How to Have an Out-of-Body Experience – The Simplest Direct Technique
If I want to have an out-of-body experience before a night sleep, I go to bed, take an UNcomfortable position and try to fall asleep… NOTHING ELSE. Usually I will not be falling asleep but will get a very deep free-floating state of mind. After 1-3 lapses in consciousness I can easily get an out-of-body experience. Not right… These out-of-body experiences come to me by itself.
I use some other techniques only in 15-20% of cases (to calm my mind if it is too awake, or to make it more alert if it is too sleepy).
You should only have a slight desire to have an out-of-body experience. Strong desire ruins everything. I almost do not think about out-of-body experience when using this method.
If there is no result in 15 minutes, change position to comfortable and then try to really fall asleep.
It works almost every time, in most cases. Very easy. So falling asleep in uncomfortable position is the easiest and most effective method ever!
This method appeared from analysis of my own practice and those practitioners who are very experienced in the direct technique (entering out-of-body experience without previous sleep). It tested by 6 months of practice.
If you wonder how to have an out-of-body experience and IF YOU ARE NOVICE, THIS ARTICLE ISN’T FOR YOU. You should start your practice by indirect techniques (upon awakenings).
More About Direct Techniques for Mastering Out-of-Body Experience Direct techniques for entering into an out-of-body experience are used without the prerequisite of sleep; by performing specific actions while lying down with the eyes closed. The advantage of direct techniques is that, in theory, they can be performed at any moment. However, a large drawback exists in the length of time it takes to master the techniques. Only 50% of practitioners achieve success after making daily attempts over a period of 3 to 6 weeks. For some, an entire year may pass before results are realized. The difficulty in achieving results with direct techniques is not a problem of inaccessibility, but the natural psychological characteristics of the individual. Not everyone is able to clearly understand the specific nuances involved, which is why some will continually make mistakes.
Many practitioners strive to master direct techniques right away because they appear to be the most convenient, straightforward, and concrete techniques. However, it is a grave mistake to begin attempting to have an out-of-body experience from this level. In 90% of cases where novices begin their training with direct techniques, failure is guaranteed. Moreover, a vast amount of time, effort, and emotion will be wasted. As a result, complete disillusionment with the entire subject of out-of-body travel is possible.
Direct techniques should only be practiced after mastery of the easiest indirect techniques or how to become conscious when dreaming. In any case, difficulties will not wear one down afterwards, as it will be exceedingly clear from one’s own experience that out-of-body experience is not a figment of the imagination. Also, an advanced knowledge of indirect techniques will make it considerably easier to achieve direct entry into out-of-body experience.
Quality of an out-of-body experience is not dependent upon the chosen entrance technique. Direct techniques do not necessarily provide a deeper, more lasting out-of-body experiences over indirect techniques.
Direct techniques are better suited for some practitioners and not others, but this ban only be said for a minority of the practicing population. Meanwhile, indirect techniques are accessible to absolutely everyone all of the time.
If a practitioner has decides to begin practice with direct techniques or has gained the necessary experience with indirect techniques, the underlying principles of the techniques must still be learned. Without these, nothing will occur, except coincidentally and in rare cases. The key to the successful use of direct techniques rests in achieving a free-floating state of consciousness. However, we will first examine a large variety of very useful aspects and factors that make direct entry into out-of-body experience much easier.
First, we will examine when it is best to perform the techniques and how intensively to exercise their practice. Then, we will examine the very important factor of body position, and the no less crucial issue of how long the techniques should be performed. Then, we will briefly investigate the issue of relaxation, and then we will immediately move on to the actual direct techniques. Only after covering all of the above are we able to delve into the issue of what a free-floating state of consciousness is and how to achieve it. The Best Time to Have an Out-of-Body Experience
The issue of time is not important with indirect techniques since the major prerequisite is that they are performed immediately after awakening occurs. In the case of direct techniques, the issue of timing is much more critical.
Naturally, the best method for finding the right time to perform direct techniques is the same as indirect techniques – the deferred method. However, there are some serious differences here. First of all, one may interrupt one’s sleep at practically anytime of the night or early morning. Second, after having woken up (5-15 min.), one should not fall back asleep, but should immediately proceed to the techniques.
Direct techniques are many times more effective with the deferred method than at any other time. This is due to the fact that with the deferred method, the mind does not have time to become 100% alert, and it is easy to fall into the altered state of consciousness that will allow results.
When it comes to specific steps, one should awaken in the middle of the night either on one’s own or with the help of an alarm clock. Then, one should get up and do something for 3 to 10 minutes, and then lie down again in bed and perform the techniques. If it is probable that the practitioner will wake up in too alert a state, and thus not even be sleepy, then the interval between awakening and performing the direct technique should be shortened, and fewer things should be done during that period of time. It should be noted that with this setup, a free-floating state of mind plays a far lesser role that with other procedures. The second most effective window of time is before falling asleep at night, when the practitioner goes to bed. During this period of time, the brain needs to shut down the body and mind in order to renew its strength, which has been expended over the course of the day. This natural process can be taken advantage of by introducing certain adjustments to it. Attempts at performing direct techniques during the day are less effective. However, if fatigue has already had a chance to build up by this time, this can be taken advantage of because the body will try to fall into sleep. This is especially suited for those who are accustomed to napping during the day.
Generally, other windows of time produce a substantially worse result, which is why one should start with performing direct techniques in the middle of the night, or before a night’s sleep. Only after such techniques have been mastered will it be possible to experiment with daytime attempts.
Intensity of Attempts
The degree of enthusiasm that is devoted to any pursuit is directly related to successfully reaching a goal. However, it is very important to know when to ease up. One attempt per day using a direct technique is sufficient. If more attempts are made, the quality of each attempt will suffer considerably.
A lot of practitioners believe that dozens of attempts over the course of a day will yield an out-of-body experience. This is not the path to success and will quickly lead to disillusionment with the practice. Even if after a week or a month no results are seen, direct techniques should be attempted only once daily. Persistent, analytical, and sensible, stubborn resolve to practice properly will produce the desired effect.
Duration of an Attempt
It is useless to attempt to have out-of-body experience using a direct technique by lying in bed and resolving neither to sleep nor get up until an out-of-body experience occurs. Such coarseness in handling delicate nature of the mind will produce nothing besides rapid emotional exhaustion.
Rigid timeframes apply while performing direct techniques before a sleep or in the middle of the night. Direct techniques attempts should only last 10 to 20 minutes. Longer durations inhibit sleepiness because the mind will concentrate too long on the techniques, and the desire to fall asleep will dissipate, resulting in insomnia that often lasts several hours. Overdone efforts negatively affect natural enthusiasm due lost sleep and being tired the following day, which is compounded by the reality of a growing number of failed attempts. If direct techniques produce no effect over the course of 10 to 20 minutes before sleep or in the middle of the night, then it is better to go to sleep with the thought that everything will work out another time. This is the positive outlook a practitioner ought to always maintain.
With indirect techniques body position isn’t important since conscious awakening regardless of body position is the goal. However, the position of the body is crucial while practicing direct techniques.
There is not an exact body position that each practitioner should assume since, once again, individual characteristics and instincts differ widely. There are specific rules that allow one to select the right position, based on indirect indicators.
Many hold a belief that the correct pose is that of a corpse – lying on the back without a pillow, legs and arms straightened. This notion has probably been borrowed from other practices claiming that it helps achieve an altered state of mind. However, this position seriously impairs the efforts of the majority of practitioners. The corpse pose should only be used when it is probable that a practitioner will quickly fall asleep while performing techniques in this pose, even though it generally prevents sleep.
If a practitioner experiences difficulty falling asleep and is constantly awake while performing direct techniques, then the most comfortable position for the individual should be used. If sleep comes quite easily to a practitioner, a less natural position should be taken. If a practitioner experiences fewer gaps in consciousness when the techniques are performed and has a harder time falling asleep, a more comfortable a position should be used.
Depending on the situation, there are many possible positions: lying down on the back, on the stomach, on the side, or even in a half-reclined position. It is possible that a practitioner will have to change positions from one attempt to another, introducing adjustments related to a free-floating state of mind.
By nature, one should clearly understand that direct techniques are in and of themselves relaxation methods, inasmuch as no out-of-body experience can occur without one being relaxed. Accordingly, one can go immediately into out-of-body experience without any prior relaxation.
Since the most effective window of time for using direct techniques occurs before sleep and at night, and lasts only 10 to 20 minutes in any case, additional time should not be wasted on trying to relax, nor should time for relaxation be subtracted from the requisite 10 to 20 minutes.
Correct and quality relaxation is a difficult pursuit and many go about it individually, producing an opposition to natural relaxation. For example, many endeavor to relax their bodies to such a degree that in the end the mind is as active as it would be while trying to solve a difficult mathematical equation. In this type of situation, entering out-of-body experience is impossible.
The body automatically relaxes when the mind is relaxed. The body, in turn, will never relax if the mind is active. Therefore, it is better for beginners refrain from the trouble of the nuances of relaxation and save their energies for more elementary matters. Instead of forcing a technical relaxation, a practitioner should simply lie down for several minutes and this will provide the best relaxation. Lying down activates natural relaxation processes; the most powerful kind.
Complete, peaceful relaxation may only be coerced by those with specialized, in-depth experience. Generally, these are people who have spent a great amount of time and effort mastering trance and meditative states. Relaxation in these cases should take no more than 1 to 3 minutes and no longer as because when a practitioner is expert at relaxation it is sufficient to just think about it, and it occurs.
All quality relaxation techniques may well serve as direct techniques, if a free-floating state of mind occurs while they are exercised. After gaining the necessary experience with trance and meditation, a practitioner of these mental arts may proceed to mastering out-of-body experience.
Variations of Using Techniques
Techniques used to gain direct entrance into out-of-body experience are exactly the same as those used during indirect attempts. The only difference is in the method of implementation. The techniques are described in detail in Chapter 2. However, since direct techniques mostly require passivity, not all techniques work equally well for both direct and indirect entries into out-of-body experience. For example, active techniques like straining the brain cannot be used to gain a smooth entrance into out-of-body experience.
Direct techniques differ from indirect techniques in their implementation because of the slow, halting production of results that occurs from the beginning of a direct attempt through the end of it. If upon awakening something happens to work, then this can practically always lead to an out-of-body experience. For example, the same phantom wiggling before sleep can begin quickly enough, but range of movement will not be easy to increase, and the entire implementation of the technique will rely on protracted, rhythmic movement. Results take much longer: ten minutes instead of ten seconds. These differences also apply to every technique described in this guidebook.
Like the practice of indirect techniques, to begin the practice of direct techniques, a practitioner should choose 3 or 4 of the most suitable techniques from those that prove most effective to the individual. In order to assist the practitioner, a table has been provided, detailing the documented effectiveness of the direct techniques:
The Most Effective Direct Techniques at Seminars of the School of Out-of-Body Travel
Phantom Wiggling15%Rotation15%Listening in15%Vibrations (occurring amid the use of other techniques)15%Observing Images10%Mixture of Techniques10%Simple separation (usually mixed in with other techniques)10%Other Techniques10%The primary difference in working with direct techniques is the time that it takes to exercise each. If testing a specific indirect technique takes only 3 to 5 seconds, then in this case several minutes will be spent. Duration varies depending on certain factors.
There are three primary ways of performing the techniques: classical, sequencing, and cycling – similar to the cycling used with indirect techniques. To understand which variant should be used, consider the following table:
Variations of Using the TechniquesWhen to Use It
Classical (passive) variation:
One attempt of
1 technique. The technique may be alternated after each attempt.– when learning direct techniques;- when a practitioner generally sleeps poorly;- if attempts lead to waking up;- if attempts with other variations occur without lapses in consciousness;- if the body and consciousness are in a relaxed state;Sequencing (middle):One attempt with 2 to 3 techniques for 1 to 5 minutes. Techniques are alternated infrequently. Aggression fluctuates with the length of time that the techniques are performed.– used if falling asleep occurs while using the classical variation, or if cycling results in becoming wide awake;- when a practitioner generally falls asleep quickly;Cycling (active):Algorithm of cycling 3 techniques like with indirect entry to out-of-body experience, but performing each technique for 10 seconds to 1 minute, and not 3 to 5 seconds.– if the classical and sequencing variations put one asleep;- when one generally falls asleep very quickly;- can also be employed when exhausted or sleep deprived;A practitioner should always begin with the classical variation, i.e. using one technique over an entire attempt. Due to the unusual nature of the efforts involved, a beginner’s enthusiasm may sustain a completely alert state. Later, however, strong, prolonged lapses of consciousness into sleep may occur. Here, it may be necessary to increase the level of activity by transitioning to the sequencing variation.
Sequencing is the primary variation used for direct techniques because of its elasticity in application. It can be passive if over the course of 15 minutes when a practitioner alternates two techniques for five minutes. It may also be aggressive if used sequencing three techniques for one minute. Everything between these two extremes allows proper practice of the techniques and selection of the best variation to achieve a free-floating state of mind. If falling off to sleep stubbornly occurs even with the active form of sequencing, then one should start cycling through indirect techniques, but performing each technique from 10 seconds to 1 minute.
As long work with the techniques is implied, one should not torment oneself if one does not want to do something, otherwise one may quickly tire out. Everything should be a pleasure to do and not cause any excessive emotional tension.
The Free-Floating State of Mind or How to Have an Out-of-Body Experience
There are almost infinite descriptions of direct entry techniques offered in literature, stories, on the Internet, and at seminars. Sometimes, one description fundamentally differs from another. In the majority of cases, however, common threads exist that unite almost every description of a particular technique: short lapses in consciousness, memory gaps, and drifting in and out of sleep, all of which are hallmarks of the free-floating state of mind. After any of these phenomena occur, all manner of unusual sensations arise.
Lapses in consciousness may last for seconds, several minutes, or more than an hour. They may range from a simple loss of consciousness to entrance into a full-fledged dream. They may be singular and rare, or may occur several times over the course of a minute. Whatever a lapse entails, the mind attains a mode of operating that is ideal for out-of-body experience experimentation, provided the practitioner is able to refrain from deep sleep and quickly return to a conscious, waking state.
Not every lapse of consciousness leads to an out-of-body experience. The lapse must have sufficient depth to be effective. Thus, with every unsuccessful lapse, another deeper lapse should be incurred.
The primary practical drawback of the free-floating state of mind is the possibility of falling completely asleep during lapses instead of only temporarily dipping into sleep. Techniques are definitely necessary to ensure the desired result. Such techniques more or less fulfill an auxiliary function, and thus one need not be strict about them.
When performing the variations of the techniques, a practitioner can begin to vacillate between full alertness and complete asleep, coming to, and then nodding off again. To avoid falling asleep requires a strong desire to return to wakefulness. This is accomplished by a strong resolve on the part of the practitioner, even if, while performing a direct technique, drifting in and out of sleep occurs. The practitioner must firmly assert that at the moment consciousness tapers off, awakening will immediately occur.
On the other hand, if lapses do not occur, and are replaced by complete alertness, the following tricks of the trade may help: full concentration on mental actions or, conversely, musing and daydreaming in parallel with the technique being used. It should be noted that these are only effective at the initial stages of working with direct techniques since such techniques have a strong sleep-inducing effect.
If direct techniques do not lead to light sleep or singular lapses after a long period of regular practice, then it must be assumed that the practitioner is dealing with some appreciable error in technique or in the length of performance.
Regulating the number of lapses that occur may be modified by body position during practice or by changing the variation used while performing techniques.
Entering out-of-body experience with a free-floating state of mind most often occurs as the result of three key factors. First, one technique or another may begin to work well during a lapse. Second, nearness to an out-of-body experience may unexpectedly manifest itself through sounds or vibration after a lapse. During this, transitioning to techniques that correspond to the above symptoms (listening in, straining the brain) may be applied. Third, when exiting a lapse, it is sometimes easy to separate or quickly find a working technique by paying attention to initial indicators.
Lapses in consciousness are not bound to occur in 100% of cases. However, striving to achieve lapses plays a very important role since they are not always perceivable, and a lapse occurrence is not always obvious. They can be very short in duration or shallow. Or, they may not occur at all. Nonetheless, properly applied techniques to produce lapses may give an out-of-body experience.