Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Deja Vu, Synchronicity, Fate, Destiny and the Law of Attraction

Deja Vu, Synchronicity, Fate, Destiny and the Law of Attraction

By Bob Peterson

Sometimes people ask me, "What exactly is Deja Vu?" And, "Why is it starting to happen to me more now that I'm learning Astral Projection?"

First, let me make myself perfectly clear: I'm constantly revising my worldview and beliefs based on new information. So everything I'm about to tell you might eventually be proven wrong. The older I get, the more I know that I don't know.

I'll tell you exactly what I believe it is, and how it relates to synchronicity, destiny (fate) and how this all relates to the "Law of Attraction." Yes, this could all be wrong, but it's also is based on years of personal first-hand experience.

What I'm about to tell you may surprise many. I suppose it depends on how far down the rabbit hole you're been. Very few people understand the depths of this fundamental truth: You are just an actor in a play: the play of your life.

Every night, while you're asleep, your "Higher Self" (for lack of a better word) has a secret "planning phase." I only say "secret" because you're almost always unconscious and unaware when it happens. The Higher Self normally makes sure it stays that way.

During that phase, you meticulously plan the future events in your physical life. You spend hours unconsciously planning future events, writing the script. Like a dedicated movie producer, director, and film editor, you rehearse future events that are "supposed to" happen. You try out different scenarios and circumstances and make tiny adjustments until you "get it right." That is, until your Higher Self is satisfied with the outcome.

During this time, you play-act. You subconsciously think, "Maybe I can achieve the correct outcome if I arrive in the room three seconds later." Let's see how it plays out. "Nope...Maybe I should take my hands out of my pockets when I talk to her." Let's see how it plays out. "Nope, it's not quite right. Let's try it this way." You rehearse that event over and over. When your Higher Self is satisfied with the outcome, it finalizes its plans. This is done not just for important events, but even tiny little events; things we consider insignificant.

How far out does it plan? Sometimes weeks, sometimes months.

Deja Vu--the feeling that you've lived this moment before--is simply when you remember the plans of your Higher Self, and it's often because you spent too much time rehearsing for that moment over and over.

In other words, Deja Vu is the memory of the plans you made in your sleep. If you feel like you've lived that moment before, it's because you have. You've rehearsed that moment over and over again in your sleep, and now is the time to actually perform that scene.

What we call "Synchronicity" is simply the result of those plans. In order to achieve some outcome, your Higher Self makes you (and your personal reality) jump through hoops. The props are carefully placed on the stage of life. Everything is put there in order to achieve the outcome of those plans. It's just that we normally don't notice. If those "hoops" become convoluted enough, we call it synchronicity.

In other words, Seth/Jane Roberts was right: You create your own reality. You put the props on stage.

So if your Higher Self wants to send you a personal message, show you a bigger portion of the puzzle,or even just mess with you (play a joke on you), it will make the "hoops" more convoluted, more complex, more absurd; so convoluted that even you can't deny it. That's synchronicity.

Synchronicity is that knowledge, for example, that "If I hadn't paused at the door for a second, I would have gotten on the earlier elevator and never met her." It's because you planned it and rehearsed it.

Some people believe in "fate" or "destiny," that the events of our lives have inevitable outcomes. I'm telling you right now: There is no such thing as destiny. There is no such thing as fate. Your future is not set in stone. It's all carefully planned, and plans can always be changed. You don't have to go through other painful life lessons. For example, you don't have to die of cancer because it's predestined. Those plans can be changed.

The problem is, your Higher Self makes all these plans for your highest spiritual benefit. Things work out the way they're "supposed to" by decree of your Higher Self. As the producer of your life's play, it has a lot more influence over the outcome than you do. You didn't write the play: you're just the actor. Yes, you can certainly ad-lib. You can refuse to act. You can go on strike or throw temper tantrums. You can fight and resist, and go through life kicking and screaming. But you (the ego you're most familiar with) are still just an actor.

Your Higher Self pours the concrete on the road in front of you, but you can drive anywhere you want on that road.

So why do we experience deja vu more when we start practicing OBEs? Simply because we start to blur the lines between waking and sleeping, between conscious and subconscious. We learn to carry over more memories from these "protected" or "secret" states of awareness. With better memory of our nocturnal events, we are more likely to recall these plans made for the future.

So how do you change the play of your life? Only your higher self has authority to do that. However, I believe if you learn the spiritual lessons "you're supposed to" and accomplish the goals of your higher self, it will be happy to accommodate changes to the script. There's no need to go through a painful lesson if you learn that lesson before you get to the painful part.

How does this relate to the law of attraction? Seth/Jane Roberts said you create your reality from your beliefs, both conscious and subconscious. Many other channelers have said similar things, each with their own personal twist. The "Law of Attraction" says that you attract the things in life you're most focused on, and what you believe in. Some insist it has to do with Sacred Contracts between souls. Others insist it depends on how much emotion you put behind those feelings. My belief is: it's all part of your life's play.

If you want to attract positive things into your life, the key is to accomplish the spiritual goals of your Higher Self. As long as the lesson is learned, your Higher Self will be happy to shower you with anything you desire in life. In other words, you can do anything and have anything, as long as it doesn't interfere with the spiritual plans of your Higher Self. Half the battle is figuring out what you're supposed to be learning, but almost everyone has repeating patterns. Look for them. They're often identified by thoughts like: "I keep attracting women who are X," or "I keep losing Y," or "I keep getting hurt because Z."

The key is greater cooperation and communication with your Higher Self.

How do you implement changes? I like to describe it in these steps:
  • Decide what you really want.
  • Affirm that you'll get it.
  • Agree to work hard on your Higher Self's spiritual goals in exchange for what you want.
  • Visualize having the desired outcome, with great joy.  
  • Follow through: work for your goals and learn those spiritual lessons.

"Manifesting is easy: Just barter with your inner voice. But be sure to keep your word."
The caveat is: you're never going to win the lottery (or anything) if that would interfere with your life's lessons. But you can win the lottery (or anything) if it won't interfere. Get it?

How do I know all this? I've seen it firsthand. I've consciously witnessed my Higher Self making plans for future events. I've remembered those plans in my waking life. Later, I've lived out those events, exactly as planned, and experienced it as deja vu.

How can you gain better access to these plans? How can you learn to see into the future? By improving communications with your Higher Self. Things like meditation, introspection, and OBE practice definitely helps. So does becoming more spiritual and less judgmental.

Bob Peterson
21 February 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Review: Dreamism by Jane Collings


by Jane Collings

Today I'm reviewing the book Dreamism: The travel journal of an astral explorer by Jane Collings (featuring Sam Gandy).

Collings and a second author sent me copies of their books at the same time. The other author's book arrived first and I started reading it, but coming from the UK, Collings' book arrived later. I was traveling and in transit at the time, so somehow I lost track of it and I couldn't find it for months. Then, late last December, my wife Kathy lost some important paperwork and I was helping her look. I looked under the car seat and found Dreamism. "Oh yeah. I wondered what happened to you." I began reading right away, but it took a while to finish.

The title, Dreamism, was a bit of a turn-off for me. I prefer books that focus solely on out-of-body experiences (OBEs) and the title made it sound more focused on lucid dreaming. It also reminded me strangely of John Lennon's song Give Peace A Chance, which starts:
"Everybody's talking 'bout Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism, this-ism, that-ism, ism, ism, ism."
Add Dreamism to the list, right? But the book was actually quite good.

Unlike the previous book I reviewed, this book is 296 pages long, has nice tight margins, and no wasted space: There's a lot of content. The first quarter of the book is general information about OBEs, but the rest of the book is exactly what the subtitle says: a travel journal. Collings details lots and lots of her experiences, both lucid dreams and OBEs. This was much more satisfying than the previous book I reviewed: You know how I love OBE narratives, and the author was writing from personal experience. It felt very genuine and warm.

In a way, it reminded me of Vicky Short's book Persephone's Journey with its emotional roller-coaster of relationship problems, self-esteem issues, and life lessons, although Persephone was just slightly better.

Chapter 1 is really the introduction. Collings was introduced to astral projection and lucid dreaming when she attended a workshop "being held by a guy called Todd, in a converted water tower in Woolwich." (pg. 14) Right away, I knew this almost had to be well-known OBE teacher, Todd Acamesis, although she doesn't call him out by name.

At the start of the book, the author sounds a bit like a party girl. Her first major breakthrough had an interesting note regarding alcohol:
"...but then out of the blue and after a long night drinking in Nottingham, I had an absolutely amazing and sustained Out of Body Experience."
"I'd always presumed that alcohol fragmented one's energy and numbed any kind of psychic skill. I still think there's truth in that, but this experience proved that there can be other things at work that override that rule..." (pg. 14)
Recently, someone in a Facebook group mentioned that they couldn't achieve OBEs unless they'd been drinking alcohol the night before. Strange, since some OBE books advise against drinking alcohol. I've never noticed a correlation, but I often do feel more "OBEish" on days after I drink. (I don't drink much alcohol. Maybe one to three drinks a month.)

One of the hallmarks of a good book is that the characters grow, mature and find new strengths, and Collings does just that throughout. Her stories start to take on a more serious tone.

Chapter 2 is "The Basics." Right away, she addresses the burning question:
"What's the difference between a Lucid Dream and an OBE and how can you tell them apart?"
"...In a Lucid Dream you mostly see and experience content from your own unconscious mind. An OBE happens in a consensus reality on another dimension. This means an environment that's formed into being by the common thoughts and beliefs of its inhabitants." (pg. 24)
I agree completely. One thing I found very odd was this:
"As soon as you gain waking consciousness within a dream, you then have a choice of staying and exploring the dream or using a command to change your frequency to that of another dimension...thus moving into an OBE. An effective command for achieving this is 'Higher Self Now'. At this point you will usually feel a lifting sensation or one of travelling [British spelling] or moving, then find yourself in a new place." (pg. 27)
The whole "Higher Self Now" idea was invented by William Buhlman (although she doesn't credit him either.) Based on Buhlman's books, I've always inferred that the command is used to merge with your Higher Self, or to achieve some kind of cosmic blissful state beyond ordinary OBEs. Collings uses it frequently, but only to re-focus, or change locations, or even to gain clarity (as opposed to Buhlman's original "Clarity Now!"). I think she might have misinterpreted his intent. Buhlman's latest book, Higher Self Now!, talks primarily about merging with the Higher Self upon death. When all is said and done, I suppose what really matters is not the words themselves, but the meaning and intent.

Although it's a bit wordy, here's a quote I really liked:
"If you cast your mind over it for a few moments whilst you're lucid, you'll often be aware of what feels like an unquestionable fact...your waking life is the actual dream. It's a dream your soul is having." (pg. 33)
Deep. I like deep, although I didn't find too many quotes like this.

Although most of the book is just one experience after another, she does give some tips for gaining lucidity, such as reality checking, tweaking your sleep cycles, keeping a dream journal, and energy work:
"So breathing into your chakras, clearing and expanding them regularly is key. Think of it as building and flexing etheric muscles!" (pg. 37)
One thing I found valuable was her discussion of how to work with the "trans-personal chakras". Instead of focusing on the crown chakra, she talks about doing energy work with three different levels of the crown chakra that extend outward six, twelve and eighteen inches above the head.

Chapter 3 is "The 'Secret Egyptian Eyelid Technique' and the Pineal Gland" which has some interesting information and even diagrams.

Chapter 5 is "Tips for Lucid Dreaming." Collings gives several good tips and techniques.

From there she launches into her OBE narratives, weaving various tales and using them to make observances about OBEs (also like Short).

Collings is from the UK, and uses several British colloquialisms / slang, which made it both endearing and difficult to read at times. Half of my teammates at work (including my manager) are based in the UK, so British phrases like "torch" versus "flashlight," or "petrol garage" versus "gas station" don't bother me. Plus I really love the British comedy "Coupling" (I have the whole collection on DVD. If you've never seen it, watch an episode; it's hysterical). So I'm used to hearing expressions like "sod on." Even given all that, Collings uses terms I had never heard before. For example, "holiday snaps" (pg. 77) or "Sooo jammy!" (pg. 104) or "full of beans" (pg. 108).

My favorite was a reference to a "tannoy." (pg. 245) Even the dictionary app on my phone threw up its hands and said, "I got nothin', man." It turns out that a tannoy is what we commonly call a "PA system" or "public address system" or overhead loudspeakers. Perhaps the most amusing was when she described herself as "Gutted!" (pg. 152) when she forgot something important in an OBE; it gave me a good laugh, both because of the slang, and because I've felt that way myself!

The stories were amusing and well written, but the book definitely needed a proof reader. I caught lots of rookie mistakes, especially with words like "its" versus "it's". And "OBEs" spelled as "OBE's" (the latter especially in Sam Gandy's chapter). For some reason, the apostrophe problems didn't bother me much; I read past it and moved on. Despite that, the writing was mature: she's a good storyteller.

There weren't any revelations in the book. She did try a few interesting experiments. For example, she tried yoga while out-of-body:
"As I attempted to flip over on my head, it struck me how strange it felt to do body-focused practices without a body." (pg. 196)

Some of her stories didn't make it clear whether she was in an OBE or a lucid dream. To her credit, she often admits (in the experience) that she wasn't exactly sure. Some of her "OBEs" sounded a bit too much like lucid dreams to me, but who am I to judge? I wasn't there.

To be brutally honest, I was a bit disappointed that Collings' OBE narratives weren't more "otherworldly." They were like "I went into a shop where a lady dressed in blue stood..." You know: normal everyday stuff. In my OBEs, everything seems very otherworldly: slipping through walls, gliding down hallways, floating atop ceilings and flying over vistas. Author Michael Ross described a "delicious feeling and sensation of eeriness'" (still one of my favorite quotes from an OBE book.) This book lacked that.

The last chapter, 10, titled "Science Chapter" was written by Sam Gandy, and it has a very different feel from the rest of the book. It's a rushed attempt to pull science, consciousness studies, quantum physics, and OBEs together. He does a rushed interpretation of the books and meta-analysis of Dean Radin, Rupert Sheldrake and many other scientists whom I greatly admire. This only whetted my appetite. I'd like to see Gandy write an entire book on the subject and not be so rushed.

It's an interesting read. I'll give it 3 and a half stars out of 5.

Bob Peterson
07 February 2017