I hope so. Just imagine…!
Visions of Hogwarts spring to mind. I think perhaps J.K. Rowling was hinting at OBEs in some shape or form, when she wrote about accessing far-away lands and untold powers.
But hang on a minute I hear you say, rewind this a minute – what exactly is an OBE? I bet you’re thinking it’s a bit like a near death experience?
Yes, you can sometimes have an OBE during a NDE but there are other ways you can experience it too. And it’s safe, perfectly safe.
It’s estimated that around 10% of people in the world have had an out of body experience (OBE) of some kind. During an OBE, it is possible to see everything that is going on around you from a different perspective, while unconscious.
Used interchangeably with the term astral projection and non-local consciousness, an OBE is an expanded state of consciousness where people feel they are traveling within non-physical realities. Or simply put, when your self-awareness leaves the body temporarily.
An OBE tends to happen in an altered state of awareness such as during deep relaxation, meditation or on the cusp of sleep in the hypnogogic (falling asleep) and hypnopompic (waking up) states. Triggers can take place during dreams, lucid dreams, sleep paralysis, when undergoing an operation and near death experiences. While others have been known to experience an OBE awake during the day while conducting rather mundane daily tasks.
Spontaneous OBEs happen at random, often when the person is at a crossroads in their life or in need of change or guidance. However, self-initiated OBEs have been practiced by over 50 traditions worldwide for the purpose of self-growth!
Once an individual has had an OBE, this remarkable experience will shape their life in profound ways.
Interested in hearing more?
There’s a new documentary that premiers this Sunday! Created by the talented and inspiring, Jade Shaw – OBE teacher.
Once an international choreographer, Jade Shaw actually quit her career as a dancer and her own company, after a powerful Out of Body Experience (OBE) transformed her life in 2014. She studied the effects of OBEs for her MSc Transpersonal Psychology research and is now a teacher, speaker on the phenomena and producer of Insight Out.
If I lived closer I’d be heading off to this but there are other locations where its being aired. The documentary features interviews with world-wide experts such as New York best selling author Dr. Eben Alexander, Dr. Steve Taylor the senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University, and ex-NASA Physicist Dr. Tom Campbell.
The film basically reveals stories from others, disrupts pre-conceived ideas about OBEs and asks provocative questions about the nature of consciousness. It’s one to watch! Below is the trailer and how to book tickets.
Check out the trailer here….
Insight Out Documentary Trailer:
Ticket bookings for Insight Out documentary can be made here:
And what are the Benefits of OBEs?
We sleep for a third of our lives – that’s around 30 years! However, a common way to practice having an OBE, is during sleep and dreams. It’s time well spent, using this ‘down time’ to enlighten relationships, transform fears, heal the psyche and discover one’s potential.
Through this practice there are many benefits including:
- answers to pressing problems
- insights to recurring illness
- guidance with decision making
- healing with grief
- better sleep hygiene
- greater connection to others
- self empowerment
- a reduction in unhelpful fear!
These benefits positively impact everyday life via career, relationships, health and spiritual growth. This is because OBEs often happen spontaneously when the person is at a crossroads in their life or in need of change or guidance.
What does it feel like?
There are similarities between OBEs and the Over-View Effect that astronauts get when they look back at the earth from space. National boundaries dissolve, they feel more connected and at peace. A similar thing happens in an OBE. Jade calls this the Outer-View Effect, where self-perspective radically shifts as you realise you are part of a larger whole, this is very empowering – people have changed their relationships, career, diet and life goals after experiencing this.
I’ve blogged about OBEs before after a great workshop I attended last year. Check it out!