35. Astral Self-Defense
Whether or not you believe in astral wildlife or nonphysical
entities will depend on your beliefs and personal experience. Many
people claim that these things, if they even exist, are probably
just harmless thought forms. They claim this even though they have
no real experience in these matters, and have never had to deal with
this kind of situation firsthand. Intellectual belief becomes a bit
of a moot point if you have to deal with this kind of thing in
Regardless of belief and of whether or not anything threatening or
potentially dangerous is ever seen (and usually nothing ever will),
it is psychologically comforting and fortifying for projectors to
have some idea how to protect themselves if they should ever need to
do so. I don't like to dwell on negative possibilities, but here are
several methods of self-defense during an OBE. The projected double - especially the real-time double - is an extremely powerful being
when compared to nonphysical entities. It has a strong and renewable
energy source; the physical/etheric body, constantly supplying its
energy requirements. It also has the ability to change its size and
appearance, and has innate creative ability with which to forge
tools, armor, and weapons.
All jokes aside, an aware projected real-time double does not have
to put up with the unkind ministrations of others. It is capable of
protecting its integrity in any situation, up to and including
extreme energetic confrontation.
The personal freedom and integrity of any projected double, if even
slightly aware of its true potential, is not only a God-given
natural right, it is enforceable. You only have to be a little bit
brave and do what you are naturally capable of and most astral
wildlife will beat a hasty retreat.
Those that do not run
immediately will find themselves outmatched by the constantly
renewable energetic potential and versatile creative ability of the
The question of whether or not astral matter exists is moot when
operating in the out-of-body environment. Astral matter is the
ether, the underlying substance of which all subtle dimensions are
composed, including the real-time zone. This is extremely sensitive
to consciousness, and reacts to thought energy in the same way as
physical matter reacts to force. Astral matter can be molded by
thought into any shape or form imaginable. Thought creations can be
so perfect as to be indistinguishable from reality.
One way to describe the nature of astral matter, especially when
dealing with thought-form creations, is to draw a comparison between
astral matter and unexposed photographic film. When unexposed film
is exposed to light energy, focused by the lens of a camera, an
image is burned onto the film when the photosensitive chemicals
coating the film react to light energies. The quality of the
camera's lens and the quality of the film and paper it's printed on,
plus the skill of the operator, determine the quality of the
When astral matter is exposed to thought energies, focused by the
lens of the mind, an image begins to form, caused by the reaction of
sensitive astral matter to focused creative thought energies. The
thought form's complexity, strength, and durability depend largely
on the strength and duration of the creative thought generating it.
The strength and skill of the creative mind determines the quality
and durability of the resulting creation.
Created Thought Forms
The ability of the projected double to deliberately create
thought-form objects is fairly well known. Maintaining the existence
of a thought-form creation for any length of time, however, depends
largely on the creative strength, skill, and experience of the
projector, and by the nature of the dimensional level in which they
In the real-time zone, for example, it is more
difficult to deliberately create lasting thought forms, as this is a
much less fluid environment than is the astral dimension proper.
Objects can be deliberately created, but this takes a lot more time
and effort than it does in the astral planes. Real-time creations
tend to fade away fairly quickly, when compared with the more
durable creations possible in the astral planes.
A created thought form can be absolutely anything: a person, an
animal, an object, or even a complex scenario or panoramic view.
Many magical, pagan, and shamanistic practitioners spend a great
deal of time and effort doing just this. They create and maintain
buildings, temples, workshops, tools, weapons, and even helper
beings for their craft.
When a new thought form is created, it will usually start to decay
and melt away fairly quickly, often almost the moment its creator
ceases working on it. For example, if a novice projector creates a
new sword in the real-time zone, it will take shape over several
seconds. As the projector focuses and constructs it with
imagination, it will slowly appear. However, once the effort used to
generate it ceases, the sword will begin melting away.
To hold an item in shape, a projector must hold the awareness of
that new item in mind at all times until it starts to set and
becomes more durable. The longer this is done and the more often the
same item is generated, the more durable it will become. The
short-lived nature of new thought forms does not, however, stop a
novice projector from creating effective weaponry. Energy bolts, for
example, only need to be held in existence for a very short time to
The difficulties of creating lasting thought forms in the real-time
zone do not affect the subconscious mind's creative ability in the
same way. It has vastly greater creative powers than the conscious
mind. If the subconscious is tricked into a creative act it will
usually hold its creation in shape, often for the duration of that
Creative power can be used with devastating effect in the
out-of-body environment, to deter and even damage troublesome astral
wildlife. Anything created in the out-of-body environment is
relatively solid there. As it is composed of the same basic
substance as the environment itself, it is thus capable of directly
affecting the contents of that environment. The effectiveness of a
created object also depends on how much of a projector's energy is
imparted into it during its creation. Projectors must feel a part of
their own substance flowing into any item they create. This
strengthens it and makes it more effective and enduring.
The traditional approach to astral combat weaponry is for a
projector to visualize and create a sword and armor. The armor
offers protection and the sword is used as an offensive or defensive
weapon. Swords, when created, must traditionally be blessed with the
power of God before they are used. This increases their
effectiveness dramatically; I recommend this be done before engaging
in astral combat.
Energy bolts can also be created and launched at offending astral
wildlife. These are made to explode on contact. To use an energy
bolt, construct a glowing-white ball of energy about the size of a
golf ball with your imagination. You should feel some of your own
energy flowing into this as you create it. This should be made to
appear just in front of you and then quickly launched at the target.
You should move the energy bolt with your mind as soon as it forms,
feeling and seeing and imagining it as moving rapidly, expanding as
it flies toward the target. This is made to explode sharply and
loudly on impact by imagining and feeling it exploding as it
With a little practice, an energy bolt can be made in a fraction of
a second, with this process being rapidly repeated to create an
energetic barrage. Energy beams and flames can also be created and
made to shoot from the tip of a sword, although this takes more
concentration and practice.
Another way to fire energy bolts is to create a rocket launcher and
use this to shoot explosive energy projectiles. Imagine and create
the rocket launcher by holding its shape and image firmly in mind.
Concentrate on this until it forms in your hands, feeling a part of
yourself flowing into it as it forms. Alternatively, simply feel
yourself as holding one without actually trying to see it.
weapon is fired with the mind, by feeling it as firing and imaging a
bright projectile shooting from it and exploding on impact. You
should feel a part of yourself going with each rocket fired. You
always have plenty of energy to spare; it is constantly being
resupplied by your physical/etheric counterpart. Any type of energy
bolt will cause damage to entities, disrupting their substance and
draining them of energy.
The color used for projectiles can be varied and any bright color
but black or gray can be used. White is the easiest and most popular
color, but many people prefer to create energetic weaponry using
their favorite color.
As creating complex items can be difficult, I suggest new projectors
focus on one simple object at a time. Creating a single weapon like
a sword, or simple energy bolts by creating and using them one at a
time, are probably the easiest ways to start. The distraction of
creating and holding in shape multiple items may cause some items to
fade, thus defeating the whole point of the exercise. If a simple
sword is all a projector can manage to create, then the projector
should use this on its own and not attempt creating fancy armor.
Staying aware of the shape and feel of any created object will
prevent it from fading, unless it has a shape and solidity of its
own that does not take any effort to hold.
The Creative Act
To create a thought-form object, clear your mind and focus
completely on what you are creating. Construct and hold the desired
object with your imagination and see and feel this object as if it
were already in existence. Hold its image firmly in mind at all
times; fill your mind with the shape of the desired object and hold
this while it forms, feeling a part of yourself flowing into it.
Will the object into existence and keep focused on it until it is
In the astral dimension, a created object will spring into existence
in very short order and with little conscious effort. Creation in
the real-time zone, however, requires more effort and time. A
created object will tend to fade into sight over several seconds,
depending on the projector's effort and creative skill.
If the desired item tends to melt away quickly, more effort will be
required to hold it in existence, just as with shape-shifting. If a
more-lasting object is planned, one that can be used during every
projection, some time should be spent re-creating the same object at
the start of every projection. In the beginning, keep created
objects as simple as possible and use exactly the same mental recipe
every time. Created objects - thought forms - slowly become more
solid and take less time and effort to create every time they are
remade. In time, you will find your created items waiting there for
you whenever you project, or you will be able to call them into
existence with a simple thought when required. They will then stay
in shape, requiring little conscious effort to hold them in
An interesting phenomenon associated with sword, armor, and weapons
creation is that fine detail and workmanship often appears on them,
as do variations in size and style from what is actually imaged
during the creative act. The end product may look quite different
from the mental recipe it sprang from. It is fairly easy to hold the
basic shape and details of a sword in mind while creating it, but
delicately etched patterns, filigree, complex runes, scripting,
diagrams, elaborately bejeweled handles, and sparkling energy fields
are most definitely not. These additional details appear to be
provided by something other than the mental recipe the creation
There are two possible reasons, I think. It is quite possible the
projector's subconscious mind plays a part in this, prettying up a
created sword as it forms. This seems unlikely, however, because if
the subconscious mind were at work here it would most likely create
the whole sword in the first place. The creation would then be much
more durable and have less of a tendency to fade away.
More likely, the projector creating the sword (totally unawares)
actually owns the sword that appears. The projector may have a
long-term association, possibly through past-life connections or
long-term astral ownership, with that particular sword. This same
sword is thus summoned into existence by the projector's attempt to
create a sword from scratch.
Astral combat experiences like these show some of the enormous
potential of the projected double. It is quite capable of looking
after and defending itself - if the projectors realize they are
capable of doing so. As I said earlier, the projected double is a
very powerful being. It does not have to meekly put up with the
unkind ministrations of troublesome astral wildlife of any kind.
This may be the reason why astral wildlife in general seem to
actively avoid direct encounters with real-time projectors.
I would hazard a guess these beings either know or can sense the
energetic potential of real-time projectors and that they are
naturally afraid of them. This may be why they go to such great
lengths to unnerve new projectors and scare them back into their
bodies, often causing them to give up OBE altogether. Every aware
projector is a serious threat to them and to their way of life.
Think about it: if enough aware projectors were allowed to roam
around the out-of-body environment at will, the bad guys might have
to vacate the real-time zone and return to whatever dark dimensional
backwater they originated from.
Receiving a sword and armor when requested is the sign that a
projector has long-term connections in the astral planes and higher,
of which they may be totally unaware. It may also mean they have in
some way passed the test and been promoted to active astral duty, so
Asking for your sword should ideally be done at the very
start of a real-time projection, after moving away from your
physical body. You should raise your hand and ask aloud, with deep
sincerity and reverence, for your sword. If you are ready for it,
you will receive it. It is as simple as that.
If your first request
is not answered, try again the next time you are out, and keep on
trying until you are ready.
It is also possible to change your size, shape, and appearance in
the sensitive out-of-body environment. Shape-shifting is quite
possible during a real-time projection, but is of course easier to
hold in the astral dimension proper.
You can become whatever you
think and feel you are. You can also be as big as you like by simply
feeling yourself expanding and growing, until you tower over
whatever it is that has had the temerity to annoy you. You can then
step on it, kick it, or hit it with your oversized fist or created
weapon of choice.
Alternatively, you can feel yourself changing into a large predator - like a lion, wolf, elephant, eagle, even Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Awareness of any new shape must be held firmly in mind and
whole-body awareness at all times. It can take some effort to hold a
new shape for any length of time. The secret behind successful
shape-shifting is much like the secret of learning how to be a
successful tree in a drama class. Learning any new shape is like
learning how to play a new part in a play, and thus takes regular
Creative imagination and the ability to maintain a changed
sense of whole-body self-awareness are the only limitations in
shape-shifting. I suggest all new shape-shifting projectors choose
one shape and stick with it until they learn how to use it.
any thought-form creation, the new shape will become progressively
easier to use with practice.