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76  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: How do you know when you're in the Astral realm? on: May 28, 2014, 01:05:29
I wish the astral realm had signposts. I read in Ophiel's book that the astral realm has a glow to it, and you'll recognise it when you get there.

This person experienced their projections with a glow because that is what they expected. There isn't anything in particular, like the sky is purple, or everyone is flying, etc that tells you that you are experiencing a projection.

The way I see things, there isn't much difference between a lucid dream and a projection, other than how they start, and that the lucid dream tends to have more of a narrative to it, before you go off on your own someplace. There really isn't anything about what you see in a projection that differentiates it from a dream; it is more about your perspective at the time. What I call a projection is when your awareness and wakefulness is identical to or greater than your waking state. You see the same things at times, but you don't feel the same way as a normal dream. And this sense of alertness allows you to take charge of the experience and set your own agenda, or, if you aren't careful, your subconscious will do it for you.
77  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Physical planets with physical, intelligent beings on: May 23, 2014, 23:22:56
The only difference is that this environment was darker than black.

Makes sense enough to me.
78  Bug Reports and Questions / Forums Bugs Reports and Questions / Re: David McCready banned - why? on: May 20, 2014, 15:17:21
I appreciate the concern Volgerle, and I definitely see where it is coming from. I generally speak out against censorship here.

Normally I don't care to discuss other member accounts openly, but I agree this is a somewhat public matter.

I don't have an issue with David the person, but what I will say is that we came to the consensus that David was using his presence here chiefly to advertise, and did so it a very robotic fashion. Everything he said came out as a sort of pre-scripted PR-message for his materials. He even had other members provide testimonials in a format identical to his posting style at one point. I don't have a problem with people who drop a mention of a book or product. David was apparently here to do only that. We asked him several times to dial back the advertisement, and he was told several times that he was free to stay here and interact with others if he dropped the world-authority and salesman combo and just related as a person. He was apparently unwilling to do so.

I will stress that we are not hostile to David's ideas, but due to the lack of tact and his propensity to ignore reasonable requests he showed here, it proved difficult to have him around.
79  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Physical planets with physical, intelligent beings on: May 19, 2014, 11:01:17
I'll be blunt about it then. Everyone here seems to think that just because you are limitless in the astral, it means that you are invincible. I am 99.99% sure that all of that is BS.

I agree. I am not convinced that a person is immune from any sort of harm. The world is a big place, and many unexpected things and events populate it. I feel like many people obsess about defense though... it seems like these are the sorts of people that find themselves under constant attack. For this reason, I am convinced most of the negative encounters are authored by the projector. But then maybe not all.
80  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Physical planets with physical, intelligent beings on: May 19, 2014, 01:35:42
Yes you can definitely meet real people. I wouldn't say it is impossible for an entity from a non-physical encounter to target someone, but I haven't encountered anyone yet with the apparent focus or will enough to kill by thought.

It isn't so much relevant if I believe you or not, just wanted to see how you reason it.

81  The Astral Library / Welcome to Writers Corner! / Re: Members Music! on: May 19, 2014, 01:27:35
I like how you played the midi track on your computer or digital piano, lol. Reminds me of a 70's demo tape in that regard:

I always liked how distant those sounded. Like... much more real than a studio recording.

Very nice  wink
82  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Physical planets with physical, intelligent beings on: May 19, 2014, 01:19:34
Well I haven't seen it for my own eyes, so don't take this as fact. But what do humans do to other humans when they get a hold of information they aren't suppose to have? That's right, we kill each other. Atlantians have more to protect. They have technology that they won't risk humans getting their hands on....

What means could they possess to assassinate a person from both another time and space? And wouldn't doing that make them just as petty as human?
83  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Physical planets with physical, intelligent beings on: May 18, 2014, 06:10:38
Do you have any idea what could potentially happen to any human found sneaking around Atlantis?

No, what happens to a human sneaking around Atlantis?
84  Astral Chat / Welcome to News and Media! / Re: Super Cat to the Rescue on: May 15, 2014, 11:44:49
No adult intervention needed; the world took care of itself and it's junior inhabitants. Fascinating.

That cat was on a mission... does make you wonder sometimes...
85  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Projection Experiences! / Re: Mind Blowing Realization!! on: May 15, 2014, 11:19:51
These things seem to go in cycles and fashions. Years ago, it was fashionable to view projection as "soul travel", where an essence left the body.

Today, the idea of projection as a shift of focus is getting a lot of traction.

I also hold this view. To me the idea that distance and time are meaningless makes the idea of traveling likewise meaningless... it is only logical to me that we don't really go anyplace.
86  Astral Chat / Welcome to News and Media! / Re: Super Cat to the Rescue on: May 15, 2014, 11:15:40
That was pretty bold- that was a fairly large dog to confront. Cats aren't believed to usually harbor much affection for their owners... so I wonder what motivated that cat.

87  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: strange emotions during ancient aliens on: May 14, 2014, 23:52:53
People I ask about kundalini either say I have epilepsy, a demon attacked me and forced me to leave my body to have my way with me (which ihorsecrap) one girl said the only thing that can help me is incubus and sucubus and told me its a weapon not a toy. I don't even know what the hell that means. Another guy said I'm screwed and my energy body is changed forever. Then another guy said it shouldnt hurt. Then another girl said the kundalini syndrome symptoms will go away after snout 8 weeks. And what I did is amazing. Then another guy said kundalini is mind control and a whole bunch of this other stuff. I learned nobody knows what they are talking about regarding kundalini.

Sadly yes. I have read hundreds of pages on the subject through the years, and while the symptoms are usually very similar, no one is in agreement about the real cause, or what to do about it. I have heard of people reaping supposed benefits from it, and others nothing but torment. Some experiencers have suggested taking certain assana postures may either alleviate symptoms or press the "process" on further, while others have suggested this is the worst possible advice.
88  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: strange emotions during ancient aliens on: May 14, 2014, 23:39:39
No, I don't think I have experienced a collection of symptoms that fits the classical Kundalini syndrome.

I have had all the typical "energy" sensations (I tend to feel these are primarily a nerve effect, and thus you can see where my guesses extend from that platform), and I have had what I would term "pulsations", where a wave of tension and release slides through my body for about a 5 minute period on many occasions, but nothing that to me resembled the overwhelming twisting spinal pain people describe as "Kundalini".

You are right when you say that I do not have a full basis for making a judgement- what I have are only theories.

I disagree though that matching some of the experienced sensations to possible physical events is materialist. The criticism leveled at materialists (rightly I feel) is that they force everything to fit into a preconceived matter-oriented paradigm, without allowing for possible exceptions or caveats. I think the same criticism applies to dualists or mind-monists- not everything people experience in meditation or projection is necessarily a metaphysical event; we are interfacing with apparently physical bodies afterall, and they fit very heavily into the equation. It is only natural to me that some of the effects this lifestyle causes would be manifested in the form of somatic events.
89  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: strange emotions during ancient aliens on: May 14, 2014, 07:12:25

With that out of the way, what I will say is be careful about what you read about Kundalini, because really none of it is authoritative. The concept comes from ancient Hindu Upanishad mysticism. The ancient Hindus found out all manner of awesome things, and the vedas are worth many re-reads, but that doesn't mean they got everything right, or that you can just take their scriptural word for everything. Most of the literature I have encountered takes a reading of the Kundalini concept very close to what the vedas describe. Case in point, is situations like "Gopi Krishna" (a VERY traditional Hindu name from the Ramayana) describe mesh almost perfectly. Something is definitely up in that department, but I hate to say if Kundalini is a real thing, as many think it is today, you are almost on your own, because people give opposite advice about how to approach it. I would refer you to the books, if I wasn't sure that the people in those books are stumbling in the dark too.

My own suspicions are that what is described as Kundalini is a sort of disorder brought on through the kind of nervous system experimentation mystic techniques encourage, where the sympathetic nervous system goes nuts and starts telling the endocrine system to start releasing all kinds horomones like crazy. To me, this would explain the heart-racing, digestive problems, and metabolic issues such people claim to face. Although some people have reported positive changes after all of this, it mostly sounds like a miserable experience, and maybe one best avoided by stopping whatever the trigger is found to be. The times I have read about where people encourage the process to continue to climax, the individuals became chronic invalids, and thus a heavy burden on their families- that seems like a somewhat selfish road to take if an individual knows where the path leads.

But I am no authority on the matter either, and this is me musing in the dark as the authors who write about it are doing as well.
90  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Are there supplements worth doing? on: May 10, 2014, 01:17:18
Yeah understoood.

You have to realize though, that you are asking a question about safe dosage of a particular substance. That question is sooooooo far down the legal liabilities alley pretty much no one should touch it.
91  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Are there supplements worth doing? on: May 09, 2014, 22:00:34
Sorry to say no one can reasonably give that advice here, as it is in the territory giving a medical prescription. There are places on the net dedicated to herbalism though... some of those sources might have responsible information (might).
92  Spiritual Evolution / Welcome to Spiritual Evolution! / Re: If we are all one, does that mean there is no other? on: May 09, 2014, 12:13:51
If 3 = 3, is it also the case that 3 = 3 ?

The answer is contained in the question already, if the question asserts something true as its premise here.

Maybe the One got lonely, and it wanted to be the Many for a while.

Oddly enough, it seems like the fullness of everything implies the experiencing of limits and separations. For instance, one experience is being one of many smaller units under the whole, that the whole couldn't have if it only ever experienced itself as the whole.
93  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Alcohol, life, time travel on: May 06, 2014, 09:20:13
How is that when we reach this level of drunkenness, that some of us, if not all of us, start wondering how come we have no frakking clue what we are here for? Or even better, how come we start assuming we are here for any reason at all? How come it's always something as beautiful as Zooey Deschanel (or dude equivalent) that gets our minds going about this (with a little, or a lot, of help from alcohol)? Girls, post a dude equivalent and I'll add a link. I really wished anyone could relate to this. In fact, go drink 2 liters of beers and come back. You'll relate to this much better then.

Because the conquest is pretty much complete at this point.

There is something called proximal separation which psychologists speak about with respect to parent-child relationships. The parent is right next to the kid, but something (emotional instability, talking on the phone, "too busy", etc) places that parent a million miles away, and it frightens the child. They are there, but they are utterly inaccessible.

That is the story of modern man and pretty much anything that matters. The media and the corporatocracy have gotten their control of every ounce of a person's time now. In your car going to work? Here, have some commercials, and some terrible music to buy later so you don't have to think too hard about anything. At work? Good, you are running our machine for us, and getting money to buy our products. At home now? Good, watch this TV so we can tell you about what to buy next, or play with this iCrap, or play these mind-numbing games we made for you to take your mind off thinking, or talk on the phone on one of our super deluxe jumbo saver plans, etc.

At all times the victim is either engaged with advertisements, using the products, or watching some prepackaged don't-think-too hard media tailered to their demographic.

When I wander the neighborhoods around my home for hours on end as I care to at times, I think about how many kids I saw out there enjoying life back when I was a kid myself. Not a single one in sight for hours now, on a miraculously temperate day. We both know why.

For most people, it takes a shock, such as being terribly drunk, or some sort of emotional trauma, to temporarily peak outside that veil, and take a gaze at the things that are real, or the things that matter. Everything important to us is right at hand, but like that absent-minded parent, our techno-daze keeps it all so far away.

The people who noticed it when it was well underway were only the cultural poets:

Now no one speaks about it at all. No one makes art about the basic or the primal, or the human condition. People are too damaged to even have a conversation with another person in front of them, about anything but the superficial.

Bread and circuses.
94  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Projection Experiences! / Re: Anyone here watching the Cosmos? on: May 05, 2014, 05:51:32
Yeah it seems an entirely plausible explanation to me too. I can't say I "believe" it, because it would be irresponsible in absence of evidence, but I can say it would "fit" what I have seen of the world and what appears to lie beyond it.
95  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Can god create a rock so heavy even he cant lift it? on: May 05, 2014, 02:27:39
Well I guess it's not time for us as human beings to know the answers yet Stillwater. And I think that the Designer, deity god or whatever put the rocks there for us to ponder not for its own game. I have this comfort blanket of mine which is a belief that everything within our perception has been Created for us like a bit of a training ground. I obviously could be completely wrong but the designer of our reality doesn't lift rocks because it just has consciousness at a level incomprehensible to ours. Now I joined this forum because I want proof my true existence is independant from my body and astral projection would be that proof. And I think in these realms (non physical) is where omnipotence resides. The creation or idea of the rock is more real than wether or not it can be lifted. I'm just waffling now!! What a great topic!

Yeah, as I have pointed out, it is really a question for medieval Scholastics, because they accept the premise by default. Not that relevant to folks like we, who have slightly different views on things. Cockroaches don't really debate sports strategies, and nor do police officers spend their time discussing chemistry in their break times. The people to whom questions like the above belong to mostly live in monasteries and such these days. It isn't really a question about rocks, or burritos, but rather about the conceptual possibility of omnipotence. But then like I said, you have to care about that concept to connect well to the discussion. I am more interested in what kind of music God likes.
96  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Can god create a rock so heavy even he cant lift it? on: May 05, 2014, 02:09:56
Applying any logic at all, why would there even be a god?

Never said there was here; but the medieval problem Beavis referred to assumes as a premise that there is one, so in order to engage with it, you must assume there is one- otherwise, the question has no relevance   (which is fine too, but isn't really a conversation starter, lol).

As an analogy, suppose I were to say, "How does Santa deliver all the presents in time?" Now a valid response is that Santa doesn't exist, so the question is irrelevant. But that isn't engaging the question- answering it assumes you accept Santa's existence at least for the sake of argument.
97  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Can god create a rock so heavy even he cant lift it? on: May 04, 2014, 23:34:07
It is pretty hard to know what a deity would have a need to do. Applying that logic, why would a God need to make a physical world full of rocks and stars at all? For reasons we can't pin down for sure, something did make a physical world. But why? Not having a reason for why something happens doesn't prevent it from happening  wink

I bet if a deity could make a rock that deity couldn't lift, finding a good reason to do it is a much simpler task.
98  Integral Philosophy / Welcome to Integral Philosophy! / Re: Here is Practical Explanation about Next Life, Purpose of Human Life - on: May 04, 2014, 19:11:02
If I act only one sided, that means I have no free will. Because we act sometimes wrongly, that means free will.

Depends. Some religions will say that God has free will, but chooses to act only rightly. Would you say to the adherents of those religions that God lacked free will because he only behaved one way?
99  Spiritual Evolution / Welcome to Spiritual Evolution! / Re: What happens to the body if spirit leaves and doesnt come back? on: May 04, 2014, 19:07:53
I think the healthier and more vital a body is, the stronger is the 'magnetic pull' (speaking metaphorically) to get you back to body.

Hence, people who are more ill, probably even fatal illness, might have a less stronger pull and there is more possibility that they one time stay out for good (die). Probably this also applies to old age.

I think this is heavily dependent on the paradigm you ascribe to though. For instance, I tend to think that we never actually leave our bodies and go to some external place, but rather we go to a different corner of our brain which is able to pull in data from metaphysical realities we don't normally experience. You could see how a person taking such a view would not gravitate toward the concept of being trapped outside, since you would never have left.
100  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Can god create a rock so heavy even he cant lift it? on: May 04, 2014, 19:00:42
The original medieval paradox that Beavis was basing his arguments on was essentially an argument against the existence of omnipotence, which is claimed to be a dilemma with two unaccomadating choices.

Think of it this way: if God was capable of making a stone he couldn't lift, then he wouldn't be omnipotent because he couldn't lift that particular stone. If good wasn't capable of making that stone, he wouldn't be omnipotent because he couldn't make the stone. The same argument applies to anything claimed to possess omnipotence.

Where you take this problem is up to you.

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