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Thomas Campbell Meditation Triggers Spontaneous OOBE

May 3rd, 2010

I started my journey for spiritual growth about 1.5 years ago. From the beginning I have intuitively known that I need to quiet the incessant cacophony in my head to make any real progress. This has been a real challenge with so much work all the time. I have been searching for a practical meditation technique that only retains the active components needed to be effective without any added nonsense. The Buddhist meditation was close but didn’t totally connect with my personality.

I am not going to claim success, because I just don’t have enough experience with this technique to do that however I do know that Thomas Campbell’s meditation technique showed some positive results last night on the first try. I really liked when he said that humanity is just a wrinkle in the fabric of consciousness and by using a simple mantra we can create enough background noise to remove the wrinkles leaving only pure consciousness. He has a way with words that I can relate to. Eckhart Tolle almost had me there but not quite. The funny part is that I have been saying all along that the mantra itself didn’t matter but I missed a vital component.  I think the key was that I was using real words that were attached to meanings and that was creating thoughts. Last night for the first time I used an alternating mantra of sounds with no meanings. Each manta contained 5 syllables with only the third syllable changing which created resonate meaningless complex sounds which I kept coming back to anytime thoughts would arise.

I went to bed tired at about 10:30 PM and put on my headphones and started listening to Brain Sync Dream Wave Meditation to block out background noise and then started the mantra ah-lum-bar-dee-dum – ah-lum-baa-dee-dum over and over.Within 10 minutes all I could hear in my head was bar-baa bar-baa. 10 minutes after that all physical sensory perception was gone and I was a single point of consciousness floating in 3d blackness. I could feel a surge of energy flowing through my body and my heart felt like it was racing prior to this. I ended the meditation session and went to sleep.

I woke up at 2:30 AM itching and could not seem to go back to sleep so I got up and went to the restroom and then came back to bed and listened to some random music for a few minutes until I started getting sleepy again. I put on Brain Sync – Brain Massage this time and started the mantra again. I fell asleep within a few minutes.

Around 4:00 PM I woke up in vibrations and instinctively exited my body and was standing in front of my house in the dark. I must have teleported there. This was the first OOBE followed by 2 more. The first one was interesting and I will just say that I was creating my surroundings just by thinking about what I wanted. I will not get into too many details. I had a second OOBE but I can’t actually remember what happened, only that it occurred.

The third OOBE was the most interesting of the three. I was standing on the top of some building that stood alone in some remote country landscape at daybreak. I was thinking to myself about how I had always wanted to project into space. I figured I would give it a try. I thought about flying into space and instantly was projected upward at and incredible speed and stopped at an unknown altitude in complete darkness. With my mind I asked to see the cosmos and suddenly at what appeared like an altitude of about +50º to my right appeared the Milky Way Galaxy with the Moon sitting in front of it. I was so crystal clear and beautiful that I can’t even describe it. I found myself back in waking awareness right after this and then went back to sleep  and had no other experiences.

I would like to point out that if you are going to use Thomas Campbell’s technique for meditation then you will need to read his trilogy My Big TOE. Although I explained his technique above, there is a lot of reading material that leads up to that technique and prepares you for how to effectively use the technique. The main part is adjusting the attitude. Like I said, Eckhart Tolle get’s very close to the exact same message but comes across in a slightly less direct manner. Thomas Campbell is a nuclear physicist and is one of the main guys that helped Robert Monroe invent Hemi-Sync and start the Monroe Institute. He was also one of the main players participating in their exploration of consciousness.  It’s no surprise to me that the technique worked so well.

David Mathis Astral Projection, Meditation, Progress, Techniques , , , , , , , , , , ,

My First Kundalini Yoga Experience

March 4th, 2009

I have been itching to try yoga for the last 2 years and after much research and thinking about it I have decided that kundalini yoga is the style for me. My decision was based on the fact that kundalini deals with the chakras and life force energy and my goal is to ultimately get in better shape and raise energy levels and awareness.

I attended my first class at the Yoga Yoga studio here in Austin at the Westgate location. I didn’t go to a beginners series because apparently I like jumping in the deep end without a life preserver and because the teacher of the particular class has great credentials. His name is Gurudev Singh and he has trained with Yogi Bhajan for over 25 years.

The class started off with a quick meditation and a centering where we repeated a mantra several times. I tried very hard to remember this mantra but I just don’t remember it. I think it may have been ONG NAMO, GURU DEV NAMO. I will make sure to have the teacher write it down next time.

The next 30 minutes of the class was spent on core strengthening and breathing exercises. I must admit that this got the best of me. I did the best I could and gave it a valiant effort nevertheless. The breathing technique called ‘Breath of Fire’ was very foreign to me and difficult to say the least. It’s a very quick in and out breathing that accompanies each physical exercise and is not natural at all. I made it through the hard part and then we did some relaxing and stretching and moved on to meditation.

The meditation was much the same as the Buddhist meditation that I practiced over the weekend however we were instructed to focus on anything we wanted rather than only breathing. The goal was to always bring the focus back to whatever object we had our focus on. There were three separate meditations and each one progressed to deeper meditation and they were separated by another new type of breathing. We had to breath in 4 times and then out 4 times followed by a very deep breath in and then and exhale which lead into the meditation. The meditation seemed to have lasted about 30 minutes and then we did a closing set of mantras and the class ended.

Did anything odd happen? Yes! There was something very strange that happened during the meditation and I have no idea how this is even possible. When I closed my eyes during the meditation I was still able to see the people in the room around me meditating. The sight was not crystal clear like normal vision but instead it was similar to looking at an object that’s sitting against a bright background for a long time without moving your eyes and then closing your eyes and seeing the outline of the object. The only difference was that I saw more than an outline, I saw pale shades of the actual colors that they were wearing and this “sight without eyes” lasted for the entire meditation.. I asked the teacher about this after the class and he simply told me to observe but not to analyze or get caught up in it. I found that very hard to do in this instance. I have observed this same phenomenon right before projecting but I felt much more relaxed while projecting so this time didn’t make very much sense.

In conclusion, I think that this meditation will be effective in the future when my breath and physical shape improves but during this class I was simply not up to the challenge. I believe that this practice may help to condition my body and mind for Astral Projection. Overall it was a great learning experience and I definitely learned that I am out of shape and that I don’t know how to breath :) .

David Mathis Yoga , , , ,

Vibrational State Reached Using Shamatha Meditation

March 2nd, 2009

I have not achieved the out of body state in a few weeks due to pain and drugs associated with the  extraction of my lower wisdom teeth. The pain has now been gone and I have been trying for the last week to Astral Project.

Last night I decided that I would apply some of the Shamatha Meditation techniques I learned over the weekend for Astral Projection. The two seem so alike that I can’t help but suspect that they are the same exact thing under different names. In fact I found myself sitting in a group of people in the Buddhist temple meditating and thinking to myself, “This is just another  technique for achieving the out of body state”.

I went to bed and fell asleep with no problem at about 11:00 PM while listening to Fleetwood Mac and John Lennon. I woke at 4:00 PM, had my bathroom break and then returned to bed. I ran the mantra “I am now out of body” through my head for about 10 minutes and then my mind and body fell into sleep. I then woke back up around 6:00 AM. This time I began using the “focus on breathing” technique used in  Shamatha Meditation. Random thoughts would enter my mind and I would gently return focus to breathing. The pattern repeated itself 3 more times and then I fell into a shallow sleep and almost lost consciousness but was able to return my focus back to my breathing. 1 more minute passed and the vibrations hit me but it was 6:30 AM, time for work!

I may try this technique again, but as I mentioned in previous posts, I don’t think it really matters what you’re focused on as long as you keep focused on something.

I would be interested to hear if anyone else happens to see the similarities between Shamatha Meditation and Astral Projection.

David Mathis Astral Projection, Meditation , , , ,

Shamatha Meditation

February 28th, 2009
Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit the Shambhala Meditation Center here is Austin. The center was established in 1976 and offers classes on meditation and Shambhala Buddhism which is a form of Western Buddhism. I made several new friends and had my first lesson in Shamatha Meditation.
During the visit there was a an initial focus on the history of Shambhala Buddhism and then 70% of the 2 hours was focused on Shamatha Meditation, what meditation is, what it isn’t and then about 15 minutes of actual meditation as a group.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit the Shambhala Meditation Center here is Austin. The center was established in 1976 and offers classes on meditation and Shambhala Buddhism which is a form of Western Buddhism. I made several new friends and had my first lesson in Shamatha Meditation.

During the visit there was a an initial focus on the history of Shambhala Buddhism and then 70% of the 2 hours was focused on Shamatha Meditation, what meditation is, what it isn’t and then about 15 minutes of actual meditation as a group.

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In Buddhism, there are two types of meditation: Shamatha and Vipassana. Shamatha is single pointed meditation. Vipassana is an analytic form of meditation. These 2 meditations have to be cultivated in sequence. Shamatha meditation first, and then Vipassana. Although, the individual need not to have fully accomplished the Shamatha meditation, he must have proper experience of Shamatha meditation in order to embark on Vipassana. Without having any experience of Shamatha meditation, then practice of Vipassana meditation is ineffective.

Shamatha meditation helps to free the mind from disturbing emotions and conceptual thinking processes. It brings the mind under control, under discipline, with some degree of single pointed focus, with full alertness of mind. By doing this meditation, the individual is able to suppress disturbing emotions and gain inner peace, harmony and balance.

Vipassana meditation directly helps to pull out the seeds or imprints that are left in our psyche by these manifest emotional defilements and distorted thoughts so that disturbing emotions and thoughts will never reoccur. It brings unchanging and everlasting inner peace, joy and harmony.

The very purpose of Shamatha meditation is not just to feel good for a period of time but to give birth to deeper levels of understanding, of wisdom. So that individuals can see the ultimate reality of phenomena and are able to go beyond ordinary perceptions. Shamatha meditation cuts through ordinary appearances and the confusion between our concepts and reality.

Now, how to engage in Shamatha meditation and what exactly one is doing while sitting and meditating? When sitting in meditation, one is sitting in motionless body and motionless mind. Sitting in motionless body is not difficult. Sitting in motionless mind is not easy because our ordinary mind is so undisciplined and so oriented, or drawn, towards external stimulation. It is very hard to bring the mind to rest and calm with no single wave of thought or thinking process. Although one can bring mind to rest or calm for a short time, our mind can remain blank, or numb, with no sense of freshness and alertness. Thus, one forgets the object of meditation and mind will be influenced by drowsiness, excitement, or wandering. Therefore, it is really not easy for us to live in motionless mind, even during the meditation period.

In brief, Shamatha meditation is the state of single pointed mind, characterized by perfect mental stability and mental clarity, having some degree of freshness within the mind. Mental clarity can only come when the mind becomes free from sluggishness, drowsiness, haziness, cloudiness, numbness and blankness. Mental stability will only come when the mind becomes free from excitement, agitation, manic thoughts and addiction to wandering aimlessly with no definite destination.

Mental drowsiness and excitement are the two obstacles out of the six obstacles of shamatha meditation that we are going to discuss next time. Every human being is fully qualified to practice Shamatha meditation no matter who we are, no matter what kind of culture we come from.

What causes us to fail at perfecting this form of meditation is laziness, forgetfulness, lack of interest, and not being able to see the positive benefits of Shamatha meditation. The reason we are not interested in meditation is that we think of material comforts, luxuries are the best things in life. We are so consumed by the needs and many demands of this life that we become slaves of material comforts. But in fact, material comforts and luxuries are not the best things in our life because life is temporary. We have a lot of fear and worry concerning material comforts. Material comforts really fool us and mislead us in many ways. If we are sincerely able to see the way material comforts effect us then we can sit in meditation without grasping at what may be the end result of our meditation.

During the meditation there was verbal guidance which provided the key techniques that must be followed to achieve success. I would like to go over the things I experienced during the meditation and touch on the parts that I feel are important and how I think they tie directly into Astral Projection.

The first thing we focused on was posture and position. I feel that this is vital for this type of meditation but maybe not for astral projection. The posture was a seated position with legs crossed and sitting slightly lower than the hip. The back must remain straight but comfortable with the ears positioned directly above the shoulders. The arms hang straight down with the hands resting palm down on the knees or thighs. I was not able to get perfectly comfortable in this position however I have terrible posture so I expect this to improve with time.

The next step was relaxing the body. This step is vital for this type of meditation and for astral projection. We moved through each part of the body relaxing each until the entire body was relaxed. This is the exact same thing I do each night while preparing to project and it’s a prerequisite and one of the first steps you will hear on Robert Monroe’s “Gateway Experience” CDs. You must be relaxed for meditation or astral projection to work.

The last and very important step in my opinion was the focus on breath. The goal is to be still and focus all attention on breath with no expectations. When you do this thoughts will naturally arise and when they do, you neither cling to them or push them away, but rather acknowledge and observe them and return your focus to breath. Inner peace can be achieved if you are able to successfully do this. This step is interesting to me because it’s one of the main techniques I use when astral projecting except I focus on a place or object rather than breath. This technique is presented in William Bulhman’s book “Adventures Beyond the Body: How to Experience Out-of-Body Travel”.

In conclusion. I feel that Shamatha Meditation and astral projection are very similar (if not the same) and that by practicing both I should be able to achieve inner peace and astral projection quicker. The two practices complimant each other and I suggest that those of you who are attempting astral projection without practicing meditation add meditation to your lifesytle.

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