Yes, way cool. I've had a high rate of success with this basic technique and I would highly recommend it for people to try. It pretty much boils down to wake up early in the morning, meditate for a bit, then allow yourself to fall asleep while trying to maintain a focused intent of having an OBE. It works great before naps too. As I fall asleep while attempting this I like to focus on a point inside the frontal part of my brain, I'm not sure if there is any physical significance to this or if it just helps me focus my intent but it has worked great for me. I don't think it matters what you do exactly before you let yourself fall asleep as long as you do your best to get into a meditative state for some amount of time before you do. And as always it's important to minimize expectations and experiment until you can narrow down what works for best you :)
I have just reviewed your entire posting history. You are a very interesting dude, especially given that I am trying to knuckle down this year and make some progress toward OBE. I think this forum has been a bit under-invested as far as attention to how to breach OBE initially, and I am currently most curious about the lucid dream pathway, thinking it may be easier, more incremental.
I had one short bit of spontaneous lucidity a few weeks back but I guess woke myself up yelling "lucid dreaming" at myself in the dream. I am currently at the stage of recording dreams in a dream journal in search of my dream signs. I have written the word "dreaming" on the side of my wrist to try to implant the word in my subconcious so that it might turn up in a dream.
The other night I tried playing (mp3 mini stereo) on a loop "Am I dreaming" just loud enough to hear but not keep me awake, being reminded by some construction noise one morning that real life sound can be incorporated into the dream state.
It would be interesting if we could work out our own MBTOE kick ass breach method that blends the strengths of
- binaural beats
- the early morning state
- dream lucidity concepts
I like the discussion earlier where you talk about meditation as a tool for dream control. I have a mental barrier, a sort of new age gag reflex, going back many decades, regarding meditation. I did some of it as a Christian and much more as a Buddhist, but it always bothered me that I did not have a clear left hemispheric explanation to justify the investment of time, and even Tom's treatment of meditation is a bit new agey for my taste.
I have long ago suspected that this challenge of gaining control of our mental chatter and attention, was somehow preparation for after death or OBE, as NPMR appears to be a ruleset entirely driven by mental intent....such that entering NPMR with no mental control would sort of be like dropping a chihuahua in the middle of a freeway.
The shambala method I learned is to just sit and pay attention to the out breath and this process of the mind clicking out into an unconcious dream state, the change itself being non-conscious, then waking up to the room and conciousness a few moments or minutes later, and noting this by saying "thinking", then returning to lightly trying to pay attention to the out breath again. Back and forth. Over time, the process puts you in the room with your breath more and more. It can be startling to learn how much of our lives are passed in an unconcious dream state. [I would recommend other readers to review all of EventHorizon's excellent postings for greater context to this comment]
I think if I can fully absorb this idea that the purpose of meditation is to complete the process of becoming a fully formed FWAU....completing the link between our Intent/QoC/IUOC and our interaction with the NPMR environment, I might be able to overcome my motivational block regarding meditation.
Perhaps the next step is to understand that PMR is "just" another operating environment and the same thing is going on when we meditate...we are exercising and strengthening this linkage, and similar to the interaction between our Intent and the NPMR environment, including our control of the environment, a strong "concentration muscle" should be able to increase our capacity to control PMR as well, which is in actuality, "just" another dream, albeit with a more restrictive ruleset.
- what is your bio?
- what is your lucidity/OBE background?
- how did you breach?
- what lucidity website forums, youtubes, books, instructors do you like?