Set yourself this goal: make 5 to 10 attempts to leave your body upon awakening. This procedure, when followed correctly, is sufficient for 50 to 80 percent of novices to get their first results. Turn back to this section if you run into a problem, as it describes the mistakes encountered in 99% (!) of unsuccessful attempts.
Never try these techniques every day, otherwise the success rate of your attempts will drop drastically! Spend no more than 2 to 3 days of the week on it, preferably only on days off. If you don’t have an opportunity to sleep in long and with interruption, then don’t forget that cycles of indirect techniques can also be used after any other awakening – in the middle of the night for example, or better yet, during a midday nap. What’s most important is to establish the clear intention of trying them before falling asleep.
Despite the simplicity of these techniques, novices stubbornly deviate from the clear instructions, following them in their own way or only half-way. Remember what’s most important beforehand: the more carefully and literally you follow the instructions in this book, the better your chances for success. Ninety percent will obtain results within one to three awakenings if they do everything correctly from the beginning.
At School of Out-of-Body Travel seminars, the main task consists not in explaining the proper procedure, but merely in getting participants to follow it to-the-letter. Even if that goal is only half-way accomplished, success is inevitable.
Typical mistakes when performing indirect techniques include:
– Lack of an attempt to separate
Forgetting to simply try to separate immediately after awakening before cycling techniques, even though this may lead to up to 50% of all experiences. Exception: awakening to movement, after which one may immediately proceed to the techniques.
– Lack of aggression
A desire to get a technique to work no matter what and really get into it is the main criterion for success in employing the indirect technique procedure. Meanwhile, determination should not be superficial, but intensely focused on the actions to be completed. Lack of determination can also manifest itself in passively falling asleep during an attempt.
– Fewer than 4 cycles
No matter what happens and no matter what thoughts occur, you should perform no less than 4 cycles of techniques, assuming none have worked so far. Not following this simple rule will scuttle more than half of your opportunities to enter lucid dreaming.
– Unnecessary Change of Technique
Despite the clear instructions given, novices will stubbornly switch techniques after 3 to 5 seconds, even when a technique has started working in one way or another. This is a serious error. If a technique has started working – however so slightly – you need to keep with it and try to intensify it in any way possible.
– Unnecessary Continuation of a Technique
If a technique hasn’t begun working in the least after 3 to 5 seconds, it should be changed for another. The point of cycling is to quickly alternate between techniques until one of them starts working.
– Forgetting to Separate
When any technique starts working upon awakening – no matter to what degree – the practitioner is nearly always already in lucid dreaming, and is simply lying on his body while in it. That’s why you should always try to separate immediately upon there being stable signs that a technique is working. If that doesn’t work out, then you need to return to intensifying the technique and try to separate again. If you don’t use the first seconds of a technique working, then lucid dreaming usually ends quite quickly and the necessary state goes away. Don’t lie in your body while in lucid dreaming!
– Excessive Analysis
If you analyze what’s going on when cycling through techniques upon awakening, then you are not concentrated on the techniques themselves and are sidetracking yourself. This will cause you to miss nearly all chances of obtaining results. The desire to experience the technique working should fully consume you, leaving no place in the mind for analysis or contemplation.
– Excessively Alert Awakening (no Attempt or a Sluggish One)
Due to the perception of an excessively alert awakening (which will be not actually be alert, but only seem to be from 70 to 90% of the time) the practitioner will either forgo trying anything, or will make attempts quite unassuredly, which is equivalent to not trying at all. You ought to follow the instructions automatically, and not pay attention to such perceptions upon awakening.
– Attempting for Longer than a Minute
If no result is obtained after one minute of cycling, then your odds of success will be much greater if you go back to sleep right away and catch the next awakening in order to make a new attempt, as opposed to stubbornly trying to continue on with the techniques.
– Incomplete Separation
When attempting to separate, sometimes it doesn’t come easily or completely. Sluggishness, stuck body parts, and being stuck in two bodies at once are some things that may occur. Never give up under any circumstances and do not stop separating if this happens. Full separation will occur if you counteract such problems with all your strength.
– Not Recognizing lucid dreaming
Practitioners often enter lucid dreaming but then return back to the body because they feel that what occurred is not what they had expected. For example, when observing images they are often pulled into the scenery, or they are spontaneously thrown into another world when rotating. Practitioners often think that they have to experience the feeling of separation itself, which is why they might return back to their bodies in order to obtain it. The same applies to becoming conscious while dreaming, as the practitioner is already in lucid dreaming and it only remains to deepen and implement his plan of action.
– Awakening to Movement (no Attempt or a Sluggish One)
Awakening without moving is desirable, but not mandatory. There’s no sense in forgoing most opportunities by waiting for the right awakening. You must take advantage of every awakening that you can.
– Wasting the First Seconds
Try to develop the habit of immediately and reflexively proceeding to the techniques upon awakening, without losing a second. The more time that elapses between awakening and the attempt itself, the lower the odds of success. It’s best to learn to catch not so much the very second of awakening, but rather the transitional moment when “surfacing” from sleep. Separation is almost always successful during that transitional moment.
– Selection of Same-Type Techniques
There’s no point in selecting techniques for your practice that are similar to one another or focused on the same sensation (when using techniques from other parts of this book).
– Use of a Single Technique
Cycling indirect techniques upon awakening is a universal method that can work for anybody provided they alternate several techniques. Completely different methods may work over different attempts. That’s why using only a single technique upon awakening instead of cycling through at least two leads to substantially lowered odds of entering lucid dreaming.
– False Physical Movement
Sometimes separation is so indistinguishable from ordinary physical movement that novices are unable to believe their own success. They perceive separation as a physical movement and then disappointedly lie back down into their body. In such cases, one ought to carefully evaluate the situation and possibly perform reality checks.