This technique is superior to others because it does not require
intense visualization, which many people cannot do. 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.
Relax the body. the ability to relax is the first prerequisite,
perhaps even the first step itself to having an OBE. This includes
both physical and mental relaxation. Do 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.
Enter the state bordering sleep. This is known as the hypnagogic
state. Once again, do 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.
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 Condition B. From here, one must enter an even deeper
state of relaxation which 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, suggest that you practice
entering it in the morning or after a short nap.
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.
The cause is a mystery. It may actually be the astral body trying to
leave the physical one. For entering into the vibrational state,
offer the following directions: Remove all jewelry or other items
that might be touching your skin. Darken the room so that no light
can be seen through your eyelids, but do not shut out all light.
Lie down with your body along a north-south axis, with your head
pointed toward magnetic north. Loosen all clothing, but keep covered
so that you are slightly warmer than might normally be comfortable.
Be sure you are in a location where, and at a time when, there will
be absolutely no noise to disturb you.
Enter a state of relaxation.
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. Proceed to breath through your
half-open mouth. As you breath, concentrate on the void in front of
you. Select a point a foot away from your forehead, then change your
point of mental reference to six feet. 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
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.
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". suggest 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.
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.
THE FOUR PLANES
To get successful results from magic, work must be done upon all four
of the planes. In ascending order, these are the physical plane, the
emotional plane, the mental plane, and the spiritual plane.
The PHYSICAL PLANE:
Suggest working with a structure which is similar to a four-story
house when practicing magic. She says to imagine that the ground
floor represents the physical plane. This floor contains a number of
rooms, each representing a particular magical technique appropriate
to this plane. This is a room where oils are blended and poured, a
room where candles are molded and consecrated, a room where waters
are created, a room where powders and incense are compounded, and a
room where crystals are cleansed and charged with energy. Each of
these rooms is dedicated to a particular element, so that as you work
with these physical tools you learn about the four elements and their
correspondence to the various facets within your character. There is
a kitchen with a large hearth; this is your lab. And there is an herb
garden just outside the kitchen. There is also a storage room which
contains supplies of magical tools. As a novice, you will, of
necessity, spend more time obtaining supplies for magical practice
than in creating the supplies themselves.
Later, when you are more
experienced, you may decide to specialize in the creation of one or
more magical tools. Finally, there is a small room which serves as a
temple where, after all your preparations, you may practice your
Magick. There are 2 important reasons to practice magic on the
physical level. First: physical materials such as herbs and incense
stimulate your senses, which in turn activate certain areas of your
psyche and create an emotional state in you conducive to the practice
of magic. Second: the use of physical materials grounds energies
generated on the higher planes so that you obtain tangible results
from your magical operations.