Outer Body Experiences

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I lived and worked in Japan for nine years and the last three years I spent in a place called Sakura.


It was a summer 's day during  those final years in Japan and I was taking a nap with my family. It was late afternoon and I was lying beside my wife and two children who were fast asleep. It was hot and humid and I could hear the sound of the crickets.


I was awake and not thinking of anything in particular when it felt like a parting of the waters of the ocean and I was suddenly above my body looking down at the scene from the ceiling. I started to fly around the room above my body and I could clearly see my wife and two children sleeping below. I tried calling to them but they could not hear me.


Then something strange started to happen. I looked at the door and as soon as I did I became the door. I became the wood of the door and yet I was also separate. I became one with the atoms that made up the wood and the scene I could see was visually beautiful and so intricate. I started to feel one with every atom in the universe and it was as if I was the universe. I started to then experience different states that I am simply unable to describe here in words and it was a very exhilarating experience everything kept happening as if layers were being unfolded before me.


I finally became water and during this phase of the experience I became afraid and as soon as I felt fear I emerged from the water as if I had been under water and popped up to the surface. Up to this point I was not aware of my breathing or that I needed to breathe until I emerged from the experience gasping for breath as if I had been submerged in water and was drowning. I woke my wife and children who became concerned when they saw me in distress gasping for air beside them.


The out of body experience left me feeling separate from myself but yet connected in a way I had never felt before. It reminded me of the first time I had ever read about the idea that we may not be our bodies. I was eighteen years old and and I opened the newspaper to an article written by Raymond Moody MD in which he recounted numerous interviews with people from all over the united States who had died for a few minutes and came back to life. I was fascinated by what this Psychiatrist had to say.The fact that he was a medical practitioner gave authenticity to what he had to say and I was so enthralled that it sparked in me an interest that I would follow for the rest of my life.



Soon after I bought his book Life After Life. I could not put the book down and my views about life and death would be changed forever. In his book Life After Life Raymond Moody deals with over a hundred real case studies of people who were deemed clinically dead and were subsequently revived. The book was first published in 1975 and at the time of the writing of this hub has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon with over 90 positve reviews. This amazing exploration into life after death revolutionised peoples' attitudes at the time about the life after death and established Raymond Moody as the world's leading authority in the whole area of near-death experiences. I am just one of millions whose ideas regarding death were completely changed as a result of reading this book and it all makes such perfect sense.


The case studies included in the book very clearly provide tangible evidence for life after death. The testimonials recounted by Dr Moody bear out his positive message for the world and put death in the perspective it was always meant to be and not something dark or anything we need fear.


Life After Life by Dr Raymond Moody

Dr Moody went on to write several more books on of which gives detailed proof of reincarnation. This book is called Life Before Life and is an equally captivating read that will change the way you think about life and make you appreciate the miracle that is your life right now.

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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

SW, I appreciate this article very much. I watched the video by Dr. Moody and enjoyed the discussion between the two men on this subject.

Albert Einstein implied that everything that has ever existed was still in existence. He said, "People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion".

Time as we use it is merely a convenience. I believe, as do modern physicists, that there are many dimensions that we cannot see. We live in a 4 dimentional world, but have a tendency to think of it 3 dimentionally.

If the soul or spirit is the life force that inhabits us, then I think, that entity just leaves this dimension, when the body wears out, and goes on to another dimension.

And, as Max Planck indicated the universe is made up of only energy, vibrating at different frequencies which give the appearance of solid matter.

I feel that we are eternal beings, finding our way through levels of awareness.

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

I agree wholeheartedly with you. Your comment is a hub in itself and I thank you for your enhancing my hub with your insightful views.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, I also have read both of Raymond Moody years ago, and found them fascinating. One of the reasons that I started to get interested in these sort of subjects was because, even as a teenager I experienced what I believe to be out of the body experiences, I remember laying on my bed and thinking that I was facing my clock, I was shocked to realise that I was actually looking down at it, then a few years later, something woke me up and for a few seconds I felt that I was floating above myself, in a panic I looked up and saw the bedroom ceiling swirling with a white mist, a bit like a whirlpool but the end was attached to me, I jumped out of bed and screamed waking up my husband, he couldn't understand what I was screaming about, so I tried to explain but he said I must have been dreaming, I really enjoyed the video of the two of them talking, fascinating, cheers nell


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Nell for visiting and I do believe we both have OBE in common. It is fascinating but I have never been able to deliberately leave my body though I hear you can learn to do this. I think it is hard enough fully experiencing being in the now and fully appreciating our inner body experience so I will let nature take its course on that one.


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Uriel 5 years ago from Lebanon

Spirit Whisperer, this happens to me from time to time, yet not so regularly. Sometimes it scares you, but on some occasions it might be liberating. who knows :/

Btw doesn't sakura in Japanese mean cherry ??

And another question : " why do japanese happen to have this certain importance for the sakura in their culture?"


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Uriel for your comment and I would say that what you have is a gift and best to see it as that. With regards to the word Sakura yes it can mean cherry blossom but it depends on the kanji. There are lots of words that sound the same but have different kanji and the meaning is different. Sakura is a place on the way to Narita airport from Tokyo. The cherry blossom spells the start of spring which is a time of great celebration. I have spent many a sunday afternoon under the cherry blossoms drinking sake and eat onigiri! Natsukashi desu ne.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Very interesting. I would like to read the books by Mr. Moody. I have never heard of this!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

You will enjoy reading his books and realise something very important.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Thank you SW - im already wanting to know what I will learn!

Also it is really interesting that you lived in Japan! I wonder what that was like? Maybe you have written a hub about that I will hope that you did or will in the future:)


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

One hub on my Japan experience coming up! Would you like sauce with your order? HaHa!

Yes I will do as you suggest. I spent 9 years in Japan and it feels like another lifetime. I have very fond memories of my time there am think about loved ones during this terrible time for them.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I have always wondered what it would be like to submerge yourself in another culture. I bet the customs and language barriers would make some interesting hubs! It is so beautiful there (barring the results from the most recent disaster. I love the Buddist approach to religion as well. It is such an interesting country - It will make an excellent hub:)!

I'll take whatever kind of sauce they serve! Haha! I want to try each kind. I do not care for Saki though - it so strong!


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Tintin25 5 years ago

Autobiography of yogi describes such an experience, I hope you would enjoy reading that book too!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Tintin for your comment and recommendation. Can you give me the name of the author of that book? Thank you.


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Tintin25 5 years ago

yes its Yogananda parmahansa, this book is now copyright free and can be read on net!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you for furnishing me with that information. I will certainly check that out. Thank you.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

I remember reading his books years ago and was so intrigued. It reminded me of a memory of my brother. He use to read books to help teach him how to have outer body experiences and it actually worked. I bet this was around the time Dr. Moody's books became well known. Excellent and captivating hub on your outer body experience.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Yes, it is a fascinating topic and I am glad you enjoyed it. Thank you.


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EtherealElements 4 years ago from USA

Thank you for such an interesting Hub. I have been studying life after death, astral planes and the such for a little while now and am fully convinced there is more to our little planet and reality itself than what we perceive. I thoroughly enjoyed this. I am also going to search for those books you mentioned. I would love to read them and add them to my growing library. Thanks again.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

"It reminded me of the first time I had ever read about the idea that we may not be our bodies." - I fully agree, the body does not define who we are for sure - just like the body of a car does not define the car or the walls of a house ... it has stuff inside ... we have stuff inside too : )

Now, this piece of writing made me wonder. If You were able to become the door so to speak, I am not sure how You can ask me how I can leave the Ego behind - the same way You left your body behind.

I think this is my best answer really and You helped. Basically You answered it lol.

"Anything is possible in my world, it just costs more" (more energy, more time, more whatever it takes ...).

I fully enjoyed this post! Beautiful. Cheers!


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Spirit Whisperer 4 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Even when we die and leave the body behind the ego remains and that is why we continue to return life after life. Leaving the body does not mean leaving the ego. Thank you for reading and I appreciate your thoughtful comments always.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Interesting.

I also agree with You that leaving the body does not necessarily mean that one leaves the ego behind. I just thought it was a great example of our possibility of doing things - unimaginable things sometimes ...

All the best.


lera 4 years ago

My first out of body experience I was eight years old I felt my self leave my body because of so much fear, I cannot remember how long I was outside of my body body but I know I could not feel nothing or connect with anything arround me, then I found myself laying on the couch and what brought me back was my mother bent down and looked into my eyes and smiled and then I came back to myself. Then at the age of 38 it happen again I was walking with a friend and all of a sudden I was above both of us looking down at myself and my friend talking , I thought what is this, and I came back.


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Spirit Whisperer 4 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you lera for sharing your experience.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

The Spirit World doesn't ask me for money - the above website linked by Spirit Messanger, does. Why is that?


Marie 3 years ago

I had an experience very recently, 19th Jan 2013. I was staying with my partner and I had trouble with falling to sleep. Sometimes I dislike having my head propped up on two pillows when trying to get to sleep so I will often put my head down underneath one and on the other, so my head is in between the pillows. Anyway I finally began to drift off and then in the next instant I found myself feeling as if I was partially "getting out". I could hear a slight buzzing sound and I thought I could "see" my arms in front of me, and felt as if one of my arms was going through the mattress next to my physical arm. I also felt as if I was still laying on the top pillow. When I realised what I thought was happening it scared me and I began to talk, I repeatedly said, "wake me up, wake me up". I knew my partner was there next to me but yet I was still asleep. He at first did not wake me, but then I kept saying to wake me up and I also said, "I don't like these sensations, wake me up". Then he responded and put his arm over me and then I did wake. Then I was able to talk about what I was experiencing. This is not the first time I've experienced this, but this was the first time I was really able to tell someone to actually wake me up and that I didn't like it. It didn't feel at all like a dream because I was so aware of what what going on and also didn't just seem like sleep paralysis either. Whenever I've experienced a possible OBE I always feel scared of it so it does not go too far into it. I sometimes wish I could get past being scared of it so I could know whether it is really that or it just seems as if it is.


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Spirit Whisperer 3 years ago from Isle of Man Author

I just noticed your question today but I don't know what link you are referring to Mr Happy?


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Wish I knew. I have a vague idea but it is too vague and I am not going to pursue it at the moment. Perhaps You can just erase it, it has been seven months after all lol

All the very best! : )

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