About the Author
Robert Bruce (Australia) is a published metaphysicist. His articles, tutorials, and personal experiences are featured on his popular website, http://www.astralpulse.com and http://www.astraldynamics.com
Brian Mercer (Washington state) has been interested in metaphysical pursuits for as long as he can remember. He is an information technology professional and part time novelist. In addition to the website listed below, he also hosts and http://www.kaladrious.com/
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Preparing for Liftoff
What follows are the results of my first night of energy work.
I've had sporadic instances of involuntary projection throughout my life. I've tried
gaining control of it for many years but nothing has ever worked.
I've always thought that energy work for astral projection was a waste of time. It was
annoying to be bogged down with silly New Age energy rituals, when all I wanted to do
Then I read Robert Bruce's tutorial. Maybe there is something to this! This was the
first time I'd ever read anything that spelled out the mechanics behind this type of energy
work, why it's needed, and what it does at a core level. Posts on Robert's online forum further
reinforced the validity of doing the energy work. Over and over I was running across
postings from people who were getting very measurable results.
I went to bed thinking that this would never happen to me and started doing energy
work. For a few minutes I felt an ache in my heart center. I kept circling there between
passes up the legs and down the arms and in a few minutes it stopped. Then I felt a lot of
activity and itching in my brow center, then something like electricity going through that
area, as if the blood vessels had been shut off, then suddenly opened.
After that I must have woken up thirty times during the course of four hours of sleep.
Every time I woke up it was like another memory was being restored, and each time I was
still on autopilot, doing the energy exercise. By now I can't remember what I was remembering
specifically, but I do remember that every memory that surfaced served to connect
me to something else I had long forgotten. One by one I kept remembering connections to
things, people, places, experiences. Life became a lot bigger than I ever thought it was.
Flexing Your Astral Muscles
What to Expect
Setting up your meditation space
Learning to relax
Body awareness exercises
Energy body stimulation
Your dream journal
Optional: BrainWave Generator instructions
This book emphasizes goal-oriented action
rather than just sitting and reading about
OBEs. Just enough information is given at the
start of each week to guide you through the
coming week's activities, building on what has
This week we'll show you how to organize
a place for your daily energy work and teach
you a deep physical relaxation and breathing
technique.We'll also give instructions for this
week's energy work, setting up a dream journal,
and using affirmations. Finally, for those
using the optional BrainWave Generator to
supplement your OBE program, we'll offer
instructions for the current week's preset.
Now that you have read all the instructions
in the introduction, let's waste no time getting
Setting up Your Meditation Space
First on the list is to select a suitable place to
practice energy work, meditation, and other
OBE-related training exercises.
There are several desirable qualities for an
ideal meditation space. It should be quiet and
allow you to practice undisturbed. Lighting is
also important. There will be exercises requiring
full lighting and those requiring low lighting
or darkness. A room with a curtained window
or a variable illumination lamp will suffice.
Headphones or earplugs are ways to eliminate
sound, but you also don't want to be
unexpectedly disturbed by others. People in
busy households may need to innovate to create
suitably private spaces. One aspiring projector
partitioned a large walk-in closet and
turned half into a small private area. Another
rigged a makeshift tent in her bedroom. Others
have found useful areas in attics, basements,
and garages. Think creatively.
Depending on its size, your private space
should have a bed, cot, or easy chair or some
place where you can lie down comfortably. A
hard-backed kitchen or desk chair will also be
required for some exercises. Your space should
be big enough to accommodate this chair,
with the option of placing it against a wall for
exercises that require head support. Ideally,
your space should be somewhere you feel
comfortable and safe.
Try to avoid using the room in which you
normally sleep. If you must use your bedroom,
it is best not to use your bed for the daily exercises.
We are all conditioned to start falling
asleep when we get into our own beds. The
purpose of the exercises in this program is to
learn how to achieve a deep level of relaxation
without falling asleep. If you must use your
bedroom, find a comfortable place on the floor
where you can do your exercises using a folding
bed, small mattress, or a combination of
pillows and blankets. An easy chair, deck chair,
or beanbag chair are other good options.
Another handy item is an illuminated clock,
preferably analog with a second hand.Many of
the coming exercises need to be timed, so a
clock that's easily visible from your practice
position will help. A countdown timer, such as
those used for baking, can be used to supplement
the clock. You can set and forget this, so
you won't have to keep looking at the time to
see when an exercise is over.
The atmosphere of your meditation space
is also important. It should feel comfortable,
safe, and friendly. Atmospheres are affected by
décor, as well as by how a place smells and
feels. Burning incense and essential oils is one
of the most efficient ways of changing an
atmosphere and giving it a spiritual quality.
For the purposes of this program, it will help
if you select a particular incense or essential
oil that you do not normally use elsewhere.
Use this during every training session. This
will set the mood and help program your
body/mind to respond to your daily exercises
more quickly than you otherwise would. In
time, tension will begin oozing out of you the
moment you smell your special OBE training
Your daily exercises don't all have to be
done in the same location. Some techniques
will be practiced numerous times during the
day wherever you happen to be. These mainly
consist of reciting affirmations, doing short
concentration and mind-clearing exercises,
energy work, and so on. Put daily travel and
waiting time to good use for these.
Learning to Relax
One of the first tasks is to learn how to make
yourself so comfortable that your mind and
body will almost disassociate. We say almost
because a slight body/mind connection is crucial
for straddling that fuzzy edge between
sleeping and waking. Deep physical relaxation
is the foundation upon which everything else
in this program will rest. If you do not thoroughly
learn this essential skill, you could
waste a lot of time and effort making projection
attempts with little chance of success.
This program contains an excellent routine
that, once learned, will progressively take you
to the deeper levels of relaxation that are
required to induce trance and an OBE.
Deep physical relaxation is the one OBE
preparation skill that is most commonly overlooked
or poorly done. Being relaxed enough to
fall asleep does not mean that you have a sufficient
level of relaxation to induce an OBE. Even
though you may feel deeply relaxed, your body
can still possess significant levels of physical
tension. For example, you can still fall asleep
while you are tense or in pain. Physical tension
can prevent you from projecting, even if all the
other skills required for having an OBE have
The purpose of this first week's relaxation
practice is to learn the steps of the routine.
Staying awake and lucid in a state of deep
physical relaxation takes practice. With this in
mind, try to avoid doing the relaxation exercises
when you are overly tired. Falling asleep
during this routine will condition you to fall
asleep every time you perform it, in much the
same way as you habitually start falling asleep
when you go to bed.
Relaxation training begins on Day 1. Each
day more steps are added until, by the end of
the week, the full routine is revealed. Your goal
for the end of this first week is to complete the
routine without having to refer to the instructions.
It is easy to miss steps at first, so this
week be sure to review the instructions after
each session to make sure you are not forgetting
anything. The deep physical relaxation
routine is progressive, and in time will become
If you find that you are physically or mentally
tense before relaxation practice, first take
a hot shower or bath and/or a short nap. Some
light exercise, a stretching routine, or a massage
will also help relieve tension.
Another factor involved with deep physical
relaxation is temperature. The body reacts to
cold by tensing and shivering its muscles to
generate heat. Even if you are a little cold...