Astral Projection 101: DMT & Sleep Paralysis

Written by Ryan Boyd|

What is DMT?

DMT or Dimethyltryptamine is a naturally occurring chemical compound in the human brain.  It is produced by our


pineal gland or third eye when we sleep and is said to be the main reason we experience dreams (this is not proven, but all indications lead to this being the most likely possibility).  The compound is found in almost every plant and mammal (including grass!) with a few exceptions.

The majority of life contains the essential amino acid ‘tryptophan ‘ and the enzyme that turns it into DMT known as INMT.  As much as this crystalline compound appears within life on Earth, its primary function has not been determined (although I will present a theory later on in the article).  It can be extracted and synthesized from many plants and is considered a psychedelic drug/highly illegal.  This is very hypocritical because humans produce it every night in deep REM sleep, and we essentially are all ‘criminals’.

When inhaled (smoked) or consumed (ayahuasca), it can produce a profound effect unlike any other psychedelic substance, seemingly sending the user into another dimension and allowing the user to converse with higher dimensional entities/experience a more full perception of reality.  Sounds like something we’ve been studying doesn’t it?  One thing to keep in mind is that when our bodies are under stress that may result in death, our pineal glands pump our brains with DMT!  This may explain the reason we see a supernatural light/paranormal experiences, or seemingly astral project when we have a ‘near death experience’.  That also makes one wonder, do we astral project when we die?  We’ll get back to this!

What is Sleep Paralysis?


Sleep Paralysis is the state in which your mind is awake and your body is asleep.  There are two instances in which this is experienced; the first when a person is about to go to sleep because their mind is active but their bodies turn off due to immobility, the second is right before waking in which the mind awakens prematurely in REM sleep but the body is not yet done it’s cycle.

One can be sitting there, wide awake, but not able to move one limb.  It is as if you have a heavy, lead blanket covering you.  The only thing the mind can influence is eye in this state is eye movements and breathing patterns, which is the secret to controlling this experience (we’ll get to that a bit later as well).  It is common and can be experienced by 20%-60% depending on the population examined.  It is usually a result of anxiety disorders or stress, but this is only because of the fact that when you are in those mind states your mind is constantly going.

Here’s where it gets interesting; when in sleep paralysis, your brain thinks you are asleep, so it releases DMT in order to dream.  As we’ve already stated in the above paragraph, this results in a psychedelic experience, and may result in astral projection.  But, while this is happening, you can’t move!  This probably will increase fear and panic, and these emotions will manifest in the experience.  Let’s talk about what happens at this point.

Demons? Aliens? Ghosts?  (Oh my!)


Many people have reported seeing evil beings holding them down, standing/sitting on their chest or scaring them during sleep paralysis.  This in particular is a big fear for many who want to experience astral projection, so let’s clear up a few things.  Introducing OBE’s explains that you experience an astral density based on your current frequency or aura.  This also applies to sleep paralysis, so if you are experiencing negative entities, then you should take measures to raise your frequency (meditation, acting out of compassion, living from the heart).

It also matters what you believe or expect from sleep paralysis, because this may also manifest the experience you expect.  If you emit fear, then beings who feed on fear will appear before you.  This is why teachers of astral projection tell their students that they will never see anything negative, because then the student will expect nothing negative and have no fear.  No matter how powerful the entity, nothing can enter you without your permission, and this applies to your shields as well.  If you use the techniques properly in Exploring Without Fear before you go to bed every night, you will never experience a negative entity during sleep paralysis.


Anaesthetics; Feeling Every Moment


Sleep Paralysis can also be experienced under anaesthetics.  If you have ever gone into surgery, you may have had this dreadful experience, and I feel very sorry for you.  In modern medicine, in order to operate on patients, doctors will give you a substance that knocks us out so that you don’t feel pain while being operated on.

What doctors don’t know is that these substances can only truly knock out the body, and the mind can break through the threshold of consciousness.  If you’ve ever heard of those freak surgeries where people are under anaesthetics and can’t move their bodies but they are wide awake, can hear everything, and feel EVERYTHING, I want to confirm that these experiences are true.  This is a form of sleep paralysis.  In these instances, it is also possible to astral project because of the amount of stress the mind is under.  It almost serves as an emergency switch to get you to safety.

I want to tell you a story of a good friend of mine named Sarah who had a lot of spiritual talent at a young age.  One day she went to the hospital for an operation that required her to be opened up, so she was given an anaesthetic and went under.  She was waiting for it to kick in and just began to day dream.  After awhile, she realized that she was still conscious, but then started to feel the surgeons prepping and getting her body ready for lacerations.  Then, they began operating.  She felt every moment of excruciating pain, and couldn’t express it physically.  But she eventually noticed something different.

She couldn’t breathe; she felt her airway being pushed up against.  Sarah panicked, and then suddenly left her body.  She could see her own body and the surgeons operating on it.  Out of instinct, she phased through the wall and found her father, who was asleep.  Sarah began to yell to him what had happened to her in the operating room, and he suddenly woke up.  He burst into the operating room and told the doctors to stop operating, that they were cutting her airway off.  Her father saved her life because she went out of body.

As you can see, OBE’s can be used as a safety mechanism as well as a tool for exploration.



Comas usually occur due to a brain trauma that knocks someone unconscious and doesn’t reboot.  At this point, the brain may take this situation as a near death experience, and as we said before the brain releases a large amount of DMT when under this sort of stress.  The brain may expect the body to not be functional anymore, so the release of DMT may be to push our consciousness out expecting it not to return.

Comas can be a result of our consciousness accidently leaving our bodies and not understanding how to get back to them.  Many have theorized that comas put people in a sort of Limbo, in which time is almost at a standstill and the environment seems almost melancholy.  This may describe the Real-Time Zone, an experience between the third and fourth dimensional planes described in Introducing OBE’s.  It is also possible that people become trapped in their Inner Sanctuary, in a constant lucid dream like state.  It may even be possible that some people in comatose are in an experience similar to sleep paralysis, conscious and in the body but not able to move.  If any of these are true, it could lead to many other conclusions about consciousness and how it interacts with everything.  I’ll leave that up to all of you.


DMT; A Crystalline Structure


Pure DMT Crystal

I will be going into this subject a lot more in the future to thoroughly explain what crystals actually do, but I will give a small explanation now as it is relevant.  What a crystal actually does is alter and amplify vibrations.  This can mean a variety of things depending on the mathematics of the structure, as each structure is unique.

It’s just like how white light will change into the full color spectrum after passing through a prism; the light bounces off the walls of the prism in a specific geometric way that alters its appearance.  Light is information, so it essentially alters the information being passed through the crystal.  All crystals use this same concept depending on their geometry, and that’s why different crystals have different effects.  DMT has a crystalline structure, and from what has been gathered about experiences related to it, I think we can conclude that DMT amplifies and expands our consciousness to multiple levels of reality so that we can explore these “invisible worlds”.

Intentional Sleep Paralysis


Getting into this state can be troublesome depending on the person.  Some people may just fall asleep, and others will be scared to go through with it.  It’s all a matter of practise and getting comfortable.  First, ground and shield yourself.  This way you know that nothing will harm you and nothing will happen unexpected.  Try this at a time when you are not tired, preferably in the morning or afternoon.  You can do a small meditation to get yourself focussed.  Lay down in a face up position and get comfortable, because you’re going to be in this position for a long time.  In your head, count down from 120, then 60, then 30.

You may begin to feel numb in your fingers and possibly your legs.  Remind yourself every so often that your mind is awake, keep it going with thoughts but DON’T drift off in a daydream.  Once you feel your body getting heavy, almost like it’s sinking into the bed or surface you are laying on, you’ll know that your body is shutting off.  Keep regular breathing.  Now, there’s a bit of a trial your brain puts you through to test that you are asleep.  It gives you intense feelings to roll over or change positions and may even make you itch in certain places at random.  IGNORE THESE URGES.  Do not move whatever you do.  Eventually, these urges will subside and you will feel as though a led blanket is laying over you.  Do not panic, just keep calm.

If you really wish to stop the paralysis, just change your breathing patterns from fast to slow, fast to slow, and you will eventually be able to move.  Now, this is the last stretch.  At this point, you essentially wait for the DMT to be released in your brain.  This may take indefinitely long depending on the person, but it will come.  You will start to feel like you are levitating or hear a vibration.  If you feel like you are levitating, you have to just visualize yourself getting up and walking away from your body.  If you hear the vibration, you have to consciously will it to rise in frequency, making it as high as possible until you hear a crashing noise.  Then, pull yourself out through your solar plexus.  It will feel like you are getting vacuumed out of your body.

A good technique to supplement this is to try this really thirsty, put a glass of water in your general proximity, and visualizing yourself going to get the water to drink it.  This will express your intentions and desires a lot clearer and can assist in getting you out of body.  The last thing to remember is to CONTROL YOUR EMOTIONS.  Too much emotion changes your breathing, and this will take you out of sleep paralysis.

So that’s it.  You now know the basics of how to Astral Project.  If you are still having trouble, you should check out the YouTube series, ‘Lucidology 101’, as it teaches many in-depth, advanced techniques to use.  Thank you all for reading, and happy travelling!


Written by Ryan Boyd.  If you have any questions you would like to ask him about the article, you can email him at

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  1. This is a very interesting article, and I’m thinking about trying this. I have frequent episodes of sleep paralysis for the past 4 years, sometimes 3x/week, depending on my stress levels. Usually they happen when I’m just drifting off to sleep then something frightening comes up and then I freeze. Usually it’s like there are evil spirits in the room, watching or making noises; once I felt like I was slapped on the face numerous times by an evil spirit or something!
    Anyway, usually I’d wake myself up by trying to gain control of my body and wiggling my toes or fingers first. I’ve never thought about using astral projection as maybe a more ?therapeutic way of handling these episodes. It’s just that whenever I feel something that frightens me, I just want to wake up physically and make sure they can’t “get” me (although I know they’re not real). Any advice on how I can get over the fear and astral project through a frightening sleep paralysis episode?

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  4. I’m 13. And I’ve had sleep paralysis regularly since I was very young, maybe 6 years old, and it happens about once a month, but now when I feel it coming I can manage to break out of it by struggling and yelling to regain mobility, any tips on how to get rid of it or minimize the frequency of occurrence?

    1. What have you experienced in this sleep paralysis? Anything scary or can you just not move? If you just cant move, just see it as your body is going to sleep before your mind. You can try to find ways to make you sleepy before bed, because sleep paralysis occurs only when the mind is awake and the body is asleep or when you’re under anesthetics. If you have any medication you take occasionally before bed that might be a factor. If you experience scary things, have you ever tried meditation? If you have, grounding meditations root you in your body so nothing can get at you. Shielding helps that too. I can’t really think of a way to lessen the frequency unless i knew exactly what was causing it, which could be a lot of things.

      Hope that helped!

  5. I’m so happy to come across this article. I was 10 when I first started expierencing sleep paralysis…I was terrified to say the least. It continued to happen over the next 15 years relentlessly. I had no idea what it was at the time so naturally I thought I was being attacked by demons or monsters of some sort. After a particularly terrifying episode in my 20′s I finally told my mother what had been happening to me (I hadn’t told anyone for fear of mental diagnosis of some sort) anyways she had some research and came back to me with this sleeping “disorder” sleep paralysis. It helped some to calm me and the episodes grew further apart. I did all I could to suppress them. It’s been about 5 years now since its happened and I’m starting to rexplore that part of my life, feel like I have some unfinished business there lol. I’m much wiser about the topic now and realize it was my fear of it that was manifesting such awful experiences. After much research I’m pretty confident I could finally make the disconnect from my body but now I’m going to have to manually bring on the sensation as my episodes no longer happen on their own. This was pretty informative on how to make that happen. I’ve recently started learning about DMT from a friend and I knew instantly from his description that is was connected to the episodes I used to have. It’s all quite fascinating! I would also like to mention binural beats which have really helped me to get to body asleep/ mind awake state. Are you familiar with using this as an aid? Some are not as good as others.

    Sorry this is a novel I’m just so excited to know that all those years I wasn’t crazy…rather I guess I was presented with a gift that I ran from =( just wasn’t ready though! Just stumbled across your site and wanted to thank you for all you are doing. I will be a frequent visitor!

  6. Dear astral 101 hello .I’m highly spiritual human being and I often leave my body like leavening my house and have met beings of this earth that no longer live here they are the ones that tell me to find treasures out sea and on land and thanks to them I’m a billionaire but i don’t understand why many of our humans are calling other ETs to come here I have almost gotten kill In my spirit form by one of them some don’t likes us and some hate us. Any way What I’m trying to say is theirs ETS that don’t like us possibly attacking us while sleeping or even abducting us and many of them on earth want me to be part of their agenda I simply reply NO I have no purpose for their agenda. I’m twenty years old a billionaire I go to Olivet university and those that want join the new fret can only In ONU .lifes sweeet not really but hey lets enjoy smartee people talk about how they want money so much lol every one can be rich just like me every one of you can become richy rich rich Obama moment YES YOU CAN. Bye. from TheHumanSoul101

  7. I tend to agree in general with what is being said here. Recently, I have been listening to some of the podcasts at where lecturers and investigators on this and other related subjects, discuss with the host some of their alternative theories. The latest podcasts have been with Pat Chouinard, a researcher on ancient civilizations, Martin Ball, on DMT and other psychedelics, and with Anthony Peake on the human experience. I found these ideas and theories to be very plausible. Listening to these podcasts and reading some of the opinions and thoughts there, has really forced me to open up my mind to a whole new way of thinking, one that has all but shattered so many of the beliefs and ideas I was brought up with. Check it out.

  8. I’m so happy to read this article, I’m new at this. Last time I tried after about 10mins I started feeling major chills from under me to all around my sides, id feel some around my shoulders too and pretty much every where, what does it mean? I’m really confused.

  9. Its funny, yesterday, I had a dream where the pope jumped into my body, trying to take possession. woke up in a squirmy/sad paralysis and then realized it was sleep paralysis.

  10. im curious, how about an astral projection inside another like that of inception?? is it possible for me to astral project and then inside that projection have myself do it again?? what happens if you do enter into the second transition?? has anyone ever tried it? thx for the info gonna start working on it tonite.

    1. well astral projection is the exploration of the dimensions, and dimensions overlap lower dimensions, so technically we are doing that:P

  11. Thank you Ryan! After reading this, last night I tried it again and it’s the closest I’ve come yet. I started hearing/feeling crashing? I’m not sure how to explain it, but when that happened, I jolted out. I’m looking forward to the day that I don’t jolt and instead bolt out ;)

    I’ll be anxiously awaiting the next article from you :)

    1. Are you talking about in terms of the information on DMT, sleep paralysis, or astral projection? A lot of the DMT information is from watching the documentary DMT: The Spirit Molecule as well as just years of experience and internet surfing on the subject. Sleep Paralysis and astral projection, well, all of that has to do with personal experience. My articles include my own experiences and theories.

  12. Thanks Ryan! Hooray results!

    I think I freaked out a little bit when it happened and that’s why I lost it, but just knowing that it was a positive result will help in the future. My attempt yesterday without the crystals didn’t yield a DMT or sleep paralysis result, however I did have an extended episode of feeling very heavy and in an extremely relaxed state while being 100% mentally awake. If I didn’t have to start on dinner I would have given it longer to work. Thanks again!

  13. I welcome any information on astral travel and lucid dreaming. Thanks for the knowledge, Ryan!

    1. I tested a bit of the intentional sleep paralysis as you described, and while it didn’t work, I did get an interesting result…maybe the DMT? After about half an hour, I started feeling something…possibly a vibration. My eyelids started to twitch involuntarily very rapidly, and even though the room was dark I was seeing a vast number of rainbow-colored sparks behind my eyelids.

      I should mention that I had a large labradorite therapy stone to my left temple and a baseball-sized selenite sphere to my right temple, which is my usual meditation prostate position. They’re sort of my yin and yang, with the labradorite grounding me while the selenite enhances my third eye. I also chose to shield myself as I do every night before bed with the Emerald Tablet’s Prayer for the Light. “Fill thou my body with Spirit of Light, etc.”

      Anyways, I’m thrilled to get such a powerful result on a first try. Thanks again!

      1. Hey LightWarriorK!

        You did in fact experience the DMT, as it occurs while in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, and it seems you had a similar experience to that. The vibration and the rainbow colored sparks are just the beginning! They can even change and get more intense. If you focus on the vibration, try making it ‘lighter’ or higher. The idea is that it represents your current frequency within your current dimension, but you must raise it into the next so that you can extend into the next dimension :)

        Also, as therapeutic and beneficial as crystals are, you should also try doing it without them to see what happens. Sometimes certain aspects of the crystals vibrations clash with yours depending on the person and whatever it is you are doing. It may even scramble the control you’re trying to have over your vibrations.

        Anyways, definitely keep trying! It’s bound to happen.

        1. I feel mixed about the use of crystals but ever since I picked up a citrine, amethyst, and red jasper, I’ve actually felt a strange undulating permeate my body as I fall asleep/relax. The only concern I have about it is that I feel the same undulations/vibrations if I ever relax during the day in at least part of my body.

          Dunno what it means but I’ll ask some other astral if I manage to project tonight :D