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151  Astral Chat / Welcome to News and Media! / Re: Spiritual Messages in Popular Music on: October 19, 2014, 09:24:37
There are thousands. In fact, good music is mostly about spirituality. I will get you a good list though tomorrow hopefully, when I am better slept  wink
152  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Projection Experiences! / Re: Is it possible to become "stuck" in the astral? on: October 19, 2014, 08:26:39
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It's not really qualified as being stuck because after a projection, your mind/spirit/wisdom will be in continuous evolution.

It is a question of language, and what being "stuck" means to you. To me, it means I wanted to leave, and wasn't able to. In fact I almost gave up on the idea of returning. But then I did return after all, just not quite when I wanted to- many weeks of perception later, actually. These experiences are uncommon, but not unheard of. Many here have had them (I think you can talk to Szaxx about a few wild ones he had too). Some people (like me) call that stuck, maybe to others stuck means something more profound, not sure.

Language, lol. It gets you every time.  rolleyes
153  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Projection Experiences! / Re: Is it possible to become "stuck" in the astral? on: October 19, 2014, 00:21:23
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I believe that projection isn't a here and there type of thing.

That is a good point. I am also of that viewpoint. Logically, that means if you find yourself "stuck" in a place, you are of course still in your body, but you are in the process of your stream of consciousness going through a different thread before it invariably returns to your body, or so I would expect.
154  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Projection Experiences! / Re: Is it possible to become "stuck" in the astral? on: October 18, 2014, 16:24:02
Mostly it seems only if you let it be scary for you (and the fear can definitely be a barrier).

In fact, a huge component of this practice, and spiritual life in general, is learning to discard most of your fear, to live with poise and resolve. Is fear warning you of risks you ought not to take? Then listen. If not? It is probably useless.

Aside from lasting long, the extended experiences weren't frightening in themselves.
155  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Projection Experiences! / Re: Is it possible to become "stuck" in the astral? on: October 18, 2014, 06:25:55
A very complicated question with no simple answer.

The trite answer that is almost always given to this question ( in order not to scare new people away) is that you can always get back.

Generally speaking, I would say you can return "pretty much" always, and even the thought of returning is enough to end the experience in most cases. In almost any normal circumstance, there isn't much to fear about not being able to return when you want.

Not always though... for whatever reason, some experiences will have quite a presence to them... I and others have had experiences that seemed they lasted weeks or months. In the midst of experiences like that... it might feel like you are trapped. Are you really trapped though? Hard to say, although in those situations I did sometimes have a strong desire to return. But the experience is your new life for a while, and you play with the cards you are dealt (usually there seems to be something learned in these situations, as it doesn't seem entirely random).

The short of it... is that it is a big, big, big world out there. Almost impossible to write rules that describe all of it. By engaging in this practice, you are thrusting out into the unknown, and to an extent you need to be ok with that. I think among the people who practice this, there may be at least some strain of brazen audacity... a desire to know and learn and experience, and a willingness to take risks at times in pursuit of it all.
156  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: ALIEN from the movie - did anyone encounter? on: October 13, 2014, 23:46:58
If you mean the great Ridley Scott movie, they have named that creature the "Xenomorph" so that people can talk about it, and others can know what alien they are talking about lol.

Definitely haven't seen it.

In fact I don't know why a person would, unless they had it on their mind in particular... then they might stand a great chance of seeing one.
157  Spiritual Evolution / Welcome to Spiritual Evolution! / Re: Astral plane is the 4th or 5th dimension? on: October 05, 2014, 03:21:10
Suppose for a moment that someone told you the projection environment was the "5th dimension". What would it mean to you, exactly? How would this information provide you with anything useful about the experiences people had there?

It is sort of like a very small child asking a programmer if they were writing their code in C++ or Java. Suppose the programmer said C++... but the child knew nothing about these other than their names... what would that information tell the child about the programmer, or their program? Even if someone told you it was one or the other, what would you do with that information?
158  Metaphysics / Welcome to Quantum Physics! / Re: Tom Campbell's theory of "rendering" on: September 25, 2014, 16:17:03
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therefore not the real reality per se?

That physical reality isn't what is perceived to be (namely, the base, ground reality, which doesn't depend on other realities for its existence), doesn't mean it isn't real... just not what it is made out to be.

In the (probably a bit too cryptic) music example, I am expressing the concept that there is no medium on which music is impressed, and no void (which is itself in some ways a thing- a space where nothing resides, but could) it occupies. Sure, soundwaves propagate as wave pulses on matter, but that isn't what music is, that is what sound is. Music is the experience humans have, as prompted by that sound. If you have a room full of crabs, and play for them a CD of "Bach's greatest hits", there is no music there.  The crabs can't integrate it into experience that is meaningful to them. Yet there can be music in your head, when no sound is playing- that should tell you what music is. Applying this analogy to physical reality, which we are supposing to be simulated, lines of code depicting empty and unexperienced space is truly nothing in our frame of reference. It is less than a void. Perhaps it has existence in the mind of the consciousness that animates the simulation by setting the code in motion, but that is the only place it could have reality.

Un-experienced space is Bach for Crabs. That is the Zen you should take away, lol.
159  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: create your own videogame level in the astral? on: September 22, 2014, 23:24:29
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ummmm ok. ?!?!?!???!!?Huh

Ok, maybe I can rephrase it... how do you know that what you are asking to do- to construct a video game environment to experience- isn't precisely what is happening to you now?

And I don't mean that in the "conspiracy Keanu" way, but in the deadly serious way  wink
160  Metaphysics / Welcome to Quantum Physics! / Re: Tom Campbell's theory of "rendering" on: September 18, 2014, 21:00:22
I think Tom's position is likely to be correct. Supposing as I do that consciousness is the only thing that exists, and physical worlds are a sort of software simulation whose outputs are sense-data like sights and smells, it only makes sense that places that have no experiencer thus have no existence outside of a background part of the simulation's code. The metaphor of computer games he harps on does have a very close relationship with the way things seem to be.

Consider it like music... is there music in a piano while it is laying still? It is only while the keys are played and the mechanisms are in good order that there is any music. There exists no "music space", or "potential music"- it only happens where there is the event of playing and a listener. So too with this reality stuff. The space of the physical world unoccupied is at best a few strings of code in the simulation that has no expression and thus no physical existence, because its only physical expression is in the form of sense data, which in that moment is denied.
161  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Untruths on: September 13, 2014, 00:34:41
Lots of reasons.

One is fear... fear of many kinds... fear of losing something or someone, fear of retribution, fear of what others would think of them if they told an uncomfortable truth, fear of something in their life changing, etc.

Another is to use words as a weapon- to deceive an enemy, to harm someone emotionally, to acquire something unearned, as a tool of war, etc.

Another is as a means for acquiring resources of many kinds, such as human affection, or physical materials.

I think it is important to recognize that the natural world we live in favors lies and appearances over truth. There is usually strong motive to hide weaknesses, to confuse attackers, to feign strengths, to hide resources, etc. in the animal world. Humans inhabit that world, and are evolved from the same material. The base condition of nature is deception- it is in our genes. Children quickly learn to lie without being taught for many of the above reasons, and it is only through exposure to human culture they learn to do otherwise. We form implistic social agreements to be truthful to those close to us, but those agreements do go against nature to some extent at times.

So a short answer is the person you know is operating on their basic natural state, and cultivations you expected to be there are in fact not, or in slightly smaller amounts. You will find this is true of almost everyone. I think you may take slightly less offense when you realize it is in their direct nature to lie, but clearly a long conversation is still needed with them.

I wish you both well! If you wanted to speak through the issue any further with any of us, feel free to PM!
162  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Projection Experiences! / Re: DMT on: September 04, 2014, 22:23:00
Most hallucinogens, including Ayahuasca actually, make people sick. While Ayahuasca under the supervision of experienced practitioners is one of the safest paths with this stuff, it still has its costs too. Many people will empty their stomachs, and because you are ingesting plants which aren't really food, there is still the chance of allergic reactions.

Note this statement is not encouragement to keep doing the frog thing, lol, but rather a warning that none of this is without costs or risks.
163  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: So I've started writing a book this afternoon! on: September 04, 2014, 11:22:14
The fiction angle might actually be a good one actually. Many people would engage with much greater ease with a captivating story with metaphysical elements than a potentially dry tract on parapsychology research and dozens of anecdotal accounts.

In fact, now that I consider it, Monroe's books were written as a narrative that just happened to be mostly true-to-life but didn't need to be, and I think that is a large part of his success.

Perhaps it might also help if you wrote in French; although the overwhelming demand is in English literature, you might actually be responding to an under-served audience, and I am sure you would do it with less linguistic hurdles.
164  Metaphysics / Welcome to Metaphysics! / Re: sealing question on: September 04, 2014, 08:11:22
I don't think Xanth's original question has been answered yet though, lol. What do you mean by this sealing business?
165  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: So I've started writing a book this afternoon! on: September 04, 2014, 06:06:12
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Everything begins with the Source.
Some call it God.
But I donít like giving a physical appearance to something so enlightened.
The Universe is forever changing as you are reading this book.
The Source is the origin of all consciousness.

I think this is something many people here would agree with you on. One thing that really jumps out to me though about this writing style is that it takes the form of a proclamation. It is written in the same way as most scripture in that respect; ie.: "This is is how things are, and you better accept it because it's true". For this reason I don't think many people would be interested in reading statements like that unless they already believed them. I think it might be better to structure things as a case or an argument you are building; present your sources for these beliefs you have, present the research, evidence, and personal experiences, etc., and use them to support what you are telling the reader. If I read the above, even being as immersed in this field as I am, I would be highly turned off, because I would expect a work of faith and belief to follow. I understand this is only an introduction, and you intend to support your material as you get deeper in, but you should note that what you say in that introduction will set the tone for the rest of what follows. For that reason, I would recommend not starting at the beginning, but in the middle. Write the body chapters, and only after they are mostly complete, then go back and write your conclusion material, and the introduction that will acquaint the reader with what that conclusion will be and how you hope to support it.

Note also that this field is super-saturated with books. As Blue pointed out, you need to say something new and noteworthy, or you may have trouble standing out from the many competent predecessors, like Monroe, Tart, and Campbell that have literal lifetimes of research experience in this area.

Hope that helps, and good luck in the writing!
166  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Projection Experiences! / Re: At what level of sleep is the easiest to leave your body? Alpha? Beta? Theta? on: September 03, 2014, 09:55:23
Hovering around the Theta-Delta border. Delta is usually too deep and doesn't involve much of the conscious mind. I haven't seen research on it (not that it doesn't exist), but I am fairly sure a projector will look mostly theta-ish in brain frequencies. Theta is where dreams happen, and a person's brain in a projection state is in a similar gear.

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Is it true that a person can leave his/her body at the border between awake and asleep? Can you be at the border while watching TV?

Yes, but far from an ideal method to attempt to reach the state on your own. It would have happened by accident, due to exhaustion, which is also not conducive to projections.

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Can you be at the border while reading a book?

Yes, but same answer applies here. I don't know of anyone here who can do it in that circumstance, and I know for me it would be impossible.
167  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: healing projection with the sun? on: September 02, 2014, 11:58:15
I might not be the person to answer this, because I don't view projection to be an activity that drains an "energy tank"  in our bodies which determines our time-limit (fortunately or unfortunately, a person's attainments in this field don't reflect their effort or cultivations that particuarlly well), but out of curiosity, what is the reasoning here? Definitely not discounting any possibility of things of which I know not, but why is the sun your theoretical target? Take me a bit deeper into the rabbit hole you are down.
168  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Yesterday? on: September 02, 2014, 10:00:31
I count myself fairly closely with the others. I call yesterday what happened before the people around me awoke from their sleep. Unless I haven't slept in a while myself, then I forget and start to call the time before I myself slept yesterday. If I am speaking with people from far away places, such as now, the concept of yesterday ceases to have meaning, and I speak of calender dates instead.

I think we are suffering some sort of Zen Ko'an here, lol.

What do you call yesterday Xanth, and why?
169  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Projection Experiences! / Re: Eyes twitching on: August 25, 2014, 19:16:24
Could be entirely unrelated, but how long is your hair, and where does it lie? I say this because at times my medium-length hair can brush into the region of my eye-lash, and cause an irritated twitch if I don't notice it happening. It sounds plausible that something similar may happen to you. But then there are many other possibilities too.
170  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Projection Experiences! / Re: DMT on: August 23, 2014, 08:49:18
4 ceremonies in 2 weeks... that sounds a bit intense for a person with no prior experience more than likely, considering how intense one experience may be under the right conditions.
171  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Robin Williams RIP on: August 19, 2014, 20:30:33
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Some have called him a coward for taking his own life,

There are statements that he was likely on prescription "selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor" (SSRI drugs). Those types of substances can trigger some radically impulsive episodes in people, and are often noted for causing depressed, non-suicidal people to convert into depressed, suicidal people. When you take a catalogue of all the recent mass-shooters and suicides, a startling percentage have SSRI's somewhere in the mix. Not saying he bore no-responsibility, but those substances can really throw a person a nasty curveball more often than not.

(Note, this is not medical advice to anyone, just my feeling on that class of drugs).
172  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: How long do OBE's last? on: August 16, 2014, 03:31:11
I see you were able to login  wink

Pretty damn variable actually. Most of my recent experiences have been extended from lucid dreams, as I am going to bed exhausted and need the sleep. Typical ones will last maybe 10-20 minutes. But they can get MUCH longer. There seems to come a time when the perception of how long has passed in the experience doesn't match up with how much time passed in the physical world. I have had experiences that seem to last literal weeks. One that I had this year found me in a sort of "school" environment, wondering if I had become trapped there, or if I was perhaps actually dead. Usually you can get back if you want... but it is a big world out there, and lots of things happen out of the norm.
173  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Robin Williams RIP on: August 13, 2014, 04:19:21
The world is slowly becoming a darker place.

Maybe he doesn't fit in here anymore.
174  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: seriously... on: August 10, 2014, 15:55:16
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You seem to have quite the chip your shoulder. Could you explain why?

^^^
175  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Underwater Alien Base Near Saipan, April 28, 2014, UFO Sighting News. on: August 10, 2014, 03:40:20
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Unfortunately /or fortunately there is no galaxy

That's interesting, I don't think I have heard that one yet.

Would you care to explain why you say this? It is sort of a big claim to make in matter-of-factly way without going any further, afterall.

Do you feel there is an earth? I mean that quite seriously.
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