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Outside The Box: Out-Of-Body Experience Stories

By Susan Austin Taylor

Astral projection is a facet of the human experience recorded throughout our written history as far back as images on the walls of caves and rock faces.  I’m convinced that as infants, we all projected out of our bodies on a regular basis,  just to escape the feeling of confinement upon entering our physical bodies.

Why we lose conscious ability to do this, I’m uncertain. I only know that it stayed with me, first to my dismay and later to my  delight.  When I learned to control it and choose my experiences, I had great fun and a lot of adventures in what I call “otherwhere.”  Coming back into my physical body after theses experiences, I almost always felt energized and at peace.

Until I was an adult, I had no idea that other people were having out of body experiences as well.  The first book I ever read on astral projection was Journeys Out Of The Body by Robert Monroe.   I began to read many books on the subject, and to speak to people who either had been out there or knew of it.  Some  of the methods I read about or heard about were  new to me, but most were variations of my own techniques.

Actually, my techniques were simply games I had made up and played when I was a child.  All of the games involved imagination, employing as much sensory awareness as I could muster.  I am always trying new methods and some of them are more involved than my childhood games.  Everything doesn’t always go smoothly, however, and I share a few these experiences whenever I speak on this subject because I want others to learn from my mistakes.

One day, I was creating my “astral twin,” and I was just beginning to try to transfer my consciousness into it, when the telephone rang.  I had forgotten to turn the phone off.  Startled and shaken, I got up quickly to answer it with no thought at all for the astral double still floating around.  My son, Lucas, had missed the bus home after class and the county high school was nearly twenty-five miles away.

While reaching for my car keys, my mom phoned and, when I told her where I was going, said she’d like to go along for the ride.  After driving for nearly fifteen minutes I came to a familiar stop sign at the intersection of two highways.  I never stopped.  I slowed down slightly and turned left onto the highway.  Luckily, there  was no oncoming traffic but my mom said, “Didn’t you see that stop sign?”  I knew this road well. I remember actually saying, “ I don’t know what’s wrong with me.  I don’t feel like I’m all here.”  I felt tired and disoriented.  Later that evening, at home, I remembered the “double” exercise and began the process of pulling the astral substance back into myself.  I felt bad for days afterward.

A couple of days after this occurred, my best friend called me on the phone. She hadn’t called since the morning before this experience, which was unusual because we usually talked several times a day.  “Are you mad at me?” she asked. “No.  Why?” I replied.  She said she had come my home to visit two days before and was upset because I came to the door but wouldn’t open it or answer her when she called out.  I told her where I was at that time but she said she clearly saw me walk from the hallway over to the door.  When I asked her what I was wearing, she correctly described the clothes I had worn that day.  She had seen my astral double!  This thing was walking around my house and trying to open the door for company!  That’s how real this is and how serious it is to bring this double back into your physical body when you’ve finished the exercise!

Spontaneous astral projection is an interesting occurrence.  There have been many reports from soldiers in combat zones who have seen their wives or a loved one appear before them.  It  occurs during long periods of separation and for family members living far away from each other. The need to be near their loved one is so great that they just involuntarily project out of their body and go to them.  This type of astral travel belongs to a category called the urgent need or the pressing need and can be very useful in learning to get out of the body.

I once “popped in” on my husband, a commercial diver, as he was traveling a short distance to a job site.  He’d just bought a new pair of deck shoes a few days before.  I had asked him to wear his old pair of work shoes at the docks and on the boats and barges, where he frequently worked, because these places are usually muddy and oily.  As I began to project out that morning, and knowing my husband, I thought about those shoes. This was my silly, pressing need.  I quickly found myself hovering over and then going inside his pickup, looking down at his feet.  Sure enough, he’d worn the new shoes.  He called before he left the job site and, to his surprise, I scolded him for wearing those shoes.  When he returned home later that afternoon we had a good laugh about it.

While out of body, I’ve been at the scene of many accidents and disasters. So many, in fact, that I could never recall each event. Sitting beside the injured and dying, I do whatever is called for to help them.  I’ve kept a written account of approximately 25% of these experiences and the common thread running through all of them is the sense of joy and relief of the victims upon learning that they were no longer confined to a physical body!

This is my favorite kind of astral experience and I feel very fortunate every time.  So I work as a volunteer on the astral planes and teach astral projection techniques to others in  the physical plane, hoping that they, too, will be able to see this for themselves and to know, without a doubt, that we are immortal, spiritual beings.  For a while, we live here, in this world and in these physical bodies. But we are never more alive than after we leave this all behind.

Could You Be Living More Than One Life Right Now?

By Dick Sutphen

I have spent most of my career researching past lives. And yes, there are many people who think the concept is not possible. For example, some statisticians say that there are nearly as many people now living on the earth as the sum total of all the people who have ever lived. So there are not enough past lives to go around. In response, I’ll begin with a concept that’s difficult for many people to grasp: YOU ARE MORE THAN ONE PERSON NOW LIVING ON THE EARTH.

It was while I was writing and researching my book, You Were Born Again to Be Together, that I met Alex, who asked me to conduct hypnosis sessions. He had experienced several dreams in which he saw his wife Louise in an unfamiliar modern setting, but she looked different. Through hypnosis and working with a trance channel, we discovered that Louise, who lived in Phoenix, Arizona was also a woman named Mary who lived on a farm in Iowa.

The channeler who helped me investigate this case said, “There is a union between the two women in sleep and often the thoughts of one are known to the other, but are considered their own.”

Over time, lying side-by-side in sleep, couples tend to align their brainwave frequencies, which creates a psychic link. While dreaming, Alex was drawing images from his wife’s mind-images of her parallel-self in Iowa.

You Were Born Again To Be Together was published in April, 1976. In the fall of 1976, Jane Robert’s book of Seth channeling, Psychic Politics, was published. Now I didn’t see Jane’s manuscript and she didn’t see mine, but we were writing about the same thing. Seth said, “You can live more that one life in one time. You are neurological turned in to one particular field of actuality that you recognize.”

Here are a couple more excerpts from Psychic Politics:

SETH: If you could think of a multidimensional body existing at one time in different realities, and appearing differently within those realities, then you could get a glimpse of what is involved.

Here’s another:

SETH: You live more that one life at a time. You do not experience your century simply from one separate vantage point, and the individuals alive in any given century have far deeper connection than you realize. You do not experience your space-time world, then, from one but from many viewpoints.

Book Case Histories

The following is an interesting case history from You Were Born Again To Be Together:

Cherry Hartman, a psychiatric social worker for Lutheran Family Services, received answers to all of the questions I’d asked of my hypnotized seminar participants in a group parallel-life transference session. Instead of sharing lunch with the group, she spent her lunch hour on the phone attempting to verify shat she had learned in hypnosis. After lunch, Cherry shared what she found out.

She said, “In the parallel-life transfer, I went into a lifetime as James Arthur Phelps. I was an encyclopedia salesman and the year was 1963. I perceived the full address, city and state. My wife’s name was Jackie. I checked this out with the help of the telephone operator and found the address to be real, but there was no one by that name living there now. I was able to able to talk to a woman who lives a few houses away and she told me that a Phelps family had lived on the block ten years ago. Also, she verified the wife’s name.”

Were Cherry Hartman and James Arthur Phelps parallels-extensions of the same oversoul? I believe this so. I know Cherry believed this to be the case.

28-Year-Old Female:

A 28-year-old female seminar participant shared this story after her transfer session: “I went back or went over and found myself 12 years in the past. My name is Johanna Harris and I live in Peru. I’m a nurse, and the only way you can get to where I am is on a riverboat that brings supplies, which we get once a month. The village that I live in . . . grass type huts and there are four or five smaller ones for the individual people. My hobbies are the children of the village. I also go hunting for rocks and gems, getting off in the jungle by myself.

“As Johanna, I happen to be handling people in the hospital that can’t do for themselves. They can’t move themselves and the chief of the village especially . . . he’s a large man and he’s very heavy to try to move.”

She paused in sharing her story, placed a hand of her lower back and said, “Maybe this explains why my back hurts sometimes.”

39-Year Old Female:

This response was from a 39-year-old seminar participant who experienced the Parallel-Lives Transfer Session. She cried as she told her story: “I got very brief information, but I first picked up on a parallel at age nine. She was born approximately nine months after I was in the same town-Philadelphia . . . the same hospital and her name is Susan. She was living in Detroit at the age of nine, near Lake Michigan. Then this other information started coming in. It was a real shocker. In 1962, she lost a child that I birthed in December of ’62. There is other cross-tie information. I can’t share with the group for personal reasons. In 1975, Susan was involved in a sailing accident that crippled her and eventually led to her death in October of last year. Well, I know all of this has to do with my own depressed state of mind during the months she suffered. I got this out of it. I can describe the house she lived in. It was frame, one-story with a basement-Victorian style . . . and white with blue trim on the outside.”

48-Year-Old Male:

A 48-year-old male seminar attendee who participated in a group parallel-life transference session shared this. “If I can accept this, I am also a doctor practicing in New York City. I couldn’t get his name, but I guarantee you I’d recognize his offices if I were to ever see them. I saw his office door with many names on it, but they were fuzzy. Anyway, I’m probably in my late fifties or early sixties and have three grown children. My wife died several years ago, and I’m now living alone in an apartment in Manhattan. An interesting fact here is that in my own reality, I was a medic in the war, was good at it and learned quickly, but I saw enough human suffering to last me a lifetime. After the war, I started my own manufacturing business instead of pursuing medicine . . . at least this part of me did.”

Sure, this is “outside the box” to most people. But just because it seems bizarre doesn’t necessarily mean that it couldn’t be true.

Decide for yourself.

Outside the Box: 3 Reasons to Stop Going Back In

By Mary R. Miller

There is a little trinket that sits on my desk. You press a button and it says, “Excuse me! Excuse me! Can you let me out of here?” If you could hear it, you would get a good chuckle by it, just like I do.

After the laugher dies down, your mind may wander with random thoughts like: “Man it would stink to live in a box!” or “Now that’s a lack of vitamin D!” or even “Boy, my Chiropractor would be mad at me for ruining my posture!”

Now let me ask you: do you want to pay it forward today by helping this little man? Great. Then let’s get this sad little guy out of his box! Ok here goes…

The box door is open. He looks at the door and steps out stumbling. His legs are wobbly from lack of use. He shivers as if to say it’s cold outside of the box. He takes a few more steps and looks around. He doesn’t see anyone or anything familiar – he feels alone. After 5 minutes he looks back at the box – with a bit of longing for the familiar. Maybe he stays out of his box for 5 minutes, 8 hours, a week, or 26 days. But he reaches a pivotal point where he just can’t do it anymore and he submits to what he remembers as a cozy warm box and climbs back in.

Are you shaking your head right now? Poor sad little guy. Before you judge him too harshly, isn’t this really what we do when we try to change? And what we do when we get really honest with ourselves? We struggle to find our way. We struggle to understand our true identity, and then try recognize the lies we were told by society about who we ‘should’ be. It’s easier to stay where we are, not risk too much, and not venture out too far.

Even if the box is stifling and restrictive, we are familiar with it. And we have let the lies that box us in become our friend. We have believed that the risk carries a higher cost than comfort. So there we are stuck in our comfort zone … it’s like a drug.

Why do we do this? Maybe it’s because once we’re outside we don’t know how to walk in our own uniqueness. No one can really tell us how to be ourselves or do the work for us. No one has gone before us on our own journey except for us.

We try going it alone, to be strong, to be brave. And like the sad little man, we are stricken with self-doubt each step into the unknown. Every time things don’t go as planned, we crawl back into the box. If our feelings get hurt, if we fail fail, or if we’re exhausted, our instinct is to go back in. Over time, we become demoralized, give up, and simply start rationalizing that things aren’t so bad.

How do we stop this madness? The answer is that we learn to live and enjoy life outside the box. Here are 3 Ways to Stop Going Back into Your Box. I use them myself to stay positive, to keep learning, to keep getting back up and innovating after life didn’t work out as planned.

1. Opportunity

Opportunity lives outside of your comfort zone. You can only see what’s possible when you open doors. And since you can’t see from a closed box, the first door you need to open is your own. Try new things, enter into new conversations, go to new places, have deeper conversations, ask more questions, eat different foods, park in a different spot. Do it all.

2. Freedom

Once you’re outside your box, you’ll have freedom from your “shoulds.” You can carve your own road and create a space where you can be creative. Use your passion for good, to dream, and to live. These actions are exhilarating and life-altering. Remind yourself that you’d rather live out loud than be comfortable.

3. Community

This is two-fold – you need others, and others need you. We were not created to be isolated. And it doesn’t help anyone if you are not who you were created to be. Your growth and change, from the inside out, benefits yourself and society. And you can’t have community if we are all behind closed doors shut in boxes.

What can you do today to start enjoying life outside of your box?

7 Ways Of Thinking To Attract More Money

By Dr. Carol Morgan

Do you dream of being rich like Bill Gates or Oprah? Or maybe you don’t even dream that big – you just want to be ‘financially comfortable.’ Whatever your goal, it’s possible. And here’s why.

Your thoughts can affect your life. Did you know that? Thoughts are actual things. In fact, science has proven that our thoughts and emotions have definite vibrations. Positive, happy thoughts like love and appreciation vibrate very quickly. However, thoughts like fear, hatred, and jealousy vibrate quite slowly. This is a phenomenon called the Law of Attraction – it explains the connection between your thoughts and your life – even your financial situation. In order to attract more money, you must first be aware of the thoughts you have about money itself. If you find that you have any negative thoughts, you need to change them ASAP if you want to make your bank account grow.

Here are 7 ways you can do that:

1. Know that it’s possible.

How many times did you hear your parents say things like, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” Or, “Do you think I’m made of money?” Many of us have been negatively programmed to think that money is scarce. It is not. There is plenty of money out there for the taking. You just need to believe that deserve your “piece of the pie.” Anything is possible. But you need to believe that before it happens.

2. Know that you are worthy.

Many people in our culture have low self-esteem. We are constantly bombarded with messages about how we are “not good enough.” Whether you compare your beauty to super models or your bank account to Oprah’s, you need to believe that you genuinely have something to offer the world. You have a special gift and talent that will help you attract more money. Rich people don’t have a problem promoting themselves, their services, or their business. That is because they believe they are worthy. You need to think that, too.

3. Be genuinely happy for people who have lots of money.

Sometimes people hear negative statements about rich people. Do any of these sound familiar: “Rich people are snobs” or “Rich people aren’t honest” or “Rich people are selfish.” If you heard this a lot growing up, then your subconscious mind is programmed with negative thinking about rich people. And your subconscious probably won’t let you become rich because you certainly don’t want to be a “snob,” “dishonest,” or “selfish.” Instead, realize that many rich people are very good human beings. Believe they deserve what they have. Bless them, and say a ‘thank you’ in advance for attracting more money yourself.

4. Focus appreciation on what you already have.

If you sit around thinking, “I don’t like my house, I wish I had a bigger one.” Or, “I can’t wait to get a new car because I’m embarrassed to drive this one,” you are sending out negative vibrations with your thoughts. According to the Law of Attraction, negative, slow-moving thoughts will not create anything positive. Instead, you need to love your house or your car. Or simply be grateful that you have a roof over your head, a bed to sleep in, or food on your table. The more you give appreciation to what you already have, the more likely it will be that you will be able to acquire more.

5. When you pay your bills, focus on being grateful.

I’m sure you have had a pit in your stomach before when you are paying bills. Most people have. That is because their focus is on the negative. All they think about is how much money is going out, not coming in. But you need to reframe that. Be happy when you pay your bills. Because guess what? That means that you actually have the money to pay them! If you weren’t paying them, that would mean you don’t have any money. So be grateful for having the money to pay out. After all, it does provide you with a place to live, a car to drive, and food on your table. That’s a good thing!

6. Speak and think about your love for money.

I’ve heard people say, “I hate money!” And my jaw always drops to the floor. How can you hate money? Well, the reason they hate money is because they don’t have any. That doesn’t mean that they really HATE money. They just hate the LACK of money. So you need to catch yourself if you keep saying negative things about money. Turn them around and say “I love money! Money is my friend! It brings me great joy!” The more that you put the positive vibrations of love towards the subject of money, the more you will acquire it.

7. Visualize and write affirmations.

Writing out positive statements (affirmations) and repeating them over and over in your mind helps re-program your brain. If you found in #3 that you think rich people are snobs, then repeat an affirmation such as, “Rich people are generous, kind, and loving people. I am appreciative that I will be one of them someday.” Vision boards are helpful too. Get a poster board and cut out words and photos of things you want. It could be a new car, a big house, a private jet, or your own yacht. Whatever feels good and gets you excited is appropriate to put on the board. Use your affirmations and your vision board together for maximum results.

It might sound far-fetched, but examining your thoughts and emotions around money can greatly improve your financial situation. It’s called living consciously. Taking control of your thought processes is the first step to improving anything in your life – even the balance in your bank account.

Could Rainbows Be The Key To Pain Relief?

A wonderful story was published today in Forbes, a story about a 90 year old woman named Fayrose Gordon who created her own method for pain relief!

Fayrose has had a wonderful life, which is even more amazing when you know about all of the pain and health problems she has faced for close to 50 years.

Maybe she experienced those things so that she would come up with an easy 60 second technique to help reduce pain and stress – and make her beat the odds over and over again.

Because she has made her technique and her story available in a short book entitled, “The Great White Light: 60 Second Relief from Stress and Pain.”

A positive attitude, visualization, and openness to the energy source that we all label in our own way is all you need to make this technique that Fayrose created and perfected over time.

Read the entire Forbes article here.

I can hardly wait to try this technique for myself!

Rearrange Your Rooms, Improve Your Relationships

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art that deals with placement of buildings or items within the buildings in a way that will facilitate the flow of Qi (Ch’i).

It has become very popular in recent years, and there are many different forms being practiced. One of the more popular forms in the United States is called Black Sect (sometimes people refer to it as Black Hat), where the orientation is based on the location of the entrance  into your home or room.

The theory is that health, money and love can come easier to you when the energy can flow harmoniously.

So what can you do to enhance your love, or relationship, energy?

You need to focus on the Relationship Area of your home.

As you stand at your front door the farthest corner to the right on all floors is the most powerful place to concentrate.

The same map can be superimposed over each room to find the right corners in those rooms, too. gives us some tips for following good Feng Shui principles to be sure the stuff that we have in those corners is the “right stuff.”

Feng Shui for Relationships

1. Think in pairs. You don’t want to have 1 or 3 candles, you want an even number of items.

2. Be sure if you have plants in that space that they are healthy, and again it is best to have even numbers of plants, not odd.  A vase of flowers? Put 2 stems in the vase.

3. Photo’s of the two of you (but not of your family), or artwork with a love theme are excellent.

4. Clutter, business or self-help books, any item that isn’t fully functioning need to be cleared out of that area.

5. Color is important too – think warm colors but not in excess (think sizzle as opposed to burn out!).

6. TV’s don’t belong in the bedroom:) Regardless of what corner they may be located…

Alternate Nostril Breathing to Boost Brain Function

While lack of sleep has been reported as the most common cause of stress, I’m not sure that is quite true.

I think lack of sleep intensifies the feelings of stress for sure. I am actually writing this article the day after a very poor night of sleep …

There are many little tricks to help us get the sleep that we really need, and we actually posted an article quite recently about a few of our favorites.

And I will admit that I didn’t do any of them last night.

By the time I realized it was turning into “one of those nights” I just gave into wakefulness.

Today seemed very long.

Then I found a great article about some techniques that can be used to turn off your inner chatter, and that was exactly what I needed last night!

Thank you Sharon Melnick – I am adding these to my bag of tricks immediately!

This was my favorite tip:

Left Nostril Breathing

There is a parasymathetic nerve that is activated when you do this (think Relaxation Response), and by covering your right nostril and only breathing through the left, it will help to calm you. Many people are asleep in just a few minutes.

Next time I am lying there still awake I am going to try this one!

Of course it is important to not get the sides mixed up since breathing through the right nostril will stimulate thought and you might as well just get up!

Once you have practiced breathing out of the calming nostril and slept like a baby, you may want to consider trying some alternate nostril breathing to help you make the most of your day!

Alternate Nostril Breathing

You can do alternate nostril breathing by first covering the right nostril and breathing out through the left. Then inhale through the left. Uncover the right and close the left nostril. Exhale through the right, then inhale through the right.

An easy way to do this is to rest your index and middle fingers between your eyebrows, using your thumb to close one side, and your index finger to close the other.

Some of the benefits include

– Clarity and concentration are enhanced. This is a great practice if you have a particularly important day at work, taking an exam, or any other activity that can use a boost.

– Helps to keep your mind from worry and rumination.

– Boosts your energy level

– Helps to keep your lungs functioning at their peak by eliminating impurities

It doesn’t take very long and doesn’t require any fancy equipment, so why not grab a few minutes and give it a try?

You can find more useful tips in Sharon’s book, Success Under Stress: