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The Brazillian MD and spiritual investigator, Waldo Vieira, has here produced a log of 60 OBEs he made in the 70s, and they are absolutely fascinating. This would probably be better known if it had more direct OBE instruction in it. (It does have some interesting sidebars on technique, but you couldn't project from this book alone I don't think.)
It's true that his writing is stilted. He says he wants to write "an objective, rather than a literary work, composed of technical reports," and so he does... "After receiving some instructions from Transmentor through psychophonic monologue, I laid down in the dorsal position at 7:12 pm" is a fair sample of the style. But Vieira does have a sense of humour and a poetic soul, as ultimately proves, and the unvarnishedness of the reports is very valuable in itself.
The wealth of experiences described here is fascinating and will inspire any projector to improve their own mastery. There's much that hasn't been recorded by anyone else - a night journey which shows human encounters with heroic monsters are far from dead for example, or a gigantic storm clearing away psychotic ghosts, love lighting up a tombstone, a moving day in the life of a truly enlightened being, and more.
Many of Vieira's experiences have to do with illustrating conditions immediately before birth and after death for our race at this time, and there are often little moral insights that illustrate what he calls the 'cosmoethic' -- the means of living truly well in this universe, I suppose one could say.
Vieira is also the first of the modern OBE authors to really nail the truth talked about in older works and traditions (eg. Franz Bardon's course which would be very compatible with Vieira) -- that there is such a thing as the mental body, and that it can project without the astral body attached, just as the astral can without the physical. He plays with this a few times. He also works with Guides constantly, including energetic transfers, which are well delineated and will suggest ideas to some practitioners.
A slight caveat: I'm using these fairly standard terms (astral, physical), but Vieira doesn't. Like other determinedly 'scientific' researchers -- eg. Monroe -- he wants an all-new and more objective-sounding terminology, rejecting older systems as overly mystical or vague. I don't blame him for it exactly, but his choice of terms is frankly ugly. Why we have to put up with 'intraphysical' and 'extraphysical' instead of the more common 'physical' and 'non-physical' I cannot understand; certainly there is no improvement in readability, and I doubt there is one in clarity. Perhaps it sounds better in Portuguese? Some of his other terms are somewhat better, but I'm not wild about 'soma' (body), 'psychosoma', 'mentalsoma' (mental body) etc. either. I would have thought that new terms ought to be coined only for new phenomena, if at all. The overwhelming number of them here really does make the English awkward.
I guarantee though that if you are able to get past this linguistic oddity you will be rewarded with a very insightful collection of reports. Most are to the low or middle earthzone, but the last shows that, even in 1979 when these projections were taking place, Vieira was able to reach a high spiritual level. His language goes into very unscientific raptures as he encounters a taste of mental perfection, well worth reading and very inspiring.
Vieira would rank highest for me, I think, of all the modern projection authors who belong to no spiritual tradition, and such people as Buhlman or Bruce would be well rewarded by looking at his work. Someday I might tackle his larger and more technical book, 'Projectiology'. I confess, I don't look forward to the vocabulary! But there is a unique and valuable spiritual voice here, and one with a great deal of expertise.
This book, meanwhile, really should not be missed by anyone with an interest in this subject matter. It is a great piece of work.