– Astral Projection while asleep
When one realizes that human beings spend approximately one third of their lives asleep, how can one help hoping that this time is not entirely wasted, that it serves some useful purpose? Why shouldn’t the soul and spirit have the chance to learn or to do some useful work while the physical body is recuperating?
To work while we are asleep? I can assure you, it is possible; in fact, it is highly desirable. If you want to do this, before going to sleep at night, put yourself in touch mentally with the regions of the universe that you would like to visit so as to get to know the beings that dwell in them and be allowed to learn from them.
Someone who has never had any practice in making their body the instrument of his spirit is not capable of freeing themself for spiritual work in the invisible world while they are asleep. You must realize that the body has a very important role to play in the spiritual life. If it is not well trained it can prevent the spirit from leaving it and doing the work it has to do. There is more than one kind of sleep, you know…
When your soul manages to escape from your sleeping body, it is never idle; it moves about, contemplating immensity, communicating with heavenly spirits and gaining greater understanding of love, wisdom and truth. When it re-enters your body, it brings with it the memory of all the revelations it has received and attempts to pass them on to your brain. It is these memories that we call dreams.
Moreover, it is at night that disciples leave their body and go to join their Master in order to continue learning from him. Here again, when they wake up in the morning, they will not remember exactly what they saw or understood in their sleep, but they will have a sensation of something beautiful and luminous that will stay with them all day long.
For my part, I often talk to you at night, and tell you things that I cannot yet reveal to you on the physical plane, for you would not understand them. Nor, above all, would you know what to do with them. Whereas the truths that I transmit to you by thought are already at work in your subconscious mind, and when you are capable of grasping and using them, they will reveal themselves to you.
During the night, though, an initiate can be in several places at once to help those who need him. You, too, can begin to work in this way. Before going to sleep, tell yourself, ‘I am going to leave my body tonight and go and study in the invisible world and try to help those who are in need.’ Never forget to go to sleep with the magnificent goal in mind of doing some work on the invisible plane, for it is this thought that makes everything possible.
When you have a problem or question that worries you, you can try to find the solution during your sleep by writing it down on a piece of paper and putting the paper under your pillow. We can all use the work of the subconscious that goes on at night to help us accomplish our plans and ideas. Is there something you really want to achieve? A weakness you want to overcome or a quality you want to acquire? Meditate at length and then go to sleep with this desire in mind and it will continue to work while you are asleep.
On condition that you learn to do so with prudence, it can be very beneficial to use your sleep to help you to accomplish certain things. Suppose, for example, that you know that someone dislikes you and is trying to harm you. If you cannot go and talk to that person about it, go to sleep with the thought that you will go and see them during the night and tell them: ‘Listen, my friend, even if you do manage to harm me, what good will it do you? You will be happy for a little while and I shall suffer for a little while, but my suffering will make me stronger, and in the long run you will be the loser. What’s more, you will have a karmic debt to pay. You’d do better to give up the whole thing, because it won’t do you any good.’
In this way you will influence their subconscious and they may decide to change their mind. But, even if they don’t change their mind, at least you will have learned how to do another kind of mental work. As you see, the realm of the spirit is immense, infinite.
Omraam Mikahel Aivanhov,
Izvor Book 228, Looking into the Invisible, Intuition, Clairvoyance, Dreams