19. Projection Technique
Achieving conscious-exit projection requires learning a delicate
mental and physical balancing act.
This can be likened to a baby
learning how to walk. A baby has to learn how to cope with gravity,
body weight, and balance, and must coordinate many undeveloped
muscles, nerves, and skills, all at the same time. The first few
times babies try to stand, they totter and fall over because their
brain does not know how to coordinate everything.
Similarly, during early conscious-exit projection attempts, would-be
projectors attempt to hold a deeply relaxed physical and mental
state while trying to exteriorize their sense of body awareness,
while also trying to deal with some pretty major energetic
sensations. There are so many new things to do and adapt to, and
these must all be done just right while so much else is happening,
that it is very easy to lose control and fall back into the full
Applying the skills that make up projection can take time. The brain
learns to coordinate multiple tasks best through applied effort and
regular practice. The more time spent trying to project, the better
the brain will get at coordinating everything and the easier the
whole exercise will become.
Before you attempt any of the projection techniques in the following
chapters, consult the training and development units earlier in this
book. All the required terminology, background, and techniques are
Projectable Body Loosening
Projectable body loosening involves temporarily shifting body
awareness outside the bounds of the physical body with simple
awareness exercises. The following exercises are all designed to
loosen up the projectable double.
They also get the projector used
to exterior body-awareness actions during a deeply relaxed and/or tranced state. While deep physical relaxation and trance are
recommended for these exercises, they can also be done from a
lightly relaxed state only and still make for good practice.
exercises are very easy to do and are capable of triggering an OBE
on their own, so be prepared. If this does happen, or a partial
projection is achieved, use the exercise that caused this as the
basis for your main projection technique, or adapt and combine this
with a similar method.
With projection, if you do something that
works, stick to it and build on it, as what works... works!
Put yourself in the required state for projection with a deeply
relaxed body and mind. Ideally, use the full-body deep physical
relaxation and trance-induction techniques, then use the full-body
energy circuit for a couple of minutes. Leave your primary centers
alone for this exercise. Feel the room around you with your mind and
imagination, and build a picture of it in your mind's eye. Using
your memory, take note of how everything would look from your
position if your eyes were open: where doors, windows, ceilings,
walls, and furniture are. Take a good look and memorize everything
Start a full-body awareness bounce action from head to feet, arms
resting comfortably at sides (see chapter 12). Continue this until
you are settled into a comfortable bounce speed and rhythm. Next,
extend your point of awareness - the part of your awareness you are
bouncing through your body - out past your head and feet until you
are bouncing your awareness from the wall above your head to the
wall below your feet, if lying down. If you are sitting, bounce from
the floor, through your body, to the ceiling above you, then back
down through your body to the floor. Repeat this as a continual
bounce action. Adjust the angle of the bounce action so it is
directly in line with your torso.
As your awareness bounces off the wall, ceiling, or floor, use your
memory-based imagination to sense what each surface would look and
feel like close up. See this as if you were really there, right up
close to it. Try to momentarily feel your new spatial position as it
would be if you were actually there.
Be aware of the spatial change
and of the new position, of where your physical body, walls, doors,
windows, and furniture are for that single moment as your awareness
bounces off each surface. Create a snapshot of this new position in
your mind's eye each time you bounce your awareness off a surface.
Feel yourself being there, out of your physical body for just a
Two bounce actions for loosening the projectable double
If you have trouble with this, stick small targets to the ceiling
and walls and memorize what it is like to be up close to these
targets. Re-create the image of these with your imagination in your
mind's eye during these exercises. Before starting this, if you
like, get up and place your face against these targets so you can
really get the feel for each position. Memorize what it feels like
to really be there. Momentarily re-create mis feeling at the end of
Once you get the bounce action going, pay more attention to bouncing
your awareness off the wall or ceiling than to feeling your
awareness passing through your physical body. Once your body
awareness is at work outside your physical body, the feel of your
physical body must be allowed to slide gently into the background.
The next stage is to bounce your point of awareness away from your
body in line with your face, in line with where your eyes would be
looking if they were open and looking straight ahead. If lying down,
repeatedly bounce to the ceiling above you, then back down through
your face to the floor beneath the bed. If sitting, repeatedly
bounce off the wall opposite you, then back through your face and to
the wall behind you. Again, once you get this bounce action going,
allow the feel of your physical body to slide into the background
and concentrate on the exterior bounce action.
As I said, this bounce technique can trigger the projection reflex
on its own. Bounce techniques are also useful for getting the look
and feel of projection without actually getting too close to the
exit. The bounce technique momentarily shifts your point of
awareness outside your physical body, causing something like a
brief, low-powered projection each time your point of awareness
bounces off a surface.
Repeat this exercise for as long as you wish,
before continuing with an actual projection attempt.
Put yourself in the required state for projection. Feel the room
around you and take note of its spatial layout. Concentrate your
awareness in your breathing action and feel yourself breathing
slowly and naturally IN and OUT.
As you breathe IN, feel yourself expanding outward as your lungs
fill to capacity, as if your physical body were rapidly expanding
outward like a balloon. Feel the room shrinking around you as you
expand to fill it. At the end of the IN breath, try to feel your
awareness filling the whole room to capacity.
As you breathe OUT, feel yourself shrinking into yourself like a
collapsing balloon. Feel the room around you expanding rapidly away
from you as you get smaller and smaller. At die end of the OUT
breath, briefly feel the spatial coordinates of tile entire room as
being far, far away, as if you were a minute point of consciousness,
a tiny spark in a giant, oversized room.
Repeat this exercise for as
long as you wish, before continuing with a full projection attempt.
Spin loosening action
Any body-awareness action that holds a point of awareness exterior
to the physical body is extremely difficult to hold if kept in one
place only. It is, though, fairly easy to hold a point of awareness
if it is kept moving. Movement tricks the mind into momentarily
accepting an exterior point of awareness.
Put yourself in the required state for projection. Bounce your point
of awareness, at eye level, back and forth to the wall or ceiling
directly in front of you a few times. Move your point of awareness
clockwise around tile room, briefly touching each wall, ceiling, and
floor surface in passing. Circle the room continually, taking one to
three seconds for each circuit.
This speed can to be varied to suit
what feels natural. As your point of awareness circles the room,
feel it sliding and brushing gently over the interior surfaces of
the room. Stay aware of your changing perspective in the room as
your point of awareness spins around you. Feel yourself and your
point of awareness spinning around the room. Try to feel your
spatial coordinates changing around you, exterior to your body, as
Feel yourself spinning inside your body, and feel the room around
you moving as you spin. Settle into a steady spin at whatever speed
you feel most comfortable with. If you continue this, your mind will
at some point be tricked into believing you are actually spinning
outside your body. When this happens you will feel a momentary
falling sensation inside yourself, a brief sensation of vertigo that
will usually happen many times while using this technique.
technique can trigger the projection reflex, so be prepared.
Loosening with Imagination
Please take your time over the following exercise. Do it slowly and
thoroughly. Put yourself in the required state for projection. When
you are really settled into yourself, imagine yourself as slowly
getting out of your body and floating to the door of your room. Feel
and be aware of your body still being in bed or sitting behind you
as you float away.
Move through your door, as if you were really
projecting, and feel yourself floating away from your physical body
and moving around the house, imagining as much detail as you can as
you proceed. Look into a few rooms, then leave the house and walk
farther afield. Go as far as your memory will take you with some
accuracy. This imaginative view does not have to be perfect. Stop
and briefly examine points of interest along the way.
As you move, try to feel yourself actually being away from your
physical body, being aware of where it would be in relation to your
imagined remote location. This is difficult to hold, I know, but the
movement helps, so keep moving your imaginary double at all times to
ease the mental pressure. Moments will occur during this exercise
when you will suddenly experience the feeling of actually being
where you are imagining yourself to be.
This will cause a momentary
falling sensation, often accompanied by a trickle of energy up
through your stomach and chest. This is a very good sign and shows
you are successfully exteriorizing your awareness and are exerting a
great deal of pressure on your projectable double. The trickle of
energy indicates that the projectable double is being generated.
Once you can imagine yourself as being out of body, you can also
imagine yourself flying or instantly projecting to other familiar
but remote locations, to other houses or towns. Imagine yourself
floating up into the air and flying around. Imagine what this would
feel like and what the world would look like from way up there in
the sky. Imagine yourself instantly projecting to another place.
Feel this new location, anywhere, appearing around you. To finish
this exercise, see yourself projecting back into your room and
watching your physical body as it awaits your return. Imagine
yourself floating up to and reentering it.
As you do this exercise, work on feeling yourself as being away from
your physical body, and of seeing your imaginary re-created world as
it would be through your projected double's eyes. This exercise can
also trigger the projection reflex. If this happens during this
particular exercise, you may feel projection sensations only
remotely, as if from a distance.
You may also feel nothing and just
suddenly find yourself in your projected double, at the remote
location where you are imagining yourself to be.
Rope Projection Technique
If you have worked through all the core skills and energy-work
training units in this book, you will have learned how to use your
awareness hands very well. Now is the time to put into practice all
that you have learned, and use your awareness hands to climb out of
The rope technique optimizes the use of mental energy
resources and enthusiasm by shortening the time needed to trigger
the projection reflex during a projection attempt
A key ingredient to the rope projection technique is an imaginary
rope hanging down from the ceiling. This rope is used to exert
strong and continual pressure at a single point on the projectable
double. The hand-over-hand awareness action of climbing the rope
tricks the mind into accepting and holding a point of awareness
exterior to the physical body. This stimulates the projection reflex
more strongly than any other projection technique I have come
The first step is to imagine a large, strong rope hanging down in
front of you, just above your chest, in a natural position for you
and for the position you are in. If you are lying down, imagine the
rope end hanging over the center of your chest within easy reach of
your hands. If you are sitting, imagine the rope hanging just in
front of your face, with the rope end being firmly attached to the
ceiling. The rope is within easy reach of your hands. Vary the
position and angle of this imaginary rope to suit yourself as to
what feels most natural.
Center your awareness hands in the middle of your chest. Reach out
with both of them and grasp the rope. Climb hand over hand strongly
up the rope. Pull the rope to your chest with each climbing hand
action. Feel yourself, in your projectable double, moving up the
rope as you climb it. Stay aware of your physical body remaining
behind as you climb out of it. Concentrate on the climbing action,
but don't let your physical body respond or tense. Breathe naturally
and do not hold your breath or allow it to become ragged. Hold your
mind clear and focused solely on climbing the rope.
Try to develop a powerful, natural, two-handed climbing action, just
as you would if you were actually climbing a rope in real life. One
hand reaches out while the other hand holds on. Both hands work
together at all times. As one hand pulls on the rope, the other hand
should be reaching out to grip the rope above it, ready for the next
pull on the rope. Try not to use only one hand at a time. Using both
hands together makes the rope technique easier to do and more
Vary the speed of the climbing action to what feels easiest and most
natural for you, but do not climb too slowly. Just as with a bounce
action, increase climbing speed until resistance is felt, then back
off to a more comfortable speed.
I find varying my climbing speed
from about a half a second to one second for each completed hand
action (reaching out and pulling rope in with each hand) is best for
Feel your awareness hands as very strong and feel yourself climbing
effortlessly and powerfully up the rope. Try to feel your projected
double, your body, moving upward as you climb the rope. It is the
exterior awareness of the climbing action that makes this technique
work. The climbing action also provides a natural upward and outward
movement away from the physical body.
Some people may have difficulty bringing awareness hands all the way
back to their chest with every pull on the rope. Some may find that
one or both of their awareness hands do not obey orders. If this is
the case, just do the very best you can to keep your hands moving
and climbing and scrambling up the rope in any way you can. Ways of
getting around many common rope-climbing problems, plus alternative
projection techniques, are given in coming chapters.
Many people have found it helpful to pin or tape a length of ribbon
or string to the ceiling above their beds or chairs, hanging within
easy arm's reach. Touch this occasionally until you get used to its
position in your mind. The position and feel of the rope will grow
in your awareness memory, making it easier to imagine yourself
reaching out and climbing it with your awareness hands.
your rope aid at the most natural and easy to imagine position for
you. (This aid has one added bonus, if you are an animal lover -
cats absolutely love it!)
Rope Pressure Symptoms
The first sign that the rope technique is working is a peculiar
dizzy feeling, a localized energy-movement type of trickling vertigo
in the pit of the stomach and in the chest. If you feel this
sensation, the rope technique is exerting good pressure on your
projectable double. Keep climbing and you will trigger the
projection reflex - as long as you stay physically relaxed enough to
allow the generation of the projectable double.
As an experiment, try this short exercise now: close your eyes and
take a few deep breaths to settle yourself, nothing more. Feel
yourself reaching out and climbing strongly hand over hand up an
imaginary rope for twenty seconds or so. Concentrate and really feel
your awareness hands doing the climbing action as you do this. Use
your memory and imagination to re-create the actual feeling of what
it would be like to actually do this.
You should feel something happening fairly quickly: a slight,
localized dizzy sensation or trickle of energy in your stomach and
chest. This is similar to the feeling you get when an elevator you
are in suddenly starts moving downward. This slight vertigo and
trickle of energy are symptoms your projectable body is coming under
pressure from the exteriorized rope-climbing awareness action being
used. When your body and mind are deeply relaxed and you are fully
prepared for projection, the pressure caused by this action will be
greatly increased and have a far greater effect.
First Rope Projection - Experience
For interest's sake, here is an account of my very first rope
I lay down on my bed in the early evening, just after sundown,
thinking about the new rope technique I had been working on. I had
been asked to develop a projection technique that blind people could
use, specifically for people who had been blind from birth. I used
the sense of touch as the foundation for the new technique, as touch
and tactile perceptions are highly developed in blind people.
theoretically, discovered a new way of using this sense - tactile
imaging, I'd called it - to exert enough pressure on the projectable
double to trigger the projection reflex. It was just a working idea
at this time; the next step was to road-test the technique myself to
see if it could be made to work. The theory was sound and the
technique should work, but was it practical?
I did not do any relaxation, trance, or energetic stimulation work.
I just wanted to see if the new rope technique would exert any
noticeable pressure on my projectable double. I lay there for
several minutes, mulling all this over in my mind while I relaxed
and settled myself, ready for a short nap. Then I thought "what the
heck", and decided to try the new rope technique out in earnest. The
enthusiasm of discovery flared within me and I formed a very strong
intention to project and give this new technique my very best shot.
I reached out with my awareness hands and re-created in my awareness
what a strong rope would feel like in my hands. I did not bother
with fine details, just the bare-bones feel of holding on to
something like an imaginary rope. That done, I began climbing the
rope hand over hand in earnest. I immediately felt a strong
sensation of vertigo in my stomach and chest. I also felt a
bone-deep, tickling, dizzy type of sensation deep inside my body,
most noticeably in my arms and legs. I cleared the excitement from
my mind and focused all my attention on the rope-climbing action. It
really seemed to be working!
As I climbed, I felt a kind of
energetic pressure building up inside me. I felt my body grow
suddenly very heavy as I quickly slid into a solid level of trance.
This was all happening way, way faster than usual. My head and chest
were already starting to lift free, trying to go up the rope and
follow the line of pressure I was exerting. I had never before
experienced an exit quite like it!
I kept climbing and my heart center began throbbing and vibrations
started coursing throughout my body. I was simply amazed! I had been
climbing rope for less than a minute! I kept climbing strongly and,
quite suddenly, the projection reflex kicked in and my real-time
double buzzed free, coming to rest floating near the foot of my bed.
This had all happened so fast, I barely had time to register the
changes in my body as I projected! The heaviness of entering trance,
the heart center thrumming and then racing, the full-body
vibrations, the exit, it all happened so quickly!
I returned to my
body soon after the exit and excitedly recorded the experience. This
was definitely the easiest, fastest, and smoothest exit I had ever
I tried the rope technique several times, that night and the next
morning, and had no trouble leaving my body each time. It wasn't so
much that the idea of climbing a rope as a projection technique was
new - it's not. But the deliberate use of body awareness and the
application of tactile imaging was something new.
understanding how this worked that made it so important to me at the
It is not advisable to have only one projection sequence. Everybody
has different levels of experience and natural ability.
Circumstances also change; what helps one day may hinder the next.
For this reason, I give three flexible rope sequences and suggest
that these be alternated to suit the time a projection attempt is
being made. For example, you might wake up early in the morning (the
very best time for easy projection) and want to go straight to the
At other times, more work may be required to put
yourself into a relaxed and projectable state.
The time spent on each part of this sequence should be varied to
suit ability, experience, and circumstances. Do not spend too long
on each part if falling asleep is a potential problem.
several minutes, however, should be spent on the deep physical
relaxation part at the start - longer for beginners. I cannot
overemphasize the importance of deep physical relaxation to the
projection process. If you have never had a conscious-exit
projection before, but have made several unsuccessful attempts, I
recommend spending thirty minutes or more on deep physical
The secondary and primary energy work recommended in this procedure
is an enormous help to novice projectors, especially those who have
not yet made a conscious exit. Its practice makes projection much
more achievable. The primary-center work can be dropped by more
experienced projectors, if desired, but projection experiences will
then tend to be weaker. With projection, energy is everything!
Do the full deep physical relaxation exercise - ten minutes minimum.
Pre-stimulate hands and feet and use the full-body circuit for a few
minutes. Clear your surface mind and induce a light- to full-trance
state. Raise energy and stimulate each primary energy center (don't
overdo this). Return to raising energy with primary and secondary
circuits as needed during the attempt. Loosen the projectable double
with an exterior bounce technique (optional).
Use the rope (or an
alternative) projection technique and go for the exit!
The quick sequence is handy if you feel you have the energy to
project but don't have the time or mental energy to go through the
full sequence. Pre-stimulate hands and feet and use a full-body
circuit for a few minutes. Run through the deep relaxation procedure
only once. Induce a light-trance state only.
Use the rope (or an
alternative) projection technique and try for the exit!
Instant projection is best used when you awaken in a deeply relaxed
state, when vibrations are being felt, or when everything feels just
right and you know you have a good chance of projecting. A good time
for an instant projection attempt is when you have partially wakened
in the middle of a nap, during the night, or in the morning, and are
thus already deeply relaxed. Hold on to that deeply relaxed state,
form a firm intention to project, and start using a projection
Whenever you feel vibrations - partial or whole body - immediately
use your projection technique and try for the exit, no matter what
you are doing or at what stage of your projection sequence you are.
Whenever vibrations occur, especially whole-body vibrations, it is
possible to project quickly and easily. All you need to do is make a
firm decision to project, then use your projection technique. Put
everything you have into this and you should get out of body very
Remember to keep the projection experience ultrashort!
The most important ingredients for any successful projection are
enthusiasm and motivation.
Without these, there will not be enough
mental energy to succeed; you will either fail the exit or give up
and fall asleep. It is thus very important to keep the preparation
time for any projection attempt as short as possible, so it is not
lengthy and mentally exhausting. One thing a new projector has in
abundance is enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is pure mental energy. One thing
that stands way out from all the success stories I have received is
the word resolution.
Resolution + Action = OBE Success.
A great many people have e-mailed
me over the years with projection success stories. In every case,
they have been practicing the rope technique when they have suddenly
decided to really do it! They have put everything into their exit
attempt and in the majority of cases have succeeded in having their
first major conscious-exit projection, often on their very first
This type of resolution can make that all-important difference. Make
a firm decision, be brave and resolute, and just... do it!
focus all your mental energy into a single, powerful, one-pointed
effort, for a single purpose: to project out of your body!
Tips and Summary Notes on the Rope Technique
The feelings of localized dizziness, pressure, and energy movement
caused by the rope technique should be carefully noted.
rope-climbing action with this in mind so it can be fine-tuned to
have the maximum effect. If you have trouble with any part of the
rope method, find the related training exercises and problem-solving
sections in this book and review or practice them until you overcome
Concentrate on maintaining a calm inner balance at all times during
a projection attempt. Focus on climbing rope to the exclusion of
everything else. Put everything you have into the climbing action
and tune everything else out. Do not analyze or think about what you
are doing! Watch your breathing and do not hold it or allow it to
become shallow or ragged. Do nothing but climb the rope until you
get out of your body.
When the vibrations start, they may be localized to just one part of
your body. If you focus your awareness on these vibrations, you will
find you can move them, and may often be able to intensify and
spread them with your awareness hands.
The vibrations will respond
to and follow body-awareness actions. I do not advise this during a
projection attempt, however, as this will draw your attention away
from the rope-climbing action. Stay relaxed and concentrate on your
projection technique and the vibrations will spread naturally. They
can be especially strong during early attempts - be ready for a huge
buzz when they hit.
Be ready for the racing-heartbeat sensation. This is a major event.
It can be incredibly strong during early projection attempts,
terrifying many people into aborting their long-sought-after first
exit. Totally ignore this. It will not hurt you in any way. The
heart center races to provide energy for the projecting double. It
is not the actual physical heart that's racing. Also ignore
sensations like head and brow pressure, no matter how strong or
uncomfortable. The sooner you get out of your body, the sooner they
Ignore any noises or voices you hear before or during a projection
attempt - no matter how real or loud they may appear to be. These
are a type of auditory hallucination with no real substance. If you
feel anything touching you or tugging at you, or even hands grabbing
at you, ignore them. These are a type of tactile hallucination. None
of these hallucinations can hurt you, but they can distract you -
can break your nerve and focus - and lessen your chances for a
successful projection, if you react to them.
Keep all early successful projections ultrashort. Ten seconds out
then jump straight back into your body. Please trust me on this!
Your chances of recalling that projection will then be dramatically
increased. A ten-second projection remembered is worth a thousand
In many cases, just when the projection reflex is about to kick in,
you might feel a sudden energetic surge rising through your stomach
and chest area. This feels like a huge body rush of excitement. This
sensation marks the moment of separation between the
physical/etheric body and its projecting double. The projection
reflex has been triggered and you are teetering right on the verge
of the exit. You may or may not have experienced vibrations before
or after this moment. Stay calm and try not to react to this
sensation when it hits. If not handled carefully, this will throw
you completely out of trance and back into the full waking state.
If the above happens and everything just stops cold, leaving you
groggy and tired, or maybe even partially or fully paralyzed, it is
a pretty safe bet you have already projected.
You have missed the
exit due to the mind-split effect. Stay calm and keep your mind
awake and clear; wait for your projected double to reenter. Return
to the secondary full-body circuit at this time. Use this to keep
your mind clear and occupied and awake until your projected double
returns. The wisdom of keeping early projections ultrashort will now
be demonstrated to you - if your projected double pays heed.
If you feel vibrations but they just go away, and you find yourself
groggy or paralyzed, again, chances are you have already projected
and have missed the exit due to the mind-split effect. It then
becomes a matter of trying to stay semiconscious until your
projected double returns. It should not keep you waiting for too
long, not if you kept the projection ultrashort. Be patient and try
to recapture the projection during reintegration by keeping your
mind clear. Full memories of the projection experience will flood
into your mind during reintegration, if everything goes according to
Keep in mind that in some cases it is possible to find yourself
buzzing out of body, or flying up a tube-type structure, with only
very mild exit sensations being present, if any. In the majority of
early projections, though, these sensations will be present and they
will be major, so always be prepared for them.
Some people have problems with the rope technique because they
cannot stop visualizing the rope in their mind's eye.
Some say they
find themselves bumping up against the ceiling and cannot go any
farther. Some feel a great pile of rope building up beneath them.
The solution to any problem like this is simple: if visualization is
causing a problem, then use visualization to create a solution. For
example, imagine that a small hole beneath you is swallowing up the
Or, imagine you are climbing through the ceiling and up
into the sky instead of hitting the ceiling.