A compilation of various answers I have given on Quora.com relating to Astral Projection.
My experiences of Astral Projection generally felt similar to Lucid Dreams, but with the following differences:
I had the sensation of actually leaving my body – having a literal Out of the Body Experience;
Often I did not remember falling asleep, but slipping into the AP state whilst awake, though deeply relaxed. I suppose I must have fallen into a kind of trance between waking and sleeping.
I did not hang around in a dream-scape, but made a deliberate attempt to get as far away from mundane reality and into the upper reaches of the Astral plane proper. This is a matter of raising one’s personal energy vibrations (this can be done via the Qabalah, which is what I normally work with on a day to day basis).
Is it for getting in contact with a deity, or maybe your guide? What about a different reason?
Yes I have used AP for contacting Deity and spirit guides, but a more general reason is that Astral Projection is the key to developing and using most psychic powers and paranormal abilities. For example: Clairvoyance, which is accomplished by astrally projecting through a “magic doorway” – the well-known Tattva method. Other effects which can be achieved can be psychic healing, precognition, telepathy, and much more.
Essentially, most psychic and spiritual powers have their basis on the Astral Plane. Hence, if one is able to master the art of Astral Projection, one can learn to make use of them.
What do you think about Astral projection? Is it dangerous? Can people actually leave their physical body and can move outside with astral body?
Speaking from experience, I would say that the act of astral projection is not dangerous as such, and stories that it might be are wholly unsubstantiated. However: what you encounter whilst astrally projecting might be. If you have forces at work in your unconscious which are deleterious to your health, you could very well encounter them whilst projecting – but that is the fault of the contents of your unconscious, not of the astral projection per se.
Although Astral Projection is popularly thought of as some sort of bilocation in the physical realm, in actual fact that is not real astral projection but “etheric projection.” It is also the most discredited form of Out-of-body-experience from a scientific point of view. True Astral Projection consists of projecting onto the Astral Plane, which is a different level of existence entirely.
“Sonic driving” refers to a range of techniques – e.g. drumming, chanting, singing – used to cause Trance.
“Astral projection” refers to wilfully projecting out of the body onto the Astral plane.
Astral Projection may arise from a Trance-state, but then again – not all Trances lead to Astral Projection, and not all instances of Astral Projection necessarily require a Trance-state to initiate them.
Hence, Sonic Driving is not Astral Projection itself, but could conceivably be used to help you attain Astral Projection, as indeed was / is the practice in shamanic or quasi-shamanic cultures.
I’ve tried it multiple times with different techniques and I just can’t do it. I laid in bed for 3 hours today trying different techniques and I couldn’t do it. The closest I got was a tingling sensation in my legs if that even has to do with astral projection. I don’t know when I am able to leave my body. Can anyone answer my questions and provide me with some more information?
It would probably help if you describe in more detail exactly what techniques you have tried so far, and how long you have been practising each of them.
Speaking personally, when people ask me how to astrally project, I recommend they read Ophiel’s The Art and Practice of Astral Projection. That was how I first learnt to astrally project.