How to Guide for Self Initiated Out of Body Experience (OBE)
Complied by Thomas Leichardt, L.Ac., DMQ (China)
A Word About Techniques
These days, there is no need to reinvent the wheel. Many upon many modern advanced explorers have already taken decades to hone various techniques that are highly effective. The following techniques are ones that I have found most effective for me, and these are the ones that I teach to my students. Whenever possible I give the reference in case you want to read more from that author / explorer / originator of the technique. You can get started as soon as tonite to take your first steps into a much vaster world and begin exploring our multidimensional universe. You have the ability to begin exploring beyond your physical limits now!
A Word About Approach and Attitude
If you approach this with both determination and light heartedness, you will gain rewards beyond your wildest dreams. Both qualities of determination and fun light heartedness will open the door.
Determination – like honing and developing any great skill, self initiated out of body experiences take concerted focused intent over a prolonged period of time. While you might have success from the get go, don’t be surprised if it takes a while to break through. Everyone is different, and we also go through energetic cycles where it is either easier or more challenging depending on where we are in our lives.
Light hearted fun – yes, too much seriousness spoils the adventure and ruins the enthusiasm for tackling new things. Have fun with these practices. If you get too attached to results, and you’re one of those people that it takes you a while to break through, any frustrations that arise will dramatically decrease your chances of success, and rain on your parade to boot! Have fun, stay focused, and you will meet with success and the most exhilarating adventure of your life!
Indirect Method: Upon Awakening
From The Phase, by Michael Raduga
Before going to bed, choose a location very familiar to you as your “target” location. Upon awakening, try to immediately feel yourself at your previously determined destination, and if that doesn’t work, then try to separate from your physical body, by attempting to levitate, roll out, or getting up. Try for just a few seconds, and if separation doesn’t work, then quickly sequence through any 2 to 4 of the techniques listed below until one of them works, and then try again to separate. Continue to sequence through your chosen 2 to 4 techniques for four entire cycles. If nothing has worked after four cycles, lasting about a minute, then go back to sleep with the intention of trying again upon the next awakening.
The best results come when you set an alarm 2 hours before you normally get up, then get out of bed and stay awake anywhere between just a few minutes but less then 1 hour, then go back to sleep with the intention of making attempts at each subsequent awakening. Essentially, you are using your last 2 hours of sleep to make attempts, when REM sleep, an ideal state for projections, is most frequent.
- Hand Visualization – for 3 to 5 seconds, try as vividly as you can to see your hands in front of your face. If nothing happens, move on to the next technique. If some sensations occur, intensify as much as possible, and try again to separate.
- Phantom-Wiggling – for 3 to 5 seconds, try as vividly as you can, but without moving a physical muscle, to move any part of your body. If nothing happens in 3 to 5 seconds, move on to the next technique. If some sensations occur, intensify as much as possible, and try again to separate.
- Rub the Hands – for 3 to 5 seconds, try as vividly as you can to visualize and experience rubbing your hands together in front of your face, without moving your physical hands. Try to visualize and feel your hands, and even hear them rubbing together. In other words, engage as many senses as possible, kinesthetic, visual, auditory. If any sensations occur, intensify as much as possible, and try again to separate. If nothing happens after 3 to 5 seconds, move on to the next technique.
- Kinesthetic Motion – for 3 to 5 seconds, try as vividly as you can to feel and imagine yourself performing a physical activity, such as walking, running, swimming, climbing a rope, kayaking, etc. Choose an activity that you are very familiar with the sensations. If you are a jogger, choose jogging, etc. Try to visualize and feel yourself immersed in this activity, see it in your mind, feel it in your body, hear the sounds, smell the surroundings. In other words, make it as vivid as possible, engage as many senses as possible, kinesthetic, visual, auditory, olfactory. If any sensations occur, intensify as much as possible, and try again to separate. If nothing happens after 3 to 5 seconds, move on to the next technique.
- Peering aka “Cellphone Technique” – for 3 to 5 seconds, try as vividly as you can to feel and imagine yourself holding a very familiar object in your hand. Your phone is a great choice, but it can be any object with which you are very familiar. See it in your mind, feel it in your hand. Engage both visual and kinesthetic senses as much as possible. If the object has a smell, such as a bottle of perfume or a flower, then engage that as well. Engage as many senses as possible. If any sensations occur, intensify as much as possible, and try again to separate. If nothing happens after 3 to 5 seconds, move on to the next technique.
Set your alarm to ring 2 hours before you typically awaken. For example, if you typically sleep for 8 hours, set your alarm to ring after 6 hours of sleep. When the alarm rings, get out of bed for a few minutes up to 1 hour, then go back to sleep. Now in this second sleep, make attempts upon each awakening. You’ll experience a lot more REM sleep and projections will be much easier then at any other time.
Example: You fall asleep at midnight, and your alarm rings at 6am, you get out of bed for 15 minutes, then go back to sleep. First awakening, around 7:45am, you try to immediately feel yourself at your previously determined destination. It doesn’t work, so you try to separate from your physical body, by attempting to levitate, roll out, or getting up. After just a few seconds, you determine separation isn’t working, so you quickly sequence through your 2 to 4 chosen techniques from the list above. You try phantom-wiggling, kinesthetic motion, and peering, and nothing works, so you try cycle 2 of phantom-wiggling, kinesthetic motion, and peering, and again nothing works, so you try cycle 3 of phantom-wiggling, kinesthetic motion, and peering, and once again, nothing works, so you try cycle 4 of phantom-wiggling, kinesthetic motion, and peering. Since nothing works for the entire 4 cycles, you go back to sleep, and will try the whole sequence again upon your next awakening. If at any point you feel sensations, stay with the technique that is working, amplify as much as possible, and try to separate.
Direct method: Target Technique
from Adventures Beyond the Body, by William Buhlman
The main idea behind this technique is to focus your attention away from your physical body as you drift into sleep. Choose a location that is very familiar to you, usually this will be a place in your home, but it can be any place with which you are intimately familiar. You can enhance this technique by doing daily physical walk throughs in your target location, focusing on the sensations of being there and all the visual details, later making it that much easier to reproduce as you are falling asleep.
For example, if you have chosen your living room as your target location, you can physically walk through and take special note of the sensation of being there, feel your feet on the floor, notice all the details, take in as much as possible, visually, kinesthetically, as well as any smells, and feelings of the place. Now when you drift to sleep, see how vividly you can reproduce this place in your mind – see it in your mind, feel it in your body. Each day, try to bring more clarity and vividness to your visualizations. The combination of daily walk throughs and daily visualizations as you drift to sleep will consistently increase your ability to put yourself in your target location.
Each day, you can continue to enhance this technique by becoming increasingly aware of various physical objects of the room. Especially objects that have special sentimental value, artistic appeal, or significance tend to be easier to reproduce in your mind. The more significance the objects have, the easier they will be to reproduce in your mind as you drift to sleep.
You might find it easier to first visualize the room, and then focus on individual objects, or starting with an individual object and gradually expanding your visualization to include more and more of the entire room. Play with it and see what works best for you. Besides being an incredibly effective method for inducing OBEs, you will also learn to focus and concentrate the mind, a useful skill on its own!
Do this for at least 30 days, and you will be richly rewarded. Make sure to put your all into this technique, and be consistent with it.
Examples of Targets
1. Visual (using your visual sense)
- Any object that will be easy to reproduce in your mind
- Furniture: table, desk, sofa, chair, recliner, etc
- Any item that has a special sentimental value
- Any item that you have yourself created, such as a painting, sculpture, piece of furniture, etc.
- A special work of art, such as a picture, painting or portrait
2. Kinestetic (using your feeling sense)
- Curtains or any fabric
- Door, wall, floor, window, sculpture, railing or banister, light switch (example: feel the floor as you walk barefoot across it, or feel it with your hands, etc…)
- Jewelry, lamp, salt lamp
- Any object that will hold your attention
3. Olfactory (using your sense of smell)
- Perfumes or cologne, lotions, essential oils, soaps
- Fresh flowers, natural surroundings
- Cedar statue, chest or closet
- Favorite incense
4. Auditory (using your hearing sense)
- Sounds of water: a fountain, running stream, etc.
- Wind rustling leaves
- Sound of walking in snow, on leaves, twigs, etc.
- Sound of rubbing your hands together (also visual and kinesthetic)
Visual Kinesthetic Combination
Imagine yourself sitting in your sofa, recliner, desk chair, see it in your mind, feel it in your body. Feel the sensations of being there, see your surroundings from that vantage point. For example, feel your hands resting on your lap, on the sofa, on your desk, etc. Feel your body as it rests on the sofa, chair, etc. See your surroundings, as if you are sitting there now.
The more senses you combine, the more vivid the exercise becomes, and the greater chances you have of success. Focus first on your sense area of strength, and expand from there. An example of multiple sense combinations, would include sitting on your favorite sofa, feeling your body as it rests there, seeing from that exact vantage point, and at the same time, smelling you favorite essential oil, perfume, or other scent. This would combine kinesthetic, visual, and olfactory all in one. If that feels overwhelming, choose your strongest sense first, and expand from there. For example, if kinesthetic is your strongest sense, begin with the sensations of sitting in your favorite place, and once you establish those, expand into either the visual sense, or the olfactory sense, depending on your next area of strength. These are skills that are quickly enhanced through practice, just like any other skills. It doesn’t matter if you are proficient at the start of your practice, what matters is persistence and consistency, and just like any other skill in life, these can be learned to a high degree of proficiency, directly proportional to the amount of time you put into it. Most of all, have fun, and enjoy the process, not just the results. You’ll have many intermediate stages that are rewarding in and of themselves.
Of course you can create your own target ideas and combinations of senses to use in your exercises, these are just some examples and ideas to get you started. Be creative, and have fun with it!
You can use affirmations with the target technique or by themselves as you drift to sleep, as a form of self hypnosis. Make them clear intentions that are your last conscious thought as you drift to sleep. Here are some examples that I have found effective.
Now I’m out of body.
I’m out of body now.
I easily leave my body now.
Especially if you’re having a difficult time, consider moving to another location for the last 2 hours of your sleep. This will set an intention and act as a trigger to your mind that you are going to make attempts. I have found this to be extremely effective, because on some level, I am aware of being in another location and it triggers my subconscious mind to make attempts.
See you on the other side!!!
Want more? I have some audio lectures on out of body exploration that are available here. You can also check out my YouTube videos on the subject here. Lastly, I have assembled my favorite books on the topic here.
About the author: Thomas Leichardt is available for consultations in all things energetic and spiritual. As a holistic medical practitioner, he applies various modalities to help restore his patients’ natural alignment with health, vitality, joy, and clarity. Thomas has an acupuncture and energy medicine clinic in San Jose, CA. He also teaches classes in energy medicine and is faculty at Five Branches University.