I will describe here, in some detail, Michael Raduga's indirect method for reaching the phase state of the mind, but first, let me give you an overview of what we mean by "The Phase" at the OOBE Research Center...
PHASE STATE OVERVIEW
The "phase" or "phase state" term here is used to simplify things and describes the hybrid state of mind that compounds wakefulness and dreaming (40Hz bandwidth of brain activity measured by The Planck Institute). As you all know, during this hybrid stage, all manner of experiences are possible while one feels awake and self-aware.
It is in the phase state that people encounter out-of-body experiences, lucid dreaming, numinous experiences often interpreted as "astral projections", alien abductions (SP here should ring a bell), so-called afterlife glimpses, false awakenings (yes, the pre-lucids involve enough mental faculties that eventually lead to lucidity), sleep paralysis hallucinations etc. People have many interpretations for what they experience during this type of paradoxical sleep. Meanwhile, the state is distinctively the same, despite egressing in various degrees, when the mind is awake and the body asleep.
HOW TO ENTER THE PHASE
(The Induction of OOBEs and Lucid Dreams)
First and foremost, sleep for a good few hours - six hours is reasonable. This is more effective if combined with the deferred method (WBTB), whereby the practitioner gets up from sleep and remains awake and active for a period of time (half an hour is decent) before going back to sleep with a strong intention to catch the next awakening in order to enter the phase.
Upon awakening, if there is no physical movement, attempt to separate from the body immediately. Movement will feel real but chances are that you have not moved physically. Rather, movement was simulated in the phase using your phantom body. If your separation attempt was successful, you should find yourself in the phase world (world of lucid dreaming). Yes, I'm talking about DEILD (Dream Exit Initiated Lucid Dreaming) using the technique of separating from the body. Yes, this is the one that really provides the shortcut - even better than SSILD as you are not required to do any visualisation of senses, unless, of course, the shortcut fails and then you must cycle through the techniques. I will explain this further...
If you manage to enter lucid dreamland upon an awakening you do away with fiddle-faddle. It can be that simple. Always attempt to separate from the body upon an awakening where you happen to not have moved physically. If you master this simple trick to reach the desired state, renowned and experienced oneironauts such as Stephen LaBerge and Michael Raduga have nothing on you! With this shortcut, you avoid having to employ techniques that make the transition into the phase long-winded.
But let's say the separation attempt fails you. Let's say you physically moved from the very beginning upon your awakening. In this case, start performing three types of techniques that encourage the emergence of sensations in your mind. Make sure each technique differs from one another in that each of them is specific in the kind of sensation they might produce. For example, technique "A" is for visualisation; technique "B" is for listening in; and technique "C" is for phantom wiggling (wiggling a part of the dream body).
Cycle through these techniques in succession, spending only a minimum of five seconds on each and not much longer than this. If after four cycles of these techniques no sensations arise (such as images, sounds, vibrations etc.), fall asleep with intention.
At the next awakening, you can attempt separation if there is no physical movement, and, if that fails, proceed to cycling through indirect techniques once again. If one of the techniques yields results, focus on it and forget the others. Persist with the one that happens to be working and start to amplify whatever sensation has arisen - this could be anything from strange images, sounds, vibrations, or even the involuntary movement of a part of the phantom body. Once you have succeeded in amplifying the sensation, try to leave the body again. If successful, you're in a fully fledged phase state (out-of-body experience/lucid dreaming).
If not, ask yourself if a minute has passed. If it has, fall asleep with intention in order to yet again catch the next awakening. Who knows, because of this exercise, you may even find yourself fully conscious in a dream, in which case there is no need to wake up in order to separate because you are already in the phase. If you think a minute isn't up yet, go back to amplifying the sensation. If you can't amplify it, ask yourself if a minute is up (again). If it is, fall asleep, catch the next awakening, and follow the same procedure.
The other method is the "direct" one which is harder and requires no prior sleep. It's achievable but the novice should master the indirect one first. The direct method is essentially the same as the indirect one but minutes, rather than seconds, are spent on each technique as you cycle through them. This is a requirement due to different physiological and psychological conditions in which this method is performed. Once again, the novice should avoid the direct method. Like the indirect method, this more challenging version of the application of techniques is more effective if deferred.
If a practitioner manages to enter the phase within 5 minutes of an awakening, after having moved, then he has not breached the indirect method. If the individual is up for longer than 5 minutes, however, and then returns to bed and succeeds in inducing the phase state, he has succeeded in doing so directly. They are both variations of the OOBE/WILD method but may also lead to dream consciousness after falling asleep with intention. This is what is referred to as a DILD (dream-initiated Lucid dream).
There are various ways of doing this such as getting up, levitation, spinning, climbing a rope, sinking into the bed, or even swimming away from the perceived physical stencil. I tend to just get out of bed these days. Sometimes I float out. But when I was a beginner, I found that the 'rolling over and out' technique particularly facilitating. This can be done without tensing muscles. In my case, I found that it was easier to start from the head as I found that the rest of the perceived body tends to easily follow the turning motion.
Now, the diagram to make it easier for everyone to understand what I have just stated above:
What you want is the shortcut that goes straight from "awakening" to "The Phase". You want to avoid the cycling through techniques part. That should only be done lest separation upon awakening fails.
Chances are that you will encounter a replica (often inaccurate) of your bedroom or the place where you are inducing the phase state. But this doesn't matter because you can always translocate to other environments from that illusory home environment.
If you nail that shortcut, as shown in the diagram, you need nothing else. You wouldn't need to worry about reading essays purporting to describe the most effective methods. Yes, the essays do give good advice, even cosmic's plagiarised version known as SSILD, but there is a 'secret' that gurus who make a living out of teaching or promoting courses wouldn't want you to know: the separation upon awakening shortcut. In my case, about 8 times out of 10 I manage to enter the phase this way. It's that effective. You don't even have to think about it or that you may be doing something wrong. Just do it. Like a robot. Worry about the result you get later. If it feels like you just got up physically, don't dismay. Treat it like it is the phase and it most likely is.
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