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Recognition and Response to the Vibrational State

William Buhlman
Internal vibrations and sounds are often the early indications of an approaching out-of-body experience. I refer to the inner sounds and vibrations as the vibrational state. These vibrations are commonly reported to begin at the head, neck and stomach area and spread throughout the entire body. They are often accompanied by numbness, paralysis and noises such as a buzzing, humming or roaring sound. 
According to an extensive national out-of-body survey conducted by Dr. Steward Twemlow in 1979, fifty-five percent of the three hundred and thirty-nine participants reported "a sense of energy" during their out-of-body experience. In addition, fifty percent stated they felt the vibrations in their body and thirty-eight percent heard noises in the early stages of their experience. According to the survey, the most commonly reported noises were buzzing (29%), roaring (19%) and music or singing (16%).
In the beginning it's helpful to notice any internal inner signals you may experience during sleep, dreams, and as you are waking. Pay close attention to any unusual vibratory feelings or sounds even if they are subtle. Many people routinely experience vibration sensations and sounds, but disregard them as dream-related or as unexplained physical phenomena.
Your recognition and response to these sensations and sounds will, many times, determine how successful your separation process becomes. Some people are so startled by the sensations and sounds they think of their physical body - this causes an instant return to the physical.
Your positive reaction to your personal vibrational signals will assist you to take advantage of every opportunity to separate from your physical body and experience the ultimate adventure. The more knowledgeable and prepared you are about the initial sensations and sounds associated with out-of-body exploration, the more success you are likely to achieve. Recognition and response to the Vibrational State is an important step in preparation. The following is presented to help you recognize the internal sensations and sounds associated with the initial phases of an out-of-body experience.

Common Vibrational Signals

  • Buzzing, humming or roaring sounds
  • Unusual tingling or energy sensations
  • Voices, laughter, or your name being called out
  • Heaviness or sinking
  • Numbness or paralysis in any part of your body
  • Weightlessness or spreading lightness
  • Any internal vibrations out of norm
  • Electrical-like sense of energy
  • Footsteps or other sounds of a person's presence
  • Internal rocking, spinning, or movement of any kind
  • Arms or legs lifting while asleep
  • Surge of energy flowing through your body
  • Any noise out of the norm, wind, engine, music, bells, etc.
Currently there are several theories about the cause and nature of the vibrations associated with out-of-body experiences. Based on my experience, I feel that they are the direct result of the higher frequency, nonphysical body moving out of phase with the physical body. I've reached this conclusion because the intensity of the vibrations diminishes immediately after complete separation is achieved. The way we respond to these initial vibrations will often determine how effectively we separate from the physical body. The following is a basic guideline for responding to the vibrational state.

How to respond to the Vibrational State

1. Remain calm. The vibrations, sounds, numbness, and catalepsy are a normal experience. 
2. Relax and enjoy the vibrations as they spread throughout your entire body. Remember not to move or think about your physical body (Any physical movement will shut down the vibrational process).
3. Allow the vibrations, sounds, numbness, or catalepsy to expand and envelop you. Don't analyze or judge the experience, simply allow it to spread through every level of your being.
4. Visualize yourself moving away from your physical body and toward another area in your home. This can be enhanced by mentally directing yourself by a repeated thought. "Now I move to the door, etc." (Any location away from your body.) Be open to all various forms of motion, floating, sinking, spinning, lifting etc. Flow with the motion.
5. After complete separation is obtained, the vibrations will immediately diminish. At this point it's critical to focus and maintain your complete attention away from your physical body.
6. If your awareness is out-of-sync or less then ideal repeat the "clarity technique" on page 225-226 in Adventures Beyond the Body.
I have found that our knowledge, recognition, and response to the vibrational state is one of the primary keys to controlled out-of-body exploration. During the first year of my out-of-body experiences, I was often startled and sometimes even scared by the intensity of the vibrational state. As I look back I realize I learned the hard way. During the early seventies there was little information available on this subject and what was written scarcely mentioned the topic of vibrations and sounds.
After repeatedly experiencing vibrations and buzzing sounds during sleep, dreams and out-of-body techniques, I began to realize that these strange vibrations are a natural prelude to the out-of-body experience. These unusual vibrations and sounds were one of the best early indications that I was ready to separate from my body. After several experiences I started to enjoy the vibrations and even began to look forward to them. In retrospect I now realize that my attitude toward the vibrational state had a major impact on my ability to initiate and control my out-of-body experiences. As my anxiety concerning the vibrations and sounds slowly turned to anticipation, my personal abilities increased substantially. Eventually, I got to the point where the vibrational state was a welcome friend that heralded the beginning of an exciting adventure.
After more than a year of struggle, I finally felt comfortable with the entire process. From that moment whenever I felt or heard anything out of the norm; sounds, vibrations, voices, or any form of energy sensation, I would immediately encourage the vibrations or sounds to expand. Then I would visualize myself moving away from my physical body and toward the bedroom door.
This combination was remarkably successful. I began to recognize different vibrations and sounds during sleep, in dreams, during meditation and sometimes even after sex. The intensity of the vibrations and sounds varied; sometimes they were subtle while other times they were overpowering. I also found that if I experienced mild vibrations I could focus on them and encourage them to expand and spread throughout my entire body. For example, on one occasion I woke in the middle of the night with a slight vibration at the back of my neck. I closed my eyes, completely relaxed and enjoyed the vibration. I allowed the vibrational sensations to grow and expand from the back of my neck throughout my entire body. Slowly, the vibrations seemed to move down my spine and then outward enveloping my trunk and limbs. After what seemed to be several minutes, the vibrations reached their peak and I simply willed myself out-of-body by picturing myself moving to my bedroom door. Within seconds I was standing outside of my body and ready to explore.
This process is completely natural and extremely enjoyable when you get accustomed to it. In addition, your new understanding and control of the vibrational state gives you an expanded ability. Now you can take advantage of every possible opportunity to explore beyond your physical limits. Always remember the sensations and sounds of the vibrational state are an important reference point that can go a long way to enhancing your abilities to have controlled out-of-body experiences.