The strange thing about this way of traveling is that all human beings have used it although they may not be aware of it.
In the late 1860s a song spread across the United States which originated with the Negroes. Later this song entered into the mainline churches and today is sung even in Catholic churches. This song is part of the group of songs called the Spirituals. The title of this song is "Where You There When They Crucified My Lord?"
If you were asked today whether you were there when the Roman soldiers crucified Jesus some 2000 years ago, you would most probably answer, "No, of course, I was not there. I was not even born yet."
And yet that Negro Spiritual song expresses a reality most of us are not aware of. This reality is that yes, you and I were there when they crucified Jesus. We can be there again today by astral projection. We can travel to that time and place when they drove nails into the hands of Jesus.
I like this song as an illustration of astral projection because it has a line which describes what happens when you go on this kind of trip. That line says, "Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble." Our bodies do vibrate or tremble when we go on astral projection. How did the composer of this song know that the body trembles? Because that was their experience, that as they thought about the crucifixion their bodies did indeed tremble.
What Astral Projection Is Not
Astral projection is not imagining you are on a trip to some place. It is not thinking you are in an airplane on the way to Europe or some other destination. You may be daydreaming but not astrally projecting.
Astral projection is not visioning or seeing things from a distance without the aid of your five senses. This is clairvoyance, not astral projection.
What Astral Projection Is
It is simply separating your astral body from your physical body and projecting or putting it in a place or condition that you want.
Now you ask, What is this thing called astral body? It is a body which we all have but it is invisible. It is called astral because it is likened to the star. The word "astral" comes from the Latin word "astrum" which means "star". It is likened to the star because like the star it is heavenly. In other words it is our heavenly body.
How do we know we have this astral body? We know it by our experience of dreaming, specifically the dreaming which occurs just before we wake up. When we dream during this part of our sleep it is our astral body that sees and feels things around. Our physical body is not involved in this because it is still lying in bed. It is still sleeping.
And that is why I said in the beginning of this article that all of us have experienced astral projection but are not aware that we are experiencing this already. All of us dream just before we wake up. And in such a dreaming state we are out of our physical body and are performing astral projection.
How To Do It?
As stated already all of us perform astral projection but we are not aware of it or we do not recognize it as astral projection, traveling at will to a certain destination or situation. When we do this during sleep we are not conscious of it and we do not control it. It is our subconscious which operates.
The question I want to answer now is: How can I do it consciously?
There are many methods of doing it consciously. I have found five different methods which produce good results. But I will discuss here only two methods which I use. The rest you can find in books and articles written on this. The authors I like are Jerry Gross and the team of Divina Ciencia.
The first method is making a conscious control of astral projection during our sleep. As I noted already we astrally project during our sleep but usually we do not control this. We just go to sleep without thinking that towards the end of our sleep we would perform astral projection. But we can consciously control this. We can go through certain steps before we sleep which will ensure that towards the end of our sleep or just before we wake up we astrally project.
In this method the first step to do before sleeping, as we are already lying down, is to relax, completely relax. The method I use to relax is something that I discovered when I was only 15 years old through an article in the magazine Catholic Digest. I think of massaging my body beginning with my toes going upward. First with the right toes, then with the left ones. Then I proceed upward. Before I reach my neck I would usually fall asleep already. That was how I was cured of insomnia. You may have other methods of relaxing. But do not use drugs or alcohol in order to do this.
The second step is to concentrate. When you feel you are about to sleep think of one thing, only one thing, and focus you whole attention on this. I usually pick up one item that I encounter during the day. It may be an idea, like how to write the next article or an object, like a paper, a pencil, the keyboard, etc. Thinking on this one and only one item helps in making our brain tired.
The third step is to let go. Just fall asleep. You will notice, if all things go well and if you are in normal health, that before you wake up you will have a lucid dream.
The fourth step is to write down your dream. Just a brief description of it will do. Write it on your notebook, not in your computer. For example last February 23, 2011 I wrote this in my notebook: This morning on waking up, these words came to me: "That was the turning point."
The reason why you are advised to write down your lucid dreams is because after a while you will see a pattern in these dreams. This pattern can point to a definite direction in your life for your benefit.
The second method is something I accidentally discovered in 1992 during a break in a seminar-workshop. During that break I went out of the room, stood outside facing the mountain, and I was surprised to realize I was already on top of that mountain. I could feel the cool temperature on that mountain, could smell the freshness of the leaves and some wild flowers, I could hear the chirping of the birds. To my greater surprise I repeated this experience with other places.
So, I reflected what did I do to trigger on this process of astral projection. The steps are very simple but I found out that they entail a lot of preparation. To do this you need to be spiritually prepared. In other words you are normally proceeding in your spiritual development. Once this is true, all you have to do is again 1) relax; 2) concentrate; 3) join yourself to that idea, place or person you want to go to by just an act of your will. An example may make this clear.
Last Arpil 1, 2011 I was sitting in front of the seashore. I enjoyed looking at the waves of the sea. Without physically leaving the place where I sat, I wanted to go to the waves and enjoy playing with them. This I did by simply relaxing and then concentrating on the waves. Immediately my astral body was transported to the ocean where I played with the waves.
There are other methods. Some take just a day to consciously achieve astral projection during a well guided workshop. Others take days, months or even years. This is because we have different levels in our spiritual life. Others are just beginning to be serious with the spiritual dimension of their existence. Others are already far ahead and are experiencing contemplation in their prayer life. So it depends also on the spiritual level of persons.
Benefits of Astral Projection
This process is not for the mere curious. If you are just curious whether you can astrally project, you may not be able to consciously perform this. But for those who are serious with this process there are great benefits they can get.
The first benefit is that your life becomes relaxed and you begin to have greater strength to do your work.
The second benefit is that you can enjoy places and events you are not physically able to do. When I am invited to an event that is impossible for me to attend physically I would reply, Yes , I will be there but in spirit. And that is what happens, I attend the occasion in my astral body.
The third benefit is that by astral projection you can communicate with your loved ones even if they have departed already from this earth physically. I communicate with some of the wisest men and women who have existed by astral projection. In this way I am safely guided through life. I meet them on the astral plane.
There are other benefits. But even with only these three astral projection is an experience that is worth consciously going into.
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http://bit.ly/novotrends for learning about the new trends around us
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