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Traveling on the Astral Plane

How to Astral Project – My Personal Guide to Out of Body Experiences

If you want to know how to astral project, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve been having intentional out of body experiences and practicing astral projection since 2013. Ever since I had my first experience by accident, I became obsessed with trying to recreate the experience learn all about it.

I read everything I could get my hands on. I watched countless tutorials and tried all sorts of different techniques and even attended a 5 Day Out of Body Exploration Intensive at the world-renown Monroe Institute. It took me weeks of daily practice to finally have one intentionally. It was amazing, exhilarating, and totally mind-blowing. I didn’t know such a thing was possible!

How to Astral Project Safely for Beginners

TL;DR – If you want the skinny without reading the whole article, try this:

  1. Set your alarm for 4 hours after you go to bed.
  2. Busy yourself for 15 minutes, read about astral projection or OBEs
  3. Go back to bed. Try to stay aware as you drift off to sleep.
  4. When your body starts buzzing with energy (vibrational state), stay still, let go and relax. Surrender.
  5. Try an exit technique… Roll to the side, sit up, try to stand, or simply let yourself fall through the bed.
  6. If it doesn’t work out, don’t worry. Try again the next night. And the next. It takes practice!

Ok that was the basic step-by-step method on how to astral project. But if you want to know more about the nuances and common pitfalls, read on my intrepid voyager.

How to Astral Project

So What Exactly is Astral Projection?

To put it simply, astral projection is the experience of your sense of self leaving your physical body and exploring dimensions of reality akin to the dream world, aka the astral plane.

Whether it’s called astral projection, out of body experiences (OBEs), or lucid dreaming, it’s one of those things that you don’t really know if it’s true until you experience it for yourself. You may hear someone claim they had an OBE or read about people having an NDE (near death experience). The stories range from “I suddenly found myself floating above my body in bed” to “I flew through the universe, spoke to God, and got all the answers to life’s biggest questions.” Sheesh, that’s quite a range!

It’s all about consciousness. Is there one reality that everyone experiences? Or does each person experience their own reality inside their heads? Where do we go when we dream? Why does it feel real until we wake up? What is reality anyway?

Some people are skeptical if OBEs are real or are a just a “trick of the mind.” You can debate about this all day but the point is to try to experience it for yourself and come up with your own answers. Whether it’s “real” or not doesn’t matter. What matters is that you definitely experience something completely extraordinary. It will leave you questioning everything you thought was possible.

What’s the Point?

I didn’t realize I wanted to have an OBE until after I already had one. Once I experienced it, I knew it was something I wanted to keep exploring. But what’s the point? Why keep exploring? What am I ultimately after? To put it simply, to have direct experience of spiritual and metaphysical concepts. Instead of reading, trusting, or having faith in what you’ve been told by religions, science, or gurus about the nature of reality, you can experience it for yourself. Instead of endlessly seeking answers in books or belief systems, you can use dreams, astral travel, or OBEs as a learning tool or playground of consciousness.

Instead of looking “out there” for answers about spirituality, metaphysics, God, Heaven, angels, demons, aliens, ETs, faeries, spirits, ghosts, psychic powers, telepathy, remote viewing, or any of that stuff, you can experience non-physical reality for yourself. Now, depending on your belief system or current worldview, results may certainly vary! But the potential is infinite.

You may have heard the phrase, “we are spiritual beings having a physical experience.” This is just one way, albeit a very dramatic way, of experiencing this for yourself.

How to Astral Project: My Best Method

I’m going to cut to the chase and tell you the method that works well for me. I call it my “fuck it” method. The reason I call it that is because I tried lots of other techniques and when they didn’t work, I said “fuck it” and rolled over and went to sleep. Then after I stopped caring or trying, I ended up having one. So there you go!

This method was adapted from the popular WBTB method. This was the one that helped me the most!

First, let me say something really important. It’s not necessarily the technique, it’s more about your mindset and effort. To have an astral projection you must first have an open mind. Be open to the possibility of their being more to reality than what you experience with your five senses. The second thing is effort and practice. If you put in time every single day to thinking about, learning about, and practicing, you’ll be more likely to experience something. Many people try haphazardly and give up and say it doesn’t work. Some people try for weeks and months and years off and on and still never had one. I can’t explain why it comes easy to some people and harder to others.

Second, get rid of any judgements, stereotypes, or misconceptions. If you believe you can do it, you are more likely to do it. If you believe you can’t or it’s not real, then you’ll likely have a harder time. Just allow for the possibility to exist in your mind. What have you got to lose? Don’t get attached to any outcome or expectation. And finally, don’t take MY word for it, I’m just sharing what I know. I certainly don’t have all the answers! Try this out for yourself. Put in the time and do your own research.

How to Have an Out of Body Experience

The Wake Back to Bed (Fuck-It) Method

Step 1: Set your alarm for 4 hours after you go to bed. Yup, you’ll be getting up in the middle of the night to do this. For most of you, this is probably around 3 or 4 AM. The reason for this is to get some REM sleep and dream cycles in. You are more likely to have an OBE or lucid dream after you’ve already been sleeping for a few hours. You will be more relaxed and more “ready” so to speak.

Step 2: Keep yourself occupied for 10-20 minutes. You’re staying awake long enough to not fall immediately back to sleep. What worked for me in the beginning was to read about OBEs or lucid dreams. It also helps if you read or think about this a lot during the day. I also think meditating (or sitting in silence) for 5-10 minutes relax the mind and body and get you in a state of mindfulness. Mindfulness helps you stay aware as you drift off to sleep.

Step 3: Go back to bed, but NOT in your normal bed. Try the couch or a spare bedroom that you don’t normally sleep in. The slight difference in familiarity will keep your mind more “alert” so you don’t fall asleep as easily. Remember, we’re trying to delicately stay aware while our body drifts off to sleep. This is easier said than done, but it IS possible with practice.

Step 4: Lie still for at least 30 minutes. I know, this sounds hard, but this is important. Try lying on your back in a relaxed position. If you want, listen to a guided meditation or OBE instruction. I listened to Robert Monroe’s Hemi-Sync audios. Especially the explorer series because it guided you along. They are expensive, but you might be able to find them for free online to try it out. Look up Hemi-Sync or binaural beat meditations on YouTube. Here’s an example. Another alternative is William Bulhman’s How to Have an Out of Body Experience audio instruction.

The Astral Body
This is you, astral projecting like a boss.

He’s talks about a “target technique” where you picture a location that you know well and hold your focus on that location for as long as possible. If successful, as you fall asleep your consciousness will project into that location. I don’t use that technique, but I heard it helps.

Step 5: If nothing happens, just go to sleep. I would lie in bed listening to these guided meditations and binaural beats for sometimes up to an hour, with no luck. I couldn’t get relaxed enough to fall asleep, my mind was too alert. If this happens to you, which is likely, just say fuck it and roll over and go to sleep. Forget about having an OBE tonight, try again the next night. Loosely pay attention to any hypnogogic imagery (imaginations, visuals, colors, etc). Don’t have any attachment or expectation. You already did your practice, so good work.

Step 6: Notice the Vibrational State when it happens. If you notice a shift or change in your body where it’s now vibrating or buzzing with energy, this is the magical state you need to be in! This is a huge milestone, even if you aren’t able to actually project out just yet. For more info on the vibrational state, I wrote about it after these steps.

Step 7: Project out by rolling, standing up, or simply floating down. There are various ways to project out when in the vibrational state. If you read online, you might find info on the rope technique, target technique, etc. These are all just what worked for that particular person and not right or wrong. I found surrendering and letting go to be what worked for me. If I noticed myself in the vibrational state, I would simply stop resisting, stay still, relax and keep letting go. Just relax and relax and notice yourself floating down or up. I will float down through my bed and out of my body that way.

Step 8: Think, demand, or declare “clarity now!” When you have begun to feel the separation, if you aren’t automatically “out” yet, you can use your conscious intention or thoughts to say “clarity now!” or “doorway now!” This is somewhat an intermediate step, though. My first time having an intentional OBE I didn’t know these tricks. I just tried to physically get out and I noticed I was standing outside my body in my living room. I was able to walk around and act as if it were “real” life. I later learned that sometimes the environment gets fuzzy or you start to phase back to physical reality. And if that happens, you can rub your hands together (for immediate tactile sensations) or demand clarity and you’ll notice that your reality gets clearer, more vibrant, and more real!

Step 9: Leave the house, fly, or do something! Once you get out of body and things seem stable, do something! I typically leave the house through my front door (by habit). I know that I could walk through the walls or even think myself to a new location, but I’m not that advanced yet. While I’m out, I just notice how things look. Often they are slightly different than the “real world” I just came from. Sometimes I talk to people that I see (are they other astral travelers, dream characters, dead people, or what?). I sometimes look at my hands or what I’m wearing. I look in the bathroom mirror for weird results! This is up to you. There’s an infinite amount of things you can do in this state, and once you get here, your only limit is your imagination!

Step 10: Practice Daily! It’s important to regularly attempt astral projection. Seriously. The more you try, the more success you will have. Even if you’re not actually having full blown OBEs, you’ll still be cultivating mindfulness and sensitivities to your body’s energy. These habits will go along way in your own spiritual development.

Out of Body

Key Point: The Vibrational State

There is a certain moment when you know you’ll be able to go out of body. This is what is commonly called the “vibrational state.” In other words, it’s the moment between sleeping and waking where your body falls asleep, but your conscious mind is still awake. This is also called sleep paralysis.

What is Sleep Paralysis?

You may have felt this in the past and often associate it with fear or scary hallucinations. In fact, I used to have night terrors as a kid and have learned that night terrors are indeed related to OBEs, astral projection, and lucid dreams. It’s all related to the subtle phase between sleeping and waking.

Many people refuse to attempt to enter sleep paralysis consciously because they have had scary experiences during it. But it was actually my night terrors that opened the door for positive out of body exploration. I simply became aware of my night terror about to happen and when I didn’t resist and stayed mindful, that’s when the fear went away immediately and I floated out of my body. That was my first OBE and it changed everything!

Entering Sleep Consciously

Most of the time when you lie down to go to sleep at night, your mind is thinking a lot. It’s cycling through what happened earlier that day, what needs done tomorrow, etc. There’s lots of self-talk and daydreaming happening here. What happens for most people is they begin to fall asleep and they aren’t aware or mindful enough to notice it happening. They enter their first sleep stage unconsciously. The trick is to enter sleep consciously.

Mindfulness Matters

We keep hearing about mindfulness these days. It’s about awareness. Expanding your awareness and learning how to focus it. What are you paying attention to? Are you walking around sleepwalking through life or centered, present, and aware? The more mindful you are, the more equipped you will be to have an out of body experience. Practice meditation daily and use lucid dream reality checks throughout the day. Constantly ask yourself “am I awake?” or “am I dreaming right now?” My favorite reality check is to try to push my finger through my other hand. If it comes out the other side, I’m dreaming/OBE. Cool!

How Do you Know When You’re in the Vibrational State?

Your body will fall asleep (sleep paralysis) and you’ll feel a variety of sensations during this process. The sensations range from a full body “buzzing” feeling, to feeling “tingly” all over, to intense energy resonating throughout your body. This is often accompanied by sounds such as buzzing in the ears or what sounds like radio static or even voices! It can be scary if it’s your first time experiencing this. Try to be mindful and open rather than fearful or resistant. It can be weird at first, but eventually you get comfortable!

Experiment, Don’t Try too Hard

It’s a paradox I know. You have to put in effort, but you can’t try too hard otherwise you won’t be able to relax. Imagine meditating “really hard” so you can have a mind-blowing out of body experience. It’s not gonna happen (I tried!). The trick is to keep letting go and relaxing. This is why getting up in the middle of the night is so helpful, it’s easier to relax.

If you find a technique that works for you, keep going with it. Don’t hold on to any particular method. Don’t try to be perfect or get all upset if you can’t do it. It takes time, patience, practice, and dedication. But also openness, allowing, detachment, and letting go.

Good luck with your practice! Below you’ll find some of my favorite resources for astral projection, lucid dreaming, and out of body experiences. Feel free to share your own tips or experiences in the comments! Dive in!

Side Note:

I designed some patches for my fellow astral travelers. You can get them on Etsy or my other site Starseed Supply Co. Notice the “reality check” on the Lucid Dreamer patch:

Additional Resources:

Below you’ll find a list of some of my favorite teachers on the subject of astral projection and out of body experiences. Everything from books, to videos, to reddit communities. If I’ve left out a resource that you think would be a valuable addition, please leave a comment or send me a message.

Robert Monroe!

I have to recommend Robert’s trilogy of books. The first book is called Journeys Out of the Body. It’s old, but it’s a must read. He documents his discoveries after having a totally random OBE one night. He thought he was crazy, but what unfolded after was extraordinary! He went on to found the Monroe Institute which has been huge in research and education of consciousness. He’s no longer alive today, but his teachings live on!

William Buhlman

William Bulhman is an incredible writer and speaker about OBEs. He explains clearly that out of body travel (or astral travel) is key to obtaining your own answers to life’s biggest questions. You know, who are we, why are we here, what’s our purpose? He is a proponent of direct experience in spiritual or esoteric subject matter. Move past intellectualizing about non-physical reality and experience it for yourself as a path to personal growth. His books Adventures Beyond the Body, Adventures in the Afterlife, Secret of the Soul were all fantastic. I also recommend his audiobook How to Have an Out of Body Experience. He’s done some some really great interviews on YouTube if you look him up. Here’s one below I really think you’ll like:

The Path 11 Podcast and Documentaries

The Path Documentaries are brilliant. They are well produced documentaries interviewing many of the luminaries in the out of body exploration arena. They have so far released two films in their trilogy: Afterlife and Beyond the Physical. The makers of these films have created a new podcast too which is worth listening to.

Stephen LaBerge

Stephen LaBerge is probably one of the most well known writers and educators in the lucid dreaming field. He’s got to be credited with making lucid dreaming mainstream. His knowledge, teachings, and techniques are helpful to anyone looking to explore consciousness. His book Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming is widely considered a must-read. I admit, I only got halfway through because to be honest his book was kind of boring to me.

Charlie Morley

Charlie Morley is another wonderful writer and teacher from the lucid dreaming school of thought. His book Dreams of Awakening blends mindfulness and Buddhist teachings with lucid dreams. He doesn’t get into out of body or astral travel much, but I think it’s a brilliant perspective to keep in mind. He’s also a breakdancer like myself, so he’s a man after my own heart.

Rebecca Turner

World of Lucid Dreaming – I can’t leave out the work of Rebecca Turner. I haven’t explored much of her work, but she seems to put out great content all the time on the subjects. She’s a great writer and teacher and shares so much. I think she’s great.

Robert Waggoner

Robert Waggoner wrote one of my favorite books simply titled Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self. It was hugely relevant for me as someone who enjoys personal growth and discovery. He covered all sorts of topics related to consciousness and the metaphysical and provided some explanations and examples. It inspired me to look at my out of body experiences as opportunities to explore my deeper self.

Multidimensional Man

Multidimensional Man – I remember watching videos of this guy and feeling inspired. I admit I haven’t explored his entire body of work, but he seems to have produced a ton of great content about consciousness, awareness, metaphysics, out of body and astral travel and all that. Good stuff!

Teal Swan

Teal Swan has been a big inspiration for me. She talks about a TON of interesting topics related to spirituality, consciousness, and the human experience. She’s done videos about astral travel and out of body experiences that I think are worth checking out.

Robert Bruce

Robert Bruce – A kind Redditor /u/Atmic pointed out I was missing material from Robert Bruce. According to Atmic: “He’s my favorite AP researcher/author — very pragmatic, non dogmatic approach based on empirical evidence. I’ve even paid to work with him during a weekend seminar. He has a lot of great work, but the seminal piece in my opinion is Astral Dynamics. That’s a link to the 10-year revised/updated version, but the original is just fine if you run across it. You can get a taste of his style.

More Helpful Links

If you want 1 on 1 help with astral projection, I am available for coaching sessions. If you have any other resources for out of body experiences, astral projection, or lucid dreaming please comment below:

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  1. It kind of worked for me on my first try last night. It was a point were I noticed I was sleeping and I tried to get up. I rolled over and it felt so real that I thought I was actually awake and had physical rolled over. I remember feeling discouraged about this thinking I had failed. So I tried to roll back over to attend to go back to sleep but when I did this I was in a completely different room. At that point I realized no this isn’t pr I’m actually still asleep. I thought to go explore at that point but then my alarm went off and woke my physical self up. I wanted to try it again but just couldn’t fall back asleep.

  2. Well, I’m extremely new to this whole astral projecting stuff and it was only yesterday I became so curious about it. I’ve read quite a few articles of yours and after reading I came to a conclusion that they were moments here and there where I felt I was aware that I was dreaming but I never knew for a fact that we could disconnect our souls from our bodies just to have fun for a little time. LOL. Well, the last time I consciously tried to astral project was yesterday which was 12th October, Tuesday. I followed everything you said but was unable to experience it because I tried it way too abruptly and without the surface knowledge I should have had but that’s the least I care about, I didn’t have any expectations and obviously nothing to lose and I’m going to try it again tonight anyway. But, there’s one thing I don’t get what do you mean by “Vibrational State”.
    I mean are those vibrations abrupt… And how to get up without using my limbs how to get up using my mind. Well, as for me… There were a few glimpses of vibrations I felt and I felt as if my heartbeat increased all of a sudden but that’s the end. Nothing more.
    One more question… Do we have to sleep sound and fine or do we have to stay awake with our eyes closed? Last question… Is it dangerous.. I know LOL. Stupid question, but just for the confirmation my parents see me alive the next day.
    Could you please enlighten me.

    • The “vibrational state” is the state where your body is entering sleep mode or sleep paralysis and if you manage to still be conscious during it, you can feel little tingles or sensations in different parts of your body. Sometimes it feels like a tickle or just like energy flowing. Not everyone feels it, some can just go out of body without realizing they went through this stage.

      But if you find yourself in that state, laying there feeling those odd sensations, this is where you can try and sit up or roll out. How do you do that? Do you move your actual limbs? This was a common question others had when I took that OBE workshop at the Monroe Institute. The answer is yeah, go ahead and try to sit up like you normally do. Or roll to the side. If your body is indeed asleep and in sleep paralysis, it won’t move – but you’ll feel like you are, this is you in your astral body. If you’re not actually asleep yet, your whole body will move and you’ll need to start over.

      Your other questions, do you have to sleep sound and fine or stay awake with your eyes closed? You’re letting yourself fall asleep but your conscious awareness is still online during the process. From my experience, light sleepers have it easier. Heavy sleepers tend to just conk-out and are unconscious till they wake up in the morning. Light sleepers who wake up a lot in the night have a greater chance of being conscious during that wake/sleep window. They are more likely to experience sleep paralysis or have hypnogogic illusions. The trick is to fall asleep but stay mindful, relaxed, and aware. Like a surrendering. A “not trying” approach. Let it go, don’t try to sleep, allow it to happen.

      Is it dangerous? Not physically, you’re not gonna get disconnected from your body. You’re already dreaming and having OBEs during the night anyway, it’s just you’re not conscious of them. You aren’t going to get physically hurt during this process, but what you experience could be unpredictable, scary, jarring, or confusing. The way it works is that you’ll experience reflections of your inner state in a more direct way than waking life. If you’re fearful, sad, happy, loving, or whatever is alive in your subconscious that day has a greater chance of manifesting in your OBE state. Since what you’re doing is consciously exploring your dream state at different levels, it’s only dangerous if you take it too seriously.

      You can try taking supplements like Galantamine after about 5 hours of sleep, right before you try to OBE. This helps your conscious mind stay online while you fall asleep and might work for you.

      Hope that is helpful.

  3. Hi Jeff, a few times I had this vibration and noise in my head I freak out, and snap out of it, so decide to do research about it, and I thought okay, I try since December 2018, just one or two week ago on one night I could not sleep, exhausted then I had OBE, why is it so hard for some people and so easy for other, well i know that i can only sleep 6 hour, for people who sleep more hours have no problem to enter the phase is this true? cause your body need to sleep to enter the phase,mind awake was it hard for you? the best time to have OBE is 3-4 a.m, I been trying to have OBE around 6 a.m and nothing happening.

    • Some people just have their upper chakras opened more and its easier for them. Like they’re more prone to daydreaming, getting lost in thought, being absent minded or ungrounded, etc. These types often struggle to be “in their bodies” and connecting to earthly, practical matters. Going out of body happens to them sometimes without wanting to, while others struggle to have dreams or astral experiences at all. But it’s possible if you work at it and want it bad enough. The best time is after about 4 hours of sleep or so. Just going back to bed after you wake up helps a lot.

  4. Jeff you are helping to transform the world with your great work here. I am curious about OBE’s, trying to initiate one but thus far nothing significant Yet! I do have a question which has been a point of pondering for some time. There seems to be a phenomena, perhaps a missing Puzzle Piece in our Physical (PR) and Non-Physical (NPR) realities. This phenomena seems to be allusive and evasive in both the PR and NPR and seems ill-defined in its mission, meaning and existence and spiritual purpose. That phenomena is ET’s. In this PR, we have very little data, other than something seems to exist here. And likewise, In the NPR, there seems to be little to no data from OBEr’s or NDEr’s of encounters with said beings. Has any OBEr or NDEr identified these other beings in the NPR ? What there purpose or role in this PR vs the NPR ?

    • From my own personal experience, with hundreds of OBEs, I haven’t encountered any of these typical “ETs” that people talk about like the grey aliens, Pleiadeans, Arcturians, Reptilians, etc. I have interacted with with plenty of humans (at least that’s how I read them) and different animals, some that talked, or some that didn’t look like anything on Earth. And even just simple glows of light that seemed to have a consciousness. But they could also be projections of my own mind. I have believed the testimonies from others who have encountered ETs, but I just have never experienced anything like it. I resonate with being a Starseed or connected to the Pleiades, and had New Age healers tell me I was one, but lately I have become more skeptical of common New Age tropes. I do think NPR entities exist and there’s a lot of shit in the astral realms, but it’s different for every person and it’s better to trust your own experiences. Find your own meaning and follow your inspiration. Learn how to trust your own intuitions. I think there are plenty of ETs in all sorts of dimensions, but they may or may not be necessary for you to know about until it’s time for you to know about them. Some say that there is a hierarchy of interdimensional ETs and archons that operate a sort of control matrix that extends down into the Earth plane. Which could be true, but may or may not be relevant to you. It’s a very deep rabbit hole you can get lost in if you try to find answers “out there” – your best bet is to stay connected to your heart and trust your inner guidance. It will lead you to what you need to learn and let go of ideas that are no longer relevant on your journey.

    • Hi Frank,

      If you feel drawn to it, I can highly recommend the books by Dolores Cannon. Her book The Custodians sheds a very interesting light on ETs. Or, perhaps start with Keepers of the Garden, or Legacy of the Stars.
      The experiences described therein aren’t from self-induced OBE’s, but from a practicioner-induced trance-like altered state, which I feel in some ways is akin to the OBE state.

  5. Hi, I found this article while doing a google search. When I have sleep parylisis I usually wake up in my old house (which I used to believe was haunted) sometimes I have dreams set there and everytime we go to the basement this evil spirit or demon is there and I either: yell down and yell abuse at him and he comes up and gets me, I go down and remember its haunted and try to escape, or I try to sneak past the haunted basement and sometimes I get out of the house but he opens the garage doors and there he is. I’m not sure if this is astral projection or just a lucid dream but any tips to make it stop? Or any tips to stay invisible? Sometimes I imagine I wear a cloak that makes me invisible but it doesn’t always work.

    • I think it’s a message from your higher self or subconscious. Your childhood home is a common theme and represents your “self” in many ways. The basement is the dark shadowy unconscious parts of you, which apparent house some scary stuff that is manifesting in the form of an evil demon. When you project anger and abuse at it, it will likely mirror the feelings back at you because it’s actually a part of you. Next time try to be aware during it and maybe try to feel calm and present in the face of the demon and know that you cannot actually be harmed. Ask the demon what he represents and try to understand or gain knowledge. You might be surprised what happens. But all the symbolism in your experience suggests you are interacting with a lost or demonized part of yourself that you are currently afraid of and rejecting. Is there part of yourself that you are rejecting? How can you love and accept that part of yourself? The haunted demon will go away after you integrate it into your self and come to terms with it. Hope that helps.

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