Tuesday, August 25, 2020

A Year of New OBE Tips - Part 3

 A Year of New OBE Tips - Part 3

by Bob Peterson

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
  • Fasting
  • 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

In Hacking I wrote about how the brain's temporoparietal junction (TPJ) determines your sense of spacial location and orientation by polling several sources of sensory data to formulate your "story of experience" (how you experience everything). The right-side TPJ determines your experience (what is happening to you) and the left-side TPJ determines your narrative about the experience (your running inner dialog about what you experience). I wrote about how you can directly change your experience by changing your inner dialog because both TPJs talk to each other within the Default Mode Network. That's why things like affirmations work.

I also talked about how video games make OBEs more likely because they train your brain to accept an altered story of experience.

Another thing I've found is that boating for long periods of time, with that constant rocking, messes (in a good way) with your TPJ's sense of stability. So it may help to spend quality time on a boat, train, or anything else with a rocking motion.
Later, when you're on land and make your OBE attempts, you can remember the rocking sensation and leverage that for your OBEs.

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.

The same is true with exercise: You may not have many OBEs if you exercise regularly or laze around constantly, but when you start a new exercise program or stop one, you're more likely to have OBEs.

The same goes for meditation: Regular meditation may facilitate OBEs, but I've often found that OBEs are more likely when I either start a new meditation practice or stop one. If I'm too regimented with my meditation--or don't meditate at all--OBEs are less frequent.

Non-patterning is not the same thing as sporadic

Don't get me wrong. That's not to say that "sporadic" or random use of supplements, exercise and meditation are the answer either. Your body gets used to that randomness too.
What I am suggesting is that you ride those transitions: exercise regularly for a week or two, then be lazy for a week or two. Meditate regularly for two weeks, then skip it for a week. Take a B-complex vitamin for a week, then skip it a week. Listen to binaural beats for a week, then skip it for a week. And don't use the same "on/off" schedule for all these things.
I suggest you vary the length of time you spend "on" and "off" a program. Some people may need two weeks or even three. It depends on your metabolism.
Learning to induce out-of-body experiences is like Tai Chi: you can do it your whole life, but there's always something new to learn.
Hopefully some of these helpful hints can get you unstuck or give you that initial push to get you across that delicate threshold and into a whole new level of reality. Try some of these new tips then share the results on one of the Astral Projection groups on Facebook.

If you have your own OBE induction tips I haven't covered elsewhere, share them too. Maybe I'll collect them and create a new blog article with readers' tips.
Bob Peterson
25 August 2020

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