Once you have control of the vibrational state, you
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A Complete Guide to Astral Projection,
D. Scott Rogo, Prentice Hall Press

One of the chief barriers people learning to project face is fear.
Many are afraid that they may die, or be harmed in some way
as a result of their projection. Nothing could be farther from
the truth. The Cantebury Institute, renowned for its occult
studies, executed an experiment in projection involving over
2,000 people. None of them were hurt in any way by this, and
now, three years later, none have complained of any newly
arising problems. Once you are aware that you cannot be
harmed by projecting, you should begin Monroe's techniques,
step by step.

Step one: Relax the body. According to Monroe, "the ability to
relax is the first prerequisite, perhaps even the first step
itself" to having an OBE. (out of body experience) This includes
both physical and mental relaxation. Monroe does not suggest a
method of attaining this relaxation, although Progressive Muscle
relaxation, coupled with deep breathing exercises (inhale 1,
exhale 2, inhale 3.... until 50 or 100) are known to work well.

Step two: Enter the state bordering sleep. This is known as the
hypnagogic state. Once again, Monroe doesn't recommend any
method of doing this. One way is to hold your forearm up,
while keeping your upper arm on the bed, or ground. As you
start to fall asleep, your arm will fall, and you will awaken
again. With practice, you can learn to control the Hypnagogic
state without using your arm. Another method is to
concentrate on an object. When other images start to enter
your thoughts, you have entered the Hypnagogic state.
Passively watch these images. This will also help you maintain
this state of near-sleep. Monroe calls this Condition A.

Step three: Deepen this state. Begin to clear your mind.
Observe your field of vision through your closed eyes. Do
nothing more for a while. Simply look through your closed
eyelids at the blackness in front of you. After a while, you may
notice light patterns. These are simply neural discharges. They
have no specific effect. Ignore them. When they cease, one has
entered what Monroe calls Condition B. From here, one must
enter an even deeper state of relaxation which Monroe calls
Condition C-- a state of such relaxation that you lose all
awareness of the body and sensory stimulation. You are almost
in a void in which your only source of stimulation will be your
own thoughts. The ideal state for leaving your body is Condition
D. This is Condition C when it is voluntarily induced from a
rested and refreshed condition and is not the effect of normal
fatigue. To achieve Condition D, Monroe suggests that you
practice entering it in the morning or after a short nap.

Step Four: Enter a state of Vibration. This is the most important
part of the technique, and also the most vague. Many projectors
have noted these vibrations at the onset of projection. They can
be experienced as a mild tingling, or as is electricity is being
shot through the body. /their cause is a mystery. It may actually
be the astral body trying to leave the physical one. For entering
into the vibrational state, he offers the following directions:

1. Remove all jewelry or other items that might be touching
your skin.

2. Darken the room so that no light can be seen through your
eyelids, but do not shut out all light. 3. Lie down with your
body along a north-south axis, with your head pointed toward
magnetic north.

4. Loosen all clothing, but keep covered so that you are
slightly warmer than might normally be comfortable.

5. Be sure you are in a location where, and at a time when,
there will be absolutely no noise to disturb you.

6. Enter a state of relaxation

7. Give yourself the mental suggestion that you will remember
all that occurs during the upcoming session that will be
beneficial to your well-being. Repeat this five times.

8. Proceed to breath through your half-open mouth.

9. As you breath, concentrate on the void in front of you.

10. Select a point a foot away from your forehead, then change
your point of mental reference to six feet.

11. Turn the point 90 degrees upward by drawing an imaginary
line parallel to your body axis up and above your head. Focus
there and reach out for the vibrations at that point and bring
them back into your body. Even if you don't know what these
vibrations are, you will know when you have achieved contact
with them.

Step five: Learn to control the vibrational state. Practice
controlling them by mentally pushing them into your head,
down to your toes, making them surge throughout your entire
body, and producing vibrational waves from head to foot. To
produce this wave effect, concentrate of the vibrations and
mentally push a wave out of your head and guide it down your
body. Practice this until you can induce these waves on
command. Once you have control of the vibrational state, you
are ready to leave the body.

Step six: Begin with a partial separation. The key here is
thought control. Keep your mind firmly focused on the idea of
leaving the body. Do not let it wander. Stray thought might
cause you to lose control of the state. Now, having entered the
vibrational state, begin exploring the OBE by releasing a hand
or a foot of the "second body".

Monroe suggests that you extend a limb until it comes in contact
with a familiar object, such as a wall near your bed. Then push
it through the object. Return the limb by placing it back into
coincidence with the physical one, decrease the vibrational rate,
and then terminate the experiment. Lie quietly until you have
fully returned to normal. This exercise will prepare you for full

Step seven: Dissociate yourself from the body. Monroe suggests
two methods for this. One method is to lift out of the body. To
do this, think about getting lighter and lighter after entering
this vibrational state. Think about how nice it would be to float
upward. Keep this thought in mind at all costs and let no
extraneous thoughts interrupt it.

An OBE will occur naturally at this point. Another method is
the "Rotation method" or "roll-out" technique. When you have
achieved the vibrational state, try to roll over as if you were
turning over in bed. Do not attempt to roll over physically. Try
to twist your body from the top and virtually roll over into
your second body right out of your physical self. At this point,
you will be out of the body but next to it. Think of floating
upward, and you should find yourself floating above the body.
Monroe suggests you begin with the lift-out method, but argues
that both are equally efficacious.

If, after all this, you still can't project, I recommend
Leaving The Body, by R. Scott Rogo. It contains another
eight or so techniques. Not all techniques work for everyone,
but chances are you'll find one that works for you in this
book. Good luck!

From:   taima2@hotmail.com (Taima LoudThunder)

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