Perhaps you're doing the same with your tests? You really need to stop, focus your mind towards something around you, or on you... and then begin the test. My usual test, that hasn't failed yet is really simple... just looking at my hands. As I look at them, they begin to melt.
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"Since the cessation of the phase experience may be simulated and no different in terms of perception from a real exit, differences between the physical world and the phase world must be actively discerned. In other words, a practitioner must know how to determine whether a genuine phase exit has occurred. At present, only one experiment is known almost to guarantee an accurate result. The phase space cannot withstand prolonged close visual attention to the minute details of objects. Within several seconds of acute examination, shapes begin to distort, objects change color, produce smoke, melt, or morph in other ways. After exiting the phase, look at a small object from a distance of four to six inches, and remain focused on it for 10 seconds. If the object does not change, a practitioner can be assured that the surroundings are reality. If an object is somehow distorted or askew, a practitioner knows that the phase is intact. The simplest option is to look at the tip of the finger since it is always close at hand. It is also possible to take a book and examine its text. Text in the phase will either blur or appear as alphabetical gibberish, or be full of incomprehensible symbols."
- Techniques Against False Awakenings: page 307/8
Through research, we have also found this out about the "pinched nose reality check" and its effectiveness:
By the way, we use the term "phase" or "phase state" for out-of-body experiences/lucid dreaming.
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