Modern life is stressful. Most of the stress our bodies experience we are not consciously aware of because we have lived under stress for so long the experience of it has become “normal.” Spontaneous Astral Projection, the type that occurs as a result of temporary physical death or traumatic physical accident can be attributed to our consciousness being forcibly “freed” from our overstressed bodies. The stress reactions of the body – increased heart rate, temperature, overactive muscles and more cause a disruption to our body energy fields. This condition is recognized by the mainstream medical community and even has its own diagnostic code. The more we experience a stress reaction, the more our energy and power is concerned with managing our physical bodies than reaching out to connect with the Universe.
For this reason, it is very important that the first thing that you learn in this Astral Projection for Beginners course is an easy way to maintain a relaxed state. Relaxation is something, that with practice, you can call to your physical being in an instant to prevent a stress reaction from building. The more relaxed you are, the better able you can react holistically or with your entire existence to what is around you, seen or unseen.
The method of relaxation I am going to describe to you in next post has a twofold purpose. Firstly, it will help you gain mastery and control of your physical body. Secondly, the nature of the exercise also serves to interrupt negative thoughts or habitual old messages you may replay in your mind but no longer be able to consciously hear. These old messages act subliminally to create self-defeating habits. They may have originated in a trauma or they may have come from someone saying the wrong thing to you at the wrong time. When we are in a state where our self-confidence is low we tend to internalize negative messages faster than we acknowledge positive ones because the negative messages reinforce how we are already perceiving ourselves in the moment.
To interrupt and change these thought patters you do not have to remember the actual message or cause, you simply have to create a new habit within your subconscious that has a very real reward. The reward is the relaxation, the new habit is the verbal trigger you will learn to signal the relaxation to begin.
After you have learned this exercise, practice it for 14 consecutive days to create a new habit. After 14 days (using the Exercise Journal in the next post) you will have retrained yourself that you will be able to trigger the full state of relaxation upon taking three or four deep breaths.
This particular exercise is well known. It is used in many alternative therapies and in the mainstream health community to great success. You can continue doing the exercise as a form of meditation throughout your life as well.
Not sure if you have these hidden tapes playing? Try a little biofeedback experiment; you don’t even need any fancy equipment to do it. Pay attention to the temperature of your hands. Do they ever get cold or cooler than normal? Do your feet get cold? When the body is under stress, the circulation to the extremities is reduced causing the hands and feet to feel cooler or cold. If you feel your hands and feet growing cooler, breathe deeply and slowly and concentrate on raising the temperature in them. This not only relaxes you, reducing the stress effect but it will also interrupt that tape and replace the thought with the focused thought of raising the temperature of your hands.
Make Relaxation a Habit
Being able to reduce the effects of stress on your body is essential to good health. If your body is under stress constantly, and then you place it under more stress by exercising, it will eventually cause you to “burn-out” and you will stop pursuing your goal. Learning how to relax yourself and making it a habit to relax after a period of exercise is essential to returning your body to a baseline state of being alert but relaxed.
How to Know level of Your Stress
It is a good idea to check the temperature of your hands by placing your palms against your face for a few moments in several different situations. This will help educate you about the actual levels and sources of stress that you are under and the technique will not be noticeable to those around you. Re-educating yourself to spot stressors when they begin is very important. By the time we reach our 20s, most of us can only recognize that we feel stress when it is too late – our muscles our tense, headaches have begun and our digestive system may be disordered. Because we compensate for our stress in order to remain functional we bury our recognition and knowledge of it. Teach yourself how your body reacts now to the world around it. This way you can be prepared to do the relaxation exercise as soon as you enter a situation you know will be stressful or as soon as you feel the beginnings of a reaction.
Developing the ability to self-soothe and relax is essential for learning the various techniques for Astral Projection. The more tense and stressed you are, the more you will create blocks within your energy that could prevent you from successfully traveling or cause you to travel with negative energy.