Eye, this was fantastic advice! Really resonated with me, because the first time I remember actually projecting, I had accidentally rolled out of my body while sleeping.
So this morning I woke up early, and thankfully had the presence of mind to remember this thread. I began a combination of the exercise you mentioned, as well as the rope pulling technique. Pressure started building in my head, but I determined to work through it. At some point, I found myself rolling out of my body in the direction I was facing!
The only problem is, out of the three godlike powers, soul travel is the one I have least experience and knowledge of, so I’m not sure if I’m just lucid dreaming, or if I’ve actually left my body.
My room tends to look the same, but I avoid looking at myself in my mirror because I’m deformed and creepy looking. I tend to feel a sucking sensation like a powerful wind is pushing me back, but this occurs during times I know I’m lucid dreaming as well.
I tried drawing sigils for the first time, and the sigils themselves came to life as soon as I made them, which was cool. No spirit presented itself before me, though. I tried to summon a friend of mine to me, as well as visualize a spirit into existence, but neither worked. I changed tactics and tried to manipulate my own “body”, and was quite successful in giving myself some wicked looking claws. So I can manipulate my own form, but not my surroundings.
Like I mentioned, my room and house tends to look the same, but as soon as I float out and look at my neighborhood, things are “off”. For instance, everything is where it’s supposed to be, but the weather may be different. This leads me to believe I might just be dreaming, but hell if I know what goes on in an astral realm.
TL;DR: is there a way to tell the difference between a dream and actual projection?
Thanks again Eye, even if I didn’t manage to project, the control I had in my dream is improving, as well as my conscious awareness while sleeping.