This video is an out of body experience by Kaylee Schoen and is a great short story about her first time with astral travel and out of body experiences. Whether you are new to out of body experiences or a seasoned pro it often helps to listen to the stories of others because it tends to open us to levels of awareness that we wouldn’t otherwise pay attention to.
Some people may be a little frightened their first time too as Kaylee describes in the video below, but the good news is everyone goes through these phases and it can be healthy to encounter a little fear and surprise as we move throughout the astral plane.
Now the video is quite short and doesn’t provide any type of instruction, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good time to learn about what out of body experiences are like from someone else’s point of view. Now that probably sounds generic, but I mention that because point of view has a power that is often ignored. Don’t worry too much about the mystical and spiritual significance of point of view too much right now as in advanced practices the implications of POV can be staggering, but here’s what I do recommend: try putting on Kaylee’s POV the first time she had an out of body experience.
Take a simple action like you were slipping on a shirt and as you do connect that action in your imagination with temporarily putting on her point of view. You may even want to listen to her story once to get a feel for her point of view and then put on her POV during the second time through to see how it shifts your awareness and perception of her first out of body experience. Keep in mind this is a very powerful practice.
Well alright hope you enjoy this video and this little mystical practice that goes with it and best of luck with your out of body travels.
THE VIDEO: Out of Body Experience – How It Feels
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Being here now seems to become reduced at times to a rather simple practice and yet it has many distractions.
Thought is the most obvious distraction from paying attention to the present moment and yet our thoughts are often very good at getting out attention. They appear like phantoms from nowhere and before we realize it we have become entangled with them.
Suddenly we believe the thought that says this or that person is aggravating or judgmental and we remind ourselves how glad we are not to be like that.
And Bang! That quickly we have ceased to be the limitless formless awareness and have returned to the pain of being a person who has a life, rather than that which is life.
These beliefs are painful eventually, if not right away, but the greatest wisdom on how to deal with these distractions as they arise is just to notice them. Too often when a thought or emotion monopolizes our attention we become frustrated, especially if we are “people that want to awaken”. Yet that frustration is just ego slyly slipping in where we aren’t looking.
The sense of being a person is very much like living with a con man in your head. When you find yourself wanting freedom it will chime in and say “yes, yes of course that is what ‘I’ want… now if we can just have sex one more time, or get that promotion, or use this or that drug one more time we will get that freedom.” Or even more cleverly “don’t worry we’ll get awakened soon”, but then you have to wonder, who is this person in the future that is getting something?
The truth is change and freedom can only happen now.
So often the difficulty of spiritual awakening is in that we must look for the silence rather than the sound.
We are “comfortable”, so to speak, with the voices in our heads and the murmurs of the heart, but not so good at identifying the vast silence and spaciousness in which they arise.
Yet it is that spaciousness that we are and the noise of thoughts and emotions is just that, noise.
Let me say I get how convincing the mind can be, sometimes it convinces me that what it has to say is vitally important. So important that I have to give it my attention. Sometimes it insists that the moment is uncomfortable and I would be much more at home in my head. So far, however, these insistences have always been lies. I am never more comfortable than in being, even in significant physical pain and discomfort.
So the thing to remember is no matter how much thought and emotion insist that they should be driving your choices, they shouldn’t be. Be in the present moment, pay attention, and let real aware intelligence show you what reality is expressing beyond thought. You might be amazed at what you can see.
It’s hard for me not to mix the spiritual and the mystical, for while they indicate two completely different phenomena, they have great implications for one another.
On the one hand the practice of spirituality is absolutely essential for mystical practice. The ego is too easily obsessed with delusions of power. If it doesn’t get stuck on power then our “self” becomes quickly overwhelmed as we penetrate more and more deeply into the mystery of life.
Imagine living a lifetime in a single evening and then having to wake up and go to work the next day. Imagine experiencing excruciating pain as a lesson in surrender. Imagine for a moment that everything you could even imagine is only a demure guess in the face of such awesome universal forces and pressures that only shear consciousness could survive the raw force of the greatest mystical experiences.
Imagine that and you’ll have an idea why I see spirituality as so vital to mystical practice. It is the only way to survive it at the highest level.
That said, Relax. The majority of mystical experiences, especially early ones, don’t require that kind of selflessness and spiritual awakening (and most likely nothing will force you to take it that far). Nonetheless its good to get started early, especially if you practice astral projection, remote viewing, or really any form of out of body experience. Take it or leave it but this is what I’ve learned about it so far.
Spirituality and Out of Body Experiences
When we begin to travel out of body, we begin to open ourselves to much bigger phenomena and we can begin to experience first hand that the universe is a system of forces.
Too often we fall into the trap of seeing ourselves as people and the world and it’s many manifestations (and sometimes other people too) like objects.
In my experience we are not objects, nor are we surrounded by objects. Instead we are surrounded by forces, and more than that we are universal forces ourselves.
Just as the river does not stress its identity or refuse to flow because it has had a bad day, so too do we genuinely need to begin to let go of the self, not as a moral choice, or even as a belief, but out of simple reason and practicality.
As a species we are not thriving like we could be. This is not because we have done something wrong, it is because we have lost sight of ourselves as powerful universal forces. You don’t scream bloody murder at a new puppy that goes to the bathroom in the house because it doesn’t know any better, and neither do many humans. This, at least as far as I can tell, is why many spiritual teachers like Eckhart Tolle refer to the situation of mass human insanity as “unconsciousness”. We just don’t see a lot of what is.
When we travel out of body we learn that our conscious mind is mobile, it is not the body. This seems like it would be a tremendous realization. It seems like something a “human being” could experience even once and go “see I knew I was more than a body and a mind!” and instantly wake up from the belief in the self that needs to get something from the world.
And yet, more often than not, the ego takes control of out of body travel too and says “you see how mystical and powerful I am, I am not even bound by my own body!”
The result of such egoic delusions is always the same: SUFFERING. For the fact that this suffering is so prevalent I am deeply sorry, not as someone who is responsible, but as someone who understands first hand the intense pain that tricky little self can cause. So if you practice OBE then practice living in reality too.
I hope you understand I am sincere when I say we need both the mystical and spiritual paths to genuinely reach the height of human potential. Out of body travel and really all mystical practice can benefit us greatly in astounding ways, but the beauty of spirituality is that it has a beautiful singularity of purpose. It keeps us in reality and that is very important if we want to travel to the farthest reaches of the physical and non-physical universe with our consciousness.
In short, make sure you have a good spiritual teacher to keep you from getting entangled with your own thoughts and feelings. There is no other way to true inner peace that I know of.
Wesley F Peltzer
There are a lot of tips out there about moving out of body and how to have an out of body experience. I’ve personally read a lot of astral projection guides and practiced a lot of techniques for non-ordinary travel and there are three fairly simply things that I’ve found to be useful when trying to have an out of body experience in your dreams of otherwise.
The Three Tips For How To Have An Out of Body Experience
I hope you’re ready to experience something exciting because here we go. Its worth noting that if you want to get all the insides and outs about astral projection training and astral projection experiences I recommend checking out Explorations Beyond The Body, it’s a great astral projection guide that covers everything from astral sex to astral travel in dreams, so if you want to get the most out of out of body experiences its worth a look, but on to the tips.
How To Have An Out of Body Experience Tip #1 – Use artifacts to your advantage.
In the modern world the use of tools has fallen out of favor amongst many of those who continue to practice mysticism. Be that as it may in my experience even the addition of incense and an eye mask can make a huge difference in your out of body success especially if you use the object solely for that purpose. Pick a type of incense, a shirt or nightgown, an eye mask, or really any ritual item you want that you will keep with you when you practice astral projection.
As an example of a ritual item, I wear a mala during meditation and after using it for awhile it has started to cue the meditative state even before I enter it. All in all make use of objects, they can greatly enhance your practice.
How To Have An Out of Body Experience Tip #2 – Detach from the outcome, be in the now.
It is useful to make a goal out of doing the best you can to have an enjoyable and safe out of body experience, but if you start astral projecting with an agenda your odds of encountering something truly amazing start to go down. When we become too attached to something we tend to become entangled with it and cause ourselves problems. Maybe you want to meet some other entities on the astral plane or explore some of the structures you’ve heard about. Maybe you really really want to visit a friend in your dreams.
Whatever it is make what you are intending about doing and less about getting a result. Start by just remembering when you have an out of body experience.
How To Have An Out of Body Experience Tip #3 – Take plenty of time to prepare.
Many of the people I know who have trouble having an out of body experience have trouble because they don’t go into a trance state. They don’t protect themselves and they don’t know how to close out the out of body experience. So before you leap right into the astral projection techniques, get ready to move out of body with some great meditations and exercises to increase your success. If you need some pointers for preparation then you can read The Druidic Astral Projection Guide or How To Have An Out of Body Experience articles right here on the EvoMys.
Best of luck with your astral traveling.
We come from formless aware presence, because that is essentially what we are, but it is rarely the level of reality from which we live.
This isn’t to say that it isn’t fun sometimes to be a person, once we remember that raw awareness and endless mindfulness is what we are, being “someone” can actually be sort of fun. However when we believe that we are a person first and the sense of being aware, awake, and in love with the mystery of life is lost, suffering begins to arise. That is not so fun.
So I wanted to write a quick update today to remind anyone who reads this that spiritual awakening is actually a very simple thing in practice, even if it is bottomless in our experience of it.
Essentially all spirituality comes down to our ability to live from the natural awareness that we are. When we live as the experiencer of reality, reality becomes our guide and our ally. When we live as a person who is trying to get something from life, reality becomes an enemy; an impediment that stands between us and something we feel we need or love.
But really the Tao (our life situations) are the way the divine communicates with us. If we can remember we are timeless consciousness nothing we experience can hurt or destroy us, it can only change us. And change is how we move through levels of reality and gain access to more and more wondrous aspects of the universe and everything mystical and magical which resides within it.
I suppose what I’m trying to relate is that I have had experiences from within the web of ego and I have felt what it is like to step outside of that vicious cycle of wanting, striving, and fleeting satisfactions and I have experienced what it is like to wake up and see without any doubt that in life we neither gain nor lose anything, nor can we ever gain or lose anything.
We are most at peace when we understand peace, happiness, and contentment is our true nature not because they are nice, but because what could cause suffering if nothing is ever truly lost or gained?
Can we add to our consciousness? Do we ever lose our awareness? I would say no, but don’t take my word for it, investigate it for yourself. How do you experience the power of your presence? How do you search for truth and what do you see when you do?
In the end questions lead us further down the spiritual road to enlightenment and spiritual awakening than assumptions. When we are a vast open awareness we can move, live, and breathe with greater ease and dexterity than we ever thought possible.
But if there is one reminder to take from this it is to remember that mindfulness and presence are not actions. Presence is the center of our experience and the center of the universe as well.
Wesley F Peltzer
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Extra sensory perception (ESP) comes in many forms, but the best description that I have for what it represents is to say that extra sensory perception is the ability to experience non-ordinary levels of reality. It can mean precognition or perception outside of time. It can mean moving through other levels of reality with other forms of life and interacting with those entities and universal forces. Sometimes it means we go right back to the center of all things. Once there we realize we have never gone anywhere, nor gained anything. We realize we are a whole loving awareness navigating through a field of mystery.
In a funny way extra sensory perception is a part of spiritual awakening because it can remind us that reality doesn’t always work in the ways we think it should. It doesn’t follow our rules or ideas.
When we are faced with intensely lucid dreams, for example, we can sometimes find ourselves surprised to find that something we had believed without question (the dream) is in fact an expression or experience of something else entirely. In the same way spiritual awakening reveals to us that we are not in fact a person moving through a series of environments. We are an environment moving within itself, expressing itself, seeing itself.
Space often takes credit for being the final frontier. However, if practicing energetic seeing and extra sensory perception has taught me anything its that the greatest frontier lies within. We are the vast expanse that demands exploration. That exploration begins when we have the courage to question our assumptions about the world and find those teachers and masters who can make whole aspects of reality we previously had no awareness of, conscious.
Extra sensory perception can be useful for this and so the following is a fun technique to build ESP skills and maybe your own access to spiritual awakening too.
The ESP Technique of Deeply Seeing
Take any object and commit to see it for just five minutes, but rather than view it as an insider view it as though it were a part of you. Not a part of your bodies, but a part of you because it is within your awareness. Simply see it, allowing whatever experience of that object to arise that wants to arise and then write down your experience, no matter how stupid or mundane it may seem. That said my first experience with this technique had me feeling a second heart beat within my attention, so if you give it some patient attention it can reveal the mystical beauty in your environment.
Wesley F Peltzer
Let me preface this article by saying that enlightenment and spiritual awakening are wonderful, but the ego will turn it into something to achieve, but understand that signs of spiritual awakening are not so different than the feeling of coming home after a long trip. Spiritual awakening is not an object which we gain, or a power that we get. It is the recognition and surrender to what we really are at the core of our being.
That said its a great deal of fun to talk about the signs of spiritual awakening and explore them. The following five are worth practicing and being curious about, I hope you enjoy them.
Signs of Spiritual Awakening – Letting Go
When awakening begins to take hold “grasping”, as it is sometimes called, begins to cease. I usually experience this as a relaxation. It isn’t always easy but sometimes a belief or object we’ve held for ages is suddenly perceived in a new way. The light gets to it, as one of my teachers likes to say, and then suddenly an old grievance or past pain is suddenly gone. When this starts to happen a lot, hang on, you may well be seeing the first of many signs of spiritual awakening. In the true essence of what we are, at least as I’ve felt it, we don’t hang onto anything, life is a continuous flow and the more we cling to what is past, the less we get to enjoy what is present.
The recommended action – examine how you let things go and investigate what it feels like to let something go.
Signs of Spiritual Awakening – Honest Curiosity
Probably my personal favorite. What does a room you’re in everyday look like when you stand on your head? How does the atm machine work? And why oh why do I care so much when someone cuts we off on the highway? These are just a few of the questions that will arise when spiritual awakening arises. This sign of spiritual awakening is likely going to proceed the enlightenment itself and it isn’t just for the spiritual aspirant, but the mystical one too. When we really begin to investigate our reality with an honest open attention we often discover both powerful mystical experiences and ancient spiritual truths about our own nature.
The recommended action – Be curious about every thing
Signs of Spiritual Awakening – Selflessness
This sounds like it would be intuitive. Donating to charities and generally the giving of oneself to others seems like the definition of selfless, but in my experience that is not the case. Genuine selflessness is the dissolution of the “I”, it is the sudden realization that “I” just isn’t worth indulging. I usually feel this as a kind of zen emptiness. It is not that you don’t eat, shower, or exercise and it isn’t that you work ceaseless for others and ask for nothing. Rather it is that me and myself cease to be the same thing. There is the one who is aware, and the one who relates to the world as separate.
Recommended action – Investigate “I” with a firm eye for the truth. Are you what you think you are or are you something else?
Signs of Spiritual Awakening – No Agendas, Just Love
Usually the personality says “I’m going to work to make money and get to this place and then once I’m there I will be happy.” Of course, at least as far as my own experience has gone, we get to where we were certain we would be happy and we get maybe a whole ten deep breaths of happy and then the personality says “alright now we have to go there to be happy.” This is why one of the classic signs of spiritual awakening is that when you decide to move (which is to say change, work or really do anything) you won’t do it to get something that the “I” wants. You’ll do it because you love it and for no other reason. I do lots of things in a day. I used to do most of them because I wanted something. But at some point that began to change, life stopped be a race or a game that I was trying to win and instead became a spiritual journey, a mystical voyage of the vastest mystery imaginable: Life. So one of the greatest spiritual awakening signs? No more agendas, you move for love of something, not to get something.
Recommended Action – Clarify the feeling of doing what you love and if you don’t love what you do see if there is a love of something behind it that makes that action easier. Then bring consciousness to your agendas without judgement.
Signs of Spiritual Awakening – The Manifestation of Inner Peace and True Happiness
This is often why the ego loves spiritual awakening. These awakened teachers and mystical masters are always so damn happy and the ego yells out “I want that!” Who can blame our personalities for wanting to find the end of suffering, after all its miserable to be in pain and if we look closely we tend to find that the personality always moves from lack. It wants because it feels something that should not be absent is absent. That is also the great delusion of the self. In truth we are missing nothing. We don’t find inner peace and true happiness because we seek to get it from awakening, we find it naturally because we suddenly see the truth, we are an ever present oneness. Then inner peace and true happiness arise naturally. We have remembered what we are.
Recommended Action – Begin to see yourself as a force, rather than a person. Investigate what that force is, preferably with the help of a spiritually awakened teacher. (I recommend checking out Eckhart Tolle’s Online Channel for some great guidance on spiritual awakening which I’m a member and big fan of myself.)
There are many more signs of spiritual awakening and spiritual awakening symptoms, but curiosity and a pursuit of the truth is usually a good start. My own piece of advice on this would be to relax. We often find what we are looking for better when we relax and join with what is rather than trying to make what is do what we think it should do. The Tao is ever in what arises, when we move with it we ride the tides of life, when we fight against it, well, sometimes things don’t go well. That said listening to the moment is an art and not a science, expect nothing and when in doubt, pay attention.
Wesley F Peltzer
A Quick Note On The Practice of Presence and Being Here Now
The term be here now has become very popular in the modern era and like many practices that have become popular it suffers from too many opinions. Its nice that human beings have a desire to figure things out, but less useful that once we believe we understand something we cease to examine it. The practice of presence in the now is easily such a practice. It seems to get interpreted as mindfulness or no mind, as a way to be happy or to relax and I’ve even used these terms to describe the practice of being present in the now. However true presence isn’t about happiness nor any other state of being and it is not really about “practice” or techniques for staying present in the now.
Ultimately presence is about being what you really are.
The essence of really being here now is not an act, in fact it is more of an anti-action. Its the absence of doing and a surrender to your own true nature in the present moment. It is to understand yourself as a universal force that extends beyond simply your personality.
This is not an easy or quick realization. I sometimes feel that writing about these techniques and concepts is misleading because they refer to experiences that have to be had to really be understood. Yet many people will believe they understand intellectually without really experiencing it for themselves and at the same time each human consciousness is likely going to experience spiritual awakening and the true presence of their awareness differently.
For some it may feel like a letting go, a relaxation and surrender which simply allows whatever is to be and then acts within that frame work. For others it might be a sudden shift in their felt sense of being with the world. In fact there is no end to the number of ways that spiritual awakening can arise in both large and small ways, because there is no end to the creative nature of the human spirit.
So if you are going to take something from this article I would suggest the following two key points.
- You are the presence, it is not something you do, it is the nature of your being.
- Look deeply within your own nature and do what is genuine to your own being in the moment.
The second of these is most easily noticed by relaxing into the moment and then beginning to look at what you genuinely love. What draws you in ceaselessly? Also notice that what is genuine tends not to be compulsive or needy, but is simply a gentle appreciation or love of something.
Well there you have it, a quick note on the practice of being present in the now. Happy awakenings.
For more information on the practice of being present in the now or spiritual awakening I recommend checking out Eckhart Tolle’s Online Channel Here.
Attracting Money In The Modern World
We live in a time where more and more people are becoming entrepreneurial and for good reason. Its not as easy as it once was to snuggle into a comfortable job environment even for those that would. Yet all of us can benefit from a few simple tips that help us in attracting money and achieving financial abundance in our lives.
Attracting Money Tip #1 – Be Creative
You don’t have to be an artist to find opportunities to make extra money on the side, but if you are lots of modern channels exist for selling artwork or the rights to use your images on or offline. If you happen not to be it still doesn’t matter, one of the best things we can do to attract money now is start by looking at what there might be a need for in our environment. Maybe your friends love your jokes and you have a knack for writing, in which case a blog might be the perfect thing. Maybe someone needs to coordinate the local paper delivery service, or maybe your neighbors would love to buy your very own version of the newspaper. Some of these things might be far fetched depending on where you live, but make no mistake, families are always rising and falling and for good reason, we’re surrounded by both good and bad ideas. Get creative about what shows up for you, on or off the job, and you might find yourself attracting more money before you know it.
Attracting Money Tip #2 – Intend Your Time Wisely
It’s the well-aimed arrow that never misses the mark, so when you work let that be the center of your attention. Its not easy to avoid the pitfalls of getting stuck in our own psychology, but often if we can avoid being overly caught in ourselves it makes life easier and work much more productive (which makes attracting and making more money easier) a good resource for learning how to get out of our heads can be found by clicking here. Once you start to work on that you might find its easier to be more productive with your time, but look yourself and see where you could be more efficient at what you’re doing without necessarily being under more pressure or stress. Put another way look at how you work and be curious about how you could do it better. Personally this one has worked wonders for me when it comes to attracting money, but try not to stress about it, that won’t help.
(For those who are interested I also recommend checking out The Unlimited Abundance Course which is a great course for attracting money.)
Attracting Money Tip #3 – Confidence Is King
It is difficult to be efficient at anything we do if we have no confidence with it, so if we are taking on an endeavor it helps to be confident in our own abilities even if we have our doubts about what we’re doing with them. If I’m skiing I might have concerns about crashing and knowledge about what to do should it happen, but its not the center of my attention. Instead I focus my attention on what I am doing and my ability to do it. Take the time once in awhile to inventory your powers. If you want to attract money now look at what you can do, if you’re a good skier maybe you could offer private lessons, or design your own ebook. If you skill sheet is lacking, look at how you might develop the skills you need to improve your ability to make and manifest abundance in your life. Attracting money is often easier than we make it, we just get trained to forget the power we have to do it.
Attracting Money Bonus Tip
Look at the upside. Positive thinking really belongs its own section, because truthfully positive thinking may be a bad term for what is really a mechanism of attention itself. That said put positive things in your attention and focus on the upsides where you can find them. Don’t ignore reality, but don’t believe every negative thought you have either. Often under closer examination our negativity is a whole lot of, well, bullshit. Anyhow, best of luck attracting money, remember that people literally change their lives and and start attracting money now every day.
What Is Nirvana In Buddhism?
The most beautiful articulation of nirvana in buddhism, and perhaps the most profound, is cessation. Essentially the stopping of clinging to experience. Nirvana in buddhism then exemplifies spiritual enlightenment, the point when the mind is clear and awareness expansive. Nirvana is also meant to express the end of the belief in the “I”, or the identification with the individual (false) self.
Nirvana is actually a beautiful articulation of spiritual awakening and is full of lessons that are valuable to practitioners of any spiritual path or practice. Cessation is in itself not only an idea, but a spiritual practice, it begs the question, what has to stop in order for me to find inner peace? And if it is something stopping and not starting than what is it I have to let go of?
The beauty of the term Cessation is that it reminds us spiritual awakening involves a sacred form of not doing. We are spiritually awakened already, but with all of the identification and entanglement we experience, pain arises, and suffering continues because we cannot see this simple truth of our own being.
(To get more information on the truth of being I’d recommend checking out Eckhart Tolle’s online channel here.)
Nirvana In Buddhism And How To Practice Cessation
So as you go throughout your day, assuming your interested in finding inner peace of course, its worth stopping, for the sake of stopping alone. Personally I like to stop and then just become hyper aware of what is happening in my internal state of being. Am I grounded? Centered? Are unconscious judgements running? Is there a belief or attachment that is causing me pain? If so, can I bring cessation to these things too?
Try this out once in awhile and see if the power behind nirvana in buddhism doesn’t start to arise in your experience. You can take it further by questioning what you do that causes suffering (without judgement), or asking where would it be nice in your life to see greater inner stillness (without getting attached to thinking it should be so). It’s hard to capture just how amazing and useful practicing cessation can be in terms of our spirituality and in generating awakening energy in our selves, lives, and sometimes even enviroments.
A good question that helps to back up the inward discovery of Nirvana is to look closely at what you use to make your “self” feel better. If we can rememebr that the seperate “I” is illusory (which nirvana in buddhism also implies because it is also the cessation of the “I”) then we can begin to look deeper at what this ego thing is. If we look closely we can notice that the “I” tends to move from lack. It wants more money to be happy, or more drugs, sex, power etc. Then it claims it will be happy and yet when and if these things come it is only happy for a little while. Then suffering begins again, the “I” has resumed its course.
Not to put to fine a point on it, but this process sucks.
The good news, to qoute the buddha, is that there is an end to suffering and the “I” can cease to be a problem. I say start exploring cessation.
Wesley F Peltzer