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Jill Bolte-Taylor and the Out of Body Experience

Updated on January 28, 2011

Want to learn something new? Watch the TED Talk by this good lady. Oh, and she's a brilliant speaker.

A TED Presentation Extraordinaire...

Just finished watching Jill Bolte-Taylor’s magnificent TED presentation for the fifth, or is the sixth time? What an incredible talk! So profound, so important as to what we human beings really are. I highly recommend you view it; not only view and listen, but absorb into your mind and remember. Listen and look not once, but several times. For it is the sort of educational from which you will glean more at each viewing.

I had an OBE - Out of Body Experience.

Many years ago I had a somewhat similar instance happen in my own life. Nowhere near as dramatic, and certainly not life threatening. But I was ‘out there’ and I was so impressed that it has stayed with me for life. I had an OBE - Out of Body Experience. There were two of me...and I hadn’t even had a beer.

Right brain Left brain - Right brain thinking is not that common nowadays.

Right brain left brain.  We're not contained in them but operate THROUGH them.
Right brain left brain. We're not contained in them but operate THROUGH them.

It happened as a result, I think, of months of ongoing angst which built up until, eventually, standing in front of my bathroom mirror, face lathered for a shave.  I cried out:  “If there is a meaning to all of this...if there is a purpose...if life is worth living then...please show me!   Show me!   

Jill Bolte-Taylor 's TED Presentation - Watch it and learn!

Suddenly this OBE happened. One moment there was me looking into my mirror. The next, I was out of my body and to my right. I was standing – no, that might not be quite accurate – I was somewhere to the right of where I had been. I was looking at myself, my physical self, which was still standing peering into the bathroom mirror, and I was seeing myself objectively, as another person might see me. Not a pretty sight. At the same time I felt this enormous love, and compassion for this little guy who was peering in that mirror. The love was total. It overwhelmed all.

Who Are We

..and what are we.  Why are we here?  Is there a purpose to our life?  Did we exist before we were born?  Will we exist after our physical body dies?   These are the questions which really matter.
..and what are we. Why are we here? Is there a purpose to our life? Did we exist before we were born? Will we exist after our physical body dies? These are the questions which really matter.

The Real Me IS the love, the compassion, the joy - It's the Self Image's fear that brings on our suffering.

It is almost indescribable: I didn’t hear a voice. I was the love, I was the joy, I was the compassion. What is more, I knew that this was the Real Me. The guy looking in the mirror was someone I loved. It was me but...it was almost a shadow compared with the Real Me. This occurence was, without a doubt, the high point of my nearly seventy-five years upon Planet Earth. To say it “blew my mind” would be an understatement

Left Brain Right Brain thinking. We need more balance here.

The functions listed here are just a few of those we actually possess.   And, of course, our physical body just happens to be the densest of our seven-body strata.   We are HOLISTIC beings.
The functions listed here are just a few of those we actually possess. And, of course, our physical body just happens to be the densest of our seven-body strata. We are HOLISTIC beings.

Thousand upon thousands have these incredible moments - but most people keep quiet about them.

If this had only happened to me, and to Jill Bolte-Taylor, you might feel it to be some aberration of the mind. A mental defect. But not so. Thousands upon thousands of people – perhaps millions – have had these incredible moments in their lives. Most people keep quiet about them. The Hindu mystics call experiences Nirvana, the Buddhists, Nibbana. It does not matter what they are called. It is something which can happen to anyone.

We are a life-force power of the universe.

But the point to remember is, as Jill says: “We are a life-force power of the universe.” We are not our physicality. We are not our conditioned minds. Neither are we our emotions. We are immortal beings who have chosen, for some reason, to manifest in human form at this time. We are in this place right now, to experience. We are impelled to grow, to find out what and who we really are. Find out, not at the theoretical level, but by experience. Only experience, it seems, will wrought real change in us.

When thinking stops, and abolute quiet comes, we open ourselves up to knowing...

We are conjoined to and are part of the illimitable universe.  Why we have precipitated out and compressed down into a human being, living at a certain time in a certain place - that's the mystery.
We are conjoined to and are part of the illimitable universe. Why we have precipitated out and compressed down into a human being, living at a certain time in a certain place - that's the mystery.

There is a huge difference between believing and knowing.

A lot of us put our trust in faith- in belief. But people can have very different beliefs. However, knowing, that is, by experience, an ephipany, is something else again. Once we get even a glimpse of what and who we really are we are never the same again.

Here’s the link for Jill’s Talk. I think you’ll begin to see what I mean...

I ca't recall a presentation that makes a bigger impact and has greater ramifications than this magnificent TED talk.

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