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The CIA's Method for Astral Projection: A Step-by-Step Guide

The CIA's exploration into astral projection, part of their "Gateway Process," detailed methods to expand human consciousness and achieve out-of-body experiences (OBEs). The core of this process involves the use of binaural beats through Hemi-Sync technology developed by the Monroe Institute. This guide will provide you with the specific binaural beats to use and detailed steps to practice these techniques.

Overview of the Gateway Process

The Gateway Process combines binaural beats, meditation, and visualization techniques to facilitate altered states of consciousness. The Hemi-Sync technology uses specific audio frequencies to synchronize the brain's hemispheres, promoting mental states conducive to OBEs.


1.Quiet Environment: Choose a quiet, comfortable space where you won't be disturbed. Ensure the room is at a comfortable temperature and dimly lit.

2. Comfortable Position: Lie down on a bed or sit in a comfortable chair. Use pillows and blankets for added comfort.

3.Headphones: Use high-quality stereo headphones to listen to the Hemi-Sync audio tracks.

Step-by-Step Process

1. Introduction to Hemi-Sync

  • Audio Setup: Play the Hemi-Sync audio track. These tracks typically use binaural beats to synchronize brainwave patterns.

  • Listening: Relax and listen to the audio. Focus on the sound and allow it to guide you into a deeply relaxed state. This may take several minutes.

2. Achieving the Focus 10 State

  • Deep Relaxation: Begin by taking slow, deep breaths. Inhale deeply through your nose, hold for a few seconds, and exhale slowly through your mouth.

  • Body Scan: Mentally scan your body from head to toe, relaxing each muscle group. Start with your toes and work your way up to your head.

  • Mind Awake, Body Asleep: As you continue to relax, imagine your body becoming heavier and sinking into the bed or chair. Your goal is to reach a state where your mind is alert but your body is completely relaxed (Focus 10).

3. Energy Conversion and Resonance

  • Energy Balloon: Visualize a balloon of energy forming around your body. See it expanding and contracting with each breath.

  • Resonant Energy: Feel the energy within your body resonating and becoming more vibrant. Imagine this energy flowing freely and harmoniously.

4. Achieving the Focus 12 State

  • Expanded Awareness: Once you feel deeply relaxed and energized, shift your focus to expanding your awareness. Imagine your consciousness expanding beyond your physical body.

  • Visualize Light: Picture a bright light above your head. Imagine this light pulling your consciousness upward and outward.

  • Affirmations: Repeat positive affirmations, such as "I am more than my physical body" or "I am in control of my experiences."

5. Out-of-Body Techniques

  • Roll-Out Method: Imagine yourself rolling out of your physical body, as if you were rolling out of bed. Feel the sensation of separating from your physical form.

  • Floating Method: Visualize yourself floating above your body. Imagine looking down at your physical self from above.

  • Anchor Method: Use an imagined anchor point (such as a point of light or a specific location) to pull your consciousness out of your body.

6. Exploration and Return

  • Exploring: Once out of your body, take some time to explore your surroundings. Stay calm and focused, and avoid letting excitement pull you back into your body.

  • Returning: When ready to return, focus on re-entering your physical body. Use the same methods in reverse, such as imagining yourself sinking back into your physical form or pulling yourself back using the anchor point.

7. Grounding and Reflection

  • Grounding: After returning, take a few moments to ground yourself. Wiggle your fingers and toes, and slowly become aware of your physical surroundings.

  • Reflecting: Reflect on your experience. Write down any sensations, visuals, or insights in a journal. This helps reinforce the experience and aids in future practice.

Recommended Binaural Beats

1. Gateway Experience Wave I: Discovery

  • This introductory set helps you achieve Focus 10 and deep relaxation.


- Orientation

- Intro to Focus 10

- Advanced Focus 10

- Release and Recharge

- Exploration, Sleep

2. Gateway Experience Wave II: Threshold

  • Focuses on expanding your consciousness and exploring the out-of-body state (Focus 12).


- Intro to Focus 12

- Problem Solving

- One Month Patterning

- Color Breathing

- Energy Bar Tool

- Living Body Map

3. Gateway Experience Wave III: Freedom

  • Helps you gain more control over expanded states of consciousness.


- Lift Off

- Remote Viewing

- Vectors

- Five Questions

- Energy Food

- First Stage Separation

Where to Find These Tracks

You can purchase these Hemi-Sync tracks directly from the Monroe Institute’s website or from authorized retailers:

Tips for Success

  • Consistency: Practice regularly. The more you practice, the easier it becomes to achieve altered states of consciousness.

  • Patience: Be patient with yourself. It may take several attempts to successfully achieve an OBE.

  • Positive Mindset: Maintain a positive and open mindset. Trust in the process and your ability to succeed.


The Gateway Process offers a structured approach to exploring astral projection and altered states of consciousness. By following these steps and utilizing the recommended Hemi-Sync tracks, you can replicate the methods the CIA used to explore astral projection and other altered states of consciousness. Practice and persistence are key to mastering these techniques.

For more detailed information, refer to the declassified CIA document "Analysis and Assessment of Gateway Process," available online in the CIA's Reading Room here.


What are binaural beats?

Binaural beats are auditory illusions created when two different pure-tone sine waves, both with frequencies lower than 1500 Hz, with less than a 40 Hz difference between them, are presented to a listener dichotically (one through each ear). The brain perceives a third tone, which is the mathematical difference between the two frequencies, helping to synchronize brainwaves.

How do binaural beats facilitate astral projection?

Binaural beats help synchronize the brain's hemispheres, promoting a state of deep relaxation and altered consciousness conducive to astral projection and out-of-body experiences.

How often should I practice the Gateway Process?

Regular practice is essential for success. Aim to practice daily, setting aside at least 30 minutes to an hour each session.

Can anyone achieve astral projection using these methods?

While individual experiences vary, many people can achieve altered states of consciousness and astral projection with consistent practice and an open mindset.

What if I experience fear or anxiety during the process?

It’s common to feel fear or anxiety when attempting astral projection. Use grounding techniques, such as deep breathing and positive affirmations, to calm yourself. Remember that you are always in control and can return to your body at any time.

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Jun 01

Thank you. I'm excited to refocus on this.


May 30

I have these cds downloaded, I will definitely revisit them after reading. Now that I have OBE'd I think I will benefit now.



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