Worked for Me

Okay, so I tried this Out-Of-Body technique and it worked.  I started by watching this video repetitively to memorize the steps, which was a meditation in and of itself.  Step-by-step instructions made this relatively easy.  Perhaps it will work for you.

Robert Monroe’s Method

Many spontaneous OBEs start with a feeling of shaking or vibrating and Monroe explained how to deliberately induce this state.  He suggested 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 jewellery 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, “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.  Flood your lungs with energy and then release it.  Relax yourself.  The next step involves entering the state bordering sleep (the hypnagogic state).

Try to concentrate your mind on a familiar object.  When other images (not thoughts) start to enter your thoughts, you have entered the hypnagogic state.  Passively watch those images.  This will help you maintain this state of near-sleep .  Monroe calls this Condition A.

After first achieving this state, Monroe recommends you 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.  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.  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.

This is 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.  However, it’s important not to ‘think’ until you move beyond this state.  Once you have achieved the vibrational state, learn to control it.  Smooth out the vibrations by mentally ‘pulsing’ them.  The ideal state for ‘leaving your body’ is Condition D which is Condition C, but voluntarily induced from a rested and refreshed condition, not a state of fatigue.

After achieving this ‘vibrational’ state, Monroe 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 your arm back.  This stops the vibrations.  Check the details and location of the object.  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.  Later, you can explore further.  Just calmly come to your initial position and start by moving your index finger, wake-up gently.  With sufficient practice Monroe claims that a wide variety of experiences are yours for the taking.

Light, Love and Laughter!