A Year of New OBE Tips - Part 3
In my previous two articles, I wrote about the new OBE induction tips and "tricks" I learned since I published my fifth book, Hacking the Out of Body Experience: Leveraging Science to Induce OBEs about a year ago. If you missed part 1, you can read it by clicking this link. To read part 2, follow this link.
What I covered in part 1:
- Taking naps
- Trying different relaxation techniques
- Harnessing unfamiliarity
- The 4-hour WBTB trick
- Reading about OBEs before bed
What I covered in part 2:
- Harness your expectations
- Let go: you're probably trying too hard
- Give yourself a break
- Exercise your default mode network (DMN)
- Ask for outside help
Here's my third and final installment of this series:
Roll your closed eyes up slightly
In Hacking I wrote about how you can slowly panning your closed eyes back and forth during OBE practice to pretend your body is in REM sleep:
"I also read a Facebook post from a guy who offered another trick related to the Gatekeeper. His trick is to slowly roll your eyes back and forth, as if pretending your body is in REM sleep. He claimed that the act of slowly rolling your eyes is enough to convince your subconscious that the body is in REM sleep, and that lets you sneak more awareness or lucidity across the threshold." (pg. 259)
Even though REM stands for Rapid Eye Movements, the actual eye movements in REM sleep are often not rapid at all, but somewhat slow.
Since then, I learned this additional trick from Terrill Willson's book How I Learned Soul Travel. Willson writes:
My primary attention was on keeping my eyes rotated upward as high as possible in my head yet staying relaxed; then I'd concentrate on listening to The Faint High whistle in the top of my head. If I could drift into sleep still contemplating like this, my chances of moving out of my body automatically were very good." (pg. 123)
So when you make your OBE attempts, let your eyes roll up gently. It's important not to strain them or force them up artificially. Just let them float up naturally.
Loosen your TPJ - Boating and video games
Ride the Transitions
In Hacking I wrote about how to effectively use vitamins and supplements to induce OBEs. One of the things I wrote was:
"Don’t take B-6 every day. Take it a few days, then stop cold turkey for another few, then go back on it again. For some reason, I seem to have better dream recall when I’m either starting or stopping vitamin B-6. If I’m on it too long or off it too long, the effect is nullified."
That's a perfect example of "riding a transition." OBEs are much more likely when you make the transition: when you start taking vitamin B-6, or stop taking it, but not so much when you're actually "on" or "off" the vitamin for long periods.
What I've learned in the last year is that it extends beyond vitamins and supplements. OBEs seem to be facilitated by when you undergo many behavioral changes: the transition of starting or stopping some behavior.
Another good example is sleeping at a friend's house, which I talked about in my article about Harnessing Unfamiliarity for OBEs:
you're making a transition from your familiar residence to a new one, or rearranging your bedroom: transitioning from one bed position to another.
These transitions and "non-patterning" can also lead to more frequent OBEs, but once you become too familiar, your
OBEs can stop again.