It seems like there has been quite a bit of coverage about an experiment in Switzerland that was supposed to recreate an OBE. As it turns out, the experiment provided an interesting state of consciousness but not one I would consider an OBE. Here’s the short version of the experiment:

A volunteer had goggles which showed the input of a camera that was behind their shoulders.
This camera showed a view from behind their back.
When the person was touched with a pen, it appeared to be happening to their “virtual body” and not to them.
People felt like they were looking at their own body.

Why I think this is important:
It is a nice stepping stone for the scientific community to take so they can start tackling full on OBEs. Also, the relatively large publicity of this experiment on major news sites (relative to how much coverage this kind of stuff usually gets anyways) will hopefully raise the public awareness of OBEs and related subjects. Most people trust science as absolute fact too, (despite that it is a continuing explanation) so maybe this will also help people open their minds to OBEs. (and lucid dreaming!)

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I ran across another great blog, one which I am really impressed with. Anmolmehta deals with meditation, enlightenment, and kundalini yoga. This witty and insightful blog deals with all aspects of meditation, and the author seems to be well versed in the subject. Here is the list of articles, a very long list indeed.

I think I’ll be practicing a few of these myself. This site is the best I’ve seen on these subjects, so I hope you too put some of this great information to use.

-Hatter

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I found another interview with Robert Monroe.This interview is with about OBEs and is very in depth, about an hour and a half. This interview took place about a year before he died. (October 30, 1915-March 17, 1995)

In this interview he explains his very first experiences with OBEs, including the Monroe Institute, out of body research, and related topics.
Here is the other interview with Robert Monroe.

-Hatter

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Today I’m bringing you a conversation with Robert Monroe, a famous out of body researcher. Founder of the Monroe Institute, he furthered OBE research in America and brought a lot more attention to the subject. He began having spontaneous out of body experiences in the early part of his life. From that point on, he was fascinated and worked to find out what these experiences were and what they meant.

This interview talks about his work with “Hemi-Sync,” a program he developed using binaural beats to synchronize the two hemispheres of the brain. It’s very long (over two hours), so you might want to download it for later.

Here is the other interview with Monroe.

-Hatter

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Well, I’ve been idling in progress for both lucid dreaming and out of body experiences for a while now. I haven’t done anything new with lucid dreaming, I still get about one lucid dream a month, but that’s not nearly enough for me. In the realm of OBE’s I’ve actually had a little bit of a backslide.

Realizations I’ve had:

In order to succeed at lucid dreaming, there are some skills you really must have. Among these are good recall, concentration, and persistence.

You need recall just to remember normal dreams. Remembering normal dreams helps you differentiate the dream world from waking life. Even though you may confuse the two, you gain some understanding about what your dream worlds are like, what their tendencies are, and other dream signs like that. I believe that just remembering dreams and keeping a dream journal raise your chances for a spontaneous lucid dream.

Concentration is important for techniques like MILD and WILD. You have to be able to keep a sliver of your consciousness still with you as you drift to sleep in WILD, which requires you to not get lost in random thoughts. MILD also requires you to keep a single thought continuously going through your head until you fall asleep. This is quite difficult, as the mind tends to wander when it’s tired, especially when you’re falling asleep.

And to keep up with all of the odd exercises lucid dreaming demands of you, you need persistence. The will required to keep up with a daily dream journal isn’t anything to sneeze at, and doing reality checks constantly requires some strength of mind as well. Getting up in the middle of the night for wake back to bed’s definitely requires some self mastery too.


Even with my small amount of experience in OBEs, I’ve still come to realize one big thing:

The state of mind brought about by deep meditation is paramount to leaving your body. The ability to remain passive to outside sensations and to remain devoid of thought is a key skill for OBEs. In all of the times I’ve almost left my body, or in the one time I made it halfway out, I was always stopped by the same brick wall: Losing my focus and succumbing to fear. Meditation teaches you how to focus within, and keep your mind calm. The better you get at mediation, the better you get at ignoring outside interference.


These are just a few things I’ve come to realize. They ring true for me. Do you agree/disagree with these realizations and have you had any of your own? Leave a comment and let me know.

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I’ve been getting back into OBE’s and psionics lately, as well as keeping up with dreaming. I’ve established a fairly even practice of each and have been making some progress with Bwgen, which I’ll post about later if it goes anywhere.

The main point of this post is to introduce you to this free Ebook by Robert Peterson.

This is an interesting book about out of body experiences and beyond, into the astral projection area. If you consider them different, that is. He describes how he first got into it, how he progressed, and interesting things he experienced. He also has a “how to” portion. His technique for going out of body is rather non traditional, though it has all of the necessary elements for a projection. I’d read it more for his experiences and motivation then for a how to. If you want to see more OBE stuff from me, I’d vote for mastering astral projection or Bwgen on that poll.

Some Other useful sites for Projecting:

If you’re interested in OBE stuff in general Robert Bruce’s web page is an amazing resource. There are many great, detailed, and most importantly free articles on OBEs, how to project, and everything related. One particular gem is his NEW, (New Energy Ways) which encourage energetic development and sensitivity throughout the body. I’ve gone through this myself, and personally recommend it.

Until next time,

-Hatter

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In MAP News:

I have been extremely busy the past week, and haven’t had much time for anything outside of school. This has shown me that not only does it require will and determination to keep up with the MAP course, it requires focus. However, I am into the trance portion of Mastering Astral Projection. I am fairly excited to see where the book will go after this, but it is very interesting right now. The various methods used to induce trance are relatively effective, and some work better than others, at least for me. Right now my favorite is the elevator method, but I may find another, there’s still about four left. I’ll post my favorite one here

In PsiPog News:

Big things are just around the corner, or at least I like to think so. One thing is for sure, and that is that the forums will be closed sometime in January. In my opinion, it couldn’t happen sooner. The forums didn’t just go downhill in quality, they fell off a cliff. It went from meaningful, intelligent debate to some spam, and then shameless advertising and general lawlessness. That’s about where we are now. My hope is that sometime after the forums close, Sean Connelly (He dropped his old name of Peebrain, so I’ll use Sean Connelly from now on) will begin his new site about out of body experiences. That’s my main focus right now, and I have fallen out of the psychic community somewhat, so this could pull me back in.

In Other News:

I’ve got a lot of stuff right on the horizon, and a lot of it about to land in my lap. MAP would be a horizon, and a current event would be the lucid dreaming mask kit I ordered. I know it’s a shortcut, I know it’s cheating, but I’m going to use the lucid dreams this gives me to induce further ones. Then I plan to wean myself off of it. And for those of you who have ever seen how much lucid dreaming masks cost, I did not buy one of the 300$ ones. I bought a cheap kit, from a blogger who threw it together himself. 300$ is ridiculous considering the technology involved is quite simple. I’ll let you know how that goes. If you’re interested in trying it out for yourself, you can see how to build one, or alternatively, you can order a kit for about 30$. You have to do a little soldering, but it’s well within the means of anybody who reads a little about it on the site.

I also recently purchased the Photoreading Whole Mind System. It’s a fancy name for a system that lets you read at about 25000 words a minute, or a page a second. How do you read that quickly? You don’t actually, you just kind of turn the pages, while staring at them with your eyes unfocused. It’s not mainstream, to say the least. You go through about 5 steps total, the actual photo reading is only a small part of it. I picked up this recommendation from Steve Pavlina’s blog. I haven’t gotten far enough in the course to recommend it, but Steve certainly does. Enough to get a discount for his readers. I am not saying you should buy it, but if you do, make sure to get it there, and save yourself a hundred or so dollars.

Updates should be more forthcoming, I’ll aim for once a week, around the weekend. So check back around Saturday weekly, at the least. Not to say I won’t update more often, if something important happens or the mood strikes me.

Keep Dreaming
-Hatter


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One of the most difficult things in regard to learning from the book “Mastering Astral Projection” isn’t even really under the author’s control. My biggest obstacle is time. Finding an hour or so a night where nobody will disturb me, where I won’t lose focus or fall asleep, and resisting the temptation of just “doing practice after this activity” which is oh so familiar to many people.

Besides that minor obstacle, I have made rather fine progress, and I still continue to be impressed with the quality of the book. They provide you with everything you could ever think of to assist you with learning. Binural beats, auto-suggestion, energy stimulation, and then just plain practical exercises. There are a lot of choices you can make as well. Do you want to do the “optional” listening to brainwaves exercise? The same energy work you did last night? You can opt out of these and cut the time down, but I think that if you are serious enough to buy a book, you could find another thirty minutes. I’d rather not practice at all then rush over something.

Then again, maybe that’s why I’m skipping days left and right.

In regard to the book “Far Journeys” by Robert Monroe:

It is simply astounding. The implications and observations are very difficult to accept. Robert Monroe, in the last half of the book, meets and befriends another entity while exploring the “outer rings” as he calls them. This entity causes him to explore many things about human nature, until he eventually discovers why humanity is in existence at all. I simply cannot take Monroe at his word for something this important. Whatever the truth happens to be though, the book is quite fascinating and has many interesting tidbits in the first half that aren’t quite as hard to swallow.

I continue to work on my exercises, even if not nightly. I hope to make a more interesting report of some better progress soon.

-Hatter

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Hello everybody, and welcome back to the continuation of the Deluge. I’ve been busy with school over the past few days, and I’ve just now gotten time to blog again. Now, with that out of the way, onto the meat:

I recently bought several books pertaining to everybody’s favorite and controversial subject, Astral Projection. The books are:

1: Journeys Out Of The Body- Robert Monroe
2: Far Journeys- Robert Monroe
3: The Ultimate Journey- Robert Monroe
4: Astral Dynamics- Robert Bruce
5: Practical Psychic Self Defense- Robert Bruce
6: Mastering Astral Projection-Robert Bruce & Brian Mercer

I’ve read a significant portion of 2,4,5, and all of Journeys Out Of The Body. #3 has yet to arrive.

The last book is a little different from the previous 5, namely because it is a training course. It gives you all the information you need to experience Astral Projection, in tidbits along with exercises that build upon the prior exercises. I am currently on day 6, and I am following the book pretty much to the letter. I could have skipped a lot of what I’ve done, because it’s basic stuff, but for the sake of a fair judgment on the book, I’ve decided to be ridiculously strict in how I follow the instructions. Interestingly enough, the book isn’t anything new to me really, but it’s the way the information is presented that is rather new. It is easy to complete the exercises, and bit by bit you become more advanced. I am already better at physical relaxation by a significant amount, on day 6. I will try to keep you updated with weekly or bi-weekly reports on my progress and things I find particularly neat from the book. I will also post my overall opinion on this book when I finish with it.

In quasi PsiPog news:

One of the mods, Roy, has been cranking out articles for his new site, Perception Engine. This site is all about human perception. It ranges from psychology to the paranormal, so it covers a broad amount of material. There are currently five well written articles online, and more soon to come. It is certainly worth a look.

In other news:

Also, if you’ve got about 5 minutes to spare and are a fan of insane archery/ridiculously difficult feats, this link may interest you.

See you all on the other side of reality
-Hatter

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I’ve had a good amount of free time on my hands lately, and while I haven’t been using it efficiently all the time, I have been using it. During this time, I’ve come to a few conclusions:

I. The technique for time manipulation I so rashly decided to test a while back doesn’t work. I have tested it several times, and at least in my case, this technique is ineffective. I did several self tests, with different variables. None of these tests had positive results. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, it might be for the better, but here is the original post about time control. This isn’t conclusive by any means, so if you wish to try that technique, go ahead, but keep in mind I had no success. Fair warning.

I am still testing the idea of inducing OBE’s with sound frequencies. So far, results are inconclusive, due to lack of data. AKA I haven’t done enough tests yet.

II. I haven’t been really practicing until now. Sure I’ve practiced, but there is a large difference between practice and dedicated practice. If you really want to make progress quickly, there are a few things I’ve found really help. (note: This is for practice sessions, not all the time daily life. Using psi all the time is a great way to become skilled quickly.)

1. Dedicate a particular time for practice. This will help your concentration, as you don’t have to worry about something else you should be doing, namely because this IS what you should be doing because this is what you’ve planned for this block of time.

2. Push yourself. When you reach that point where you think “ok, I’ve done well, I can stop” keep going. Just because you got a little success doesn’t mean you can’t have more. It may take some willpower, but if you keep pushing it, you’ll get more results. This isn’t to say work through the pain. In psionics, pain usually means loss of ground, not gain. If you start getting pains while doing an exercise that may cause them from overexertion, (TK is a favorite for this one) stop.

3. Destroy All Distractions. Well, destroy might be a little harsh, but “remove” all distractions. The more you can concentrate on your practice, the more likely you’ll succeed and get a better experience out of it. I feel like this has been hammered a lot, but it really is crucial, so it stands one more re-iteration.

4. Reading forums is not a way to practice. Sure it may be entertaining, but it does not give you personal experience. Neither does reading articles. There is a balance point between research and practice. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t read information, but doing research should never take away practice time, or vice versa. The idea behind research should be to learn enough to help your practice, to make it more efficient. If you take up practice time with research, you don’t get any better. Conversely, if you practice away, and then read about something you took three hours to discover, it defeats the purpose. Balance.

Those are just some things I’ve discovered through trial and error. Take them as what they are, my personal opinion based on my personal experience.

Now, with that little tidbit out of the way, onto the state of PsiPog.

While the site may literally be the exact same since the announcement of the end of interactivity, it feels different. The forum isn’t really as inspired as it used to be, it seems like everybody is waiting for a bomb to drop. It seems like a lot of people are waiting for somebody to step in and say “This is the next big site, go here, everybody else is!” Many people have already tried this, many with shameless spamming, but I don’t think anybody has really gotten the majority of the community to go with them. The psionic community, in my opinion, was united by PsiPog. When it drops out of the community picture, I wonder who the leader will be to unite the smaller communities. Will it be an already established, well respected community? Will it be one of the up and comers that was recently founded, or one of the many sites that are rising out of PsiPog’s ashes? Or perhaps it will be Peebrain’s newer site, which still remains only an idea at this point. His new site would be the logical successor to PsiPog, but it might lose a lot of traffic because it now focuses on the spiritual side of things. PsiPog was a success partly because it lacked religion.

The psionic community is going through big changes right now, and it looks like very interesting changes might be coming.

I, for one, look forward to them.

Hatter.

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