Trying to knock books off a bookshelf

March 21, 2009

This may sound more crazy than any of my posts so far, but here’s what I’m thinking:

After a friend gave me a hard time the other night about some of the things I’ve said and written, I told him, “You know what, next time I have an OBE, I’m coming to see YOU”. I was joking, because I don’t think it’s a good idea to try to do that to anyone who isn’t a willing participant, but it instantly struck something in me.

I remembered that Robert Monroe (The Monroe Institute) wrote in his first book, Journeys Out of the Body, that one time when he had an out of body experience, he visited a woman — his secretary I think — and wanted to do something so she would know that he visited her. So, when he was visiting what he thought was her physical body while he was having an out of body experience (OBE), he decided to pinch her. Only he didn’t know how hard to pinch her, so to make sure he did it right, he pinched her really hard.

Some time later he was talking to her in the physical world, and asked if she remembered anything in particular from that night when he had the OBE. She thought about it for a moment, then said she had to show him something, and she showed him a bruise right in the area where he had pinched her.

Getting back to my situation, what I’ve decided to do is something similar: The next time I have an OBE, I want to try to interact with the physical world. Because I often relax in a reclining chair in my living room, what I want to do is try to do something closer: I want to try to knock at least one of my books off a bookshelf in the living room. Not a bookshelf right next to me, but one that’s about 10-12 feet away.

My thinking is that if I can do this, either the feeling of success in the OBE, or the noise from the book hitting the floor will wake me up right away.

Suffice it to say, if I can ever do this successfully, you can count on me to give up my day job and pursue this the rest of my life.

I wish Mr. Monroe were alive these days. I’d really like to know why he quit exploring the physical world. He did some really interesting things in the explorations he decided to pursue, but me, I’m only interested in staying near the physical world.

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