34. Fear and Astral Noises
Fear - produced by unexpected or heavy exit sensations, by
unexplainable astral noises and voices, or simply by exposure to the
out-of-body environment - represents a significant barrier to OBE.
Fear is a natural barrier that shields unready projectors from
exposure to the out-of-body environment until they are able to cope.
This especially applies to novice projectors who, although they may
be keen, have a more delicate emotional disposition than they
Fear stops nervous and unsure projectors cold, as any good fail-safe
mechanism should, until they are mentally resilient enough to cope
with the pressures and strains involved with out-of-body operations.
An important aspect of learning how to project is to progressively
overcome all related fears. As each level of fear is overcome, the
projector conquers a significant natural barrier.
overcoming each type and level of fear as it appears prepares and
conditions the projector for more extensive out-of-body operations -
one step at a time.
The Many Colors of Fear
Fear related to the projection exit is a natural gut reaction caused
by unusual and often extreme sensations, events, and situations. It
causes would-be projectors to abort their exits time and time again,
usually right on the brink of their very first, long-sought
conscious-exit projection. However, most projection-related fears
are born of simple ignorance. Knowledge replaces fear by making the
unknown and unexpected the known and expected.
The feelings that can be generated by heavy exit sensations, if not
fully prepared for, can cause needless terror and panic. Bad
projection experiences, if left unexamined and uncounseled, can
psychologically condition projectors against future OBEs. This can
significantly increase difficulty levels during future attempts,
much as a tender tooth will make you flinch as you go to brush it
from remembered pain, even long after it has healed. The physical
body/mind remembers pain and unpleasant experiences, and quickly
establishes conditioned responses to avoid any recurrences in the
Many people have come to me with this problem, although most were
thoroughly warned of what they might expect, after reading my
on-line (Internet) tutorials. In the majority of cases, projectors
were forced to abort their first successful exit simply because they
were unprepared for the enormity of the resulting sensations. Please
do not think I am exaggerating here. This is a major issue for all
new projectors! I would spare you surprises and give you fair
warning in advance, thereby fully preparing you for what you might
have to face.
You may face no heavy exit sensations at all, or none you cannot
easily deal with. Some first-projection exits are quite gentle
affairs. Some people just seem to pop or buzz out of their bodies
with no problem.
However, be warned that these lucky people are in a
fairly small minority.
Heavy Exit Sensations
The presence of the awake mind during the separation phase of
projection, even though the full-trance state has been achieved,
causes major energetic conflicts between the physical/etheric body
and its projecting double.
This is especially true for novice
projectors, whose energy bodies have not had time to develop and
allow for the conscious-exit projection mechanism. Unwary projectors
are usually completely unprepared for the visceral enormity of the
final stages of the exit. They are usually blown away by a massive
sensory overload. Many people honestly and sincerely believe they
are dying, which panics them into aborting the exit in any way they
Exit sensations are always much heavier during the first few
conscious exits. However, they progressively ease during repeated
attempts, as the projection mechanism begins energetically adapting
and developing. This makes early projection attempts, even failed
ones, something of a two-edged sword. They force the energetic
development of the projection mechanism and the energy body, thereby
making future projection easier. But, they can also cause
intimidating stresses and strains that may create a psychological
flinch response if not handled carefully, thereby making projection
more difficult during future conscious-exit attempts.
Understanding the mechanics and dynamics of the projection process
helps overcome a great many projection exit problems. "Forewarned is
forearmed". I intend to make aspiring new projectors fully aware of
just what they might have to face. Hopefully, this hands-on
knowledge will help them maintain control so they don't totally
freak out and blow their first conscious-exit OBE. The positive
psychological conditioning generated by a first successful
conscious-exit projection, even an ultrashort one, is extremely
important. There is nothing like success to empower the learning of
any difficult skill.
Because of the above, I advise against attempting a partial
conscious exit, "just to see what it feels like", before committing
to a full exit. A partial exit attempt will always generate much
heavier than usual energetic conflicts and sensations, which can be
heavier and longer lasting than with a full-blown conscious exit. A
bad experience can condition and deter projectors against future
exit attempts. Negative conditioning can increase not only the exit
difficulty, but also the severity, of future exit sensations. Do...
or do not! Project... or do not project! No in-betweens are advised.
The faster you get through the exit phase of a projection, the
sooner heavy exit sensations cease. When you are ready to try for a
full exit, just do it and be ready to put everything you have behind
it. Commit yourself, psych yourself up, and be ready to go through
with the exit bravely, come what may. This attitude will also give
you a much higher chance of succeeding with your first
Be prepared for a fairly rough time during your first exit. Be
prepared to weather an inner earthquake of unbelievable magnitude. I
want you to be ready to handle this storm calmly and stoically if it
does happen to you - and calmly is an absolute must! Be prepared to
tough out the exit come what may, calmly and intelligently, knowing
that it cannot hurt you and will very soon end. Heavy exit
sensations can last anything from ten seconds to five minutes,
depending on the speed and difficulty of the exit. However, these
will always be milder, and end far sooner, if the exit phase is kept
short. If you stay calm, balanced, and under control, the exit will
become smoother much more quickly. Heavy exit sensations end the
moment separation is complete.
Projections involving the brow and crown centers, where projectors
perceive themselves as leaving their body through their head, are
generally accompanied by fairly gentle exit sensations. On that
note, according to my research, a far higher percentage of women
than men can expect to experience head-or brow-type exits. However,
the majority of projectors should expect strong activity in their
Heavy exit sensations will not be experienced by everyone. Nor will
they happen during every type of projection. It is far better to
expect them, though, than to be caught unprepared, as happens so
often to so many new projectors.
To illustrate heavy exit sensations, here is a very early experience
of mine. I was teaching myself conscious-exit projection and going
through the same exit problems and frustrations many of you may now
be experiencing. This illustrates the strongest exit sensations, I
think, that any new projector could be expected to face.
I have been projecting since a very early age, three or four years
old, but all my early projections were spontaneous and involved no
real technique or conscious effort. Later, when I became interested
in OBE, I had to start at the very beginning. I had to develop all
the necessary skills like deep physical relaxation, concentration,
and trance. I then had to learn the conscious exit, just as many of
you are learning now. I knew it was possible, having vivid memories
of many childhood OBEs, but that did not make the learning process
any easier or shorter.
I had tried many times to project before this, but so far with only
one successful exit. (But that experience was so unusual that I
cannot reasonably use it here as a fair example.) I had been lying
in bed for more than an hour, relaxing my physical body and trying
to induce the trance state. I finally felt the heaviness of trance
spread through my body, then started raising energy and stimulating
my primary energy centers. I was using a fairly obtuse visualization
technique here, which was all I knew at this time.
I worked on each
of my primary centers until I felt some sign of activity in them,
then started using my new projection technique. I shifted my point
of awareness out and tried to feel as if I were floating above my
physical body. I worked hard on being aware of how the room changed
and felt from that position, and of staying aware of where my
physical body was from this new perspective, which was extremely
difficult and required a lot of concentration.
I held my mind clear, and strained to hold my point of whole-body
awareness fixed above my physical body. A bone-deep tickling
sensation spread through my body, and a kind of localized dizziness
started in my stomach and chest. My heart, or rather my heart
center, began fluttering noticeably; this sensation grew steadily
stronger. The bone-deep tickling, dizzy sensation soon began surging
and droning through my body in waves, also growing steadily
stronger. This was especially strong in my stomach and chest. It
soon grew into a much heavier type of whole-body vibrational droning
wave. I started to feel a steadily increasing pressure all over my
body. This was particularly strong around my head.
The dizziness felt like a spinning or falling sensation. This
quickly intensified and it soon felt as if I were caught up in some
kind of insane amusement park ride. These were major weird and
incredibly strong sensations. In the back of my mind, I began to
wonder if I might be dying, but was also thrilled by the sensory
enormity of it all and of the likelihood of OBE success. I gritted
my mental teeth, determined not to let this get the better of me as
it had on previous attempts, and to go through with it come what
Strange noises faded in and out around me, like the sounds of
furniture being dragged and thrown roughly and loudly about on
wooden floors. I also heard the muttering of voices and occasional
I ignored all this, knowing (hoping) they were just astral
noises like I had read and heard of before. Incredible colors,
shapes, patterns of light, and images floated across my vision
behind my closed eyes. The bone-deep buzzing, droning waves and
dizziness increased, accompanied by an even heavier falling
sensation, as if I were continually falling backward from a great
height. This falling sensation made me feel quite nauseous.
pressure around my head increased painfully, as if I had an overtight leather belt wrapped around it and an invisible sadist
were slowly tightening it.
By this time, my heart felt like it was close to jumping out of my
chest. My body felt incredibly heavy and tight with pressure. In the
back of my mind, I wondered again if I might actually be dying. The
vibrations, pressure, racing heart, and falling sensations all
increased until I thought I would either scream or pass out - they
were so very, very strong. Loud noises thundered and crashed in the
room around me, now sounding like heavy chains were being noisily
dragged over corrugated iron sheeting near my bed. I ignored
everything and stayed focused on keeping myself relaxed and focused
on what I was doing, holding my point of whole-body awareness out in
front of me.
Steeling my mind, I strained to maintain control. I could now see
details of the room around me through my closed eyelids, as if my
eyes had opened. My whole body surged with massive, droning waves of
vibrations and surging energy movement. My heart center raced like a
lawnmower engine and my head felt as if it were going to be crushed
under the painful pressure. Vibrations literally roared throughout
my body and my heart center raced impossibly faster and faster,
feeling as if my actual heart were racing.
Suddenly, everything changed and I felt myself separating from my
physical body. I began rising upward, buzzing out of a storm of
major uncomfortable body sensations. Rising faster and smoother now,
I finally buzzed free of my body. The really heavy sensations
stopped the moment I achieved separation. They changed to an intense
whole-body buzzing as the projection reflex buzzed me out of my
body. The whole-body buzzing stopped as I came to rest near the foot
of my bed. I was out of my body and free at last!
I could see the room around me clearly even though it was fairly
dark, with only a little moonlight filtering through the blinds into
my room. It was very quiet; there was no sign of any cause for the
strange noises and voices I'd heard on the way out of my body. I
felt marvelous and full of energy, exhilarated by my success but
strangely calm inside. A little nervously, I floated around the
semidark room, getting my sea legs.
I wondered what might be lurking in the shadows or waiting for me in
the dark night outside. Probably nothing, but I am by nature fairly
cautious. While this was basically similar to the many spontaneous
projections I'd had as a child, it was also strangely different. It
felt much more powerful and real. I willed myself into motion and
floated away from my body and out through the wall.
Outside, the moonlight cast eerie moving shadows through the
windswept trees onto the cold, damp pavement. I floated out onto the
road and skimmed along it. I could feel and smell and taste the
dew-laden night air intensely. The world around me felt very solid
Picking up a little speed, I swooped into the air,
flapping my arms and skimming through the tree-tops, just clearing
them as I circled my home. I hovered a while, then it all came back
to me, all the OBE skills I'd learned and used as a child. I spun
around a few times, taking everything in before letting myself float
gently down through the branches of an ancient pine tree. I could
smell and feel and taste the leaves and all the bitter-dry tastes of
sap and living wood and bark as I floated through the twisted trunk
to the ground.
Flushed with success, but for some reason feeling a little anxious,
I floated back to my house and waiting body. I had no idea why I
felt so anxious, especially after all the time I'd spent fearlessly
out of body as a child. Maybe it was just because it was dark and
creepy out here in the dead of night.
I returned to my room, entering through the roof and moving down to
my body. As I got closer I felt something almost like gravity
pulling me toward it. As I reentered, I felt a tingling, buzzing,
whole-body rush. I felt myself being sucked upward through my
stomach and chest - but I felt this from my physical body's
perspective, as if something were entering me. My eyes opened and I
came wide awake... immensely pleased with my new success. Next time
I vowed I'd stay out longer and do some exploring!
Later, over a
respectable snack of cheese-and-pickle sandwiches and a jug of
ice-cold milk, I began filling out the second entry in my new OBE
Excitement and Anxiety
Excitement and anxiety, combined with the flush of imminent success,
can generate an adrenaline-type body rush that can ruin an exit
attempt in moments. This may appear to have similarities with the
torso energetic surge, dealt with earlier, but has a quite different
A combination of trepidation, anxiety, and sheer excitement
causes a surge of adrenaline through the physical body. This
instantly breaks the delicately balanced state required for
projection, usually just as the projection reflex starts to cut in
and the projector suddenly realizes he or she is about to have a
fully conscious OBE.
A great many projectors have problems with this. They work hard and
do everything right and then, just as the vibrations start and the
projection reflex starts to kick in, it happens again. Suddenly,
they realize what is about to happen and get overexcited, thereby
losing focus and control over the experience. As quickly as it began
it stops right there, leaving them wide awake and cursing
themselves, knowing it was their fault.
Many people have the impression that once they manage to trigger the
projection reflex and are about to exit their body, they have
succeeded. They think they can just sit back and enjoy the
experience from there on in. This is definitely not the case... so
be warned. The requirements for holding a deeply relaxed physical
body and a clear, focused mind do not suddenly end the moment a
projector starts to exit the body. It is necessary to continue
holding the delicately balanced state at all times, not only before
and all through the exit, but for the entire projection. Any surge
of excitement or strong emotion can abort a projection before,
during, or after the exit.
Uncontrollable excitement during the exit shows a lack of mental and
emotional control in any would-be projector. This also has, apart
from the above, the potential to cause a great many problems in the
out-of-body environment. This is another aspect of the natural
barrier that fear forms, which like all natural barriers has a
certain fail-safe beauty to it. These safeguard unready projectors
(no matter how keen) from exposure to the sensitive out-of-body
environment where emotions are not quite so private, internal, and
An overly excitable projector could easily run into trouble during a
projection through a simple lack of self-control. The out-of-body
environment is fluid and easily affected by thought and imagination,
most especially by those of the subconscious mind. A slight tingle
of fear, caused perhaps by a glimpse of something imagined moving
among the shadows, combined with a slight fear of the dark, could
easily escalate into a major fear episode. This could result in
trauma and negative psychological conditioning against further OBEs.
There is another, more subtle, aspect to consider, concerning the
mind-split effect. Often a projection can be successful but the
physical/etheric mind is so excited by the exit sensations that
strong memories form in the physical brain. In this case, awareness
remains firmly centered in the physical/etheric body. This can make
it difficult for the projected double to download its shadow
memories into accessible levels of the physical brain during
reintegration. The projection side of an experience can thus be
lost. This can be a major problem with new projectors who have
little experience with shadow memory recall.
The solution to all these above problems is to stay calm, focused,
and relaxed. Keep a firm grip on emotions before, during, and after
the exit and throughout the whole course of the projection. If
projectors can ignore heavy exit sensations and overcome fear,
anxiety, and excitement during the exit, they can also refuse to
feel these after the exit.
They can jump up and down and celebrate and release all their
emotions once they return to their physical body! They can, in fact,
use this emotional release to empower shadow memories, and make them
literally more memorable during the reentry phase. It is therefore
permissible, even advisable, to mentally jump up and down and shout
out success - only during the reentry phase. This will help
overwrite existing physical/etheric body memories for the same time
period, and will cement shadow memories into the physical brain for
Once projectors have successfully passed through the conscious-exit
barrier, managed to maintain self-control, and have returned for
controlled reentry, they have passed an important test.
They are now
ready to begin learning how to operate in the out-of-body
environment and to travel and explore farther afield.
The Unknown and the Darkness
Fear of the unknown out-of-body environment is another natural
barrier all new projectors face. This is an experientially unknown
environment. It is quite natural to feel some measure of
trepidation, even a little healthy fear. New projectors may have
read many stories about what this is like, but they have never truly
experienced it for themselves.
Many children are afraid of the dark. Their parents tell them
there's nothing to be scared of. They open the wardrobe doors and
prove there is nothing lurking there or under the bed. After all
that, children still fear the unknown and all-encompassing darkness
and demand a nightlight. This is natural caution turned into fear by
imagination, simply because they cannot see in the dark and hence
don't know what's really there.
This is very much like what can happen in the back of new
projectors' minds, fed by imagination, when they first get out of
body. The unknown qualities and changed aspects of the once-familiar
environment, plus the rumors, horror stories, and movies can scare
them witless. This can easily break their nerve and ruin their
focus, time and time again ruining otherwise successful projections,
driving them back into the perceived safety of their physical
bodies. Some courage is definitely required during an OBE,
especially when sojourning into the real-time environment at night.
These fears must be quashed before they can take root and start
interfering with the OBE.
Always remember that the sensitive out-of-body environment is
greatly affected by emotion, and like attracts like in a big way. If
fear is allowed to grow, then a more fearful or even sinister aspect
can be added to the out-of-body environment, manifested around
projectors by the creative ability of their own subconscious mind.
Even if deep inside some genuine fear is felt, it is strongly
advisable not to allow it to surface in the conscious mind. Be
positive and brave and act as if you are totally fearless. Face the
unknown out-of-body environment bravely! If you cannot do this, you
really should not be projecting. Always remember that nothing can
hurt you while you are out of your body. The projected double is an
energetic being and therefore virtually invulnerable. It can swim in
molten lava or fly through the middle of a supernova without getting
Cultivate becoming a calm and dispassionate observer at all times,
fearless in mind and spirit, and you will soon become unafraid of
the out-of-body environment. This attitude will help you
progressively overcome any genuine fears you may have, even little
ones, through the accumulation of personal out-of-body experience.
This turns the unknown into the known and familiar, which
progressively reduces fear levels.
In the real-time zone, especially, fear can cause compounding and
tangible feelings of presence, dread, and mindless terror to be
generated and compounded between the physical/etheric body and its
projected double. This is an emotional energetic interaction related
to waking paralysis and astral feedback. It is not caused by an
This feedback will progressively intensify and
compound if nothing is done about it. The stronger the emotion, the
stronger the feedback, especially if the projector is operating
close to the physical body in the real-time zone. This effect pretty
much disappears if you put some distance between yourself and your
physical body. Leave the house and keep on moving until the feeling
Mental focus and control, plus a calm and dispassionate observer
attitude, stop emotional feedback from starting and reduce the
likelihood of other potentially negative problems manifesting.
Primal Gut Reaction
Probably the most difficult type of fear for any new projector to
overcome is the primal gut reaction caused by energies generated by
the physical/etheric body during the projection process.
conscious exit, or the spontaneous exit in which the projector
becomes aware during the exit, the body and mind of the projector
experience strong, full-body sensations caused by energies normally
only generated during the sleep state. The presence of waking
consciousness magnifies these energetic sensations greatly; the
conscious mind has no experience with these energies and therefore
has nothing to fall back on as it tries to get used to them.
Projectors experience a fearful gut reaction, a strong sense of
wrongness and great danger all around.
I believe this is caused by the primal fight or flight response.
Projectors sense danger, but as no source of danger is apparent,
they intuitively sense flight as being the only option for survival.
This primal survival instinct floods the projector's mind with
overpowering primal fear.
Most new projectors will have to deal with some level of primal fear
during early OBEs. This fear progressively eases as they gain
experience, but some level of fear is usually always present. This
fear forms a strong natural barrier to OBE.
Your ability to master
your fears and plow through this barrier shows you have passed a
significant test and are ready for OBE.
Dweller on the Threshold
The infamous dweller on the threshold type of experience, plus
astral noises and voices, are probably the most well-known
manifestations faced by some new projectors. The dweller phenomenon
is, I believe, another aspect of the natural barrier that fear
creates. This must be faced and dealt with bravely before new
projectors affected by this problem can operate freely out of their
The dweller type of manifestation, while well known, is definitely
not a universal OBE-related problem that everyone has to face. Far
from it. My research shows that a dweller-type manifestation will
trouble less than one in twenty new projectors, and then only during
their first few OBEs. Astral noises and voices, however, will
intermittently bother most new projectors.
Please do not expect this to happen when you first get out of your
body. Worrying about this could easily cause your own subconscious
mind to manifest it. I think this is what happens in most cases,
considering the sensitive out-of-body environment and the effect
that fear can have on it. The dweller can happen in a great many
variations, but is usually a combination or variation of the
following: Immediately after exit, you find a shadowy, menacing
humanoid shape, usually all featureless black with burning red eyes.
It may just stand there motionless, or it may take a few steps
forward and make threatening gestures. It may be silent or may
breathe heavily and loudly. It may snarl, growl, giggle, or laugh.
It may even speak and order you back into your body, often by name.
It may threaten you with doom and gloom if you continue with your
projection. The classic dweller monster never attacks or harms a
projector. I have not had a single report of a dweller so much as
touching a projector. It is an illusion. It should be confronted and
ordered away, or totally ignored, or both.
My best advice is to be
brave, march right up to it, glare at it, and as loudly as you can
order it to (#*&) off! Then, turn around and leave the area, totally
ignoring it from then on. It will not be there waiting for you on
I have given here what may appear to be some fairly extreme examples
of the dweller type of experience. These examples are pretty
standard, though, and are not exaggerated in the slightest. I much
prefer to prepare new projectors for what they might have to face,
rather than to play all this down and have them taken by surprise in
the middle of the exit. The dweller on the threshold is a bully!
Like all bullies, when bravely confronted, the wind is taken from
its sails, and it either runs or is reduced to harmless ranting and
Logic suggests that if the dweller were indeed a genuine threat
capable of causing actual harm, it would not just stand and
threaten. It would attack immediately, making use of the element of
surprise and of the fearful state of the projector. Dwellers would
most certainly not consistently warn and scare projectors back into
their bodies before the exit with astral noises and voices, not if
they were genuinely interested in harming them, or if they were
capable of doing so. All this indicates that they are probably
afraid of projectors and have no real power with which they could
I believe that some dweller types of experiences can be considered
manifestations of a projector's own subconscious fears. At other
times, interfering low-order astral wildlife appear to be
responsible, possibly attracted by the projector's own fears and by
the energetic vibrations these produce and broadcast before and
during early projections.
I have not come across any evidence or experience, mine or anyone
else's, to support the idea that the dweller is any type of personal
watcher or guardian angel of projection. I have never experienced
any type of being that fits this bill. The watcher being or guardian
idea, I think, stems from the widespread belief that the physical
body is left empty and vulnerable during projection.
I have never faced a true dweller type of experience. My mother,
though, had dweller experiences during her first few conscious-exit
projections, many years ago when I was still in my teens. Being a
spiritualist, my mother actively ignored these beings when they
appeared, and kept repeating the Twenty-third Psalm until they left
her alone, as she had been instructed to do by her church.
the dweller manifestation appeared as many small, ugly, monkey-sized
beings that growled and sniggered and clutched at her as she was
leaving her body. When this happened she repeated her prayer and
actively ignored them while continuing along her way, soon leaving
the area and the elementals far behind.
They were not there when she
returned to her body some time later.
I have heard the same story from many other spiritualists and found
they were all in some way instructed that this was to be considered
normal. They were told to expect these elementals to be there when
they first got out of body. This brings me to consider that
psychological conditioning may be partly responsible here, and that
the dweller will sometimes manifest as a form the projector either
consciously or subconsciously expects.
The projected double is an extremely powerful being, even if a
projector does not know this and has no idea how to use its
defensive or offensive capabilities. The projected double of a
living human being, with all its enormous resources, is definitely
not to be trifled with. Negative entities can sense this potential
and are naturally wary of all projectors and most especially of
strong real-time projectors.
I think the above provides some very real clues as to why these
negative types go to all this trouble to inhibit novice projectors
in the first place. I think that any new projector about to
consciously project into the real-time zone causes negative entities
in the local area to panic. They then do everything in their power
to stop them from projecting, simply because they fear the potential
I consider all elemental and dweller-type manifestations to be
illusions. The sources of these illusions may vary, but if generated
by an independent source there must, logic suggests, be a reason for
it. In the case of negative entities, everything points to this
being a widespread push against projectors that appears to have been
going on for a very long time. Knowing this, I suggest that all new
projectors do not give these negative types the pleasure. A little
competition is said to be healthy, and every new projector let loose
in the real-time zone adds one more potential soldier to the ranks
of the good guys.
Always keep in mind, no matter what happens during a projection,
that projectors never leave their physical body empty and exposed
during any type of OBE. The physical body always safely contains the
original copy of mind and memory. The physical/etheric body is
never, ever, left empty, exposed, unguarded, or vulnerable.
an OBE does not expose you in any way, shape, or form, to any kind
of interference you would not otherwise be vulnerable to during your
normal waking and sleeping states.
Astral noises and Other Things That Go Bump in the Plight
Astral noises may be heard during the exit, with scary voices and
things going bump in the night, like chains dragging, sinister
giggling and muttering, evil laughter, and nasty growling and
These intimidating sounds are a type of audio illusion;
they have no substance and are therefore no threat. They are a big
distraction, though, and must be totally ignored before and during
the exit. Astral noises are quite common during the exit, but always
cease the moment the exit is complete. It is much more common for
new projectors to hear astral noises and voices than for more
seasoned projectors. I rarely hear them these days, but used to hear
them regularly during my early years of conscious projection, about
every fifth projection.
Strange noises are often heard as a prelude to OBE, usually right on
the verge of the exit, conscious or spontaneous, just as the
projection reflex is about to kick in and buzz the projector out of
body. Be ready to deal with these when they happen. This may appear
to contradict what I said earlier, but I have found astral noises so
prevalent that their likelihood does not seem to be affected by
suggestion. A great many people who have approached me with astral
noise problems had never previously heard about astral noises.
did not expect them, but they happened anyway.
I have already mentioned some of the scarier types of astral noises,
but think they deserve more thorough mention. The types of noises
vary enormously. They can be very loud and incredibly real. You may
hear bells ringing, sirens wailing, heavy chains dragging and
rattling across corrugated iron sheeting, the sounds of someone
smashing their way into your house with sledge-hammer blows, the
sound of many people talking noisily, racing engine noises, chain
saws, knocking and banging on your bedroom door, even the sounds of
children playing and laughing or crying or pleading for help.
may hear your name being called loudly and clearly, sometimes by a
voice you know well. This voice will usually report some kind of an
emergency in your house, or simply demand you get up as there is
something important you need to attend to right there and then.
are so real you may decide (if not prepared) to abort your
projection and find out just what the heck is going on in your
"What timing", you'll think, "just when I am right on the
verge of my very first OBE".
These noises will usually appear to be
from fairly close by, often from just outside your window or bedroom
door, or even from inside your room. You may think your locality has
gone completely nuts and decided to do some late-night road repairs
just outside your door, withjackhammers and chain saws going full
bore; they can be that loud and that real.
I have been tricked out
of the conscious exit many, many times, especially during my first
few years of conscious-exit projection.
A loud and aggressive astral voice may order you (often by name) to
stop what you are doing and return to your body immediately, or face
a terrible doom. The dialogue and timing of this voice(s) will vary
greatly from experience to experience, but the main thrust will
always be the same: to intimidate you into aborting your projection.
You may also hear a voice talking to another voice about you, loudly
discussing and criticizing you for your stupidity for trying to
leave the body, intimating strongly that this is a very dangerous
thing to do, or that this is a very dangerous time for it. "Look at
him! Doesn't he know anything? What the hell is he up to now? Look
at what he's doing... oh no... how stupid can he be!" Et cetera.
This onslaught of negative input causes projectors to begin
seriously doubting themselves. They begin to worry that they might
indeed be doing something foolish or dangerous. But these
distracting and intimidating voices never harm projectors and should
be totally ignored.
Once the exit has been made, these voices will
stop immediately and no cause for them will ever be found.
Two Possible Causes for Astral Noises
I believe there are two possible causes for astral noises:
Accidental: It is possible that natural sounds and voices are picked
up by the heightened senses of the projecting double, as it tunes
into parts of the local real-time or astral environment during the
prelude to the exit. The random nature of these noises suggests they
may only be heard when there is activity in the local real-time or
astral area to cause them. The state of your energy body,
specifically your active configuration of primary centers at the
time of projection, may also play a part. It is possible that some
projectors sporadically develop a type of clairaudience, the ability
to hear into the real-time zone and astral dimension and to hear
spirit voices and sounds, as well as the voices of other projectors.
Where simple astral noises and voices are heard, and the projector
is neither directly nor indirectly referred to, this is the most
Deliberate: Another possibility is that some astral noises are
deliberately produced and telepathically aimed at projectors by
low-order astral wildlife. These noises appear to be a very cleverly
designed audio illusion, a sneaky distraction designed to worry or
trick a projector into aborting an imminent exit. This trickery and
deceit is well in theme with the whole apparent purpose of elemental
and dweller-type manifestations.
If this is indeed the real source of astral noises, then they are
simply an audio scare alternative to the more visual dweller-type
manifestations. Where the projector is addressed or called by name,
or indirectly referred to in any other way, this is the most likely
Dealing with Astral Noises
Any and all astral noises must be totally ignored during the exit
stage of an OBE. These harmless sound effects will distract and
disrupt your balance and keep you from projecting if you pay any
attention to them. This is especially so when it comes to being
pestered or called by someone inside your own house. No matter what
you hear and no matter what is said, totally ignore it!
The chances of any real emergency happening right at that particular
moment, when you are on the threshold of an OBE exit, is remote in
the extreme. Think about it. If there were a real emergency, someone
in your house would surely enter your room and wake you up. They
would physically shake you awake if you were really and truly
urgently needed. On top of this, if someone were actually banging on
your door, the real noise from this would instantly shock you out of
the trance state.
Friends and family members also will not usually just stand on the
other side of a closed door, pounding and shouting through it,
especially late at night or in the early hours of the morning. If
you continue with your projection, you can go and check to see if
there is a real emergency in your house, as your projected double.
If anything is really happening and you are truly needed, you can
then simply return to your body, reenter it, and deal with the
situation moments later.
I have projected countless times while ignoring astral noises and
voices. Everything is always dead quiet when I finally get out of my
body. There is never anything there waiting for me that could have
caused all the earlier noise and kafuffle. This shows that astral
noises and voices are not directly related to the more visual
elemental and dweller-type scare manifestations. Just because you
hear astral noises and voices, it does not mean any kind of visual
scare manifestation will follow this if you continue with the exit.
I have been caught out by astral noises many times over the years.
It is absolutely infuriating!
I've learned to ignore most astral
noises when they happen, but they still catch me out occasionally;
they can be that convincing.
Clutching Hands and Other Annoyances
Before or during the exit, you may feel cold and clammy hands
grabbing and clutching at your body. You may even see fleeting
images of monstrous faces leering and snarling at you. You may hear
these shadowy beings apparently scuttling about the room. These
hands never hurt projectors; they can only scare them. They are a
type of sensory illusion and should be ignored.
No cause for them
will ever be apparent once the exit is completed.
Before or during the exit, you may feel, see, or hear an annoyance;
a small animal, often a dog or a cat, may jump onto your bed and
start washing your face, or start scratching and snarling, or
annoying and distracting you in some other way. A variation is a
friend or relative coming into the room, or trying to get into the
room. This person promptly begins distracting or annoying you in
some way: demanding you get up immediately or entering the room and
touching or even tickling you.
This is an illusion, and should be
ignored, as hard as this might be at the time.
A rare type of OBE problem that affects approximately one in two
hundred projectors at some time in their life - a real-time or
low-astral problem - is an OBE hitchhiker, which can happen to
seasoned projectors as well as novices. After the exit, you become
aware that some being is holding on to you from behind. You often
see a pair of arms encircling and holding on to you. This being may
be silent or may speak and make threats or threatening sounds. It
will often answer if spoken to. You may feel you are being carried
around by it, or you may feel you are carrying it yourself.
If it answers at all, this being will usually give short, cryptic,
negative, or nonsense replies, which may or may not contain threats.
It may even state it is there to help you in some way-do not believe
this. You will usually be able to turn around and see your
hitchhiker. You will often see a rough-looking male face with
glaring eyes. When looked at, it may abuse you loudly or scare you
in some other way. Alternatively, it may do and say nothing at all.
It may even appear to be asleep or unconscious when looked at.
In case you are concerned about missing a chance of beneficial
spirit contact: a simple way to test a spirit (to tell a good spirit
from a bad spirit) is to politely but firmly ask it to leave and
return another time when called on. A good spirit will understand
and leave immediately, and will return another time when called on.
A bad spirit will either point-blank refuse or will make up some
excuse, e.g., that they know what's best for you.
The consensus among projectors is that these hitchhikers are
attracted to fear. They are most likely to appear at times when
projectors become fearful or anxious during an OBE. In some cases,
you have only to think of the hitchhiker briefly and it will appear.
The wisest preventative measure is to control fear and not think
about the hitchhiker in any way, not even for a moment. Drive all
thoughts of it out of mind and focus on the OBE at all times.
Providing you are courageous enough, a good way of dealing with this
situation is to bravely confront or attack it. Do not listen to it
no matter what it says. Demand it leave immediately and threaten
dire consequences if it does not obey. If this does not work, create
a baseball bat or other weapon of choice and use it to beat the
manifestation until it leaves. The created weapon should be held
firmly in mind so it does not melt away while being used. This
procedure should be repeated during any future OBEs if it reappears.
Chapter 35, "Astral Self-Defense", provides details on the creation
and use of astral weaponry.
If the above does not work, or if you are too timid for a
confrontation, or if the manifestation repeats, denying its
existence will sometimes work, although this generally takes longer.
Totally ignore it and deny its existence. Actively disbelieve in it
and unmake it with creative ability. Imagine and see its arms fading
away and feel the rest of it fading out of existence behind you. An
alternative is to make it burst into flames with creative ability
and try to burn it away.
Shape-shifting can also be used and the shape of the projector
changed to unhorse or better deal with the manifestation. Small is
usually more effective than big here, but both should be tried. If
you can hold the shape of a bee or wasp, you will often lose the
hitchhiker in the process. The use of any level of creative ability
is often enough to drive off a hitchhiker, as this seems to
intimidate astral wildlife.
Passing slowly through walls and other solid objects can also help.
Look at this as scraping off the hitchhiker onto the wall as it is
penetrated. Another idea is to project into the nearest church or
house of worship. As this type of manifestation is a real-time or
low-astral problem, projecting directly into higher levels of the
astral planes will lose the hitchhiker in the dimensional shift.
If all these methods fail, I advise that you seek out the services
of a good practicing shaman (see bibliography).
I have referred
projectors with this type of problem to shamans many times, and the
results have always been positive.
Fear is a natural defense mechanism. True bravery is the ability to
control fear while continuing to function in a reasonably normal
fashion. Bravery is not the ability to feel no fear at all.
One of the greatest causes of out-of-body fear is the tendency most
projectors have to project late at night before sleeping. An OBE can
definitely be a bit on the creepy side during the dead of night. But
some people find themselves surrounded during an OBE with at least
enough light to see by, even on the darkest of nights. This light,
generally localized to the projector's immediate area, is called
astral light, and is generated by the projector's subconscious mind.
It can usually be brightened simply by willing it to brighten.
out-of-body environment is sensitive to the mind of a projector.
Feel the light brightening and will it to happen. Look for this
brightening and expect the area around you to brighten. See the
shadows fading and everything becoming clearer and more distinct.
The area around you will soon become much brighter; this brightness
will follow you wherever you go. Expect it to follow you and it
will. Everything will then be much less gloomy and intimidating.
The simplest and most effective way to reduce fear is to project
during daylight hours. Instead of taking an afternoon power nap, you
could have an afternoon OBE. You'll get the same amount of rest, but
will have a great deal more fun. There is nothing at all creepy
about projecting in daylight, and there is a great deal more to do
and see during daylight hours.
If you do not have the opportunity to
project in daylight hours, I suggest an immediate shift into the
astral planes shortly after the exit. The astral planes are very
interesting places to be and are generally well lit. There is
nothing at all creepy about the astral planes; often you will find
yourself in full sunlight once you arrive there.
Some type or level of fear usually will continue to plague new
projectors until their self-control is better suited to OBE. In
time, repeated exposure to the out-of-body environment removes its
unknown qualities, causing fear levels to drop significantly.
Out-of-body endurance and functionality will also steadily improve
as personal experience is gained. This gives projectors
progressively more and more freedom.
There is nothing wrong with having some fear when you project. Fear
is healthy and forces you to be cautious.
A little fear and caution
will keep you alive and kicking much longer than foolhardy bravery
will. As long as you can control your fear and don't let it consume
you, it will serve you well. I still feel a little trepidation and
anxiety whenever I leave my body. I never really know what I'll find
each time I go out. I will probably always feel this healthy
respect, even though I have projected countless times and can
control myself extremely well.
I know what to do and what to expect,
but when it comes right down to it there is always a little anxiety
at the back of my mind. This is especially so with an exit in the
dead of night, when the real-time world is always a little on the
creepy side. Control yourself and be as brave as you can and just do
your level best, no matter how scared you really feel inside.
can do any better than that, my friends.
Religion and OBE
Many people worry that they are violating some religious law if they
project out of their bodies. They worry there might be a line of
text in the Bible or some other holy book that forbids it, and that
they might thus be doing something detrimental to their soul. As far
as I am aware, there are no direct warnings given in the Bible or
any other holy book, anywhere, which clearly prohibit or warn
I do not intend to get into a religious debate over this. I am sure
that many good people in the world would delight in correcting me on
this matter, and cite biblical text that could be construed into
meaning projection and OBE are bad things. But religious opinion
against OBE comes not from personal experience and an investigation
of the evidence, but from what I believe to be unrelated textual
interpretations. This type of argument is therefore best considered
as being uninformed conjecture.
Everyone in the world projects in some way or other whenever they
sleep. There are no exceptions to this rule. This includes all the
people who decry the practice of projection on religious grounds.
The vast majority of people simply do not remember it, or as sleep
projectors have nothing to really remember apart from an occasional
There is nothing occult or mysterious about OBE. It is a
completely natural function. And, as everyone does this
unconsciously anyway, what logical reasoning could there possibly be
showing this perfectly natural activity should not also be done
I sincerely apologize if I have upset anyone here. No offense is
intended. I believe our Creator designed and made us exactly as we
are, with a bioenergetic body that naturally generates the energies
required to project during sleep. We are all inherently capable,
with a little practice, of deliberately stimulating the generation
of these same energies.
And, we can also learn how to simulate the
natural sleep state by entering the trance state (body asleep + mind
awake) so we can leave our bodies consciously. If we were not all
meant to have the ability to function out of body, then why were we
all born with the innate ability to do just that? Did God make a
mistake when God gave us, one and all, our bioenergetic and
pure-energetic aspects, along with our inherent projection
capabilities? I do not happen to think so.
I believe God is perfect,
as are all God's creations, and that God is incapable of error.