Hahaha, sorry, I just remember a lot of stuff about these authors from the time period I was reading so much about OOBEs. Still haven't had one though, but I think I came close.
I think the problem is I haven't stuck with it so far and, like has been said in this thread, fear is a big obstacle.
Like you guys (BrianNow and Nsa_Analyst),I really wanted to be able too produce the Out of Body state from normal,waking consiousness.But I found it very challenging,for the same reasons we have discussed.
Of all (100-200) the OBE's I have ever had,just 6-7 have come from going through the whole projection technique,from start to finish...
But I found that all the OBE practice actually made me wake up,in a "projection ready" state,while I was sleeping.In that state,all I had to do was think "Up!",to project out of the body..
Carlos Castaneda also had some good techniques for waking up during dreaming.One of them is in the book "the Art of Dreaming"(correct me if I'm wrong,Brian!),and involves staring at your hands before going to sleep.
The result is that when you fall asleep,you will automatically remember to look for your hands in the dream,thereby triggering the logical/analytical mind.
I have tried this once,and it actually worked!!While this may initially be a Lucid Dream,I have found that "moving" from LD too fulblown OBE's is very easy...