Muldoon, Sylvan - Stages in separation OOB
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Projection of the Astral Body – Muldoon and Carrington 1929
Presently the subject will realize that he cannot move; and if he wishes to produce the projection he must have no desire to move physically, but must think of rising into the air. But he cannot try to move up into the air by trying to use effort ; for this would interfere with the power which actually moves the body. At this time one merely lies quiet, without emotion, and thinks of moving upward.
The subject will feel as if he weighed a ton, as if he were glued down to the bed. Eventually, he will feel as if this " glue," holding him down has lost its adhesiveness, and that he is like a balloon, when the anchor is disconnected ; he begins to move upward. Then the floating sensation is present, because the astral body really is floating. The subject must lie perfectly calm enjoying the sensation of floating, and thinking only of moving upward and outward. He will be cataleptic, as a rule, until after the power has moved him outside cord -activity range, but he becomes free from catalepsy – sometimes (after the body has uprighted) when within cord-activity range.
But he never becomes free from catalepsy while the body is in the horizontal position -- he could not and remain horizontal.
All the time, within cord-activity range, the subject can feel the heart's pulsations in the back of his head, and there will almost always be present, in some form or other, the eccentricities which you have studied and which will manifest within the range. Once outside the range of cord-activity, the phantom is free, and is possessed of the most indescribable agility and exhilaration…………
When the sense of hearing first begins to manifest, the sounds seem far away. When the eyes first begin to see, everything seems blurred and whitish. Just as the sounds become more distinct, so does the sense of sight become clearer and clearer. There is a spot, just out of coincidence, in which, as the phantom passes upward through it, the consciousness seems to fade out to some extent ; then radiate back to normal again.
I have noticed this every time. Just as the astral body leaves the physical, the consciousness grows dim for an instant; then comes again back again - like an electric-bulb growing dim for an interval, then again becoming bright. This spot is the place where it is most difficult to hold consciousness; and, remember, it is very close to coincidence; it is in the zone of quietude.
Producing an entirely conscious projection of the astral body is a very delicate and difficult feat, and usually one's attempt will be unsuccessful, unless his physical body is in the most profound state of " incapacity," and his emotions are absolutely calm.