An out of body experience, or
OBE, happens when a person's duplicate invisible body is
able to move out of the physical body with full consciousness.
For this reason it is sometimes called ‘astral projection’.
For most people there is no control at all over the OBE—it
just happens spontaneously, often just before you go to
sleep. A person who experiences an OBE does not have to
be ill or near death.
For over 2,000 years there have been
reports of people finding themselves floating up above their
bodies while sleeping, or finding themselves suddenly behind
or above their body looking down on it.
• Socrates, Pliny and Plotonius described
out of body experiences
• Plotonius wrote of being lifted
out of his body on many occasions
• Plutarch described an OBE
that occurred to Aridanaeus in A.D. 79
• The Tibetan Book of the Dead
describes a duplicate of the physical body, called a 'Bardo
Body', which lifts out of the body
• Mahayana Buddhism acknowledges
the existence of a duplicate body
• ancient Chinese said that
they could experience an OBE after meditation.
Many famous writers of this century wote
about their OBEs: Ernest Hemingway; Tolstoy; Dostoevsky;
Tennyson; Edgar Alan Poe; D H Lawrence; Virginia Woolf.
Recent studies show that OBEs are quite common
• a 1954 survey showed that 27.1% of
American students reported having experienced OBEs
• two surveys of students
in 1967 and 1973 in England showed that 19% and 34% had
• a survey in 1975 in the USA
showed that 25 % of students and 14% of residents from Charlottesville,
Virginia, claimed to have had OBEs.
In this 1979 video interview Robert Monroe talks about his
first OBE and explains that the evidence is that we all
go out of our bodies while we sleep.
Scientists have investigated them
A most highly credible scientist,
Dr Robert Crookall, analyzed over 700 reports of OBEs from
all over the world. He was surprised that they were all
consistent. (Crookall 1970).
The Society for Psychical Research investigated
a great number of cases of OBEs. In some of them the person
in the out of body state could be seen as if they were really
living by another person.
In the United States, Karlis Osis and Boneita Perskari spent
several years doing scientific research with Alex Tanous.
A psychic, Christine Whiting, was able to see him when he
was out of his body and described in detail his position
and the shirt with rolled-up sleeves and the corduroy pants
he was wearing.
Keith 'Blue' Harary, was able to lie down
in a sealed laboratory room and project himself to another
house twenty yards away. While there he was able to read
letters and report accurately on where the other experimenters
Dutch scientists succeeded in weighing the physical body
before, during and after exteriorization (OBE). They found
a weight loss of 2 1/4 ounces during exteriorization (Carrington,
French researchers including Professor Richet
spent many years having the exteriorized body move material
objects, produce raps at a distance and affect photographic
plates and calcium screens. They photographed the astral
body during exteriorization.
Afterlife researcher George Meek was able
to have a photo taken of his astral body during a projection.
The Monroe Institute
In 1965 Dr Charles Tart, a psychologist
at the University of California, conducted controlled experiments
with Robert Monroe, a highly gifted out of body experiencer
who developed a way of having repeated out of body experiences.
He founded the Monroe Institute in Virginia USA to teach
others how to have out of body experiences.
The non-profit Monroe Institute has taught tens of thousands
of people both in residence and through distance learning
to undertake Out of Body Journeys. So useful was his program
that it was adopted by the American Military as part of
the standard training of remote viewers. Here Skip Atwater
talks about his first OBE.
Tom Campbell was a professional physicist. For 20 years
he was at the heart of developing US missile defence systems.
He began researching altered states of consciousness with
Bob Monroe at Monroe Laboratories in the early 1970s. Campbell
claims that he knew his out of body journeys were real when
he met up with another explorer while they were out of body
on many occasions. When they met afterwards they found they
had experienced the same things. Campbell’s three
books that make up My
Big TOE –[Theory of Everything] (2007) present
a model of existence and reality that is based directly
on his out of body experiences. Some of his numerous public
seminars are available free of charge on Youtube.
states he has been having out of body experiences for more
than 40 years. He has been teaching courses on how to have
an out of body experience in Europe and at the Monroe Institute
for a number of years. His first book Advnetures
Beyond the Body (1996) explains how to have an OBE.
His second book The
Secret of the Soul—Using Out-of-Body Experiences to
Understand Our True Nature (2001) deals with some of
the different kinds of OBEs both positive and unwelcome.
He talks about OBEs in chidren, OBEs caused by combat and
trauma, meeting loved ones in the afterlife and transformational
experiences. His book has excellent chapters on the history
of OBEs and on how to have an OBE. He also discusses what
can be expected from an OBE and what the benefits are. His
most recent book
Adventures in the Afterlifeexplains what happens
when you die.
Thirty-five years ago Jurgen Ziewe began
having out of body experiences as a result of deep meditation.
A commercial artist, he has drawn stunning pictures of the
different levels in the afterlife that he has repeatedly
visited. These can be viewed in his videoed talk which is
on the internet and on his website.
His book Multidimensional
Man (2008) describes some of the alternate realities
he visited from the lowest to the highest. He explains his
experiences in a number of youtube videos.
The International Academy of Consciousness is a non-profit
research and education organization with a presence in 9
countries and 13 cities around the world. Courses on how
to have an out of body experience and on the nature of consciousness
are run in many countries. It has a research center located
in southern Portugal for practice and research on out-of-body
Its founder, Dr. Waldo Vieira, began having out of body
experiences at the age of nine and has been studying them
for more than fifty years.Many of these resources are available
on its website. Luis
Minero is one of its principal teachers.
Those who have had an out of body experience
usually accept that they survive physical death. They know
that the reason why they return to their physical body is
because their duplicate body is still connected to the physical
body by a silver cord. When the silver cord is irretrievably
severed, the duplicate body continues to survive in the
Robert Monroe wrote more than three books
giving meticulous details about his OBEs. He described many
different locations outside the body that he claims are
worlds we go to when we die. For a summary of the different
levels see Overview
of focus levels.
The Monroe Institute put together a program
to help people who are dying understand that they will survive
A great video on out of body reunions.
THE PATH- Beyond the Physical- Trailer- 2013
The filmmakers of The Path: Afterlife brings to their viewers
the second DVD in the trilogy, The Path documentary series,
entitled The Path: Beyond the Physical. The Path: Beyond the
Physical (BTP) is a mysterious and captivating topic exploring
the concept that there is no separation between the physical
of which we can see, hear and touch and the non-physical of
our inner knowing, subjective experiences, that which cannot
see but feel in our universe.
The Out of Body Experience Research foundation
run by Dr Jeff and Jody Long has a wonderful page with lots
of recent examples of out of spontaneous and meditation
induced out of body experiences http://www.oberf.org/