Out-of-Body Experiences and the Exploration of Consciousness


Luis Minero, Demystifying the Out-of-Body Experience: A Practical Manual for Exploration and Personal Evolution; Llewelyn Publications, 2012.

A welcome change in the occasionally repetitive world of OBE manuals, Luis Minero’ s book is not yet another how-to manual. Instead, demystifying the Out of Body Experience is a complete treatise on consciousness. Clearly written and accessible, this book walks its reader through a range of topics that are relevant to the understanding of the discipline he calls “conscientiology.”

Starting with an analysis of bioenergy, Minero moves on to expound on those bundles of energy, emotion, and information that can be used to communicate with extracorporeal consciousnesses. These bundles are what Robert Monroe dubbed “rotes” (Related Organized Thought Energy); Minero, instead, calls them “thosenes” (a neologism he crafted by merging “thought,” “sentiment,” and “energy”).

Not only are thosenes part of our existence, but they may also stick to things and places; thosenes are also the essence of dreams, too, and that is why the intellectual analysis of oneiric symbols is inevitably lacking. As to “holothosenes,” these are collections of thosenes characterizing the full range of emotions and thoughts of a human being. Holothosenes extend, among others, to the places in which we dwell.

Aside from discussing the energetic qualities of experience on the physical plane, Minero provides insights into the out-of-body environment; extraphysical dimensions, he argues, are made by what he calls “morphothosenes” as the subtle equivalent of physical matter. Being thought-responsive, morphothosenes can be shaped by projectors. Furthermore, while the extraphysical planes closer to our dimension look close enough to our world, proper extraphysical dimensions bear considerably less resemblance to our plane. Lastly, mental dimensions, which can only be reached through what Minero calls the “mentalsoma,” grant the projector glimpses into what Eastern philosophies have described as samadhi, nirvana, or satori.

The practice Minero recommends consists of running energy along the vertical axis of the body, thus bringing about a vibrational state that may loosen one’s energy body (or “energosoma”) and potentially triggering out-of-body experiences. Incidentally, this practice may also protect the practitioner from the intrusion of unwanted energies.

Minero’s description of the projection experience contains helpful information about what to expect: for example, it bears remembering that projectors are likely to find themselves in a dimension whose holothosene resonates with their own. Since dimensions are really states of mind,  being able to tune to different holothosenes is the most helpful navigation tool in the extraphysical realms. As always, an appropriate emotional hygiene is required of all those who are keen on exploring consciousness—and so is an ethics based on maturity, awareness, universalism, and willingness to serve on a cosmic level.

Do not let Minero’s neologisms deter you. If you are willing to entertain his claim that current OBE terminology carries too much theosophical and religious baggage, you will find that his book is well-organized, clear, and above all helpful. Not only does Demystifying the Out of Body Experience contain a wealth of information that guides readers in the process of achieving an out-of-body projection, but it also provides energetic, emotional, and ethical guidelines on how to explore consciousness and maximize one’s evolution. Hence, the book is recommended for astral projectors as well as all those who may be interested in deepening their understanding of consciousness.

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