- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Co (1 Jun. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571740570
- ISBN-13: 978-1571740571
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 966,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Out of Body Experiences: How to Have them and What to Expect Paperback – 1 Jun 1997
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A step-by-step guide to astral projection describes the author's out of body experiences and offers exercises for lucid dreaming and inducing out of body experiences.
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This is the first book I've read on OBEs, and I found it fascinating.
The book is mostly composed of the author's diary entries about his OBEs and OBE attempts. He mostly finds it difficult to get out of his body and sometimes "gets stuck in his physical body". Sometimes it is hard to understand what he is talking about in this respect, or perhaps it's just me, since in general I have difficulties in understanding about bodies. I've had OBEs but not intentional ones, so I have woken up in the midst of flying at full speed somewhere or other, and haven't experienced these difficulties.
He provides us with affirmations to repeat to help us leave our body, together with many different techniques with the same object. It is important to learn how to relax fully and completely, as this is apparently a prerequisite for obtaining OBEs. Exercises comprise daily visualizations, including "yo-yo" and "black box" visualizations, resolving fears, imaginary vibrations, side-to-side swaying, buzzing, breathing, etc, etc.
As regards vibrations, OBEs apparently begin by one's experiencing these. They are "imaginary lines of force" which feel electrical and can be quite violent or accompanied by a "terrible roaring noise".
I don't understand the author's reference to "real-time" OBEs, since I don't know how you would have non-real-time experiences. Robert Bruce in his book "Astral dynamics", which book I haven't finished yet (it's a voluminous work), also goes on and on, incomprehensibly, about real-time this and that.
The author of the book under review briefly refers to an experience where his consciousness was split into five parts. He was each of them simultaneously, but didn't explain how (I suppose he didn't know how). I understand that one can split into two - the consciousness of the sleeping body and that of the projected person, but I don't know how one can split into five parts. Robert Bruce in his afore-mentioned book goes into this matter of the splitting up of consciousnesses in detail, but I found his explanations somewhat abstruse.
He explains that our beliefs create our experience. Our body cannot be possessed by a spirit while we're away from it. There are no such things as demons (he says). If some people encounter demons, this is because they believe in them. If you do encounter demons, you can visualize a white light around them or send love to them, and this should help to get rid of them.
He explains in detail the various types of sight one can use - astral sight, astral mind sensing, body sight and clairvoyance, but it's a bit tricky understanding the difference between all of these when you haven't experienced them.
When out of the body, you can meet other people - physical and non-physical. If the person is physical, he/she generally won't notice you, while non-physical people will notice you and look at you when talking to you. They may wear strange clothing.
You can talk to physical people, but you will be talking with their subconscious minds and they won't remember the conversations you have with them. Animals will notice you.
There is a chapter near the end of the book entitled "how to have an OBE" containing practical advice.
Robert informs us that since beginning to have regular OBEs he has had innumerable psychic experiences, like being able to read the thoughts of others, "telepathic sending", clairvoyance, visions, psychic dreams, etc etc. He has also gained contact with an inner voice, that tells him that it is part of himself, and that gives him helpful advice.
In the final chapter we find questions and answers. Robert explains the difference between lucid dreams and OBEs. In lucid dreams you can do whatever you like, but the scenery seems "fake", while this is not the case in OBEs.
I have myself had OBEs previously, as mentioned, but didn't realize at the time that that was what they were until reading this book. In one experience, I saw, among other things, spirits flying around town while I was flying to visit someone. But these other spirits were sleeping, and thus not conscious, which I was.
To sum up, Robert Peterson writes clearly and simply and describes his own OBE experiences in detail, mostly in the form of diary excerpts, from the very beginning of his work with them. This makes the book extremely useful for the beginner, and probably also those who are somewhat experienced. Therefore, I greatly recommend that you read the book, if the subject interests you. Enjoy your read!
Robert Peterson and I have been very fortunate in having the life changing thrill of having many experiences of this (usually!) utterly blissful , meaningful experience.
Robert's book is very much a warm autobiographical journey in experimenting in the many aspects of the out of the body world.
I would thoroughly recommend this book.
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