If you’ve ever had the experience of floating outside your physical body, with the ability to observe all that is going on around you, you’ve had an OBE, or an out-of-body-experience. Most people only experience OBEs when they’ve entered a drug-induced hypnagogic state, or when near death, thus the term, Near-Death-Experience, or NDE, which is closely linked to an OBE. However, one woman says that she can have an OBE at will.
An OBE is essentially a form of astral projection. Astral projection is a “willful” out-of-body-experience that one might enter into when in a meditative or altered state of consciousness.
Astral projection is a powerful experience because the soul is thought to temporarily separate from the physical form, and thus experience a higher level of conscious awareness and understanding. An OBE allows a “big picture” experience like few other things we can do while still in manifest form.
Most people are unable to experience astral projection at will, because their brain wave states are not conducive to the experience. As proven by a woman who was the subject of a recent experiment, however, scientists have now mapped the brain regions that seem to allow an OBE to occur, and what allow one woman to have an OBE whenever she cares to.
A psychology graduate student from the University of Ottawa found out that her school was researching OBEs and told researchers that she could have these voluntarily, usually before sleep. “She appeared surprised that not everyone could experience this,” wrote the scientists in a study describing the case, published in February in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
The woman says that she developed this ability as a child, when at nap time, instead of sleeping, she would experience her body floating above herself. She continued to perform this act until into her 20s when she came forward, assuming everyone had the ability.
Scientists have termed this an “extra-corporeal experience” (ECE), instead of an OBE, but it means the same thing. Researchers also detail that OBEs can be caused by “brain traumas, sensory deprivation, near-death experiences, dissociative and psychedelic drugs, dehydration, sleep, and electrical stimulation of the brain, among others,” but that they can also be deliberately induced by some.
So, is this grad student simply hallucinating, or is there something more to an OBE brain state? Scientists liken an OBE to a dream state, and the woman did say she is able to ‘will’ herself into an astral projection just before sleep. So, is this a skill we could all develop?
Mainstream scientists seem oblivious to the fact that certain tones, light frequencies, and pulses can be used to induce a “subtle body” experience. There are many published references to successful OBEs brought about by inducing astral projection frequencies. Using these “mind altering” tones and intensities, in conjunction with monaural beats, binaural beats, and isochronic beats, have been shown to aid in initiating the experience.
Brainwave states entered into by master meditators, for example, like Lambda/Epsilon (0.5 Hz or less/100 Hz or higher are understood as the optimal state of mystical consciousness and a gateway to multidimensional astral travel. A white paper by Dr. Joe Dispanza elaborates upon these brain wave states in more detail.
It is highly possible that the grad student able to will herself into an OBE has simply developed, from childhood, the ability to shift into a brainwave state that allows an OBE to occur.
The Monroe Institute, wrote a body of work titled “Journeys Out of the Body” in 1971 in which a detailed how to astrally project one’s self in seven steps, and among the steps is entering a “relaxed,” almost dreamlike state.