An out of body experience (also known as astral travel) occurs when the spirit or etheric body is released from the physical body. Out of body experiences (OBE) essentially describes an event where people can perceive events outside of the physical body. These experiences can occur during sleep, meditation or can be induced.
Why is Discussing this important?
In a time when people are having many spiritual experiences, they turn to the few outlets available to obtain answers. Many have turned to mediums to obtain answers; however, for some the activity of speaking to discarnates (spirit without a body) via a medium is either not possible, perceived as evil or given the messages conveyed by the medium may create uncertainty about the possibility of survival of consciousness.
What if you could find out about the true nature of reality by simply leaving the physical body? What if this activity was natural and was not against your religious faith or could not be condemned as “evil”. Discussing OBEs is important as it provides another outlet to discovering the true nature of reality without the controversy that sometimes accompanies mediumship.
OBE is a phenomena that naturally occurs but we are either not aware of it or have not been able to classify our experiences accordingly. Since people experience OBEs naturally (even without learning astral projections), it signifies that this is a natural process. It is not solicited as part of any financial or political agenda—it just is. If out of body experiences are occurring naturally, materialists who have still found ways to critique the authentic stories of people who have returned from their near death experiences, there is little to refute about out of body experiences. For example, materialists who still claim that NDE perceptions during the dying process are a product of the dying brain, their theory would not explain why those experiencing out of body perceptions with a fully functioning brain still have similar experiences to NDErs (individuals who have experienced a NDE).
The OBE phenomenon adds to the already burgeoning evidence about the existence of the afterlife in the following ways:
• Consciousness exists outside of the brain;
• The soul is separate from the body and can experience consciousness while the physical body is still healthy and functioning;
• This is a natural occurrence;
• Various spiritual realms exist;
• Various spirits and discarnates exist (as suggested by studies in mediumship, NDE and past life regression therapy)
Many materialists and open minded skeptics question whether OBEs are really just a form of lucid dreaming. There are some interesting cases that demonstrate why they are real experiences. In Victor & Wendy Zammit’s book, A Lawyer Presents the Evidence for the Afterlife, they note that in many indigenous cultures, missionaries visiting Africa noted that native tribes had knowledge of activities and events taking place in areas where these tribes had never travelled (Inglis, 1977). If they did not have other resources to travel to these ‘faraway’ places, they must have used astral travel to obtain this knowledge.
There are many authors providing instructions including specific steps and methods to elicit an OBE. Robert Monroe and William Buhlman have observed and provided instruction on several OBEs and note that when people follow the pattern to be released from the body suggests they eventually experience astral travel. In particular Monroe and Buhlman provide credible examples of cases where during an OBE, people have seen other spirits/entities or experienced certain activities that were later verified.
How Do OBEs Strengthen the Evidence Supporting the Survival of Consciousness Theory?
Experiencing an OBE strengthens the evidence regarding survival of consciousness by confirming the following:
• The soul is separate from the physical body;
• The soul can actually experience consciousness and other realities outside of the physical body;
• The experiences outside of the physical body are not perceived as a result of a dying brain or nervous system;
• The soul survives the death of the physical body (this is verified when astral travellers verify seeing and communicating with entities that are no longer experiencing consciousness on the physical plane)
With more and more people sharing their OBE experiences and learning how to elicit such experiences, we no longer need to guess or have faith about the soul’s ability to thrive beyond the physical body. The mystery about the true nature of existence is being solved and can be experienced frequently for the astral explorer.
References for this blog can be found in the Journal and Books section of the website (www.medium7.com). Stay tuned for our next blog on physical mediumship…..”Is Physical Mediumship Gone Forever?”
Donna Smith-Moncrieffe, BSc., CrimDip, MSc.
Director, Metaphysics Research