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Scott Rogo. Scott Rogo serves on the graduate faculty of John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California. He has written some 20 books on the paranormal, and he is a consulting editor for Fate magazine.
Questions about having a soul that would survive death were once vital to people in our society. Most people, educated and uneducated alike, believed some part of themselves would survive death.
Today the word soul is seldom mentioned in educated circles, and the whole idea of soul is treated like a remnant from more primitive times, a psychological compensation that might have been needed when life was more uncertain, brutal, and ignorant, but which is certainly unnecessary to enlightened people of our day. It is true that the idea of a soul can be used as a way of avoiding the realities of life, but then any idea can be used in that way.
If we really do have some sort of soul that may survive death, the consequences are enormous for how we view ourselves and others and for how we want to live our lives. Aside from the strange psychological uses people have put the idea of soul to, what are the facts about the idea of soul?
You can study the history of the concept of soul, what people have thought about it, the derivation of the word soul, and you can reason about how the concept of soul does or does not make sense, As Roger Bacon, one of the founders of science, said, though, There are two modes of knowing: through argument and experience.
Argument brings conclusions and compels us to concede them, but does not cause certainty nor remove doubts in order that the mind may remain at rest in truth, unless this is provided by experience. Fundamentally, the basis of the concept of soul is not an idea , but an experience. Thousands, if not millions, of people alive today have had the experience of existing outside the space of their physical bodies for a brief period and experiencing this separated state as real , not as a dream or imaginary experience.
A typical consequence of such an out-of-the-body experience is on the order of "I no longer believe that I have a soul, or that some part of me will survive death, I know it! One of the most satisfying accomplishments of my career has been that my experimental studies of a talented out-of-body experiencer, Miss Z, helped to initiate a new era of scientific studies of out-of-the-body experiences see Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research , , pp.
She was able to produce an OBE for me in my laboratory as I monitored her brain waves and other physiological functions. We want direct, personal experience. That is where this book will be very helpful. Scott Rogo has done us all a great service by collecting sets of techniques which may induce out-of-the-body experiences in many people.
By extensive search through a literature that is unknown to most people, Rogo has collected, analyzed, and distilled the essences of a variety of psychological techniques that may lead to out-of-the-body experiences. There is no other book like this one in covering such potentially valuable material, and in being so sensible in covering material that is easily sensationalized.
Suppose you diligently practice one or more of the techniques in this book? Suppose it works? One night you find yourself free of your physical body, obviously alive and conscious, no longer limited by the boundaries of physical existence: what then? A great adventure awaits! Astral projection, the ability to leave the body at will, is a phenomenon that has long fascinated the general public.
Not only are books on the subject popular best-sellers, but many people have long clamored for information about how the experience can be induced and learned. As some one who has been a student of the subject for many years, I am still constantly amazed at the number of requests I get for this type of information. If the general public has long searched for this information, a number of organizations have amassed fortunes by profiteering from this interest.
The most visible of these is the Eckankar organization, founded in California in the s by the late Paul Twitchell. Twitchell who relied heavily on ghost-writers wrote several tracts on his out-of-body adventures and the Eckankar movement built up around him. Unfortunately, the Eckankar people have never published any hard core data demonstrating that their techniques work.
These techniques—which range from meditation, to mantra yoga, to imagery exercises—are, however, part and parcel of traditional astral projection lore and probably do work for at least some people.
Over the years I have received many letters from disciples of the movement who claim they have learned to induce out-of-body experiences through these teachings. Since these methods are pretty basic and are not unique to the Eckankar movement, however, it hardly seems worthwhile for anyone to dish out large sums of money in order to procure them.
Another organization that has been quick to capitalize on the public interest in astral projection is the American Research Team in Beverly Hills, California. Despite its impressive title, the Team is actually nothing more than an agency that sells a tape of electronic sounds that they claim induces out-of-body experiences.
The group maintains that they have evidence that their tape works, but have yet to make any such documentation public. When I first heard the tape, in fact, I was serving on the editorial staff of Psychic magazine and quipped to my editors that the tape made you want to leave the body to escape from it!
The editors had turned the tape over to me because they wanted my advice on whether or not we should run an ad for it. My advice was that the ad was misleading.
The promoters claimed that anyone could have an out-of-body experience by merely listening to the tape, but they could offer no substantiation in this regard. Techniques on leaving the body have also been taught by several so-called mind-dynamics organization such as Silva Mind Control and the various spin-offs spawned by this very popular program. These attempts to commercialize the existence of procedures for inducing out-of-body travel were a guiding force in my desire to produce a complete yet inexpensive guide to the genuine procedures.
My second reason for writing this book comes from my personal interest in the out-of-body experience. I began studying parapsychology seriously while still a teenager. When I first read about astral projection, I decided that this was something I wanted to learn how to do! I waded through scores of books on the subject, hoping to find some magic formula that would make the practice easy and reliable.
What resulted was over two years of experimentation with various systems, and I was more than gratified when I had my first out-of-body experience one summer day in This initial incident was the first of many I had over the next two years, and sporadically until this day.
It was during these two years that I learned to partially control and even induce these strange journeys of the mind. So to some extent, I was indeed able to learn how to induce out-of-body travel. Since I have never considered myself particularly psychic, there is no reason not to believe that anyone can learn to induce the experience on his or her own. My interest in learning to leave the body was renewed in when I was offered a visiting research consultantship with the Psychical Research Foundation in Durham, North Carolina.
The P. Keith Harary, a gifted Duke student, who could induce these experiences at will. Since Mr. Harary could leave the body while remaining awake, I became most interested in the procedures he was using to make his dramatic exits. I had many discussions with him on the subject. Once again I found myself asking him many questions about just how he did it. Gradually I began codifying all this information. How do these techniques compare and contrast?
Does one particular procedure work better than any other? Is astral projection like a skill that one learns to control through practice, trial and error? These were many of the issues I began thinking about. This book is therefore devoted to several different systems which allegedly help one leave the body. I am not saying that all of them work. But some evidence does exist showing that each of these techniques will probably work for some people.
Because of the controversial nature of these techniques, each of the main chapters of this book will be divided into three major sections. In the first section I will explain how each procedure was devised and the rationale behind it. After explaining the actual technique in as much detail as possible, I will critically evaluate each system and cite any pertinent evidence I know of that the system either works or does not.
As I mentioned earlier, most of these techniques probably will work for a limited number of individuals. Some people may find one particular method works, while others may have success with several of them. Yet even others may find that none of them work. It should be continually emphasized, in this regard, that the key word to this volume is responsibility. No outrageous promises can be made, nor do I make them. Nor could I sanction any particular method of out-of-body induction.
Y , U. Johnson is reprinted by permission of Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London. Quotations from Richard A. Greene—are reprinted by permission of Next Step Publications, P.
Box , Nashua, New Hampshire Portions of Chapter One originally appeared as the article Psychiatry Investigates OBEs in the April issue of Fate and are adopted here by special permission of the editors. You come home, nearly doze off in front of the television set, then wander down the hall and plop on your bed expecting to fall asleep in an instant. But—suddenly and mysteriously—you find yourself paralyzed. Gushing sounds fill your ears.
Bright flashes of light flicker under your closed eyelids. Then you feel as if you are beginning to float. A moment later, you open your eyes and find yourself hovering above your body.
You are floating in the air! You are able to examine your physical body and everything else in the room from this viewpoint and independent perspective.
Your mind seems totally released from the confines of the body and you feel a freedom and expanded sense of awareness you have never experienced before.
But just as you are beginning to orient yourself to this new and novel state of being, you have a momentary blackout. Within a fraction of a second, you awake back inside your body. If this has ever happened to you, you are not alone. The experience may have been frightening, transcendent, or merely puzzling.
But it was not unique. Millions of people have undergone this strange adventure, which has been variously called astral projection, out-of-body travel, ESP projection, and a host of other things.
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Leaving the Body : A Practical Guide to Astral Projection
Scott Rogo. Scott Rogo serves on the graduate faculty of John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California. He has written some 20 books on the paranormal, and he is a consulting editor for Fate magazine. Questions about having a soul that would survive death were once vital to people in our society. Most people, educated and uneducated alike, believed some part of themselves would survive death.
Seven Steps to your first Out-Of-Body Experience
One of the chief barriers people learning to project face is fear. Many are afraid that they may die, or be harmed in some way as a result of their projection. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Canterbury Institute, renowned for its occult studies, executed an experiment in projection involving over 2, people. None of them were hurt in any way by this, and now, three years later, none have complained of any newly arising problems. Once you are aware that you cannot be harmed by projecting, you should begin Monroe's techniques, step by step.