Fox, Oliver - The difficulties of maintaining the OOB state
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
A Record of Out of the Body Experiences – Oliver Fox
For I had not actually been to sleep, but was only in a drowsy condition, when I discovered that I could see through my closed eyes. It was as though I had an inner pair which had suddenly opened. This meant that, when conditions were favourable, it was possible to pass into the trance condition without the intervening dream and that one could experiment at any time and not only the rare occasions when the critical faculty had been kept awake in a dream.
I was to find, however, that both methods [lucid dreaming and total relaxation] were equally difficult; for, though the initial stages of the trance were easily induced; the very slightest disturbance was sufficient to break the condition before it had become sufficiently deep to allow of separation.