Monday, January 24, 2022

Review: The Truth About Astral Projection

The Truth About Astral Projection

by The Llewelyn Editorial Staff

Today I'm reviewing the book A Llewellyn Educational Guide To The Truth About Astral Projection by the Llewellyn Editorial Staff. The copyright is 1983.

For many years, Minnesota-based Llewellyn Publications has published metaphysical books, several of which are about astral projection, including Navigating the Out-of-Body Experience by Graham Nicholls, and The Llewellyn Practical Guide to Astral Projection by Melita Denning and Osborne Phillips (which I haven't reviewed yet, but it's been requested). I tried to get Llewellyn to publish my book Hacking the Out of Body Experience, but they turned me down (their loss: since I self-published the book, they're not dipping into my royalties).

This book is very small. In fact, it's only 32 pages, but the font is tiny, so they cram a lot of information into a small space. Still, it's way too small to go into any depth about anything. And you won't find any astral projection techniques.

I could best sum up this book with three words: "Astral Projection 101." In other words, it's a very basic set of basic information about astral projection and out-of-body experiences. If you're a newbie, coming into the subject for the very first time, this book is a good summary. It talks briefly about some of the experiments that were done with psychics like Ingo Swann and Alex Tanous, and it touches on other pioneers of the subject.

It has a few interesting highlights, one of which is an excerpt from the book Astral Projection by "Yram," (which I've also not reviewed) where the author describes his experience with "astral sex." Since many people ask about astral sex, I'll give Yram's whole quote:

"Her love penetrated into my being under the guise of a general warmth, while a feeling of absolute confidence filled my spirit. On the other hand, my aura penetrated hers and I had the sensation as if melting into her...In no other experience have I had so wide awake a consciousness, no love so powerful, nor a calm and serenity so profound...If you want to be united truly, eternally, with those you love, you must vibrate in harmony with them on all the planes, and in every kind of activity." (pg. 12)

And this matches my (admittedly limited) experience.

This book also talks about how well-known author Jack London became enamored with the out-of-body experience of Ed Morrell, and based his book The Star Rover on it. (Crap, now I've got to buy that too!)

The authors include a 14 point summary of the book themselves on page 29. Here's my summary of their summary:

  1. Astral projection is safe.
  2. It is a common human experience.
  3. It is an extremely pleasant experience.
  4. It is possible to travel almost anywhere.
  5. The astral body is a duplicate of the physical body but is composed of a finer "etheric" substance.
  6. It is connected to the physical body with a "silver cord".
  7. People frequently project astrally without ever being aware they have done so.
  8. Other persons, under some circumstances, are able to observe the astral body. Usually, however, it is invisible.
  9. It is possible to have sex between two astral partners. The experience is blissful beyond description.
  10. The astral body survives death.
  11. At death it enters the astral world.
  12. The astral world is populated by the spirits of the dead and also by its own native inhabitants such as devas and elementals.
  13. Progress through the astral world is directly related to the progress of one's moral development.
  14. In the end the soul passes through the astral realm and into the mental realm.

I'm not sure I agree with all of the points above, but in general, most of the book seemed correct to me. The book is just too small to be practical. I'll give it 2 stars out of 5.

Bob Peterson
25 January 2022


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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

How to Focus Your Mind For OBEs

How to Focus Your Mind For OBEs

by Bob Peterson

Someone recently asked me, "What's the right frame of mind to induce OBEs? What kind of mindset should I have?" It's an excellent question and one that requires a lot of attention. It's kind of hard to explain. I wrote three different chapters of my second book, Lessons Out of the Body, on the subject. They were:

  1. Chapter 22. "How OBE is Like Tightrope Walking"
  2. Chapter 26. "Keys for Inducing an OBE", and
  3. Chapter 28. "State of Mind Required to Induce an OBE"

Of the three, only chapter 26 is available on my website (see link above). But since Lessons is out of print and hard to find, I thought I'd draw on those chapters for this article.

Focus versus concentration

Inducing an OBE requires focus, and lots of it. It's like walking a tightrope. You need to stay focused on the goal and getting there. That's different from "concentration." A tightrope walker doesn't "concentrate" on getting to the other side. He or she does has the intense focus required to balance and keep moving forward to achieve the goal. He or she doesn't look down. He or she doesn't worry or even think about falling. They have a focus free of distractions, single-minded, goal-oriented and pointed in one direction. That's what you want for an OBE.

Shut out distractions

To attain an OBE you cannot be nervous, anxious, afraid, or sleepy. You cannot be distracted by bodily needs or cravings like hunger, thirst, and itches. You can't anticipate the future or dwell on the past. You cannot distracted by alerts on your phone, text messages, emails, excessive noises or other attention-grabbers. In fact, it's probably best if you put your phone in "Do not disturb" or airplane mode when you practice. Your attention needs to be completely focused inward, in the present moment. You need to shut out the external world and focus completely on internal events.

Reduced thoughts and feelings

You can't be distracted by your own thoughts, like "Am I doing this right?" "How long should I do this before I give up?" "What should I eat for dinner?" "If I'm successful, what could happen?" You need to let all that go, relax your mind (and body) and focus on doing one thing: pointing your mind in that single direction.

You shouldn't be emotional, either positive or negative. Frank Herbert, author of the Dune books famously wrote, "Fear is the mind killer." Fear is also the OBE-killer. You should not be sad or happy, anxious or elated, fearful or brave. In fact, you should aim to just "stare off into space" with a blank mind. You should strive to be "the dispassionate watcher" instead of a "doer": Just watch and see what happens next. That's what many authors describe as a "trance."
Don't aim to "do" an OBE technique as much as to "watch" what unfolds when you slow down and focus your mind inward.


Absorption is the ability to shut out external influences to remain focused. For example, you can be "absorbed" in a book, like when you become so engrossed in reading that you don't even notice someone talking to you. Try to become so absorbed in your OBE technique that you don't notice external stimuli like noises.

Watch and own hypnagogic images

One of my favorite techniques is to approach the edge of sleep and wait for hypnagogic images (hallucinations) to start drifting past your mind's eye. This will happen even if you're terrible at visualization: you just need to remain conscious long enough to see it. Watch those hypnagogic images dispassionately, but never lose focus on them. Never play "what if" with them or you'll get sucked down into sleep.
Try to assume ownership of the images. If you see a baseball bat, tell yourself "It's my baseball bat." If you see a bowl of soup, tell yourself, "It's my bowl of soup." If you see an Imperial Battle cruiser, tell yourself, "It's my battle cruiser." Try to examine the object closely for as many details as you can and, if possible, imagine touching it and feeling its texture. Do this for any hypnagogic image until it disappears, disintegrates or fades away, then wait for the next one to appear. The longer you do this, the more solid and real the images will seem.


Try to develop this sense of realism. In other words, try to convince yourself that the things you see in your mind's eye (whether they're imaginary or hypnagogic hallucinations) are real. Tell yourself they're real, even though you know for sure they're not. The more "real" you make the hypnagogic image seem, the more your brain turns its attention away from your body's five senses, and that is the key to getting out-of-body: You need to trick your mind into letting go of its stubborn "in-the-body story of experience."

Letting go

Once your mind lets go of the "in-the-body story of experience" you will either pop right into the out-of-body state or the vibrations will sweep into your body.
One you're fully out-of-body, you will experience the OBE state in real time. You then stop all pretending, stop all visualizations, stop all hypnagogic hallucinations, stop all use of your imagination. Often the images will stop automatically and you'll be "zapped" into a hyper-aware state of focused consciousness.
From that point, simply sit up, stand up, or otherwise try to leave the bed (or chair) the same way you would physically. If you're in the right state, your physical body should be in sleep paralysis and not move at all. Your non-physical (or "astral") body will be the focus of your experience. From there, simply go out there and explore the out-of-body state.
Bob Peterson
11 January 2022