a reply to: Woodcarver
Some of us do
run scientific experiments to at least attempt to validate what causes phenomenon - I've been an astral projector since before I
even knew what the term was, and only in my high school level did I actually start making attempts to prove what I was experiencing was real.
In the last study I did - I followed the scientific method to see if I could do a method that would allow me to experience projections on a more
frequent basis. I spent a month of going to bed at the same time, each night. The first couple nights, I spent trying to see under what conditions I
fell asleep the quickest (need to be "awake" for a projection to happen). The last couple weeks were my experiment. It worked in my case - I was able
to reproduce an experience two nights in a row.
If you want some constraints to a test, here's my input:
1. Like any ability, only the person will know what works for them. Most people don't perform well strapped in a chair with electrodes on their
brains. Let the person being tested at least be in their own environment.
2. Put some logic into the test - For example, the common test I see with telekinesis or psychokinesis is moving a "psiwheel" or pinwheel (aluminum
wheel on a needle). Most people are doing the test with the wheel in the open. I'll tell you, my cat's fart can spin that thing from across the room.
At the least, have a glass bowl covering it.
3. In regards to astral projection in particular - The most data that you would have access to (going with the skeptic's approach that it is all in
your head), is heartbeat, brain activity, and pulse. You could attempt to do like they do for remote viewing (place random photo in envelope, give
photo a random number, and hide the photo somewhere out of sight of the projector). I can already tell you it probably wouldn't yield the results you
want though, as from my experiences the astral is "fluid".
On the side, another forum did attempt to create a place there known as "Astral Island" or something similar - Members who projected there would
"create" something that could be used as validation by other people attempting.
And, as for why I don't try to prove to anyone that I can do what I say: When I have nailed down a method that works 100% of the time, you'll have
your proof. Quite frankly, I pity the person that gets 100% proof and makes a big deal about it, as I can see governments around the world thinking
"how can I use this to my advantage?". I don't have any desire to be someone's black ops lab rat; my software engineer position is all I need.
The reason it's spontaneous (to me) is simple: Some days, you are full of energy, and some days you just want to go to bed. For example, I do have a
real-life ability: I only need to hear a piece of music twice, and I can play it on my trumpet without even seeing the music (audiographic memory +
perfect pitch). 90% of the time, I can reproduce this to no end, but if I'm tired, weary, or exhausted, the gears start to slip, and I don't remember
everything. So, going with the theory that psychic is a "skill" like playing a trumpet, there are days where you can do it if you're in the right
mindset, but one change of mood will not let you reproduce.
PS: I'd say leave astral projection out of your attempted tests for now. Reason being: Just like Linux, there are too many different ideologies
referring to projecting that no-one can quite agree on which theory is right (I follow Robert Monroe, seeing as he created the Monroe Institute...but
the next guy might think Frank Kepple or Robert Bruce were right). Tests that should be easy are: any "kinesis" abilities, remote viewing, and even