A Beginner’s Guide to the Out-of-Body Experience, Including First-Hand Accounts and Comprehensive Theory and Methods
by Darryl E Berry Jr
12 – OBE MOVEMENT
At the beginning of OBE ability, as well as potentially at the start of any OBE, you may experience difficulty moving. It can be likened to being suspended in molasses or some thick heavier-than-water substance that makes it very difficult to move. With continued practice – especially basics practice to develop – movement becomes easier. If you have difficulty moving you can try relaxing to help you move easier, or to simply will and intend yourself to a different location. Another good tactic is to crawl away from the physical body. Just keep crawling until you can move freely. It may help to close your nonphysical visual perceptions as you crawl – the intention is like you are closing your physical eyes.
MODES OF MOVEMENT
After you are in the OBE state you can move in a variety of ways. Four basic modes of movement include locomotion, flight, teleportation, and stretch-method.
Locomotion refers to the process of moving about as if in a physical body in contact with a surface, for instance crawling or walking or running about. This is a good way to move as you become familiar with the experience. The experience is just as if you’re moving with the physical body. One thing about locomotion is, sometimes when passing through windows, walls, or doors there’s a tendency to shift to other dimensions. If this happens for you try teleportation to get to a distant physical universe locale.
Flight can occur at various speeds, from barely moving to many times the speed of light – like warp speed on the TV series Star Trek. You can take off and fly around just as if you would if you had super powers and could fly physically. Intend and will yourself in the direction and at the speed you want to go, and you’ll move as intended. If you have trouble with this you can try swimming through the air, as if you’re in a pool of water.
Teleportation is simply a matter of willing or intending where you want to be. You can thus appear there in an instant. As stated, this process can be used to initiate the out-of-body experience itself, intending where one wants to be as one goes to sleep, or upon reaching the theta-delta level of altered state. One potential complication with teleportation early on is that a lack of focus during the OBE can cause one to teleport haphazardly. I have had experiences where several times throughout I was suddenly at a different location. Teleportation also takes the form of simply becoming aware already at an intended or desired destination after having fallen asleep or lost awareness during practice. Conversely with intending or willing a destination you can rapidly move to the destination via flight.
With the Stretch Method you can imagine or intend to stretch to the destination you want to reach, “stretching” your awareness or intent as if reaching out with your arms while your feet stay planted where they are. Upon stretching your hands to where you want to be you complete the move by letting go of your previous location and resolving yourself at the new locale. This was a favorite of Robert Monroe’s.