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UNWORLDING...the art form formerly known as "out-of-body-experience," "astral travel," "lucid dreaming," "phasing," "the quick switch," etc.

GENERAL DIATRIBES AND INTRODUCTORY RANTS

To my mind, successful astral projection is not so much to do with finding the right technique, but is all to do with achieving the correct degree of mental understanding. For me, realising that the physical-body springs forth from the Mind, and not the other way around, was a major turning point which led to my making a big leap forward in my development.

      --Frank Kepple, Astral Pulse Forum, February 15, 2003

In learning to unworld for the first time, to increase the frequency of results, or to overcome a dry spell, your mindset is of key importance and method is not. This explains beginners' luck as well as the providential confidence brought by experience. Statements patterned after A and B below are wrong even when they seem true on occasion.

A: "If you do X you will not be able to unworld."
B: "If you do Y you will be able to unworld."

It's not what you do; it's who you are. And it's not who you are; it's who you manage to be. Even intent is useless since we don't consciously know the location of our own magic buttons. Mindset, on the other hand, is something we can do something about, and fortunately it is the backbone of every successful unworlding experience.

Example: "If you don't practice enough..." Wrong. Good try, but wrong. This is not the Olympics. We're trying to do something we do in our sleep every night, but just to do it with a bit more awareness. Forget the work ethic, as we develop a picture of what the right mindset is. Why do some people get it right the first time they try, and then fail daily for months? Why do some people literally stumble onto unworlding with no practice? In a field of endeavor where the notions of progress and methodology are just notions, and where subjectivity trumps science, where it's a law that all things are equally unreal, where goals held by the endeavor's practitioners are phenomena considered impossible by a large proportion of people, I've found that all techniques are practically equal.

Not that techniques of unworlding should be trashed; we need our vehicles to get from here to there. But while the map is not the ground, it's also true that the vehicle can't use the map without the driver's participation at every stage of the game. Map or no map, the unskilled navigator literally has to stumble in the dark long enough to find his own way without being put out of commission. Without a key, most drivers would fail, and a little stumbling can be discouraging.

It is a rare mindset, that elusive magical attitude, that ever actually gets the hoped-for results. Meanwhile, evidence is piling up that all experiences are unworldings. In common language, everything is a dream; or as science now believes, everything is a function of a collapsed probability wave. And here we sit with our fingers in our brains, knowing more about it than any number of scientists who try to do everything the hard way on purpose. There are many valid reasons why the types of dreams most sleeping people usually have don't happen to be the types of dreams that unworlders want to have. These perfectly good reasons for the existence of discouragement stand up on their own merit while the methods developed to knock them down are inherently unreliable.

In the end, it doesn't matter what unworlding method you use, because if you have the right mindset, you can practice unworlding while you walk down the street or while you eat your breakfast. In fact there are even some people who find it hard to stay focused in the real world, who unworld without wanting to. And among those few hypnotists who are actually famous for their abilities, no schoolroom on earth could have taught them more than a small fraction of the savant's ability. An intuitive knowing made those rare individuals the masters of other people's states of mind.

Fortunately, it's much easier to learn how to influence one's own mental state than it is to influence and build an intended mindset in another person. Most people can create a reasonable facsimile of their own custom mindset once they know exactly what mindset they seek. But the question remains: what is the one set of mental conditions that, as an ideal, literally guarantees the practitioner entry, at will, into non-ordinary realities?

Let's call it the Magical Mindset for now.

I'll say it now and I'll repeat it from time to time: getting into the Magical Mindset is not a goal to be pursued directly. Such as "trying to be happy and spiritual so you'll get unworlded". This doesn't work. We must design methodless methods of getting around our own resistance while satisfying psychological needs that we don't even know we have.

This book is dedicated to you, because only you can create, uncreate, and re-create custom worlds for yourself to inhabit. This remains true, no matter what you read in any book on unworlding including this one.

But speaking of mindset, here is the dream I had immediately after I wrote the above diatribe in the middle of the night after a few hours of sleep. I quote directly from my dream journal:

2017-01-08 8:30 pm

[To bed. Intent-o-Genda is to merge with Whirly (my higher self) and experience all of my chakras/dream bodies from his perspective.]

2016-01-09 12:35 am

[To bed after writing a new dedication for Unworlding.]

12:55 am

"GongGong Gets It Right"

[Background: This afternoon as I was the first to leave a birthday party where I was terribly bored, the last person I spoke to was 10-year-old GongGong, who was just arriving with a friend. As a very small child, GG had been socially inept, beaten routinely by his father and bullied by all his peers because he never knew what to do or say in order to join in with the group. His first real friend, my son, was instructed by me to let him into the clique and stop making him out to be a misfit. By now GG is a normal, happy kid with lots of friends. The following dream is also about Whirly, who was known for years as Stumped-No-More the Fearless Fiddler, an ancient, crippled, homeless, mystical musician who I encountered in the best dream I ever had, over 35 years ago. Like the dream I had in 1980, this was a very unusual dream and words don't do it justice.]

At the birthday party, it's misty, foggy, I can barely see. I merge with GongGong. I pick up two drumsticks and start banging on a drum, a fast perfect solo. I am amazed at my sudden proficiency because I--GongGong--am making truly beautiful music. The rhythm falls out of me effortlessly in a beautiful, flowing outpouring of raw passion.

I continue with unabated perfect self-expression in a state of ecstasy for about two minutes or so, until the music I am making is no longer drum music, but a variety of instruments channeled straight from soul to atmosphere. I become lucid enough to know that my wife will notice me sobbing ecstatically, but I don't care.

I am somehow transported to a nice, spacious old apartment that I have just moved to (new place = new mindset). I really like this place. I find myself wandering aimlessly, looking at furniture I haven't used yet. The place is black and white--old white plaster walls, high ceilings, and very dark old wood trim and old-fashioned dark-stained furniture, all old and funky but comfortable and clean.

There's a knock on the door which surprises me because I'm new here and don't know anybody. I open the door cautiously, wanting to see who it is before opening it all the way. It's a woman about 35-40 years old, dowdy, with shoulder length, auburn, wavey hair. Working-class type, not the intellectual or artiste sort that would appeal to me. She says something about three things they want me to do with them. I don't get exactly what she's referring to, but I hear a loud TV from an open apartment door to the right of my door. I figure she's inviting me to watch a World Series or the like, and I tell her thanks, but I don't have time for TV. By the time I'm done saying this, she's already gone and I can hear her walking into her apartment saying something to her roommates which I assume is derogatory toward me. But I'm unaffected by this, and just glad she didn't insist.

I'm back alone in my awesome studio ready to create something, so what shall I create? I see a long, narrow dark-colored desk and can't wait to sit at it and write something, but what?

Oh Yeah! I almost forgot, I have to write down the dream I just had about GongGong! It's amazing how quickly I forgot about it. I see that there's no desk lamp on the bare desk, so I look up and see a light fixture directly above the desk on the ceiling. I head over to the wall to switch on the light, and wake up, my face wet with tears.

PURPOSE AND INTRODUCTION

The purpose of this website is to serve as a guide and summary reminder to the many folks caught in a struggle to "get out of their body". Whether it is your goal to have OBEs or "out-of-body experiences," "astral projections," "lucid dreams," or "phase experiences," this is the place to come for the simplified nuts and bolts of how to break through into the new worlds you long to experience. Basically, what we're all looking for is a methodless method, a simple knowing and doing that, by virtue of its own raw factuality, puts us over the edge, and that works for anybody who invests time and effort into it. In this vein, let's start with the basics: in what direction to adjust your beliefs before you start, so you will not be like those who are doomed to fail.

The cast of characters in this attempt: a body, a mind, a world... and they are all the same thing.

The mind does not dwell inside the body and the body does not dwell inside the world. The world does not dwell within the universe and the universe does not dwell within reality.

When you realize the truth of this, you will automatically reject from a deep level most of the techniques out there, because they get you tied up in the delusional hope of "leaving the body". Delusional not because it is unreal--it is very real--but because it is no longer about somehow managing to do impossible-sounding things. You will experience new confidence when you stop believing the distortions being pushed by...

...new age writers
...wanna-be gurus
...people who practically fall "out of their body" with little or no effort
...people who worked hard to learn the skill, but have a hard time figuring out what they did because they didn't really keep track and/or lack skills of observation and/or description
...seminar hucksters, most of them well-meaning and good-intentioned, i.e. sincerely wrong, and the rest of them just plain after your money.

I am here to remind you that you experience expanded worlds every single time you go to sleep, so all you have to do is slow down the process and learn to notice what's going on so you can go to sleep a little differently, making small adjustments till you get what you're looking for. My main interest is in helping people like me who want to explore the nature of reality by exploring reality itself, first-hand, in expanded states of consciousness that are completely natural and which do not involve any strange beliefs, chemicals or illegal activities. Fortunately there are some simple ways of most effectively going about this search for usable mapmaking experience, and that's what I describe on this website.

In fact, if you would like to skip the rest of this website and start now, I'll give you the secret up front, and if you find that you need more information, come back and get it. Here it is: make sure you experience many awakenings every day. You can put yourself into many little sleeps by lying down with a dark mask over your eyes and doing some deep breathing exercises.

Assuming that most people would like more information, let's move on to the interesting theory and slightly expanded practices that I will teach on this site. The first thing to do is to reject the notions of sleep, dream and death. We do not inhabit realities or environments of being, because these places are not places, but rather states of awareness which change depending on what we focus our attention on. No, we do not sleep, we do not dream, we do not die; these convenient and popular shorthand terms are only for people whose interest in the phenomena is superficial. We who wish to consciously navigate states of reality expanded beyond the superficial, habitual limitations will eventually learn to get over the mass delusion that keeps us returning to the same reality every day. We have to pay attention and notice that we create our experiences and experience them as we create them. We literally breathe our physical world into existence. We believe our personal sense of reality into being.

But no, I am not going to make you responsible for trying to force your own belief systems to change and then blame you when this doesn't happen. What I'm going to teach you is a simple, physically accomplished process, a process which takes place in the reality that you already know, and it's not that much different from what we already do. Without a lot of overly detailed instructions, I will teach you how to teach yourself how to recognize the tiniest of movements away from typical reality and this practice will develop its own momentum depending on how much interest you invest into it. Unlike complicated rituals, the methodless method I teach gives small results quickly and you will accumulate success and confidence starting immediately, probably whether you realize it or not, at first. Instead of sending you on a wild goose chase to experience that amazing transcendental experience just like the ones you are always reading about, I am going to teach you a few simple physical actions which will get you over the hump and out of your so-called dry spell. You will stop using the term "dry spell" when you realize that you know how to do this and only your willingness and interest in actually taking the time can stand between you and your goals. Best of all, what I will teach you is easy to do.

A lot of gurus will foist a lot of extra steps on you and make it sound hard. The problem is not that it's hard. The problem is that you've inherited the belief that it's hard, and literally no one who teaches this skill for money is going to tell you any different because their expanded ego and budget need you to achieve your goal of experiencing expanded realities as slowly as possible! But instead of focusing on your wrong beliefs and trying to change them, all you have to do is choose a positive, productive direction to go in, using a few simple actions. Does this all sound like an info-mercial or a come-on? Well it isn't, because I have nothing to sell. The whole answer is right here on this page, so keep reading.

Your body-mind-world is a little stuck, as you know; that's one reason you--or parts of you--want out of it. But what you really want, if you're like me, is to expand into a greater reality. Bigger, better, freer, more interesting, more amazing, more otherworldly, more transcendent, more relevant, more... whatever. Your goals and beliefs are none of my business. Is any part of you tired of self-appointed gurus with big egos telling you what to think? I am, and that's why I kept looking through the OBE literature till I found the basic framework for THE OBE induction strategy, so you and I can custom-design our own inductions depending on our own needs, interests, beliefs, and personalities.

Not that it matters to your progress whether or not you believe me, but you found this website because your world, your reality, is ready to change into an expanded world. You want so badly for that to happen that you are actually listening to a man on a soapbox, the internet's most overabundant resource. I do not apologize for trying hard to help you get what you want. You are more than ready to create new worlds and you probably don't realize how easy it is. So let's get started on exactly that.

MY BELIEF SYSTEM

Unlike every other half-baked noob out there, let me assure you that I am only a half-baked noob and also unlike the rest, I will not lie and tell you that I have no dogma or belief system to espouse. Before I present the simple actions you can take to relieve yourself of whatever it is that shackles you to what we are still calling "reality," albeit euphemistically, I will summarize my beliefs here and expand on them throughout this book. If you skip this section, it will still be here when you come back. The real answers are in the next sections of this chapter. This part is strictly philosophy, the mechanics underlying how reality works, why things are the way they are.

There is only one thing in the universes that is real, and that is awareness. Everything is made of awareness. Awareness is infinite, in fact awareness is infinity itself.

Physicality, commonly thought to be "the 3rd dimension," is actually the third harmonic of awareness. We cannot experience raw, pure awareness as individuals. There is only one soul, and that is awareness. To experience any reality as an individual, you have to shut out the part of infinity that is not you. Thereby losing track of the better part of an infinity of awareness, but that's OK, because we've already ended up as individuals. For better or worse, that's what we are, though sometimes it's a nightmare, fortunately it seems nothing except awareness itself is permanent. So in order to be individuals, we do without the rest of the universe; the world is all "outside" of us. That separation is the second harmonic of awareness. In its many ways, as the first overtone of awareness, 2ness creates the worlds. Of course the fundamental harmonic of awareness is Oneness or awareness itself, the pure stuff, but it can't be split up into us. The purpose of awareness having seemingly describable aspects (harmonics of reality which co-exist with the source infinity) is so that infinite awareness can examine, perceive and experience itself. So awareness can experience being individuals instead of only being infinite and pure awareness. Which is necessary or you couldn't call it infinity to begin with. Infinity has to be capable of literally absolutely everything as well as absolutely nothing. Thus it cannot be properly described. Otherwise, infinite it is not.

The fourth harmonic of awareness is order, which is experienced in many ways, one of which is time, the ordering of moments. 4ness covers all orderings; it is Order itself. After that, there are several more harmonics of awareness, which will be discussed in later chapters.

The conscious mind and the physical body, as well as the real world or consensus reality, are all the same thing. When you reconfigure the mind, you change the world and as OBE'rs like to say, you might even "leave the body". We do this every time we go to sleep. The conscious mind is generally configured to be some unique-to-you, habitual combination of 2ness, 3ness, and 4ness: individuality, physicality, and time. If you change the configuration a little, you feel like a different person; the world looks different to you; you might even experience expanded states of being.

If you change the configuration (shift the definitions, connections and structures) enough, you will experience expanded states. For example, we will learn how to experience an expanded awareness called The Nowhere, which is the door to anywhere. We'll get to that. First you have to learn how to have any expanded awareness experience at all, and the philosophy needed for that is next to nothing.

The basic common elements of the human form are as summarized above. Then along comes 5ness, which is change. Fiveness or change/fluidity/motion is the doorway to the higher realms of the ordinary human experience: 6ness through 8ness. Nineness is your escape vehicle. Your completed dreambody; your escape vehicle from this stifling reality zone.

YOU SHOULD DO THESE TWO THINGS

For now, just let me state that the highest of the seven overtones of awareness (harmonics 2 thru 8, which correspond to the seven chakras) is 8ness. And 8ness is expansion, among other descriptions, which in this practice could be characterized as the ability to relax no matter what. This is one of the skills you should be nurturing 24/7, so anything you do that helps you achieve this--except of course mind-altering substances--can become part of your practice as desired. For example, sitting down and not thinking about anything for 20 minutes twice a day. Some call it meditation, a scary word to many. It isn't necessary unless you literally don't know how to stop talking to yourself and relax your mind, in which case it might be more than a little helpful, bordering on essential. But don't fall for anyone's associated religion: do not drink the Kool-Aid.

The other thing you should probably do, in addition to the activities detailed below, is to write down everything that happens to you in expanded realities such as what we call "dreams". The act of keeping a dream journal in detail is at least as important as the details you keep. Just the act of caring enough about expanded realities to pay attention to them is largely what reconfigures your intent to become conscious of expanded reality environments. So for most people, the dream journal is not optional. The exception is someone who remembers everything they dream without writing any of it down.

YOU REALLY SHOULD READ THIS PART

Notwithstanding the fact that I do in fact have a belief system which I've developed over the course of 60+ years and intensely enjoy believing in, it's doubtful that you need to study or understand it in order to proceed with your own efforts.

And I will not ask you to delete, whole hog, your own belief system. Nor even to know what it is that you really believe, deep inside. Unlike the obstacle mongers, I will not ask you to do irrelevant things in order to achieve your goal. But I will ask you to stop using all the currently popular terms for that thing you think you can't do. You should not call our endeavor...

..."OBE" (because we are not in a body, so we should not be trying to escape from one; our body is just the complementary inner partner of our outer world).
..."LUCID DREAM" (because everything is a dream; the experiences we crave are not earth-shatteringly special in this regard, nor are they difficult to attain).
..."DREAM" (everything is a dream; all experience is on the same spectrum. I still use this term, so when I find a better one, I'll have to rewrite this whole book. For example, this sentence: "Life is a dream too.")
..."PHASE EXPERIENCE" (unless you're an electronics engineer or a physics enthusiast, you probably don't even want to know what this term is supposed to mean).

So what are we gonna call this thing?

Welcome to unworlding.com, where we learn how to do "unworlding". Our plan here is to stop being stuck in any particular reality. Instead we plan to learn how to experience expanded reality.

I will not replace "OBE" with another meaningless acronym. Since I want to experience expanded realities that's what I'll say. Expanded realities. Altered states of awareness of the sober kind. For short: unworlding. We do it every time we go to sleep. We do it when we die. Unworlding is the most natural thing in the world. One of the most fulfilling steps toward accomplishing it consciously and on purpose is to stop listening to the gurus trying to make it sound hard. The only reason it's hard for so many people is that our culture or lack thereof has trained us to think of the Unworld as a fairytale land of impossible magic. When in reality, the so-called "real" world is an offshoot of the Unworld and you are unworlded right now. You don't think that the laws of physics are gonna change when you go to sleep, do you? Or when you wake up. But which is awake, and which is asleep???

As a final philosophical point, I want to urge you to try and become lucid during the waking dream we call "real life". This just means that you should find yourself continuously wondering how this awesome, ridiculous, unbelievable world we seem to inhabit together could possibly be anything other than a dream. This action, if frequently undertaken with sincerity, will spill over into the nightly excursions we mistake for random brain farts.

THE FOUR STAGES OF UNWORLDING

Finally, as promised, here are the activities you need to practice daily, in four main stages, to accomplish unworlding. This is a practice which you should do over and over, hopefully every day. The more times you repeat this simple exercise, the more quickly you will become proficient at dissolving the world we think we know and experiencing expanded states of being.

Starting with stage zero--the one that makes the other three actually work--do these things when you're ready to begin a practice session:

STAGE ZERO: MINDSET

--Lie down in any position and close your eyes. Use a dark mask if you want, but no other gadgets are allowed. I consider earplugs a worse distraction than noise, because needing them trains you to notice distractions. Instead, the right attitude is to not let noise affect you. This is a matter of deciding that, without exception, other peoples' noise doesn't affect your state of mind. You can sit in a chair if you prefer, and it doesn't have to be that comfortable depending on how sleepy you are and how motivated you are.

--Take several deep breaths. If you manage to get more air than you want, so much the better; but lie down before you fall down. Enjoy the buzzy sensation from breathing more than you're used to. Enjoy the way it relaxes your mind and body.

--Relax your mind and body. The mind is not in the brain, but since most people think it is, if you pretend your brain is a muscle and relax it, the result can be interesting. Relax your whole body, especially your eyes. Don't overdo the notion of bodily relaxation, as that would be a matter of focusing on the body and the body is not our focus. Trying hard to relax is a contradiction in terms and is anti-productive.

--Stop talking to yourself. This is essential.

--Detach yourself from hoping or longing for results. Approach this session as a dry run, just a learning of certain key activities. Know that your effort will pay off at the right time, and then proceed with detachment, focus, mild curiosity, enthusiasm, and confidence.

None of the steps listed above as part of Stage Zero should take very long at all to establish as the background for what will follow. If you find you are totally incompetent in any of the activities listed, practice it separately. But these are quick steps to check off a mental do-list, not to be dwelt on painstakingly during the session, or else you'll either get bored, discouraged, distracted, or go to sleep.

At this point you are ready for the next step.

STAGE ONE: NOTICING

With your eyes closed and doing nothing, see with your mind instead. You think there's nothing to see with your eyes closed? Stop thinking that! Remember, you are supposed to be not talking to yourself. Notice with your attention, not your eyes. With your eyes closed, your field of vision is a full sphere, 360 degrees, completely unlimited. Pretend for a second, stop worrying about it, and things will develop quickly. Especially at first, it is two steps forward and one step back, so if you lose images--and you will do so constantly--it means you got somewhere, now don't drop the torch, just plow forward. For me it's mostly images at first, but if I try harder to Notice, there will be images and aurages of all kinds. Aurages are the aural version of images: sizzling, buzzing, clicks, rattles, thumps, voices and other heard but not "real" things. Images: dots and smears and fogs and patterns, even whole scenes. What the heck: feelages... sensations of movement, sensations of hot or cold, wind on the back of your neck, whatever. The sky's not the limit, there isn't one. The expanded worlds of sensation are all perfectly normal and it's just a matter of noticing them more than usual. You don't have to create these images and there is almost no visualization involved. The universe is a great wall of intensity, you are being barraged with infinity at all times without having to create one drop of it. You will learn to gradually open the filters that keep you safe in a rigid reality, and Notice a bit of what's really out there.

With your 5+ senses' usual playground ignored, awareness has a way of selecting its own display effortlessly and automatically from the infinite resources of the remote mind. Your job is to notice this stuff, no matter how vague it is. If you can't, then you are not finished with Step Zero: Mindset. For example, if you talk to yourself too much, you won't have enough focus of attention to Notice something that isn't physically there. But don't beat yourself up over it and don't start over. Just stop talking to yourself and refocus on what you're doing. Do it with intent and when you're more or less steadily sensing things without your physical senses, especially without your eyes or ears, then you're ready to move on to the next step.

Don't get carried away and don't be too hard on yourself if you're new to this. If you stay in Stage One Noticing too long, you might bore yourself to death, because these Noticings are extremely easy to conjure up and most of them aren't too vivid or interesting right at first.

You'll find that there are actually two stages to Noticing, so keep it interesting by moving on to the second stage of Noticing as soon as you can. First stage is Forced Noticing. Initially you might almost have to imagine that the blackness of your closed eyelids is not just pure black. Almost. Sometimes, especially if you get the Mindset really right and jump into bed with enthusiasm to leap into the Unworld, you will skip this stage and go directly to the second kind of Noticing, which is Spontaneous Noticing, in which fleeting, insubstantial images appear almost effortlessly. But if you find images overwhelmingly big, 3D, full-color, and self-sustaining, you've probably passed over Spontaneous Noticing too and landed in the Projection Room (see below).

STAGE TWO: CLIMBING THE BEANSTALK

I have renamed Bob Monroe's "rundown" as popularized by Frank Kepple, so it's now called "Climbing the Beanstalk" or "Beanpole" for short, even if your Beanpole activity is not related to gardening at all. Your personal Beanpole can be designed by you in advance, and memorized by doing a few dry runs. And I encourage you to rename it anything you want if "Climbing the Beanstalk" doesn't pique your interest.

Your Beanpole is a set of imagined activities. "Visualization" is the wrong word; it doesn't matter if you mentally see yourself doing these things or not, though you probably will to some extent. Do not focus on perfecting the imagination, just run through it with a usable Mindset (see above, Stage Zero). For example, last time I ran through my Beanpole jumping, doing flips, hanging from my knees on poles, banging and drumming on things to make sounds for me to hear, I stayed awake a little longer than usual and, oddly enough, I had two lucid dreams that night. A sense of spontaneity and improvisation is often in order; anything that tells your dream bodies to "Wake up, I am not going to sleep bored seeking unconsciousness, I want to play!" Some people might need less mental horseplay to keep them awake. One excellent and level-headed YouTube teacher just counts backwards from 300 at the rate of his breathing. When he quit drinking coffee, he reported a relative dry spell. I told him he had to talk to himself a bit more, so he started counting at the rate of his heartbeat instead of the slower rate of his breath, and his practice picked back up again. Counting only works for me if I can think of a reason to get excited about it, so my Beanpole is more complicated.

Unless you're a real natural at this stuff like the guy who only has to count to keep himself awake--or highly self-disciplined, which I am not--the activities you choose for your Beanpole should engage your 5+ senses. For example, if you imagine bouncing a ball, then eating a hot dog with ketchup and mustard on it, then drinking cold water, you will have engaged the five senses as well as a sense of motion and a sense of hot and cold. Not to mention doing something repetitive, which is also important, because it allows you to sneak up to the border of sleep without scaring it away. The melodramatic, easily bored part of your conscious mind is useless to you at all stages of this enterprise and a somewhat repetitive, not too interesting Beanpole routine will help put this useless portion of the conscious mind to sleep while keeping the friendly, relaxed, happy, spontaneous, playful part of your conscious mind awake to see what is going to happen. And your Beanpole routine should be long enough that you won't have to repeat it over every few seconds, unless you really want to. Mine's a little longer because I am easily bored. This ball-and-hot-dog routine would not be for me since I'd have to get out of bed and brush my teeth after eating a hot dog, so I will give my own real Beanpole in another article, which is considerably more interesting, transcendent, and engaging. Hint: it involves cheese and wine instead of hot dogs. Personalize this stuff. All of it. You need confidence to unworld, to function in the Unworld, and to do anything worth doing once you get there. Might as well start with the confidence bit while you're in the early stages of preparation. Plan from the start to have fun and go all out. Intend to make mistakes and you'll learn twice as fast. Do not avoid the mistakes made by others; how do you think they got to be experts?

The activities you choose to imagine as your Beanpole should be interesting and engaging to you, but not so interesting and engaging as to divert you from the purpose of the exercise, which is to allow you to drop into near-sleep and stay there for a period of time. If you find the Beanpole activity too interesting, or if it reminds you of the mundane obligations you're trying to escape temporarily, you won't approach sleep; if the activity is not engaging enough, you will fall asleep too easily and stay asleep too long. The eventual result of this exercise is to keep you hovering in and around the borderline of sleep. Repetitive practice is needed in this area. Developing the ability to navigate near sleep without plunging into deep unconsciousness is the main goal. Short lapses into sleep are what we're looking for. The shorter the better, so that you can experience anywhere from five to twenty awakenings in a single session.

It's a fact of life that whatever we try too hard to catch up with, we push away from us. So the Beanpole allows us to approach near-sleep tangentially, instead of getting in sleep's face and scaring it away. We tell ourselves that we are imagining some Climbing-the-Beanstalk activity, and we do that instead of generating resistance, which is all we would accomplish by telling ourselves we are going to go nearly to sleep while somehow keeping the mind awake.

So we don't talk about sleep very much in these parts; we prefer to reframe sleepings as...

STAGE THREE: AWAKENINGS

For every lapse into sleep there is an Awakening, and it is the Awakening that is most important. Upon Awakening from any lapse of consciousness, short or long, remain still with your eyes closed and immediately ask yourself, "What Just Happened?" and whatever it was, recall it in excruciating detail. Dictate it into a mental dream journal. Then go back to your Beanpole. Since I am slightly experienced now, I can get up and write it down in detail and lie down and go right back to the Beanpole and have another awakening. Doing it this way kinda flies in the face of the Discouragement Fraternity who are trying to tell you to lie still for three hours and wait for your guardian angel's permission to do what you know how to do in your sleep. In short this sort of thing increases your confidence level for later on when you're further afield and your guardian angel is caught napping.

What you will find is that during the lapses, which will hopefully last only seconds or less, you are experiencing expanded environments of awareness. What you are doing is learning to approach the unknown with your mental eyes open. This can take a lot of purposeful Awakenings to accomplish, so daytime practice on a daily basis is a necessity for most people. You will have many tiny but interesting and relevant experiences, and you will get better and better at it until you are accomplished at expanding the environments in which you are able to experience awareness. You cannot possibly over-estimate the importance of paying close attention to "What Just Happened" when you experience a sudden Awakening from any lapse or change in consciousness. In fact, this is a good way to induce lucidity (remembering who you are, where you are, what you were doing a minute ago) in a dream.

What you're looking for in the Awakenings stage is a spontaneous switch of perspective from the Beanpole, in which--possibly after a short lapse in awareness--you will suddenly realize your awareness has changed from an imagined, memorized set of activities, which you were probably experiencing as a vaguely imagined, pretend scene in the third person--watching yourself as a "he" or a "she"--to a spontaneously generated scene that you are experiencing first person, as "I". A beginner might not quite Notice this happen for a moment or two, thus the "lapse".

If you do go to sleep and seem to get nothing out of it, just adjust your Beanpole imaginings to something more lively, something that will keep you from diving under cover of the first cloud of deep unconsciousness that you see out there on the fringes of the expanded environment. Some people get a whiff of unconsciousness and automatically go that way, out of lifelong habit. But who knows, next time you fall asleep, you might have the most memorable experience of your life. Who's to say you won't?

AN EXAMPLE FROM MY EXPERIENCE

When I read the above methodless method in Frank Kepple's writings (FranksPosts.pdf, available free from Astral Pulse forum), I knew he was barking up the right tree because I had recently had a similar experience myself.

In my case, I was confined to a hospital bed with a dark mask over my eyes because of an illness that gave me non-stop headaches. So I was not thinking or talking to myself, because it hurt to do so. Therefore I was in the Spontaneous Noticing stage all the time, seeing images almost constantly, with regular quick dips into the Projection Room, which is Beyond Noticing. I let this happen on purpose, encouraged it, because I wanted to get my money's worth out of this trip to the hospital. I was not hallucinating; I could stop the images at any time by talking to myself or someone else, or just by opening my eyes.

At one point I saw with my mind a ridge of soil a few inches high, and decided it would be more interesting if it were a very tall dike with me standing on top of it getting ready to jump off. So I just changed my perspective and it became a tall dike. What impressed me was that, once I was standing on top of the tall dike, looking over the precipice gave me butterflies in my stomach. This surprising spontaneous feelage told me that I was already having an experience of expanded reality, very close to a true switch to first person perspective, so I jumped off the precipice. More butterflies, big time. A real experience, not just visualization.

I landed in some soft sand. There were people walking around in this sandy place, and there were some ancient buildings made of stone.

I had the tiniest lapse of consciousness, and then...

I'm a woman, and I am going somewhere specific, looking for a certain building. I look at the building on my left, the steps up to the door on the side of the building, and the writing on the wall next to the door. I can read the writing, but I can't get it to stick in my mind long enough to memorize it...

Wait a second! What just happened?

It was a switch to first person perspective in a spontaneous vision with me as full participant. It took me completely by surprise, as the lapse of consciousness was miniscule, almost unnoticeable. In fact, I did not "fall asleep" in order to experience this other world where people walk around in the sand. It happened too quickly. But from the feelage of butterflies in my stomach, to the flight down, to the switch into the expanded environment, to the switch back and the "What Just Happened," the experience was transcendent and real. It was Beyond Noticing and even beyond the Projection Room. I wasn't the slightest bit sleepy or dreamy when it happened. It happened effortlessly. It took me by surprise. There was no reason why I should have tried to experience "leaving my body" in order to have this experience; such a superfluous mental obstacle would have prevented the experience entirely.

These experiences come in great variety. With each added Awakening from an experience of expanded environment, you will develop greater confidence. It is this confidence from personal experience that ultimately gives you the prolonged, transcendent, expanded reality experiences you crave. Not reading another book or attending a seminar by some Guru™ who has his own marketing division®.

That's about all there is to it. I know, you wanted it to be harder, more abstract, less doable. Because, unlike the methods suggested by others, this one is doable. And now that you have something to do, it's up to you to do it.

It is not at all about "getting out of your body." It's all about retraining your Attention a little bit at a time to make your dreams capable of coming true so that when you are ready to expand your awareness, you will do so, and you'll Notice it when it happens, and it will be counted as a success on your journey. That's how you will learn most quickly and easily to experience expanded realities.