- Part 7
OOBE, the Mind Split
( By Robert Bruce )
OOBE & DUALITY
If you read the enormous number of case histories available on out of
body and near death experiences; you will find many accounts hinting at
perceptions of duality which indicate symptoms of the mind split effect at
work. It is fairly common, during an OOBE, to be aware of the physical
body while also being aware of existing in the projected double, or less
commonly, vice-versa. This effect appears to indicate the existence of
telepathic and bio-energetic links between the physical body and it's
remote projected double (possibly via the silver cord). This link appears
to serve the purpose of providing the projected double with the necessary
energies it requires whilst operating out of body, while also maintaining
an unbreakable connection with it's physical body. This connection also
allows the physical body to be, in many ways, monitored (or sensed) so
that no harm can come to it during an OOBE.
During an OOBE, at the moment the projected double is generated and
projected from the physical body, the projector's mind effectively splits
into two identical parts (mirror images) each containing a complete copy
of thinking mind and memory. One copy always remains firmly locked inside
the physical body (original hard copy) while a mirror image is reflected
into and maintained in the exterior projected double.
The splitting of consciousness into two (or more) separate but
identical copies happens during sleep or any kind of OOBE. I call this
effect "The Mind Split Effect":
If a mentally awake physical mind happens to observe (with real time or
astral sight) it's projected double at close range during a projection, a
strong visual and telepathic connection can form between them. This can be
a very disturbing experience and I don't recommend this be tried for more
than a few seconds at a time. The awake physical mind (whilst a projection
is in progress) must see and be seen by it's projected double for this
type of connection to occur. Vision, seeing each other at the same time,
appears necessary for this type of connection to occur. Once this happens,
each side of the mind split, physical and projected, connect and begin to
see out of each other's eyes at the same time. Each becomes aware of each
other's vision and perspective as well as that of their own.
Once the visual side of this connection occurs, each side of the mind
split instantly becomes aware of each other's thought's as well,
simultaneously and compounding. This appears to be something like
telepathic feed back, much like holding two identical 'mental' mirrors
facing each other. This gives an unnatural glimpse of mental infinity - a
mental reflection of a mental reflection of a mental reflection,
When two identical minds connect, while separated during an oobe, the
two identical sets of vision and thoughts create something that can best
be described as a visual and telepathic loop, compounding and feeding back
upon itself in a never ending loop. This is an unnatural,
incomprehensible, disturbing and possibly dangerous event for any mortal
mind to experience.
This uncomfortable and confusing state appears to only occur at close
range and can easily be avoided by not looking too closely at each other
(physical and projected double) and by not thinking at each other at close
range (within approximately twenty feet) during a real time projection.
Note: this can only happen if both sides of a projector, physical and
projected, are awake and become visually aware of each other during a real
This all goes a long way towards explaining why dreams and projection
memories can sometimes appear so chaotic. The mind splits for a very good
reason and the separated copies are meant to function separately.
I have experimented with this phenomena many times during real time
projections, after discovering it accidentally during a powerful real time
OOBE. I recreated the original 'accident' and studied it because the
original experience raised so many questions. I had always been curious of
the way I could often feel my physical body while close to it, and this
mind split effect appeared to hold many of the answers I had been
searching for. Like many other projectors, I had often experienced
confusing anomalies during projections: of being aware of events and
noises near my physical body, in and around my house, plus being aware of
my remote existence during a projection. This sense of perceived duality,
of having two different sets of perception, one physical and one remote,
has been reported by many other projectors but has never, I believe, been
properly studied or understood.
Here is an account of one of the first times I experienced the mind
split effect and mental/visual feedback:
I had been meditating in my chair by the fire and returned to normal
awareness as the rain started drumming on the roof. The weather was pretty
wild and the wind was starting to shake the windows and doors. I looked at
the clock, it was almost 3 AM. This was not unusual for me, as sometimes I
will meditate all night. I felt well rested and full of energy and thought
to myself "I've never projected in a storm before, I wonder what it's
like?" Closing my eyes once again, I relaxed back into myself and soon
projected out of my body, using the 'point shift' method, as given in Vol
1 of the Treatise. This method is very similar to the method given by
T.Lobsang Rampa in his book 'You Forever'. While this method is more
difficult than the Rope method, given in Vol 2, it is very effective and
is the original method I learned when I first taught myself conscious exit
projection. I have been projecting since the age of 4 or 5, but this was
always spontaneous and I had little control of when I would project. I
taught myself to project deliberately at the age of 21, and found Rampa's
books a great help?
(As a side note: many people have claimed that Lobsang Rampa was
discredited, that he was 'exposed' as being nothing more than an English
plumber cum writer on metaphysics. But, if you read his first book 'The
Third Eye' you'll see that he fully explained his circumstances, and how
he came to be living in the body of an English Plumber. He claims to have
swapped bodies with a suicidal English plumber who was about to kill
himself - while his own Tibetan body lay dying of wounds. This feat was
accomplished during an astral operation carried out by high ranking
Tibetan masters (spirit masters) to preserve Rampa's unfinished life path,
while freeing the Plumber (with his full permission) who was at the exact
end of his life. Personally, I found Rampa's books to be very good
reading, and they contain a great deal of useful information on
projection, clairvoyance, metaphysics, etc.)
Back to the projection: After exiting my body I moved through the wall
and floated out into the rain drenched night. What a gloriously wet
feeling that was. I could feel and taste the cool rain and blustering wind
passing through me. The smell of rain and wetness was everywhere, seeming
to fill me with a bright and happy energy. I floated up to the roof and
sat on the chimney, looking out over the town. I felt a little bit like a
very wet Mary Poppins. I watched the rain dancing over the roofs and
streets, swirling through gutters and gurgling into drains. It seemed to
have a friendly voice and rhythm all its own "drink me, splash me, gurgle
me, slosh me." (It seemed funny at the time:)
While sitting on the roof, I felt my body stirring in room chair below
me. This effect had often intrigued me and I decided to slide back through
the roof and study it more closely.
As I passed through the roof I saw my body sitting in the chair, right
where I had left it, but suddenly I became aware of also watching my
projected double (from my perspective in the chair) sliding down through
the ceiling - both at the same time! It was ME, sitting in the chair
watching another ME floating down through the ceiling, but it was also ME
floating in front of my chair some ten feet away - watching myself sitting
in the chair. This was not only confusing, it started making me feel quite
I had two sets of vision and two sets of thoughts, all at the same time
and all joined together, it was fascinating. It also made a lot of sense.
Just because the projected ME was outside it's physical body, why should
the physical ME have to stop thinking. Why would it be left (as is
commonly believed today) as a mere empty shell during a projection? This
raises the question of 'what' actually leaves the physical body during a
The projected ME (real time double) moved about the room, observing my
physical body in the chair - while it watched me back at the same time. I
could still see the projected ME, even when my projected double was
situated behind the physical ME. I could feel myself in the chair
perfectly, as I tried to follow the movements of my projected double about
the room. This took some very real effort, and it also took a lot of
energy to move my projected double. It felt like I was moving through
thick mud and I felt an enormous pressure building up inside both of ME.
I was existing in both my physical body as well as in my projected
double - both at the 'same' time. I was fully awake (mentally) and aware
and thinking inside both aspects of myself. Inside my physical body, my
consciousness appeared to be actively centred in my etheric body, and this
appeared to be how the physical ME was able to see the projected ME (real
time sight - seeing through closed eyelids). I came to this conclusion
because of the way I could move around 'inside' my physical body, and
could even see behind myself without physically moving. My etheric body
appeared to be, quite literally, able to turn around inside my physical
body. This ability of the physical body to see through closed eyelids and
from different perspective's is frequently described by projectors and
Note: The etheric body appears to be the very first level of subtle
body, one stage up from the physical body. This appears to be so closely
enmeshed within the physical body that it cannot normally leave it's
confines while it still lives. During the full trance state, as well as
during the projection process, however, it appears to gain some limited
freedom of movement. It will also often gain the ability to see into the
real time zone, and sometimes even into the astral dimension, around it.
The etheric body appears to be responsible for the ability to see through
closed eyelids and covers, as is often reported by projectors near the
exit stage of a projection.
My observations: the centre of waking consciousness appears to shift
over 'into' the etheric body when the physical body enters the trance
state and falls asleep. This is very like an internal projection, taking a
'reflection' of consciousness one step away from the physical body and
mind, while still holding it's original place within the confines of the
physical body. This stage, I believe, is the very first level of the multi
dimensional projection process, and is marked by the 'heaviness'
experienced when the full trance state is entered, which is also the sign
the physical body has fallen asleep.
This process makes a lot of sense and answers a lot of questions when
projection case histories, plus the 'mechanics' and 'dynamics' of
projection, are studied. It points to projection being a staggered process
where consciousness is reflected one stage at a time away from the
physical body and mind. Each stage becomes progressively more subtle and
refined, while still maintaining firm telepathic and energetic links
between each stage. Basically, this allows the projection of all the
higher subtle bodies at the same time, while keeping a safe and
unbreakable link between them and the physical body (the original hard
The list below shows the physical body as (0) with the dream mind
marked as (-1) below it, and the first four stages of higher subtle bodies
4 = Mental body, and above.
3 = Astral body.
= Real time body.
1 = Etheric body.
0 = Physical body.
-1 = Dream mind
THE INCREDIBLE MIND SPLIT
A projector's mind splits during any kind of OOBE. One complete copy
(original hard physical copy) staying at all times safely inside the
physical body, capable of thinking and dreaming. A perfect thinking copy,
containing full memories, both conscious and subconscious, 'reflects' into
the extruded real time body. Each copy is capable of thinking and acting
independently during an oobe if enough vital energy (vitality) is
available. Neither copy may be aware of the other's continuing existence
or awake state. This is the natural mind-split effect which always occurs,
but is very seldom noticed, during sleep and all types of OOBE. During a
conscious exit projection, consciousness is first reflected into the
etheric body. From the etheric body it is then reflected into the real
time 'projectable' double when that body is generated. The real time
double appears to be generated inside the combined physical/etheric bodies
and does not appear to project outside the physical/etheric body until a
copy of consciousness is transferred (reflected) into it.
Before the actual moment of projection, of the exit of the real time
body out of the physical body, all potential copies of mind are closely
enmeshed and held together safely inside the physical body. One full copy
always stays inside the physical/etheric body and this (the original copy)
appears to fall asleep and thus moves itself safely, but temporarily, out
of the picture to allow the natural projection process to occur. The
original copy of mind will begin dreaming at some point after it falls
If the original copy does not move itself out of the picture, the
difficulty of projection increases dramatically, as with conscious exit
projection where the mind is awake throughout the projection process. This
last factor alone accounts for the sheer difficulty of conscious exit
The dreaming mind of the physical body appears to account for the
reality fluctuations commonly experienced shortly after the exit stage of
a projection. This event may also be associated with the physical body's
dream mind entering the REM sleep state (REM = Rapid Eye Movement) which
is commonly associated with the dreaming state. The physical body's
dreaming mind also appears to account for the hypnagogic imagery and
visions experienced during the trance state and during the pre-projection
state, or where the mind is held awake and balancing on the verge of
At the moment of separation, as the real time body projects free of the physical/etheric bodies, the mind appears to split or reflect a complete
copy of itself into an 'exterior' subtle body. From this moment onwards
both copies, one internal and one external, continuing to record their
memories separately. Neither will usually be aware of the other's presence
or existence, apart from the occasional vaguely shared feelings and remote
perceptions of each other. The separateness of the mind-split effect and
memory recording will continue until reintegration occurs. Upon
reintegration, or waking, only one set of memories will usually be
retained, but sometimes a mixture will occur. This can be part dream, part
physical/etheric and part OOBE memories. The successful 'downloading' of
projection memories strong enough to override physical/etheric body and
dream memories for the same time period, strong enough to leave a lasting
impression on the physical brain of a projector, appears to be the real
key to successful and repeatable OOBE. See my new book "ASTRAL DYNAMICS"
Chapter 21 - Overcoming The Mind Split - for more detailed information on
MIND SPLIT EFFECTS
It is fairly common for projector's to experience a perfect projection
right up until the exit, where they feel all the vibrations, rapid heart
beat, floating sensation, etc, and then it all just 'goes away'. This
leaves the projector, usually energetically exhausted, often partially or
fully paralysed, thinking they have simply failed the exit. What may often
happen in cases like this are normal and successful OOBE's, but where
consciousness has remained awake and 'centred' in the 'physical/etheric'
mind after the mind split of projection has occurred. The resulting
memories retained after the experience, in cases like this, are thus from
the physical/etheric side of the experience only.
The projected double, in many cases, simply stays out of it's body for
too long, which allows the physical/etheric mind's to fall into a deep
sleep. Once deep sleep occurs, the projected double becomes effectively
locked out of it's physical/etheric body for the duration of sleep, or
until waking occurs. (re why I recommend short projections) The projection
side of this experience (the memory of it) has thus been totally lost, as
if it never was. The physical/etheric mind (internal) side of the
experience has the only solid memories for the whole experience, and the
projected double's memories have failed to make a strong enough impression
on the physical brain to become 'memorable' after reintegration.
Basically, the projection memories have failed to make the final 'wrinkle'
in the physical brain after the projection.
Another mind-split also appears to occur between the real time double
and the astral body. This begins to happen 'naturally' within several
minutes of the start of an average real time projection, but can often
occur within a few seconds. At some point during any real time projection
reality will always begin to fluctuate. This appears to be the sign that
the physical/etheric mind has begun dreaming. At this point the real time
body usually begins to run low on energy (in most cases, apparently not
having enough energy to maintain it's conscious integrity whilst the dream
mind is active) and it thus starts shifting into the seemingly more easily
maintained (but more dimensionally remote) astral vehicle in the astral
dimension. Soon, the real time body will effectively fall asleep and will
then be reeled in to hover, as if asleep, just above the sleeping physical
body. It will remain there until the natural waking of the physical body
and mind causes reintegration of all it's multi-dimensional aspects, thus
ending the mind split.
NOTES ON PROJECTION
The sleep state, or trance state, is required for projection to
Trance = body asleep + mind awake.
The waking state is required for reintegration to occur.
The only exception to the above is the in-between trance state,
where the body is asleep but the mind is fully awake.
Deep sleep prohibits reintegration of physical/etheric and projected
I know this may all sound a little complex, but it sheds a great deal
of light on many of the seemingly mysterious difficulties which can beset
a projector. It also explains why projections are so time limited and
difficult to maintain, let alone remember in detail. All through my
research and studies, in the incredibly complex field of theoretical
metaphysics, I have found that the further I get from the relatively
normal reality of the physical dimension the more outrageously complicated
everything becomes. There is nothing simple about the mechanics and
dynamics of projection, far from it, but it can be understood if the lower
levels of projection are studied, ie, etheric and real time bodies. If the
principals this yields are then applied to the higher aspects of
projection, and even dreaming, a few precious constant factors appear.
This methodology may not solve all problems, nor answer all questions, but
it at least provides some kind of a logical and understandable framework
to work in.
PURPOSE OF MIND SPLIT
The mind split is, I believe, an integral part of the workings of
Universal Law, where the mind splits and reflects itself into many
different parts, levels and aspects, each belonging to a different
dimensional level. During the full multi-mind-split process, the highest
level (highest subtle body) appears to be drawn into the centre of the
universe, into the Source of all consciousness, by what I have called the
Akashic Pulse. There, the influential and conditional energies
(consciousness seeds), contained within each individual energy egg (each
person) are processed and updated according to Universal Law. These are
adjusted according to past and current thoughts and actions, and as
further modified by Karmic Law.
These seeds affect and influence us all profoundly. They cause the
attraction and repulsion effect, all our likes and dislikes and natural
tendencies, which are the visible workings of Universal Law in the
physical dimension. Universal Law is that which attempts to guide us all
along our individual life's paths, towards predetermined but eminently
variable goals (variable according to laws of free will and individual
An important aspect of the mind split, to many people, is the way it
shows how the physical body and it's mind are 'never' 'ever' left empty
and unguarded during sleep or any type of out of body experience or
projection. They are thus never exposed to being entered, molested,
possessed or interfered with by any other projector, or by any type of
inorganic being, entity or demon. A conscious exit projector's physical
body and mind are, according to my research, far more projected than they
are during the full waking state - where natural non-physical senses
become somewhat dulled or inactive.
During an OOBE, the projector's energy body appears to expand and
create a very sensitive perimeter, a kind of expanded energy cocoon around
itself. This appears to extend in all directions for approximately 20 feet
(6 metres) often filling or overflowing from the room around the
projector's physical body. This sensitive energy perimeter acts something
like an early warning system. If it is broached by another 'awake' person,
another projector, or any other type of energy being or entity, and a
negative reaction occurs, it will instantly snap shut and reel back the
projector for immediate reintegration and the return of full waking
This early warning system appears to be particularly sensitive during
any type of conscious OOBE, where the projected double is fully aware it
is out of it's body. It seems, however, to become slightly less sensitive
to 'real' awake people once the physical body and mind have fallen into a
deep sleep. It will, however, always react violently and instantly if
touched by anything which causes a negative reaction in it's perimeter
Note: See my book "Astral Dynamics" Part 5 - The Akashic Connection - for
more detailed information on the higher aspects of the mind split, the
workings of Universal Law and of the Akashic Pulse.
ULTRA SHORT OOBE
One of the most important things to do after a successful exit,
especially the first few times, is to keep the projection ultra short. Ten
seconds out and then get straight back into the physical body. Please
trust me on this. Ten seconds of REAL out of body experience with a fully
conscious exit and reentry, are worth a thousand all nighters that are
forgotten! An ultra short oobe is, in most cases, the 'major' contributing
factor to a successful first time conscious exit projection.
Once again, if a projector stays out too long, especially a novice
projector, and their physical/etheric body falls into a deep sleep, the
projected double will not usually be able to reanimate it's physical body
and mind when it returns. It can thus become locked out for the duration
of the projection, or until natural waking occurs. Projection requires the
physical body to fall asleep, and the reverse applies, with reintegration
requiring the physical body to wake up. If the physical body and mind fall
into a deep sleep, sometimes even a good shaking will fail to wake them.
The slight energy rush caused by reentry can thus also fail to awaken a
deeply sleeping, and possibly dreaming, physical body and mind.
PROJECTED DOUBLE CONTACT
One way of cementing projection memories is to make contact with
yourself during an OOBE. Keeping in mind the nature of the mind split,
agree with yourself to try and make contact from both sides of the
projection, from both physical and projected sides. Some degree of real
time sight (seeing through closed eyelids in physical body) is required
for this. Agree for your projected double to be in a particular place, say
the foot of the bed, and that it will look and think at where your
physical head is, or should be. Do this even if the physical or projected
double cannot clearly see its counterpart - which often happens on both
sides. Often only a vague ghostly shape is seen, or a depression in the
bed. The physical body should trust its projected double will be doing
this and should try to do the same, by thinking and concentrating and
'feeling' for where it's projected double is 'supposed' to be. Once
contact is made, memories will flood both ways and will become cemented -
making a strong and lasting impression upon the physical brain. After the
initial contact, the projected double should move away quickly to avoid
nauseating mental/visual feedback problems. This connection and memory
downloading process, if successful, can allow the duration of real time
projections to be dramatically extended. The projected double can
periodically return to it's physical counterpart and download (top up)
it's projection memories. If this is done, I suggest no more than a few
minutes interval between each memory download. The projected double should
also reenter it's physical body the moment it detects signs it is tiring,
or the moment it begins experiencing reality fluctuations - which is a
sure sign the dream mind is becoming active, which indicates the physical
mind is falling asleep.
ENERGY RAISING DURING OOBE
To increase out of body vitality and capability it is important to have
enough energy flowing from the physical/etheric bodies to the projected
double. This is best done by the projected double while it is out of body.
It must reach out and 'feel' itself sucking energy into itself, feeling
energy rushing into it from it's physical body. This out of body awareness
action appears to create a strong energy demand in the projected double,
which causes an increased flow of energy from the physical/etheric body to
meet this demand. The increase in the clarity and ability this can cause
during a projection can be quite amazing, and happens very quickly. This
technique is especially useful if you have projection vision problems or
blindness. Everything will noticeably brighten and light will be seen all
around the projector, lighting up the darkness and following them about
wherever you go. This technique can be used with great effect to solve or
ease most common projected double related weakness problems, visual or
IMPROVED RELAXATION TECHNIQUE
Note: This new set of 'improved' and 'simplified' deep physical
relaxation exercises are to replace those in the original Treatise.
The first big hurdle you need to overcome is deep physical relaxation.
With the thousands of letters I have had from people having problems
achieving OOBE - one problem area stands way out, DEEP PHYSICAL
RELAXATION. Everyone seems to rush through learning this, most important
of skills, to get on with the more interesting stuff, like the projection
attempt itself. But, as with any type of metaphysical development
(metaphysical = mind science) any skill not thoroughly learned will
eventually stop the aspirant cold, forcing them right back to the
beginning to learn it properly before they can proceed.
More time must be spent learning the skill of totally relaxing your
physical body than with any other skill - it is THAT important. Relaxation
is a progressive skill that can be learned and improved with time and
practise. The biggest problem with deep physical relaxation, in the early
stages, is that it takes so long that if done properly as part of a
projection attempt the projector can become mentally exhausted or bored.
This can ruin a projection attempt as the projector may then have little
energy or enthusiasm for the exit. If this becomes a problem, I suggest
deep physical relaxation be learned and practiced regularly but
'separately' from projection attempts, until such time as the projector
can attain deep physical relaxation fairly quickly.
A deep level of physical relaxation is absolutely necessary to
consciously project your astral body. This is quite easy to achieve,
though, if you go about it in the right way and practice regularly.
Deep physical relaxation plus a clear mind = Trance State
The trance state is achieved when the physical body goes to sleep while
the mind stays awake and in control of itself. A conscious exit projector
needs to be able to attain some level of the trance state before they can
successfully project out of their body. Deep physical relaxation leads to
and naturally brings about the trance state. The trance state is entered
automatically once the physical body enters a deeply enough relaxed state.
*Important Note: Just as sleep is possible without deep physical
relaxation, so is the trance state. It is quite easy to fall asleep and
even enter the trance state while stressed and full of tension, relying on
physical/mental tiredness to overcome lack of relaxation and trance
ability. Just because you feel the sensations of trance (ie, heavy body
feeling) it does not mean you have attained deep physical relaxation. Many
people do this and think they have found a handy short cut, only to find
conscious exit projection virtually impossible. Most people, in this case,
will fail right on the exit, because their physical body is too tense.
The above is also why sleeping for a few hours first, then waking for a
projection attempt, works better for most people who lack relaxation and
trance ability. The body has time (sleep) to overcome it's sleep deficit
and physical tension. This makes projection much easier and is a good way
to get early results with conscious exit projection.
I suggest sitting in a comfortable arm chair, with
good arm and neck support, and a pillow under your feet. The pillow is
necessary because when relaxed to a deep level, supporting muscles in the
feet will tend to relax and can cause some discomfort. If an arm chair is
not available, use a high backed dining chair. It is possible to use a
bed, but falling asleep can be a big problem. If a bed must be used, I
suggest laying on the back (never the side) with hands and forearms held
vertically above the bed, with elbows resting comfortably on the bed.
Adjust and vary this position slightly for comfort. This position will
reduce the likelihood of falling asleep.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bare feet (or
loose socks) depending on the local temperature. Tight clothing and shoes
will cause discomfort with deep relaxation, and will also restrict the
flow of blood and energy.
Good posture helps a great deal with deep
relaxation. Do not slump in the chair. If good posture is used the body
will be well balanced. Then, when a deep level of relaxation is achieved,
the body will stay well balanced and will experience no distracting
discomfort. If posture is not good when relaxing deeply, muscles will
relax and the body will sag, causing discomfort in the spine and joints,
which will interfere with the level of relaxation attained. Put a pillow
behind the lower back and one behind the neck, if necessary, to make sure
the body is not sagging.
Tensing and relaxing muscle groups:
I have kept the relaxation exercises as simple as possible. All that is
required is to progressively tense and relax opposing groups of muscles.
If you already know a full body relaxation discipline, stick with it or
adapt it to this one, making sure all muscle groups are covered.
Full body stretch: Stretch your arms and legs, really
stretch, as if you were very tired, and take several long, slow, deep
Feet and calves: Lift up your toes and tense both feet and
both calves at the same time - and then relax them. Curl up your toes
Knees and Thighs: Tense both your thighs, knees and calves at
the same time - then relax them. Press down with your heels and tense
thighs, calves and feet, then relax them.
Hips, buttocks and groin: Push your buttocks backwards, tense
and relax. Push hips forward, tense and relax.
Stomach and lower back: Push out your stomach and tense up
all stomach muscles, tense and relax. Suck in your stomach and tense
lower back and buttocks, tense and relax.
Chest and upper back: Arch shoulders and suck in chest and
tense all upper back muscles, tense and relax. Push shoulders back and
push out chest and tense all muscles, tense and relax.
Arms: Tense your shoulders, arms and hands, making fists.
Pump your arms, bringing fists to shoulders a few times, tense and
Neck: Arch neck forward and place chin on chest and tense all
muscles, tense and relax. Push head way back and push chin up high,
tense throat and jaw muscles, tense and relax.
Jaw, face and head: Move head back, open mouth wide and screw
up face, tensing all muscles in your head, tense and relax. Smile widely
while screwing up face, tensing all facial muscles, tense and relax.
Frown deeply while screwing up face, tense all facial muscles, tense and
Full body stretch: Give yourself a full body stretch, trying
to arch and tense as much of your body as you can, tense and relax.
Repeat the above process until you feel you have relaxed your body
as much as possible. Each time you do this, pay particular attention to
the relaxation part - letting your muscles droop and totally relax after
This will get progressively easier to do the more often you do it.
In time, you will be able to relax your entire body simply by waving
your awareness, your mental hands, over it.
The head and neck areas are the most difficult of all body parts to
relax, as inner tension affects them greatly. Use awareness actions to
massage them. 'Feel' your 'awareness hands' deeply massaging your neck
and head, as if someone were actually massaging them. Use your memory to
recreate the required awareness actions. Feel your 'hands' penetrating
deep within the muscles and tendons in your head and neck and 'feel' all
the tension leaving your body.
Move your awareness throughout your body, searching for any tense
areas. If you find any, massage them away until your body is totally
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