In my first article in this series I defined out of body travel and how it can help you. I also promised techniques for learning to get out of your body and increase your chances of having a lucid dream.
Out of Body Experience Techniques
First and foremost, you have to want to get out of your body. As you go through your day, tell yourself how freeing it would be to travel while your body remains home in bed. Convince yourself that you are not your body, that you are really pure consciousness that just happens to be using a body to experience the physical world. If you don't believe you can get out of your body, you won't be able to do so by trying to.
I have used two main techniques to get out of my body. The first of these I learned by Robert Monroe's Journeys Out of the Body.
- Lie down or sit in a comfortable chair such as a recliner and put the body to sleep while keeping the conscious mind awake. Use some form of progressive relaxation to totally relax the body while breathing through your mouth. A method that works for me is to start at my toes and gradually work my way to my head. I have broken my body down into my toes, feet, ankles, calves and shins, knees, thighs, pelvic area, abdomen and lower back, chest and upper back, shoulders, upper arms, elbows, forearms, wrists, hands, neck, face, and head. I visualize white light enveloping and permeating each part in turn, while saying "The light flows over and through every cell, every fiber, every muscle. It washes away all tension. My work is done. I can totally relax. All poisons, and all stress are washed away as the light heals and relaxes me." As the part relaxes I see the light moving over and through the next part, and repeat the words to myself until I have covered the entire body. At the beginning this took me 20 - 30 minutes. It now takes 2 - 3 minutes. At the end of the process your body will be so relaxed you cannot feel it. Carried to an extreme you may even find yourself snoring, and aware you are snoring. As I said, mind awake but body asleep.
- Focus your attention on a point about a foot in front of you. Gradually shift your focus to about six feet in front of you, then rotate the point of focus to above your head.
- As you are focusing on the point above your head, imagine an area of tension that manifests as a vibration. Draw the vibration into your head. The vibration may be rough, or it may be smooth. Alternately, you may perceive it as low frequency or high frequency. This is the real sticking point of this technique. Most times I just can't get it to happen, and this has become more the case as I have gotten older.
- After you feel the vibration, consciously direct it up and down your body, like the circle stage magicians draw over the person they have levitated. Feel the vibration becoming of higher and higher frequency. Eventually it will reach a smooth, comfortable range. Often your body will be cataleptic at this point.
- At this point you can get out of your body. Imagine yourself floating up, or just sit up like you would whenever you get up.
The second technique I learned from Oliver Fox in Astral Projection : A Record of Out-of-the-Body Experiences. Mr. Fox called this the pineal doorway technique.
- Use progressive relaxation to put your body to sleep.
- Visualize a trap door or doorway in you head, centered about the center of your skull
- Imagine yourself passing through the doorway. Sometimes I see myself as a point of consciousness rising through the doorway. At other times I imagine myself physically opening the door and walking through it. The first method tends to be more effective for me.
- At this point you may feel a click in your head, and can imagine yourself floating up out of your body, or sit up out of your body. Alternately, in passing through the doorway you may also pass out of your body.
Neither of these techniques is 100 percent effective, at least not for me. It took me several months to leave my body for the first time. Even after my first success, it was but rarely that I was able to succeed.
Lucid Dreaming Technique
The induction of a lucid dream is much simpler in concept, and relies on programming your unconscious mind. As I said in the first article in this series, I was interested enough in my dreams that I remembered several every night. We all dream on a regular basis, but without interest, we don't remember them. Tell yourself during the day your dreams are important, and at night as your go to sleep determine to remember your dreams.
Once you have begun remembering some of your dreams, go to sleep telling yourself that you want to wake you in your dreams, that you want to become self-aware while remaining asleep. Eventually you will become self-aware and find yourself in a lucid dream.
That's it. These are the basic techniques I've used to have an OOBE and to experience lucid dreaming. The techniques are not difficult, nor complicated. The devil, as they say, is in the details. Success for me didn't come quickly, nor frequently, but it has occured enough to add another dimension to my life. In the third and last article in this series I will go over some of the things you may experience.
- Journeys Out of the Body Robert Monroe
- Astral Projection : A Record of Out-of-the-Body Experiences Oliver Fox
- The OBE FAQ