You, Too, Can Have an Out-of-Body Experience
Have you ever wanted to try to have an out-of-body experience, if only out of curiosity?
What exactly is "out-of-body experience", also known as "OBE"? Wikipedia defines it as: "an experience that typically involves a sensation of floating outside one's body and, in some cases, perceiving one's physical body from a place outside one's body".
Out-of-body experience can be induced by brain traumas, psychedelic drugs, near-death experiences, and electrical stimulation of the brain, among others. Some people can also deliberately induced an out-of-body experience. Here's how...
How to Have an Out-of-Body Experience
In his book, "Helping Yourself With ESP", A.G. Manning D.D. taught a method of having an out-of-body experience. The method is very simple: Try to keep awake for as long as possible when you are about to doze off to sleep. Easier said than done! I had tried that many times but failed. And then one day....
My Out-of-Body Experience
I had just had a very, very exhausting day at work at the construction site and to make matters worse, I was caught in a heavy traffic jam. By the time I reached home, I was dead-tired. Despite feeling sticky all over, I didn't even bother to take a bath, nor did I take my dinner before flopping into bed. It was 1980. I was 25, single, and living alone in a house that was rented for me by my company.
I would have dozed off immediately, but I was trying to have an out-of-body experience, after reading A.G. Manning's book. (I had been trying to experience OBE for over a week, without any success.) I tried to count from 1 to 10 but by the time I reached 6, I felt my body floating horizontally at very high speed at some 60 degrees to my right. The bedroom wall was just about 4 feet from where I was lying down, as the bed had been placed against the wall.
But something was not right. My floating body position did not keep pace with the speed that I was feeling. It was like my body was flying at 100 miles per hour and yet, my body was only moving at 1 mile per hour. My floating body was transparent, with no details except the shape of a horizontally-reclined body, a silhouette of my actual lying-down position, so to speak. I suddenly felt that all of my weariness had disappeared. It was a very calm and nice feeling, except that I suddenly got worried that I might not return.
I struggled to open my eyes and it seemed as if my eyelid muscles were not working. Not only could I not open my eyes, I also could not move my hands and legs. I struggled and struggled and saw my floating body slowing down to almost a halt. When I finally succeeded in opening my eyes, I found that I was still lying on the bed. Thus comforted, I closed my eyes again.
My floating body, which had by now passed through the wall by about a foot and stopped there, slowly returned to my physical body at a much, much slower speed. This time, the speed and the body position synchronized. When the floating body completely returned to my physical body, I suddenly felt very exhausted again and I dozed off.
Some Unanswered Questions
Where is the soul? According to Hindu beliefs, the soul is located in the pineal gland, somewhere between the two eye-brows. Even French philosopher Rene Descartes (1596–1650) believed so, when he said that the pineal gland is the "seat of the soul".
In his book, Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue", Neale Donald Walsch says that the soul contains the body, and not the other way round. Whether the soul is as big as our aura, I do not know. However, based on my out-of-body-experience, I believe that the soul is at least as big as our physical body.
Where is the mind in an out-of-body experience? Here, I have conflicting observations. I 'saw' my body floating away at some 60° angle and I actually thought that my physical body had floated. If this had been so, how could I then see my body floating away, while in my lying-down position? How could I try to open my eyes in this lying-down position?
It does seem to me that the mind remains with the physical body. If this is the case, how then does the soul recollect anything? As a matter of fact, my experience contradicts what A.G. Manning, author of the book, "Helping Yourself With ESP", had said, "It's generally agreed that the emotional body of light, most often called the astral body, is the vehicle which carries the seat of your consciousness on these [out-of-body] journeys."
Is Out-of-Body-Experience Safe?
By most accounts, out-of-body-experience is safe but I personally believe accidents can and do happen. There are many incidents of very experienced Chinese meditators losing their mind. The Chinese called it 走火入魔, meaning "possessed by the devil".
I had a neighbor who went into a coma, after a motorcyclist accidentally brushed against her, while she was waiting for a bus. She was hospitalized and when the attending doctors were unable to make her regain consciousness by the following day, someone suggested that her soul could well be hovering at the spot where she fell. Being desperate, the family agreed to give it a try. They went to the spot with a temple medium, calling out her name and kneeling every 3 steps, bidding her soul to attach itself to her clothes that the family had brought along for the purpose. The family then took her clothes to the hospital and upon putting it on her body, my neighbor miraculously regained consciousness. My mother was among those who had accompanied the family for the ritual. Not being particularly superstitious, she was amazed.
Would I try out-of-body experience again? My answer is an unambiguous "no". Once is enough. But for those who do not believe in out-of-body-experience, it is good to test it out for yourself because there's nothing like experiencing it yourself. The out-of-body experience has changed my whole perspective of life — in that there's more than meets the eye — and I bet it would change your whole perspective of life, too. Road accidents happen everyday, but that does not mean that you shouldn't drive! For those who are interested in experiencing OBE but are afraid to do so, read: Are Out of Body Experiences Safe? by C. Taylor.