If you are thinking about detaching your consciousness from your body, better read what the Don has to say about it. Do not use any state altering drugs and try to be as calm as possible if you happen to be in a nightmare.
1. USING DREAMS AS A SPRINGBOARD FOR ASTRAL PROJECTING
Well, we’ve gone through the theory, now it’s time to get tothe practice. The $10,000 question is: how do you astral project?
There are two main methods I will discuss: 1. becoming lucidin a dream, and 2. by putting yourself into a trance. We will discuss each ofthese methods in some detail because these are the methods I have usedsuccessfully time and time again. There is also a third method you will findwhich I will mention, though I do not use this method. This third methodinvolves visualization exercises. We will discuss dream methods first, trancemethods second, and then end this section with a discussion of visualizationmethods. Also, I will mention briefly tapes and other devices that people useto achieve OOBEs.
Before getting to specific methods, I want to lay out oneimportant thing that you should do:
*——-> KEEP A JOURNAL! <——–*
This is *very* important. You want to keepsome kind of concrete record of all of your experiences with altered states ofconsciousness. Why? Because it is very easy to forget the details of theseexperiences.
You may think you will remember something, but, just as isthe case with our normal dreams, you will forget as time goes on. If you have arecord of your experiences you can always refer back to it at any time.
I’m not kidding either; it’s very easy to forget the detailsof specific projections. Even now I will recount an old projection to someone,then go look the actual entry up in my journal and realize I have forgotten importantparts of the projection or have confused two different projections.
Another reason for keeping records of your experiences isthat, as these records accumulate over time, you can go back periodically andread through them. What you may then discover are similarities and regularitiesin your experiences that you may not have found otherwise. For example, after Ihad been projecting for a few months I read over my journal and discovered arecurring pattern in my projections. What I discovered is that, often, I wouldattempt to fly in my projection but, once I would start to ascend, my way wouldbe blocked by tree branches. Now, this didn’t happen all the time, only once ina while. It occurred infrequently enough that I didn’t realize that it was apattern.
It was only by looking at my accumulated records over aperiod of about 6 months that I realized this was occurring often enough that itmight mean something. And mean something it did. I have since come to realizethat these tree branches blocking me from flying away were a message from mysubconscious mind. Every time this occurred in my projections – the treespreventing me from flying – it was a symbol of a serious defect in mypersonality. It took me some time to figure this symbolism out, but once I didI started working on this problem. And over time, as I’ve overcome this problemin my personality, I have not been plagued by the occurrence of trees blockingme from flying in my projections.
So, not only is the above an example of why you should keepgood records, but it’s also an example of what I said earlier about how yourpersonality appears to be *outside* of you during a projection and howprojections are a form of self-therapy.
Back to note keeping: In my case, for a long time I simplykept a notebook close to my bed. Every time I had a projection the very first thingI would do when I returned here to the physical plane is write down as much asI could remember of my projection. The entries I’ve made have been as long as10 pages (in the case where I remembered the projection well), or may have onlybeen a quick outline of notes that I later (usually the same day) went back andfilled in. Sometimes, I have gone one or two days before recording theexperience, but I don’t recommend this. I’ve also made notes on whatever scrappaper was available to me. Eventually, I’ve transferred all my notes to the computer.Now I keep my astral projection journal through my word processor. But still, Ioften write it down on paper before typing it into the computer. The bottomline is to do whatever is convenient for you, but definitely keep records ofyour experiences!
Keeping a journal takes discipline. Astral projecting, justlike any other skill, requires discipline, and keeping good notes is a part of thediscipline you need to be successful.
Another thing I want to say at the beginning of this sectionon methods is that astral projection is a SKILL. As such it is like any other skillthat humans have; some people pick it up easily, others do not.
I like to draw the analogy between learning to astralproject and learning to play a musical instrument. Some people are born with thetalent to play a musical instrument. A very few people are born musicalgeniuses. For most of us, however, the only way to learn a musical instrumentis by *practice*. And for those of us who have to practice, our learning maycome easily or it may only come with much work and dedication. Well, learningto astral project is the exact same thing. A very few people are born with thetalent to astral project.
For some, the learning process comes easily. For most of us,learningto astral project requires work and effort. THERE IS NOTHING MAGICAL ABOUT LEARNING TO ASTRAL PROJECT. Like anything else, youneed to learn the right theory, the right techniques and PRACTICE them. And likeanything else in life, you get out of it what you put into it.
The more you practice, the more you attempt to learn, thebetter youwill be.
And, unlike other skills we learn here in the physicalworld, suchas the example I gave for learning to play a musical instrument, thefactors that underlie your ability to project are primarily *psychological*. Factors such as intelligence, personality, emotionalmake-up, social upbringing, and your belief system are all going to bedeterminants in how hard or how easy it is for you to project. So, for example,you don’t really have to change your beliefs to learn to play an instrument orto learn to play baseball. However, when you learn to astral project, yourbeliefs are critical. If you hold certain beliefs it will be impossible for youto astral project (i.e. if you are a totally cynical materialist). Otherbeliefs could potentially lead you to harm when you learn to astral project(i.e. if you are a staunch Christian who believes in Hell – you just might findyourself in Hell during a projection and scare the **** out of yourself!). So, this is just another way to say what I saidearlier; when you learn to astral project, you are embarking on a journey of*self-transformation* to some extent or another.
Now, there is no easy way to determine if you are a personto whom astral projection comes easily or if you are the kind of person who hasto work hard at achieving a projection. At the very end of these notes I willdiscuss how you can use astrology to determine your propensity towards havingan OOBE. But these astrological methods to determine how likely you are to havea projection are only indicators.
And furthermore, these astrological methods are limited bythe accuracy of astrology, and in particular by the accuracy of the interpretationof your chart (reading charts isn’t easy to start with, let alone using a chartto determine if you can astral project or not.) Even if your chart predictsthat it would be easy for you to project, this is still no substitute forlearning the right methods and for honest practice and work. So, until you canprove otherwise, it’s best not to glamorize your potential skills at astralprojection. It’s best just to assume that, as an average person, you will haveto put some work and effort into your attempts to astral project.
So, this said, let’s get into the “how to” ofastral projection.
I suppose it takes some of the mystique and excitement outof astral projecting when we realize that we very instinctively, and*unconsciously*astral project all the time. Except in this case we don’t callthe activity “astral projecting”. What I am referring to, of course,is the very common process that we call “dreaming”. As I said above,DREAMS AND ASTRAL PROJECTIONS ARE VERY CLOSELY RELATED. In anutshell, dreams are UNCONSCIOUS (or you could say “instinctive”)astral projections, and astral projections are CONSCIOUS dreams. Let us now explorethis notion in detail.
Every one of us dreams every night. We may not remember ourdreams the following morning, but this does not mean that we did not dream.
You can take it for granted that you dream at night, whetheryou remember it or not.
When I discussed theory above, I said a couple of thingsabout dreams.
First I said that psychologists do not have a goodexplanation of what dreams are. It was also stated that occultists claim thatthe act of dreaming is a transfer of our consciousness from the physical plane tothe astral plane. The bottom line is, NO ONE KNOWS FOR SURE WHAT
DREAMS ARE. But the nice thing about this is that it doesn’tmatter if no one knows what dreams are, because we EXPERIENCE dreams for our- selves.So, we can explore and study our own dreams directly, and from theseexplorations come to our own conclusions about what our dreams are are not.
Now, part of the problem is attitude. In our society in generaldreams aren’t given much credence. We generally associate dreams with fantasyand unreality. We definitely do NOT take dreams as seriously as our physicalwaking life. Or, if we do take dreams seriously it’s usually at the level ofthose dream interpretation books you see in the supermarket checkout lineswhich provide you with pat, simple-minded explanations of what your dreamsmean.
On more “intellectual” levels, we run intoFreudian or Jungian-based ideas, nebulous ideas that do little to address theconcrete fact that we all dream. These types of ideas, that focus on the symbolismor meaning of dreams, important though these views are in some respects, implicitlydeny the concrete reality of the fact that our dreams are real experiences thathappen to our consciousness. It’s ironic when you think about it. Our society,with its physical sciences, has incredible knowledge and control over thephysical forces of
Nature (albeit a tenuous and perhaps deluded sense of control),yet, with our practical and literal mentality, we don’t take the fact that wedream literally. Dreams, are “symbolic”, “subjective”, “psychological”,which implies they are not real, not objective events.
So, right from the start we pretty much have built into usby our very society a bad attitude about our dream experiences. Since societyas a whole doesn’t take dreams too seriously this creates a situation where weare, basically, completely ignorant of the nature of our dream experience.Thus, the first thing you, as a potential astral projector, need to do is toCHANGE YOUR IDEAS AND ATTITUDES ABOUT
WHAT YOUR DREAMS ARE.
Consider this: When you dream, *you* are *somewhere* doing*something*.
Right? Wherever you are when you dream, you definitelyEXIST, right?
Things are going on in your dreams: you are doing things,interacting with other people, being involved in situations, etc. So, to saydreams aren’t real flies right in the face of your direct experience. For, whenyou dream, you are experiencing *something*. What you have to realize is thatYOUR DREAMS ARE REAL EXPERIENCES OF YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS.
Basically, we all live a dichotomous life. We live twolives. One life we live here in the physical plane. The second life we live inthe world where our dreams occur. They are both REAL. They are very differentfrom each other, but each life is totally and completely real IN ITS OWN TERMS.See, the problem with how we look at our dream life stems from the fact that wetry to interpret it in terms of our physical life.
Our physical life hascertain characteristics, the most basic and important of which is ourexperience of SPACE and TIME. Both space and time have very definite propertiesin our normal waking life, and our entire mind and perception are conditionedby the properties of space and time as we know them here in the physical world.For example, we cannot see around a corner here in the physical world.
Nor can we go backwards in time. Time is an overpoweringfactor in our waking experience. We were all born, we are all aging, and weshall all grow old and die; Time. These things are so fundamental, we take themcompletely for granted.
Now, given how fundamental time and space are, and given thefact that we take time and space so for granted, what we do then is interpret ourdreams in terms of our physical experience with space and time. And of course,as each and every one of us knows FROM OUR DIRECT EXPERIENCE, our dreams makeno sense whatsoever if we think of them in terms of our experiences here in thephysical world. So, the normal “knee jerk” reaction is to concludethat dreams are NOT real, since, obviously, our physical experience IS real.
Well, this attitude assumes too much and takes way too muchfor granted.
Isn’t it completely possible that there is a logic to ourexperience in the world of dreams, a logic of its own that could be DIFFERENT fromour physical waking experience? Could it be that, in the world of dreams, spaceand time behave DIFFERENTLY than they do here in the physical world? Could itbe, perhaps, that the place where dreams occur is indeed a world of its own, acompletely natural world with its own laws of space and time?
Such thinking takes us right back to the occult idea of theplanes. The astral plane is the world in which dreams occur, and it is a world
DIFFERENT from this physical world, which operates accordingto laws of Nature different from (but related to) the laws of Nature that operatehere on the physical plane. I do not want to go off on this too deeply. What Iam trying to do here is to expose attitudes that we all possess and take forgranted. The bottom line of what I’m getting at is trying to help you, thereader, realize that it IS very possible to think of your dreams as objectiveexperiences occurring somewhere. Whether you buy into occult ideas or notdoesn’t matter.
What matters is that you start to take your dreamsseriously, that you begin to appreciate that, when you dream, YOU ARE HAVINGEXPERIENCES
THAT ARE JUST AS REAL AS YOUR EXPERIENCES HERE IN THEPHYSICAL WORLD.
This last statement you need to internalize, especially tobe able to see the intimate connection between your dreams and your astral projections.
So, whether you want to believe that your dreams areexperiences just as real as your experience of reading these words or not, I’mgoing to have to assume you will at least pretend for the time being that thisis the case so I can go on with the discussion.
Having established that our dreams are real and objectiveexperiences like our physical experiences, we need to look closely at the relationshipbetween these dual lives that we all live. Let’s now look at some facts aboutdreaming.
There are two facts that we need to consider, and each ofthese is something we have directly experienced. Most importantly, we will seethat the key here is memory.
· First fact: we do not, as a rule, remember ourdreams as well as we remember our physical experiences.
· Second fact: When we are dreaming we generallydo not remember the facts of our physical life, nor do we even realize we aredreaming and that we even live a physical life.
Both of these are absolutely true. I have experienced this, andso have you, as has every other human on this planet. These are both verycommon facts about our existence. What we need to ask is: What do these facts*mean*?
First off, these two facts are two of the main reasons wedon’t treat our dream life as being equal to our waking life. There is no *continuity*between our dream and waking lives. For the average person, the dream andwaking lives are mostly separate from each other.
Sure, one may dream of events which occurred when awake, andeven rarer, one may remember dream events that are relevant to one’s waking life(such as deja vu for example, or maybe a dream premonition).
Generally speaking though, this discontinuity between ourdream and waking life is the main thing that prevents our physical personalityfrom IDENTIFYING with his or her dream personality.
We can look at these two facts from another angle though,and that is in terms of the relationship between our waking and dream selves.What is the one thing that can relate our waking personality with our dream personality?That thing is MEMORY. Memory is all important in this astral projection business.As far as I have discovered to this point THE ONLY THING YOU CAN TAKE BACK ANDFORTH BETWEEN THE PHYSICAL AND NONPHYSICAL WORLDS IS YOUR MEMORY.
Look at those two facts I listed above. What do they have incommon?
Memory. We cannot remember our dream experiences when we arehere in the physical world, nor do we remember our physical experiences when weare in the dream world. Learning to astral project will change all this foryou. Here now is a very functional definition of what astral projection*really* is: ASTRAL PROJECTION IS A CONTINUITY OFMEMORY BETWEEN YOUR WAKING ANDDREAM PERSONALITIES.
This is a big time practical statement, folks! If you cometo learn the truth of this statement by direct experience, then you *will* be abona fide astral projector!
Now, for the first time in these notes we are ready todefine what an astral projection is. It is a dream, but AN ASTRAL PROJECTION ISA DREAM IN WHICH YOU ARE FULLY AWARE OF YOUR WAKING LIFE. See, the term”lucid dream” normally refers to a dream in which you are aware thatyou are dreaming. Well, this is fine and all, but realizing that you aredreaming doesn’t mean you realize your self-identity to the same extent you dowhile you are awake. In a full-scale projection experience, your self-identityin the projection is identical to your self-identity when awake here in thephysical world. This is what I am trying to teach you how to achieve here: howto take your waking identity into the world where dreams occur. You can callthis an OOBE if you want, or an astral projection, or a lucid dream. I don’t carewhat you call it, I only care that you understand what it is you are trying todo. And again WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO DO IS TAKE YOUR WAKING MIND INTO THE DREAMWORLD.
With this understanding you are now in a position to realizethat THERE IS A SPECTRUM OF AWARENESS BETWEEN DREAMS AND ASTRAL PROJECTIONS. Anastral projection is NOT a cut and dry thing.
It is NOT a thing completely different from dreaming. Dreamsbleed imperceptibly into astral projections. The criteria to determine if yourexperience is more a dream or more an astral projection is: to what extent haveyou brought your waking identity into the dream world? You can do this more orless. For me personally, I have conditioned myself to recognize when I am inthe dream world.
Once I recognize I am in the dream world, then I considermyself “lucid”, and I record the experience in my astral projection journal.That is to say, I draw the line between my dreams and my astral projectionswhen I consciously recognize I am in the dream world during a dream. Rarely, Imay not even remember my name, but if I remember that I’m “in that placeagain”, then that is my criteria to say I have had a projection (or OOBEor whatever you want to call it).
When I project, I remember very clearly who I am in THISphysical world.
I recognize that it is me, Don, but I realize to some extentor another that Don is no longer in the physical world. I realize that I am insome other world. To be absolutely honest with all of you, when I am in aprojection I am completely amazed. That is the main thing I feel whileprojecting: amazement. I’m amazed that I am me, but I am not in the familiarworld I know. I stand there (or float, or fly) and often, with intensecuriosity just wonder where the hell I am at.
It is my curiosity about where I am at that drives my behaviourin my astral projections (most of the time at least). I will wander about andexplore my environment. I will talk to the people I meet and ask themquestions. If I see books I will try to read them (reading is actually verydifficult for me in a projection). I will study where I am at as closely as Ican. That is what I do in projections, and it is because it is me, Don, the guywriting these words right now, but I’m not in this world – I’m somewhere else.And it just amazes the hell out of me.
Also, often in my projections, I remember what I’ve read invarious books about astral projection and I’ll try to do the things I’ve readabout.
This is one really important reason for reading as much asyou can about projecting: it gives you ideas for things to do. In the next sectionI will offer some suggestions of what you can do once you are lucid in thedream world.
To tie all this together at this point, what you are tryingto accomplish is to take your waking personality into your dreams.
What this means is you want to build bridges between your wakingand dream personalities? Basically, anything that will help you strengthen theconnection between your waking personality and your dream personality will helpyou become an astral projector. And, as this section of the notes is entitled”Using Dreams as A Springboard ToAstral Projecting“, let’s now look at what you can do in this regard.
Basically, all of your efforts will start with your physicalpersonality.
That is, YOU, the person reading these words, has to makethe effort to break down the barrier that currently exists between you and theother you that lives in the dream world when the waking you sleeps. There isreally only one being underlying these two lives, and that being is the greater”you” in which the waking and dream personalities dwell.
THINGS YOU CAN DO:
1. Rememberyour dreams. This is really animportant first step. You might want to keep a dream journal (as distinct fromkeeping an astral projection journal) just because of the simple fact that writingdreams down will help you remember them better. Another exercise to do is this:when you wake up in the morning, before you do anything at all, just lay therein bed, relax and try to remember as much as you can about your dreams fromthat night. Block out any other thoughts that come into your mind. Often whenyou wake up you immediately start thinking about what you are going to do thatday.
Well, don’t do that. Block those thoughts out. Instead, justrelax and concentrate on your dreams. Usually when we wake up we have at least atrace of remembrance of that night’s dreams. If you just relax and focus on whatlittle you do remember, you’ll be surprised to discover that automatically youwill begin to recall other parts of the dream.
Both of these exercises will help strengthen the memoryconnection between your waking and dream personalities. This is very important,for when you start projecting, it is critical that you remember what you didduring the projection once you return here to the physical plane.
It’s no good if you project, but forget all about yourprojection once your consciousness is back in the physical plane. If thishappens, you’ve basically wasted your time. Take my word for it, it is very easyto forget your projections once you have returned back here to the physicalworld. It has happened to me a number of times.
Above I said that once you return from a projection you willwant to record what happened to you during the projection. Well, the all- importantprelude to recording your projections is remembering them.
If you don’t remember your projections, you cannot writethem down.
Once you start projecting, not only do you want to get inthe habit of recording your experiences, you also want to get into the habit oftrying to remember your projection as completely as possible once you return tothe physical plane.
What will happen is that the end of your projection will bemarked by you returning to your body. You will know you have returned to yourbody because you will feel your body lying in bed, or however your body happensto be situated. Once you feel yourself back in your body, the absolute firstthing you want to do is exactly what I said to do when you wake up in themorning: relax and try to remember as much as you can about what occurredduring the projection. This may take up to 5 minutes. Then, once you’veremembered as much as you can, you will want to get right up and write downeverything you remember.
And again, just like with dreaming, if you take these firstfew moments to relax and try remembering your astral projection, you will beamazed at how easily you can remember what happened to you. The details of theprojection will just pour into your mind. But you have to allow this to happen.If you just wake right up and make no attempt to remember, then chances arevery good that you will forget many things that you could have otherwiseremembered easily. Again, this is necessary discipline for being successfulwith astral projecting.
I really want to stress how easy it is to forget yourprojections once you’ve returned here to the physical world. Over time, as Ibecame better at projecting, and after having completely forgotten a few reallygood projections almost upon waking, I actually got into the habit ofremembering my projection while I was still in it! There have been a number oftimes when I was projecting that I would just sit in the projection and make amental note of everything that had happened to me up to that point in theprojection with the explicit purpose of remembering it once I was back in thephysical.
I have even had projections where I literally wrote downwhat was happening to me during the projection! I’m serious about this; I wouldfind paper and pencil in the dream world and write down what was happening tome right in the middle of my projection! Needless to say, making such effort toremember my projection while I am actually in it makes it easier to rememberonce I am back here in the physical world.
So, this is something you may want to try once you findyourself lucid in the dream world: make very clear mental notes to yourself ofwhat is happening to you with the explicit purpose of recording thisinformation once you return here to the physical plane.
2. Self-conditioningexercises. There are other exercises you can do to strengthen the memory connectionbetween your dream and waking self. I will now discuss what I call”self-conditioning” exercises. These are very important and form thebasic technique for becoming lucid in a dream. What I am about to say now arethe common ideas you will find in technique books about astral projection(e.g., see Rogo, Ophiel, and Fox in the bibliography) for using dreams as ameans to astral project.
“Self-conditioning exercise” means you are toplant suggestions in your mind. The idea is that if you keep telling yourselfthe settings long enough, then they will happen. There are two suggestions youwant to convince yourself of:
1. You *will* become lucid in a dream.
2. You will find clues in the dream itself totrigger off your lucidity.
Let’s discuss each of these in turn.
You must convince yourself that you will project. Only inrare cases will a person spontaneously project. For most of us, it requires astrong desire to want to achieve the projection experience for it to happen. InRogo’s book “Leaving the Body“he calls this the “Desire Method”, and bases this method on ideasdescribed in another astral projection book by a
Frenchman named Yram. What this method entails is constantlydesiring to astral project. You want to think about projecting as much aspossible during your waking hours. You want to tell yourself such things as,”I *will* project”, “I am going to learn how to project”,etc. And what’s more, you can’t just say these things to yourselfhalf-heartedly, you have to really work yourself up into believing thesestatements. You have to develop an almost stubborn persistence that, come hellor high water, you *will* project.
There are two things you are doing here. First, you areadmitting to yourself that astral projection is a real thing. This is very importantbecause any scepticism you have will only prevent you from projecting. Bytelling yourself that astral projecting *is* possible and that you *will* doit, you are opening up the possibility in your mind. Like anything else, youhave to believe a thing is possible to do it.
The other thing you are doing here is mustering up the powerof desire. As we all know, when we truly desire a thing, we obtain it much morereadily than the things we don’t care about. Desire is a very strong power inhuman affairs. Occultism teaches how to control desire to achieve your ends(this is also an important part of ritual magic). What you are doing bybuilding up the desire to astral project is putting the power of desire behindyour efforts.
In a sense this is like a booster rocket on a space ship.Desire adds extra power to your attempts to project. Desiring to really achievea projection can make the difference between being successful or beingunsuccessful in your attempts to project.
I know the truth of this from personal experience. In my owncase, during the times I have projected the most frequently, I had an almost onetrack mind. All I would think about was projecting. During the day
I would read as many books as I could find about projectingand just desire more than anything else in the world to project. As I would gooff to sleep at night (or when I would take a nap during the day)
I would think about nothing but desiring to leave my body asI fell off to sleep. I hate to say it, but you just won’t be able to astral projectif you have a half-ass attitude about it. Astral projecting is not achieved bythe half-hearted or the casual. Along with practicing the right exercises anddeveloping the right attitudes and understanding, you have to *really* want toachieve the experience.
I can say with much certainty that the stronger your will toachieve a projection, the more likely you will actually project.
Now, let’s consider the second suggestion you want to plantin your mind:
You will find cluesin the dream itself to trigger off your lucidity.
This is the heart and soul of using dreams as a means toastral project. Again, this idea is taught in many books that explain how to astralproject. The essence of this idea is as follows. We all know that things occurin dreams that are absolutely impossible in our waking life. It could beanything: maybe in your dream you know some- one who you do not know inphysical life. Maybe you are in a familiar environment in your dream, butthings are out of place. For example, you may be in your house in your dream,but the furniture is different in the dream, or there is something obviouslydifferent about your house in your dream. Or it may be something even morespectacular. Maybe in your dream you are seeing animals fly – or even talk! Oryou are seeing something occur in your dream that is simply impossible as faras physical life goes.
Now, here’s the trick:
YOU WANT TO CONDITION YOURSELF SUCH THAT, WHEN YOU SEE ODDTHINGS OCCURRING IN DREAMS, YOU WILL USE THESE ODD CIRCUMSTANCES AS A TRIGGERTO TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE IN THE DREAM WORLD.
Again, you have to think of your normal dreams and the factthat in your normal dreams, these odd circumstances usually do not even phaseyou. You need to begin by *remembering* these odd occurrences from your dreams.I’m sure all of you can think of something odd you saw in a dream that didn’t fazeyou at all. As you remember such weird dream events, think to yourself, “the next time I see something like thathappening in a dream, I will become aware that I am dreaming“. If youwork on this over and over, eventually it will happen: you will be in a dream,see something weird that could never happen in your waking life, and all of asudden realize that you are dreaming.
When this actually happens, it is possible that you mayactually *feel* something happen to you in the dream. For example, we all knowthe feeling you get when you have been sitting in a chair for a long time andthen quickly get up. You experience a “head rush”, where your skin becomestingly, your vision may even disappear for an instant, and you hear a whooshingsound in your ears. On many occasions, when I have become lucid during a dream,I feel this exact sensation. I don’t have the slightest idea why this happens,but it happens to me fairly regularly.
Another thing that may happen the first few times yourecognize that you are in a dream is that you might wake up! You will seesomething weird going on in your dream, this will trigger you to become lucid, andall of a sudden you are awake lying in your bed! If this happens, don’t becomediscouraged. This is very likely to occur to most of you.
It is not bad when this happens, it is good. It is asure-fire sign that you had your waking mind in the dream world, even if it wasonly for an instant. I have discovered that it is like a balancing act keepingyour waking mind in the dream world. In a sense, your waking mind is”heavier” than your dream mind. I don’t know how else to say this sojust bear with me. Your dream mind is much more nimble at being in the dreamworld, which only makes sense. When you take your waking mind into the dreamworld, it is like trying to balance a quarter on the head of a pin. Theslightest disturbance can cause your waking consciousness to fade out of thedream world.
It will take some practice to get used to having your wakingmind in the dream world. I mentioned lockmolds above, and this is what thelockmold is all about; keeping the right balance that allows your waking mindto stay in the dream world for any amount of time.
Finally, it is very possible that the first time you becomelucid in a dream (i.e. bring your waking mind into the dream world) that youwill be perfectly stable. In this case YOU’RE THERE!!
You made it! You are astral projecting. What to do at this pointwill be the subject of the next main section of these notes.
So, to wrap up this section on using dreams as a springboardfor astral projecting, I will summarize the key points of this section and aswell assign you specific exercises to do.
In summary, these are the key points of this section:
A. You have to change your ideas about what yourdreams are. You have to learn to acceptdreams as a real and valid part of your experience as a living being.
B. You need to start a journal of your experiences.If you want to have one journal for recording both dreams and astral projections,that is fine. If you want a separate journal for each, that is fine too. Whateveryou decide, you have to start writing down your experiences in the dream world.
C. You have to appreciate that dreams and astralprojections form a continuous spectrum of states of consciousness. A dream iswhen you are oblivious to your life here in the physical plane, an astralprojection is a dream in which you are highly conscious of your life here inthe physical plane. Your consciousness can be anywhere between these twoextremes in actual practice.
D. You need to strengthen your ability to rememberwhat happens to you during dreams. This means you have to use your memory as aBRIDGE between your waking and dreaming experiences.
E. The more desire you have to project, the morelikely it is that you *will* project.
F. You want to condition yourself to recognize whenyou are dreaming. This is most easily accomplished using the strange and weirdevents that occur in dreams as a trigger to becoming aware that you are in thedream world.
Finally, to end this section, here is a list of exercises:
1. When you wake up in the morning, before youthink of anything else, try to remember as much about your dreams as you can.
2. Write down everything you remember about yourdreams.
3. Write down a list of all the weird things you’veseen happen in your dreams. (Not necessarily based on what you do for exercises1and 2, but write down *any* weird dream occurrences you remember. Don’tforget, any “weird” dream occurrence is something that cannot happen,or is different from the way things are, in your physical life).
4. Throughout the day, stop and be aware ofyourself. Think of who you are, where you live, and where you are at (i.e.home, school, work, etc.).
5. When you do this, tell yourself you are going to do the exact same thing when you are dreaming. Do this as often as you canthroughout the day. When you go to sleep at night, meditate on the followingthought: “Tonight I will become aware that I am dreaming while I am dreaming. “