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of sexuality came up on one of the Facebook groups not long ago, I decided to post this short chapter from my new (unpublished) OBE book, Hacking the Out of Body Experience: Leveraging Science to Induce OBEs.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


2 comments:

  1. Nice article. I find the sex drive, especially an unsatisfied one, can impose heavily on OBEs. I have the same problem Robert Monroe had. His solution was to think about the sex pile he observed, and this would eliminate the desire so that it does not distract him from more productive activity in the second state. However, I have not seen the sex pile so I need to come up with another solution.

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  2. Thank you, Bob. I struggled with this issue not knowing which way to turn but you make (always) a lot of sense.

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