Frequently Asked QuestionsINITIATIC TECHNICS
1st CHAPTER : PHOSPHENISM & INITIATION
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1 - What are the different applications of Phosphenism?
Understanding Phosphenism is at the same time simple and complicated. If you restrict yourself to a purely intellectual process, Phosphenism will be very difficult to understand as a majority of the phenomena baffle comprehension. If, on the other hand, you practice the techniques, intellectual understanding will come by itself through your personal experience. In effect, the intellectual aspects are freed of the principles that we habitually bind them in, and they benefit from the discoveries resulting from individual experience. In this domain, the only relevant approach is experimentation.
Phosphenism is a vast domain of research with several branches of study and application.
– The study of the effects of phosphenes on thoughts has led to two main applications:
- Educational methods.
- The development of abilities of supranatural perception.
– Applied cerebral physiology has given rise to various techniques:
- Cerebroscopy: the analysis of cerebral functions through the study of the alternation of double phosphenes.
- Alternophony: originates from the previous technique, it is mainly used for improving cerebral functions in the broad sense of the term.
- Gyrascopy: an ever-changing domain of study whose main characteristic is the development of a specific cerebral function: the rotational function of the brain, through the practice of gyroscopic meditation.
Each of the branches of Phosphenism has proved itself by bringing many solutions and leading to many discoveries (see personal testimonies). In the future, they will accompany every aspect of everyday life.
Moreover, the study of Phosphenism sheds light on many mysteries: the origin of religions and the nature of initiatory techniques. Other aspects of the history of humanity have also become clear: what was hidden behind the scenes, in a certain way.
2 - What is initiation?
There are several aspects of initiation. First, the word initiation comes from the latin word initium meaning ‟beginning, start”. That shows that initiation is not a gift that enables people to enter the spiritual world in one go, as it is commonly believed. If you analyze all the traditions and religions, you will not find that concept anywhere.
Initiation is always the transmission of a non-corporeal energy. The person receiving that energy needs to maintain it with practice.
It is that daily practice that will allow an individual to become aware of invisible energies and discover many subjective phenomena.
Access to that energy is always obtained by the use of phosphenes and the practice of rhythmic thinking (in the form of repeated prayers, mantras, litanies or in the form of japas: constant prayers).
A characteristic of the phenomena thus produced is that these transmissions of psychic energy can be perfectly studied, reproduced and verified. This is what makes the difference with the methods that claim to obtain physical phenomena (like telekinesis or levitation) and that still need to be proved (even spirituality has become materialistic!)
The concept is to stimulate cerebral activity in such a way as to produce synchronizations of the nervous cells in certain parts of the brain. That creates a very powerful energy which, when it is channeled in the thought processing zones of the brain, corresponds to the classical description of the awakening of kundalini and consciousness extension phenomena. Authentic mystics and yogis always describe the phenomena they perceive as subjective. ‟The spiritual universe” is touched by subjective perception. This is the area in which you should do your research. The subjective domain, in our materialistic and technological cultures, has still to be studied. Initiation, in the deepest sense of the term, belongs to the realm of cerebral physiology; this aspect had not been thoroughly explored before the works of Dr LEFEBURE.
Alexandra David-Neel (who consulted Dr LEFEBURE as a physician), lived for a long time in Tibet and India. She stated that the most advanced lamas maintained that the ‟phenomena” belonged to the realm of the subjective.
Footnote: Subjective experiences abide by certain laws, just as matter abides by its own rules. There are many laws that are common to the whole of mankind. Therefore, it is not a question of an excess of imagination, but rather a reality which does not belong to the physical realm even though it does remain attached to it through the cerebral functions.
3 - What is an Initiate (or, what is a Master)?
An Initiate or a Master is a person who has practiced rhythmic thinking and who is able to transmit this energy to other people. Thus, an Initiate can awaken deep rhythms in another person. If that second person maintains regular practice, beyond the manifestation of multiple subjective phenomena (visions, clairaudience, consciousness extension, out of body experience, astral projection, perception of chakras, awakening of kundalini, etc), he/she too will be able to transmit his or her rhythms. The Master or the Initiate does not need to speak to trigger this ‟transmutation” of the individual. However, that does not mean exemption from elementary explanations or the comprehension of the initiatory processes.
Footnote: The state of absolute ecstasy that the dervishes reach is often felt by the onlookers. The head of the dervishes is chosen for his ability to transmit the movement of rotation to the consciousness of the other dervishes.
4 - Is there an occult science? In other words, is it a science that is revealed only to those who are “ready” and gives access to special powers?
No! There are only persons who, during their childhood, instinctively used phosphenes. They let their own cerebral rhythms carry them and it gave them access to various experiences. They do not understand the real cause of their abilities. From that ignorance was born the myth of an ‟occult science” or ‟secret science” that could only be disclosed to the individuals that are ready for it. If you study religious and initiatory traditions, you will find that they all use phosphenes and that the practice of focusing on direct or indirect sources of light has always been considered as the highest teaching! This shows that the action of light on creativity and psychic phenomena was known everywhere and this has been so throughout the ages.
5 - What is the definition of ‟out of body experiences” or ‟consciousness extensions” in Esotericism?
Out of body experiences are neurological phenomena that are easy to produce if one understands the physiological processes that govern them (they can easily be triggered by the practice of rhythmic thinking combined with certain head sways or exercises like ‟static tensions”). These phenomena are totally subjective which means that they take place in the domain of the mind and not in the domain of matter.
Nothing wrong can happen to the body and thus, there is no danger experiencing this inner cinema.
This justifies the name of out of body experience: consciousness of the body remains; but at the same time situations which are not physical are perceived. Consciousness seems to be ‟in two places at the same time”.
It is common to hear that out of body experiences happen only during sleep. That is the usual argument of those who do not know what they are talking about.
Very often, people confuse certain states of consciousness in dreams and out of body experiences. Sometimes you can be conscious within your dream, i.e. you know that you are asleep and you know that you are dreaming (that situation can lead to a directed dream). In that state, you only have to think about a situation to perceive it immediately. Many people confuse that state with out of body experiences. All they actually perceive is a reflection of the thoughts they have accumulated while they were awake. Often the scenes perceived are struggles with monsters, threatening chases and dramatic situations. When questioning these persons, one quickly discovers that they live in ‟literature” and cinematic ambiances that correspond to their conscious dreams. They are so permeated by those kinds of images that they impose themselves as soon as the consciousness leaves the way clear. It is then easy to believe one has had an out of body experience and fought against ‟astral entities” when one has only met one’s own demons.
That concept is called ‟conscious dream” in psychology and ‟low, mid or high astral” in esotericism. This classification of low, mid or high astral is established in relation to the level and quality of the conscious dream. In a simplified way we can call tormented dreams ‟low”; symbolic dreams ‟mid” and dreams with spiritual content (contact with a guide) ‟high”
In those states, you face yourself and it is your own reflection that is perceived: a person thinking thoughts of sadness and depression will have distressful experiences. A mystical person thinks about God and will end up seeing angels. All that happens according to the laws of thought which are similar to the laws of matter, but reversed. On the physical level, two magnets of the same kind repulse each other. On the level of the mind, thoughts of similar nature attract each other. There is a polarity and an inertia in thought, the same way there is a polarity and an inertia in matter. Their laws are similar but function in an opposite way. Thus, persons who live in unhealthy intellectual atmospheres will find the same ideas in their sleep, only amplified. Persons who live in spiritual atmospheres have more chances of making spiritual ‟contacts”.
If people happen to find themselves conscious within a dream and believe that they are having an out of body experience or an ‟astral projection”. They will then tell everybody that out of body experiences and astral travelling are dangerous, but they have not understood that out of body experiences or astral travelling is something totally different from these conscious dreams.
Moreover, dreams can have effects on the body (tetany, raise or diminution of blood flow in certain parts of the body, quickening of the pace of the heart). That is not the case with out of body experiences or astral travelling. Certain types of ‟directed or conscious” dreams can make people experience situations beyond time and outside of the body of such intensity that people will declare without hesitation that they have relived a ‟previous life”!
6 - Can you define more precisely out of body experiences and astral projection?
Because of the length of development needed to answer this question see ‟Phosphenic Energy Universe”
7 - Can Phosphenism be studied through parapsychology?
NO, Phosphenism is an Initiatory, Esoteric, Spiritual type of teaching. The experiences triggered by it do not belong to parapsychology as they are of a different nature.
Footnote: ‟Parapsychology is a universe that has never managed to convince anyone that did not already believe in it. The limited amount of concrete results does not promise great possibilities of application.”
In a large number of experiences, it is difficult for a person without the necessary information to judge the real quality of his or her experiences. As an example, when we suffer a skin rash, the itching becomes unbearable. When we scratch, we feel a certain well-being. That phenomenon is called ‟scratching ecstasy” by physicians. Starting from a pathological state, one ends up in a state of ecstasy. This ecstasy is a sensorial dead end.
The process is the same with experiences. As an example, when a subject practices the initiatory exercises of head sways, he could make the mistake of swaying the head at too wide an angle, producing a massage of the sympathetic ganglions. A state of well-being will soon follow letting the subject believe he or she is enjoying a spiritual experience when he or she is actually experiencing a sensory phenomenon. It is not always easy to differentiate between real experiences and sensory stimulations.
The famous metal twisting experiments of Uri Geller are a physical phenomenon and can be easily explained by the physical properties of metals. The experiments of ‟switching on” clocks and watches from a distance are well understood by physicists thanks to the crystallization properties of metals. Too many people let themselves be fooled because they have forgotten the basic notions of physics. Any metal tends to return to its original shape. That is why, in time, bridges can actually shorten or the spring of a watch can go back into tension. If one finds an old watch forgotten in a drawer, the mechanism can start to function again, thanks to the spring that has enough tension to make it work for at least 45 minutes. According to their academic level, some persons will see ‟a psychic power miracle”, others ‟the basic laws of physics” in action!
8 - What is the difference between extrasensory perceptions and supranormal perceptions?
Let us define those concepts precisely.
An extrasensory perception is a perception that ‟takes place without the involvement of the senses”. It describes what is perceived without the participation of the physical senses. But without the senses perception is not possible. It is an absurd concept though certain persons try to ‟send thoughts” to other people. That is irrelevant. If a person goes into a floatation tank, his or her physical senses are not stimulated. Nevertheless, that person still has many perceptions: colors, images, sounds, cenesthesic sensations, odors, etc. That would demonstrate the existence of perceptions existing without the participation of the physical senses. But in fact, these perceptions are not separated from the physical senses. An extrasensory perception would be ‟a perception happening without the involvement of the brain”, something that is not possible. On the contrary the sensory deprivation experience underscores certain particular abilities of the brain, mainly a totally subjective sensory system that possesses the same characteristics as the physical perception system!
That notion is the opposite of the notion of extrasensory perception (perception without the use of the senses), and it is rather an inner sensory perception, taking place with the complete participation of the brain.
It is that form of perception that is qualified as ‟supranormal”; it is established through the senses. Etymologically, supra means above, beyond. The sensory deprivation experience in a floatation tank shows that a form of perception happens under the threshold of the physical senses, i.e. before physical stimulations reach a sufficient level to trigger a response of the physical senses. That perception is happening beyond the senses; in an inner beyond. To be more precise we could create a neologism: perception under the threshold of normal perception.
intra: inside; ab: without; infra: under
That perception belongs to the realm of the subjective. It is a form of perception that has the individual as the only witness, the same way that a person is the only witness of his or her dreams or thoughts. Nevertheless, subjective experiences abide by very precise laws, the same way matter abides to its own rules. There are many constants shared by all individuals. It is a reality, irrelevant to the physical domain but in touch with it because of the role of the brain. The functions of the brain are made of chemical and electrical reactions that produce many exchanges of energy. Dr LEFEBURE discovered that, thanks to light, these exchanges can be amplified. He also proved that the cerebral hemispheres do not function in a continuous way as it is commonly believed (take a look at schools and how education is structured). Cerebral hemispheres operate by alternation and have many rhythmic functions. Thus, when cerebral rhythms are given a maximal amount of stimulation, subjective perception becomes as intense as physical perception. That amplification of subjective perception is supranormal perception and it is what, under different names, has been sought by all the saints and the mystics through appropriate training. It is that subjective universe that they called ‟the world of the spirit”.
There is no contradiction between ‟subjective” and ‟objective”. This dichotomy does not demonstrate a physical reality opposed to a non-existing spirit. ‟Objective” corresponds to physical perception; ‟subjective” corresponds to ‟inner perception”. Physical perception also contains a great deal of subjectivity, as in the end it is the mind that analyses all perceptions. For example, if the same intensity of pain is applied to different people, it will trigger different intensities of perception of pain. When people verbally analyze their perceptions, that difference is even greater. For example, when people are asked to give their personal testimony on a particular event, it often seems they are not talking about the same event! On the other hand, if several people perceive the same subjective phenomenon it becomes an objective reality. Dreams are a very good example. For a long time they have been considered as strictly subjective perception. But in monitoring cerebral activity, scientists have found that dreams trigger an electrical activity in the brain that can be measured objectively; objective and subjective are far from opposed, they are inextricably bound together.
Thinking is the first subjective phenomenon that one is aware of, and gives access to a whole world of sensations. Thoughts can no longer be considered a consequence of cerebral activity because the brain is, amongst other things, the organ of subjective perception. In nature, an organ only develops in relation to an already existing energy, which is then perceived better and better according to the particular needs of the species or the individual. Eyes only developed because light existed beforehand. Hearing developed in order to perceive certain vibrations, bringing a better understanding of the environment. It is the same for all the sensory organs. It is not because living beings started developing eyes that light suddenly came into existence! Thoughts function according to the same physiological processes, and cerebral activity allows the perception of an energy that already exists. Thoughts are the threshold of the spirit.
9 - What is the difference between the sciences of the psyche and initiatory techniques?
The sciences of the psyche are still searching for a solid basis of understanding. The word ‟science” can be confusing, as in the eyes of the general public it is too often the synonym of a well established and solid knowledge. Scientists know that this is not the case. Scientific theories are perpetually evolving, and that is a characteristic of the scientific approach. New discoveries are made at a faster rate today than in the past.
Very often, professionals of the sciences of the psyche imply that their knowledge of the mind is perfectly established and solid. Sadly, it is not the case. If you analyze those sciences, you will find that they are based on a great deal of theory and occasionally prejudices. In reality, what the different sciences of the psyche offer is nothing other than a grid of interpretation that attempts to decipher realities which unceasingly escape objectivity.
Initiatory techniques are a sum of processes permitting one to obtain phenomena which existence has been known for millennia. The fact that these phenomena have been observed does not imply that they have been understood and explained, but simply that particular circumstances produce certain experiences.
10 - Do some mysterious phenomena belong to phosphenic phenomena?
One of the phases of the phosphene, the diffuse glow, possesses properties that define it as an energy: it allows the perception of objects in full darkness and it is highly transmittable by telepathy. It can be photographed and it can be given a shape. The diffuse glow was called ‟egregor” in ancient times. The accumulation of phosphenic salts in a particular place gives rise to supernatural events, ‟apparitions”.
11 - Are some aspects of Phosphenism part of the domain of the paranormal?
Phosphenism can explain a great number of so-called paranormal phenomena. And if there are still enigmas remaining for science, we can bet they will be easily elucidated in the future by highly qualified researchers combining science and Phosphenism.
12 - Do all phosphenic experiences belong to the realm of the objective?
It is not only phosphenic experiences that are part of the subjective domain but also all psychic and spiritual experiences.
Dr LEFEBURE put it this way: ‟a person looking for objectivity will be disappointed, on the contrary, a person looking for subjectivity will notice that one day his or her experiences are objective”. A mature person will understand that all great breakthroughs happened this way.
Einstein for example, discovered the complex law of relativity when he dreamt that he was sitting on a sphere, with other spheres rotating around him. Though that dream appears perfectly trivial, its subjectivity led to an objective discovery.
The most well-known subjective phenomenon is the dream. We are the only witnesses of the contents of our dreams and we can show no proof of what we perceive when we dream. But because everyone dreams, this subjective phenomenon enters the objective domain.
If several people describe the same subjective phenomenon, it becomes objective.
When a great number of people will have mystical experiences, these will enter the realm of the objective.
But, the ‟world of the spirit” will always be made of subjective phenomena, unconnected to matter. And we now know that the persons who tried to create a connection used fraudulent methods because the subjective universe in which ‟experiences” belong has no interaction with demonstrable facts that can be qualified as objective by today’s science.
13 - Are there any dangers in the practice of Phosphenism?
None with the practice of Phosphenic Mixing. Quite to the contrary, light is a genuine purifier of thoughts.
MANES said ‟light carries individuals towards what is good”.
A real purification of feelings is produced, always leading a person to what will protect and balance him or her; and sometimes without the person even noticing it.
On the other hand, rhythmic thinking exercises power thoughts with a huge energy. In the early phases of training, that energy will amplify all thoughts good or bad without distinction. That is why the practice of rhythmic thinking must always be associated with the practice of Phosphenic Mixing. It is also necessary to choose thoughts very carefully during rhythmic thinking sessions.
A person suffering from depression should practice Phosphenic Mixing only. That is also true for persons with an aggressive behavior. That phenomenon of amplification of negative thoughts is called a ‟purge”. Its intensity can be very high, but it fades after a certain time.
14 - What is phosphenic telepathy?
By telepathy, we do not mean ‟the transmission of a thought from one person to another”, as it is usually understood. Phosphenic telepathy consists of a transmission of rhythms.
Phosphenic telepathy is the induction of a rhythm by reciprocity. Distance is an important factor, the closer the receiver is to the transmitter, the more intense the effects. This helps us understand the Fatima-style solar prodigies. That particular phenomenon was considered by the Catholic Church (after 13 years of canonic trials) as the ‟crown jewel of the Roman Church” but it was nothing more than a 100% phosphenic phenomenon. (If the sun had really acted the way it was described, we wouldn’t be here to talk about it.) All the elements which led to the prodigy can be reproduced, but that does not make the event any less spiritual.
The meaning of the word prodigy is: ‟suspension of the laws of nature”. What the crowd perceived on the plateau of Fatima is the solar co-phosphene which led to a sensation of the darkening of the sun. The other movements of the co-phosphene: sways, pulsations and shaking are rhythms inherent to phosphenes and were interpreted by the crowd as the sun falling. Even the spectacular phenomenon of the grass drying rapidly, following a light rainfall, is a phosphenic phenomenon caused by the heat properties of the diffuse glow.
Some witnesses felt a sensation of heat, and others a sensation of coolness. That is characteristic of a phosphenic experiment in which one projects the phosphene on the back of one’s hand. This experiment is all the more impressive when several persons project the phosphene towards the same person. The hand will start swaying spontaneously because of the rhythmic properties of the phosphenes.
In these two experiences, some persons describe a sensation of slight heat; others will describe a sensation of coolness. In Fatima, the white balls of light that people perceived falling from the sky and unsuccessfully tried to catch while they vanished in their hands, were phenomena that are totally characteristic of phosphenes: the perception of subjective sensations of light. We know that while the retina is not stimulated by light, there is still the emanation of a subtle substance produced by the brain: the diffuse glow. This phase of the phosphene allows people to see objects in complete darkness, and it is during this phase and within that glow that mystics have visions.
Footnote: in 1967 Dr Lefebure sent letters and telegrams to the Vatican and to Pope Paul VI. He stated that a scientific explanation of the Fatima ‟phenomena” had been found. These revelations ‟disturbed” the Pope and since, the Church gave up considering solar prodigies as the crown jewel of the Catholic Church. This is an implicit recognition of Dr Lefebure’s discoveries.
Another example of an effect of phosphenic telepathy: When you practice sways with the point of concentration, you obtain a certain quality of visualization. If a person of a more advanced level practices with you, you will notice that it will be much easier to produce and maintain a mental image.
15 - Can someone be influenced from at a distance?
There are two aspects to that question. The first aspect is the thought as such: Can someone enter the brain of another person and impose his or her will on that person? In this case the answer is No.
Nonetheless, many people believe this without having any proof.
The second aspect is to analyze the question from the angle of a person who practices rhythmic thinking exercises. Rhythm introduces an element of structure in thought and gives it a superior hierarchical organization, and here the answer is different.
Thought is like chaotic masses of air: it uses a great deal of energy to produce a small effect. For example, wind does not pass through walls. But if you induce a vibration or rhythm in the air it produces a sound which can easily pass through a wall. The difference is due to the rhythm of the energy. In a similar way, when air masses are led into a rhythmic spiral movement, they acquire a formidable amount of power and can destroy entire cities: they become tornadoes and typhoons
Thought follows the same process. When it is rhythmic, it acquires an exceptional power which creates an energy, elevating human capacities to a higher level. Rhythmic thought produces the development of ideas, creativity and intuition. Then, if it is given a spiral movement, its power becomes such that it triggers inner phenomena of great richness and depth.
Rhythmic thoughts, when projected on another person, will amplify that person’s ownthoughts according to his or her capacity to receive. The transmitter and the receiver need to be as close together as possible because the quality of the result is in proportion to the distance separating them.
Footnote: Bewitchment or suggestion only functions on superstitious or easily influenced subjects.
16 - What is bewitchment?
Many people think they have been bewitched when they are actually affected by a bacterial disease, mainly in certain regions of Africa where hygiene is lacking. Many of those diseases cannot be detected by analyses and the patients are then directed to consult a psychiatrist. See Dr LEFEBURE’s book ‟Spasmophilia and depression caused by chronic tetanus.”
‟The nervous system is where our consciousness and personality are based. The tetanus toxin affects it, but does not harm the zones of judgment and intelligence.”
The result is an atrocious impression, probably the worst one that results from that illness, that one’s personality escapes control to become the prey of a mind-blowing, terrorizing power that invades one more and more. The faculty of judgment that has remained intact then arrives at the conclusion that the person is POSSESSED by a more powerful force that extends its hold, not only on the muscular system but also on the psyche.
In the past, people did not understand that this possession was the action of minute doses of a poison secreted by tiny bacteria. The people around the subjects used to see them suddenly taken over by involuntary muscle spasms imitating voluntary motions and thought that the subjects were possessed by the devil. The subjects themselves, having the feeling that they were dominated by a force far superior to their own that had entered their body, could have been capable of accusing themselves of being possessed by a demon.
The two points of view, bacterial and theological, are not necessarily contradictory: one can consider that bacteria are a physical manifestation of evil, first because they make people suffer. Then because they provoke troubles of the personality that make people act in an ‟evil” way. That is particularly true in the case of chronic tetanus which makes people irritable and violent as they need to relieve a sensation of muscular overexcitement. Moreover, by its action on certain zones of the brain, that toxin makes the subjects avoid other human beings and sink into daydreaming.
Finally, bacteria are a primitive form of life, lacking intercellular organization and hierarchy within the same species. Metaphysically, bacteria represent the devil, i.e. a life form so ancient that for a long time it was the only one existing at the dawn of the biological evolution of our planet. We must put a distance between ourselves and that form of life. That is clear, for example, in the slowing down of intellectual life that is caused by illness. Plants, animals and human beings especially, show a high degree of intercellular organization and hierarchy in the different kinds of cells that compose them. The later a species appeared on the scale of evolution, the higher this degree is. This shows that organization, differentiation and hierarchy follow the mysterious forces of nature that push us on the path of the future. Opposite to the devil-bacteria, the phosphene shows us the road to follow for perfecting ourselves.
17 - Are there contraindications to the practice of Phosphenism?
Just as there are contraindications to certain pharmaceuticals (some medicines cannot be associated to other ones), there are contraindications to the practice of Phosphenism. Similarly, some athletes cannot practice certain sports that would spoil the results they are trying to achieve. For example, boxers do not practice heavy body building as it would make them lose their quickness, suppleness and efficiency.
1st contraindication: Rebirth
Rebirth, being based on hyperventilation causes hyperoxygenization of the blood and a drop in the level of carbon dioxide. That causes a low level of calcium in the blood (alkalosis), and in sensitive subjects, it causes tetany in which the first symptom is a tickling of the fingers.
In everyday life, one can observe that people with psychological problems do not breathe properly. Their breathing is limited to short inspirations and when they are surprised by a situation or shocked emotionally, they present shallow inspirations and block respiration. Thus, they provoke a repression.
In martial arts, one learns on the contrary, to breathe out in order not to be subjected by a situation.
- Rebirth and holotropic breathing
Rebirth and holotropic breathing are two methods of therapy. Both use the same form of breathing: hyperventilation. Hyperventilation is produced by a large movement of the thorax (completely filling the lungs), breathing out through the mouth. With expiration through the nose, it would take longer to empty the lungs.
It takes a while before one can feel the effects that start with a tickling of the fingers, a precursory sign of the variation of the calcium level in the organism due to hyperventilation.
At that point, the objective is to overcome one’s fear. One can be afraid of dying as the contractions can lead to a minor paralysis of the tongue and the uvula (a small pendant fleshy lobe at the back of the soft palate) because of the strong uncontrollable effects. That is one of the therapeutic effects: ‟to go beyond conscious and unconscious fears”.
In the practice of rebirth, the subject maintains a breathing cycle and then, at the end of the session, verbalizes what has been happening. In the practice of holotropic breathing, breathing follows a piece of music in music therapy style. At the end of the session, the subject verbalizes his or her impressions and draws a picture summing up what they have been through, often in the style of a mandala.
These breathing techniques take the subjects past their fears: unconscious (stress of birth) and conscious: fear of heights or speed… As these techniques untie psychological knots, the subjects feel better, relieved of stress after practice.
Many therapists use one of these methods as, if the procedure is followed correctly, results are produced quickly and systematically. For a therapy, about ten sessions have to be practiced. Sessions last for one hour up to one hour and a half and are practiced in a group. These therapies are classified as short because of the small number of sessions necessary.
But the effects after practice sessions can have grave consequences on a psychological level if they are associated with rhythmic thinking which, as we have seen, is an amplifier of mental processes. These techniques are very unsettling.
- Dr LEFEBURE’s breathing technique:
Dr LEFEBURE showed the importance of retention in yogic-mystical breathing (see THE PNEUMOPHENE or the breathing techniques that open the door to the world beyond).As he stated: ‟what is important is to create a thirst for air”. That thirst is created by retentions of various durations. The retentions between inspiration and exhalation, created a square-shaped cycle. He then transformed this square-shaped breathing into a circle-shape breathing (cycle-generating or spiritual breathing) with a constant thirst for air during the whole cycle and the whole session.
- Comparison between those different breathing techniques:
Spiritual breathing, or even square-shaped breathing (which is easier to do in the beginning) is completely opposed to rebirth-style breathing techniques.
– Rebirth provokes a maximal and fast absorption of the oxygen and thus does not create any thirst for air.
– Because of the retentions, spiritual breathing slows down the absorption of oxygen, thus elevating the amount of carbon dioxide and creating an optimal thirst for air.
Those two types of breathing are opposed. The first method is a psychotherapeutic practice, the other one a spiritual path.
2nd contraindication: Hypnosis
The principle of Hypnosis is to induce suggestions thanks to a certain state of consciousness
Sophrology is a kind of ‟soft” Hypnosis, in which suggestion plays a large part.
This shows the point of dissimilarity between Hypnosis and Phosphenism.
Hypnosis cannot be dissociated from suggestion.
In his books, Dr LEFEBURE often talks of free prayers, i.e. self-designed prayers, not imposed by any group or ideology. Why pray? As a metaphor we can compare the principle to a hydro electrical plant. The energy produced is proportional to the height of the falling water. The higher it is, the more energy is produced by the plant.
Prayer is admitting that there are forces higher than oneself. It means putting oneself in a position of humility, a state of receptivity. It is the contrary of autosuggestion which isSelf-affirmation.
Autosuggestion makes an individual hyper suggestible (as its name implies).
Finally, and that is the most important, the state of hypnosis goes against all genuine yogic practices. Hypnosis only stimulates a very small number of neurons while initiatory techniques consist in creating many neurological connections in order to activate many cerebral functions.
Be careful: a person associating Rebirth or Hypnosis with the practice of rhythmic thinking can end up being placed in a psychiatric hospital. It is important to know that. Some things should not be associated together.
Can Hypnosis lead to an out of body experience or to astral projection?
Many people seek out of body experiences without knowing what they really are or how to produce them. It is thus very difficult for them to recognize those phenomena. There is a strong opposition between initiatory experiences and psychological experiences.The latter do not belong to initiatory techniques which are a domain completely apart. It is extremely important to know what domain you are working on and what its limits are. It is also important to know what results you can expect from a particular technique and make the choice of these techniques yourself.
The brain cannot do everything, and certain things are impossible. It is necessary, in practice or study, to define the field you are working on. Sadly, many people only start a research to validate the prejudiced ideas they have. And when they are confronted with a disturbing phenomenon that forces them to ask themselves questions, they react by denying the phenomenon, Going so far as to say ‟it is dangerous” or that it frightens them. That danger, that fear, is only the risk of discovering oneself. Those people limit themselves to the production of superficial phenomena which are often purely psychological.
That kind of influence or attitude is more of a suggestion than a genuine catalyst of experiences. It is common to feel sensations that only touch the surface of the ‟psychological layers” of the individual. It is common to experience sensations that touch only the surface of the ‟psychological layer” of the individual and one often takes that for a goal that has been reached or a contact made with the deepest part of the self. Most of the time, those sensations are only a very pleasurable illusion. Images are perceived and a few pleasurable sensations are felt but it does not go any further than that stage.
As an example, virtual reality helmets or funfair style simulators create many sensations and ‟experiences”. Depending on the images projected, you can have the sensation that your body is heavier or lighter, that you are falling or rising, or that you become smaller or very big. In the end, those are only sensory games, as the images stimulate certain sensory organs. They are not psychic phenomena. You are stuck in a sensory dead end and you wish the sensations would continue, as they are very pleasurable. It is the same process that happens when you feel an itch: you scratch and this scratching becomes pleasure. You feel it is pleasurable to scratch. Physicians call that phenomenon ‟scratching ecstasy”. That too, is a sensory dead end and creates a pathological state.
Initiatory phenomena rarely happen during a session, but usually several hours or a day after practice. One must not confuse sensory games, which trigger a short pleasurable moment, with initiatory techniques that lead to real experiences outside of the period of practice. Those experiences often occur during the night, sending consciousness into the ‟cosmic planes” (see ‟Phosphenic Energy Universe”). Initiatory phenomena are way beyond self-created sensations. Very few people accept to follow through with further study of these subconscious layers of the personality. On the contrary, those who do go further, discover a new aspect of themselves and the universe.
Out of body experiences are not rare phenomena. They have been practiced throughout the ages and are found at the heart of all initiations.
18 - I do not achieve any results.
Phosphenic techniques are efficient for a large majority of people of all cultures or social levels; progression depends on physiological laws and not on beliefs or prejudices.
Only very few people do not obtain any results, primarily because they are under a medication that disturbs cerebral functions.
Other people say they have obtained no results, but when we ask them questions, we realize that they have actually experienced phenomena. They are simply not aware of it. In a certain way they ‟missed” the experiences.
In spite of intense practice of Phosphenism, and though it is relatively easy to produce experiences, many people are stopped in their development as it is sometimes difficult to exploit these experiences. Mainly because MOST STUDENTS ARE NOT ABLE TO RECOGNIZE CERTAIN PHENOMENA that will play a major role in future experiences.
That assertion may seem strange at first, as today there is so much information available in every domain. But it is actually that large amount of often contradictory information that confuses persons interested in psychic or spiritual research. Those persons do not have the means for recognizing genuinely efficient techniques nor the phenomena that they might encounter in this process, and which must be approached without any prejudice. They miss the real phenomena as they are too subtle to be recognized. Experiences that could have been magnificent thus fail totally.
To counter that lack of serious information, the School of Dr Lefebure offers technical files with studies of the different phenomena encountered in the practice of Phosphenism, opening up new horizons for students who wish to go further with their research and practical experiments
The study of Phosphenism enables one to understand the physiological sense of ancient concepts such as clairvoyance, chakras, kundalini, conscious dreaming, directed dreaming, consciousness extension, out of body experience, astral travelling, etc. The phosphene amplifies subjective sensations; you will then discover that thoughts have their own behavior and that it is necessary to abide by their rules in order to develop the whole of cerebral abilities. Phosphenism puts into question prejudices and elementary or simplistic knowledge. It is a discipline in its own right, to which nothing needs to be added, as the fields of exploration and experimentation are immense, some still to be explored. Those persons who are more curious and motivated will have the possibility of investing themselves more fully in the different experiences and will perhaps discover, among other things, new areas of application.
19 - Do drugs or psycho-active chemicals enhance the effects of Phosphenism?
Certain drugs such as cannabis, magic mushrooms, ecstasy (a designer drug), or other psycho-active drugs can produce feelings of ecstasy or clairvoyance. But, when the hallucinogenic effects have disappeared, there is no enhanced perception left. Also, these effects can be classified as sensory games.
One person told us about his experience under the influence of L.S.D. 25. (The strongest of all L.S.D.) During an experience with that drug, that man went through three different ‟trips” as his intellect, mind and body separated. His body lived an experience connected to dying: the sensation of living one’s own death and burial. His mind perceived more pleasurable phenomena: mainly moving lights with the feeling of a possibility of access to these lights, though no actual access was produced. We observe, in the case of this person, a complete disintegration of the personality with a mental block stopping the person from reaching the higher planes he perceived.
Even though in our opinion, it is not advisable to advertize for hallucinogens even in an involuntary manner, it is impossible to evade the question as it is now often asked due to shamanistic practices and the attraction exercised by rave-parties.
Hallucinogens, mainly peyote, mescalin (an alkaloid of peyote), iboga (an African plant) and the infamous L.S.D. that is thousands of times stronger have gained a lot of attention recently from people’s interest in shamanism and rave parties.
Ravers, with their 120bpm techno music, which is composed of rhythms very similar to those found in certain initiatory ceremonies (with the electronics taken out) obtain only sensory amusements, certainly agreeable, but without any possibility of reaching phenomena that one could qualify as spiritual.
Phosphenism harmonizes and integrates a person with his or her surroundings. Drugs have an opposite effect, disintegrating the individual’s character and impairing his or her capacity to socialize.
Reports by ethnologists show the ravaging effects of drugs on shamans when they recover from their trances. The same way a single glass of wine can annul all the benefits of a session of Phosphenism, hallucinogenic substances can only lead to a confusion of consciousness and, if repeated too often, to sensory dead ends.
20 - Are there any therapeutic applications of Phosphenism?
The same way sports have a beneficial effect on both the body and the mind, the practice of Phosphenism benefits the whole of a human being.
Nevertheless, apart from the above mentioned effects and the light therapy effects, no experiments have been carried out in medical circles. Maybe a new generation of doctors will explore that path.