Tuesday, November 13, 2018

OBEs, Pasta and Wheat Gluten

OBEs, Pasta and Wheat Gluten

by Bob Peterson

Here's another short excerpt from my forthcoming book, Hacking the Out of Body Experience. It's taken from chapter 69, "Dietary Considerations." I chose this excerpt because my friend Jason Kish recently posted in the Facebook group "The Lounge" about an experience with eating pasta before bed.

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Unless you have gluten intolerance, you probably don’t give much thought to eating foods that contain wheat gluten, like breads, pasta, and some cereals, etc. But for a few years now, I've suspected that wheat gluten can actually help you induce OBEs. As far as I know, nobody has made this connection before, but bear me out and consider the following:

If you’ve read my first book, Out of Body Experiences you may remember that I had my very first full-blown OBE after I came home late from the University and ate a big slab of lasagna: lots of wheat gluten right before bed.(1) That should have been my first tip-off, but wheat gluten wasn't on anyone's radar back in 1979.

I also theorized earlier [in the book] that the infamous OBE "vibrations" might be a "milder" form of a migraine headache. Remember that all three of my brothers and my sister, my mother and my grandmother all had severe migraines. I'm the only one in my family who escaped this genetic curse, but I'm also the only one who has OBEs. Also bear in mind that some people who have debilitating migraines are cured when put on a gluten-free diet.

Now consider this: A few years ago I read an article on how psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in “magic mushrooms” affects the brain, based on an analysis of brain blood flow.(2) It caught my interest because many people report OBE-like “trips” when they take psilocybin. The study correlated the “trips” with decreased blood flow to two key areas of the brain, the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and posterior cingulate cortex (PCC). The lower the blood flow to these two regions, the harder you trip.

Then I read a Japanese study(3) that found brain blood flow was decreased to the prefrontal cortex (PFC) during an OBE. Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman’s information also suggests that profound states of consciousness are associated with a sudden drop in neural activity in the prefrontal cortex (PFC).(4)

Other articles suggest that wheat gluten similarly reduces blood flow to the brain’s frontal cortex.(5)

If that's not convincing enough, consider this: Some people have a disease known as “wheat schizophrenia.” Although I’m no expert, my understanding is that wheat gluten causes a drop in blood flow to the frontal cortex of people with the disease, causing a form of temporary schizophrenia, complete with vivid hallucinations. If the patient is put on a strict gluten-free diet, their symptoms go away and they behave normally.

Based on all these things, my theory is that maybe wheat gluten in the right quantity can cause a similar drop in the PFC of ordinary people (without the aforementioned disease) causing an OBE as the result.

To test my theory, I did some experiments where I ate shredded wheat cereal or pasta before bed. I haven't produced an OBE this way yet, but I definitely feel more OBE-prone the next morning.

Not everyone shares my theory. Daniel Kelley, author of Behind the Veil suggests a gluten-free diet, among his many recommendations, so take this discussion with a grain of salt. I don’t recall any other OBE books mentioning gluten-free diets. More testing is needed to determine if my theory is correct, but it's sure worth giving it a try.

Bob Peterson
13 November, 2018

1 Out of Body Experiences, Robert Peterson, Hampton Roads Publishing, 1997, pg. 37 – 38.
2 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/how-psilocybin-works-addition-by-subtraction/
3 Measuring Brain Blood Flow Change by fNIRS during an Out-of-Body Experience, Yasuhiro Inui and Hideyuki Kokubo (2009).
4 How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain, Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman, Penguin Random House, 2016, pg. 204. This drop in blood flow to the PFC may partly explain why OBEs are often experienced during an Near-Death Experience (NDE), especially in cases of cardiac arrest.
5 For example, Wheat and Schizophrenia, Psychology Today, by Emily Deans, M.D. (March 28, 2011)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

How to Have a Successful Relationship

How to Have a Successful Relationship

by Bob Peterson

Out-of-body experiences can really make you feel un-grounded, otherworldly, and disconnected, so it's easy to lose touch with other people, especially your mate, partner, spouse, etc. So it's good to have set of ground rules to keep you connected. This article isn't about OBEs. It's about something more important and valuable than OBEs: loving relationships. In my opinion, there should be a class on loving relationships in everyone's basic high school education, but sadly, there isn't. So here are some things I wish someone had taught me when I was young.

As for my credentials: I've been happily married to my wife Kathy for 26 years and counting, so I think I'm qualified to talk about it. I once had a string of about nine years where Kathy and I literally spent 23 hours of every day together. We were a computer department of 2 in a small 25-person company: We carpooled to work together every morning, worked in the same office, carpooled home together, and were pretty much inseparable, except for doctor's appointments and such. The other hour? A half-hour for each of us to shower and get ready for work in the morning while the other ate breakfast. And we're still best friends.

The subject of loving relationships is very deep and complex, so this article can do nothing more than scratch the surface. I could write a whole book on subject. In fact, hundreds of books have already been written on the subject. So forgive my brevity.

Somewhere around 1988, I had a relationship fail because I didn't know anything about intimacy, and I did everything wrong. After the break up, I worked very hard to learn about relationships and improve myself. I read lots of books and attended many classes; classes on interpersonal communication, showing emotions, and so forth. One particular class on loving relationships was taught by a medical doctor at the world famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He taught the class as a community service (he certainly didn't need the money!) and I still remember a lot of it because I live by it every day. This, then, is a collection of advice I have learned about loving relationships from many sources. None of these tips originated with me; I'm just passing them along. Some of these might be more geared toward men, partly because I'm a man (and men are often clueless) and partly because I think women are naturally better at communication, and that's an important skill.

Disclaimer: Most of the discussion and examples below are geared toward hetero relationships, because that's what I'm familiar with. I assume they apply equally to gay relationships, but I may be overlooking things that apply to those as well.

In no particular order:

Love Yourself

You really need to love yourself and find yourself worthy of love. You can't find yourself in another person. Nobody else can validate your existence. Remember that everyone is a mirror, and they reflect your own image back to you. If you think you're loathsome, people will see you as loathsome. So another person can't really love you unless you truly love yourself and love who you are. Also, you can't make anyone love you. The best you can do is make yourself more loving and more lovable. If you don't love who you are, change who you are. Improve yourself. Become somebody you can love, and the right mate will automatically be attracted to you. Become the person you really want to be. And always remember: We all deserve love. If necessary, do affirmations like, "I love who I am" or "I am lovable."

Physical appearance doesn't matter

Physical appearance doesn't really matter much. I don't care if you're short or tall, slender or fat, beautiful or ugly: there is nothing in this world more attractive than self-confidence, happiness, a smile, and a little bit of attitude. If you don't have it, develop it or learn to fake it. The spirit is more important than the physical body: my OBEs taught me that. Attraction goes way beyond appearances.

Find the Right Partner

It's important to find someone who's on the same wavelength. I credit a lot of my successful marriage to the fact that Kathy and I are very similar: we're both left-brained logical computer programmer-types, and we grew up in the same community, so we think a lot alike. She knows what I mean and I know what she means.

As much as I tried to make it work with my previous girlfriend, we just couldn't communicate. Whenever I said anything, she would hear something completely different. Every sentence became hopelessly twisted because she was all right-brained and emotional and I'm not. So if you're an intellectual person, find another intellectual person. If you're driven by emotions, find someone who's also driven by emotions. Otherwise communication will be a major challenge, if not downright impossible.

Marry your Best Friend

Maybe some people can be successful in a relationship that's somewhat competitive, adversarial, or just a mutual agreement, but I can't. I live by this rule: If your partner isn't your best friend in the world, don't marry them. Your partner should be someone who you can trust implicitly, who's always got your back. They should be someone you can tell anything, even your deepest, darkest secrets, someone who won't judge you unfairly. They should be someone who accepts your character flaws and sees the real you. In other words, your best friend. Sure, you can have other good friends. Sure, you can go out with "the boys" or "the girls" but you should feel closer and more emotionally attached to your partner. Remember that your partner should be someone you're most comfortable with, who makes you feel at ease. If it's adversarial, it will never work.

Fight Fairly

Fighting is okay, but always fight fair. Never stockpile grievances. Share your feelings as soon as you can. Never tell your partner what they are thinking, feeling, or doing. You may strongly believe what they're thinking or feeling, but don't presume. Even if you're an empath, a psychic intuitive, and an first-class AAA-rated telepath, don't do it.

Use "I feel" messages as much as you can. It's better to say "I feel hurt" than "You hurt me" and "I feel angry when you do X" than "You're making me angry." Never say "You don't love me" when you can say "I feel unloved because..." That kind of thing.

Ask your partner how he or she feels. Never ever use sarcasm. Never be cruel or hurtful. Never mock them. Never belittle them or make them feel worthless or small. Never point out their flaws or make them feel stupid. Never resort to name-calling. Never go to bed angry. Never dredge up shortcomings from the past.

Also remember: it's okay to be angry, and it's okay to express your feelings, but don't hold on to anger and pain, and don't hold grudges. Learn to let go. Express it, then let it go. Never withhold affection because you angry an hour ago.

Try to see both sides

Your partner may not be good at communicating. Be patient and try to put yourself in their shoes. Try to see things from their point of view.

Remember the "emotional bank account"

I know it sounds trite, selfish, maybe even childish, but we all keep a little "score card" or "emotional bank account" in the back of our minds for every person close to you, especially your partner. It's an automatic reward/punishment system we unconsciously set up. Whenever your partner does something positive for you, (for example, they buy you roses) you unconsciously add a number of points to their emotional bank account. When they do something negative or hurtful (for example, calls you stupid) you unconsciously subtract a number of points. When the balance of your "emotional bank account" gets down to zero, you start to think, "Why the hell am I staying in this relationship?" and "Someone else would treat me better." In other words, you become unhappy in the relationship.

The thing is: They're keeping an emotional bank account for you too. So always bear this system in mind when dealing with them. Treat them with love and respect, and always try to do more positive things than negative things for them.

Do little things to brighten their day, to let them know you're thinking about them. Put gas in their car. Buy them a small gift, like a lottery ticket. Help them unload the car when they come home with groceries. Share the chores. Keep their account balance positive.

Never assume anything, except good intent

Never assume that you know what your partner needs, wants, or is feeling. Always ask them what they need, what they want, and what they're feeling.

The only assumption you should make is: Assume that your partner means well, or they wouldn't be in the relationship. If they say hurtful things, assume they're not meant to hurt you. Maybe it's a reaction to something you said or did, but assume their intent is good. Negativity is often a defense mechanism, so maybe you just hit a sore spot.

Never think that you can change your partner

You cannot change someone, and you cannot go into a relationship thinking, "They're flawed in this way, but I can change them." For example, "They've got a drinking problem, but I can fix that." You just can't. People only change from the inside. Either accept them and love for who they are, unconditionally right now, or find someone else you can accept and love. That doesn't mean they won't change. It just means you don't expect them to, and you're okay with where they're at. It's okay to encourage growth and change, but not okay to expect it.

Never take your partner for granted.

Never expect that your partner will launder your clothes, wash your dishes, clean your kitchen, serve you food, or whatever. Don't take them for granted. When they do things for you, thank them. Even if you've been married a hundred years and they've done it 36,500 times, thank them. Nobody wants to be taken for granted.

Learn to listen and pay attention

Be a good listener. Never interrupt your partner when he or she is talking. Even if they're just on the phone to someone else, don't interrupt them, unless it's life-and-death important: it's disrespectful. Even if you disagree with them, and even if it makes you furious, give them a chance to speak their mind before you respond. Listen intently to what they say. Pay attention. When you talk to them, look at them. Don't just turn your head to face them; turn your whole body to face them. Look them in the eye. Don't talk while you're facing away. Don't talk while you're staring down at your phone. Make sure they know you're paying attention to them. Repeat back what they just said so they know you understand. "So you're saying we should [fill in the blank], right?" Try to see things their way. One of the biggest complaints is "He/She never listens to me." Don't give him/her that impression.

Learn to respond appropriately

Along the same lines, acknowledge your partner's feelings. Don't just grunt a response. Always respond to what they say to you with a sentence that acknowledges and affirms that you understood what they said. You don't need to agree with what they said; you just need to affirm that you heard it.

If you're not good with quick quips or how to respond, take enough time to formulate a proper response. At the start of my relationship, I was bad at this. I wasn't very good at formulating a thoughtful response, so I was slow to respond. But I got better with practice. I'm not talking about anything deep here.

For example, just now as I write this, I heard a gunshot from a hunter in the woods nearby. Kathy heard it too and said, "It is not dawn yet." (Hunters aren't allowed to hunt until dawn.) I responded by saying, "It's so dark, I can't even imagine a hunter even being able to see an animal at this hour." My response was automatic. I wasn't being a "yes man", but I did affirm that I heard and understood what she said. I could have easily ignored her statement or grunted an acknowledgement, or whatever, but I responded in a way that validates what she said. Learn to do this. We all want to be heard.

Share your dreams, goals, ambitions and secrets

Don't hold back on your partner. Don't hold back your feelings because the feelings seem stupid or trivial or inconsequential. That's part of what makes us human. Don't be stoic, and don't be afraid to share your feelings. It's okay to say, "I feel hurt (or angry, or whatever) because this happened."

There's one exception to this rule. It may not seem fair, but if you're a guy, do not share lustful thoughts or feelings about another woman, or how beautiful another woman is. Don't say "She's got nice boobs" or "She's got gorgeous eyes" even if it's true. Women don't want to hear it. Trust me on this. It's a fact that straight men have lustful thoughts about other women, even if they're as satisfied as they can possibly be in a relationship. Man's brains are programmed for lust. Accept it but don't promote it. This is the one thing you cannot share with your mate.

Stand up for yourself

There is usually a dominant person in the relationship and a quiet one. If you're the quiet one, you still need to stand up for what you want and what you believe. If you're an introvert, it may be tempting to clam up and not say anything, or to say "I don't know." It may be tempting to let your partner dominate you. But if you feel strongly about something, you need to push back and speak your mind. Don't let your partner bully you.

For example, if you really wanted to watch the football game Sunday afternoon, don't accept it if your partner says, "We're going to a play Sunday afternoon." That should have been negotiated, not thrust upon you. Stand up for yourself and tell her that you don't want to go to a play or whatever. Tell her how you feel. "What? I feel hurt that you made these plans without even asking me." If you don't speak your mind and let your opinions be heard, she won't respect you. She'll think you're weak. She'll continue to bully you.

If you're the dominant person in the relationship, you may need to draw your partner out and drag out responses. "I'd like to go to a play Sunday afternoon. Are you interested or do you have other ideas?" But don't be a bully and make decisions on your own that apply equally to you both.

Never lie

Women know when you're lying. They've literally got a million years of evolution geared toward spotting lies. They know. Trust me: they just know. The truth may be painful, but a lie erodes the foundation of the relationship.

Or to think about it another way: she may be hurt by the truth, but she'll get over it. But if you lie, she'll never get over it.

Learn to say you're sorry

When you're wrong, admit it. Don't be stubborn. When you're right, don't gloat, boast, or parade it in front of him/her. Move on.

Determine exactly what your needs are

Take some serious time to figure out (1) exactly what your needs are in the relationship, and (2) what your wants are in the relationship. You can live without a "want" but you can't live without a "need," so determine which falls into which category. You need to figure out what your top five needs are and communicate them to your partner. If your needs aren't being met, your partner needs to know that. Communicate it to them, painful or not.

Everyone is different, and we all have different needs and wants. There are often things in common in most men and things in common in most women, but men's needs are often different from women's needs. Men tend to need things like sex, to feel important or useful, touching, and to feel respected. Women tend to need things like affection, emotional connection, communication, to be payed attention to, etc.

For example, maybe you "want" to spend 8 hours a day with your partner, but your basic "need" is to spend at least one hour per day with them. Any less than that, and you're starved for attention.

Ask your partner what they need in a relationship

You also need to find out your partner's needs in the relationship. There's an immutable law of relationships that says: A partner will only cheat or go outside the relationship if their needs are not being met. A man who needs sex isn't going to cheat if his needs are met, unless they're really a scumbag. A woman who needs emotional connection in a relationship isn't going to try to find that in another man if her emotional needs are met, unless she's a real psycho.

For example, if you're a man, you need to know exactly what her emotional needs are. She may "want" you to spent 24/7/365 with her, but that's not realistic. But what are her actual "needs"? Only she can tell you what she can and can't live without.

For example, if you're a woman, you need to know exactly what his sexual "needs" are. I can probably already tell you his sexual "wants": He wants to have sex five times every day, but that's not realistic. But what are his actual "needs"? Only he can tell you what he can and can't live without.

Meet your partner's needs - or else

If you simply cannot meet your partner's needs, stop fooling yourself and end the relationship, and do it early. Likewise, if your partner simply cannot meet your needs, and you've given it a fair try, face facts and end the relationship, and do it early. If you try to fool yourself and tell yourself you can live without some basic need, you'll only grow to resent it, and in time, the resentment turns to anger, pain, and disillusionment. Likewise, if you can't be there emotionally or physically to meet your partner's needs, don't force yourself and become resentful.

Never try to sacrifice your needs for the sake of the relationship

Your needs are your needs. If you try to "do without" you'll only become resentful. For example, if one of your needs is "I need him to spend an hour a day with me" and he can't because he's always working or drinking with his buddies, or whatever, one of your basic needs isn't being met. Don't try to tell yourself you can "do without" that need. Sure, there can be business trips or illnesses that make it impossible for a time. But you can't change who you are, and you can't force your partner to satisfy your needs against their will. All you can do is communicate, tell them when your needs aren't being met, and try to be there for each other. If you're not willing to do that, get out. Don't get married until you know for sure they will satisfy your needs, and you know for sure you are able to satisfy their needs. It's so important to learn your needs and your partner's needs. And never never never try to be someone you're not. "I'd love you if you'd just..." doesn't work.

Conditional love vs. unconditional love

There's a fine line between "conditional love" and having needs in the relationship. You need to find a balance. You need to have your needs met, but at the same time, you want to love them unconditionally. In a way, your needs are a condition under which your relationship will work. You can still love someone "unconditionally," even if your needs are not met. If your needs aren't met, there's a point at which you either try to abandon your needs (which won't work) or curse yourself for thinking your needs make your love "conditional" (which doesn't help.) You've still got to love yourself. You need to find a balance.

Tell your partner you love them

It may seem obvious to you, and even to them, but say it anyway. Sometimes your partner just needs to hear it from your lips. Affirm your love. Don't just say it, but show them. Shower them with affection. And when you're angry or they hurt you, remind yourself of the good times, and how much you love them.

Cuddle daily

Take at least 15 to 30 minutes every morning for "cuddle time" where you just hold each other, hug, cuddle, and share each other's warmth. You don't need to say a word. Just silently affirm your love for your partner. Set your alarm clock earlier if you have to.

It's not "Me" anymore, it's "We"

A relationship is comprised of two people, but you need to start thinking in terms of "We" rather than "Me." Don't plan a trip "you" would like; plan a trip "we" would like. Don't go to a movie "you" would like; go to a movie "we" would like. Negotiate everything.

Work hard, but be lighthearted

Having a relationship can sometimes feel like a burden and a lot of work, so make sure to keep it lighthearted. Take some time to have fun together. Hold hands. Feel the warmth of connection.

Break the monotony

Similarly, don't just sit in front of the television night after night and watch sports or whatever. Break the monotony by getting out and having fun. Go on a date. Go to a movie. Go for a walk. Go to the mall. Play a game. Go camping. Keep it fresh. Keep it new.

Give your partner the space he or she needs

Sometimes we all just get "peopled out". We all wear masks, even to our partner. But we all need a break once in a while. We need time to do our own personal stuff. We all need space to meditate, listen to our music, play our games, to wind down. Give yourself the space and time for "you." Give your partner time and space to do their own thing too.

This can be a problem when one partner works and the other doesn't. If your partner works and you don't, remember you've had 8+ hours of personal time away from them, and they need some personal time too. They also need 8 hours of sleep. So don't completely fill up the remaining 8 hours without giving them at least a little time to themselves.

Make decisions together

When it comes to important decisions, make them together. Agree on which car to buy, which house to buy, what debts to have.

As for minor decisions, figure out "what works best" as a compromise. For example, Kathy is a planner: she needs to have a plan for every day, especially on the weekends. I, on the other hand, love to be spontaneous. I'd rather not have it all planned out. I want to watch the parade of life. For us, "what works" is a compromise: She makes plans and either includes me in the decision-making process, or she reserves time for spontaneity, (for example, "This Sunday is planned to be 'do your own thing' day.") I've even given her permission to make plans and not tell me so that it seems spontaneous to me: She may say "Hey, let's go to a play tonight" even though she planned it days ago, but to me it seems spontaneous. "Sure. Sounds fun!" It works. Got it? Over the years, I've gotten better at making plans and she's become more spontaneous.

Don't fight over money

Most fights are about money. So be careful with your money. Remember it's not "my" money, it's "our" money. You cannot be blamed for money issues when the money decisions are made together.

Perception is everything

I know it's unfortunate and unfair, but it's a fact of life: perception is everything. I can best illustrate this with an example: Suppose your partner is away on some errand and you've got exactly one hour alone to yourself. And suppose that in that hour, you've agreed to clean the kitchen and the bathroom. It ought to take a half-hour to do both, which leaves you with a half-hour to spend on your favorite past-time; for example, playing your favorite video game.

Logic dictates that as long as you get both tasks done, the order you do them doesn't matter. Logic might also dictate that you should do your chores first: get the unpleasant work out of the way first, then you'll have some leisure time to play. Logic is dead wrong. The reason is perception: If she comes home from her errands and sees you playing video games, she perceives you as a lazy bum, regardless of whether you got your chores done, or how well you did them. It doesn't even matter if you did extra chores: You're sitting on your lazy ass now, playing that game, and that's all she will see. Even if you spent 55 minutes cleaning the house and the last 5 minutes playing, that's the only thing she will see.

You should play your video game first, then do your chores. Just don't lose track of the time and forget the chores. If she comes home and sees you still cleaning a bathroom or cleaning the kitchen, she perceives that you're a hard worker, doing your chores, industrious, productive, or whatever. You're doing "us" tasks, not "me" tasks. You'll shine in her eyes.

Even though it's exactly the same amount of effort, she will perceive something completely different, and what she sees will make you either a hero or a villain in her eyes.

Just remember: Nobody ever got yelled at for vacuuming, washing dishes, or cleaning the bathroom.

Relationships are hard work, but worth the effort. The secret of being in a successful relationship is 10 percent finding the right partner and 90 percent being the right partner.

I hope my relationship tips can help someone out there. They work for me, anyway. I'm probably forgetting a hundred things, and the more I write, the more things come to mind. But this article's already too long, so I'll end here.

Bob Peterson
23 October 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Seven Influential Books Challenge

The Seven Influential Books Challenge

by Bob Peterson

A friend of mine, Jason Kish, recently nominated me to do the 7-day "most influential books" challenge on Facebook, and I accepted because it seems like a good way to spread some positive messages rather than all the negativity. I decided to add it to my blog. So here are 7 books that changed my life or influenced me greatly in my spiritual quest. Maybe they can change your life too.

Day 1. The first book that really changed my life is Journeys Out of the Body by Robert Monroe. Before reading that book, I was shallow and materialistic. It opened my mind to literally new worlds and new ideas. It taught me that we are more than our physical bodies.

Day 2 of the influential book challenge. This book, Living Loving, & Learning by Leo Buscaglia also had a big impact on my life. Buscaglia taught me a lot about love. He taught me that it's okay to be yourself, to act goofy, to show love, to be crazy. Men especially need to hear these things: it's okay to feel your emotions and to show your emotions, and to not care how other people see you. Great read. He's also got many wonderful video lectures. Take the time.

Day 3 of the Influential Book Challenge. Today's book is Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. I read this book after the entire Carlos Castaneda series, and I liked it better. CC emphasized developing personal power and integrity in a hostile spiritual world where, in the end, you're on your own. But Millman takes a more more "heartful" approach. He taught me that ego--the little screaming temper tantrum kid inside us--is the problem. He taught me the importance of quieting the mind. He taught that everything in life has a purpose, that everything in life has a message for us. He taught me that I needed to open my eyes and not just look, but see. He taught me to reject attachment, even when it comes to our own feelings; to express feelings, but let them go. That death is only a transition, and that we should celebrate life NOW. Most importantly, to keep a well-rounded sense of humor. SO many good lessons in there.
Day 4 of the "7 Most Influential Books" challenge. This time it's Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts. This is a dictation from a channeled personality or "entity" who called himself "Seth." In other words, Roberts would go into a trance and, after assuming the role of "Seth" would dictate hours of well written, well organized and well thought-out material. This is channeling before channeling was cool, or probably even a word. A specialized form of DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) perhaps? Skeptics may say so. Jane herself said Seth was another part of her individual being.

Regardless, this book taught me that "Your belief creates your reality." Even if you discount the supernatural aspect, your core beliefs, attitudes, prevailing emotions and framework all directly influence your experience. I've seen it firsthand. If you have a negative attitude, bad things often happen. If you have a positive optimistic attitude, good things often happen. Learn to control, understand and change your beliefs, and you will change how the world treats you. This taught me that the Universe is basically a mirror, with experiences reflecting back from your own source. I actually think her book The Nature of Personal Reality is better, but Seth Speaks is the book that got me hooked.
Day 5 of the Influential Book Challenge. Today it's Illusions by Richard Bach, author of the popular "Jonathan Livingston Seagull." JLS was too mainstream for me to like it, but I loved "Illusions." I gave serious thought about whether I should list Bach's book "The Bridge Across Forever" instead, because I love that book's true-life adventures of love and soulmates. But Illusions is what I read first, and it influenced me more, even though it's fiction and very short. I loved Bach's quotes from the Messiah's Handbook, like "There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts." or "Argue with your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours." or "You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however." It undoubtedly influenced my own novel, "The Gospel According to Mike" in which I also quote from a fictional book of wisdom.
Day 6 of the Influential Book Challenge is Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. Yogananda was one of the first masters of Yoga to come to the United States and bring meditation and Eastern philosophy to Western civilization. There are a lot of fakes and frauds out there, but Yogananda was the real deal. His entire life was dedicated to God. This book tells the story of how he always yearned for God, even as a little boy in India, running away from home several times in search of different gurus in the Himalayas. It also tells about the many gurus he met in his travels, and many miraculous things he witnessed firsthand. For example: Many fanatical Christians believe Jesus Christ was the only true son of God, and to back that up, they claim Christ was the only person to have returned physically from the dead. I've had Born Again (Pentecostal) Christians knock on my door and try to use this argument. Sorry to burst their bubble, but Yogananda's guru, Sri Yukteswar, also appeared to Yogananda physically after his death. I've since read several of Yogananda's other books. For example, I studied his two-volume hard-bound translation of The Bhagavad Gita (which many would call the Bible of Hinduism) for something like two years, but Autobiography was more influential. It's a great place to start if you want to learn about Eastern philosophy. I love this book.

Last day, Day 7 of he Influential Book Challenge. I really had a hard time with this one. I've only got one day left! I could cite so many great books that influenced my life:
  • The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, the holy book of Taoism.
  • The Clairvoyant by Hans Holzer, the story of a misfit psychic who had to come to terms with her spiritual gifts.
  • Some Men Are More Perfect Than Others by Merle Shain.
  • How to Live With Another Person by David Viscott.
  • Pairing by George Bach and Ronald Deutsch, and other books about intimate communication and how to get along with another person.
  • Loving Relationships by Sondra Ray.
  • His Needs, Her Needs by Willard Harley. 
  • Brawshaw On: The Family by John Bradshaw.
  • The Boy Who Saw True by Anonymous.
  • Life Before Life by Helen Wambach.
  • I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me and other books by Hugh Prather.
And of course, I could name several fabulous books that I love, but came too late in my life to be a big influence; books that should be required reading for all spiritual quests. Just to name a few:
  • A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.
  • Through God's Eyes by Phil Bolsta.
  • Multidimensional Man by Jurgen Ziewe.

In the end I decided to choose a book most of you have probably never heard of: Centering: A Guide To Inner Growth by Sanders G. Laurie and Melvin J. Tucker. For a while there when I was young, I was pretty "far out there" in my spiritual journey. I was very ungrounded. Or, if you're a Shirley Maclaine fan, you might say I was way "out on a limb." This book taught me to re-center and re-balance myself. There's always a balance between physical life and the spiritual side, and that balance is necessary or life just doesn't work. So this book helped me to become grounded.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this little walk-through of some of my favorite books of all time. They sure influenced my spiritual journey, especially when I was young and stuck with me. Maybe you can find some value in them too.

Bob Peterson
09 October 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

OBEs, Celibacy, Masturbation and the Sex Drive

OBEs, Celibacy, Masturbation and the Sex Drive

 by Bob Peterson

The topic of sexuality came up on one of the Facebook groups not long ago, I decided to post this short chapter from my new (unpublished) OBE book, Hacking the Out of Body Experience: Leveraging Science to Induce OBEs. Enjoy.

Bob Peterson
25 September 2018
Chapter 68
OBEs, Celibacy, Masturbation and the Sex Drive
Some people, especially those rooted in Taoist traditions, claim that men’s OBE abilities are enhanced by celibacy and abstaining from all forms of ejaculation (sex, masturbation, etc.). They say that releasing semen depletes “chi,” "qi," or “life-force,” (non-physical energy), an excess of which is essential for OBE work.1 Even Carlos Castaneda wrote that sex depletes non-physical energy. First of all, I don’t believe OBEs require a lot of non-physical energy, and I don't believe sex depletes chi. I tend to think that’s just superstition passed down for generations. (However, psycho-physical exercises like T'ai Chi, Qi Gong and similar "chi-building" exercises can help you induce OBEs, but for other reasons) What do the OBE experts say?

Robert Bruce calls out sexual arousal as a potential problem. He wrote that some people “worry that sex may drain the energy body and make projection more difficult until it has replenished itself. In my opinion, sex before a projection attempt has more positive than negative aspects to it. Sexual fulfillment greatly eases physical and mental tension by promoting energetic balance and deeper physical and mental relaxation.”2 The myth, he says, is most likely because people often have more sex at night before bed, which makes you fall asleep more quickly.

William Buhlman found that “a normal sex life does not interfere with OBEs. However, if you believe it will, then you have created your reality.”3 

Akhena wrote that a healthy sex life can be a positive factor for OBEs. She wrote, “Abstention is not useful and may even be a problem.”4

Salvatore Caesar Scordato suggested using masturbation as a way to achieve a deeper level of relaxation just prior to making an OBE attempt.5  

Michael Raduga takes it a bit further and even includes a “Sex Technique” for achieving OBEs in which the practitioner “tries to feel the intimate sensations of the copulative act in as much detail as possible.”6 To me that seems counter-intuitive; it would be too much of a distraction. On the other hand (no pun intended!), most men can probably imagine sexual scenarios more vividly than normal OBE visualization techniques, due to countless years of practice!

Curiously, even though Sylvan Muldoon stressed the need for subconscious desire in general, he also wrote that sexual desire is a negative factor for inducing OBEs.7 He insisted that sexual desire keeps you too focused on the physical body, making it harder to move away from it.

Among other things, orgasm releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain killing hormone. Although non-addictive, endorphins act on the opiate receptors in the brain, and they have been known to induce hallucinations.

The bottom line is to not let your OBE attempts be wasted because you’re too distracted by unfulfilled sexual desire. It’s better to see it as a necessary function of the physical body, satisfy the body’s need, and get on with your OBE attempt, undistracted.
1 Behind the Veil, Daniel Kelley, 2018.
2 Astral Dynamics, Robert Bruce, Hampton Roads Publishing, 1999, pg. 293 – 294.
3 Buhlman posted this in response to a question in the “TMI Out of Body Experience Group” on Facebook, 13 Aug 2018.
4 Out of Body Experiences, Akhena, Channel Soleil Publications, 2013, pg. 49.
5 You Can Fly, Salvatore Caesar Scordato, Kaleidoscope Books, 2015, pg 77.
6 The Phase, Michael Raduga, obe4u.com, 2015, version 3.0, pg. 246.
7 The Projection of the Astral Body, Sylvan Muldoon and Hereward Carrington, Weiser, 1929, Chapter 9, “Sexual Desire is a negative factor” pg. 181.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Out of Body Suggestive Songs

Out of Body Suggestive Songs

By Bob Peterson

Not long ago, a Facebook friend asked if I knew of any music that's suggestive of Out of Body Experiences and Lucid Dreams. The answer is yes. It's not just OBE books I collect; for many years I've collected songs that remind me of OBEs. I like to listen to them to motivate my subconscious to have OBEs. So below I compiled a list of some of the most OBE suggestive songs I can think of off the top of my head. The songs are in no particular order.

But beware: my taste in music is...let's just say "eclectic." It's a bit different from most people, but to each his own, right? As an older guy, many of the songs are classic rock from the 1970s and 1980s, so I'm sure there's more current music I haven't kept up on. I'm a bit of a metal-head, so some of the songs are classic heavy metal (like Ozzy and Dio), thrash metal (like Megadeth), progressive metal and/or female fronted metal (like Lunatica), and even death metal (like Between the Buried and Me). That's partly because I grew up in the 80s, and I hated disco, plus pop music doesn't often mention OBEs.

Click on the links below to play the entire song in a youtube video, or click on the link at the bottom of the article for an youtube playlist to play them all. But PLEASE listen under headphones if you can.

After each link, I put some of the lyrics to show you how the song is OBE related. Some are obviously related to OBEs like:

"Astral Traveller" by Yes:
Wondering when to do it again
Have another fly into the sky,
Somewhere flying high.
Astral traveller, leaving without her,
Wandering where lights go,
Without the body load.
Once in the air, people who dare
Get a great respect in being.
(Astral traveller.)
Heavenly flight wondrous night
And all the sights worth seeing
Just believing
"Over the Mountains" by Ozzy Osbourne:
Over the mountains,
Take me across the sky
Something in my vision,
Something deep inside
Where did I wander?
Where'd you think I wandered to?
I've seen life's magic
Astral plane I travel through
Others are just implied (to me) like "Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin:
I am a traveler of both time and space
To be where I have been...
Baby, I've been flying, Ain't no denying.
Some are obviously about Lucid Dreaming, like "Lucid Dreamer" by Tarja:
You can do anything
when you feel it
burning at your wings
just look in the mirror
I'm a lucid dreamer

You can go everywhere
you can rise up, see me standing there
just look in the mirror
I'm a lucid dreamer
Or "Silent Lucidity" by Queensryche:
...Commanding in another world
Suddenly, you hear and see
This magic new dimension

Many of these songs aren't about OBEs at all, but they still remind me of OBEs because their lyrics suggest OBEs to me.

"No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed" by Yes
Step out in the night
When you're lonely
Listen for the sounds
That your ears don't hear
Dawn turns to day
And the dawning
Daytime, nighttime
And we still can't see
Why must we wait until the morning light
To wake up and be
Wake up and be
Wake up and be
"Fly Like an Eagle" by Steve Miller Band:
I want to fly like an eagle, to the sea
Fly like an eagle, let my spirit carry me
"Lights" by Styx:
So many thoughts in my head
So many places to be
So many faces that I long to see
Standing in front of me
Tonight the Lights will take me where I long to be
Just like a thousand nights before
"The Wall" by Kansas may be about death, but I think of it as OBE:
To pass beyond is what I seek
I fear that I may be too weak
And those are few who've seen it through
To glimpse the other side
The promised land is waiting
Like a maiden that is soon to be a bride
"Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas:
Once I rose above the noise and confusion
Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion
I was soaring ever higher, but I flew too high
"Icarus: Borne on Wings of Steel" by Kansas:
Early in the morning sunlight
Soaring on the wings of dawn
Here I'll live and die with my wings in the sky
And I won't come down no more
Sail on, sail on
I will rise each day to meet the dawn
So high, so high
I've climbed the mountains of the sky
"The Answer" by Ashes of Ares is also about death or OBEs depending on your view:
Journey on, I will see you soon my friend
Beyond this plane your spirit shall ascend
Fly away, Fly away, Fly away...and find the answer
"Border of Reality" by Angel Dust:
Let me see - the border of reality
"Coming Home" by Angel Dust:
Then fellows and me
We tripped day by day
To visit the new world
For the old did decay...
My soul's flown away -
Left an empty space
I took a view into hell -
But I'm coming home alive

"Master of the Wind" by Manowar:
Fly away to a rainbow in the sky
Gold is at the end for each of us to find.
There the road begins where another one will end,
Here the four winds know who will brake and who will bend
All to be the Master of the wind.
"Mary Jane" by Megadeth:
Forgive me father, for I have sinned
I'm a child of the air, I'm a witch of the wind
Fingers gripped around my brain
No control, my mind is lame
I'm in the astral plane and I'll never be the same
Never, never, never, never, never, never...
"Fly by Night" by Rush:
Fly by night, away from here
Change my life again
Fly by night, goodbye my dear
My ship isn't coming and I just can't pretend
"Backwards Traveler" by Paul McCartney:
I am the backwards traveller
Ancient wool unraveller
Sailing songs, wailing on the moon
"Invisible" by (Ronnie James) Dio:
I can go away
I can leave here
I can be invisible
I go away
"Introduction" by Lunatica:
Infinity: What does it mean to you?
It can signify the point at which you leave reality behind
Or it may just be a mathematical expression to describe the size of our universe
"The Edge of Infinity" by Lunatica:
To the edge of infinity,
An invisible reality
Where the power of thoughts sets me free
On the journey to wonderland
I will hold the key in my own hands

"Into the Light" by Masterplan:

Now we climb up to a place, Where the beauty is everlasting
Our will as unshakable, As the rock beneath our naked feet
I hardly know you, Face to face
On the brink of the grave, I won't persuade you
Like the snowflake we will fly, A dying dance, a silent cry
We're at the peak now, Face to face
On the brink of the grave, Don't turn around now
To Step into the light
"Walking In The Air" has been remade many times, but my favorite is by Nightwish. The Celtic Woman version is good too.
We're walking in the air
We're floating in the moonlit sky
The people far below are sleeping as we fly
"High Above of Me" by Timo Tolkki's Avalon:
Wake up, this is my dream
Just let me sleep
In my loneliness,
High above of me I fly
"Dreamweaver" by Gary Wright.
Fly me high through the starry skies
Maybe to an astral plane
Cross the highways of fantasy
Help me to forget today's pain
Since I'm a metal-head, I can't leave you with a sappy 70s song, so here: This one is progressive death metal, so it's a bit harsh for some people, but the video is fabulous. If you don't like the music, turn the volume down and just watch the video portion: "Astral Body" by Between the Buried and Me:
 Analyze my own matter from above

I created this youtube playlist if you want to hear them all: Click Here.

This obviously is not a complete list; it's just the ones I could remember offhand. There's also a lot I could have included that are slightly less OBE-esque, like "Bound for Infinity" by Renaissance, and "Rider of the Astral Fire" by Luca Turilli, but had to draw the line in the sand somewhere. I'm probably forgetting a bunch of them, but the list is already long, so I'll leave it at that.

If you have OBE-related songs to add to the list, please send me a link.

Bob Peterson
11 September 2018

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Review: I Have Seen It Tomorrow by Iris Krst

Review: I Have Seen It Tomorrow

by Iris Krst

Today I'm reviewing the book "I Have Seen It Tomorrow" by Iris Krst, which is a pen name. The author is apparently a woman from Slovakia who is fluent in 5 languages.

Like the majority of OBE books, it's a mixture of good and bad.

Although the title doesn't say it, this book is about OBEs. Kind of. Although some of the information comes from Krst herself, it's mostly about her husband John and his OBEs. Unlike most OBE books out there, there are no OBE narratives.
In fact, there are no OBE techniques in the book either. It's mostly just "information" or claims made by John about reality, based on his OBE observations, and relayed to Krst second-hand, and to us third-hand. It's kind of the opposite of Clary G. Valentine's book An Adjacent Place because Valentine wrote about his friend's OBE observations and how closely they matched with reality. Krst's book is about John's OBE observations and how he sees reality, based on his observations. But most of John's observations about reality are "way out there" and unprovable.

Unlike some books that try to describe what the afterlife is like based on OBEs, this is more like John's "Big Toe" (theory of everything). How he thinks the physical Universe works, based on his OBEs.

I'll be the first to admit I'm highly skeptical about any paranormal claims unless I experience them for myself firsthand. So I always look at people's OBE claims with a certain degree of doubt and skepticism, even though I've had many myself. I'm sure reading Susan Blackmore's book Seeing Myself just prior didn't help; if anything, it made me look at things with a more critical eye. Still, I've had so many OBEs myself that I can't dismiss anyone's experiences offhand, no matter how wild.

When someone makes a claim about the "astral plane," or "other worlds," or "the afterlife," or "non-physical existence," I respect that because I've seen it firsthand: Things are different "over there" and I've seen enough to know how different it really is. But when someone starts to make claims about physical reality, we can match that against observations of science, so my skepticism kicks in.

The seeds of my doubt were planted immediately when I found out the first chapter is called "I was fully conscious during my birth." It's a remarkable claim, if true, but it's a pretty wild claim. I believe we're all "conscious" during birth, but our brains and memories aren't organized enough to process the information. It gets even more wild:
"I remember being in my mother's uterus." (pg. 11)
John also claims to remember his past lives too. One thing that bothered me was that Krst writes:
"John has his OBEs fully awake." (pg. 6)
Earlier, she stated:
"It is my understanding that out-of-body experiences that happen when one is fully awake are the highest types of out-of-body experiences which not that many people are able to attain." (pg. 6)
Say what? She goes on to explain that John spends more time out-of-body than he does inside his body. Either John is a very remarkable person, or he has a serious dissociative disorder.

Now granted, a lot of people claim to have OBEs while still able to narrate physically what's happening. Monroe Institute "Focus Level" experiences, for example. But my OBEs are never like that. I can't think of a more confusing state to be in than one where I'm having an OBE and yet still fully awake. To me it makes no sense. In my mind, that would be more like Remote Viewing. More claims about John:
"I have been exploring Mars among other places. There is running water there, which I have discovered a number of years ago." (pg. 12)
Okay, exploring Mars or another planet seems like a good use for OBEs. Ingo Swann did similar things, and made some wild observations that later turned out to be true, but that was under strict laboratory conditions. And again, Swann's "OBEs" were more like Remote Viewing (RV) or Focus Level experiences than true "My body is elsewhere" OBEs.

NASA just admitted (after I got Krst's book) they found evidence of liquid water in a lake on Mars, and that's remarkable. But it's buried beneath a really thick layer of ice, at the South Pole. So what exactly does John mean by "liquid water?" Bear in mind that Mars is a very cold place. A "hot summer day" on Mars may get up to 70F (20C) near the equator, if you're lucky, but at night the temperature plummets to about -100F (-73C). In the summer! Winter is much colder. And the poles are much colder. And the equator (and most of the planet) is desert and rocks. So all the liquid water must have frozen and stayed frozen hundreds of thousands of years ago. Nothing liquid about it. A few hours of 70F isn't going to melt much ice after that kind of cold. I'm from Minnesota, so I know from experience (the coldest I've seen is -76F / -60C) Was John talking about the ice-covered liquid lake on the South pole of Mars? He didn't say. He said liquid water, which isn't going to happen on the surface, as far as I know.

More claims:
"Furthermore, when out of body and returning back to body you go backward in time, so while out of body you are in the future, so to speak, when returning back to body you are returning back to the present." (pg. 18)
That just doesn't make sense to me. Especially since he claims elsewhere (as do a lot of other authors) that time doesn't really exist out-of-body. Here's another quote that didn't make sense:
"Where does the extra power created by the co-vibrational sympathetic resonance come from? The resonant cavity created in the three main cavities of our physical body - the torso, the chest, and head, represents what religion calls trinity or triunion." (pg. 26)
Er, no, I can't even imagine that. The physical body is just a vehicle of expression or consciousness.

John also talks about extraterrestrials, which he calls ITs. That's not unheard of in OBE literature. For example, Darryl Berry talks about them in his book Travel Far (which I loved). But John says things like:
"You have to understand that the ITs do not possess any free will. They are free will themselves." (pg. 29)
What? Krst also writes:
"When I was pregnant with my second child, it is my understanding that different ET factions were fighting over my fetus." (pg. 8)
This, too, seems a bit over the top. More claims that don't make sense to me:
"There are many spots in the ocean which serve as gateways to other dimensions." (pg. 37)
In my mind, "reality" is a homogeneous whole and doesn't need gateways to other dimensions. We can already travel out-of-body, so doesn't that make us all gateways to other dimensions? I don't know. It's just confusing. I found this interesting:
"It seems that John experiences his own future as a non-physical form out of body first. Only after he does, he will experience the same as a physical mass, in reality, in the physical body. Consequently, John lives in two different time horizons and realities. He can easily skip from timeline to timeline and can jump from the present to the future or the past...For him, everything comes from the future. Thus the future affects the present...Energy from the future precedes matter and shapes the present. Effect precedes the cause. The law of cause and effect is seemingly broken." (pg. 40)
Based on my own experiences, I believe we carefully plan our future from the out-of-body state. These later manifest in reality. William Buhlman (and others) also talk about how physical reality is shaped by pre-existing structures and "thought forms" you can witness when out-of-body. So I can see where John might interpret that same concept another way. Either that, or I have the wrong idea. But if energy from the future affects the past and the law of cause and effect are broken, well, I'd have to believe scientists would know about it, or at least theorize about it.

Then again, John almost seems to change his story and doesn't make sense:
"And time itself moves backward, as your consciousness extends into antimatter space. In this space, left is right and right is left, you see objects upside down, and the present is predetermined by the future." (pg. 42)
Antimatter space? Is that like dark matter he's talking about? Okay, I can see where John gets this idea too. I've been in OBEs in which I totally lost my sense of spacial orientation, where the ceiling (or a wall) appeared to be the floor, so yes, everything appeared upside down, or on its side. I can see how he can believe that the present is determined by the future because, as I said, we pre-plan the future in our sleep, so we often see it there first. (See my blog article about Deja Vu for more info). But to me it seemed like John was just confused about what is happening.

But hey, we can scientifically test that, right? Just have John return from a lottery drawing of choice and tell us the winning numbers. It should be easy, given his claims. By the way, that is exactly what OBE author Eddie Slasher tried to do, as described in his book Explorations Out of the Body, with the Georgia Pick 3 lottery. Although he got some interesting results, Slasher failed it every time, and I highly respect him for his honesty, integrity, and candor about the subject. (I've never written a review of Slasher's book). I'm sorry if I sound overly skeptical: Again, I'll blame Susan Blackmore's book for having jaded me just a bit.

Krst also says things like:
"Recently, according to John, a special child was born on Earth whose genetic code holds a special key. It will play an important role in the development of the human race tens of thousands of years in the future. In the future, the special key from the child's genes will be used to produce a child made of a special metal, in a laboratory. John used the word metal because there is no name for the material from which the child will be produced. Metal is the closest word to it." (pg. 45)
What am I to make of this? Well, maybe John's talking about genetic engineering, or human hybridization, or robots, or something...but it's really not OBE related. Again, how can anyone possibly know whether or not this is true?

And that's the main problem I have with this book. It's not really about the OBEs, or about the non-physical world, or astral planes, or the afterlife, or anything like that. It's just a bunch of claims about reality that are impossible to verify. I can't wrap my science-oriented head around most of what John claims. Is that John's limitation or mine? I can't say. But this is the same problem I had with Astral Projection as a Bridge to the Spiritual World by Luiz Roberto Mattos. Mattos' book made claims about the non-physical world that cannot be verified, but Krst's book makes claims about the physical world that cannot be verified. Some of the information was interesting, and fantastic, if true. But it left me with more questions than answers.

On the plus side, the writing is actually pretty good, especially considering Krst is a non-native speaker. As far as grammar and spelling, I only found a few mistakes in the book.

I'll give it two and a half stars. Too much of it didn't make sense to me. I may be an out-of-body experiencer, but I'm still too grounded in science. Or too jaded by Blackmore.

Bob Peterson
21 August 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Test

The Test

by Bob Peterson

For today's blog, I decided to re-publish one of my favorite chapters, 15, from my second book, Lessons Out of the Body. Few people have the book and I think it's out of print. Enjoy. Bear in mind that this was written around the year 2000, so my writing isn't as polished.
What's today's lesson? I asked my inner voice.
Today, wherever you go, imagine that you are
surrounded by angels who help you, guide you and protect you. 
They are really there, you know.

After getting a job and moving back to Minneapolis in October of 1996, I felt like I was back where I belonged. Once again, I resumed my OBE experiments. This time I was more daring. Here is an OBE from May 1999.

Kathy and I were at her mom’s cabin in northern Minnesota. After Kathy got up this morning, I decided to do some OBE stuff. I’ve been reading Sophy Burnham’s book The Ecstatic Journey and it made me want a transcendental God experience. I figured an OBE would be the perfect way to try it. I began to focus on swaying. I went deeper and deeper until I started getting hypnagogic images. One image was of a building, so I started focusing on the image of the building to the exclusion of everything else. As the image became clear, the swaying increased. The buzzing began, and I whooshed up and out of my body.
My first thought/intent was, “I want to experience God, enlightenment, etc.,” but I didn’t know exactly how to do that. My first attempt was an appeal to my oversoul/higher self or to any invisible entities who might be with me, and to God, but nothing happened.

So I started focusing on raising my vibrations, and as I did, I started floating up into the air. It was a beautiful, warm, spring day and the air smelled sweet and fresh. I felt alive, and I kept floating up. My heart filled with joy and love and I felt no restrictions, no limitations, no gravity. There was absolute clarity. I was very conscious, very aware, very alive.

Joyously, I whooshed from one far-away place to the next. With my new found freedom, I whooshed into Minneapolis buildings (75 miles away), through them, and out the other side. I whooshed into residential areas, into people’s houses and right through them. I remember pausing at the top of someone’s wall near a vaulted ceiling. I looked down to see the occupants inside. Then I whooshed on again.

At some point, I stopped and thought, “Too bad the government won’t pay me to do OBE work. I could spy on people, look for drug dealers or what not. I can fly into any home and any building. This is great!”

I whooshed through the side of an apartment building, and down through the hallway. I whooshed downstairs and saw a woman leaving the apartment building through the front door, and I whooshed right past her, passing her on her right side. Then I stopped and stood on the grass outside, looking at the beautiful spring day.

I believe that we are constantly surrounded by angels/astral helpers who are willing to assist us in our spiritual growth, whether we are in or out of the body.  In my OBEs they are almost always invisible. Many times, I’ve felt their gentle hands helping me out of my body after I had induced the proper state. Now I appealed to one of these invisible helpers for a Christ-consciousness experience, but nothing happened. Then suddenly my heart was filled with joy and I rose up into the sky. As I did, I thought about the problems I used to have with flying when I first started having OBEs (described in my first book.) I also wondered why I wasn’t getting a “God” experience. Then I heard a voice say, “First you must fully realize your freedom."

As I continued to rise into the sky, I thought about my “master” experience (see Chapter 4) in which I was taken to a high church steeple and I understood that a major step in my spiritual progress would be to jump from that height with total confidence. That was the freedom the voice spoke about. The freedom from “what ifs” and fear. As long as I held on to my doubts, I wouldn’t be free enough to experience God. I would be tethered by my own self-imposed leash. I needed to let go. I vowed to work on it.

By now, I was several thousand feet in the air and I stopped and let myself drop with total confidence. I whooshed to the ground, flying joyously once more.  There were no doubts or fears. When I landed, I didn’t know where I was. Was it some unfamiliar part of Minneapolis or a different city? I broadcasted a thought to these invisible helpers, “Okay, I want to learn my freedom.”

Just then, an invisible helper gently took hold of my feet. I was pulled backwards by my feet, then lifted tens of thousands of feet into the sky, feet up and head down. Although I was hanging by my feet at least twice as high as the average passenger jet, I wasn’t afraid; I was playful. “Sure. Now you’re going to just drop me, right?” I joked toward the helper. And it did! Head down, I started plunging to the Earth at high speed. Ironically, as I fell from the sky, I remembered an obscure song, “High Speed Dirt,” by the heavy metal band Megadeth:
"Do it if you dare, Leaping from the sky
Hurling thru the air, Exhilarating high
See the Earth below, Soon to make a crater
Blue sky, black death, I'm off to meet my maker!"
There was no fear; I was completely confident.

Then, as I plunged, I wondered if I had been away from my body too long. As I thought of my body, I was refocused there and came to. I didn’t end the OBE out of fear. I had passed the test.
Bob Peterson
07 Aug 2018