Review: The Vibrational State
Today I'm reviewing The Vibrational State: Three Years of Out of Body Experiences by Maverick Vardøger. The copyright is 2019, so it's pretty recent material.
Like all OBE/AP books, there are both good things and bad things about this book. Unlike many of my recent reviews, I actually bought this book.
The first thing that grabbed me about the book is the author's name: Maverick Vardøger. I'm pretty sure it's a pseudonym or pen name. In the first two paragraphs of the introduction he talks about how OBEs can sound crazy to someone who's never had them. He writes "This is the justification for a nom de plume."
And his name is very fitting. According to the dictionary, a maverick is:
- a lone dissenter, as an intellectual, an artist, or a politician, who takes an independent stand apart from his or her associates:
- a person pursuing rebellious, even potentially disruptive, policies or ideas.
I've known the word "Vardøger" for a very long time. It refers to an entity from Scandanavian mythology, much like a doppelgänger, but with a less sinister connotation. It has been likened to a phantom double, or a form of bilocation. For years, many of my close friends and family have heard me call my dog, Spirit, "Fur Dogger" as a tongue-in-cheek play on this word.
So who is Maverick Vardøger? I'm pretty sure he is an American: I've worked closely with Brits for many years and I'm well versed in British colloquialisms, and there just wasn't any in this book. Not a single "whilst," "fortnight," "lorry," or "petrol." I didn't pick out any Canadian phrasing either, so the writing is American. I'd bet his real name is Rick, but that's just a guess.
The next thing I noticed about the book is on the front cover where, in small print, appears an endorsement from William Buhlman, author of some very good OBE books like Adventures Beyond the Body. That's a pretty good authority!
The book starts back on February 29, 2016, when at the age of 30, Vardøger had his first spontaneous out-of-body experience. The book spans the period from then until August 2, 2019: a little over three years.
- Breaking the Glue
- Roll-out Method
- Sit-Up Method
- Burst Method
- Float-Up Method
- 4-Hour Method (A 4-hour Wake-Back-To-Bed/WBTB Variant)
- Eject Method
- Hover Method
- Rope Method
- Observer Method (similar to the Target Technique)
- Mirror Method
- Ramp Timer (programmed audio beeps to trigger awareness during sleep)
- Hair Pull Method
- Meditate daily
- Eat light meals several hours before bed
- Do affirmations
- Do reality checks throughout the day
- Eat a vegetarian diet
- Sleep on your back
- Exhaust your body with physical exercise
- Perform mantras
- Reduce fluoride intake
He gives theories, all based on his personal data and observations, about the effects of diet, exercise, drinking beer and/or other alcohol. Despite all his attempts at analysis, he didn't find any strong correlations.
"They occur randomly and I can't determine the reasons or triggers. I also have not meditated in about two months." (pg. 103)
"It seems like my intermittent sleep of 3 hours sleeping, 1 hour up with the baby, then back to sleep may be triggering more experiences. The frequent physical exhaustion of running may be contributing as well." (pg. 77)
"The vibrations, vividness of sight and touch, my conscious lucidity, the length of the experience, and the sensations of floating and separating from my body were very real. The details inside and outside of my home were not accurate. I still don't fully understand these astral OBEs but I'm happy to explore and experience them. They are more than a lucid dream. I still haven't found proof that I am literally out of my body." (pg. 101).
"I have lived in four different locations in he last 26 months, with all my beds all facing different directions and the experiences persist." (pg. 107).
I give it 4 stars out of 5. In my original review, I undervalued it, but since then Vardøger has updated the book and made several improvements.
8 September 2020
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