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Perhaps all the distinctions and problems are artificial, perhaps the mind is neither ‘in’ nor ‘out’ of the body. Grosso argues the possibility [Gro81] that one is always ‘out’ and in an OBE just becomes conscious of that fact. Should the distinction between normal and paranormal then be dropped? Let us consider the state of affair that is considered normal: ... Read More »

Parapsychological Theory

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(imagination plus ESP)Nothing Leaves the Body The OBE might involve only imaginary traveling in a private imaginary world. According to this type of theory, nothing leaves the body in an OBE. The advantage of such a theory is that it avoids all the problems of the previous ones since it involves no astral worlds and other bodies. Certain parapsychologists have ... Read More »

Physical Astral World Theory

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(a non-physical double travels in the physical world) Many theories have suggested that the double is not physical but non- physical, even though it travels in the physical world. Many occultists believe there to be a whole range of non-physical worlds of differing qualities. Let us look at some examples of this sort of theory to try to find out ... Read More »

How can the OBE be explained?

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Most theories of the OBE either claim that something leaves the physical body, or that it does not. Then within these two major categories there are several different types of explanation, and there is perhaps a last possibility; that any such distinction is meaningless and artificial. The theories can be divided up as follows: A. Something leaves the body. 1. ... Read More »

Are OBEs some kind of hallucination?

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Into this category come a wide range of experiences occurring in people, not suffering from any mental or psychiatric disturbance. Visual imagery may occur just before going to sleep (hypnagogic), on first waking up (hypnopompic) or they may be induced by drugs, sensory deprivation, sleeplessness, or severe stress. They may take many forms, from simple shapes to complex scenes. Although ... Read More »

Near-death experiences, are they some kind of OBEs?

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Raymond Moody interviewed many people who had been resuscitated after having had accidents and he then put together an idealized version of a typical near-death experience. He emphasized that no one person described the whole of this experience, but each feature was found in many of the stories. Here is his description: A man is dying and, as he reaches ... Read More »

What is the physiology of dreams and lucid dreams?

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The electrical activity of the brain has been observed and classified with EEG (electroencephalograph) equipment; signals are picked up from the scalp by electrodes, then filtered and amplified to drive a graph recorder. Brain activity has been found to produce specific ranges for certain basic states of consciousness, as indicated in ‘Hz’ (Hertz, or cycles/vibrations per second): delta — 0.2 ... Read More »

What are lucid dreams?

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The term lucid dreaming refers to dreaming while knowing that you are dreaming. It was coined by the Dutch psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden in 1913. It is something of a misnomer since it means something quite different from just clear or vivid dreaming. Nevertheless we are certainly stuck with it. That lucid dreams are different from ordinary dreams is obvious ... Read More »

Dream Development

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Many OBEs start from dreams and since, by definition, one has to be conscious to have an OBE, they tend to start from lucid dreams. The dreamer may become aware that he is dreaming and then find himself in some place other than his bed and able to move about at will. He may have another body and may even ... Read More »

Hypnosis

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In the early days of psychical research hypnosis was used a great deal more than now to bring about ‘traveling clairvoyance,’ but it can still be used. All that is required is skilled hypnotist with some understanding of the state into which he wants to put the subject, and a willing subject. The subject must be put into a fairly ... Read More »