If you veer off the path I have shown you, you’ll be either completely depriving yourself of a rewarding experience, or at least making such an experience a very rare event. I often have to fight with one very strange aspect of human psychology: the desire to do things in one’s own way in a field that one knows nothing about. I’ve done nearly everything I can: I’ve tested and described everything exactly, you can be quite sure that it will work. But then I’ll go to talk with another practitioner, and it suddenly turns out that nothing is working for him. At least, that’s what he says.
But once he starts to tell you what he did and how he did it, you immediately hear that he did exactly what you’ve told him dozens of times not to do. It turns out that he’s done everything backwards. And if steps were taken in the right direction, then everything was done half-way, the wrong way, or no way, and the most fundamental elements were given no more than a passing try. Of course, it doesn’t always turn out like that. It only does when someone is having problems with his practice. If there are no problems, that means that he’s doing everything just as he was told.
And so, friend, I beg you to follow all of the instructions exactly. You’re guaranteed to get a result. The more correctly you perform the techniques, the quicker the results will come. Some people get results during their first attempts.
But let’s take a look at the most common mistake. I’ve already mentioned more than once here that one’s practice should start only from the indirect techniques, that is techniques performed upon awakening. I’ve taught this phenomenon to thousands of people personally, and to a countless number through my books. I’m not saying that that’s where you need to start just to have something to say. Indirect techniques are simply the easiest and most effective ones. For some reason, every second student will get some irresistible urge to buck my arguments and start from the hardest techniques: the direct ones, which are performed without accompanying sleep.
They usually tell me that direct techniques deliver more controllability. Yes, they do. And therein lies the problem. That’s exactly why novices are unsuccessful with them, because beginners try to control them. In the section on direct techniques, you’ll learn how they need to be performed in the opposite way – it is necessary to deliberately give up control over them and your conscious awareness for a certain period of time. And this is much more difficult than awakening and then entering the astral plane within a few moments.
Based on outward appearances, direct techniques seem preferable, which in and of itself draws people to them. However, indirect techniques need to be mastered first before trying anything else. Friend, such a desire will surely arise within you as well. But keep one thing in mind: indirect techniques work for everyone, while direct techniques are fraught with difficulty, even for those with much experience, let alone for a novice who has yet to learn the phenomenon from the inside out.
Starting from direct techniques is the same as walking into a weight-room for the first time in your life and trying to bench-press 500 pounds. No sane person would even think about doing that. It’s simply unrealistic. It’s first necessary to train for a certain period of time, which requires starting out from light weights. If the bench-press is a clear analogy, then direct techniques are a very near equivalent to those 400 pounds – lifting them would obviously be possible only after spending months working out, and require an incredible amount of strength. Yet the astral plane can be yours in literally a couple of days…
Yes, some people do have a predisposition for direct techniques, especially women. But whenever I talk about such predisposition, almost everyone thinks that I’m talking about them. You can forget about it. First learn what kind of phenomenon this is by performing specific actions upon awakening, and then – and only then – start experiments with direct techniques.
What’s more, a lot of people may think that if they try both direct and indirect techniques simultaneously, then they will get, for example, guaranteed practice upon awakening, and sure practice with direct techniques before falling asleep. I’m afraid I’ll have to disappoint you, and even warn you. You are not a bottomless well of energy and strength. If you’ve been exhausting yourself with direct techniques all evening, then you’ll have no energy or strength left to do anything correctly or effectively upon awakening. Based on my substantial observational data, I can categorically state that such an approach decreases the probability of having a successful experience by 50 to 80 percent.
The situation is even more ridiculous when a person attempting direct techniques has already suffered a fiasco with indirect techniques due to making mistakes, after having worked on them for say several weeks. I would like to emphasize that such a fiasco is possible only in the face of major mistakes and misunderstandings. And so, having tripped up over what is easiest, the unfortunate practitioner decides to move on to direct techniques – the hardest ones. Where’s the logic? Being unable to do the easiest things, do you think that you will suddenly be able to do the hardest things? Now really? It’s just the other way around! If you are still unable to take your conscious awareness out of your body upon awakening, then the one thing you have left to consider is becoming conscious while dreaming – but don’t even think about direct techniques.
And so don’t fiddle around, put all of your effort from the beginning into actions performed upon awakening – into the universal indirect techniques.
(Sadly, even after this being emphasized so much, a significant proportion of readers will nevertheless throw these warnings out the window and begin to torture themselves with direct techniques…)