Out of Body Experiences--My Account

What are we truly capable of?

 

What are human beings truly capable of?  Who can say what abilities we possess, if only we knew how to use them?  Are we in fact “limited” to only five senses, or are there more we have never learned to access or use?   Could we fly?  Could we process information with computer-like speed and efficiency?  Perhaps we might be capable of reading thoughts?  Might it be possible to project our essence, or even our physical bodies, across vast distances?  It may not be as incredible as one might believe.

 

Out of body experiences was a term coined in 1943 as an alternative to belief-centered terms such as astral projection or spirit walking.  One in ten people claims an out of body experience (OBE or sometimes OOBE) at some point in their lives, and it is believed to sometimes be part of near-death experiences.  It is in fact accepted in some circles that everyone has out of body experiences that are not remembered because they occur in dreams.  It is speculated that consciousness is a separate entity from the physical body and can exist independently of the mortal shell it inhabits.  Skeptics label the experience as dreams or hallucinations, but much evidence suggests there is some validity to the notion that our essence can leave or body.

 

OOE: Fact or fantasy?

Who knows what humans are truly capable of?
Who knows what humans are truly capable of?
Humans could possess the ability to traverse great distances--just by thinking
Humans could possess the ability to traverse great distances--just by thinking
Perhaps we might even pass beyond the boundaries of our very world.
Perhaps we might even pass beyond the boundaries of our very world.
Emerging from the physical body
Emerging from the physical body
Rising from the body in a relaxed, dream-like state
Rising from the body in a relaxed, dream-like state

My Own “Out of Body Experience”: Sunday, April 23, 1978.


I shared many common interests with a friend who was curious about the paranormal. He was content to while away an evening theorizing about the creation of the universe, alternate realities, reincarnation and the nature of the soul. I found my life filled with unexplainable events, and he enjoyed hearing about them and speculating as to their causes and implications. He studied the unexplained with a passion I could not match, but I welcomed the conversations we enjoyed together and sought to relate his perceptions to the events in my life.


My friend traveled often but communicated frequently through letters (this was long before the advent of email or instant messaging). One day I received a letter in the mail, and in the course of catching me up on his day-to-day activities, he proposed we meet. Since we then resided in different parts of the country, I wondered what he had in mind. He suggested the venue for our reunion be an out-of-body experience. He recommended we fill our minds when we went to bed that Saturday with the image of meeting in Edgewood Park (an area near my home we were both familiar with) at 3:00 AM on Sunday, April 23, 1978. He hoped we might project our spirits into the park to an extent we would be aware of each other. If lucky, we might even be capable of communication. We had no blueprint to follow, but agreed to see what happened. As we had arranged, I awoke at 2:40 AM and concentrated. I filled my mind with images of the park. I relaxed and fell into light sleep.


I found myself in the park, but it felt like a dream. I knew I wanted to be there but couldn’t recall how I arrived. I was also conscious of not being inside my “physical” body. I drifted about the western edge of the park. I moved my feet but it wasn’t exactly walking. I appeared to float a foot or two above the ground. I was delighted to discover that with some effort, I could elevate to a higher point in the air. I settled for a height approximately 20 feet from the ground and floated in an aimless way. The physical sensation felt similar to my dreams about flying. The higher in the air I floated, the more aware I became of vibrations. They felt almost like a pulse as they washed over me at precise intervals. I was able to concentrate on objects inside the park, but couldn’t focus on the houses lining the street beyond it. They were obscured by the darkness.


I was aware of having a purpose in the park, but couldn’t remember it. I knew I was supposed to see something or someone. I felt a presence near Maple Lane (an adjacent street), but didn’t want to extend myself beyond the park’s boundaries to investigate. Without knowing why, I believed that to do so was dangerous. I had the impression I couldn’t return to my body if I drifted from the park.


A strange sound like the howl of an animal attracted my attention. It was not a cry I was familiar with (and in the city there was no concern about wild animals). Was it the presence I noticed on Maple Lane? I struggled again to see beyond the park’s boundaries, but still couldn’t discern anything specific. Eventually I spied a hunched shape moving along the exterior of the park. I assumed it was human—it definitely didn’t look like an animal. It prowled the outer edge of the park with great speed, as if searching for a way in. It never noticed me, however, and I wondered if I was invisible or simply unworthy of its attention. I heard the strange howl once more but could not definitely connect it with the shape I watched move about. The sound came from the general area of the cat-quick figure I observed, but nothing indicated it was what made the noise. I looked back toward the east and experienced a surge of panic as I realized I had drifted approximately five yards west of the park—the one thing I didn’t want to do. I made my way back inside the park’s “official” boundaries, feeling more intensely the vibrations I noticed in the beginning as I elevated upward. I quickly returned to the middle of the park, but wondered if I had erred and was trapped in this state. The fear wasn’t based on any practical information I possessed, but I felt certain I wouldn’t be able to reenter my body. I rushed to return home and reunite with my sleeping body, but at the east edge of the park, the vibrations crashed against me with increased force, and I wondered if I was capable of leaving the area enveloped by this pulsating energy. I began to panic when everything went black.


I awoke and realized I was in my bed at home. I looked at the clock. It was 4:30 AM. Ninety minutes had passed.


Evaluating what happened.


The next morning I wondered if the presence outside the park was the spirit of my friend. Was he unable to enter the park? Was the howl I heard an expression of pain or sorrow, or a simple announcement of his arrival? If it wasn’t my associate, who or what was it? Was the pulsing vibration I felt a barrier of some type that prevented access to the park (or me)? We compared notes soon thereafter, and I learned that he awoke at the prearranged time and drifted into sleep as I did, but had no recollections of what came next. Coincidentally, he awoke that morning at 4:30 AM—the same time I did. He described great fatigue and a severe headache upon awakening—hardly evidence of astral projection, but perhaps indicative of something. I confided that for almost a week afterwards, I awoke every night at 4:30 AM.


I resigned myself to never really knowing what transpired. Can we fathom what lurks in the worlds beyond our dreams? Years later I related my experience to my brother. He listened with interest and validated the incident as distinctly possible. He previously investigated descriptions of out-of-body experiences, and what I related matched other accounts.


Did I dream an ordinary dream, or did I leave my body for a strange encounter in a nearby park? Was it a hallucination or an out of body experience? I am content to accept the experience as the latter, but have nothing more than memories to substantiate it as an OOE.


What do you think happened?


What do you think happened?

Do you believe this was an out of body experience?

  • No, it was only a dream.
  • Possibly. It sounds like it could have been.
  • Yes, the description here is consistent with what some would call an out of body experience
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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Very cool subject and recollection Mike. I absolutely believe in some sort of out of body experience and lucid dreaming. I've had maybe a dozen of these experiences including two or three while I was awake!

This was a great read and furthers my notion that you and I might ride a similar path on the astral plain. I don't like too add to much hubris to Spiritual things, but I believe there is something energetic and potent in this sort of experience.

Also, very creative and exciting experiment. I am going to try and do this with my wife or a willing fried. I used to lucid dream over a decade ago but it turned into night terrors for awhile, now I'm back to "regular" dreaming, story type, recurring icons, etc...


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Ben, thanks very much for your comments. It was indeed an interesting experience, particularly given that we had no real plan or instructions to work from. It could always still be true that nothing more took place than a simple dream, but it sure felt like more.

If you experiment with this down the road, let us know how it comes out for you, okay?

Take care and thanks again.

Mike


Citrus000 6 years ago

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us Mike.

I started having out of body experiences when I was about seven years old, however at the time I had no idea that they were anything more than dreams. I looked forward to, and could count on experiencing them as I did quite often.

I do not remember looking down at my sleeping self, but I remember sitting up in bed and being able to somehow convince my mind to allow me to stand and rise off the ground. With practice I gained the ability to float, or sort of fly around my house. I got quite a kick out of it, in fact it became a game of my "dreams", or so I figured at the time. I became more and more skilled and got to the point where I could race around from room to room. As far as I can remember I never left my home.

On a few occasions I had two other children that joined me in my experience at my home, and we would have fun flying around together. I do not ever remember talking to them or laughing, but somehow it was known between us that we were happy to be together and we were having a good time. I was upset when these "dreams" faded from my childhood and never returned.

Now I find that trying to achieve this OBE is much more difficult than when I was a child.

I have never been able to meet up with someone as you talk about in your experiences. I am sure this takes much exercise.

Thank you once again. I hope that you achieve the experience you are looking for if this is something that you are continuing to practice.

Take care. ~Sabrina


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Citrus, thanks for your comments. I haven't tried anything like this for a long time, but the notion still intrigues me, and I still wonder if it's something that could be done if I wanted to. I do believe children have a great capacity for this type of experience--I think we are shown as a child what the world is "supposed" to look like, and anything that does not agree with this description fades deep into our subconscious and is rarely, if ever, utilized again.

Your tale intrigues me, also. Were the two other children kids that you knew, or did you only know them from the dreamlike state of the out of body experience? If you did not know them, did they seem familiar to you in this venue? I'm not sure why I ask, it just interests me.

Thanks again for commenting, Citrus, it is greatly appreciated.


Citrus000 6 years ago

You are very welcome.

I have often wondered about the other two children myself. To tell you the truth, I don't remember if I knew them or not. I know that it was a joyful and very playful experience when they were present. I wish I could remember more about them in particular as it intrigues me as well.

I find it difficult to re-enter the mind of my childhood.

At any rate, this is all very intriguing and I feel fortunate to have come across your hub.

Thank you again. Be well. :-)


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Citrus, thanks for coming back and responding. I completely understand that it's difficult enough to remember what we saw as a child without trying to recall how we perceived it. If the other children didn't seem like a threat to you, you possibly didn't even bother to question whether you knew them or not. Or, it likely wasn't the main thing on your mind.

I thank you again for coming back and encourage you to write a hub about your experiences if you are inclined to. It sounds as if it would be very interesting to read.


AuthorLMS 6 years ago

sounds exciting but then it didnt happen to me lol. I think I wouldnt mind doing it but I would want to experience it when I am aware of it going to happen. When it happened to me I was not aware nor did I know what was happening and I think that is what frightened me the most the fact that I didnt know and was caught unaware

Great hubs you have posted on your page!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

AuthorLMS, I appreciate your comments. It was suh an odd experience, it was hard to say if it felt exciting or not at the time. I do remember a few feelings of panic throughout, of course. And, yes, it would be better to expect an occurance like this rather than be caught unaware.

Thanks again.


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

What a very interesting experience. I for one do not have words to explain any of this LOL But I think it is highly possible. Mike, one time, during my struggles to accept my healing gift, I got so drained emotionally that I asked my friend to pray over me. She recounted that during the prayer, she was led to embrace me and held me close "like that cuddling of a baby" and after, she could see herself talking and comforting me but she felt she was watching God and me talk! She knew she was opening her mouth but her spirit had seemingly "moved out" to witness the conversation between God and me. Up to now, we are still amazed at the experience and we could not explain any of it. I haven't talked about it much until now...hahahaha

Thanks for sharing your experience. If you seek it, the answers to your questions will come in the right time. :) Blessings, love and light to you!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Ripplemaker, thank you very much for your comments. There are so many things that happen to so many people that are difficult to explain, and it is always wonderful to find people who can accept and believe in the many astonishing things that happen around us all the time. I would love to hear your story in more detail, it sounds very interesting.

Thank you for your comments, they are greatly appreciated.


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Really intruiguing hub Mike! I am sitting here thinking that this would be really cool to try with another person.

I am going to have to validate this,due to my experiences. You were most likely in the spiritual-energy-and you now understand about the "vibrations" that I was talking about (the energy-vibrational force-though different intensities) and about the knowledge "just knowing" instilled in you.

Facinating to hear you say, your feet-though they were not your feet--floating--I can relate.

I have had two experience of this. I will tell you only one--I was out of my body-in spirit-as you were in the park-though I was hovering over a man-inside a building-I knew he had just killed someone-the gun was still warm in his jacket pocket--his black hair in a ponytail pulled back-latin decent--he was looking for a way out of the darkened hallway of this building. He had no idea that I was there and right over him! I was curious..hehehe *just as I am in body of what had just transpired and how I got there, as well as why I was hovering over him watching...then I woke up! Still to this day...strange..but I do feel we leave our bodies.

Awsome hub! Glad I found it! Home from work and poking around my favorite people's hubs, doing some reading! YOU being one of my favorite people's here in hubberland :)


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Ghost, thanks for reading. I tried to do this on two other occasions, both with interesting results. I had no method for knowing what to do, but it was an interesting experience each time.

Your own experience is quite fascinating. It was interesting that you found yourself observing such an unusual circumstance--almost as if your were meant to witness what was taking place. A very eerie thought.

Thanks for reading. You are one of my favorite hubbers, also.


rml 6 years ago

Your account is very interesting. Did you ever try this again? I am curious as to what else might have happened.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

rml, funny you should ask. I did try this a couple more times. I'm not trying to be elusive, but I will likely wait to describe the other occasions in a separate hub.

Thanks for asking, though.

Mike


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dfager 6 years ago from Federal Way, Washington

The Bible makes reference to out-of-the-body experiences both in the old and new. I would not recommend it though. You are never alone, even if you think you are. There are other spirits out there. I also felt that it was possible that it could happen that you may not be able to return to your body.

I've had 2 in my life, never wanted the experience, it just happened. The thought of it happening again terrifies me. It's strange that the way you move is so very strange. Both times it was like being very aware of each step or movement forward. It's not like walking in real life, where you don't put much attention on walking, you just do it. I don't believe you can fly or transport without a spirit taking you there because; otherwise, you may notice that you are tethered by a cord to your body.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

dfager, thank you for your comments. You make an interesting point when you tell us we are never alone--even if we think we are. You are correct, and it is a point well made. I knew someone who told a tale of astral projection and not being able to return to his body for several moments because it was possessed by another spirit. Whether the account was true or invented for my benefit is hard to say--I didn't care, because the point was made.

Movement is, as you say--strange. I felt myself drifting, but I also felt my feet move. It was a singular experience.

Thanks for sharing your insights and experiences here, they are most appreciated.

Mike


rml 6 years ago

After reading some of your other articles, I have to ask if the other person in this account was Brad, the friend you have mentioned before? As often as he has appeared in your other recountings, it made me curious.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

rml, you are very astute. It was indeed Brad I mentioned here. He was a most interesting fellow. Thanks for your comments and observations.

Mike


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workbee13 5 years ago from India

I agree with Ripplemaker. I know for a fact that if you seek answers you will eventually find them. But you do have to be patient. I learned this by observing and giving it time. Now i am in a place where if i find myself with a question, i look for the answers, and they seem to find a way to me :)


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Mike Lickteig 4 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Workbee13, thanks for reading. I agree with Ripplemaker also--we will find what we are looking for if we open ourselves to possibilities. That has been my "method of operating" from the beginning, and I try to stay open-minded about everything. From the sounds of things, you have found your way, as well.

Thanks again.

Mike

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