Robert Monroe is probably the most well known figurehead of Astral Projection in the western world. His methods of achieving astral projection are well known, documented and published. His main method is probably the best starting point for a newcomer. It is easy to understand, and once you have read the steps, you will easily remember them. To paraphrase, the aim of the Monroe Technique of Astral Projection is to keep the body asleep, but the mind awake. Once the initial conditions have been met, very little input is needed by the person using the method. Not a true step by step method, the Monroe method is much like a framework that can be tweaked and changed to suit the user.
The Monroe Method for Astral Projection
Before attempting the Monroe Method
It’s important, especially if this is your first time attempting astral projection, that you understand a few things. Firstly, go through the preparation stages listed on the website. These will help get you into a receptive mental state. It’s also important to know that nothing can hurt you. Fear is the only barrier you face, and while many people have trouble letting go, it can be done, and is achievable for us all.
Relax your body.
As in the preparation steps, you should already be relaxed. There is no specific way in Robert Monroe’s method to relax you, but you should be free of stress, worry and physical discomfort. It might be helpful to tense and release your muscles, but as long as you are calm, still and without distraction, you should continue.
Move towards sleep.
This is to say that you should move your physical body towards sleep. If you start to feel numb, then that is fine, do not attempt to keep your body awake. It is simply easy enough to lay, eyes closed, and to let your thoughts drift around. When you start to lose physical sensations, you have reached this state.
Enhance the feeling of near sleep
Do nothing. ‘This isn’t much of a method so far!’ you may be saying. It’s true, it sounds like nothing is happening. Physically, you are not moving. You should begin to look at the darkness in front of your eyes. Some strange things can happen in this state. Your field of vision may feel like it increases, which is an odd but enjoyable sensation. You may also notice light patterns or noises. It’s safe to ignore them as they will eventually go away. At this stage you may feel like you are falling, floating, or feeling and sensing absolutely nothing at all. Maintain this feeling.
The Vibration state
This is a well known effect within the astral projection phenomenon, but ‘vibrations’ may not be the best way to describe the feeling. It is a feeling of weightless disorientation, tingling but with substance. Using willpower, you can enhance or decrease the feeling. It is extremely hard to describe in text. Reaching this stage feels like a milestone or checkpoint. Once you reach this strange sensation, you will be more acclimatised to it on future attempts. If, on your first attempt, you reach this vibration state, then count yourself very lucky indeed!
One thing to remember about this stage is that there should be no rush. It took me a long time to understand that this vibration empty state can be maintained for a very long period of time. It is also very good for exploring your own thoughts and should be seen as the equivalent to a deep, introspective meditation. You can easily create vivid images that can be informative and entertaining in the vibration state.
Attempt a separation with a limb
You should begin with an arm, or a leg. Robert Monroe suggests imagining your arm ‘extending’,that is to say, lengthening until it reaches something. You should try this. ‘Extend’ an arm or leg and try to analyse the sensations. It might be helpful at this stage if you have an object nearby. Try to touch it, try to kick it.
Attempt a full separation
You are now in a very strange state indeed, possibly something you have never felt before. The main goal is a full, conscious separation. Once you have partially separated, you should attempt to disassociate yourself with your body. There are many ways to do this. Imagine your body from a third person perspective, and it may spontaneously happen of it’s own accord. Another method here is it imagine yourself a few feet above your body. The link between your body and mind here is said to be very faint.
After your experience, how did you feel? Did you achieve a full experience, or anything strange or new along the way? Note it down in your journal. It’s important to know that these methods can be exhausting, so don’t try again the same day. If you fell asleep, don’t treat it as a failure, just remember to learn from any experience and try again.