There are a number of different methods that are recommended, and techniques used, to try to initiate out of body travels or astral projections.
In this article I don’t want to focus on these techniques, but instead I want to discuss the many incredible and fantastical perceptions, that are possible when a person can successfully find themselves in the out of body condition.
I feel, that it is very important to talk about these issues, because the sheer power and crazy bewildering nature of them, can in the simplest of terms, be the biggest reason why most people give up trying to go further in their out of body journeys.
We try something, and as we do so we experience unusual, weird, and what we may at times even call foolish things, that instantly make us question the reality of what just happened. We see something, and know that in the supposed real world, these things could not possibly be, and so we say, what a load of rubbish, its all in my head, there is no ‘real’ in these silly experiences, I am making it all up in my head…and we stop.
We are all so used to a life of experiences perceived through stable physical senses, that we forget just how hard we actually had to work, to make these experiences so stable to begin with. We forget the many odd incidents that we had as children, the magic around every corner, and the fact that this magic, that filled our lives back then, was due to the fact that we were ( in those times ) far more flexible, far more innocent, more clear, more unsullied, by the expectations and regulations that a reasonable world imposes upon us.
Our eyes were not so imprisoned by the rules of reason, and what should ( or should not be) back in our childhood days. These young and unsullied eyes were far freer, and they might for that reason, warp things on occasion, see near as far, change the color of things, and even at certain times, see fantastical events and beings that now, with our completely ordered and reasoned eyes, we could never see. Because we could never accept as real, as fact, as possible even, that which is not within the boundaries of the accepted world order.
If our eyes do funny things now, we reprimand ourselves, we tell ourselves that something is wrong, we are losing it, some kind of it, I don’t know what it exactly, but whatever that ‘it’ is, it means that we must be going nuts, that we have broken a law of reality, or that we are broken ourselves, and are in quick need of some kind of help.
But, thankfully for the average person, most of us do not have to worry about odd visual anomalies in the physical dimension. Most of us have become stable and happy, deeply bored perhaps, but happy stable adult humans while in this waking reality. And in the same way that we learnt to stabilise the physical world, to become complacent even in our physical reality, we can learn to bring order to the other realms that we all have access to; those other realms that can be accessed when we focus our efforts, and therefore our attention, on leaving the 3 dimensional cube behind for a little while, and travel out of our bodies, to discover the magic of our childhood once again.
When we first begin our journeys out of the body, we will always run into what I refer to as phantom images. I call these ‘phantom images’ not because they are not real, or because they are less important than other perceptions and realities that we are more used to, but because they represent different dimensional orders, or frequencies of existence if you like; they are images that do not easily fit into, the one hard dimension that most people call actual reality; concrete, sane, common sense, common order…reality.
This can be a difficult concept, but it is a crucially important one for those that are travelling astrally, that are willing to experiment for themselves, to see if there is indeed something beyond the physical.
What this concept means is that when we are seeing, that is perceiving, with eyes that are not physical, with internal eyes, internal senses, we can see a great jumble of things that seem to have little to no stability, which is quite obvious from the fact that anything that we may see, can morph and change from one thing to another very rapidly; our inner visions (or perceptions of any kind) are often an odd, fluid, chaotic, scrambled.
And no wonder therefore, that most people who try these Out of Body Techniques, quickly give up, thinking that its all bunk, that its all in their heads, that its delusion.
Now, the easiest fix and advise, one which I recommend myself, is to not worry so much about the chaotic and seemingly unrealistic nature of these visions. Many people instantly want to be out of body, so that they can then go spy on what their friend on the other side of the city is doing. They want instant and perfect perception. When they instead find that they have only seen odd jumbles of things, that have no relation to what their friend may report to have actually been doing on the day of the visit, they give up and call all such projecting, a silly flight of fancy. And so the best advise is really, forget about supposed accuracy and supposed reality at first. Don’t expect to go read secret documents somewhere and record your findings. Instead just go with the flow of your visions, and accept the fact that these visions will at first, and for some time to come, be as odd and convoluted as remembered dreams.
This then is the simple and most practical first advice, but I feel personally that A little more explanation IS required. Or else why go on really? If unrealistic inaccurate jumble is all there is at first, then why try?
The thing is though that it is not jumble, not in the sense that it is all worthless visions, meaning random unimportant nothing. There is a logic there, a logic far more complex and powerful than simple physical reason, and knowing that this logic is a foundational principal beneath the many chaotic, that is complex system, visions that you will encounter out of the body, can help you to want to keep going in your efforts. And as such, you must therefore know that in time, you will begin to understand this complex perceptive jumble, which will then unfold before you as the magical nature of personal reality.
When you exit the physical body then, and move across what seems to be space, and see a tree in your back yard for example, you may see a different tree than the one that you see with your physical eyes. This astral tree may be small, it may have things on it, or it may not have things on it that were in the physical tree in your back yard. What you see through your physical eyes, and what you see through your astral eyes can be very different, especially when you are just starting your travels.
But what your astral eyes are seeing is not wrong, it is just different, and in many ways far more precise and informative, not only about the state of the tree itself, but also about the state of your own psyche, and even in purely physically practical terms, the inner eyes are far more powerful and insightful than the physical ones. This is so, because we cannot see anything without coloring and changing that something with our own filter of reality; the perceiver and the perceived are one. And no matter how much the skeptical rationalist will argue to the contrary, a ruler, a physical ruler, is different to all who perceive it. There is no one ruler, no one exact measure, one unchanging perfect unit, there are many fluid units, one differing ruler for each observer, and each is different in accordance to who sees it, and when. There is no out there…only our impression of what is out there; an agreed upon consensus, a very fluid and changing consensus might I add, of what that reality is, a consensus which we, in the modern world, call the rational, the physical, and the ‘real’.
So, when you see the tree with your inner astral eyes, you will see what you think is a jumble of fluid and seemingly illusory things. But that jumble is made up of many important perceptive events, that do matter.
Let me give you an example of what you may see:
Most often, what you will see at first, is your concept of what that tree should be; your ideas, notions, expectations, your memory, and therefore beliefs as to what that tree is, and ought to be. This represents a phantom image, a notion, a memory of a thing, and that notion will cloud your vision of what you see, it will filter your seeing.
So that tree that you perceive with your inner senses, may be tall, while the accepted as physical version of the tree might be a bit shorter, it might have something on it that is or is not there in the physical dimension. This jumble, this complex system of perception, is also made up of probable realities, other dimensional probability points where the tree is or is not there in the physical location you expect it to be. It may also be green, purple, a cow, a person, a thought of something, like an idea superimposed on the place where the tree should be, and such probability points (that is other dimensions of actuality) will cloud how you see the astral tree and will therefore, from the perspective of a reasonable human, be phantom images, illusions superimposed on what the tree is supposed to be in the physical dimension.
It is also possible, that you may even experience phantom images that are made up of the thoughts that others have had, are having, or will have, about the tree. And these visions can be seen as the actual tree in a different form, or complete other events like a person hammering a nail, which could represent in that case the desire of that person to cut down the tree, to pound it down for example. So that you end up not seeing the tree, but actually seeing someone hammering, which you then conclude is nonsense, but that is in fact a most valid perception of another actuality that does matter!
There is therefore, a lot for you to potentially see, a great complex order of perception.
Know then that all is real, all is valid, your crazy visions while out of body are all valid, all phantom images are real and valid in their own right. The problem is not their validity, but your ability to navigate through them, and put all those greater perceptive realities in their place. This will mean that you will need to focus and do more out of body exploration, instead of giving up because you think its all nonsense. It will mean that you will need to start to appreciate and develop a far more powerful logical order of what is and is not, a logical outline far more complex than simple physical reason, and easily agreed upon group think.
But you can do this, we humans are far more capable than we imagine, and it is possible to greatly exceed the simple logic of reason and the laws of supposed sanity, of modern common sense, that tell you that you are a three dimensional thing stuck in a hard three dimensional world; a cube in a cube.
If you would like to know more about out of body travelling, about the out of body condition, other dimensions, timelines, and how to have out of body experiences yourself, then I recommend the book, out of body experiences quickly and naturally. This I feel is a very good introductory overview of the out of body condition and projecting, but for those that are interested in the big leagues as they say, in the hard core projectionist world and the core principals and techniques that can allow an individuality to fly free, perhaps forever, then I recommend the book, The way of the projectionist.