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A Treatise on Astral Projection

Author: Robert Bruce

Copyright 1994 - Robert Bruce (In The Land Down-Under = Australia)



Robert Bruce is an internationally respected mystic, healer and metaphysical explorer. A self-admitted mad-scientist, and most recently an up and coming world-class author, Robert has provided an altruistic consulting service to the Global Internet Community since, 1992. He offers practical advice on all types of paranormal, metaphysical and developmental problems.

There are certain aspects of the astral dimension and the projection process
that are very complicated. Much of it is misunderstood and it can all be very
confusing at times. This series of articles attempts to shed a little light on
the subject, and hopefully, explain what it's all about. The theories and
conclusions in this Treatise are largely drawn from my own projection
experience. It is the goal of this Treatise to develop greater understanding
and new, simpler and more effective techniques for projection. The ideas,
theories and techniques discussed here are constantly under development and
are subject to modification and change as new discoveries and insights come to

What is the Astral Dimension?

The astral is the closest dimension to the physical. It overlays and permeates
the world like a huge mind net, catching and holding all thought. Its contents
are created by the collective consciousness of the world mind. It contains all
the thoughts, memories, fantasies, and dreams of every living thing in the
world. In it, the laws of sympathetic attraction, or like attracts like,
causes this ocean of mind stuff to strata and settle into layers or pools.
These pools of thought are more commonly called astral planes, astral worlds,
astral sub planes or astral realms.

The astral dimension is composed of astral matter and is aptly described as
mind stuff. It is extremely sensitive to thought and can be molded into any
shape or form. These creations can be so perfect as to be indistinguishable
from reality.

The best way to explain this, mind stuff is to draw a comparison between astral
matter and unexposed, high-speed photographic film. When this film is exposed
to light, focused by the camera lens, a perfect image of reality is instantly
burnt into the film by the chemical reaction of the film to light. When astral
matter is exposed to thought, focused by the lens of the mind, a perfect image
of reality is instantly formed out of astral mind stuff by the reaction of
astral matter to thought. The complexity and durability of any creation in the
astral dimension depends largely on the strength of the mind doing the


This is how the subconscious mind creates dreams: By tuning into the astral
dimension during sleep, it can create any scenario it wishes. This is the
subconscious mind's way of solving problems and of communicating with the
conscious mind. It creates a series of complex thought form scenarios and
projects them into the mind stuff of the astral dimension, where they become
solid. The conscious mind then lives through and experiences these created
scenarios in the Dream State. In a way it's like a movie projector
(subconscious mind) projecting onto a movie screen (astral dimension).

Thought Forms

Any new object in the real world is assimilated into the astral dimension over a period of time. A thought form representation of it first grows in the
lowest part of the astral, close to the physical dimension, becoming more and
more permanent as time goes on. As with all thought forms, the more attention
paid to it the quicker it grows.

The higher up in the astral dimension, or the further away from the physical,
the less thought forms, of the physical world, as we know it, are found.
Physical things have to soak in to it for a very long time before they take
shape, and are found, in the higher astral.

Have you ever tried to move around a strange house in the dark? You bump into
everything, right. But as you become familiar with it though, a mental picture
of your surroundings forms in your mind, and you can find your way around it
better. The longer you spend in this house the stronger this mental picture
becomes. This is similar to how things are assimilated and grown, as thought
forms, in other dimensions.

The generation of thought forms in the astral also works in the reverse. If a
physical object has been around for a very long time, it will have grown a
lasting thought form impression in the astral. After the object is destroyed
or removed, its thought form still endures. You may, for example, in the
astral, find furniture in your house you don't have, jumbled up with your own.
This is caused by the decaying thought forms of old stuff, belonging to
previous tenant's etc, still being there, years after the originals have gone.

Old thought forms do not follow their physical counterpart around when they are
moved. New ones begin to grow in the astral wherever it is while the old ones
slowly decay. The longer a thing is in one place, the stronger the thought
form will become in that place. This also applies to buildings, structures and
geological features. You may project into a park and find a house, bridge,
stream; hill etc that you know is definitely not there. These may have existed
in times past. The higher up in the astral you go, the older the thought forms
are or the further back in geological time you appear to be.

The rate of growth of a thought form depends largely on the amount of attention
paid to it. For example, a famous painting; loved, viewed and highly thought
of by millions, will have a much stronger thought form than that of a common
painting that hangs in someone's bedroom and is only viewed by a few. The
number of thought forms you find in the astral also depends on how close you
are to the physical dimension. If you are very close, as in a real time
projection or OOBE, very few thought forms, if any, will be found. In a real
time OOBE you are not quite in the astral dimension but are existing as an
astral form in the buffer zone between the astral and the physical dimensions.

Astral Vision

In the physical body we have 220 degrees of vision, i.e. we can only see in
front of us, but not behind, above and below at the same time. In the Astral
body we have MORE than 360 degrees of vision and can see on all sides at once.
This is Spherical vision. During projection, habit forces us to focus our
attention in one direction only, where we feel the forward part of our vision
is. The view behind, above, below, left and right is still there and seen all
at once, but the brain can not assimilate it, all at once. This goes against
the brains lifelong habit of frontal vision. Spherical vision is like being
one huge multi-faceted eye that can see in all directions, up, down, left,
right, front, back, but all at once! In the astral body you do not have any
physical organs, i.e., eyes. You are a non-physical point of consciousness
floating in space. You are also unaffected by gravity and other laws of
physics. In this state there are no ups or downs, backs or fronts, left or
rights. It is only lifelong habit that tries to force this perspective on you
during projection.

It is important to understand spherical vision, if you are to operate
competently in the astral. This is especially so when you project, in real
time, close to the physical dimension. Spherical vision will often cause you
to think you are in a mirror image dimension, or a reversed copy of reality.
This means your house, for example, will appear to be reversed, back to front.
This is caused by you losing your original natural viewpoint during

At some point during the projection you have become disoriented and taken a
different viewpoint from normal, i.e., you have rotated or turned upside down
or inside without thinking. This reverses your natural left right, up down
viewpoint. This tricks the subconscious mind into reversing the place you are
in so your conscious mind can function properly.

As you don't have a physical body in the astral, if you want to look behind
yourself you don't have to turn around, or move at all. You just change your
viewpoint to the rear. This, when done without moving, causes the mirror image
effect, in a way its like looking in a mirror to see behind.

The diagram below illustrates this reversal of viewpoint without turning, note
left and right do not change:

Right | Right
(A) <<<<<<< ------------ |---------->>>>>>>> (B)
Left | Left

That is, if viewpoint (A) becomes viewpoint (B) without turning, then Left and
Right are not reversed. This causes the subconscious mind to use its creative power to correct the view
by reversing it, or parts of it. This is easier and causes fewer problems for
the conscious mind than if it had to try and accept a reversal of left and

A similar effect can be had by lying down and looking above your head, or
standing on your head and trying to pick the left and right sides of things.
This causes a slight confusion in your sense of left and right, i.e.; you have
to consciously calculate which are left and right from your reversed position.
This slight confusion is all that is needed to trick the subconscious mind
into creating something easier to accept.

Your brain is unable to assimilate this reversal and thus gives you a new
perspective according to what it feels is left and right at the time. Once you
consciously notice this anomaly it is too late to reverse it. The brain cannot
accept a conscious change of left and right. If you understand spherical
vision though, and happen to get reversed sometime during a projection, it
than thinking you are wasting your time in some strange mirror dimension, i.e.,
if you had plans to do something in the astral you still can. All you have to
do is, take your left right coordinates from the building or structure around
you, and ignore your own sense of left and right completely.

Everything you see while you are in the astral dimension is directly perceived
by the mind. It is a simple matter for the subconscious mind to twist or reverse, all, or even parts of, your conscious perception of reality during a
projection. Note: This reversal of viewpoint can happen many times during any
one real time projection.

Creative Visualization Power

The subconscious mind has VASTLY greater powers of visualization than the
conscious mind. It is like comparing a super computer to a child's calculator.
In the astral dimension, during any conscious projection or lucid dream, where
the conscious mind is aware, this difference can cause great confusion. The
subconscious mind simmers beneath the surface during any projection. All that
creative power is just bursting to get out, to create, and it will do just
that any chance it gets. This difference in creative power, combined with the
lifelong habit of normal frontal vision, is the cause of the "Alice In
Wonderland Effect." Let me explain....

Take these together:

  • The incredible creative power of the subconscious mind.

  • The weak creative powers of the conscious mind.

  • The sensitivity of astral matters to thought.

  • Spherical vision.

  • Left, right sense reversals.

And you have a recipe for total confusion.

The Alice In Wonderland Effect

You project your astral body and look around your room. Everything appears
normal, but suddenly, you notice the door is on the wrong wall? While looking
around, you have seen this door with your rear vision, confusing your natural
left, right, brain perspective. The brain can't assimilate this because your
frontal perspective, and the position of the furniture, pictures, windows etc,
are normal; but the view behind you is reversed. This tricks the subconscious
mind into creating a door where it thinks it should be. When you look at this
door, it appears real, even though you know it is in the wrong place. Once it
has been created, it will not be un-created, as that would be unacceptable to
your conscious mind. i.e. solid doors don't normally have a habit of vanishing
before your eyes.

When you turn to where the door really should be, you will, usually, find the
door there as normal. Now you may have two, or more, doors where there should
only be one. If you go through the real door, you will find the rest of the
house, as it should be, hopefully. But, if you go through a false door, the
mind knows it's false and won't accept it opening to a normal part of your
house that it knows can't possibly be there. So, if you open this door you
will find something else. It is usually a corridor or passage, you don't have,
and leading off into other parts of the house you don't have either.

From then on, if you go through this door, you are in Wonderland, where
everything is possible, just not very plausible. What you are doing, in
effect, is entering the astral dimension via uncontrolled creation, through
this door you don't have, but now do. Once the subconscious mind starts
creating like this it continues to do so at a geometric rate. It has to, for
the conscious mind to assimilate the abnormal situation it is in. At some
stage, in this creative maelstrom, the subconscious mind loses it completely
and starts tuning in to other parts of the astral. At this point of the
projection, all semblance of reality is lost and you fade into the astral
dimension proper.

There are many ways this "Alice" effect can happen during a projection; the
above example is just one variation. It has been noted by many projectors that
at sometime during a projection they seem to lose control of it. Objects
appear, disappear, and generally everything gets a little strange. This is
caused, basically, by the subconscious mind's vast creative ability being
triggered. It starts making and unmaking things, and tuning into other areas
of the astral and generally making everything difficult for the poor projector.

To avoid the above problem: Concentrate on what you are doing while you are
projecting and don't let your mind wander. The vision reversal problem can be
minimized if you concentrate on your forward vision during projection, i.e
your vision and don't allow it to flit from one view to another. The astral is
not a good place to relax if you have serious plans.

The vast creative power of the subconscious can, however, be utilized. It is an
extremely valuable tool if you know how to use it. I will outline ways to do
this, in the third part of this series, under the heading: "Virtual Reality
Projection" where I will outline how to custom creates your own personal
astral realm.

Melting Hands

When you project the astral body close to the physical world you do not have a body as such. But, the mind cannot accept this and so provides a thought form
one made out of etheric matter. If you try and look at your body, say your
hands, you will find they start to melt very quickly. They look pale and odd,
and in a couple of seconds your fingers start to melt away like ice under a
blowtorch. They shorten into pale stumps, then the rest of your hand and arm
starts to melt away too.

This melting effect only seems to happen when you deliberately try and observe
a body part or consciously create something. Deliberately observing an astral
body part like this, uses the conscious mind, which, having poor creative
powers, can't hold complex shapes together for very long and it is this that
causes the melting effect. If you happen to notice parts of your body, in
passing, during projection this melting effect will not be seen.

Created Thought Form Objects

You can use your conscious mind to create objects while projecting. The
duration of these, thought form, created objects depends on the strength of
your creative visualization ability. It also depends on how much time and
effort you put in to a creation.

This same melting phenomena happens with any conscious creation done in the
astral dimension. If you create for example, a sword, it will appear in your
hand just as you imagine it, briefly, and then melt away just like the hand
did. If you concentrate on it you can hold it in shape, but as soon as your
concentration wavers so does the creation. This is similar to any other
visualization you do in the real world. It is difficult, and you have to
concentrate to hold the visualization in your minds eye. Once your
concentration wavers, so does the visualized image. This illustrates the vast
difference between the creative powers of the conscious and the subconscious

To make a lasting thought form object you have to trick the subconscious mind
into creating it for you. I will deal with this subject, in greater depth,
later in the series.

How does Projection Happen?

During sleep, the energy body, also known as the etheric body or vitality
sheath is put on charge. It expands and opens in order to accumulate and store
energy. The energy body can, normally, only do this in its expanded state
during sleep. Once expanded, the chakras trickle power, in the form of etheric
matter, into the energy body. During this recharging process the astral body
separates and tunes into the astral dimension where it can create and
experience dreams. If this separation is done consciously, or if you become aware after it, you
can take some control over it. It then becomes an OOBE, astral projection or
lucid dream.

The main differences between an OOBE, astral projection and a lucid dream are:


The OOBE (out of body experience) is a real time projection close to the
physical world. This often occurs as part of a near death experience. This is
where a person is knocked out of their body as a result of some kind of severe
trauma, i.e. car accident, surgery, heart attack, child birth etc. OOBE'ers
are aware of things happening in the real world, in real time; such as
conversations and events centered around, or near to, their physical body. In
many cases, these events and conversations are accurately reported by the
person after they have returned to their body.

Note: The OOBE is slightly different from astral projection or lucid dreaming
because of its real time, objective aspect. This is caused by the astral body
containing a large amount of etheric matter, which holds it close to the
physical world.

There are two main causes of real time OOBE:
A person's body is near death, or thinks it is, which causes a large amount of
etheric matter to be channeled into the astral body in preparation for the
death process.

The person has active chakras, which are doing a similar thing, i.e. channeling etheric matter into the astral body. Having active chakras can be a natural ability, or it can be developed by training.
Note: You can project consciously, and have a real time OOBE if enough etheric
matter is generated by the chakras. In an OOBE, reality is perceived as
objective (real) and time is normal (real time).

Technically, when you project into the physical world in real time as in an
OOBE, it is really into the boundary area of the buffer zone, between the
physical and astral dimensions. If the astral body contains enough etheric
matter it can exist only slightly out of phase from reality. This means the
projection is in real time and so close to the physical dimension as to be
indistinguishable from it.

Note: I have checked this many times, by projecting, in real time, during the day and scouting my local area for road works, accidents, incidents etc, then verifying the accuracy of my findings afterwards. There are strong natural
barriers to conscious, real time projection, the OOBE, in the physical world.
The amount of etheric matter generated and channeled to the astral body, is
one of them. It limits the duration of any real time projection to the degree
of chakra development and control.

The Astral Projection

This is where the astral body is projected into the astral dimension, where
things are quite different from the real world. Time is distorted and
extended, i.e., an hour in the astral can be like a few minutes in the
physical dimension, depending on what part of the astral you are in. Reality
is fluid and changeable.

The Lucid Dream

This is where a person becomes fully aware that they are dreaming during a
dream. They either take some kind of conscious control over the course of
events, or they convert the experience into an astral projection.

Astral Projection or Lucid Dream?

Many astral projectors black out before making a conscious exit from their body and return to awareness in the astral dimension. You become aware after the
actual separation from the physical body and are usually already in the astral
dimension. If you miss the conscious exit from your body you are technically
having a lucid dream, not an astral projection, as you have become aware after
separation. All three types of projection are closely related, i.e., they all
involve the astral body separating from the physical and experiencing a
reality separate from the physical body.

Triggering Astral Projection

Astral Projection (AP') is an automatic reflex, built in to your body and mind. To trigger it, while fully conscious, there are three major requirements.

  1. The ability to relax your body 100% and stay awake.
  2. You have to be able to shift your consciousness point outside of your body.
  3. You need enough mental and psychic energy to maintain control over the projection and not slip into the Dream State.
    Together, these will trigger the automatic projection reflex for a full powered AP'. There are a few minor conditions but these can be varied to suit your experience and surroundings.

Relaxation: You must `master' a full body relaxation exercise. If you know one already it can be adapted to suit. Sit in a `chair' and relax. Starting with the feet, tense them and relax them. Continue this with calves, thighs, hips, stomach, chest, arms, neck and face. Go over this a few times until you feel completely relaxed. Breathe deeply and slowly throughout this and try to
become `aware' of the breath entering and leaving your body.

Mental hands: Imagine you have a pair of `mental hands'. Stroke yourself with these `hands' in an upward motion from your feet and up your legs, over and over again. Try and `feel' them relaxing and soothing you. Continue this up through the center of your torso, paying particular attention to the chakras. The mental hand technique will also get you used to shifting your point of
consciousness to different parts of your body. Try and put as much of yourself as you can into these mental hands.

Energy raising: As you pull upwards through your legs with your mental hands, imagine you are gripping the energy that flows there and pull it up through you. This is the natural path of the psychic/life energy that flows through you. With practice you will
actually `feel' this energy tingling and surging through you. It will literally `charge' you up like a battery.

Chakras: These are situated at:

  1. the base of the spine (between the anus and the genitals)
  2. The spleen (slightly below the belly button)
  3. The solar plexus (1 hand-span above the belly button)
  4. The heart (center of the chest)
  5. The throat
  6. Forehead
  7. Crown (full top of your head).

They are best imagined as roughly the size of your hand.

Chakra stimulation: Chakras are centers for the transformation of energy. Each chakra transforms the raw life energy of the planet into a different type. As you pull this energy up through you with your mental hands, stop at each chakra and imagine your mental hands opening it. Pull the energy up through it to the next one and so on. Repeat this a few times, you may not feel anything at first but with practice you will feel a fluttering or pulsing under your skin.

Stop Check: Keep checking your muscles for any tensioning throughout these exercises and re-relaxes as needed. A common problem is the automatic tensing of muscles as you pull energy up through you. Remember that this is all mental, the body must stay dormant and relaxed throughout this.

Point shift: To shift your point of consciousness, imagine you are a foot or two out in front of yourself. NOT a figure in front of
you but YOU are in front of your physical body. Keep in mind your physical body being behind you. This is tricky but you will
get used to it quickly. Don't tense or strain any muscles during this, your body will try to obey you `physically', don't let it.

Mental state: Your surface mind will be fully occupied by these exercises so no mental exercise is needed up to this point. When you feel so relaxed your body begins to feel `heavy' you are entering a light trance. Cease the other exercises and use breath awareness to stop your mind wandering.

Breathe awareness: `Feel' your breath coming in and `feel' it going out. With the inhale, `pull' energy up from the base chakra to
your heart chakra with your mental hands.

Note: If you feel any vibration start in your body at this point, and don't want to project yet, move your head slightly, and gently
sway your body into normal alertness.

These exercises should be carried out daily. Some of them can be done anywhere and anytime you have a few minutes to spare.
You will, in time, condition your body to respond quickly and easily. With practice you will be able to attain a state of `total
relaxation' in just a few minutes. This training will reduce the amount of effort needed, and the fatigue produced, when you attempt a fully conscious AP.

Proceed to Part II

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