Out Of Body and Near-Death Experiences

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“The Universe is constantly speaking to us, and as soon as we learn to understand that language, life blossoms like the most exquisite flower.” ~ Katherine Plant, The Place Between Here and There: A True and Beautiful Near Death Experience

“Beyond that time {NDE}, that innate fear of death we all seem to be born with just vanished.” ~ Craig Darling 

Out Of Body Experience

Have you ever felt as though your sense of awareness was outside of your physical body? That you were looking back at yourself from another place in the same room? If so, you’ve probably had an out-of-body experience (OBE). But not all OBEs are the same.

An out-of-body experience (OBE or sometimes OOBE) is a phenomenon in which a person perceives the world from a location outside their physical body.

Research suggests OBEs are more common than we might think, with around 10% of the population having reported at least one such experience in their lifetime. Some people experience their usual physical surroundings from a different spatial perspective; others report travelling out of their body to dream realms and different dimensions via their astral body.

According to accounts from people who’ve experienced them, they generally involve ~ 

~A feeling of floating outside your body

~An altered perception of the world, such as looking down from a height

~The feeling that you’re looking down at yourself from above

~A sense that what’s happening is very real

~OBEs typically happen without warning and usually don’t last for very long

If you have a neurological condition, such as epilepsy, you may be more likely to experience OBEs, and they may happen more frequently. But for many people, an OBE will happen very rarely, maybe only once in a lifetime.

Experts have linked several medical and mental health conditions to OBEs, including:

~Epilepsy

~Migraine

~Cardiac arrest

~Brain injuries

~Depression

~Anxiety

~Guillain-Barré syndrome

~Dissociative disorders, particularly depersonalization-derealization disorder, can involve frequent feelings or episodes where you seem to be observing yourself from outside your body.

Sleep paralysis, a temporary state of waking paralysis that occurs during REM sleep and often involves hallucinations, has also been noted as a possible cause of OBEs. Research suggests many people who have OBEs with a near-death experience also experience sleep paralysis. Some people report having an OBE while under the influence of anesthesia. Other substances, including marijuana, ketamine, or hallucinogenic drugs, such as LSD, can also be a factor in generating the out or body state.

OBEs might also be induced, intentionally or accidentally, by ~

~Hypnosis or meditative trance

~Brain stimulation

~Dehydration or extreme physical activity

~Electric shock

~Sensory deprivation

Near-Death Experience {NDE}

Near-Death Experiences are intensely vivid and often life-transforming experiences, many of which occur under extreme physiological conditions such as trauma, ceasing of brain activity, deep general anesthesia or cardiac arrest in which no awareness or sensory experiences of any kind should be possible according to the prevailing views in neuroscience. A near-death experience, or NDE, is a common pattern of events that many people experience when they are experiencing intense threat, are seriously ill or come close to death.

Although NDEs vary from one person to another, they often include such features as the following ~ 

~Feeling very comfortable and free of pain

~A sensation of leaving the body, sometimes ~Being able to see the physical body while floating above it

~The mind functioning more clearly and more rapidly than us

~A sensation of being drawn into a tunnel or darkness

~A brilliant light, sometimes at the end of the tunnel

~A sense of overwhelming peace, well-being, or absolute, unconditional love

~A sense of having access to unlimited knowledge

~A “life review,” or recall of important events in the past

~A preview of future events yet to come

encounters with deceased loved ones, or with other beings that may be identified as ~Religious figures

While these features are commonly reported, many NDEs differ from this pattern and include other elements. For example, some near-death experiences may be frightening or distressing rather than peaceful. 

Out of body and near-death experiences can be profoundly enlightening for the individual, many have spiritual experiences which change their horizon of perceptions, lose their fear of death and have deep transformations in their belief systems based on what is experienced.

Let us know below if you’ve had an out of body or near-death experience.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve never had a near death experience (thankfully) but I’ve heard many stories about people who have. I have experienced sleep paralysis, very scary. I often feel like I’m ‘not really here’ I don’t watch my body or anything but I feel distanced from it x

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    1. GS says:

      Sleep paralysis is a normal part of the REM sleep. However, it is considered to be a disorder when it occurs outside of REM sleep. It can occur in otherwise healthy people, as well as in those presenting symptoms of narcolepsy, cataplexy and hypnagogic hallucinations.

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