The Astral Travel In Lucid Dream: Learning about astral travel can be difficult, it is sometimes difficult to stay motivated. At the beginning of my practice, I was confronted with the lack of satisfactory results despite my efforts. After three months of training of astral travel, however, I had an unexpected experience that would strengthen my determination: an astral journey from a lucid dream.
I had already read the possibility of turning a dream into astral travel, but my fortuitous discovery was technically very different. With this direct insight into what I was trying to accomplish, my motivation is bouncing back in the long run.
I. THE DREAM: A TREMPLIN FOR THE ASTRAL TRAVEL
Astral travel requires advanced physical and mental relaxation, giving access to finer perceptions. However, if trance is the usual way in this area, sleep can achieve these conditions at a level of depth challenging to equal.
But, to access it is not everything, it is necessary to be conscious to put it to profit. The lucid dream is then a precious gateway to begin its practice: one is alert as to our condition of a sleeper and able to use our state as the springboard to project itself.
Finally, the dream often increases the efficiency of the techniques: the mind, deceived by the reality that it perceives, uses the environment of the desire to improve the power of the mental actions required.
However, the activity of the dream, even lucid, can easily be transposed in two forms during the experiment. The projection process can start correctly, but the consciousness can not stabilize at the moment of the release and goes into a dream scenario, often a dream of astral travel. Otherwise, dream elements can gradually superimpose on the environment; in other words, the stability and clarity of the projection degraded.
In the first case, the best solution is to attempt a new projection, but there is the risk of entering a spiral of dream projections. I have not yet found a way to break this dynamic when it comes into play. The second case is also delicate: one will take care to remain calm and to empty one’s mind, concentrating on the action in progress to anchor one’s perceptions (for example by rubbing one’s hands, reading a text, etc.).
Because of these difficulties, projection from a lucid dream is a pedagogical means of discovery rather than a reliable technique in the long term. I do not use it for me more than anecdotally.
It is also especially active during the first year of practice because the mind seems lost in its bearings, promoting a direct perception much less filtered by mental activity. With time and habit, he transposes his dream patterns more easily, affecting the stability and clarity of the experience.
II. PROJECT SINCE A LUCID DREAM
There are mostly two ways to project consciousness in lucid dreaming; the first is eventful, the second softer.
The first method
Early one morning, I dreamed that I was at home, but the atmosphere was dark and oppressive. Somewhat frightened, I became conscious of dreaming, and, seeking to turn my dream into something more pleasant, I rushed out the window. Then, without knowing why, I applied a steady pressure on my body to accelerate the fall. A powerful vibration shook me instantly, and I suddenly found myself floating one meter from the ceiling.
I perceived my environment clearly, but as behind a thin veil of water. An alarmed female voice resounded suddenly behind me: “You float above your body! “. Surprised, I immediately felt myself falling back, while a chorus rose: “No, continue! You’re almost there ! “. Too late, I was now awake in my bed.
The essence of my fortuitous discovery is in this first projection experience, which laid the foundations of my projection technique in lucid dreaming.
Once you have become lucid, stay calm and be anchored in the sensory reality of the dream.
To exert pressure or extreme traction on his dream body for several seconds.
The first point is explicit, just do not anticipate things and focus on the present action, under penalty of waking up too soon. The second point gives more freedom to the dreamer. The whole thing is to feel the created sensation and strengthen it with all its will, for example by jumping from a high point in the dream, on the back or the stomach, or feeling sucked up by an invisible force.
The second method
The second method of astral travel is softer but requires good control. We must make the dream disappear by becoming aware of its “astral body,” that is to say, a more elegant body shape in which to stabilize our consciousness, between wakefulness and sleep.
To do this, we stop all interaction with the lucid dream by letting go, and we try to feel that we are floating a few centimeters above his elongated body horizontally. These promote a very slight forward pressure and the awareness of being in effect in the position felt. The dream dissipates like a veil of fog in front of you and the room in which one finds oneself appears beyond.
You can adapt the modalities of these two primary methods to different dream situations or your personal preference. I like to practice the second method when a water point is nearby in my dream for example I dive and let me slowly float to the surface to accompany my feelings. It’s very effective.
An important point is not to stop the movement until the projection is fully completed: do not try to find out where you are in the process! As long as the sight is not activated, and we have not apparently detached in full, it is imperative to continue its activities with the same force, on pain of failure assured.
The projection process is speedy and intense since the lucid dream; one rushes into a titanic psychic maelstrom. The thing will not last more than three to four seconds in general, but all sensory intensity will condense in this time-consuming time. A good dose of courage will be useful, but whatever happens, we must not stop on the way!
If in spite of this, you miss your exit and find yourself in a trance in your body, there remains the option to attempt a projection from the waking state. Indeed, by relaxing a few minutes in the country obtained, we arrive very quickly to a profound trance conducive to the use of any standard projection technique. A missed exit then becomes another opportunity to project.
The dangers of astral travel
The practice of projection shakes our most immediate reality, our intimate experience of consciousness. The apprehension arouses often reinforced by warnings against the many dangers that await the imprudent. These prejudices remain for a very long time, like the small number of practitioners able to subject them to the crucible of experience. Many people then take refuge behind authority arguments; some occultists say, for example, that a simple physical contact kills the experimenter in projection (1), which should encourage systematic research, rather than a passive acceptance that is too often noted.
It is advisable for everyone to take stock of these questions with concrete and direct experience as much as possible, and not the victim of an anguished imagination cultivated by popular thought or superstition.
The fears related to the projection of consciousness are mostly four types today:
The fear of the Unknown
The fear of harmful encounters
The fear of dying or losing one’s body
The fear of “spiritual illusion.”
1. The fear of the Unknown(Astral Travel)
Often representing the total unknown, the projection of consciousness can cause very understandable anxiety. Not surprisingly, a certain audacity is de rigueur to overcome his initial fear. The practice allows you to cultivate your courage and soak your character while checking yourself the safety of the experience.
The strange sensations of the projection process, in particular, are often not reassuring for the beginner, but become more banal with practice. In fact, they are merely indications of a risk-free “launch sequence” whose intensity also decreases with exercise.
In some cases, one may be chilled by experience at the time of release, shocked by the perception of existing in another body, in another world. The clearer and more powerful the background, the more intense and penetrating the sense of deprivation can be. This fear appears very rarely when the mind is confused and the perception unstable.
This anxiety can neutralize by calming down by rationalization (“I can stop the experiment at any time,” etc.). These are effective but requires some self-control. If fear increases, it is better to shorten the experience before it becomes unnecessarily unpleasant. It is necessary to realize the natural and universal aspect of this eventuality, and not to be surprised where an entirely pleasant experience expected.
There is nothing surprising about the fear of the unknown lived in projection, even if the conditions of the experiment tend to reinforce the feelings. If it does not present a significant risk, at first sight, the projection of consciousness can be emotionally trying, and a dose of fearlessness and self-control is needed to try the experiment.
2. The fear of harmful encounters
No doubt we have associated the “exit of the body” with all the images it conveys, and the idea of possible negative encounters. In the eighteenth century, Emanuel Swedenborg, who had made some projections claimed to have been attacked many times by demons in similar states (a priori sleep paralysis) and, before him, the German mystic Jacob Böhme reported the infernal visions that one could experience in “ecstasy”, a term that then encompassed states outside the body.
In our time, these fears are reinforced in the popular imagination by cinema and an abundant fictional or occult alarmist literature. Aleister Crowley, with significant influence on the magical mysticism of the twentieth century, For example, it evoked the concrete detail of the physical torments that the imprudent would suffer as a result of harmful contacts in the Astral travel.
It is therefore easy to understand the recurrent apprehension of being in the presence of a deadly form of consciousness, or, worse, of attracting it by its practice.
In particular, imagining terrifying entities looking at oneself as one completes one’s projection is often a source of considerable concern. Now, observation tends to show me that there are only a few encounters in the first environment of the experiment.
When active forms encountered, they are most often chimerical creations of our mind that the mere fact of ignoring dissolves or renders inert. The cases of much more substantial contacts are rare, and concern mainly other levels of experience; so do not worry too much. In eight years of practice, I have never experienced more than a reasonable fear in these cases.
I have not noted any increase in such encounters over time; on the contrary, they diminish rather and thus indicate probably no attraction phenomenon at stake but rather a dissolution of the fears that are undoubtedly at the origin.
To finish at this point, many people are worried after some readings to see their nightmares appear in a very flexible environment. Rest assured, a significant concentration is required to create persistent elements. A simple idea crossing his mind does not manifest instantly, fortunately!
3. The fear of dying or losing one’s body
What projector was not asked one day, subject to a sudden fear, what madness had pushed him to achieve this experience touching a bit too close to a fatal reality?
Going back to ancient sources on this specific point, we note that the occultist Cornelius Agrippa was among the first to report in the sixteenth century the astonishing consequences of decorporation on health
opening the way fifty years later to Paracelsus, the famous Swiss alchemist, to explicitly expose the close connection between the astral body and death.
The monopoly of occultism on the projection of consciousness in the following centuries has spread some beliefs on the subject, particularly insisting on the physical risks incurred. The path was then all laid out in the second half of the nineteenth century for the famous Russian mystic Helena P. Blavatsky to warn against more advanced risks of possession of the body.
Two decades after her, the occultist Stanislas de Guaita spoke at length about the supposed dangers of theft of the body in projection, reporting the so-called techniques used by the ancients to protect the inert body of the initiates against any intrusion.
The prevailing opinion behind this is, therefore, more or less to assert that, logically, it is the soul or a subtle form of the envelope containing it that leaves the body, leaving it empty like a shell of which one can seize. To this is often added the idea of a cord connecting them, a flick well placed by a playful spirit can break, sending the experimenter forever in limbo. (Astral Travel).
Much has done since these first assumptions. This model remains the best known, however, because of its simplicity and apparent evidence. To enter into the detail of contemporary approaches (occult or otherwise) seems to make the apprehension of the subject more confusing for the novice, because of the absence of a definite conclusion.
It is also interesting to note here a significant belief about the duplication that has disappeared today: the majority of occultists took for granted in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in the tradition of spiritualism, the mortal risk suffered by the double projected against a sharp physical obstacle, such as a sword or a projecting point, or even a bullet. The injury would then transmitted to the physical body that could die.
We can see here how fears considered unfounded today can haunt people’s minds.
If by nature, a practitioner who dies during the experiment could not share his fatal report, no severe and documented testimony proves to us the opposite the possibility of the death in projection, nor the “flight of the body.” These ideas seem mainly based on the beliefs and speculations of the first authors, who naturally used their conception of the world to try to explain the mechanisms of this experience.
Unless you adhere to them, there does not seem to be any particular experimental reason to be alarmed about it.
I will also add that all the laboratory studies of subjects practicing the projection of consciousness (whether by Charles Tart or at the Monroe Institute, for example) have also never noted disturbing physiological signs, heart failure, breathing, morbid stiffness or other elements so often mentioned in the occult literature or some testimonials.
The body does not seem to enter a state that is different from regular sleep in general, even though the experiments may take place outside the EEG phases usually associated with dreams.
Regarding the problems of reintegration of the body, in addition to being very rare (about a hundred times for me), they are never only passengers and seem a priori often related to the deep sleep of the body during the experiment. Also note that it seems impossible to “get lost” and not to be able to return, since a simple thought towards his body makes us conscious again within it instantly, regardless of the “distance” traveled during the projection.
4. The fear of “spiritual illusion.”
Based on the image they have of the projection of consciousness, some seek to warn against the spiritual wandering it would represent.
The main argument is often of this order: the projection of consciousness would be the result of the illusion, because of the characteristics of the Astral, then diverting practitioners from “real” spiritual exercises.
Besides the possible theoretical objections against this conception of the world, the central problem is in most cases the lack of direct experience of the projection of these religious moralizers. They base their assertions on an esoteric or New Age Epinal image that has already mentioned above.
They zealously chant the idea that this world is misleading, without putting forward any concrete and verified arguments. Do not want to go back to his body anymore? It is somewhat difficult to support. Losing contact with reality? Unless previous psychological difficulties or a severe lack of anchorage that would discourage this practice and many others, this is hardly feasible: we speak indeed of irregular experiences that usually last only a few tens of minutes at better. Etc.
We are still waiting for strong arguments on this point, and not beliefs about what is or is not “spiritual” and worthy of being explored or useful, or having nothing of the projection, but related to the psychological health of individuals. One finds this kind of a point of view among certain occultists of the 19th century, like Papus who disapproved of this practice.
Unfortunately, these remarks sometimes find an attentive ear among those who are interested in the phenomenon fearfully, and who see there a reason not to engage further. To those, I would answer: beware of dogmatism on all sides. Projection is above all what everyone does. What the tradition has called “the Astral” is no more a world of blessed mirages than everyday life or dreams. In general, it is intrinsically insignificant: I mean that it is often the subsequent interpretation that freezes its meaning.
Projection can be a source of dogmatic closure or central opening, according to the way it is approached, like any experiment. Keep a critical mind, an openness to the possibilities of the world, sincerity, and simplicity in your approach to this practice and what you are looking for, and there is no reason why it is different a doorway to inner teaching and self-discovery, just like many other disciplines. It is up to each of them to observe each other lucidly to find out if they are looking for a way to hide, or to discover themselves, not only through the(astral travel)projection but also from any personal enterprise.
Thus, we must rely as much as possible on the practice to base our vision of things regarding projection. Let us not take for established truth in this domain, as in others, what we have not personally experienced, or which is not directly deductible from our experience. Fear, if it is understandable, should not be a hindrance to our ambitions, mainly when it based on shaky foundations. Instead, cultivate boldness, determination, and lightness of mind that will help the practitioner to overcome the main obstacles encountered: those he has brought with him.