3. The Incredible
Exactly what departs from the physical body and brain during an OBE?
How does this happen?
What, if anything, is left behind to watch
over the sleeping physical body?
What safeguards and protects die
continuing integrity of the original copy of mind and memory during
Many people, not surprisingly, are
fearful of attempting projection because these questions have not
been satisfactorily answered. Half-baked theories, assumptions,
stories, legends, and myths abound.
Two early OBE researchers and authors, Sylvan Muldoon and Hereward
Carrington, attempted to deal with the subject of the commonly felt
perceptions of duality - of being in two bodies at the same time,
during an out-of-body experience - in their book, The Projection of
the Astral Body. Muldoon stated that the physical brain receiving
two sets of perceptions at the same time caused dual perception.
He considered that one set came from the
physical body and one from its projected double, via its silver cord
connection. The sense organs of me physical body, Muldoon surmised,
must continue to function even though me physical body was left
empty after the projected double made a conscious exit.
For some reason, Muldoon and Carrington did not consider the
possibility that consciousness could continue to function in both
bodies at the same time. They assumed the physical body was left as
a mindless shell during any OBE. This observation, I believe, comes
from the very real perception that every projector has of separating
from their physical body during a conscious-exit projection.
This empty body assumption, like a lot
of early research and books on OBE and related fields, became source
material for all researchers and writers that followed in their
footsteps. This error in observation has been continually propagated
ever since. It is today almost universally accepted that the
physical body is left empty, unguarded, and exposed during any type
of OBE. Many people even believe their essential spirit or soul
leaves their physical body during a projection. These beliefs, quite
understandably, raise real concerns about safety and integrity
during an OBE.
If the mind and spirit did actually leave the physical body empty
during an OBE, it would be logical to assume that this empty body
could easily be vulnerable to outside interference. The possibility
of psychic attack, or even of possession, would be reasonable
Over the last hundred years or so, the above empty body assumption
has generated many beliefs, legends, and rituals: watcher beings,
astral sentinels, and astral guardians, plus the perceived necessity
for shields, magical wards, and rituals. One person I spoke to
stated vehemently that all projectors must first wash in consecrated
saltwater men bind themselves in iron chains to protect their
supposedly empty body during a projection-or risk possession and
soul damage or worse.
Because these issues have remained clouded for so long, many
projectors and would-be projectors worry a great deal about what
might happen if they cannot find their way back to their body, or if
their silver cord were to break or become damaged, or if they were
unable to get back to their bodies, or accidentally became locked
out of it in some way. They worry about returning to find their
physical body already occupied by an invading spirit, entity, or
demon - or even by another projector, for that matter.
The experience of consciously separating from the physical body and
leaving it behind can be extremely vivid and convincing. The
experience of existing and operating remotely and independently from
the physical body is also very distinct.
But empty body perceptions do not allow
projectors to perceive the underlying mind-split effects at work,
because successfully remembered conscious-exit projection allows for
only one side of a projection experience to be remembered... from
the projected double's side only. If a projection is unsuccessful,
the memories retained come solely from the physical body's side -
all shadow memories (OBE memories) are lost.
It is necessary to have memories from
both sides of a single projection experience before the mind-split
can be perceived for what it is. Only then can the mechanics and
dynamics of the projection mechanism be truly appreciated and
The integrity and safety of the physical body and of its original
copy of consciousness, mind, and memory, are never jeopardized
during OBE. As I will show in the coming pages, the physical body is
never left empty while it lives.
The Reflecting Nature of Hind
As part of a natural process, consciousness reflects a copy of
itself, outside the bounds of the physical body, either while it
sleeps or during any kind of conscious OBE.
This reflection is a kind of energetic
echo, containing a complete copy of consciousness, mind, and memory.
It reflects into a subtle body or energetic vehicle capable of
supporting and maintaining its integrity outside the bounds of the
physical body. This process does not lease the physical body empty
The reflection of consciousness usually happens unnoticed during
sleep or an OBE. The mind-split effect is not apparent even during
fully conscious-exit projections, where the projectors are fully
aware of their OBE from beginning to end, including the exit and
reentry phases. The symptoms of the mind-split effect are often
strong, and quite evident if you know what to look for. But they are
seldom recognized because of the way in which the mind-split
happens, and because the nature of the physical brain is to store
only a single memory for any single time period.
Most people have enough trouble grasping the concept of a single
projected double maintaining awake consciousness outside the bounds
of the physical body. Grasping that there can be multiple reflected
copies of a single mind, all existing and functioning simultaneously
and independently on different dimensional levels, can take a bit of
a mind flip. But that's essentially what happens.
Understanding the mind-split and the true nature of humankind's
multidimensional existence is extremely important. The mind-split
effect makes sense of a great deal of the often confusing and
conflicting data available on OBE. It greatly simplifies the
understanding of OBE, and provides insight into some of the more
esoteric and mind-boggling complexities of inter-dimensional
relationships and operations in general.
As I have said, it takes a bit of a mind flip to grasp the concept
of there being multiple copies of a single mind, each with the
potential to exist and operate independently during an OBE. Once the
first level of the mind-split is grasped, the next logical step is
to consider the possibility of multiple sets of memories recorded by
the brain for any given time period during sleep and OBE.
This, naturally, raises questions of how
the physical brain would deal with these, or even if it could cope
with them at all.
What types of memory-recording
problems would this cause the poor old physical brain?
How would this affect its
overall ability to record and recall out-of-body
And, if there are inherent
problems with these memory processes, how can these be
overcome to improve OBE operations and recall?
The above questions, while appearing
simple, raise complex issues. When I first tried to work it all out
it gave me a blinding headache!
I discovered the mind-split effect by sheer accident, during an
extremely powerful projection, as told below. Subsequent experiments
with the mind-split effect, sparked by this initial discovery, have
since verified my original hypothesis.
Once properly understood, many of the
negative effects of the mind-split on OBE recall can be worked with,
or worked around, instead of being suffered in ignorance. An
understanding of the mind-split effect greatly improves the chances
of getting out of body to start with, even for a rank beginner. It
does this by improving the likelihood that projectors will remember
their OBEs after the fact. The efficiency of all aspects of
out-of-body operations is, in general, also greatly improved.
I believe fully conscious OBE is nowhere near as difficult to
achieve as is commonly believed today. The reason projection is
considered difficult is because successful projectors usually do not
perceive the mind-split and its effects. These lucky few, who have
the knack of getting around the mind-split effect without even
knowing what they are doing or how they are doing it, recall some of
their out-of-body experiences. (No one recalls them all.)
Because these lucky few don't really
know what they are doing, they cannot explain how they do it.
Therefore, studying their experiences and copying their techniques
will not necessarily yield the desired results.
The mind-split is the single biggest cause of OBE failure, but is
virtually unknown for what it is. The mind-split leaves no trace or
memory of what went wrong if a projection fails. Time and again it
will turn successful OBEs into seemingly failed attempts. This
thwarts the natural learning process, as it does not allow
projectors to learn from their failures and thus improve upon their
Because of all this, people tend to
concentrate the majority of their efforts on projection techniques,
searching for just the right quick fix to launch them out of their
bodies. Projection technique, while important, is not the
be-all-and-end-all for successful projection.
There is a definite knack to remembering
an OBE, which can only begin to be learned when the mind-split is
properly taken into account.
Portrait of the Mind-Split
One full copy of thinking mind and memory - conscious and
subconscious - stays at all times within the bounds of the physical
body, whether awake, asleep, dreaming, or projecting. This original
or master copy, never leaves the bounds of its physical body while
it still lives.
When the physical body falls asleep, or
enters the trance state (mind awake and physical body asleep),
consciousness is automatically reflected (projected) into the
expanding etheric body. An energetic reflection of consciousness now
exists at a slightly higher energetic state than the awake physical
body allows for. The etheric body now contains within it a full
reflection, a copy of all memories, conscious and subconscious. The
expanded etheric body is now one energetic step above the physical
body, one energetic step closer to the real-time body, which is the
first level of the projectable double.
The sleeping physical body contains an energetic mechanism called
the dream mind. At some stage after the onset of sleep or the trance
state, the physical mind (master copy) will begin dreaming. The etheric body can stay fully conscious if held in the trance state
during a conscious OBE. It is also capable of functioning completely
independently from its projected and dream mind aspects, even while
both of these are fully active.
The physical/etheric body now internally generates the real-time
body, the first projectable double. This naturally occurs during
sleep (sleep projection), but can occur during the trance state. As
the real-time body is internally generated, another full copy of
consciousness and memory are automatically reflected into it. As
long as the real-time body generation and reflection of
consciousness is still fully enmeshed within the physical/etheric
body, its thoughts are fully synchronized with those of the etheric
No noticeable mind-split effect has
occurred at this stage, although the energetic conditions that allow
the mind-split to occur are now present. All systems are go at this
stage and a projection out of body can now happen naturally or can
be artificially triggered by a projection technique. As the
real-time body projects - at the precise moment marking the
beginning of separation - the first true mind-split occurs.
After projection, the real-time body exists as a completely separate
entity, functioning, thinking, experiencing, and recording memories
remotely and independently from its physical/etheric body.
After the real-time double has projected free, the expanded etheric
body, with its own copy of awake consciousness, remains aware for as
long as it can hold itself awake. It will usually consider it has
failed with its projection attempt, if one has been made, although
it may have experienced many projection-related exit symptoms. It
will feel tired, lethargic, and heavy, often experiencing partial or
full waking paralysis, and will normally fall asleep fairly quickly.
When the etheric copy of consciousness
falls asleep, it appears to sink into and meld with the
physical/dream mind, sharing its dream state.
During conscious-exit projection, the real-time body will be vividly
aware of the sensation of separating from and leaving its physical
body behind. At this stage, the real-time double is operating
completely independently from its physical/etheric double. Each will
occasionally sense the other's existence, and an interchange of
perceptions (sensations of duality) will often be experienced.
The real-time double will, for example,
often feel its physical body and hear sounds coming from that
location. This sensory perception interchange, one of the most
frequently noticeable symptoms of the mind-split, is greatly
affected by distance. It is strongest within twenty feet (six
meters) or so, and becomes progressively less noticeable with
Conditions now allow for further energetic copies of consciousness
to be reflected into higher subtle bodies and dimensions, above and
beyond the projected real-time double and the real-time zone.
After this process has taken place, we have two complete energetic
copies, plus their master copy of consciousness and memory:
1. Physical/dream mind (master
2. Physical/etheric mind (expanded etheric body)
3. Real-time projected double (first true mind-split)
One completely exterior mind-split has
also occurred between the physical/etheric body and die real-time
All three copies are energetically
interconnected, and all three are capable of functioning and
thinking completely independently - although in the case of the
physical/dream mind, on a more internalized level of consciousness
within die dream environment.
The natural purpose of this multiple mind-split effect is, I
believe, to allow the essential animating spirit to strip away the
layers of gross matter that hold it fixed within the physical body
and physical universe. This process progressively exposes the more
refined spiritual aspects of the central animating core of spirit
This enables it to temporarily exist in
higher dimensions, to reflect a part of itself there, during sleep
or OBE. A solid base inside the physical/etheric body remains behind
throughout this process, however, safely holding the original, or
master, copy of its earthly consciousness and memories for its
I suggest that shifting the base level of consciousness from the
physical/etheric body directly into higher dimensional levels, in a
single step, is way too big a leap. This shift appears to require a
gentler series of multiple reflections into progressively higher and
more refined subtle bodies, via multiple mind-splits. The conscious
essence held and maintained within any projected subtle body is not
just a mere energetic reflection of mind and memory, but a fully
functional copy of its essential animating consciousness and spirit,
plus all of its conditional and influential energetic modifiers.
More on this later.
My overall impression is that this process is designed to provide
the central animating spirit consciousness with regular and direct
exposure to the refining and adjusting influences of living karma
and universal law, as they exist at vastly higher and more rarefied
dimensional levels. This, I believe, is how karma and universal law
actually work: the higher subtle bodies filter up and down through
the dimensional scale - from the gross physical body to its highest
energetic slate - whenever the physical body sleeps.
You can find many clues showing the mind-split at work by examining
some of the enormous numbers of case histories available today - if
you know what you are looking for. Projectors often experience and
make note of symptoms of the mind-split, but these have never been
fully accounted for. The most commonly felt symptom is the sensation
of duality - of being aware of the physical body while also being
aware of existing in a subtle body at a different location.
"I was flying through the clouds
when I suddenly became aware of feeling my physical body back on
my bed, and of hearing the clock clicking in the room and traffic
noises drifting in through the open window".
showing subtle bodies.
Duality sensations are an occasional side effect of the mind-split,
caused, I believe, by the silver cord, which is the two-way
energetic linkage connecting the physical/etheric body with its
Shadow memory is my term for
all memories not gained during normal waking consciousness by the
physical body - memories gained through OBE, including lucid dreams
and dream experiences. Shadow memories are downloaded into the
physical brain after an OBE, and appear to exist in inaccessible
levels of memory.
Full waking consciousness completely
overrides and hides shadow memories, making them extremely difficult
to access and thus remember under normal circumstances.
A very light trance or near-daydreaming state encourages shadow
memories to surface inside the conscious mind where they can become
real memories. During this relaxed state, the conscious mind tends
to wander through events, ideas, fantasies, and memories, which
causes associations to be made with fragments of shadow memories.
Associations trigger the upsurge of shadow memories into conscious
levels of the mind. The first few minutes of each day, just after
waking, are when most people recall shadow memories.
This is thus the ideal state and time
from which to practice shadow memory recall exercises, using leading
trigger phrases to cause associations.
Double Trouble - Experience
I experimented with duality, mind-split, and astral-feedback effects
for well over a decade before writing this book. I had always been
curious as to how and why my physical body reacted with its
projected double, and how distance affected this.
I intuitively sensed there was more to
this than the common belief that the physical body tries to reclaim
its projected double if it gets too close. I had often experienced
unexplainable and confusing mixtures of perceptions and memories, at
times with two or more sets of events apparently occurring at the
same time during OBEs. Like many projectors, I had also often been
aware of events and noises in the real world around my physical body
at the same time that I was experiencing things in my projected
double at a remote location.
The following is a detailed account and breakdown of my first full
mind-split and astral-feedback experience. I have tried to simplify
this as much as possible to ease the inherent difficulties - not to
mention the grammatical nightmares - that arise when trying to
explain something as unnatural and confusing as a fall mind-split
Please bear with me.
Physical Body's Side
Meditating in my chair by the fire, I slowly returned to a
less-abstract level of consciousness as rain started drumming
heavily on the roof. The wind was getting up and shaking the windows
and doors. I glanced at the clock, briefly illuminated by a flicker
of lightning. It was half past two in the morning.
This was not unusual for me, as
occasionally I will meditate all night. I felt wonderful,
well-rested and full of energy. As the first distant sounds of
thunder rolled softly over the house, I thought to myself,
"I don't think I've ever projected
in a thunderstorm.... I wonder what it's like?"
Closing my eyes once again, I raised
more energy through my still active primary centers, deepening my
level of trance.
When I was satisfied with my level of
trance, I shifted my body awareness out in front of myself, strongly
feeling myself as standing a few feet in front of my chair. The
vibrations quickly started and spread throughout my body. My heart
center soon began to race. The vibrations peaked and I felt a
trickling upward rush of energy through my stomach and a brief
falling sensation as I began to project.
Then, just as I considered everything
was going fine, the vibrations suddenly stopped and... nothing
happened... zilch! Puzzled, I sat pondering, heavy with trance,
wondering why such an apparently successful projection exit had
failed. This had happened to me on many occasions, but I had never
I was, however, just about to find out
why... the hard way.
Projected Double's Side
Buzzing free of my physical
body after an easy exit, I came to rest floating several feet in
front of where I was sitting. At this distance, my real-time double
reflected the heavy action within my heart center. It throbbed
loudly as energy poured into me from my physical/etheric body.
It felt as if there were a little petrol
engine throbbing inside my chest. As I floated across the room, the
little engine in my chest purred faster as if to match my speed,
then slowed again to a steady throbbing whenever I stopped.
I passed through the wall near the window and went out into the
blustery rain-drenched night. What a gloriously wet feeling! I could
feel and smell and taste the rain passing through me as I floated
across my front garden. The invigorating sounds and smelts and
tastes of rain and wetness and plants and trees and soil and grass
were everywhere. These rain smells were so strong, many times
stronger than I would be able to sense in my physical body.
The rain-swept night filled me with a wonderfully happy type of
energy. It felt great to be so alive and out of my body on such a
glorious night as this. Swooping up and over the roof with a quick
loop, I hovered, looking around, the rain-filled wind buffeting and
sleeting through me even more strongly up here.
[The wind and rain did not actually move my projected double, but I
was keenly aware of the sensation of them passing through me.]
Sitting on the chimney, I gazed out over my old hometown, watching
the rain dance in the streets below me, swirling and gurgling
happily down gutters and drains. I listened carefully, taking
everything in. The rain sounds seemed full of friendly voices,
murmuring magical bubbly rhythms. Above, the low boiling clouds
glimmering with hidden internal lightning.
The tow sounds of heavy rolling thunder
filled me with awe and tingling energy. Sitting on the roof,
enjoying the storm and feeling a bit like a wet Mary Poppins, I felt
something tugging at my innards. I knew that this was coming from my
physical body in the room not far beneath me.
I reached out with my feelings and sensed my physical body,
instantly becoming aware of it. I felt the chair beneath me and the
pillow under my feet. I could hear the drumming rain, but as it
sounded from inside the house. Funny thing, for a moment I felt tike
I was back in my body again. I could hear my father's old clock
ticking on the wall. The sound of my old Labrador, Blue-Boy, snoring
and dream yipping, drifted in from under the kitchen table in the
family room to my far right.
Floating higher above the roof, I swooped down through the garden
and looped back up high, just grazing the dark-gray underbelly of a
heavy storm cloud in the process. The sensations coming from my
physical body eased the higher I went, soon stopping altogether.
When I floated back down to the roof again, the tugging sensation
began again. This was getting really weird, I thought.
I had often wondered at the real cause of the proximity reaction
between my projected and physical bodies. Many times I had felt
myself being in more than one place at the same time, sometimes even
flickering back and forth between my two bodies. But, I asked myself
again, how could that be? It didn't make sense. If I was up here,
then how could I be down there at the same time?
Surety, once I left my physical body I
was out of it and my body was left empty behind me, a mere hollow
shell... or was it?
My physical body was less than twenty feet below me at this time. I
was intrigued now and decided to devote the rest of this projection
to investigating proximity and duality sensations a little more
closely. Passing through the roof, I watched the insides of tiles
and timbers and plaster sheeting as I passed through them. I could
feel resistance and texture and could even taste their dusty acrid
Each type of matter looked quite
different from any other and all were brightly illuminated on the
inside, not dark as you might expect.
Projected + Physical Bodies
As I came through the
ceiling, I saw my physical body in the armchair, right where I'd
At the same time, though, I also became
fully aware of myself sitting in the chair, watching my own
projected double coming down through the ceiling, I was seeing
myself floating down through the ceiling, as well as seeing myself
sitting in the armchair - both at the same time! It was me sitting
in the chair, watching my projected double floating down through the
But, it was also me floating down
through the ceiling, watching myself sitting in the chair, while
also watching my projected double watching the other me sitting in
I was aware not only of both sets of vision, but of both sets of
thoughts, from both sides at once. I was aware of being aware of
both sets of thoughts, and of being aware I was aware of being aware
of being aware of both sets of thoughts, and this was swiftly
compounding and getting worse. This was not only mind-blowing and
confusing, it was also starting to make me feel quite ill... both of
An important aspect of this experience is that until my physical
aspect saw its projected double entering the room, it was totally
unaware its earlier projection attempt had been successful. Luckily,
at mis time, my physical aspect was experimenting with real-time
sight, and was observing and studying the room around it If not for
this factor, I doubt I would ever have discovered the mind-split.
Nor would I have experienced the full-on duality and astral-feedback
effects that occurred, which gave me such an insight into the nature
of the mind-split.
My physical aspect was only momentarily surprised when it saw its
own projected double. As soon as it connected visually, a strong
telepathic link formed between them and memories flooded both ways.
An exchange of memories occurred between my physical and projected
aspects. Both aspects, physical and projected, then knew exactly
what had happened to each other from the moment of separation, when
the mind-split had initially occurred, until then.
This provided me with a unique
experience: that of having two completely different sets of
memories, for a single time period, coexisting within my mind
(within both aspects of my mind) at the same time.
As stated, my physical aspect was aware of attempting a projection
and feeling the usual energetic sensations associated with a
powerful real-time exit. These sensations had then stopped cold,
leaving my physical aspect sitting in the chair wondering what had
It (I) decided to carry on with some energy work and real-time sight
experiments. My physical aspect was totally oblivious, at this time,
that it had already successfully projected its real-time double. My
physical aspect felt a little heavy and sluggish after the
supposedly failed projection attempt, with all the symptoms of a
fairly deep trance.
I also had fairly strong real-time sight, and could see the room
much clearer than before. This was all fairly normal for the type of
meditation and energy work I was doing at the time. I did not
suspect that anything extraordinary was happening to me at this
I decided to play around with real-time sight instead of falling
back into a more abstract mystical state of deep trance meditation.
I studied the room around me, slowly shifting my view so I could see
behind me without physically moving. I was moving my etheric body
around, quite literally, inside my own skin. There was no real
sensation of movement, although it took considerable effort and
concentration to do it, but my point of view moved as if my head
By the way, this indicates that the
etheric body (if awake) can gain some freedom of movement inside its
physical body while an OBE is in progress. After several minutes, I
felt an uncomfortable tension building up in my torso. This had
happened a couple of times already during the course of my current
experiments, but I thought that my effort to rotate my etheric body
inside my physical body was causing it.
I tried to extend a part of myself through the wall behind me, to
project my point of view through it, but failed, although I could
see behind me fairly clearly. I then felt a tangible presence in the
room with me. I rotated my gaze to the front again, just in time to
see an astral being slide down through the ceiling. I was
momentarily surprised and perplexed, but realization flooded me the
moment my gaze connected with the gaze of my projected double.
This caused an incredibly strong
telepathic connection, visual plus mental, and another set of
memories suddenly flooded into me... feeling almost as if they had
been there all the time.
As we connected, the uneasy tension in my physical body worsened. I
started to feel steadily increasing symptoms of nausea and something
like physical shock.
This connection was the start of what I
now call astral feedback.
Physical + Astral Bodies
As my physical aspect and its projected double connected, we both
became aware of both sets of memories from the moment of our initial
separation at the projection exit.
Once the telepathic connection and
astral feedback started, I began to feel weak and nauseous in both
bodies. My physical heart began pounding erraticallyand this was
reflected into my projected double. I was experiencing two
completely different sets of vision, thoughts, and feelings, all at
the same time, reflecting back and forth and swiftly compounding.
This was, apart from the growing
disorientation and nausea, absolutely fascinating. It also made a
lot of sense. This first full mind-split experience provided answers
to a lot of questions about certain projection oddities and
phenomena. Just because my projected double was separated from its
physical body, why would my physical mind (original copy) have to
stop thinking and being? Why would it be left empty?
I now had firsthand evidence that the
mind splits, reflecting itself into two or more identical and
independently thinking aspects during a projection.
My projected double moved with some difficulty, carefully observing
and studying its physical body in the chair, while the physical
aspect of me watched it back and tried to do the same. This was no
mean feat and took some very real effort on both sides. The nausea
and mental pressure steadily increased in both aspects. I studied
these effects as best I could in the short time I had. My heart
center was throbbing unevenly and it felt like my physical heart was
also pounding heavily and erratically.
My level of trance began eroding at the start of the telepathic
connection and I was now feeling more paralyzed than tranced. My
physical body felt disoriented, dizzy, and highly nauseous. I could
feel cold sweat trickling down my face and a chill spreading through
my stomach and bowels. I felt like I was going into physical shock
and would soon lose control over my bodily functions or pass out, or
Throughout all of this I remained calm and controlled, but my mind(s)
were definitely being stretched way beyond their design limits. I
started to worry, considering the possibility that I might damage or
kill myself if I continued with this experiment for too long. This
would obviously negate its value entirely, to say the least.
As my projected double was the only aspect capable of moving, and as
this aspect was fully aware of the danger we were both in, he (it?
I?) quickly moved out of the house. The feedback ceased the moment
he went out through the wall and we soon lost contact with each
The nausea, etc., quickly eased off.
Projected Double - Same Time Period
I felt weak and heavy; movement was becoming extremely difficult,
like wading through thick mud. I struggled to move about the room
while trying to study and understand the strange effects I was
experiencing. I had very little energy and felt the nausea my
physical body was feeling, which seemed to make it even worse,
somehow reflecting and compounding it.
I felt an incredible pressure, as if
something were dragging at me and sucking the life out of me.
I moved away from my physical body, an extremely difficult thing to
do. I felt a great weight pull ing at me from behind as I turned my
back on my physical body. It was as if I were moving in slow motion.
A chill went through me as I turned and an atmosphere of fear
settled over me that I could not explain.
We understood what was happening to us, both aspects of myself, and
both of us concentrated on clearing our minds in an effort to ease
the telepathic tension between us. This helped a little, and with
enormous effort I made it through the wall and back out into the
rain-drenched night. The pressure eased off quickly as I left the
house and soon disappeared altogether.
I flew away from the house, skimming rooftops and enjoying the
thunderstorm once more. Flying through heavy rain is a truly
invigorating experience and I felt the strength flowing back into
me. Looping high under the heavy storm clouds and swooping down
again, I followed the wet road at motorcar speed close to the
surface, watching the heavy raindrops dancing off the road as I slid
along it. I could taste and smell the wet bitumen intensely and
could also feel the texture of the road's surface as I scooted along
it, weaving through the shadows of the dimly lit, tree-lined street.
I mulled over the implications of what had just happened and decided
I had better get back to my physical body fairly soon, as it had
been quite distressed when I'd left. My physical aspect probably
would expect me back very shortly and would not appreciate it if I
stayed out for too long. I knew I'd feel that way if I were he,
which I was, or am. On that slightly confusing note, I turned and
made a beeline back to the house and my waiting physical body.
Once the projected double departed, the nausea eased quickly, but I
still felt quite shaky and my heart continued thudding erratically,
missing the occasional beat. I could move again, but only just, and
I still felt partially paralyzed. I figured my projected double was
still out but would return very soon. I knew I would if I were he,
or rather, if he were me, which he was, or I was, or I am, or he is
(whatever the correct grammar for this is).
I relaxed, trusting myself, and cleared
my mind to make the coming reentry easier.
Astral + Physical
My projected double returned a few minutes after leaving, slipping
quietly through the wall and into the room. He/I approached my
physical body, feeling at the last moment like he/I were being
sucked into it. My physical aspect became aware of its projected
double's return when the feeling of tangible presence and tension
A few seconds later, my physical aspect felt a tingling energetic
body rush as its projected double reentered and reintegrated with
its physical body. The tingling surge of energy started in my legs
and quickly rushed up through my torso (a trickling, tingling
excitement kind of energetic sensation) from my groin up through to
The gap in my memories, from the time my two aspects had last parted
company, suddenly vanished. I now had full recall of both sides of
the latter part of the experience, the most recent part.
I must say, it is an extremely odd thing
to have two sets of memories for a single time period, but you soon
get used to it.
The mind-split experience, as given above, and the many controlled
experiments I have done similar to this, indicate that when the
projected double leaves the physical body it takes with it a full
copy of all memories up to the exact moment of the mind-split. From
that moment onward, the projected double records its own memories
The physical body also continues recording its own set of memories
after the moment of separation - memories of a continuing and
unbroken existence within the physical/etheric body after an
apparently failed projection attempt. The physical body has no
further contact or way of knowing what is happening to its projected
double after the moment of separation.
When the mind-split occurs, there is a very definite break in the
connection between the physical brain and its projected copy, as
though a switch had been thrown. Many projectors hear a definite
"Click" at the moment of separation, sounding much like a light
switch being thrown. This may be a symptom of the mind-split
Both physical and projected aspects continue to record two
completely separate sets of memories, in two unbroken streams,
separately and independently, until reintegration. If the download
of the projected double's shadow memories (into an accessible level
of the physical brain) is unsuccessful, the physical/etheric mind
will have no way of knowing that a projection ever took place. In
this case, only the memories of the physical/etheric aspect will
This is what normally happens after a
seemingly failed projection attempt, where projection-related
symptoms have been experienced, e.g., vibrations, rapid heartbeat,
and falling sensation, but an OBE is neither experienced, realized,
nor remembered, after that moment.
On reintegration, the strongest set of memories for the same time
period - usually the physical/etheric body's side of the experience,
its thoughts and dreams - becomes the memory stream retained and
recorded in the physical body's permanent storage mechanism, the
human brain. This is because the physical/etheric body's memories
are automatically recorded by the physical brain as they happen,
making shadow memory recall, by nature, a fairly difficult
If the projected double does not succeed in impressing its shadow
memories strongly upon the physical brain during reintegration, or
if the physical brain is unreceptive, its shadow memories will
usually fail to make any noticeable impression at all. They thus
become effectively lost to the conscious mind.
Shadow memory loss is far less likely if the physical/etheric mind
works with its projected double before, during, and after their
This is part of the reason why I
strongly advise people to keep their early projections ultrashort,
as this greatly increases their chances of reclaiming their shadow
memories during reintegration.
As the above mind-split
experience shows, astral feedback can occur if the physical/etheric
mind connects with its own real-time mind during a projection.
Direct astral feedback is a powerful energetic, telepathic
phenomenon that, if allowed to continue for too long, could very
possibly cause psychological, energetic, and even physical damage to
Direct astral feedback is like forcing
the human mind to grasp actual infinity - the limitlessness of which
no human mind is capable of grasping.
Dual memory streams
of mind-split, from separation to reintegration, showing failed
shadow memory download.
Full astral feedback, as shown above,
seems to occur only when both physical and projected doubles are
fully awake and focused directly on each other at the same time.
This can easily be avoided by not
looking too closely at your physical or projected bodies, from
either aspect, during a projection. If this does happen, however,
astral feedback can be broken very easily when it first starts by
simply shifting the attention of the projected double away from its
physical body and leaving the area immediately.
But the energetic sensations caused by the reintegration of the
projected double with its physical body are extremely important to
shadow memory recall when working with the mind-split.
All reasonably competent real-time
projectors can re-create a full mind-split experience with astral
feedback, provided they can hold their physical/etheric aspect awake
for long enough after the exit, and if they can use real-time sight
ability to make the necessary visual/telepathic connection. This
will provide firsthand evidence of the mind-split and its
To sum up, astral feedback has three main aspects:
Telepathic connection: Astral
feedback results from the physical/etheric and real-time mind
focusing directly on each other during a projection, forming a
direct two-way, reflecting, compounding, and incredibly strong
telepathic connection. This is something like the infinity
effect you get when you hold two mirrors facing each other. Each
mirror (or mind) reflects a reflection of its own reflection
(identical minds) and this compounds back and forth into
Visual Connection: When the
physical/etheric mind is awake during a projection, it usually
gains some degree of real-time or astral sight. This allows it
to see into the real-time zone around it, making it possible for
it to see its own projected double. This in itself presents no
real problem unless the projected double looks back at it.
They then begin seeing through each
other's eyes, and this causes a reflecting visual link that
begins compounding into infinity, along with their thoughts and
feelings. A direct two-way visual connection appears necessary
to cause astral feedback. This is a very disturbing phenomenon
and I don't recommend you try it for more than a few seconds at
Emotional Connection: Emotion can
also form a part of astral feedback, as above, but will more
often cause a different type of feedback on the emotional level
alone. Emotional feedback, which does not appear to require a
telepathic or visual connection, is quite different from astral
feedback. It does not cause the same nauseating feedback effect,
but can affect the physical/etheric body and its projected
double quite strongly.
Fear, anxiety, anger, excitement,
and the sexual urge - especially primal urges such as fear and
sex - all have very strong emotional undercurrents that can
cause particularly strong emotional feedback between the
physical/etheric, real-time, and astral bodies. If not taken
into account and controlled, primal urges can reflect back and
forth, growing in strength and compounding. This can cause
enormous problems for an unwary projector.
OBE Success and Failure
Apart from my own extensive projection experience, I have also dealt
with an enormous number of case histories during my years consulting
on the Internet.
In this time, I have dealt with a great many almost
projection experiences sent to me by projectors who appear to be
doing everything right. In most cases, they have learned and
practiced the necessary skills and techniques, but keep failing the
Everything goes fine up to the moment
when separation should occur: they feel a falling or floating
sensation, then nothing happens... zilch. The whole experience ends
right there. All the projection-related sensations vanish. This
usually leaves them blurry, heavy, and sometimes even partially
paralyzed - though no more so than a good level of trance will.
Most people are so tired and disappointed by their seemingly failed
projection attempt that they just roll over and go to sleep. They
believe they have simply failed... once again. (Does this sound
familiar?) But in most cases like this, the projection itself has
been a complete success.
Falling asleep is the very last thing you should do after the
projected double has made its exit. A light sleep does not cause too
many problems, as long as the projected double does not stay out for
too long. A deep sleep, however, causes plenty of problems. The
projected double should always plan to reenter before its physical/etheric
body falls into a deep sleep.
Once the physical/etheric mind falls into a deep sleep, the
projected double may not be able to reenter its physical body at
that time. A deeply sleeping physical/etheric body is, at the very
least, unable to respond to the energetic sensations caused by its
returning projected double. If it does not recognize the symptoms of
reentry and reintegration, it cannot help in recapturing shadow
memories. It may wake up suddenly after reintegration, but it may
not be able to recall any projection memories - usually not.
The energetic sensations caused by the returning projected double
are very distinct and noticeable, if you know what they are and are
awake enough to feel them. These are extremely important. They can
be used with great effect to capture shadow memories at the precise
moment of reintegration, when they are strongest. An awake or only
very lightly sleeping physical/etheric mind allows for much easier
and more reliable shadow memory downloading during the tricky
reintegration phase at the end of a projection.
The projected double cannot reenter its physical/etheric body unless
this is partially awake, or only very lightly asleep and easily
awakened, to allow full reintegration and a successful shadow memory
download. If the physical/etheric body and mind have fallen into a
deep sleep, the projected double may be held outside the bounds of
the physical/etheric body until it wakes up and causes reintegration
to occur through the act of waking.
Just as a partially sleeping or tranced physical body and mind are
required for projection to occur, so a body and mind at least
partially waking are required for reintegration to occur. On top of
this, if the projected double stays out of its body for too long it
will at some point lose control and begin to fall asleep itself.
When the physical body finally wakes up, there may be - if anything - only a vague blur remaining of any projection memories, often
mixed up with fragments of dreams.
Ignorance of the mind-split, projection, and shadow memory recall is
the major cause of projection memory failure. If the mind-split
effect is properly taken into account, however, it can be made to
work for projectors, not against them.
Out-of-body projection, in itself, is
reasonably easy to learn. Most people can learn to project with a
minimum of training and fuss. Very few, however, remember their
projections, although they will most likely succeed during many
early attempts. Working with or around the mind-split, to recapture
shadow memories, is the key to successful OBE. In most cases, it is
not the projector's projection technique or abilities that cause
projection failures, but the mind-split phenomenon itself.
Successful projectors may doubt my theories on the mind-split and
its wide-ranging affects on all aspects of OBE, because they have
always experienced a single continuance of memory during OBE - the
few they remember, that is. They remember consciously exiting their
body with their memory continuing to record in a single and
apparently unbroken stream.
This gives them the vivid impression
that they have actually left their physical body behind (and they
have, in one sense) but does not prove they have left it completely
They might say: "Hey man, I remembered my entire projection and my
whole mind came with me, pal! I got out and traveled and did some
really neat things, then got back into my body and remembered it
all, as simple as that, just like any normal memory". But, I ask you
this, does it really happen quite as simply as all this? Do poor
skill, poor natural ability, and poor projection technique really
account for the extremely high failure rate associated with
conscious-exit projection? I don't think so.
It is more logical to consider that when an entire projection is
remembered from exit to reentry, memory has simply continued
recording in an apparently unbroken stream throughout the entire
projection, from start to finish.
The projectors are unaware that the
shadow memories have simply overwritten the physical/etheric body's
memories for that time period. The mind-split still occurred, but
was completely unnoticed. This provides a single memory, apparently
unbroken, of a projection from the time of separation to reentry -
one single memory stream for a single time period.
In this case, they have simply lost the
physical side of the experience, rather than losing the projection
Mixed Projection/Dream Memories
Understanding and taking into account the mind-split takes us a long
way toward explaining a great many projection and dream memory
problems. Logically, of two or more memory sets for a single time
period, the strongest parts will form the dominant memory set. These
will form the final wrinkle in the physical brain, so to speak,
replacing weaker ones. If there are strong elements in each memory
set, only fragments of the strongest parts may be retained.
Counting the basic reflected copies created by the mind-split
astral mind, we have the
potential for three distinct mind-splits to occur
between these copies: one internal and two external
This list does not include anything
above the astral body.
Please note that the awake physical body/mind becomes the etheric
body/mind before any mind-splits occur. So the physical body/mind is
not counted as a separate entity in the list below.
This is because when the physical
body/mind is in the awake state, all reflected copies are fully
integrated and contained within it - i.e., they don't exist in this
[Time lines (memory streams)
are shown below as >>]
1. Dream mind (reflected copy). First unbroken memory
Mind-Split #1 - Internal
2. Etheric mind (master copy). Second unbroken memory
Mind-Split #2 - External
3. Real-time mind (reflected copy). Third unbroken
memory stream recording.
Mind-Split #3 - External
4. Astral mind (reflected
copy). Fourth unbroken memory stream recording.
The above shows four completely separate
memory streams being simultaneously recorded for a single time
period during an OBE. These are recorded by four identical copies of
the same mind, each existing independently on a different
The bottom line here is that the
physical brain's final memory for any single time span during an OBE
(that final wrinkle) can come from more than one source. Any or all
of these four reflected aspects of the same mind can contribute to
this final memory.
An important point to keep in mind is that the etheric body/mind is
so closely enmeshed with the physical brain that it has much less
trouble storing its memories therein. This, in itself, can cause
shadow memory recall problems. During the trance state, for example,
the center of thinking consciousness shifts into the etheric body,
thus allowing the physical body to fall sleep.
However, if the etheric mind stays awake
in the trance state, it is capable of recording a single unbroken
memory stream directly into the physical brain's storage mechanism.
Etheric body/mind memories recorded during the trance state continue
in a single unbroken memory stream. These memories are recorded
directly into the physical brain, which, therefore, may not allow
the projected double to interfere with previously recorded memories.
This would involve overwriting previously recorded and stored
memories (real memories) with another memory set for that same time
period. This may be unacceptable to the physical brain's memory
If projection occurs during the trance state, and the etheric mind
stays fully awake for some time after the exit, reentry is crucial
and must be handled intelligently to capture and download the
projected double's delicate shadow memories into accessible levels
of the brain during reintegration.
But projection memories are generally
easier to recapture from a tranced or semitranced state than if the
physical/etheric minds are allowed to enter the deep sleep state.
My experience indicates that higher subtle bodies, operating above
the astral level, may undergo similar mind-split processes, and have
similar properties, as their lower counterparts.
These, however, operate at vastly higher
and more abstract levels of consciousness. I do not mean to
deliberately complicate matters here (I think I've done enough of
that already), but as I am fond of saying,
"The further away you get
from the physical universe, dimensionally speaking, the more bizarre
and complicated everything all too soon becomes".
This shows, I think, the enormous difficulties inherent to
projecting into dimensional levels above the astral planes, and of
remembering this after the fact.
It goes a long way toward
explaining why projections into the mental and higher dimensions are
virtually unheard of. And, let's not forget that we are also dealing
with multiple copies of the subconscious mind, and multiple altered
states of consciousness.
I think there is enough to deal with just studying the lowest levels
of the mind-split and of its effects on OBE and shadow memory
storage. The higher levels can be disregarded for now. Anything
above the astral planes is pretty much out of the reach of the
majority of projectors anyway.
Problems of reintegration and shadow memory recall appear mostly to
concern the first two mind-splits. These undoubtedly cause similar
problems with higher levels of projection. All projection memories,
no matter at what level they were gained, must eventually be
downloaded into the physical brain in the same way, in order to form
a memory at the base level of consciousness.
The complications raised by breaking down the entire mind-split
effect from start to finish are staggering.
While it is certainly something to
ponder, it is definitely headache material and not entirely relevant
to normal levels of projection.