So I did my first two self-hypnosis sessions today. The first one was plain old hypnosis, the deep measured breaths, focusing on areas of the body and having them relax, imagining a relaxing place, breathing out tension and worried thoughts, etc. The stuff really works, you do come away feeling renewed, calm, relaxed, and wanting to take on tasks.
Then I did a 35 minute session called Astral Projection Beach Induction. Preceding it is a three minute how-to and what-not-to and warns against traveling to dark places and such things. One can reason as they want for how to interpret that. One could say that since you are, to a certain extent, relinquishing a certain amount of control that one could run the risk of a bad experience. Or, if you believe in things as souls and spirits (as I do), that you could get trapped in a bad place in the spirit world.
Although I do believe in soul and spirit, that doesn’t necessarily mean I believe in astral projection. I am not certain as to the separation of spirit or soul from the body prior to death’s sundering. There has been many a mystic who have claimed to have spirit journeys, but the nature of the claim makes its verification difficult to say the least. Difficult without doing it yourself and seeing what’s up. And even there, well I’ll just see.
It was pretty intense even though I was having problems projecting or creating images. It was either fuzzy or swapped out of my control a lot. I got some handle on it and did achieve a level of calm(?). The speaker (the guy on the tape who takes a little getting used to – he sounds just a tad like Agent Smith from The Matrix in tone and delivery, creepy right?) tells you at one point to make contact with your Guardian Angel and to picture it/him/her as a sourceless point of brilliant, white light that bathes you. That is to be your protector as you travel in the spirit world.
I don’t know if it is merely the white light that keeps you from “bad trippin'” or the device itself, or, in fact, a Guardian Angel. Agent Smith let’s you know that you can refer to the “guardian angel” in some other terms. That’s to keep the New Agers in the loop I guess as they may be put off by something as religious sounding (I think Catholic sounding, but I could be wrong) as a Guardian Angel.
I didn’t achieve lift-off. It was my first time and you’re spending probably too much concentration on the technique to achieve the necessary level of focus or clarity. I think I may have “shimmered” and I certainly felt removed from the room I was in, but who knows what that is? One can experience the same sort of thing from an afternoon nap and we don’t consider that out of the ordinary.
Like I mentioned before, it is not entirely relevant whether you do in fact go on a spirit journey or achieve the astral plane (whatever that is) but that you achieve a level of relaxation and mental focus that you think you are on the astral plane. Eventually I would love to incorporate this into writing after I attain a level of mastery and control. I think it could do wonders to actually be able to step into your created world and experience that level of intimacy with it.
One of the things one has to keep in mind when doing this is to get in a comfortable position THAT WILL STAY THAT WAY! Twice I began my session in a certain position that felt good when I began but then became bothersome ten minutes later.