Editor’s Note | Higher Journeys
If you’re looking for “proof” that out of body experience is real from the world of science – good news! It seems like they’re getting closer to quantifying that such an experience does exist. The following article describes how a woman claims to be able to initiate an out of body experience on command and how the scientists who examined the woman’s brain activity were able to show evidence that some sort of “extra-corporeal experience” was taking place.
If multiple accounts of personal out of body experience strikes more of a chord with you, then there are plenty of anecdotes of those who describe their own OBE’s including several personal acquaintances of mine who have had both spontaneous and self-initiated out of body experience. One of those accounts which is featured in my book Conscious Musings describes a teenaged girl who after suffering from insomnia, describes how she suddenly found herself “floating” at the top of the ceiling and viewing herself sleeping next to her sister on their parent’s bed.
Another friend describes how during air travel he has seen himself sitting on the wing of the plane, and yet another who while in a heated argument spontaneously popped out of his body and could view the entire scene from above.
According to OBE expert William Buhlman, these experiences happen all of the time. He contends that not only are they a very natural occurrence but he also advocates learning to self-initiate out of body experiences as a form of therapy and spiritual development.
The most powerful benefit of OBE’s is that we have the ability to absolutely prove to ourselves that we continue [after death]. Number one, what are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? What’s our purpose? These things I feel can be discovered through out of body exploration, says Buhlman. – From Conscious Musings/Exploring Non-Physical Realms in the Out of Body State.
So whether science says it’s so or your own (or other’s) experience makes the case for out of body experience – either way there’s no doubt something pretty powerful is going on. Let’s explore!
Scientists Scanned Woman’s Brain During ‘Out-of-Body Experience’ and This Is What They Found
Liz Klimas | TheBlaze.com
Wait, you mean not everyone has out-of-body experiences at their own will?
It was apparently a surprise for a University of Ottawa graduate student studying psychology that it was unusual for her to be able to will herself out of her body, as she claims she can do.
According to a case study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, the woman not only described what this was like but researchers studied her brain while she had an “extra-corporeal experience.”
The 24-year-old was an undergraduate when she learned that having an out-of-body experience was not necessarily the norm.
“She appeared surprised that not everyone could experience this,” the study authors wrote.
She first remembers willing herself out of her body when she was in preschool, using it as a “distraction during the time kids were asked to nap.” As she grew up, she assumed “everyone could do it.”
When in such a state she said she could see herself in the air above her body. She could watch herself move but was aware that her “real” body was not moving.
“I feel myself moving, or, more accurately, can make myself feel as if I am moving. I know perfectly well that I am not actually moving,” she told the researchers. “There is no duality of body and mind when this happens, not really. In fact, I am hyper-sensitive to my body at that point, because I am concentrating so hard on the sensation of moving. I am the one moving – me – my body. For example, if I ‘spin’ for long enough, I get dizzy. I do not see myself above my body. Rather, my whole body has moved up. I feel it as being above where I know it actually is. I usually also picture myself as moving up in my mind’s eye, but the mind is not substantive. It does not move unless the body does.”
In the case study, researchers conducted tests that included MRI analysis and questionnaires. What they found was that the brain during such “extra-corporeal experiences” exhibited activation in areas that are consistent with other studies about out-of-body experiences, which neurologists had associated with hallucinations.
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