Tuesday, July 28, 2020

A Year of New OBE Tricks - Part 1

A Year of New OBE Tricks - Part 1


by Bob Peterson

Wow. It's hard to believe it's already been one year since I published my fifth book, Hacking the Out of Body Experience: Leveraging Science to Induce OBEs. It was well received in the community. So far I've sold about 2,200 books and 200 audio books so far, and readers have consistently given it stellar reviews on amazon. Thank you guys! (And if you think you're going to get rich writing an OBE book, think again!)

Many authors, like me, never seem to actually "finish" a book. They just force themselves to draw an arbitrary line in the sand, press the "Send" button and within a week, regret they didn't add one or two more little things. So what else should I have added to Hacking? With 350 pages of OBE techniques, what could possibly be missing? Unfortunately, a lot. Sigh.

In the OBE-oriented world, ours is a journey not only of discovery and growth, but of learning, so it might be more important to ask: what new OBE tricks and tips have I learned or discovered in the year since the book's release? What new advice can I offer the would-be astral traveler?

I want to share some of those with you in this article. In fact, I want to share so many that the article got too big. I decided to break it into multiple articles. If you're seriously dedicated to inducing OBEs, I know you won't mind. So let's begin.

Take naps

I've found that taking a nap in the middle of the day really helps induce OBEs. While I may have mentioned napping in the book, I don't think I placed enough emphasis on it. Napping also gives your brain a break so you can interrupt your sleep (with WBTB/Wake Back To Bed) without suffering too badly the rest of the day.

Try different relaxation techniques

One shortcoming of Hacking the Out of Body Experience is the way it presents relaxation techniques. I wrote a few pages about it in chapter 16 ("Preparing for Liftoff: Physical Preparation") but I feel I didn't go far enough. I wrote a blog article about relaxation techniques to present some of my favorite techniques, and I recommend you read it if you haven't already.

Harness unfamiliarity

Similarly, I wrote a blog article about harnessing unfamiliarity that should have been in there as an entire chapter. (Click this link to read it.) If I ever publish a second edition of Hacking, I'll definitely include it.

The bottom line is: When you're in an unfamiliar setting, such as a hotel room or a friend's house, you sleep lighter. Your conscious awareness stays just a little bit on edge, just below the surface, and ready to react to the unknown, and that makes OBEs more likely.

You can harness this principle even in your home by making some simple changes, such as turning your bed, sleeping in a different room, opening a window to introduce unfamiliar sounds, and so on.

Try fasting

In Hacking, I wrote about dietary considerations, such as the effects of wheat gluten, vegetarian diets, and other food considerations. I talked about how you should eat very lightly and how it's best to not eat anything after 3:00pm, but I didn't really say anything about fasting, and I regret that.

I remember when I was young I used to not think about food until my body insisted. Eating was an inconvenience, even an annoyance. I used to think about eating as some kind of bad habit like smoking or drinking, and how someday I'd like to give it up, even though I knew it wasn't really practical. My friends and I would skip meals because we simply "forgot" to eat. (Oshara still forgets to eat!) Nowadays my body whines and complains about not being fed for two hours, and that's not only an annoyance; it's a bad habit.

It can be very hard to resist eating a snack before bed, or eating a big dinner at 6:00pm (18:00). A lot of Europeans customarily eat supper at 7:30 p.m. (19:30) or later. There's comfort in a fully belly, but fasting is worth it because it makes OBEs much more likely, especially if you fast at least 7 hours before bed. Remember: the reason they call it "breakfast" is because you're breaking your nightly fast.

Some people have reported great success inducing OBEs after a simple one or two day liquid-only fast, which may be even more effective.

The bottom line is: having food constantly in your stomach will hold you back from having OBEs. It's definitely worth enduring the hunger. Your body is basically an animal, a creature of habit, and animals can be trained.

By the way, the converse is also true: Some people ask "How can I stop having OBEs?" My answer is: keep something, however small, in your stomach at all times, or eat a big gluten-free meal before bed.

The four-hour WBTB trick

The Wake-Back-To-Bed technique has been a staple for many authors on astral projection, OBEs and lucid dreaming, but they often disagree about how long you should allow yourself to sleep before the alarm goes off.

Different authors recommend different amounts of sleep. Some, like Albert Taylor, recommend 4 hours, while others recommend 5 or 6. While it's important to experiment and find out what works for you, I've always preferred six hours, as I wrote in this WBTB blog article, because my consciousness is still very groggy after only 4 hours of sleep.

But let me tell you a story. In the first week in July, my wife's parents invited us to stay for free at their timeshare in Las Vegas. On the last day of our trip we needed to get up at 5:00 a.m. to get to the airport for our flight back home.

Making the most of our last day, we stayed up late and didn't get to bed until about 1:00 a.m.. I was exhausted. The alarm went off 4 hours later. I sat up and tried to get my bearings. As I sat there, I let my eyes close for a minute and had some of the most vivid, fun and wild 3-D visions I've ever had in my life. Unfortunately, time didn't permit me to explore the state, but it was enough to convince me to do more exploration.

With my brain-intensive computer job, I normally can't afford to sacrifice that much sleep, but I definitely need to revisit the four-hour WBTB, and I suggest you do too.

Read about OBEs before bed

In part 3 of Hacking, I detailed a lot of different ways to inundate your subconscious with OBE messages to coerce it into giving you OBEs, including reading OBE books and narratives. But I failed to mention that the best time to do that reading is right before bed. That way, OBEs are on your mind when you go to sleep. So:
  • First thing in the morning when you wake up, try to remember your dreams and do your OBE affirmations. ("I slip out of my body easily.")
  • Throughout the day, do your suggestions and place your intentions. ("Tonight I'm going to have a conscious out-of-body experience.")
  • Last thing before you go to sleep, read a few pages from an OBE book (or, hey, my blog!).

Conclusions

When I started thinking about all the things I've learned over the past year, the article got to be too long. So I decided to break it into multiple articles. On my August 11 blog post, I'll cover more OBE tips and techniques from the past year. Until then, practice, practice, practice and never give up!

Bob Peterson
28 July 2020

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Review: Astral Projection by Kristin Komak

Review: Astral Projection

by Kristin Komak

Today I'm reviewing Astral Projection: The Ultimate Guide to Astral Projection and Having An Out of Body Experience! by Kristin Komak.

It's got a cool cover, but much like Alex Akana's book Astral Projection, this one is much too short. Akana's book was only 82 pages with large type. Komak's book is much shorter: only 54 pages, but with a better font and tighter margins. So the amount of content might be about the same.

Also like Akana's, this book has no credentials (what makes the author an expert?). There are absolutely no OBE narratives or personal experiences. So again, it feels like the author read a book or two on OBEs and decided to write one based on second-hand knowledge.

Komak only gives one OBE technique. It involves the usual prerequisites, relaxation, etc. All basic stuff. She recommends something a bit different from other OBE techniques I've studied, so I thought I'd mention it. Step 8 is:
"Now, think of one single image that you can concentrate on. For example, you could create a mental image of a chair. This image can actually be anything you can think of. Allow this mental image to move in different directions, and then add another image in your mind and allow it to move as well. Add another image and let it move in your mind too, along with the other two images. Repeat this process until you have several moving images flashing in your mind. Remember to just relax and maintain your calmness as you do this." (pg. 17)
I've never tried to cram a bunch of mental images into my visualizations. I almost always focus on a single one.

Some of the information is not explained very well. For example, Komak mentions "the vibrations" and the "vibrational state" but doesn't even attempt to explain what it is, what it feels like, how you should react to it, or anything like that. It's just a big gap.

Much of the information is accurate (better than Alex Akana's in that respect) but there's not enough attention to detail. For example, she refers to Robert Monroe's book as "Out of the Body" (page 3) accidentally dropping "Journeys" from its title. For example, she refers to St. Paul's Biblical reference to OBE as "Corinthians 12:2" (pg. 19) when, in fact, it was St. Paul's Second letter to the Corinthians, so the proper citation should be "2 Corinthians 12:2."
I only took issue with one thing she wrote:
"The astral plane is composed of seven dimensions that all play key roles in the fate of human beings. All these dimensions conform to the seven divisions of matter, namely, solid, liquid, gas, atomic, subatomic, etheric, and super-etheric." (pg. 9)
This quote displays a complete lack of understanding of basic college physics. Solid, liquid and gas are states of matter (and physicists now know there are more states of matter, such as plasma). Atomic and subatomic are artificial constructs (how physicists describe what they're studying) and etheric and super-etheric has no scientific basis whatsoever (and the author provides no citations for any of this conjecture).

Is this the "Ultimate Guide" touted by the book's subtitle? No. You don't earn the title of "Ultimate" in less than 200 pages, at least not when it comes to OBEs. I'll never describe a book with only one technique "Ultimate" by a long shot.

To give you an idea, the book's "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) chapter (chapter 10) spans 4 pages, much of which is white space, and it covers 5 questions. Compare that to the FAQ article I wrote for this blog (Click here to read it) which spans about 15 pages and covers 67 questions: more than 16 times the information.

The author's spelling and grammar are both good. She knows the difference between "its" and "it's" and "there-their-they're." Ah! Refreshing! But the writing feels immature to me, like it was written as a college paper and turned in for a writing class. I'd be surprised if the author is more than 23 years old.

Like Akana, I'll give it 2 out of 5 stars. You're better off buying a longer, more informative book from one of the big names in the genre with proven experience like Monroe, Buhlman, Bruce, Muldoon, etc.

Bob Peterson
14 July 2020

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Review: Renegade Mystic

Renegade Mystic


by Sean McNamara

Today I'm reviewing the book Renegade Mystic: The Pursuit of Spiritual Freedom Through Consciousness Exploration by Sean McNamara. The book is copyright 2020. The author sent me a copy, for which I am grateful.

I first heard about Sean McNamara at the SSE/IRVA Conference in 2018 where several researchers were talking about his book Defy Your Limits: The Telekinesis Training Method. I've had a long-standing casual interest in telekinesis (in my book Answers Within I wrote about some telekinesis experiments I did back in 1984), so naturally I had to buy it.

So I was thrilled when McNamara contacted me about his new book, Renegade Mystic, which is about meditation and consciousness exploration, including OBEs.

First I need to warn you: This is not an OBE-only book. It covers a wide spectrum of psychic topics, including OBEs, meditation, remote viewing, telekinesis, mediumship, energy healing, and even a tiny bit about UFOs. OBEs don't come into the book until chapter 15, page 120. Still, about a third of the book is dedicated to OBEs and has a lot of good narratives.

The first thing I tagged in the book is this gem:
"If you're perfectly happy with how you think life works, or how reality functions, and if you don't want anything to threaten your status quo, then you should stop reading now. You won't be the same person afterward." (pg. ix)
Indeed! Okay, let's get into the thick of it:

In a nutshell, Renegade Mystic is the autobiography of the author, Sean McNamara. He talks about being dragged from country to country by his parents as a child, exposed to many cultures, then trying so hard to be happy as an adult in the corporate world of cubicles and paperwork, but ultimately rejecting that. The bottom line is that he was always searching for a spiritual path that's right for him.

Right from the start, McNamara talks about Tibetan Buddhism, meditation, and his search for enlightenment. He joined various organizations and learn meditation techniques. Every year, many students pay thousands of dollars to learn meditation techniques, attend retreats, and attain various "levels" of achievement. He was right there in the thick of it, and it gets really juicy as he takes us behind the scenes and into the action. He talks about how these schools become money making machines, with jealousy, drama, power-struggles, politics, and in-fighting.

Remember a few years ago when renown teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, became embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal? It turns out he was sleeping with his women students. McNamara was involved with the organization while this was happening, and his own girlfriend (at the time) was involved, which led to nasty fight and breakup.

Next, McNamara talks about "Steve" who was one of Rinpoche's high-level students, who parted ways with Rinpoche and appointed himself as a Vajra Master (this title is supposed to be passed on through an initiation!) McNamara was one of his students. Again, Steve's teachings may have been sound, but the drama surrounding Steve and the new organization was both fascinating and head-spinning.

McNamara rose among the ranks and became a highly regarded meditation teacher, leading his own group in Denver. But eventually, the political drama revolving around Steve became too much to bear, so he broke away and some of his own students followed him, but as a more ordinary meditation class outside the complex framework of Tibetan Buddhism.

At one point, there was so much drama McNamara went to see a therapist. Surprisingly, he writes:
"Over time, I became pleasantly surprised to realize these therapy sessions had boosted my level of self-understanding far more than many years of devoted meditation had. Repeating endless mantras, visualizing myself as a deity, burning incense and playing my tantric bell and drum for years and years... none of this increased my level of true, practical insight the way receiving therapy from a trained counselor did." (pg. 105)
So much for self-realization! Don't get me wrong: meditation is a valuable tool, and I meditate regularly. But where do you turn when everything fails you: teachers, gurus, techniques and meditations? McNamara turned to out-of-body experiences, of course. A wise choice!

The OBE section of the book starts on chapter 15, page 120, "Leaving My Body For the First Time." He started--as I had--with Robert Monroe's book, Journeys Out of the Body (A great book!). Like me, he devoured as many OBE books as he could get his hands on (including mine!). Through experimentation and practice, he learned how to leave his body, and it was more fulfilling than all those years of meditation. I loved this quote:
"That day, many years ago when I walked into that Buddhist center in Denver and adopted their path, I had unknowingly abandoned my own." (pg. 121)
He shares some valuable insights he learned about inducing OBEs. For example:
"I made the last note realizing that whenever I paid too much attention to the odd sensations which occurred while using a technique, any progress would come to a stop. I realized I needed to basically ignore the sensations because all they did was steer my mind back toward a physical experience instead of remaining with whatever visualization I was using at the time." (pg. 131)
Here's another example:
"Reading about OBEs at bedtime is a technique in itself because it decreases fear by building confidence, conditions your deeper mind into accepting that you want to have this experience, and offers helpful knowledge. In fact, I even had an unplanned, unintended OBE during the several days I spent transcribing my journal into the first draft of this book." (pg. 137)
In chapter 17, page 144, McNamara lays out exactly what worked for him to induce OBEs:
  • Written affirmations
  • Consistent journaling
  • Afternoon practice
  • Sleep interruption
  • Reading about OBEs at bedtime
  • Listening to inspiring and relaxing music while doing the visualizations.
  • After doing a technique, rolling over on the massage table to lie on my side, and really letting myself drift to sleep.
What I loved most about this book was McNamara's OBE narratives, which should come as no surprise to my avid readers. He has a lot of them. He includes the mundane "uninteresting" OBEs as well as the extraordinary, which gives you a realistic sense of what to expect. They're well written and inspiring. Here's one small excerpt from an OBE narrative that I really liked:
"Across the street, I saw some teenage boys playing catch. I asked myself, "Are they part of my mind, or do they have their own existence? Are we 'all one'?"
With that question, I phased out and was back on the couch, opening my eyes. As with many of my other OBEs, I felt that wonderful, fulfilling sense of wholeness. I felt like I'd reconnected to a part of myself that I frequently disconnect from in the course of living this physical, stress-filled existence.
For me, this wholeness is one of, if not the most precious gifts of the out of body experience. It heals me deeply." (pg. 186)
McNamara is known for his involvement with telekinesis: moving objects with your mind. So of course, he talks about how he became involved in that, and that was also fascinating. He also touches on experiments and classes he did on mediumship and remote viewing as well. Probably his most valuable piece of advice is this:
"Whatever you do, don't get up [from the recliner, couch, bed, meditation pillow, etc.]. All you have to do to succeed in meditation is not give up." (pg. 332)
It applies not only to meditation, but to OBEs, telekinesis, and anything else you want to achieve. As much as you may be tempted to get up out of bed, don't. Never give up.

This book is honest, revealing, and very human. It's even a bit titillating at times! It portrays a somewhat ordinary guy, trying to find himself and his own spiritual path, struggling with relationships and breakups, and trying to make sense out of a chaotic world, and discovering the extraordinary.

The moral of the story, if there is one (and where I was cheering him on inside) is to follow your own path. Following someone else's path will never lead you to the truth. And one good solid OBE can teach you more about "Spirit" than years of meditation.

The book is big: 369 pages with tight font and good tight margins, which means there's a lot of content. You'll get your money's worth. The grammar and spelling were first class. McNamara's a very good writer. Other than a few minor text formatting issues, I only found one mistake in the whole book, on page 357 ("Close" Encounters.)

There aren't a lot of OBE induction techniques, but there are some helpful hints. I loved the book and I give it 4 stars out of 5.

Bob Peterson

23 June 2020

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Review: Astral Projection by Alex Akana

Review: Astral Projection

by Alex Akana

Today I'm reviewing Astral Projection: Your Personal Guide To The Astral World by Alex Akana. This book is copyright 2017.

The first thing I need to say about this book is that it's short. It's only 82 pages long, and while the format is a decent size, there's also a lot of white space and the font is big, which means there's not a lot of content. In the author's own words:
"This brief book was only meant to be an introduction to the topic, so by all means, please keep studying to expand your understanding of this amazing opportunity to experience the incredible and transcendental." (pg. 81)

The second thing to note is that the author, Alex Akana, doesn't give any credentials: he doesn't say anything about how he gained his knowledge of astral projection, and he doesn't give any personal experiences: I always trust firsthand experience more than book-learning.

Most of the information in the book is pretty decent, although there were several things I disagreed with. For example, Akana seems to think that astral projection will drain your energy:
"Leaving your body will take a higher toll on it than you might expect. If flying on an airplane can leave your body with jet lag what do you think leaving it energetically will do." (pg. 21)
"Any psychic activity can leave you feeling drained and exhausted because you are training yourself to interact with energies that vibrate at a higher frequency than what you're used to." (pg. 22)
This is counter to my experience: when I return from an out-of-body experience, I come away feeling energized and exhilarated. I literally never feel drained. Oddly, Akana suggests the solution is to eat and drink:
"Before you settle in to begin your meditation, you'll want to make sure that your body is properly nourished and hydrated. The amount of energy you will expand could cause your blood sugar to drop suddenly, and if you're running on empty, this could compromise your ability to maintain full control over the astral projection process. Expending so much energy without helping your body to get the nourishment it needs could lead to fatigue and even illness. It is far better to take the time to eat and hydrate before you begin than to spend several days recovering from your astral travel." (pg. 22)
Again, that's completely opposite of my experience. Conventional wisdom--most authors--agree that fasting or eating very light meals is best for inducing OBEs. As for proper hydration, veteran projector Sylvan Muldoon suggested the exact opposite: using thirst to produce OBEs. And again, I've never needed recovery time after my OBEs. I'm usually bouncing off the walls with energy after an OBE.

The book contains a handful of astral projection techniques, but they're all parroted from other authors:
  1. The "Rope" technique made famous by Robert Bruce, although he makes the same mistake as many authors in assuming the technique is more about visualizing a rope rather than using tactile imagination: the imagined sense of touch.
  2. The "Monroe" technique. Actually, Akana doesn't really give any of Robert Monroe's techniques, but he talks briefly about the need to focus your mind, and he even suggests using the "rope" again after attaining the proper focus. This is confusing at best.
  3. The "Stretch Out" technique, which is an old technique, the basis of which became the Christos Technique, where you visualize your astral body is stretching past your head in one direction, and past your feet in the other.
  4. Lucid Dreaming, but he doesn't give this the attention it deserves: it's only described for 2 pages, whereas many long books have been written about it.
  5. Shamanic Journeying, which really isn't the same thing as astral projection at all. (It's more like focus level experiences).
Akana doesn't say much about prayers or pre-OBE psychic protection, but he does talk about setting proper intentions and setting up a "sacred space." When negative entities are encountered, he suggests using white light to fend them off:
"Before you travel for the first time, practice with white light energy to prepare yourself for any possible encounters. You can shape the white light into a spear or sword if that works best, or you can simply practice shooting it out of your hands. A quick burst of white light to the face will stun and disable any lower vibrational being trying to hurt you, giving you the chance to get away." (pg. 67-68)
Lastly, he warns against staying in the OBE too long. I find this very odd.
"To prevent staying longer than you want or is safe for your body, set a timer with a loud alarm to alert you when your journey must come to an end. When first starting out, you'll want to set the timer for a shorter amount of time and work your way up to a longer time, never exceeding 2 hours before you come back for a break." (pg. 71)
This tells me how inexperienced the author really is. The problem is never staying out too long because your body will always pull you back before you're ready to leave. The problem, in fact, is prolonging the experience as much as possible. Conventional wisdom--most authors--insist you should never use an alarm or set a time limit because thinking (or worrying) about when your time is up will keep you rooted firmly in your physical body and unable to leave it.

In short, this isn't a bad astral projection book. It just isn't a good one. It's way too short and too basic. It doesn't go into enough depth on any subject. It's introduction to OBEs 101, and there's enough misinformation to turn me away.

You'd be much better off reading one of the classics, like Muldoon, Monroe, Buhlman, Bruce, or Nicholls. Or one of mine. Why buy a "fast-food" OBE book when you can buy a "gourmet" book for the same price?

The writing is decent. I only found a few small typos; nothing to complain about in the grammar department. I'll give it 2 out of 5 stars.

Bob Peterson
09 June 2020

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Review: Three Planets by Paul Banham

Review: Three Planets


by Paul Banham

Today I'm reviewing Three Planets: Out of body and spiritual events of my odd life by Paul Banham. The author sent me a copy, for which I am grateful.

I just finished reading the book, and I'm kind of at a loss for words here. This book is unlike any other I've read, but in a good way.

If you're looking for an OBE technique book, this is not it. There are no OBE tips, tricks or techniques. As a matter of fact, it's only peripherally related to OBEs at all. Still, I found the book both fascinating and entertaining. It's also weird.

The first thing you should know about the book is that it's really two books: one fiction and one nonfiction. However, they're intertwined and even kind of reflect one another: every other chapter is fiction and every other chapter is nonfiction. The fiction chapters are given chapter numbers from 1 to 18. The nonfiction chapters are given titles, like "Moon of OOB" and "Planet Hm."

The fiction chapters weave a complex tale of several different eras: a somewhat dystopian future where humans are forced to live underground due to the extreme heat above ground, a flooded world similar to "Waterworld" and a world where scientists race to study consciousness and interface with people's dreams in order to study dreams, record them, alter them, and even change their content. In a way it reminded me of Cloud Atlas. Some of these may have actually been dream worlds in the scientists' study. I was especially amused and entertained by his description of someone living in California, but through the eyes of a Brit: the scene from an American life described in proper British writing was beyond endearing.

The fiction chapters have some of the most descriptive writing I've ever read. Either Paul Banham is an accomplished writer of many years, or he's spent years getting ideas and suggestions from writing groups. He comes off as a "master of simile." For example, chapter 16 starts with this:
"Two blocks alone, gin scented hangover sweat was soaking through Edgie's shirt smelling like your average aftershave. The sky was jean blue, scored and scribbled on by the streetcar cables overhead." (pg. 180)
The nonfiction chapters describe significant / spiritual events ("Planets") from the life of the author. They describe everything from OBEs to ghostly encounters to spiritual life-lessons gleaned from his Simon-and-Garfunkel like relationship with his musical partner, and other people in his life. They read almost like confessions of a half-guilty (but definitely not tortured) soul. Or, as the author puts it:
"I think my experiences have made me reasonably well balanced. You might have other opinions having read this book, but don't forget that this book is 'concentrated oddness.'" (pg. 199)
Indeed it is. The writing in the nonfiction chapters are almost as descriptive as the fiction. I especially loved this passage near the end:
 "The Minotaur was trapped by King Minos in a labyrinth designed by Daedalus and fed a healthy diet of sacrificial Athenian sports personalities and dusky maidens." (pg. 206)
If I was forced to compare this book to another, the only one that comes to mind is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig (if you've never read that, you should).

It wasn't very "enlightening," but it's so honest, so mature, so raw, and so well-written that I couldn't put it down. It's like getting dragged down a wormhole and getting dashed along the sides as you go. I'll give a short example:
"I'm starting to fear the more I divulge to you the less you'll like me but, as I said, I'm compelled to tell my stories. What I haven't told you is I'm also compelled to keep some stories back and this one was borderline." (pg. 179)

Banham's philosophy seems very much in line with mine: he walks a thin line between hard science and spirituality, affirms that consciousness exploration and mind-travel are more important than space travel.

In short: I loved it, and honestly, I don't know why. It wasn't very good, but I couldn't put it down. It was strangely enthralling and engaging.

The book is 209 pages long with decent size, font and margins: There's a good amount of content. The writing is more than just "mature." It's honest, gritty, philosophical, and deep.

I'll give it 4 stars out of 5.

Bob Peterson
26 May 2020

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

My Favorite OBE/AP Memes

My Favorite OBE/AP Memes

by Bob Peterson

This time I decided to share some of the astral projection / out-of-body memes and comics I've seen on Facebook, including some I made myself (Mine are all at the bottom of the article).

































Excuse the language.



Old people problems!

So that's what they do in their spare time!
Truth bomb.














Here are some OBE/AP memes I made myself:

I took this really bad photo of William Buhlman, so I made it into a meme:
I actually spotted this bus in Turkey and had to take a photo.
When I spend too much time at my computer and start to get flabby:
The little things you notice when you're up at the ceiling!
Faith is blind. Learning is second-hand. Knowing is firsthand. Direct experience trumps them all.
At the beginning, too many of my OBE attempts were aborted because I was afraid. Don't succumb to fear!
I usually intend to do some interesting experiment when I'm out-of-body, but sometimes I can't resist doing some joyful, wild, erratic loop-the-loops in the sky.
Organized religions are all based on someone else's direct experience of the divine. Astral projection gives you the ability to get your own experience.
This one got a lot of Likes. Even William Buhlman himself liked it!
This happened to me so many times when I lived in the Twin Cities.
Remember to do your reality checks as often as you can, because lucid dreams can be transitioned into OBEs.
This is just like me, once I get to the other side.
Get rid of that pesky Sleep Paralysis demon the Samuel L. Jackson way!
Speed dating!

I bet they never made this episode of Sponge Bob Square Pants.
We leave our bodies every night, but we're unconscious.
I'm often asked "Why would anyone want to leave their body?" Well, here's my answer: Because (like this owl) free flight is our nature and our birthright, but (like the cage) our physical body keeps us locked up (for a reason). But eventually we learn to get away, if only for a few minutes.
I made this a long time ago when Lu Banyon's son was just a baby. She met her kids on the astral before they were born.
One day I had to take a poke at our friends from Eckankar who use "Hu" as an OBE mantra.
One day I had some idle time, or should I say (Billy) Idol time, so I made this meme.
One of Ozzy Osbourne's best songs.
 Here's my Star Trek meme. Star Trek is fiction, but OBEs aren't.
Here's a rock and roll affirmation for you from Kiss.

Bob Peterson
12 May, 2020
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