22. Overcoming the Mind-Split
A lifetime of projection experience, exploration, and research leads
me to believe that mind-split effects are the largest contributing
factor to OBE memory failure.
This problem is complicated by many
subtle factors, many of which can be overcome fairly easily with a
little understanding and preparation, plus a few tricks.
I call memories gained during any kind of out-of-body experience
shadow memories. They exist for some time after reintegration, in
energetic form, waiting to be triggered through mental associations
into living memories. While in the shadow state, memories are
extremely delicate and are easily lost, behaving much as dream
If shadow memories are not downloaded into accessible levels of
consciousness during the reintegration of the projected double with
its physical counterpart, they cease to exist; it is as if the
experiences that caused them never happened. Remembering an OBE is
the most fickle part of any successful projection.
To reiterate: When the mind-split occurs, a full copy of
consciousness and memory stays resident inside the physical/etheric
body at all times. This, the original master copy, is fully capable
of independent thinking if it has the energy and training to hold
itself awake. But it normally becomes semiconscious and falls asleep
soon after the mind-split occurs.
The copy of consciousness that was reflected into the projected
double is completely independent. It is energetically generated,
projected, and maintained, exterior from the physical/etheric body.
Once the mind-split occurs, it records its experiences separately.
But even though the real-time double has successfully projected and
is awake and aware, the physical body is left lying there, also
fully aware, but usually unaware of its successful projection out of
body. The projector just lies there, disappointed and heavy with
trance, often partially paralyzed and pondering another seemingly
failed projection attempt, maybe even going on with projection
attempts that all too soon give way to sleep.
The short time spent pondering a seemingly failed projection attempt
is enough to form a solid memory in the physical brain for that time
This memory thus becomes the strongest resident memory for
that time period. During reintegration, shadow memories for that
same time period will have a hard time overwriting these. The
resident memories may be very short, dull, and boring, perhaps only
a couple of minutes' worth, but these will easily replace hours of
exciting shadow memories. The physical/etheric body's memories have
a much stronger and more immediate connection with the physical
brain. Its memories are automatically recorded as they happen and
thus make more of an impression upon it.
When the dream mind becomes active, it tends to weaken the integrity
and coherence of the projected double. The etheric body then has to
energetically support another functioning copy of consciousness, its
physical body's dream mind.
This causes a general weakening of all
exterior copies of consciousness and all energetically recorded
This can have a pronounced effect on the shadow
memories of the real-time and astral doubles, which seem to be last
on the list during reintegration. Dream memories can be very strong
and immediate, and will often overwrite or mix with real-time and
astral memories. Because of this, shadow memories for most people
are usually remembered only as disconnected bits and pieces floating
in a sea of unrelated dream fragments.
Fully conscious out-of-body projection requires the physical/etheric
body to be in a light-to-normal sleep state, or in the trance
equivalent. Successful reentry and reintegration requires the
physical/etheric body to at least partially awaken, or the projected
double becomes effectively locked out of its physical body until its
physical body wakes, which may take all night.
During the several hours or so that a projected double can be locked
out of its physical body during a normal night's sleep, it too will
eventually fall asleep, as its higher-dimensional aspects are
projected or become active. These higher aspects operate at much
higher levels of consciousness than the physical mind or its
real-time double does, and these higher aspects may only be vaguely
aware they even have a physical body to return to. The thought of
returning to the physical body in an attempt to salvage high-level
shadow memories may be an extremely low priority to these higher
As I said in the beginning of this book, I believe that the key that
allows for reliable, planned, and repeatable projections out of body
lies in the relationship between OBE and physical memory storage at
the base level of consciousness.
My research points to the key factor for successful shadow memory
downloading being a small and previously unrecognized element of the
trance state, something that happens naturally in those hazy few
moments between the sleeping and waking states. This element is a
simple flickering of consciousness. This flickering happens when the
projector's almost-awakening consciousness briefly flickers between
the sleeping and waking states before waking completely.
This flickering can allow shadow memories to successfully download
into accessible levels of memory during reintegration. While
consciousness is flickering between these two states, the physical
brain's memory storage vaults lie wide open, waiting but not
recording. This provides a brief window through which the physical
brain can receive a full shadow memory download. Miss this window
and - chances are - no shadow memories at all will be downloaded
into accessible levels of the physical brain.
The projector then has
to rely on something triggering the shadow memories before they
Some people seem to have a natural inborn OBE memory key and can
download a higher-than-average percentage of their shadow memories
with very few problems. These lucky people, however, are few and far
between and cannot tell us how they do it. Neither can they tell us
why others fail when they diligently copy what appears to be the
very same process.
A well-controlled and stable trance state is not the key. The nature
of physical memory storage in the human brain is to record only one
set of memories for any single time period. An active mind, even
during a controlled trance state, will block the shadow memory
download from the projected double during reintegration.
Tantalizing clues to solving the OBE memory download problem can be
found when it is considered that deliberate reentry into the
physical body can be extremely difficult, if not downright
impossible, once the physical/etheric mind falls into the deep-sleep
state, or enters the trance equivalent of it: the deep-trance state.
The key to unlocking and using mis briefly open memory-download
window lies in knowing exactly how long it will be before a
projector's waking consciousness starts to flicker. Reentry and
reintegration should be timed to coincide with this hazy flickering
moment. Shadow memory loss can be minimized by creating this
flickering state deliberately, by causing consciousness to flicker
at regular intervals during the course of a projection. This
provides brief windows through which potential shadow memory
downloading can occur.
It is quite difficult for the average person to re-create this
flickering state without losing control and falling asleep.
Synchronized timing is the best way to overcome this difficulty,
done from both within and without the physical body. The projected
double and its physical/etheric counterpart must work together. An
attempt can then be made to coordinate reentry and reintegration at
times when this window is known to be open, with the mind being
artificially caused to flicker at prearranged times.
The bottom line
here is that the key to a successful and reliable OBE is for you to
develop the ability to work with your projected double during
planned projections, rather than leaving shadow memory recall to the
fickle winds of chance.
Working around the Mind-Split
You can do several things to work around the mind-split and minimize
OBE shadow memory loss.
All tricks aside for the moment, improving
and exercising the ability to recall dream and OBE memories is an
important step in this learning process. The physical brain is
capable of recalling significantly more shadow memories if it has
some practice at doing this.
The more often shadow memories are
recalled, the easier recalling them becomes.
Shadow Memory Trigger Phrases
Recalling dream memories trains the mind to recapture shadow
memories. Doing this is quite easy and takes only minimal time and
effort. Each morning, as soon as you wake up, spend your first
couple of minutes pulling back the previous night's shadow memories.
Sit up on the side of your bed with your feet on the floor, or sit
in the bathroom, and reach out for shadow memories and pull them
back. Set your mind in search mode, as you would for some small fact
you have temporarily forgotten. Keep searching and trying to pull
them back, even if your mind feels a total blank.
The memories are
there, they just have to be triggered and dug out. Use the trigger
phrases given below, over and over.
I felt these awesome vibrations and then...?
I buzzed out of my body and then...?
I floated across the room and then...?
I passed through the wall and then...?
I looked at my hands and they...?
I was just about to...?
I was inside...?
I was talking to...?
There were lots of...?
I was flying over...?
I was with...?
I saw a...?
You can make up many more phrases yourself.
These must be related to
something you are likely to be doing while dreaming or projecting.
After a planned projection, use trigger phrases related to primary
mission goals. You may think you failed the OBE mission, but there
is a good chance that you succeeded and just lost the memory during
Push the trigger phrases with your mind. Reach out and feel for
shadow memory fragments in your memory as you say them to yourself.
With each trigger phrase, imagine yourself doing what the trigger
suggests. Adopt the attitude of having forgotten something you know
well and are scanning and searching your memory for. Confidently
expect it to pop into your mind at any moment.
Try to imagine what it would be like to come out of your body while
still awake. Imagine the vibrations, the rapid heartbeat, the
falling sensation, then floating up and out as you buzz out of your
body. Put some effort into this, and re-create it in your mind's eye
as if it had really happened, because chances are it did. Say the
trigger phrases out loud if you like, as this can help with the
Once you can lock onto a single fragment of shadow memory, you have
the key to finding and unlocking many more. This fragment may be of
a projection, a lucid dream, or a dream. All are valuable, and any
type of shadow memory recall makes for good practice. Concentrate on
With a little effort, your mind will start finding
more and more shadow memories associated with them. Soon, the
memories will start flooding back into your mind. They might be
garbled and disjointed, but now they are real memories. You can sort
them out and deal with them later. Some shadow memories are always
accessible! You just have to trigger them, lock onto them, and drag
them back, sometimes kicking and screaming. If you practice daily,
your shadow memory will become progressively stronger and its
memories will become easier to recall.
After the initial recall attempt, for the next few hours keep a
small part of your mind searching in the background as you go about
your affairs. Real-life events, words, and thoughts will often
provide mental associations that will cause shadow memories to
surface. When a shadow memory fragment is triggered, write it down,
then spend a few moments pondering and strengthening it, trying to
expand upon it and find other shadow memories related to it. Keep a
small notebook and pen handy. If you do not write them down or pay
attention to them immediately, shadow memories usually vanish again
Persevere, be patient, and work at this over the long term for a few
minutes each day.
This is especially helpful if you seem to be
continually missing the exit, with projection sensations just fading
away at the last moment.
It is important to record keywords and phrases as soon as possible
after locating shadow memory fragments. Recalled shadow memories can
feel vivid and substantial and you may think, "Wow, I'll never
forget this!" but most likely you will, a few moments later. Shadow
memories are transient by nature and are very easily lost.
Immediately record shadow memories as soon as they surface. It is
not necessary to write a complete account, as this may take too long
and cause you to forget more than you record. The first thing to do
when you locate shadow memories is to vocalize the experience
immediately, mentally or out loud. This will help hold them long
enough for you to write them down. Keep talking until you get the
keywords down. Just jot down a few words and phrases to cover the
memories. Once this is done you can relax and flesh them out later,
using these fragments to trigger more associated memories.
The more often you work at recalling and recording shadow memories,
the better you will get at it. Eventually it becomes second nature.
I advise you to make this a lifelong daily habit. I have been doing
this for more than twenty-five years. When I wake each morning I can
now skim through most of the OBEs, dreams, and visions I've had
during the night, and choose any important and interesting ones for
Apart from the incalculable spiritual life path value I have gleaned
by monitoring my dreamtime, I frequently dream innovative solutions
to current real-life problems. I have learned to depend on this for
guidance and inspiration. I also occasionally dream movie-length
Apart from being thoroughly enjoyable (better than the
movies), I have recorded some of the more interesting ones and plan
to write novels based on them one day.
Reentry Trigger Words and Phrases
It is a great help if the projected double holds the memory of its
out-of-body experience strongly in mind during reentry. To help with
this, use a trigger phrase or a keyword that represents the
projection experience. Pick a couple of the most memorable and
interesting events from the projection and make up a short phrase to
encapsulate the experience. Hold this trigger phrase firmly in mind
and shout it during the reentry into your physical body.
For example, during a short projection you watched your hands melt
before passing through a wall, saw its inside structure, then flew
over your house in the rain and came back through your roof and
reentered your physical body. This can be represented by the
keywords wall, rain, flying, roof, or by easier-to-remember theme
trigger phrases like melting hands, flying in the rain, through the
wall, or over the roof.
Holding a single trigger phrase strongly in
mind and literally shouting this during reentry will greatly
facilitate the downloading of shadow memories into accessible levels
Position and Comfort
The position and comfort of the physical body during a projection
directly affects the ease of staying awake and aware, and of
sleeping only lightly if sleep does come. Sitting in an armchair or
being propped up in a bed with several pillows, you will find, does
not encourage deep sleep, or will at least slow down its onset.
Being very slightly uncomfortable helps to hold the mind more alert
during projection attempts.
This also helps lengthen the in-between
sleeping and waking state, creating a flickering semi-waking state
for slightly longer than usual, which is invaluable for early,
ultrashort, conscious-exit projections.
Trance State Familiarity
It is important to develop the ability to hold a comfortable level
of trance and to be able to function within it. This must be done
without falling asleep too often or too deeply, and without falling
into too deep a level of trance.
The longer you can hold your
physical/etheric mind awake in the trance state after a successful
projection (which may seem like a failure at the time) the longer
your projected double can stay out of your body. This also makes the
projected double stronger during this time, making for stronger and
more vivid experiences and shadow memories. This alone increases the
chances for successful shadow memory downloading during
If you tend to fall asleep quickly after a projection attempt (which
can be quite lengthy and exhausting during early attempts) you will
usually fall into a deep sleep fairly quickly. Your chances of
remembering a projection are then sharply reduced. If you can hold
yourself semi-awake, flickering for just a few minutes longer, you
can use this time with good effect. If, when you get out of body,
you discipline yourself to return and reenter your physical body
fairly quickly, knowing roughly how long you. are able to hold
yourself semi-awake, and both you and your projected double work
along with this, you will have more chance of a successful reentry
and a full shadow memory download for that experience.
Even a brief
conscious-exit projection lasting ten seconds is an extremely
valuable accomplishment. It provides firsthand experience and makes
projection real! The length of subsequent projections can be
gradually increased, but the first successful, deliberate,
conscious-exit projection and reentry is the most important one of
This is the one that gives you something real to build on.
Astral Sight Exercise
Experimenting with astral sight is very interesting and valuable.
Apart from its developmental value, it helps keep you awake and
aware in the physical/etheric body for an extended period of time
after the exit. Some degree of real-time or astral sight (seeing
through closed eyelids) usually manifests just before or during a
successful projection exit. If the physical/etheric body perseveres
after a projection attempt, even if it seems to have failed, it also
often gains this ability.
The resulting point of view can be moved to observe the entire room
without any corresponding physical movement. This is not only a
fascinating exercise of the etheric body, but it also enables the
use of another shadow memory reclamation technique: using astral
feedback to download shadow memories directly into the physical
brain. Concentrating on observing the room around you through closed
eyelids and on improving your control over this ability helps keep
you occupied and awake enough to help with reintegration.
The use of real-time or astral sight improves steadily with
practice. Even if you can't see much of the room around you through
your closed eyelids, you will usually see something. This can vary
from hypnagogic imagery to complex astral visions. You may see
nothing but faint sprinkles of light. Whatever you see, observe it
and play around with the focus of your eyes behind your closed
eyelids, trying to bring whatever you see into sharper focus. This
will help activate and improve astral sight, or at the very least
occupy you until your projected double returns for reintegration.
Never open your physical body's eyes or move your eyelids to check
if your eyes are open or closed. Relax and trust that they are
closed. If they are open your eyeballs will quickly dry out and
you'll be forced to blink every few seconds.
If you do not feel the
urge to blink, trust that they are closed and that you are seeing
with real-time or astral sight.
I've noticed over the years that successful reintegration with a
full memory download works much better if reentry into the physical
body is done consciously and deliberately by the projected double.
This must be done before the physical body falls into the deep sleep
During an OBE most projectors become so engrossed with their new
state of being, and with exploring the potential of their new
environment that they forget all about their waiting physical body.
They never think about reentering their physical body until they are
reeled back into it when it finally wakes up, usually several hours
later and with no shadow memories. They assume that they will never
forget the powerful and memorable experience they are having.
Assuming that an OBE will be remembered - forgetting the mind-split
and the fickle nature of reintegration - is a sure-fire way of
losing the memory of an experience altogether.
A consistent factor in the majority of OBE success stories I have
received from people I have coached is that these projectors have
listened to a simple but extremely important tip I have drummed into
them. They kept their first projections ultra-short. They made a
deliberate reentry into their physical bodies shortly after their
exit. I cannot emphasize enough the importance and effectiveness of
this. Novice projectors simply must return to their bodies before
their physical/etheric mind loses track of things and falls into a
This is the only thing that will overcome the beginner's lack of
skill, discipline, and experience. That first successful fully
conscious exit and a fully conscious reentry, even of an ultra-short
ten-second projection, is of paramount importance to all beginners.
It makes OBE achievable and experientially real to them. It fuels
enthusiasm for future projections. This knowledge and firsthand
experience significantly affects their personal belief system,
making a lot of other things possible, empowering all aspects of
future training and development.
It takes a lot of mental energy to hold the mind of the projected
double focused during an OBE. Most projectors only have a few short
minutes, if that, before they lose focus and control over their
experience and miss their prime chance for downloading shadow
memories. Every minute that passes during an OBE makes it harder for
the projected double to focus and function coherently.
Discipline yourself to return to your body very soon after you
achieve the conscious exit. For a first-time projection especially,
get out, move twenty feet (six meters) away from your body, and get
your sea legs; breathe in what it's like to be out of body, take a
quick look at your hands and watch them melt, then dive straight
back into your body - shouting your trigger phrase as you do! Then,
get straight up and write down what happened. Lock those precious
shadow memories into your brain!
A successfully remembered ten-second projection is worth a thousand
all-nighters forgotten! The most important thing for all struggling
beginners is to experience that first fully conscious exit, to feel
what it's like to be out of body, then to experience a fully
conscious reentry. Nothing else matters! Do not attempt to do
anything else the first few times out of body!
Please trust me on this point and keep your early projections very,
very short. You can slowly increase OBE time as you get better at
making conscious reentries and downloading shadow memories.
Counting koalas (or any other animal or item of choice), "One koala,
two koalas, three koalas, four koalas", etc., can be a great help
during early short projections. The physical/etheric mind must begin
counting as soon as it experiences projection-related symptoms, like
vibrations and rapid heartbeat, and suspects that a projection may
be in progress. The projected double must plan to do exactly the
same thing. It must plan to reenter its physical body at a
predetermined count, say at a twenty-koalas count - no longer with
The physical/etheric body and its projected double must work
together to make this method work. All the projected double has to
do is float or dive back into its physical body at the agreed-on
count. The rest of the reentry is a reflex action. The projected
double must firmly hold its OBE success in mind and shout a trigger
phrase as it makes its move for reentry.
I suggest that the physical/etheric mind be allowed to relax and
flicker, be allowed to start falling toward sleep when it gets to
the twenty count, ready for reintegration. This will keep the
physical/etheric mind focused and awake for the required length of
time, and create a strong relationship between physical and OBE
memories. Both aspects of the projector will be counting in sync and
both will be attempting or expecting reentry and reintegration at
around the same time.
Both must work together on this. The physical/etheric mind will be
expecting its projected double to return shortly after the
twenty-koala count, so it can watch itself carefully for the torso
energy rush and slight falling sensation that signal the reentry of
its projected double. At the twenty count, the physical/etheric mind
should stop counting and relax, holding its mind clear with breath
awareness, while allowing itself to drift toward the sleep state.
This creates the flickering of consciousness needed for a successful
reintegration and shadow memory download.
This flickering state should hold the physical/etheric mind aware
just long enough for it to feel the energetic reentry sensations
when they occur. These sensations will jolt it back to full
awareness, hopefully with a full load of shadow memories. Once this
has been done successfully, the koala count can be steadily
increased to the limit of the ability of the physical/etheric mind
to hold itself awake while counting.
Keep in mind here that the projected double's memories may, or may
not completely replace the physical/etheric memories, for that time
period during reintegration. If projection is successful and this
appears to have occurred, there may be no memory at all of the
physical/etheric side of this joint projection effort. If the
projection is successful, take it as read that this technique
worked. If the projection fails, try to work out what went wrong,
and keep trying until you master it.
It is also well worth using the
memory-recall trigger phrases and putting your mind on search after
an apparently failed attempt, in an effort to pull shadow memories
back to a conscious level of memory.
Running Commentary and Affirmations
Another valuable device that aids shadow memory recall is to keep up
a running verbal commentary during projection. Talk all the time
during the OBE, describing every little thing being done, seen, and
experienced. This commentary helps strengthen shadow memories and
makes them easier to recall after reintegration.
It also helps if, at the end of the description of each item,
action, or scene, you regularly reaffirm that you will remember
everything. Firmly say, "I will remember all this!" as an
affirmation to help cement that memory into the subtle energetic
brain of the projected double.
Plan projections and get into the habit of sticking to your plan.
Have primary, secondary, and tertiary mission goals, and focus on
these during the projection. Make these mission goals achievable
within a realistic time frame so time out is not overly long. Apart
from making projections more productive, this also gives the
projected double something definite to focus on during each OBE, and
gives the physical/etheric mind some idea of what its projected
double has been doing during each projection.
This last is a
significant help when trying to recapture shadow memories, allowing
far more specific trigger phrases to be applied to the
trigger-phrase recall process.
Working with the Mind-Split
There are a few ways to use the mind-split to advantage, to help
cement shadow memories into the physical brain during a projection,
especially during reintegration. Three energetic effects are strong
enough to be useful for this purpose: astral feedback, reentry torso
energetic surge, and the reentry falling sensation.
Astral Feedback Download
To use astral feedback for a memory download, discipline yourself,
once out of body, to attempt an immediate connection with your
physical/etheric counterpart before it drifts away into sleep.
sides must work together on this, and agree that the projected
double will stand or float in a particular place in the room near
the physical body, but no closer than seven feet from its physical
body or it will usually get sucked back into it. It must try to
telepathically and visually connect with its physical counterpart.
The physical/etheric aspect must also reach out and try to connect
with its projected double, using real-time or astral sight if these
abilities are present, or reaching out with its feelings if these
abilities are not present. The physical/etheric side must trust that
its projected double will cooperate and be in the target area, and
must reach out with all its available senses. Its projected double
should be in the target area doing exactly the same thing, if
everything is going according to plan. The projected double is out
there somewhere nearby. With connection, all its shadow memories
will come flooding back into the physical brain.
An emotional connection, if made first, may cause an uncomfortable
feeling of presence and anxiety on both sides. Stay calm on both
sides and this feeling will not escalate. If it becomes too strong,
the projected double should leave the immediate area, putting some
distance between itself and its physical/etheric counterpart. It can
return and try again as soon as astral feedback pressure subsides.
The best way to develop real-time and astral sight is to use it as
regularly as possible, so that even if this connection fails it is
still a beneficial exercise. Keep in mind that, once located, the
projected double may look quite different from the physical body. It
is usually younger and slimmer than its original, but it may also
look a little ghostly. Once both sides of the mind-split connect,
projected and physical memories transfer both ways. If all goes
well, this causes dual but solid memories for that single time
Once a connection has been made, the projected double must back away
from its physical counterpart within a few seconds or risk
nauseating astral feedback. A connection will energize both physical
and projected minds. This energy will allow a longer-than-normal
projection while still enabling good control and strong shadow
memories. Still, keep the rest of the projection fairly short, under
two minutes, or risk losing the memory of the second part of the
If contact can be managed without adverse side effects, with astral
feedback being used to download shadow memories into physical memory
storage, the projected double can return regularly during the course
of a projection - say every couple of minutes - and reconnect with
its physical counterpart. This will allow the duration of a
projection to be lengthened considerably. Regularly reconnecting in
this way allows the physical brain's memory to be topped up with the
latest set of shadow memories each time. These memories will be
stored in the physical brain as solid and easily recallable
As soon as the projected double begins experiencing reality
fluctuations, I suggest an immediate reentry. This is a sign that
the dream mind is becoming active and that the physical/etheric body
is falling into a deeper level of sleep. If the projected double
tries to weather severe reality fluctuations, it runs the risk of
losing the experience from that moment onward.
It may also miss out
on making a conscious reentry, which is a real buzz in reverse.
Reentry Torso Energy Rush
When the projected double returns and reenters its physical
counterpart, it causes a quite noticeable energetic surge upward
through the physical body, especially strong in the stomach and
chest. If the physical/etheric body is even partially awake during
reentry, the energy rush will jolt it back to full awareness.
an upwardly moving, surging, tingling, energetic sensation very
similar to the torso energy surge felt during the exit. It starts
and finishes very quickly, taking from one to three seconds
depending on the speed and smoothness of the reentry. A tingling
adrenaline-type of energy rush moves rapidly upward through the legs
and lower body, then spreads rapidly up through the stomach and
chest before stopping abruptly.
If you have felt projection-related sensations earlier, the reentry
sensations are a certainty that the projected double has returned
and reentered its physical body. This is the prime time to reach out
and reclaim shadow memories.
Reach out with a strong feeling of
having just forgotten something, and use the shadow memory recall
trigger phrases. If you are lying prone in bed, sit up, put both
feet on the ground, and put some real effort into recalling the
projection. The memories are there, just beneath the surface. You
just have to reach inside and trigger them.
Once you locate a
fragment, a whole set of shadow memories will flood back into
If the projected double reenters the physical body deliberately, it
can do a great deal to help with a successful shadow memory
download. As with the exit, one of the biggest problems with reentry
is that the projected double feels a huge, tingling energetic surge.
It tingles with energy and feels a dizzy falling sensation as it is
drawn rapidly back inside its physical body. These heavy sensations
can easily break its concentration. In a way, it momentarily blacks
out as it gives way to these sensations at the critical moment of
The projected double must hold its awareness of being out of body
very strongly in the forefront of its mind during its reentry. When
it begins the deliberate reentry process, it must not give in to the
wave of energetic sensations associated with reentry and
reintegration. It must continue thinking and concentrating on being
aware of what it has been doing, which is projecting out of its
body. I always suggest, for every conscious reentry, that the
projected double hold a trigger phrase firmly in mind and shout this
as it dives back into and reunites with its physical body.
vastly improves the chances of carrying shadow memories back into
conscious levels of the physical brain.
Reentry Falling Sensation
People often feel noticeable falling sensations while they are
trying to fall asleep. This may happen several times before falling
asleep, and will often cause people to gasp and catch the sides of
their bed, as if to stop themselves from falling. It happens to most
people who spend any length of time hovering on the verge of sleep,
flickering between the waking and sleeping states. This sensation is
caused by a brief projection exit and reentry.
If great heaviness and lethargy are felt immediately after the
falling sensation, or if real-time or astral sight becomes evident,
then a projection has most likely occurred and is in full progress.
If you catch the side of the bed and come immediately awake, a full
reentry has most likely been experienced. There are often no other
noticeable projection-related symptoms associated with this type of
semi-sleep type of projection. The projected double slips out very
easily if conditions are just right. This is a natural type of sleep
projection exit and the conscious mind is not involved, being
briefly asleep and out of the equation. No heavy exit sensations are
therefore generated by this type of projection exit.
If the falling sensation is felt, know what has caused it and
immediately use shadow memory recall techniques in an attempt to
recall the OBE. Hold the intention firmly in mind that if you find
yourself out of body, even if only briefly, you will immediately
dive back into your body, shouting a trigger phrase as you do. This
might only yield a brief memory of a spontaneous OBE, but it's an
easy way to gain some type of projection experience, and is
definitely a very good start if you are new at OBE.
If you are prone to the falling sensation, you might want to
experiment by holding yourself awake longer than usual, hovering and
flickering between the waking and sleeping states. An easy way to do
this is to hold your forearms straight up, elbows resting on the
bed. Your hands will start falling to the bed whenever you fall
asleep; this will wake you up each time. This extends the time spent
falling asleep and the number of times you will fall asleep.
increases the chances of capturing the memory of a brief out-of-body
experience of some kind.
Return and Reentry
Many people worry about getting lost, or of not being able to get
back into their physical bodies after a projection. According to my
experience and all that I know, the silver cord cannot be severed,
and the projected double cannot be permanently held or locked out of
its physical body while the physical body still lives. The projected
double can usually return to its physical body at any time during an
OBE, simply by feeling for its body and the room around it. This
transports the projected double back into or close to its physical
However, there is one notable circumstance that can make reentry
into the physical body difficult, if not temporarily impossible. If,
when the projected double returns, the physical body has entered the
deep-sleep state, the projected double can find itself temporarily
locked out of its body, which can cause it serious anxiety, as it
may believe its physical body has died during its absence.
I have experienced this myself, and have advised many people to whom
this has happened. This is the only circumstance, as far as I am
aware, that can interfere with the automatic reintegration process.
It can be a terrifying experience. The physical body will feel cold,
clammy, and lifeless to the touch of its projected double.
In all cases where this type of experience has been recorded, some
physical event or noise - e.g., an alarm clock or telephone ringing - has caused the physical body to awaken soon after the projected
double has begun to worry. This event wakes the deeply sleeping
physical body, thereby reactivating the reentry mechanism and
allowing the projected double to successfully reintegrate.
Shadow memories from cases like
this always contain a strong
emotional content (often terror) that immediately floods into the
physical mind as it flickers into wakefulness. This forces the
complete recall of a very unsettling experience, of the type most
projectors would much rather forget - which is quite ironic, really.
This type of experience usually leaves the projector emotionally
unsettled and disturbed, often with a long-lasting or permanent
dread of any type of OBE.
The very best advice I can give to anyone finding themselves
temporarily locked out of their body is to trust that this is quite
normal and will not hurt you. Go exploring or return to the astral
planes and enjoy the time you have left out of your body. You may
not remember much later, but that doesn't matter, so enjoy it while
you can. The most important thing here is that you don't panic.
Death is a fairly extreme event, to say the least. Even if you had
died peacefully in your sleep from a heart attack or something, you
surely would have been at least momentarily awakened while taking
your last gasping breath.
If you have indeed passed away during an OBE, then there is nothing
you or anyone else can do about it. However, staying calm will help
you a great deal if you really have suddenly deceased. This will
spare you a lot of torment and distress and will make your passing
easier for you to deal with. If you look around yourself, thinking
you might have died, and see no religious figures or angels, spirit
friends, or deceased relatives, and no tunnel of light or anything
out of theme with a normal real-time projection, chances are
extremely high that your physical body is just in a deep sleep.
this is the case, it will wake up shortly none the worse for wear,
as long as you don't panic and make things worse for yourself than
they really are.
Flicker Tape Reentry Technique
The flicker-tape reentry method was designed with an eye to applying
mind-split theory to overcome mind-split problems. This is
particularly useful if early projection attempts are continually
failing, with projectors falling asleep and having no way of knowing
whether they were successful or not. I recommend that you record a
simple tape to wake you very gently. This works much better than any
other type of alarm.
Tap a pencil lightly on a table once per second for five seconds and
record the sound. This is the first level of awakening noise. This
should be followed by a ten-second period of silence. Follow this
with a slightly louder tapping-noise segment, once per second for
five seconds, then another ten seconds of silence. This should be
followed by a light chinking noise, created by tapping a pen on a
glass or china cup once per second for another five seconds, then
another ten seconds of silence.
After this, progressively increase the level of noise, varying its
source (table, china, glass, metal, etc.) in five-second segments
with ten second gaps of silence, until you are rapping a spoon onto
a metal saucepan fairly loudly - loud enough to definitely wake you
up. A child's xylophone or recorded bird songs - anything you like -
can be used to create a more interesting flicker tape. Once you have
this tape made, the volume can be set to what is just right for you.
To find the perfect level of noise that begins to wake you, have
someone else wake you using tapping noises, as shown above. Get them
to monitor your reactions carefully, especially facial expressions
and movement for signs of waking, for the signs that you are
flickering between the waking and sleep states. This will give them
some idea of what level of sound is required to wake you.
this process will yield more accurate results, as this information
can then be applied to making the real flicker tape.
Projected Double's Part
Once out of body, stay at least twenty feet (six meters) away from
your physical body, if possible, to stop yourself being accidentally
reeled in. If you feel pressure dragging you back into it, fight it
and force yourself to move quickly away. Alternatively, have another
clock in a nearby room that is synchronized with the one next to
your physical body. Watch this clock and move back to reenter your
body at the appointed time.
Carefully keep an eye on the time and make sure you return to your
body in ample time to watch the clock as it nears alarm time. Be
prepared for a conscious reentry the moment it goes off. Be aware
that your physical counterpart has probably fallen into a
light-to-medium sleep, possibly even into a deep sleep.
successful, deliberate, and conscious reentry is now entirely up to
the projected you. One clock should be placed in such a position
that the projected double can easily see it while standing or
floating near the foot of the bed or chair being used, without it
having to get too close to its physical body.
When the alarm goes off and the first set of tapping noises begins,
you should be waiting nearby, ready for reentry, with a reentry
trigger phrase being held firmly in mind. You must be poised and
ready, waiting to feel the first tugging sensations that signal your
physical body is beginning to flicker awake. Once you feel this
first tugging, you should immediately slide back into your physical
body, shouting your trigger phrase exuberantly! Be ready to take
control as you reenter and force your physical body to wake up,
remembering all, then write down your experience.
Always have a
notebook and pen beside you.
Physical Body's Part
When you, in your physical body, first hear the tapping of the
flicker tape and begin to awaken, you must try not to wake up
immediately. Try to ignore the noise and allow yourself to doze and
flicker. Try to fall back to sleep. Waking your physical body is
your projected double's job, not yours.
The flicker tape will
continue its tapping at regular intervals, slowly getting louder
each time, with ten-second gaps of silence. Keep an eye out for the
torso surge or falling sensation, either of which are signs that the
projected double is reentering. When you feel either of these
sensations, know that your projected double is in the process of
reintegrating. If you miss this moment and just slowly come awake
with no apparent memories, put your mind on search, and use OBE
recall trigger phrases to pull back shadow memories. The memories
are there, you just have to reach in and trigger them.
The ten-second gaps of silence between each waking segment can be
increased if the waking physical body does not have enough time to
flicker back into a light sleep after a tapping segment has started
the waking process.
It must be able to flicker or fall back into a semi-sleep or very light sleep for this technique to work properly.
In time, if you practice this technique regularly, you will become
programmed to respond to the noises on your flicker tape by
flickering in and out of the sleep state. This will maximize your
chances of a successful planned projection and reentry with a full
shadow memory download.
One last way to use the above flicker-tape technique is with no
projection technique being used at all. Set the flicker tape alarm
for fifteen or twenty minutes after you calculate you will fall
Simply set the alarm and allow yourself to fall asleep as
normal, noting the time at which it is set to go off. Using the
flicker-tape method is then entirely up to your projected double. It
is solely responsible for waking you up and forcing a full shadow
memory download by watching the clock and using the shouted trigger
phrase reentry technique.
When the tape wakes your physical body,
allow yourself to flicker for a while, but if you come fully awake
with no projection memories, use the OBE recall phrases to assist
with shadow memory recall.