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Friday, August 05, 2011

Flying Without a Broom

I felt compelled to post about this topic because I've been having some extremely vivid dreams lately, and have felt I've actually left my body. It sounds bizarre, but believe it or not this happens to everyone. Since we are not conscious of what we are doing at the time, many of us don't know how to willingly repeat this experience.

This experience is known as "astral travel" or more commonly, astral projection. This is when your astral body, or spirit, actually separates from your physical body temporarily and operates on its own. Everyone has an astral body, which is connected to the umbilicus (belly button) along what is known as the silver cord. Another name for astral projection is Out of Body Experience (or OBE), which has been happening to people all over the world for centuries. The most common cases we hear about is when someone is near death, because when people die their spirit leaves their body. When that person's life is saved however, the spirit returns back to the body, which leaves the person with a temporary out of body experience.

Thankfully, one does not have to come close to death to experience astral travel. You can experience it in your sleep, through meditation and hypnosis, drug experiences and surgical procedures. Experiencing it via meditation and hypnosis though is the safest way, and can be mastered to the point where one can astral travel willingly at any time they wish.

There are a few reasons why people choose to astral travel willingly...

* To visit other places and travel to any destination at any time.... hey, no plane fares!
* To give them insight into their true being, leading them to their life purpose and full potential
* To develop their natural psychic gifts.... or ESP.
* To experience amazing feelings of joy and pleasure that most people in the world will never experience
* To apply what they learn in the astral plane to the real world, creating the life they truly desire

People who master the skill of astral travel have:
* visited love ones who have passed on
* received guidance from beings they have met in the astral and applied that insight to their waking lives
* had sexual intercourse with beings they have never physically met
* overcome fears of flying and other phobias
* predicted the future
* visited their past lives to determine the causes of present problems and illnesses
* perfected their psychic abilities to protect themselves and those they love

Some Methods
In focused meditation, the idea is to bore your mind with so much inactivity, it goes elsewhere in pure self-defense. This can take up to thirty minutes to do, but the results can be startling. To bore your mind into projecting, place yourself in an altered state of consciousness. This doesn't mean daydreaming about mundane matters, it just means thinking about nothing specific.

Guided meditation is a user-friendly entry point into the astral world, one that often works before you realize it is happening to you. It is defined as an escorted mental journey into the unconscious for the purpose of gaining knowledge and effecting a lasting change in both the conscious and subconscious mind. It involves the use of a prewritten path or guided story which one follows along during the meditation. These meditations can be read to you by someone else who is not embarking on the inner-world journey, or they can be prerecorded and played back. An example of one is as follows:

Make a tape of the folowing passage, so you will not hinder the astral process by trying to remember what to do.

Place yourself in a comfortable position, either lying down or reclining in a comfortable chair that supports your body. make sure that there will be no distractions for 20-30 min. Make sure there isn't too much light in the room.

Loosen any tight clothing or jewlery, and just relax. Dismiss the perceived ideas you may have about astral travel...tell yourself that it is something you already know how to do. Tell yourself that however it happens to you is your way of experiencing it, and you will not question or analyze what is happening, you will just allow it to be real.

Close your eyes and begin to breathe in deeply and exhale slowly... IN to the count of four...OUT to the count of four...IN to the count of four... OUT to the count of four...

With every breath you take in, let yourself be aware that you're bringing into your body calming, soothing, relaxing oxygen...and with every breath that you exhale, you're releasing tension, pressure, and stress.

Now as you inhale, just imagine a wave of relaxation and positive energy flowing from your toes and the balls of your feet, up the front of your body and over the top of your head...and as you exhale this relaxation and positive energy is flowing down the back of your body and out of the soles and heels of your feet...just be aware that as this energy flows out of your feet, all the tensions...all the pressures...all the stress of the day is flowing out of your body, and out of your mind.

With every breath in...with every breath out...you're relaxing deeper... and deeper...and deeper...and you are becoming more and more receptive to all the levels of your self.

Now become aware of the center of your breathing, become aware of your connection to your higher self. Let yourself energize that connection; send your love energy to your higher self. Feel the return of love energy from your higher self. invite your higher self to join you in this journey.

Now imagine that you are hovering above your body, actually looking down and imagining or visualizing your body in its relaxed position.

Now imagine and visualize that you are looking down at your body from the ceiling across the room...

Now imagine or visualize that you're moving out of your room and out of the building...and that you are looking down at this building and the area around it from ten feet above it.

Now observe the building and the surrounding area from 20 feet above...

As soon as you have an awareness of your higher consciousness, ask your high self to help you begin your trip.

Let yourself enjoy this journey, knowing that you are protected with your higher self.

In your astral journey, you may visit a particular planet, or you may travel to many different parts of the Earth. There is no right or wrong way to travel. There is simply your own personal experience. Allow it to flow like a daydream. If you have questions about anything that happens during your trip, consult your higher self for an explanation.

When you visit a particular planet, ask someone acquainted with it to communicate with you and give you a tour of it. They will be pleased to do so.

You will know when it is time to end your visit. Follow your intuitive sensing or feeling. Thank your hosts and ask your higher self to request that your hosts escort you back to Earth and your starting place.

As soon as you get back to your body, you will automatically "slip into it", just as you do every night during your sleep state.

When you are aware that you're "back into your body", thank everyone for their assistance, and focus on your breathng for a few moments. Breathe deeply, and always IN to the count of four...OUT to the count of four...just relaxing and allowing yourself to comfortably prepare to move back into your natural state of alertness and awareness.

Suggest to yourself that at the count of three, you will open your eyes and be wide awake, feeling rested, relaxed, and good all over...And that each time you practice your astral travel, it will be easier and easier and you will feel more confident and more secure with your natural ability to project an aspect of your consciousness into other realms.

And now, counting slowly...ONE...TWO...THREE! Your eyes opening and wide awake... feeling good all over. --end of meditation

You may want to write down your astral trip while it is still fresh in your mind. Any questions you have should be taken to your higher self. Remember, it is there to help you and guide you in whatever you do.

With regular practice, you may realize that you are no longer listening to the meditation being read to you. You will be able to venture off the prewritten paths and explore the world you have entered all on your own. By doing this, you should have no doubt that you are traveling consciously in the astral plane.

Symbolic gateways are another method of astral travel. Like guided meditation, the area of the astral world you enter and the beings you meet there will be colored by the symbolic gateway you choose. Good symbols to start with are the alchemical symbols, tarot cards, and rune stones. You can use a different one every time you enter the astral and land in a new place every time. The basic technique for making these work is to gaze at them until a halo appears around the outside of the symbol, close your eyes, and let the image on the back of your eyelids engulf you. With practice this can provide instant access to the astral. The strong archetypes in symbols involuntarily activate and involve the subconscious, and they have the ability to instantly create unique and interesting astral places to visit.

Probably the most popular method of astral travel is exiting through one of the chakras. Some people believe exiting through the lower chakras propels you into the lower astral level, where nasty entities you don't want to meet live. Some recommend the naval chakra to women because of its association with the feminine creative power center (the womb). You will have to decide which chakra point makes the best exit for you. Logically, you should choose the chakra you feel is your strongest, the one through which you can most easily send out magickal energy, or that is linked to an element with which you have an affinity. To exit from a chakra, mentally focus your consciousness to that point. Visualize your inner self at that doorway waiting for it to open. Allow all physical sensations to cease as you concentrate your whole being on that exit point. When you feel the time is right, mentally move yourself out of the chakra, think about where it is you want to be, and you should appear there instantly.

Astral Magick
Astral magick is usually considered an advanced skill, though merely projecting into the astral plane is not. More than any other skill you will learn, astral projection takes repeated effort to be fully controlled by you. Some can master the art within a few months, others can take several years. We all experience psychic phenomena in different ways, and therefore there is no frame of reference for astral projection, and no definitive experience. So there is nothing wrong with you, no matter how long it takes you to learn.

Astral magick is defined as the changes you cause to happen, both in the astral and in the physical, as a result of your workings in the astral world. Think of it as magick without tools. You can bring absolutely anything into being in the atral, work spells and rituals, and create any sort of astral tool or environment you want in which to work. In the astral your thoughts take immediate form, and once you learn to shape and control these forms, you have a potent magickal skill at your disposal. It takes a great deal of mental discipline to shape astral magick at all, especially without unwanted side effects.

What Astral Travel is Like
When you astral travel, you will enter a few different stages:
1. Withdrawl stage: This is the transitional phase between waking and sleeping. Kind of like a groggy dream state. Your consciousness is separating itself from physical awareness.
2. Cataleptic stage: This can be a scary stage if you're not aware of what is happening. Basically your body will feel immobilized...you will be able to hear, feel and see things but you will not be able to move physically. Some people feel strong vibrations or a tingling sensation at this stage. This is a sign that you are just about to leave your body. Many people panic at this stage.... myself included....and usually will themselves awake. Stay calm and keep with it though, some incredible things will happen if you do.
3. Separation Stage: This is when your astral body leaves your physical body. You will feel a tremendous lightness and relief at this stage. Incredible sensations will be felt.
4. Free Movement Stage: This is the time to have fun.... when you are fully separated from your physical body. The world is yours to explore, and your inner soul is free to discover.
5. Re-Entry Stage - People who have trained themselves to consciously astral travel can return to their body instantly with a simple thought. At that point you can either awaken or stay asleep for a while. The feelings of OBE can stay with you all day.... people who have met others in the astral and have received guidance and insight often feel a warm sensation for the rest of the day.

Some Tips
Even though astral travel is not a new technology but a completely natural phenomenon.... many people have difficulty learning to do it consciously. This is often because of fear, doubt that they are doing it correctly, or they can't tell the difference between astral travel and a lucid dream. It is difficult to get beyond the mental hurdles, but if you keep practicing and become closer to actually experiencing, your doubts will dissipate.

It isn't necessary to astral travel if it is something that is a scary concept to you. However... it can be fun, enlightening, and "something new" to experience. To keep your experience a positive one, one thing I strongly recommend is to make sure you're vibrating on a high frequency. What I mean by that is that you are in a good mood and feeling positive. Some beings on the astral plane can be quite seductive and drain you of energy. Always ask your spirit guides or angels for assistance and protection.

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