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April 14, 2009

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Brian,

"During the night of May 6, 1986, I became consciously aware that I was sleeping and also spiraling out of my physical body, in the typical manner described by Swiss biochemist Ernst Waelti (see chapter 3)."

---The "consciously aware I was sleeping" and "spiraling out of my physical body" sounds interesting.
---Could you write a comment(copy) the "typical manner" as described by the Swiss biochemist Ernst Waelti in chapter 3?
---Interesting to read more on how One knows they are consciously aware of sleeping.
---In addition, a description of the "spiraling" would be interesting.

Thanks,
Roger

This has happened to me as well.I've found it better to go to Borders on the days the women's knitting group is there and not the Christian men's group.

One night, Zhuangzi dreamed of being a butterfly — a happy butterfly, showing off and doing things as he pleased, unaware of being Zhuangzi. Suddenly he awoke, drowsily, Zhuangzi again. And he could not tell whether it was Zhuangzi who had dreamt the butterfly or the butterfly dreaming Zhuangzi. But there must be some difference between them! This is called 'the transformation of things'.

George...nice allusion to a Taoist waking up twice. I've read an interesting interpretation of Chuang Tzu's story. But I can't remember it now. Must be dreaming.

Roger, Waelti speaks of..."my body was lying there in some kind of paralysis. Simultaneously, I found I could pull my hands out of my physical hands, as if the latter were just a stiff pair of gloves...I lay down horizontally in the air and floated across the bed, like a swimmer who has pushed himself off the edge of a swimming pool. A delightful feeling of liberation arose within me."

Seemingly "spiraling" describes a process of leaving the body. Metzinger says that in 12.5% of OBE cases this happens through a "head exit." It is abrupt in 47% of the cases; slow in 22%, and gradual to very slow in 16%. There's lots of variation in the out of body experience. I guess spiraling is one way leaving the body can feel.

Brian, I have had many of these OBEs over the years and they were very much like what Waelti describes. Also, to me the spiraling was always what seemed to be upward.

On 2 or 3 of my OBEs I also had what he calls double awakenings although I have never thought of them in that way. BTW, I have noted a difference between these OBEs and dreams. Since I also have remembered and recorded many dreams over the years I have come to realize that my dreams are always remembered backwards, like pulling a rope out of a well, while OBEs are remembered forwards from the beginning like in normal conscious remembering.

Perhaps the oddest OBE was when I left my body and drifted or floated out through my roof. In looking down at my house I noticed that while my house looked about the same it had a cupola on it, which my house did not, and there were no cars around, and the street seemed to be just made of dirt, no concrete. Like I was in a place very similar to mine, but not the same.

Dear Turnertoons,
In your OBE's have you come across other "people"?
I read one account of an OBE wherein the person who
had the experience reported seeing "others" but was unable to communicate with these "others".He also reported that they all seemed to be in a zombie like state.He speculated that they where discarded spirit bodies of souls that had evolved
higher.
He also spoke about the plasticity of the envirement the OBEr is in.With the need to be very careful with thoughts as they immidiately took some
external form.
All interesting stuff for some.
All the best,your rather more earthbound friend
Obed

Turnertoons and Obed,

Do OBE's occur during meditation or during a sleeping period? Would be interesting to see if there are any similar beginning or initiating OBE conditions.

In addition, are there any mental activities, that One needs to engage in, to bring about an OBE. I'm guessing, mental activity would produce a dream state.

Interesting topic.

Roger

Dear Roger,
I have had no experience of OBE's and what knowledge I have comes from the experiences other people have posted on the internet.They may be associated with the hypnogogic state that proceeds sleep or awakening.
Keep well
Obed

Obed,

Thanks for your reply. Maybe, Tunertoons has some addition information to present.
What initiates an OBE, would be interesting to explore.
Best wishes,
Roger

Obed and Roger,

In my experience with OBEs it was a state that I initiated by spending time before hand relaxing and suggesting to myself that I would in fact do this. However, my success rate was probably no more than about 10%.

Before learning how to meditate my OBEs occurred just as I was going to sleep after spending day time (like Saturday or Sunday afternoon) relaxing and suggesting to myself that I would do this when I went to bed. After initiation into the RS method of meditation occasionally I would have this experience accidently. It was not something I sought and always occurred after meditating for some time (at least an hour or so) - probably just as I was pretty focused and got tired and was falling asleep in meditation.

Once in a while (perhaps 25% of the times) in my OBEs I would see other people. However, I learned not to bother to try and communicate with them because they seemed not to notice me.

To me the most interesting and enjoyable thing about the OBE was the ability to fly around.

Dear Turnertoons,
Thank you.Very interesting.Could you fly through things? Do you still practise the RS meditation?
If I am being over curious,just say and I will shutup.
All the best
Obed

Obed,

lol

So where did you learn this over curiousity?

Roger

Hi Roger,
Where did I learn over curiousity?
About 55 years ago,when I and my brother used to
look for porno pictures in our parent's bedroom.
All the best
Obed

Obed,

lol - sounds like something I might do too.

40 years ago, more like a Playboy magazine fold out, realm of exploration.

Roger

Hi Roger,
Nice.Good to have a laugh.
Thanks
Obed

Tunertoons,

Yes, the OBE is very interesting.

So, is the Hypnopompic State, that whch occurs between wakefulness and sleep, a state of mental activity?

Entering the OBE, would this be a non-mental state? If mental activity is occuring, during the OBE, then could one possibly be experiencing a type of hallucination? This could be a concern. At least for me.

What would be interesting, imo, is that no matter what One's mental activity, One could engage in an OBE that is non-conceptual non-mental. This realm would be free of halucinations, however, with an ability to transfer information back to Ones mental realm, for documentation and group discussion.

This would make for some interesting conversation.

Roger

Obed and Roger,

Yes, I experimented with flying through objects, and found that I could not only move through walls, floors and doors, but could touch or feel things too. I sort of came to the conclusion that I must have some sort of a lighter body that I was using. Perhaps one made up of just a few molecules so that it could easily get through solid materials. In my opinion when in this state I was no different than I am now. Wide awake, alert, able to think and process and make decisions just as I do in a normal everyday waking state.

I no longer seek these experiences as I feel like "yea been there done that, so what?" I do not feel like I am any wiser or that I gained anything from this, except that I have a firm feeling that there is a lot about all of this that I really do not understand and that so far I have not found anyone who seems to have a clue either.

Out of habit I still use the RS method to clear my mind of noise or chatter everyday for short intervals. However, I no longer meditate regularly.

Curiosity is a good thing, but just don't be like the cat.


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