Astral Projection Guide For Beginners

Author: Jessica Tracy

Astral Projection Guide For Beginners | How To Astral Project

What greater way is there to learn about spirituality than to literally become a spirit and have experience in the astral planes? 

You are a spirit once you leave your body, and you’re neither material nor observable in the physical realm.

Spiritual growth through astral travels isn’t something impossible to achieve for normal people like you and me. 

In fact, it is easier than you may think, and more than 50% of people on the planet experienced it at least once in their life (most of the time unintentionally and unknowingly). 

In this article, I am going to give you an easy, step-by-step astral projection guide, which works most of the time, even for complete beginners

We are going to talk about the advantages of using astral projection, the different techniques you can use, the differences between lucid dreaming and out-of-body experience, and discover few other interesting facts about this fascinating power that we all have. 

So, are you ready to wake up in your own dream and discover your hidden psychic abilities? 

Great! Let’s start from the beginning. 

What is Astral Projection?

Astral Projection can be best described as a sensation of being disconnected from the physical body and stepping into the spiritual world, also known as the astral dimension or astral plane.

Many people who experienced astral projection describe it as the ability to consciously get out of the body and experience something profound that doesn't have a comparison in the physical world.

What some people call consciousness or soul is known in this plane as the astral body.

Astral travelers very often use certain projection techniques to expand their consciousness in multiple ways (for example, telepathy or traveling clairvoyance) and visit the astral plane.

The astral plane is like the space or dimension between our world and the next, where many spiritual phenomena take place.

The astral planes are split into the lower, middle, and upper ones.

Astral travel or astral projection is the capacity that every human being has - in fact, we do it almost every night, but unfortunately, many people still consider dreaming and everything that happens during sleep as unimportant.

Most of us "wake up" in our astral bodies after we have shed our earthly body, residing in the unique astral plane in which the material vibrates at the same intensity as the material of our astral body.  

Astral Projection Image

Is Astral Projection Real?

Yes, it is. From the scientific point of view, there are countless researchers who, since the 17th century, have dedicated their lives to discover a methodology that explains astral travel and other similar out-of-body experiences (OBE).

There is evidence from Ancient Egypt that dates back about 5,000 years, which shows that Egyptians painted images of the sleeping body (Ka) and the spirit (Ba) floating beyond it.  

We also know that a form of lucid dreaming known as Dream Yoga was practiced by Tibetan Buddhist monks at least 1,000 years ago.  

Of course, other scientific studies deny the authenticity of this experience, saying it's a mind trip related to brain defects.  

However, just a quick search on Google or YouTube can reveal thousands of people talking about their astral projection experiences, and there are many groups dedicated to the topic on social networks. 

But if you really want to know what ordinary people like me and you think about astral projection in 2020, you might be interested in checking out a recent article published by the digital magazine Vice, where authors shared experiences of people who use astral projection to take a break from COVID-19 quarantine and lockdown! 

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Astral Projection Technique for Beginners

I am going to start by letting you know that you are already astral projecting every night, but you simply don’t remember any of it! 

The truth is that everyone astral projects, but not everyone does it consciously.  

Before I give you a beginner-friendly and easy to follow technique for astral projecting, let me tell what you can do to increase your chances of having your first astral projection (or 1st lucid dream) experience by 80%: 

  1. Develop a sleep routine that works best for you. Go to bed at the same time every day and get some quality sleep every night so that you are never tired when you go to bed. 

  2. If you currently don’t remember any of your dreams, start a dream journal. Before you go to bed every night, set an intention, and say to yourself: “I intend to remember all of my dreams tonight!”. Place your dream journal right next to your bed and write down your dreams right away, upon awakening. Practice your dream recall every night! 

  3. Perform daily reality checks, where you say to yourself aloud: “Am I dreaming now?” and then test the reality around you (for example, try to fly or read something twice). This technique is highly recommended by Stephen LaBerge (you can learn more about it in one of his books). 

  4. Read and watch as much information about astral projection and lucid dreaming as possible, as it will slowly reprogram your subconscious mind and challenge your current belief system. 

  5. Learn and practice different relaxation techniques. One of the best methods is to squeeze and relax all your muscle groups (one by one) before any of your projection attempts. 

  6. Stay longer in bed (oversleep) whenever you can, as it will significantly increase your chances of having an out-of-body experience. The idea here is that REM phases during typical, 8-hour sleep are much longer in the morning, and your likelihood of a successful attempt is much higher.
  7. Take naps during the day, as it helps to induce OBEs.

  8. Experiment with 4-6 hour 'wake-back-to-bed' technique. This method is recommended in almost every OBE book that I read. Set up your alarm clock to wake you up after 4 hours, get out of bed for a couple of minutes, and get back to sleep with a clear intention that you will have an out-of-body experience.

Ok, now that we have the foundations covered, let’s break down the actual astral projection method:

  1. Lie down and relax your physical body.
    You can use the ‘squeeze and relax method’ described before or perform a series of light stretches. Try to work longer on tensed areas of your body.  

  2. Relax your mental body and focus on your breathing.
    Lie down, breathe deeply, and empty your mind. Focus only on the sound and rhythm of your breath. You can count your breaths but make sure you don’t fall asleep and stay conscious.

    At this moment, you will start to feel strange, and you may even notice that your body goes numb or disconnects. Keep your breath relaxed until you have this feeling.

    Now, once you have done this for about 10 minutes, you will experience a strange feeling of weight on your body; you can even lose awareness of your physical body.

    Allow this to happen and avoid getting too excited.
    The goal here is to enter a state bordering sleep, also known as a hypnagogic state.  

  3. Enter the vibrational stage
    Now, your consciousness will begin to change to a different vibrational frequency to be able to project. This may be new to you, especially if you have never done it before.

    State of vibration may be perceived as a slight tingling, or as energy that is being pumped throughout your body.

    Once you have full control of your vibrational state, you are ready to leave the physical body. 

  4. Visualize yourself moving (without moving the physical body)
    Imagine that one of your hands' contracts and closes without actually moving.

    Focus your attention on that feeling until you can almost feel your astral hand moving. Then imagine that your hand slowly moves upward.  

  5. Get up from your body
    This is only a matter of willpower and clear intention!
    There are few ways to do it: you can try to stand up, roll out to the left or right, or levitate.

    Congratulations, now you are free! You can go anywhere and do whatever you want!
You can do it as many times as you want, there is no limit, although some people say it is healthy to keep a balance between the physical and the astral world. 

Bonus Tip #1
Once you manage to separate from the physical body, touch, and examine every single object around you. It will allow you to have a deeper OBE experience.

Bonus Tip #2
Always have a clear plan of action of what you want to do once you separate from the physical body. You can write down a list of your ‘OBE goals’ inside your dream journal.

Astral Projection OBE Dream Eyes

Astral Projection Types

There are different ways to have an astral trip, but we must differentiate those that are made involuntarily during sleep, from these which are performed consciously, through a certain preparation. 

Another type of astral projection can be induced with certain hallucinogenic drugs, made up mostly of plants such as peyote or ayahuasca (performed by Shamans of Mexico and the Jibaro Indians of the Amazon jungle), 

Generally, we can classify astral projection by the following types of experiences: 

  1. Spontaneous Projections or Out of Body Experiences
    They are unplanned projections, often beyond the person's influence.
    In these types of projections, a person may be taking a nap, or falling asleep at night, and while their physical body is sleeping, their astral body gets activated.

  1. Forced astral projection
    These sudden departures from the physical body can be caused by an unexpected shock or trauma to the physical body. One of the most common examples here is a traffic accident or any other type of intense, traumatic experience in the physical world.  

  1. Unconscious projections
    Have you ever had the sinking feeling followed by being jolted awake?There are chances that this sensation is due to a re-connection with your physical body after a separation or disconnection (astral projection). Most of us separate at least a few inches from the physical body each night while we sleep.  

  1. Semi-lucid projections
    A semi-lucid projection can leave you with mnemonic remnants of the experience. It's also possible that you fall into a blackout or experience brief moments of lucidity during the experience followed by periods impossible to remember. 

  1. Fully lucid or conscious projections
    They occur when a person is fully conscious, and it's the most productive type of astral projection since the person is in control of their thoughts and intentions. 

Benefits of Astral Projection 

When you experience astral projection for the first time, all previous prejudices and assumptions will perish, and you will discover what is truly important for you: your spiritual evolution. 

Many people claim that this metaphysical consciousness allows them to remember their past lives and travel to the most remote places in our galaxy.  

As an astral traveler, you can expand your consciousness in multiple ways, including:

  • Development of psychic abilities like telepathy
  • Accelerated learning and improvement of physical abilities 
  • Self-healing
  • Traveling to new places where you have never been before 

Astral Projection vs. Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreaming is a good starting point for anyone interested in the topic of astral projection.

The main difference between a lucid dream and out-of-body experience is that in a lucid dream, you can consciously control the dream, and most of the time, you are not fully separated from the physical body. 

Lucid dreams can occur only during sleep, while OBEs can also happen when you are awake.

The best way to illustrate the differences between Astral Projection and Lucid Dreaming is to have a look at the chart we created below:
 Differences between Lucid Dreaming and Astral Projection OBE

Astral Projection Dangers

A question that has always worried those who wanted to astral travel, is to know whether there is some type of risk or danger involved. 

Fear of the unknown is probably one of the biggest challenges that most of us will have to tackle before their first attempt. 

Many fear that they could die, be hurt in some way as a result of their projection, or never return back to their body from the astral plane.

However, in order to conquer new worlds, evolve spiritually, and reach new dimensions of existence we have to cultivate courage. 

There is no evidence that anyone has suffered any dangerous situation, and if at some point anyone stays forever on the astral plane, it'll be because it's the time of his/her death; the only situation in which the "silver cord" that connects your astral body with your physical body can break. 

Astral travel doesn't affect or harm your brain, nor does it alter the psychic and emotional balance, since astral travel doesn't have the qualities of a drug.

Only people who are already affected by psychological or cardiovascular disease might have to be slightly more cautious, since perceiving new, strange sensations could alter their heart rate.

Even if the out-of-body experience was induced with the help of hallucinogens, the subject wouldn't be affected physically or psychologically, unless its use was incorrect.

Astral Projection Dangers


I believe that anyone can learn to master astral projection and have an out-of-body experience.  

The best way to be successful is to persevere and find a technique that works for you. The simpler the technique, the better. 

A good starting point is to read as much as possible about it, so you can develop strong confidence and eliminate all of your fears. 

These are a few of my favorite authors. Check out their amazing books if you are really interested in learning more:

  • Stephen LaBerge
  • Robert Allan Monroe
  • Michael Raduga
  • Robert S. Peterson

I hope this article was helpful, and it will make the astral projection journey much smoother for you. 

If there is something that you wanted to add or share, please let us know in the comment section down below!

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