---This is something I posted on another forum, I think it can be useful for you guys!
I read many posts on this interesting forum on OBE about people not able to project after reading all the books of Robert Bruce and many other skilled authors. I studied a little bit the mechanics of Astral Projecting, I leaned a lot but I don't claim knowing everything. This thread represents my opinion on the subject and feel free to correct me if you think I'm wrong or forgot something important.
Depending on your background, some people have better skills at projecting than the rest of us. These things will help you to project (and why):Better knowledge of spirituality in overall
By studying a little bit the Eastern cultures, you can find a lot of references of OBEs and Astral traveling in various scriptures and textbooks. If you are a skeptic, or someone "in-between", making links with what you've learned can help you understand more how it works. If you already deeply believe in Astral Projecting, you might want to skip this one unless you think it can help you.Energy Work and Chakras
Having open chakras will help you big time in projecting. The reason is that the Astral energy flows in you through your chakras. By having balanced and opened chakras, you will "feel" more the energies and have higher vibrations (it will be easier to ascend). BEWARE, if you don't really know or know a little about chakras, I HIGHLY suggest you to read on the subject before attempting anything. There are a lot of risks associated to this action, especially if you have problems in your life or you are unstable emotionally. Opening chakras can worsen your condition and/or cause many psychological and physical problems.
Energy work is also essential because it helps your body to manage your inner energy. It will also balance your chakras therefore helping the energy flow. If you think you are ready for this, go ahead you won't regret it I promise.
There are a lot of ressources on chakras out there, Google is your friend.Fear
Fear will alter considerably your capacity to project. Maybe you should read more on the subject, or understand your own fears to then, be able to eliminate them. It is a major block to astral projection.Urge to project
Going to fast might also block you from projecting. Take the time to read, understand and experiment what you've learned. Vibrations are felt, not created. Patience is the key.Using technology to help you
So Astral projecting is not about yourself and these so-called vibrations? No, there are tools out the that can help you reach the optimal state to project. When you are meditating, your brainwave frequencies go lower in the alpha and theta ranges. Basically, to project you need to slow down your brain to trick your body that you are sleeping (that's when sleep paralysis occur). You need to stay lucid though, otherwise you will probably lucid dream or just fall asleep.
To help you, there are some free and commercial resources out there. I am strongly recommending isochronic tones, because they will help your brain to entrain on specific frequencies. If you are not familiar with this sound engineering technique, Google "binaural beats" or "isochronic tones". I highly suggest http://iso-tones.com
for free tones made by skilled people. Commercial solutions are the other stuff, hemi-sync, brain-sync and much more. You can also make your own sounds with BWGEN and the LunarSight frequency chart.Excitement and focus
The problem with staying lucid is that many of us have problem with disconnecting our mind from the body. If your muscles are not relaxed when you attempt to project, or if you keep noticing every physical change, this will really not help you. You must learn to disconnect your mind from your body. If you keep your focus on your physical body, you will have hard time going in your Astral body.
Focus is also a problem. Your mind needs to stay clear of all possible thought. Thinking about the next football game or your wife will not help you achieve astral projecting. There are concentration exercise out there; for those having this kind of problem, I suggest meditation with mantras.Strange feelings in my body
This is normal, this is you feeling the energy flowing through you. If you have blockages, you might experience intense abdominal pain, navel-area pain or arousal. If it is the case you need to do some energy work (see chakra section). Do not let the pain go on because it is useless you will lose your focus.
A common reaction to OBE is also a sudden racing heartbeat. This is because of you hearth chakra's activation and not because your are dying. It is a good sign, sign that you're almost there. Read more on the subject if you are unsure, fear is your enemy.Literal sense
Some information you read must not be taken in a literal sense. The rope technique is not the action of your physical body pulling a rope. Remember that it's all in your mind, you must feel/visualize the body moving and not move it. You should not move during your attempts else you will probably focus on your body moving and that's not what we want.Try various techniques
Rope, waves, hands twirling, hearing astral noise, feeling astral wind, visualization.. Try them all! There is probably one or more technique that you can use with any senses (touch, sight, earing..). Pick the batch you are more comfortable with.
You can also try to project in lucid dreams, an interesting practice because it is easier for the beginners to lucid dream.Noble intent
If you are studying OBEs/Astral projection to have fun messing with others or spy on someone, you should not be doing this. You must be powered by a positive intent, otherwise you will whether be stuck in the lower zones or not be able to project at all. If you really want to have fun, try lucid dreaming instead.
On a final note, I'd like to precise that I am not English native. Feel free to correct my mistakes, but don't make a story out of it. I hope this helped, if you have questions don't hesitate!