The actual projection-phase (the moment when one’s projected double breaks free of his/her physical body) is viewed as some sort of Holy Grail by OBE enthusiasts, and indeed, to a person who has never gone through the experience, it may seem like something that’s extremely difficult to achieve.
I am here to tell you though that actual projection is a cinch really, and most of those who heed the advice in this article, and who are willing to put a little time and effort into learning what truly matters for projection exit, will find it surprisingly easy to perform.
The primary reason why projection is easy to achieve is that it is a natural process. Every time one falls asleep and proceeds to dream, projection is achieved, albeit in a form that’s not particularly “spectacular” from the perspective of the projector.
Once the oneironaut falls asleep, he/she puts the awake mind out of the way of the projection process. This way, a natural projection reflex is triggered, which is void of particularly strong sensations, and which thus does not awaken the dreamer.
Despite these differences though, the basics of the two types of projection are the same. Rest assured: your body/mind is well equipped to handle the experience, and by attempting projection exit, you won’t force it to go somewhere unnatural.
That said, some people still find it difficult to attain projection exit. Fortunately, by-and-large, we know rather well what causes such difficulties.
As I mentioned in some of my previous articles, due to its seemingly mundane nature, deep physical relaxation is often neglected by OBE-enthusiasts. It is indeed on account of this extremely-simple-to-correct problem, that most problems regarding projection occur.
Physical tension is the archenemy of successful projection and if you’ve ever encountered the famous vibrations during an attempted exit projection, only to achieve partial projection, you probably know all too well what I’m talking about.
Vibrations occur in the ethereal body, which is still within the physical body at the moment exit projection begins. Some oneironauts have reported noticing these vibrations within certain body-parts only (like their legs and arms) followed by a partially successful exit-projection in those body parts only.
In such cases, physical tension is the factor preventing exit projection in the other body parts, and ultimately ruining the whole attempt.
As already said above, consciously projecting out of your body is something that requires an extra push, delivered through the projection reflex. To trigger this reflex, you will have to exert some effort though, through the generation of certain mental images.
Since I already brought vibrations into this: some people picture these vibrations outside of their physical body. They then grasp onto them and attempt to pull them in, thus triggering their projection reflex.
While this methods works too, I have found that it is by far not the most efficient one in this regard.
Reaching out for something and pulling it in, is indeed the way to go, but there is not much point in bringing vibrations into this, since – as already discussed above – they do not make much sense outside of the physical body.
Relying instead on tactile imagery is a much more optimal approach. Part of this approach is the use of hands and arms, and there is a good reason for that. Hand and arm actions are some of the most natural, and the easiest movements for a human. Therefore, they lend themselves well to body awareness mimicking.
How exactly do you trigger the projection reflex though, and what does it feel like when you achieve projection exit?
The exercise could be summed up as trying to exteriorize one’s sense of self/body awareness. That’s what it all comes down to really.
While external projection is indeed natural and while it can be mastered through perseverance, pulling it off with an awake consciousness instead of an asleep one is not a simple task.
It all turns into this rather peculiar, clumsy stumbling-about in the beginning, much like the first attempts of a baby to walk.
To give yourself the best possible chance at projection exit, you need to be physically and mentally thoroughly relaxed, for the above-explained reasons.
You also need to achieve a relatively shallow state of trance. Indeed, it is important that you do not slip into deep trance, as by doing that, you’ll bring about bouts of REM imagery and falling asleep becomes a real possibility. Light-to-moderate trance is what you need here.
Before the triggering of the projection reflex, your first step towards separating your projectable double from your physical shell, is to loosen it up. This can be accomplished through a range of exercises, some of which may seem weird, but at a closer look, they all do indeed make perfect sense.
Also known as simple awareness exercises, these projection double-loosening methods are all aimed at the temporary focusing of your body awareness outside your physical shell.
Once you can achieve that, full projection/separation is but a simple step away.
The falling method I depicted in my previous article about trance-induction, does indeed double as an awareness-loosening method.
When falling, your awareness will in fact lag a bit behind your physical body, slowly but surely shaking itself free from it.
Focusing on various details (such as the texture of a wall past which you are falling), will intensify this loosening effect.
Bounce loosening does not require the activation of your primary centers, but it does call upon the full-body energy circuit.
Needless to say, for this exercise (as well as for all the other ones I discuss below) you need to be in a deeply relaxed physical and mental state, and if possible, in a light state of trance as well.
Create a mental image of the room in which you are, and begin an “awareness” bounce through your body. As you settle into a rhythm, slowly expand the boundaries of this bouncing action, until you reach the ceiling above and the floor below you.
At this point, your awareness shall indeed bounce right through your body, from floor to ceiling.
This is the point where you have to apply a technique I described in my previous article, in regards to trance induction: try to focus on the texture of the ceiling and then the floor, as if you were indeed physically there to see it up-close.
This mental exercise can then be expanded to actually feeling your whole spatial position at all times, during the bounce. Try to focus your attention on the moments when your awareness bounces off the ceiling and the floor, and ignore the instances when it passes through your physical body.
To wrap up the exercise, you will then focus on bouncing your awareness back and forth, in line with your face. If you are lying down, this will still involve the floor and the ceiling, but if you’re sitting more or less upright, you will have to shift your attention to the walls behind and in front of you.
The goal of the bounce technique is obvious: by focusing your awareness onto a point well outside your physical body, you achieve exit projection, even if it’s just for a brief moment.
This will give you an idea what actual projection feels like, and it will also prepare you for the actual exit.
This exercise may lead to exit projection in and of itself, but it should generally only be seen as a precursor of actual projection.
The Breathing Method
The breathing method is a lot like the above-detailed bounce method, only its focus is on – obviously- breathing.
Once again, you start out by positioning yourself into the perfect state for projection and by creating a mental image of the room around you.
Then, as you breathe out, you focus on collapsing your awareness into your physical body, all the way to the point when you feel you are but a tiny speck in a vast space, which is your room. Physically feel the distances between the walls grow larger and larger, until they become almost infinite.
When breathing in, on the other hand, feel your awareness expand, past your physical frame, all the way to the point when it fills up the entire room.
Like the bounce loosening method above, this one has the potential to trigger an exit in and of itself too. Its basic function is however to loosen up your awareness in preparation for an actual projection.
The Spin Loosening Method
The spin loosening method takes a slightly different approach to awareness-loosening. With this method, you will take the bounce method a slight step further.
After bouncing your awareness back and forth a few times, you begin to spin around the room in a clockwise direction. Throughout this spinning movement, you touch every wall you encounter, again focusing on its texture/details.
Make the movement relatively fast: it should not take more than 3-4 seconds to complete an orbit around your physical body. You can actually pick the speed with which you are most comfortable. The above 3-4 second orbit recommendation comes from my personal experience.
Once again, focus on the texture of the walls and the changing perspective as you move around.
It is an obvious truth that holding an immobile external projection is much more difficult than holding a moving one. This is what the spin loosening method takes advantage of.
Through this method, you’re going to spend more time outside of your physical body, so be aware that spin loosening can indeed act as an actual projection trigger.
Your imagination is always handy, available and free, so why not try to use it for loosening your projected double? The sky is indeed the limit in this regard.
You can for instance simply imagine your projected double leaving your physical body and heading out the door. When engaging in such an exercise, you need to pay keen attention to actually feeling your physical body being left behind. Also remember that to make the holding of your projected double easier, you need to move around.
Once you have imagined yourself leaving your body, there is no reason for you to limit your movements to your room. Move out and away and imagine yourself flying to a different town for instance.
If – at any point during this mental exercise – you begin to truly feel where you are imagining yourself, while you sense a surge of energy through your innards and bones, accompanied by a sensation of vertigo, chances are you have managed to accomplish full projection exit.
The beauty of this method is that indeed, suddenly you may find projected double fully escaped and already in a remote location.
As far as I’m concerned though, all this is a bit of a long-shot.
The Rope Projection Method
When it comes to go-to projection triggers, not much can equal the rope projection method, and there’s good reason why that is the case.
The method is based on the imagined scenario of the oneironaut pulling him/herself out of his/her physical shell by pulling on a rope hanging from the ceiling.
This method is incredibly efficient for several reasons. First of all, it makes use of tactile imagery – which is apparently very powerful when it comes to triggering projection.
Secondly, it makes use of the hands/arms, which work extremely well for awareness actions – as pointed out above.
Thirdly: it exerts pressure on a very well defined and projectable area of one’s awareness.
Here’s a short Rope method script.
For this exercise, you will have to position yourself lying on your back, face up towards the ceiling.
It goes without saying that you need to be mentally and physically relaxed and preferably in a light state of trance.
Allow your imagination to conjure up a thick, coarse rope, hanging just above your chest, in a position in which you can effortlessly grab onto it.
Use your awareness hands to grab the rope, and focus on its texture. You have to feel its rough, ropey touch in the palms of your hands.
Use your awareness hands to start “climbing” up the rope, by pulling on it.
Remember: do not allow your physical body to tense up from the imagined effort. This is an effortless climb, the sort that will in effect extract your projected double from your physical shell.
Focus on the actual climbing motion, as you pull the rope in with one hand, while holding onto it with the other. It is important that you keep both your awareness hands engaged at all times.
Try to hit a climbing pace you find comfortable. On my part, I have found that allowing one second for each hand action is about right.
If the technique works (and it does indeed work), you will feel a slight tingling and then vertigo in your stomach. If you experience these sensations, keep going: you are on the right track.
Sooner or later, you will trigger the projection reflex.
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One thing to remember if you do indeed successfully projection-exit: keep your initial OBE only around 10 seconds in length, then get back to your physical self.
Such short OBE experiences are easier to remember and they will radically increase your chances to recreate the induction process.
Projection exit is often accompanied by a surge of energy and excitement. Try to keep calm and fend off this excitement as it may prevent you from accomplishing full exit, right when you are on the verge of pulling it off.
If you fail at this point though and you find yourself fully paralyzed, do not panic. You have projected and you missed the exit, as your consciousness got stuck in your physical body.
Wait calmly for your projected double to return and just snap out of it all.
There are several variations of the rope method, but for starters, the above one will do.
Just remember: if you run into some sort of conundrum while performing the technique, such as bumping into the ceiling, unable to rise any further, use visualization to do away with these problems.
Simply “imagine away” the ceiling.