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Explorations in Consciousness: A New Approach to Out-of-Body Experiences [Anglais] [Broché]

Frederick Aardema

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29 avril 2012

In Explorations in Consciousness, Frederick Aardema, a clinical researcher, provides a profound, in-depth account of the out-of-body experience, during which the explorer of consciousness is able to transcend the boundaries of time and space.

In his quest for knowledge, the author seamlessly weaves in his own travels into different fields of consciousness. These include experiences in the personal field, where he is confronted with the constructs of his own psyche, as well as visitations to collective fields of consciousness that appear to have an independent existence beyond the eye of the beholder.

Highly original and groundbreaking, Explorations in Consciousness presents a model of reality in which nothing can ever be taken for granted. It proposes that consciousness is embedded within a wider field of possibilities that become real depending on our interaction with the world around us.

Regardless of what you believe about the out-of-body state, this book will challenge and excite you to become an explorer of consciousness. It provides you with all the tools you need for your own journey.


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Frederick Aardema is a researcher and practitioner in the field of clinical psychology. He has published widely in international scientific journals, including two books on obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. Other aspects of his research include consciousness, out-of-body experiences, dissociation, virtual reality, imagination, introspection, reasoning and psychometrics. Originally born in the Netherlands, he now lives in Montreal, Canada.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A lucid, scientific, and utterly helpful text on a mysterious topic. 11 mai 2012
Par Andrew - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a practitioner of conscious exploration (lucid dreaming, consciously-induced OBEs, etc.) I have read more books, essays, and personal accounts than I care to recall.

The stack on my bookshelf now includes William Buhlman's books, which I credit for sparking a fire that still burns deep. From there I went to Mastering Astral Projection by Robert Bruce, which lead me to Astral Dynamics, which lead me to Kurt Leland's outstanding works, which lead me to Robert Monroe's works, which led me on to at least half a dozen other perspectives penned by ancient Tibetan Buddhists, Theosophists, Indian Gurus, and random closet mystics proclaiming to have mastered THE best approach to exiting the body. And without blinking, I owe each of these authors and pioneers thanks for helping me formulate as coherent an understanding of the topic as possible.

However, Frederick Aardema's work absolutely stands out as a unique and important contribution that I am recommending to my friends that practice CE as well. This one is required reading for anyone serious about the subject. The book tackles some of the most mysterious and intriguing aspects of the OBE: the nature of the infamous vibrations that precede the exit, how complexities related to mind and conscious awareness impact the experience, how we "separate," in addition to exactly what we suppose "separates" in those very intense moments before we're off exploring, just to name a few. Prepare to be illuminated.

While I continue to hold a fairly mystical perspective on the phenomenon as a whole, I welcome Aardema's scientific approach here-- an approach that has ultimately removed some major obstacles in my understanding. We must be willing to discard treasured assumptions and convictions where evidence invites us to. And if we do, we may just find ourselves immersed in greater freedom. For example, Frederick's Vigil method to inducing an exit just works. It's the only method that's worked for me, and so when I saw what I had been doing in print, and with detailed explanation for each step, I was thrilled.

The puzzle is coming together.

Thank you, Frederick.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the best works on OBEs I've ever read 13 juillet 2012
Par dreaming90 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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First of all, yes, you should buy this book. Whether you are a "weekend warrior" OBEer or a full-time consciousness explorer, Explorations in Consciousness is full of information which will greatly enrich your personal explorations. Furthermore, Fred's writing style is excellent, and this book is a pleasure to read.

Fred Aardema takes a truly new and original approach to the out-of-body experience. He straddles the fence between outright skeptic and glossy-eyed believer, approaching the subject with an entirely open mind. While it is clear that Fred has been influenced by the Monroe school of thought, he takes nothing for granted. Fred makes his conclusions only on the basis of his own personal experiences.

The conclusions Fred makes in this book-- or rather, the lack thereof-- may frustrate readers who have taken a concrete stance on the nature of OBEs. You will not find extensive cosmologies or revelations regarding the nature of the meaning of life that are present in other works. Rather, this book should be viewed as a big step in the right direction: a completely open-minded approach where conclusions are not drawn unless supported by evidence.

In Chapter 1, we are treated to Fred's first personal OBE experiences at the age of 17. Fred recounts his ever-increasing skepticism towards OBEs over the years, especially in light of the convincing theory that OBEs are merely lucid dreams.

We then move on to Part 1, where Fred addresses basic issue and controversies regarding OBEs. He considers different definitions of OBEs put forth by various individuals, both believer and skeptic. We are then given an overview of occult, contemporary, materialistic, and nonlocal approaches to OBEs. The strengths and weaknesses of all these approaches are given equal consideration. What I found most interesting was Fred's thorough debunking of the lucid dream theory, which has gained popularity on the internet.

Ultimately, Fred seems to favor nonlocal approaches such as those put forth by various researchers and, interestingly, Robert Monroe.

Chapter 3 is a gem-- the transition process. The nature and induction of energy sensations and various pathways to the OBE state are addressed. This chapter answered many questions I had regarding the transition process, including a very basic one-- what are those famous vibrations and where do they come from?

Additionally, we are introduced to the concept of parasomatic (with a second body) and asomatic (without a second body) transitions, which does not bode well for the notion of subtle bodies put forth by theosophists.

Part 2 deals with explorations in the physical field of consciousness. Fred addresses the basic question of whether a projector is roaming the physical world like a ghost, or if he is "elswewhere." Reality fluctuations are explored in detail-- Fred details the basic causes of reality fluctuations and gives strategies for dealing with each.

Fred segues into the subject of veridical perception. His struggle to obtain veridical perception in the physical field is long, frustrating, but ultimately promising with his final "nail test."

Part 3 addresses the human spectrum of consciousness, which Fred divides into the personal and collective fields.

The personal field is where one is projecting into his own psyche, where all objects and persons encountered are extensions of one's own self. In this respect, the personal field is very similar to the lucid dream environment. Fred notes that the personal field exerts a powerful pull, and it is therefore very easy to get sucked in unintentionally.

I respectfully disagree with Fred on some of his conclusions regarding the personal field. He states that many who think that they are astral projecting in collective environments are really inside the personal field. This becomes clear when Fred gives techniques for entering the personal field; included is R. Bruce's technique of flying towards the horizon when in a real-time zone projection. Furthermore, Fred states that Monroe's early Locale II was Monroe's personal field, but Monroe clearly states in Far Journeys that Locale II equates to the the "central rings" that he observed around earth.

Still, Fred's observations and experiences in the personal field are extraordinary. We are treated to Fred's many selves, including probable and higher selves. Techniques are given for utilizing the personal field for growth, such as mindscaping. Fred also recounts a fascinating contact with Monroe himself, where Monroe leads Fred to "clean up" a dirty pond in his personal field.

Section 3 addresses collective fields of consciousness. Fred notes that venturing beyond the personal field is difficult. The personal field creates all kinds of obstacles that seem designed to prevent an aspiring projector from leaving. This is perhaps the most convincing argument for the existence of collective fields-- why doesn't the personal field just create a false collective field? Fred also addresses the notion that the personal field is a training ground for the "real thing," as put forth by William Buhlman and Frank Kepple.

Fred addresses the issue of differentiating between personal and collective fields, including techniques offered by various projectors.

Fred discusses the notion of afterlife environments, and recounts his visit to what seems to be what Monroe calls The Park. Fred also discusses the notion of repository fields, which seem to be information storage areas. These would seem to equate to the Hindu concept of the Akashic records or Tom Campbell's Reality Wide Web.

Fred never fully concludes that collective fields exist. After all, it is difficult to gather evidence. However, he notes that one cannot discount the idea altogether. Extraordinary things happen in these supposed collective fields. Fred mentions a brief visit from his deceased grandmother before he knew she had died.

I am curious as to why Fred didn't attempt to gather verifiable information from supposedly deceased persons. This is the approach advocated by afterlife researcher Bruce Moen. If one projects into an afterlife environment and obtains verifiable information from a deceased person therein, would that not be evidence for the existence of collective fields? It would be interesting to see Fred undertake such an endeavor.

The following chapter offers a preliminary hypothesis for the nature of consciousness and perception. Fred also addresses exploring beyond human consciousness, and the difficulties inherently involved, including his own experience where he felt he had projected into an environment where three-dimensional space did not exist.

Chapter 9 is a treasure-- the vigil method. I see no need to dive into an explanation, as it is available as a free excerpt on Fred's website.

The final chapter covers the issue of navigating in the OBE state. Fred offers a pragmatic mode of travel centered around the void, including techniques for phasing into and out of environments from the void. Monroe's quick-switch method is also discussed.

In conclusion, I highly recommend Explorations in Consciousness. Not since Astral Dynamics has such an encylcopedic and informative book on OBEs been available to the public. Regardless of your stance towards OBEs, your beliefs will be challenged by Fred's extensive observations and sound theory.

The reader is left with the sense that there is much work to be done in understanding OBEs and consciousness in general. However, Explorations in Consciousness is a gigantic leap in the right direction.

At the end of the day, I retain my mystical view on OBEs. However, Fred has given me much to consider. I extend my sincere thanks to Fred for taking the time and energy to write this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another worthy edition to the OBE/LD literature 31 mai 2012
Par alanl - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have read many books on this subject and my favourites span several different opinions on the phenomenon.

Stephen LaBerge takes the scientific approach, Robert Monroe takes a more modern approach and Robert Bruce, Sylvan Muldoon and others take a more spiritual, esoteric approach.

Its clear from the book that Frederick prefers the modern approach from Robert Monroe but thankfully rather than just accept Monroes theories as the truth has found his own path and mind to trying to explain OBE's as well as offering what looks like as good a method as any (and one of the simplest!) to induce them. I look forward to trying it!

For readers that like lots of anecdotal experiences there are plenty here. Some reinforce a point while others are more ambigous (intentionally I think).

For anyone who has had OBE's or very lucid dreams sometimes things happen that are hard to explain and the author has had his fair share of those as well.

His descriptions of the various 'fields of consciousness' are better than many I've read (was never sure what the astral planes were) and his experiences on The Void are the best I've come across. Now I can see what he calls a 'panoramic view of consciousness' is what Robert Bruce and others call the sight of the astral plane 'structure' you arrive at.

Whats most refreshing is he looks at OBE's as travelling within consciousness (or psyche). As a fan of Carl Jung's work I can relate to this more than any other books on this subject.

I would recommend this book as a great entry book on the subject as well as one for well-read or experienced projectors as it does offer something different to everything else available.

Frederick has also answered some of my questions directly so was nice to be able to get clarification on a few things I was mulling over :-)

One final thing. I have had a recurring dream involving an unclean home aquarium with dying fish and algae-filled water etc (I used to keep fish and always made sure they were well cared for) and although I had an idea what the dream was saying I wasn't 100% sure. In this book he talks about 'semipermanent structures of the personal field' and his recurring experience of a neglected bird cage just confirmed this for me. A nice moment :-)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Game Changer 28 février 2013
Par Scott Meredith - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book has moved the OBE ball down the field farther than anything since Robert Monroe's stuff of the 70's and 80's. In fact, this author is fully conversant with Monroe's observations and theoretical models, making frequent reference to them and respectuflly offering compelling updates.

I could cover many great points the author makes but you need to read the real thing for yourself. Just a few examples:

* He challenges the LaBergian view that OBE's are just a minor subcategory of lucid dreaming (and thus a fortiori entirely reducible to purely physical brain phenomena, just as LaBerge assumes both lucid and ordinary dreams are).

* At the same time, Aardema does not uncritically accept the Theosphist-inspired models positing an 'objective' existence of distinct astral realms or belts or consensually created persistent zones and non-physical worlds (or physical ones for that matter). His analysis of this issue is by far the most sophisticated I've ever read.

* He offers a fully articulated model of 'the Void'. This is something hardly mentioned by other OBE authors. I didn't understand that it exists at all until I experienced it at the William Buhlman OBE training about a year ago. Basically the Void is the null gameboard on which all apparent activity of consciousness - worlds, entities, the time-space illusion, etc. - is staged. It sounds abstract but I found it's something you can actually experience. I was in the Monroe Institute CHEC unit at the aforementioned training program and suddenly, without me leaving my body, my body left me. The whole CHEC unit melted away, my body melted away, and I found myself floating in something resembling outer space, with just a few pinpricks of light in the far distance like stars. But though it feels like outer space, it isn't a physical area in that sense at all. Aardema's discussion of the Void alone is worth double the price. It meshes exactly with my experience, long before I read this book.

In sum, the greatest contribution here is the way he looks at the whole OBE thing. While rejecting neural reductionism, he also rejects all forms of geographical or 'travel' analogies. Consciousness is nowhere and can never be anywhere. All the apparent 'travel' to this or that world or zone of experience is a phase shift of eternally stationary consciousness. This non-geographical orientation dovetails perfectly with the extremely valuable and unique practical points he makes about interacting with the Void.

Check it out, finally somebody with a brain has probed into this deeply. Best thing in decades on OBE.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Book! 25 octobre 2012
Par Charles Hennet - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Frederick Aardema's book, Explorations in Consciousness is certainly one of the best I have ever read on the OBE. (And I have read a lot.) He takes a skeptical view, but doesn't commit the experience of the OBE to the materialist dustbin. He takes the time to develop a well rounded view of consciousness without relying too much on a lot of Quantum Mechanical B.S. Then he neatly and thoroughly places the experience of the OBE within his workable framework of consciousness. Very well done. The book then drills in for some very in depth practical techniques. It is clear that Aardema has spent considerable time out of body and his advice sounds like it is right on the mark. He also does a great job of providing a sensible map of non-physical reality. Super job all around. Really professional.
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