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Victor Borras’ Out-of-Body Experience

The following is Victor Borras’ OBE testimony sent to me by email in his own words.

I’m 54 years old now. When I was 19 years old I had become a Christian and I began preaching the Bible. I read the Bible every day and prayed daily.

I met these missionaries one day and they were different. Two families each had children and they were all dressed in this white robes and all wore their hair long brushed backwards. The men, husbands and older sons, never shaved. I learned from them that God had told them to practice this tradition.

Well one night after I preached, I went home happy and excited but tired and sleepy. So instead of praying for about a usual 30 minutes or so, I did a quick 10 to 30 second prayer and jumped to bed and fell into a very deep sleep. I don’t recall how long I slept but suddenly I heard the door knock. I quickly got up.

To me this was no dream. It was real.

I answered the door. There standing in front of me was one of the husband missionaries and with a great smile he simply said, “God bless you.”

As he was dressed, everyone compared him to Moses or a prophet from the Old Testament days.

I was happy to see him visit me so I quickly invited him to my room. But he didn’t walk in.

The next thing I knew I was back on my bed and he simply floated to the foot end of my bed. While floating there in a standing position, he asked me to get him some fruits. I quickly went to the kitchen and from the refrigerator I grabbed oranges, grapes, bananas, etc. It seemed I had an assortment of all kinds of fruits that I was more than desirous to give to him. But when I got to the bed and motioned to give them to him, he made a gesture that he did not mean eatable fruits but spiritual fruits. I understood this to mean converts into Christianity by my continuing preaching the Bible. But I wanted him to take the eatable fruits too. But he suddenly disappeared.

I then felt myself alone but thankful that this had occurred.

Then something strange happened as I lay in bed. I saw this cloud descending from my ceiling and coming down towards me but I wasn’t scared, just apprehensive.

When the cloud was descending on me, I had this feeling of fear. That part confused me, I could never understand why fear? But when the cloud covered me completely it was magical, a smile came over me, not a physical smile where my mouth was curved to form a smile, but something that tingled sensations of the GREATEST joy any human could experience, for I could feel my feet, my chest, arms, brain, heart and soul all consumed into a joyous smile of my soul! That’s why I knew this was GOD.

When the cloud covered my body, from toe to top of my head, I felt the most enormous and immense sensation of LOVE. It was so beautiful that I began laughing out of the joy this gave me. It was like too much for my body to contain this. And it seemed that I heard this voice from heaven speak to me and say, “Well done my son.”

Upon hearing this, I then believed that I had been carried to heaven or before the Almighty God.

I was so filled with LOVE and JOY. I was content and NEVER wanted to go back to Earth, ever. But I again heard these words, “It is not your time for you have much fruits to bring to me.” But I did not want to return back to this Earth.

Suddenly I felt myself back on my bed and the cloud had left. I felt so immensely sad and wanted to cry. I knew I wasn’t being rejected, but had things to do, only I couldn’t think of being back to Earth and going back to things of this Earth.

Next to my bed I had a window. This was during the summer and I always kept my window opened. So I thought or I heard a voice say, as if from the basement, “If you jump off the window you’ll go back to that wonderful place and you wont have to spend any more time on this Earth.” The logic seemed true and clear.

So I sensed myself putting my legs first through the window. Then an image came flashing to my head quickly. I received a message that if I jump I’d be killing myself, committing suicide, and this does not please GOD. I’d be escaping HIS WILL and would be wrong to do in the eyes of GOD. And it is better to be faithful and patient and pleasing then to be so self-willed and do what I knew was wrong and unfavorable to GOD.

So I simply returned back to bed and accepted my destiny. As I moved my body closer to where my pillow was I noticed that as I was awakening, my legs were actually sticking out of the window.

Then I went to sleep, with a smile and at peace.

I’ve always wondered if this was like a near-death experience. Even though there was no hospital, surgery, or a flatliner situation, some of the other scenarios did seem to be there. Any ideas?

Kevin Williams‘ reply: Very interesting experiences you have. These kind of experiences can labeled many different things and they could be one whole experience involving three separate kinds of aspects to it and this is what I think you had.

In my opinion, you mentioned your were greeted by a husband missionary at the door. If this man was the “essence” of a deceased person (i.e., spirit, ghost, whatever) and you were wide awake, then the first part of your experience may have been what is called a “pre-death” vision. Before many people die, they are visited by someone on the Other Side, usually to tell them they are soon to join them.

Because you didn’t die, your second experience probably was a near-death experience or a vision (these kind of things overlap and even are part of other experiences) but probably a near-death experience because your third experience was obviously an out-of-body experience.

The reason I say your third experience is an out-of-body experience is because of several reasons. You mentioned a point in time when you were awakening yet saw your legs sticking out of the window. This kind of thing has happened to me twice in my life and it is the result of “sleep paralysis.” When you are asleep, your consciousness leaves your body and your physical body becomes more out of your control. This is because nature does not want you acting out your dreams, like a sleepwalker, when you are dreaming. But in your case, because it does appear you had a near-death experience, returned to your body then had a brief out-of-body experience involving sleep paralysis.

It is during out-of-body experiences where people are more apt to come in contact with earthbound souls of the kind that might tell you to kill yourself, in my opinion. Also, the realm of your dreams is the same realm where out-of-body experiences occur and the realm is called the “astral realm” or the “earthbound realm” because it is close to Earth. This realm is like a never-never land where we can see our loved ones on the other side, experience whatever our minds desire, and even hear the voice of God. When you are finished dreaming, your soul body or “astral body” returns to your physical body.

Sleep paralysis happens when you awaken before your astral body has returned to your physical body. It is a strange sensation where your physical body is paralyzed for a short while and you can momentarily see two of yourself. In my case, I once woke up but was paralyzed. For a brief moment, I saw that I was half-way out of my body. It was like being at two places at the same time. The first time this happened to me I was terrified. Then I realized that it was an extremely brief out-of-body experience resulting from sleep paralysis.

Of course, all near-death experiences start out as an out-of-body experience and then progresses to certain stages. I think your experience began with a pre-death vision where the missionary appeared and told you what was about to happen. Then the near-death experience. When you returned to your body, you had a brief out-of-body experience resulting from sleep paralysis and it was at this time the earthbound soul (probably a suicide) told you to kill yourself. Very interesting experience(s) I believe. But not unusual in of themselves. Having all three of these in one experience: pre-death, near-death, out-of-body, is not common I believe. But not impossible. Thanks for sharing this.

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Sylvan Muldoon’s Astral Projection Research

Astral projection is closely related to the out-of-body experience (OBE), near-death experience (NDE), lucid dreaming, and even remote viewing. The difference between them is that astral projection is a consciously induced OBE. Such OBEs provide an excellent argument when it comes to evidence for the survival of consciousness. Some astral projections and OBEs are termed “veridical” (verified) where the experiencer accurately describes events and conversations from an observation point-of-view removed from normal observation — sometimes far removed. Such veridical OBEs cannot be explained in conventional physiological terms (e.g., as a relatively infrequent neurological phenomenon) or in conventional psychological terms (e.g., as a dissociative hallucination). They also cannot be explained in terms of ordinary ESP or mental telepathy. For these reasons the most plausible remaining explanation, and according to Occam’s Razor, the simplest solution, could arguably to be that mental activity can occur “non-local” to one’s body. This means that such non-local mental states are distinct from bodily states; and, according to the survival hypothesis, one’s characteristic mental activity can continue in the absence of corresponding bodily activity, even after bodily death.

Table of Contents

  1. Scientific Evidence Supporting the Reality of Astral Projection and OBEs
  2. Evidence from Lucid Dreams Supporting the Reality of an Astral World
  3. Sylvan Muldoon’s Astral Explorations Are Similar to NDEs
  4. Sylvan Muldoon’s Method of Conscious Astral Projection
  5. Observations by Sylvan Muldoon While Consciously Astral Projecting
  6. Contemporary Studies of Out-of-Body Experiences
  7. The Various Types of Induction Methods for Astral Projection
    a. Astral Projection Induced by Mental Stimulus
    b. Astral Projection Induced by Mechanical Stimulus
    c. Astral Projection Induced by Chemical Stimulus
  8. A Brief History of Astral Travel

1. Scientific Evidence Supporting the Reality of Astral Projection and OBEs

Concepts found in interpretations of quantum mechanics and the philosophy of mind supports the phenomena of astral projection and OBEs. The rigorous mathematical support for parallel universes and the Many-Worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics also supports the multidimensional phenomena of astral projection and OBEs. String theory, and its corresponding M-theory and Holographic Principle, is an attempt to create a “Theory of Everything” – a theory unifying all the physical forces in nature – states that there are 11 dimensions of which 7 of these dimensions are “curled up” into an extremely tiny ball which curled up just after the Big Bang. The concept of parallel universes suggests it is possible for the so-called “astral plane” – which is currently undetectable to modern scientific tools – to exist in these mathematically supported other dimensions.

According to string theory, everything (including atomic particles) are made up of strings which are vibrational in nature. Those who have experienced astral projection, OBEs and NDEs, have described how they feel enormous vibrations and “popping” or “clicking” sounds when detaching themselves from their physical body. It is this increased level of vibrations which allows experiencers to access these higher dimensions. Einstein’s Theory of Relativity mathematically describes how time slows down as a person is traveling closer and closer to the speed of light. At the speed of light, time actually stops altogether. The realms of the OBE and NDE have been described as dimensions of the mind, in the same way the dream world has been described. In these realms, travel has been described as instantaneous – that is – the moment an experiencer thinks of a location, they are instantly there. These realms have been described as timeless realms where time no longer exists as we know it in the physical world such as found in OBEs and NDEs. A few seconds in these dimensions can feel like an eternity because there is no measure of time there. Read a more detailed description of how science supports astral projections, OBEs, and NDEs at the Scientific Evidence of the Afterlife Page.

2. Evidence from Lucid Dreams Supporting the Reality of an Astral World

The realm of lucid or vivid dreams is a realm of objective experience where social contacts have been made between conscious personalities in the form of veridical dreams. Two of the best examples of veridical dreams, that I am aware of, is the veridical dream case of Sylvia Claire and a case described in a study by Japanese researcher Watanabe Tsuneo in a March 2003 paper entitled, “Lucid Dreaming: Its Experimental Proof and Psychological Conditions” in the Journal of International Society of Life Information Science (Japan) 21 (1): 159–162. In Tsuneo’s study, four selected test subjects were able to signal while they were lucid dreaming of particular dream actions having observable concomitants which were performed in accordance with a pre-sleep agreement. The conclusion emerging from such cases is that a dream world (or astral world) which is invisible to the five senses of the physical body, does in fact exist.

NDEs are identical to accidental astral projections when the NDE is spontaneous and accidently triggered. Accidental astral projections have been described in veridical dreams as well. A classic example of a dream projection was reported to the Society of Psychical Research. In 1863, Mr. Wilmot of Bridgeport, Connecticut described a veridical dream involving his wife:

“I sailed from Liverpool for New York, on the steamer City of Limerick … On the evening of the second day out … a severe storm began which lasted for nine days … Upon the night of the eighth day … for the first time I enjoyed refreshing sleep. Toward morning I dreamed that I saw my wife, whom I had left in the U.S., come to the door of the stateroom, clad in her night dress. At the door she seemed to discover that I was not the only occupant in the room, hesitated a little, then advanced to my side, stooped down and kissed me, and quietly withdrew.

“Upon waking I was surprised to see my fellow passenger … leaning upon his elbow and looking fixedly at me. He said at length:

“‘You’re a pretty fellow to have a lady come and visit you this way.’

“I pressed him for an explanation, and he related what he had seen while wide awake, lying on his berth. It exactly corresponded with my dream.

“The day after landing I went to Watertown, Connecticut, where my children and my wife were … visiting her parents. Almost her first question when we were back alone was:

“‘Did you receive a visit from me a week ago Tuesday?’

“‘It would be impossible,’ I said. ‘Tell me what makes you think so.’

“My wife then told me that on account of the severity of the weather … she had been extremely anxious about me. On the night mentioned above she had lain awake a long time thinking about me, and about four o’clock in the morning it seemed to her that she went out to seek me … She came at length … to my stateroom.

“She said, ‘Tell me, do they ever have staterooms like the one I saw, where the upper berth extends further back than the under one? A man was in the upper berth looking right at me, and for a moment I was afraid to go in, but soon I went up to the side of your berth, bent down and kissed you, and embraced you, and then went away.’

“The description given by my wife of the steamship was correct in all particulars, though she had never seen it.”

Astral projection is so often associated with dreaming that many experiencers insist the astral body normally separates from the physical during sleep.

3. Sylvan Muldoon’s Astral Explorations Are Similar to NDEs

Some of the most interesting accounts of astral projection come from Sylvan J. Muldoon (1903-1969) in his classic books Projection of the Astral Body (1929), The Case for Astral Projection (1936) and The Phenomena of Astral Projection (1951). These books contain records of many years of experimenting with astral projection which bears the stamp of authenticity. In the world of astral projection, Muldoon was one of the early pioneers in the field. As an astral projection researcher, Muldoon’s discoveries all started with personal experience. When he was 12 years old, Muldoon attended a spiritualist’s gathering with his mother in Iowa. During one of the nights there, he woke up and found himself looking down on his physical body. He found that a cord connected him with his physical body and thought he may be dead. He traveled around the house trying to wake some members of his family, but had no success. Finally, he was pulled back into his physical body. This was his first astral projection out of hundreds he would later experience.

Dr. Hereward Carrington, the researcher of Muldoon, wrote an introduction to the first book. Muldoon’s accounts of astral travel describes in detail his ability to leave his physical body at will and to retain full consciousness in a subtler “astral” body. He testifies to becoming aware of events and things while in this subtle body of which he had previously no knowledge, and later to be able to verify the facts. These are called “veridical astral projections.” In some instances he describes how his subtle body can pass through solid physical objects. This phenomenon agrees with NDE testimony (see Dr. Dianne Morrissey’s NDE). Muldoon also gives details about the mechanism of projection which enables others who seek to experiment in astral projection to attempt the same thing.

Sylvan Muldoon has reported having hundreds of such conscious astral projections. He has gathered and published more reports of such projections by other people than has any other investigator. His reports about the astral world are particularly interesting because they are similar in description to NDEs. As an example, Muldoon once wrote:

“There are no words to express the feeling of ‘prodigiousness’ which overwhelms the projector when he becomes perfectly conscious in the purgatory of the dead – sees earthbound phantoms, rides upon the air, sustains himself by thought, passes through material beings and objects (which offer no more resistance than the air itself) and listens to the chatter of those [still physically embodied persons] who suspect not his presence … And yet, for all the marvelous things upon the astral plane, it does feel good to get back into the physical body again and ‘touch!’ If one could only ‘feel’ things in purgatory! That is the ‘hell’ of it, speaking seriously! It is a wonder to me that some of the case-hardened earthbound phantoms, under a super stress of habit or desire to make ‘touchable’ contacts, do not go insane. There is but one cure for his condition, and that is to turn away from the earthly – to ‘will’ to break the stress of habit and desire to make contact with the earthly …”

Muldoon’s comments on earthbound spirits are similar to descriptions of earthbound spirits in NDEs such as the one by Dr. George Ritchie. Muldoon’s description of the strong desire to “touch” things in the astral world, corresponds with statements made by Dr. Dianne Morrissey during her NDE where she returns to life because of a profound desire to “touch” things once again.

Muldoon continues:

“Everything in the astral plane seems to be governed by thought – by the mind of the projector … As one is in his mind he becomes in reality when he is in the astral body … Most of the time, even before you can complete a thought, you have already attained what you are thinking about … It seems that the mind creates its own environment – yet the environment is real! This condition could not possibly last indefinitely; it is a sort of purgatory wherein one must learn to think correctly.”

Muldoon and Dr. Carrington in their book, Projection of the Astral Body wrote that the astral plane can be reached by dreaming:

“When you are dreaming you are not really in the same world as when you are conscious – in the physical – although the two worlds merge into one another. While dreaming, you really are in the astral plane, and usually your astral body is in the zone of quietude.”

4. Sylvan Muldoon’s Method of Conscious Astral Projection

Many techniques for conscious astral projection involve regaining consciousness within the dream state. However, it is suggested that a person should not engage in conscious astral projection if you often experience great discord within yourself.

One technique is offered by Sylvan Muldoon is described in his book, Projection of the Astral Body:

(a) Develop yourself so that you are enabled to hold consciousness up to the very moment of “rising to sleep.” The best way to do this is to hold some member of the physical body in such a position that it will not be at rest, but will be inclined to fall as you enter sleep.

(b) Construct a dream which will have the action of self predominant. The dream must be of the aviation type, in which you move upward and outward, corresponding to the action of the astral body while projecting. It must be a dream of something which you enjoy doing.

(c) Hold the dream clearly in mind; visualize it as you are rising to sleep; project yourself right into it and go on dreaming.

(d) Through the use of properly applied suggestion, prior to the dream, you will be able to remember yourself in your dream and bring your dream body (i.e., your astral body) to full waking consciousness. This technique may require months of gentle persistence.

5. Observations by Sylvan Muldoon While Consciously Astral Projecting

Muldoon’s book, Projection of the Astral Body, offers a wealth of information based on the hundreds of astral projections he had over a period of many years. In one projection experience, Muldoon found himself in a strange house watching a young lady who happened to be sewing at the time. Six weeks later, by coincidence, he recognized the woman on the streets of the small Wisconsin town where he lived. Upon his approaching her, she was startled to discover that he was able to accurately describe the inside of her home. She eventually became a very close friend of his and participated with him in a number of projection experiments.

By observing his own condition in the astral world, Muldoon was able to develop some interesting hypotheses. For example, he made a number of measurements of the “silver cord” which connects the astral body to the physical body, stating how it varied in thickness from about 1 1/2 inches to about the size of a sewing thread according to the proximity of the astral body to the physical. At a distance of from 8 to 15 feet, the cord reached its minimum width. It was only at this distance that Muldoon was able to exercise complete control over his astral body. He also noticed that his heartbeat and breath seemed to travel from the astral body through the cord to the physical body.

Muldoon also noted that physical disabilities seemed to provide an incentive for projection. Muldoon himself was very frail and sickly during the years when his projections were most pronounced. He hypothesized that the unconscious will – motivated by habits and desires – would otherwise resulted in sleep walking, would led to astral projection for him because of the frailty of his body. For example, if he was thirsty at night, he might discover his astral body travelling to the water pump.

In one instance, it occurred to Muldoon that his heart was beating unusually slow. He visited his doctor who told him his pulse was only 42 beats per minute and gave him a cardiac stimulant to correct the condition. For the next two months while Muldoon took this stimulant, he was unable to induce a projection although he normally averaged at least one astral projection per week. But once he stopped taking the medicine, he was again able to perform astral projections. He also noticed that whenever he experienced intense emotions while astral projecting, it would cause his heart to beat faster. Later in life, as Muldoon’s health improved, his ability to astral project diminished and practically disappeared. Nevertheless, he certainly made the most significant contribution in research involving astral travel his time. Since then, several other people have contributed to astral projection research.

Some researchers have argued that Muldoon’s frailty and sickliness was the result of his numerous astral projections. This is supported by research into the life of Edgar Cayce and his astral projections. Cayce gained national prominence in 1943 after the publication of a high-profile article in the magazine Coronet titled “Miracle Man of Virginia Beach” (see America’s Alternative Religions by Timothy Miller, 1995) In the middle of World War II, Cayce said he could not refuse people who felt they needed his help, and he increased the frequency of his readings to eight per day to try to help those on his ever-growing pile of requests. Cayce’s “Source” informed him that performing so many astral projections would take a toll on his health as it was emotionally draining and often fatigued him. His Source would scold him for attempting too much and that he should limit his workload to just two readings a day or else they would kill him. In the spring of 1944, Edgar began to weaken. While his Source advised him rest, Cayce felt compelled to continue to assist those who called him. Finally, exhaustion overcame him and, like his first reading he had made for himself in 1901, was issued last in September 1944. Cayce’s Source urged him to suspend their activities. When his wife asked Cayce’s Source for how long, the answer was, “Until he recovers or dies.” Cayce almost immediately suffered a stroke and became partially paralyzed. By the end of the year, his friends feared the worst. Edgar was told he would “heal” after the new year, but his family and friends realized his Source was actually announcing his death, which occurred on January 3, 1945.

6. Contemporary Studies of Out-of-Body Experiences

Cases of OBEs were collected by the Italian OBE researcher Dr. Ernesto Bozzano and by Dr. Robert Crookall in the UK. Crookall approached the subject of OBEs from a spiritualistic position, and collected his cases predominantly from spiritualist newspapers. The first extensive scientific study of OBEs was made by Celia Green in 1968. She collected first-hand accounts from a total of 400 subjects to provide a taxonomy of the different types of OBE. In 1981, the Brazilian physician Dr. Waldo Vieira proposed a new field in parapsychology called projectiology in which researchers would study the subjective dynamics of the OBE directly through systematic self-experimentation rather than through verbal testimonies. He also founded The Center of Continued Consciousness which was later renamed to the International Academy of Consciousness (IAC) to promote discussions about the subject.

In 1999, at the 1st International Forum of Consciousness Research in Barcelona, International Academy of Consciousness research practitioners Wagner Alegretti and Nanci Trivellato presented preliminary findings [105] of an online survey about OBEs answered by internet users interested in the subject. Of the first 1,185 respondents, 1,007 (85%) reported having had an OBE. 37% claimed to have had between two and ten OBEs. 5.5% claimed more than 100 such experiences. 45% of those who reported an OBE said they successfully induced at least one OBE by using a specific technique. 62% of participants claiming to have had an OBE also reported having enjoyed nonphysical flight; 40% reported experiencing the phenomenon of self-bilocation (i.e., or “autoscopy” – seeing one’s own physical body whilst outside of the body); and 38% claimed having experienced passing through physical objects such as walls. The most commonly reported sensations experienced in connection with the OBE were falling, floating, repercussions (e.g. myoclonus – the jerking of limbs, jerking awake), sinking, numbness, intracranial sounds, tingling, clairvoyance, oscillation and serenity.

Another reported common sensation related to OBEs is temporary or projective catalepsy, a more common feature of sleep paralysis. The Waterloo Unusual Sleep Experiences Questionnaire revealed a correlation between sleep paralysis and OBEs. The sleep paralysis and OBE correlation was also corroborated by the OBE and Arousal study published in the scholarly journal Neurology by Dr. Kevin Nelson et al (2007). Dr. Nelson is a Professor from the University of Kentucky whose study revealed that people who have OBEs are more likely to suffer from sleep paralysis. Dr. Nelson’s study also revealed a correlation between people who have had an NDE and their above normal experience with REM intrusion. However, in the humble opinion of the webmaster, Kevin Williams, Dr. Nelson is merely “putting the cart before the horse.” People who are more apt to remember their dreams (which REM intrusion does) may also be more apt to remember an NDE. Near-death studies have shown that some people have NDEs but don’t remember them, as was discovered by the late Dr. Maurice Rawlings in his book, To Hell and Back (PDF) Also, Dr. Nelson’s conclusions have been challenged by NDE experts such as Dr. Jeffrey Long and Jan Holden (PDF).

William Buhlman (www.astralinfo.org), an astral projector and author on the subject, has conducted an informative online survey as well. Based on 16,185 responses, for example, he discovered that the most commonly reported phenomena associated with OBEs include: 98% experienced a jolt or jerk awake; 85% experienced sounds such as buzzing, humming or roaring; and 56% experienced vibrations or high energy sensations, to name just a few of the phenomena.

OBE-like experiences have been induced by stimulation of the brain – the posterior part of the right superior temporal gyrus in a patient (download this scholarly paper entitled Visualizing Out-of-Body Experience in the Brain (PDF). The term OBE-like experiences is used to refer to experiences described in such experiments because they either lacked some of the clarity or details of normal OBEs, or were described by subjects who had never experienced an OBE before. Such subjects were therefore not qualified to make claims about the authenticity of the experimentally-induced OBE.

Research by Dr. Olaf Blanke in Switzerland found that it is possible to reliably elicit OBE-like experiences by stimulating regions of the brain called the right temporal-parietal junction (TPJ) which is a region where the temporal lobe and parietal lobe of the brain come together. Blanke has explored the neural basis of OBE-like experiences by showing how they are reliably associated with lesions in the right TPJ region (download the scholarly article by Dr. Blanke entitled Out-Of-Body Experience and Autoscopy of Neurological Origin (PDF). But no such experiences were found by stimulating any other area of the brain suggesting the mental imagery of TPJ stimulation is of one’s own body (download Linking OBE and Self Processing to Mental Own-Body Imagery at the Temporoparietal Junction by Dr. Blanke (PDF). Olaf Blanke’s Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience has become a well-known laboratory for OBE research.

Dr. Michael Persinger has performed research similar to Olaf Blanke using magnetic stimulation (using the so-called “God Helmet“) applied to the right temporal lobe of the brain and has discovered a telepathic link to OBEs in his laboratory (see also this article.) This area of the brain is known to be involved in visuo-spatial functions, multi-sensory integration and the construction of the sense of the body in space. Persinger found evidence for objective neural differences between periods of remote viewing in two individuals believed to have psychic abilities. Persinger undertook his research on Sean Harribance and Ingo Swann, a renowned remote viewer who has taken part in numerous studies (see this article “The Neuropsychiatry of Paranormal Experiences”). Examination of Harribance revealed enhanced EEG activity within his right parieto-occipital region which is consistent with evidence of early brain trauma in these regions. In a second study, Ingo Swann was asked to draw images of pictures hidden in envelopes in another room. Individuals with no knowledge of the nature of the study rated Swann’s comments and drawings as identical to the remotely viewed stimulus at better than chance levels. Additionally, on trials in which Swann was correct, the duration of electrical activity over the right occipital lobe was longer. An MRI examination found anomalous white brain matter signals focused in the perieto-occipital interface of the right hemisphere that were not expected for his age or history.

The first clinical study of OBEs in the near-death experiences of cardiac arrest patients was by Dr. Pim van Lommel a cardiologist from the Netherlands, and his team (see Near-Death Experience in Survivors of Cardiac Arrest: A Prospective Study in the Netherlands, The Lancet, 2001). Of 344 patients who were successfully resuscitated after suffering cardiac arrest, approximately 18% experienced classic NDEs which included out-of-body experiences. The patients remembered details of their conditions during their cardiac arrest despite being clinically dead with flatlined brain stem activity (see the case of Pam Reynolds). Van Lommel concluded his findings by supporting the theory that consciousness continues despite lack of neuronal activity in the brain. Van Lommel conjectured that continuity of consciousness may be achievable if the brain acted as a receiver for the information generated by memories and consciousness, which existed independently of the brain, just as radio, television and internet information existed independently of the instruments that received it.

In the autumn of 2008, 25 hospitals in the UK and US began participating in a 3-year study called The AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation) Study which is coordinated by Dr. Sam Parnia and Southampton University. Following up on from the research of Dr. Pim van Lommel in the Netherlands, the study aims to examine the OBEs of 1,500 cardiac arrest patients who had an NDE to determine whether people without a heartbeat or brain activity can have documentable OBEs.

The Monroe Institute has the oldest and most established facility specializing in OBE induction. It is called The Nancy Penn Center. The International Academy of Consciousness (IAC) in southern Portugal features the Projectarium, a spherical structure dedicated exclusively for practice and research on OBEs.

7. The Various Types of Induction Methods for Astral Projection

Astral projection assumes the existence of one or more non-physical realms of existence and an associated astral body beyond the physical. Evidence of an objective reality of an astral realm for projecting is sometimes suggested when people, such as patients during surgery, have an NDE and describe having OBEs in which they see or hear events or objects outside their sensory range – called “veridical NDEs” or “veridical OBEs.” One case which is often cited is the veridical NDE of Pam Reynolds who reported experiencing an OBE during brain surgery and described a surgical instrument she had not seen previously, as well as conversation that occurred while she was under anesthesia and in a state of brain death.

The term “out-of-body experience” was introduced in 1943 by George N. M. Tyrrell in his book Apparitions, and was adopted by researchers such as Celia Green and Robert Monroe as an alternative to spiritualistic terms such as “astral projection,” “soul travel,” or “spirit walking.” Researcher Waldo Vieira described the phenomenon as a projection of consciousness. Astral projection can be induced by: (a) OBE techniques, (b) sensory deprivation, (c) near-death experiences, (d) dissociative and psychedelic drugs, (e) dehydration, (f) extreme stress, (g) dreams, (h) sleep paralysis, (i) electrical stimulation of the brain, and (j) forms of meditation among others.

Mainstream science, which knows little about the phenomenon, currently considers all OBEs to be merely hallucinations despite the growing evidence of (a) veridical astral projections, (b) veridical OBEs, (c) veridical NDEs, (d) veridical deathbed visions, (e) veridical dreams, (f) veridical after-death communications, and (g) veridical apparitions of the dead, all of which suggests a “subtle body(the astral body) exists which can detach itself from the physical body and visit distant locations. Consciously controlled and pre-meditated astral projection methods have been well documented as this article has mentioned.

a. Astral Projection Induced by Mental Stimulus

I. Method 1: Falling Asleep Physically Without Losing Wakefulness

The “Mind Awake, Body Asleep” state is widely suggested as a cause of astral projection. Thomas Edison used such techniques to tackle problems while working on his inventions. He would rest a silver dollar on his head while sitting with a metal bucket in a chair. As he drifted off, the coin would noisily fall into the bucket, restoring some of his alertness. Salvador Dalí was said to use a method similar to Sylvan Muldoon’s method to gain odd visions which inspired his paintings. Deliberately teetering between awake and asleep states is known to cause spontaneous trance episodes such as those by Edgar Cayce. By moving deeper and deeper into relaxation, one eventually encounters a “slipping” feeling if the mind is still alert. This slipping is reported to feel like leaving the physical body.

II. Method 2: Waking Up Mentally But Not Physically

This related technique is typically achieved through the practice of lucid dreaming. Once inside a lucid dream, the dreamer either shifts the subject matter of the dream in an OBE direction or banishes the dream imagery completely, in doing so gaining access to the underlying state of sleep paralysis ideal for visualization of separation from the body.

III. Method 3: Deep Trance, Meditation and Visualization

The types of visualizations vary. Some common imageries used include climbing a rope to “pull out” of one’s body, floating out of one’s body, getting shot out of a cannon, and other similar approaches. This technique is considered hard to use for people who cannot properly relax. One example of such a technique is the popular Golden Dawn “Body of Light” Technique.

b. Astral Projection Induced by Mechanical Stimulus

I. Method 4: Brainwave Synchronization Via Audio/Visual Stimulation

Binaural beats can be used to induce specific brainwave frequencies, notably those predominant in various mind awake/body asleep states. Binaural induction of a “body asleep” 4 Hertz brainwave frequency was observed as effective by The Monroe Institute, and some authors – such as William Buhlman and Robert Bruce – consider binaural beats to be significantly supportive of astral projection initiation when used in conjunction with other techniques. Simultaneous introduction of “mind awake” beta frequencies (detectable in the brains of normal, relaxed awakened individuals) was also observed as helpful. Another popular technology uses sinusoidal wave pulses to achieve similar results, and the drumming accompanying native American religious ceremonies is also believed to have heightened receptivity to “other worlds” through brainwave entrainment mechanisms.[34]

II. Method 5: Magnetic Stimulation of the Brain, as with “the God helmet” developed by Michael Persinger

III. Method 6: Direct Stimulation of the brain’s vestibular cortex

IV. Method 7: Electrical Stimulation of the Brain: particularly the temporoparietal junction as researched by Dr. Olaf Blanke‘s study.

V. Method 8: Sensory Deprivation

The sensory deprivation method attempts to encourage intense disorientation by the removal of space and time references. Flotation tanks or pink noise played through headphones are often employed for this purpose.

VI. Method 9: Sensory Overload: the opposite of sensory deprivation

The subject can for instance be rocked for a long time in a specially designed cradle, or submitted to light forms of torture, to cause the brain to shut itself off from all sensory input. Both conditions tend to cause confusion and this disorientation often permits the subject to experience vivid, ethereal out-of-body experiences.

c. Astral Projection Induced by Chemical Stimulus

I. Method 10: Astral Projection Induced by Hallucinogenic Drugs

There are several types of drugs which can initiate astral projections, primarily the dissociative hallucinogens such as ketamine, dextromethorphan (DM or DXM), and phencyclidine (PCP). It has also been reported under the influence of tryptamine psychedelics including dimethyltryptamine (DMT) from Ayahuasca. The plant Salvia divinorum has been known to produce symptoms in which the user is said to be able to leave his or her body and travel to many places at once. Many users also claim that they feel as if their “soul” falls out of their body.

II. Method 11: Astral Projection Induced by Side Effects of Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine has also been known to initiate astral projections, not in itself but through lack of sleep. It has been reported that it felt like the person was talking above and behind them and, being under the influence of the drug, had no idea what was happening.

III. Method 12: Astral Projection Induced by Galantamine

Galantamine is a nootropic that can increase the odds of success when using along with OBE or lucid dream induction techniques.

8. A Brief History of Astral Travel

The idea of astral travel is rooted in worldwide religious accounts of the afterlife. The ancient Egyptians were perhaps one of the first cultures to record beliefs about astral projection. Hieroglyphics in tombs display prayers which were to be said over the body of the deceased to guide the spirit on its way. They believed that the soul (or “ba“) was housed in a spirit body (the “ka“) which is an exact replica of the physical body. At death, these etheric bodies gave way to the “sahu” (the true spirit body) which would house the “ba” forever. Egyptians believed the “ka” could leave the body during life. They drew graphics of people sleeping with their “kas” floating above them which is very similar to the modern day descriptions of NDEs.

Tibetan Buddhists believe in the “bardo” body which can leave the physical body, not only at death; but while still alive and able to pass through physical matter. The bardo body can be directed wherever by will. Tibetan Buddhism and their “Tibetan Book of the Dead” (Bardo Thodol), is a description of the bardo realms the bardo body travels through upon death.

Ancient Greeks believed in a “double body,” which housed the soul. Plato believed the soul was freed upon death but could also leave the body during life. and when it did it perceived the physical world as dimly lit.

The Hebrew and Christian Bibles contains references to astral projection:

The Book of Ecclesiastes states:

“Remember him – before the silver cord is severed, or the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, or the wheel broken at the well, and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:6-7)

Paul’s Second Epistle to the Corinthians is more generally agreed to refer to the astral planes:

“I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know – God knows. And I know that this man – whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows – was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.” (2 Corinthians 12:2-4)

According to classical, medieval and renaissance Neo-Platonism, Hermeticism, and later Rosicrucian and Theosophist thought, the astral body is an intermediate body of light linking the soul to the physical body while the astral plane is an intermediate world of light between heaven and Earth, composed of invisible astral realms which are physically represented by the planets. These astral realms are believed to be populated by angels and spirits. These concepts agree with the cosmology revealed by Edgar Cayce.

Astral bodies, and their associated planes of existence, form an essential part of the esoteric beliefs which deal with astral phenomena. For example, in the Neoplatonism of Plotinus, the body of an individual is a microcosm or self-similar fractal of the universe as a whole. Often these astral bodies and their planes of existence are depicted as a series of concentric circles or nested spheres, with a separate body traversing each realm. The idea of the astral world figured prominently in the work of the 19th century French occultist Eliphas Levi. Afterward, it was adopted and developed further by Theosophy, and used afterwards by other esoteric movements.

Emanuel Swedenborg was one of the first practitioners to write extensively about astral projection.

French philosopher and novelist Honoré de Balzac‘s fictional work “Louis Lambert” suggests he may have had some astral experiences.

There are many 20th century publications on astral projection, including those of Robert Monroe, Oliver Fox, Sylvan Muldoon and Hereward Carrington (as previously mentioned), and Yram.

Carl G. Jung, an NDE experiencer, saw the astral journey as a paradigm of “modern man’s search for a soul”, and pictured a collective unconscious memory, driven by archetypal forces and knowable in the symbolic language of dreams and visions. Jung saw this archetypal world as, like the astral plane, an “objective psyche”, extending in the world at large, bridging mind and matter. Jung worked with physicist Wolfgang Pauli in an attempt to correlate quantum mechanics with the astral world.

In his book “Autobiography of a Yogi,” the Indian yogi guru Paramhansa Yogananda (1893-1952) — himself a NDEr — provides details about the astral planes. Yogananda reveals that nearly all individuals enter the astral planes after death. There they work out the deeds of past karma through astral incarnations, or (if their karma requires) they return to Earthly incarnations for further refinement. Once an individual has attained the meditative state of “Nirvana” in an earthy or astral incarnation, the soul may progress upward to the illumined astral world of Hiranyaloka. After this transitionary stage, the soul may then move upward to the more subtle causal spheres where many incarnations allow them to further refine until final unification.

Astral projection author Robert Bruce describes the astral world as having seven astral planes separated by immensely colored “buffer zones”. These astral planes contain endlessly repeating grid coordinates system grids that are tiled with a single signature pattern which is different for each plane. Higher planes have bright, colorful patterns, whereas lower planes appear far duller. Every detail of these patterns acts as a consistent portal to a different afterlife dimension inside the astral plane, which itself comprises many separate dimensions.

Other notable astral projectionists include William Buhlman, Robert Peterson, Bruce Moen and the former NASA Aeronautical Engineer Albert Taylor have written extensively about their theories and experiences in astral projection.

Dr. Raymond Moody, M.D., although not an astral projectionist, is thought of as “the father of the near-death experience” and has written a very popular book, Life After Life, on the subject of out-of-body travels associated with the dying.

Modern biologists, such as Rupert Sheldrake, influenced by Jungian ideas and by vitalism, have theorized the existence of organizing fields of life called “morphic fields” consisting of memories and drives.

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Sandy Lemke’s Out-of-Body Experience

Sandy Lemke states: “I was just reading Betty Bethard‘s comment on ‘soul merge’ and I had experienced this when I was in my 30’s. My boyfriend died of a brain tumor and I had so many things I did not get to tell him because it happened so quickly and I never knew what was wrong with him until one day when the doctors said it was a tumor and they were doing surgery right away. Well, he died in surgery and I was devastated! I could not eat and just cried all the time saying over and over out loud that if only he knew the truth about a personal matter with us.

“Well, after about couple months of this one night, I had just laid down in bed and I was on my back and crying as usual and repeating to my self in a prayer that he would hear my last words. All of a sudden my body lifted up to the ceiling and my real body was lying in bed yet I was up above and he met me there. Took my hands and merged with me. It was the most wonderful experience I have ever had. It is indescribable.

“I just know after we separated again he knew everything about me that would have took years to tell someone and this took like a minute. I also knew everything he ever wanted to tell me in seconds. It was so peaceful and relaxing, so wonderful.

“Next I remember going back into my body and I rolled over and slept till morning. I don’t know why I slept right afterwards, but I know I was awake and it was not a dream. It really happened to me and from that day on, I woke up feeling like the world was lifted off my shoulders. I was happy again and I knew he knew everything I needed to tell him. He filled me with this unbelievable joy and it is a memory I will never forget.

“I am not sure, but I think he was my twin soul or something, and we had to be separate to grow. I never see anything on this subject and was so surprised to see an article on this in Betty’s site on the internet. Do you know anymore on this happening that you could fill me in. I would appreciate anything on the subject as I can’t find books on this or anything. Thanks for your time and Bless you.”

From Webmaster Kevin Williams

Sandy, it sounds like you definitely had an after-death communication (ADC) of your boyfriend in the form of an out-of-body experience. I have read a lot about these kind of experiences and how unusual things often happen before and after a loved one passes away. But it wasn’t until I experienced profound after-death communications from my mother after she passed away that I was forever convinced that contact with the Other Side is possible.

Concerning the topic of soul merge, it is a phenomenon that appears often in NDEs. Usually, it happens when the experiencer merges fully into the light of God and the experience feels as though they have “become God”, that is, knowing all things and being aware of all things and feeling all the love that exists with God.

Here is more information from my website on the topic of soul merge:

From Betty Bethards: On Marriage and Unions on the Other Side

There are unions of souls on the other side, and marriage as such is optional. If couples prefer to remain together they may do so, as long as their interests and growth are taking them in the same direction. If they choose to go in different directions, there are no hurt feelings. There is no possessiveness or demands. You are free to go your own way, in your own time, at your own choosing.

Married couples will be reunited after death, and may choose to stay together if they want to, provided they are on the same level of vibration. This is free will. If you have been married three or four times, you will find that you will want to be with the one whom you truly love. It could even be someone from another incarnation. You will be with those you love, and there is a total merger which is a much higher experience and a deeper love bond than anything you can know on the Earth plane.

This total merger is like stepping inside one another’s auras, a total blending of energies. It’s a way of expressing love and sharing. What you know on Earth as a sexual relationship takes the form of a higher merger of souls. There is no need for sexual organs on the other side unless you choose to have them. For this merger of energies is far superior to the physical mechanics of the sexual experience. This merger is not limited to husbands and wives, but may be experienced by any two souls who are loving and caring.

From America’s “Sleeping Prophet” Edgar Cayce

God’s plan for the soul is a cycle of experience that is unlimited in scope and duration. Through this evolutionary cycle, the soul will come to know the creation in all its aspects at the discretion of the will. The cycle would be completed when the desire of the will was no longer different from the thought of God. The consciousness of the soul would then merge with its spiritual consciousness of its identity with God. Then the soul will return to its source as the companion it was intended to be.

As a companion, the soul would remain conscious of its separate individuality and would be aware of its own free will as it now acted as a part of God, but not diverting its mind because it was in agreement with God’s influence on the mind of the soul. Until this state of at-onement was reached, the soul would not be a companion in the true sense of the word.

The idea that returning to God means a loss of individuality is paradoxical, since God is aware of everything that happens and must therefore be aware of the consciousness of each individual. The return of the soul is the return of the image to that which imagined it. The consciousness of the individual – its soul record – could not be destroyed without destroying a part of God. When a soul returns to God it becomes aware of itself not only as a part of God, but as a part of every other soul, and everything.

What is lost is the ego – the desire to do other than the desire of God. When the soul returns to God, the ego is voluntarily relinquished. This is the symbology behind the crucifixion of Christ.

The plan for the Earth cycle of souls was a limited series of incarnations with periods in between of dwelling in other heavenly dimensions of consciousness. Reincarnation would continue until a soul’s every thought and action of the physical body was in accord with the plan originally laid out for the soul (i.e., a human-divine unity, Christ consciousness). When the body was no longer a hindrance to the free expression of the soul – when the conscious mind had merged with the subconscious, the Earth cycle was finished and the soul liberated to move on to new adventures.

When the individual has attained complete human-divine unity, its cycle of reincarnations is finished, the soul is liberated, and the soul then merges with its spirit and, therefore, with God. The soul record (memory) is forever retained. This record is, at all times, is the sum total of what the soul personality has been: all it has thought, all it has experienced; all it has eaten, drunk, and felt through the ages.

Thus, as the soul is subjected to reincarnation, both the atheist and the religionist are correct. The atheist believes the personality does not survive after death. The religionist believes the soul is judged after death by its Creator. Substituting “personality” for “soul”, both are expressing the truth. The personality is evaluated after death and then returns to the soul which created it, thereby giving up its own independent existence and becoming once again a facet of the soul. This process is different from the process where the soul merges with the spirit after it completes its cycles of reincarnation.

From Near-Death Experiencer Thomas Sawyer

Once you enter into the light and blend with God, you become God. God is light and light is love. You can’t take a knife and cut out a part of love and take it away. If you theoretically cut love in half and take it, there’s not half love here and half love there. Each part is wholly God.

The incomprehensible part is at that point at which you no longer exist and you become only light when you fully merge with the light. This is because the character and the characteristics that you are, the uniqueness that is you and nobody else, still exists when you cease to exist as a personality. But every bit of your personality is available for reincarnation. That’s the paradox part.

I just kind of became little photons of light and there is only the slightest of memories of anything after that. Even though I was in my soul body, not my physical body, that which I was before the light blended in and ceased to exist. In other words, if you have pure light you have all of the masses of photons in the universe in a purified state only white light. One of the last things I can recall is that I was blending into and becoming homogeneous with that light. I had the feeling of the light just engulfing me. About the only accurate word that I can use to describe what I felt then is the word “power.” But it wasn’t an earthly type of power, it wasn’t greedy power, or an I’m-better-than-you-power.

One of the purposes of the life review is to make an informed choice between remaining in spirit and returning to flesh. Should we choose to merge completely with the light of God, we will never again be able to choose, on our own decision, to return to physical life. The decision to merge in the light is the best decision.

If a person dies and merges completely into the light, another reincarnation is improbable. However, it is more usual for people to have earthly attachments and not merge completely with the light. Such souls may have characteristics of their personality, which they do not want merged with the light.

From NDE Expert and NDEr P.M.H. Atwater

I teach a shamanic-style guided visualization that enables an individual to find and to recognize their Holy of Holies, their Center where the True Self resides. This goes for everyone; we all have that conduit, that channel, that “launch-pad,” that place from which we touch the “Hand of God” in the sense of how we are affected once we align and/or merge with our soul.

I truly believe that soul discovery is the over-riding reason or purpose behind spiritual development … so we, in this lifetime, can be more mindful of who we really are and can align our will with God’s Will. When this occurs, we can merge more and more with the power of our own soul. You see this in cases of near-death experiences and deathbed visions, NOT that there is a split-off at death (the personality self sloughing off with the body or as an egoic being having some sort of existence by itself – as some researchers claim); but, rather, that at death the soul and the ego (personality) merge into each other and become one again. It’s like at birth, a “finger” of the soul drops down into the body, to properly animate it so the ego personality can develop and grow. It’s the ego that seems to “feed” the soul, in the sense of what can be learned, experienced, given, and received during a lifetime. It is the soul that seems to be the major “player” in the outworking of God’s Greater Plan. To use an analogy, we humans are like worker bees, the soul that guiding intelligence which keeps us on track, and God that which provides the environment and the power source in which we can not only learn and grow – but transcend that which seems to limit us, so we can “awaken” to a higher reality and a grander view. We can then realize there really is no separation, no distinction of three in one, but One – All in One. You could look at this situation yet another way: One Mind, many thinkers.

What impresses me, however, is the extent to which the dying of any age can and oft times do merge into their own soul as they cast aside the physical body in death. This merging, this becoming more of what we really are, a soul, is one of the higher goals of any spiritual calling or religious ritual. It’s what undergirds the practice of prayer and meditation. It’s a large part of what makes the sacred, sacred. Our goal, as near as I can tell, is to link more with that perfect part of us, that Higher Self, True Self, that is still connected to God in the sense that it never separated from The Godhead, and to do this while alive and actively engaged with our fellows. As we become more spiritual in our lives, make better choices, are more responsible and caring and loving, we open ourselves to the energy of the soul – its reality and its power – and its goal of carrying out God’s Greater Plan. The soul, our soul, encourages us to become more of what we really are in the truer sense, divine beings here to learn, grow, discover, experience, and transform – so what we project (who we think we are) matches more closely with our true identity (what we really are). Again and again, near-death experiencers, when describing their scenario, actually depict that mergence, and they certainly talk long and lovingly about their true self, their true identity, their soul. At the deathbed, merging into our soul, joining with the divine, becomes primary.

From Near-Death Experiencer Christian Andreason

I saw that we were indeed made in the image of God, which is an essence taken from the Creator’s own LIGHT. It is because of this Light that we can never die. Every single child of God carries this Light within their Soul, and we call this Light, Spirit. As we learn how to LOVE, we build the Light of Spirit within. A day will come (in a time not so far away) when all of our Light(s) will have become so large that we will merge and go back to the Creator and be as ONE — just as we were in the beginning. Once we are ONE again, there will be a great celebration. And after a certain amount of time has passed, yet again, there will be another great explosion, only this time it will be much bigger and the process of Creation will be far more advanced.

From Near-Death Experiencer Margaret Birkin

Every couple of nights I took a journey. I don’t know whether Peter felt left out, but each time we had sex, I left my body and went further and further into space.

As each night I traveled further and further from my body and the Earth realm, and the energy got closer, I became aware of the co-relation with the whole of life itself. I became in awe of the creative work of God.

Then one night, I came closer to the energy and as I did, I felt it for the first time. It was pure love, pure unconditional love. At this point in my life, I had never seen myself as a decent person, but this energy spoke to me in thought and told me that I was a beautiful person. It told me to let go of the conditioning that I had of myself as a person with no worth.

The love from this energy was amazing. It was so profound I sobbed uncontrollably.

My next visit, I got closer and the same with the next visit. Finally, I was able to merge with this energy and the bliss, happiness, incredible peace that I felt inside. This being’s energy was so incredible. I did not want to leave.

It spoke to me in thought and told me that one day when I had finished my spiritual development, this energy and I would work together. However, I had a hard path in front of me with my development and I was not to give up for in the long term. It would be worth it. It also told me that I needed to move toward it slowly, because, had I not done so, I would have burnt up within the spirit.

They call the orgasm in some circles the little death. For me it was a death and a rebirth. I was never the same after that. I don’t think I will ever change either. It was the most amazing experience and one I know I will never forget.

From Near-Death Experiencer Lynnclaire Dennis

Suddenly, the stage was gone and I was once again out of time. I was a witness, observing myself as a child … I watched as my innocent child-self … began to dance across the meadows.

Then, as I contemplated this celebration of life, I saw that in a single turn in my-her waltz, I-she was no longer a child, but a thirty-five year old woman dancing alone in the Hofburg Palace … I was once more in my magical gown, moving alone in harmony with the MUSIC. In that moment I chose to merge with that self and began to dance. Each step drew me closer to the light.

Then, in a sacred place somewhere before the light, I found myself being held, gently rocked, nurtured, and embraced in the arms of the one I believed to be the presence. Whether this was a guide, a guardian, a human man who has the ability to walk between the worlds, or even an angel, it does not matter. For still today this memory is alive. The presence vibrates within my senses and daily infuses my sentient memory archives with love. I knew then, and remember now, the warmth, serenity, and comfort I felt as I was embraced in the arms of a long and still-remembered love. As I was cradled in this serene embrace, I was bathed in light. My spirit was imbued with a sense of peace, and my soul was engraved with the remembrance of a timeless love…

The light was getting brighter and warmer as I moved through the tunnel. The MUSIC, the celestial symphony, continued to fill the air with a psalm of Oneness, played on unseen instruments of peace.

I arrived at the pinnacle and, standing at the entrance to the light, took a single step, leaving my right footprint imbedded in Eternity. I entered a sacred space a place where I knew I had returned to my most essential nature, where I felt wholly and consciously united with all things and Source, where a soothing balm of peace was poured on my spirit by an unseen hand, an emollient so rich in love that to this day I cannot fully absorb or comprehend it.

And then, in one ephemeral glimpse, I saw the Pattern, the single strand of the tapestry I knew was the essence woven through matter in every reality. Its design was so complexly simple that I knew it could only have been fashioned in the exalted intricacy of infinity.

Seeing the Pattern, I knew I was looking at life itself. It was light; it was time and space. It was the energy of all matter, the heart of all that mattered. It was the very essence of all being. It emanated from Source, illuminated to my mind by “the Source behind the sun” as it moved in perfect harmony with all the universe. As I prepared to meld into the Source of light and absolute love, I knew with all my being that the Pattern was the core of all substance. I knew that the MUSIC emanating from the Pattern was the song of my heart, a testament of unconditional love. The single step I had taken was the first in a dance that would take me into the single point of Infinite light, which contained the power of love that would forever illuminate my mind and heart. I inhaled and prepared to take the next step as the exhalation of love, the Life Force of the Universe, carried me home.

From Near-Death Experiencer Josiane Antonette

Merging with the light, I am so overcome with gratitude and overwhelmed by the love that fills me that I cry. Suddenly, time and space are different again, and I am momentarily aware of my body. I am aware that the window to the left of my bed is filled with vibrant, powerful light. It seems to be calling me and pulling me toward it like a magnet. I hear the buzzing again, and … Whoosh! I’m zooming through the window! I merge with the light! I am the light, and the light is me. “From the light we have come, and to the light we shall all return,” repeats the voice.

From Hindu Afterlife Beliefs

“Moksha” is the traditional Sanskrit term for release or liberation from the endless chain of deaths and rebirths. In the southern Asian religious tradition, it represents the supreme goal of human strivings. Reflecting the diversity of Hinduism, liberation can be attained in a variety of ways, from the proper performance of certain rituals to highly disciplined forms of yoga. In the Upanishads, it is proper knowledge, in the sense of insight into the nature of reality, that enables the aspiring seeker to achieve liberation from the wheel of rebirth.

What happens to the individual after reaching moksha? In Upanishadic Hinduism, the individual Atman is believed to merge into the cosmic Brahma. A traditional image is that of a drop of water that, when dropped into the ocean, loses its individuality and becomes one with the sea. Although widespread, this metaphor does not quite capture the significance of this merger. Rather than losing one’s individuality, the Upanishadic understanding is that the Atman is never separate from Brahma; hence, individuality is illusory, and moksha is simply waking up from the dream of separateness.

The most that the classical texts of Hinduism say about the state of one who has merged with the godhead is that the person has become one with pure “beingness,” consciousness, and bliss. From the perspective of world-affirming Western society, such a static afterlife appears distinctly undesirable.

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Robert Monroe’s Out-of-Body Experience Research

Robert A. Monroe (1915-1995), was a radio broadcasting executive who became known for his research into altered consciousness and founding The Monroe Institute. His 1971 book, Journeys Out of the Body, is credited with popularizing the term “out-of-body experiences” (OBE). His other books are Far Journeys and Ultimate Journey are equally outstanding. Monroe achieved worldwide recognition as an explorer of human consciousness and the pioneer of out-of-body experiences. His research, beginning in the 1950s, produced evidence that specific sound patterns have identifiable, beneficial effects on our capabilities. For example, certain combinations of frequencies appeared to enhance alertness; others to induce sleep; and still others to evoke expanded states of consciousness. Assisted by specialists in psychology, medicine, biochemistry, psychiatry, electrical engineering, physics, and education, Robert Monroe developed HEMI-SYNC, a patented audio technology using binaural beats that facilitates enhanced performance. He is also notable as one of the founders of the Jefferson Cable Corporation, the first cable company to cover central Virginia.

Monroe had a large number of extensive out-of-body experiences into the astral realm — an out-of-body state unbound by time or death. His testimony of OBE journeys have comforted millions of people who have had such paranormal experiences yet not fully understanding the phenomenon. His OBE journeys began spontaneously and without his will when Monroe would find himself leaving his physical body and traveling via a second body (the astral body) to locations far removed from any physical or spiritual reality he could comprehend. In the ensuing years, Monroe and his group of researchers began working on methods of inducing and controlling OBEs and other forms of consciousness in their laboratory. As an expert in radio technology and in creating patterns of effective sound, Monroe applied his expertise for their OBE research. Monroe as his group of researchers efforts began to produce significant results, and attracted International interest among people from all walks of life. The following is a brief description of his technique:

Robert Monroe’s Technique for Triggering Out-of-Body Experiences

  1. First lie down in a darkened room in a relaxing position.
  2. Loosen your clothing and remove all jewelry.
  3. Enter into a very relaxing state and consciously tell yourself that you will remember everything that happens at this time.
  4. Begin breathing through your half-open mouth.
  5. Concentrate on an object.
  6. When other images start to enter your mind, passively watch them.
  7. Try to clear your mind and observe your field of vision through your closed eyes.
  8. Do nothing more for a while.
  9. Simply look through your closed eyelids at the blackness in front of you.
  10. After a while, you may notice light patterns.
  11. When these cease, a state of such relaxation will happen that you lose all awareness of the body.
  12. You are almost in the state where your only source of stimulation will be your own thoughts.
  13. It is this relaxed and refreshed condition where out-of-body journeys are triggered.
  14. To leave your body, think of yourself getting lighter and of how nice it would be to float upwards.
  15. With sufficient practice Monroe claims that a wide variety of experiences.

The following explanation is courtesy of SpiritualTravel.org.

There are a wide variety of psychic and spiritual states that can result from leaving the body consciously. The traveler can find him or herself in either formed states (those containing objects) or amorphous states (without a clearly defined shape) when leaving the body in this way.

One type of conscious transition occurs when the traveler simply disconnects the inner spiritual self from the physical body, and moves out and away from the physical body consciously. This disconnection happens frequently in near-death experiences when a person near-death moves a short distance from the physical body and observes it.

This method of slipping out of the body has little excitement associated with it except for any fear aroused in the individual who does not understand what is happening. Robert Monroe described his experience as follows:

“In 1958, without any apparent cause, I began to float out of my physical body. It was not voluntary; I was not attempting any mental feats. It was not during sleep, so I couldn’t dismiss it as simply a dream. I had full, conscious awareness of what was happening, which of course only made it worse. I assumed it was some sort of hallucination caused by something dangerous – a brain tumor, or impending mental illness. Or imminent death.

“It occurred usually when I would lie down or relax for rest or preparatory to sleep – not every time but several times weekly. I would float up a few feet above my body before I became aware of what was happening. Terrified, I would struggle through the air and back into my physical body. Try as I might, I could not prevent it from recurring.” (Monroe, 2-3)

The out-of-body traveler can also move directly into a visualized space that is very much like a dream environment while maintaining continuous awareness of his or her transition into this space. Although the experience involves being in a light sleep, some people have had a very similar experience while awake when the image perceived turns into a three-dimensional space via spiritual travel.

Sometimes the OBE traveler’s transition to formed environments involves dynamic movement and the traveler will enter the environment flying above fields and cities, taking in vast panoramas.

In many cases, the body image of the traveler is more or less identical to the physical body but this is not always the case. A common experience is for the traveler to become a point of consciousness or a unit of awareness with no sense of a body taking up space. Here travelers identify themselves as a pure observer – more like a disembodied set of ears and pair of eyes. Sight and hearing are the two senses that usually dominate during such spiritual travel.

Moving consciously into amorphous states is more difficult to describe. These states are usually areas of intense experience where the dominant reality is that of light, sound, vibration, motion or emotion.

Going from a waking state or semi-waking state into an amorphous state is usually the most dramatic kind of spiritual travel experience. In one type of amorphous transition, the traveler suddenly senses a powerful vibration or sound and is caught up in that energy. This is sometimes accompanied by a feeling of being drawn or propelled by this vibration at tremendous speed through a dark space. This experience seems very similar to the descriptions of the tunnel associated with near-death experiences. Numerous people who came very close to death (no heartbeat or respiration) have near-death experiences where they have described different types of sounds or vibrations which propelled them at seemingly great speed through a dark tunnel or corridor.

Sometimes, there is a feeling of being catapulted out of the body. In these cases, the vibrations usually start at a low pitch and continue gaining in frequency and power until they become almost explosive in their intensity.

In other cases, there is the feeling of the inner sounds or vibrations but not the experience of movement and acceleration. Often, such static experiences involve hearing spiritual music or sounds, and can be quite ecstatic.

The above mentioned inner sounds, along with inner lights, can sometimes act as a means of transition between the waking state and some formed inner world.

This transition involving inner light starts from a waking state, moves initially to an amorphous state of energy and movement, then to a formed state of stability. This stable state is usually a quasi-physical environment.

Sounds occurring during the conscious transitions out of the body are usually very powerful and may result in the obliteration of the body perspective. Monroe discovered that the nerves which inform the person of their body’s weight, size and position in space, seems to largely quit functioning when this sound occurs.

Some of the sounds occurring are of a spiritual or mystical nature rather than transitional sounds carrying the traveler to a different location. These higher spiritual sounds are of a heavenly nature and are ecstatic beyond description. They are aspects of the final destination of spiritual travel rather than a phenomenon involving travel to some other location.

Some sounds a person may encounter include the sounds similar to a speeding train, a loud buzzing, a flute, or sounds of nature like the roar of a waterfall. These sounds or vibrations are of such intensity that they seem to pass right through the body, overpowering the other senses. These are examples of the transition to ego-loss during spiritual travel where the person literally merges with the sound.

This illustrates conscious transitions out of the body which may occur spontaneously. They may occur due to an accident or injury, or as a result of deliberate actions and intentions. The main lesson to be learned here is that there is no loss of consciousness during the transition between the waking state and the spiritual travel; and consciousness survives even after bodily death.

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Out-of-Body Experience Research Conclusions

Imagine you are a patient in a hospital and surgery is being performed on you. You are sound asleep. You were sound asleep long before they wheeled into the operating room. But while you are asleep something very strange happens. During the operation, you are suddenly awakened to find yourself floating near the ceiling! Down below are the doctors working on your body (as in the cartoon on the left). You see a strange sign hanging from the ceiling which says “Popsicles are in bloom.” You watch as the doctor puts the electric paddles on your chest. You have a wonderful peaceful feeling which you have never had before. The doctors give your body a shock and you are back in your body sound asleep again. Later, you awaken in your hospital room and tell the doctor about your out-of-body experience and the weird “Popsicles are in bloom” sign. The doctor smiles and tells you, “Your heart stopped during surgery and we had to revive you.” The doctor then explains to you, “You are part of a near-death study and you just had a near-death experience. You are the first patient who has ever read that sign. That sign can only be read by someone reading it from the vantage point of the ceiling. And because you were able to read this sign and tell us about it, you have proven scientifically that the mind can function outside of the brain and body. A great scientific discovery has just occurred. Congratulations. You have proven scientifically that consciousness transcends our physical body and death. Your validated out-of-body perception during your near-death experience (NDE) has won you the Nobel Prize. As you will read below, there are many NDEs which come very close to providing such evidence. Indeed, it is only a matter of time.

Table of Contents

  1. How NDEs will prove the survival of consciousness after death
  2. Examples of out-of-body visual perception
    a. Dr. Dianne Morrissey’s NDE and out-of-body perception
    b. Dr. George Ritchie’s NDE and out-of-body perception
    c. Reinee Pasarow’s NDE and out-of-body perception
  3. Verified out-of-body perception in NDEs
    a. Pam Reynold’s verified out-of-body perception
    b. Dr. Charles Tart’s case of verified out-of-body perception
    c. Rev. George Rodonaia’s NDE and verified out-of-body perception
    d. Dr. Pim van Lommel’s case of verified out-of-body perception
  4. Miscellaneous NDE testimonies on out-of-body perception
  5. The out-of-body phenomenon of consciousness expansion
    a. Near-death experiencers on consciousness expansion
    b. NDE researchers on NDE consciousness expansion

1. How NDEs will prove the survival of consciousness after death

Someday, someone is going to have a near-death experience and observe a scientifically controlled test object, such as a sign like “You are dead” which can only be seen if the observer is actually outside of their body. However , this is only the first step. Researchers must also do the following:

(1) Prove that consciousness can transcend the body by perceiving verifiable events while out of the body.

(2) The next step is the same as the first step except it occurs while the body is verifiably “dead” (i.e., clinical and brain death).

(3) Once the above can be proven, all the skeptics will have to admit that consciousness survives death.

It may surprise some people to know that these kind of studies are going on right at this moment. Indeed, it is only a matter of time when someone tells a doctor they saw the “You are dead” sign. For test purposes, however, the sign will probably say something more cryptic to insure the uniqueness of such an event.

2. Examples of out-of-body visual perception

A large number of near-death experiencers have witnessed verifiable events occurring outside of their body. Unfortunately, such evidence does not constitute “scientific evidence.” The reason is because scientific evidence involves replication of the experience and the existence of strict controls over the events being witnessed. However, the example I gave at the beginning of this page is the kind of test environment which can provide such scientific evidence. Many examples of anecdotal evidence of verifiable perception are provided on this web page.

The following are three of the most interesting out-of-body testimonies from three NDEs which I have on my website. They are from the near-death experiences of Dr. Dianne Morrissey, Dr. George Ritchie, and Reinee Pasarow. They are exceptional because they are NDEs involving an extended out-of-body phase, when the experiencer observed events happening around their body.

a. Dr. Dianne Morrissey’s NDE and out-of-body perception

Dr. Dianne Morrissey is the author of the books You Can See The Light and Anyone Can See the Light. She describes her beautiful NDE in detail in her YouTube video entitled Soul Journeys Beyond the Light. It is one of the best videos I have ever seen.

When Dianne was twenty-eight years old, she was electrocuted and had a very profound NDE. The following is the out-of-body aspect of her NDE reprinted by permission from her book Anyone Can See the Light.

“I bent over to pick up the plastic tubing. As I began to straighten up, I accidentally bumped the tubing on the edge of the tank. The water suddenly squirted across my face – the pain was so sharp, it felt as if a knife where slitting my cheek! I screamed from the shock and pain, then felt a moment of temporary relief as the water crossed over my molars. My reprieve was short-lived, however, as the electrified water rushed into my mouth.

“As my body bent over in shock, I had the most uncanny knowledge that death was ahead of me. I began to mourn the loss of everything I’d known: the earth, my home, my friends – all that I’d been aware of, all that I loved. Everything I’d believed to be true and lasting was slipping away from me. I was face to face with death, face to face with the unknown.

“My body was thrown backwards and to one side by the current. My body crashed to the floor, thrown with such force that my head went right through the drywall, about a foot above the floor. I never felt the injuries, however, because I was no longer in my body. I was actually watching my electrocution from above! How could I be out of my body and still be alive? I wondered, astonished.

“Suddenly, I was aware that I was inside a vast, seemingly infinite blackness. I wasn’t sure where this blackness was in relationship to the earth, but for some reason I was unafraid. My blackout period was brief, for I now found myself back in my home, but in a new form. I was transparent, yet I still looked like me.

“How elated I felt! Now, out of my body, I had no worries, no cares. Never had I felt like this when I was “alive”. My entire spirit body was transparent, and I was inside a glowing white light that extended about three feet around me. At that moment, an awareness overtook me – I am not my physical body! This realization made me feel so free, so wonderful! My spirit was glowing with a white light that illuminated the entire room.

“Then, I was up near the ceiling again. Everything still looked the same – the furnishings, the walls – but there was a new awareness about the dimension to the scene – it had become transparent. I could see everything more clearly than ever before, and like a scientist, I found myself looking at life through a microscope, discovering minuscule particles of matter normally invisible.

“I was now aware of the absence of physical sensations, yet I was feeling a heightened sense of awareness such as I’d never felt while alive. I knew I was different from the “Dianne” I had been, but I also knew I was “me”. It was similar to looking at your reflection in a mirror; you know you’re not the reflection, but it does appear to be you.

“Now, I saw that everything was shrouded by a mist. Despite a lack of gravity, I could easily control my direction, and when I moved into the living room, I noticed that I had just walked through the glass coffee table. Wow! How did I do that? I marveled.

“Tuffy (her dog) suddenly entered the den and began nipping at my face and pawing at my arm, trying to get my body to wake up. I knew that his relentless attempts to awaken my physical body wouldn’t work, yet I was proud of him for trying, and even hoped his efforts might work. I wondered where his chum, Penny, was, and suddenly I was next to her in the backyard. I opened my mouth to talk to her and felt my tongue moving, but no sounds came out. I could distinctly hear my voice, and then realized it was coming from my mind. I tried several times to get Penny’s attention, yelling, “Penny, can you see me? Penny, can you hear me?” Apparently she didn’t, because there was no response.

“Next, I walked around my backyard. As I looked through the walls of my house toward the front sidewalk, I noticed a man walking down the street. Eagerly, I flew to him, right through the walls, and tried to get his attention. Staring deeply into his eyes, I said forcefully, “Can you help me? I need help.” Then I tried to shake his shoulders, but he still didn’t notice me. Frustrated, I tried to touch his shoulder to get him to look at me, and my hand went through his upper right shoulder blade and out his back. This startled me.

“What am I to do? I wondered, becoming upset when I realized that the man could neither see nor hear me. Instantly, I was back in my yard again, Penny beside me. I noticed that whenever I felt any apprehension, I was instantly moved to a place of greater comfort.

“On the way back to the den, I stopped right in the middle of the wall between rooms. I sensed that I was to look down at something fantastic, and as I gazed downward, I saw a long silver cord coming out of my spirit body, right through the cheesecloth-like fabric I was wearing. The cord extended down and out in front of me, and as I turned around, I saw that the silver cord draped around and behind me, like an umbilical cord. I followed it through the two hallway walls and into my den, where I saw it attached to the back of the head of my physical body. The cord was about an inch wide and sparkled like Christmas tree tinsel.

“As soon as I saw that the silver cord was attached to my physical body, my spirit body was thrust into a dark tunnel. I moved through it with great speed, traveling faster than I could have imagined possible. Although the tunnel was filled with an all consuming darkness, I felt peaceful and unafraid.” (Dr. Dianne Morrissey)

b. Dr. George Ritchie’s NDE and out-of-body perception

In 1943, Dr. George Ritchie died of pneumonia and nine minutes later returned to life to tell about it. The following is the account of the out-of-body aspect of his NDE excerpted from his excellent book Return From Tomorrow. His follow-up book is My Life After Dying.

“The men let go of my arms … I heard a click and a whirr. The whirr went on and on. It was getting louder. The whirr was inside my head and my knees were made of rubber. They were bending and I was falling and all the time the whirr grew louder. I sat up with a start. What time was it? I looked at the bedside table but they’d taken the clock away. In fact, where was any of my stuff?

“I jumped out of bed in alarm, looking for my clothes. My uniform wasn’t on the chair. I turned around, then froze. Someone was lying in that bed. I took a step closer. He was quite a young man, with short brown hair, lying very still. But, the thing was impossible! I myself had just gotten out of that bed! For a moment I wrestled with the mystery of it. It was too strange to think about – and anyway I didn’t have the time.

“I went back past the offices and stepped out into the corridor. A sergeant was coming along it carrying an instrument tray covered with a cloth. Probably he didn’t know anything, but I was so glad to find someone awake that I started toward him.

“‘Excuse me, Sergeant,’ I said. ‘You haven’t seen the ward boy for this unit, have you?’

“He didn’t answer. Didn’t even glance at me. He just kept coming, straight at me, not slowing down.

“‘Look out!’ I yelled, jumping out of his way.

“The next minute he was past me, walking away down the corridor as if he had never seen me, though how we had kept from colliding I didn’t know. And then I saw something that gave me a new idea. Farther down the corridor was one of the heavy metal doors that led to the outside. I hurried toward it. Even if I had missed that train, I’d find some way of getting to Richmond!

“Almost without knowing it I found myself outside, racing swiftly along, traveling faster in fact than I’d ever moved in my life. Looking down I was astonished to see not the ground, but the tops of mesquite bushes beneath me. Already Camp Barkeley seemed to be far behind me as I sped over the dark frozen desert. My mind kept telling me that what I was doing was impossible, and yet … it was happening. I was going to Richmond; somehow I had known that from the moment I burst through that hospital door. Going to Richmond a hundred times faster than any train on earth could take me.

“Almost immediately I noticed myself slowing down. Just below me now, where two streets came together, I caught a flickering blue glow. It came from a neon sign over the door of a red-roofed one-story building with a Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer sign propped in the front window. Cafe, the jittering letters over the door read, and from the windows light streamed onto the pavement. Staring down at it, I realized I had stopped moving altogether. Finding myself somehow suspended fifty feet in the air was an even stranger feeling than the whirlwind flight had been. But I had no time to puzzle over it, for down the sidewalk toward the all-night cafe a man came briskly walking. At least, I thought, I could find out from him what town this was and in what direction I was heading. Even as the idea occurred to me – as though thought and motion had become the same thing – I found myself down on the sidewalk, hurrying along at the stranger’s side. He was a civilian, maybe forty or forty-five, wearing a topcoat but no hat. He was obviously thinking hard about something because he never glanced my way as I fell into step beside him.

“‘Can you tell me please,’ I said, ‘What city this is?’

“He kept right on walking.

“‘Please sir!’ I said, speaking louder, ‘I’m a stranger here and I’d appreciate it if …’

“We reached the cafe and he turned, reaching for the door handle. Was the fellow deaf? I put out my left hand to tap his shoulder. There was nothing there.

“I stood there in front of the door, gaping after him as he opened it and disappeared inside. It had been like touching thin air. Like no one had been there at all. And yet I had distinctly seen him, even to the beginnings of a black stubble on his chin where he needed a shave.

“I backed away from the mystery of the substance-less man and leaned up against the guy wire of a telephone pole to think things through. My body went through that guy wire as though it too had not been there.

“There on the sidewalk of that unknown city, I did some incredulous thinking. The strangest, most difficult thinking I had ever done. The man in the cafe, this telephone pole … suppose they were perfectly normal. Suppose I was the one who was – changed, somehow. What if in some impossible, unimaginable way, I lost my … hardness. My ability to grasp things, to make contact with the world. Even to be seen! The fellow just now. It was obvious he never saw or heard me.

“And suddenly I remembered the young man I had seen in the bed in that little hospital room. What if that had been … me? Or anyhow, the material, concrete part of myself that in some unexplainable way I’d gotten separated from. What if the form which I had left lying in the hospital room in Texas was my own?

“And if it were, how could I get back to it again? Why had I ever rushed off so unthinkingly?

“I was moving again, speeding away from the city. Below me was the broad river. I appeared to be going back, back in the direction I had come from, and it seemed to me I was flashing across space even faster than before. Hills, lakes, farms slipped away beneath me as I sped in an unswerving straight line over the dark nighttime land. I was standing in front of the base hospital.

“And so began one of the strangest searches that can ever have taken place: the search for myself. From one ward to another of that enormous complex I rushed, pausing in each small room, stooping over the occupant of the bed, hurrying on.

“I backed toward the doorway. The man in that bed was dead! I felt the same reluctance I had the previous time at being in a room with a dead person. But … if that was my ring, then – then it was me, the separated part of me, lying under that sheet. Did that mean that I was …

“It was the first time in this entire experience that the word death occurred to me in connection with what was happening.

“But I wasn’t dead! How could I be dead and still be awake? Thinking. Experiencing. Death was different. Death was … I didn’t know. Blanking out. Nothingness. I was me, wide awake, only without a physical body to function in.

“Frantically I clawed at the sheet, trying to draw it back, trying to uncover the figure on the bed. All my efforts did not even stir a breeze in the silent little room.

“Suddenly I was aware that it was brighter, a lot brighter, than it had been. I stared in astonishment as the brightness increased, coming from nowhere, seeming to shine everywhere at once. All the light bulbs in the ward couldn’t give off that much light. All the bulbs in the world couldn’t! It was impossibly bright. It was like a million welders’ lamps all blazing at once.

“‘I’m glad I don’t have physical eyes at this moment,’ I thought. ‘This light would destroy the retina in a tenth of a second.’

“‘No, I corrected myself, not the light. He. He would be too bright to look at.’

“For now I saw that it was not light but a man who had entered the room, or rather, a man made out of light, though this seemed no more possible to my mind than the incredible intensity of the brightness that made up his form.” (Dr. George Ritchie)

c. Reinee Pasarow’s NDE and out-of-body perception

Reinee Pasarow was as a teenager when she had an NDE after she became unconscious following an allergic food reaction. While outside of her body, she could sense every sound, every action and even every thought of the persons people around her. She observed two firemen’s frantic efforts to revive her. All the events she witnessed while out of her body – the conversations, the actions of the persons involved, the hospital scene – happened exactly as she remembered them. Furthermore, aspects of her OBE have been reported by other people who have had OBEs which is remarkable because this type of information was something she did not know about at the time and would read about later.

“Then, just like that (clapping her hands), I became a ball of light or energy in the midst of this crowd that was circling a body. I became massively aware, unlike any awareness I had had during physical existence. I was not really aware of myself. I was aware of everyone around me. I was aware of my mother and my neighbors, and my friends and the firemen and what they were thinking and what they were feeling and what they were hoping and what they were praying. This was such a pummeling input of emotion and information that I was all at once overwhelmed and confused, and rather disoriented.

“I followed their attention to something on the sidewalk and I looked at a body on the sidewalk. I looked at the curve of the wrist bone and I recognized it. I remember looking at it and thinking, “That looks so much like my wrist bone.” And then I became aware that the thing on the sidewalk, that thing that suddenly became a piece of meat to me, was what I had identified as myself before, but had no connection with it other than that I had been with it for a very long time. But it had nothing to do with me because suddenly, I was more of a person than I had ever been before. I was more conscious than I could ever be. I was free of the limitations of being a physical being.

“I looked at my body and I was repulsed with the grief and the tumult around it and with the very idea that I had ever considered something physical to be my reality, to be a human reality.

“And with that (taps the table) again like this, I was bumped way up, up above some light wires. From that point I could watch everyone beneath me, but I was not as closely associated with them, [but] I was completely feeling everything they were feeling.

“I watched my mother and a boy come out of the house and up the hill which I could not have seen physically. I was very sad for my mother. I was very sad for my friend who kept calling me. And I was very sad for the child who had come out of the house. I was very sad that he would think I was dead. So my concern was for them. I spent my time observing them and calling to them – calling to them that everything was as it should be, that everything was fine, that I was free, that it was wonderful, that I loved them and that they loved me and that the bond, unlike physical bonds, would never be destroyed. I tried to communicate this to them over and over again and I realized that I had no mouth. I had no body. They could not hear what I was saying to them. I would have to leave them in the same hands I had left myself in the process of dying. With that I turned away, just sort of like a ball, just turned away.

“My attention turned away lovingly but knowing that there was nothing I could do. I turned away from them and began to pull up. I became aware (it was as if I were a camera on a space ship or something) of our place, my particular little street and then my particular little town. I kept pulling up and up and up to a point where I could observe the whole earth. This was wonderful!

[After Reinee’s visit to heaven, she returns to where her body is located.]

“With a terribly hard crash, I became aware of the scene I had left earlier – the fire trucks, and now an ambulance. There were men who were picking up my body and loading it into the ambulance. I was in a state of complete grief. I felt that I had become Eve and was cast out of the garden of Eden.

“As I was descending down this tunnel, my heart was already attached to my home beyond. I was begging not to leave. I crashed down into this realm of existence and was suddenly confused by time and space. It was as if I had never existed physically. I was suddenly disoriented. My concern was for my mother, because she was by herself and she was losing a sixteen year old daughter. She knew that this was happening because the ambulance attendant looked at the driver in front and said, “DOA. DOA,” which means of course dead on arrival. The driver turned off the siren and slowed down the ambulance. Before, he had been driving in a very reckless manner.

“We were coming out of the mountains. As we did that, my concern was for the pain of my mother. I simple wanted to comfort her and to wrap my soul around her. To assuage the loss of a daughter, the loss of a child, I found myself simply praying for her.

“I followed the ambulance to the hospital and I watched as my body was unloaded. My mother followed the gurney into the emergency room. I watched as the first doctor went to work on me. I wasn’t particularly interested in the first doctor because the first doctor had, that day, been through motorcycle accidents coming out of the mountains. He had been through a very long day and he was not concerned with someone who had been brought in dead on arrival. He had no connection with me. He didn’t care and had no affection. So I had no interest in watching what he did because my interest was based on affection and love.

“I then left the emergency room and was above my mother and some friends who had followed her into the other room. I again tried to communicate with them. I tried to let them know that, “This is a very joyous occasion. I am dead on arrival. Hopefully all would go well. They are never going to be able to revive me. I was going to be dead now. Death had become life to me. Death was not something to be frightened of, but something to look forward to.”

“What happened then was the first doctor pronounced me dead and was sending my body off to the morgue. My own personal physician, who was a country doctor and a very gruff man, stormed into the emergency room in a tuxedo with his black bag. He looked at the nurse on the phone who was calling the morgue, and looked at the doctor who was washing his hands, and looked at my [covered] body and said, “What the hell happened here? Where is the patient?” They said, “She was dead on arrival.” He said, “The hell she was.” He proceeded to scream at the other nurse who was sort of standing off in the corner, “I want injections of adrenaline. Bring them to me immediately and come over here and assist me.” He began to go to work on my body. He began to beat on the chest and began to shock. I was simply terrified by this turn of events and disgusted that they would treat a body so brutally.

“All of a sudden I sort of became protective towards my body, even though I wanted nothing to do with it. I began to be protective. They could at least be nice about it. But they were beating on my chest and shocking my body, but I was up in the corner of the emergency room accompanied by other essences who were keeping me contained in that emergency room.” (Reinee Pasarow)

Reinee then described how she finally returned to her body as a result of her doctor’s last effort to revive her. The medical professionals she talked to did not know how to deal with her experience.

3. Verified out-of-body perception In NDEs

The “holy grail” of NDE research is finding an undeniable answer to the question of whether consciousness can survive bodily death. But before this can be answered, researchers must first determine whether consciousness can transcend the brain and function outside of it. One way is to discover this is to examine those NDEs which are “veridical” (i.e., verified). Veridical NDEs occur when the experiencer acquires verifiable information which they could not have obtained by any normal means. Often, near-death experiencers report witnessing events that happen at some distant location away from their body, such as another room of the hospital. If the events witnessed by the experiencer at the distant location can be verified to have occurred, then veridical perception would be said to have taken place. It would provide very compelling evidence that NDEs are experiences outside of the physical body. NDE research is coming very close to providing such undeniable evidence. What follows are some examples.

a. Pam Reynolds’ verified out-of-body perception

In Dr. Michael Sabom’s book, Light and Death, he includes the NDE account of a woman named Pam Reynolds who underwent a rare operation to remove a giant basilar artery aneurysm in her brain that seriously threatened her life. The surgical procedure used to remove the aneurysm is known as “hypothermic cardiac arrest” or “standstill.” Pam’s body temperature was lowered to 60 degrees, her heartbeat and breathing were stopped, her brain waves were flattened, and all the blood was drained from her head. For all practical purposes, she was put to death. After removing the aneurysm, she was restored to life. But, during the time that Pam was in standstill, she experienced a profound NDE. Her remarkably detailed veridical out-of-body observations of her surgery were later verified to be very accurate. Pam’s case is considered to be one of the strongest cases of veridical perception evidence in NDE research because of her ability to describe the unique surgical instruments and procedures used and her ability to describe in detail these events while she was clinically and brain dead. The following is the out-of-body aspect of her NDE in her own words.

“The next thing I recall was the sound: It was a Natural “D.” As I listened to the sound, I felt it was pulling me out of the top of my head. The further out of my body I got, the more clear the tone became. I had the impression it was like a road, a frequency that you go on … I remember seeing several things in the operating room when I was looking down. It was the most aware that I think that I have ever been in my entire life …I was metaphorically sitting on [the doctor’s] shoulder. It was not like normal vision. It was brighter and more focused and clearer than normal vision … There was so much in the operating room that I didn’t recognize, and so many people.

“I thought the way they had my head shaved was very peculiar. I expected them to take all of the hair, but they did not …

“The saw-thing that I hated the sound of looked like an electric toothbrush and it had a dent in it, a groove at the top where the saw appeared to go into the handle, but it didn’t … And the saw had interchangeable blades, too, but these blades were in what looked like a socket wrench case … I heard the saw crank up. I didn’t see them use it on my head, but I think I heard it being used on something. It was humming at a relatively high pitch and then all of a sudden it went Brrrrrrrrr! like that.

“Someone said something about my veins and arteries being very small. I believe it was a female voice and that it was Dr. Murray, but I’m not sure. She was the cardiologist. I remember thinking that I should have told her about that … I remember the heart-lung machine. I didn’t like the respirator … I remember a lot of tools and instruments that I did not readily recognize.

“There was a sensation like being pulled, but not against your will. I was going on my own accord because I wanted to go. I have different metaphors to try to explain this. It was like the Wizard of Oz – being taken up in a tornado vortex, only you’re not spinning around like you’ve got vertigo. You’re very focused and you have a place to go. The feeling was like going up in an elevator real fast. And there was a sensation, but it wasn’t a bodily, physical sensation. It was like a tunnel but it wasn’t a tunnel.”

[Pam meets her deceased relatives and then must return to her body.]

“But then I got to the end of it and saw the thing, my body. I didn’t want to get into it … It looked terrible, like a train wreck. It looked like what it was: dead. I believe it was covered. It scared me and I didn’t want to look at it. It was communicated to me that it was like jumping into a swimming pool. No problem, just jump right into the swimming pool. I didn’t want to, but I guess I was late or something because he [the uncle] pushed me. I felt a definite repelling and at the same time a pulling from the body. The body was pulling and the tunnel was pushing … It was like diving into a pool of ice water … It hurt! When I came back, they were playing Hotel California and the line was “You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.” I mentioned [later] to Dr. Brown that that was incredibly insensitive and he told me that I needed to sleep more.” (Pam Reynolds)

b. Dr. Charles Tart’s case of verified out-of-body perception

Dr. Charles T. Tart (www.issc-taste.org and www.paradigm-sys.com) is a transpersonal psychologist and parapsychologist known for his psychological work on the nature of consciousness (particularly altered states of consciousness), as one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology, and for his research in scientific parapsychology. He served as an instructor in psychiatry in the School of Medicine of the University of Virginia, and as a consultant on government funded parapsychological research at the Stanford Research Institute. Dr. Tart, the author of The End of Materialism, is known for his experimental work in autoscopic out-of-body and near-death experiences. He was also a professor of psychology at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Tart published an article in the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research which documents the OBE of a young woman who was one of his research subjects. What makes this particular OBE remarkable is that she was able to leave her physical body and read a 5-digit number from a significant distance and correctly give it to him upon return. This is one of best examples of a veridical OBE occurring under laboratory conditions. Read the article here.

c. Reverend George Rodonaia’s NDE and verified out-of-body perception

The book entitled, The Self Does Not Die: Verified Paranormal Phenomena from Near-Death Experiences, by Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven, Rudolf H. Smit, Robert Mays, and Janice Holden, documents P.M.H. Atwater‘s research into George Rodonaia’s extraordinary case of veridical out-of-body telepathic perception of an injured infant and George’s wife during his NDE from Atwater’s book Beyond The Light. The following is an excerpt.

“When Rodonaia thought of his body, he saw it lying in the morgue. He remembered everything that had happened. He was also able to ‘see’ the thoughts and emotions of his wife, Nino, and of the people who had been involved in the accident. It was as if they had their thoughts ‘inside of him.’ He then wanted to find out the ‘truth’ of those thoughts and emotions. By expressing a longing for greater knowledge, he was confronted by mental images of existence and thus became acquainted with thousands of years of history.

“When he returned to his body in the morgue, he was drawn to a nearby hospital, where the wife of a friend had just had a baby. The newborn was constantly crying. He examined the baby, a girl. His ‘eyes’ were like X-rays that could look right through the little body. This ability enabled him to draw the conclusion that the baby had broken its hip during delivery. He spoke to her, ‘Don’t cry. Nobody understands you.’ The baby was so astonished by his presence that she immediately stopped crying. According to Rodonaia, children are able to see and hear transmaterial apparitions. The child reacted to him, he believes, because he was ‘a physical reality’ to her.

“After three days, when the autopsy of Rodonaia’s body was just getting under way, he succeeded in opening his eyes. At first, the doctors thought it was a reflex, but Rodonaia appeared to have actually come back from the dead, even though his death and his frigid condition had both been confirmed. He was in poor condition physically, but after three days, the first words he spoke were about the baby that urgently needed help. X-rays of the baby confirmed that he was right.

“At one point, Atwater interviewed Rodonaia’s wife, Nino, who stated that during his NDE, Rodonaia had actually witnessed what she had seen. According to Nino, he had actually had telepathic contact with her. In an email dated July 28, 2015, Atwater wrote Rivas the following about this aspect of the case:

“George told me that as part of his near-death experience, among the many things he could do was to be able to enter the minds of all his friends and find out whether or not they were really friends. During this entry process, he also entered the mind of this wife, Nino. When he did, he both saw and heard his wife picking out his grave site. As she stood there looking at the grave site, in her head, she pictured several men she would consider being her next husband. She made a list for herself of their various qualities, pro and con, to decide which one would be the most suitable.

“After George revived and his tongue shrunk back to its normal size so George could talk (this took three days), George greeted his wife. He told her about the grave site scenario. He described everything she saw there. Then he told her everything she thought about while there, the specific men she was considering to be her next husband and [the] list she was making in her mind about their various pros and cons. He was correct in every detail. This so freaked her out that she refused to have much to do with him for a year. I had no sense that this was telepathic, but real, physically real, as if George’s mind was physically inside his wife’s mind. He saw what she saw. He also saw what she thought.

“When I met Nino and both children, I asked Nino if I could talk to her about that incident at the grave site and her list of qualities of the men she was considering marrying. She described the incident for me and that all of this was done in the privacy of her own mind. She only thought about the men and their various qualities. The list was her own. When her suddenly, newly alive, formerly dead husband talked about that personal moment at the grave site, named the men she thought about, and then went on to ‘read’ the list back to her that she made for each man, she was utterly shocked at his accuracy and how he could even do this. This shock was felt as if an affront against her right to privacy, the intimate privacy of her own mind. I asked if it was true that she would have little or nothing to do with him for a year. She said, yes, it was true. She could not sleep in the same room with him. When I asked why, her answer was: ‘I no longer had the privacy of my own mind. This was very hard to take.'” (The Self Does Not Die, p.130-132)

Nino also confirmed what happened at the hospital, the first words he said after his tongue swelling went down, of his friend’s wife having just given birth to a daughter, he told the doctors to get right up to the maternity ward and X-ray that baby’s hip, that it had been broken by the attending nurse who had dropped the baby. George was a doctor himself and he described the hip break in detail. The doctors rushed up to the maternity ward, had the baby X-rayed and found the break exactly as described by George. They then confronted the nurse with what they found and she admitted to dropping the baby. She was immediately fired (George Rodonaia).

d. Dr. Pim van Lommel’s case of verified out-of-body perception

In January of 2001, near-death experiences and near-death research earned greater scientific respect and credibility when the findings of a particular NDE study were published. The distinguished British medical journal The Lancet published a paper by Dr. Pim van Lommel (PDF) of the Rijnstate Hospital in the Netherlands on the first large-scale study of NDEs which he conducted.

His study began in 1988 and lasted 13 years. It included 344 survivors of cardiac arrest from 10 Dutch hospitals. Of these 344 survivors, 18 percent experienced an NDE. And because Lommel and his staff conducted follow-up interviews with these patients over many years, they were able to rule out such factors as anoxia, seizures, medication, etc. Lommel’s findings confirmed prior research findings conducted by other near-death researchers. It confirmed that NDEs are real and they cannot be explained by physiological or psychological causes alone. Lommel also accepted the implication that consciousness survives death and that consciousness is not completely dependent upon the brain.

Lommel noted that only 10 seconds after the heart stops beating, the electroencephalogram goes dead. At this point, there is no activity in the brain cortex and the brain cannot manufacture visions. Within 10 minutes, brain stem activity ceases and irreparable brain damage can occur. However, Lommel notes that some patients still reported being conscious at this point. One particular example cited by Lommel is a man who came into the hospital already blue from a lack of oxygen. The hospital staff spent 90 minutes trying to resuscitate him, using artificial respiration, heart massage and defibrillation, before they could move him to intensive care where he was remained in a coma for a week with brain damage. But when the patient regained consciousness, he was able to describe events that occurred around him while he was brain damaged and out of his body. This veridical evidence comes from a coronary-care-unit nurse who reported the veridical out-of-body experience of the comatose patient:

“During a night shift an ambulance brings in a 44-year-old cyanotic, comatose man into the coronary care unit. He had been found about an hour before in a meadow by passers-by. After admission, he receives artificial respiration without intubation, while heart massage and defibrillation are also applied. When we wanted to intubate the patient, he turns out to have dentures in his mouth. I remove these upper dentures and put them onto the crash car. Meanwhile, we continue extensive CPR. After about an hour and a half the patient has sufficient heart rhythm and blood pressure, but he is still ventilated and intubated, and he is still comatose. He is transferred to the intensive care unit to continue the necessary artificial respiration. Only after more than a week do I meet again with the patient, who is by now back on the cardiac ward. I distribute his medication. The moment he sees me he says:

“Oh, that nurse knows where my dentures are.”

“I am very surprised.”

Then he elucidates: “Yes, you were there when I was brought into hospital and you took my dentures out of my mouth and put them onto that car, it had all these bottles on it and there was this sliding drawer underneath and there you put my teeth.”

“I was especially amazed because I remembered this happening while the man was in deep coma and in the process of CPR. When I asked further, it appeared the man had seen himself lying in bed, that he had perceived from above how nurses and doctors had been busy with CPR. He was also able to describe correctly and in detail the small room in which he had been resuscitated as well as the appearance of those present like myself. At the time that he observed the situation he had been very much afraid that we would stop CPR and that he would die. And it is true that we had been very negative about the patient’s prognosis due to his very poor medical condition when admitted. The patient tells me that he desperately and unsuccessfully tried to make it clear to us that he was still alive and that we should continue CPR. He is deeply impressed by his experience and says he is no longer afraid of death. Four weeks later he left hospital as a healthy man.” (Dr. Pim Van Lommel)

4. Miscellaneous NDE testimonies on out-of-body perception

Jane Seymour: The famous movie actress who starred in the television series “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” describes the following out-of-body experience during her NDE:

“I literally left my body. I had this feeling that I could see myself on the bed, with people grouped around me. I remember them all trying to resuscitate me. I was above them, in the corner of the room looking down. I saw people putting needles in me, trying to hold me down, doing things.” (Jane Seymour)

Vicki Umipeg: In Dr. Kenneth Ring‘s book, Mindsight, he documents his research concerning NDEs in people born blind. One of his subjects, Vicki Umipeg, told Dr. Ring that she found herself floating above her body in the emergency room of a hospital following an automobile accident and saw for the first time in her life. She was aware of being up near the ceiling watching a male doctor and a female nurse working on her body, which she viewed from her elevated position. Vicki has a clear recollection of how she came to the realization that this was her own body below her:

“I knew it was me … I was pretty thin then. I was quite tall and thin at that point. And I recognized at first that it was a body, but I didn’t even know that it was mine initially. Then I perceived that I was up on the ceiling, and I thought, ‘Well, that’s kind of weird. What am I doing up here?’ I thought, ‘Well, this must be me. Am I dead? …’ I just briefly saw this body, and … I knew that it was mine because I wasn’t in mine.” In addition, she was able to note certain further identifying features indicating that the body she was observing was certainly her own: “I think I was wearing the plain gold band on my right ring finger and my father’s wedding ring next to it. But my wedding ring I definitely saw … That was the one I noticed the most because it’s most unusual. It has orange blossoms on the corners of it.” (Vicki Umipeg)

Brad Steiger: The author of the NDE book One with the Light experienced the following event during his NDE:

On an August day in 1947, 11-year-old Brad Steiger nearly died of multiple skull fractures after being caught in the metallic blades of a piece of machinery on his family’s Iowa farm. He felt his “essential self” drift away from his body. He watched his sister run for help and realized he was simultaneously in his father’s arms being carried from the field, and above himself, observing. (Brad Steiger)

Dannion Brinkley: In his book, Saved by the Light, Dannion Brinkley describes the following:

“I began to look around, to roll over in midair. Below me was my own body, thrown across the bed. My shoes were smoking and the telephone was melted in my hand. I could see Sandy run into the room. She stood over the bed and looked at me with a dazed expression, the kind you might find on the parent of a child found floating face down in a swimming pool.” (Dannion Brinkley)

Kimberly Clark Sharp: In a paper published in the Journal of Near-Death Studies concerning veridical NDE evidence, Dr. Kenneth Ring included perhaps the most famous case of veridical observation in NDE research at that time. Kimberly Clark Sharp first documented the NDE of a woman named Maria in her book, After The Light.

“Maria was a migrant worker who, while visiting friends in Seattle, had a severe heart attack. She was rushed to Harborview Hospital and placed in the coronary care unit. A few days later, she had a cardiac arrest and an unusual out-of-body experience. At one point in this experience, she found herself outside the hospital and spotted a single tennis shoe on the ledge of the north side of the third floor of the building. Maria not only was able to indicate the whereabouts of this oddly situated object, but was able to provide precise details concerning its appearance, such as that its little toe area was worn and one of its laces was stuck underneath its heel. Upon hearing Maria’s story, Clark, with some considerable degree of skepticism and metaphysical misgiving, went to the location described to see whether any such shoe could be found. Indeed it was, just where and precisely as Maria had described it, except that from the window through which Clark was able to see it, the details of its appearance that Maria had specified could not be discerned. Clark concluded, “The only way she could have had such a perspective was if she had been floating right outside and at very close range to the tennis shoe. I retrieved the shoe and brought it back to Maria; it was very concrete evidence for me.” (Clark, 1984, p. 243).

Dr. Kenneth Ring: A study on veridical perception in NDEs was conducted by Dr. Kenneth Ring and Madeline Lawrence. It included the 1985 account of Kathy Milne who was working as a nurse at Hartford Hospital. Milne had already been interested in NDEs, and one day found herself talking to a woman who had been resuscitated and who had an NDE. Following a telephone interview with Kenneth Ring on August 24, 1992, she described the following account in a letter:

“She told me how she floated up over her body, viewed the resuscitation effort for a short time and then felt herself being pulled up through several floors of the hospital. She then found herself above the roof and realized she was looking at the skyline of Hartford. She marveled at how interesting this view was and out of the corner of her eye she saw a red object. It turned out to be a shoe … [S]he thought about the shoe… and suddenly, she felt “sucked up” a blackened hole. The rest of her NDE account was fairly typical, as I remember. “I was relating this to a [skeptical] resident who in a mocking manner left. Apparently, he got a janitor to get him onto the roof. When I saw him later than day, he had a red shoe and he became a believer, too.”” (K. Milne, personal communication, October 19,1992)

After Dr. Ring’s initial interview with Milne, he made a point of inquiring whether she had ever heard of the case of Maria’s shoe [as described in the introduction above]. Not only was she unfamiliar with it, but she was utterly amazed to hear of another story so similar to the one she had just recounted to Dr. Ring. It remains an unanswered question as to how these isolated shoes arrived at their unlikely perches for later viewing by astonished NDErs and their baffled investigators.

Dr. Joyce Harmon: In the summer of 1982, Dr. Joyce Harmon, a surgical intensive care unit (ICU) nurse at Hartford Hospital, returned to work after a vacation. On that vacation she had purchased a new pair of plaid shoelaces, which she happened to be wearing on her first day back at the hospital. That day, she was involved in resuscitating a patient, a woman she didn’t know, by giving her medicine. The resuscitation was successful and the next day Harmon chanced to see the patient, whereupon they had a conversation, the gist of which (not necessarily a verbatim account) is as follows:

“The patient, upon seeing Harmon, volunteered, ‘Oh, you’re the one with the plaid shoelaces!’

“‘What?’ Harmon replied, astonished. She says she distinctly remembers feeling the hair on her neck rise.’

“‘I saw them,’ the woman continued. ‘I was watching what was happening yesterday when I died. I was up above.'” (J. Harmon, personal communication, August 28, 1992)

P.M.H. Atwater: The following is one of P.M.H. Atwater‘s case studies from her book Beyond the Light which is not only veridical, it is highly suggestive of the survival of consciousness after death. Atwater has stated that this testimonial has been verified by relatives of the experiencer involved. Here is the excerpt:

“I spoke of Margaret Fields Kean who nearly died in 1978 after being hospitalized for about three weeks with severe phlebitis. A blood clot had passed to her heart and lungs and she became deathly ill. Then she was given injections for nausea that, due to the blood thinners she had previously received, caused internal hemorrhaging. Pandemonium reigned as she slipped away. While absent from her body, she witnessed the scene below her, then heard and saw people in the waiting room down the hall – right through the walls – as well as nurses at their station. She also knew their thoughts. Margaret went on to have a transcendent near-death experience in which she instantly knew and understood many things; her future, and that she would become a healer. This completely contradicted her vision of herself at that moment in her life, for she was content being a super-mom farm wife who rode horses, taught Bible classes, led 4-H and Girl Scout groups, gardened, canned, and baked bread. A healer? Ridiculous! Yet, when Margaret revived, she immediately began to heal other patients in the room around her by ‘reaching out’ to them. Then, she ‘projected’ into the isolation room of a white boy charred black by severe burns. She ‘sat’ next to him on the bed, introduced herself, and proceeded to counsel him about his purpose in life. She told him it was okay if he chose to die as God was loving and he had nothing to fear. Months later, while continuing her recovery and still in great pain, Margaret was attending a horse show when a couple, hearing the loudspeaker announce her daughter’s name as a winner, sought her out. They were parents of the severely burned boy. Before he died, he had told them about meeting Margaret and relayed all the wonderful truths she had told him about God and about life. The parents were thrilled to have finally located her so they could say thanks for what she had done for their son. The dying boy had identified her by name – even though the two had never physically seen each other or verbally spoken in any manner, nor had any nurse known that the two had ever communicated, nor had it been possible that Margaret ever could have known if the isolation room was even occupied much less who might be there.” (P.M.H. Atwater)

Dr. Kenneth Ring: Dr. Kenneth Ring reported in a scholarly paper one of the most interesting case of verified out-of-body perception. In the late 1970s, Sue Saunders was working at Hartford Hospital as a respiratory therapist and had the following experience resuscitating a patient:

“One day she was helping to resuscitate a 60-ish man in the emergency room whose electrocardiogram had gone flat. Medics were shocking him repeatedly with no results. Saunders was trying to give him oxygen. In the middle of the resuscitation, someone else took over for her and she left. A couple of days later, she encountered this patient in the ICU. He spontaneously commented, ‘You looked so much better in your yellow top.’ She, like Harmon, was so shocked at this remark that she got goose-bumps, for she had been wearing a yellow smock the previous day. ‘Yeah,’ the man continued, I saw you. You had something over your face and you were pushing air into me. And I saw your yellow smock..”” (S. Saunders, personal communication, August 28, 1992)

Saunders confirmed that she had had something over her face – a mask – and that she had worn the yellow smock while trying to give him oxygen, while he was unconscious and without a heartbeat. Saunders confirmed that she had had something over her face – a mask – and that she had worn the yellow smock while trying to give him oxygen, while he was unconscious and without a heartbeat. According to Dr. Ring, this case attests to these three important observations:

a. Patients who claim to have out-of-body experiences while near-death sometimes describe unusual objects that they could not have known about by normal means.

b. These objects can later be shown to have existed in the form and location indicated by the patients’ testimony.

c. Hearing this testimony has a strong emotional and cognitive effect on the caregivers involved, either strengthening their pre-existing belief in the authenticity of NDE accounts or occasioning a kind of on-the-spot conversion.

Source: Ring, Kenneth, Ph.D. & Lawrence, Madeline, R.N., Ph.D. “Further evidence for veridical perception during near-death experiences” (PDF), Journal of Near-Death Studies, 1993 11 (4)223-229.

Robert Pastorelli: “I was in excruciating pain. Then, in the next second, there was no pain. Suddenly I realized I was out of my body. I was floating above myself, looking down at my unconscious body lying in the hospital emergency room with my eyes closed. I could see tubes down my nose and throat. I knew I was dying and I thought, ‘Well, this must be death.’ I even saw a priest giving me the last rites. But it was the most peaceful feeling in the world. Then I saw my father starting to faint out of grief. Two nurses grabbed him and sat him down in a chair across the room. When I looked down and saw my father’s pain it had an effect on me. I firmly believe that at that moment I made a decision to live, not die. The next thing I knew I was waking up back in my body. Later, in the recovery room, when I was fully conscious, I told my father what had happened, his fainting and all. He was astounded.” (Robert Pastorelli)

In P.M.H. Atwater‘s book, Children of the New Millennium, an interesting case of verified out-of-body perception is documented about a woman named Lynn whose observations during her near-death experience were later proven to be true, including the black and Asian doctors on the operating team.

“The next thing I knew I was floating around the ceiling looking down on my body. My chest was open wide and I could see my internal organs. I remember thinking how odd it was that my organs were a beautiful pearl gray, not at all like the bright red chucks in the horror flicks I loved to watch. I also noticed there was a black doctor and an Oriental one on the operating team. The reason this stuck in my mind is that I was brought up in a very white middle-class neighborhood, and I had seen black schoolteachers but never a black doctor. I’d met the operating team the day before, but they were all white. Suddenly, I had to move on, so I floated into the waiting room, where my parents were. My father had his head buried in my mother’s lap. He was kneeling at her feet, his arms wrapped around her waist, and he was sobbing. My mother was stroking his head, whispering to him. This scene shocked me, as my father was not prone to showing emotions. Once I realize they would be fine, I felt myself pulled into a horizontal tunnel.” (Lynn)

David Goines: “I remember the fear of impact (getting hit), however, I have no recollection of the impact or having my body become totally integrated with the bicycle, nor hurtling over sixty feet through the air and landing in the canal. My next memory was quite a scene in the hospital emergency room. It was the most unique experience of my earthly life. Unique, because I was observing my own body in the emergency room and all the activity going on, except that I was not in my body. I was above it all – looking down. I was feeling no pain. Everyone was very busy. I knew by their activity that I was in serious trouble. There was much discussion about how to extract me from the tangled wreckage of my bike and/or whether they would need to leave me in it until I was stabilized enough to try. I could see and hear everything. It was gruesome. It was frightening. They finally decided they had me stable enough to get rid of the bike and they called for a welding specialist to bring a torch to help cut me out of the bike. Thank God my body seemed to be unconscious. All of this would have been quite enough for my young mind to endure – until one nurse, whom I knew, said to another, ‘Well – it certainly makes you wonder if it is worth saving this mess.’ She nearly scared me to death! At that moment, it was more than I could stand above and watch. I wanted to run away from this scene. I needed to escape. Quickly, I turned, took one step through the wall so to speak and found myself in total darkness.” (David Goines)

David Oakford: “I called out to my friends and nobody came. I tried to unplug the stereo but that did not work either. Every time I tried to touch the cord to unplug it I could not grasp it. It just kept on playing “LA Woman” and the sound rattled my very being. I ran all over the house calling for my friends, yelling repeatedly that the music was too loud but I was not heard. I pleaded for the music to be turned down. I tried to go outside but I could not feel the doorknob. I could see the daylight outside but could not go outside. I ended up hiding in the bathroom in an unsuccessful attempt to escape the noise. I looked in the mirror and could not see myself. That frightened me greatly. I went back into the family room and saw my body sitting in the chair. It looked like I was sleeping. I wondered how I could be looking at myself. I got a bit scared then because I could see me from outside of me, from all different angles except from the inside angle I was used to seeing myself. I was alone. I was confused and very scared. I tried to get back into my body but could not. I could not touch the ground either. I was floating. I rose up into a spot above my body and kind of just hung there. I could no longer move. I called out for help and nobody came. I tried to go out the door but like the stereo I could not touch the doorknob.” (David Oakford)

Kimberly Clark Sharp: “I was going back. I knew it. I was already on the way. I was on a trajectory headed straight for my body. That’s when I saw my body for the first time, and when I realized I was no longer a part of it. Until this moment, I’d only seen myself straight on, as we usually do, in mirrors and photographs. Now I was jolted by the strange sight of me in profile from four feet away. I looked at my body, the body I knew so well, and was surprised by my detachment. I felt the same sort of gratitude toward my body that I had for my old winter coat when I put it away in the spring. It had served me well, but I no longer needed it. I had absolutely no attachment to it. Whatever constituted the self I knew as me was no longer there. My essence, my consciousness, my memories, my personality were outside, not in, that prison of flesh.” (Kimberly Clark Sharp)

Dr. Liz Dale’s research subject: “Immediately after the impact from falling forward onto the metal grating, I felt myself floating up, out of my body, and hovering above my body and all the people who were watching it, and who seemed paralyzed by shock and horror at what had happened. I think they pretty much assumed that I was dead. I remember looking down and seeing my body three-dimensionally for the first time. And it was such a shock, because we never see ourselves except in a one-dimensional mirror reflection, or a photograph. But I felt no pain at all; I felt completely whole and free, and I thought, ‘This is who I really am.’ I saw my physical body, all crumpled and bloody and lifeless; and this enormous wave of compassion washed over me and I wanted to tell all of the bystanders that everything was going to be OK and not to be sad or alarmed. Then suddenly I felt myself being pulled, literally at the speed of light, farther from the physical earth, and I saw all of the people on the planet simultaneously in that one moment. I saw people in China and Sweden and Uruguay; I saw people sleeping and dreaming; I saw people preparing food in their homes and in restaurants; people traveling in all manner of transportation, to and from work and school and appointments; I saw children playing together, and bankers and teachers and factory workers at their jobs. I saw mothers giving birth to children, which was especially beautiful and moving to me.” (Dr. Liz Dale)

Howard Storm: “For a time there was a sense of being unconscious or asleep. I’m not sure how long it lasted, but I felt really strange, and I opened my eyes. To my surprise I was standing up next to the bed, and I was looking at my body laying in the bed. My first reaction was, ‘This is crazy! I can’t be standing here looking down at myself. That’s not possible.’ This wasn’t what I expected, this wasn’t right. Why was I still alive? I wanted oblivion. Yet I was looking at a thing that was my body, and it just didn’t have that much meaning to me. Now knowing what was happening, I became upset. I started yelling and screaming at my wife, and she just sat there like a stone. She didn’t look at me, she didn’t move and I kept screaming profanities to get her to pay attention. Being confused, upset, and angry, I tried to get the attention of my room-mate, with the same result. He didn’t react. I wanted this to be a dream, and I kept saying to myself, ‘This has got to be a dream.’ But I knew that it wasn’t a dream. I became aware that strangely I felt more alert, more aware, more alive than I had ever felt in my entire life. All my senses were extremely acute. Everything felt tingly and alive. The floor was cool and my bare feet felt moist and clammy. This had to be real.” (Howard Storm)

P.M.H. Atwater: “The pain ebbed by as I rose steadily upward, again stopping at the light fixture, only this time in the living room. I looked down, recognizing the body on the floor as mine. There was no confusion this time. My situation was clearly defined. Good God, I’m dead! Time and space ended for me after gazing for what seemed endless minutes at my body. It made no movement. There was no breathing. No response. When I was satisfied that it was dead, there came a joyous euphoria, like a prisoner being released from a long jail sentence. I danced and danced around the light bulb, singing like a child. It was finally over. I was free.” (P.M.H. Atwater)

Grace Bubulka: “I was then looking down from above the left foot area of my bed. The distance from my bed was as though I was against the ceiling corner. I could see the backs of the staff to the left of my bed and the faces of my doctors and the Filipino nurse. I was exasperated with them and with my futile attempt to connect with them. I had no strong feelings about my body lying on the bed. It was almost unfamiliar to me.” (Grace Bubulka)

Laurelynn Martin: “I awakened and found myself floating above my body, off to the right side, looking down, watching the attempts of the medical team trying to revive the lifeless form below. I viewed the scene with detachment. The surgical team was frantic. The color red was everywhere, splattered on their gowns, splattered on the floor, and a bright pool of a flowing red substance, in the now wide open abdominal cavity. At that moment, I didn’t make the connection that the body being worked on was my own! It didn’t matter anyway. I was in a state of floating freedom, experiencing no pain and having a great time. I wanted to shout to the distressed people below, “Hey, I’m okay. It’s fantastic up here,” but they were so intent on their work, I didn’t want to interrupt their efforts. I had traveled to another realm of total and absolute peace. With no physical body my movement was unencumbered. Thought was the avenue for travel. I floated up through blackness where there was no fear, no pain, no misunderstandings, but instead a sense of well-being. I was enveloped by total bliss in an atmosphere of unconditional love and acceptance.” (Laurelynn Martin)

Josiane Antonette: “Am I outside myself observing? I see my body and its pain. I look at my feet; they are pale and lifeless. My legs cannot move. My face is white and drawn … Now I’m on the hospital room ceiling gazing down! Everything appears so small: I see my bed; my body looks small and colorless; the people around the bed are tiny. Overwhelming grief and sorrow fill the room, and yet I feel completely disconnected from the scene below me. I hover nearer and look at the strange form lying on the bed. I feel compassion beyond words. I understand everything, but I have no feeling of attachment to anyone. I look at each person standing at the bedside and feel tremendous love. I want to say to them, ‘I’m all right. You don’t have to worry. I’m all right. Look at me! I’m fine!'” (Josiane Antonette)

Rev. Kenneth Hagin: “My heart stopped beating. This numbness spread to my feet, my ankles, my knees, my hips, my stomach, my heart and I leaped out of my body. I did not lose consciousness; I leaped out of my body like a diver would leap off a diving board into a swimming pool. I knew I was outside my body. I could see my family in the room, but I couldn’t contact them. I began to descend down, down, into a pit, like you’d go down into a well, cavern or cave … Then, like a suction from above, I floated up, head first, through the darkness. Before I got to the top, I could see the light. I’ve been down in a well: it was like you were way down in a well and could see the light up above. I came up on the porch of my grandpa’s house. Then I went through the wall not through the door, and not through the window through the wall, and seemed to leap inside my body like a man would slip his foot inside his boot in the morning time. Before I leaped inside my body, I could see my grandmother sitting on the edge of the bed holding me in her arms. When I got inside my body, I could communicate with her. ‘I felt myself slipping,’ I said, ‘Granny, I’m going again. You’ve been a second mother to me when Momma was ill.’ My heart stopped for a second time. I leaped out of my body and began to descend: down, down, down … And then I was pulled up, head first. I could see the lights of the earth above me before I came up out of the pit. The only difference this time was that I came up at the foot of the bed. For a second time I stood there. I could see my body lying there on the bed. I could see Grandma as she sat there holding me in her arms.” [Here Hagin says goodbye to his family] “I left a word for each one of them, and my heart stopped the third time. I could feel the circulation as it cut off. Suddenly my toes went numb. Faster than you can snap your fingers, my toes, feet, ankles, knees, hips, stomach and heart went dead and I leaped out of my body and began to descend …”” [Hagin then enters his body again and recovers from his illness.] (Rev. Kenneth Hagin)

Ricky Randolph: “I felt myself leaving my body. I was floating a few feet in the air above the river. I looked on my body with mixed feelings. I was bleeding from my mouth, nose, ears, and saw a trickle of blood underneath me on the boulder. As I was reflecting on the state of my body, I felt a pulling and began to rise very fast. I was traveling at a high rate of speed upwards through the atmosphere.” (Ricky Randolph)

Rexella Van Impe: The wife of television evangelist Dr. Jack Van Impe, Rexella, was injured in a car accident in Brussels in 1982. She discovered herself outside of her body watching her husband crying as he held her in his arms. The experience was told in their video, “Heaven: An Out-of-Body Adventure?” [This videotape, produced in 1992, is available through JVI Ministries, POB 7004, Troy, MI, USA 48007.]

Chris Taylor: “On September 1993, I was at Papworth Hospital having my aortic valve replaced. I left my body and watched the surgeon operating on me. He was a bit of a maverick and had a red and white check head cover. He was listening to Meat Loaf’s ‘Bat out of hell’ and invisible drumming to it. He splashed some blood on one of the nurses. She got angry. I asked him about this and he confirmed it by stating that I could not have seen this due to the screen around my face. On November 2001, I rushed back to Papworth with a dissecting aorta which is usually fatal. My son had seen me have the attack and my profound pain. He was scared and had tears streaming down his face. He made me promise that I would not die. I promised him. I underwent 10 hours of emergency surgery at the end of which my heart failed to spontaneously restart. The surgeon manually manipulated my heart for 26 minutes. At some stage in the procedure I left my body with a whooshing sound. I then was floating toward a bright light. All around me was a gray cloud-type thick fog. It had texture. The closer I approached the light I became aware of a fundamental sense of purity. I could feel my pain falling away. I became aware of PURE LOVE, peace, tranquility. I could hear voices that were welcoming me without speaking specific words; but, I understood that this was natural and normal. I also knew that I was leaving the two people I love the most – my wife and son. I was then aware of my son to my left sitting on a chair and sobbing into his hands. My wife walked up to him to comfort him. He said he was scared and my wife assured him I was strong and would live. He calmly said, ‘I’m not scared of Dad dying. I know he will not die. He promised me and DAD ALWAYS KEEPS HIS PROMISES. I then painfully zipped back into my body. Imagine being cold and wet, longing for a warm shower. Imagine taking off those cold wet clothes and getting into the shower. Now imagine getting back into the clothes. Got the message? When I came to, 28 hours later, my wife was told I was in a coma and brain dead. I was so angry for days. I was angry I had lived. That may sound weird but that is, in brief, my story. Two things: This experience has left me feeling over powered spiritually. Secondly, I am a Police Inspector and not prone to flights of fancy.” (Chris Taylor)

Nadia McCaffrey: “I was out of my body. I floated there for awhile, and looked down at lifeless body on the gurney. However, the real me had become a comfortable glowing shape. For a while, I watched on as the nurses and doctors worked quickly to revive me. Then, I lost interest and my attention turned towards a long dark tunnel.” (Nadia McCaffrey)

Beverly Brodsky: “I found myself floating on the ceiling over the bed looking down at my unconscious body. I barely had time to realize the glorious strangeness of the situation – that I was me but not in my body – when I was joined by a radiant being bathed in a shimmering white glow.” (Beverly Brodsky)

Jan Price: “I remember being surprised as I observed the full heart arrest taking place. I suppose we never really think of ourselves as dying, but obviously I had died because I wasn’t in my body anymore. (Jan Price)

Norman Paulsen: “There is my body lying at the foot of the telephone pole, covered with blankets. Without sensation, I enter it again. My eyes open to see concerned faces looking down upon me.” (Norman Paulsen)

Valvita Jones: “Feeling so peaceful and free, I started moving upward. I realized my body was below me, and I vaguely remember observing efforts by the medical team to revive it. My main interest was that I was above the room. I was not even in the room but in the first sky. I say first sky in the heavens, because it seemed as though there were three heavens that I passed through.” (Valvita Jones)

Laura: “After this infinite moment had passed, there began a battle for my life between the angels in heaven and the doctors on earth. Every time the doctors pounded on my chest, my spirit was sucked into my body for a split second, only to be pulled back again by the angels. They held me by my feet, struggling to keep me from coming back. Finally, the doctors pounded one last time. I heard an angel say, “They’re stronger than we are,” and I was sucked back into my body, sat up, screamed, and passed out.” (Laura)

Caroline Sharp: “It is now almost 34 years ago, but with amazing clarity, I can remember the emotions I went through as I hovered above my body. It was a total euphoric happiness. Feeling totally unconcerned and faintly amused, I watched the two nurses and doctor working to resuscitate my lifeless body. I could relate with extreme clarity the actions they took in this procedure.” (Caroline Sharp)

Mrs. Walters: “When I had my first child I had the experience of being out of my body and hovering above it attached to a thick cord. I could see myself on the bed and the doctor who was in a panic. I could also see the nurse and the instruments on a trolley in the corner of the room. The only way I could have seen the instrument was from the angle I was in. I would not have been able to see them from the bed. I remember thinking it was wonderful to be free of that cumbersome body and not really caring what happened to it.” (Mrs. Walters)

Randy Gehling: “I didn’t really know what had hit me. I just seemed to go flying through the air. And then a really funny thing happened. A part of me – I guess my soul – just kept flying, and I saw my body smash into the ground. I knew it had to hurt to land that hard, so I was happy that I was where I was – wherever that was. When I got a little higher, I saw that it had been Kurt’s car that had hit me. I always told him that he drove too fast in the neighborhood.” (Randy Gehling)

Jeanie Dicus: “I was floating above my body. I saw green shower caps. The people in the room all wore those stupid caps. There were five or six caps and they were panicky. Their fear was so thick I could feel it. I kept thinking, “Hey, I’m okay, don’t worry,” but they didn’t get my message. This was a little frustrating. I found myself in the right-hand corner of the room. I lifted my arm and stretched. I had been immobile for so long. It felt like I had taken off a body girdle, and it was so delicious to get out of that cramped body.” (Jeanie Dicus)

Peter Sellers: “Well, I felt myself leave my body. I just floated out of my physical form and I saw them cart my body away to the hospital. I went with it. (Peter Sellers)

Elaine Durham: “When I got to the hospital, it was not as if I was on the gurney look up, but I was moving, not necessarily walking, but I was at eye level along the right side of the gurney. And there was my body on it, but I did not have any relationship at all to that body.” (Elaine Durham)

An Accountant: “The next thing I remember was looking down on my body in the intensive care unit. I don’t know how I got in there, but they were working on me. There was this young doctor in a white coat and two nurses and a black fellow in a white uniform and he was doing most of the work on me. This black fellow was shoving down on my chest and someone else was breathing for me and they were yelling to get this and that!’ I learned later that this black fellow was a male nurse on the ward. I had never seen him before. I even remember the black bow tie he was wearing. Next thing I remember was going through this dark passage.” (An Accountant)

Helen: “I remember clearly floating up above myself, and looking down on my body. It was connected to numerous machines. I could see the drip and the oxygen mask. I could see the doctors working to restart my heart with electronic pads. I could see that my parents were there. It felt very peaceful, much better than where I had been before. I was bathed in warmth and light, and the calm was almost tangible. I felt it was up to me to decide where I wanted to be, up there or back in my body, but the peace was so overwhelming that I knew I wanted to stay.” (Helen)

Carter Mills: A massive load of compressed cardboard Carter Mills was loading, slipped out of control, slamming him against a steel pole. He remembers a sharp pain, collapsing, being in a black void, then finding himself floating in a prone position twelve feet above his crumpled body. He saw and heard people running around, yelling for an ambulance and saying, “Don’t touch him, give him air.” His body went from white to blue; there was no breath. The sight filled him with awe. “I’m here, my body is there. How did this happen?” Not understanding how he could suddenly be airborne, Carter attempted to reenter his body. Crawling downward in swim-like strokes, he had almost reached his goal when a gentle but firm hand tugged his right arm. When he looked up, there were two angels replete with robes, wings, bare feet, and streaming hair – no color but opaque white – and no particular gender. (Carter Mills)

John Star: “Suddenly the world was calm and clear. I could see the shoreline, still in the distance and noticed the sun shining overhead. It seemed brighter than usual. When I looked down I got the surprise of my life. There was my body, still swimming toward shore, moving as straight and smooth as a motor boat. I watched for a while, indifferent to the plight of my body. I was far more concerned with trying to figure out where I was.” (John Star)

Michael: “And then something exited my chest. Its hard to describe exactly what it was or what it felt like but it was a real presence, a definite feeling. Perhaps terms like “life force” or “energy” come closest to trying to describe what it was, but it seemed to contain my personality as well. Again, its extremely difficult to describe except that it was a real sensation of something immaterial leaving my physical body. This “force”, for lack of a better word, then positioned itself in the corner of the bathroom ceiling (the bathroom was in darkness) and I stared down on my own motionless body, skinny and frail and apparently lifeless. This force which seemed to contain something of me certainly an awareness that “I” was no longer in my body, then moved at an amazing speed through somewhere black, like space in its vastness.” (Michael)

Ida Acosta: “I was drifting in and out of my body, from darkness into light, simultaneously. There were sounds demanding that I leave my wonderful bliss to come back to life. Doctors calling my name. I looked upon it all with a strange indifference. And I could see myself. I could hear a machine beeping. People were slapping me, shaking me, tossing me around, sticking things into me, and I just didn’t care. I was in bliss and I really just wanted to die, because at that moment I realized there was no death. It was exactly like drifting into the best sleep ever.” (Ida Acosta)

Rose A.: “On this one day I found that part of me had separated from my physical body and had risen above my body to the ceiling. From above, I saw myself lying face down on the carpeting. Everything was so clear mentally and there was no pain; I sensed that the physical body was that which felt pain, that which would also hamper one’s clarity of thinking. This other part of me, a spiritual me or a soul me, was so much more at peace being outside of the physical me. I knew that if my mother had entered the bedroom at that point, she would not have gotten a response from my physical body, but I would want her to know that everything was all right with me.” (Rose A.)

Karen Floyd: “At this time, I had floated out of my body. I was floating just below the ceiling of the car looking down at myself on the seat of the car. I remember thinking how strange it was that I was up here when my body was still on the car seat! I could see my friend driving and looking back and talking to me. I also noticed that I didn’t feel bad anymore.” (Karen Floyd)

Sharon: “Sometime during the night I ‘woke up’ to find myself against the ceiling. I was literally floating and I could see myself from the chest up. I remember feeling no discomfort, such as heat or cold, just a nice peaceful feeling. While I was wondering why I was able to float against the ceiling, I looked down and saw myself sleeping on my back. This was strange enough, but the strangest part was how I thought of myself on the bed. I thought of myself in the third-person. I remember distinctly thinking, ‘She is running out of air’ and ‘There is no oxygen in this room.’ I did not think this in a state of panic, more like a peaceful concern for the body. The next thing I knew, I was hurling toward my body.” (Sharon)

Jerriann Massey: “Three times she fought her way through the murky water and surfaced to suck air, she said. “The third time back under, I was out of my body. It was like when you are wearing pants way too tight and you take them off. Now, you can relax and breathe. That’s what it felt like.” (Jerriann Massey)

Alise: “At the height of the pain I left my body. I saw my body on the bed and tried to communicate to those tending to it but finally gave up and left out the roof of the hospital. I felt like a traitor as they were working very hard on my body but I did not want it any more. I did not want to go back. So I left very quickly and what was foremost in my mind was that I knew exactly where to go. There was no tunnel or light or anything, I just knew where to go and went. Like going ‘home’. Getting ‘out’ of my body was like going through a magnetic field. Each magnet was attracted to the other and then to another and another until the first was attracted to the last and then I was free. I knew I had just gone through the elements of the earth that made up my physical body. This registered in my brain as pain but it wasn’t pain exactly but the process of going through the elements and overcoming gravity.” (Alise)

Martha A. St. Claire: As she began to drown, Martha remembers entering into a kind of dream-like state she feels was the beginning of her near-death experience. She states, “All of a sudden, I was out of my body watching myself being pulled along and thinking, ‘This is really incredible. This is really quite amazing.'” (Martha A. St. Claire)

Mr. Thermal: “Before we got into the cars we had there, the lightening bolt came through a board in the side of the barn and got me. I felt myself falling but it didn’t hurt. Then I noticed I was above myself looking down at me. My body was actually smoking. I watched one guy jump from the wagon he was on, to the ground. On his way over to me, it seemed like it took him 10 minutes to land. Everyone was moving so slow. I was speaking out loud. I could hear myself, but it seemed the others couldn’t. I saw them gathering around me trying to wake me up, but I was awake. I was above them. I tried to look at my hands but couldn’t see them. I knew they were there. I could feel them move. And I could feel my feet too, but again, my body was on the ground right beneath me.” (Mr. Thermal)

Elizabeth: “His smile was wide and bright, as he took hold of my left arm, and we began to drift downward. It was comforting and safe to be with him, as we passed by stars in the night sky, drifting through clouds. I eventually could see my town and the top of my house. We drifted through the roof, entering my bedroom. At the ceiling, I noticed my daughter, still sleeping soundly. But then I noticed something else; I noticed another body next to hers. When we reach the floor, I realized it was my own. I was completely confused. He gently lifted me, placing me back into my body. I immediately jumped out of bed reaching for him. But by now, his light was escaping through the window, until finally completely gone. I sat on the edge of my bed, still engulfed with such joy. I took hold of my head, saying over and over again in my mind, I will not forget, I will not forget.” (Elizabeth)

John Powell: “He then brought me again to this earth. When I saw my body lying on the bed I did not want to enter it again for I felt so happy out of it that I could not bear the thought of entering it again, but he said, ‘Enter,’ and I had to obey.” (John Powell)

Sherry Gideon: “The last thing that happened was when I watched my spirit descend back into my body. I could suddenly see myself lying on my bed. I could feel a light coming through the window that was so powerful beyond words. As I watched my spirit return to this body on the bed. I could hear the last words spoken to me: “You must help the world to understand that they must give of themselves freely without expecting and love is all there is!” (Sherry Gideon)

Bruce Budden: “I could see my body lying on the lawn and a few cars and people around the scene … The next thing I recall is almost like energizing over top of my physical body. I moved closer and was hovering a foot or so over my body. I then slowly turned over and then started sinking down into my body. The electrical energy of my spirit started flowing back into my physical body. As I was doing this, this almost sense of transformation, the feeling of being in the pure spirit form started changing to the feelings of the earthly realm. There was a great sense of heaviness, I felt the physical emotions starting to return, along with the emotions of the human animal. The next thing I recall is opening my eyes and seeing the lights of the cars around me and I looked around to find the light I was just in front of but I couldn’t find it. Then it hit me, damn, I’m back. At that point I passed out.” (Bruce Budden)

Vicki Moyer: “During my experience, I was standing in a beautiful garden and saw Jesus. He was sitting on a stone bench. We both were dressed in biblical gown and wore sandals. Jesus let me see through a dimension to where my body being operated on in surgery. I could see it. I remember how I felt. I felt like my body was only a shell and that it was not the true me. I felt like this was me, my soul. I remember him letting me hear my friends and love ones pray for me.” (Vicki Moyer)

Dr. Habermas and Moreland’s research: Dr. Gary Habermas and J.P. Moreland documented two cases of veridical perception in their book, Immortality, The Other Side of Death. The first case was a young girl named Katie who nearly drowned in a pool. After being resuscitated in the emergency room, a CAT scan showed she had massive brain swelling. She was attached to an artificial lung to keep her breathing and given a ten percent chance of survival. Three days later, she completely recovered and told a remarkable story. Though she had been profoundly comatose, with her eyes closed throughout her entire treatment, she gave exact details regarding the physical features of her doctors, the hospital rooms in which she had been treated, and the medical procedures her doctors employed to save her. Amazingly, she was also able to describe, in minute detail, what her family was doing at home, awaiting news of her status, while she lie in the hospital! Then, Katie said she met Jesus and the heavenly Father. Their second case involves a five-year-old boy named Rick who suffered from meningitis. As Rick was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, he decided to stay behind. He later reported seeing his father crying in the car while he drove the family to the hospital. Rick then rushed to the hospital arriving before the ambulance. He saw hospital orderlies move a young girl out of the room he would be occupying. Rick’s memories were corroborated by his family, and were particularly amazing due to the fact that he was comatose before he was taken in the ambulance and for several days afterward. (Habermas and Moreland)

Guenter Wagner: “Suddenly it dawned on me that I was out of my body. It must have happened the moment this oozing stopped. I saw a body lying on the floor, which could only belong to me. I was shivering and I quickly wanted to return to my body and its warmth when I heard someone say, ‘Stop! Before going back, see what it is like outside!’ However, I did not pay any attention to the voice. Although I could not see any physical body but my own, this voice was quite near. Then I heard it again, this time it was begging me very earnestly, ‘Please, do not go back, I beseech you. Why do you not want to discover your new faculties first? You may still go back if you do not like them.’ I hesitated. After all, this voice was right. Why shouldn’t I give it a try? On that the voice said quickly, ‘Test your mind! If you do you will discover that you can think in a way you have never experienced before.’ The voice was right again. I could think very lucidly indeed, and I was able to understand very quickly with a directness that did not leave a trace of doubt. Then I heard the voice again, ‘If you are willing to stay outside of your body, you will make a wonderful journey and you will see many interesting things. However, you must decide quickly! So hurry up!’ Eventually I began to consider the whole situation. It was really up to me whether I wanted to return to my body and live the life on earth with all its limitations and with all its joy or to stay outside in this condition of clear thinking. The voice again urged me to hurry up and to tell him whether I had made up my mind. I gave in. I decided to stay outside and I instantly realized that my body had to die, meaning total destruction by decay. I thought to myself, “How sad for my mother!’ As for me, I did not feel any regrets, because my body was now only a wrapper to me, a burden of which I freed myself the moment I had decided to stay outside. Presently I realized that I was able to move freely about in a way I had never experienced before. I was floating right through the walls of our house (I saw my mother in front of the kitchen stove cooking a meal) and up into the sky. In the distance, I saw a great shining ball, which was the sun. I felt irresistibly attracted to it by its brightness and I wanted to go right into it. No sooner had I thought this when I hit something that catapulted me far out into blackness. I tried once more, but it all happened again. I quickly learned that there had to be an invisible barrier that I could only approach but not overcome. Then the Being of Light was gone. One of the other beings brought me back to earth. I do not know how. I only heard, while being tucked back into my body, a snapping sound like the sound that can be heard when you put the lid on top of a mess tin securing it with the catch.” (Guenter Wagner)

5. The out-of-body phenomenon of consciousness expansion

Many NDE testimonies involve the experiencer describing how their consciousness expanded until it fills the entire universe – even beyond. This phenomenon has been described as literally becoming the universe by near-death experiencers. This concept of a universal and transcendental consciousness agrees with the metaphysical notion of how the universe exerts an influence upon us astrologically. I have found several NDEs on my website that provide evidence of veridical consciousness expansion. What is interesting is how this phenomenon supports a current theory of consciousness held by a prominent consciousness researcher which will be explained after presenting these excerpts from NDE testimony of how consciousness expands after death and allows for veridical observation outside of the body to take place.

a. Near-death experiencers on consciousness expansion

Mellen-Thomas Benedict: “Suddenly I seemed to be rocketing away from the planet on this stream of life. I saw the earth fly away. The solar system, in all its splendor, whizzed by and disappeared. At faster than light speed, I flew through the center of the galaxy, absorbing more knowledge as I went. I learned that this galaxy, and all of the Universe, is bursting with many different varieties of LIFE. I saw many worlds. The good news is that we are not alone in this Universe! As I rode this stream of consciousness through the center of the galaxy, the stream was expanding in awesome fractal waves of energy. The super clusters of galaxies with all their ancient wisdom flew by. At first I thought I was going somewhere; actually traveling. But then I realized that, as the stream was expanding, my own consciousness was also expanding to take in everything in the Universe!” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

Virginia Rivers: “The stars seemed to fly past me so rapidly that they formed a tunnel around me. I began to sense awareness, knowledge. The farther forward I was propelled the more knowledge I received. My mind felt like a sponge, growing and expanding in size with each addition. The knowledge came in single words and in whole idea blocks. I just seemed to be able to understand everything as it was being soaked up or absorbed. I could feel my mind expanding and absorbing and each new piece of information somehow seemed to belong. It was as if I had known already but forgotten or mislaid it, as if it were waiting here for me to pick it up on my way by.” (Virginia Rivers)

Thomas Sawyer: “And in your life review you’ll be the universe and experience yourself in what you call your lifetime and how it affects the universe.” (Thomas Sawyer)

Jayne Smith: “I was involved in this tremendous pouring forth of gratitude and joy and as that was going inside me, this white light began to infiltrate my consciousness. It came into me. It seemed I went out into it. I expanded into it as it came into my field of consciousness.” (Jayne Smith)

Josiane Antonette: “My presence fills the room. And now I feel my presence in every room in the hospital. Even the tiniest space in the hospital is filled with this presence that is me. I sense myself beyond the hospital, above the city, even encompassing earth. I am melting into the universe. I am everywhere at once.” (Josiane Antonette)

Rudolf Steiner: “Stage by stage we expand into the planetary spheres, like light that has been contained within a darkened glass, when finally uncovered and released goes out into the boundless universe. The moral disposition we carry over with us allows or prevents us from moving on in a conscious manner. Seeing how we expand toward the stars and planets after death, it’s no wonder we look at the night sky in awe with feelings of reverence and maybe even memories.” (Rudolf Steiner)

Margaret Tweddell: “I felt caught up in all of this to the very depths of my being. I felt myself expanding and expanding until I thought, “I’m going to burst!” The moment I thought, “I’m going to burst!”, I suddenly found myself alone, back where this being had met me, and he had gone.” (Margaret Tweddell)

b. NDE researchers on NDE consciousness expansion

Dr. Stanislav Grof’s research: “I had my training as a psychiatrist, a physician and then as a Freudian analyst. When I became interested in non-ordinary states and started serving powerful mystical experiences, also having some myself, my first idea was that it (consciousness) has to be hard-wired in the brain. I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how something like that is possible. Today, I came to the conclusion that [consciousness] is not coming from the brain. In that sense, it supports what Aldous Huxley believed after he had some powerful psychedelic experiences and was trying to link them to the brain. He came to the conclusion that maybe the brain acts as a kind of reducing valve that actually protects us from too much cosmic input.

“So, I don’t see, for example, that experiences of archetypal realms, heavens, paradises, experiences of archetypal beings, such as deities, demons from different cultures, that people typically have in these states that they can be somehow explained as something that comes from the brain. I don’t think you can locate the source of consciousness. I am quite sure it is not in the brain not inside of the skull. It actually, according to my experience, would lie beyond time and space, so it is not localizable. You actually come to the source of consciousness when you dissolve any categories that imply separation, individuality, time, space and so on. You just experience it as a presence. People who have these experiences can either perceive that source or they can actually become the source, completely dissolved and experience that source. But such categories as time and space, localization coordinates, are not relevant for that experience. You actually have a sense that the concepts of time and space come from that place. They are generated by that place; but, the cosmic source itself, the cosmic consciousness cannot be located certainly not in the material world.” (Dr. Stanislav Grof, from the NDE video, Life After Death, Episode 8, Wellspring Media)

Dr. Peter Fenwick’s NDE research: Dr. Peter Fenwick is a neuropsychiatrist and the leading authority in Britain on NDEs who has described how the NDEs are unique to any other state of consciousness. In the documentary, “Into the Unknown: Strange But True,” Dr. Fenwick explains:

“In the NDE, you are unconscious. One of the things we know about brain function in unconsciousness, is that you cannot create images and if you do, you cannot remember them … The brain isn’t functioning. It’s not there. It’s destroyed. It’s abnormal. But, yet, it can produce these very clear experiences [NDEs] … an unconscious state is when the brain ceases to function. For example, if you faint, you fall to the floor, you don’t know what’s happening and the brain isn’t working. The memory systems are particularly sensitive to unconsciousness. So, you won’t remember anything. But, yet, after one of these experiences [NDEs], you come out with clear, lucid memories … This is a real puzzle for science. I have not yet seen any good scientific explanation which can explain that fact.” (Dr. Peter Fenwick)

Dr. Timothy Leary’s Psychedelic research: “You must be ready to accept the possibility that there is a limitless range of awareness for which we now have no words; that awareness can expand beyond the range of your ego, your self, your familiar identity, beyond everything you have learned, beyond your notions of space and time, beyond the differences which usually separate people from each other and from the world around them.” (Dr. Timothy Leary)

Dr. Susan Blackmore: After hovering around New York, Susan Blackmore floated back to her room in Oxford where she became very small and entered her body’s toes. Then she grew very big, as big as a planet at first, and then she filled the solar system and finally she became as large as the universe. Susan Blackmore believes that consciousness and NDEs are only secretions of the brain – much like a hallucination. If she is correct, then NDEs are nothing more than a mass hallucinations. The problem with this idea is that unconscious brains do not hallucinate. And even if unconscious brains could hallucinate, they would not be able to retain unconscious memories. (Dr. Susan Blackmore)

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Paul Beecher’s Out-of-Body Experience

The following is Paul Beecher’s OBE testimony sent to me by email in his own words.

This is the first time I have publicly come out and told of this event. Prior to this, I’ve only told family members and very close friends about my experience. The reason is because I am skeptical of others recollections of their experiences. Why wouldn’t there be more similarities between mine and others descriptions of their events. The common similarity, “The bright light”.

While attending the University of Wisconsin, I developed a casual working relationship with the Dean of Psychology. It was one of two majors I was pursuing at that time but Psychology was my love. Prior to my coming to him and divulging what I had just experienced, I had no idea my professor was so curious about or familiar with near-death experiences.

After having a party at our apartment celebrating the completion of exam week, I fell asleep around 1:00 am.

While asleep, I found myself in a corridor without walls and existence on both sides of me as I passed along this pathway. I say, “passed along,” because I didn’t feel like I was walking.

Everything was so effortless. I was also being communicated with by each of these entities I passed, as I continued. It’s the best way I can describe it.

I couldn’t actually see anything or anyone on either side of me, yet it was still very obvious whom or what they were. As ridiculous as it may sound I remembered the single celled amoeba.

As I progressed, there was an evolution taking place, both physical and intellectual.

I remembered specifically again, passing by what was then referred to as a “Trash collector”. It was at that time, I noticed a light, that seemed forever away, yet in the direction I was coming.

I remember an executive, then a leader, dignitary and scholar. Although I can’t describe any other specific life forms I encountered, it was every form of life and they were communicating to me without speech. I was spellbound. Then I looked ahead and remember how surprised I was at how much space we had covered and how much closer the light was.

This was the first time I really felt the presence of that pure white light and also sensed it drawing me closer. It’s glow was so comforting and warm. It’s maybe hard to imagine a light being clean. It was almost an antiseptic type clean that was odorless, tasteless, but so perfectly balanced, it was amazingly pure tranquility and harmony.

It was at this point that I realized, that the physical appearances on both sides of me had evolved to forms I’d never seen. With these image changes came remarkable advancements in intelligence. As I proceeded towards that glorious light, now beginning to encompass everything, I started to feel uncomfortable although continuously being more powerfully drawn to the light the closer I got. I also realized, soon there were no more material entities on either side of me anymore – just immense evolutions of intelligence without form. For the longest time I couldn’t understand what was being communicated and I found a new peace and security that came from their evolution of their knowledge. I just can’t put their affects on me into words.

Suddenly, I sensed that beautiful and tranquil light was drawing me into it. I became panic stricken and finally reached a point where I was going to have to make a choice that I didn’t want to make. I was torn between the feeling of nirvana, which I’m certain would have been the result of letting the light consume me, and a sudden anxiety – a fear that soon the decision would no longer be mine and I had to act now.

I sat straight up in my bed after yelling, “No!” and decided I didn’t want to go any further into the light. My roommate rushed in having heard my yell. I was holding my left chest and could feel my heart pounding. It wasn’t until then that I started to sweat profusely. I had to tell someone. My professor seemed the logical choice.

After divulging in detail the previous evenings proceedings, my professor told me that, had I not waken up when I did, I probably wouldn’t have woke up at all. He told me that that light was heaven – Nirvana – whatever that final perfect place in my mind is. He said the authorities would call it unusual that someone my age could die from a heart attack, but something like that was what my death would have been attributed to.

I carry from that experience, a newly found resolve with death. I have no fear of death. Quite to the contrary, “I have seen the light!”

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Mihbond’s Out-of-Body Experience

The following is Mihbond’s OBE testimony sent to me by email in his own words.

A few years ago, when I was 11, I had an out-of-body experience. I went to sleep. My dad was already asleep next to me, and I closed my eyes. I didn’t think of anything. I started rising out of my physical body. When I left it, I was happy because I left all the problems of the Earth, mental and physical, and nobody could hurt me physically or mentally. I knew I could go through the walls.

I saw a white sun above me, two feet above me. The sun was six inches thick with rays that were two inches thick. I knew that this PURE WHITE Sun was from God the Father. I saw the world as in a physical form, but it was lit up, illuminated, but not to the point of blinding light. The world was a bit brighter, from that WHITE Sun. I looked at my physical body, and it did not mean anything to me. I was actually scared of it.

I knew that before I would meet God, I would have to feel all the bad things I had made people feel, every thought and action. Also, I knew I would meet a person who used to live on the Earth, and I knew he would tell me how great the Kingdom of God would be.

I was rising, slower as a man walking. I started getting afraid because I wasn’t rising by my own power, but by someone else’s. I was not sure who though. Right then, just before I started the emotion of being afraid, Jesus Christ said, “Don’t be afraid.” Then I was happy again.

I was rising and being happy, until I suddenly stopped rising. I was getting ready to be confused, before I “felt” God the Father say, “No! You are not allowed to go yet. You have a purpose in your life and your father needs you.” I knew God meant my dad who was sleeping next to me.

Then I started rising down, much faster than when I was rising up. I was sad because I had to go back to all the problems of the Earth.

I was back in my physical body. It did not hurt when I left my physical body or when I entered it. I was getting ready to be afraid as never before in my whole life. I was getting ready to scream to my dad sleeping next to me, and for eternity on Earth, because I was so afraid. Then suddenly I “felt” God the Father say, “Don’t be afraid. Go to sleep.” I had to go to sleep. I had to do what God told me. I couldn’t imagine not doing what he told me. So, I closed my eyelids and I fell asleep. The next morning I felt amazing. I felt energetic. I felt great.

As time went by, I asked questions about life, and I instantaneously received answers. Here is what God told me:

Everyone has had past lives on Earth.

The more you suffer in life, the greater your reward will be in your next life.

The better a person you have been in life, the greater your reward will be in your next life.

When we die, we meet God the Father (a White Oval Spirit) and Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is on the left and God the Father on the right from our view.

Before we stand before Jesus and God, a spirit who has kept a record of our life gives that record to God and Jesus. When we meet that spirit he says, “I have been waiting for you.” When we meet God and Jesus, Jesus says, “We have been expecting you.” Jesus is in his physical body wearing a red robe.

When we pick our next life, we meet with God the Father and pick our eye color, height, parents, EVERYTHING! But if we haven’t been good enough in our previous life, we are unable to make this choice. God chooses for us, which is why we face difficulties on Earth. But if we are able to choose our next life, we can ask God whether or not we can be a spirit and wander and fly upon the Earth. God then allows us to have a certain amount of time to do so.

The instant a good person dies and leaves their physical body, they become automatically good and believe that God is real.

When we pick our next life, God lets us know He is real. That is when we have exercised our own free-will.

Sometimes when people die, they become a spirit working with another angel helping someone on Earth from a bad situation, for example, a serious disease. This allows the spirit to learn the meaning of brotherhood by working together.

Good things come out of bad things. For example, let’s say a man’s family is killed by a tornado. His house is destroyed and the man becomes depressed and angry at life. He becomes desperate and prays. And God speaks to him. Then the man becomes happy because he now realizes God is actually real. He realizes it took the death of his family, the loss of his house, his depression and anger, to discover the reality of God and true happiness.

God does miracles in physical form. For example, if you pray to God for a person to find happiness, God will change the minds of the people around that person to love that person.

We all have guardian angels. When we are faced with a problem, such as a disease, God becomes aware of what is happening and we are helped by our guardian angels. But depending upon our karma from our previous life, God may heal our disease or allow us to return to spirit.

After we choose our next life, God tells us EVERYTHING that will happen in our life, every action and event and emotion. However, we are not sad about hearing the bad things that will happen because God is at our side! If God tells us we are destined to smile at a person when we are 82 years old, for example, but we will also have a heart attack at the age of 42, WE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO DIE. We can have every disease there is on Earth; but we still will not die. We are still destined to give a smile to that person when we are 82 years old.

God’s actions always lead to good effects. If we regret the bad things we did with all our heart, we’re not going to be held accountable for it. If we want to help someone, but that person gets mad and believes we only want to hurt them, we will not get blamed for that. But if we want to hurt someone, but instead we make that person happy, we will not get a reward for that.

There is no such thing as devils.

It takes 0-4 hours for most spirits to reach God. Really bad spirits take 4-8 hours to reach God. The better we are, the faster we rise to God to pick our next life. The worse a person is, the slower they rise to pick their next life. If we have been extremely bad, we are not allowed to come back to Earth.

The Earth is the only place for God to see whether we want to go to heaven or to hell.

God is able to forget all the bad things we have done, through Jesus Christ.

What I told you God told me himself. No one told me what I wrote here, only God did.

Mihbond, mihbond@ameritech.net

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Lynn Russell’s Out-of-Body Experience and NDE Research

For most of her life, Lynn Russell has been a student and experiencer of a variety of spiritual phenomena. And for 28 years, Lynn was a professional family counselor and loved every minute of it. But when Dr. Jeffery Long of NDERF.org asked for help in researching his vast online database of NDE testimonies, she didn’t hesitate to accept the challenge on the spot. From her research of over 2,500 NDEs, Lynn discovered profound and consistent insights about life and what happens afterward. Through divine inspiration, she published her findings in a book, The Wonder of You: What the Near-Death Experience Tells You About Yourself. Her mission is to share these profound insights – backed up with scientific evidence – to give readers a greater understanding of their own spiritual journey. Her book is filled with thought-provoking answers to humanity’s ongoing quest to better understand the true nature of our existence and to gain a better perspective of the many paths we travel as individuals.

The following information includes excerpts from her book, a brief analysis of her OBE, and more information about Lynn Russell and her wonderful book.

Table of Contents

  1. Lynn Russell’s Out-of-Body Experience
  2. Kevin Williams’ Brief Analysis of Russell’s OBE
  3. How Lynn Russell Learned God Wanted to Use Her
  4. Excerpts From Russell’s Book “The Wonder of You”
  5. Reviews of Russell’s Book “The Wonder of You”

1. Lynn Russell’s Out-of-Body Experience

In May of 1973, shortly after college ended for my second year, I had three magnificent spiritual experiences. Actually, I see them more as episodes that in the end, linked together into one. They blew me away and taught me great insights. In sharing these experiences, I find it difficult to find the right words. Words are extremely poor tools to relate such deep learning.

Each of these events occurred in the middle of the day. My children, Leah and Brad were at school and three-year-old Gwen was down for her afternoon nap. They all happened on different days and always when I was busy doing housework.

The first episode occurred while I was doing dishes. Just above the sink was a window and beyond the window in the yard stood an old fruit tree. Its gnarled branches twisted and turned in awkward directions. I looked out that window at the tree so many times that I ceased paying attention to it. On this particular day I suddenly had the overwhelming and unquestionable feeling that the tree and I were one. I’m not talking about a simple kinship with the tree; I have felt that many times. This time, I became the tree, and the tree became me.

I was overwhelmed with a feeling of great joy and connectedness to all of life. Within the exuberant happiness I had a feeling as though everything was in its proper place and all was humming along, as it should.

Standing with my hands dripping with suds, I thought of various other forms of life; fish in the ocean, lions and elephants in Africa, the bird that sat in the tree and the bug the bird was about to eat. Whatever form of life I thought of, I became so enmeshed with it that I was not able to tell where the creature began and I ended. It felt as though whatever life forms I thought of and myself were identical! There simply was no separation.

That was the end of the first installment in a series of three. While the whole experience lasted less than a minute, it had a lasting effect on me. I no longer saw the world in the same light. I knew deep in the center of my being that everything in the world was wonderfully connected in a way I did not yet understand. When it was over, I was thrilled. I felt extremely privileged as though I had been invited to view one of the mysteries of the universe.

The next piece of the puzzle came a few days later while I was completely unprepared. Again, it was the afternoon. I was doing housework and the house was quiet. This time, I was washing fingerprints from the hall walls. My mind was on anything but spiritual things, yet, as unexpected as before, it was as if my conscious thought was being taken over by something beyond me.

In this second experience, I was intensely aware of an atom in my mind. I visualized the atom’s nucleus with the electrons spinning around the core as though they had a consciousness and knew exactly what they were to do. The planning and order of the phenomenon of an atom seemed to dominate my awareness.

Without warning, my vision changed. I was now viewing our solar system with the sun in the center and the planets spinning around. Again, I found myself concentrating on the deliberate order, rhythm and planning of what I was viewing. Inexplicably, I seemed to know without a doubt there was intelligence behind all I was being shown. I knew deep in my soul that the order and planning of the universe was not just an accident.

The visions continued to expand until I felt as though I was looking at the micro and macro universe simultaneously. Over and over the same message was being given to me. The order and rhythm of everything in the universe is not accidental. There is intelligence and planning behind all that is.

At this point I got a message that kept me wondering for many years. I did not hear a voice, yet the information came to me in such a powerful way I was completely unable to dispute or deny it in any way. It was so strong it hit me in the center of my gut. “Your being is intricately connected with the operation of the universe!”

It was such a strong knowing that I was powerless against it. Still, I don’t have delusions of grandeur. I know when it comes to the universe I’m smaller than a speck of dust. So how could my being have anything to do with the operation of the universe? It took me eleven long years to realize that we are all a part of a magnificent Oneness. It is through our connection with this Oneness that we each play a part in the operation of the universe.

The final experience was even more vibrant and with deeper learning, if that is possible. As before, it too came in the afternoon when the house was quiet. It was several days, or perhaps even a week, after the last event and was fully unexpected.

I had just finished picking up the children’s toys in the living room when the final experience occurred. Standing in the middle of the room, I scrunched down to see if there were any toys under the couch or chair. I do not understand how it happened, or why. All I know is that without warning there was a presence in the room with me. I did not see anything, yet it was undeniable, I was not alone. I felt as though I was engulfed in an enormous blanket of more love, peace and joy than I could ever come close to describing. This overwhelming love was being directed right at me.

Next, I felt as though I had an umbilical cord in my stomach, connecting me to the presence. It was then I heard actual words. The words were external to me and seemed to come from my right. The voice said, “This is where you came from and this is where you will return.”

Then, just as suddenly as it began, the experience was over. No other events followed.

When I think back to the experiences as a whole, I believe that the entire experience was designed to teach me about the Oneness of all. I have come to realize that if we are all one and there is planning, order and an intelligence within the operation of the universe, then we must all be connected to that Intelligence the Oneness.

For months I walked several feet off the ground in ecstasy. Nothing bothered me, not even my father. Before these experiences I was terrified of dying. At night I lay in bed working myself into a worried mess, knowing that eventually I would have to die and there was nothing I could do to stop it. After these events I looked forward to dying. Not that I became suicidal. Still, I knew when the day came it would be a positive experience.

Another change happened after my spiritual experience. I was a serious nail biter. My nails were bitten back so far that I could not chew any more. When I ran out of nail to work on, I chewed the skin around the nails. They looked like bleeding, gnawed, piggy fingers. After these beautiful experiences, one day I looked down at my hands and I had nails. I do not recall stopping myself from biting them. It just seemed to happen unassisted.

It took me many years to understand the meaning of these spiritual events, but the learning made me feel alive. Life has become a joyous adventure.

2. Kevin Williams’ Brief Analysis of Russell’s OBE

In my opinion, Lynn’s third experience was an out-of-body experience. She felt a presence which was connected to an umbilical cord. This is a clear reference to her becoming aware of her so-called “astral” or “soul” body tethered to her physical body. The umbilical cord Lynn saw attached to her body is known as the “silver cord.” It also appears that her experience was a spontaneous OBE which either bordered on an NDE or may have been an actual NDE. Whatever the case, she certainly experienced the out-of-body phenomenon and the astral realm. As it is with spontaneous OBEs, spontaneous NDEs also happen. For example, I remember watching a British NDE documentary on television describing a spontaneous NDE reported by an elderly British woman. She was merely sitting in a chair reading a book when suddenly she found herself out of her body and looking down on herself. She then flew out into space and had a classic NDE. Then at some point, she immediately found herself back in her body, dazed and amazed. So, these kind of experiences can happen spontaneously when you don’t expect it. However, such experiences are not common.

Lynn’s experience had the side-effect of taking away her habit of chewing your fingernails – a habit often associated with anxiety. Side-effects such as this are very common because NDEs and OBEs are often profound and life-changing.

3. How Lynn Russell Learned God Wanted to Use Her

Can we say no to God? I did.

An enticing slice of sun shone through my window and tickled my longing to be out in it. I was at my desk busily writing a report on a family I’d recently closed. It had almost been a year since I’d joined the Family Therapy Program and I was becoming comfortable with my job. Still, according to Rob Tomlinson, I wasn’t there yet. “It’s not good enough to know this material in your head. It takes a good two years of working in the field to be able to think in families.”

He was right, I wasn’t to the point of thinking in families; I wasn’t even sure what that meant until I’d been working in the field long enough to understand. In the meanwhile, Rob was there to offer his encouragement and support.

When I was struggling with a family, I was comfortable going to him knowing he would willingly help me. “What does your tummy tell you?” he asked. “What are you feeling about the situation in your bones?”

After I explained what I thought, he encouraged me to listen to those feelings and follow what they were telling me. It was, he said, the best indicator of all.

On this particular day, I hunched over my report and concentrated on what I was doing. Suddenly, I clearly heard a voice speak to me in my head.

“I want to use you,” it told me.

A flood of emotions smashed through me with a loud crash of chaotic jumble. I was alone in the office and immediately jumped up to open the door and make sure no one had spoken beyond that barrier. The hallway was empty and quiet. It appeared that most of my co-workers were off seeing their clients or working quietly in their offices. In truth, it hadn’t really been necessary to check the hall; I knew instantly where the voice had come from. Still, I didn’t want to acknowledge that reality.

Slowly I closed the door and returned to my seat while confusion, apprehension and unreasoned fear danced in my mind. I wanted to reject the whole thing. Alarm for my sanity rolled around in my thoughts. Then again, I thought, I was perfectly sane a moment before I heard the voice, so why would I think I had lost it in an instant.

“What do you want to use me for?” I asked the voice … nothing.

“I want to know what you want me for, then I’ll decide if I’ll do it or not!” … nothing.

“I don’t want to be seen as weird or strange, I don’t want to end up like those people who stand on street corners praising the Lord!” … nothing.

“Why didn’t you choose a good born-again Christian? I don’t even know the Bible!” … nothing.

For the next year I dug in various corners for answers … again nothing. Psychics couldn’t give me any ideas on what I was to do. Ministers and preachers wanted to pray for me and clear out the demons. Eventually I let it go and decided that it was just my imagination.

Four years passed since I’d begun working. I loved every moment and every family. Yet there was just so much one person can accomplish alone and with three teenagers. I felt like I was stretched as far as I could go. At times it seemed I was hanging on to the side of the Grand Canyon by my fingernails. That was when I heard the voice one more.

Saturday afternoon brought a list of chores that needed to be done. Pick up some groceries, go to the cleaners and buy shoes for the kids. Gwen, now fourteen, her friend and I were enjoying a treat in a crowded doughnut shop. We’d been fortunate to find a seat as I watched people flowed in and out, in and out with eager anticipation of their coming pleasure. Gwen and her friend were giggling over some silly teenage thing when I heard that voice again.

“I still want to use you, you know,” it clearly said.

My instant reaction was one of surrender. “Okay,” I willingly thought, “but, I have nothing left to give.”

“Don’t worry,” the voice returned, “I am preparing you now.”

Then I had a flash of a man and money. I had no idea if the man owned the money or if the money was completely separate from him. And, I had no idea what role the man would play in the opera of my life.

A short while ago I got another message that the time had come. I knew it was this book and the next book that I was to do. The Wonder of You: What the Near-Death Experience Tells You about Yourself is the result of researching 2,500 NDEs from Dr. Jeffrey Long’s website. My next book (half written) is entitled “Paradise Restored” and its purpose is to prove the Oneness of all that exists.

I also have a workshop on Science and Spirituality and a future book on the same topic. I look at quantum theory, cosmology, holographic studies, research on the brain, and the search for consciousness. The purpose for my workshop is to show people how amazing they really are.

4. Excerpts From Russell’s Book “The Wonder of You”

From the Chapter on Oneness:

While the NDErs full memory of their identity remained, they were miraculously transformed into the Being of Light. They knew — in a way they could not understand — that they had, at the very fundamental level, been intricately involved in the creation of the universe. This awareness was not simply a metaphor; it was a complete and genuine fact. Additionally, they realized they had taken an active role in the formation of every single thing that exists everywhere.

In order for us to know a full human experience, it is important we have individual egos which bring separation. It is through separation that we learn to consciously reach out in love and understanding. The lessons of the physical existence would not be possible if we retained the awareness of our connection to the Oneness. At that level the essence of our being is to love and we cannot be otherwise. For us to learn to reach out to one another, as well as understand all that is available for us here, we need to know existence from and individual perspective.

From the Chapter on Creation:

The Source not only creates because it wants to, it creates because it must. There simply is no other choice. This Loving Creative Energy is a vast power greater than the Big Bang. It produces an ecstatic joy because the Love Force that is the essence of Its being compels nothing less.

From the Chapter on Illusions:

With the certainty of our existence, we need to know we are far more than just connected to one another by an invisible cord. It is imperative we realize we are the Muslim women behind their burkas and the homeless people in the inner cities of the world. In precisely the same way, we are multimillionaires living in luxury, and simultaneously the African dying of AIDS.

From the Chapter on Our Reality:

Anthony de Mello tells us to “Wake up and discover your true reality.” He tells us that we are an amazing and glorious creation of Love and even the smallest atom of us is sacred — we are consecrated ground.

According to those who have had a near-death experience, we are already there. There is no need to strive to be closer to spirit, we already are. As Yoda in Star Wars said, “Do or do not. There is no try.”

5. Reviews of Russell’s Book “The Wonder of You”

“Lynn does something in this book nobody else has done. She shows you how near-death experiencers, in sharing what happened to them and what that meant to them, are actually describing the truth, the real truth, about each and every one of us … anywhere in the world! She gently and relentlessly, puts the full-brunt of the near-death experience in your lap, right where you live and love and have your being. Near-death states strip away the trappings of the mind, to reveal the substance of soul. Thank you, Lynn, for helping to awaken us.” — P.M.H. Atwater, L.H.D., near-death researcher since 1978, investigating nearly 4,000 cases of adult and child experiencers. Latest findings in “Dying to Know You: Proof of God in the Near-Death Experience.

“There are many books about the near-death experience, but The Wonder of You; What Near-Death Experiences Tell You about Yourself is absolutely exceptional. Lynn Russell is a recognized NDE expert. She has researched over 2500 NDEs; more than virtually anyone else in the world. This book is scholarly in its depth of understanding NDE, but also is very clearly written and easy to read. With each turn of the page you will find a treasure trove of insights and inspiration. After reading this book you will understand the profound truth of what a wonder you truly are. This simple but powerful awareness could change your life.” — Jeffrey Long, MD, founder of the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation, and author of the New York Times bestselling Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences.

“Buy, beg or borrow a copy of The Wonder of You; What Near-Death Experiences Tell You about Yourself, by Lynn Russell. This book will help to make sense and tie together all the books and stories of others’ near-death experiences. Plus it will reveal what those experiences tell us about ourselves. Ms. Russell describes her own life-changing spiritual experiences, and how, through them, she learned that there was no difference, no separation between her and all life forms on the planet — way before the term ‘oneness’ was understood. Her background makes for a great foundation for this book; one I feel will become the new Bible for NDErs. She did an extensive two-year research on NDEs with Dr. Jeff Long, M.D and his wife Jody Long, J.D., who later wrote Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences. She has studied over twenty-five hundred reports by people who experienced NDEs. Early on, she began to see a pattern that their experiences were deeper messages like buried treasures brought back from what we call death or the other side that were a legacy for all of us.

“She relates some of these 2,500 stories, grouped by categories of their experiences. Although no two NDEs are alike, the similarities in what they experienced when they ‘died’ are extraordinary. The incredible stories, and Ms. Russell’s way of weaving them together by topics, makes the book hard to put down. You will want to keep this book and make it a permanent part of your library, underline and mark it for future study. If you’re like me, you will experience a change in consciousness after reading The Wonder of You. I believe I will never look at death quite the same. The love of our Creator and the vast array of experiences awaiting our soul, when it’s ready to permanently exit the physical form, or experience its own NDE, is exciting to consider.

“I LOVED this book. Kudos to Ms. Russell for excellent research and a job well done on a book that people of all ages will be helped and inspired by for decades. The Logos Center has pre-ordered 20 books — I’m sure we will place many more orders.” — Anne Puryear, Vice-President, The Logos Center, Scottsdale, Arizona. Author of Stephen Lives! My son Stephen, His Life, Suicide and Afterlife and Messages from God.

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Experiences Out-of-Body

Jerry Gross’ Out-of-Body Experience Research

Jerry Gross is a leader in the field of out-of-body explorations. As a well known out-of-body teacher and practitioner, he holds workshops on astral projection in the United States and abroad. Jerry began having spontaneous out-of-body experiences in early childhood. As he grew older, he developed ways to court these experiences, to invite them with greater frequency. So powerful was their impact on his life that he founded Search and Prove, an organization dedicated to bringing the out-of-body experience to mass consciousness. Jerry has proven conclusively, under scientifically controlled conditions that he has been able to astral project himself to a distant location, observe a situation, move an object, and then return to his body with total recall of these events. Jerry teaches that astral projection is a beautiful, fulfilling, enlightening experience that anyone can learn. He believes the out-of-body experience allows all of us to leave our cumbersome bodies and travel in the spirit world … our true home. Jerry feels that the ability to leave the body is “one of the gifts we are all given at birth, but most of us have forgotten about.” The following are some articles that describe his research in out-of-body experiences.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Astral Projection
  2. Introduction to the Astral Realm
  3. OBE Questions and Answers
  4. Example of an Out-of-Body Experience

1. Introduction to Astral Projection

The concept of astral projection has been around for a long time, but until today, it has been hidden from most of humanity. Now, with the aid of astral projection, new levels of knowledge and power enable us to discover the answer to Man’s eternal question about life in the physical body. Death takes on a new meaning as we begin to realize that it is only a transition to another dimension, or place of existence. By learning to astral project, we can learn many things about ourselves, and unlearn many things that were previously thought to be true. This leads us to the realization that our physical bodies are only a part of our entire selves, and there is more to our existence than meets the eye!

In our limited awareness, the reality we live and breathe on Earth, with its beautiful landscapes, mountains, rivers, streams, animals and insects, can be compared with the petals on a flower. What we see is not the whole flower, but only a part. This is because man has lost touch with the use of his own mind. He concludes, erroneously, that the physical world is the only reality there is. He believes that his life as an individual has only to do with the flesh body of himself, and concludes that the physical world is solid and real because his senses tell him it “feels” solid and real. The mind has abilities that go beyond the five senses of the physical world. The petal of the flower that we now experience is the material world or physical realm of existence. It has a specific vibration, just as all creatures on this level vibrate at the same rate. Because of this, regardless of where we go on this level, all things take on the appearance of being solid, material objects. Just as the colors of the rainbow show the effects of the different vibrations of light, and the melodies on the piano show the effect of the different notes, so, too, does the entire universe contain various octaves, or rates of vibration. These universal harmonics comprise the different levels of existence.

So the Earth realm we live on is only one of many realms. There are other spheres that we describe as being above or below us. Actually, they are not really above or below us, but rather at all times around us, permeating all things. Astral projection allows us to discover that the people and objects existing on these other realms can be just as solid and real as any object on the Earth terrain. And if we happened to be in another level, looking back “down” into this region, we would view an Earth that was not solid. Right now, at every instant, we are living, coexisting with, and walking through people and objects of another dimension! When a person astral projects, he or she can see these other frontiers.

When we were born into this physical world, we were provided with a physical body to carry out our duties. Astral projection allows us to project “out of the body” and into the next realm of existence, which is the astral realm. When we do this, we are in another body, which is called the “astral body.” We already possess this astral body, just as all other people, animals, creatures and everything on Earth possess an astral body.

The astral body has some amazing properties. Unlike the physical body, which is held down by gravity, the astral body can overcome this limitation by the effort of thought alone. While out of the body, we can not only walk around as if in the physical, but also soar above the trees, or go out into space. Another property of the astral body is that it cannot be injured. One of the greatest fears while on Earth is pain or injury. While out of the body, this normal human reaction can be unlearned, because there is absolutely nothing that will cause damage to the astral body! In the next dimension, fire, knives, guns, falling from great heights, electrical shocks, disease, wild animals or being run over by a steam roller can do no harm. Many people receive lessons about this in their dreams. Watch for them, because you’ll discover that you always survive – don’t you?

2. Introduction to the Astral Realm

In this next level of existence, which all of us can visit, there are many familiar things, such as cars, trains, planes, and highways. Everything that is on this Earth right now comes from the astral realm. Many people get this backwards. They think the astral dimension was molded from Earth. The truth is, the Earth was fashioned from the ideas and discoveries which originated on the astral.

When we are out of the body, communication is accomplished by thought. Another word for this is telepathy. In other words, it is not necessary to move our lips in order to be heard, although we can do this if we wish. Sometimes, when we hear what we think is just a thought, this could actually be someone communicating to us from the astral.

This next realm of existence has been sought after, researched, and argued about by philosophers and religious people from time immemorial. Until now, it has remained elusive and has evaded discovery to all but the most diligent. The individual who looks within instead of without, who looks to correct his own imperfections, and who treats others as he wishes to be treated will have the door of discovery swing wide open for him.

When we begin to explore this, we must first overcome the obstacle of fear, which will present itself in many forms. The fear of death, pain, injury, the unknown, evil, devils, hell and Satan may loom up before us. We must conquer our own fears head on, and they will rapidly disappear.

We are mental creators, and out of the ether of the next dimension, we can create that which we wish around us. If we are convinced a devil is out there to trick or deceive us, and if we have already pictured in our minds what this devil looks like and what he plans on doing, we should really not be surprised when our worst fears are confirmed. The devils we create become real and solid in the next dimension because we created them.

In the astral realm, we can meet those we love, or that which we fear. If we have no fear, we won’t meet fear. It’s as simple as that. So we can save ourselves trouble by putting nonsense like that out of our mind. Remember there is nothing that can harm us while we are out of our bodies. This teaching of fear has held people in mental bondage long enough! Its exposure is sure to cause a fury in those who have become trapped in the habit of their own thinking. We must release ourselves from the death grip of fear and set ourselves free.

In the astral realm, we can also visit our loved ones who have passed on before us. We can then ask them face-to-face how they like their new surroundings. We can see schools and universities, and may even find ourselves in a classroom, listening to a lecture.

This is also where we can discover the history of the world, and the history of our lives. The “Hall of Records” contains our present lives as well as our past. In it, are recorded our accomplishments and our failures. We can meet our spiritual teachers – which the churches have termed our “guardian angels” – and we can ask them for advice and guidance on our problems.

The astral realm is a vast dimension of existence, and contains life in abundance. It does not operate by the very same laws of the Earth realm, and so many things that are quite impossible on Earth, are quite commonplace in the astral. Mind over matter is common. Colors are more beautiful, and we may experience endless fascination with new and exciting things that there are to see and discover.

For many centuries, the teachings of certain churches have been that some things are mysteries and are not to be questioned. Eve eating from the tree of knowledge and the subsequent expulsion from the Garden of Eden was sighted as proof. This erroneous interpretation was made by those who were ignorant, or by those who wanted to keep the masses of people in subjugation. Man’s redemption in the final analysis will come from his knowledge of himself and his love of his neighbor, not from his ignorance.

The astral realm contains many things that are not on Earth at this time. Some of them may appear in the future on Earth, and some are from the Earth’s past. Many different types of animals that have become extinct on Earth exist in the astral. Remember, there is no death.

Astral projection enables us to use the part of our mind that has been dormant or sleeping. We can wake up this part and put it to work. It is called the subconscious, and it can be used to give us the knowledge we need to find out more about ourselves, our purpose on Earth, and our relationship with God. Most people think of their mind as only that portion they recognize as their conscious mind, or waking mind. It has been said that the mind is ten percent conscious, and ninety percent subconscious. We can learn to expand this ten percent.

Everyone goes to the astral realm at night while they are asleep. Think of this! Astral projection takes place without a person even being aware of it! As strange and hard to believe as this sounds, it is true. To begin exploring astral projection, pay attention to your dreams each night. Eventually, you will come to the realization that you were in the astral realm, but did not realize it.

When we take the first step, of allowing for the possibility of multiple realms and astral projection as realities, we can then focus on ways to understand, explore, and actually experience these things. In doing so, we can open the door to an amazing and expansive existence that was heretofore beyond our wildest imagination!

3. OBE Questions and Answers

When noted out-of-body teacher and practitioner Jerry Gross wants to travel long distances, he doesn’t bother with the time and expense of catching a plane. He just uses a different kind of plane, and travels there astrally. Unless, of course, he is teaching one of his many classes and workshops on astral projection, also known as OOBE or out-of-body experience.

According to Gross, the ability to leave the body has been with him since childhood. Yet, rather than regarding this as a special gift, he believes that this is an inherent ability that can be developed by anyone. In the following article, Gross discusses the out-of-body experience with freelance writer and former workshop participant Sandy Jones.

Jones: “What is astral projection? How would you describe it?”

Gross: “Astral projection is the ability to leave your body. Everyone leaves their body at night, but before they do leave, they have to put the physical mind to sleep. Most people don’t remember this, but when the physical mind is asleep, the subconscious takes over, and this is usually when you do your astral projection. In other words, everybody does it, but they just don’t remember doing it.”

Jones: “What is your earliest recollection of doing this? What was it like?”

Gross: “I can remember doing this clear back to when I was about four years old. I never lost the ability to astral project, and kept it throughout my whole life now. Everyone is born with this ability. If you think back, you can probably recall having dreams of being somewhere: but as you got older, you lost the ability. What I’m trying to teach is that you can do this at will.”

Jones: “In those days, astral projection was almost unheard of. Did you ever tell anyone about it? How did they react?”

Gross: “It was strange for me because at that age, I thought everybody did it. I used to talk about it, until it kind of got out of hand, and when I started getting into trouble with it, I went to my Grandmother, who could do it too. She told me not everyone could do it, so it would be best not to talk about it, and to come to her if I wanted to talk about it. So throughout all my life, most of my experiences with astral projection were kept a secret, except for her.”

Jones: “These days, with the many publications on near-death experience and related topics, the concept is not so unusual. Is this experience the same as what is described in the near-death experiences?”

Gross: “It’s not quite the same, because when you astral project, you don’t have to go through the white light, or a tunnel. When you project, you usually go right where you would like to go, right away. Remember this, when you’re out of the body, there is no time or no distance. Everything is right here, now. Astral projecting is a little different than the death experience, because in the death experience, you are getting ready to leave the body for the last time. During the death experience, a person sees the white light and there is usually someone there that you know waiting for you. When you astral project, you decide where you want to go.”

Jones: “When you leave your body, what happens to the physical body?”

Gross: “When your physical body sleeps and the astral body leaves, the physical body just rests. No harm can come to you through this.”

Jones: “What do you do when you leave the body?”

Gross: “I go to the astral realm and communicate with my teachers, I visit other places and other dimensions, and I visit my loved ones who have left the Earth realm. There are many things you can do once you develop this skill.”

Jones: “It has been said that there is a silver cord attached to the body, and that this cord could be severed when you astrally project, thereby making it impossible to come back to your body. Is there a danger of this happening?”

Gross: “Absolutely not. The silver cord is connected to you when you enter the physical body for the first time, and it is not cut again until you leave for the last time. If this were possible, that you couldn’t get back to the body, it would happen to you at night when you do leave the body. There is no danger in this; it is a gift given to us to learn how to use.”

Jones: “Are there any dangers people should be aware of?”

Gross: “When you do this consciously, there is no danger in it. One thing I’ll say, you must develop your thinking skills and know what you want and where you want to go. The only dangerous part of it is if you practice it while you are taking in drugs or alcohol. Remember back in the sixties when people were taking the drug called LSD, and they had some bad trips? They ended up in the lower astral. I’m trying to teach that you can have full control of what you are doing. I would suggest if you like to drink or take drugs that you not try it.”

Jones: “What else can you do when you leave the body?”

Gross: “That is entirely up to you. You must know where you are going. You cannot just leave your body and have no destination because you’ll bounce around like a rubber ball. Remember, you are controlling yourself with your thoughts, so if you think of California, you’ll be there. One of the most important things I like to teach people in my workshops is how to use their minds to astral project. The best thing I can say is to learn to control yourself so you’ll go where you wanted to go. When you first start out this might happen for awhile, but after you get full control of it, you’ll realize someone else is watching you, a teacher or guide. They’ll contact you then and let you know it’s time for you go on and learn.”

Jones: “How would the average person know if this is for real? Is there a way to prove it, and have you ever been asked to prove it?”

Gross: “In my workshops, I teach you to astral project by having you sit in a chair and go out and turn around and look at yourself. If you are lying in bed, you can rise up, turn around and look at yourself lying on the bed. You’ll have proof enough when you are able to look at your physical body, from outside of it. I’ve been asked to prove this many times, in radio shows, and at the Whole Life Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center where I traveled astrally from St. Paul, Minnesota to Los Angeles and moved a box they had set up on the stage for me. Once you learn how to do this you’ll have proved this to yourself, and that’s why I call my little group, Search and Prove. I want you to prove this to yourself for that’s the ultimate proof. Don’t take my word for it, prove it to yourself.”

Jones: “Are certain kinds of people more inclined to develop this ability than others?”

Gross: “I would say some learn faster than others. I had one lady who took two years before she finally succeeded. The most important thing is to keep a positive mind and know you can do this, because as soon as doubt comes into your mind, you won’t be able to do it. The negative is taking over then. So it’s important to keep an open, positive mind that you can do this. It might take a little time, but it will happen. I like to think about people going on a diet. They get real enthused about it at first, when they’ve lost a couple of pounds. All of a sudden it gets hard to lose, and they give up. It’s the same way with astral projection. If things don’t happen right away, some people give up.”

Jones: “Does daily lifestyle make a difference in being able to project?”

Gross: “No. If you have a normal lifestyle, you shouldn’t have any problem.”

Jones: “If people have the inherent ability to do this, why is it that so few can actually do it?”

Gross: “As I said earlier, they lost it when they were young. They must learn how to bring the ability back again, because everyone can do this. We all do it when the physical is asleep. So you must learn to do it while you are sitting in a chair, awake, or lying on a bed. You must learn to allow the subconscious to take over, and not let the physical mind control you.”

Jones: “Some people have dreams of flying. Were they actually out of their bodies? How can you tell the difference between dreaming and actually being out of the body?”

Gross: “Usually when people dream of flying they are out of the body because this is the way you get around. If you ever wake up in the middle of the night, or early in the morning with a jolt, this is the astral body returning to the physical. Usually your dreams are in the beginning of your sleep cycle at night, and those dreams are nothing more than an accumulation of your thoughts during the day. If you wake up in the morning and remember your dream real well, it is usually an astral body experience; so keep track of these clear dreams for they are lessons for you. It might not make much sense at first, but later on down the road, it will all come together for you.”

Jones: “If you could give one piece of advice to people who are astral projecting, what would it be?”

Gross: “The main thing is to start remembering your dreams and have a pencil and paper next to your bed, or a tape recorder. Another piece of advice I’ll give you is, right before you go to sleep at night, say to yourself three times, “I will remember, I will remember, I will remember.” From that point on, within about two to three weeks, you are going to start remembering everything that happens to you while the physical is sleeping. Actually, the best piece of advice I could give is to come to a workshop, because we really do have a lot of people who have good experiences at them. The workshop is the best way I know to teach anyone to do this because I am able to spend a lot of time with the participants. We practice different techniques from 9:00 in the morning until sometimes 11:00 at night. By the end, they have good experiences, and I find this with all my workshops.”

4. Example of an Out-of-Body Experience

One of the most moving experiences I had while out of the body involved a teenager who drowned. About six months later his mother called me and asked me to come over and talk to her. When I arrived she wanted me to find out whether her child was in heaven or where he was. She showed me his room and I went there to see all of his clothes, his drivers license, his billfold and everything else he owned, all laid out. There was a big picture of him with a candle burning on a table below it.

I said to her, “Well, you don’t have to worry about where he went because he’s here.”

So I went out of the body and communicated with him to get his feelings. He was so depressed that he went swimming that day and drowned, and caused such sorrow for his mother. He just couldn’t leave her and took it upon himself to feel all the guilt and blame for what happened. He was very sad because of what he was putting his mother through. So I told him I’d talk to his mother and let her know what to do. Maybe I could make her understand that he was fine and wanted to move on.

He said to me, “I sure would appreciate it.”

I said to him, “You have nothing to feel guilty about because those days you were in the body that was given to you. But it was time for you to leave.”

The reason he only lived to seventeen years was because he took his life in the life before and had to come back and finish those years that were cut off from a previous life so he could continue on his way.

A day or two later I returned to the mother’s house to visit with her again. I explained to her what her son had told me. She cried and cried and asked me what to do. I told her to get rid of all his things from that room because this wouldn’t do her any good. She could keep a few things but to just give away all the other things in that room. Another thing I told her was that instead of feeling sorry for herself because he was gone she should be feeling joyfulness within herself. I said he was on his way to a better life and that she had performed her duty to him by allowing him a physical body to be in, in this physical world. So I told her that when she thinks of him to just think of love and that this would bring her peace. That way she’d find out just how much more peaceful her life on Earth would be.

A few years later I accidentally met this woman again and she said things were just going wonderful for her. She had cleaned out the room and when she did this immediately a certain peace came over the whole house. She felt such love and the guilty feelings all left her.

“Once in awhile,” she said, “I get a glimpse of him and know he comes down to Earth to see how I am. I also know this, when it is my time to leave this Earth he’ll be waiting for me to help me over to the next realm of existence.”

There are many such stories such as this but somehow people are hesitant to talk about them. But these things happen to many people so the best thing to do when a loved one must leave is to grieve for a moment and then wish them well as they go on their way.

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Experiences Out-of-Body

How To Have An Out-of-Body Experience

Robert Monroe (1915-1995) was a distinguished radio broadcasting executive and pioneer in consciousness studies who founded The Monroe Institute (www.monroeinstitute.org), a worldwide organization dedicated to expanding human potential. His classic Journeys Out of the Body introduced the term “out-of-body experience” (OBE) and involves inducing mental states beyond space, time, and even death. Monroe became famous for discovering how specific sounds have the ability to produce out-of-body states and positive enhancements to consciousness including sleep, relaxation and expanded awareness. Monroe developed the Hemi-Sync Method, an audio technology where specific sounds are able to coax the brain into various beneficial states. In 1958, while Monroe was experimenting with ways to enhance learning while in a sleep state, he experienced sleep paralysis and bodily vibrations followed by seeing a bright light. Then after several weeks of experimenting he induced his first out-of-body experience. Monroe is also the author of two more classics: Far Journeys and Ultimate Journey.

Robert Monroe’s Method by Dr. Susan Blackmore

The following is an excerpt from Dr. Susan Blackmore (www.susanblackmore.uk) in her book, Beyond the Body: An Investigation of Out-of-the-Body Experiences (1992) where she describes Robert Monroe’s method of inducing an out-of-body experience. Dr. Blackmore is one of the few NDE researchers who has actually experienced an OBE. Although she is a skeptic of claims suggesting NDEs are evidence supporting the Afterlife Hypothesis, she is a recognized authority in both NDEs and OBEs. In the Nov-Dec 1984 of the Parapsychology Review, Marilyn Schlitz of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, had the following to say about Dr. Blackmore’s book:

“I applaud the phenomenological approach which underlies Blackmore’s approach to the OBE. Perhaps the most important contribution put forth in Blackmore’s book is the psychological model found in Chapter 22 … an important source for anyone with an interest in psi research … an enjoyable experience and is highly recommended reading.”

In the Spring 1984 edition of Anabiosis (now the Journal of Near-Death Studies), Emily W. Cook of the University of Virginia Division of Perceptual Studies, described Dr. Blackmore’s book as:

“A survey of OBE research that is both readable and scholarly.”

Other books by Blackmore include: The Meme Machine (2000), Consciousness: An Introduction (2003), and Conversations on Consciousness: What the Best Minds Think about the Brain, Free Will, and What It Means to Be Human (2007), all of which I highly recommend.

In his book, Journeys Out of the Body, Robert Monroe describes a complicated-sounding technique for inducing OBEs. In part, it is similar to other imagination methods, but it starts with induction of the “vibrational state”. Many spontaneous OBEs start with a feeling of shaking or vibrating, and Monroe deliberately induces this state first. He suggests you do the following. First lie down in a darkened room in any comfortable position, but with your head pointing to magnetic north. Loosen clothing and remove any jewelry or metal objects, but be sure to stay warm. Ensure that you will not be disturbed and are not under any limitation of time. Begin by relaxing and then repeat to yourself five times:

“I will consciously perceive and remember all that I encounter during this relaxation procedure. I will recall in detail when I am completely awake only those matters which will be beneficial to my physical and mental being.”

Then begin breathing through your half-open mouth.

The next step involves entering the state bordering sleep (the hypnagogic state). Monroe does not recommend any particular method of achieving this state. One method you might try is to hold your forearm up, while keeping your upper arm on the bed, or ground. As you start to fall asleep, your arm will fall, and you will awaken again. With practice you can learn to control the hypnagogic state without using your arm. Another method is to concentrate on an object. When other images start to enter your thoughts, you have entered the hypnagogic state. Passively watch these images. This will also help you maintain this state of near-sleep. Monroe calls this Condition A.

After first achieving this state, Monroe recommends to deepen it. Begin to clear your mind and observe your field of vision through your closed eyes. Do nothing more for a while. Simply look through your closed eyelids at the blackness in front of you. After a while, you may notice light patterns. These are simply neural discharges and they have no specific effect. Ignore them. When they cease, one has entered what Monroe calls Condition B. From here, one must enter an even deeper state of relaxation which Monroe calls Condition C — a state of such relaxation that you lose all awareness of the body and sensory stimulation. You are almost in a void in which your only source of stimulation will be your own thoughts.

The ideal state for leaving your body is Condition D. This is Condition C when it is voluntarily induced from a rested and refreshed condition and is not the effect of normal fatigue. To achieve Condition D, Monroe suggests that you practice entering it in the morning or after a short nap. With eyes closed, look into the blackness at a spot about a foot from your forehead, concentrating your consciousness on that point. Move it gradually to three feet away, then six, and then turn it 90 degrees upward, reaching above your head. Monroe orders you to reach for the vibrations at that spot and then mentally pull them into your head. He explains how to recognize them when they occur. “It is as if a surging, hissing, rhythmically pulsating wave of fiery sparks comes roaring into your head. From there it seems to sweep throughout your body, making it rigid and immobile.” This method is easier than it sounds.

Once you have achieved the vibrational state, you have to learn to control it, to smooth out the vibrations by “pulsing” them. At this point, Monroe warns it is impossible to turn back. He suggests reaching out an arm to grasp some object which you know is out of normal reach. Feel the object and then let your hand pass through it, before bringing it back, stopping the vibrations and checking the details and location of the object. This exercise will prepare you for full separation.

To leave the body, Monroe advocates the “lift-out” method. To employ this method, think of getting lighter and of how nice it would be to float upwards. An alternative is the “rotation” technique in which you turn over in bed, twisting first the top of the body, head and shoulders until you turn right over and float upwards. Later you can explore further. With sufficient practice Monroe claims that a wide variety of experiences are yours for the taking.