Blue: how can I tell between the thoughts and imagination passing through my conscious mind and imagery received through consciousness exploration?
Tom: Two reinforcing methods:
1) Practice meditation until you are very confident that you can completely and consistently control your mind for long periods of time — i.e., until you can completely and consistently eliminate the noise, the extraneous or idle thoughts, the constant analysis and judging. Until the ego stops expecting results to mirror beliefs, stops wondering and comparing, stops fearing failure. Then there will be no “thoughts and imagination passing through [your] conscious mind“ -- only the OOME remains.
2) Make an effort to gather experience and information that you can verify. Spend the majority of your time experimenting and testing within a limited set of experience that lends itself to objective verification. Continue experimenting, testing, and verifying until you are sure to a near statistical certainty that what you are doing is real and not imagined.
Blue: Do u sleep and dream anymore or r u able to use your PMR sleep time to explore the diversity of the multiverse?
Tom: Occasionally all of the above. If I am particularly busy in NPMR, I sometimes never get around to sleeping before morning. Generally I sleep well and seldom dream. Dream activity waxes and wanes — dreams may come and go for a few weeks and then disappear for months — depends on what sort of experiences I need to have/rehearse — a form of communication — a way to work off issues or practice correct intent in various challenging scenarios with immediate feedback and no direct price to pay in PMR. Like taking a night class on a pass/fail basis.
Blue: Is White Powder Gold (manna) just another limiting PMR pathway to spiritualism or is it multi dimensional?
Tom: Never heard of white powder gold until now and Google was not very enlightening in any objective way. Let me assure you that I have never run across any magic pills, charms, substances, crystals, drugs, chants, mediation techniques, books, associations, physical trauma or anything else that somehow automatically induces higher quality consciousness. If you don't earn it, it is not yours to keep. One may occasionally be induced to experience or perform certain psi phenomena, but that is pretty much useless in the big picture unless you also change who you are (grow up). In fact, it becomes counterproductive when induction of altered states and the experience of psi phenomena DIMINISHES or REPLACES the evolutionary goal of raising consciousness quality with the ego goal of shortcuts to cool experiences. The entropy of your consciousness does not decrease even a micro-smidgen because you had a cool psi experience. That’s going about it backwards and leads to nowhere important. If you decrease the entropy of your consciousness sufficiently, then cool psi experiences can become a quite ordinary and natural part of your everyday reality. Chasing shortcuts with too much energy and hopefulness often creates a longcut that is more likely to delay one’s progress than shorten it. Experiment all you want, just don't damage or hamstring yourself in the process, and don't get carried away like a compulsive gambler with your ego’s desires, wants, hopes, and expectations.
Blue: do u suggest we develop and do everything consciously and with intent (is that why OOBE r so limited?) rather than relying on manna or techniques?
Tom: Yes, as stated above. OOBE is limited because it is only a very small special purpose reality. It is only your back yard, not the rest of the world. I discuss this elsewhere in this forum. If you are obsessed with having an OOBE that obsession can get in the way as discussed above. If you are curious and intrigued but not obsessed, OOBE may provide the incentive you need to begin a path toward growing up. OOBE just is, what you make of it can be good or bad for the evolution of your consciousness.
Blue: can u heal ur own PMR body now therefore becoming a long liver?
Tom: Yes, I can do that, but I generally don't do that. Remaining in PMR as long as possible is not my goal. Optimizing the evolution of my consciousness is my goal. The experience I have in PMR can only be a learning experience if I let it alone and simply interact honestly with it like everyone else. If I manipulate my experience here, then I have eliminated that experience as a potential source of learning and growth — thus defeating one of the major points of being here in the first place. The idea of joining this virtual PMR and then manipulating the experience to make yourself safe and comfortable is something only a little picture ego could find desirable. That would be like being a pro baseball player and joining a team that you somehow make hit homeruns on every pitch — every pitch every game — wow, what a lot of fun that would be year after year — great career.