The concept of astral projection is the intentional instigation of an out-of-body experience using solely mental processes. While there is no set methodology that will guarantee a successful astral projection every single time, there are things you can do that will greatly increase your chances of projecting your consciousness outside of your physical body.

Find a quiet location. Without a quiet, comfortable environment, it is next to impossible to initiate an astral projection. Lie or sit down in a quiet room, preferably on a soft surface. Make sure that you will be free from distractions for at least the next 20 minutes.

Close your eyes and relax your body. Ensure that you are not tensing any muscles. Focus on relaxing your physical body; if it helps, tense each muscle group individually, and then release it. Spend at least five minutes relaxing your body until you feel that you are comfortable and calm.

Clear your mind. One of the biggest deterrents to an astral projection is a cloudy, racing mind. As you find your mind moving to other topics and thoughts, quickly but gently refocus your attention on astral projection. If it helps, focus on your breathing as you try to empty your mind of all distractions. Count each breath as you breathe through your nose and slowly exhale it through your mouth. Continue doing this for five minutes or until you feel that you have your mind under control.

Focus on putting your body to sleep. In order to have a successful astral projection, you need to have an awake mind, but an asleep body. Try to imagine a sinking feeling that permeates your entire body. Imagine that your body is made of a heavy substance like sand, or that you are slowly sinking of descending. You should start to feel a numbing sensation throughout your body as you start to lose bodily awareness. Continue this until you are unable to feel all or most of your body.

Make a projection attempt. Once you feel that your body is asleep enough, it's time to try to induce an out-of-body experience. This can be done using a variety of methods, such as visualizing yourself outside of your body, or by imagining that you are pulling yourself out of your body via a rope hanging from the ceiling. Try to make this visualization or imagination as strong as possible without moving a single muscle. If you feel vibrations throughout your body, or a racing heat-beat, you are on the right track. Continue this process until you experience an out-of-body experience, or until you feel exhausted. If you feel exhausted, that means that you did not succeed in an astral projection and you must try again at a later time.