Writing About Out of Body Experiences
Out of Body Experiences Among Readers
Have you had an out of body experience?
Leaving Your Body
What is an out of body experience?
Typically, an out of body experience is when you are able to keep your mind awake while your body sleeps, and your spiritual body (mind) leaves your body. Essentially, you are completely aware of your surroundings, because your mind is still active, but your body is asleep so you aren't capable of motion with it. If I may use an analogy, it's almost like auto-piloting an airplane. The pilot and co-pilot are still there and the plane is still flying, but they aren't interacting with it, merely observing their surroundings.
Astral projection is a term that is used to describe the process of the spirit exiting the body and entering the astral world. If you've seen the movie Insidious, then you are familiar with what this is. However, it's not quite the same. While you can get 'lost' so to speak, it's not as easy as they made it seem in that movie, and you have quite a bit of control over not only yourself, but your surroundings. If an area you are in is too dark, you can verbally shout a command such as 'Clarity now!' and things will suddenly clear up. There is much, much more to astral projection than I could ever put into one hub, so now that I have given you the gist, I'm going to move on to signs of out of body experiences.
One of the biggest signs that you are having an out of body experience is that you will be connected to your physical body by a cord. For myself, it is a bluish/white glowing looking cord. My most recent out of body experience was an accident (I didn't intend to leave my body), and I remember it vividly because I remained so close to my physical body - If you don't return to your physical body during an OBE (Out of Body Experience), there is a good chance you won't remember it, even if you wake and try to write it down immediately. However, during my last one I didn't leave my bedside, and I was able to return to my body very quickly. If you've read my other hubs, you'll know that I suffer from insomnia, PTSD (mostly anxiety), and depersonalization (this is the clinical term for watching your body from a different point of view). So yes, I am not the most 'normal' person in the world. With that said, that doesn't mean that what I say should be discounted. I have had OBEs before being diagnosed and before taking medications (and I have never used hallucinogenic drugs). I'm going to use another section to describe exactly what this OBE consisted of.
Also, check out the book below by Robert Bruce. He is one of the leading minds in astral projection.
A good place to start
One of my OBEs
Specifically speaking of the last OBE that I had, it was one in which I stayed by the side of the bed, and was almost mocking myself sleeping. My astral body was speaking to my physical body, telling me that I was touching my leg and there was nothing I could do about it to make it stop. I could even tell you what movie was playing on TV as this was happening, that's how vividly I remember it. Remember, since I didn't go far and was able to return to my physical body quickly and easily, that gave me a very good chance to recall all of the details. It's a weird feeling to watch yourself sleep, to watch yourself in bed as a movie plays in the background, and to taunt yourself by saying there's nothing that you can do about it. I believe this event was triggered by the loss of a loved one not too long before it happened. I was feeling vulnerable, I was feeling weak and unstable and so I believe that is why I was prodding myself the way that I was. Almost as if I was telling myself what I already knew - that my brain and body were doing things that were now beyond my control and understanding.
This affected me greatly. It was at this time that I started really digging into what was going on inside my brain, what the hell I was really doing when I was sleeping, and why I just always confused it with lucid dreams. I have always been an extremely lucid and vivid dreamer since I can remember, so I was no stranger to weird dreams and a screwed up sleep pattern. But then I started putting the pieces together after doing some research and figured out that there was something more than just dreaming going on.
When we die
Do you believe there is an afterlife?
A Grave or a Gateway?
My Obsession With Dying
Okay so maybe I don't have an obsession with dying, but it is something that I think about on a daily basis. What happens to us when we die? Does anything happen? When I was younger, I used to just think that life ended and we were made into ashes or maggot food. However as I grew older and started to experience things like OBEs and astral projections and have done a fair amount of research on it, my opinion has changed greatly.
I suppose the first thing that comes to light is religion. If you are religious then there is a good chance that you believe in Heaven and Hell. And hey, I'm not here to put anyone down - until someone dies and comes back to talk about it, it's really just our best guesses right? That said, I do believe that there is more to life than just our physical bodies. I believe this because I have felt it. I have seen the world from outside of my own two eyes. Am I saying that the ghost shows you see on TV are all real and that hauntings and things of that nature are real? No. I'm saying that I don't have the slightest clue what happens when we died, but I believe that something happens. Humans are made of elemental material, just the same as everything else on this planet. We cannot create or destroy matter.
So how do we turn off our conscience? That is the question that I always find myself stuck on. You know, that little voice inside your head that is reading this to you. The one that sings songs all day long or recites poems or just speaks to you about whatever you want it to. That voice isn't tangible. We hear with our ears, and that voice that we hear never makes a sound that is audible to others. So how do we 'hear' this voice without our sense of hearing? I'm not proposing that I know the answers to these questions, I am simply posing them to give you an understanding of why I believe what I believe. I believe that innately, we all have some form of energy within us. Call it what you will - spirit, soul, conscience, it doesn't matter what the name is. In my eyes, there is something within us that will never be able to be destroyed.
Why is this relevant? Because this is the backbone of a small book that I wrote about a man who tries to convince his wife that they should both die at the same moment in order to spend forever together, in the afterlife. This is a topic that I am very interested in. I write these hubs in hopes that they will strike a chord with someone and I can gain some interest in my writings. I know that I can't be the only one who feels this way. :)
A Love to End All Loves (Kindle version is free for a limited time, I just can't link to it)
I love feedback. I can't get enough of it. Positive, negative, indifferent, it doesn't matter. I want to be the best and most effective writer I can be. As I mentioned, the Kindle version is free for another day or so, and 1.99 when it isn't. I'd like to get some reviews posted on the Amazon site itself, so if anyone would be willing to do that it would be much appreciated. Please be honest! If you hate it, you hate it. If you love it, you love it. My emotions won't differ either way, I would just be appreciative of the feedback. Thank you for your time!