The following is an edited version of a post I made to AstralPulse a couple of months ago.
Now I almost feel guilty studying something for years, that even doesn’t exist. Anyway, at first I too was thinking it’s just a symbol, but I got hooked nevertheless. Later I’ve read some articles that were totally in line with my experiences, so I could say with total conviction, the silver chord is not much more a belief construct than your guts are, for example. Just because you have never experienced it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
As far as I know there are at least three factor that have to meet within a single dream in order to enable you to perceive the silver chord. First, you have to have an OBE-like dream, that is, entering dreaming by having the subjective feeling of separation. Secondly, the experience needs to be “etheric.” In a typical “etheric OBE” you’re blind and have difficulties with moving away from your body. Thirdly, you have to be observant enough not just crawling away in a hustle. You have to try to figure out what causes the pull that impede your movements. By simply turning back and probing around with your dream hand you could get the dream interpretation of the pull as a chord like structure.
In my experiences (as in many others) it appear like a smooth, rubber like cable, somewhere between 2 and 5 cm in diameter, connected to the solar plexus, slightly outflaring. If I place my hand on the chord, my hand would move toward my sleeping body (which I couldn’t see in this state). I’m always blind in this state at first but may able to hear noises from the waking world in a distorted, sometimes echoed form. As I move away, often in my fours, the cable excerts a ruthless pull on my dream body rendering it to a weighless puppet. For some reason it’s very tempting to give up at this point, however, the pull decreases quickly by distance, and eventually no superhuman will be needed for the escape.
I’ve noticed that the cable’s attachment point has the tendency to move upwards by time and distance. Actually, the solar plexus cable is just the first recognizable shape of an amorphous flow that appear below the navel during separation. It’s made by a bunch of rubber like tiny filaments embedded in a honey like mass that made separation very difficult. Later the attachment point shifts upwards, becomes narrow and turn into the shape of a cable by the time it reaches the level of the solar plexus. I will either fall forward, sort of out from the pull or having the connection point move further upwards before it reaches the upper part of the chest on the dream body. At this point I get ordinary dream vision and would find myself in a state quite similar to ordinary lucid dreaming.
After the attachment point reaches my neck the cable doesn’t seem to be real anymore. Satisfying all my expectations and slowly changing its shape it become one of the ordinary dream pictures. It may remain for a while before completely disappears as result of withdrawing my attention. The dreaming mind just couldn’t let go of something so easy that just had been perceived. In this state I can bend it, rip it apart or even eat it. This is, I suppose, how most projector experience the cable. At first, it appears at the periphery of our awareness yet we consciously don’t realize its presence. Other parts of their mind, however, does and made the cable part of the dream after REM start and vision switches on.
There are other types of the chord, more thinner in appearance, that usually doesn’t connect to the body’s middle line but rather has to do something with greater muscle groups. A couple of times after I have woken up from such an experience found groups of twitching muscles in my arm, right at the place where the thin cables was connected to my dream body. I think the cable is both a dream interpretation of a regressive flow that try to save back the displaced bioplasm (etheric matter) into the organism and the lacing point of the somatosensory phantom through it protrudes from the inner representational matrix of the body. This state is made possible by the faulty work of the neuromatrix, a functional unit of the brain that responsible for the generation of the internal body image. Coupled with the brain resistance for changing arousal, these things are deeply interconnected and may appear in dreams as the “OBE chord.”