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

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UNWORLDING by W. H. Early... beginner since 1970.

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During one conversation with Gurdjieff in our group, which was beginning to become permanent, I asked: "Why, if ancient knowledge has been preserved and if, speaking in general, there exists a knowledge distinct from our science and philosophy or even surpassing it, is it so carefully concealed, why is it not made common property? Why are the men who possess this knowledge unwilling to let it pass into the general circulation of life for the sake of a better and more successful struggle against deceit, evil, and ignorance?"

This is, I think, a question which usually arises in everyone's mind on first acquaintance with the ideas of esotericism.

"There are two answers to that," said G. "In the first place, this knowledge is not concealed; and in the second place, it cannot, from its very nature, become common property. We will consider the second of these statements first. I will prove to you afterwards that knowledge" (he emphasized the word) "is far more accessible to those capable of assimilating it than is usually supposed; and that the whole trouble is that people either do not want it or cannot receive it.

"But first of all another thing must be understood, namely, that knowledge cannot belong to all, cannot even belong to many. Such is the law. You do not understand this because you do not understand that knowledge, like everything else in the world, is material. It is material, and this means that it possesses all the characteristics of materiality. One of the first characteristics of materiality is that matter is always limited, that is to say, the quantity of matter in a given place and under given conditions is limited. Even the sand of the desert and the water of the sea is a definite and unchangeable quantity. So that, if knowledge is material, then it means that there is a definite quantity of it in a given place at a given time. It may be said that, in the course of a certain period of time, say a century, humanity has a definite amount of knowledge at its disposal. But we know, even from an ordinary observation of life, that the matter of knowledge possesses entirely different qualities according to whether it is taken in small or large quantities. Taken in a large quantity in a given place, that is by one man, let us say, or by a small group of men, it produces very good results; taken in a small quantity (that is, by every one of a large number of people), it gives no results at all; or it may give even negative results, contrary to those expected. Thus if a certain definite quantity of knowledge is distributed among millions of people, each individual will receive very little, and this small amount of knowledge will change nothing either in his life or in his understanding of things. And however large the number of people who receive this small amount of knowledge, it will change nothing in their lives, except, perhaps, to make them still more difficult.

"But if, on the contrary, large quantities of knowledge are concentrated in a small number of people, then this knowledge will give very great results. From this point of view it is far more advantageous that knowledge should be preserved among a small number of people and not dispersed among the masses.

"If we take a certain quantity of gold and decide to gild a number of objects with it, we must know, or calculate, exactly what number of objects can be gilded with this quantity of gold. If we try to gild a greater number, they will be covered with gold unevenly, in patches, and will look much worse than if they had no gold at all; in fact we shall lose our gold.

"The distribution of knowledge is based upon exactly the same principle. If knowledge is given to all, nobody will get any. If it is preserved among a few, each will receive not only enough to keep, but to increase, what he receives. "At the first glance this theory seems very unjust, since the position of those who are, so to speak, denied knowledge in order that others may receive a greater share appears to be very sad and undeservedly harder than it ought to be. Actually, however, this is not so at all; and in the distribution of knowledge there is not the slightest injustice.

"The fact is that the enormous majority of people do not want any knowledge whatever; they refuse their share of it and do not even take the ration allotted to them, in the general distribution, for the purposes of life. This is particularly evident in times of mass madness such as wars, revolutions, and so on, when men suddenly seem to lose even the small amount of common sense they had and turn into complete automatons, giving themselves over to wholesale destruction in vast numbers, in other words, even losing the instinct of self-preservation. Owing to this, enormous quantities of knowledge remain, so to speak, unclaimed and can be distributed among those who realize its value.

"There is nothing unjust in this, because those who receive knowledge take nothing that belongs to others, deprive others of nothing; they take only what others have rejected as useless and what would in any case be lost if they did not take it.

"The collecting of knowledge by some depends upon the rejection of knowledge by others.

"There are periods in the life of humanity, which generally coincide with the beginning of the fall of cultures and civilizations, when the masses irretrievably lose their reason and begin to destroy everything that has been created by centuries and millenniums of culture. Such periods of mass madness, often coinciding with geological cataclysms, climatic changes, and similar phenomena of a planetary character, release a very great quantity of the matter of knowledge. This, in its turn, necessitates the work of collecting this matter of knowledge which would otherwise be lost. Thus the work of collecting scattered matter of knowledge frequently coincides with the beginning of the destruction and fall of cultures and civilizations.

"This aspect of the question is clear. The crowd neither wants nor seeks knowledge, and the leaders of the crowd, in their own interests, try to strengthen its fear and dislike of everything new and unknown. The slavery in which mankind lives is based upon this fear. It is even difficult to imagine all the horror of this slavery. We do not understand what people are losing. But in order to understand the cause of this slavery it is enough to see how people live, what constitutes the aim of their existence, the object of their desires, passions, and aspirations, of what they think, of what they talk, what they serve and what they worship. Consider what the cultured humanity of our time spends money on; even leaving the war out, what commands the highest price; where the biggest crowds are. If we think for a moment about these questions it becomes clear that humanity, as it is now, with the interests it lives by, cannot expect to have anything different from what it has. But, as I have already said, it cannot be otherwise. Imagine that for the whole of mankind half a pound of knowledge is allotted a year. If this knowledge is distributed among everyone, each will receive so little that he will remain the fool he was. But, thanks to the fact that very few want to have this knowledge, those who take it are able to get, let us say, a grain each, and acquire the possibility of becoming more intelligent. All cannot become intelligent even if they wish. And if they did become intelligent it would not help matters. There exists a general equilibrium which cannot be upset.

'That is one aspect. The other, as I have already said, consists in the fact that no one is concealing anything; there is no mystery whatever. But the acquisition or transmission of true knowledge demands great labor and great effort both of him who receives and of him who gives. And those who possess this knowledge are doing everything they can to transmit and communicate it to the greatest possible number of people, to facilitate people's approach to it and enable them to prepare themselves to receive the truth. But knowledge cannot be given by force to anyone and, as I have already said, an unprejudiced survey of the average man's life, of what fills his day and of the things he is interested in, will at once show whether it is possible to accuse men who possess knowledge of concealing it, of not wishing to give it to people, or of not wishing to teach people what they know themselves.

"He who wants knowledge must himself make the initial efforts to find the source of knowledge and to approach it, taking advantage of the help and indications which are given to all, but which people, as a rule, do not want to see or recognize. Knowledge cannot come to people without effort on their own part. They understand this very well in connection with ordinary knowledge, but in the case of great knowledge, when they admit the possibility of its existence, they find it possible to expect something different. Everyone knows very well that if, for instance, a man wants to learn Chinese, it will take several years of intense work; everyone knows that five years are needed to grasp the principles of medicine, and perhaps twice as many years for the study of painting or music. And yet there are theories which affirm that knowledge can come to people without any effort on their part, that they can acquire it even in sleep. The very existence of such theories constitutes an additional explanation of why knowledge cannot come to people. At the same time it is essential to understand that man's independent efforts to attain anything in this direction can also give no results. A man can only attain knowledge with the help of those who possess it. This must be understood from the very beginning. One must learn from him who knows"

      --G. I. Gurdjieff in In Search of the Miraculous by P. D. Ouspensky

Unworlding References

This page combines my suggested links, bibliography, and reviews. Alphabetized by author, so use CTRL+F to search for titles and subjects. Highlighted titles are links if available for download or purchase. Links open in a new tab. If you want something listed here please suggest it, my email is at the bottom of the page. Resources I hated will not be listed here, see my trash can out back o' the house. If it doesn't have to be a Kindle book, please buy it from Wordery.com.

Don't forget to stop studying long enough to do your practice...

AUTHORTITLE YEARPUBLISHERMEDIA
Aardema, Frederick Explorations in Consciousness 2012Mount Royalbook
Fred Aardema, a professional psychologist once known as Major Tom at the Astral Pulse forums that gave us Frank Kepple, has made a huge contribution to the field of unworlding with the final chapter of this book. Fred's description of the void (which I call the Nowhere) is way beyond what anyone else has had to say about it in terms of observing its qualities and the role it plays in transitioning from one state of consciousness to another. The rest of the book ain't bad, not bad at all, but his chapter on the void is worth the price of the book.
Audacity Free Do-it-yourself Audio File Creation <2004-currentaudacityteam.orgsoftware
Audacity is easy, completely free to download and use, and extremely capable audio recording and editing software. You can make high quality audio files without knowing anything about making audio files, just cutting and pasting for the most part. The software is very easy to learn. You can make your own rudimentary binaural beats in minutes, and combined with free sound files available online you can make your own white noise or babbling brooks, which works better than earplugs for some purposes. I've made my own white noise and binaural beats substitutes with waterfall sounds, shamanic drumming, rainfall, and crowd babble. You can also record trance induction in your own voice or import other sound files. For example, you can record several tracks on one file, adjust the volume of each track separately, and mute any track that you don't want to hear at this time. This gives you a lot of flexibility and it's free.
Castaneda, Carlos the don Juan books 1968-1999corporatebooks
Carlos Castaneda's approach was to bring upheaval to the belief systems of our time. While it is generally agreed that he was an impishly charismatic, impulsive storyteller and, as he himself points out in Journey to Ixtlan, a compulsive liar, his insight, humor and imagination soar so far above his critics that we appreciate Carlos no matter what his ex-girlfriends say about him. I will be re-reading his books till the day I die. Except for the first two, which he wrote about experiences with psychoactive mushrooms and plants, which is a topic that doesn't interest me. Hint: Carlos died in his early 70s of liver cancer. Here's a good bibliography listing all his books and those of his critics, admirers, cohorts, ex-wives and girlfriends, as well as a few of his imitators and other hangers-on who borrowed his name in order for their work to be recognized.
Davis, Stephen The Holographic Universe Workshops 2012Stephen Davisvideo series
This is the best of the holographic universe presentations. When I was still trying to invent things, another inventor in my field, who has a background in physics, suggested I watch this series of five videos since I seemed to have fallen into the abyss of materialism. Which is not a good abyss to fall into if you don't have a pot to piss in. Here's a short video introduction.
Dennett, Preston Out-of-Body Exploring: A Beginner's Approach 2004Hampton Roadsbook
Unassuming book and very good. Interesting and fun to read while consistently meaty and well-written. Preston is a well-known collector of UFO sightings with a down-to-earth approach. Preston's book is a perfect book to read for daily motivation.
Dunne, John William An Experiment With Time 1929A & C Blackbook
An excellent look at the nature of time based on precognitive dreams. This is a scientific philosophy book, not theosophy which was the new age garble of its day.
forum, internet internet forums currently activethe webinternet forums
The following groups are listed here because they are extensive, well-established, and currently active. I am active on one group only, not one of these, but these are good groups. Dreamviews... Astral Pulse... ld4all... The down side of any established group is that it develops a group consensus reality and then you are not free to have opinions that differ from their local status quo. The simple solution is to to research here and don't drink the kool-aid, and don't engage in status-seeking within a group. Groups don't get unworlded; individuals do.
Fox, Oliver The Pineal Doorway: A Record of Research1920, 1923Occult Reviewarticles
This series of three articles is the meat of Fox's writings. I consider his description of the 'Pineal Doorway' to be of key importance in our understanding of the route to the Unworld. This is the moment of transitioning from waking to sleeping--my Urumara--and like most of us, Fox was fascinated with the direct transition to an unworlded state without an intervening lapse into unconsciousness. His 'pineal doorway' is not supposed to be literally associated with the 3rd eye or the pineal gland but the experience itself was more than a theory. Fox was an experienced unworlder. The information on direct unworlding from a waking state is his real contribution and some of the other stuff is pretty obvious. His book is supposed to be based on these articles and is available from Amazon. There's also a later lesson book available online from a metaphysical website. Fox was the probable inventor of the term "mind awake, body asleep".
Garfield, Patricia Creative Dreaming 1974Ballantinebook
Back when there was no internet, no ebooks, no Kindle books, very little being self-published that was worth looking at, we relied on corporate book publishers to offer up an occasional tidbit of usable information about the nature of reality and altered states of consciousness. They must have let this one slip through by accident. This is the book that kept my poor malnourished imagination alive, in between the publication of Monroe's Journeys Out of the Body and the advent of Stephen LaBerge. I still use what I learned from this book back in those dark days when books were printed on "paper" and you could "go to the library and check them out". Check this one out, for sure. I also was well pleased with this author's book Pathways to Ecstasy which talks about mapping out the dream world with art and breathing exercises. Unfortunately her breathing exercises were learned in secret from a Taoist master who swore her to secrecy, but that's why we created a new reality in which there is You Tube.
Grosso, Michael The Man Who Could Fly: St. Joseph of Copertino and the Mystery of Levitation 1974Rowman & Littlefieldbook
I am deeply impressed with St. Joseph of Cupertino and this book is awesome. The author addresses the right sorts of things that should be addressed in a book about the most well-documented miracle worker in the history of the Catholic Church. And let me assure you, the Catholic Church is obsessive about documentation. They're downright anal about it, and this has worked to our advantage in the case of Giuseppe of Copertino, the flying saint. Nicknamed Boccaperta in his youth--which means 'mouth breather'--because he couldn't be bothered with much of anything other than wandering around being in awe of existence itself. Which in those days in Italy would naturally translate to an obsession with religious icons. Joseph's documented violations of gravity were so frequent that Giuseppe had to be moved from town to town, from one priestly residence to another, throughout his whole adult life, because the tourist trade he generated was more than the church fathers could handle. People would literally disassemble the church walls to get a peek at Joseph and hope he would take to the air or cure them of some illness. All of which was commonplace for him, although he found it embarrassing and inconvenient since he preferred to do his practice than to accumulate the 'facebook likes' of his time, i.e. mass hysteria. To get a general idea of what Joseph's early life was like without very strict adherence to all of the facts, famed actor Maximilian Schell landed the role of Joseph in the movie Saint Joseph of Cupertino: The Reluctant Saint in 1962, just after he won the academy award for best actor. This movie is surprisingly watchable in spite of the horrible special effects available in those days and the hokeyness of religious topics in general. I loved it but then St. Joseph, being the patron saint of idiots and mouth breathers, is one of my favorite guides anyway.
Harner, Michael The Way of the Shaman 1990Harper Collinsbook
This book had a profound impact on my life, bringing to the forefront the fact that this unworlding stuff is older and more crucial to our existence than just about anything else you can find to entertain yourself in our current excuse for a culture. Reading this book is definitely worth the trouble. You won't get the impression that this is a not-a-novel like the books of Castaneda, Rampa, and their imitators. Harner gets his information from the cultures he has studied and he is a real shaman. The patterns he noticed such as the tendency of shamans to find a hole to go into when entering an altered state of consciousness have had a profound effect on my developing philosophy since I found this pattern in my own dreams, without fail, when going from dream to dream and from altered state to altered state in sleeping experiences. The power animal I found according to Harner's instructions still appears to me to signal increased lucidity. I practiced shamanic self-soul retrieval during the 1990s according to the work of Harner's associate Sandra Ingerman, but I'm afraid I delved into psychobabble instead of doing proper shamanism, and the first time it got real and I saw a real out-of-body vision or something very close to it--what I now call a screenshot or visit to the Projection Room--I kinda got full and didn't go back for more, for a long time. If you decide to go the route of shamanism, based on my own failures I would suggest that you avoid these mistakes: 1) don't play Indian, 2) avoid drumming circles and social cliques; these are pot-heads and new agers doing their social thing and shamanism is not a social thing; 3) don't make a religion of it; 4) it's not psychology. Based on these pitfalls to avoid, I would summarize: read this book and don't drink the kool-aid. Shamanism in the modern world is not for everybody.
Hurd, Ryan Sleep Paralysis: A Guide to Hypnagogic Visions and Visitors of the Night 2010Hyenabook
This one-of-a-kind book is required reading for anyone interested in inducing or preventing conscious sleep paralysis. Ryan Hurd is an archaeologist and an avid lucid dreaming teacher, as well as an excellent writer. He has another book I'd recommend called Lucid Immersion which has had some influence on the development of my mindset philosophy.
Jaynes, Julian The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind 1976Houghton Mifflinbook
This book changed my mind about the nature of reality, basing everything on reasonable arguments such as 'people who say they experienced elves and fairies and gods talking to them probably experienced elves and fairies and gods talking to them' and 'people who painted two-dimensional figures probably saw figures two-dimensionally' (I paraphrase). While I don't agree with all of Jaynes' conclusions or hypotheses, this book is required reading for anyone who is interested in the history of awareness and its development in our species. Assuming that we're all the same species.
Jones, Reece Joseph reecejones87 ~2007-2015YouTube.comvideo
Reece's videos started out to cover his motivation and transition out of marijuana addiction and his rediscovery of his old lucid dreaming skills. This is my favorite lucid dreaming channel. Unfortunately, Reece then moved from his native rural English countryside to Los Angeles and did what people do when they move to L.A.: went crazy. Oh well, if he doesn't mind, then neither do I. His numerology is 191 which pretty much explains everything. His videos on the layers of lucidity are a unique contribution to the field of unworlding.
Kaur, Snatam "Ek Ong Kaar" ancientlyrics by Nanak, the founder of Sikhismsong
The 38th Japji of Pauri was written hundreds of years ago by Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. "Ek Ong Kaar" means literally "the sound current which creates form from oneness", in other words the Sikh version of OM. Snatam Kaur was born in the same town I was, but her mother was a Sikh so she's been a Sikh and a teacher of Kundalini meditation for a long time. This song is so beautiful and I don't listen to much new age or meditation music.

Here's a literal translation of the words, which I worked hard on because I wanted to see what it was really about with the religious traditions stripped out of it (it's hundreds of years old.) Nanak was not a Sikh anymore than Jesus was a Christian or Mohommed was a Muslim. Speaking of religions, a whole church of OBE exists called Eckankar, and they took their name from this Sikh notion of a sound current (wave form in other words) which creates the world.

What was interesting to me in trying to translate this was that the Sikhs say "fear of God" when Nanak's original just said "fear". So I ask you, What is the primal response to becoming aware of one's existence for the first time: 1) fear, 2) panic, or 3) 'shall we pray'.

Ek Ong Kaar... The 38th Pauri of Japji
Original Punabi by Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, who was not a Sikh
This translation by W. H. Early, who is not a Sikh

The forge is fidelity, patience the goldsmith,
devotion the anvil, ancient wisdom the hammer.
Fear fans the fire to a fever like the sun, and
in the crucible is gratitude, where as ambrosia it melts
and the primordial sound mints the currency of truth.
Vision is given to those who take these actions:
Nanak gives vision and vision enlightens.
Kepple, Frank J.FranksPosts.pdf2002-2005Ryan Taskercompilation
Almost 1100 pages extracted from Frank's advice on unworlding, covering about three years' time, and showing his personal progress in the art as well as the evolution of his belief system. Frank explains Robert Monroe's focus system better than Monroe explained it. His focus toward the end was the 'phasing' technique which bypasses all the energy sensations, vibrations and sleep paralysis, which Monroe first called 'the quick switch'. Frank had 20 years of experience at unworlding before he started teaching it. This file should be read slowly as a daily routine. It's in my top five.
Maxwell-Stewart, Simon Throat Singing audio compliation <2013archive.orgmusic
This compilation of overtone throat singing is perfectly awesome from start to finish. It includes traditional as well as contemporary artists but Simon had the good taste to omit new agey detritus from the list of performances; the contemporary stuff is done by locals, it's the real thing as well as being proper music. I've seen the Tuvan throatsingers and the Tibetan monks doing this stuff live, and I even learned throat singing from a flying dream. Learning to selectively focus energy in different harmonics is what unworlding is all about.
Monroe, Robert A. Journeys Out of the Body 1971Doubledaybook
This is one of the great classics in the field. This book by a corporate CEO in the broadcasting and entertainment business became the focal point for people to gather round as the Intent of the human race tried to decide whether or not unworlding is relevant and interesting. Largely due to the major influence of this book, we decided that unworlding is more than relevant and interesting: it is primary and basic. Journeys Out of the Body was followed much later by two more books, Far Journeys and Ultimate Journey. Bob Monroe went on to create TMI (The Monroe Institute) and popularized binaural beats with his patented Hemi-Sync system. Monroe was experimenting with creating sleep learning tapes and testing them on himself when he started having spontaneous vibrations and unworldings.
Monroe, Sylvan Phase Evolution 2016+You Tubevideo channel
Sylvan Monroe, or 'Mike' for short, didn't think anything would come of it when he tried getting unworlded, and he says if it hadn't worked the first time, he wouldn't have bothered to try again. In a few years of devoted perseverance he became a frequent unworlder and created the best You Tube channel on this topic. I probably agree with nearly every negative thing ever said about You Tube, but none of that stuff applies to Mike's channel. He also has a great Facebook group. If you want the straight stuff from a humble and intelligent operator who does not espouse any dogma and insists on conveying objective information in a straightforward way, Phase Evolution is the place to go.
Muldoon, Sylvan J. & Hereward Carrington The Projection of the Astral Body1929Riderbook
This Iowa farmboy could really get out of his body, and the book was written when he was only 25 years old languishing in a sickbed. He sent his drafts to Hereward Carrington, a published author in the metaphysical field, and out came a book that is destined to live forever in the field of unworlding. Now, back to how old this guy was and the fact that he was too sick to get out of bed while he was writing it. The book is not going to get better with time, I suggest you read it now. I skip over the parts where Sylvan is pontificating on his personal theories, because, let's face it, he's 25 years old. In the same way, some people skip over the parts of my writing where... never mind. Portions of this book are to die for, we are really lucky to have it, and I'll leave it up to you which parts you like and which parts put you to sleep. I've copied my favorite part--about the Urumara--to my website for downloading.
Ouspenskii, Pyotr D. (Peter D. Ouspensky) In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching1949Harcourt Bracebook
Gurdjieff and Ouspensky were the don Juan and Carlos Castaneda of the post-World-War-One era. What a great book! I couldn't put it down. This is Ouspensky's memories of his eight years as one of Gurdjieff's students. Highly recommended as one of the most accessible formats for learning about Gurdjieff's views on the nature of reality and the human machine. Required reading. The author had called this book Fragments of an Unknown Teaching but it was published after his death, authorized by Gurdjieff himself, and the publisher changed the name to In Search of the Miraculous.
Peterson, Bob Out of Body Experiences: How to have them and what to expect1997Robert S. Petersonbook
I liked this book. It was the first book I read when re-starting my practice in late 2015, almost two years ago, so I don't remember it very well, but I remember liking it. Bob also has a blog (see below) as well as an excellent video on technique.
Peterson, Bob The OBE Outlook on Life 2012-currentRobert Petersonblog
On Bob's blog, he reviews dozens of books about unworlding, and does it well. I go to this blog whenever I get bored or need to find another book to read. Bob is a computer programmer, he's a smart, no-nonsense guy and has never led me astray. He has good taste and knows a good book when he reads it. His book (see above) is in my top ten. He also has an excellent video on technique.
Raduga, Michael The Phase: Shattering the Illusion of Reality2014Createspacebook
Many people agree that The Phase is the only unworlding textbook in existence. This book is solid meat, sorry if you're a vegetarian but you know what I'm trying to say. Most OBE books promise the keys to the kingdom and then they just paraphrase and rehash each other. Michael is a young Siberian intellectual and adventurer who accidentally experienced unworlding, which he calls phasing or the phase, mastered it and has taught it to thousands of people. Unlike many unworlders including myself, he has vast experience teaching this skill as a skill and doesn't waste time chit-chatting or philosophizing. There is literally nothing wrong with this book worth mentioning. He gives away an older version on his website but I wish you would buy the newest version because it has additional information about the nature of reality and Michael's personal story, which the older editions don't have, as well as some key updates to the technique. I started my practice in November of 2015 and my first dry spell ended after 3-1/2 months when I read Michael's book and suddenly knew what to do. His You Tube videos aren't very good because they were created by a public relations company who thought sex appeal would sell mystical experience. If you speak Russian, however, he has some of his actual seminars on the tube. There is also a forum on his website which can be productively scoured for information, although Michael has no time to participate in it himself.
Short, Vicky Persephone's Journey2016Amazonbook
This is my favorite all-time book on non-physical experiences in general, including unworlding, ESP, hauntings, and just plain unexplainable stuff. Everything in the book has happened to her personally. Vicky has had out-of-body experiences her whole life. This book is very well written. Since it's a self-published Amazon book, I was shocked at the high quality of the writing and the consistency of the presentation and content. Not only is it inspiring and interesting all the way through, without being new agey, sensationalistic, or gloppy, Vicky has said she plans to write a book just on OBE, and I can't wait to read it.
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep 1998Snow Lionbook
This is the best book I've seen on Tibetan dream yoga. I especially liked the author's treatment of meditation and karma, as the Westernized versions of these philosophies can get tiresomely materialistic. Did you know that karma is not a system of reward and punishment as taught at your local new age church?
Waggoner, Robert "The Secret of Frequent Lucid Dreamers" 2010ld4all.com forumarticle
An excellent must-read article by lucid dream teacher and author from Kansas, a place I used to love to leave in a cyclone or any other way I could get out. Seriously, Lawrence is awesome and I wish I'd never left and I wouldn't even mind going back to S**** but my ex-wife's family would probably kill me on sight. As for this article, it introduced me to what I now call the What-Just-Happened family of reality checks which I consider to be more powerful than other reality checks because they address the whole mindset a.k.a. reality generator, instead of just fiddling with one mechanicalistic cog in the reality machine. Robert's website is right here.
Winn, Michael "Michael Winn, Taoist Dream Master" 2013Gateways Livevideo
I don't have any experience with Michael's teaching or the results that it gets, but my search for a Taoist dream teacher led me to him. I do know that Michael is not a beginner by any stretch of the imagination. As a young man he co-authored several books with renowned Taoist guru Mantak Chia and he is the founder of the National Qigong Association. Michael has learned how to skip the first four hours of dreaming when detritus from the day and psychological processing is normally gotten out of the way. He only sleeps four hours a day and is lucid during this entire time. Since this is beyond what is claimed by pretty much anyone in the OBE and lucid dream community... I would appreciate it if someone would buy this set of CDs for me and have it mailed to me in the Philippines since I can't afford to buy this sort of thing. Please include a new computer, this one is over ten years old and we are in hate with each other.
Yogani Advanced Yoga Practices 2012aypsite.orgwebsite
Especially helpful have been their books Deep Meditation and Spinal Breathing Pranayama. These books and lessons are created by an anonymous American yoga teacher called Yogani. The books are affordable. There are free or pay versions of the online lessons, depending on how much depth you want. I just used the two books when I started my practice since I'd never meditated before. Yogani researched traditional practices for many years in order to try and strip out unnecessary religious teachings, to get at the core of each of the practices that he teaches.
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