Re: Recurrent flying dream
Do you think Monroe books offer much worthwhile?
In one way, yes. It's been a few years since I read them as well (it hadn't been long since I finished his trilogy when I made my intro post on the forum). He did pioneering work in OBE, and I don't have any reason to believe that anything was fabricated or exaggerated. I think that he offers some of the best insights and information into the nuts and bolts of astral projection, in terms of how it works as opposed to merely recounting experiences. And one of the things I remember most clearly was the buzzing sensation that he described which accompanied his experiences -- first non-volitional, and then later controlled. Abductees have reported the same experience -- which doesn't mean that the buzzing indicates abduction (just want to make that clear) -- but it adds some extra support to the idea that the buzzing is a 'symptom' of the astral body disengaging from the physical, for whatever reason.
That being said, the whole experimental thrust of controlled OBE at the Monroe Institute is something that wouldn't be condoned here, so you have to read those parts with some discrimination, because they're playing with fire and quite ignorant of it. There is a 'disciple' of Monroe's, if you want to call him that, named Robert Bruce who has published a couple of how-to books regarding OBEs. Anecdotally, at just about the time I discovered this forum, I had bought one of his books and was experimenting with some of his energy movement and meditation exercises. My daughter joined me a couple of times -- I had been doing it for a few weeks without any apparent success, but on her second time she experienced that buzzing and it freaked her out. I had her stop for that reason, but knowing what I do now, I cringe when I look back at what I might have exposed her to out of my own
ignorance. So all things considered, it sounds like you may be prone to this kind of experience for whatever reason, but you had the right instinct about not pursuing it when you were a teenager since it could have led you into an area that you would have been unprepared for.
Thanks for the feedback and you are quite right in urging discrimination. The thing is, I have no desire for an OBE so in that respect alone am not too interested in seeking out Monroe books or Institute. If a book finds its way to me then will pay attention and give it a read, but if not, <shrug>
Though your care and concern are clear to see it should be clarified that in a way I did pursue areas that I was unprepared for albeit not deliberate and willful astral projection. Like many on this forum I've experienced strange things, the "weird and the wonderful" but all in all tend to take such experiences with a grain of salt. And when it comes to the pursuit of knowledge, or encountering the unknown, can we EVER be prepared, truly?
Do have to admit however that since finding this forum the possibility of abduction can run amock in one's mind if not careful. It is strange to look back a few years ago where I was never interested in UFO's, aliens, etc, though I have had an interest in esoteric studies since about the age of 18, and now with exposure to greater thoughts/ideas and therefore books has changed the ways I view many childhood events.
Not that I know or even highly suspect any kind of interaction/abductions, there is no conscious memory of a "face-to-face" meeting, but the places lived and bizarre events in childhood are looked at now with that knowledge that such things exist, whatever the strange phenomena might be.
Just today I read an article on SOTT describing strange lights at Sandia Mountain near Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I spent quite a few formative years in childhood (along with Roswell) and then there are stories I've read of places visited known for strange aerial activity, e.g Montserrat in Spain, or even the stories read, almost twenty years later(!) of a number of cases in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri with sightings and cattle mutilations, occurring (in a handful of stories read) not more than 10 miles from home in high school!
Yet at the time in ALL of these places I had no inkling of an idea, or even interest for that matter, in possible UFO/Alien phenomena.
The only time I can recall an interest in "aliens" was about the age of 9 or so and just one day started this kick about getting my mom to stop smoking, when I said, paraphrased, "imagine if aliens came to earth and found all these people smoking cancer sticks, wouldnt that be aweful?" So one way the mind can run amock is to imagine abduction and programming one night to lead to saying such things. To be clear, I do NOT operate from that belief, but its an example.
Yet today I smoke, and enjoy it, so if, now just saying if, that were the case, then, HA!