My Story and My Views: In the late 1970's, the craze was pyramid power or kirlian photography. Pyramid power was demonstrated with little plastic pyramids that would supposedly keep razor blades from rusting. Pyschic energy and mind control were hot topics. The 2 most significant books that changed me during my teen years was Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain, Silva Mind Control by Jose Silva and a book about TM. I don't recall the name of the book about TM. It mostly involved chanting Aum Mane Padme Aum over and over at bedtime. I felt the effects of that meditation even though I would find that I was saying the mantra wrong years later. I pronounced it "Oh-mm main pad-me oh-mm" and it seemed to work to bring a meditative state. Shakti Gawain states that "visualization is the technique to create what you want in your life."1 As a teenager, my biggest problem was to focus on 1 goal and stick to it. Creative visualization was a great idea, but one has to have the will to stick with it. I felt praying every night to God wasn't working. God didn't answer prayer and I had to find something that worked. Teachings from the Lutheran church didn't seem to be the truth to me. If it was the truth why didn't it work? I had developed the power to dissolve all my headaches by focusing or visualizing white light in my head where the brain is located. I found I could make pain go away. (review Silva Mind control here to give credits to Jose where needed). I begun to test or experiment on my own to see the truth of questions I had raised from the books I was reading. I remember one summer day my brother was scheduled for a big tennis match. The whole family went to the courts to give support. I decided to test whether the white light could focused outside my body on other people. I was not sure of the effects. Up to that point I had only used it on parts of my own body to dissolve pain. I started focusing white light on my brother with all my will. I tried to picture his body surrounded by an aura of white light. He started hitting the net on his serves and loosing points. I thought that this was detrimental to his play. I immediately changed to focusing white light on his opponent and his opponent began hitting the net on his serves and my brother started coming back. I kept it up till the remainder of the game. Both my brother and his opponent were well matched, but I think I did have a serious effect in his winning of that match. I'm not saying everyone can do this. You should always test and experiment for yourself. You may find that you can make headaches go away by focusing white light in your head just like I did. I tried astral projection, but had one experience out of the body. I would never have another experience out of the body. Astral projection is the sensation that your senses are outside your physical body. It is almost as though you were seeing things as a ghost that can roam the entire world. There are some great books out there such Robert Monroe's Journeys Out of the Body, Leaving the Body by D Scott Rogo and Projection of the Astral Body by Sylvan Joseph Muldoon. My one experience in the astral body was a very sickening experience not of my own will. Fate magazine advertised a witch that gave an astral projection course for 45 dollars to be paid over 3 months of 15 dollar installments. I missed getting my last payment to her and she neglected in sending me the lesson. She must have guaranteed results because I had my first and last experience of being outside my body. It was a very nauseating unpleasant experience. Watch contracting with any witch. You might get what you want regretfully! I have talked to others that have successfully perfected astral projection. Some can do it willfully.
1 Gawain, Shakti. Creative Visualization. New York: Bantam Books, 1982.
Please take time to read one or more of the following books that were in my collection. Shakti Gawain's book is now published with a newly revised edition.
Reed, Scott. The Miracle of Psycho-Command Power: The New Way to Riches, Love, and Happiness. Englewood Cliffs: Parker Publishing Co, 1976.
Murphy, Joseph. The Power of Your Subconcious Mind. New York: Bantam Books, 1982.