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                    Note: After having studied many methods of Astral
               Projection, I have found that this is the easiest to do.
               Monroe teaches these techniques in a week, but they can be
               easily done in a day, with proper devotion. I feel that this
               technique is superior to others because it doe not require
               intense visualization, which many people cannot do. 
               (Taken from Leaving The Body: A Complete Guide to Astral
               Projection, D. Scott Rogo, prentice Hall Press) 
               One of the chief barriers people learning to project face is
               fear.  Many are afraid that they may die, or be harmed in some
               way as a result of their projection.  Nothing could be farther
               from the truth.  The Canterbury Institute, renowned for its
               occult studies, executed an experiment in projection involving
               over 2,000 people.  None of them were hurt in any way by this,
               and now, three years later, none have complained of any newly
               arising problems. 
               Once you are aware that you cannot be harmed by projecting,
               you should begin monroe's techniques, step by step. 
               Step one: 
                   Relax the body. According to Monroe, "the ability to relax
               is the first prerequisite, perhaps even the first step itself"
               to having an OBE. (out of body experience) This includes both
               physical and mental relaxation. Monroe does not suggest a
               method of attaining this relaxation, although Progressive
               Muscle relaxation, coupled with deep breathing exercises
               (inhale 1, exhale 2, inhale 3.... until 50 or 100) are known
               to work well. 
               Step two: 
                   Enter the state bordering sleep.  This is known as the
               hypnagogic state. Once again, Monroe doesn't  recommend any
               method of doing this.  One way is to hold your forearm
               up, while keeping your upper arm on the bed, or ground. As you
               start to fall asleep, your arm will fall, and you will awaken
               again.  With practice, you can learn to control the Hypnagogic
               state without using your arm.  Another method is to
               concentrate on an object.  When other images start to enter
               your thoughts, you have entered the Hypnagogic state.
               Passively watch these images.  This will also help you
               maintain this state of near-sleep. Monroe calls this Condition
               Step three: 
                   Deepen this state. Begin to clear your mind.  observe your
               field of vision through your closed eyes.  Do nothing more
               for a while. Simply look through your closed eyelids at the
               blackness in front of you.  After a while, you may notice
               light patterns.  These are simply neural discharges.  They
               have no specific effect.  Ignore them.  When they cease, one
               has entered what Monroe calls Condition B.  From here, one
               must enter an even deeper state of relaxation which Monroe
               calls Condition C-- a state of such relaxation that you lose
               all awareness of the body and sensory stimulation.  You are
               almost in a void in which your only source of stimulation will
               be your own thoughts. 
                   The ideal state for leaving your body is Condition D.
               This is Condition C when it is voluntarily induced from a
               rested and refreshed condition and is not the effect of normal
               fatigue.  To achieve Condition D, Monroe suggests that you
               practice entering it in the morning or after a short nap. 
               Step Four: 
                   Enter a state of Vibration. This is the most important
               part of the technique, and also the most vague.   
                   Many projectors have noted these vibrations at the onset
               of projection.  They can be experienced as a mild tingling, or
               as is electricity is being shot through the body.  /their
               cause is a mystery.  It may actually be the astral body trying
               to leave the physical one. 
               For entering into the vibrational state, he offers the
               following directions: 
               1. Remove all jewelry or other items that might be touching
               your skin. 
               2. Darken the room so that no light can be seen through your
               eyelids, but do not shut out all light. 
               3. Lie down with your body along a north-south axis, with your
               head pointed toward magnetic north. 
               4. Loosen all clothing, but keep covered so that you are
               slightly warmer than might normally be comfortable. 
               5. Be sure you are in a location where, and at a time  when,
               there will be absolutely no noise to disturb you. 
               6. Enter a state of relaxation 
               7. Give yourself the mental suggestion that you will remember
               all that occurs during the upcoming session that will be
               beneficial to your well-being. Repeat this five times. 
               8. Proceed to breath through your half-open mouth. 
               9. As you breath, concentrate on the void in front of you. 
              10. Select a point a foot away from your forehead, then change
               your point of mental reference to six feet. 
              11. Turn the point 90 degrees upward by drawing an imaginary
               line parallel to your body axis up and above your head.  Focus
               there and reach out for the vibrations  at that point and
               bring them back into your body. 
                    Even if you don't know what these vibrations are, you
               will know when you have achieved contact with them. 
               Step five: 
                   Learn to control the vibrational state.  Practice
               controlling them by mentally pushing them into your head, down
               to your toes, making them surge throughout your entire body,
               and producing vibrational waves from head to foot.  To produce
               this wave effect, concentrate of the vibrations and mentally
               push a wave out of your head and guide it down your body.
               Practice this until you can induce these waves on command. 
                   Once you have control of the vibrational state, you are
               ready to leave the body. 
               Step six: 
                   Begin with a partial separation.  The key here is thought
               control.  Keep your mind firmly focused on the idea of leaving
               the body. Do not let it wander. Stray thought might cause you
               to lose control of the state. 
                   Now, having entered the vibrational state, begin exploring
               the OBE by releasing a hand or a foot of the "second body".
               Monroe suggests that you extend a limb until it comes in
               contact with a familiar object, such as a wall near your bed.
               Then push it through the object. Return the limb by placing it
               back into coincidence with the physical one, decrease the
               vibrational rate, and then terminate the experiment.  Lie
               quietly until you have fully returned to normal. This exercise
               will prepare you for full separation. 
               Step seven: 
                   Dissociate yourself from the body. Monroe suggests two
               methods for this.  One method is to lift out of the body.  To
               do this, think about getting lighter and lighter after
               entering this vibrational state.  Think about how nice it
               would be to float upward.  Keep this thought in mind at all
               costs and let no extraneous thoughts interrupt it. An OBE will
               occur naturally at this point. 
                  Another method is the "Rotation method" or "roll-out"
               technique.  When you have achieved the vibrational state, try
               to roll over as if you were turning over in bed.  /do not
               attempt to roll over physically.  Try to twist your body from
               the top and virtually roll over into your second body right
               out of your physical self.  At this point, you will be out of
               the body but next to it.  Think of floating upward, and you
               should find yourself floating above the body. 
                   Monroe suggests you begin with the lift-out method, but
               argues that both are equally efficacious. 
               If, after all this, you still can't project, I recommend
               purchasing Leaving The Body, by R. Scott Rogo.  It only costs
               $7.95 and contains another eight or so techniques.  Not all
               techniques work for everyone, but chances are you'll find one
               that works for you in this book.  Good luck! 

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