CHAPTER 1 Background I was born in Minneapolis Minnesota and spent the first 24 years of my life ther e.
My childhood was normal except for a few unusual experiences that will be des cribed later. Before I started Kindergarten, met a boy named Brian, who was about three years older, and we became friends. Brian was a good friend, but he had a bad habit of lying. Brian felt that lying made him seem more knowledgeable and important tha n other kids, and he loved to be in that position of power. At that young age, I was naive and always asking questions, but I had no concept of dishonesty. Hang ing around Brian, it didn't take me long to find out what a lie was. Before long , I didn't trust anything that Brian said to me. Still, Brian was my only friend and there were no other kids my age in the area. Instead of abandoning our frie ndship, I took it as a challenge. I still valued his friendship, but I had to le arn to separate the fact from the fiction. I was forced to use logic to tell whe n he was lying and when he was telling the truth. Sometimes it worked, and somet imes it didn't. But I got better at it by verifying some of the facts with grown ups I knew I could trust. Before too long, my parents intervened and told me I couldn't see Brian again be cause he was a "bad influence." They were right. But Brian's friendship taught m e some valuable lessons when I was at an impressionable age. First, I learned th at you can't believe everything you hear or read. I gained a real appreciation f or the "truth" and I learned to question everything. Second, I learned how to us e reason, deduction and logic. My love of the truth turned into a love for scien tific knowledge, an insatiable curiosity, and a thirst for knowledge and explora tion. When I entered grade school, I made my first important discovery: The school lib rary. Most of the kids would run to the fiction section to grab the story books. I would run to the shelf marked "SCIENCE" and I'd read text books. I would read any book as long as it was scientific: dinosaurs, biology, lasers, botany, arch aeology, astronomy and anything else that crossed my curious mind in a particula r week. Even before I could read I would learn by looking at the pictures. My mom used to take me to the public library and let me wander around while she picked out books. Of course, I'd go straight for the science books there too. Bu t in the public library, children's books were mostly story books. So I would wa nder around the adult section and look for science books. I remember one day whe n I stumbled into the anatomy section of the adult books. I wonder what my paren ts would have said if they found out I knew all about sex and the reproductive s ystem at the age of six! I remember arguing with other six-year-olds about where babies came from. They insisted on storks and cabbage-patches, and I just could n't talk any sense into them. I got a reputation for being a "know it all" or a "brain." I didn't care for tha t status at all, because people couldn't relate to a "brain" and everyone resent s a "know-it-all." I did my best to fight against my reputation, and stuck to a small group of friends. In high school I became interested in the field of computers and my curiosity le d me to study computers in my spare time. I took several computer short-courses offered by the University of Minnesota. After I had taken every short-course the University had to offer, I spent my free time reading computer manuals and writ ing computer games. My face became well known in the University computer labs. I often chuckled when people twice my age would ask me for help on their programm ing class assignments. After high school, I entered the University of Minnesota majoring in the field o
f Computer Science. During that time I started having Out-of-Body Experiences (O BEs), and it changed the course of my life. Perhaps it can change your life too!
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------EXERCISE 1 Affirmations This "exercise" section, which appears at the end of each chapter, is designed t o present exercises and pointers to readers who are interested in learning to ha ve out-of-body experiences. The exercises will be simple in the early chapters a nd get more complicated in later chapters. This particular exercise is an affirmation. An affirmation is like a New Year's resolution; something you say to yourself to strengthen your ability to do somet hing. It's not enough just to say the affirmation, you should think about it fir st, then say it slowly to yourself a few times. Each time you say an affirmation , you should try to put emotion behind your words and actually believe what you are saying. Affirmations work for many reasons. First, it's a way to clearly communicate wit h your subconscious, and we all know how powerful the subconscious is from hypno sis studies. Second, many people in metaphysics believe in a higher consciousness, sometimes called your "Higher Self," or "Oversoul," which is even more powerful than your subconscious. Affirmations also allow you to communicate your intentions to your Oversoul which can help you reach your goals. Third, many people in metaphysics believe that your beliefs directly affect your experience. Affirmations make it easier to change your belief-system, and make positive changes in your life. The most effective affirmations are the kind you make for yourself. They should be short, succinct and stated in a positive way. For example, use "I want" messa ges instead of "I don't want" messages. State the changes you want in your life and what you are willing to do to make it real. For this exercise, you should do affirmations based on your want to have OBEs. You can either create your own af firmation or use the one given below: I want to have out-of-body experiences. I want to leave my body. I know that the Universe will respond to my needs and wants quickly, efficiently and joyously. In return, I will practice OBE exercises, cooperate with the Universe, follow my impulses, act on my intuitions, share my knowledge, spread my love and cooperat e with my own Higher Self.