“Travel Far” by Darryl E. Berry Jr. is a book about Out-of-Body Experiences (OBE). It was published in the summer of 2015 and is the first book by the author. Darryl sent me a copy of the book for my review.
Structurally, the book has two very distinct parts: it starts with a collection of Darryl’s personal OBE accounts, beginning from his first ones in childhood and going through experiences such as meeting the deceased, engaging extra-terrestrials and other strange being, and visits to strange worlds.
Part Two of the book is a practical guide to practicing Out-of-Body Experiences. It is longer than Part One and goes over a wide variety of topics.
Initially I found the personal OBE accounts in part one intriguing but also confusing. These are not connected much one to another but a collection of stories, some short and some longer. Most are OBE-related and at least one is a UFO encounter. While the content of many of these might be hard to digest, I’ve found that the writing style was very believable, it is written just as I would expect somebody to tell a personal story. Darryl refers to some of these accounts in the second part of the book and in this way the two parts connect.
I must digress now and mention that I don’t have any personal experience with OBE, but I’ve read other books and accounts about it. I believe that the closest I’ve ever been to one is the feelings of strange trembling in the body that is often described as a precursor to an OBE. As I’d never experienced OBE I can’t know for sure if this feeling was it but it was during my attempts to create an OBE, usually following my readings on the subject.
Back to the book. Part two is all about the theory and practice of OBE, starting at the very beginning. I’ve found this part to be written very well. Both the content and clarity of writing is very good. I’ve found that the parts that I had some knowledge in, such as energy work, theory of altered states of consciousness and some exercises for developing psychic abilities are in line with what I know and the advice there is correct, even if it doesn’t go into details in some cases, since they’re not the main goal of the book. Based on that, I believe that the advice in the book related to OBE is also good.
Part Two begins with the description of altered states of consciousness and how they relate to OBE. Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta states are all covered. The basics of development are covered next and include everything from relaxation and meditation to energy work to psychic development.
The book the covers practical considerations, such as timing, environment and goal setting.
From there the book moves to actual OBE practice, from preparation to initiation, covering the relationship between OBE and dreaming.
The author also has a troubleshooting chapter and some description of the OBE environment based on his experience and from other sources.
Again, this part of the book is written very practically and clearly. If you’re interested in the topic of OBE, especially if you want to learn to OBE yourself, this is probably one of the best books available.
The book itself can be purchased from Amazon.