8 Developmental Basics

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Out-of-Body Experience, Including First-Hand Accounts and Comprehensive Theory and Methods

by Darryl E Berry Jr

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8 – DEVELOPMENTAL BASICS

The following basic exercises not only help with the practice of OBE, but also with the general ability to function. The basics include concentration, relaxation, meditation, visualization, mental projection, energy working, awareness, and psychic development. It’s not necessary to practice all of these. But the more of them you practice, and the more you practice them, the better and quicker will be your results in OBE skill development. I’d say the three most indispensable are concentration, relaxation, and meditation. The other basics are listed in a sort of suggested order of importance as well, but beyond the first three the order of importance is more personal preference. The first three can be described as required courses, while the others are electives which you can choose among according to your temperament and interests. I suggest at least two elective practices.

BASICS PRACTICING TIMING

I suggest practicing basics sometime totally apart from sleep and OBE practice. Any time of day or night will do. Being fully awake to drowsy is best; not sleepy. Practicing basics will help your ability to get a stronger and deeper progression through altered states by building and strengthening conscious awareness, the energy body, and clarity of mind. It’s like doing stretches and calisthenics to warm, strengthen, and limber the physical body in preparation for physical activity. If you happen to go into altered states or OBE during basics practice, that’s fine of course. But the intended idea for basic practice is to focus on the basic foundational skill. Generally, for every hour you spend practicing having an out-of-body experience you should spend 1 or more hours practicing one or more of these basics. If you feel that your efforts to initiate an OBE are not progressing spend more time practicing the basics. Even with my years of practice and experience, when I’ve not practiced for an extended amount of time, I require several weeks of consistent basics practice to get back my momentum.

OBE DAY

If you have limited time to devote to OBE development it’s better to practice initiating an OBE only once per week while practicing basics daily, than it is to try to initiate an OBE daily and rarely practice the basics. Your actual OBE practice sessions will be less frustrated by failure in the process. A great way to do this is to pick one day per week to try to get OBE, a day when you can devote as much time as necessary, even the entire day, to the effort. This will make a more psychologically relaxed atmosphere. Throughout the week practice the basics, building up to that day when you practice to OBE. For a time, I practiced like this and was able to generate an OBE each week on “OBE day,” which for me was Saturday since I had the entire day. You can start basics practice now and practice them as you continue reading about how to initiate an OBE.

BASICS PREP

At the start of each basics practice session I suggest several deep breaths – full and deep inhales, followed by full and complete exhales – to help center yourself and set the tone for the practice. While breathing let all other concerns go and then put all attention onto the practice. In addition to the breathing you can tilt your head back on the inhale, and then tilt your head forward on the exhale. You can also breathe in through the nose, and out through the mouth.

CONCENTRATION

Concentration is the practice and state of being one-pointed in attention. It means to direct all of one’s attention to one object or thought for an extended period. Without enough ability to concentrate you won’t be able to focus on any technique or effort long enough and soundly enough for it to make a difference, which is why the Concentration basic is listed first. If you find yourself inattentive or falling asleep a lot during practice, in addition to getting more rest, try practicing more concentration. At the least I suggest practicing concentration twice a day – once in the morning or daytime and once in the evening or nighttime; before being sleepy. With any concentration exercise don’t try to push extraneous thoughts away. Simply go back to the practice. It’s about concentrating on what you want to focus on, not about pushing away what you don’t want to focus on. You may need to build up your ability to concentrate – if there’s strain rather than straining for a full five minutes of practice start with 1 or 2 minutes and build up.

Visualization-Concentration: An efficient concentration exercise for OBE development is to practice visualizing an object from memory. With this exercise you practice both visualization and concentration at the same time. If you don’t practice visualization separately, I suggest this concentration exercise. Procure a simple object – for instance a pencil or ink pen – and study the object closely. And then after spending a few minutes studying the object, close your eyes and attempt to visualize the object perfectly. Put the object down so you’re not simply using touch to help your memory. If you have forgotten or missed any details study the object again and visualize again. A good session of this is 5 minutes total. Practice with the same object for 5 minutes, increasingly perfecting your memory and visualization of the object.

Second Hand Stare. Another great concentration exercise is the second-hand stare; which is to stare at the second hand of a timepiece for a minute, placing the attention solely on the second hand as it moves around the dial, and simply bringing the attention back to the second hand in response to any wavering of attention. The numbers of a digital clock can work as well, either by focusing on the digital seconds counting by or by staring at the minute digit until it changes. Practice five repetitions of 1-minute stares for a good practice session. The first time you may want to see how long it takes for you to lose awareness, so you have a baseline from which to work. Don’t be surprised if you can only focus 10 seconds or less before trailing off in thought.

Century Breath Count. A challenging concentration exercise is to sit or lay down comfortably and relax while you count your breaths from 1 to 100. If you hit 100 without a break in focus, then you’ve finished the exercise for the session. And this exercise presents a situation quite like the concentration you’ll be using during OBE practice, in that it is relaxed yet requires focus and attention. If you lose awareness or count, or forget that you’re doing the exercise, start again from 1 and focus more on the breath and the numbers. If you seem tense, have a more relaxed focus – but the priority is still on the focus and not the relaxation. Focus on counting the breaths, not on changing the pace or depth of your breathing. You can place a hand on the chest and the other on the abdomen to help you focus. Start with 5 minutes of practice by alarm and work up from there until you can hit 100.

RELAXATION

Relaxation is fundamental. With enough concentration to not lose awareness, deep relaxation alone can be used to initiate an OBE. While one can enter deep altered states and still be active physically, I have found that progress is much smoother, and much surer, and much more comfortable, by progressing first from a physically relaxed foundation. Naturally parallel processing will manifest. Relaxation is not only physical but also psychological. One can’t relax physically with psychological tension, worry, and mind chatter. This also is why concentration is paramount, and the deep breathing preparation is helpful. 30-minutes total of daily relaxation practice is enough. As a supplement you can practice relaxing as you go about your daily activities. You may be surprised to find how tense you normally are!

Basic Relaxation. Get into a comfortable position or an OBE asana. Positions with the limbs straight may be better for blood circulation. Notice any physical tension you have and relax and release it. Mentally scan for tension and relax. One supplement is to tense the body to accentuate tension, and then relax. This tensing to start can result in a deeper relaxation faster, but don’t overdo it.

Progressive Relaxation. Conversely you can progressively relax the body in sequence, for example in 12 parts: feet, calves, thighs, and hips; hands, forearms, biceps, and shoulders; abdomen, chest, neck, and head. Focus on the feet and relax them until they are completely relaxed. Then move onto the calves, etc. The tension supplement can be applied sequentially as well, for instance tensing the feet and then relaxing them, tensing the calves and then relaxing them, etcetera. Upon reaching the end of the sequence you can repeat the sequence or attend to any parts that can still use some relaxation, as needed.

Triple Spheres Relaxation. Visualize a large sphere hovering over your body with the number 3 encased within it. Imagine the sphere composed of healing, relaxing, purging energy. Imagine the sphere floating down and entering and suffusing your body with healing and relaxation. Then imagine any heavy, tense, or negative energy sinking out of your body into the floor, through the structure of the building (away from any people, animals, or plants), and harmlessly into the ground. Imagine three number 3 spheres, two number 2 spheres, and one number 1 sphere.

MEDITATION

Meditation has many forms and types and definitions. For the purposes of the out-of-body experience basic I define meditation as the technical slowing down and calming of the body and the mind. This naturally induces an altered state. Without some basic ability to concentrate meditation devolves into daydreaming, reverie, or simply falling sleep. Without some ability to relax you may find yourself just sitting there. A conscious, relaxed, altered state (alpha, theta, or delta) can be called a meditative state or trance state. Alpha can be considered a light trance, theta a full trance, and delta a deep trance. I suggest practicing at least once or twice a day. A good meditation session is 10 or 15 minutes long.

4-2 Rhythmic Breathing Meditation. Sit comfortably and inhale to the mental count of 4, hold the lungs full to the mental count of 2, exhale to the mental count of 4, and then hold the lungs empty to the mental count of 2. Repeat this sequence of breathing, with a steady rhythm however fast or slow, relaxing as you do so but keeping good posture. As you continue and start entering altered states it will be harder to maintain the rhythm, at which point you can let the rhythm go and simply sit in the mental and physical stillness of the altered state.

Mantra Meditation. Pick a short phrase or a set of syllables to mentally repeat. A common one is the syllable “Om.” Another mantra which I’ve used successfully is “La-Ra-SS.” Usually the syllable or set of syllables are drawn out. So, for “Om” it’s mentally chanted as “Oooooohhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmm.” And for “La-Ra-Ss” it’s “Laaaahhhhhh… Rrrrrrraaaaaaahhhhh… SSssssssss.” Simply sit and mentally repeat the word or phrase. It may help to start the mantra verbally, and when the pattern is established gradually switch to mental chanting. Just as with the rhythmic breathing meditation, when you start to enter altered states you can let go of the mantra and sit in stillness.

VISUALIZATION

Visualization is important to developing out-of-body experience capability because it helps develop the perceptual mechanism used while in the out-of-body experience. Visualizing is a good warm-up to OBE practice sessions. We’ve already covered the Concentration-Visualization exercise in the Concentration section. That exercise is enough to practice visualizing, but here is another. As you get more skilled at concentration and visualization, or as a close to your session, you can practice visualization exercises with eyes open.

Visualize a Shape. Set a 5-minute timer, close your eyes, and hold visualization of any geometric shape of your choosing. You may want to periodically spin and turn the shape as you visualize, to help keep your attention focused and to keep a single shape and single color. You may experience your attention wavering or the shape changing – simply bring it back to your original shape and color and position of choice.

MENTAL PROJECTION

Mental projection or mind shifting is a form of out-of-body experiencing whereby you focus your intention on perceiving from a different point in time-space, resulting in experiencing yourself there like viewing a feed from a roaming camera. With practice, and with extended maintenance of the shift, more and more of oneself is shifted until ultimately it can become an out-of-body experience proper. Memory, imagination, and a sense of being at the new location may all play a part at first. Gradually the experience becomes more and more practical and objective. Simply imagine a place and focus on imagining it as if you are there, floating like an invisible eye. Start with a place you know well. You may find that you discover something new about the area or find someone visiting that you can later confirm visited at that time. Mental projection has immediate use to help finding lost items. You can imagine the item, and then move your mind-shifted perspective back from the object and see where the item is located. What is it sitting next to? Pull perspective back further; where is it? When you succeed the effectiveness of this can be startling. Mental projection is also a good technique to add to any OBE practice session, and as a warm-up to any session.

ENERGY WORKING

Energy working is the practice of consciously stimulating or manipulating the energy body. Versions of energy working practices you may have heard of include chi gung/qi gong, shiatsu, acupuncture, reiki, and the like. It only takes 15 or 20 minutes for a good energy working session. It takes concentration to make it through a session. The practice can also lead to altered state markers such as vibrations and various energy sensations. In altered states energy flow is stronger, and conversely energy working, by increasing energy flow, can lead to altered states. And simply that it is an inwardly or nonphysically focused practice lends itself to altered states. Increasing energy flow regularly through energy work can acclimate the energy body to increased activity and decrease or eliminate uncomfortable energy sensations during trance work.

Energy working can be done utilizing any of the senses, while the primary three I use are tactile imagery (touch), visual imagery (sight), and auditory imagery (sound). Each I think has its uses and benefits, though I’ve focused mostly on tactile and visual methods. Be gentle and patient with your energy working, to not overload the energy circuits. I had an experience where I purposely tactilely overstimulated my crown and brow chakras as an experiment, and I experienced a burning sensation as if someone poured hot grease or hot oil onto my head that rolled down to my brow. For several days just to think of my scalp or brow brought a sensation of sizzling, so I spent the time avoiding thinking about these areas as they healed.

TACTILE IMAGING

A simple way to tactilely stimulate the energy body is to move your awareness through your body. The energy body is both a field of energy, as well as a conglomeration of energy conduits called meridians that are like the physical circulatory system. Moving your intention through the energy body both stimulates the substance of the energy body and increases and clears the flow of energy through the meridians. You can progressively stimulate the energy body along the same sequence as the progressive relaxation exercise shared in the Relaxation basic section. Start with one of your feet, and move your awareness through your foot, from your toes to your heel, back and forth, as if moving a sponge or a ball of energy back and forth through your foot. After some time of doing this you should feel tingling or other energetic sensations. Then move to the other foot and repeat, and then continue with the calves, thighs, etcetera, until you end up moving awareness through your head. After going through each body part in turn you can move energy back and forth through the body, from the feet through and to the head, back and forth. One or two repetitions of this entire sequence would be sufficient as an energy working session. As you get better you can try both feet simultaneously, etcetera, and increase to broader areas of stimulation at the start.

You can also refine the practice by directly stimulating specific energy centers, called chakras. Chakras are to the energy body as organs are to the physical body. Stimulating chakras heals and strengthens the energy body. You can stir your awareness through the area of a chakra, like drawing a swirl onto a piece of paper with your mind and intention. We can categorize the chakras as primary, major, and minor.

The primary chakras are located along the centerline of the body, and each of the primary chakras has front and rear counterparts, 14 primary chakras in total. These include the (14) crown chakra across the top of the head and (1) the root chakra, its counterpart, at the perineum between the anus and genitals; (2) the sex chakra above the genitals at the pubic bone and (3) its counterpart at the base of the spine; (4) the navel chakra a few inches below the navel and (5) its counterpart at the same height on the back; (6) the solar plexus chakra at the center of the solar plexus and (7) its counterpart at the same height on the back; (8) the heart chakra in the center of the chest and (9) its counterpart at its opposition position on the back; (10) the throat chakra in front of the throat and (11) its counterpart at the back of the neck; (12) the “third eye” in between the eyebrows and (13) its counterpart at the same height on the back of the head.

There is a major chakra in the center of the palm of each hand, and in the center of the sole of each foot. You can stir your awareness through these to stimulate them, just as you do with the primary chakras. There are also energy storage centers throughout the body, areas for the collection of energy. There is one in the direct center of the head, one in the direct center of the chest, with the primary energy storage center in the direct center of the body at a height of a few inches below the navel, encompassing the entire area of the physical intestines. This storage center is called the dan tien in Chinese energy arts. You can simply focus there and allow energy to collect, center, and build, and feel heat, coolness, tingling, or other sensation as the energy builds. You can also use your mind and intention like an energy sponge to repeatedly draw or scoop energy into this center; up your legs and/or arms, through your body, to this center. You can also go around or through the head as you bring the energy from the limbs, up your back, around your head, and down to the primary energy storage center. Another way to build and store energy is with deep breathing, breathing deeply and then emptying the lugs fully with continued intention into the dan tien region.

To combine the practices of energy body stimulation and increasing energy stores, you can draw or sponge energy up your legs through your feet, and into your root chakra. After drawing energy there several times you can stir the root chakra with your intention. Then you can draw energy through your feet up your legs through the root chakra and into the rear sex chakra. Repeat drawing energy into the rear sex chakra several times, and then stir the rear sex chakra. Then repeat the energy draw and stirring through to the next primary chakra, and the next, up the rear chakra line and then down the front chakra line. After finishing all primary chakras, you can just repeatedly draw energy up the legs into the root chakra, up the spine, down the front centerline back to the root chakra, and then up into the lower storage center.

There are minor chakras at the tips of each finger and at the tips of each toe. Ten of the major meridians of the energy body begin and end at these minor chakras. One way to utilize the major chakras of the hands and feet and the minor chakras of the fingers and toes to draw and build energy is to simply focus on the tips of the fingers and the palms of the hand to stimulate those chakras. Do the same with the tips of the toes and the soles of the feet. Then breathe deeply, with full inhales and exhales, with the intention that energy is automatically drawn into your hands and feet. In this practice it isn’t necessary to move your intention like scooping energy. Simply focus on the chakras of the hands and feet, breathe, and allow energy to build. This is a great practice to do outdoors in natural settings.

The most widely known feature of the energy body is likely the aura, the energy egg that accompanies everything. Stimulation and strengthening of the aura can be done by simply feeling an oval egg of energy surrounding the body, and feeling it to be strong, energetic, vibrant, and robust. Within the aura are what have been called “health lines,” a multitude of energy spikes that extend from the body outwards in all directions, like spokes stretching out from the center of a wheel. You can imagine the sensation of tactilely combing these lines outward with your intention, as if combing your fingers through hair, so that they stand straight and tall outwards from the body.

VISUAL IMAGING

Visualization to stimulate the energy body is as simple as visualizing the energy centers and structures of the body, as well as visualizing the drawing, building, or movement of energy. Different colors are associated with the different primary energy centers. Generally speaking: deep red for the root chakra, red for the sex chakras, orange for the navel chakras, yellow for the solar plexus chakras, green for the heart chakras, blue for the throat chakras, indigo or dark blue for the brow or “third eye” chakras, and violet or purple for the crown chakra. You can simply visualize the chakra glowing the appropriate color, progressively visualizing all the primary chakras in succession. You can also visualize the flows of energy up the limbs and into the primary chakras, or into the storage center.

AUDITORY IMAGING

Using sound to stimulate the energy body is something I don’t have as much experience with but have experimented with. Apparently, vowel sounds correspond to different chakras – “O” with the heart chakra, “I” with the brow or third eye chakra, and “E” with the throat chakra. The heart chakra has been linked with greater compassion and openness, so intoning O is to help stimulate this. The third eye has been linked with psychic functioning and clairvoyance, so intoning “I” is to stimulate this. The throat chakra is associated with telepathy and mental transmissions, and intoning “E” is to stimulate this. Practice of verbally intoning these sounds has a definite and immediate stimulation of the associated chakra for me, but how much actually focusing on the chakra while intoning has an effect versus the intoning itself is unknown to me.

ENERGY EXCHANGE

We routinely exchange energy with the environment, including the natural environment and other people. Just like how we live in a sea of air, and constantly inhale and exhale air, exchanging it amongst each other, animals, plants, and other life – including nowadays our machinery, we exchange energy as well. Whereas some people impart neutral interactions, and others impart a mutual sense of uplifting, there are also those who have negative impacts upon our energy, drawing and stealing energy with no return of energy. We’ve experienced interactions with people who leave us feeling depleted. Perhaps they unload sad stories of their trials and tribulations, and after departing we feel low and drained – and sometimes we can see that person looking visibly energized as they depart. Some people are energy vampires, who either consciously or unconsciously steal energy from others.

I remember running into an energy vampire at work one day, a lady who was jealous of my plans to write books and do various things in the world. She sat next to me at work, and at the end of her shift I suddenly started to feel very heavy and sleepy; so much so that I ended up sitting back in my chair in the middle of my work day and closing my eyes, feeling like if I just shut down a bit, I might feel better. After seemingly dozing off a bit, I was alerted by her getting up and walking towards the exit. But she was walking as if she was overflowing with energy to the point being unable to control her gait. I reviewed the situation and saw the telltale signs of a vampire attack. I felt sleepy and listless, while afterwards she was perceivably energized. The way she arranged her hair was even reminiscent of an energy vampire. It was wild and arranged as if a conglomeration of tentacles, quite similar in appearance to the documented shape of the auras of energy vampires by Joe Slate in his book Psychic Vampires. An energy vampire’s aura develops dark pointy tentacles, which are used to pierce the energy auras of their victims.

The next day this lady came into work talking about all the ideas she had for writing and creative endeavors, and how it was going to be “big,” and she told me that she “got it off you.” And that afternoon she tried to energy attack me again. Being aware of the situation and using my learning from Psychic Vampires to shield myself I was prepared. I felt the telltale sensations of an attack – I felt a gentle prick in the vicinity of the upper left area of my aura (she was sitting to my left), and I felt the draw or drain of energy, and the sensation of getting sleepy and lightheaded. I closed my eyes, interlocked my fingers, and imagined and intended my aura to be vibrant, strong, and shielded, with a bright impenetrable field of light protecting it. The hand position taught by Slate, which I’ll call the Interlocking Ring Mudra, is done by first making a ring with the fingers by touching the tips of the thumb and middle finger together – one ring with the thumb and middle finger of your right hand, and another ring with the thumb and middle finger of the left hand. And then interlock the two finger rings. Open one of the rings and reclose it within the other ring loop. Maintain the fingers interlocked in this way as you visualize your aura being strong, vibrant, and shielding.

I felt the attack halt immediately, and the lady stood up abruptly and looked over the cubicle wall at me with a surprised look on her face, carrying her prickly looking, full and wild head of hair up with her. Hearing her move I looked up and over to the left and caught her quizzically staring directly at me. She sat back down, and I turned straight to continue my defense. Sure enough, she tried again to energy drain me. Again, after some time, she popped up and looked at me quizzically over the cubicle wall, with me again looking up and over to catch her as she did. She got up and left work, and I avoided sitting close to her after that day. The next day when she came into work, I very visibly avoided sitting next to her, looking at her as I found a seat far away from her. She was watching me, and we passed a knowing look between each other.

Energy vampirism also occurs through use of the out-of-body experience state. One time I researched an organization engaged in energy vampirism. I was always intrigued with the vampire mythos in movies and cinema, and according to this group the movie version of the blood sucking vampire is an amalgamation of the “true” vampire that sucks energy instead of physical blood. After hearing one of their officials conduct an interview on a popular radio show I bought their official book, and soon learned that their representative lied on the show about their practices. He said they just take ambient energy from people, but their book clearly directs their adherents in the taking of energy until full, regardless of the effect upon the victim, who they deem to be less evolved than and a lower species than “vampires.” I decided to not take up this practice, but in buying the book I must have come to their attention. Their book describes not only sucking energy from people in physical proximity, like with my work experience of an energy vampire, but also at higher skill levels sucking energy from people by traveling to them via the out-of-body state. This, they claimed, accounted for the accounts of vampires not being visible in mirrors, being able to fly, and being able to disappear. According to them the vampire was in the out-of-body state.

One day sitting in my apartment I became acutely aware that a nonphysical being had entered the room. I looked in its direction, and then felt the signature sensation of my energy being tapped by an outside source; that subtle pinch, with a corresponding loss of energy. I applied the same shielding tactic, which halted the attack immediately, and soon the being left never to be heard from again.

That organization of people erroneously believes it makes them better and stronger than other people to steal their energy, when in fact as Joe Slate found out through rigorous empirical investigation, the practice of energy vampirism only weakens the energy system, resulting in greater need to steal energy, perpetuating more weakening, and on and on, in a debilitating downward spiral.

Some energy interactions are even more subtle. I remember standing on a public bus one day and feeling an energy tentacle moving towards me and connecting with my root chakra. I am looking around searching, sensing for the source, and as I looked at a male sitting to my left, I felt the energy tubule withdraw abruptly as he suddenly looked visibly discomforted or embarrassed and looked away from me. I had the distinct impression that he was a young gay man who was attracted to me and had been thinking intently on me before I looked his way.

There are other energy exchanges that are extremely beneficial and healing in nature. Two great examples are Barbara Brennan, author of Hands of Light, and Choa Kok Sui, author of Pranic Healing. They both teach and practice using energy and the energy body to heal oneself and others of all kinds of illness and ailments. Barbara Brennan also offers a very detailed and multidimensionally intricate analysis of the energy body.

AWARENESS

Awareness is a form of concentration, where rather than focusing on a single object, you remain generally focused on the activity or environment of the moment, ignoring distracting imagination and reverie. This practice is not meant to be absolute – the occasional extraneous thought is welcome and can be a form of guidance from a higher source, or recall of a needed piece of information, or something to be addressed in whatever way. It’s not a practice of denial or repression. Awareness is about eliminating unproductive and unconstructive lapses of attention – extraneous and purposeless wandering of mind is what this practice curtails.

Awareness Walks / Drives / Etc. A good way to fit this practice in is to practice during travels. You can go on a walk, or if you drive regularly carve out a portion of your drive – 15 minutes is a good start, and for this duration remain acutely aware of the sights, sounds, smells, etc., that are there for you to experience as you walk/drive. Let the full experience of the walk/drive engulf your entire awareness. If you start to daydream come back to the here and now. Be aware of your environment, your body, and the clear conscious awareness of a silent and present mind. This practice will help with general clarity and awareness during the OBE – as well as during life. You may find during these times you drive better or are less likely to trip when walking!

Awareness Tasks. Another way to practice awareness is to spend time on one task. Start small. If you have a certain task to complete, for instance to wash the dishes, try focusing on washing the dishes, bringing your mind back from daydreams, reveries, dwelling on the past, anticipating the future, etcetera. Focus your full attention on washing the dishes until the dishes are complete. And if you must address something mentally, rather than addressing it while washing instead consciously take a moment and address it. Then you’re practicing awareness on what you’re addressing. It’s about developing the ability to consciously dictate where your attention flows.

PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT

A result of state acquisition progress is development of psychic abilities. And conversely, practicing psychic development helps develop state acquisition ability. As discussed, the altered states of alpha, theta, and delta are the states in which psychic perceptions are experienced. With the out-of-body experience altered state perceptions are usually had to the exclusion of physical world beta perceptions. Okanos called this shifting. With psychic functioning, altered state perceptions are had in conjunction with physical world beta perceptions. Okanos called this expansion or expanding. Whether it is clairvoyance, telepathy, psycho-metry, energy sensing, aura vision, telekinesis, channeling, or other life recall, these are abilities that can be explained as consciously entering hybrid altered states where one is conscious in the beta world and conscious in or consciously aware of higher dimensional worlds simultaneously. Consciously practicing psychic abilities as standalone practices will help develop your ability to enter altered states and to bring altered state perceptions and information back to conscious physical beta awareness.

CLAIRVOYANCE

Clairvoyance is the ability to perceive beyond the limits of physical eye perspective perception. This can include glimpses into other lifetimes, being aware of a happening far removed from your physical location, or awareness of a future event. You can help develop this ability by efforts to perceive beyond the physical range. The early stages of Mental Projection are a basic example of this – especially the exercise to find lost objects. Remote viewing is another example of clairvoyance – except with remote viewing various protocols are used to help screen extraneous perceptions and judgments that may cloud or taint clairvoyant perception. You can also try simple things like closing your eyes and imagining who is calling when the phone rings, or what color car is passing next while waiting at a red light on a highway.

TELEPATHY

Telepathy is the ability to perceive others’ thoughts and make others aware of your thoughts. Telepathy is actually a very common ability and is instrumental to our everyday interactions, though largely on an unconscious level. When talking with someone you can relax and open your awareness and be aware of information the person is sending on a nonphysical level. You may become aware of a subtle telepathic communication with aspects of the person’s psyche he or she may not even be consciously aware of; and that you were heretofore unaware of in yourself! And if you have someone you can practice with you can try to send and receive colors, numbers, etc. If you find someone “on your mind” they could be thinking of you. You can relax and open to see what they are sending. You may learn of the topic of discussion before they call to tell you about it. Or if you’d rather not be bothered you can send the person love and then focus back on what you were doing, to shield yourself from unwanted telepathic messages and attentions.

PSYCHOMETRY

Psychometry is the ability to sense the vibrations imprinted upon objects by events and by the beings handling or near the object. For instance, practice holding a used book and relaxing and opening yourself to perceive what vibrations may be stored therein. This may allow you to perceive the emotions a previous reader experienced while reading the book, or to become aware of where the book has been.

ENERGY SENSING

Energy sensing is simply being aware of the vibrations of an area. We have all experienced entering a room and being aware of the excited energy in the room or the depressing energy of the room. The ability can be developed to sense even subtle changes in the energetic environment. Open yourself to sense the nature of the energy as you enter a room, or stand near a person, to practice this ability.

AURA VISION

Aura vision is the ability to perceive the auric field in and around beings and objects. Simply with a relaxed and diffused focus look around the edges of a living entity such as a human, animal, or plant, or even your own hand. Holding a relaxed, steady, and patient peripheral gaze you practice and develop this ability. You can also stimulate and focus on the brow chakra as a warm-up and during aura vision practice.

TELEKINESIS

Telekinesis is the ability to move objects by nonphysical means. A simple exercise to demonstrate this ability is to take a sewing needle and place it gently on the water in a glass full of water. The surface tension of the water will keep the needle afloat. Place your hands on the table or counter on either side of the glass and stare at the needle and use your intent to make the needle spin. Another exercise is to take a square piece of paper or foil and make two diagonal creases through its center so that it’s pointed in the center like the roof of a house. Then place it on a pointed object such as a pencil held upright between two books and focus on making the “wheel” spin. Telekinesis practices can also be used as concentration exercises.

CHANNELING

Channeling is the practice of using altered states to access information from nonphysical sources, or through nonphysical means from a physical source, which can be your own higher self or intuition, extraterrestrials, spirit guides, or even our own past or future selves. A simple practice is to sit with pen and paper, or a word processing file, enter an altered state, and open to what information you can receive. If you would like a specific source, an extraterrestrial, a spirit guide, you can state this intention. If you will remember, this is how I met Okanos. You may start to get impressions, hear words, or see images, and your hands may start to spontaneously write or type – called automatic writing. Highly skilled channels whose work I admire include Helen Schucman, Lyssa Royal, Darryl Anka, and Adrian Dvir.

OTHER LIFE RECALL

Other life recall is the experience of becoming aware of details of other lifetimes one has. One exercise I devised that can help bring other lifetimes into awareness I’ll call the Trans-Incarnational Mirror Exercise. Use the 4-2 Rhythmic Breathing Meditation to reach an alpha- to theta-level altered state. Imagine yourself in a vacant dimensional space standing before a large mirror. Look into the mirror and see yourself as you are now. Then imagine that as you investigate the mirror, in the mirror’s reflection standing behind you, you see a large grouping of people representing your other lives. Turn around and look at and interact with the personages of your other lifetimes.