The Phase

onsite2.JPG I am all “wee-wee’d up” about a recent discovery I made in researching OBE’s. This guy to the left is from Russia and his name is Michael Raduga. He is a master OBEr, “Founder of the School of Out-of-Body Travel”,  travelling lecturer, and get this………………………………

He does not believe that OBEs are real. He thinks they are all “in ones mind”. This is the first person I have ever heard of who has really mastered this thing and come to the conclusion that it is all in his mind. He states on his website that for the first two years he explored the OBE state he was convinced it was proof of the afterlife. After two years, and after doing all sorts of experimentation he came to the personal conclusion that it *probably* is not. He seems to be open to the possibility that there may be something of consciousness that may be out of body, but he refers to his classic OBE states as “simulations”. Meetings with deceased loved ones? “Simulations”. Visitations by extraterrestrials? “Simulations”. He believes that NDEs, alien abduction and all the rest are identical “simulations”.  Needless to say, he can’t see target locations or items.

Funny just a day or two ago I wrote that I have never heard of someone who was adept at this who didn’t believe it. Now I have.

This guy comes across as sharp as a tack. Unfortunately, I think that he might have the wrong business plan. If he wants to sell books and lectures he needs to say “this is all REAL!!!!”

You can view his website or read the excellent online book he has written:

“The practice of phase states of the mind is the hottest and most promising pursuit of the modern age. Unlike in the past, the notions of “out-of-body travel” and “astral projection” have already lost their mystical halo, and their real basis has been studied in minute detail from the most non-nonsense approach.”

Recently I have found myself trying to come up with materialistic explanations for the claims of NDErs seeing things accurately out of body. I find myself seriously asking “how did Mrs. Z cheat exactly?”. We have only a few possibilities as follows:

a.) All OBEs are mental simulations and have nothing to do with the observable world. All accounts of veridical sight are fabricated, embellished or fraudulent.

b.) OBEs are generally just hyper-realistic dreams, but there is a certain psi component that occasionally allows one to see the physical environment clearly, like miss Z, Maria and her shoe, Pim van Lommel’s denture patient,  Pam Reynolds, etc.

c.) dream state OBEs are dreams and death state OBEs are real.

What else? I find c almost impossible to believe because very many NDE OBEs are described identically as sleep state OBEs with roaring sounds, popping out of the head and so on. One possibility is that the emotional vibrancy and alertness surrounding the death experience enhances clarity and increases the focus and likelihood that the experiencer actually sees something in the environ clearly. It could be that someone like miss Z is an exceptionally rare person who can actually see. I doubt it. Seems that the odds of Charles Tart’s random baby sitter somehow just happens to be the only person ever to live who can actually verify the act of seeing out of body is either an astronomically improbable event, a miracle designed by the powers on high who intentionally made sure she disappeared, or a bunch of bullshit. I suspect the latter, strongly.

As for the letter choices, I am so very tempted to go with a. But a handful of accounts seem so compelling that I can’t completely give up the possibility that some aspect of it is real. I suppose when Sam Parnia converts to atheism in a year or two after his study is published, we will be closer to an answer.

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2 Responses to “The Phase”

  1. I always discover things late… as your article was posted in 2009… Anyway I came to your blog while researching Michael Raduga and his Phase. After years of wanting to do and control OOBE’s, having experienced them throughout life, I began to look into specific techniques. What holds me back is the silly matter of being too sleepy upon going to bed, or even napping. Mr. Raduga’s techniques of making attempts after a six-hour sleep period worked for me on the second try. I am impressed that a simple reschedule can have such a dramatic success. Anyway, not sure if you tried any of this yourself, just wanted you to know it worked for me.

    • Aaron was the author of the article, but thanks for your comment. We haven’t been posting here in years. Here’s something to consider:

      “REM sleep typically occupies 20–25% of total sleep in adult humans: about 90–120 minutes of a night’s sleep. The first REM episode occurs about 70 minutes after falling asleep. Cycles of about 90 minutes each follow, with each cycle including a larger proportion of REM sleep.”

      After six hours my first thought is that the sleep cycle is primed for deep REM sleep. If OBEs are ‘Lucid Dreams’, then it would make sense that you would much more easily have your OBE/Lucid Dream during this time.

      None of this by the way, supports or refutes non-local consciousness — just interesting.

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