Many of those who practice astral travel have a common problem: they fall asleep while doing that. This shows that there isn’t a good control of energies of the subtle body. However, it can be exericsed. To succeed in maintaining consciousness without falling asleep you need to exercise for a period of 1-2 months over increasing control of your subtle energies. These exercises are not mandatory, they can be skipped but their role is obvious to those who have practiced them.
To successfully practice these exercises you need a ventilated room where you should make sure that there are no noise sources. Also it is important that the brightness is medium. Sunlight should not fall directly on your face so that its intensity does not bother you. You can use a blanket laying on the floor, a bed or a chair (armchair). If the bed inspires you to sleep then you’d better use a chair, at least in the early stages.
The best time to practice astral travel is early morning. As for most of us it is difficult to use this moment, you can carry out the exercises at any time of day. It is useful to keep practice at same hour every day as the body gets used to a certain biorhythm and at that time the effect will be greatly amplified after a long period of practice. However, the most important thing is to choose the time when no one will disturb you. The daily time for practice (it is ideal to be done daily) can vary between 30 minutes to an hour.
Sit on the blanket (bed/chair/armchair), with your face up and legs straight and slightly apart (about 15-20 cm). Hands are positioned at your sides with palms facing up. Keep your eyes closed throughout the exercise, it is also important to maintain a state of complete immobility. If the temperature is too low cover yourself with a blanket before starting.
Focus attention to your legs and imagine how the yellow shining light, just like sunlight, passes through your feet. For 2-4 minutes just visualize the light surrounding the aura around your legs and impregnates this area of the body.
After that, focus on your hands for 2-4 minutes and visualize the sunlight around your hands and arms. Now try to focus on an image of both hands and legs surrounded and impregnated by the intense bright yellow light.
Then focus on your neck and trunk to imagine how the light flows into your body. Then perceive the energy flow around your trunk for another 2-4 minutes.
Then focus on your head and visualize how the energy penetrates through the head, neck and impregnates every cell with bright sunlight. Keep in mind the same image for 2-4 minutes.
Now visualize the whole body wrapped in bright yellow light. Imagine that the size of the light shine increases around you and reaches the walls of the room. Imagine that as it grows, your body loses its shape and becomes a huge ovoid of light and solar energy. Repeat at least 5-6 times a feeling of increased energy around your body.
Focus on the sensations you would have when you feel the wall through that body of light. Imagine reaching and touching the walls and furniture. Keep this stage as long as you are allowed by the time you have and aim to “feel” tactile sensation of contact with those objects.
Fcus attention on the physical body, start moving fingers of the hands and feet. Open your eyes and get up slowly. It is recommended not to turn on TV or radio straight away. This exercise amplifies any perceptions and it is possible that an image or a disharmonic song has negative effects on your subconscious.
As mentioned before, this exercise is designed to enhance the perception of the astral body. This is the first step towards a conscious astral projection. Except this, it also has positive effects on health and helps in purification of the subconscious.