There are many different types of OBE and therefore many different
types of projectable double. To make sense of OBE and projection -
to obtain a better understanding of some of the energetic
intricacies involved - it is necessary to examine the main aspects
of the projectable double.
Let us start by taking a brief look at
its structure, starting at its very lowest energetic aspect... the
The Etheric Body
The human etheric body (also called the energy body) is the subtle
body most closely related to and enmeshed within the physical body.
I do not believe this aspect can separate from its physical body
while its physical body still lives.
It has three main aspects:
aspects are strongly interrelated.
The bioenergetic aspect of the human etheric body is the underlying,
supporting bioenergetic mechanism and active living template for
bodily intelligence and all biological life processes. It works in
line with the biological functioning of the physical body, and
exists as an exact bioenergetic counterpart that is firmly enmeshed
with the living physical body.
The pure-energetic aspect has at least seven primary energy centers
(often called chakras or psychic centers), hundreds of secondary
energy centers (minor chakras), and thousands of tiny energy
exchange ports. Throughout this runs a complex network of internal
and external energy pathways, connecting circuitry, and energetic
structures. This aspect of the etheric body does not strictly follow
the internal and external contours of the physical body.
The expanded-energetic aspect occurs when the physical body falls
asleep, or enters the trance state. The substance of the
pure-energetic aspect of the etheric body becomes energetically
excited and begins to expand outward. This allows the pure-energetic
aspects of the etheric body to function independently from the
physical body, without disturbing it while it sleeps.
Holding the mind awake during the trance state creates a wide range
of energetic conflicts. These conflicts can cause some very peculiar
sensations, such as the feeling of expansion (often perceived as the
sensation of shrinking or falling inward). The degree of etheric
body expansion possible depends greatly on the level of sleep or
The etheric body, in its energetically excited and expanded state,
is a true subtle body in its own right. The main difference between
it and any other subtle body - e.g., the real-time and astral bodies - is that the expanded etheric body is not normally capable of
leaving the confines of its physical body.
The continuing presence of all three aspects of the etheric body
appears essential for the continuance of biological life processes.
I believe that the etheric body is far
too dense and too firmly enmeshed within the physical body (as
subtle bodies go) to allow a full projection of its energetic
substance to occur. The closest subtle body to the etheric body is
the real-time body, the generation of which begins inside the
expanding etheric body before any type of OBE, conscious or
Thus the etheric body is found to have
more than a small part to play in the process of generating and
projecting the real-time double.
Trance and Inner-Body Projection
If the physical body falls asleep while its mind is even partially
awake, it enters a level of the trance state. The telltale sinking
heaviness and cozy warmth of the trance state will then be felt, if
only momentarily, before the seeming oblivion of sleep occludes
normal waking consciousness.
When the first level of the trance state
is attained - light trance - the etheric body begins its expansion
process. To be more precise, the first stage of the expanded etheric
body generation process forms the separate but still internal subtle
body. The deeper the level of trance, the more strongly the etheric
body will be generated as a distinctly separate and independently
functioning subtle body.
As the expanded etheric body is generated, the center of
consciousness automatically transfers (internally projects or
reflects) into the etheric body. This is the first stage of the
multilevel projection process, just one small step away from the
physical body and its normal level of waking consciousness.
The center of consciousness has now
shifted one level up from its physical body, and is now just one
level down from the first projectable subtle body, the real-time
projectable double. I see falling asleep and entering the trance
state as having the same general effect, each causing a type of
inner-body projection or energetic reflection of the center of
consciousness into the etheric body.
If this process occurs while falling into normal sleep, a sleeping
copy of consciousness and memory are reflected into the etheric
body. A short time after this event, as the sleeping body falls more
deeply asleep (or as the trance state deepens), the real-time body
will be internally generated in a similar fashion, in preparation
for its full extrusion (or projection) by the physical/etheric body
outside the bounds of the physical body. This is the second level of
the natural subtle body generation and projection process.
The generation and projection of sleeping subtle bodies will now
continue, with the projected mind remaining undisturbed and sleeping
throughout, on up through the dimensional spectrum. This is the
basic outline of the natural multileveled, multidimensional
sleep-projection process, as I see it, that occurs to everyone
during normal sleep.
The reason this process can occur so
gently and naturally is that the projecting center of consciousness
is asleep. When it is asleep it is safely out of the way, so to
speak. A sleeping mind does not cause any energetic conflicts to
arise during this natural process, whereas an awake mind will cause
If the etheric body generation process occurs while the mind is held
awake, a full waking trance state is achieved: body asleep, mind
A full copy of the awake and thinking mind is reflected into
the expanding etheric body. The trance state allows waking, thinking
consciousness to continue within the confines of the etheric body,
while the physical body and its mind (these latter always containing
the original copies of mind and memory) sleep. This is the first
stage of the multileveled, multidimensional conscious-exit
Now using a projection technique to exteriorize the sense of
whole-body awareness, the trancer will generate a real-time double
within the confines of the physical/etheric body. Once this is
successfully generated - again, internally - a full copy of awake
consciousness will automatically be reflected into it as it forms.
The newly generated real-time body is
the first level of the projectable double, but is still fully
enmeshed within the physical/etheric body at this stage. With
continued efforts, the projection reflex can now be triggered while
the mind is fully awake. An energetic copy of the awake mind can
then be projected outside the bounds of the physical body. It is now
held and energetically maintained within the projected real-time
Thus we have the basic outline of the
underlying process that allows and causes a conscious-exit
projection, or OBE, to occur.
A deep, tickling, upward-moving, trickle of energy within the torso
accompanies the internal generation of the real-time projectable
double. This is especially noticeable in the stomach, solar plexus,
and chest areas. This sensation is caused, I believe, by the
transformation of etheric matter, as different types of energies are
generated throughout the physical/etheric body to form the real-time
The conditions that allow for a
conscious-exit projection, or OBE, are now complete. Full waking
consciousness can now be projected free of the confines of the
physical/etheric bodies along with the projecting real-time double.
This is the second level of the multileveled, multidimensional
conscious-exit projection process.
The biggest difference between natural sleep projection and
conscious-exit projection is the presence of awake consciousness
during the exit. This interferes with the natural sleep projection
process, as waking consciousness tries to go along for the ride
during the exit, so to speak. The presence of waking consciousness
causes a great deal of internal energy conflicts to arise during the
now not-so-natural awake projection process.
This explains the greatly increased difficulty levels associated
with conscious-exit projection.
It also goes a long way toward
explaining why such heavy energy-movement sensations - e.g., racing
heartbeat, pressure, heavy vibrations - are so often experienced
during the conscious-exit projection.
Etheric Body Projection
It is commonly believed that
the etheric body is capable of a limited kind of low-powered
projection outside its physical body. OBEs where the projected
double feels weak and has difficulty moving, perhaps even collapsing
on the floor shortly after the exit, are said to be etheric
projections. While this is an understandable supposition, to me it
is illogical to think that the etheric body can separate or project
from the physical body while it still lives.
The internal beginnings of projection as given above show that a
progressive refinement of subtle bodies is an integral part of the
whole process. This allows the generation and projection of
progressively higher levels of a projectable double, while retaining
firm energy links with the physical body and its original copy of
mind and memory.
The etheric body not only generates all
projectable doubles, but it also provides the energy substance
required to maintain the separate existence and functionality of all
external subtle bodies. The etheric body can aptly be described as
being the base-level generator and energy supplier of all subtle
As the sole energy generator, if the etheric body were to completely
project out of the physical body, its plethora of intimate energy
links with its physical body, the energy foundation of the
projection mechanism, would be grossly interfered with.
This is inconsistent with the nature of
the projection mechanism. It also defies logic that a subtle energy
mechanism could exist that would allow the possibility of an
accidental expulsion of the etheric body. If the etheric body were
to be completely projected, it would logically have to have its
energy supported and maintained by its physical body, which is far
too gross for this purpose. The full expulsion of the etheric body
only happens at death, I believe, and possibly to a lesser extent
during an NDE, or near-death experience.
The etheric body is the energy fountain. It is the foundation of all
biological life processes and the bioenergetic generator and
maintainer of all pure-energetic functions. The etheric body depends
on complex bioenergetic links with its physical body for all its
energy needs, to fuel and enable its pure-energetic functions.
What is often called an etheric projection, I believe, is a type of
energetically overextended projection.
How does this happen?
the course of a full multilevel sleep projection, the physical/etheric
body wakes up, usually experiencing projection-related symptoms and
vibrations. The sleeping real-time double is already projected and
is floating, asleep, just above the physical body at this time. All
its higher aspects have, also, already been projected into their
related dimensional levels. As the physical/etheric mind awakes
beneath it, the real-time double only is reeled back into the
All the higher projected doubles continue existing and/or
functioning in their higher levels, albeit a little more sluggishly
now. The now-awake projector then experiences a spontaneous
real-time projection exit, as the real-time double slips back out of
the physical body again - but this time while fully awake.
Projectors in these events are totally unaware that they are
disturbing a full-spectrum, multilevel sleep projection in full
Once this projection of the awake
real-time double is complete, the projected double finds itself
extremely weak and has great difficulty moving. Usually, the
projector will collapse in slow motion and become totally
incapacitated very shortly after the exit.
Added to this, it is likely that the presence of awake consciousness
in the projected real-time double is contributing to the energetic
tension between the physical/etheric body and all its higher sleep
projected doubles. The real-time double, being the only subtle body
that is properly awake, throws an energetic spanner in the workings
of the natural full-spectrum sleep-projection process, so to speak.
Another cause of weakness during a projection is the physical body
and its mind remaining too awake and physically tense after the
exit, especially if the projected double remains within close
proximity (within twenty feet, or six meters) of its physical body.
This can cause a great deal of energetic
tension, which can cause various sensations of duality and weakness,
with the center of consciousness often flicking back and forth
between these two awake aspects of the same projector.
Three Basic Aspects of the Projectable
The real-time body is the first level of the projectable double.
If observed by an awake observer with real-time sight (a type of
clairvoyance), it will be seen to have a faintly silver,
ghostly, see-through appearance.
Often just a vague ghostly shape
will be seen, but sometimes facial features will be made out as
well. If a real-time projector observes another real-time
projector, while both are out of body, they will usually look
reasonably normal to each other, although often a little shadowy
They will also always look slimmer and younger, fitter and
better looking than in actuality. All projected doubles are
shaped by body awareness, and will always look younger and
fitter than their actual physical body. With older projectors,
the age of their projectable double's appearance is usually
The real-time double's natural level of operations is within the
real-time zone. It can exist and function in real time only so
long as there is enough energy flowing to it from its physical/etheric
body. This energy flow maintains its integrity and mental
coherence on that dimensional level. There is more than one
variation and strength of real-time double possible. This is
greatly influenced by the quantity of energy flowing into it
from the physical/etheric body, and by its energetically
A projector's real-time body parts will only become visible if
that projector deliberately looks for them. The hands are the
easiest body parts to observe: They vary in appearance from
fairly normal to quite distorted, elongated, spectral, and
ghostly. This variability in appearance is probably related to
energetic flow and the corresponding strength of a projection.
In all cases, though, real-time hands will begin melting away
almost the moment they are observed, like white ice sculptures
under a powerful blowtorch.
This goes a long way toward explaining how out of body
shape-shifting works. Projectors can deliberately alter their
appearance by overriding their natural sense of whole-body
self-awareness. They simply feel themselves as having another
shape and form, and concentrate on holding their new sense of
whole-body self-awareness firmly in mind at all times.
Natural out-of-body creative ability
does the rest, and their shape is thus altered for as long as
they can maintain awareness of their new sense of form.
and distorted hand effects
The whole real-time body of a projector can be seen clearly -
with no melting effect - by other real-time projectors, and even
by awake physical observers with real-time sight. This apparent
contradiction appears to be caused by the nature of out-of-body
perception, which is a kind of direct mind perception.
It is also worth noting the apparent
similarities between out-of-body perception and normal
clairvoyance. Every projected double, I believe, broadcasts its
own image of whole-body self-awareness energetically. This
energetic broadcast is received by other projectors, and by
clairvoyants, as a fixed image that will not melt and requires
As with clairvoyance, when awake observers use real-time sight,
their brow centers receive energetic broadcasts directly. This
energetic reception is translated into bioelectrical signals
that flow into die sight center of the brain, as per normal
sight, where they automatically convert into a visual image in
the receivers' mind's eye. If the natural energetic broadcast
image of a projector is deliberately altered - say through
shape-shifting - then the resulting image is changed.
As the projected double does not
have functioning eyes, per se, this shows something of how
direct energetic mind perception works in all types of projected
It also provides an insight into how tile mind's eye
images of visual clairvoyance work.
I consider the astral body to be a completely separate subtle
body in its fully projected state. A much weaker version exists
as a continual astral reflection or echo of self-awareness in
the astral dimension.
This astral echo exists whether a
person is awake or asleep. It is a mindless astral reflection of
awareness, thoughts, and fantasies, with no more substance than
a reflection in a mirror. This astral echo does not have the
ability to think or reason independently. (If you think of the
way the astral planes work, absorbing, filtering, and recording
all energetic reflections and emanations of consciousness, this
is not an unreasonable suggestion.)
Because of this, an awake person viewed by a projector may
appear to be doing some very peculiar things indeed. This is
because the majority of awake people have in their minds at any
given time a mixture of objective thoughts and awareness, and
subjective fantasy and ideas. The exceptions to this rule are
those individuals who are totally focused on a single task, or
those who have conquered the necessity of having uncontrolled
fantasies and a continual internal mental dialogue.
As an example: Jill is hanging out her washing (objective
experience) while her mind is far away, sitting on a tropical
island having a romantic lunch with Jack, her favorite person
(subjective fantasy). Viewed by an astral projector or
clairvoyant, Jill's astral reflection might be seen to be having
lunch with Jack under a palm tree on a beach in her backyard,
with a line of washing hanging in the foreground and Jill's
house just behind the scene.
The objective parts of this scene
have become mixed with subjective fantasy elements to produce
this bizarre scenario around Jill's astral reflection.
Astral Body Proper
The next major state of existence above the real-time body is in
the astral body proper. The astral planes are the natural level
of operations for this subtle body. As with all subtle bodies,
projected astral bodies viewed by another astral projector, or
with astral sight or clairvoyance, will appear to be very solid
and real looking, albeit younger and fitter than they are in
Once the center of consciousness has shifted from the real-time
body to the astral body, the physical/etheric body diverts the
majority of its energies into the astral body. This fortifies
the astral body, making it able to easily support a full copy of
awake and thinking consciousness. The astral body is much more
stable than the real-time body and hence is easier to maintain
during a conscious astral projection. And, as the astral
projector is existing in an environment that bears little or no
resemblance to the physical dimension, reality fluctuations are
much less noticeable.
In its natural environment, the astral double feels much lighter
and more energized than does the real-time projected double. It
is dimensionally more removed from its physical body, and as a
result experiences far less by way of energetic conflicts,
tensions, and pressures than the real-time double usually does.
The astral body perceives itself as
having a body, but as with the real-time body this will only be
seen if deliberately looked for. It will also have difficulty
studying its body parts closely. The melting-body-parts effect
still happens to the astral body, especially with its hands, but
this is visually less dramatic than it is with the real-time
Once the quality of energies flowing into the real-time body
changes-as the astral body proper is generated and energized—the
real-time body quickly weakens. It soon starts falling asleep in
the real-time zone. Typically, when the real-time double loses
power in this way and begins falling asleep, it will either be
reeled in by the physical/etheric body, to hover nearby
mimicking its physical body's sleeping position, or will wander
aimlessly about the real-time zone, only partially conscious.
This explains, I think, why most projectors encountered during a
real-time projection seem to be wandering aimlessly about, like
sleepwalkers, unaware of where they really are or what they are
doing. They often seem to be mentally in another dimension
entirely. They still have a partially functioning real-time
body, but they are not existing in it strongly enough to
function mentally on that level. They can be briefly awakened by
other real-time projectors, but will usually be confused and
muddled. They have the annoying tendency to become suddenly
incoherent and even to fall asleep midsentence.
Similarly, if a higher subtle body is energized strongly enough,
awake consciousness will become centered most strongly in that
higher body, causing the astral body to fall asleep in the
It may then wander about the astral
in much the same way and mental state as does the real-time body
under the same circumstances.
Children, Animals, and OBE
According to my observations, children frequently have OBEs, and
seem to have more energy for this than adults. I often see and
hear children gallivanting about the real-time zone. I have not
seen babies younger than walking age though, unless being
carried by their mothers. Solo OBEs appear to start when
children become more physically and emotionally independent.
I usually develop fairly clear real-time sight and hearing
during trance-meditation sessions; especially in the evenings.
At these times I will often see and hear my own children while
they are projecting.
There is nothing vague or imaginary
about these observations. They usually cut and dive about the
room calling for me to watch their antics - as children do. They
do not understand the reasons underlying their temporarily
enhanced state of being, but are hugely excited by it all the
same. Like most adults, children generally remember little of
their OBEs after-ward. But I must say children take their
newfound abilities, like flying and passing through walls, in
their stride, as if these were all perfectly natural for them.
I can't see, hear, or feel them physically at these times, even
if they all scramble onto my lap. But I can see their faces
clearly and hear their voices distinctly with my real-time
I also feel the telltale energetic
shivers that are a basic indicator of close contact with any
nonphysical being. With real-time sight, children look ghostly,
as if made of pale smoke, but their faces are denser, with a
silvery sheen, making them clearly recognizable as who they are.
In my experience, animals project regularly, especially pets. I
suggest this is a natural ability common to the entire animal
kingdom. I have frequently observed pets and other animals
roaming the real-time zone.
With real-time sight I have also
observed my own pets as they exit their bodies - a truly
fascinating sight! I rarely see animals projecting in higher
levels of the astral planes, although I frequently encounter
them in lower regions, with pets often accompanying their human
On many occasions I have also seen and interacted with deceased
pets in the real-time zone (apparently visiting) and also in the
spirit worlds (often called heavens) when I have visited these.
The repeatable nature of these
experiences suggests animals not only project, but also survive
death as independent spirit beings. This last may or may not
apply to domesticated and wild animals. I believe close
long-term association with humans stimulates animals' higher
emotions, as in the case of much-loved pets, elevating them to
more independent levels of spiritual being.
In principle, this last has
similarities with how humans are elevated by lives of spiritual
discipline, love, and service, and by long-term contact with
advanced spiritual beings.