The Secret of the Soul: Using Out-of-Body Experiences to Understand Our True Nature (英語) ペーパーバック – 2001/7/1
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In this remarkable book, William Buhlman, author of the bestselling Adventures Beyond the Body, offers the reader a comprehensive guidebook to understanding and exploring the fascinating phenomenon of out-of-body experiences (OBEs). Learn how you can:
- Explore your true spiritual self and attain profound transformation in your awareness and knowledge of the universe.
- Gain life-changing benefits as you break free from mental and physical limitations
- Contact departed loved ones using OBEs to move beyond the current limited understanding of death.Filled with engrossing stories based on the testimonies of people from all over the world, and offering forty new, easy-to-understand techniques, The Secret of the Soul will prepare human beings everywhere for the next major leap in the evolution of consciousness.
?This is the book to read if you want to learn about--and experience--OBEs.?--Whitley Streiber, author of "Communion" and "The Coming Global Superstorm"?This extraordinary book is well researched, full of thought provoking ideas and techniques?I highly recommend it.?--Dr. Bruce Goldberg, author of "Astral Voyages" and "Past Lives--Future Lives"?Out-of-body experiences are an intersection between the spiritual and physical, as "The Secret of the Soul" makes clear.?--Larry Dossey, M.D., author of "Reinventing Medicine and "Healing Words?Empowering and insightful. Contains important new information and techniques.?--Robert S. Peterson, author of "Out of Body Experiences: How to Have Them and What to Expect"?The arcane integrity of this book shines throughout, as does Buhlman's sincerity. Friendly, engaging and informative--priceless!?--Robert Bruce, author of "Astral Dynamics商品の説明をすべて表示する
Vol 38, Number 2 November, 2015
William Buhlman was a 21 year old student when he attempted a self-initiated out-of-body experience (OBE). Galvanized to action by a friend’s account of his own spontaneous incident. Buhlman devised a "target" method technique: imagine a place and aim for it. It took him 30 days to achieve, and instantly convinced him that out-of-body travel offered a “new frontier” to science. He is the most visible and articulate champion of the OBE since Robert Monroe. After four decades of personal experience and research he views self-initiated OBE’s as the most powerful method available to accelerate evolution and spiritual enlightenment. He asserts that OBE’s, NDE’s, Transcendental States, Kundalini and Alien Contact are results of a natural ongoing expansion and evolution of consciousness. He poses this question: ”How long will it take us to recognize that the greatest discoveries of humanity are those of the existence of the multidimensional universe, of our multidimensional nature, and of our place within this incredible ocean of consciousness?"
Throughout these pages the reader is offered a catalog of practical knowledge and evidence. The book is structured around the results of a ten-year OBE survey, made available in an earlier book and on his website. It has generated 18,000 responses demonstrating the OBE is common and cross-cultural. Many stories of individual experiences are included which encompass meetings with deceased relatives — 24% of the respondents experienced contact with a departed loved one. Extraterrestrial contact — He began receiving letters related to alien contacts and abduction, each almost identical to the thousands of letters he received describing OBE’s. Childhood experiences — The average age for the first OBE is between four and 12 years of age. Combat and trauma-induced — He received reports from five nations, encompassing four wars. Transformational experiences — The minute one crosses the physical boundary there is a shift in energy and consciousness. It offers immediate personal proof of survival and helps prepare life after death by removing fears about dying. He offers this from Charles Lindberg, “The essential consciousness needs no body for its travels. It needs no plane, no engine, no instruments, only the release from flesh which the circumstances I've gone through make it possible.” (The Spirit of St. Louis, 1953 p. 59)
Buhlman’s concise history of the OBE, makes reference to Egyptian; Tibetan; Zoroastrian; Persian Sufis; Mohammed; Swedenborg; Yogi masters; Native Americans; Biblical Saints; and “Modern out of body travelers who have all explored the surrounds of the universe blazing a path that all of us must eventually follow. Because there is no escaping the fact that each of us will eventually return to the inner dimensions of reality as we experience the ultimate out of body adventure––that is, death.”
I subscribe to Buhlman’s far-reaching insights with one reservation. He makes light of interactions with nonphysical beings though he admits it took him years to accept the events. His last chapter, “Overcoming Challenges That confront the Out-of-Body Explorer,” addresses the issue. His preferred method to avoid astral entities, obstacles, or any fear-based manifestation is to direct his awareness to a “higher vibrational reality.” This does not take into account the concept put fort by Dr. Robert Hare and other psychical researches which refers a personal energy field that has not developed to allow entrance to a higher plane of energy or light.
Several charts illustrate the unseen energy processes that initiate an OBE, and the progression of energy states available in the non-physical world — from Astral body to pure-soul awareness. Another diagram contrasts two opposing reactions that may occur when the vibrational state (that initiates an OBE) is confronted. “Fearful, startled and disoriented,” which can create a fear-based overall negative experience, or “Aware, calm and knowledgable,” which results in a spiritually focused reaction that can manifest a self-empowering experience.
Buhlman’s passion is to help prepare mankind for a major leap in the evolution of our consciousness: Soul Travel. “The real frontier for humanity is the exploration of consciousness and the nonphysical dimensions that exist just beyond our vision. As we evolve, we will move beyond our current obsession with matter and join the multidimensional community of consciousness. Until we do, we will continue as primitive outsiders who stare into the sky and wonder about our place in the universe.”
In the eighties I had spontaneous and induced OBE’s, I compare all I read to these experiences. This 271 page book is chock-full of insights germane to the OBE.
I was somewhat prepared for the information in this book, because I've heard Mr. Buhlman speak about OBEs on the radio and Youtube. If you're new to OBEs and open to a non-traditional explanation of the universe, our souls and the meaning of our time here on Earth, this is a great place to start.
UPDATE; May 4th 2013:
Since I wrote this review I've read a number of other books and had a few experiences of my own. It seems that this topic is vast, but the books can only scratch the surface. Your real learning begins when you start meditating, projecting and having your own out of body experiences. Nothing substitutes for the real thing. I just want to say that this book is a great general topic book and there are books that get into real detail. I've started Astral Dynamics by Robert Bruce and it is the quint-essential textbook of out of body. It's detailed and technical and not a book to read first, but after you're familiar with the topic some. That's why I like The Secret of the Soul as an introduction. For one, it's entertaining (the standard by which I mean; it's difficult to put down) and second, it's easier to digest some of the more advanced concepts.
One of the key techniques that Mr. Buhlman teaches is intent. While this is not very technical, it seems that the mind is powerful enough that when we have persistent, determined intent, we do, in fact, manifest OBEs/astral projections/lucid dreams. I was a skeptic and experienced frustration, but the more persistent I was, the more I began having experiences (mostly short and a bit blurry). And when I got busy with every day life, those experiences stopped happening. When you've read this book and Robert Monroe's books and begun having minor experiences, then switch to Robert Bruce's Astral Dynamics, and also find some good books on meditation, and you'll begin to have more control over your experiences.
I'm not a skeptic any longer and there are a number of other interesting books that begin to open your eyes to just how much we don't know. I started reading the channeled books of 6th density entities, such as Bringers of the Dawn, The Ra Material and Riding the Wave and you begin to develop a much broader view of this multi-densitied universe we're privileged to be a part of. Of course, be discerning with any channeled material, because there is intentional misinformation in some of it. The universe is so much more vast and complex than we're taught in either secular or religious society. But once you start learning "the truth" things start to make more sense and the excitement of feeling like you're on the right path is incredible.
Anyway, I didn't mean to rant. I still think this book is great and I encourage anyone with even a small interest in OBEs to read it.
Buhlman (as a writer) is direct with his commentary, and also provides several diagrams which bring immediate conceptual recognition to the difficult topics being discussed. I bought the e-book format for my Kindle, and I could read everything fine. Personally, I was very pleased that I picked this book as the first strictly OBE book I have ever read. It is based upon not only Buhlman's personal experiences, but I also found it a thoroughly spiritual book and therefore very good for the soul!
This book was a page turner for me, and an easy 5 stars.