Hello fellow travelers. I am working my way through Tom's second of three books and while I do think it's dense and repetitive in places, it is enlightening overall. As a classic open minded skeptic (and thank you Tom for defining a personality trait that i have long known I carry, but had yet to associate in those exact terms) I have a lot of questions and find the book on the Fringe of believable. This is okay for me in my exploration. I need convincing in nearly all aspects of life so my reaction to this book is slightly above par (no need to feel sorry for my wife, she knew what she signed up for).
I have been working at meditation and have been unsuccessful in OOBE but have seen some trippy visuals, mostly colors, patterns, and waves, in my attempts to separate from PMR. I do not do drugs. My meditation efforts are only assisted by a dark room, and a combination of binaural beats, chants, mantras, deep breathing, calming thoughts, etc.. Currently, i have been at it for about 1-month, with a few months of trying about a year ago, with little to write home about. I am not discouraged, but, as someone who has an ego and can imagine a world where I am the only real thing (this is not how I choose to theorize my exsistence) frustrating moments have led to thoughts about the lack of physical proof, the lack of believable and relatable examples that OOBE experiences actually occur, and frustrations with those who claim to have experienced OOBE are simply perpetuating an improbable postulation because PMR is most effective when perpetuating postulation, perpetually.
In conclusion, I'm happy to be here. This is a hopeful, happy, and for the most part, harmonious group. I am open to your thoughts. I am a respectful and respectable skeptic, but, you don't have to take my word for it as i hope to prove that in future, or, Dr. Tom might point out, I hope to prove it in the next billion to the billion to the billion to the trillion digital reality cell cycles.