Hi Chuck, This was a great book, thanks for higlighting it here. I think he at least left a crack open into some kind of shared or consensual reality there? Anyways, maybe unlike yourself, my interest in OBEs, astral projection, lucid dreams, pathworking, occult projections etc started around the mid to late 80s when there was no internet or Amazon, how did we ever survive! Post , I kind of lost interest in that approach, and more or less had mastered the "art" Since then, I have purchased around say, half a dozen books on the specific subject of OBE, astral projection or lucid dreaming - kind of out of nostalgia or mild interest, as oppossed to my youthful obssession. As to veridical information from "OBE" I have found reality to not be so straightforward, and perhaps limitations are put in place for those so inclined to "scientifically" prove things
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It was thoroughly enjoyable. It really makes you think. I dare say "farther" than most OBE authors. The author spends a fair amount of time talking about experiments he did trying to gain veridical evidence that the experience is "objective" and not merely a subjective experience. Like my own experiences, his level of success was far from ideal, but that ends up being a springboard for far-reaching theories of perception and why these types of experiments often fail.
He talks about the "personal field" where perceptions are entirely subjective, and "collective fields" where perceptions are objective: the idea of concensus realities that may be shared between people whether alive or dead. In a previous blog article I wrote, I talked about the difference between Lucid Dreaming and OBE being primarily whether the subject is hallucinating personal field or not collective field.
That leads us to question how perception works in the physical world. When you think about it, what is "real"? After all, all you have to base your opinions about "reality" are sense perceptions from your physical body, right? These sense perceptions are just electrical impulses fed from your eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and touch receptors. The electrical impulses are then interpreted by your mind into a cohesive whole.
For example, you may see a lamp sitting on a table, but really "lamp" and "table" are just convenient categories inside your mind based on senses that can easily be fooled or tricked. The senses are not all that accurate either. You perceive pleasure and pain, hot and cold, threats and non-threats. Your mind categorizes them all neatly into convenient boxes: a lamp goes into the "light fixture" box, and thus obtain certain attributes helpful, not a threat, often yields light, etc.
But in fact, the perceived object is just a collection of atoms, and atoms are just energy balls: huge amounts of empty space. In an out-of-body experience, you take away those physical senses, and your mind is forced to create another cohesive whole, a framework for your existence.
Your mind creates it out of force of habit. Your mind creates your astral world--merely an interpretation of your mind--as much as it creates your physical world.
That leads to a discussion of "the contextual nature of perception". In reality, your conscious awareness extends far beyond the body. Famous studies in remote viewing e. Joe McMoneagle, Russell Targ, etc. Toward the end of the book, Aardema also gives a step-by-step breakdown of how to induce an OBE.
This approach can be very helpful to someone with an analytical mind like me. Some, however, may not find it very practical because it reads more like a text book.
Fred Aardema -- Explorations of Consciousness
Seeing white bears that are not there: New citations to this author. Similar authors to follow Highly original and groundbreaking, Explorations in Consciousness presents a model of reality in which nothing can ever be taken for granted. Only 1 left in stock more on the way. Personality and Individual Differences 41 7, Provide feedback about this aradema. Available for download now. He has published widely in international scientific journals, including two books on obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.
Faull Ahmed elrofaie marked it as to-read Mar 25, Fred dissects each facet of the OBE with a questioning eye and intersperses the text with enlightening examples from his own OBE experiences. Khalidah Kamal marked it as to-read Jan 02, Things may be stranger than we can even imagine. Nicolas Bouchard marked it as to-read Apr 07, Pat Rolston rated it really liked it Feb 17, Cath Dupuy marked it as to-read Feb 07, I think he at least left a crack open into some kind of shared or consensual reality there? Jul 07, Marika Charalambous rated it really liked it. Be the first to ask a question about Explorations in Consciousness. You must log in or register to reply here.
Shatilar In his quest for knowledge, the author seamlessly weaves in his own travels into different fields of consciousness. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Frederick Aardema is a researcher and practitioner in the field of clinical psychology. New articles by this author.