So you may have heard some of the stories, read a few books perhaps and even seen the occasional documentary of people that have claimed to leave their bodies and have travelled without restriction to far off places.  You are convinced that the stories are true however and are keen to take flight and have some of your very own adventures “Out of Body” but don’t really know where to start.  Here is HOW you do it.

For all of you would-be Astral Travelers out there, here is the formula as taken from Robert Peterson’s book “Out of Body Experiences: How to have them and what to expect” (This is a summary of the main points – you may want to purchase his book for all of the finer details)

The key to having an Out of Body Experience (OBE) is to Condition the subconscious mind to allow the experience to occur.  You must practice and train your mind through repetition to give you the experience. This is primarily done using playful visualization where you imagine yourself to be actually  “Out of Body”.  For example you could imagine yourself floating up near the ceiling and looking down at your sleeping form or you might focus on the ringing and rushing wind-sound that many OBE’ers report prior to lift-off.

Also auto-suggestion is a great tool.  Tell yourself right before you fall asleep at night or right after you wake up in the morning, “Today/Tonight I will have an out-of-body experience.”  Reading books on OBE’s, listening to subliminal OBE suggestion tapes or listening to music that has OBE-suggestive words also helps to let your subconscious know that you are serious.

Firstly, make sure that you won’t be distracted during practice.  Keep your windows closed to keep noises out, unplug telephones and turn off other devices that may bring you back to external awareness. It is important too, to not set time limits on your practice.  It is counter productive if you are constantly aware of time and wondering if your time limit is up. Make sure that your bladder is empty and that you are fully comfortable in whatever location you have chosen.

The best time to induce an Out of Body Experience is in the morning, after you have awakened naturally.  The trick is to make your body tired enough to stay in a relaxed state, but not too tired to drift into sleep.  OBE’s occur readily in the state between wakefulness and sleep, so you must train yourself to remain on the boundary between the two states of consciousness… To Be Continued: See article Out of Body 101 (Part 2)

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