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126  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: What Are These Sensations? on: October 03, 2016, 00:05:43
It is all familiar - the foot tingling could be energy sensations, increased awareness of blood circulation, a hallucinated tickle from the mind to test if you are awake.

The darkness thing sounds like the void. It is basically a blank state of consciousness. Usually it has a "3 dimensional" quality about it and the transition is also associated with increased peripheral awareness. It is good success to reach this state, you can do anything from the void.

The hallucination of sounds is pretty common. Sometimes a subtle real world sound will get distorted and your mind exaggerates it into something like this. Other times you may literally see or feel people touching you. You have crossed over to another reality without realising it. I call these experiences mini dreams and they are usually jarring.
127  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: The different planes on: October 02, 2016, 23:27:41
Fundamentally every plane of existence within out current frame of reference is a personal reality. To elaborate, the reality you experience is not pure, it is always an interpretation. We currently experience the human interpretation of one physical rule-set reality.

Discounting other intelligent entities for now, there is a myriad of realities you can create. Physical experiences like this one, hyper real experiences, completely abstract non-physical experiences.

Then there are realities similar to this one in this sense that other entities co-experience it, and they also come in the same flavours as I mentioned above and no doubt others that we don't understand yet.

There are near infinite states of existence to explore. We can't put any real numbers on it but the end game is to co-experience all of it - merge your consciousness with the frame of mind we would refer to as "god".
128  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Projection Fail: The Higher Frog Self on: September 29, 2016, 05:46:41
@Lumaza, that is fascinating. I have to try this pineal visualisation and see if it helps. Did you find it to be specially effective in contrast to any old standard focus?

I am also very interested in this light machine. I see that the Lucia Light is beyond expensive at 15,000 Euros - but there are cheaper things out there like the Laxman. I would have to imagine that it is not as effective - the Lucia seems reasonably advanced, but maybe that is a smoke screen. It is simple hardware that anyone could design, but the intensity and variation of the lights must take immense study to develop.
129  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Projection Fail: The Higher Frog Self on: September 28, 2016, 23:32:17
I laughed reading that experience, hilarious and sounds like a lot of fun, even if it was creepy at the time. It seems like your higher self is trolling you. It wants you to be able to accept it in any form - that is the lesson that I get from this anyway. Your higher self has a great sense of humour.

Can you tell us more about the DMT breathing method? I heard it has been proven in lab mice studies that DMT is without a doubt released from the pineal during REM.

@Xanth, if you see this, you often say that we are just consciousness and anything else you put in front of that is a barrier - what is your view on DMT. It shouldn't be necessary, but there seems to be a connection there. Does the harnessing of consciousness allow us to produce DMT at will, or is it just an "optional" tool to reach these states.
130  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Perception on: September 28, 2016, 01:18:26
It depends on the content of the experience you have. Most of my experiences are non-profound, but they do lead to subtle alterations of perception of reality in a general sense. For example you may experience what it is like to have no fear or shame, and that mindset can carry through to a limited extent, atleast due to the sheer fact that you are aware that such a state of mind exists.

I think everyone dreams of having a profound astral experience where they learn the secrets of the universe; and upon returning they can project at will and see auras and predict the future and so on. I think this really can happen for some people, but it hasn't been my experience...yet.
131  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Sleep paralysis and breathing on: September 27, 2016, 23:38:03
It is difficult to know whether you are really breathing. In some cases you will be, but you have stopped noticing that sense, like an annoying sound in the background that you stop paying attention to. Other times complications like sleep apnea can make your breathing really stop.

One thing that even lucid dreaming specialists agree on regarding sleep paralysis is that taking control of your breath is the method to exit paralysis. One trick that might work for you is to just accept the breathing problem and that you won't know if you are breathing. The worst that can happen is that you pass out and the automatic nervous system resumes breathing - it seems pretty unlikely to me that this would really happen but it is a satisfying backup plan.

Sleep breathing pattern can be uncomfortably slow. Sometimes I dream that I can breathe underwater if I match my pattern to the sleep breathing. It is like the movie The Abyss with the oxygenated fluid. You just breath very slowly and very calmly and you will be fine.
132  World Cultures, Traditions and Religions / Welcome to World Cultures, Traditions and Religions! / Re: Satan on: September 26, 2016, 23:53:34
It sounds like you have embraced the Campbell MBT. I admit that something had to create the virtual reality.
I remember being taught that dogma was bad but over time I realized that it had some useful purpose. I saw many dogmatists making more progress than those who rejected it out of hand. I see automatic rejection of dogma as a very limiting view as well.

Yes, similar to Campbell's theories I suppose - I have only seen him on a few videos so I don't know MBT more than the basics.

I would say that my view separates from a fundamentalist when it comes to the nature of creationism. A fundamentalist might say that this planet was fabricated 10,000 years ago with all species popping out of thin air, fossils placed in the ground as a test of our faith. Whereas I believe the nature of the universe to be seeded through an event such as a big bang and whatever happens happens - there is no further interference with the system. It may have taken trillions of big bang simulations to get one planet like earth out of the probability soup.

Some fundamentalists also deny evolution, which I find ridiculous, challenge me on men evolving from apes, but evolution is a fundamental mechanic that is nigh unavoidable when life and death is involved in the system. Furthermore, confusing the order of cause and effect - "man is created because his body follows golden proportion", I say that the fundamental laws of the universe guarantee that life evolves in a certain way.

I have personal experience with dogmatists, my brother is a Jehoviah's Witness. I am happy to admit that this was a positive in his life, initially. It got him onto the first rung of the ladder, but now I feel that he is stuck and his fundamentalist beliefs are so limiting that he is incapable of doing something as simple as watching a movie like Lord of the Rings because he believes it is a tool of the devil. Furthermore he shields his children from these experiences.

I believe that it is fine to assess a dogmatic view for its flaws and merits - but I am going to challenge your notion of automatic rejection of dogma.

We must automatically reject dogma, if you do not, you are a fundamentalist and you have shut off all other possibilities. That is what it is to accept dogma. As soon as you start thinking you have the one answer, you have already failed.
133  World Cultures, Traditions and Religions / Welcome to World Cultures, Traditions and Religions! / Re: Satan on: September 26, 2016, 10:20:39
ThaomasOfGrey, Where do you think Creation came from?
Where do you think you came from?

I can't speak from experience on either count, just speculation from things I have heard and ideas I have strung together.

I'm not sure what you mean by creation - if you are talking about this universe I believe it is all an elaborate virtual construct for the purpose of experience. I don't know how the underlying data structure is stored, I suggest it is somehow stored in the mind of the collective consciousness. Individual units generate a virtual reality based on that underlying data, and that is what we are.

I think creation and ourselves both come from consciousness. I don't believe that there are these singular entities God and Satan that fill our minds with various notions. It doesn't make sense based on what I have experienced and observed. I don't think it makes sense even on a conceptual level.

Robert, you don't need to pull any punches with me if you reply!

I don't have much against religion as a concept, I only dislike dogmatism or any limiting view really.
134  World Cultures, Traditions and Religions / Welcome to World Cultures, Traditions and Religions! / Re: Satan on: September 25, 2016, 23:59:58
I think Satan is just a metaphor for an aspect of consciousness. It is very similar, if not identical to the concept of the Jedi and the Sith. They are disciplines, ways of life, a set of decisions.

So why personify Satan? Two reasons, early humans were nigh incapable of entertaining abstract concepts, this mindset has been studied and was still prevalent as little as 50 years ago. Satan as a concrete individual hiding behind the curtain was the only way to get people to comprehend the topic.

The second reason is that most people in this reality are extroverts - they derive inspiration and their energy from beings they perceive as being outside of themselves. For this reason it is necessary to view concepts like God or Satan as being real individuals to act as a source of external motivation. Look at how often people thank God for things they have achieved by their own merit. It also makes it easier to write off negativity as an external influence to be ignored.

As an introvert I experience everything as being driven from within. It is a different way / perspective on taking control of consciousness.

Maybe there really are some dimensional entities that exhibit these traits - the idea that they talk to us seems like a stretch - every thought that enters your mind will have some predication on the experience you have had thus far, or it is outside your frame of reference. I don't think it is possible to have external influence of this kind - that includes spirit guides too. I get communication from "guides" constantly but I believe it is 100% me.
135  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Hitting A Roadblock on: September 25, 2016, 12:17:30
At a certain point in this numb lifting feeling, my eyes lids begin to shake and move very rapidly in what almost feels like my body trying to force them open. Soon after, my eyes begin to water and I have no choice in opening my eyes.

Have you guys experienced this before? If so, any tips on getting passed it?

Yeah this has happened to me. Eyes opening up automatically at some point near sleep paralysis. Physical distractions may indicate that your concentration is on the wrong thing. Sitting still inside your body so to speak is a sure fire way to get into sleep paralysis, but you also seem to be maintaining an acute awareness of what your physical body is doing. This is unlike the state of mind you take when your goal is to fall asleep.

The way you treat your eyes should be the same way you treat every other sense which you are not paying attention to - the feeling of the blankets on your skin, air going through your body, any noises that may be present. Personally I don't have much success with 3rd eye focus techniques because they keep me rooted on my physical eyes too much.
136  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Mind Awake, Body Asleep on: September 22, 2016, 00:35:58
It felt amazing. I didn't know what to do at this point and simply thinking "am I supposed to do something now" sent me right back to C1.

My friends and I have tripped over this same problem many times. Here are some tips. When you are trying to put your body to sleep and start to feel heavy you are either in or getting close to sleep paralysis. When you do enter sleep paralysis there is an instantaneous change in your brain wave function from the alpha to the slower beta state.

I feel that this slower mental state is somehow incompatible with thoughts like "what now? is it happening?" because they seem to destroy it in nearly all circumstances. Altering your breathing pattern will take you out of paralysis, as will conscious thought. You need to either develop a special level of passive awareness so you balance between not rambling off to sleep and not analysing the situation with your mind, or you need a focus so strong that it overrides everything else, including analysis thoughts.

I face this issue on both sides. From within a lucid dream the more aware an analysing my thoughts become the less stable the experience. When the dream reality starts to collapse it really does feel similar to something you see in a movie like inception. It is possible to get in there quickly with a strong present focus and maintain a grip on the scenario but the moment you lose that focus it is over.

Work on these aspects - not having the thoughts at all during transition, maybe you can achieve this, I haven't done it yet. Alternatively when you would normally have those thoughts, instantly transition into the strongest focus you can muster on the current scenario. This latter part is difficult to describe if you haven't clutched a fully formed dream, you are trying to clutch the beginning of the dream as that is what you are experiencing with the spinning and so on.

The way I often anchor myself is by grabbing an object and pouring all my focus into how that object appears and feels. Maybe you can apply that to the spinning sensation.
137  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Sending/Receiving on: September 21, 2016, 00:35:01
Maybe i missunderstood but so does this mean the intent u send comes back only if you beleive it so? if not then my quesiton is same why it doesn't come back to so called "bad people" and also about this dark path i always try different views and things if u like take one and don't try to change it how can u have many beautiful experiences.

Allow me to explain better, I hope!

It doesn't actually matter whether you believe what you are doing is bad or not, all that matters is the nature of the intent and actions that one makes.

If I do something nasty like attack a guy on the side of the street, there is no intelligent arbitrator that is going to weave my future to ensure that something bad happens to me. However, he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.

Karma is not a concept of balancing, it is a concept of association. Because of the fact that I attacked a person, there is a chance that one day someone will recognise me from that event and decide to attack me back.

The more you invest your actions and intent into a particular path, the more associations you will form between yourself and other people in a similar place with similar attitudes. Like minds attract, as does behaviour, so it does come back because you got involved with it.

Furthermore, if you extrapolate the concept to a galactic scale, all of the experiences of consciousness belong to everyone and I think we will experience them all when our egos break down. Every negative interaction you have with another person, you will have to experience the receiving end of that action eventually, as them. In this sense everything you do literally does come back to you.
138  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Sending/Receiving on: September 20, 2016, 11:08:42
Consider a murderer in today's society. Perhaps they kill out of fear. They are already suffering, even if there is no magical karma force to inflict physical woe, their actions could already imply a mind of turmoil. Even a billionaire celebrity cannot get away from the fact that at the end of the day they are stuck with their own mind.

On the other hand in another society murder could be an embraced and cherished part of life for warlike people. Lions are known to murder other Lions and they are beautiful animals, we only draw arbitrary lines of what is good and evil for humans. All experience is beautiful and equal perhaps.

So why be a good person is the question. The answer is that experience is all subjective and your experiences to date have lead you to be dissatisfied with anti-social behavior. For this particular experience you are aiming at a certain path and it doesn't matter whether there is justice in it.

I choose to try and be a "good" person because that is the path I seem to enjoy, get excited by, and see a future for. If you are most excited by murdering people - don't hold back...

Maybe one day you would turn away from those actions and realize the error in your ways, but maybe not, the evil path may have just as much depth and satisfaction as the path of good. Maybe at the end of the good path you will realize you should have been a selfish jerk. Maybe both paths end in the same place as a full embrace of any and all experience.

139  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: OBE and The Higher Self: Seeing Is Believing on: September 18, 2016, 03:45:23
Where as if you do something that makes you feel negative, scared, angry and the such you are cutting yourself off from your higher self so that is why you feel terrible as you are distancing yourself from higher self or source. Or calling it using your instincts and gut feelings if it feels positive then its higher self if it does not feel right then its not.

I pay attention to these sorts of feelings, but sometimes the messages are crossed, mixed up, ambiguous or maybe don't apply at all.

Every Friday night I play a competitive card game with some friends at a local shop and it is one of the highlights of the week. Yet, often during the drive I get that sick foreboding feeling. It is like my higher self is telling me not to go, but that makes no sense because the event always ends up positive and I have a great time.

Take a psychopath that gets great pleasure from rape and murder - why does the higher self back up this behavior? For some people is the true nature of their higher self to perform acts that our society regards as evil?

At a claire-senses course I learned to listen to the higher self more clearly, and they also recommended things like avoiding watching the news. I just see this as dogmatic and a form of denial - if one were truly awakened they would watch the news and feel no negativity because they don't make judgement based on arbitrary morals.

I see this as being a similar problem to hardcore drug addiction. Many hardcore addicts become sober for life, but this isn't growth to me, it is conceding to a weakness that you have no intention on addressing.

Instead of striving to avoid negativity, shouldn't we aim to eliminate the capacity for negativity to affect us. The news can only upset you if you buy into the fear.
140  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Projection Experiences! / Re: Can i mimic in the astral realms on: September 16, 2016, 00:39:24
@Phildan1, I am confident that you are correct about the porn and its relation to these experiences. I am not a hardcore porn addict, but there definitely problematic aspects there. I have been looking at porn for nearly 20 years before I read an article about porn addiction in passing. That is when I started to carefully evaluate how things I saw or felt in every day life had a neural pathway that reminded me of porn, and I had been completely unaware of this influence. Since then I have made an effort to nearly stop all use.

I actually get mixed messages on this topic from the astral experiences involving sex, sometimes I feel like the system is encouraging it and telling me it is alright, in other experiences I have literally been told to leave the reality by a character there.

@funfire, I think you are also correct about the subjective nature of morality. The fact that I get the mixed bag of experiences described above backs up this view. The most important thing seems to be the individuals reaction and thoughts regarding the event rather than the actual content of the event.
141  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Projection Experiences! / Re: Can i mimic in the astral realms on: September 15, 2016, 00:45:45
Positive3. How many times have you projected OBE? Were you able to create any scene you wished?

I have projected hundreds of times and I find that there are many times that I am unable to gain anything close to 100% control over the experience.

100% control, no. I have attempted to completely replace the current scenario by going through a doorway but it led to the void instead of a tropical island.

I have had the most success with changing realities when I am not consciously thinking about what I am doing, just embracing the fact that I can.

I have been involved with many sexual experiences in the non-physical, but they never seem to lead anywhere or have the same quality as experiences in this reality. It doesn't matter if the experience is completely in my control, or out of my control, or I am completely unaware - it is the same every time!

I think the quality and "realness" of the experience is related to your awareness. Most of the time my dreams are half pie physical where you only experience the specific sensations you focus on, and to a dull extent at that.

Raising the awareness to the point of indistinguishable physical sensation with mental clarity has come hand in hand with making the scenario unstable for me.
142  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: OBE and The Higher Self: Seeing Is Believing on: September 15, 2016, 00:35:12
Pretty cool experience. I experience multiple lucid dreams every night despite being a nightly vaporiser user. In fact, even more regular use has never interfered with my dreams, but I have a friend for which marijuana use is a stone cold shut off for dreaming.

I don't know why it affects people so differently, my prime suspicion is that I have just never accepted that my dreams would be affected, whereas they have bought into the idea that they can only dream when living a completely sober life.

My partner has a more flexible mind than I do at this stage and she will often have out of body experiences spontaneously with marijuana.

Your entire recollection of this experience sounds like symbolic manifestation of your reality. In regular waking life you are striving to connect with your higher self and maybe you are allowing your friends and family to be a distraction. Sounds like you did well to bypass the distractions yet they are still affecting your goals.
143  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Ap technique you enjoy on: September 14, 2016, 00:59:23
Our experiences in this reality may have conditioned us to get entertainment too quickly and easily. I am constantly searching for excitement in my experiences and I think it becomes an addiction.

To use a metaphor, Astral Projection is like a massive party behind a locked door and you have been given a key ring with millions of keys to try. Most of the time we may not truly be prepared for the "long haul" that Lumaza pointed out of testing all of those keys, we want the quick win of the first key working.

For me, allowing pertains greatly to acceptance of the process. Once your mind is turned away from the quick win, you will suddenly stumble upon the correct key. In my experience two nights ago I went from boredom to understanding, to acceptance of however long it would take within a couple of minutes, then the fear test came suddenly.

I failed the fear test but I still think it was a breakthrough in understanding. The fear test was a cognisance impression that if I continued I would experience something mind blowing that reminds me of these lyrics from the song Astronomica "Stretched beyond the limits, Out into the unknown".

I clearly wasn't ready for that because I was just experimenting without actually believing or expecting to succeed. My impression of what the conscious projection will be like is totally different to my nightly dream based experiences. I have built it up in my mind to be a zero to one million experience with no control which probably isn't the best for the fear test.
144  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Ap technique you enjoy on: September 13, 2016, 00:40:46
Hi all, what ap techniques do you enjoy doing for at least 20 minutes? I can often hear myself snoring and that means I am close to ap. I do an ap technique such as I imagine myself rising up, going up a ladder or rope but I get bored quickly. I cannot seem to keep doing it for long so I give up and end up falling asleep. I need a technique that will interest me for at least 20 minutes. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Getting bored with the exercise is a barrier I think and it stems in impatience for the excitement on the other side. You may not be able to find a single exercise that will remain interesting for 20 minutes either.

Instead of searching for the ultimate exercise, you may have more success with an adjustment of your perspective to any and all exercises. Instead of being bored with the exercise you need to get bored with physical reality. Returning to physical awareness is the escape route where more interesting things are going on.

Convince yourself that there is nothing more interesting going on here, then you can swap between exercises and free flow imagination at will without returning awareness to the physical. Default your awareness to non physical, and if you catch yourself looking back or feeling bored, remind yourself that there is nothing else going on or that this time is set aside for a particular purpose.

I came to understand this only last night and it worked well for me, as I normally struggle with boredom too.
145  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Why am i always falling asleep when i try to astral project? on: September 12, 2016, 13:53:52
Once again, the LD, AP, OBE comparison is going to come into play.

 Sleep is NOT a part of a conscious AP or even a conscious OBE. Sleep is important to a LD simply because you need to become aware you are sleeping and in a dream in the first place. Sleep Paralysis, which occurs during sleep, may lead to a conscious AP or OBE. But many people don't get SP. I have asked many people and I would say out of 30 people, 1 person reported experiencing SP. It's funny though because out of those 30 people, only 1 or 2 even remembered dreaming on a regular basis. I know it's hard to believe, but we are on a Forum named the Astral Pulse, so we have already "awoken" to this or at least we are in the process of awakening to it.  smiley
I am surprised to read that sleep is not part of conscious projection. Most of my friends do not remember their dreams either.

We don't lack the focus to override our senses. Instead we lack the belief that we can. Most of this practice is about unlearning what we have learned. Hence my "change your mindset, change your reality" quote that I always use ...or what I also say "remembering what we once knew".

 Mind awake/body asleep doesn't mean that you lose your conscious awareness. It just means that you no longer are focusing on your physical body, which in turn leads to a shift in your awareness. Your physical body is and should be the only thing going to sleep. If you are using mind awake/body asleep and are losing your conscious awareness, then it most definitely will not lead to a immediate AP/OBE (in the true sense of the words), but may end up in a LD sometime during the night, purely by your intent.

 A trance, which one can enter attempting a AP is not sleep. Even in a deep trance one is still consciously aware.

I believe in...the power of belief, but I don't understand belief at the level required to do that? I know that I can create a reality, I know I have done it, yet I lack the belief to do it at will.

I agree with everything else you have said, but we are still misunderstanding each other I fear.

"Your physical body is and should be the only thing going to sleep"

Yes, but when it comes to actually achieving this state isn't there a synchronicity between mind and body going to sleep? For example if my mind goes to sleep, my body doesn't stay awake for 40 minutes afterwards. If I stop my mind from going to sleep, it takes my body 40 minutes to go to sleep perhaps. If I become aware after falling asleep I am able to astral project.

It therefore seems logical that putting the mind to sleep also puts the body to sleep. From there if you could restore your awareness immediately after falling asleep you could project. In this context focus to keep your mind awake is counter productive, you want to lower your awareness to the borderline, try to cross over and come back?

146  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Why am i always falling asleep when i try to astral project? on: September 12, 2016, 01:03:28
I see that we aren't both on the same page here. My bad!  sad

 I thought you were talking about having a projection from a conscious state of mind, as in a conscious shift or OBE, going through the entire process, not just waking up in a LD.

Your impression was correct, I was referring to the conscious projection. However, sleep still plays a part in this technique doesn't it?

One can try to go from wide awake to an astral reality in the span of one second, collapsing in a heap on the floor like someone has pulled the plug in The Matrix. But who is realistically going to have success with this, especially in the early phases?

We lack the focus to override our senses like that without a lot of practice. Our crutch is to automatically have the senses turned off for us by the slightly ambiguous "body asleep" mechanic. If you can manage to stay focused at the moment of sleep it is a certainty that you will experience extra-reality of some description, even if it is just the void.

The reason I question focus is because it does seem to undermine this reliable method. How can we accelerate the sleep process, while maintaining focus, when maintaining focus decelerates the sleep process? I can't help but feel that this isn't right because the technique fights itself.

There should be a path of least resistance here...the weakest focus possible to maintain awareness while trying to fall asleep?
147  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Why am i always falling asleep when i try to astral project? on: September 11, 2016, 05:08:53
I think the "bottom line" is to find a focus technique that works for yourself personally.

Maybe it is this simple, but achieving it isn't simple for a number of reasons. I find that concentration delays the sleeping process - if I want to fall back asleep in the early morning I can do that within a few minutes. If I decide to concentrate I will lay there for longer before getting into the sleep zone. Usually I just start thinking "this is stupid" because I could have just gone back to sleep and had a lucid dream before now.

It seems as if focus is counter productive to the goal because sleep is achieved most quickly by doing the opposite of focus.

At a deeper level, finding a focus is only a useful tool if you have the ability to focus. As a child I was diagnosed with an attention disorder by a psychologist. It doesn't bother me, but it has caused problems because when people talk to me I stop listening after 5 seconds. The same thing would happen in the lecture theaters at university to the point that the lecturer would call me out when my eyes glaze over mid class.

The place I go after the 5 seconds is like a form of projection because I lose all awareness of physical surroundings, but I can't control it. It is the type of rambling focus that leads to sleep. When I try to focus manually I quickly drift away from it or become disinterested.

It takes something really captivating to keep me focused. When I watch TV my partner will often ask me if I heard "that" and I wasn't even aware of the TV anymore. I bring my focus back and 5 seconds later I have missed the next thing. I have found one thing that does work for long periods, playing intense video games that require 100% of your focus and captivation to play effectively. I am not sure how to translate something so interactive into a focus I can use for projection.
148  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Why am i always falling asleep when i try to astral project? on: September 10, 2016, 03:23:39
If you think [Man that pizza was good] That is your consciousness sending it's intent to your mind and your mind then decodes that intent into our language. by doing this you to remain in the reality because your consciousness is sending signals to your physical mind in that reality.

This is a good thought, but I think it is incomplete; some projection authors describe that it is perfectly fine and possible to project while those "monkey mind" thoughts are happening. However, it is necessary to maintain concentration while those background threads of thought pass through. I think of it like watching TV show that you are intent on not missing while a person is trying to talk to you.

I have tested this theory from within an OBE by deliberately thinking of my body and this reality, which normally ends the experience, while maintaining a strong primary awareness of the room I was seeing. The experience remained as stable as ever.

Maybe the bottom line is not to let the thoughts interfere with your primary focus or concentration.
149  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Why am i always falling asleep when i try to astral project? on: September 09, 2016, 10:51:55
It might not be easily possible to perform a wake induced projection at night. I find success by default in the early morning with 2 or 3 experiences, never at night.

I am starting to think that it is a physical chemicals in your brain issue more than anything else. Those that have success at night time are most likely a special category where the mastery has progressed to the point that it doesn't matter when or where they attempt, furthermore, the odds are stacked against you at night.

I don't have any advice to offer on wake induced projection; my confidence is shattered in this area from the negative momentum of hundreds of failures. On the other hand dream induced experiences come more easily, however, they are not the same unless you have the mastery once again.

Odds of a successful wake induced experience...1% of attempts would be exaggerating unfortunately. Odds of getting into a dream experience, 300%, maybe even more per night. Odds of getting the experience you are looking for through the dream experience though and you are back to looking at less than 1%.

I am not saying this to dash anyone's confidence but to try and deepen understanding, my own included. My theory is that whether the experience is induced by dream or waking you still need that mastery to achieve your goals or every wake induced experience will end straight away. Use the dreams as a grounds for boosting your non physical mentality. Once you master that, wake induced may still be hard, but the experience won't end in a few seconds maybe.
150  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Oxidization levels affecting astral projection on: September 07, 2016, 09:33:32
I read an article discussing the chemical relationship between melatonin and DMT. The TL;DR is that melatonin minus carbon dioxide results in DMT. It is widely believed that DMT is associated with lucid dreaming in the REM cycle. The new information is that the REM cycle also corresponds to an increase in oxygen - breathing rates double in lab mice during REM. The increase in oxidization and blood alkalinity could correspond with more melatonin being broken down into DMT and thus more lucid dreams are experienced in the REM cycle.

I find this relationship fascinating because my own astral projections have only really succeeded either during REM or directly after performing the Wim Hof Method / Holotropic breath work. Furthermore, people observing my physical body while I project report that I breathe in a fast, almost panicked, manner despite that I am not having a remotely stressful experience in my mind.

My questions to you astral-nauts are the following:

Could the relationship between oxidization of the body and the ability to experience lucid dreams explain the common belief that physical health or a vegan diet is an important factor?

I don't understand why there is such a strong correspondence between DMT, dreams and REM when some people can just project at will during the day. What is happening chemically in the minds of these people?
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