While some are able to astral project anywhere at any time, most newcomers need peace and quiet when they learn to do it. I suggest you follow these preparatory astral travel techniques in your bedroom, alone, either before falling asleep or just as you wake up.
You should wear loose comfortable clothing or no clothing at all and you should cover yourself with a sheet or light blanket because your body temperature will decrease slightly once your body falls asleep.
Some suggest that you align your body with the magnetic field of the earth, with your head pointing north and your feet pointing south, and avoid travel during electrical storms.
This tip may increase your odds of success, but it’s not mandatory as I have astral traveled with my body in other directions.
Turn off the light, close the curtains, close the door, unplug the phone and if you have roommates (or a family), let them know that you don’t want to be disturbed.
Preparatory Astral Travel Techniques: Relax & Breathe
Now you simply have to relax and focus on your breathing as described below.
This preparatory astral travel technique will work if you practice regularly. It should take about 5 minutes to complete, so don’t rush it.
- Lie down on your bed in a comfortable position without crossing your arms or legs. You will have to stay in this position for an extended period of time, so make sure it’s very comfortable. I recommend lying on your back with legs slightly open, and your arms parallel to your body, but not touching. Place your palms in a comfortable position. Palms up works best for me.
- Close your eyes and breathe in. As you exhale, focus on the movement of your chest. Enjoy it. Take your time. Feel what happens to your chest when you breathe in. Feel the expansion.
- Now focus on your stomach as you exhale, and feel the effects of your breath.
- With every breath, try to see how each part of your body reacts.
- When you reach your toes, take a few deep breaths before moving on to the muscle relaxation technique.
Preparatory Astral Travel Techniques: Flex & Relax
After completing your breathing relaxation, it’s time to relax your muscles but you will still need to focus on your breathing while relaxing your muscles. This section should take another 5 minutes.
- Breathe in and contract all muscles in your feet.
- Breathe out and relax.
- Breathe in and out again, ensuring all your muscles are relaxed.
- Now move up to your ankles. Breathe in and flex your ankles. Feel the tension, then breathe out and relax.
- Take a couple of breaths and move up to the calves.
- Continue with your legs, bum, stomach, arms, fingers, neck and your face. Everyone carries tension on their face without even knowing it. Make sure that you let your eyebrows and jaw relax.
Time For Astral Projection
You should now feel really relaxed and be ready for the tricky part (this is normally when I fall asleep…)
Remember that the goal is to trick your body into thinking that you are falling asleep while keeping your mind awake.
The best way to create this illusion is to maintain focus on your breathing while imagining your body getting heavier and heavier with every breath.
Your goal is to sink into a state of total emptiness.
My favorite trick is to imagine myself at the top of a very long ladder. With every breath I take, I picture myself going down one rung, and my body getting a little heavier. After a few rungs, I always feel the urge to move my body, but I have to resist. Whether you feel itchy or uncomfortable, the feeling will go away if you keep focusing on your breathing.