First published January 24, 2018
As promised, an update on my attempt to hurl my psyche into the ether:
I’ve been reading quite a lot on the subject of Out of Body Experiences (OOBEs), but I’ve come to realize that what I need more than books is time to practice so I can figure out my own mechanism for separation.
Here’s where I’m at, if anyone wants to play along: First, I am still experimenting with binaural beats, such as THIS ONE I’ve also used some verbal meditations I’ve discovered on line, but generally I find them more distracting than helpful. (FYI, I am a trained hypnotist although I don’t have a practice, and rarely use it on others). I am quite adept at going into a deep trance on my own. The key in this case, I think, is to develop my own set of suggestions and techniques.. (Some teachers suggest reaching up with an astral hand, or attempting to roll the astral body out of bed, or pulling the astral form up a rope ladder. I’ve tried them all, alas, to no avail.)
According to the theory, astral projection is about changing the energy vibration of the consciousness. (Heavy, man…I know!) To that end, I have visualized being filled with and/or surrounded by white light. I have felt the full body vibrations, intense heat from head to toe, and a strange sense of sexual arousal (even though my body was sleep paralyzed) — all of which are said to be precursors of liftoff. But as of yet, I have not been able to separate while conscious.
One of the keys is remaining awake even though the body is in sleep paralysis. This has been a challenge for me, probably because I always make these attempts when I get into bed at night and usually end up falling asleep. (This is why most teachers recommend attempting OOBEs after about four hours of sleep, and somewhere other than one’s own bed.) That said, after such deep trances, I have had quite a few extremely vivid and interesting dreams which I was able to recall in fine detail, even days later. Nevertheless, these were obviously dreams (vs. OOBEs) because they had a surreal and/or psychological quality to them.
If you read the initial posts of this blog, you know that I’ve had a few astral dreams in which it felt as if my consciousness had left my body and traveled to another location. These dreams had no psychological or emotional aspects attached to them. I simply felt as if I were flying over a different place on the planet, able to see around me with great clarity, but without much control (perhaps because I didn’t realize at the time I could will myself to have any.) In one such instance, I actually had proof that I’d traveled to such a place because I was able to ask questions and get answers, which were later proven to be true. In another instance, I saw a beautiful mountain lake so vividly, I remembered it for years, and many decades later found myself in that place (in Tibet.) These experiences have demonstrated to me that it is possible. The challenge is to do it on demand. I believe that if I can accomplish this once, I will be able to do it again and again, at will. I believe it’s about finding the method that works for me.
Meanwhile, I have asked a friend in Italy to place a piece of paper with a single random word on his nightstand so that if I can manage to travel astrally, I can go to his room and read the note, thus providing evidence of my trip. (LA, is the note still there? 🙂 )