20. Technique Variations
This chapter offers solutions to some common projection-related
problems. It also offers rope technique modifications and
alternative projection techniques that may suit some people better.
I also find it helps new projectors if they try several different
projection techniques during each projection attempt.
This not only
provides a much-needed variety of exercise for awareness hands
actions, but helps prevent boredom. Using the same projection
technique for long periods of time can become a trifle monotonous
and may cause some projectors to lose interest or fall asleep. Also,
the relaxation, trance, and energy work exercises can be done
separately from an actual projection attempt.
Go through the full sequence right up to the projection technique,
then get up and take a short break to relax or refresh yourself.
During this break, try to hold on to as much of the deeply relaxed
physical and mental state as you can. Return to your bed or chair
and spend a few minutes resettling and re-relaxing yourself, both
physically and mentally. Once you are settled and ready, use the
quick or instant projection method.
If climbing the rope has a strong effect on you, the rope technique
can be used on its own as a viable alternative to other
This can speed up the preparatory work
required for a projection attempt.
Variations on the Rope Technique
One-Handed Rope: If one awareness hand does not appear to obey or
feels weak or uncontrollable, the rope technique can be done with
one hand only, using the hand that is most responsive. If you can
manage it, have the weaker hand just hold on to the rope (as if the
rope were slipping through the grip of the weaker hand), while the
stronger hand does the real climbing. Feel the strong hand reaching
out and pulling the rope toward your chest, then reaching out and
pulling again, in a continual one-handed climbing action. Try
reaching out much farther than your physical arms could.
that your awareness arms are made of rubber and feel they are
stretching way out as you climb up the rope.
Chasm-Crossing Rope: Instead of a rope hanging down from above,
imagine a strong, taut rope running across the ceiling of your room,
in line with your body and just above it, within easy reach of your
hands. This rope is firmly attached to strong brackets mounted on
two opposing walls of your room. Feel your hands reaching out and
feel yourself climbing along this rope, dragging yourself across the
room toward the wall behind your head and out of your body. If you
have a wall behind your bed and this puts you off, either change
ends in the bed during projection attempts or imagine you are
climbing through the wall.
Hanging Rope: Another way to get around weak or uncontrollable
awareness hand actions is to reach out and feel they are hanging on
to a strong rope coming from above. Don't try to climb this rope;
just feel yourself hanging on to it. When you get used to this,
imagine you are being slowly winched upward by a helicopter,
dragging you up and out of your body. Feel yourself being lifted and
sliding out of your body, moving higher and higher. Feel yourself
slowly leaving your body behind you. Feel your spatial coordinates
in the room changing as you rise up and out of your physical body
and through the ceiling.
Water Ski Rope: Instead of a rope hanging from the ceiling, imagine
you are holding the handle of a ski rope attached to a powerful
speedboat in front of you. Feel yourself hanging on tightly to the
handle of the ski rope, as if you were floating on your back, ready
for a deep-water start. Adjust the angle of the ski rope to whatever
feels most natural. Imagine you can hear the engine revving up, the
excitement building, then suddenly the boat takes off and drags you
out of your body in a flurry of astral spray.
Rope Cargo Net: Imagine that you have a large rope cargo net hanging
down in front of you, similar to the heavy rope netting used on
military assault courses that is hung from poles to make a short,
high rope fence that trainees have to climb. If sitting, imagine
this heavy rope netting hanging in front of you within easy hands'
reach. If lying down, imagine the net hanging from above you.
the rope netting in the same manner as described for the normal rope
technique. With this method, it does not matter where your hands go,
as they will always find a piece of rope to grab. Scramble up this
net any which way you can, using hands and arms and legs and feet in
any way that works to propel you upward and out of your body.
technique solves many awareness hands control problems, where they
appear to have a mind of their own and flop and slide all over the
Alternative Exercises and Techniques
Washing Hands Exercise: Hold both awareness hands out in front and
perform a washing action, as if washing your real hands and forearms
with soap and water. Vary the speed of the washing action from slow
to rapid and keep it at arm's length from your body.
Steam Engine Exercise: Hold both awareness arms out in front of you.
Imagine a circle whose diameter is the distance between your chest
and hands. Circle your awareness hands around each other, following
the outside diameter of this circle (something like the hand and arm
actions if you were playing at being a steam engine).
After a short time, the action will settle into a rhythm. Now, here
comes the difficult part: after doing it for twenty seconds or more,
stop and reverse the action. The awareness action momentum will
force this circling to continue in its original direction, making it
difficult to stop or change it. If you concentrate, you will find
this can be achieved with effort. Don't worry if you fail to do this
the first few times you try.
Keep at it and you'll succeed. The
difficulty of this exercise shows its training value. If you
practice this regularly you will quickly gain better control and
strength with all awareness hand and arm actions. This benefits all
stimulation and energy-raising actions, including those used with
projection techniques. This exercise can also trigger the projection
reflex on its own.
Look on this as a muscle-building workout for
your awareness arms and hands.
Prepare for projection.
Feel a single point of awareness moving out
from your body, from your head area, and flying upward and away from
you. Push this point of awareness up and over the top part of the
circumference of the big wheel, moving it all the way over and down
and around and back to your body. Feel this point of awareness
moving up through your body, through your base center and up through
all other primary energy centers until it moves out through your
head. Feel this point of awareness as being heavy and solid. Move
your point of awareness around and around this big wheel until you
build up a steady rhythm.
As with all bounce-type actions, vary this speed until you find the
most natural speed for it. Feel the heavy point of awareness tearing
upward through your body each time. You will notice as it passes
through your body that this action slows, then speeds up again as it
moves away from you each time. This momentary drag is caused by the
awareness resistance factor that is encountered with any awareness
bounce action through the body. It shows that this action is
stimulating your etheric body as it passes through it.
This method is quite powerful and will easily trigger the projection
reflex if you can hold it reasonably steady for long enough. It does
not matter if your point of awareness wavers or wiggles a bit from
side to side as it circles the big wheel, as long as you keep it
roughly under control and circling.
Keeping it steady can take a bit
of effort, but as with the above steam engine exercise, it is also
invaluable for training the will to control exterior body-awareness
Ladder Method: A good alternative to using a rope is to imagine a
strong ladder hanging from the ceiling. The lowest rung of this
ladder should be within easy reach of your hands, or whatever feels
most natural. Climb this ladder hand over hand, feeling yourself
moving up the ladder toward the ceiling. Feel the room changing
around you and your spatial coordinates changing as you climb. Feel
yourself moving higher and higher up the endless ladder. If you
imagine yourself reaching the ceiling, feel yourself climbing
through it and beyond as if the ladder were infinite in length.
Point Shift Method: Point shift is the most direct and powerful
projection technique of all, although it can be somewhat difficult
to learn. It requires a great deal of concentrated mental effort, in
that projectors must hold their whole-of-body awareness image
exterior from their physical body for some time in order to trigger
the projection reflex. This is the technique I first learned and
used for most of my early conscious-exit projections. Its difficulty
accounted for many of the projection-related problems I had at that
time. Despite this, it is extremely effective when mastered. It is
well worth the effort of learning it; some people will find they'll
take to it like a duck to water.
I currently use a combination of rope and point shift for most of my
I start by using point shift, then when I am partly
out, I include rope. I generally switch back and forth between these
techniques many times during an exit. I find alternating techniques
like this makes the exit easier and quicker. If I am projecting from
a bed, I also use the rolling-out method (described later) to finish
off the exit.
First prepare yourself for a projection attempt in the usual way: Go
through the relaxation, trance-induction, and energy-stimulation
techniques, as per the full-, quick-, or instant-projection
sequences - whatever is required.
Feel and become aware of your whole body. Feel your body's spatial
coordinates in relation to the room around you. Run your mind over
where the doors, walls, windows, and furniture are in your room.
Build a spatial map of this with your imagination, in your mind's
eye, in your perception of yourself and the room around you.
Using imagination powered by whole-body awareness, feel yourself
rising or stepping out of your body, then floating or standing just
out of arm's reach from your physical body.
If you are lying in bed, feel yourself as floating at arm's reach
above your physical body, staying in line with it and facing the
ceiling. If you are using a chair, feel yourself as standing three
feet (one meter) away from your physical body. Imagine, feel, and
perceive as strongly as you can what it would feel like to actually
be out there in front of your physical body.
Hold your whole-body awareness firmly centered in your imagined
exterior body in its new location. Do not try to see or feel your
double as being above or in front of you; feel yourself as being
above or in front of your physical body, from your projected
double's perspective. This is tricky but will get easier with
practice. Concentrate on sensing the changed spatial coordinates of
the room around you from this new perspective.
Feel and be aware of
your physical body waiting behind or beneath you. Imagine and feel
your projected double as already having separated from your physical
body. Concentrate on holding your point of whole-body awareness
inside your imagined projected double in its new location.
Feel the pressure of your physical body trying to pull you back into
it. Feel yourself fighting this pressure. Concentrate and use your
strength of will to force your projected double to strain and fight
against this pressure. Fill your mind with the single-minded,
determined intention to project free of your physical body. Use
maximum willpower, but do not allow your physical body to tense or
respond in any way.
If you are projecting from a bed, mentally grit your teeth (without
tensing) and feel yourself slowly but forcefully rising away from
your physical body. Force yourself to rise an inch at a time. Roll
your projected double's shoulders one after the other and try to
shoulder yourself higher and farther away from your physical body a
bit at a time. Try to feel yourself rolling away toward the center
of the room if that helps.
If projecting from a chair, mentally grit your teeth (without
tensing) and take one small but forceful step at a time away from
your physical body. Step away an inch at a time, struggling against
the force binding you to it. Feel this force steadily weakening in
response to your efforts! Feel your imagined projected double's
shoulders hunching and heaving and your head straining forward as
you slowly but steadily tear through the force binding you to your
Hold the above actions strongly enough and they will trigger the
projection reflex very quickly. Do not allow your physical body to
tense up while doing any of the above - this is the real trick to
These are all imaginative body-awareness actions.
Steam Method: Prepare for a projection attempt as normal. When you
are ready, become aware of your whole body and of where it is in
relation to the room around you, as in the above point shift
technique. Imagine yourself becoming lighter and lighter, as if your
body were turning into steam. Steam expands and rises. Feel yourself
becoming bigger and lighter and, slowly but gently, rising up and
out of your physical body.
Feel your perception of the room changing
as you rise higher. Stay aware of where your physical body is
beneath you as you float free. Feel your whole-of-body awareness
centered firmly inside your steam body and feel this as being just
above your physical body and slowly floating free of it. Do not hold
your steam body rigid. Encourage it to gently bob and sway about
wherever it wants. This slight floating movement makes the steam
Rolling-Out Method: Rolling out of body is a popular and reasonably
effective projection technique. It makes use of a natural
whole-of-body awareness movement - that of rolling over or out of
bed - something you have done thousands of times. This method is
especially useful if a spontaneous projection has already started,
or if you find yourself partially stuck to your body during an exit
When used as a main projection technique however, it leaves
a lot to be desired, as it can be difficult to cause a projection
with this method from scratch. I consider this method best suited to
assisting with difficult projections or for finishing off
Feel yourself rolling to the side, as if you were rolling over and
out of bed. Repeat this action as many times as necessary. Get a
whole-of-body awareness feeling into the body roll as if you were
really doing it. Do not allow your physical body to tense or respond
to this action in any way.
Alternatively, if using a chair, feel the rolling action as if you
were curling up and rolling out of your chair. Feel your perspective
of the room changing around you as you roll. This technique is
definitely worth a shot as a main projection technique if other
methods have failed you.
I find the rolling-out action also helps
during difficult projections, say if I find myself glued to a part
of my body, as occasionally happens if I have not prepared myself
Rocket Method: Prepare for a projection attempt. When you are ready,
imagine you are lying flat on the tip of a very large rocket. The
bulk of the huge rocket is hidden deep inside a subterranean tube
beneath you. Your bed or chair is firmly attached to the tip of this
rocket and enclosed by an impenetrable glass nose cone. The ceiling
and walls slowly fall away, disappearing all around you to reveal
Feel the rocket rumble and tremble beneath you as its
enormous engines fire and it slowly lifts off, taking you with it.
Feel and imagine yourself slowly rising toward the stars with the
great engines thundering beneath you. Feel the rocket's vibrations
coursing through you and feel yourself rising out of your body and
room and toward the stars. Stay aware of your physical body
remaining where it is as you rise.
Feel these vibrations increasing
and spreading and coursing through your whole body, as the rocket
blasts off and roars into the star-filled night.
Boomerang Method: This technique uses a one-pointed bounce action
from the brow center. It neatly overcomes the difficulties
encountered when holding a point of body awareness exterior to the
physical body, by using an awareness bounce action. This causes you
to feel and see a brief flash of a new spatial location in your
mind's eye at the end of each outward bounce action. This tricks
your mind into accepting a momentary shift of a point of awareness
to an exterior location.
First, pick a target on the ceiling above your bed, or high on the
wall opposite you if using a chair.
This can be a light fixture or
picture (anything) or you can affix a small paper target there
instead. Stand on your bed, or stand on a chair (be careful not to
fall!) and get the feel of what it's like to be right up close to
this target. Lock the image of this target in your mind's eye. Get
the feel of how the furniture, windows, doors, and bed all look and
feel like from there while you are facing the target. Memorize what
it feels like to be at the target area.
Lie down or sit and prepare yourself for a projection attempt. Spend
a little extra time stimulating your brow center, using the extra
brow center stimulation method given earlier (see
chapter 14). Hold
your point of awareness firmly in your brow center, in your mind's
eye. Bounce your point of awareness away and feel it touch the
target, then rebound it back to your brow center in your physical
body. Try to see this happening in your imagination, in your mind's
As you bounce outward and your point of awareness touches the
target, for that single moment, briefly become aware of being at
that location, as if your face were right up next to and facing the
target. Feel this with your awareness and see it in your
imagination, in your mind's eye. The details of this action do not
have to be precise: A vague blurring feeling, the room changing and
feeling yourself bouncing off the target, being there, with this
perspective being momentarily highlighted in your mind's eye, is all
that is required.
As you rebound your point of awareness back to your physical body,
feel your perception of the room suddenly change back to your brow
center. Briefly try to see in your mind's eye your target across the
room, as from the perspective of your physical body, from within
your brow center and mind's eye.
Once under way, this action causes a blurring in the mind's eye,
with the target being seen and felt briefly from two different
perspectives, from the physical body's brow and then from up close
to the target, alternately. It is not necessary to keep close track
of what happens between these points in the mind's eye. Feeling this
change in your awareness and seeing it in your mind's eye is enough.
Each bounce, in or out, should take about one second each way, but
this speed should be varied to suit what feels natural to you.
Repeat this process, continually bouncing back and forth between
your brow center and your target, until the projection reflex is
If you feel close to projection during this but it does
not actually happen, change to another technique like rope or
rolling out, to finish the exit.
Driving Method: If you have ever been on a long drive, or spent a
long time on a computer driving game, you may have noticed that
later a shadowy but animated image of your long drive will be
impressed into your mind's eye. This imagery will be much clearer if
you are overtired as well.
When you close your eyes and relax, the
view you had, of that long road, and the scenery on either side
unwinding toward you, continues to play in your mind's eye for some
time. This often lasts for an hour or more if you have spent several
hours driving. This effect can be used to trigger the projection
All you have to do is relax and let this scenario play itself in
your mind's eye while you deeply relax and allow your sense of body
awareness to move along the road toward the horizon. Use the scenery
to hold your mind clear of thoughts, aided by breath awareness if
necessary. See the road and trees and buildings moving toward you
and feel yourself moving toward them as the scene unwinds.
back of your mind, feel your physical body being left behind as you
drive toward the horizon and away from your body. If you can feel
this forward awareness movement strongly enough, it can trigger the
projection reflex fairly quickly.
Two-Person Remote-Eye Projection Method: It is possible for a type
of projection to occur while the physical body and mind are still
partially awake (see chapter 5). To re-create a remote-eye
projection under controlled circumstances requires some preparation
and dedication. You must allow yourself to become extremely
overtired, by missing a night's sleep, or by staying up very late
until the wee hours of the morning, then waking your controller for
the projection attempt.
What is needed is not a normal level of
tiredness, but a deeply relaxed state, both mental and physical,
caused by overtiredness, the kind of tiredness that can make you
literally fall asleep on your feet. Coffee and other stimulants
should be avoided during the preparations for this experiment.
When you are tired enough, lie or sit down in a comfortable
position. You must not be disturbed by anything other than your
For that reason, this experiment is best done fairly
late at night - with the telephone off the hook. The other person,
the controller, must talk to you and keep you just awake, but they
must not overdo this or break your delicate mental state.
The controller must also monitor you for REM (rapid eye movement)
activity. The REM state is an important sign, because it indicates
that you are entering the dream state while still awake. The REM
state is easily detected by a continual flickering motion disturbing
the eyelids. You must be gently kept awake and reasonably coherent
throughout the entire experiment. The controller should gently wake
you if you fall asleep, by talking to you and rubbing your arm, or
even by lightly shaking you awake.
You can aid this process by deliberately stimulating your brow
center before and during this process.
This same thing also happens
if you force your tired eyes to stay open for part of the time, but
your eyes must also be allowed to regularly close. If everything
goes to plan, you should soon begin seeing things behind your closed
eyes: patterns of light, colors, images, pictures, and scenarios.
These will be hypnagogic images, lucid dreams, or clairvoyant
visions, or a mixture of these. You must try to describe everything
you see so that the controller knows what is happening.
At some point, a part of you will project out of your body, and you
will be able to give a running commentary of a projection as it
happens. The mind-split will occur at the moment of separation, and
your mental coherence will tend to weaken from this point. The
controller must work on keeping you just awake and coherent enough
to talk, but not so awake that your delicate relaxed state is
Perspective will often flicker back and forth between your projected
and physical bodies, and even the dream state may become involved
here. The heavy trance state (caused by deep overtiredness, brow
center stimulation, and the partially awake state being forcibly
held) can enable you to maintain a fairly stable visual connection
with your remotely projected double.
Once you manage to connect with
your projected double, you will become aware of seeing through your
double's eyes, but will not be aware of actually feeling yourself at
that remote location, unless your physical body and mind are allowed
to fall too deeply asleep. I suggest a tape recorder be used and
turned on as soon as you begin seeing hypnagogic imagery.
One of the best times to attempt a remote-eye projection is after a
lengthy period of lovemaking, when a couple finds them selves deeply
relaxed, maybe even exhausted, but still awake enough to be talking
together in the early hours of the morning, when everything is quiet
and there are no distractions. This is when spontaneous remote-eye
projection is most likely to be experienced. If both partners lie
talking in the near dark, with their eyes gently opening and
closing, they can keep each other awake and both try for a
The first one to succeed should become the
subject, and the other the controller.
Helping Other Projectors Out
While I have heard many rumors to the contrary, I do not believe it
is possible to directly assist another person out of body. I have
tried many times and it does not seem to be feasible. In my opinion,
if this is remembered at all by the subject, it will be
sense-interpreted as a direct psychic attack, which is extremely
It is possible, however, to awaken sleeping real-time projectors
while they are out of body. When natural sleep projection occurs,
the real-time body drifts out of its physical body and hovers just
above it, often mimicking its sleeping position. The real-time
projectors in this state are asleep, just as their physical bodies
and minds are. A helpful conscious projector can then try to help by
gently waking the person from real-time-zone sleep. Sleepers who can
be made to focus and realize they are projecting could then interact
with or become a travel partner for the conscious projector.
Whether awakened projectors remember their experience or not after
the event will remain to be seen. All the factors that make
projection difficult to remember are still there, and still need to
be overcome by awakened projectors. Without the skills necessary to
project under their own steam, remembering ax^ experience like this
will be a difficult proposition at best.
The best chance for success would be if the awakening comes before
the sleeping projector has fallen into a deep sleep. The original
projector can then instruct the other on how to maximize chances of
remembering that projection. But this is still a very hit-and-miss
thing. I have tried this many times with sleeping real-time
projectors and, while I have managed to awaken and travel with quite
a few, none so far have remembered it after the fact.
As a side note, over the years many people have reported feeling
hands dragging them out of their bodies, or touching them in some
way during spontaneous projection exits. I suspect these people were
already at least partially out of body at this time, hovering close
to their sleeping physical bodies without realizing they were
already out. The hands they felt may have originated from
overzealous friends or even from helpful spirit beings; it's very
hard to say for sure. This may also be a tactile hallucination
generated by the projector's own subconscious mind, which I think is
the most likely scenario.
If anything like this happens during a projection (and this is quite
rare, I might add), I suggest that you clear your mind of fear and
go on with your projection regardless. Conscious-exit projections
are way, way too precious to waste, especially in the early days
while you are still learning to get out and about. You must not
allow yourself to be fooled or tricked into aborting successful
projections for any reason. As with all common astral noises and
voices, once out of body nothing will ever be found that might have
caused the original worrying sensations or problems. Look upon this
type of event - as worrying as it may be at the time - as a true
test of bravery.
If you don't like what you find when you get out, you can always
turn around and dive straight back into your physical body. This is
not only the fastest and easiest way to abort a projection, but it
also gives you firsthand experience with the conscious exit and
reentry, which is invaluable.
It also helps to keep firmly in mind during the exit - spontaneous
or deliberate - that nothing can truly hurt a projected double. The
original copy of mind and all memories are always safely tucked away
inside the physical/etheric body, which cannot be destroyed and is
not vulnerable to interference or possession merely because it is
projecting. In my opinion, the physical/etheric body is far more
protected during an OBE than in the awake or normal sleep state.
There is really nothing to fear but fear itself.
Calling and Meeting Other Projectors
Many people have asked me how to project to, or meet, other people
or projectors. I have found the most reliable way is to call the
target person just before the exit. When you are in the trance state
and/or close to the exit, imagine your target person.
Everyone has a
distinct essence of personality. This feeling can be used to tune in
to and locate other people. Hold the image of your target firmly in
mind and call his or her name several times, voicing this strongly
in your mind. If the target person is asleep or out of body, he or
she will usually hear and appear just before the exit, or be waiting
close by when you finish getting out of your body. He or she will
often reply audibly.
This is not an actual voice, although it sounds
real, but is a telepathic transmission that is heard with a kind of
clairaudience, or astral hearing. If you have real-time or astral
vision at this time, you may also see him or her in the room waiting
for you, usually a little perplexed about why he or she is there,
often not realizing he or she is out of body.
If this fails, repeat the above process after the exit out of body.
First, move at least twenty feet (six meters) away from your
physical body, then call out to the target person aloud.
Another way to target people is to tune in and project to them using
the instantaneous-travel method (see chapter 24). Simply tune in to
them and feel yourself moving toward them. This will cause you to
shift to where the target persons are.
None of these methods will be truly successful if you do not know
the target person fairly well. Do not expect to be able to project
to famous personages or to people you do not know well. On that
note, it is also extremely difficult to project to people you do not
like, or who do not like you. A certain level of harmony is required
to make an astral connection and rendezvous.
The target does not have to be living, but projecting to a deceased
person's spirit is far more difficult than might be expected. If a
spirit person is targeted, you may find yourself shifting to an
astral level, usually one of the spirit worlds, where you can
interact with your target.
Your energetic makeup, development, and
projection skills will have a lot to do with whether or not you are
Alarm Clock Aid
Many people find it easier to project if they set their alarm clock
an hour or two before their normal waking time, then attempt a
The physical body is already deeply
relaxed and heavy with sleep - trance state - making projection much
easier. (If you have to get up for work at a set time in the morning, I suggest
using two alarm clocks to avoid oversleeping, one for projection and
one for work.)
Another use for an alarm clock is to use the snooze button for short
projections. This is also a handy way to get around some mind-split
effects by limiting the time of a projection. Set your snooze button
to gently wake you at ten- or fifteen-minute intervals. When the
alarm goes off, hit the snooze button and attempt a quick
projection, going straight to your projection technique each time.
Every time the alarm wakes you, hit the snooze button and try to
recall a projection, in case one occurred, then repeat the
projection attempt. The longer you do this the more chance you'll
have of scoring a hit with a remembered projection fragment. As soon
as you remember something, write it down.
It helps if you have the
alarm clock, pen, and notebook within easy reach, so you will not
have to disturb your relaxed state too much while using them.