What are focus levels?
These are terms Robert Monroe (TMI) devised to explain the different levels of consciousness. This is a brilliant way to be able to understand that there are differences in each level of your consciousness and you are at different levels throughout your day, everyday.
When you are fully alert in your physical day, you are at Focus Level 1. Let’s say you sit down for a few minutes and get lost in your thoughts; that’s Focus Level 2 (daydreaming). If you daydream for a while you begin to forget where you are. Someone may even be speaking to you in physical reality but you don’t hear them. Your consciousness is only partly in your physical body when you are deep into a daydream. You are at Focus Level 2.
As you begin to understand the different focus levels and experience them for yourself, you will understand the importance of Level 12. This is the jumping point. This is where you go from a deep conscious state to jumping into an astral projection with full consciousness.
Phasing is really just shifting your perception. You must be in a very relaxed state of, “body asleep – mind awake” to make the jump into a Full Aware and Conscious Projection. You phase every single night when you dream, however, you are not able to remember all the details because your full consciousness is not there. You are somewhere in Levels 3-10 when you are fully sleeping. You wake up in the morning with a dream on your mind but you can only remember part of the dream, that’s because you were in many focus levels while you slept and not all of them would bring you full awareness.
Conscious Phasing is the Goal to Achieve Conscious Astral Projection
The single most important step with conscious phasing is meditation every single day. Even if you only have 20 minutes per day to meditate, do it! You don’t need a single thing to meditate with but some like to use Hemi-Sync or music and either are perfectly fine. With music though, it can be tricky. There should be no words to hear in music because it will make you want to sing them in your mind. Also, songs you’re not familiar with work best so you don’t try to anticipate the music. Familiar music will keep your thoughts too active and you want a quiet mind.
My own experiences in phasing is that I have been doing this for more years than I knew the very term, Phasing. I have had out of body experiences since I was very young. When I decided to study and learn to control my experiences I thought the way to learn was to read every single book I could get my hands on about astral projection. This was a mistake for me. It sent me down a belief trap into believing that I should be experiencing the physical symptoms of vibrations, loud sounds, and all assorted strange physical sensations that made me so aware of my physical body that they usually stopped the whole experience. It took a while to get out of that belief system and then I was back to phasing, but with extra knowledge to take with me from those books.
Phasing is a simple process. It’s one we do at all points of our day and while we sleep. When my body is sleeping and I can no longer feel, or even give attention to it, yet my mind is active because I have kept it busy Noticing, I am at Focus 10. Now you make the jump into a conscious astral projection with Focus 12.
There is no reason to repeat the Noticing that is done to keep your mind busy until it’s time to make the jump in conscious phasing because it’s been covered very well in Ryan Taskers, My Astral Projection Truth. His short book has been fully reproduced on this website because in my opinion, it’s has all the steps needed to understand how to Astral Project and remember all the details.
Below are tips from Frank Kepple on Focus 10 and Focus 12. Below the tips is an article from, Tom Campbell. He has has written each of the Focus Levels with a brief explanation of each level. This is very useful for a more detailed understanding of your different levels of conscious awareness.
Here are a few tips from Frank Kepple on Focus 10 and Focus 12
Post Focus! Focus 10 and 12!
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Posted on November 24, 2010 by xanth18
I’ve been doing a bit of research lately on Focus 10 and Focus 12, and I came across yet another gem-of-a-post from our good buddy Frank. The poster is called “Difference between Focus 10 and Focus 12”:
Is there any difference between Focus 10 and Focus 12 ?
I would like to get the answer especially from those who were/are successful with the tapes from Monroe Institute.
Any different body sensations ?
Different visuals ?
Different type/quality of OOB ?
Thanks in advance
Yes, a distinct difference.
Focus 10 is where you have retreated from the physical about 85 to 90%. You still have an awareness that somewhere “back there” is a physical body. You are aware that you have one, but aren’t really interested in it, and receiving next to no input from its physical senses. Your mind is awake and alert, but your focal point of consciousness is contained in what feels like a black 2-dimensional compartment somewhere about the centre of your head.
The primary difference between Focus 10 and Focus 12 is the 2D blackness becomes 3 dimensional. In other words, you get a sensation of an opening up of space, all around you. It’s like if you suddenly found yourself in an unfamiliar room, where you were standing in the middle, and there was no light whatsoever. You wouldn’t have any spatial awareness at all. All you’d see would be a 2-dimensional blackness before your eyes.
Now, say, someone very slowly began to turn on a light. There would come a point where you’d begin to see abstract shadows. Then, as the light got steadily brighter, the shadows would become more distinct and you’d begin to recognise basic shapes. This is what Focus 12 is like.
People perceive the state slightly differently, but the primary difference is the fact that the 2 dimensional blackness becomes 3 dimensional. Which gives you a distinct feeling of spatial awareness. You can’t really see much at this stage, just indistinct shadows, or maybe whirls of foggy sort-of darkness. But, as I say, you cannot miss the *distinct* feeling of spatial awareness that comes about.
From Focus 12, it’s like the light progressively gets brighter. Taking the room analogy a step further, as the light got slowly brighter, there would come a point where you’d recognise some object, previously perceived as an indistinct shadow, as a chair (say). But you wouldn’t know the colour of the fabric or the pattern (if any). As the light got brighter still, you’d start making out that there might be a pattern on the fabric, but you still wouldn’t be able to see the colour. As the brightness increased, there would come a point where everything would come into view. This is Focus 21
I like his description of how the Focus 12 state slowly comes out of the Focus 10 state. “The light progressively gets brighter”… that’s really a great way to describe it… and then his description of the progression into Focus 21 using the chair is really good too.
All of these posts by Frank that I keep relaying here are part and parcel of the progress I’ve made over the past year. I wouldn’t know what I do now if it wasn’t for reading and understanding this stuff.
Oh! I want to add this post in a different thread from Clandestino, one of the other moderators on the Astral Pulse.
Hi there Nick,
this reminds me of another post a few weeks ago, I think Frank was talking about a guide giving him info on how important the focus 12 state is in the whole scheme of things.
It is the transition from focus 10 to 12 that is often hard to achieve. Once you are there though, the whole thing should unravel towards focus 22 and “out of body” experiences.
One common technique is focussing on something in your field of view…e.g. a dot of light, or a slightly different coloured area in the blackness around you. If you are in focus 12, you may find that the dot of light you were focussing on takes shape, and grows into an astral scene.
However, if you are in focus 10 and you focus on something behind your eyelids….not a lot is likely to happen !
“how do you get to focus 12?” i hear you ask ? I don’t know yet, it just happens sometimes. I would compare my experiences to a blind man walking down the street and then finding the edge of the pavement (or sidewalk if you’re that way inclined). All of a sudden, there it is !
After a while of walking down the same street, the blind man will find it easier to reach the kerb. Ask him how he did it though, and he might find it tricky to explain.
I’m sure there are a few folks out there who have more positive suggestions..?
ps – don’t infer from the above that i’m a regular at this sort of thing; i’ve managed it a few times only so far.
That’s very much exactly what goes on. Just find some point of “interest” in your current field of view… and focus on it. If you see that which you’re focusing on start to take shape… it doesn’t have to be any particular object, just a formless blob… then you’re most definitely in Focus 12. From there, it’s a simple matter of just doing what you’re currently doing… and ALLOW yourself to be taken into the 3D blackness of Focus 21.
The part where he talks about HOW you get to Focus 12… the point here is that it does “JUST HAPPEN”. Just as you allow yourself to get swept into Focus 21… you must also allow yourself to be taken into Focus 12.
I’ve changed up my routine slightly lately, as I now use the Noticing exercise more than anything else these days. I’ll sit there staring at a single point on the back of my eyelids. As I begin to slowly feel my body relax I’ll start to move my physical eyes upwards REALLY slowly… moving them upwards as much as is comfortable as I don’t want to strain my eyes because that would become counter productive. At the point when my eyes are pointing upwards as much as I can, I should be pretty relaxed… you can use a progressive relaxation technique here if you wish and as you go through each muscle, move your sight upwards slightly.
For knowing how MUCH to move your eyes… stare straight ahead while you’re awake, then move your gaze upwards as far as is comfortable. With your eyes open this is easy, with your eyes closed, you’ll need to fixate on a portion of the blackness in front of you for your eyes to lock there. So, now that you know your range of eye movement, just split it up into nice sections and move your eyes accordingly for each progressive muscle relaxed.
So now you’re relaxed and your eyes are comfortably looking upwards… just watch the scene in front of you and see what happens. Wait for something to happen. That’s all I do.
States of Consciousness and Focus™ Levels
By Tom Campbell
Focus levels are numerical, content-neutral labels for specific altered states of consciousness associated with specific Hemi-Sync binaural beat combinations defined by The Monroe Institute (TMI). From a physiological point of view, they correspond to specific objectively measurable brainwave frequency distributions.
There is significant agreement by those who induce them that each Focus Level has a distinct subjective mental flavour. These flavours tend to be notably non-pedestrian, as the brain states associated with them are rarely encountered naturally outside of meditational contexts. For example, anecdotal reports commonly suggest that Focus 15 feels “beyond time”, and that levels beyond Focus 22 relate to perceptions of various planes of afterlife existence. Higher-numbered Focus Levels are generally felt to be extremely profound and spiritual in nature. The concept of Focus Levels has been used extensively by Robert Monroe and Bruce Moen.
The levels are numbered, with Focus Level 1 (sometimes called C1) being Earth and higher levels being more and more spiritual by nature.
- Focus 1 – Physical Waking Consciousness. The level of awareness in which people spend most of their daily, waking lives.
- Focus 3 – Basic Hemi-Sync. The first level where Hemi-Sync starts to have an effect on the person.
- Focus 10 – Mind Awake / Body Asleep. The physical body sleeps and the mind is awake.
- Focus 11 – Auto-suggestion state.
- Focus 12 – Expanded Awareness. The awareness is expanded beyond the physical body.
- Focus 15 – No Time exists. The awareness is expanded beyond time and place.
- Focus 18 – Unconditional love / heart energy state.
- Focus 21 – Other Energy Systems. The awareness is expanded to realities and energy systems beyond normal time, space and physical matter.
- Focus 22 – At this level people are unconscious or partly conscious. People in coma, suffering from delirium or dementia, under the influence of drugs or alcohol; patients who are anesthetized or comatose. This level is chaotic, people are confused and very difficult to communicate with.
The levels above are mainly inhabited by people in physical existence. Beyond these levels this is not the case.
- Focus 23 – Inhabited by those who have recently left physical existence (i.e. have died). They are either not aware of this or not able to become free from their ties to life on earth. They are isolated from contact with others.
- Focus 24, 25, 26 – Belief System Territories. Somewhat similar to Focus 23, however people here are not isolated but live in groups. The inhabitants are humans from all periods and areas who have accepted and subscribed to various premises and concepts. All inhabitants of a specific territory are in contact with all others who share their beliefs. Contact with anyone holding conflicting beliefs is very limited.
- Focus 27 – The Reception Center. An artificial area created by human minds, designed to ease the trauma and shock of the transition out of physical reality. It takes on the form of various earth environments in order to be acceptable to the wide variety of newcomers. Contact and communication is open between all inhabitants. Many people living in Focus 27 provide assistance to new arrivals to help them adjust to their new situation. This is a highly organized and structured area.
- Focus 33 – Creation, a “creative area”
- Focus 34/35 – The Gathering. Beings from many other locations within the physical universe are gathered here to witness the upcoming Earth Changes. Consciousness of the monad (“I-There” in Monroe terminology)
- Focus 42 – I-There cluster consciousness
- Focus 49 – Sea of I-There clusters
Focus Levels are grouped into sevens. The state categorizations follow this pattern:
- Focus 1, 15, 22… – Security states
- Focus 23… – Outer reality states
- Focus 3, 10, 24… – Inner reality states
- Focus 11, 18, 25… – Love states
- Focus 12, 26… – Healing states
- Focus 27, 34… – Ascension states
- Focus 21, 35, 42, 49 – Wholeness states
© 2011 Thomas W. Campbell, Jr.
If you’ve read down this far then I give you, Robert Monroe, the very man that derived the term, Phasing.