21. Projection Exit Problems
The problems besetting new projectors are many and varied.
recurring OBE exit problem, it is important to isolate the cause and
take remedial steps sooner than later, or interest may flag and the
goal of wake-induced OBE never be realized. Taking prompt action
also avoids the possibility of becoming negatively conditioned by a
problem, making the exit more difficult than it should be.
Out of the thousands of projection exit problems I have advised on
over the years, it is clear that several main problem areas exist.
The following sections offer some advice on overcoming these.
Some people find they have difficulty using awareness hands climbing
actions. Usually, one awareness hand will seem weaker and less
controllable than the other, and will continually slip away from the
rope or ladder, which makes everything more difficult. This problem
may also affect stimulation and energy-raising actions. Persevering
with awareness hands and energy-raising actions will progressively
help overcome this type of problem.
The more often awareness hands
are used, the stronger and surer they become. Alternatively, some
projection methods given here require no complex awareness hands
actions. Find what works best for you and what has the strongest
effect on your projectable double. Stick to what works and build on
Using a combination of techniques that do not require awareness
hands actions is probably the best way to overcome climbing
Torso Energy Surge
The torso surge is not unpleasant. It is much like the surge of
emotional energy and excitement you'd get if you suddenly won a
million dollars. But it can be very distracting. Just as the
projection reflex begins to kick in, a strong falling sensation
combined with an energetic body rush surges upward through the
stomach and chest area. The strong energy-movement sensations caused
by the torso surge appear to come mainly from the lower primary
My theory is that the moment the projection reflex
is triggered, some primary energy centers strobe powerfully,
temporarily creating a delicate network of new energetic connections
throughout the physical/etheric body. This new network creates the
energetic conditions that allow projection to occur. Energy flares
throughout this new network as the projection mechanism internally
generates the projectable double, before its expulsion out of the
physical/etheric body. The torso surge is not to be confused with
the racing-heart sensation or the vibrations that are also commonly
experienced during the exit, although these appear to be
The torso surge is an extremely visceral
sensation and can be very difficult to overcome. It is felt within
the physical body as if it were a physical sensation. It causes an
immediate tension response within the physical body that causes a
breach of relaxation and trance discipline, and hence projection
Expect this sensation to hit right on the verge of the exit. Stay
calm and do not allow yourself to react to it. The physical reaction
can be controlled, as long as it is not too strong. This sensation
is a perfectly normal part of the projection process, and will not
hurt you. The surge is far stronger during early projections, and
progressively eases the more often you attempt conscious-exit
A side effect of projection attempts, even failed ones,
is to cause widespread energetic development, as well as development
of the projection mechanism. If the energetic surge is too strong to
ignore, and leaves you gasping and wide awake every time, spend more
time raising and working with energy during regular training
sessions. This work is best done separate from actual projection
If the problem continues, it would also be worthwhile to familiarize
your body with a similar sensation. Seek out a highspeed elevator
and spend some time in it, getting used to the sudden falling
sensation every time it starts down. Close your eyes and relax while
doing this and allow the sudden movement to catch you by surprise.
Another way would be to spend some time on amusement park rides,
especially roller coasters. For the more adventurous, skydiving,
high diving, bungie jumping, or water slides may help. The physical
body quickly becomes accustomed to anything it experiences
The effects of the torso surge will then be lessened as
the sudden tension response of the physical body to it will be
Cobwebs - Energetic Sensations
Cobwebs are a very common and well-known sensation - a serious
problem for some people - associated with trance and energetic
This sensation of localized tickling, itching, or
stinging is usually felt on the face and neck, varying in intensity
from a slight tickling or itching to a more intense stinging
sensation on the skin. The most common place to get cobwebs is on
the face, especially around the mouth and nose. In rarer cases,
cobwebs can be experienced in other places and over much larger
areas of the physical body.
You can expect to get cobweb sensations at some time or another.
Severe cobweb problems are quite rare, and appear to be symptoms of
energy blockages and narrowed energy pathways in the connecting
circuitry on the surface of the energy body, felt in the skin of the
physical body. Cobwebs are caused by energy movement through the
myriad smaller energy centers and connecting pathways that cover the
The most common cobweb sites correspond with
acupuncture points and major nerve endings in the facial area.
Cobweb sensations will normally reduce only gradually as the energy
centers and their connecting circuitry develop to handle the greater
flow of energy caused by the trance state and projection attempts.
Some cobweb activity usually is present in people with a strong or
more than usually active brow center, even if the brow center is
undeveloped. The face contains a powerful and complex energetic
support structure for the brow and crown centers. Any increased
energy flow through this structure causes at least some cobweb
sensations to be felt there.
The stronger the energy flow in this
area, the stronger the sensations it causes. This continues until
the support structure develops enough to handle the increased energy
flows required by these higher centers. Even if the facial support
structure and the brow and crown centers are all fairly well
developed, some cobweb activity is usually still felt, especially
when these higher centers are being actively used during the
The NEW secondary system helps to reduce cobweb sensations by
progressively developing the circuitry of the energy body. Specific
problem areas such as the face should also be targeted and deeply
massaged with a suitable awareness action, brushing or wrapping, to
nurture the development of those areas. Keep in mind here that
rectifying serious cobweb problems can take time. Please be patient
and work through this problem until it improves, and don't give up
on OBE just because of it.
I recommend that cobwebs be ignored as far as possible, but if they
become unbearable you can scratch them. If you do, take care to move
slowly and deliberately, and scratch them in a dreamy, relaxed way,
so that you do not break your relaxed physical and mental states.
When I get cobwebs, I look on them as a test of my concentration and
ignore them totally. They usually fade after a few minutes, but
occasionally I have had to scratch an intensely itching or burning
one, just in case it is a feeding mosquito, which has often been the
case. It is therefore wise to spray your room before trance sessions
and projection attempts, to eliminate this possibility.
I have come across very few people with really bad cobweb problems.
In rare cases, cobweb sensations can cover the entire surface of the
body. This feels, or so I have been told, like a horde of insects
crawling all over your body, which sounds unbearable and probably
is. Conscious-exit projection becomes impossible under these
circumstances. I suggest concentrating on relaxation techniques,
meditation, and energy work until the blockages in the energetic
Once these areas are more developed, cobwebs
sensations will lessen.
Primary Center Pressure
Mild to intense pressure sensations are sometimes felt in the head
as a result of primary energy center activity and energy movement
during trance work or projection attempts.
These are natural
sensations, caused by some of the higher functions of the brow and
crown centers, as these grow out of dormancy. Ignore pressure
sensations as best you can. They are a good sign that these energy
centers are responding to the stronger energetic flow caused by
development exercises and projection attempts.
Pressure sensations, especially when localized to the brow center,
indicate clairvoyant potential. Pressure is rarely intense enough to
cause actual pain, but it will often be extremely uncomfortable.
Intense episodes of pressure are unpredictable and infrequent.
are more often experienced by novice projectors who have done no
significant energetic development before their projection attempt.
Localized brow center pressure feels much like a thumb being firmly
and steadily pressed into the center of the forehead.
This is felt
either in a small area in the center of the brow or in a larger
circular area covering the whole middle of the forehead. This can
vary from mild to intense pressure, and can last for several minutes
or longer. More rarely, a small area of intense thumb-like pressure
is felt in the center of the top of the head.
This last sensation is
related to crown center activity and development.
Tight Band around Head
This feels much like a leather belt tied around the head being
Pressure is felt around the entire circumference
of the head, in a wide band level with the brow, and all over the
whole top of the head, including the whole forehead, as if the whole
head were bandaged too tightly. This top-of-head pressure sensation
is caused by crown center activity. Brow and crown pressure
sensations are related and will often occur together. More rarely,
the facial area will also be involved; this feels like the entire
skull is coming under pressure.
Energy center pressure can be quite uncomfortable, even painful at
times. Although this is rare, it can spark strong headaches, even
migraines if you are prone to them. Actual pain will be more
frequent if the brow and crown centers are being worked on more than
the rest of the energy body, which I do not recommend. If pain
becomes a problem, the best solution is to stop all stimulation and
development work. Take a break and allow everything to settle down.
This may take several days or more.
You can work around problem areas with energetic development
exercises, but this may still cause some pressure pains to occur. In
all the cases I have come across like this - including my own
experiences - crown and brow center pressure pains progressively
reduced once regular energetic development exercises were
You must stimulate the brow and crown centers very gently in the
early stages of development. It is very important not to overwork
them, especially if strong pressure sensations are being
A lot of time and patience may be required to gently
and safely bring these centers out of dormancy.
Pressure is sometimes felt in the chest and throat and feelings of
choking or even asphyxiation can result from this. This can feel
like you are not getting enough oxygen, or as if you are forgetting
to breathe during a projection attempt. The chest and throat
pressure is normally caused by primary energy center activity, but
the lack-of-oxygen sensation often has another cause.
Sleep apnea, a
fairly common sleep breathing disorder, causes a person to stop
breathing many times while they are asleep, and to gasp for air when
their lack of oxygen becomes acute and wakes them. This problem is
not caused by projection attempts, but is a preexisting medical
condition that has not been noticed.
During trance work or a projection attempt, the physical body is put
to sleep while the mind stays awake. Any sleep breathing problems
become much more apparent during this time because the mind is awake
and thus notices them.
One possible solution to this problem, if it
is not too severe, is to adjust your trance work or projection
position so your head is tilted further back and your airways are
held more open. Even a slight change in position can make a big
difference with breathing problems like this. Please consult a
medical doctor if you feel you have any type of sleep breathing
disorder. These conditions, while treatable, can be dangerous if
left unattended. Smoking, drinking, and being overweight worsen
Improving the health of the physical body usually cures the
Stuck to Body during Exit
Some people at times experience feeling themselves glued to a part
of their body during an otherwise successful exit, usually at their
stomach, head, or legs. This appears to be caused by an incomplete
projectable double being generated, resulting in only a partial
projection. There are several possible reasons for this.
Heavy protein meals eaten before projection attempts appear
responsible for many partial-separation problems. It takes a lot of
energy to digest food; the heavier the meal, the more energy is
diverted into bioenergetic digestion processes. The energy body will
virtually shut down for an hour or more after a heavy meal of any
After this time, just having a large amount of undigested
heavy protein in the stomach can cause energy centers in that area
to become sluggish and unresponsive to the projection reflex.
The sub-navel storage center is also situated near the lower stomach
area, and energy flowing to and from this important center may
become restricted while the stomach is busy digesting a heavy meal.
Trying to force primary energy centers open during a projection
attempt in this case can cause varying levels of discomfort, cramps,
and even pain during the exit.
This is easily overcome by not eating
such a heavy meal so late, and by cutting down on the amount of
heavy protein eaten, especially in the last meal before bed.
Exit Cramps and Pain
I have had many reports of varying levels of cramping and pain, from
mild to severe, in the stomach or chest - and more rarely, in other
areas - during projection exits. I have also experienced this myself
on several occasions. The action of pulling yourself out of body
using a climbing technique can sometime cause internal cramping and
tugging sensations, as if the stomach, heart, or lungs were twisting
This is directly related to the projection attempt.
For example, each pull on the rope can be found to cause a painful
internal tugging sensation that stops as soon as the climbing action
causing it is ceased. This can be quite uncomfortable, even painful,
if you continue trying to force yourself the rest of the way out of
your body at this time.
This problem appears to be caused by
inactivity in a single part of the energy body. This interferes with
the generation of the projectable double in a single area.
There are many possible causes for this. One possibility is
continued projection efforts after a successful separation has
already occurred. Continued projection efforts after projection has
occurred is likely to cause problems for the etheric body, which
cannot normally leave the confines of the physical body.
The solution is to stop and look for projection-related symptoms. If
you've felt vibrations or the torso energy surge, or if partial or
full waking paralysis is present, or if some degree of real-time or
astral sight is present, the chances are you have already projected.
You must now await the return of your projected double. If this
appears to be the case, it is worth trying to contact your projected
double. Reach out with your feelings and attempt to feel yourself
inside your projected double, imagining you are already out of body.
This will often result in a telepathic connection and an
instantaneous transfer of memories from the projected double. If you
manage this, remember to still keep the projection short.
reenter your physical body well before it can fall into the
Jewelry and Watches
Gold, jewels, and other solid metal objects can interfere with the
generation of the projectable double. I learned many years ago,
through experience, that wearing watches, rings, or neck chains
caused me problems during the exit, as well as during trance and
I have also had many reports of jewelry and watches
causing problems and pain during otherwise successful projections.
One young man reported severe pain in his tongue during several
otherwise successful projection attempts. He was a fairly
experienced projector and had never had problems before this. The
pain always started as pressure in his tongue that quickly became
painful and spread through his jaw and neck, becoming more and more
painful as he continued toward the exit.
The pain became so bad it
caused him to abort each projection during the exit. I questioned
him thoroughly and it came to light that he had recently had a gold
stud inserted through his tongue, with the wound not being quite
healed. He did not see how this could possibly interfere with
projection, but, on my advice, removed the gold stud and
successfully projected later that same night with no recurrence of
Along similar lines, a young female projector recently reported to
me that she had experienced intense pain and pressure in her chest
during a conscious-exit projection. She was forced to abort her
projection attempt. On her return, she found her pet rat asleep on
her chest, where it normally slept. The presence of the pet rat on
her chest appears to have been the cause of the pain and pressure
she felt during the attempted exit.
The projected double can pass through solid metal and gem-stones
with ease. The presence of them on the physical body during
projection attempts however, appears to interfere with the
generation of the projectable double, which causes the projecting
double to become stuck to its body at that area. For some reason,
this also causes pressure and discomfort during the exit.
appears to affect some more than it does others, but every thing
points to the presence of gold, jewelry, and other items on the
physical body causing problems during the exit. It is possible that
gold fillings, false teeth, and other solid items may also cause
problems for some people. If you feel localized pressure and pain
during projection, it is worth taking a good look at the affected
area to see if any item is present that could possibly be causing
The variable energetic makeup and levels of development of
individual projectors may cause a wide range of seeming
inconsistencies, with particular projection-related problems
affecting some projectors and not others.
The direction the physical body faces during a projection attempt
does appear to have an effect on the ease of the projection exit for
some people - and every little bit helps. I prefer to have the top
of my head pointing north if I am lying down, but if I am sitting up
I like to be facing either north or south, although this may just be
a foible of mine.
But I have projected many times while facing east
and west, lying down and sitting up, and experienced no noticeable
difference. While direction does seem to have an effect on some
people, it does not affect everyone equally and will not stop a
determined or experienced projector.
I suggest that new projectors
experiment with the direction they face and see for themselves
whether it makes any difference.
The lunar cycle also seems to have an effect on projection exit
difficulty levels, as well as on the frequency of spontaneous
I find the best time for OBE to be the week surrounding
the full moon, with the first night of the full moon being my prime
projection time. Although I have projected on every day of the
month, all year round, I feel the urge to project more strongly
during a full moon. Some people appear to be more affected by the
lunar cycle than others.
I suggest that projectors check the lunar cycle against their
successful projections, especially spontaneous ones. It is also
worth checking this against lucid dreams and patches of vivid
dreams, as opposed to uneventful dreamless nights. This will give a
clear indication of the best time of the month for them to project,
and whether or not the lunar cycle is affecting them.
factor may also contribute to or cause many common projection
difficulties like cramps and pains and partial exits, especially
when there is no moon at all.
Many people have problems during trance, development work, or
projection attempts with either an excess of saliva, necessitating
continual swallowing; or a lack of saliva, causing a dry throat and
mouth. Both conditions can be very distracting and will interfere
with conscious-exit projection.
If your mouth and throat tend to become dry during development
exercises or projection attempts, first make sure you have had
enough to drink before beginning so you are not becoming dehydrated,
especially if you live in a warm climate. The only other thing that
could cause dryness is breathing excessively through the mouth. The
solution is to breathe more through the nose. Make sure the nasal
passages are clear by blowing and clearing them beforehand. A slight
change of position may also help if your mouth tends to fall open
Snoring can also cause dry mouth and sore throat problems.
physical body is put to sleep during the trance state and projection
attempts, it often begins to snore on its own, even though the mind
of the projector is wide awake. In many cases projectors will not be
fully aware of this, especially if they are having problems and
drifting in and out of the sleep state. The solution is to restore
the sleep deficit so that falling asleep is less likely, and to
change the resting position of the physical body until a position is
found that does not promote snoring.
If excessive saliva tends to build up, try not to think about it.
Thinking about it causes you to become more aware of your mouth and
tongue, which, in itself, can cause an increase in saliva flow.
Avoid sweet drinks, tea, or coffee, and anything that leaves a
flavor residue in your mouth that may cause saliva to flow. Brushing
your teeth and using a saltwater mouthwash, then rinsing with fresh
water, helps rid the mouth of unwanted tastes.
Prop yourself up
slightly higher if lying flat; this will help slow the tendency for
saliva buildup at the back of the throat. Keep your mind off of it;
swallow normally whenever you have to, in a relaxed and dreamy way.
Swallowing, or moving the body to ease it, must be done at times,
even during trance work and projection attempts.
like this can be done without breaking relaxation and trance
disciplines, as long as they are done slowly and in a dreamy and
Sexual arousal is a less common problem that is related to energetic
activity in the lower primary centers, specifically the genital
primary center. This can be very distracting, for obvious reasons.
The solution is to spend more time raising and working with energy,
separate from projection attempts, so the energy body can develop to
the point where an increased energy flow from or through the genital
center will not cause arousal. If a sex partner is available, having
sex before a projection attempt can help alleviate this problem. If
a sex partner is not available, imagination can be used to serve
Many people have asked whether having sex before a projection
attempt will interfere with it or not. Some worry that sex may drain
the energy body and make projection more difficult until it has
replenished itself. In my opinion, sex before a projection attempt
has more positive than negative aspects to it.
greatly eases physical and mental tension by promoting energetic
balance and deeper physical and mental relaxation. It causes a
lingering warm energetic glow and a state of well-being, which can
be a great help with projection, especially with early attempts, as
energetic balance and deep physical and mental relaxation are
essential ingredients for successful projection.
The main reason people think sex is energetically draining, I think,
is because most people have sex at night before going to sleep. The
deeply relaxed state experienced during the aftermath of sex,
especially if people are already tired, will usually tend to make
them fall asleep very quickly. If this is the case, I suggest you
use the quick or instant projection methods to take advantage of the
situation before the need to sleep becomes too urgent.
In some cases, however, sex energizes people and they have trouble
falling asleep for some time afterward. In this case, sex may be
temporarily detrimental to projection. On the other hand, this is a
very good way of temporarily overcoming tiredness so a projection
attempt can be made before the onset of sleep.
When projecting after
sex, though, remember to keep the projection very short, as the
physical body will tend to fall into the deep-sleep state much more
quickly than usual.
Defective Astral Vision
Defective astral vision occasionally causes problems during or
immediately after the exit. I'd say about ten percent of all new
projectors will encounter some kind of vision problem during their
first few exits. The most common vision problems are blurred vision;
one eye not working; having to squint and strain to focus; tunnel
vision; partial blindness, and full blindness.
The cause of all OBE vision problems is a lack of energy flowing
into the projected double from the physical/etheric body. The
projected double is pure energy, generated and maintained for the
entire projection by the physical/etheric body. The energy flowing
into it gives it life and greatly affects its functionality and
The most effective method I have found to overcome vision
problems is to draw energy directly from the physical/etheric body
during the projection. This is quite simple to do and very
effective. Use your awareness and feel yourself drawing energy from
your physical/etheric body. If you can, use your imagination to see
a flow of sparkling energy coursing into you. You don't have lungs
and do not have to breathe while out of body, but you can use the
remembered feeling of breathing to aid with this process.
the feeling of breathing IN and of drawing in energy, feeling
yourself sucking energy from your physical/etheric body and feeling
energy flowing into your projected double. This will create a strong
energetic demand in your projected double that will cause a flow of
energy from your physical/etheric body to fulfill it.
Once you get the hang of the energy-drawing action, you can draw
extra energy into your projected double anytime you have need of it.
Keep in mind here that the more energy the projected double has to
operate with, the stronger and more vivid will be its experience,
and the stronger and more vivid will be its memory.
Here are a few more ideas and solutions that have helped other
projectors with vision-related problems.
All of these are done while
out of body.
Ask for your sight, speaking aloud if possible, and you'll often
Use your creative ability to imagine and feel light all around
Create a lit torch or a lamp and use it.
Use the instant travel method and shift to a well-lit destination.
The room you are in may actually be dark, so move to a well-lit
Leave a lamp or nightlight on while you are projecting.
Leave a lamp on in another room and shift into it after the exit.
Project during daylight hours.
Disorientation and Subtle-Body Misalignment
Weakness and disorientation are sometimes experienced after an OBE,
especially if it has been too lengthy or has been abruptly ended.
This can happen even if the conscious exit has been missed and the
projector has become aware some time after the exit. This malady is
popularly believed to be caused by some kind of subtle-body
misalignment, where the projected double has not correctly realigned
itself within its physical counterpart during reentry and
Many people today believe the projected double is a perfect copy or
template of the physical body, containing a subtle copy of all
internal organs. The "body inside a body inside a body" theory is
popularly used to illustrate the way subtle bodies can separate from
the physical body and hold consciousness exterior to it during an
OBE. This illustration looks good on paper and does effectively show
part of what happens, but it is not a workable theory when applied
to some of the more complex energetic aspects of projection.
Subtle-body misalignment is not, I think, a reasonable or logical
explanation for weakness or disorientation following a projection.
According to my understanding, the projectable double is internally
generated by the etheric body, then extruded as an energetic point
of consciousness that contains within it a reflected copy of
consciousness. The body of the projectable double, when observed, is
created and shaped by its own sense of whole-body self-awareness,
but only when it or parts of it are deliberately observed.
projected double reenters, it reintegrates with its original
physical/etheric self, downloading its shadow memories in the
process. The energetic substance of which the projected double was
composed then effectively dissolves back into the physical/etheric
body. It turns back into the raw energy from which it was made.
raw energy is instantly reabsorbed back into the vitality storage
areas of the etheric body.
It is believed that the astral body is simply enmeshed within the
physical body during its waking state, and that it is released to
pursue an out-of-body astral existence whenever its physical body
sleeps. Some people even claim that the astral body is capable of
becoming misaligned with its physical counterpart while in the full
waking state. The reasons stated for astral-body misalignment are
many, but usually involve improper or too-abrupt reentry. Some
psychics and healers actually blame a patient for having OBEs at too
early a stage of development, even though this may be spontaneous
and totally beyond the patient's control.
I think this line of reasoning has spawned a blanket excuse -
astral-body misalignment - that is used whenever a psychic or healer
cannot work out what is actually wrong with his patient. A more
reasonable blanket explanation would be bioenergetic conflicts
involving the etheric/physical interface. My reasoning here is that
any subtle-body problem capable of affecting the physical body must
logically stem from the etheric body.
This is the closest subtle
body to the physical body, energetically speaking, and therefore has
the greatest effect on it.