In a Lucid Dream, there is Awareness but still there is not objectivity (which is necessary for an Astral Projection). You may be aware of the fact that you are dreaming, in an imagined fantasy world, but you are still in that same imagined fantasy world. If you want to create a door from thin air you can. If you want to time travel you can. You are still dreaming, hence the name, Lucid Dreaming.
Simply speaking, to turn a Lucid Dream into a Projection, you must be aware of the fact that you are amongst mentally created scenery, before saying to yourself:
“I am aware of the fact I am asleep and that everything around me is a dream world.
I know I am sleeping in my bed / sitting in a comfortable position.
I want to stop imagining things and see the Astral Plane and the Physical Plane as they actually exist”.
This statement requires Awareness and if you really want this to happen, you might find that the dream world around you disappears and you are aware of the fact that you are within the same space as your Physical Body. You are then free to leave (using an Exit Strategy) and explore.
The problem lies in the fact that most of us have not developed any powerful sense of Awareness and so we are unable to Lucid Dream, let alone take that next step to an Astral experience. Getting past this is the key to turning a Lucid Dream into an Astral Projection.
You have apparently spent most of your sleeping time in the Astral Plane yet you have not been Aware of this fact.
If you have indeed spent almost since birth in the Astral Plane then why aren’t you aware of this?
Imagine if you had gone through life and never been able to see, hear or touch the Physical Plane around you. You simply had not learned to use these senses. Well most of us lack the ability to “see” the Astral Plane as it actually exists; because of this…we create dreams.
Astral Projection is real, you are not imagining the Physical Plane – buildings, people and landscapes from your waking life – you are actually observing and interacting them whilst projecting from a higher plane of existence.
Once you learn to become fully Aware, you will see the Astral Plane objectively: as it really exists. To really keep things clear:
- Reach a state of Awareness whilst your body is asleep.
- Recognize you are actually in the Astral Plane.
- “Turn off” the mental scenery your mind is creating to see the Astral Plane objectively.
- Leave your physical body and, Astral Project.
It is during the point that you learn to “wake up” from your dreams fully in every sense of the word without returning to the Physical Plane that you will also be observing the Planes of reality beneath the Astral Plane, such as the Physical Plane.
Reaching a State of Awareness:
There are several ways to become better able to reach a state of Awareness while asleep to begin lucid dreaming. The more you practice each of these, the easier it will become to control your dreams.
During the Day:
Check how you know that you are awake and not dreaming. What is it about what is around you and how you sense things that proves you are awake? Ask yourself this not to question whether you are dreaming or awake, but to learn how you know the difference. The purpose is to begin to train yourself to “checklist” that you will be able to access in your dreams to help trigger lucidity.
Before going to Sleep:
Practice one of the grounding exercises. While doing these practices, repeat as a mantra:
- I am in control of myself in my dreams.
- My dreams are a veil that covers the Astral Plane.
- I choose to become Aware and lift the veil to see what is real.
When you begin to realize you are dreaming (this will come more easily the more you practice these exercises) do one of the following:
- Reach out in your dream and turn a light switch on and off. Observe what happens.
- Then do it again, only by visualizing the switch turning on and off, do not use your dream hands.
- Find a mirror and look at your reflection. Reach out and touch the surface of the mirror. Pull your hand back and now reach forward and through the mirror. Go through the mirror to see what is on the other side.
- Look at a clock and turn the time backwards or forwards by concentration alone.
- Focus on a person you would like to join you in the dream and let them appear, or, decide that someone in your dream no longer needs to be there.
- Decide you want a different dream and re-imagine the dream until it changes.
- Say to yourself, “Okay, that would not have happened in the Physical Plane. Right now I am surrounded by Mental Scenery. I am in my bed, imagining all of this. I have control over it.”
Make sure to track your progress and experiences in a dream journal. As you become better able at controlling your dreams begin to choose to assume a meditative pose in the dream, perform one of the grounding exercises and then focus on seeing the reality of the Astral Plane. Look around you and say, “This is all a dream that is hiding what is real from me.” Begin to use any of the various Astral techniques shown in Astral Projection for Beginners to let yourself get beyond the imagined and release yourself into the Astral.