Maintaining out-of-body experience is one of the most difficult things not only to put into practice, but also to teach. The practitioner will inevitably encounter a large number of problems in this area, the most fundamental of which will be beliefs regarding the natural duration of out-of-body experience. The audience, steeped in various literature on the topic and having drawn its own conclusions, might reckon that such an experience can last hours or even days. That’s why the same question will often come up during the first lesson: how do you return from there? Meanwhile, the real question should be: How can I stay in there for a least a minute? As it turns out, staying in out-of-body experience for even 1 to 2 minutes is a fantastic result. This will shock many who had been counting on frolicking about there for hours. Others’ jaws will drop in disbelief. Still others will question the competence of the instructor. The task of the instructor is to defuse this situation and make people to take a cold, hard look at reality. The situation is helped by the fact that the relatively short duration of out-of-body experience experience psychological feels many times longer than it actually is, and that even a half a minute is sufficient to perform 2 or even 3 items on one’s plan of action. You could theoretically be in out-of-body experience for at least 10 minutes (and some are able to achieve this feat), but that’s more an exception than the rule. Those 10 minutes in out-of-body experience will seem like an eternity. Either way, the instructor should make it clear that experiences will be many times shorter without the use of maintaining techniques.
Even when working with practitioners long-term and on a regular basis, their failure to come up with predetermined plans of action can still be a fundamental problem. As this will have a catastrophic effect on phase quality, phase effectiveness, and even phase frequency, it’s something that you’ll need to counteract. You should periodically check to make sure that practitioners have plans of action. They should always be able to recite them by heart, no matter when you ask them. If novices still don’t really know what they can obtain from out-of-body experience, give them simple tasks that will help them to have an educational and interesting plan of action.
Most will be nevertheless unable to remain in out-of-body experience for long. This especially applies to one-off experiences. Once an experienced practitioner is able to have multiple phase entries over the course of a single morning, maintaining will cease to be an issue for him. Until he reaches that level, he should evaluate how successful he is at prolonging out-of-body experience not in terms of minutes, but in terms of the number of completed items on his plan of action. This approach will guarantee productive use of out-of-body experience, and even if experiences only last 30 seconds. Considering that such a short interval of time psychologically feels like 5 to 10 minutes, thinking in terms of the number of completed plan-of-action items completely solves the problem of unsatisfactory phase length.