to try this final exercise. Find a blank
wall and place a plant in front of it. Sit several feet away
and stare at the object for five minutes. Then close your
eyes and visualize it for several minutes. If the object
fades open your eyes and look at it again.
Once you are at this
stage, place an upturned glass on a table and sit several
feet away. Close your eyes and visualize your conscious mind
inside the glass. Focus your entire attention on this glass.
You will notice after a while that you are aware of only two
things. The object and your conscious mind. With practice
these two will merge into one and you will have achieved
your aim. You can then practice sending your conscious mind
anywhere you want.
To astral travel, sit
down, close your eyes and relax. Become completely in
control of your breathing. Visualize yourself in your minds
eye and then gradually visualize your astral body rising up
and away from your physical body. Once free, you can astral
you want to. When you are ready to return just visualize the
astral body returning to the physical and you will find
yourself instantly back in your physical body.