Have an Out-Of-Body Experience
Some metaphysical sources indicate that
experiences occur during the dream phase of
sleep. If this is the case, you
are having an out-of-body experience every night.
The following is a method
used to consciously induce an out-of-body experience (OBE), short of actually having to fall asleep.
In his book, Journeys out of the
Robert Monroe describes a complicated-sounding technique for inducing OBEs. In part, it is
similar to other imagination methods, but it starts with induction of the
"vibrational state". Many spontaneous OBEs start with a feeling of shaking or vibrating, and Monroe
deliberately induces this state first. He suggests you do the following. First lie down in
a darkened room in any comfortable position, but with your head pointing to magnetic
north. Loosen clothing and remove any jewelry or metal objects, but be sure to stay warm.
Ensure that you will not be disturbed and are not under any limitation of time. Begin by
relaxing and then repeat to yourself five times, "I will consciously perceive and remember
all that I encounter during this relaxation procedure. I will recall in detail when I am
completely awake only those matters which will be beneficial to my physical and mental
being." Then begin breathing through your half-open mouth.
The next step involves entering the state
bordering sleep (the hypnagogic
state). Monroe does not recommend any particular
method of achieving this state. One method you might try is to hold your forearm up, while
keeping your upper arm on the bed, or ground. As you start to fall asleep, your arm will
fall, and you will awaken again. With practice you can learn to control the hypnagogic
state without using your arm. Another method is to concentrate on an object. When other
images start to enter your thoughts, you have entered the hypnagogic state. Passively
watch these images. This will also help you maintain this state of near-sleep. Monroe
calls this Condition A.
After first achieving this state, Monroe
recommends to deepen it. Begin to clear your mind and observe your field of vision through
your closed eyes. Do nothing more for a while. Simply look through your closed eyelids at
the blackness in front of you. After a while, you may notice light patterns. These are
simply neural discharges and they have no specific effect. Ignore them. When they cease,
one has entered what Monroe calls Condition B. From here, one must enter an even deeper
state of relaxation which Monroe calls Condition C -- a state of such relaxation that you
lose all awareness of the body and sensory stimulation. You are almost in a void in which
your only source of stimulation will be your own thoughts. The ideal state for leaving
your body is Condition D. This is Condition C when it is voluntarily induced from a rested
and refreshed condition and is not the effect of normal fatigue. To achieve Condition D,
Monroe suggests that you practice entering it in the morning or after a short nap. With
eyes closed, look into the blackness at a spot about a foot from your forehead,
concentrating your consciousness on that point. Move it gradually to three feet away, then
six, and then turn it 90 degrees upward, reaching above your head. Monroe orders you to
reach for the vibrations at that spot and then mentally pull them into your head. He
explains how to recognize them when they occur. "It is as if a surging, hissing,
rhythmically pulsating wave of fiery sparks comes roaring into your head. From there it
seems to sweep throughout your body, making it rigid and immobile." This method is easier
than it sounds.
Once you have achieved the vibrational state,
you have to learn to control it, to smooth out the vibrations by
"pulsing" them. At this
point, Monroe warns it is impossible to turn back. He suggests reaching out an arm to
grasp some object which you know is out of normal reach. Feel the object and then let your
hand pass through it, before bringing it back, stopping the vibrations and checking the
details and location of the object. This exercise will prepare you for full separation.
To leave the body, Monroe advocates the
"lift-out" method. To employ this method, think of getting lighter and of how nice it would
be to float upwards. An alternative is the "rotation" technique in which you turn over in
bed, twisting first the top of the body, head and shoulders until you turn right over and
float upwards. Later you can explore further. With sufficient practice Monroe claims that
a wide variety of experiences are yours for the taking.
"Only those who have dared to let go can dare to reenter." -
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Experiences & the Afterlife