If you’ve had an out-of-body or astral travel experience, one of the best ways to learn more about the phenomenon and dive deeper is to read the experiences of others.
A quick search for books on Astral Projection brings up literally thousands of results, and it can be difficult to work out which ones are worth reading. This post breaks down the best books on astral projection, which ones are worth your money, and which ones you should read first.
The 5 Best Books on Astral Travel
Journeys Out Of the Body
If you could only buy one book on astral projection, Journeys Out Of the Body should be it.
Written by Robert Monroe, the founder of the Monroe Institute, Journeys Out Of The Body can basically be considered the definitive work on out of body experiences. The Monroe Institute has been a world leader in exploring altered states of consciousness and the limits of human potential, for the last 40 years.
Accordingly, Journeys Out of the Body has sold over 300,000 copies in its lifetime, and goes through, in definite detail, what Robert Monroe discovered in his years of research. From personal testimony to in-depth scientific breakdowns, Journeys Out of the Body is a deep dive into astral projection, and finishes with Monroe’s preferred procedure to induce your own OOBE.
Available as a physical book, on Kindle, or as an audiobook, Journeys Out of the Body would always be our recommended first book for anyone getting started with astral travel.
Astral Projection: the Complete Beginner's Guide
Now in its third volume, Astral Projection: The Complete Beginner’s Guide almost functions like a best-of collection.
Arranged into easy to read segments that are broken down into even shorter, digestible chunks, you will learn what astral projection actually is, the top 10 methods for astral projection, the benefits of astral travel in your life, how modern and ancient experiences line up, and how best to prepare for your own astral journeys.
Short, punchy, and easy to read, this book is perfect for absolute beginners but should be avoided if you’re a more experienced psychonaut. It is available in paperback, on Kindle Unlimited, and Audible.
Astral Projection: A guide on how to travel the astral plane and have an out of body experience
The newest book on the list, this was released recently, in just 2020. Another primer on beginning to learn astral travel, it contains a lot of similar information to our top two choices, including:
- How to prepare yourself for astral travel
- 5 different techniques used by the experts
- The essentials to what you should know before you start
But this book also goes into detail on some of the more esoteric techniques surrounding OOBEs, including finding and communicating with astral guides, avoiding negative entities, increasing your vibration, and healing yourself.
As a more complete, holistic approach, Astral Projection: A Guide on How to Travel the Astral Plane is a great starting point for anyone who has almost no experience in this type of phenomenon, with enough detail that experienced practitioners will still find useful information inside.
It’s available as a paperback, as an eBook, and on Audible.
Bill Buhlman: The Secrets of the Soul: Using Out of Body Experience to Understand Our True Nature
Bill Buhlman has written multiple books on his experiences with astral travel, as well as running his own courses and appearing at conventions and events worldwide.
Out of his books, The Secrets of the Soul is, in our opinion, the best starting point, as it explains what OBEs and astral projection are in the concept of being human, rather than a clinical, scientific perspective, as well as being packed full of testimonial stories from people across the world.
It is available as a paperback, on Kindle, or via Audible.
Astral Projection for Psychic Empowerment
A behemoth of a book, Astral Projection for Psychic Empowerment is over 500 pages of dense scientific study, breakdowns of different phenomena and experiences, and the author’s personal testimonies.
Written by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, owner of the world’s earliest publisher of metaphysical books, and Joe H. Slate (Ph.D.) author of almost a dozen books on this and other metaphysical subjects, we certainly don’t recommend this book for everyone.
A more difficult read than anything else in our top 5, Astral Projection for Psychic Empowerment is the perfect second book, for someone who has had their own Out-Of-Body experience and is looking to go further and truly understand what they’re experiencing, with the aim of going deeper than ever before.
It is available as a paperback or eBook.
Using books to learn astral projection
Often, once people have their first out-of-body experience, the excitement spurs them on towards more knowledge, and the instinct is to buy one million books and hoard as much knowledge as possible.
After all, if one book full of knowledge is good, then two books are better, right?
We’re here to tell you not to do this.
The best thing you can do when learning how to astrally project is to pick a single method and stick to it seriously for a few weeks. By doing this, you’ll naturally become more relaxed as the method feels more natural (and relaxation and a lack of negative feelings are a big advantage when it comes to out of body experiences)
Sticking with a method also allows you to experiment and work with the method to see how it changes day by day and week by week, which can give you significant insights into both yourself and the best way for you to learn how to astrally project yourself.
Do you need books to learn how to Astrally Project?
For many people throughout history, the secrets for how to astrally travel were handed down verbally, and a person was expected to take a relatively minor amount of instruction, then go away to practice by themselves.
Thankfully, in the modern world, we have much better options available to use. The internet is the single most impressive tool for learning that has ever existed, and the sum total of human knowledge is now at your fingertips.
Our beginner Astral Projection guide can lead you through three different methods and your first steps towards an out-of-body experience.
Alternatively, if you’re a visual learner, we recommend one of these documentaries on Astral Travel.
Are books a necessary part of learning the ins and outs of astral travel?
But reading about other people’s experiences can give you important insights and help you break through blockages and plateaus in your own practice.
If you’re serious about learning how to have out-of-body experiences at will, then one or two books can definitely accelerate your learning. But the biggest thing that will allow you to learn is practice, and the best thing you can do is start today.