Perhaps you know some people who claim to have astrally projected, but unless you've experienced it yourself it is hard to imagine.
You might wonder if it's even possible, why people do it, and whether it can be learned. The good news is that anyone can learn to do certain forms of astral projection
In this beginner's guide to astral projection, we'll explain all the basics you need to know to get started.
Firstly, we'll look at what astral projection is and how it feels, along with the benefits of having out-of-body experiences.
Then, we'll walk you through the three stages of astral projection through hypnosis, outlining why each is crucial and what you can expect.
Finally, we'll close with recommendations for beginning your own hypnotherapy journey today.
What Is Astral Projecting And What Does It Feel Like?
Most of the time, we experience our souls or our consciousness as occupying our bodies. When we have an out-of-body experience (OBE), we instead experience a sense of ourselves departing our body.
We may feel weightless, and may even be able to see our bodies from an external perspective for a short period.
One of the most common times to have an OBE is when one's life is at risk - the sense of standing outside yourself may accompany the classic experience of "life flashing before your eyes".
Around 5% of people say they have had an OBE at least once, and most of these experiences are brief and surprising.
The medical community continues to puzzle over what exactly happens at a physical level when we have OBEs.
Astral projection is a specific type of OBE - one that you deliberately induce, and which can be a spiritual practice.
So, is astral projection dangerous? You may worry about this, in part because involuntary OBEs are associated with conditions like epilepsy and with near-death experiences.
However, astral projection is not at all dangerous, and you can remain in complete control. With this definition in mind, let's turn to consider why you might want to astrally project in the first place.
Should I Have A Out-Of-Body Experience (OBE)?
What's in it for you, then, when you astrally project (i.e., have a deliberate out-of-body experience)?
Firstly, you can gain a unique sense of perspective. If you have low self-esteem or chronic pain, it's easy to be extremely focused on how your body feels.
By separating yourself from physical desires and discomforts, you can attain a purer sense of your purpose, and of what you truly want from your life.
In this way, astral projection is like a very intense form of mindfulness. Temporary annoyances fall away, and you are left with a sharpened awareness of who you are and what you are on this planet to accomplish.
In addition, many people find astral projection to be profoundly spiritually meaningful. For some, it reaffirms the existence of the soul as separate from the temporary nature of the body, reassuringly suggesting the persistence of life after death.
At the most extreme levels of proficiency, astral projection can involve your mind visiting absolutely any place or time that you choose.
And, less seriously, it can also be a great adventure - an experience that challenges and enhances the way you see the world.
How To Astral Projection With Hypnosis
You now have a solid understanding of out-of-body experiences (OBEs) and how astral projection is a specific, controlled type of OBE.
In addition, you know why it might be worth doing, and how it can change your perspective and sense of self for the better.
You're now ready to learn a basic method of astral projection, using hypnosis to get into the right state of mind.
This is something you can do alone, but it's even more effective with a self-hypnosis recording to follow.
Either way, the process has three distinct steps, and we'll explain exactly what you can expect from each one.
Using Relaxation To Become Tuned To Your Astral Body
The first step of hypnosis for astral projection involves relaxing your mind to ensure it is free of all distractions.
Hypnosis for relaxation is crucial for all goal-directed hypnotherapy programs, but it is especially important for astral projection because your goal is to separate your mind from your body.
In addition, this first stage makes you receptive to any guidance from the hypnotherapist, making it easier for you to take astral projection instructions on board.
To get into this relaxed place, you might focus on counting backward from a specific number, or on a visual image like descending a set of stairs.
However, for many people, just breathing slowly and deeply can be enough to guide them into a hypnotic trance. A relaxing environment also primes you for hypnotherapy, so consider this before you start.
Find somewhere comfortable, quiet and consider putting on relaxing music and dimming the lights.
No matter how you approach this relaxation stage, you will feel the occasional thought try to enter your mind.
Try not to panic, or to judge yourself negatively - just let the thought drift past your awareness, and refocus. The more you practice hypnotherapy and astral projection, the easier it will be to enter a hypnotic trance.
Leave The Physical Constraints Of Your Body
The next step involves using visualization to begin astrally projecting.
When you're first thinking about how to leave your body, it can sound incredibly complex, in reality, all you need to do once you're in a hypnotic trance is to focus on your intention.
Image your soul leaving your body - it might look like white light, or an outline of yourself floating above your physical body, for example.
Notice the looseness in your limbs and the sensation of weightlessness building. Don't try to travel anywhere at first - just hold your consciousness above or near your body, and get used to that feeling.
Remember to keep your eyes closed the whole time, and simply let your mind flow where it needs to go. If you struggle to build the image at first, don't worry.
Rest assured that everyone can astrally project, but it can take a while to hone the skills required to hold the projection for very long.
Be Guided Through The Astral Planes With Clarity
The astral planes are generally described as outside of time and space - a place your consciousness can go without your body.
As you continue to feel at peace, let your mind take you through those planes and guide you where you need to be.
You may be surprised by what you see, hear or experience. Some people report hearing the voices of others, and others feel as though they are in space. Everyone's mind interprets the astral plane differently.
When you’re ready to leave the astral plane, visualize your consciousness slowly merging with your physical body.
Feel the weight of being in a body, and become attuned to physical sensations once again. When you're ready, open your eyes.
After the process, consider writing down aspects of your experience. What did you see, and think? How did your perspective change?
Did you realize something was more or less important than you thought? Did you learn something new about yourself?
Start Using Hypnosis For Astral Projection Today
With the help of an expert practitioner, you can more quickly and easily separate mind from body, and can ensure your journey helps to bring your clarity.
This is exactly what our Astral Projection Hypnosis program aims to provide.
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