Shards of Consciousness

The Out of Body Experience and Lucid Dreaming (Part II)

In my first article in this series I defined out of body travel and how it can help you. I also promised techniques for learning to get out of your body and increase your chances of having a lucid dream.

Out of Body Experience Techniques

First and foremost, you have to want to get out of your body. As you go through your day, tell yourself how freeing it would be to travel while your body remains home in bed. Convince yourself that you are not your body, that you are really pure consciousness that just happens to be using a body to experience the physical world. If you don't believe you can get out of your body, you won't be able to do so by trying to.

I have used two main techniques to get out of my body. The first of these I learned by Robert Monroe's Journeys Out of the Body.

  1. Lie down or sit in a comfortable chair such as a recliner and put the body to sleep while keeping the conscious mind awake. Use some form of progressive relaxation to totally relax the body while breathing through your mouth. A method that works for me is to start at my toes and gradually work my way to my head. I have broken my body down into my toes, feet, ankles, calves and shins, knees, thighs, pelvic area, abdomen and lower back, chest and upper back, shoulders, upper arms, elbows, forearms, wrists, hands, neck, face, and head. I visualize white light enveloping and permeating each part in turn, while saying "The light flows over and through every cell, every fiber, every muscle. It washes away all tension. My work is done. I can totally relax. All poisons, and all stress are washed away as the light heals and relaxes me." As the part relaxes I see the light moving over and through the next part, and repeat the words to myself until I have covered the entire body. At the beginning this took me 20 - 30 minutes. It now takes 2 - 3 minutes. At the end of the process your body will be so relaxed you cannot feel it. Carried to an extreme you may even find yourself snoring, and aware you are snoring. As I said, mind awake but body asleep.
  2. Focus your attention on a point about a foot in front of you. Gradually shift your focus to about six feet in front of you, then rotate the point of focus to above your head.
  3. As you are focusing on the point above your head, imagine an area of tension that manifests as a vibration. Draw the vibration into your head. The vibration may be rough, or it may be smooth. Alternately, you may perceive it as low frequency or high frequency. This is the real sticking point of this technique. Most times I just can't get it to happen, and this has become more the case as I have gotten older.
  4. After you feel the vibration, consciously direct it up and down your body, like the circle stage magicians draw over the person they have levitated. Feel the vibration becoming of higher and higher frequency. Eventually it will reach a smooth, comfortable range. Often your body will be cataleptic at this point.
  5. At this point you can get out of your body. Imagine yourself floating up, or just sit up like you would whenever you get up.

The second technique I learned from Oliver Fox in Astral Projection : A Record of Out-of-the-Body Experiences. Mr. Fox called this the pineal doorway technique.

  1. Use progressive relaxation to put your body to sleep.
  2. Visualize a trap door or doorway in you head, centered about the center of your skull
  3. Imagine yourself passing through the doorway. Sometimes I see myself as a point of consciousness rising through the doorway. At other times I imagine myself physically opening the door and walking through it. The first method tends to be more effective for me.
  4. At this point you may feel a click in your head, and can imagine yourself floating up out of your body, or sit up out of your body. Alternately, in passing through the doorway you may also pass out of your body.

Neither of these techniques is 100 percent effective, at least not for me. It took me several months to leave my body for the first time. Even after my first success, it was but rarely that I was able to succeed.

Lucid Dreaming Technique

The induction of a lucid dream is much simpler in concept, and relies on programming your unconscious mind. As I said in the first article in this series, I was interested enough in my dreams that I remembered several every night. We all dream on a regular basis, but without interest, we don't remember them. Tell yourself during the day your dreams are important, and at night as your go to sleep determine to remember your dreams.

Once you have begun remembering some of your dreams, go to sleep telling yourself that you want to wake you in your dreams, that you want to become self-aware while remaining asleep. Eventually you will become self-aware and find yourself in a lucid dream.

Conclusion

That's it. These are the basic techniques I've used to have an OOBE and to experience lucid dreaming. The techniques are not difficult, nor complicated. The devil, as they say, is in the details. Success for me didn't come quickly, nor frequently, but it has occured enough to add another dimension to my life. In the third and last article in this series I will go over some of the things you may experience.

Resources

Journeys Out of the Body Robert Monroe
Astral Projection : A Record of Out-of-the-Body Experiences Oliver Fox
The OBE FAQ

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  • [...] In Part I of this series I defined out of body experiences and discussed how they can help you in your personal development. In Part II I detailed techniques I have used to get out of my body and to induce lucid dreaming. This last article in this series will show some of the things I have experienced in my efforts, and what may happen to you. Not all of these things happen all the time, and not all people experience the same thing. [...]

6 Responses to The Out of Body Experience and Lucid Dreaming (Part II)

  • I have been experimenting with OBE since 2001 or so. The first few times it happened, the vibrations "shocked" me. After a few experiences I began to realize that after the vibrations, I would "fall" from my body, and would be filled with endless energy--fearless and happy.

    Also in the early days, after falling from my body, I would simply spin quickly around on the ceiling. I soon figured out I could exit through an opening (usually something electrical such as a ceiling fan, etc; but one time I exited through the door knob). At this point I would be outside flying in the evening sky.

    As time went by, I was no longer in the sky but in some other world, or what-have-you.

    I don't have too hard of a time experiencing an OBE. I tell myself several times before falling asleep that I will have an OBE. This seems to work most of the time.

    Last night I was dreaming and in the middle of the dream I realized it was an OBE, so I took over.

    The oddest thing I've noticed about this, is that I feel like I am expelling soooo much energy. However, when I awake, I feel like I slept most fitfully.

    I could go on and on with this, but I won't continue to blabber here.

    Thanques,
    Lex

    #517 | Comment by Lex on November 22, 2006 3:39pm
  • I tried to do the obe back in the 70`s ,I used the body shutdown as you described.After many tries over many nights (don`t remember how many) I think that I finaly did it.But the only part that I remember is falling and slaming violently back into my body.Was this just a dream or did I leave my body?

  • Hi Mike,

    I would say you most likely were conscious of separation. Often when we're falling asleep we'll feel a jerk, as if we've had a small fall. Whether this is related to separation or not, I'm not sure. The 'normal' consensus is that it is hypnic jerk, occurring as we enter the hypnagogic state. The body goes from a clonic state to an active state in an instant. This may well be. It is always preceded by at least a short period of sleep.

    What you're describing sounds more severe. When we first begin to be aware of separating, it can be a huge psychological shock. The pull of gravity has no effect - not a normal occurrence - and we are startled. The startle reaction jerks us back into the body, rapidly and with vigor.

  • For many years I had out of body experiences. In fact, the more I practiced, the better I became at it. However, now, after 25 years of looking into the subject, I am left with a lurking question: What exactly is the phenomenon? People who are overly excited about this usually allow their emotions to get in the way with the science. What do we really know? Is this merely a matter of a brain occurrence? Or are we really separated from the body? Would the separation survive death or is it only connected to the living brain? Unless we knew these answers without a doubt, we are only speculating as to the nature of this phenomenon. Further, nobody has ever demonstrated this experience before scientific equipment and cameras. So it remains in the realm of ghost hunting. I would need hard evidence to tell me that what I have experienced is not merely a matter of brain energy that is connected only until death.

    #6135 | Comment by vic on April 29, 2009 6:24pm
  • vic,

    i have many of the same questions. In lanrge part, I think they are unanswerable.

    In the first article in this series I said

    ...you know from personal experience that you are not your body. You don't know that you are immortal

    When one looks at one's own face, it is simpler to believe one is outside one's body than to create a convoluted explanation based on the illusion that one is outside one's body. But this does not mean that one's consciousness is not connected to the body's continued life. That question remains unanswered.

  • Bet you didnt know that Scientologists have been doing this regularly since 1952...in fact it is part of their learning process.

    #6407 | Comment by lew on May 11, 2009 1:12am

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