Tom Campbell (http://www.my-big-toe.com/forums/index.php) talks a bit in his books and lectures about “Belief Traps” and how they can trap us into a certain way of thinking or trap us into ignoring something fundamental to our journey here.
I was thinking about that yesterday and trying to figure out what kind of belief traps I’ve been trapped in over the past little while. In a post I made back at the end of December (How I Came To My Beliefs), I made the distinction that there was a point where I didn’t know that I was allowed to believe something that ended up being very important towards what I needed to know in order to progress.
I’ve noticed that this is a Belief Trap… and it’s one that I’ve still been trapped in for a while as well. I have to thank Tom for opening my eyes to such information and to realize that I am allowed know certain things in order to progress. I notice it a lot in others now too, it’s those times when people post questions on the Astral Pulse asking if it’s okay if they do so-and-so.
As I’ve been progressing along my non-physical path as of late, I’ve slowly been coming to the conclusion that a base knowledge in meditation is a prerequisite for learning how to explore the wider reality. This isn’t something I learned from Tom, it’s something that I’ve been slowly coming to terms with myself over the last few months. However, Tom’s “Belief Trap” ideas were the catalyst for me to understand this. I needed someone to tell me that I was allowed to know this, as strange as that might sound. I can apply and confirm it by looking at my own past experience as I’ve spent the last 15 years of my life learning how to meditate. Through that time, I never once considered how that has helped me along my current path of experiencing the non-physical.
Well, the truth is that it has greatly helped me. This is why and how I found Frank Kepples Phasing exercises so much easier to do and learn from when compared to the classic separation OBEs (aka Monroe-style), because, in essence, they ARE meditation exercises. I just took it for granted that certain things that I did when using the Noticing or Rundown exercises were normal and that everyone just automatically did them too. Well, they’re not. They’re something I’ve learned to do over the last decade and a half. Stuff like learning how to quiet your mind (surface thoughts), fully relaxing the body upon command and being alone with your consciousness. These are skills/tools that one *needs* to learn if “conscious exit” projections is on their list of things “to do”.
To do a conscious exit by Phasing, you have to meditate to get into the proper state first. Sure, we have a couple of “exercises” which you can do to assist you to get there, but they’re not really “exercises”, they are “meditations”. They’re designed to assist you to discover the act of quieting your thoughts and focusing your mind towards a single intent. A byproduct of that is, when you get deep enough and good enough, the “point of consciousness” experience that Tom talks about. This is, in essence, phasing to Focus 21 (the void), which is the Phasing/Projection experience. That’s exactly what we’re doing when we practice Noticing or Mental Rundowns. We’re quieting our mind and focusing it upon a single intent. That intent takes the form of “noticing the blackness” or “visualizing a scene”. <– They become TOOLS to move our consciousness away from this physical awareness and our physical senses… taking us to the “Point of Consciousness”.
So, if you want to experience the non-physical in all its larger glory… put down all your preconceived notions about methods this and techniques that, and just learn to be alone with your consciousness. Master yourself before you try to master the larger reality, for that is the real journey. The non-physical is only a small part of your being… and the fact you’re here in this physical reality in the first place is proof enough of that.