How To Astral Project Tonight: Simple Beginners OBE Tutorial


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ASTRAL PROJECTION is the ability to separate your astral or ‘spirit body’ from your physical body, allowing you to explore the ‘astral realm’. You’re still connected to your body with a silver cord, and can return at any time.

It’s NOT the same as lucid dreaming

Very different in fact, but similar. I’ll explain.

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In this post we’ll explain:

  • What astral projection REALLY is
  • Whether or not astral projection is real, and why
  • HOW to astral project tonight (beginners)
  • Dangers or warnings about astral projection
  • How to start experiencing it yourself

Astral projection is an experience which many people believe is a REAL thing.

Whether or not it’s real is something we’ll discuss in this post, along with the most common and most effective astral travel techniques and methods. Get ready to have your mind blown.

Astral travel for dummies

Astral travel involves becoming self aware beyond what we are used to; to the point where you can separate your astral body from your physical one and explore the other realms.

It’s not something beginners will be used to, and it’s certainly not something you can learn overnight.

Much like you can’t learn to drive overnight, this is no different.

By the way if you’re more of a visual learner, watch this short video I made to explain how to astral project tonight for beginners: 

What is astral projection?

Astral projection can be best described as floating or lifting out of your physical body, and using your astral body. You’ll be able to see yourself laying or sitting there, and from there you can travel to or explore any part of the physical or astral planes as you wish. It’s very different to lucid dreaming but the approach is similar. 

Astral travel illustration

It comes down to practice and astral projection technique, and there are several things you can do to make it easier; just as with Lucid Dreaming there are things you can do to learn how to Astral Project tonight as well.

Astral Projection is sometimes also referred to as an OBE, or an Out of Body Experience.

This means the same sort of thing, the experience of being removed from your body and seeing or feeling things outside your physical reach.

Is astral projection real or proven?

Astral Projection is much like Lucid Dreaming, it’s entirely down to what you experience personally. Some people don’t believe Lucid Dreaming is real, some do. It’s all a matter of opinion. So Is Astral Projection real?

Well, many people lucid dream every night, it’s just a fact, and there are vast numbers of people who claim to be Astral projecting every night as well. These people are often similar to lucid dreamers, just average people who have learned the skill and practice it.

It’s difficult to get any sort of proof about these types of things, although, it’s easier to get proof of lucid dreaming being real than it is to prove that Astral projection is real.

The nature of Astral Travel is that it’s exploring a plain that actually exists in the world, whereas Lucid Dreaming is just controlling a dream in your head (so it seems at least, more on that another day).

It’s a huge difference, to go from controlling a dream in your head to exploring and experiencing a real area in the real world while being separate from your physical body. The difference is so large that many people discount Astral Projection and say it’s not real.

There is no proof as such of Astral Projection, and some say it’s just a complex variation of Lucid Dreaming, that it’s all in the subjects head, just like a dream, while others will swear by the fact that it exists, and there are entire communities of people who believe they can do it.

It’s one of those things that you just have to make up your own mind about.

The only thing we know for certain is that if you follow the techniques outlined by websites around the world for how to Astral Project, you’ll experience a crazy type of wake induced lucid dream, because the meditation and relaxation used is powerful.

YOU can then decide for yourself whether you call that experience Astral Travel, or just a vivid Lucid Dream. It’s up to you. for the purposes of this page though, the techniques shown will be referred to as ‘How to Astral Project tonight’.

How to astral project tonight: An easy technique for beginners

To astral project tonight or for the first time, focus on your body and your breathing. Lay down in your bed in a position you don’t normally sleep in like your back. Relax your muscles and mind, and after about ten minutes you’ll feel like you’re vibrating. If your intention is strong enough and you’re patient enough, you’ll eventually feel a tingling sensation in your chest and head. This leads to an ‘OBE’, or out of body experience. 

Of course, there’s more to it…

Here are the main steps to astral project tonight:

  1. Focus your breathing and count your breaths from 1-10
  2. Enter the vibrational stage
  3. Visualise your physical body moving but don’t move any muscles
  4. Rise up from your body using an ‘exit technique’
  5. Explore the astral realm safely (more on that later)

Step 1: Focus on your breathing technique

The first important step to astral projecting tonight, is to focus on your breath. Control it, deep breaths, in and out until you start to feel like your mind is emptying. There should be nothing on your mind except the sound and feeling of your breathing.

This is when you’ll start to feel strange, you might notice your body becoming numb or disconnected.

You need to do the relaxed breathing until you get this feeling, it takes longer to begin with. Just sit or lay there, focus on clearing your mind and controlling your breathing.

Now once you’ve done that for about 20 minutes, you’ll experience a heavy wave or a heavy blanket roll over your body, you may even lose the awareness of your physical body. Let this happen and don’t get over excited.

It’s important to know that at this point, you’ll feel like you have the urge to swallow, turn over or move in some way. Resist that urge, because that’s what’s going to STOP you astral projecting.

Step 2: The vibrational stage

This is where you start to shift your consciousness into a different vibrational frequency, in order to project. This might be new to you, specially if you’ve never done this before. Here are some essential things the remember:

  • Feel your body start to vibrate and shimmer
  • Don’t panic if you can help it!
  • Try and stay focused
  • Let the vibrations pass over you
  • Don’t move any muscles
  • Don’t try to think about anything

Now once this has settled in and you’re at the vibrational stage, you can start to exercise your willpower. This will FORCE you to astral project, and leave your physical body.

There are several ways of doing this, so it’s down to you to find the way that works best for you.

Step 3: Visualize yourself moving, WITHOUT actually moving

This is where the astral projection exit techniques come into play. You need to lift yourself in your new relaxed state out of your physical body.

Some common methods are to imagine your hand contracting and closing without it actually moving, focus on the feeling until you can almost see/feel your hand move.

Imagine the hand moving up slowly, and try to see and feel this all while keeping your eyes closed and focusing on your breathing.

Another way is to imagine a bar or a rope above you as you lay or sit, and visualize your hand reaching out to grab it. Really focus and try to feel the movement, just reach out with your astral body and grab the rope.

When you’ve found a way that works for you, and you’ve really focused on the visual aspect, exercise all your willpower and push/lift OUT of your body.

Step 4: Rise up from your body

You’ll naturally be drawn strongly back to your body the first few times, this is natural and will improve with practice. You can do this as many times as you need to, there’s no limit although some say it’s healthy to maintain a balance between the physical world and the astral.

Rising from your physical body and into astral realm

Now you’re free, you can go anywhere and do what you wish.

Maybe try examining an object you’ve never really looked at before, or read the spine of a book on your shelf, then check if it’s right when you return to your body. To return to your body, simply ‘think’ it.

That’s all it takes to return.

It’s at this stage, (or rather, just BEFORE this stage) that most people get stuck, and hold themselves back. Be sure to keep telling yourself that you’re safe and protected. This mindset and belief will keep you safe, and make sure nothing bad happens to you. 

Is is safe to astral project?

It is perfectly safe to astral project, and in fact it will help you to feel more motivated, happier and to sleep better. There are many myths online that depict astral projection as being dangerous but from the vast majority of peoples experiences, it’s very safe. 

Astral Projection is a matter of personal experience.

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Some people can feel that they are trapped, but then, with Lucid Dreaming when you experience sleep paralysis, it’s exactly the same thing, you feel like you can’t move and sometimes even see things that aren’t there.

There is always a ‘silver cord’ attaching you to your physical body, this cannot be broken. Some people claim that Astral Projection is dangerous and there are risks involved. This is not necessarily the case, it’s a skill just like Lucid Dreaming, and there is still much we don’t know about it.

For this reason, only try to Astral Project if you’ve read up about it and know what you’re doing. If you don’t feel comfortable with it, or you don’t fully understand it, then don’t try it. If you think it’s dangerous, or you don’t feel like it’s for you, then don’t try it.

It had to be mentioned on this site as it’s so similar to Lucid Dreaming, and some people who are interested in one thing are quite often interested in the other, they seem to go together nicely.

How do you know if you are astral projecting?

Generally, you will know if you are astral projecting if you hear a soft popping sound, humming, whirring, or a high frequency sound in your inner ears. You might also feel like you are floating, flying or moving without using a physical body or limbs. These feelings are pretty common and have been described by people all around the world.

I know it’s probably not a very helpful thing to say, but you will just KNOW when you’re astral projecting. Sounds crazy but you honestly will know, and be able to tell for yourself. 

Can you die in astral projection?

You can not die from astral projection, and it’s perfectly safe, but there are some small risks. For example, you might have the feeling that you are stuck in the astral projection, but that is just an illusion. In the astral realm, time feels like it’s passing slower, so you feel like you’re ‘stuck’ even though it’s really just a few seconds of time in the real world.

You can not DIE in astral projection any more than you can die in a dream.

There are cases where you might feel ‘attacked’ or in danger while astral projecting, but these are very rare. And even in those situations you’re not really in danger. It’s just the feeling and experience that might be scary or even uncomfortable.

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I would actually say that lucid dreaming can FEEL scarier or even more painful, because you can simulate all sorts of scary situations or even deaths and painful events in a dream. Astral projection is a lot more about what you WANT to happen. 

Meaning your intention is more of a guiding force behind OBEs. Lucid dreams are a kind of mixture of your subconscious doing it’s own thing, and your conscious desire or intent. 

Can you get stuck in astral projection?

You can not get physically stuck in astral projection although it can seem like time is passing slower. Because time works slightly differently while you’re having an OBE, you’ll sometimes feel like time is passing a bit slower and if you decide you want to end the OBE during that time, it might seem like you’re stuck for a few seconds. 

Time dilation can make it feel like you’re there for longer than you REALLY are. 

It happens with lucid dreams too, and in reality, you’re not stuck. You’re just trying to escape the state for a few seconds, but IN those few seconds it can feel like minutes or even hours in some cases. Sounds scary but it’s honestly not that bad.

How long do astral projections last?

Astral projection lasts about 3-5 minutes for most people, once you know how to induce an OBE. For beginners or people having their first astral projection experience, this can be much shorter. You might astral project for about 10 seconds or less before waking up.

Here are a few things you can do to make astral projection last LONGER: 

  • Stay calm and don’t panic
  • Focus on INTENDING for it to last longer
  • Don’t try and do really exciting things like sex too soon
  • Shout out loud ‘keep me here longer’
  • Don’t get distracted by too many things at once
  • Meditate during the day to practice holding your focus
  • Wear an Amethyst crystal necklace to help open your third eye

Is astral projection a dream?

Astral projection is very different to a dream, however it is similar to another out of body state known as lucid dreaming. Unlike lucid dreaming however, astral projection is not just in the mind, and involves interacting with another dimension. 

As I’ve explained a few times now, astral projection is very different to a dream.

The two sensations and experiences are sort of similar, in a few ways, but you’ll really just FEEL like something’s different when you astral project. It’s a strange feeling to describe, but you’ll ‘wake up’ knowing that something BIG has just happened. 

What are the symptoms of astral projection?

The symptoms of astral projection can include tingling, popping noises, a heavy feeling on your chest, and strange sounds. To really know you’re having an OBE, you should try and view your body from above, or try to remember what you were doing last. 

But different people feel different things.

Some other signs and symptoms of astral projection include:

  • Feelings of being heavy
  • Feeling tingly or buzzy
  • Feelings of floating or being weightless
  • Change in your heart rate
  • Stiffness or paralysis
  • Vibrations or heavy limbs
  • Pressure and sound

Signs of astral travel in dreams

The signs of astral projection in dreams are things like humming noises, vivid memories that you can’t explain, and the feeling that you’ve left this dimension. Astral projection can often be triggered inside a normal dream, and you’ll wake up with a deep feeling of inner knowing that it wasn’t just a ‘normal dream’. 

It’s hard to explain it any better than that.

You’ll just KNOW that you’ve been astral projecting, because it FEELS and seems different to a normal dream. And I mean VERY different. On average, we have about 3-5 dreams per night and we might remember about 1 per night.

But when you have an OBE, it feels like NOTHING you’ve experienced before.

Like no other dream. It comes nowhere close, and you have a distinct sense that something incredible has happened. Like your reality has been ripped apart, and you’ve seen beyond the illusion. 

Can you astral project without knowing?

While it is possible to astral project without knowing, it’s not very common. This is because the state of astral projection is all about intention and belief, and without conscious effort and belief it’s difficult to enter an OBE and explore the astral realm. 

It’s much like driving a car. 

You don’t accidentally drive a car.

It takes months of practice, intent and hard work. You have to WANT to drive the car. And in fact, astral projection is much more difficult than driving a car, so naturally it’s going to take longer to learn.

What should you not do in astral projection?

There are a few things you should avoid doing during astral projection, such as thinking about negative situations or ideas. Also, try not to explore the ‘real’ world too much because this can confuse your memory of what really happened and what was just a dream.

It’s important to remember that there are SOME dangers and risks to astral projection.

Most of them are harmless guidelines or warnings, but there are a couple of things to be aware of. Here’s some more things to not do during astral projection: 

  • Think about negative things or places
  • Focus on a feeling of fear or doubt
  • Try and cause someone harm or discomfort
  • Try and spy on someone
  • Gain knowledge for personal gain
  • Steal or spy on peoples private life
  • View other people sexually

Can people see you while you’re astral projecting?

People can not see you physically while you are astral projecting, but if you try and move objects, they might notice. It’s very difficult to interact with the real world during an OBE, and to actually move objects around but it is possible. Advanced astral travellers are able to make themselves known but very rarely can you actually see someone while they are astral projecting.

This doesn’t mean that you can NEVER see other people who are projecting though. 

It’s possible for you to notice that they’re moving things around, or interacting with the energy of you, objects in the room or other things. They’ll usually only see you when you INTEND to be seen though.

So don’t worry about being spotted if you wanted to spy on someone with astral projection, for example. It’s unlikely that anyone will notice you while you’re astral projecting. 

Learning MORE about astral projection

To learn more about astral projection you should probably read articles from someone who’s more experienced in it.

This site is focused only on lucid dreaming, (except for this article) so if you want to know more about astral projection you should head over to which is an astral travel guide.

If you’ve already tried to astral project

If you’ve already TRIED to astral project but you just can’t seem to do it, I have created something really interesting over on my other site for you. It’s The Astral Discovery Course, designed to help you if you’ve already TRIED to project but it’s not worked for you. 

Here’s some of what you’ll learn in the course:

  • Learn exactly WHY astral projection is so difficult, and how to make everything feel easier, right from the start so you can save yourself lots of time
  • The self doubt trap: How your own beliefs and brain can hold you back without you knowing, and unless you fix this? It doesn’t matter WHAT technique you try
  • How to get inside your own subconscious brain, and hack it so that astral projection becomes natural and easier for you
  • Unlocking the incredible power of the pineal gland: In depth look at the ‘god organ’ and how you can unblock it, supercharge it and USE it to astral travel and experience impossible things
  • The 7 things you MUST avoid if you want to decalcify your pineal gland (some of these 95% of people don’t even think are bad!)
  • How your own phone, laptop, and TV screen are harming your body, and what to do about it (A simple handful of fixes and solutions)
  • HOW TO ASTRAL PROJECT the right way, safely and reliably: Learn why it’s not worked before, and how most people approach it wrong and focus on the wrong things
  • A step by step technique walking you through the exact things to do, to exit your physical body safely.
  • The astral ‘puzzle pieces’ and how they all fit together: If you understand this, it will NEVER be difficult for you again and you’ll be able to decide when to project!
  • How to actually remember your astral experiences vividly: You need to be able to convert memories from your parabrain to your physical brain and decode them
  • How to prepare for ‘the sensation stage’ which is where 80% of beginners give up and get scared, and basically stop practicing or trying (push through this stage and you’re home free)
  • Stacking the odds in your favor: How to make it more likely that you WILL astral project than you won’t by setting everything around you up to support you

Check out the Astral Discovery course now and learn to astral project TONIGHT! It’s a really detailed video course showing you step by step how to astral project, even if you’ve never done it before.