by Marinus Jan Marijs
The out of the body experience, is by many seen as the best method to obtain information about life after death. This experience is also described as a psychic excursion, or astral projection.
The experience is universal in that sense that it occurs in almost all cultures. Those who have had this experience, generally have the feeling that one leaves the physical body and that one’s consciousness as well as one’s powers of perception are found to be located in another point in space than where the physical body is located. The proposition is that if one can leave the physical body temporarily during one’s life, and can function independently from it, the difference between the out of the body experience and the death is that the out of the body experience is temporarily, and that after death, this becomes permanent. In other words consciousness, thinking, emotions, feelings, personality and memory stay in existence after death.
This out of the body experience is in many ways different from dreams or dream consciousness. The events that take place during an out of the body experience are not irrational, bizarre or symbolic as in dreams is often the case. A comparison:
Dream Out of the body experience
Irrational – Rational
Half conscious – Fully conscious
Unaware of being in a dream – Aware of being in an out of the body state
Non-purposeful – Purposeful behaviour
Without mental control – Control over one’s own mental abilities
The out of the body experience is an integrating experience, who is in many aspects different from pathological disturbances. Positive psychological chances take place.
Support for the idea that the out of the body experience is an objective phenomenon is provided by the following data:
—Those who have an out of the body experience are sometimes perceived during this experience. Sometimes there are telekinetic phenomena perceived at the place where the experiencer travelled to.
—Professor Charles Tart devised an experiment with a five digit target number that could not been seen by normal sensory perception. A woman who had frequent out of the body experiences was able after four nights, to correctly say what the exact number was, after an out of the body experience. The chance of being correct was 1:100.000.
—Many who had an out of the body experience and travelled to an for them unknown physical location, were able to describe that location. The observations that have been done were later verified by physically visiting that location and turned out to be correct.
—There are those who had an out of the body experience while being under narcosis during an operation, and after regaining consciousness in a recovery room were able to describe modern medical equipment used during the operation.
—The factors that do increase or cause hallucinations such as fever or the administering of morphine by a physician don’t lead to an increasing number of out of the body experiences. On the contrary research shows that this is a factor that decreases the number of out of the body experiences.
—Research further indicates that gender, age, educational level and social status are of little importance relating to the out of the body experiences
An out of the body experience starts with an oscillatory sideward movement.
After that wavelike movement which normally starts with the feet and moves upwards to the head. (
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Thereafter a pulsating of ± 0,76 seconds a pulse (used a stopwatch, counted ten pulses and divided the total of ten pulses through ten).
A pressure originates at the top of the head. Next there is a circular, spiral shaped movement at the navel area going outwards. And the mental body comes free from the physical body, and is capable of moving independently from the physical body.
With a less conscious out of the body experience parts of these processes that may not have been perceived. Further there can be deviations from the process described above such as:
—A rotation over the longitudinal axis of the body.
—An almost immediate out of the body experience.
—Pain, fatigue, and a feeling of heaviness disappear.
While a person in an out of the body state is normally not perceived by other people, in an out of the body state one can visually perceive people and the physical world by their ideoplastic counterpart.
In an out of the body state one can visually perceive one’s own physical body either dim or just as with the normal sensory perception. This depends on the level of perception.
In this out of the body state the physical world can be seen as transparent.
The visual perceptions and the detailedness have a clarity that is comparable to sensory perception, and go far beyond the quality that dreams, visions and eidetic imagery have. Normally there is a coherency, consistency and a continuity during the out of the body state, unlike the dream state.
One can remember one’s physical existence and its conditions.
The out of the body experience seems to indicate that the mental bodies (multiple because at every level of existence, one has ones own energetic field, body) that one will have after death, which are already present during one’s physical existence. This with the exception of the higher whom still have to be activated. These bodies and subtle energy fields are perceived during this state.
A person who is in this state is really in the perceived environment, and is certainly not like an observer who looks at a small screen.
The visual perception is a continues stream of perceptions and not a series of separate visions.
Some perceptions are been done from a “bird’s eye view”.
The clarity of mental functioning during an out of the body state is much greater than during physical existence.
Basic pattern: (from Wikipedia)
- Withdrawal stage: Conscious interaction with the physical environment ceases. Attention is elsewhere, with sensory inputs going unnoticed; the body is on auto-pilot. Sleeping is an example of this stage.
- Cataleptic stage: Movement is totally impaired. Alternative sensory information may suddenly seem present, such as intense vibrations, noises and sight through closed eyelids.
- Separation stage: With effort, the perceptual viewpoint can be pulled away from the physical body location. Still subject to intense sensation, pull back towards the body obstructs progression.
- Free movement stage: Beyond a certain radius, movement becomes unimpeded, with control increasing markedly. Visual and mental clarity can vary greatly, from barely functional to exceptional.
- Re-entry stage: Perceived need to return increases, leading either to voluntary reversal of separation or extremely fast involuntary snap-back. Alternatively, a transition to waking or sleeping may occur.
An out-of-body experience (OBE or sometimes OOBE) is an experience that typically involves a sensation of floating outside one’s body and, in some cases, perceiving one’s physical body from a place outside one’s body (autoscopy).
Science currently considers the OBE a type of hallucination that can be caused by various psychological and neurological factors. Some parapsychologists and occult writers treat OBEs as evidence that a soul, spirit or subtle body can detach itself from the body and visit distant locations. One in ten people has an OBE once, or more commonly, several times in his or her life, but scientists still know little about the phenomenon. In practice, the absence of one or more of the classical stages is not unusual. Some (notably Robert Monroe) have claimed these stages become considerably less applicable with extreme familiarity with OBE, eventually finding just a deliberate mental shift to the feeling of the state equivalent. Monroe likened this to tuning a radio away from one station to another into a different focus level of attention.
The phenomenology of an NDE usually includes additional physiological, psychological and transcendental factors beyond those of typical OBEs (Parnia, Waller, Yeates & Fenwick, 2001). Near-death experiences may include subjective impressions of being outside the physical body, visions of deceased relatives and religious figures, and transcendence of ego and spatiotemporal boundaries. Typically the experience includes such factors as: a sense of being dead; a feeling of peace and painlessness; hearing of various non-physical sounds, an out-of-body experience; a tunnel experience (the sense of moving up or through a narrow passageway); encountering people of Light; God-like figures, helpers, spiritual guides, or similar forces; being given a “Life review“, and a reluctance to return to life.
Previous collections of cases had been made by Dr. Ernesto Bozzano (Italy) and Dr. Robert Crookall (UK). Crookall approached the subject from a spiritualistic position, and collected his cases predominantly from spiritualist newspapers such as the Psychic News, which appears to have biased his results in various ways. For example, the majority of his subjects reported seeing a cord connecting the physical body and its observing counterpart; whereas Green found that less than 4% of her subjects noticed anything of this sort, and some 80% reported feeling they were a “disembodied consciousness”, with no external body at all.
1,007 (85%) of the first 1,185 respondents reported having had an OBE. 37% claimed to have had between two and ten OBEs. 5.5% claimed more than 100 such experiences. 45% of those who reported an OBE said they successfully induced at least one OBE by using a specific technique. 62% of participants claiming to have had an OBE also reported having enjoyed nonphysical flight; 40% reported experiencing the phenomenon of self-bilocation (i.e. seeing one’s own physical body whilst outside the body); and 38% claimed having experienced self-permeability (passing through physical objects such as walls). The most commonly reported sensations experienced in connection with the OBE were falling, floating, repercussions e.g. myoclonia (the jerking of limbs, jerking awake), sinking, torpidity (numbness), intracranial sounds, tingling, clairvoyance, oscillation and serenity.
From the age of five years old, there were these out-of-the-body experiences. Sometimes every night.
(See the photograph of me at the age of five here below ↓).
Sometimes these were in the physical vicinity, in which it was possible in this out of the body state, to go through walls and to float above the houses. People were seen surrounded by a coloured subtle energy field. I noted that with a strong emotional state of mind, the colour of the field was red.
A light blue colour indicated a calm state of mind.
These out of the body experiences soon (still at the age of five) changed. There was a vertical movement now through a tunnel which was many miles long. The tunnel was 6 meters in diameter.
The tunnel is 6 meters in diameter, so it has a circumference of about 18 meters, of which half, 9 meters is shown here. I tried to move sideways in an effort to touch the wall / side of the tunnel. It was easy to move sideways, but the wall of the tunnel moved away and stayed at a distant of 3 meters, while the rhomboid structures didn’t move away, they dissolved. The tunnel ended in a park-like landscape.
Several hundreds of these out-of-the-body experiences that I had, including traveling through a tunnel.
At the age of 8, while I was out-of-the-body in a higher world, there was a pulling force on the back of the head. When I touched the back of my head, I found that there was a cord connected to the back of my head.
The cord was transparent and formed a connection between the physical body and the spiritual body. (The cord is connected to one of the granthi / rings in the etheric body that stays with the physical body during an out-of-the-body experience, and is on the other side connected to one of the granthi / rings in the spiritual body).
While most of these out-of-the-body experiences when during childhood were frequent, they were spontaneous.
At the age of 20, I developed a method to leave my body at will. Once, after I left my physical body, I was in a (non-physical) room. In this room there was a bookshelf with a great number of books. After I returned to my physical body, the thought did arise that if I had opened one of the books, did the pages in those books have written text? How detailed is the ideoplastic world?
A week later: Resting on bed, I soon left the physical body behind. I entered an area were a large gothic cathedral was situated. I moved around it and went inside the building
Inside I went through the hallway. On the side there was a reading desk and on that desk was a book. When I opened the book it had pages like a normal book. It even felt like I was physically handling a book. Inside the book on the pages there was written text on every page. However it was not in a language I knew. I memorised seven letters in the hope that as soon I was back in my physical body I could write them down and later try to find out which language it was. I entered my physical body. When I was back in the physical world I switched on the electric light and wrote dawn the 7 letters:
These are the 7 letters I wrote down on paper directly after my O.B.E.
Later in the week I went to the library to find which language it was. Despite all my efforts I couldn’t find anything that did resemble the 7 letters. If it existed, than it most obviously would be an Alphabet, and not a logogram: a letter, symbol, or sign used to represent an entire word like Chinese characters who are much more complex in shape.
Not being able to find the language I put the note away.
Several years later I bought a book: ”John Romer: Geschiedenis en Archeologie van de Bijbel”.
According to John Romer:
The text in the tunnel Siloach …… An inscription found in the 19th century on the wall of the water tunnel was, after the Bible, the longest story in ancient Hebrew … Probably we have to see herein the building of King Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:20)
The text I saw in the book, in the cathedral, during the out of the body experience, was ancient Hebrew from about 700 BC.
Two other Out of the Body Experiences:
After leaving the physical body the question the question came up whether this perceived world on a higher ontological level has a border, like you have with for example a movie set.
In a timeframe of what subjective felt like one and a halve hour, while searching in every direction before returning to the physical body, there didn’t seem to be any boundary to the landscape.
To illustrate another Out of the Body Experience, take a look at the following two illustrations:
The lower picture here is a detail of the higher picture.
This illustrates the following question: If the higher ontological world (the world one encounters in an out of the body state) is ideoplastic formed by mental activity, what than is the fine structure of this world?
After leaving the physical body the question came up whether this perceived world on a higher ontological level had a fine-structure.
Zooming in on a part of this surroundings there did not seem th be a point where structure of this world breaks down became fuzzy or did change in an abstract line structure.
Returning to the physical body was swift.