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HOW TO EXPERIENCE OUT-OF-BODY TRAVEL
Five hundred years ago, a few courageous explorers crossed an ocean in search of a new land—a
mysterious land hidden by an unexplored and uncharted ocean. Many people considered this journey a
waste of time and resources. After all, modern civilization had flourished for centuries without this kind
Against all odds this handful of explorers ventured forward, their burning desire for discovery propelling
them into the unknown. They abandoned the comforts of home to embark on a journey beyond the known
horizons. Facing both their own and society’s fears and doubts, they continued their course, finally
achieving their goal of discovery.
Today we face the same kind of exploration—an unexplored ocean of energy waiting to be conquered by
individuals who possess the foresight and courage to go beyond the limits of their physical horizons. As
in the past, the explorer’s vision must extend past the physical shoreline. As in the past, the explorer must
possess the internal drive and determination to travel beyond the known limits of society and science. He
or she must travel alone, far from the masses who cling to the firm security of land.
As in the past, explorers are driven by one thing—the need to discover for themselves, because accepting
anything less than firsthand knowledge is settling for the beliefs and assumptions of the landlocked.
Today each of us has an opportunity to go beyond the physical shoreline and become an explorer. This
great adventure is available for all of us to share.
The most beauttful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands
at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer
marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed
Albert Einstein wrote these words many years ago, and they are forever etched in my mind. Twenty years
ago I firmly believed that the physical world we see and experience was the only reality. I believed what
my eyes told me—life possessed no hidden mysteries, only countless forms of matter living and dying.
The facts were clear; there was no evidence or proof of nonphysical worlds or our continued existence
after death. I questioned the intelligence of anyone softheaded enough to accept the illogical concepts of
heaven, God, and immortality. In my mind these were fairy tales created to comfort the weak and
manipulate the masses. For me, life was simple to understand: the world consisted
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of solid matter and form, and the concepts of life after death and heaven were feeble human attempts to
create hope where none existed.
I possessed the arrogant knowledge of a man who judges the world with his physical senses alone. I
supported my conclusions with the overwhelming observations provided by science and technology. After
all, if something mysterious was there, science would certainly be aware of it.
My firm convictions of reality and life continued until June of 1972. During a conversation with a
neighbor, our discussion turned to the possibilities of life after death and the existence of heaven. I
proceeded to present my agnostic viewpoints with vigor. To my surprise my neighbor didn’t contest my
conclusions; instead, he related an experience that he had had several weeks before. One evening just
after drifting to sleep, he was shocked to discover himself floating above his body. Completely awake and
aware, he became frightened and instantly fell back into his physical body. Excited, he told me it wasn’t a
dream or his imagination, but a fully conscious experience.
Intrigued by his experience, I decided to investigate this strange phenomenon for myself. After several
days of research I discovered numerous references to out-of-body experiences throughout history. With
some searching I found a book on the topic that actually described how out-of-body experiences are
induced. The entire subject seemed extremely weird, and I considered the book the result of an overly
Out of curiosity, I decided to try one of the out-of-body techniques before sleep. After repeated daily
attempts, I began to feel a little ridiculous. In three weeks the only thing I experienced out of the norm
was an increase in my dream recall. I became more and more convinced that this entire subject was
nothing more than an intense or vivid dream stimulated by the so-called our-of-body techniques.
Then, one night about eleven o’clock I drifted to sleep during 5 my out-of-body technique and began
dreaming that I was sitting at a round table with several people. They all seemed to be asking me
questions related to my self-development and state of consciousness. At that moment in the dream I began
to feel extremely dizzy, and a strange numbness, like from Novocain, began to spread throughout my
body. Unable to keep my head up, I passed out, hitting my head on the table. Instantly I was awake, fully
conscious, lying in bed facing the wall. I could hear an unusual buzzing sound and felt somehow
different. Extending my arm, I reached for the wall in front of me. I stared in amazement as my hand
actually entered the wall; I could feel the vibrational energy of it as if I was touching its very molecular
structure. Only then did the overwhelming reality hit me, My God, I’m not in my body.
Excited, my only thought was, It’s real. My God, it’s real! Lying in bed, I stared at my hand in disbelief.
When I tried clenching my fist, I could feel the pressure of my grip; my hand felt completely solid, but the
physical wall in front of me looked and felt like a dense, vaporous material with form.
Determined to stand, I began to move effortlessly to the foot of my bed, my mind racing with the reality
of it all. Standing, I quickly touched my arms and legs, checking to see if I was solid, and to my surprise I
was completely solid, completely real. But around me, the familiar physical objects in my room no longer
appeared completely real or solid; instead, they now looked like three-dimensional mirages. Glancing
down, I noticed a large lump in my bed. Amazed, I could see that it was the sleeping form of my physical
body silently facing the wall.
As I focused my vision on the opposite side of the room, the wall seemed to fade slowly from view. In
front of me I could see a wide, green field extending far beyond my room. Looking around, I noticed a
figure silently watching me from about ten yards away. It was a tall man with dark hair, a beard, and a
purple robe. Startled by his presence, I became frightened and instantly “snapped back” into my physical
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body. With a jolt I was in my body, and a strange feeling of numbness and tingling faded as I opened my
eyes. Excited, I sat up, my mind exploding with the realization of what had just occurred. I knew it was
absolutely real, not a dream or my imagination. My entire ego awareness had been present.
Suddenly, everything I had ever learned about my existence and the world around me had to be
reappraised. I had always seriously doubted that anything beyond the physical world existed. Now my
entire viewpoint changed. Now I absolutely knew that other worlds do exist and that people like myself
must live there. Most important, I now knew that my physical body was just a temporary vehicle for the
real me inside, and that with practice I could separate from it at will.
Excited about my discovery, I grabbed a pen and paper and wrote down exactly what had occurred. A
flood of questions filled my mind. Why is the vast majority of the human race unaware of this
phenomenon? Why aren’t the various sciences and religions investigating it? Is it possible that this unseen
world is the “heaven” referred to in religious texts? Why isn’t our government exploring this apparent
parallel energy world? Is it possible that our overwhelming dependence on physical perceptions has led us
to overlook an incredible avenue of exploration and discovery?
As the initial shock of my first experience sank in, I realized that my life could never be the same again.
The more I pondered the significance of my experience, the more profound I realized it to be. All my
agnostic beliefs had been swept away in a single night. I knew that I had to reappraise everything that I
had learned since childhood, everything that I had assumed to be
true. My comfortable conclusions about science, psychology, religion, and my existence had obviously
been based on incomplete information. I felt excited, but also uneasy—my familiar concepts of reality no
longer seemed relevant. Increasingly, I felt in a void. On several occasions when I talked to friends about
my experience, they found it too bizarre to take seriously. In 1972 the term out-of body experience had
not even been coined; back then, the most common description was astral projection. No one that I knew
at the time had even heard of astral projection, and if you told people you had left your body, they
immediately thought that you were on drugs or losing your mind. I quickly discovered that I had to keep
my experiences to myself or face some degree of disbelief and even ridicule.
After my first out-of-body experience, my mind was overflowing with endless possibilities and questions.
Desperate for information and guidance, I spent several weeks in libraries and bookstores searching for
whatever knowledge was available on the topic. I quickly found that little was available; only a handful of
books had been written on the subject, and some of these were decades old and out of print. By the end of
July 1972, I realized that I was on my own.
I decided to focus on the one technique that had worked for me before. This technique involved
visualizing a physical location that I knew well as I drifted off to sleep. As before, I pictured my mother’s
living room with as much detail as possible. At first it seemed difficult, but after a few weeks I could
picture the room’s details with increasing clarity; the furniture, patterns in fabrics, textures, even small
imperfections in wood and paint began to be clear in my mind. I realized that the more I pictured myself
within the room interacting with the physical objects, the more detailed my visualizations would become.
With practice I learned to physically walk around the room and memorize specific items that it contained.
I also learned the importance of “feeling” the environment with my mind: the feel of carpet on my feet;
the sensation of sitting in a chair, walking, turning on a lamp, or even opening the door. The more
detailed and involved I was within my visualization, the more effective were my results. Although it was
challenging at first, after a while it became fun to make my visualizations come alive in my mind. At this
point I decided to keep a journal to record my out-of-body experiences.
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Journal Entry, August 6, 1972
I awakened at 4:00 A.M. after three and a half hours of sleep and starred to read a book about out-of-body
experiences. After reading for about fifteen minutes, I became sleepy and decided to visualize my
mother’s living room. I selected this because I knew it extremely well. Within the living room are several
items I had made in grade school: a metal ashtray, a wooden doorstop, and a watercolor of the ocean. As I
pictured the room in my mind, I slowly moved my attention to the items I had made. As vividly as I
could, I imagined myself walking around the living room looking at the furniture and the various things I
had made. As I focused on the items, I began to see the room surprisingly well. I moved my focus from
item to item and visualized myself touching each object. As I became mentally immersed in the
sensations and sights of the living room, I drifted off to sleep.
In seconds I’m shaken awake by intense vibrations and a roaring sound throughout my body. It feels like
I’m in the middle of a jet engine and my body and mind are about to vibrate apart. I’m shocked and
scared by the intensity of the vibrations and sounds and snap back to my body. As I open my eyes, I
realize that I’m completely numb and that a strange Tingling sensation is spreading throughout my body.
Over the next few minutes, my normal physical sensations slowly return. I can’t believe the intensity of
I lay in bed and wonder what these vibrations and sounds are and what causes them. I know they’re not
physical sensations. I can only guess that they’re somehow connected to my nonphysical form, possibly
my conscious recognition of the transfer of my awareness from my physical to my nonphysical body.
Maybe I’m simply conscious of a vibrational shift or transition that’s necessary to have out-of-body
experiences. Whatever it is, it can definitely scare the hell out of you. Even so, I’m determined to find out
what’s behind these strange vibrations. There must be a logical explanation.
For the next week nothing happened. I started to doubt myself and my ability to have the experience.
Then one evening about eleven o’clock I dozed off while visualizing my mother s living room. Within
minutes I was startled awake by a piercing buzzing sound and vibrations throughout my body. Opening
my eyes, I realized that I was half in and half out of my body. My first reaction was fear. An
overwhelming panic flooded my mind and I instantly snapped back into my body. Upon opening my
physical eyes, I discovered that my physical body was numb and tingling; as before, this sensation slowly
dissipated and my normal physical feelings returned. I sat up in bed shocked by the intensity of the
vibrations and sounds. I clearly remember saying aloud, “What the hell was that?”
As I reviewed the experience I realized that I was completely unprepared. An instinctual fear seemed to
flow through me at the first hints of separation.
For two nights nothing unusual occurred. Then on the third night I awakened to a weird numbness and
vibration spreading from the back of my neck to the rest of my body. I tried my best to stay calm and
reduce my fear, but I couldn’t, I felt as though I was completely out of control and vulnerable. Startled, I
spontaneously thought about my physical body and the vibrations slowly subsided. As my physical
sensations returned, I felt disappointed that I’d missed a great opportunity to explore. In an effort to save
the moment, I calmed down, focused my thoughts away from my physical body, and began to encourage
the vibrations to return. (I did this by concentrating on the vibrational sensations I had just experienced at
the back of my neck.)
After about fifteen minutes, as I gradually relaxed and again drifted between sleep and wakefulness, the
vibrations began to return. They started at the back of my neck, then slowly spread to my whole body
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until I was vibrating at what felt like a higher frequency or energy level. This time I remained calm, my
anxiety level decreasing as I recognized that the vibrational sensations were somewhat enjoyable when I
was prepared. A high-pitched buzzing seemed to resonate in my body, and I felt energized and light as a
feather. With a thought of floating I could feel myself moving upward. I was completely weightless, and
for the first time the sensations were absolutely wonderful. I floated up to the ceiling and touched it with
my hand. Amazed, I realized that I was touching the energy substance of the ceiling. Pressing my hand
into the hazy molecular structure, I felt the tingling vibrational energy of the ceiling. As I withdrew my
hand from the ceiling, I noticed that my arm sparkled like a thousand points of brilliant blue and white
lights. Out of curiosity, I reached out my other hand and grasped my outstretched arm, and to my surprise
it was solid to the touch. Focusing on my arm, I became mesmerized by the depth and beauty of the
lights. I realized that my arm appeared to be a universe of stars. It’s strange to describe, but I felt drawn
into a universe that was me. At that instant I
snapped back into my body, and the numbness and tingling sensations quickly subsided as I opened my
eyes in awe.
Journal Entry, October 4, 1972
I silently repeat an affirmation, “Now I’m out-of-body,” for ten to fifteen minutes as I grow increasingly
sleepy. As much as possible, I intensify my affirmations as I drift off to sleep.
Almost instantly I’m awakened by intense vibrations and an electrical-like buzzing throughout my body.
I’m startled, and an intense wave of fear surges through me. I calm myself down by repeating, “I’m
protected by the light.” My initial fear slowly dissipates as I visualize myself surrounded by a globe of
protective light. I think of floating and feel myself lift up and out of my physical body. I feel light as a
feather and float slowly upward. As I float away from my body I realize that the vibrations and buzzing
have diminished to a slight humming sensation. Feeling more secure, I open my eyes and find myself
staring at the ceiling two feet in front of me. I’m surprised that I’ve floated that high and instinctively
think about looking at my body on the bed. Instantly, I snap back to my physical body and feel a strange
vibration as my physical sensations quickly return.
As I lie in bed reviewing the experience, I realize that my thoughts directed toward my physical body
must have snapped me back. I know it’s possible to view my physical body, because during my first out-
of-body experience I distinctly saw it. I suspect the key to observing our physical bodies is to remain as
mentally and emotionally detached as possible, but more important, we must keep our thoughts directed
away from our physical bodies; the slightest thought focused on the body will immediately snap us back
to it. In retrospect, I should have thought about turning over as I floated; then I could have observed my
physical body without any thoughts being focused on it.
Journal Entry, October 12, 1972
I wake up at 3:15 after three and a half hours of sleep (two REM periods) and move to the sofa in the
living room. After about forty minutes of reading, I become sleepy and begin to do a different
visualization. I picture myself as a bright orange balloon filling with helium. I can feel myself becoming
lighter and lighter as the balloon expands. I intensify and hold my visualization as long as possible.
Drifting off to sleep I awaken to the sensation of intense vibrations and buzzing throughout my body. I
recognize that I’m ready to separate and immediately think about floating. The vibrations and sounds
rapidly diminish as I separate and float up to the ceiling. Out of instinct I reach out my arms to touch the
ceiling, but instead of touching, my hands slowly enter the tingling vibrational substance of the ceiling. I
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can feel a slight resistance as my hands and arms move through the ceiling. Moving slowly upward, my
body enters and passes through the insulation, rafters, and attic. An intense excitement flows through me
as I pass through the roof and float at the top of the house.
I think of standing and I’m instantly upright, standing at the highest peak of the house. As I look around, I
can clearly see the TV antenna and chimney. Even though it’s the middle of the night, the sky and
everything around me are partially lighted by a luminescent silvery glow.
Standing at the top of the house, I have a sudden urge to fly. I spread my arms, glide down from the roof,
and fly over my backyard. I slowly descend until I’m flying about four feet above the ground. For some
reason I feel as if I’m getting heavier and continue descending until I’m just inches above the
grass. I think “control” but it’s too late. With a thud I crash face first onto the lawn. At that instant I’m
back in my physical body. My physical sensations return and I wonder why I lost control. Why did I
become so heavy?
Journal Entry, November 2, 1972
I awaken to the sound and sensations of intense buzzing. It feels as if my body and mind are vibrating
apart. At first I’m startled by the intensity of the vibrations, but slowly I calm myself and focus my full
attention on the idea of floating away from my physical body. In seconds I float up and out of my body
and hover several feet above it. I notice that the buzzing noise and vibrations immediately subside after
complete separation. The sound and vibrations are replaced by a serene feeling of calm. It feels as if I’m
weightless and floating like a cloud. I think of moving to the door and I seem to automatically float to that
destination. I feel an overwhelming sense of freedom I’ve never known before. Spontaneously I decide to
fly and think about flying through the roof. Instantly I fly straight up through the ceiling and pass through
the roof like a rocket. I’m thrilled by the response and begin to understand that my thoughts are the
energy of my personal propulsion. I spread my arms and level off several hundred feet in the air. Below
me I can clearly see the buildings and roads of my neighborhood. I feel a slight tugging sensation as I fly
higher and higher over the city of Baltimore. The tugging sensation increases and I think of my body.
Instantly, I snap back to my body. My physical body is numb and tingling as I open my eyes.
As my out-of-body experiences continued, I became fascinated with the nonphysical energy structures I
observed. With each experience my questions seemed to grow until I became obsessed with trying to
understand the nature of the nonphysical forms that I had encountered. In an attempt to comprehend the
relationship between the physical and nonphysical environments, I developed a series of crude
experiments. For example, every day I would balance a pencil or pen at the very edge of my nightstand.
My purpose was to see if I could somehow move the physical object with my nonphysical body. I quickly
discovered that this simple experiment was more difficult than it appeared. My biggest obstacle was
attempting to focus on my experiment. At the moment of separation my mind would race with unlimited
possibilities, and my experiment seemed insignificant compared with the many wonders that were
Each experience increased my realization that my nonphysical state of consciousness was extremely
sensitive and responsive to the slightest thought. My prevailing conscious and subconscious thoughts
would instantly propel me in a specific direction. I quickly learned that my subconscious mind exerts
much more influence and control over my actions than I ever imagined. Often, a completely spontaneous
thought would create an immediate reaction. For example, if I thought about flying, which I often did, I
would immediately fly through the ceiling or wall and glide over my neighborhood.
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Gradually, I realized that gaining full conscious control during the first seconds after separation was
absolutely essential. To accomplish this I experimented with different ways to gain control. At first I tried
focusing my full attention on my hand or arm just after separation. I hoped that this would concentrate my
thoughts on a single idea and give me the immediate control that I was seeking. This created a strange
sensation of being immersed within myself. Though exhilarating, the end result was not control but a
feeling of being mesmerized and then drawn into a sparkling universe of brilliant blue stars.
Unhappy with the results, I decided to try grabbing my non-physical arm and focusing on the sensations
of my grip. I was somewhat surprised to discover that the feel of my nonphysical arm was amazingly
solid. My nonphysical body possessed an inherent vibrational quality; it felt completely solid, but I could
feel the mild vibrational energy of my arm’s substance. I quickly discovered that my energy-body was
indeed “real” in every respect, appearing to be an exact duplicate of my physical body. I also found that
when my thoughts were focused on my nonphysical body I began to feel myself drawn inward, as if I
were being pulled into a vacuum deep inside myself.
Over a period of several months I repeated this procedure of self-examination, and through trial and error
I learned about my nonphysical body. With repeated observations I began to realize that my nonphysical
form was like an energy mold—in effect, conscious energy that had assumed a temporary form. The body
I experienced when out-of-body appeared to be the result of my mind’s expectations and self-concept. In
addition, I recognized that focusing on my nonphysical body created a strong tendency for me to be
drawn inward to areas I could not begin to comprehend. I knew that I needed another method for gaining
After almost a year I was becoming frustrated by numerous failed attempts to gain full control when I
finally discovered that I was making this entire process more involved than it needed to be. During an
afternoon out-of-body experience, I spontaneously shouted, “Control now!” Immediately I felt an
enhancement of my analytical mind. As I stood by the foot of my bed, my vision improved but remained
slightly out-of-focus, so I shouted, “Clarity now!” My vision instantly snapped into focus. I felt a rush of
energy and awareness flow through my body and mind. I was thrilled. For the first time I felt in complete
control: my entire self-awareness was present, and I actually felt more aware than in my normal physical
state of consciousness. My thoughts were crystal clear and vibrantly alive.
I suddenly realized that the key to control was simply to demand full conscious control immediately after
separation. I also began to understand the importance of focusing my thoughts and the need to be
extremely specific when making requests. On one occasion, just after separation, I said aloud, “I request
full waking consciousness,” and instantly snapped back into my physical body. I found that the
controlling portion of my mind takes my thoughts literally. My poor choice of the word waking was
immediately interpreted to mean physical waking. After several months of experimenting with different
phrases, I began to recognize that I had unintentionally programmed myself to think “control” during each
out-of-body experience. I soon discovered myself doing it automatically as I floated up and away from
my body. After a year of trial and error, I knew I was finally on the right track.
Throughout this period I continued my pencil experiments. During several our-of-body experiences, I
tried to move the pencil balanced on the nightstand and was surprised to find that the vibrational
frequency (density) of my nonphysical body seemed to determine whether the pencil or even the entire
room was visible to me. Slowly I came to understand that the environment I was observing was not the
physical world, as I had assumed. I realized that the structures I normally observed when out-of-body
were nonphysical structures. Gradually, it all started to fit together. Now I finally understood why there
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were slight variations between the nonphysical and physical furniture and other objects. For example, the
nonphysical walls were often a different color, and the shapes and styles of some of the furniture and rugs
were different. Much of this was minor but nevertheless noticeable.
For me to be able to see my normal physical surroundings, my internal vibrational rate had to be
relatively dense, or slow. I
also noticed that the very act of requesting consciousness and clarity seemed to automatically increase the
internal frequency of my nonphysical body.
In an effort to make my experiments more realistic, I balanced pencils at three different areas that I
normally passed upon leaving my body. My hope was that I would notice the pencils, at the side of bed or
at the foot of the bed, as I moved past them. Looking back, I realize that it probably looked a little
strange. On one occasion I remember my mother asking me, “What’s with the pencils?” Just imagine
trying to explain this to your mother without sounding like a nut.
After several weeks, I finally focused on one of the pencils. after separation. As I moved to the side of
bed, I concentrated on the pencil at the edge of my dresser. At first my vision seemed foggy, somehow
out of sync, so I said aloud, “Clarity now!” Instantly my vision snapped in focus. I could clearly see the
pencil in front of me; however, it appeared like a three-dimensional hazy form with substance. I moved
closer, touched it with my hand, and felt a slight vibrational sensation as my fingers passed through the
substance of the pencil. Somewhat frustrated, I tried again but experienced the same results. Focusing my
attention, I realized that my nonphysical body was obviously less dense than the pencil, and
spontaneously said aloud, “I need to be denser.” With a jolt I shot back into my physical body. As my
physical sensations returned, I couldn’t help but laugh: I had received my request. I had to remember that
requests made when out-of-body are taken literally. There seems to be little room for interpretation or
shades of gray. I would have to remember to be extremely specific with each request. Maybe something
like “I wish to move this pencil” would have been more effective.
In a related experience some years later, I was practicing self-hypnosis with a single lighted candle. After
separation I stood by the candle and decided to blow it out. To my surprise it went out immediately. Upon
returning to my physical body, I opened my eyes to find that the physical candle was still burning. After
some thought I realized that I must have blown out a candle in what I now know is the parallel dimension
closest to the physical. This dimension is a relatively dense energy duplicate of the physical world.
This simple experiment is important because it provides evidence that the environments and objects
encountered during out-of-body experiences exist independently of the physical universe. It appears that
we are not observing the physical world from a different perspective, as many believe, but are interacting
in a separate but parallel dimension of energy.
Journal Entry, June 21, 1973
I wake up at 5:00 A.M. and move to the sofa. After reading for about fifteen minutes I become sleepy and
decide to try something new. I grab a sheet of paper and begin to write out-of-body affirmations. “Now
I’m out-of-body.” As I write, I verbally repeat them to myself. After writing fifty or so I can barely keep
my eyes open. As I drift to sleep, I continue the affirmations in my mind.
I’m startled awake by a strange numbness and vibrations throughout my body. I stay as calm as possible
and focus on the sensations of floating upward. After several seconds, I feel myself lift up and out of my
body. I stand beside my body and walk to the window. I feel somehow out of focus and request clarity.
There’s only a small improvement so I repeat my request, and this time I’m more demanding: “I need
clarity now!” Instantly, my awareness becomes crystal clear. My body feels lighter and more energized. I
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feel vibrantly awake and
aware and decide to try to fly. Stretching out my arms, I take a small leap and fly through the ceiling and
roof, until I’m several hundred feet above my neighborhood. I rotate my arms slightly and level off. It’s
absolutely exhilarating. I feel completely free as I glide over the town of Catonsville. Even though it’s
night, the landscape is illuminated by a silvery glow. Below me the houses and streets appear like a
Christmas garden. Suddenly, I feel a tugging sensation at my back and spontaneously think of my body.
The thought of my body snaps me back to it with a jolt. I awaken with a slight numbness and tingling
throughout my body.
Journal Entry, July 3, 1973
I awaken to the sound and sensation of intense buzzing. It feels as if my body and mind are inside an
engine. At first I’m startled by the intensity of the vibrations, but slowly I calm myself and direct my full
attention to the idea of floating from my body. Immediately I separate and float upward to the ceiling.
After separation I notice that the loud, roaring noise has faded. As I float about four feet above my body,
the vibrations are replaced by a feeling of calm. It feels as if I’m weightless and floating like a cloud.
With a single thought of moving to the door. I seem to be automatically propelled to that destination.
Focusing my thought, I think of the living room and float directly there. I can’t believe how easy and
natural it is. I think of standing and I’m standing in the living room examining my surroundings.
Everything around me looks familiar, except that the walls are now light yellow instead of white and
some of the furniture is slightly different from its physical counterpart. For example, an antique lion-head
rocking chair looks the same but the coffee table looks different. The physical table is a modern style,
while its nonphysical counterpart looks like an eighteenth-century antique.
As I stare at my surroundings I realize that I can see through the hazy outline of the physical walls. When
I focus on the living room wall, it appears to become increasingly vaporous in its form and substance and
slowly disappears. In front of me is an entirely new environment, a sprawling meadow extending as far as
I can see. I step forward several steps and enter the new terrain. As I look out into the meadow I notice the
figure of a man standing about twenty yards away. He’s watching me intently but does not approach. For
several moments I stare in his direction. He has dark hair and a close-cropped beard and wears a purple
robe that extends to his knees. He acknowledges my stare by nodding his head and flashing a small smile.
The entire situation is overwhelming. I feel uneasy and unsure of what to do next. Should I walk over and
communicate with this stranger or avoid him? My dilemma is quickly resolved when I snap back into my
As I lie in bed it hits me that this man might be the same person I saw during my first out-of-body
experience. The more I review his appearance, the more convinced I am that this man is not just a
nonphysical resident “passing by”; he seems to be watching my every move. It is also apparent that he
had no intention of approaching or communicating with me. I suspect that he knew that any movement on
his part toward me would probably have scared me; just the sight of someone standing there was
For several days, curiosity concerning this man fills my mind. What are his intentions and purpose? I
wonder if he is some sort of guide observing my progress. In addition, I wonder if everyone having out-of-
body experiences has someone observing their progress. He obviously did not wish to interfere; in fact, he
seemed almost surprised when I finally did see him. I can only speculate that he probably was observing
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out-of-body experiences from a slightly different vibrational level in order to remain unobserved. When I
focused my attention I must have raised my vibrational rate and was then able to see beyond my normal
Comparing this to my first experience, I realize that they were similar in many respects. The main
difference was that my control and vision were better this time.
The more I thought about my experiences, the more I realized that everything I believed to be fact or truth
had to be reappraised. For example, the long-standing “fact” that our consciousness is the result of
electrochemical activity within the brain was now a laughable conclusion resulting from obviously
incomplete information. Now I knew that the brain had to serve some other function, possibly as a
biological transfer device between the nonphysical mind and the physical body. It became clear that the
physical brain is similar to a computer’s hard drive, storing information and memories needed to support
and operate our temporary biological vehicle.
As my out-of-body experiences continued, this observation was confirmed time and again. One thing was
certain, I could think without my physical brain; I could create, analyze, and recall thoughts. I also
recognized that there were definite differences. For example, when out-of-body I was more spontaneous
and single-minded than in my physical body. I felt somehow motivated to do things I wouldn’t ever
consider while in my body. For example, I would often think about flying and then instantly fly out of the
room and glide around my neighborhood, or find myself flying over strange landscapes I couldn’t begin
to identify. I sometimes suspected that I was being directed by a more expansive, unknown part of myself.
Often my spontaneous thoughts would lead me to situations and experiences that provided insight into
areas or events that were related to my past or present. On numerous occasions I didn’t understand the
reason for these experiences until weeks or even years later.
The next experience had a profound effect on me. For the first time I truly realized the unlimited potential
of nonphysical explorations.
Journal Entry, July 9, 1973
Around noon I decide to take a nap. I visualize my mother’s living room as I drift off to sleep. A
sensation of numbness and tingling energy spreads throughout my body. I enjoy the sensation and easily
lift out of my body. A feeling of excitement flows through me as I move to the foot of the bed.
As I look around, I have a sudden urge to see the young woman in the apartment above mine. Instantly I
float upward and feel my head and shoulders enter the ceiling. For some unknown reason I encounter an
intense resistance and can’t pass through the ceiling. For a moment I’m stuck in the ceiling and I begin to
panic. I say aloud, “Down,” and instantly move down to the floor.
With a feeling of relief I calm down and center myself. I walk to my bedroom door and step into it. As I
move through the door I feel a slight tingling sensation but encounter no problems; up close the door has
a misty, hazy appearance. Walking normally, I enter the living room and am heading toward the front
door when suddenly, to my right, I clearly hear a man’s voice calling my name.
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