Bodily Basis For Out Of Body Experiences
Relaxation (Savasana) for trance:
Lay with your back on the floor, with a flat pillow underneath your head. Turn your head aside, to prevent your relaxed tongue occluding the respiratory tract, which could hinder you in breathing and make you snore (which may cause awakening). Furthermore the above quoted head position prevents saliva to flow into the trachea. Place your hands close to the body. Then relax, and use additional imaginative techniques. For Savasana you find a good description in the home page of Steve Ritter 3).
Better muscle relaxation:
Contract all muscles especially of spine, getting your back lifted from floor in a bow, with only heels and shoulder touching the bottom. Then relax and come down to the floor again. By this muscle tension you get a better muscle feeling and relaxation is better afterwards.
Stretching the spine:
Stretch your heels as far away as possible, then set them on the floor and pull to elongate your spine. With your shoulder fixed on the floor, the pulling heels stretch the body, mainly the spine. Then relax.
To “switch off” the body:
Check relaxation of limbs and body, starting with your feet. Move your feet some what, to get a better feeling of them. Then relax. Have a final control of the feet upwards to the ankles…. you feel them relaxed …. imagine a switch at the ankles and turn the switch off. This part of your body now will be cut off your awareness. Now control relaxation of the following section of the legs upwards to the knees … imagine a switch at the knees and turn the switch off. This part has dropped out of consciousness as well and you go further upwards to the hips. Then you repeat the same procedure with your arms and then with your trunk and afterwards with your face. Now your awareness has no further bond to the body and is directed towards the inner realms.
Out of body experiences started by Automatisms (Triggered By Intentions)
The first step in OBE-ing is set by the subconsciousness, in all states, independent of the fact if you are in trance or in sleep. All the flying dreams, the lightful and colourful dreams and as well false awakening are produced by subconsciousness. What you have to do is to get the impulse strong enough to make you lucid and to start out of body experiences. Trance is not handled as easily as many persons think , because your will has to relinquish leadership to subconsciousness, which will be the primary authority to decide, if you stay awake, if trance is started, or if you fall asleep. Therfore subconsciousness on the one hand is a valuable tool for you, if you are able to trigger it by right intention and imagination and on the other hand can be difficult like an untamed horse.
The intention which triggers subconsciousness is very subtle and has ist own symbolic language. A pure intellectual decision to have an adventure or to learn about the secrets veiled in yourself is not sufficient. The signal directed to your subconsciousness to trigger OBE has to be precise in the aim and powerful by emotion and desire.
Desire is like a call of the “other world”to meet your beloved relatives or to lead you “home” and it pulls you out of the body. It is a strong trigger for astral travelling especially. Desire without anything othercan be sufficient to actualize an out of body experience, if feeling and remembrance of last out of body experience is fully present. Religiosity is of no influence for etheric OBE-ing, but of very great influence on quality of astral travelling. A dogmatic and polarized view very often leads to confrontations with demon- or devil-like creatures. It is very often caused by intolerance and aggressivity which is characteristic for a heaven-hell point of view of fundamentalists. Fear may be considered as hidden aggressivity. A lovely person meets loveley worlds.
Expand your inner awareness towards the room or to the surrounding and focus your attention to what is going to happen in next moments. Don´t drect your attention inwards to phantasies and thought-dreaming, threads of thoughts nor let your attention fall off; Instead keep your awareness outside, just waiting attentively and being alert. This kind of awareness has to become so dominant, that it persists subconsciously while you fall asleep after some time. Following the sleep period you get half-awake and the outward directed awareness will be actualized automatically (if input was strong enough and had worked as a kind of posthypnotic order).
It is said that by continuous repeating affirmations it is possible to implant orders into your subconsciousness. Subconsciousness then will obey your orders. Such an order for instance could be to get lucid.
Examples for affirmations:
I shall have a very vivid dream ….. I shall remember at least one dream ….. I shall have colourful dreams …. I shall get awake in dream and be lucid …. I shall have an OBE ….. I shall have an astral journey
Working with tape and clock:
You can record your affirmations on a tape and switch on the recorder by means of an alarm-clock at a time when you are asleep. Trigger the volume in the right way. You can use affirmations on tape to create half- sleep or light-sleep states, in which
Tape for brief sleep sequences:
You can use a tape to awaken you in REM-sleep in the morning. Record on your tape and after every spoken sequence leave a longer silent interval, so that you can fall asleep again in every sequence of silence. You will have dreamlets in which you may have more control and in which you can study dream mechanisms. Starting with dreamlets you learn to manage dreams in your way.
Using a ritual:
A ritual is a magic symbol-language, which is of greater “authority” to subconsciousness than an intellectually made decision. Support your magic order by optical and movement impressions. In consequence more archaic sectors of brain are involved, than by thought or spoken words, which are processed in a semantically organized sector, a part which evolved in a late evolutionary period. Though it sounds old fashioned, nevertheless a well performed ritual will be of great use.
(Continued In Part 2 Out Of Body Experiences Intentions & Imagination…)
Authors Details: ‘Out Of Body Experiences – Intentions & Imagination’
Alfred Ballabene Email: Alfred.Ballabene[at]univie.ac.at