Astral Projection (AP') is an automatic reflex, built in to your body and mind. To trigger it, while fully conscious, there are three major requirements.
You must `master' a full body relaxation exercise. If you know one already it can be adapted to suit. Sit in a `chair' and relax. Starting with the feet, tense them and relax them. Continue this with calves, thighs, hips, stomach, chest, arms, neck and face. Go over this a few times until you feel completely relaxed. Breathe deeply and slowly throughout this and try to become `aware' of the breath entering and leaving your body.
Imagine you have a pair of `mental hands'. Stroke yourself with these `hands' in an upward motion from your feet and up your legs, over and over again. Try and `feel' them relaxing and soothing you. Continue this up through the centre of your torso, paying particular attention to the chakras. The mental hands technique will also get you used to shifting your point of consciousness to different parts of your body. Try and put as much of yourself as you can into these mental hands.
As you pull upwards through your legs with your mental hands, imagine you are gripping the energy that flows there and pull it up through you. This is the natural path of the psychic/life energy that flows through you. With practise you will actually `feel' this energy tingling and surging through you. It will literally `charge' you up like a battery.
These are situated at: 1. the base of the spine (between the anus and the genitals) 2. The spleen (slightly below the belly button) 3. The solar plexus (1 hand-span above the belly button) 4. The heart (centre of the chest) 5. the throat. 6. forehead. 7. Crown (full top of your head). They are best imagined as roughly the size of your hand.
Chakras are centres for the transformation of energy. Each chakra transforms the raw life energy of the planet into a different type. As you pull this energy up through you with your mental hands, stop at each chakra and imagine your mental hands opening it. Pull the energy up through it to the next one and so on. Repeat this a few times, you may not feel anything at first but with practise you will feel a fluttering or pulsing under your skin.
Keep checking your muscles for any tensioning throughout these exercises and re-relax as needed. A common problem is the automatic tensing of muscles as you pull energy up through you. Remember, this is all mental, the body must stay dormant and relaxed throughout this.
To shift your point of consciousness, imagine you are a foot or two out in front of yourself. NOT a figure in front of you but YOU are in front of your physical body. Keep in mind your physical body being behind you. This is tricky but you will get used to it quickly. Don't tense or strain any muscles during this, your body will try to obey you `physically', don't let it.
Your surface mind will be fully occupied by these exercises so no mental exercise is needed up to this point. When you feel so relaxed your body begins to feel `heavy' you are entering a light trance. Cease the other exercises and use breath awareness to stop your mind wandering.
`Feel' your breath coming in and `feel' it going out. With the inhale, `pull' energy up from the base chakra to your heart chakra with your mental hands. Note: If you feel any vibration start in your body at this point, and don't want to project yet, move your head slightly, and gently sway your body into normal alertness.
These exercises should be carried out daily. Some of them can be done anywhere and anytime you have a few minutes to spare. You will, in time, condition your body to respond quickly and easily. With practise you will be able to attain a state of `total relaxation' in just a few minutes. This training will reduce the amount of effort needed, and the fatigue produced, when you attempt a fully conscious AP.
Robert Bruce © 1998 All rights reserved.