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Astral Projection Basics
The term Astral Projection refers to a process in which the spirit leaves the body for a period of time. When the spirit returns to the body, you awaken and can recall your out-of-body sojourn.
There are three common types of astral projection.
Many believe the astral plane can be visited consciously through deep meditation.This kind of OBE is consciously induced. You choose the time and place to put your body into a relaxed state of being and allow your spirit to travel the astral plane.
Sometimes a person isn't consciously attempting to leave their body. It just happens. Some have experience what's known as spontaneous astral projection or Out of Body Experience (OBE). They find themselves standing outside their body or watching from above. A spontaneous OBE is often short-lived because the person panics and is instantly pulled back into the physical body.
Since ancient times, those who practice astral projection have believed that the spirit journeys out of the body during sleep.
"In the daylight hours are
our feet on the ground and we have no wings with which to fly. But our spirits
are not tied to the earth and with the coming of night we overcome our
attachment to the earth and join with that which is eternal."
While astral projection is a natural state of being during sleep, if you want to make a conscious attempt at astral projection during the day, you will need to train your body to do this through regular meditation.
Astral Projection Basics
Today, the words "soul" and "spirit" are often used interchangibly. However, in the ancient texts there was a clear distintion between these two words. The soul was described as the life-force of the body and could not leave without causing death, while the spirit was described as being able to come and go at will. Since most astral projection articles refer to the "soul" leaving the body, this causes some to be fearful of the practice. It is important to understand it is your SPIRIT that makes these sojurns and your life-force (or soul) never actually leaves your body.
Astral projection has been around since ancient times and has been commonly accepted and used within the Craft for countless centuries.
The old wives tale and superstition of Witches Flying on a Broom is actually a reference to a practitioner of the Craft using Astral Projection instead of actually flying. In the past, it was quite common for a Witch to use a Flying Ointment to assist them in achieving this state of altered consciousness and awareness. Most of these preparations used herbs or plants which are quite dangerous to the untrained and can be fatal.
Below you'll find a gazing technique sent in by a regular visitor to the Celtic Connection which does not utilize herbal assistants. You may wish to experiment with her technique before using the herbal formulations.
The Gazing Technique
Just not a Candle or anything that burns!
This method involves the body falling asleep, and you should never leave anything that burns unattended. I usually use my crystal ball for this.
Place the object within your view and lie down in your bed. Just stare at the object as you doze off. The first few times may be frustrating. You may just fall asleep and that's it. But after a few tries, this worked for me.
Keep staring at the object. As your eyelids become heavy, keep staring. Eventually your eyes will close, but you will still be able to see the object. You will still be staring at the object. Sit up or stand up, and don't be surprised to see your physical body sleeping peacefully in your bed!
This works fairly well for me. When you are out of your body, do whatever you wish. I am still getting used to the out of body feeling (I achieved my first one only a month ago ), so I have not travelled any farther than the roof of our apartment building yet.
This time is yours. Just tell people that you are attempting this and don't wish to be disturbed.
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