One of my greatest pleasures in life is writing up an OBE in the morning, this morning, however, I don't remember any. I do think it is important not to feel frustrated if we try but don't manage to have an out-of-body experience. Getting frustrated can have a negative effect.
Dreams can be profound too and give us much-needed messages and wisdom. I had a lot of dreams during the night, I love dreaming too, in fact it was my dreaming that got me on the road to astral projection. As I went deeper into my dreams, trying to understand them, so my mindset slowly changed.
One very important lucid dream I had during this period was where I was sitting inside my head with my guide, we were sitting on a rubbish tip. My guide was pointing out all the stuff I needed to throw out in order to clear some space in my head. Reminds me of a quote by William Buhlman:
"During out-of-body exploration we confront many interesting experiences; these include vibrational state fears, thought forms, self made and external energy creations, contact with non-physical inhabitants and countless other issues. However, the single most pervasive issue we experience is our own indoctrinated mindset and state of consciousness. Our perception of reality is distorted by a collection of falsehoods and beliefs and complicated even further by our grossly inaccurate form based self-image. Our ability to effectively explore thought responsive realities is often blocked by our own conscious and subconscious mind." William Buhlman
My lucid dream was telling me in a very clear way that if I wanted to progress I needed to unblock my mind. This is often the reason why our OBE attempts may not be successful. It is a continual process, even before we go to sleep we need to clear our minds of thoughts that may interfere with our intentions to OBE. All those thoughts we have running round in our heads, thoughts about the day passed, the next day, a film on tv etc. can drive our dreaming mind crazy; we have to shut them down or at least put them on hold. The way I try to put it all on hold is to tell myself I can't do anything about it all now while in bed trying to sleep. If I have a problem I may well get an answer in a dream but if my mind isn't clear my dreams may turn out a jumbled mess.
As William Buhlman points out an effective OBE mindset is of utmost importance for successful conscious OBEs. I made a recording of William's article if you would like to listen.
If you prefer to read you can find this at William's site: