Typical Student Questions

– With the deferred method, can you try to separate immediately after the alarm goes off at 6 o’ clock in the morning?

You may, but it’s much more effective to wake up at a predetermined time and then catch subsequent natural awakenings.

– Do I need to employ the deferred method if I sleep only 6 hours and this is all my body needs?

You can try to shorten the first period of sleep from 6 hours to 4. You might have to catch any awakening you can.

– If I was planning to use the deferred method but woke up in the middle of the night, could I have used that awakening?

Basically, you can make an attempt if you feel that the moment is right. The most important thing is that the night doesn’t turn into a constant string of attempts, as it’s important to get the sound sleep your body needs.

– I don’t normally wake up until I have to. Are the indirect techniques something I should try out?

This is a learnable skill. The main thing is to do everything correctly and better affirm your desire while falling asleep. Many often fear this problem, though it’s actually rarely encountered.

– Will my spouse who shares the bed with me interfere?

It depends on how you look at it. Some are happy to get extra opportunities to make attempts when their partners accidentally wake them up. Others find this bothersome and try to sleep alone, perhaps in another room.

– If I go to bed at 4am (or say 8pm), should I still set my alarm for 6am?

No. 6 hours refers to the length of time that you should sleep rather than the time that you should get up. You should therefore decide for yourself when to have an awakening for the deferred method. You need to get most but not all of the sleep that your body needs.

– Should I count down seconds (i.e. down from 3 to 5 seconds) while performing the techniques in order to know when to switch them?

No. 3 to 5 seconds is about how long it should take you to realize whether or not a technique is working.

If several techniques immediately start working upon awakening, which one should I choose?

If the techniques aren’t interfering with each other, you can intensify the sensations in all of them at once. Alternatively, you might choose the technique that’s working the best and stick with that one. It depends on the situation and your preference.

– If the sensation of having a double body arises upon separation, what should I do?

Try to transfer all of the sensations into the body that you perceive in out-of-body experience. Simply focus on its sensations.

– Can you do more than 4 cycles?

You can, but there’s no point in dragging out an indirect-method attempt for too long. It’s best to go back to bed and catch the next awakening.

– I find myself in a void upon awakening. What should I do?

It’s best to immediately employ a translocation technique by focusing on your destination or attempting to create vision by trying to scrutinize your hands from a close distance without opening your eyes.

– All of the techniques work, but why am I unable to separate?

The problem lies in your understanding of the separation process and some internal psychological blocks. At that moment, you were lying down in bed in out-of-body experience. All that you had to do was simply get up out of bed.

– Can I employ both direct and indirect techniques at the same time?

It’s best for novices not to combine those methods. Otherwise, they risk dissipating their attention and desire.

– I always wake up to physical movement. What should I do?

It’s no big deal. The most important thing is to make attempts anyway. It might be worth it to skip separation and immediately move on to cycling techniques. It’s also worth it to consider forced falling asleep and its variations.

– If I am awoken by my cat or a loud noise, may I try indirect techniques upon that awakening?

Yes, you may, as long as the distraction will no longer bother you.

– How do I get out of out-of-body experience?

You don’t have to worry about that. Issues related to maintaining the state will be studied separately, as initial experiences are usually quite brief.

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