It is common among many people when trying to go out of body to fail. Tom has covered many key elements / reasons as to why. I'ts the " going somewhere " people seem also to get stuck in a belief trap. There is no body , its virtual we are already out of body. In my early days I would try all sorts of methods from books etc. But I have to agree with Tom on this one. He mentions perhaps one of the best ways in meditation.
But medication can be very hard from some.
I just come across an old post I wirote when someone asked me about Meditation.
WAYS TO MEDITATE( One method does not suit all/ Mix it up/ If it
works, do more of it/ If it Doesn't work change it/ Nothing works take a break for a while and try later) (
There is no right or wrong)
It is important to note that your conscious awareness defines your personal reality, each and
every one of us have a unique perspective dependent on the quality of our own consciousness.
Expansion on the First Component
Initially, your meditation practice will lead you to be able to focus in the moment.
Affect of Meditation on the Brain
This is because at the physical level the act of meditation stimulates the part of the brain that is
concerned with focus and attention. As the blood flow to this area is increased, you become
‘brighter’ more able to cope, daily tasks become easier
Cessation of Obsessive Rumination Through Meditation
Obsessive rumination about the past and constant worry about the future also starts to slow to a
halt giving you more headspace to apply yourself to the now.
Living in the Moment
Eastern Traditions have always extolled the virtue of learning to live in the moment through
If your focus is on what you are doing, rather than attempting a task or interacting with people
whilst your thoughts are elsewhere, then obviously you are going to perform better.
More Personal Control
Meditation gives you more personal control over yourself. Just think for a moment of the energy
it takes to ruminate over an issue, a person or some future or past event... How can you
possibly optimize the processing of information received in the present?
As you practice daily meditation, the noise to sound ratio will start to reduce.
Method One: Mantra
A mantra is a repetitious sound – some nonsensical word – that distracts the over
indulgent mind from chattering by replacing it with a less distracting sound.
Lyz find 5-10 mins per day. To start with. Lay or sit in and close eyes and practice one of these. Each time
another thought comes to mind acknowledge the thought as just a thought and come back to the
Some great tried and tested ones are:
“sehr-ring”, “da room”, “ra-zing”, “ca-ouhn”, “sah-roon” and “sher-loom”.
The idea is to mentally repeat any ONE of these and let the last syllable ring out.
If you don’t resonate with a two-syllable mantra then here is a chant (string of syllables).
“ah-lum-bar-dee-dum – ah-lum-baa di dum”.
When the “bar and the “baa” regularly interchange themselves effortlessly you have got
It is important to note that these are sounds not worked and carry no intellectual
meaning. The point of the exercise is to quiet your operative intellect so that you
can experience consciousness directly by the variations, comparisons and
contrasts that your ego-intellect imposes upon consciousness.
Method Two: Visualization
The visualization doesn’t have to be crystal clear.
Choose a shape circle, square, triangle, cylinder.
Start to visualize that shape in a color of your choice and then start very gradually to
change the color (anything you like) very slowly make the change and then start to
rotate the shape.
As you are rotating the shape and changing between colors watch it very intensely,
each time a thought comes into your mind, re focus on the shape.
Think of absolutely nothing but the slow rotating motion and color change of the shape.
Don’t force anything; let the shape do its thing
Once You Have Chosen Your Method
The practice is going to take twenty minutes twice daily and you can build up to that so
you can start with five or ten minutes twice daily, what ever suits you best.
A profitable way to approach meditation is to actually not think about it at all, just do it
making absolutely sure that you keep expectations out of the scenario completely.
Some students find it difficult to concentrate at first and have the twice daily practice like
taking medicine; this has been helpful for them.
What ever it takes to build up to 20 minutes two times a day so that it sits and fits nicely
into your daily schedule is good.
Try to get a dedicated space – this helps in the beginning – some people set their alarm
earlier and do it in bed, some get out and do it on a sofa... what ever suits you is good.
Being undisturbed and comfortable is what you are after.
Set a soft alarm – the harp sound on most mobile phones is good.
Decide on the time that you are going to try for 5,10, 15 or 20 mins, set the alarm.
Loosen clothing, sit or lie down – you may want a cover – and close your eyes.
Have no expectations the only goal, for the moment is to remove all extraneous
thoughts from your mind until there is nothing but total silence.
Relax and have fun with this. Any tension defeats the object.
Most importantly remember that what you are trying to do is not to do anything at all.
Limitations to meditation
The only limitations to meditation practice, increasing the quality of your consciousness
and consciousness exploration are Fear, Ego, Beliefs (personal and Cultural) and
The latter is of course taken care of by practicing, repetition always makes us feel more
at ease and helps dispel fears, this goes with any kind of practice.
Fears which we all suffer from, are significantly reduced by facing them squarely, easier
said than done but true non the less and, as meditation activates the part of the brain
that deals with focus and attention, practice gives you the focus to deal with unwanted
obstacles like fear.
Ego will evaporate as you conquer your fears.
Beliefs which are very personal for each of us are so deeply ingrained that often they
are almost impossible to notice.
What ever you decide, once the practice is over try not to intellectualize what ever
You cannot do this wrong, if you fall asleep, don’t worry about it, next time try making a mental
or verbal affirmation to keep awake.
If you struggle with trying to keep up daily practice leave it for a while until you are ready
to make the commitment. Often thinking about something enough will eventually lead to
the firm intention to action it.
The fear of not being able to employ the discipline to be able to practice daily can be
used as a catalyst to actually being.
Through the mental repetition of a mantra, eventually my chattering monkey mind recedes,
gently banishing concerns of the past and drawing the inner eye away from speculation and
Listening to relaxing music can certainly lead to a meditative state, again the point is to
relax and empty the mind until all mental processes have halted. Choose a piece that
you love, ethereal and melodic can be helpful as can simple rainfall, wave sounds or
birdsong all of which can be purchased nowadays in various retail outlets and online.
That said I think those that meditate x2 daily for 20 mins x 3 months will notice positive change