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By: Ryan Tasker (Xanth)
Meditation – A Requirement To Exploring the Non-Physical
Tom Campbell (http://www.my-big-toe.com/forums/index.php) talks a bit in his books and lectures about “Belief Traps” and how they can trap us into a certain way of thinking or trap us into ignoring something fundamental to our journey here.
I was thinking about that yesterday and trying to figure out what kind of belief traps I’ve been trapped in over the past little while. In a post I made back at the end of December (How I Came To My Beliefs), I made the distinction that there was a point where I didn’t know that I was allowed to believe something that ended up being very important towards what I needed to know in order to progress.
I’ve noticed that this is a Belief Trap… and it’s one that I’ve still been trapped in for a while as well. I have to thank Tom for opening my eyes to such information and to realize that I am allowed know certain things in order to progress. I notice it a lot in others now too, it’s those times when people post questions on the Astral Pulse asking if it’s okay if they do so-and-so.
As I’ve been progressing along my non-physical path as of late, I’ve slowly been coming to the conclusion that a base knowledge in meditation is a prerequisite for learning how to explore the wider reality. This isn’t something I learned from Tom, it’s something that I’ve been slowly coming to terms with myself over the last few months. However, Tom’s “Belief Trap” ideas were the catalyst for me to understand this. I needed someone to tell me that I was allowed to know this, as strange as that might sound. I can apply and confirm it by looking at my own past experience as I’ve spent the last 15 years of my life learning how to meditate. Through that time, I never once considered how that has helped me along my current path of experiencing the non-physical.
Well, the truth is that it has greatly helped me. This is why and how I found Frank Kepples Phasing exercises so much easier to do and learn from when compared to the classic separation OBEs (aka Monroe-style), because, in essence, they ARE meditation exercises. I just took it for granted that certain things that I did when using the Noticing or Rundown exercises were normal and that everyone just automatically did them too. Well, they’re not. They’re something I’ve learned to do over the last decade and a half. Stuff like learning how to quiet your mind (surface thoughts), fully relaxing the body upon command and being alone with your consciousness. These are skills/tools that one *needs* to learn if “conscious exit” projections is on their list of things “to do”.
To do a conscious exit by Phasing, you have to meditate to get into the proper state first. Sure, we have a couple of “exercises” which you can do to assist you to get there, but they’re not really “exercises”, they are “meditations”. They’re designed to assist you to discover the act of quieting your thoughts and focusing your mind towards a single intent. A byproduct of that is, when you get deep enough and good enough, the “point of consciousness” experience that Tom talks about. This is, in essence, phasing to Focus 21 (the void), which is the Phasing/Projection experience. That’s exactly what we’re doing when we practice Noticing or Mental Rundowns. We’re quieting our mind and focusing it upon a single intent. That intent takes the form of “noticing the blackness” or “visualizing a scene”. <– They become TOOLS to move our consciousness away from this physical awareness and our physical senses… taking us to the “Point of Consciousness”.
So, if you want to experience the non-physical in all its larger glory… put down all your preconceived notions about methods this and techniques that, and just learn to be alone with your consciousness. Master yourself before you try to master the larger reality, for that is the real journey. The non-physical is only a small part of your being… and the fact you’re here in this physical reality in the first place is proof enough of that.
I’ve recently figured out for myself the connection between Classic Separation OBEs and Phasing. Simply put, a classic obe is what comes about when you interrupt a phasing practice and initiate an “exit technique” and alternatively, if you’re doing a classic separation obe and instead of initiating an exit technique you just kept doing what you were doing, you’ll eventually phase directly into the Astral.
Three things came forth recently to get me to this line of thinking. I first began thinking about this back when I was reading about when Frank had to slow down his own projections in order to have a RTZ Projection. Next there was a method posted on the Astral Viewers from one of their Admins, Bedeekin. His made mention of the method that he used for many, many years that was successful for him. Well, one part of his method takes him to what sounds like a deep Focus 10/early Focus 12, which as I know it is the precursor to a proper Phasing attempt. However, he then interrupts that Phasing process and initiates an exit technique. Then just now I got to thinking about a night when I experienced this particular thing first hand and, as Frank would say, the penny dropped.
My experience was back in March 2010, and I’ll relay that quickly before moving on. I went to bed on the Saturday night as usual. It was around 2am. That night I gained a lucid awareness in the dream I was having which was taking place just outside my house. Some time went by and I began to feel that usual sensation that meant I was beginning to physically wake up. The dream faded to black, I felt a shift, and I felt myself back in my bed. I now recognize this state as Focus 12, as I didn’t fully wake up. I didn’t bother opening my eyes, since I knew where I was. This was the first time I ever experienced and learned about what I call the “Eyes Closed/Body Still” state upon waking. Well, almost immediately, I felt another shift and I found myself in another lucid awareness experience. This happened two more times. All four lucid awareness experiences happened quite rapidly and in succession. Each time I was in the non-physical for what felt like 2 – 4 minutes. Each time I phased back to the physical, I kept that “Eyes Closed/Body Still” state.
After the fourth experience something strange and completely unexpected happened. I attempted to slip back into another lucid awareness experience like I did the four times previous, but I didn’t quite make it in. I felt that it was immediately slipping away. What I usually do to strengthen the experience in this kind of situation (as I’ve mentioned on the forums before) is spin, but it’s usually done while already having the lucid awareness experience, this time I don’t believe I actually got all the way into the non-physical! So I started spinning trying to get a grip on the experience, however after probably 3 seconds of spinning I felt I had fully lost the dream, however I was also still sleeping and I felt I was in my bedroom.
I couldn’t see anything yet, but I felt my arms and legs floating upwards and the distinct “separation” feeling. I sat up and kinda floated awkwardly upwards a bit and towards the end of the bed, kind of out of control. By the time I had fully cleared my body, my vision came in. I’m not sure if I had chose to see or if it just clicked on, but either way I could see.
So that’s it, that’s the connection. By interrupting a normal Phasing session at a certain point, you can then initiate an exit technique and have a classic separation OBE. This also works in reverse, in that if you’re going for a classic separation obe, you can for-go the exit technique and just keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll end up Phasing directly into the “astral”. So for people who have problems having “astral projections” this is what I suggest you try.
We should be able to use this information to guide where we want to go in the non-physical directly from the get-go. If you’re someone who only does RTZ projections and wish to visit the greater non-physical (astral), then simply stop doing your usual exit technique and just keep doing what you were doing prior to that and eventually you’ll phase. And if you’re a phaser and wish to experience the RTZ, then interrupt your phasing practice in Focus 12 and initiate an exit technique.
I’ve received a few questions lately regarding the “Noticing” exercise. Certain aspects of the explanation that Frank writes about seems to be confusing people slightly… so I’ll try my best to fully explain the process, at least how it relates to me and hopefully you can apply some of this knowledge to your own practices.
First, the entire point of the noticing exercise, as Frank puts it, is to “become fixated within”. That’s really the end goal, as THAT is where the non-physical lies… within us. It’s nothing exterior that you “go to”.
So, how do we “become fixated within” by using the Noticing exercise? That’s where the actual NOTICING part comes in. You can’t just sit/lie there and “look” at the blackness, because that will do absolutely nothing and you’ll eventually become frustrated thinking that it’s not working for you. You need to actually do something for this to work! Just like a binaural beat won’t project you automatically unless you do the actual work yourself… you won’t Phase with Noticing unless you actually Notice!
Now, here’s the confusing part… “to notice” is something you have to actively do… HOWEVER, you have to remain “passively aware” while actively noticing. I know, that sounds confusing… well, lemme describe how “I” notice and I’ll go from there.
When I actually get to the part of my routine when I begin “Noticing”, I stare into the blackness… it’s the same blackness that you see when you close your eyes. It’s just blackness (however nonuniform it may look). My goal is to notice any changes that happen within the blackness that is in my field of view. It can be literally anything, as Frank put it, it could be a flash of something, or perceiving some kind of movement in the blackness… when you begin to see ANYTHING (again, do not outright dismiss anything you see) consciously zero in on it. Your goal is to “Passively Observe”… this means (and this is VERY IMPORTANT) to keep an air of curiosity about what you’re seeing. As I see this stuff, I kind of talk to myself while observing it, but I do so without actually talking verbally or thinking it.
To explain that last part… take a piece of paper, this piece of paper is going to represent the “blackness behind your eyes”. Draw a single dot in the middle of that page then hold that page up to your face and stare at the dot (it’s okay to allow the dot to become unfocused). The dot represents your fixated gaze (depending upon how closely you’re holding the paper to your face, you could see two dots) within the blackness (or in this case the whiteness of the paper)… now, consciously take in the rest of what you can see of the paper, but don’t actually look around, use your peripheral vision. Try to see any irregularities in the paper… there might be a spec of something somewhere, or a small crease somewhere else that you didn’t notice before and you might be noticing that the paper isn’t uniformly white and you begin to focus in on these new-found items of interest. Notice these irregularities and retain that air of curiosity regarding them. Become consciously curious about each and every aspect that you notice in the paper… the more you do this, the more you begin to forget about the physical world around you and the more your consciousness shifts within what you’re gazing at. This is the act of becoming fixated within.
So now that you’ve just done that with a piece of paper and with your eyes open… close your eyes, visualize that dot in front of you… and do it again, this time staring at the blackness behind your eyes instead of a white piece of paper. Remember to NEVER verbalize or think about the things you’re seeing and noticing… try to keep that “air of curiosity” about it all.
The shift into Focus 12, where you start to really get visuals, for me, takes anywhere between 10 – 20 minutes. If I don’t get it after 20 minutes, then I know that my heart just isn’t in it for that session and I go do something else. But, give yourself whatever time you feel is necessary. It can take a while. Just remain relaxed and calm.
Once you do attain a solid Focus 12 and can hold it for a good period of time without losing it, the next shift to Focus 21 will more than likely happen naturally from a solid Focus 12. You simply have to drive your consciousness within just a bit more… the big point here though is that it’s nothing you can force. You have to ALLOW yourself to do this shift. From Focus 21, you can pretty much go and do whatever you want simply by visualizing the area you want to go to.
I hope that helps fill in some of the blanks as per the Noticing exercise. If you have any questions, please leave a comment here, on my own forums, or on the Astral Pulse. Thank you for reading!