The Christos Experiment
The Christos Experiment is a technique popularised, but not apparently invented, by Australian author Gerald Glaskin. He wrote three books on the technique, beginning with Windows of the Mind. Although Glaskin’s experiments were framed as past life investigations, later writers have tended to regard the experience as an altered state of consciousness somewhere between an out-of-the-body experience and a waking lucid dream. The subject remains conscious throughout the experiment and is encouraged to describe his experiences.
The technique requires no special training but three people are needed:
The Subject (S);
Experimenter 1 (E1) – who guides S through the experience, and
Experimenter 2 (E2) – who massages S’s feet and is also available to take notes for the experiment.
S lies down comfortably on his back with his shoes removed. E2 massages S’s feet and ankles, quite firmly, while E1 takes his head and rubs his forehead vigorously for several minutes with the soft part of his clenched fist until S feels his head buzz and hum and he starts to feel slightly disorientated. His feet may tingle and his body may feel light or as though it’s changing shape.
Once this stage has been reached, S is asked by E1 to imagine his feet stretching out and his legs becoming longer by just a few centimetres. When he says he has done this he is instructed to let them go back to normal and do the same with his head, stretching it out beyond its normal position. Then, alternating between head and feet, the distance is gradually increased until he can stretch both out to 60 cm or more.
E1 then asks him to imagine stretching out both at once, and then to swell up, filling the room like a huge balloon. It may take up to 15 minutes to reach this stage.
S is now asked to imagine he is outside his own front door and describe everything he can see in detail and in colour, including the door, walls and surrounding scenery.
He is then instructed to rise above the house until he can see across the surrounding countryside or city. It is important to how him that the experience is under his control, so he should be asked to change it from day to night and back again. He is then asked to fly off, land wherever he wishes and describe all that he can see. E1 may ask non-leading questions to find out everything that is going on.
As the subject never loses consciousness, and remains aware of his physical surroundings, the experience normally ends spontaneously – he will just announce that he’s back and clearly remember everything. A few minutes rest should be enough to get him feeling fully back to normal.