I spotted the ad in some hippie-dippie newspaper, whose contents and articles epitomized those LA seekers open to mind-expanding alternative practices; with titles like "Ignite your Goddess Power" and "Yogananda Explains Resurrection". This monthly guide was serious about healing, consciousness, and yoga. The ad that grabbed my attention showed a body floating above its bed looking down at his sleeping self, the image was pixelated and foggy with blue and green colors. I signed up immediately for this two-day seminar on Venice Blvd called Out-of-Body Experience (OBE). Luis and the other instructor (I can't remember her name) spent the first day educating me on astral bodies, the 4th dimension, and planes of existence where I could travel to and see people who no longer exist in this dimension but now can be accessible anytime I want with a little practice traveling OB. Intermittently, these lectures would pause with guided energy exercises also led by Luis. He would talk me through these various activities where I would push the energy up and down my body. While practicing, a mass of energy would get stuck in my stomach like a heavy log, eventually, I started controling this moving bulk. The final exercise of the second day was called the “Clairvoyant”, it would be a culmination of everything we had learned so far put into practice, or at least, that is what Luis told me. He asked me to concentrate on the energy-molecules in my body and try to move them up and down from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet, and to move them faster and faster, then he asked me to open up my third eye or head chakra, located between my eyes. I could feel this hot circle of energy coming from my forehead and filling the room, shooting out like a reverse funnel. He then asked me to open my eyes and look directly at his nose. The room was foggy and Luis seemed illuminated by some thin light around his body, as my eyes adjusted he was shape shifting into different people.
They were all men and I didn't recognize any of them, their features were not very distinguishable, cloudy even, but I do remember that one had a mustache and that a skull would appear in-between his shifting bodies. I tried opening up my eyes more because it was still foggy, thinking that if I opened them up bigger, then I will be able to see how he pulled off orchestrating this illusion. This lasted a few minutes, my eyes tearing up from not wanting to blink, then he told me that I would see something, and just like that, a shooting star of light came emulating out from his body, surrounding him for one brief moment creating a silhouetted dark figure. He had me close my eyes and push the energy out of my body doing the same exercises I did to enter this state, when I opened my eyes everything was back to normal.