A while back, Strategic Sorcery students in my cycle all got the lessons on the astral plane and astral projection.
I consider myself to have a good amount of experience in this topic, although I am by no means an expert. Back when I was in my late teens there was a period in which I practiced the material in a certain Llewellyn book on astral travel authored by DJ Conway. Later I worked with material by Denning & Phillips. I even read up on the work of Robert Bruce, which is fantastic. However, eventually I saw progressively less use for astral travel and astral temples in my practice and shelved the whole thing.
Strategic Sorcery has me revisiting this topic with a new outlook and an improved approach, though. Of course, one of our homework assignments was to astrally project. The lesson appears to be heavily influenced by Robert Bruce's work (which I HIGHLY recommend; you'll see why soon), and has some very nice tips. In preparation, I decided to read through the more praxis-related portions of Bruce's "Astral Dynamics" before I did the homework. I'm really glad I did!
Relaxation and entering trance was an important part of the procedure, as I learned way back in the day. However, I was not previously familiar with doing things to "loosen" the astral body. Bruce talks about it in Astral Dynamics, but it had been so long since I had read it that I forgot. So after relaxing, meditating, and then deepening my trance state, I performed Jason's instructions for rippling. After that I did Bruce's Rope Technique for achieving projection. I really did not expect what happened next.
Initially I felt a kind of twisting or squirming, and then I began to feel outright nauseous! After that quickly passed I felt a kind of shaking, and a cooling sensation began to creep into me from the surface of my body. On top of that, there was this type of deep-down mental/emotional/psychic pressure and strain. At that point my intuition piped up that if I applied a little willpower I would be out.
So I did. And I was! (After a weird kind of "clinching-off" sensation added onto the cooling.)
I won't bore you with the details of what I did, dear readers, because it wasn't very exciting. When I re-entered my physical body, the same cooling sensation returned, but receded from inside to the surface of my body. I've never had those exit and re-entry sensations before, so that alone had me excited all night afterward!
The Rope Technique really works!