Complications of Consciousness
Further examination of the mind-split effect leads to a very
that the majority of people probably succeed at
conscious-exit projection when they attempt it, even during very
Those who attempt OBE and feel
projection-related symptoms, like the heaviness of trance, racing
heartbeat, vibrations, torso rush, etc., are most probably
successfully projecting out of body. They just are not aware of this
at the time, and are therefore not remembering it afterward because
of the mind-split effect and shadow memory recall problems.
A popular theory is that everyone projects out every night to play
and explore and learn and do all kinds of neat spiritual stuff, as
if we were the astral otters of the universe.
Then why do 99 percent
of people have no memories of any kind of out-of-body existence?
Where are the memories of all these lost OBEs?
If the average
projectors remember one projection out of a hundred, then surely
during that one successful projection they would have some memory of
the ninety-nine forgotten experiences?
It is also quite common for projectors
to become aware halfway through astral-plane projections, skipping
the exit and first part of the projection entirely. Surely they
would then have some recall of what they had been doing for the
first half of their experience?
The simple truth is that they never
If you have been in the astral dimension for an hour, and you
suddenly become aware you are in the astral, you never have any
recollection of what you have been doing during the hour before you
became aware. In a way, this is like waking up in the astral and
taking over the astral body, which appears to have been operating
independently up until that moment. The memory of what it had been
doing for the previous hour is lost from that moment onward.
these the symptoms of yet another subtle body reintegration and
shadow memory recall problem, but on the astral level?
The mind boggles at the potential complexities of inter-dimensional
subtle body relationships and energetic conflicts. Further, consider
the compatibility problems that could arise between different levels
of consciousness, different levels of understanding, and memory
sharing between these. And let's not forget basic reintegration
problems and the fickle nature of the eventual shadow memory
download into the only permanent storage medium all subtle bodies
share, stretched between all aspects of the mind-split: the humble
Everything experienced out of body must
eventually be downloaded into the physical brain, in base level
understandability format, if it is to generate recallable memory.
If you examine case histories, or have experienced this yourself,
you find that every projection starts fresh, from the very
beginning, just as if it were the very first OBE. Projectors never
find available any continuing memories of astral-otter type of life,
even if they suddenly shift into an astral projection that has been
going on for some time. They remember other successful projections,
sure, but absolutely nothing of their ninety-nine failures, and all
the other nights when they just fell asleep.
Few people state that
their experience contradicts this scenario. I consider dreams and
overactive imagination to account for them.
So, what does happen to all these lost astral- and higher-level
Do they download into inaccessible levels of the
subconscious mind and hide in places where even the deepest level of
hypnosis cannot dig them out?
Why does one successful conscious-exit
projection provide vivid and lasting memories while the other
ninety-nine unconscious projections do nothing?
It seems possible that an intrusion by the base level of
consciousness (the physical/etheric mind in its normal waking state)
into the astral double causes the astral double's level of
consciousness to drop sharply.
This causes the astral level of
consciousness to revert to its lowest form, its fully integrated or
base level of consciousness. The lowest and coarsest level of a
consciousness unit appears, in all cases, to be far stronger than
any higher level or aspect of that same consciousness unit
(consciousness unit = the whole person or being).
When present, the base level thus replaces any higher levels of
consciousness and overwrites any memories gained independently by
those levels of consciousness on higher levels. This is what I
believe happens when higher and lower levels of consciousness
reintegrate on any dimensional level or level of consciousness. The
stronger base level simply replaces and overwrites the higher level.
The projection continues from that point at the base level of
consciousness and understandability, neatly replacing higher-level
The higher-level memories still exist after this event, but they are
driven into inaccessible levels of the subconscious mind and memory.
The overall effect is that a projection continues from that moment
on as if it had just started.
This occurs whether reintegration occurs
at the bottom end of the scale (in the waking physical body) or at a
higher level, say in the astral body, when the projector suddenly
becomes aware and wakes up inside the astral body mid projection.
The lowest level of consciousness always replaces and overwrites any
higher level of consciousness and effectively wipes out all trace of
its memories at the moment of reintegration.
This same thing appears to happen every time during the
re-integration of the real-time projected double with its physical
counterpart. The real-time double contains the experience memories
of all of its higher aspects within it. All memories of higher
levels of existence are therefore usually lost, downloaded into
inaccessible levels of subconscious mind and memory.
This shows there is an inherent problem
with reintegration: downloading and storing shadow memories in
accessible levels of the physical brain. By default, shadow memories
must be accessible to the base level of waking consciousness, and
stored in base-level format, if they are to be recognized by the
physical brain as recallable memories.
While I think it is unlikely as a continually ongoing process during
every moment of sleep, it does seem possible that the projected
double and all of its higher selves could lead separate lives while
they are out of their physical body. They could be, as is commonly
believed, continually gathering experience memories that the base
level of consciousness is simply not privy to. The physical brain is
not capable of storing and recalling higher-level memories unless
they are first converted into simple base-level format.
As a very rough guess, I'd say that less
than one percent of high-level experience memories are potentially
accessible to the physical brain at the base level of consciousness.
The great limiting factor of living a multidimensional existence
would be the availability of energy to all higher projected aspects.
It takes a lot of energy to maintain the integrity of a single
projected double. It would take a great deal more, requiring a high
level of energetic development, to simultaneously maintain multiple
copies of awake consciousness on multiple dimensional levels.
Memories from higher levels of consciousness may not even be in sync
with what the physical brain is capable of recognizing and storing
as viable memories. This factor causes the full memories of
high-level experiences to be stored deep within the subconscious
mind. The only parts of high-level experiences that are storable as
recallable memories are those parts the physical brain is capable of
recognizing and converting into base-level format.
I believe the above factor accounts for the metaphorical abstracts,
symbols, images, and feelings that are sometimes remembered after
high-level OBEs and dreams, instead of more recognizable types of
OBE and dream memories. This, if true, goes a long way toward
explaining the abstract and metaphorical nature of prophetic OBEs,
visions, and dreams and why these are so difficult to understand and
interpret. The physical brain is only capable of storing the surface
layer of high-level experience memories.
The thin surface layer of memories that can result from high-level
experiences are the physical brain's interpretation of higher and
more abstract levels of its own existence in higher dimensions,
while it is operating at a correspondingly higher level of
consciousness therein. I have found that the higher the level of
consciousness attained, and the higher the dimensional level
projected into, the more abstract and metaphorical existence
lucid dreams can also be affected by high-level
experiences. High-level experiences may not be able to download into
accessible levels of memory, but they will impinge upon the dream
mind and affect its environment and experiences. If these dreams are
remembered, meaningful and prophetic elements will often be found
This is very similar in cause and effect
as to how akashic pulse episodes (see part 5) will often leave
tantalizing fragments of high-level abstract metaphorical imagery
inside normal dream memories. Because of this, the importance of
dream memories to the life path of all individuals here in the
physical dimension should never be undervalued.
This raises the very real possibility that conscious-exit projection
causes a shift of the base level of consciousness (normal waking
consciousness) into higher subtle bodies. This may be the only thing
that allows any memories of existing in those levels to be captured
and downloaded into the physical brain.
To even begin to work around the complexities of this event requires
serious energetic, psychic, and spiritual development. It also
requires a major rethink of the belief system of any aspiring
high-level operator. High-level projectors must learn to handle all
their experiences as a very young child would do, without prejudice
or preconceived ideas. They must learn to see with the eyes of a
child. For this purpose, their belief system must be pruned back to
include only what they can do themselves, and what they have
experienced for themselves.
Every experience should be accepted simply, as a child would, and
not interpreted or explained and overcomplicated to death according
to any belief system or dogma, as adults so often tend to do. An
overcomplicated or faulty belief system not only blinds high-level
seekers, it also effectively blocks their ascension into higher
levels. Higher dimensional realities simply cannot be experienced if
these realities are contradictory to the seeker's own foundation
This helps explain some of the enormous difficulties encountered
when operating in dimensional levels above the mid-astral planes. It
would seem that a fully conscious exit from the physical body would
be the most basic requirement for conscious high-level projection. A
fully conscious shift into the astral body, and from there into the
high astral planes, and from there into the mental body and mental
planes and so on, would also seem to be basic requirements to
operating in those dimensional levels.
These basic requirements may be the only thing that allows conscious
projectors to bring back anything resembling real memories from
higher levels, even if these are only the surface layers of those
Memories gained by the base level while
operating at a higher level can then be recognized by the base level
of consciousness. Keep in mind, this does not overcome the
difficulties encountered with high-level abstract metaphorical
imagery natural to all levels of existence higher than the base
level of consciousness.
High-level surface-layer memories stored
in base-level format will still be abstract and difficult to
understand by the base level of consciousness.