Projection Exit and
18.Preparations for Projection
Consciously projecting out of body is nowhere near as difficult as
is commonly believed. It is simply a matter of deeply relaxing the
physical body, clearing the mind, then triggering the projection
reflex with an exit technique. Most people, if they are prepared to
put a little time and effort into developing the necessary skills,
will have no trouble accomplishing this, right up to the actual exit
phase of projection.
What happens from that moment onward depends
greatly on their energy, self-control, balance, attitude, and
Trance and Deep Physical Relaxation
I have found that the majority of people who fail conscious-exit
projection either have a problem with the trance state (too light,
too deep, or too little control) or they have neglected to fully
learn and practice deep physical relaxation - more usually both.
It is quite possible to enter the trance state without having a deep
level of physical relaxation, just as it is possible to fall asleep
with muscular tension still in the physical body. This, in itself,
can cause enormous problems for projectors during the exit phase.
Many people hurry through or skip the deep physical relaxation
exercises, often believing they are physically relaxed enough simply
because they can get into the trance state fairly easily.
not understand that the trance state, plus tiredness resulting from
a sleep deficit, can override deep physical relaxation as a
requirement for entering the trance state. They go on with
projection attempts thinking they are doing everything correctly,
while actually not fulfilling the requirements for conscious-exit
This can be extremely frustrating, with unsuspected
physical tension ruining what might otherwise be a string of
Time and again I tell people - and time and again they don't seem to
hear me when I say - "The real secret to projection is deep, deep,
deep physical relaxation!" Too simple a solution, you might say, but
it's the simple truth. A light-to-normal trance combined with a deep
level of physical relaxation is the best combination for a smooth
and successful projection exit.
A lighter level of trance than most people usually seem to attain
during projection attempts allows for greater clarity of thought.
This makes the exit easier and provides better control during and
after the exit.
Many people go way too deep into the trance state,
usually because of a sleep deficit, then experience heavy REM (rapid
eye movement) activity, cobwebs, and other heavy trance-related
energy-movement sensations, all of which can be very distracting
during the exit.
The Projection Reflex
When the energetic balance between the physical body, the expanded
energy body, and the mind reaches the critical point where
projection can occur, a built-in energetic event that I call the
projection reflex triggers the full generation and extrusion of the
The first requirement is for consciousness to reflect itself into
the expanding etheric body, as happens when the physical body falls
asleep or enters the trance state. This causes an internal shift of
consciousness into the first level of subtle body, the expanded
etheric body, as it is internally generated. Normal sleep takes
awake consciousness right out of the projection equation. With the
awake mind out of the way, safely asleep, the natural generation and
projection of the real-time double occurs gently and swiftly. The
projection reflex is thus triggered naturally and causes no heavy
exit sensations that might awaken the sleeper.
But if the awake mind holds itself coherent long enough, in a deeply
relaxed and tranced state, it can trigger this reflex with a
projection technique. Once triggered, the projection reflex makes
the rest of the exit automatic, and even difficult to stop.
To consciously project out of body, it is necessary to shift and
hold a strong point of body awareness outside the bounds of the
physical body, strongly enough and long enough to trigger the
projection reflex. All projection techniques, if you analyze them,
are designed to shift body awareness outside the physical body in
some fashion. Logically, the stronger and more direct an awareness
action is, the more pressure it will exert on the projectable
double. The more separation pressure exerted, the more quickly and
easily will the projection reflex be triggered.
One of the most popular projection techniques today involves
reaching out for the vibrations. As you attempt to project you reach
out with your mind, imagining or visualizing yourself doing this,
trying to find the vibrations somewhere outside yam physical body
and imagining yourself trying to pull these vibrations into your
physical body to cause projection.
This is reasonably effective,
although I consider the idea that the vibrations could exist apart
from the physical body to be illogical. What causes separation
pressure is the exterior body-awareness action of reaching out for
something and pulling on it. It does not matter what is being
reached out for, as long as something is being reached for and
pulled on with body awareness.
The vibrations technique, however, is
not as effective as techniques based on tactile imaging, such as the
rope technique and others given in the following chapters.
Tactile imaging can be used to mimic any physical action with body
awareness alone, both inside and outside the bounds of the physical
body. The simpler the action, the easier it is to focus on, and thus
the stronger its effect on the projectable double. Hand and arm
actions are the easiest and hence the strongest actions to mimic
with body awareness. The ease of use and sheer effectiveness of
simple awareness hands actions is shown in the training units given
earlier in this book.
Most meditation and trance-induction techniques exert some degree of
separation pressure on the projectable double. Whatever the mental
technique, they are all designed to induce some kind of inner
movement away from the physical body, causing dissociation from the
physical body and loss of normal levels of waking consciousness.
This is usually done through some kind of imagined or visualized
falling or downward motion.
Any internal downward-moving mental action will cause body awareness
to shift slightly outside the confines of the physical body. This
causes gentle separation pressure over a wide area of the body.
These actions are usually the reverse of what is needed to trigger
the projection reflex. This is more like trying to get the
projectable double to fall out of its physical body under its own
steam, rather than to project out.
These types of actions will bring
on the trance state, but will not usually trigger the projection
reflex unless it happens spontaneously.
The Famous Vibrations
In my opinion, the famous vibrations are not the cause of
projection, but a symptom of the energetic activity associated with
the internal generation of the projectable double.
conditions are ripe for projection, the physical/etheric body begins
to internally generate its projectable-double aspect. This causes
some pretty major energetic activity, felt throughout the body as
vibrations. But even though the buzzing sensation of vibrations is
strongly felt in and by the physical body, no detectable physical
vibrations are present. The physical body does not actually vibrate
or buzz. This indicates that these vibrations are felt from within
the etheric body only, or from within the projectable double as it
is being generated, not from the physical body.
Often, the vibrations start well before projection actually occurs.
Vibrations often are localized to parts of the physical body, which
indicates that only parts of the projectable double are being
generated. For example, if only the legs and lower torso are
vibrating, then only the legs and lower torso of the projectable
double are being generated at that time.
At times like this,
projectors will often feel their legs or arms floating loose and
moving about outside the bounds of their physical body. When
vibrations are felt in only part of the body, those vibrating parts
only have reached the deeply relaxed and energetically excited state
required for projection to occur. The parts that are not vibrating,
therefore, must be suspected to be unready for projection, possibly
due to hidden physical tension in those areas.
Many people find
themselves stuck to a part of their physical body during the exit.
They also often experience pain and discomfort in these stuck areas
if they continue trying to force themselves out of their body
I would suggest here that a lack of whole-body deep
physical relaxation is the major contributing factor to this common
Health, Fitness, and Projection
While physical fitness is most definitely not a necessary precursor
for conscious-exit projection, it can be a big help.
level of fitness makes it easier to attain and hold a deep level of
physical relaxation and the trance state. A healthy physical body
will generally have less discomfort caused by coughing, cramps, and
circulation problems. Problems like sleep apnea can also be caused
or made worse by a poor level of fitness, and anything like this can
have a negative influence on projection ability.
Poor health and fitness do not prohibit conscious-exit projection.
Some illnesses may even make projection easier. Projection
techniques may need to be modified, especially the resting position
used, to compensate for an illness.
For example, if coughing is a
problem, a more upright projection position will help ease the
trouble. If poor circulation is a problem, more attention will have
to be paid to bed or chair padding. For muscular or spinal cramps,
the position and padding used during projection attempts will need
modifying to provide better support. If a health or disability
problem is severe, it may be wise to consult a medical doctor,
physical therapist, or chiropractor. You don't have to say why you
are seeking increased comfort.
You can merely cite the desire for
deep physical relaxation.
Position and Comfort for OBE
The resting position of the physical body during projection attempts
can have a great effect on what happens before, during, and after a
projection. Lying prone on your own comfortable bed in your natural
sleeping position is not the ideal scenario for conscious-exit
projection. We are all conditioned to start falling asleep when we
get into bed - which increases the likelihood of falling asleep and
losing shadow memories if projection does occur.
I recommend either
using another room for projection, or changing the position of the
bed being used. If change is not possible, relax with your head at
the other end of the bed. It is also possible to condition yourself
for projection by using a low-wattage colored light, with perhaps a
favorite incense. If you use these only when a projection attempt is
going to be made, you will soon become conditioned to them.
I always recommend a sitting or semisitting position for projection,
if at all possible. It is not only easier to project from a sitting
position, but it is also easier to recall a projection after the
event. Sitting helps overcome many shadow memory loss problems
caused by falling into too deep a sleep too early during a
If you have ever fallen asleep in a chair, you will
notice that you do not sleep as deeply or as soundly as you would in
your own comfortable bed. It is also much easier to wake up from a
sitting or semisitting position, just as it is easier to stay awake
while holding the trance state in the sitting position. This also
makes it easier, if you have accidentally fallen asleep, to notice
and react to the energetic sensations that herald the return of the
projected double during reentry and reintegration.
There are several ways to adapt the sitting or semisitting position
to your situation and needs. Keep in mind that you are preparing for
a projection, not settling down for a comfortable night's sleep.
While comfort is important, the ability to deeply relax the physical
body while holding the mind awake is far more important. A little
discomfort can be a good thing for projection.
An armchair or recliner works well for projection, as long as it has
good back and neck support and you put a pillow under your feet. If
you use a plain armchair, I suggest putting a telephone book or
brick under the front of the chair to angle it slightly backward.
This stops your head from rocking forward onto your chest and helps
avoid breathing problems.
Use pillows or cushions to make sure your neck and lower back are
correctly supported. You can also place pillows under your arms and
hands to increase their comfort. If the back of the armchair is too
low and provides no neck support, position it against a wall and
place another pillow behind your head to support it. Wear loose and
comfortable clothing and loose socks - depending on the local
temperature, of course.
An oversized tracksuit is ideal. If the room
is cold, it is better to use a heater than to pile on heavy covers.
If insects are a potential problem, spray the room thoroughly first
or use mosquito netting and insect repellent.
If you cannot use an armchair, you might use a folding pool-side
recliner with arms and a full-length foam mattress. Use pillows to
increase the comfort of your arms, legs, and neck.
Probably the easiest and most convenient method is to prop yourself
up as if you were about to have breakfast in bed. You don't want to
be too upright, as this can be uncomfortable. Neither do you want to
lie too flat. I suggest that you try an angle of approximately 45
degrees, and then vary to suit yourself. A hospital bed with an
adjustable back would be perfect, if you could acquire one.
Bedcovers should not be so heavy as to cause discomfort.
Use several pillows to prop yourself up in bed, or use a dense foam
bolster and a few pillows. Cut a foam wedge-shaped bolster to size
(quite cheap from most foam suppliers), or use a bean bag.
It is important that your body be well supported and not tend to sag
or slide or cramp up while deeply relaxing. Bad posture causes
tension and will eventually lead to distracting pain or may require
movement to ease cramps and circulation problems, either of which
will break the deeply relaxed state.
Disconnect your telephone or turn down the volume, or take it off
the hook or set an answering machine to take calls in silence. Most
background noise can be overcome by using "white noise". Simply mm
on a radio or TV and tune it to an off station. Turn up the volume
until the hiss of white noise covers background noises. I do not
recommend that music be played during projection attempts, as music
is generally distracting and can cause emotional responses and
tension, which can ruin a projection attempt. But long-play
recordings of rain or surf sounds, etc., are an acceptable
alternative to white noise.
Comfortable earplugs or headphones also help eliminate noise.
Practicing trance exercises in fairly noisy places - say while
watching TV - will, with practice, enable you to totally ignore any
distracting noises, making projection possible even when total quiet
cannot be achieved.
Finally, since fear caused by the lack of suitable lighting is a
major contributing factor to projection failure, I suggest that you
use a night-light or lamp with a low-wattage bulb. Many people find
themselves in gloomy darkness once they get out, and abort their OBE
soon after the exit, simply because darkness makes everything appear
sinister. Even a mild fear of the dark, added to the natural
trepidation caused by being in the experientially unknown
out-of-body environment, is a recipe for anxiety, fear, and a failed
OBE. The very best way to overcome it is to project during daylight
hours. Early morning, just after dawn, is probably the most suitable
time for most busy or working people.
By the way, the physical body's eyes must be kept closed at all
times during OBE exercises and projection attempts. This may sound
obvious to most people, but I've had a large number of queries over
the years on this point. The projected double will gain real-time
sight just before or during the exit.
There is no need to open the
projected double's eyes or do anything else after leaving the
OBE or Lucid Dream
The resting position of the physical body can affect not only the
ease but the type of experience that will occur. This does not
affect everyone, but it is definitely worth a mention. Many people,
including myself, have difficulty projecting while lying curled up
on their side. I must be either lying on my back or sitting in a
chair, or any variation between these. For projection, I much prefer
a recliner laid back about twenty-five degrees from the vertical.
I curl up on my side, in bed or on a recliner, I either fall asleep
or have a lucid dream. For some reason, my body needs to be flat or
upright for easy projection, although it does not seem to matter if
my head rests straight or slightly to either side.
I suspect the physical position needed for lucid dreams and OBEs may
vary from person to person. This may play a significant part in
early projection attempts, especially if the strength of this effect
is unknown. If the resting position affects you as it does me, this
could stop you from projecting.
I suggest that you vary your
projection position slightly after repeated failed attempts, or if
falling asleep is a problem, just to see if this has any effect.