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of sexuality came up on one of the Facebook groups not long ago, I decided to post this short chapter from my new (unpublished) OBE book, Hacking the Out of Body Experience: Leveraging Science to Induce OBEs.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