Here you will learn an extremely powerful form of meditation. This astral meditation is a very potent method for expanding consciousness. Why? Because you connect directly to a world of pure thought. During astral projection, you transcend your body and enter your mind. This makes it possible for you to reach among the deepest meditative states available. Astral meditation is done in 3 stages: meditation, astral projection, and entering pure nothingness.
This meditation will give you direct access to truly profound mystical states and allow you to access a wide range of possible experiences. By learning this meditation, you will experience a state of consciousness that takes many years of normal meditation to acquire.
Through astral meditation, learning to access this state is very easy compared to most available techniques. This is the beauty of astral projection: the ability to learn advanced spiritual practices in a very short period of time in a safe manner. To understand what you will be doing, we must take a look at a metaphysical concept that forms the foundation of Eastern mysticism called the Void.
Understanding the Void: The Nine Consciousnesses
What is the Void? To understand we must first take a look at the Buddhist model of The Nine Consciousnesses. Buddhism divides consciousness into 9 levels. The first 5 forms of consciousness are the physical senses that we use in our daily existence: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. The sixth consciousness stitches these 5 senses together to create our normal day to day experience of the mind.
The 7th consciousness is our inner life; it corresponds to our dreams, desires, personality, and personal history. The 8th consciousness is somewhat similar to the idea of the subconscious in Western psychology. It is a storehouse of all the actions we have committed, but also what we have experienced during our lifetimes.
In Buddhism, the first 7 levels of consciousness get erased upon death, but the 8th level carries over into other lives during reincarnation and continues to shape our lives. The 9th consciousness is the state of pure awareness that breathes life into the mind and our thoughts. It is the seat of what we truly are: a mind
One of the goals of Buddhist meditation is to exalt the 9th consciousness so that it is all that remains. To accomplish this task, they make use of mindfulness that is cultivated through meditation. After many years of practice, the practitioner might, if all goes well, merge into a state of pure awareness resulting in a state of mystical enlightenment called nirvana.
In Buddhist cosmology, this reality of pure awareness is called the Void. It is the metaphysical root of all reality and contains the unactualized potential of all things. It is a state of pure being, consciousness, and peaceful bliss that is not just within our minds. According to mystical cosmology, it’s an actual part of reality.
Other cultural perspectives on the Void
In forms of Eastern philosophy everything that is, was and will be, comes from the Void. However, this idea is not unique to the East. The Ancient Greek poet Hesiod, who lived between 750 and 650 BCE, describes in the Theogony a being called Khaos (Chaos). This being gave birth to all the Greek titans, who in turn gave birth to the Olympian gods. Chaos is the first thing that existed. It’s a void that was prior to all creation and upon which creation rests.
In Egypt, creation was believed to have sprung from 8 deities called the Ogdoad. They were aspects of the primeval waters. These primeval waters were believed to be empty and unknowable, yet present everywhere. The god Nu and his female counterpart Naunet represented the inert primeval water itself. Huh and his counterpart Hauhet represented the water’s infinite extent. Kek and Kauket represented the darkness within it. Finally, Amun and Amaunet represented its hidden and unknowable nature, in contrast to the tangible world after creation.
In Norse mythology, the poem called the Voluspa describes the following:
That was the age when nothing was;
There was no sand, nor sea, nor cool waves,
No earth nor sky nor grass there,
In Old Norse, the word gap means the same thing as in the English language: a void or empty space. The word ginnung is literally translated as “magically charged”. In the story called the Gylfaginning, this magically charged void created the fiery world of Muspellheim in the south and the icy realm of Niflheim in the north.
From the intermingling of these two worlds within the heart of the Void, the first two beings Ymir, the frost giant, and Audhumla the cosmic bovine emerged. These two beings would create the gods and giants of the Norse pantheon, who would in turn create the rest of the world.
Preparing for astral meditation: thought observation
As you can see, this the idea of a void existing before creation is a theme that stretches across cultures. Because the Void is the origin of all things, it exists within all things and it’s the one thing that everything has in common. By learning to enter the Void in meditation and astral projection, the entire spiritual cosmos becomes potentially accessible.
As a preliminary, you will have to learn how to meditate if you don’t already. What follows is the exact meditation I practiced to access this state. We will later develop this technique into full astral meditation.
Sit down in a meditative posture and close your eyes. Become aware of the sounds in the distance, listen to every sound that you can hear. Do not block or ignore any sounds, recognize them instead, and follow them briefly for a few moments, moving from sound to sound. Let your sense of hearing be like a massive receiver, searching out distant sounds without trying to identify the source. The sounds of cars, of people, technology, nature, and sounds within the body.
Now bring your attention to your body. Visualize your body as if seeing it in a full-length mirror. See your body from the front, the back, the right side, the left side, and finally the top.
Now begin to observe the sensations in your body: heat, cold, itching, tension, discomfort, and so forth, let your awareness jump from sensation to sensation and observe them calmly. Try to be aware of every single physical sensation in your body. Now bring your attention to your head and neck, visualize the head and neck, and calmly and passively observe the sensations in the head and neck.
Then move your attention to your shoulders, arms, and hands. Bring your attention to your torso and finally to your legs and feet. Once again, passively observe all the sensations in your body.
After step 1 and 2 bring your attention to the thinking process. Calmly, and in a detached manner observe your spontaneous thoughts. Do this just like you observed all the sounds in your environment and the sensations in your body. Let your mind jump from thought to thought. Search out all thoughts in your mind and watching them as a calm observer. Don’t block your thoughts, control your thoughts, or deliberately create thoughts, just observe them passively and with detachment. Become aware of each and every thought in your mind at that moment. Have an attitude of “Yes, I know, I am thinking. Yes, I know I am observing”.
Allow any and all thoughts to emerge spontaneously, even if your thoughts are strange or unpleasant. It can happen that while you observe your thoughts, your mind goes blank, this can even happen to a beginner. If this happens observe the blank slate of your mind until new thoughts emerge. Do this for as long as it’s comfortable for you.
In this section, you will learn astral projection. The exercise that follows is an excerpt from my article that teaches astral projection for beginners. That article discusses not only the technique that follows but how it works and why. Please read it for more in-depth information.
Go to bed and sleep for 4-6 hours. Take into account how long you take to fall asleep. The average person takes around 14 minutes to fall asleep, if you take longer, go to bed earlier so that you sleep the right number of hours.
After you have slept the aforementioned hours, wake up and stay awake for an hour, then go back to bed for at least 2 hours. Once again take into account how long you take to fall asleep to determine when you should wake up. While falling asleep, think about what you want to do during astral projection. Direct your attention toward being successful.
During your second phase of sleep, you will notice yourself waking up slightly, often several times: this is the hypnogogic/hypnopompic stage of sleep. You will enter this stage multiple times during this practice session. When you notice yourself waking up slightly STAY PERFECTLY STILL AND DON’T MOVE. Any movement can completely sabotage the experience. This is the main reason for failing to astral project with this method.
While staying perfectly still perform one of the following exit techniques. If you don’t succeed after a few minutes, go back to sleep and try again when you notice yourself waking up. The following exit techniques are the ones I use personally.
The rope technique
Imagine there is an imaginary rope suspended above your head. Feel yourself climbing this rope over and over again. Focus on pulling yourself up and away from your body. Keep mentally climbing this rope until you feel yourself being pulled out of your body. When you’re successful, it will feel like your floating or standing above your body. When this happens, move towards your door to complete the separation.
When you feel yourself waking up slightly, stay perfectly still, and feel yourself rolling onto your side. Try to mentally roll out of your body, focusing on the rolling sensation. When you’re successful, you will roll out of your body and might even feel yourself hitting the floor. When this happens get up and move out of your room to complete the exit.
Feel yourself getting out of bed and moving towards the door. Focus on the feel of your legs moving and your arms swinging. Feel the floor beneath your feet and your hands by your sides. When this is successful you will suddenly, feel yourself physically getting up and walking. Walk away from your body to complete the exit.
The following exercise will teach you how to enter the void. When you can enter the void, you will be able to perform the later exercises, exercises that will give you access to virtually any spiritual world or experience. This is the main exercise for full astral meditation.
Full astral meditation: Entering the Void
Astral project as you would normally. Walk around in the environment and keep doing so until the experience is stable and you won’t accidentally snap back to your body.
Find a place in the astral environment and lie down on you back. While keeping your eyes open let go of absolutely everything, seeing, hearing, tasting touching, and smelling. Feel yourself let go as if you’re falling asleep, and melting into pure nothingness, stillness, and peace. There is no fear, no pain, and no time, only stillness.
Stay suspended in this void as long as you want, then either exit the void and continue your exploration, or end the experience and wake up.
When learning how to perform this exercise, it’s important to note that it might snap you back into your body: this is harmless and perfectly normal. Keep practicing and this won’t be a problem.
This exercise is the firing pin for several exercises on this website, so you must learn how to enter the Void at will. By learning to enter the Void, you have unlocked an extremely powerful form of astral meditation that opens up the spiritual cosmos.