I think this subject is fascinating! I have studied a little bit about lucid dreaming,but not astral projection. I wasn't aware that if you look at your hands in a lucid dream,you could pull yourself into the astral realm. I've had a hell of a time inducing lucid dreams. I THINK i astral traveled once,i was waking up from sleep but didnt quite wake up,i felt the sleep paralysis,and then next thing i knew,i "was" floating in the air on the other side of my room. I couldn't see or feel anything,i just FELT like i wasn't in my body. But i didnt make that happen,it happened on it's own. Can astral projection work that way? Or do you have to purposely TRY to make it happen?
Anyway...i can relate to the "beginners luck" thing...i had great experiences with brainwave cd's the first time i used them,then NOTHING after that. Must be the expectation/pressure to perform thing LOL