lolperksofdecoratingawal asked: What are the prerequisites of astral projection (like the yogis way, they achieved it naturally) Im trying to gather a list and achieve all of them Also in meditation, ive heard conflicting things on breathing, like one side says that the breath should get shallower untill the breath settles between the eyebrows and it feels like youre not breathing and the other says it should get deeper and longer It would help if could clear the misunderstanding, thanks
Some ‘prerequisites’, as I used the term conceptually speaking, would include cultivating a meditation practice. The ‘cooling’ of the mind, or beginning to be present, without racing thoughts, labeling experiences etc, is important while moving out of the body, and keeping the Astral Travel going. For some people this comes more naturally than for others. The meditation practice will also an encourage a sense of conscious awareness. As you become more, again present in your daily life, you will also have this raised sense of your experience in your nightly adventures!
Secondly, and this will happen naturally with meditation practice, you can lighten anything that may be weighing down your heart, or mental/emotional/psychic (as in the state of your psyche the contents of your unconscious). There are other helpful tools such as writing in a journal, and contemplating emotions, images, memories that seem to surface.
Finally, I do encourage a healthy diet. Taking care of the physical body feeds the Astral Body. This holistic approach to your well-being will also encourage the purification. The Yogis were very strict about all these things but also used Pranayama techniques to intensify the process. You can look into this more if you’re interested but essentially Pranayama is a multitude of, sometimes rather complex, breathing practices which help to purify the physical body, as well as the subtle body/chakras.
Now this leads me nicely into your final concern. When it comes to the breath and areas of concentration when learning to meditate there are different techniques. Many Yogis practice a handful of techniques- but all in all Eastern culture defines many, many specific breathing patterns, mudras (hand positions, points of concentration on the nose etc), visualizations (Devetas, or envisioning a diety), and mantra (use of sound).
This all being summarized, I would suggest that you may look more into this subject by reading Breath, Mind and Consciousness by Harish Johari. That being said I can recommend a practice that will work for you, and is relatively straightforward.
Essentially you will sit comfortably in meditation posture, with your spine upright. When you are relaxed begin concentrating on your breath. Allow yourself to breath as naturally as possibly. After time you may begin to feel the breath as well, but continue keeping your awareness on the breath- “in” and “out”. It is a common experience, that over time, while allowing the breath to do what it will, whether at first, and for long periods, it gets stronger/heavier or lighter, faster or slower, eventually it will slow down very much and get very shallow. Again, the key is to allow things to be natural- allow thoughts to come and go as they please. Observe them and let them pass- keep your concentration on the breath. Do this practice daily, increasing the time you ‘sit’ for weekly (maybe start with 5-10 min and increase up to 20-30 over a few months).