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Out of Body Experiences Are They Real?
I remember waking up and reaching for the clock. But for some reason my hand couldn't grab it.
So I opened my eyes. And to my total amazement I realized that I was looking down at the clock, not sideways! Turning to my left, I saw someone lying on the bed. It was me.
I fell back to sleep and woke up in my usual position. But I remembered the experience and knew it wasn't a dream. This incident is what started off my research into out of the body experiences many years ago.
So what's the different between Out of the Body experience or the soul leaving the body after death?
Out of the Body Experience
An out of the body experience is something that many of us have, but not many remember. We wake up with a feeling of 'other' going on but not sure why. I remember one particular experience that totally freaked the hell out of me!
I was about 25 years old. I was asleep in my bedroom at home when suddenly I was woken up by a noise outside. At least I believed it was outside. I opened my eyes and there above me was the strangest, spookiest thing, I had ever seen.
I yelled! Then jumped out of bed and raced across the room. On the ceiling I could see a huge swirling cream? Grey? colored mist rather like a slow moving Twister reaching down into a funnel/point down to my stomach!
As I screeched and ran, I realized that the funnel was following me! But as I looked down it disappeared into my middle. My solar plexus.
By this time my husband was like, 'What what? what's up?'
I just stood back and stared. I yelled 'Did you see that?' and of course the answer was no.
I realized then that I had just experienced an O.O.B.E! Obviously I caught myself 'coming back'!.
O.O.B.E on his way to the Toilet! You couldn't make it up!
O.O.B.E or Near Death?
Its only happened a couple of times since, but I will never forget it. It may sound obvious but the similarities between Near Death and O.O.B.E are not necessarily exactly the same.
For example if our Souls can wander the Universe at night while we sleep then if someone is near death its pretty clear that their Soul would drift and get ready to break.
Many people have experienced this rush of Soul leaving their body, only to be shot back into it with a jolt as they are brought back to life.
And there seems to be a theme running through everybody's experience that makes me wonder at its significance. Whether you are suffering a sleep paralysis or an out of the body experience, people have mentioned a buzzing or clanging in their heads before it happens.
And trust me its terrifying to hear! You just know something odd is about to happen but you can't figure out what!
Its happened on quite a few occasions of sleep paralysis and I hate it.
Maybe the connection between sleep paralysis and O.O.B.E should be looked into.
I do have a theory.
Maybe sleep paralysis, when you can't move, but feel, and see, strange things going on, is a prelude to flipping out of your body. Maybe you just need a push and wham out you go!
Andrew Clover had an amazing out-of- body experience. Here is his story as told to the Guardian Newspaper.
Andrew Clover was in a hurry. His wife was going to be home in 30 minutes. He had two daughters, 10 and 6 years old, at home with him. And he wanted to go and meet his 12 year old from school.
So after a few minutes deliberating what to do, he asked the girls if they would be alright for a few minutes, and after they said yes, he headed off down the road and through a field to get to the school on time.
At this point he realized that his shoes weren't made for mud so he decided to jump over a fallen tree and a large puddle.
But he caught his trousers on the branches and fell in a sickening heap, banging his head on a huge rock.
In his words he says,
'Bang, I was out of my body, and I could see myself lying face down in the puddle. I was terrified!'
'Oh God, what about the girls?'
Then somehow even though his body was in the field, his 'soul' entered the village and he saw his daughter getting off the bus.
Then in a second he found himself back at home. The elder daughter was brushing her hair and his younger daughter had fallen asleep on the sofa.
His mind then raced through a number of scenario's that had happened to him in his lifetime, mainly involving his kids and the things they had done together.
He soon started to feel really sad, but dreamy. His mind starting floating upwards and then he felt really light. After opening his eyes he could see that he was swimming up through warm water, or something similar. Then he saw a sparkling light. At this point he felt a wonderful peace.
Then he heard a voice.
'You can't be here now,' it said. He said that the voice sounded playful.
He felt sick and felt like he was falling. Then bang.
Another voice. 'Be here,' and he felt a prod in his back.
Next thing he knew, he was crawling out of the field and his daughter was walking towards him, asking if he was okay.
A brief but powerful description of Astral Projection.
Robert and Suzanne Mays were interviewed by Epoch magazine in 2011.
They stated that they had been told by a witness to an OBE, that he heard someone calling for help, and he saw a foggy figure at the window.
Evidently a man had been severely injured in a car crash, and feeling his body floating, he headed towards a house and started yelling. And the witness heard him!
They went for help and found the injured man. He went on to make a full recovery.
Science and The O.O.B.E. or Astral Projection.
There is new research that states that scientists can explain out of the body experiences. They state that they have unlocked the mystery of the O.O.B.E experience.
Andra M. Smith and Claude Messierwere work at the University of Ottawa describe a particular experiment in their paper Frontiers of Human Neuroscience.
When investigating a woman who claimed she had an O.O.B.E, they checked her brain with an FMRI machine and noticed something interesting.
The results showed a strong deactivation of the visual cortex while it activated a part of her brain on the left side which dealt with imagery, or kinesthetic imagery.
In plain English, the part of the brain that makes it possible for us to understand the world we are living in. In other words, where you 'feel' you are, in the real world.
So, is this the answer?
The answer or just more Questions?
I personally don't think so.
And here's why.
I believe what they experienced in the science lab is a different kind of Out of the Body experience.
For example, the woman felt herself floating and 'seeing' herself around and above her body. But that is purely psychological.
It does not explain the 'real' Out of the Body experience, where someone finds themselves floating into the corner of the room, and can see things on the top of shelves, or out of the window, which they couldn't possibly see whilst in their body and laying on the bed.
Science and reality.
I totally understand that scientists want to find the answer to everything in the Universe. It makes sense. I would love to know too.
They are so desperate to make sense of our everything that they test it, label it then put it to bed so to speak.
I believe in this case they fitted the square problem into a round box, squeezed it in and shut the lid.
Its not the same Out of Body experience that normal, everyday people, do have.
Yes I understand the brain anomaly. And yes the activity in the brain did show how hallucinations work.
But if you have had a a real bona fida out of the body experience then you will know the difference between hallucination and reality.
An hallucination will not make you see out of the top window, or read a book title on the top shelf of the bookcase. Unlike real O.O.B.E's an hallucination is just that, imagination.
So, have you ever experienced an Astral Projection? If so, what happened and how did it make you feel?
Answers in the comments below, and thanks!
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