Tuning Into The Astral

When theta is strong experiences some recognize as astral, others divine, yet others places of nightmares and demons, are likely to occur. Or maybe theta is strong when these experiences are occurring.

Either way, I have found a useful way of facilitating these states using the simplest of theta beats and gentle light flashing (red/black). Best if used with speakers rather than headphones. Also good if the room can be darkened enough to use the light of the AVS glasses to provide closed-eye stimulation without having to wear them – I’ve used all sorts of ways of blu-tacking, taping, hanging, reflecting the LED glasses.

Over a period of a few nights, probably best non-consecutive, spend half an hour with an isochronic beat at a pitch that pleases you at bottom of the theta range, say 4Hz. Make a note of the beat rate and any impressions of the experience. Next session, repeat with the beat 0.5Hz faster. Continue until you have a general impression of your “sweet spot”. You can then backtrack and fine tune in 0.1Hz steps if you wish.

Note that this is not the same as using EEG to find a personal dominant theta frequency. These experiences rarely correspond to the measured dominant. 

When you subsequently want to take a visit to the theta realm, start off with a few minutes at the last beat frequency you used, your most recent “sweet spot”. Adjust up and down a couple of 0.1Hz steps – it should only take a few minutes at each setting for you to know if it feels right. You can then settle in for whatever duration you choose.

Along with alpha, I have found much of what I have needed in the theta realm. It can be approached two distinct ways. On the one hand, you can just plunge in and see what happens – who shows up, where you end up, etc. On the other, you can build a scenario or pose a question during the early part of the session. Either way, much more likely results will ensue if intent is promptly forgotten. Theta is below conventional consciousness – any deliberate thought while attempting to work with theta will ensure beta or, at the very least, alpha to take priority.

The simple session required can be created with any AVS software, free or commercial and many AVS devices, such as the Kasina, Procyon or Proteus can be easily programmed.


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  • Rodney  On February 4, 2014 at 3:41 am

    Craig.. Thank you for this.. I will give it a try..

    • CraigT  On February 4, 2014 at 11:50 am

      You’re welcome. I look forward to hearing how you get on.


  • Rizwan Yahoo  On February 4, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Hello Craig,

    Nice one and well written. Your comment about not having to wear the glasses for light stimulation reminded me of my experience with Lucia. I think Lucia is priced very dearly for no reason. It should be possible to build a set up to deliver similar function at a fraction. Is anyone else attempting it ?

    Kind regards


    Sent from my iPhone


    • CraigT  On February 4, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Rizwan,

      Thank you.

      There are many interpretations of what matters about the Lucia stimulus. There are high power LED drivers suitable for the MindPlace devices.

      I have briefly mentioned a halogen lamp with a xenon strobe that I used way back for very much the same effect as the Lucia. The strobe could be set to flash at a constant rate or be triggered by music. Colored gels over the lamp and/or strobe changed the overall effect. The key point addressed with this approach is the use of continuous spectrum light sources.

      At that time I didn’t have mind machines as we know them today. When I dig the box I’ll see what can be done with a Kasina and standard GanzFrames for illumination. It’s a black cube, about 400mm, with a 300mm hole facing up with lights mounted below either a diffuser sheet, a bowl of milky water, translucent crystal – whatever.

      There’s a lot more to the price of a product than its value.


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