I’ve been both hesitant and too lazy to write this up, but here it goes (for better or worse)
A UPG Post about my experiences with Astral Travel and Fence Hopping (containing advice and tips)
Ways of Astral Travel
There are various ways of Astral Travel. The most common ways that I hear of are through
- lucid dreaming
- day dreaming
they’re definitely some of the “easiest” methods for those who are comfortable with controlling dreams, meditation, relaxation, and concentration.
I, personally, find that these methods are easier to do with the assistance of an outside substance like alcohol, or the action of sleep deprivation. I’ll talk more about these in a bit~
With these three ways, the use of visualization, concentration, and relaxation are important. You must be able to sit still and focus. Using your mind’s eye (visualization) is an important part and needs lots of concentration.
From things I’ve read, people typically have a “focus point” that acts as their entrance into the astral. For some it is a door, for others it is a gate, for others its fence, etc.
The Focus point will differ for everyone due to what works best for them.
When I do my fence hopping, my focus point is a mirror, in which I will use to switch perspectives (I’ll talk more about this later~)
Our Realm —- In Between Place—— Other Realms
The “astral” plane is made up of various different realms. In order to get from one realm to another, one must (but not always due to the large amount of variants that can occur) go through the “in between place”. Its the “empty” space/extra space that the realms in the “Astral” plane exist in.
Its like going down a hallway to get from one room to another, or using the stairs to get from upstairs to downstairs. Its like a transportation area to move from one realm to another (though variants do exist).
To get from one realm to another, you should (as an example) exit the door, go through the hallway, and open another door.
Remember the holiday trees found in “The Nightmare Before Christmas”? Imagine the area right beyond the door and before the new holiday area as the “in between place”
The old way of how I used to Travel
When the “Common” methods just don’t work
You’ve tried for a while. Lucid dreaming, meditation, trying through day dreaming, but nothing seems to work!
Fret not, it is like most things not everyone can do things the same way as others do. Just like I can’t feel comfortable doing something like others do, the same can be said with astral travel.
Not every one method will work for every person.
Just like with many things, you will need to find the method that works best for you. Now, what are some alternative ways?
Trance methods are some different ways that can induce astral travel.
What are some various trance methods? You can easily google different trance inducing methods. A few of them include
- sleep deprivation
- special teas
- ceremonial ritual
- use of psychedelic drugs (I would suggest using what is legally available to you, and to always check with a doctor/expert)
- the inducing through painful or relaxing activities (jogging, getting a massage, etc)
- the use of music
This Crooked Crown’s Trance Tag
A useful ask that Crown answered
Crown’s tag on astral stuff
Hedge’s post about Hedge crossing (which can be helpful for trance work information)
Duskenpath’s post on astral travel how-to stuff
Prepping for astral travel: The Rose Bell
My advice for those having trouble with “traditional methods” of astral travel
I want you to know that there are various different ways to astral travel, all of the ways are equally valid and effective for the individual person. If one method isn’t working, I would try another and another. There are a thousand different ways to paint a painting, but all of them end with a painting no matter what c:
What is Astral travel? What is the Astral? Is any of this really happening?
Dusken’s answer to “Is it all real?”
Crown’s answer to “What is the Astral?”
UPG stuff: Astral Travel, as I see it, is the movement of your astral self across the astral. Its not a dream (a dream is when you merely are inside yourself or traveling within your own mind). You actively leave yourself to go somewhere else. The act of leaving your body (whether or not you leave this realm doesn’t matter) and enter into the astral.
You are on a different level of perception, a level that our physical self have trouble perceiving on a normal day-to-day basis.
The Astral Self
We all have different Selves. The physical self, the dreaming self, the astral self, etc
Some believe the astral self is our spirit our “soul”. That when we lose our physical body, we are able to fully enter into the astral with nothing really keeping us hooked to the physical realm.
I believe that our astral self is our energy. Our physical self is the temporary container that holds our energy as it is “shaped”.
Our Physical perception and awareness is limited
Because of our physical limitations, we are missing much of the world around us. Without technology, we wouldn’t be able to see the microscopic world, we wouldn’t be able to see ultra violet lights, we wouldn’t be able to see planets lightyears away.
Our eyes only have 3 different color spectrums, so imagine all the things we are missing just because we can’t see them as the color they really are.
The astral self is able to see beyond our physical limitations. Its perception of reality could possibly be more accurate than how we physically perceive it.
The dangers of astral travel
Yes, they do exist. The astral plane is not separate from the truths that we live with.
Horrible things still happen, but don’t forget that good things can happen too.
Sometimes your actions dictate what happens to you, and sometimes shit just happens no matter what you do.
Can we die in the astral?
Yes we can. Death is present everywhere.
law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system cannot change—it is said to be conservedover time. Energy can be neither created nor destroyed, but can change form, for instance chemical energy can be converted to kinetic energy in the explosion of a stick of dynamite.
Remember what I stated before? Our astral self is our energy. Energy cannot be created nor destroyed (as we understand it). It merely changes form.
When your astral form is ”killed”, you are not destroyed, but rather changed in some way.
Typically as I found it to be, your astral self will either be “respawned” in a new area of the astral, or in a new form (variants exist)
or you will be booted and synced back to your physical form (you return to your body).
Can things enter your body? Your body is meant for you, so it is difficult for anything else to try and take it. Your body will usually try to reject the foreign object. It takes something pretty strong to take your body (or if you allow it, and even then its iffy).
Even when you’re astral self is not within the physical self, you still own and control it. Its still yours. A trace of you will always be connected to the body. Its difficult to overcome that link and take control of the body (most things don’t bother due to the difficulty or are unable due to their limitations).
Can things follow you back? Yes they most certainly can; however, you can use methods to prevent this and even make it mostly impossible. Some ways include
- sleep circles
- glamour spells of invisibility
- sigils/symbols that make it impossible to follow
The Astral follows our basic rules that we follow everyday.
My advice is to stray away from dangerous neighborhoods and to not give trust easily to strangers.
And importantly, don’t eat/drink/take something from a source you don’t trust (getting drugged is not fun).
Trust your gut and if something feels dangerous get away from it.
Dangerous things exist there, but safe things too. Its just a place, in which many variants exist in. Expect many things, for many things exist.
Astral travel if you desire, but if you don’t want to (or are afraid) you don’t have to
You do not need (in any way) to astral travel
Do what you want, do what you feel comfortable with, do what you feel safe with.
You won’t be losing anything from not traveling. Technically speaking, you’re still connected to the astral (as all things are). You just don’t travel.
And that’s a-ok.
You can still interact with the astral without traveling, you can still travel without going through the astral, etc.
I think I’ve covered all the questions
one last thing to talk about “Fence Hopping” its what I call my own way of “astral travel”
My astral self is split in two, in which one is within Arcadia and the other is with my physical body.
When I desire to travel, I merely switch perspective with the use of a mirror (hopping the fence between my selves).
my astral selves still act without my focused perception on them.
hope everyone enjoyed this post, even though I didn’t cover a lot of things :/
there’s just a ton to cover.