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Overcoming Fear While OOB, Part 3

OOBIn Part 2, Karen describes the negative entities you may encounter while OOB. One way to defeat them is to send them loving thoughts which they can not stand. In this part she talks about where this negativity can come from – You – and how you can overcome it.

Dealing With Negative Entities While OOB

This negativity can be a product of your own ‘thoughts/beliefs’ or created from other mass ‘thought forms’ and continue to exist by seeking out ANY fearful emotions to ‘prey’ upon. In addition, some souls who have not let go of their ‘negative’ emotions after passing may be helped by sending these loving thoughts in order for them to realize their negativity is keeping them ‘locked’ in their environment!

If you have any fear of going OOB, then I would advise you NOT to do it, as “thoughts are things” much more quickly in the astral, and emotions….ANY emotions (excitement, sadness, fear, etc.)….are not conducive to astral learning. It is a big learning curve in these realms to keep calm and unemotional…and it is imperative NOT to be fearful.

Let the Universe Guide You While OOB

Having said that, however, I DO hope you try, as you never know what you are capable of until you try. You will find that the Universe guides your learning, never allowing you go too far too fast. There has been such little ‘baby steps’ each time I got out, so that the next time I would go just that much further.

I just can’t stress enough that it is your FEARS that drive what happens (or doesn’t happen!) when OOB. You can’t let them ‘control’ your actions, and KNOWING you are safe, is a key component of moving past established beliefs

There are a few things you can do that may help you feel more protected, such as asking for guidance or visualizing protective white light surrounding your body as you begin your relaxation. You can ask for help from your angels, ascended Masters, or any personal guide that you feel close to.

“White Light” Protection While OOB

I use a protective ‘white light’ to surround me during my induction technique (see blog post #41 Learning Near Physical Obe – My-Technique , and ask for guidance from those who are “at or above my level of development”, ensuring that lower astral forms are not welcome.

Overcoming Fear – The Final Part

Miss the first 2 parts of this series? Here they are:

Overcoming Fear While OOB – Part 1
Overcoming Fear While OOB – Part 2

Overcoming Fear While OOB – Part 2

OOBIn the first post of this series, karen describes some of the techniques she has used to work on the fear and negativity aspects that may surface while OOB. This is the next part.

OOB Gives Knowledge of This Life as a “Passing Phase”.

The best part of these OOB experiences is now having the absolute knowing that this ‘life’ we know is NOT the end, but only a ‘passing phase’ that we are going through for our learning process!! I have no fear of death or dying……yet I also do not want to waste this wonderful opportunity to be here in physical to experience all that I can!! For example, in my blog post #96 Death Transition and Full Power, a plane crash showed me the need to remain calm and accepting of circumstances beyond my control – and just how strong my lack of fear of dying was!

Controlling Emotions While OOB

In the astral realms it is SO important that all emotional responses (except for love, but especially fear) need to be kept under control. I even think it this particular experience with the plane crash may have been a ‘test’ to see how secure I was with this acceptance!

When you are OOB, having a ‘violent’ reaction, or ANY kind of extreme reaction, will always limit your abilities to handle any situations OOB. Remembering to think ‘positive’ is always a good start, but becoming aware enough to remember to do so is big step in the OOB learning process!

Whenever you feel fear, negative, or heavy sensations, focus on ‘sending love’, thinking ‘loving thoughts’ toward whatever you encounter. As they say, darkness (negativity) cannot exist in the face of the Light of Love!

Defeating Negative Entities While OOB

Just another thought…negativity can sometimes also feed on fear as that is what they need to sustain their existence or form. They are attracted to the ‘easy’ target and will try to exploit the ‘control’ that is given to them with it. Negative entities who thrive on fear WANT you to be fearful, as it is what they seek to sustain their ‘state’.

They cannot withstand ANY loving thoughts, and despite how difficult it is, you MUST send loving energy to them, offer to help, and you will find they disappear!! Give them fear, and they grow…and become even more fearful. Whether it is from your own ‘thought forms’ or from another entity, the sounds and images you see/feel that create any fear response will likely end your experience immediately.

Part 3 Overcoming Fear While OOB talks about where this negativity comes from and how you can override it.

P.S. In case you missed it you can read Part 1 of Overcoming Fear While OOB here.

Overcoming Fear While OOB – Part 1

This post on “Overcoming Fear While OOB“, and the following 3, were written by our favorite guest blogger who goes by the name of Karensixfivenine. You can visit her own blog at, and read her comments on the great lucid dream forum:

Fear and Negativity While OOB

I have had a number of times where I have encountered ‘negativity’ and ‘fearful’ aspects of astral travel and other ‘entities’ and never quite know exactly what I am dealing. Initially with the first few encounters, it was difficult to handle and found my experience would end immediately. What I have learned is that your intention and expectation plays a very strong role in what you will find when OOB, and that you are only given that which you can handle.

I am not saying there is no negativity or negative entities/thought-forms that exist, but that they ONLY have power if you give it to them with your fears!! YOU give away that control with fear, but by remembering you are safe at all times, you stay in control and are able to move on.

Over the years I have noticed a development in my abilities to control and overcome fear. I have met ‘negativity’ a few times and what I have also learned in hindsight is that you are given nothing more than you can handle at the time of your experience. I now have the firm knowledge to know I cannot be harmed while out of body, that I am protected at all times and that I will be shown what to do should I need help.

My blog posts show how I’ve changed from a “shield’s up” protection to a more proactive “send love” approach. I took the time to look over my blog to find the posts that had mention of my ‘negative’ experiences and how I handled them, and am happy to see that there is a progression in how I was taught to deal with them.

Overcoming Fear When You are OOB

These blog posts, in order, show the growth I have made in learning to overcome fear and ‘send love’ as a response to any negative emotions or entities.

OOB – Negative Energy

OOB – Facing Negativity – Shields Up!

OOB – Facing Fear

OOB – Controlling Fear – Sending Love

OOB – Sending Love

Although I still don’t always remember to take the best response (send love), I still know that I cannot be harmed and work to ‘let go’ of any negative experiences I encounter.

Read Part 2 of Overcoming Fear While OOB

The 2nd part of this fascinating story of overcoming fear while OOB .

P.S. Here is another post on OOB by Karen: Using Affirmations before starting OBE

Why Aren’t Lucid Dreams More Popular?

This question was asked recently in a post on one of our favorite forums, Mortal Mist, and the writer had a couple of theories.

One had to do with the idea that we tend to shy away from things that require introspection; the other had to do with the fact that you can’t make any money off a lucid dream.

I tend to agree with the first one, but also believe that the topic itself is just not well known. I mean when was the last time that you saw a report on lucid dreams on Fox News? Or a “reality” TV show on the topic? Or even someone that everyone seems to read about, like Lindsay Lohan, talking about their dreams. (With LL, it’s probably just as well 🙂 )

What do you think? Why is this fascinating state of consciousness so unknown? Let us know your thoughts; post a comment below.

Lucid Dreams? How Many Kinds of are There? Here are 2

lucid dreamsLucid dreams, like any other type of altered state of consciousness are not only hard to quantify, but since they vary in their form from dreamer to dreamer, they don’t all fit easily into one category, or the other.

The great lucid dreams forum, Mortal Mist, has some posts that give us some ideas of how to differentiate what we are experiencing in this fascinating state of mind we can find ourselves in.

Here is a portion of one post on the difference between two types of dreams, the INRAD and the WILD.

What is an INRALD?
INRALD stands for “I’m Not Really Awake Lucid Dream.” It’s very similar to a false awakening, in the sense that you usually find your self in the place you were sleeping last and you will swear that you are awake. The difference between INRALDs and FAs is whether you “woke up” from a dream or not. With an INRALD, you won’t usually remember dreaming.

The History of the INRALD

A while back, pj made an insightful discovery. While he was waiting to experience some tell-tale signs of entering the dream state, he had unknowingly completed a WILD transition. He discovered, upon reality-checking, that he was already asleep and only dreaming he was laying there sleepless! It was then that the term INRALD was coined.


You need to go read the rest of this and then you can also read about pj’s “insightful discovery”. Fascinating stuff!

Enjoy your lucid dreams, and may they open new and wonderful doors to greater consciousness!

Mortal Mist – A Forum for Travelers

Mortal Mist

Explore the Mortal Mist

One of the things that we find as we explore other realms and levels of consciousness, is that the journey there is filled with questions. One of the best ways to get answers, at least to give you a frame of reference to work in, is to talk with other people who have done what you are attempting to do.

All of us have learned most of what we know from other people, or their experiences that they shared with us. If we are are wise, we look at those things and then create our own experience from them.

A great place I have found to read and share experiences in these realms, like astral travel or lucid dreaming to name a couple, is the forum at Mortal Mist

Just register for free and begin to browse. There are many things to learn and much you can probably share with others.

Here is an excerpt from the Forum that explains what they do:

Welcome, fellow dreamers, to Mortal Mist, and I hope you enjoy your stay here. Within these forums are located the most advanced Dream Jounaling system currently in place on the net, complete with statistics, tagging, and a tool with which to draw your dreams from inside the posting page and easily post your finished picture into your journal entry without having to worry about finding somewhere to host the picture or fiddle with attachments. Aside from the DJ itself, the best thing here is our members, who are undoubtably the heart of the forum, and one of the most mature crowds present at any dreaming forum up.

And speaking of sharing, don’t forget the contest we are running called “Sharing the Experience”. You can win the beautiful “Headphones in a Pillow” from if you get the most people to comment on your Mortal Mist experience.

Using Affirmations before starting OBEs

Taking Control of your OBE

OBEOnce again, our favorite guest blogger on OBE has written a post which will certainly be something that many of you can learn from.

She writes about “rediscovering” the technique of using particular affirmations before you begin your journey to, in effect, allow the journey to proceed as you want it to.

Using affirmations, or control phrases, like “Clarity Now!”, or “Awareness now!” or “to my Higher Self”, she found the control of the experience was more in her hands and less left to “chance”.

Here is an excerpt from her blog about how using the affirmations changed her OBE experience:

I am pleased with the result, which adds to my excitement to know there is so much more for me to learn and experience now that I can control my environment better! In the beginning these affirmations gave me the basic stability I needed to get a few tasks done as I was not accustomed to seeing how to move about and use my thoughts and intentions. Now, in resuming the use of affirmations again with my more experienced knowledge of the astral environment, I am astounded that my ability to navigate the realm is even greater!

Her rediscovery came after reviewing some of William Buhlman’s newest work which brought her back to a more solid base to begin her journeys with.

William Buhlman on the OBE

We have written about William Buhlman on this blog before and we have featured the writings of Karen659 in 2 guest posts.

Read the whole post about the process of using the affirmations to have a more controlled OBE on her blog.

The Power of Connections

In my research for this blog, I am always searching the internet for relevant information to write about and to share with you, our readers. I search blogs and forums and google around the whole net to find good content.

And then sometimes, it walks right in the door. That was the case recently, when I noticed we were getting some interesting traffic coming from another blog. So I went to investigate. And guess what? I found a really good source of a wide range of information about changing our lives.

The Gateway Experience is certainly about doing just that. But as in all things, there is more than one way “to skin a cat” (apologies to cat lovers – it’s just an old expression :-)). Steve Pavlina has established quite a reputation in the area of personal development with more than 2 million monthly readers to his website. He has also been quoted in numerous big name newspapers and other publications, and published his own book called “Personal Development for Smart People” in 2008.

Here is an excerpt from a recent blog post that begins “The Power of Connections”. The whole post is worth the read.

One of the conscious growth principles I’ve been teaching for years is the principle of Love. This principle states that you’ll grow significantly faster — and enjoy the process of growth much more — when your life is rich in supportive, encouraging connections.

People violate this principle constantly — and to their detriment when they do so. Partly that happens because they don’t understand this principle deeply enough.

That is what this blog is about: encouraging connections as we explore the fascinating, but sometimes confusing, world of expanding consciousness.

After you’ve read Steve’s article, we’d love to get your comments.