QUOTE(grim789 @ Nov 8 2009, 02:19 AM)
First off i would like to thank Dancing Coyote for this post i will be trying your techniques and advice on caution. But i was wondering is there like any circles or anything to help this process? And if you dont mind i would love to hear about some of your and others experinces. So that when i try to astral project my first time i will kinda get a good idea of what to experience. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/yikes.gif
I'm glad you've found some use out of my rantings. I am unaware of any practicing circles that do astrial travel. Those in groups I've heard of use it differently. And this is how I've heard it used in a group: a few people generating power, someone keeping the group connected, someone channeling power, someone protecting the physical group, and finally the astrial traveler going about doing what the group needs. Otherwise as an initiatory experience a teacher will open the door to the realm of the spirits and the student will jump in (so to speak).
I personally have invested interested in keeping that space updated, I have a 'magic(k)al temple in the spirit world where my current entities stay (Some I've created others have just fallen into my lap). To pinpoint my first experience would be difficult because I did it alot when I was a kid and rediscovered it when I was older.
So here are some of the steps I went through when I was in my teens trying this out consciously. I would usually set a specific time to practice throughout the day which is very useful. I tried different positions and breathing patterns and settled into what worked for me, which is laying down and deep slow breathing. Initially I would start to try and visualize my spiritual body leaving my physical and mentally count down from ten with every number slowing my breath (only count down when you're ready to: it's distracting to keep an even pace between numbers). I then would feel a tingling sensation in my hands and feet, at that point I would get really excited and come out of the trance. Getting excited and stopping is normal, it took me several tries because the tingling sensation eventually envelopes the whole body and you can really tell you're on to something.
I would also like to note that alot of people get a tingling sensation (I happen to be one of them) but not everyone gets this and even I have grown out of it. I think the sensation happens because we slowly leave our bodies on the first go round. I also got an auditory static sort of noise (kind of like a plane taking off) as I left my body, which I've never read as a common thing.