Friday, 7:45pm Now to teach the class how to actually do it. Immediately let the group know that you won’t be talking about techniques for having lucid dreams since lucid dreaming will happen spontaneously anyway and account for 20 to 40% of all results. You’ll be talking about methods for leaving the body without prior sleep (i.e. direct methods) on another day. Meanwhile, today you’ll be talking about the easiest method – the indirect method, which opens the doors to the phenomenon for anybody in only a few tries.
1. Introduction to the Indirect Method The indirect method involves techniques that out-of-body experiencer performs while awakening from sleep. These techniques are extremely simple because people are already in the right physiological state upon awakening – it just needs minor adjustment. Out-of-body experiences can be had at least 90% of the time when this method is practiced correctly.
2. When to Make Attempts All participants who don’t need to wake up the next morning should be urged to employ the deferred method, which is where the practitioner goes to bed at midnight, sets his alarm clock for 6am, does something for between 5 to 50 minutes, and goes back to sleep for as long a period of time as possible in order to take advantage of each subsequent awakening. Slumber interrupted in this way will lead to many awakenings over the course of the remaining period of time set aside for sleep, which will allow you to make many attempts over the course of a single morning. People who don’t have opportunities to use the deferred method might take advantage of any spontaneous nighttime or morning awakenings. Moreover, awakenings after daytime naps are also good for getting results in one’s practice. Some students may get such an opportunity before the second lesson begins.
3. Creating Desire An important part of the procedure is the desire to wake up and try the techniques. This desire is affirmed before falling asleep before the awakening that one plans to use. Thus, after a practitioner lies down to go back to bed after awakening at 6am, he mentally resolves to awaken and try the techniques. Some kind of motivation helps to make that resolution stronger, e.g. a plan of action (go up to a mirror and then do something of your own that you find quite interesting). Such a desire should be kindled before each new awakening after 6am. For example: a practitioner affirms his desire at 6:07am, wakes up at about 7:13am, immediately tries the techniques, and success or no success, reaffirms his desire to try again on the next awakening, etc. The affirmation should also include the intention to awaken without movement – although attempts must be made even if movement occurs.
4. The Importance of Doing It No Matter What Let people know that they already awaken in the right state in the majority of cases – that’s the secret simplicity of the indirect method. This means that relaxed and passive actions are not what’s needed most of the time. What’s needed is exactly the opposite: to break out of your body and try to get out of it no matter what using the techniques. You need to put your all into the techniques you’re doing and immerse yourself in the sensation of performing them with your entire being. Each action should be made extremely assertively, forcefully, and with a great deal of confidence that everything will work out right then and there. If you omit this part, your students will simply fail to press on – even when things are going their way.
5. Introduction to Cycles of Indirect Techniques This is the point where you should explain how indirect techniques work by describing a single awakening as an example. Draw a diagram illustrating cycles of indirect techniques, and then use it to explain each
6. Separation The practitioner should energetically alternate separation techniques for the first 3 to 5 seconds, as he might already be in the right state. Here it will be necessary to make a digression regarding separation techniques. The most common ones are getting up, rolling out, and levitation. Explain to people that it’s not worth worrying about how exactly you’re going to separate. It actually feels like a regular movement, as if you were simply getting up out of bed, rolling out of it, or levitating above it. And it feels like it’s you yourself doing it in your perceived body and not some mysterious etheric or astral body. That’s why there is no need to overdo it or overthink it. What you need to do is to try to get up as you normally do but while trying not move a muscle in your physical body. Try to do it no matter what and do it right then and there.
If separation is successful, you’ll need to implement your plan of action: finding and mirror and then accomplishing your personal goal.
7. Alternating Techniques If separation was unsuccessful, you should cycle through 2 to 3 techniques over the course of a minute until one of them works, upon which it will again be possible to try separation. Here it will be necessary to make a digression regarding the techniques. Though there are an enormous number of them, for the purposes of the seminar it’s enough to provide a selection of the 4 easiest and most-straightforward techniques. Students should select the two or three they are most comfortable with.
Rotation After an attempt to separate, the practitioner tries to imagine or feel the sensation of rotating around his head-to-toe axis for 3 to 5 seconds. If the sensation of rotation arises, you should once again try to separate (via getting up, rolling out, levitating, etc.). If separation after rotation was unsuccessful, you’ll need to return to rotation and intensify it, and then try to separate again. You can repeat this sequence several times, which means that you can do this technique for even an entire minute. If not even a slight sensation of rotation arises within 5 seconds, switch to another technique. The main feature of this technique is its arousal of the vestibular system. You don’t need to try to visualize yourself or the room around you rotating. What you do need to do is try to rotate on your own by your internal sensations. The process is made easier by turning your eyes to the side you want to rotate towards, but while still keeping them closed.
Observing Images If rotation doesn’t yield results within 5 seconds, the practitioner should peer into the void before his eyes for 3 to 5 seconds and meanwhile try to see an image of some sort. If the practitioner starts to see something during those 3 to 5 seconds – no matter how dimly – he may then try to separate. If unsuccessful with separation, the practitioner should return to observing images, do it more precisely, and try once again to separate, etc. However, if no images arise within the first 3 to 5 seconds, he is to switch to another technique. The key to performing this technique is to see an image that appears on its own before your eyes, and not an imagined one. This is not a visualization exercise. It is observation. You need only peer into the void before your eyes. If an image does arise and your aim is to make it sharper and more realistic, then you need to look at it in a defocused way, as if you were looking through it or past it. This will make the image more stable and vivid. It’s worth keeping in mind that practitioners are often simply pulled into the image. In that case they’re already in out-of-body experience and it’s not necessary to separate.
The Swimmer Technique If the preceding technique didn’t work, the practitioner should begin to assertively imagine movement of some sort for 3 to 5 seconds, e.g. swimming, running, arm circles, pedaling, etc. If within 3 to 5 seconds the imagined sensation suddenly becomes (or starts becoming) so realistic that it replaces physical perception, that’s a signal to attempt to separate by getting up, rolling out, or levitating. If separation is unsuccessful, you’ll need to return to feelings of movement, intensify them, and try again to separate, etc. If no unusual sensations arise with the first 3 to 5 seconds, switch to another technique. As with many other techniques, an enormous role in whether or not the practitioner is successful is played by the desire to feel the requisite sensations no matter what, as if one had become completely absorbed by the image when trying to experience it. Practitioners are often immediately sucked into some place in out-of-body experience when performing this technique. In such a case it’s not necessary to find a way to separate, as separation has already occurred.
Visualizing the Hands If the previous technique didn’t work from the very beginning, then the practitioner should intensely imagine for 3 to 5 seconds that he is rubbing his hands together about 2 to 4 inches from his face a bit higher than eye level, while trying to see, feel, and/or hear his hands rubbing together with full realism. If one or more of the expected sensations arises, you should try to separate from your body by starting off from those very sensations, like with the other techniques. If that doesn’t work, you should intensify the sensations and try again to separate, etc. If no sensations at all arise over the first 3 to 5 seconds, switch to another technique.
8. Cycling It doesn’t matter what order the techniques are in. What matters most is that students select 2 or 3 techniques and just cycle through them upon awakening. As soon as something starts to work, it’s time to try to separate and then rush over to the mirror and accomplish one’s personal goal. Let’s say a practitioner has chosen the techniques of rotation and visualizing the hands. He awakens and tries to separate, without success. He then does the rotation technique. However, since no unusual sensations arise after 5 seconds, he moves on to the visualizing the hands technique by imagining that he’s rubbing his hands in front of his closed eyes. After that technique also fails to work, he goes back to the rotation technique and switches from it 5 seconds later as it too yields no results. He once again tries the visualization of the hands technique and after several seconds realizes that he’s not simply trying to see them in front of his face, but is actually beholding them as in real life. He immediately tries to separate by starting off from the sensations coming from his phantom hands. Nothing happens. That’s when he tries to see his hands more clearly and feel them with greater sensation by scrutinizing them and rubbing them together more intensely. He then gets up from his physical body and immediately goes to the mirror in the hallway, peers at it, and goes on to carry out his personal task, like blasting off to Mars, for example.
The idea is to perform at least 4 such cycles of techniques, but do so in under one minute. Since students will stubbornly do a mere 1 or 2 cycles, you’ll need to repeatedly underscore that it’s necessary to perform no less than 4 cycles, even if no techniques work during any of them. This will substantially improve the overall success rate, as the majority of results come after the first cycle. Naturally, as soon as some technique starts to work, the practitioner should focus on it alone and work with it until he is able to enter out-of-body experience. In other words, do not switch from a technique that is working.
9. Falling Back Asleep with an Affirmed Desire If the practitioner realizes after 4 cycles or one minute that nothing is working, the best thing to do is to try to fall back asleep with the desire and self-motivation to subsequently wake up and try again from the beginning.
10. Addendum It’s worth mentioning that students will often wake up and then forget what they were supposed to do. In such a situation it’s best to do whatever comes to mind. Doing at least something is much better than missing one’s chance while trying to remember one’s detailed plan of action. Practitioners will also occasionally have awakenings that they subjectively feel were too abrupt and conclude that there’s no point in attempting anything. Such subjective feelings are to be ignored – if you’ve woken up, make an attempt no matter what things may seem. If students awaken to movement all the time, then they might start the indirect method off with cycling techniques instead of an attempt to separate. Sometimes practitioners are bothered by bright sunlight or lots of distracting sounds in the morning. If this is the case, they can put in earplugs and put on a sleep mask after their 6am awakening and then go back to sleep. This will substantially increase the duration and soundness of subsequent sleep.
Friday, 8:50pm A 20-minute break is recommended after finishing this module so that people can relax, drink coffee or tea, go to the bathroom, meet other people and socialize, and buy some supplementary educational materials or other products.