Astral projection “best practices”

December 4, 2008

I've been thinking a lot lately about what I know about astral projection and out of body experiences (OBE's). At work we talk a lot about "best practices", so I'm working on my own list of "astral projection best practices", and they currently go something like this:

  1. Be well rested. I've had OBE's when I've been very tired, but they are more rare. Even when I went to the Monroe Institute I was so tired I slept during all the practices for the first 3-4 days, and didn't have my first OBE until the day after the Gateway class.
  2. When you go to lay down you can't be worried about anything else, including work, friends, family, etc. You just have to lay still and let your body fall asleep (while you keep your mind awake).
  3. In general you need to get to the point where you can lay perfectly still, without a bunch of thoughts running around in your brain, and not fall asleep.
  4. Don't over-eat. I personally can't do this on a heavy stomach.
  5. Don't drink, don't have sex. (Personally, I think this is why monks originally were supposed to remain celibate.) You need your energy.
  6. Recordings from the Monroe Institute seem to help.
  7. The exercises that Robert Bruce recommends seem to help.
  8. You need to work at this consistently. I haven't written about it yet, but I think biologically we're creating new patterns and connections in the brain, so you need to keep working at this to really ingrain/engrave these patterns in the brain.
  9. Yoga helps on a variety of levels (stretching, muscle tone, less pain, concentration, awareness, and the tendency to eat better).
  10. Zen meditation helps calm the thoughts.
  11. If you snore or otherwise have sleep apnea, it helps to sit up at an angle when you lay down.

I'll write more about these another time, or expand this blog post, but for today this is all I've got.

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