My understanding of chakras (from reading other authors) is that they are in the center axis of the body, with a front and a back, not in the front. Some believe that this is an interpretation based on ancient artwork, but clairvoyants I know don't agree. I personally have only seen them once, from the front (on another person, not myself). But I just want to point out that these ideas are not givens.
Location of the chakras
There are quite some differences in were each chakra is supposed to be located. The differences are in what level in the body they are supposed to be and whether they are at the front or the back of the body.
Often the chakras are depicted to be situated in the front of the body, particularly on many beautiful pictures, but just as much on the spine. Authors that situate them in the front, or somewhere halfway in the body, often do depict a connection with the spine. Almost everyone seems to agree that the chakras lie on the midline of the body (although there are some exceptions).
^The above insert was taken from the website...http://www.eclecticenergies.com/chakras/differences.php
So i do agree with everything you said. The book i mentioned earlier By Denning&Phillips references the occult way of thinking very often and I'm sure that as you said, the Earth postion is pulled from some sort of belief system. I personally would be more comfortable laying on my stomach, however i choose to lie on my back anyway, because i just feel as though my energy and astral body are a lot easier to work with and my breathing, while laying on my back, and so i would say that a lot of it is personal preference, for whatever is right for that person, and I'm assuming that the energy chakras are more easily spotted from the front view of a person, considering the throat, heart and genitals are all located towards the front of your body, however I assume the actual chakra itself is not just located on the front of the body, but actually all the way through and out the back of the body as well.
I would say that it depends on what you're trying to achieve. If you sleep on your back in bed, then it won't be conducive to successful conscious projection, simply because you automatically want to be asleep in that position. I would say that if the object is to project consciously from trance, find a position that is comfortable enough to trance with (in my case, it's a recliner) but not so comfortable that you will pass out and go to sleep. Unless you are trying to have a SILD, in which case I say happy dreams.
I agree, and again I'm sure that personal preference plays the biggest role in what postion a beginner should use when learning to project, but I would say that most beginners probably go with laying on the back just because its what is told to do in many articles and also seen that way in most pictures imitating an OBE.
Only once and it wasn't awesome. I fell through the bed, started going through the floor into the ground, and immediately shot up off the 'underground', which was extremely unpleasant.
hehe, Yes, I would think if I was able to project while laying on my stomach something similar to this would happen to me as well, mostly because we are both used to projecting (whether laying down or reclining) from a position on our backs
Thanks for helping me clear that up CFTraveler,
and i also have a question for you actually..
How long have you been having conscious OBE's, and also if you have graduated from any Metaphysical school, online or in person, and if so which one? I'm curious because after reading around AstralPulse, you seem to always be full of wise, useful, and correct posts, and I have been looking into online metaphysical schools myself, and having trouble deciding which ones are worth it, if any.