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1  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Laxman Light and Sound Machine on: January 27, 2014, 17:25:28
Hey Everybody, Hey Lion, long time no talk.

Things have been busy over here ever since I bought my floating tank. I realized that my Laxman has been sitting on the shelf for quite some time now only because I am always in the floating tank. Since the Laxman was such a good tool for me to learn projection, and now its just sitting there, I thought Id see if anyone here is interested in taking it off my hands for a good/fair price? Since we are probably not allowed to solicit deals through the AP, which I completely respect, then anyone who's interested can just let me know and then I can post it on ebay or something like that where the transaction can take place between a neutral medium where nobody can get screwed or anything like that.

Other than that hope all's well with everyone....esp you Lion. I miss our conversations! But such is life smiley

Cheers.

2  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Are We Fruit Eating Frugivores? on: May 10, 2013, 09:29:40
Hi Everyone and thanks for your comments.

Bibble, nice job on the no sugar thing! I think if you keep it going you will notice increasingly better levels of focus in your meditation just like you are already noticing those subtle increases in energy such as easier to get up in the morning, etc. But hey, refined sugar is a hard one to drop so way to go. Every time a craving strikes, and it will happen, grab  a piece of fresh fruit instead. You will be satisfied and you will start to form new habits to replace the old ones. And when you do fall off the wagon and give in to some kind of refined sugar craving do not beat yourself up because beating yourself up leads to binging and then everything spirals downward. Whereas if you are nice to yourself and say, "ok, I ate some candy....that was nice but next time I will go for the Mango!"...its much better to love yourself and be flexible with yourself.

Stillwater, thanks for your comments. I am not really talking about any science here that says we should eat this and not eat that. And I  totally see what you mean with all the different diets out there and every one of them thinks they have found the one true answer and thus they want to convert everyone else to their side.

What I am doing is actually trying to look at nature. I am taking the stance that nature knows best so what I want to do is try and figure out what nature intended for me as a human. So the first thing I do is say ok I am an animal and I fall into the primate class. What do other primates eat? Then I look at our physiology such as our teeth which are clearly meant for grinding things down because we dont have the sharp canines of the other carnivores...then I look at our digestive track which is quite long compared to other carnivores...its long because fiber is supposed to move through slowly...whereas the carnivores have short digestive tracks with a ton of different acids in there to quickly process and break down raw meat.

Not to say that these are "correct" observations but when I came across these observations and more observations just like them it all seemed pretty logical to me that while we can eat and get by on any diet (omnivore as Krishanna pointed out)....the only diet we can really thrive on is the one that nature intended for us. Now does that mean mostly fruits with lots of leafy greens and some veggies? Well, thats what it means to me anyway. But of course to each their own!

Anyways, just some food for thought no pun intended!

Cheers everyone.
3  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Are We Fruit Eating Frugivores? on: May 05, 2013, 00:51:40
Another quick post on diet. About 2 months ago I went raw vegan. It was a good start but as I was living the diet on a day to day basis I was also doing lots of research. I came across Douglas Graham's book 80-10-10 about how we should eat 80% of our daily calories from carbs, 10% from proteins, and 10% from fats...and all of this should come from fruits, lettuce, and a very small amount of nuts. I was incredibly skeptical to say the least...but then I did more research and found a lot of convincing evidence that humans are intended by nature to be fruit eaters. I have been on the all fruit thing now for a few weeks and have never felt better...so much energy, dont need nearly as much sleep, mood swings are all but gone....its like a new lease on life just from chucking all the old food out the window and eating only fruit. I am curious if anyone else has ever heard of this or is willing to try it yourself and post results here. I cant recommend this enough...but to each their own and every person needs to come to their own conclusions at their own time and place. But if you do the research on google by typing in "are we frugivores" or "frugivore" I think you will see a lot of convincing anthropological reasons why nature intended us to be a fruit eating species.

Cheers
4  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Floating Tank (Sensory Deprivation) and Astral Projection on: May 05, 2013, 00:46:44
Ive been waiting to make my first post here until I felt like I really had some good stuff to share.

With all the delays on getting my tank and getting the salt everything was finally up and operational about 8 days ago. During the last 8 days I have floated on average 2-3 times per day for a total of around 5 hours per day. Also during this time there is quite a lot of messing with the temperature guages to get the temperature just right...I finally have it right where I want it at 93.5 F or 34.1 C.

Floating is like this...think of yourself as on onion with many, many layers. What happens is the first say 10 times in the tank you are getting used to the environment which has no sound no light and you are floating in 800 lbs of epsom salt with water temp at 93.5 F so that your skin is the same temp as the water and you lose all sense of your physical body....so to put it lightly this is a very strange environment and even for the most passionate/motivated floater it takes time to get used to this environment. So the first say 10 times is like slowly peeling that first layer of the onion known as you...and the more you focus on just relaxing and letting go...and then relaxing more and letting go more...etc etc...keep doing this...dont try and do anything just relax, relax and more relax...you will go deeper and deeper and start peeling away those layers of yourself.

What happens in this environment as you start to get comfortable and peel away those layers is that the mind has no physical sensory input to latch on to...no sight, sound, touch, taste, smell...nothing...so what happens after many, many floats and hundreds of hours in the tank is that your mind realizes that there is nothing left out there to latch on to....think of it this way, physical sensory input is like food for the mind...its what our mind thrives on here...so with all this time in the tank peeling away layers of yourself and the mind having no physical sensory input left to grab on to...the mind then turns inward on itself and starts devouring itself...now this may sound unpleasant but its not...its what you want if you want to project or go deep with meditation or whatever...the key is turning the mind inward on itself. And there is no better environment that I know of than a sensory deprivation or floating tank.

In terms of personal experiences here is where I am at. Before getting my own tank I already had 6 sessions averaging 2.5 hours each in public tanks. Those were a nice introduction. But nothing can compare to having your own tank. You really learn to let go and start peeling away those layers...there are no time limits, no noises at the public float center...nothing. Just you and your tank. My first 5 days in my own tank were really just learning to be comfortable in the tank and feel safe and secure there....once I crossed that barrier a couple of days ago the sessions just keep getting better and better. Whereas the first few days it took an average of say 60 mins to really lose myself....now it only takes 5-10 mins and then you are very, very deep into your own mind...and so you can imagine if you spend a few hours in the tank...and you lose yourself at the 5 min marker..lots and lots of time is going to exploring your mind and getting to know your mind. So I am at the point now where it is just starting to get really fun and very interesting...and yet the adventure is only just beginning.

I will post more here when I can. But I really just want to get the word out about floating to all people serious about their meditation and/or projection or whatever. Its such a fun and effective way to explore your mind...not to mention the countless physical benefits that your body receives from being in this low gravity environment.

Cheers
5  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Laxman Light and Sound Machine on: April 20, 2013, 19:48:51
Hey Lion!

Hope all is well with you. I have been busy with the baby hence not a lot of action on the Pulse lately. But I wanted to ask you, have you ever floated?

Cheers.
6  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Floating Tank (Sensory Deprivation) and Astral Projection on: April 20, 2013, 19:13:33
Hey Prometheus,

Sorry I havent been able to respond sooner. Life with a newborn is demanding! Our little girl is only 8 weeks old so we are still getting used to the whole parenting thing.

Thanks for the tips on filling the tank with salt and water for the first time. That makes a lot of sense to not put too much salt weight on the waterbed heaters. My tank does use waterbed heaters. They are very efficient but unfortunately they are also very sensitive. So I will be sure to keep a close eye on them during the initial salt loading. I did order top pharmaceutical grade magnesium sulfate so it should be very fine upon arrival. Then I plan on putting it into the tank maybe 100 pounds at a time with piping hot water. I have heard that the piping hot water will help to really break the salt down into its finest form.

The tank I bought is called a Panta Rei from Sweden (where I live). I did a lot of research on the different tanks available to me here in Sweden and went with the Panta Rei for several practical reasons. It is made by hand in Birch wood. The wood panels as well as the extra insulation will mean I can float very long extended sessions (upwards of 8 hours straight sometimes) without worrying about losing heat. And the waterbed heaters will always be on so really I should be able to float as long as I want without worrying about loss of heat. This was one of my primary concerns since I plan on doing very long floats. Also, with this tank the roof is slanted nicely so the condensation build up isnt too bad and the ventilation is laid out in a way that makes sense and provides for maximum fresh air flow...again, very important for long floating sessions. Finally, the way it is constructed means that it is quite resistant to sound and fully resistant to any light coming in. Basically it will provide the full sensory deprivation experience and that is what I am looking for. The other tanks I looked at in Sweden either had problems with letting cracks of light through the door, flat roof, bad ventilation, etc. So this tank really had it all in terms of what I am looking for. And the man who builds these tanks with his hands is a bit of a floating fanatic just like me...so we get along great and I have a new life long floating friend. If anyone else in Sweden is interested in a floating tank PM me and I will give you the details to the guy who sold me mine...he is the absolute best. Super genuine and just an all around great, great human being.

A couple of comments about your phasing in general Prometheus...and if I am out of place here just tell me to mind my own business and I will. But I recognize a lot of myself in your early attempts here and so I have a few suggestions. In my opinion you are trying way too hard and that is scuppering the process. I know because in the beginning this is exactly what I did. It wasnt until I really, really let go that things started to flow naturally...and then projection is a whole lot easier from there. Not to mention we have the best projection tool in the world...our very own floating tanks! So the tank should really help you let go like nothing else. I think its great you are following your long slow breaths while in the tank. Just keep following those breaths with zero expectations and zero trying. And it sounds like you are trying to "get out of your body"....keep in mind that you are not really getting out of anything and you are not going anywhere....all you are doing is penetrating the depths of your mind and following your breaths with single pointed focus will take you there. As far as that uncomfortable vibration feeling in your leg or whatever else comes up just ignore it and put your focus back on your breath and you will go right through whatever uncomfortable things come up...and if your leg does distract you thats ok just note it and go back to your breathing and eventually you will get better and better at following those breaths that nothing will be able to take you away from your single pointed focus on the breath. When you follow your breaths deeper and deeper into your own mind eventually you will come upon the Astral and you will just be there without having even tried to go anywhere or get out of your body or any of that stuff...just relax, follow your breaths, and know that the Astral is just a focus of attention away from your normal focus of attention...its right there...the key is dont try too hard. And remember, you are working in the best environment in the whole world..your very own floating tank!! If you have the time and the motivation I would highly suggest you float for a couple of hours before bed and then wake up extra early and float a few hours when you wake up...this will start to blend your sleeping and waking states of consciousness....and this will make it that much easier to project I promise.

I havent checked out that other forum where you posted pics of your floating tank but I will do that now. Cant wait to see what you built. Sounds like your heating system with the concrete slab is awesome! And yes, the shower right there is key. The room where I am putting the floating tank has a shower as well.

Ok, well my salt will be delivered this week. Finally! And I will be up and floating and we can share notes through this forum posting. I think its good to share all of our notes publicly so that everyone can follow along and maybe be inspired or motivated or learn something or whatever.

Fairywindblues...good luck with the Laxman. Its a great tool! Keep us posted on your developments.

Contenteo...dont worry..you will become addicted!! Dont fight it! Just go with it! Get a tank!!

Cheers everyone.
7  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Laxman Light and Sound Machine on: April 12, 2013, 19:52:54
Hey Rv,

Congrats on the Laxman! Its a wonderful tool. Enjoy!

On a side note....my floating tank will be up and operational in less than 2 weeks...I have had some delays with ordering salt, etc. but now its getting close.

As I just wrote over on another post, I am going to float from 8-12pm then sleep in my bed from 12-4am...then float from 4-8am...I am going to do this every day so that I can start merging sleeping and waking consciousness...and I will write about all my experiences in my other post topic on floating.

In the meantime, keep us posted on all things Laxman Lion!

Cheers,

Log
8  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Floating Tank (Sensory Deprivation) and Astral Projection on: April 12, 2013, 19:50:20
Hey Contenteo,

Thanks for putting that up.

You should definitely find a float center near you and go spend a few hours in the tank...since you are interested in projection, etc. I can almost guarantee that you will want to get a tank once you see how easy it is to project from that state.

Cheers.
9  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Floating Tank (Sensory Deprivation) and Astral Projection on: April 12, 2013, 19:47:41
Hey Prometheus,

Awesome that you built your own tank!

If people on this forum only knew that being in a floating tank is the easiest way to project...time and again with almost no effort. You cant help but be in deep Theta and yet fully mentally alert in the tank. Takes hypnagogic imagery to a whole new level and then you just step on through...so much easier than anything else I have tried and by a long, long shot.

For everyone interested in floating, do a youtube search on Joe Rogan and floating and see what he has to say about it.

My tank has finally arrived and will be set up next week. But then there was a salt shortage from the supplier here in Sweden so the salt will arrive around April 21...and then I will be floating long sessions every night before bed and every morning early upon rising...basically sandwhiching my sleep right between the long floats...this is going to merge my waking and sleeping states of consciousness so I can step back and forth between the two at will no matter what state I am in...of course this will take practice but now I have the best tool on the planet. I will be sure to post lots of updates here as I get it all underway and start floating every day. Its going to be crazy.

You asked how many times I have floated? I only had to float one time to know that it was the best tool on the planet for projection and so I ordered a tank...and then while the tank has been on the way, etc...I have floated another 5 times...so I have only floated 6 times in my whole life! Well, that is going to change here in about 2 weeks. Total hours in a tank so far for me has been about 13 hours....when I get my own tank up and running I plan on being in there between 6-8 hours a day...late at night and early in the morning around my sleeping block.

Lets keep the discussion going! Hows it going for you? Any interesting experiences? Any advice for when I finally get mine set up? How did you put your salt in? Slowly with very warm water or did you just dump it all in at once?

Cheers.
10  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Laxman Light and Sound Machine on: March 20, 2013, 18:21:54
Hey Lion and RV,

Lion, its been a while. Just had a kid! So things have been busy.

I received a message from RV and responded. But just wanted to put my two cents out here in the forum so that anyone else can potentially benefit from reading it.

The Laxman is a great tool. But its only a tool. Lion and I could both project consistently before the Laxman. What the Laxman does is just help you perhaps get to the relaxed launching state a bit faster. It kind of gets the body-brain physiological-neurological stuff in the ripe place for projection. But I think you still have to know how to project in order for it to help you project. I could be wrong. Just my two cents.

The best, most effective thing I can recommend to anyone...learn how to project on your own first. Meditation is the best way. And then once you get good at it on your own...start playing with toys like the Laxman because you will have a basis of comparison in terms of projecting with or without the toys-tools.

Cheers everybody.
11  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Diet and Clarity of Consciousness on: March 13, 2013, 04:37:25
Thanks for sharing everyone. Some of the comments are insightful and some are just downright funny! In fact, all this talk about pepperoni pizzas and meat are bringing back some cravings. I love that stuff, too! Who doesnt? But for now the quality of the feedback I am getting (more energy, clearer dreams, etc.) is too high so it makes it motivating to stick with this track. Last night I made a raw veggie blend in the mixer...nasty stuff I tell you! My wife looks at me...and without even saying anything I just translated the look on her face to mean, "what the hell are you eating....or drinking....or whatever"...haha.

Ok, I think there was someone on here who said they eat a crappy Western diet and are going to continue with it for the sake of mankind or something. That was funny! But seriously, can we get some people like that who normally eat pretty average to try this kind of diet for 30 days and report back to us and see if you can duplicate the kind of results I am getting. It would be interesting to see.
12  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Diet and Clarity of Consciousness on: March 12, 2013, 13:51:21
Hi Fairywindblues,

Thanks for your comments and support. Thats cool that you too have found that you have clearer dreams, better projections, etc. by heating a very healthy, natural diet. I agree with you that the body and mind are definitely connected. People can say "mind over matter" so I can eat whatever I want and it wont affect me. Well, I would say that if you are already an enlightened Yogi...then, Yes, you could probably do the whole "mind over matter" thing...but for us normal people we need to do all of the little things that add up...and diet is one of those things...and in a big way.

One thing I have not talked about is water. I guess I take water for granted because we live on a farm and have our own well. The water is very pure. But if you live in a city or something like that you should make sure to not drink water with fluoride or other toxins (as Fairywindblues suggests)...because it would be a shame to do everything right eating-wise but then put chemicals in your body via your water.

I will end with this. I have been projecting now for a couple of years and have documented (for myself) all of my experiences (in the hundreds). And whenever I have had bouts with no sugar, caffeine, etc. in the past my projections are always much, much clearer and more stable. Now that I am doing this diet its just taking that clarity and stability to whole new levels I couldnt even imagine before. My dreams are very clear and I can remember them all day long without even caring or trying. You just all the sudden have that kind of clarity of consciousness.

We need more people to really test this out for 30 days and see if we cant duplicate what I am experiencing.

Cheers everyone. Keep the positive vibes flowing!
13  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Diet and Clarity of Consciousness on: March 12, 2013, 13:44:50
Hi Suzy,

Good question. On to the practical side of things.

For breakfast this morning I had 2 small bannanas. Then I went for a 1 hour run (about 6 miles).

When back from the run ate a few raw carrots, raw bell peppers, and some other raw root vegetable that I bought and I dont even know what it is! But it added variety which was nice. So I chop all these veggies into long sticks and then I dip them in my own home-made hummus which is just mashed up raw garbanzo beans with some oil, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, salt and pepper...oh and I add a lot of whole flax seeds to the hummus so that its in the batch...its a good way to get omega 3s which are important.

I take my dog for a mid day walk in the forest which seems to build up my lunch appetite. When I get back I make my main "meal" of the day which is a monster lunch salad...this consists of a few different types of leafy greens and then various raw veggies chopped up and thrown in....broccoli, bell peppers, cucumber, avocado, walnut, flax seeds...with a sunflower seed oil and balsamic dressing.

Then if I get hungry in the mid afternoon which I usually do I will have an apple or a pear or something.

For dinner I will throw a bunch of raw veggies in a blender...things like carrots, broccoli, beats, etc etc...and I will add spinach, flax, cashews...things like that.

And thats pretty much my day of eating. I also take a multi B vitamin for all the Bs that I am not getting from meat, I take a D vitamin because I live very far North in Sweden where we dont get a lot of sunlight this time of year, and I take Omega 3s just because why not. I should add that I take one table spoon of cold pressed coconut oil both before and after my main lunch salad...this coconut oil helps the Omega 3s transition from short chain to long chain (see the work of Dr. Gabriel Cousens)...and this is very important for overall neurological function.

The first coule of days I was of course fighting back hunger because I went cold turkey straight from eating meats, cheeses, etc...to this way of eating...so naturally my calorie intake got cut way down over night and I was hungry...but I fought the urges and after a couple of days I wasnt hungry any more and this way of eating is more than satisfying now calories-wise. I should also say that I used to really like chocolate and would get cravings all the time...since starting this new way of eating I have no cravings whatsoever. So its not even like I am fighting the desire to eat junk...I just dont get the cravings. Who knows why that is...it may be just me but it also might be because the diet has everything running so smoothly in my body that acid is not building up etc and maybe that is suddenly making me not crave things. Again, diets are highly individual..you have to try different things and see what gives you the most energy and mental clarity...but this is working great for me. If you would have told me how much energy and mental clarity I would have by eating this way I wouldnt have believed you...you have to try it and stick to it to find out if it works for you. One last thing, I have pretty bad tinnitus in both ears...it has gone WAY down and I have to attribute that to the new diet since I have had constant terrible tinnitus for years and its never gone down...now, all of the sudden...wham...its almost gone!!

Lets keep this discussion going and try and get some people who are interested to give this way of eating a trial shot and see if you too have more energy, clearer projections, clearer dreams, etc. Its really cool.
14  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Diet and Clarity of Consciousness on: March 12, 2013, 10:09:52
Hi Suzy,

Thanks for your response and questions. And thats nice of you to say that I am not being selfish. Thank you. I dont view it that way either. I am happy that my post sparked some interest. That is really all I want....for people to at least start thinking about what they put into their bodies. As far as what path is the right one...well, I think that is individual. Some people thrive on a low carb high fat diet with lots of meats and animal products, some people feel great with a mix of veggies and meat, and some people feel good on a full raw vegan diet like myself.

Is the raw vegan diet a bit extreme? Definitely. And therefore is it for everyone? Definitely not. But for me it was really just a radical change of mindset. Instead of looking at foods as something that I should get an immediate good feeling reaction from...ie- a sugar high, a caffeine high, drunk, etc....I started looking at foods as pure fuel for the body...pure nutrition...I asked myself what fuel can make my body and mind run at optimal levels? And for me, that means nothing refined or processed. Also, I had met a few raw vegans in the past and the ones that I met always had boundless energy, positive attitudes, glowing skin, glowing whites of the eyes, etc. They just seemed healthy. Now, were some of these people uptight and strict to the point of it being unhealthy? Sure. You will find those types of people in any group...and perhaps the extreme nature of the raw vegan diet will attract more of those types of people.

The way I try and approach it is not with control and restriction...but rather with good free flowing choices of what I put into my body. As for caffeine and alcohol...again, its all individual. But for me I notice a huge difference with and without that stuff. I do not judge people who consume those things...because afterall I think they taste great and I love them too! I just dont consume them anymore because I look at them as toxins to the body with very little nutritional value.

I look at life as too short to need to find kicks in food. I would rather use food as fuel and find my kicks in other areas...such as running long distances, or hiking, or sports...and then especially meditation, projection, exploring my psyche, etc. These other areas are where I want to get my kicks and I want to feel good and stable energy all the time...not just some of the time. I am sick of the food comas and overall low energy and mental clarity. So for me the time was right to make the switch and now I am so glad that I did.

You ask if clearer dreams and just better general energy and health can come from a not so extreme approach? Sure. Of course! But again, back to looking at food as a source of fuel or a source of pleasure. I want to use food as fuel and get pleasure, fulfillment, satisfaction from other areas of my life.

I hope you and others find this inspiring to take control of your diet and take control of your life. Its a wonderful, wonderful feeling.

If you or anyone else out there browsing have any questions by all means fire away. I posted this to intrigue people and I want to help in any way that I can. Happier, healthier people that feel better and love themselves will be better citizens of the world and it will be an upward spiral all the way around!

Cheers, LoG
15  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Floating Tank (Sensory Deprivation) and Astral Projection on: March 12, 2013, 07:33:07
I am just finishing up a one month pass of several long floating sessions per week at a local float center. I made a deal with the owner and he let me float for up to 3 hours most times even though I had only paid for 1 hour passes. Because I am passionate about floating he was happy to let me get my fill of it!

All I can say is that floating is the single easiest way to center your focus inward. There is no light, no sound, no pressure on your body anywhere, you cant feel where your body ends and the water begins...basically all you are left with is your awareness...your consciousness. Thats it! And from that as your starting point it is a whole heck of a lot easier to turn your focus inward.

Put it this way...Ive got a Laxman light and sound machine and a Proteus light and sound machince...both are great for what they do in helping you alter your state of consciousness...but, you still have to contend with all sorts of stuff like noise, points of pressure on your body, being too hot or too cold, itching, etc. When you float, all of these distractions just melt away.

Now, the first time you float you may feel a bit weird because it is a new experience...the first few times may just take some getting used to. But as you learn to accept the feeling and get used to it and really start letting go you start to let go more and more and go deeper and deeper within yourself. Its crazy how easy it makes it all.

So I have taken the next step and have ordered a floating tank to be delivered to my house. It should arrive within the next couple of weeks. As soon as I have it all up and operational I plan on floating every morning from about 3-6am...right in the heart of those great meditation hours...and then I will also float for an hour or so each evening before bed. Just like I did with Laxman, I will use this forum to post updates on the floating...benefits, experiences, etc.

If you havent yet read Michael Hutchisons book on floating...then google it, get the PDF for free and read it. Its awesome and you will learn a lot. For example, floating puts you into the theta brainwave state like nothing else...and not only that but you maintain elevated levels of theta for the rest of your day even when you are out of the tank! This has so many benefits for meditation and projection I cant even begin to explain it all but read up on it and you will see what I mean...and better yet, find a floating center near you and get a series of passes and start floating!!

More to come when the tank arrives.
16  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Diet and Clarity of Consciousness on: March 12, 2013, 07:22:08
I have read for a long time now that diet affects overall physical and mental energy levels. I was always the one that said, "yeah right, who cares...mind over matter!"....basically giving myself the excuse that I can put a bunch of excrement into my body and that because I believe in mind over matter it wont matter. I was wrong.

A little over a week ago I switched to a Raw Vegan diet. For me that means zero meat of any kind, no animal products of any kind such as milk, cheese, etc. No refined sugar of any kind (I still eat a little bit of natural fruit every morning), no flour and no grains, no caffeine, no alcohol. Maybe it will help to put it this way...if its not an organic piece of fruit or raw (not cooked at all) organic vegetables then I dont put it in my body.

Now, does this taste good? NO! For the most part it tastes like excrement and is very bland. Especially in the beginning because your taste buds are readjusting back to whats natural...we have gotten so used to all these refined sugars and artificial flavors over the years that this readjustment of taste buds takes a little while. Now, am I doing this to save the animals and save the earth and all of that stuff? NO! I think thats all well and good a nice side effect....but my primary motives are 100% selfish...I want to feel better, have more energy physically, and most importantly have more mental stability and clarity.

After a week of this way of eating, basically eating for nutrition only and not for pleasure...thats the change in mindset required....I feel like a new person. My physical energy levels have never been this high or this stable. I wake up around 5am and have the same super high energy levels and mental clarity until I go to bed around 10pm. I do not have a morning or mid afternoon or evening energy crash anymore. You cant imagine how good you will feel until you try this. Now everyones body is different so what worked for me may or may not work for you...but its worth a try believe me. My only regret is that I didnt take control of this side of my life sooner.

The last thing I will say is that my dreams are now crystal clear every single night without me having to do a thing...thats just the way they are now. There is a HUGE difference between dream, meditation, astral projection clarity levels now versus a few weeks ago when I was on the average Western diet of meat, sugar, caffeine, etc. If you really want to try and give yourself every edge possible to project, or lucid dream, or whatever...I cant recommend this approach to eating enough.

Good luck!
17  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Simple yet progressive method for SP induction. on: January 11, 2013, 05:43:12
Hey Bedeekin,

This is really interesting. Thanks for sharing. I have never tried this particular variation but I look forward to doing so!

For all those who are still struggling to have their first few OBE type experiences....try this....or some variation of it. These types of approaches where you are putting the physiology of your body in the ideal state for an OBE experience are simply the easiest when you are starting out....because you will be working with the natural state of your body and mind instead of fighting against it.

Cheers, LoG
18  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Practice, but practice what? on: January 11, 2013, 05:24:09
Good advice, Lion!

Its what we keep saying....let it come to you....dont force it.

Cheers, LoG
19  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Keeping it SIMPLE, EASY and FUN on: January 10, 2013, 09:30:12
Hey Lion,

Thats great about the Yo-Yo!

I will give that a shot as well and see how it goes.

I guess you could try it one of two ways.

First, you could just be the person playing with the Yo-Yo. Or, you could actually imagine yourself as the Yo-Yo going up and down and also rotating around while going up and down. I think I will try both!

Cheers, LoG
20  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Keeping it SIMPLE, EASY and FUN on: January 09, 2013, 18:29:14
Hi Mindflood,

Im not sure if youve ever tried very early morning projection. But, if you have an active mind this could be the ideal time for you to try. Wake up after 4 hours of sleep and try your practice at that time and it should make things a lot easier. I know that for me these early morning practices are what got me over the hump so to speak. And then once I was able to project at will during the early morning sessions, and got a sense of what the whole process was like, then it became much easier to do it at other times of the day....and for the exact reason that you mention which is that its harder to quiet the mind and even to relax the body to the extent that we need to in order to project once the days activities have taken a hold of us.

Hope this helps.

21  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Keeping it SIMPLE, EASY and FUN on: January 09, 2013, 10:11:03
Hi Mindflood,

You asked at what point in your relaxation do you know you are ready for phasing?

For me I know I am on my way when I am so relaxed that I start drifting off to sleep and the hypnagogic dream-like imagery starts coming up. Also, it will start coming up at a faster and faster pace as you get deeper and deeper. In other words, the imagery will start to overwhelm you. If you can maintain awareness through this stage you will pop over into the non-physical without even trying.

Best of luck.

 

22  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Keeping it SIMPLE, EASY and FUN on: January 09, 2013, 10:07:05
I am happy to see the discussion taking shape. I think we all agree on the main theme here which is that 90% of people make this far too complicated than it has to be.

Thanks for your input Lion. The relaxation is so important and I think people overlook this and simply want to rush through it and rush right into phasing. Of course this wont work. And why rush through relaxation? Its nice to feel completely 100% relaxed.

I will say that for me I sometimes actively visualize and I sometimes do not. In fact I find it easier to let my mind generate whatever material it wants to and then simply go with that. As opposed to try and actively visualize something. Because the second I am trying to actively visualize something then I find I am perhaps "wanting" it a bit too much and this of course causes problems. So for me I think why visualize when my mind is going to do that for me? Its just where I am at now and that may change with more practice and experience.

Finally, I agree that most of the points in my article....such as whether or not to do the practice before bed or whatever....are debatable....because we all have our own feelings on these things. And thats great. But if there is one thing I want to really stress it would be mastering that Yo-Yo technique of letting yourself go deeper into the non physical and then pulling yourself back and then doing that over and over again....there is no easier way to have a fully lucid phasing experience than getting good at this Yo-Yoing. Again, just some metaphors that I find useful....take what you will from it, or nothing at all, and have fun!

Cheers.

23  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Keeping it SIMPLE, EASY and FUN on: January 09, 2013, 09:57:43
Hi Bedeekin,

Thanks for your comment. To each their own I say. So I appreciate your points.

I only mention that practicing before bed is not a good idea, especially if you are a beginner, because the odds are stacked against you. The odds are stacked against you in the sense that the physiology of the body is not in the best state to phase-project at night heading into sleep. I think we will all agree that coming out of sleep in the very early morning is probably the best time to try and phase-project. So if we flip that on its head then naturally heading into sleep at night is the least advantageous time. But again, to each their own. If you want to practice at night go for it.

Also, to your point about waking up irritable being good. I would respectfully disagree from the standpoint that we are all here in this physical reality to first and foremost take care of the things we need to do here. So if by waking up early you are irritable, which to me means not pleasant to be around all day because you are tired, then you should rethink your strategy. Because who wants to be around a tired grump in the physical all day? Not me.

This leads me to one last point I forgot to mention in the article. And that is that phasing-projecting is much easier if you have all of your affairs in order in this reality. In other words, phasing-projecting will only get you so far if you are using it as a means to escape from this reality.

Cheers.
24  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Keeping it SIMPLE, EASY and FUN on: January 08, 2013, 20:09:03
The biggest challenge for all of us who are working on projection, phasing, whatever you want to call it, is to keep things simple. When I read through most of the posts here on the AP blog the thing that most jumps out at me is that most people, whether new at this or experienced, are constantly making it more difficult than it has to be - myself included!

So lets think about all of this in the most simple, straight forward way possible.

We are all working hard at getting into the non-physical. We want it so much. Often times we want it too much and thats the problem. Each of us enters the non-physical every night when we go to sleep and even during the day when we are day dreaming or thinking about things. So if we enter the non-physical several times each day without even trying then why is so darned challenging every time we try to phase or project? Well, the reason it is so challenging is because we are trying way too hard and that tension does not allow the process to flow freely. And when the process is not flowing freely we tend to force it a little more which creates even more tension which makes it all even more difficult. And so the downward spiral continues. Then we start beating ourselves up for not being able to phase or project when we want to or as often as we would like. Then we buy books and go online searching for answers in the form of the latest and greatest technique. Most of us are like dogs chasing our tails in this never ending loop.

When we look at those around us who have had the most success they have one thing in common and that is the ability to keep things simple. Frank Kepple and Tom Campbell come to mind. But its not that easy because when we keep things simple we get bored and for most of us there is nothing worse than boredom! But learning to not only accept but to embrace that boredom is actually one of the keys.

So here is my attempt at making this as simple and as easy as possible. And if it gets too boring then get yourself some binaural beats or a light machine like the Laxman or the Proteus (we are having an interesting discussion on these things on another post)....because these tools can make things a little more fun. But dont change your approach and dont over complicate it. Keep the approach straight forward and simple and repeat it every day. Keeping it simple and practicing day after day consistently is so important and yet so overlooked. Follow these steps without any fear, belief or expectations and you will be projecting sooner and more often than you ever thought possible. Or, good luck catching your tail.

(1) Do not practice before bed. You have had a long day and you are tired. You will get frustrated.

(2) If you can, the best time to practice is early in the morning before work, say around 5am. But if waking up early makes you tired or irritable then dont do it. I leave it up to you to find a time that suits your lifestyle and your schedule. Just know that early morning is best because your mind and your body are in the ideal state for practice at this time....and why not take advantage of that? Why make things more difficult than you have to?

(3) Now that we have established when to practice the question is what to do. First off, dont practice trying to phase or project...just practice for the sake of practicing. Repeat that sentence to yourself a few times because its very important. In other words, drop all of your bliefs and expectations of what phasing-projecting should be like or what kind of experience you are going to have, etc. Just drop it all.

(4) Lay down on something comfortable such as a lounge chair, a couch, a bed, etc. The key here is to make your body super comfortable. If you need to stretch, roll your neck around in circles, etc. then go for it. Spend 5 mins in your comfortable position just stretching, relaxing and getting really, really comfortable.

(5) Close your eyes and dont try and do anything...just do as you would if you were laying down to take nice, restful, peaceful nap...let yourself start to doze off....dont try anything, dont expect anything. Just relax and start to doze off....let the body do what it does naturally and dont get in your own way!

(6) Now, as your body starts to do what it does naturally, which is that it will fall asleep if you lay in a comfortable position and really relax...then what will happen is that you will enter the hypnagogic state where dream like images start to come up.....thats great because these dream like images are the non-physical reality you are trying to access! But remember, dont try anything specific and dont force it! You are now more than halfway there without even trying. Nice job! Give yourself a pat on the back.

(7) As these dreamlike images start coming up if you just let yourself fall into them naturally, which is what I am suggesting here....then you will find that you get "sucked into them"...in other words, your main focus of consciousness will begin shifting or phasing from your physical waking consciousness to the non-physical reality....this is great! Let yourself fall into these dreamlike images and every time you will feel "pretty deep" then pull yourself back to waking consciousness....the only way to describe what it feels like to be "pretty deep" and then to "pull yourself back" is to actually try this several times and see for yourself...its not complicated and you will see what I mean in no time flat after just a little bit of practice. So practice this Yo-Yo-Ing back and forth between letting yourself get sucked in and then pulling yourself back.

(Cool Do this at least once a day for an hour and you will notice that as each week passes, if you have done your practice, you will notice that you are able to Yo-Yo deeper and deeper without losing awareness. In other words, the first few days you will Yo-Yo at a pretty shallow level and then when you let yourself try and go deeper you will have gone too deep and will not be able to pull yourself back at which point you will officially be napping and you will wake up at the end of your practice and say "darn..I feel asleep!" and that is the wrong attitude. Remember that falling asleep is part of the practice as long as you really tried to Yo-Yo as you were falling asleeping. Now the next week it will get easier to Yo-Yo and you will go deeper before falling asleep but you will still fall asleep. Who cares. This is part of the learning process. Now after a few weeks of this you will be pretty good at Yo-Yo-Ing and you may even be able to Yo-Yo back and forth throughout your entire hour long session and never lose awareness...this is great. You are on the right track.

(9) When you can Yo-Yo back and forth for your whole practice session and go deeper and deeper without losing awareness then what will start to happen is that you will get snippets of the non-physical where you are actually "there"...in other words you will have Yo-Yod yourself so deep that you merge with the dreamlike imagery but you are fully aware...whereas before once that would happen you would fall asleep and lose awareness. Now you dont. Great! But, at this stage you will maintain awareness and make the transition and then you will get excited and say or feel to yourself "great, I did it!"...and then bang that will snap you back to your regular waking consciousness. This is ok...let this happen a couple of hundred times and eventually it will stop happening and you will just be in the non-physical with full awareness. And you did it all by letting body follow its natural course into sleep...which is the non physical. Now eventually you will be able to access the non-physical without even sleeping but dont worry about that for now.

SUMMING UP 1-9 ABOVE

-Practice for an hour each day
-Yo-Yo yourself deeper and deeper
-Have zero beliefs or expectations
-Eventually (say 60 days of straight practice) you will be phasing into the non-physical like its nothing

Now once you get good at phasing into the non-physical continue to maintain that passive-curious state of mind where you have zero fear, zero expectations, zero beliefs...just let each experience show you whatever its going to show you. Dont analyze it. There will be plenty of time for that later. Get a few years under your belt of just getting really good at going with the flow of things. As for me, I am still in this stage of development where I go with the flow of things. I used to have all kinds of bliefs on how things should be, I would have expectations on what would happen, I would have fear....all of it! Then when I would finally get into the non-physical I would start questioning everything....when I stopped doing all of these things it all got real easy. And so I hope this helps some people out there. Phasing into the non-physical is all about what not to do and not at all about what to do.

Keep it simple.

Cheers, LoG
25  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Laxman Light and Sound Machine on: January 08, 2013, 19:05:15
Ok so heres the latest update on what I am calling the Lucia project. In the Lucia project what we are trying to do is replicate whatever they are doing with the Lucia No 3 light machine...but on a budget!

In my talks with the Lucia people they have mentioned several times that the bright, stable halogen lamp source in combination with the flashing LEDs is what gives the machine its effectiveness. Even they are not sure why that halogen light makes a difference but they have told me they have plenty of anecdotal evidence to show that not only does it make a difference but the differences with and without it are significant. Now you can see why I am so interested in trying to knock-off the Lucia effect.

In my previous post I mentioned that I am going to drill holes in my Proteus glasses and then see how that goes. The reason being, the drilled holes will of course let the stable halogen light source shining from above in through the holes and perhaps give me an idea of what the Lucia is like. I plan on drilling the glasses this weekend and if that goes well I will post about my experiments early next week.

In the meantime I tried something that I will say worked incredibly well. I figured if the Lucia people are getting these effects from that halogen light source why cant I manipulate my brain waves with binaural beats and then just start up at the halogen lamp? So thats what I did. My favorite track is by the Monroe Institute called Right of Passage on the Going Home CD series...this track lasts 35mins long and takes you from Monroes F1 which is full waking consciousness all the way to his F27 which is his park or you could say the astral proper or Frank Kepples F3...the point is, the hemi sync on this track takes you deep, drops you off, and leaves you there....in other words there is no ramping up at the end to bring you back to full waking consciousness. And thats what I love about it. Who wants to be brought back just as one arrives? Not me!

So usually when I listen to this track I click out (lapse in consciousness) as they and then come back some time later when the track is just finishing or has already finished. Its a powerful, poweful track...try it and you will see what I mean. Anyways, today I listened to that track while lying down on my back and placed the 50 watt halogen lamp about 2 fee above my face. So the lamp was on full blast shining down at me right at my closed eyes while I listened to the full Hemi-Sync Right of Passage track. I will just say the experience was awesome! The difference with and without the halogen is in fact significant. This was the first time I was able to stay fully lucid from start to finish on the Right of Passage track....yet at the same time I kept going deeper and deeper into la-la land....the difference is that as I went deeper and deeper I maintained clear lucidity all the way "down"...I have a feeling this is because of the lamp. I will continue testing and post results here.

If anyone else reads this and can try this at home with their own binaural beat track that they have found effective without a halogen light...try it with and let us know how it goes. I think you will be astonished. And remember, the key is to let things develop on their own....dont force anything. I will be writing more about this issue of not forcing things in a later post.

Cheers everyone, LoG
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