Getting Out of an OBE Slump Part 2
by Bob Peterson
In my last article, I gave several suggestions on how to break out of an OBE slump or dry spell. These included:
- Adopt Healthy OBE Habits
- Harness unfamiliarity
- Adjust your weight
- Adjust your beliefs
- Adjust your gut microbiome
- Try fasting
- Use the lucid dream portal
- Try broken sleep or WBTB
Here are some more things you can try to break out of a slump:
Try my formula for success
This is best explained in my article When All Else Fails: A Formula for OBE Success. Basically, you go to a friend or relative's house, stay up late playing strategy games that require a lot of analytical thinking, then allow yourself to sleep in late. Every time you wake up after six hours of normal sleep, practice your OBE techniques until you're either successful, or fall asleep. If you fall asleep, resume your practice the next time you wake up.
Some authors say that OBEs are nearly impossible if you have "low vibrations" including, but not limited to:
- Being discouraged
- A negative "I can't do this" attitude
do whatever it takes to raise your vibrations. I often find that music
is a good way to raise my vibrations. I talked about this in my blog
article Raising Your Vibrations.
Some people have a difficult time achieving an out-of-body experience because there are too many distractions: outside noises, lights coming through the windows, cats, dogs or other pets jumping on the bed, self-imposed deadlines.
Try to eliminate these distractions, at
least temporarily. For outside noises, use earplugs or noise-canceling
headphones. For lights, use a sleep mask that blocks out all the light.
Close the door so the pets can't get into your practice room. And
practice when you don't have any deadlines.
Reduce your exposure to electronics
people claim that electronics, like cell phones, interfere with OBEs. I
don't know if that's true, but I do know that when you attend a program
at The Monroe Institute, they ask you to shut off all electronic
devices, and only use them when necessary. So don't stay up late playing
Candy Crush on your phone or iPad before bed, and don't stay up late
reading Facebook on your desktop. Remember: this is just temporary until
you break your dry spell and induce another OBE. Sometimes you need to
Do more slow-moving exercises
According to How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain by Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman, many extraordinary states of consciousness occur when there's a sudden drop of neural activity in the prefrontal cortex of the brain. One of the best way to ramp up that neural activity is with slow-motion exercises like Tai Chi Chuan, Qi Gong, or Yoga. Consider doing a half-hour to an hour of exercises like these, then lie down and go into a state of deep relaxation. When William Buhlman taught OBE classes at the Monroe Institute, most of the students did yoga stretching before their first morning OBE practice. I went to a different room and practiced Tai Chi, which I prefer.
Avoid music the day before OBE practice
I'm a music lover. I love to listen to music under headphones, and I do it a lot. But one of the helpful hints I penned into my early OBE journals is this: For some unknown reason, I'm much more likely to have an OBE if I stop listening to music the day before. So I'd listen to music Monday through Thursday, then I'd have "Music-Free Friday" and I'd perform my OBE attempts on Saturday morning.
Try a hypnotist
Some people can induce an OBE simply by being hypnotized. That goes for self-hypnosis, hypnosis tapes, or a professional. It's worth a shot.
My favorite OBE techniques start with me imagining that my body is gently being rocked forward and backward or side-to-side. That sense of imagined motion is key to letting go of my body. So sometimes if I'm in a slump I'll spend several hours on a boat. I'll go boating or fishing, or maybe just close my eyes and feel the rocking sensation as the boat is rocked with the waves. When I get back on shore I feel "sea legs": the sensation that I'm still rocking when I'm really not. The next time I lie down to perform my OBE technique it's easier to recall the rocking sensation from memory and imagine I'm still rocking as I relax and focus my mind.
In his astral projection books, Robert Bruce recommend "energy bouncing" to loosen yourself from your physical body. This is not part of an exit technique. It's just a way to loosen the tight grip you have on your physical body. In a way, these are not too different from "Boat Time" above. For example, he suggests:
- Close your eyes and imagine reaching out with nonphysical hands and touching the wall in front of you, then retract and imagine reaching out and touching the wall behind you. Then imagine touching the walls to your sides, etc.
- He also recommends imagining your non-physical energy (instead of your arms and hands), like chi or Qi, extending away from your body and back.
- He also recommends an energy exercise much like the "microcosmic" orbit taught in Tai Chi in which you imagine nonphysical energy circulating around your body in a full circle, starting from the "Dan Tien" (chakra just below the belly button) down to the root chakra, then back up the spine to the crown chakra and back down to the Dan Tien again.
Eliminate the common roadblocks that may be keeping you from success. In my next blog article, I'll talk about eliminating roadblocks.
24 Aug 2021