of Body Experience
Trance methods and meditations described in this article can be
dangerous for psychic instable persons, who perform these methods
without control of an advanced person. Awakened psychic forces can get
out of control by people with great problems and uncontrolled fears.
Basis For OBE's
with your back on the floor, with a flat pillow underneath your head.
Turn your head aside, to prevent your relaxed tongue occluding the
respiratory tract, which could hinder you in breathing and make you
snore (which may cause awakening). Furthermore the above quoted head
position prevents saliva to flow into the trachea. Place your hands
close to the body. Then relax, and use additional imaginative
techniques. For Savasana you find a good description in the home page
of Steve Ritter 3).
all muscles especially of spine, getting your back lifted from floor in
a bow, with only heels and shoulder touching the bottom. Then relax and
come down to the floor again. By this muscle tension you get a better
muscle feeling and relaxation is better afterwards.
your heels as far away as possible, then set them on the floor and pull
to elongate your spine. With your shoulder fixed on the floor, the
pulling heels stretch the body, mainly the spine. Then relax.
"switch off" the body:
relaxation of limbs and body, starting with your feet. Move your feet
some what, to get a better feeling of them. Then relax. Have a final
control of the feet upwards to the ankles.... you feel them relaxed
.... imagine a switch at the ankles and turn the switch off. This part
of your body now will be cut off your awareness. Now control relaxation
of the following section of the legs upwards to the knees ... imagine a
switch at the knees and turn the switch off. This part has dropped out
of consciousness as well and you go further upwards to the hips. Then
you repeat the same procedure with your arms and then with your trunk
and afterwards with your face. Now your awareness has no further bond
to the body and is directed towards the inner realms.
aspects of body positions:
Alfred Ballabene "Balancing between sleep and awakeness" in 1)
Started by Automatisms (Triggered By Intentions)
first step in OBE-ing is set by the subconsciousness, in all states,
independent of the fact if you are in trance or in sleep. All the
flying dreams, the lightful and colourful dreams and as well false
awakening are produced by subconsciousness. What you have to do is to
get the impulse strong enough to make you lucid and to start OBE's.
Trance is not handled as easily as many persons think , because your
will has to relinquish leadership to subconsciousness, which will be
the primary authority to decide, if you stay awake, if trance is
started, or if you fall asleep. Therfore subconsciousness on the one
hand is a valuable tool for you, if you are able to trigger it by right
intention and imagination and on the other hand can be difficult like
an untamed horse.
intention which triggers subconsciousness is very subtle and has ist
own symbolic language. A pure intellectual decision to have an
adventure or to learn about the secrets veiled in yourself is not
sufficient. The signal directed to your subconsciousness to trigger OBE
has to be precise in the aim and powerful by emotion and desire.
is like a call of the "other world"to meet your beloved relatives or to
lead you "home" and it pulls you out of the body. It is a strong
trigger for astral travelling especially. Desire without anything
othercan be sufficient to actualize an OBE, if feeling and remembrance
of last OBE is fully present. Religiosity is of no influence for
etheric OBE-ing, but of very great influence on quality of astral
travelling. A dogmatic and polarized view very often leads to
confrontations with demon- or devil-like creatures. It is very often
caused by intolerance and aggressivity which is characteristic for a
heaven-hell point of view of fundamentalists. Fear may be considered as
hidden aggressivity. A lovely person meets loveley worlds.
your inner awareness towards the room or to the surrounding and focus
your attention to what is going to happen in next moments. Don´t
drect your attention inwards to phantasies and thought-dreaming,
threads of thoughts nor let your attention fall off; Instead keep your
awareness outside, just waiting attentively and being alert. This kind
of awareness has to become so dominant, that it persists subconsciously
while you fall asleep after some time. Following the sleep period you
get half-awake and the outward directed awareness will be actualized
automatically (if input was strong enough and had worked as a kind of
is said that by continuous repeating affirmations it is possible to
implant orders into your subconsciousness. Subconsciousness then will
obey your orders. Such an order for instance could be to get lucid. See
article of Ed Erst 4).
shall have a very vivid dream ..... I shall remember at least one dream
..... I shall have colourful dreams .... I shall get awake in dream and
be lucid .... I shall have an OBE ..... I shall have an astral journey
with tape and clock:
can record your affirmations on a tape and switch on the recorder by
means of an alarm-clock at a time when you are asleep. Trigger the
volume in the right way. You can use affirmations on tape to create
half- sleep or light-sleep states, in which
for brief sleep sequences:
can use a tape to awaken you in REM-sleep in the morning. Record on
your tape and after every spoken sequence leave a longer silent
interval, so that you can fall asleep again in every sequence of
silence. You will have dreamlets in which you may have more control and
in which you can study dream mechanisms. Starting with dreamlets you
learn to manage dreams in your way.
ritual is a magic symbol-language, which is of greater "authority" to
subconsciousness than an intellectually made decision. Support your
magic order by optical and movement impressions. In consequence more
archaic sectors of brain are involved, than by thought or spoken words,
which are processed in a semantically organized sector, a part which
evolved in a late evolutionary period. Though it sounds old fashioned,
nevertheless a well performed ritual will be of great use.
As Autohypnotic Inductions For OBE's And Inner Journeys
to start an OBE by imagination:
you keep your imagination in full concentration and alertess, nothing
will happen. Many people don't know this and are frustrated by the
insuccessful trials, though they feel to have done everything "in the
right manner". If you want to start OBE, there has to be an interval,
at least a short moment between imagination sequence and the start of
OBE-ing, in which a change of quality of consciousness occurs. This
interpolated phase may be a short dream or a glide into trance. An
image for OBE and an image for trance induction do not differ.
Furthermore the imagination has to have an affirmative aspect,
outlasting the interpolated phase.
great variety of induction methods are used in psychotherapy for
hypnosis and autohypnosis. The most conventional methods, however,
often do not fit for OBE-ing. These methods are based on the hypnotic
order "to go deeper and deeper". It is meant to go into deeper regions
of subconsciousness, to unveil repressions. The prefered imaginations
used for these kinds of inductions are to dive into the ocean, to go
downstairs etc. OBE-ers who had several astral travellings, however,
sometimes associate these orders with descendence to lower astral
regions, which are "hell regions". With respect to subconsciousness
deeper regions are more chaotic and aggressive. Years ago I experienced
"To gain some experience in hypnotic methods I asked a friend, who is
therapist, to have some sessions with me. Because I was interested to
see how these methods could be used in Yoga, I asked him to guide me as
intensely as possible to cosmic love. We started and he asked me to
lift my right hand as mark for the degree of love. When love would
increase my hand should rise and in highest state should touch my
forehead. Speaking in a calm and friendly way as in usual conversation,
he led me to good relaxation and spoke to me about love. My hand slowly
started to rise (I felt no tiredness in the arm by holding it upwards).
Then he spoke to me: "Now you go downstairs, deeper and deeper". He
repeated this order for several times. I did as he had ordered and I
went down a stair, which in inner sight was in faint light and I
entered a cloudy grassland. Again there was the order to go deeper and
I went down a further stair, now gloomy, and I entered a plain in dawn.
My hand slowly sank down. At last I felt to be in a dark plain, with
danger threatening from all sides.There were no herbs, only stones and
nothing to hide. All sides were full of thorny and sharp things. I
tried intensely to feel love but I was not capable to have only a
minimum shine of love and my hand sank down on the knee. The session
was a great flop."
etheric OBE´s, general aspects:
in the kind of "stepping out of the body" are induced by activating the
motoric center of cortex, as I suppose. From this part of brain
alertness spreads to the other centers (visual and semantic areas)
creating lucidity. (In astral travelling the visual area seems to be
the starting point.)
Body feeling as necessary for OBE´s in the kind of "stepping out
of the body" ( Alfred Ballabene 1)) is gained by awareness on
vibrations, by imagination of body movements, and by space feeling. For
OBE-ing in the sense of "stepping out of the body" imaginations of
activ body motions will do best.
Body feeling in OBE´s in the kind of "floating out of the body"
(Alfred Ballabene 1) is generated by body awareness when relaxing.
OBE-ing in the sense of "floating out of the body" may be triggered by
imagining your body being moved in a passive way, like being carried
away. If you are not able to fall in trance, it may work nevertheless
in form of an inner order which will be actualized in sleep or at the
border of sleep.
astral travelling, general aspects:
travelling is induced when visual sense dominates. This requirement is
fulfilled in dreams as well. Therefore, when an OBE is started out of a
dream, it will always be an astral travelling and never an etheric OBE.
An additional inductive impulse is caused by religious and spiritual
emotions. For astral
first times when you use an autohypnotic system, record the text
(examples see later) sedatively and persuasively on a tape. After
several sessions you can start trance without using a tape. To be less
disturbed by noise from outside and to support autohypnotic process,
calm music will do very well. Furthermore rhythms of the drum and
monotone rattling may improve trance.
autohypnotic inductions for trance (especially for "floating out of the
body" experiences, furthermore for astral travelling and for time
journeys) your body plays a passive part (is carried away) as opposed
to methods for "stepping out", in which you move your body actively (in
of different categories of imaginations:
actively in nearby distance:
for "stepping out of the body": rocking forth and back ..... stand up
and get out of your body like out of a shell; do it over and over .....
pull yourself out of the body with your hands grasping a hold .....
walk in the room ..... dance
actively in far distance:
for astral projection and is done in near sleep state: Flying away like
a bird..... drive a car, aeroplane, rocket, boat ..... glide on skates,
skate-board, on skis .... glide in the air ..... moving in spacious
elevated (listed in Ballabene 1):
for "floating out of the body" and astral travelling: Flying in an
aeroplane or balloon ..... go by a fast train or bus..... being carried
away on a cloud ..... sitting in a ski-lift ..... going upwards a lift
..... being a leaf and being carried away by the wind ..... be carried
by a wave ..... sliding up or down an escalator
a border (-zone):
astral travelling: Passing fog, a river, mountains, a door ..... look
through a window ..... look into a mirrow and pass ..... look into a
painting and get it vivified .... pass "heavens gate" ..... pass a ring
of smoke ..... pass a tunnel ..... be pulled into a whirl ..... a long
straight street ..... crossing the sea ..... taking stairs
television a movie and project into the scene (you can watch TV in
reality before). ..... zoom into an imaginated or visualized landscape
..... zoom into "nothing" ..... look and project yourself through a
a museum and pass the rooms, each one representing a passed epoque.
..... look at the single pictures of a film in backward direction to
more and more past times ..... turn the pages of a book ..... look at
an hour-glass and think about time passing ..... visit a churchyard
your body identity:
are methods for higher consciousness states and higher planes. Your
body is made of air, of fog or a cloud and dissolving ..... your body
is hollow ..... expanding by far and afterwards your body is retracting
(f.i. Tara meditation).
of motoric brain areas:
method works only with body awareness: The imaginations include all
variations of body engagement and work because of two reasons: -
because of creating body awareness, which helps to create a "second
body" (double). - because imagination itself is brain-work and helps to
sustain a higher level of alertness in near sleep (or in sleep/dream)
"Practicing karate in the mind" and play a sport, jog..." of Charles
Goodin. Further quoted in same article: "she mentally played the piano"
(besides mentally using her hands she certainly felt rhythmic elements,
which are associated to body movements).
by John Crystal (4-Oct 1995): .."I play my guitar... Works for me!"
Skiing Method of Projecting" by Matt Holmes 5) 49 different
imaginations were posted in the news group by Charles Goodin 6). I hope
you will find the article in his home page or in a book of him. Most of
his quoted imaginations include elements of body movement.
taking a breath feel spirituality, connection with transcendence and
love, entering from above through the top of head, --- while breathing
out direct awareness outwards through the forehead as a kind of
lie in a boat and watch the white clouds (look at them as a symbol for
thoughts) which slowly glide in the sky. In the calm swinging of the
boat you enter a peaceful and well balanced state. The remainder of
your thoughts belong to a far away world and have become unimportant.
Thoughts fade away and quietness and peace replace them.
a detailed image of a cave, which leads to a tunnel. Then enter and
pass the tunnel until you see a light, signaling the end of the tunnel
(see as well A. Ballabene 1).
"To gain new experiences some of our group had learned shamanistic
methods in seminars. The rest of us was eager to learn from their group
fellows and therefore we had rented a basement room. We lay down on
floor and first had to get in touch with our animal guide. While drum
was beaten we started our journey. I had chosen the imagination of a
rock- cave to start my journey to underworld. I passed a long tunnel
and after a time, I don´t know how long it was, I saw a light in
front of me, which soon came closer. It was the end of tunnel and I
entered a plain in full daylight. I had passed about 100 meters, when I
saw a wooden stable, about 50 meters away from the place I stood. The
most fascinating impression, however, was a very beautiful horse, which
turned and looked at me. This horse seemed to be my animal guide
responding to my inner call. I had had nothing to do with horses by
this time, but years later circumstances led me to start horse-riding,
which I have used to do every Saturday or Sunday for years now. As some
kind of late realization I am going on horse-back with "Igor" a black
wallach and we both go into the beautiful landscape of Carnuntum, which
is known to the people because of a former Roman fortification situated
on the river side of the Danube."
figures in the sand:
to be at a beach, standing with bare feet on golden sand. You are
alone, surounded by a beautiful landscape. With a stick or your
finger-tip you draw the number 5 into the sand. Now draw a circle
around the 5 and step into the circle. After a while a wave erases
number and circle. Again you draw a number inside a circle into the
sand. It is the number 4. The number is again erased by a wave and you
go on with further numbers until you have reached zero in a circle.
When this cipher is erased, your everyday life is erased as well. You
are in trance and have entered a new world. After a while, when
returning from your journey you recall the numbers again and this time
in upward sequence.
enter a hall in red light and pass without having a look aside,
fixating the door in front of your way. Upon arrival at the door you
open it and you enter a green hall. You go on and pass seven halls in
the colours as named here or in the colours of the seven chakras or in
colours of your preference. Red ... green .... blue .... violet ....
orange .... yellow .... white. When you have opened the last door you
enter an unknown world.
to past lifes:
are sitting at an old wooden table with an old pergament book in front
of you. You meditatively turn the pages. Candles on the table with
their flickering light cast moving shadows on the room, converting the
scene into a magic world of shadows. An old clock is ticking
tuck...tuck...tuck..Every sound of the clock is like a step in a more
and more ancient time. The room fades away and scenes made of blurred
shadows emerge. By and by the sight clears and you start to catch a
sight of scenes in ancient and lost times.
to a "real" place:
by intensive imagination of a walk in a well known surrounding is an
old technique passed on from the early times of occultism. Before you
start imaginations go to a place of your choice and note every detail
in your mind. Close your eyes and memorize the details, then open the
eyes and check your memory. In this way improve your remembrance of
details. At home relax and recall the place in imagination and have a
walk there. Take care of perfect body imagination and go slowly, step
by step and look at every detail of your surrounding. Being in full
concentration you forget about your present situation (of being at
home) and you subsequently start to be in "reality" at the place of
A member of our group who had studied physics and who was good in
electronics, had borrowed an amplifier from a medical institute to set
up an EEG-recorder. He wanted to control relaxation of our group
members by registration of brain signals. To have a better feedback the
frequency- range of the recorded brain potential could be monitored by
sound, which became the deeper the lower the frequency was. We all were
eager to test our abilities for the short time the amplifier could be
used. So I lay down on floor, electrodes on my head and behind the
ears, pasted with salty gel-electrolyte. The apparatus was switched on
and I started to relax. By choice I decided to imagine a walk in the
nearby shoping area. It was a slow walk, every step was imagined and I
had a look to each shop- window I passed. The surrounding became more
and more concrete and awareness of the room in which I was lying faded
away. Suddenly I was shocked awake by noise and switched on light." The
trigger for frequency range did not work", the physicist said, who
interpreted the deep sound in his way; the experience was over.
Alfred Ballabene:Experiences In The Etheric And Astral Body
Tips of CharlesGoodin, posted in alt.out-of-body, 3 Nov 1995
Steve Ritter: "Your Journey Begins Here..."
Ed Erst: "Affirmation And OOBE" in out-of-body 6 Dec 1994
(firstname.lastname@example.org) in (http://spirit.satelnet.org/Spirit/obe.html)
Matt Holmes, in Astral Projecting Home Page of Charles Goodin, Tips,
Article of Charles Goodin in the news group alt.out-of-body, 3 Oct 1995.
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