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Out of Body Experiences Are They Real?

Nell has been an online writer for over eight years and is fascinated by the paranormal, including omens, time slips and the supernatural.

Astral Projection or Out of the Body experience,

Astral Projection or Out of the Body experience,

Astral Projection.

I remember waking up and reaching for the clock. But for some reason my hand couldn't grab it.

So I opened my eyes. And to my total amazement I realized that I was looking down at the clock, not sideways! Turning to my left, I saw someone lying on the bed. It was me.

I fell back to sleep and woke up in my usual position. But I remembered the experience and knew it wasn't a dream. This incident is what started off my research into out of the body experiences many years ago.

So what's the different between Out of the Body experience or the soul leaving the body after death?

Fascinating read! And so much to think about.

Out of Body Experience. OBE.

Out of Body Experience. OBE.

Out of the Body Experience

An out of the body experience is something that many of us have, but not many remember. We wake up with a feeling of 'other' going on but not sure why. I remember one particular experience that totally freaked the hell out of me!

I was about 25 years old. I was asleep in my bedroom at home when suddenly I was woken up by a noise outside. At least I believed it was outside. I opened my eyes and there above me was the strangest, spookiest thing, I had ever seen.

I yelled! Then jumped out of bed and raced across the room. On the ceiling I could see a huge swirling cream? Grey? colored mist rather like a slow moving Twister reaching down into a funnel/point down to my stomach!

As I screeched and ran, I realized that the funnel was following me! But as I looked down it disappeared into my middle. My solar plexus.

By this time my husband was like, 'What what? what's up?'

I just stood back and stared. I yelled 'Did you see that?' and of course the answer was no.

I realized then that I had just experienced an O.O.B.E! Obviously I caught myself 'coming back'!.

Scary experience!

O.O.B.E on his way to the Toilet! You couldn't make it up!

O.O.B.E or Near Death?

Its only happened a couple of times since, but I will never forget it. It may sound obvious but the similarities between Near Death and O.O.B.E are not necessarily exactly the same.

For example if our Souls can wander the Universe at night while we sleep then if someone is near death its pretty clear that their Soul would drift and get ready to break.

Many people have experienced this rush of Soul leaving their body, only to be shot back into it with a jolt as they are brought back to life.

And there seems to be a theme running through everybody's experience that makes me wonder at its significance. Whether you are suffering a sleep paralysis or an out of the body experience, people have mentioned a buzzing or clanging in their heads before it happens.

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And trust me its terrifying to hear! You just know something odd is about to happen but you can't figure out what!

Its happened on quite a few occasions of sleep paralysis and I hate it.

Maybe the connection between sleep paralysis and O.O.B.E should be looked into.

I do have a theory.

Maybe sleep paralysis, when you can't move, but feel, and see, strange things going on, is a prelude to flipping out of your body. Maybe you just need a push and wham out you go!

Andrew Clover -Out of Body experience.  Photo Andrew Clover.

Andrew Clover -Out of Body experience. Photo Andrew Clover.

Andrew Clover had an amazing out-of- body experience. Here is his story as told to the Guardian Newspaper.

Andrew Clover was in a hurry. His wife was going to be home in 30 minutes. He had two daughters, 10 and 6 years old, at home with him. And he wanted to go and meet his 12 year old from school.

So after a few minutes deliberating what to do, he asked the girls if they would be alright for a few minutes, and after they said yes, he headed off down the road and through a field to get to the school on time.

At this point he realized that his shoes weren't made for mud so he decided to jump over a fallen tree and a large puddle.

But he caught his trousers on the branches and fell in a sickening heap, banging his head on a huge rock.

In his words he says,

'Bang, I was out of my body, and I could see myself lying face down in the puddle. I was terrified!'

'Oh God, what about the girls?'

Then somehow even though his body was in the field, his 'soul' entered the village and he saw his daughter getting off the bus.

Then in a second he found himself back at home. The elder daughter was brushing her hair and his younger daughter had fallen asleep on the sofa.

His mind then raced through a number of scenario's that had happened to him in his lifetime, mainly involving his kids and the things they had done together.

He soon started to feel really sad, but dreamy. His mind starting floating upwards and then he felt really light. After opening his eyes he could see that he was swimming up through warm water, or something similar. Then he saw a sparkling light. At this point he felt a wonderful peace.

Then he heard a voice.

'You can't be here now,' it said. He said that the voice sounded playful.

He felt sick and felt like he was falling. Then bang.

Another voice. 'Be here,' and he felt a prod in his back.

Next thing he knew, he was crawling out of the field and his daughter was walking towards him, asking if he was okay.

Man floats out of body in an astral projection

Man floats out of body in an astral projection

A brief but powerful description of Astral Projection.

Robert and Suzanne Mays were interviewed by Epoch magazine in 2011.

They stated that they had been told by a witness to an OBE, that he heard someone calling for help, and he saw a foggy figure at the window.

Evidently a man had been severely injured in a car crash, and feeling his body floating, he headed towards a house and started yelling. And the witness heard him!

They went for help and found the injured man. He went on to make a full recovery.

Science and The O.O.B.E. or Astral Projection.

There is new research that states that scientists can explain out of the body experiences. They state that they have unlocked the mystery of the O.O.B.E experience.

Andra M. Smith and Claude Messierwere work at the University of Ottawa describe a particular experiment in their paper Frontiers of Human Neuroscience.

When investigating a woman who claimed she had an O.O.B.E, they checked her brain with an FMRI machine and noticed something interesting.

The results showed a strong deactivation of the visual cortex while it activated a part of her brain on the left side which dealt with imagery, or kinesthetic imagery.

In plain English, the part of the brain that makes it possible for us to understand the world we are living in. In other words, where you 'feel' you are, in the real world.

So, is this the answer?

The answer or just more Questions?


I personally don't think so.

And here's why.

I believe what they experienced in the science lab is a different kind of Out of the Body experience.

For example, the woman felt herself floating and 'seeing' herself around and above her body. But that is purely psychological.

It does not explain the 'real' Out of the Body experience, where someone finds themselves floating into the corner of the room, and can see things on the top of shelves, or out of the window, which they couldn't possibly see whilst in their body and laying on the bed.

Brain science astral projection out of the body experience

Brain science astral projection out of the body experience

Science and reality.

I totally understand that scientists want to find the answer to everything in the Universe. It makes sense. I would love to know too.


They are so desperate to make sense of our everything that they test it, label it then put it to bed so to speak.

I believe in this case they fitted the square problem into a round box, squeezed it in and shut the lid.

Its not the same Out of Body experience that normal, everyday people, do have.

Yes I understand the brain anomaly. And yes the activity in the brain did show how hallucinations work.

But if you have had a a real bona fida out of the body experience then you will know the difference between hallucination and reality.

An hallucination will not make you see out of the top window, or read a book title on the top shelf of the bookcase. Unlike real O.O.B.E's an hallucination is just that, imagination.

So, have you ever experienced an Astral Projection? If so, what happened and how did it make you feel?

Answers in the comments below, and thanks!

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Nell Rose (author) from England on June 19, 2020:

Hi Moral Man, I wish I had the answers for you. The only thing I can say is, the things we believe in are only a tiny piece of real reality. Whether demons exist or there is something completely different, I don't know. All I do know is, to enjoy what we can and try to avoid the bad. Thanks for reading.

Moral Man on June 18, 2020:

Out of body experiences and Astral projection have been written about by authors Sylvan Muldoon and Robert Monroe, and theres a 1977 movie called "Ghosts That Still Walk" about this subject. Is it objectively real or subjectively real? Is it the mind playing tricks on us as skeptics and unbelievers claim it is?

I have had several out of body experiences since spring 1986, and the last one I had that I can remember was in April 2004, always when sleeping. I would feel myself float in my room and I would see the ceiling and some of the furniture in my room. Unlike some other people who have had out of body experiences, I have not seen my own physical body and I havent seen any silver cord attached to my astral body nor to my physical body. I would not see myself at all but I was a disembodied consciousness. The Astral body is mostly invisible to the world, but occasionally it can be seen.

On one occasion while sleeping in April 2004, I had an out of body experience and felt myself rise to my bedroom window. I wanted to fly outside my wimdow in the neighborhood but I was interrupted by a unison of voices which said, "You are no longer in control." I asked the voices to identify themselves and they said, "Spirits." But what kind of spirits were they? Were they the spirits of dead people, or of living people? Were they the spirits of humans, or were they non-human? These voices I heard werent heard by the ears, but rather by clairaudience and telepathy. On and off I have heard voices while sleeping over the last 16 years. Sometimes the voices were plainly Satanic in nature and in motivation, which brings us to the question whether or not out of body experiences and Astral projection are Satanic/demonic phenomena. Many if not all Fundamentalist Christians believe that out of body experiences are entirely Satanic or demonic deceptions to deceive people, and can result in a person becoming demonically possessed. A person might think his spirit or consciousness is floating, flying, or traveling when its really Satan and demons who are pulling the strings and are manipulating and playing tricks on the person's mind to confuse and deceive and lead them away from Christianity. As such, out of body experiences and all other occult phenomena and paranormal phenomena have been accused of as being from the Devil and demons and are all considered dangerous, whether its near death experiences, levitation, telekinesis, yoga, ghosts, hauntings, apparitions, poltergeists, crystal balls, seances, ouija boards, divination, etc are all Satanic/demonic deceptions. So if one sees a ghost its really a demon masquerading as a ghost to confuse and deceive.

It seems that almost everything thats fun and enjoyable is risky and dangerous. Eating our favorite foods such as ice cream, cakes, pastries, donuts, pies, potato chips, and french fries cause serious health issues such as heart disease, stroke, aneurysm, cancer, diabetes, tooth decay, etc. And it seems that if we engage in out of body experiences, we are literally flirting with Satan and demons and risk being attacked by them and risk being possessed by them. Why? Why cant I enjoy floating around and flying around without the threat of Satan and demons? Why cant we enjoy anything without some kind of danger or threat? Why does everything thats fun and enjoyable have to be ruined by pain, disease, injury, death, and Satanic and demonic attacks? Why does there have to be a serious, horrible, dreadful price to pay for doing anything fun and enjoyable? Its as if someone has created all these pleasures as a BAIT for us humans to lead us at a later time to suffer. We can enjoy delicious foods for a certain length of time but sooner or later we suffer from a horrible disease, and we can enjoy out of body experiences for a certain length of time, but sooner or later, we must suffer from Satan and demons. It seems to me that there are supernatural beings out there who dont want us humans being happy and who dont want us enjoying ourselves. Indeed, it seems they cant stand us humans being happy and enjoying ourselves. It seems these supernatural beings want us to suffer.

Out of body experiences are dangerous sad to say, as is almost everything else. Anyone who does it is taking a risk because there are evil, malevolent, cruel beings out there who want us humans to suffer. Thats why its not recommended to try and attempt out of body experiences, or do it very rarely and with great caution. If one chooses to do it, then make sure before you do it that you have no desire to meet Satan and no desire to meet any demons and no desire to meet evil spirits. It seems that Satan, demons, and evil spirits are able to use out of body experiences to attack us humans. So lets try to protect ourselves from these evil entities by praying that they dont bother us.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 01, 2019:

LOL! Paula I missed you too! How you doing? And yes your comments are always the best of the lot! are you on facebook?

Suzie from Carson City on October 31, 2019:

Hey girlfriend...I commented on this great article 2 years ago....and it was a really terrific comment if I may say so myself...and I just did.

All I really wanted to do tonight was say, "Hello" to my sweet friend, Melanie.....and btw....It's possible I'm having an out-of-body experience at this moment because I could swear just moments ago I went to bed and fell sound asleep.....but, HERE I AM! Does this count? No? Drat!!

I've missed you. Bye bye dear!...Peace, Paula

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 31, 2019:

Thanks Patricia, Yes it is really weird isn't it? I had one that scared the pants of me! lol! Thanks for reading.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 30, 2019:

I do believe in oobe. I have had one my self ... many years ago. I do not wish to detail it but only can say it ws surreal (and not unpleasant just confusing.) Thanks for sharing. Angels are on the way this evening ps

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 04, 2019:

Hi Tim, yes somewhere among my 300 + articles I have written one, but for the life of me I can't remember which one! I will have to go look, lol!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on February 02, 2019:

Hello, again, Wise and gifted writing amigo from across that little bit of water,

Have you done any articles on near-death-experiences? Are they different from out-of-the-body experiences in great detail?

You are the one to ask these questions.

forgive me for my ignorance here.

Much respect and admiration,


Nell Rose (author) from England on February 02, 2019:

Thanks as always Tim!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on January 31, 2019:

Thanks, Nell. Great stuff here. I enjoyed your article and fun to read with much to think about.



Nell Rose (author) from England on November 09, 2018:

Wow! Shauna! how amazing! and yes I totally believe it because as I mentioned it happened to me when I saw my husband when we lived in the caravan. He actually touched my shoulder and said sleep, which I did!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 08, 2018:

Nell, I've been told that I have astral traveled in my life. The first time I was in high school. My dad awakened in the middle of the night to find me standing at the foot of his and my mom's bed, staring at him. I'd never left my room!

The second time I was newly divorced. My son was about six. I had been dating a guy who suddenly had to go up north to visit his ailing mom. Subconsciously I didn't believe him. Anyway, one morning he called me in a complete panic. He said that I had visited him the night before. I was hovering over his bed and my son was hovering behind my right shoulder. All he saw were our heads and torsos. He said we had conversation. Of course, I didn't remember any of it, but I believe him because he told me what I was wearing. Normally, I sleep naked, but for some reason, that night I donned a tie-dye nightshirt before going to bed. I guess I somehow knew I would be going on a journey that night!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 27, 2018:

Good points. Thanks for your thoughts.

The Logician from then to now on on September 27, 2018:

Very good job debunking the “new” research but what you described doesn’t sound like research at all but an anecdote of brain activity in a subject. Was there more to the research than that? There must be if it is called scientific research and what were the conclusions of the study if any?

From what I’ve read there is no research that concludes OBEs are real.

As far as recalling seeing things unknown to the person experiencing an obe I can think of at least one other explanation for that that don’t require actually leaving your body. That one would be psychic phenomenon like premonitions. If psychic abilities exist, although that hasn’t been proven scientifically, to cope with a phenomenon like premonition or recalling things you didn’t know the brain could be imagining you are getting it through an obe. Another theory could be that your body is not only physical but spiritual and upon death your spirit body leaves your physical body but because you never left your spirit body it is not an obe but an opbe, out of physical body experience!

These aren’t scientifically proven but neither is anything else on obes.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 27, 2018:

Thanks Mike, glad you liked it.

Readmikenow on September 25, 2018:

A very good article. I have spoken with people who claim to have had an OOBE...and I found it fascinating. I've not had such an experience. Enjoyed reading this article.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 25, 2018:

Hi Mary, good to see you! How fascinating! Did she say what had happened?

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 25, 2018:

I have never had an out of body experience but I was in the presence of one who had. We were all talking around the table and all of a sudden, she was no,longer with us. We thought she had a stroke but she did not show signs of it so we just waited and after a time she was back and asked us what we were doing so we explained what happened. We got concerned.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 31, 2018:

Thanks Errant!

RDHonde on July 29, 2018:

Very real ... great informative hub. Thank You

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 26, 2018:

How fascinating! Thanks ptosis!

ptosis from Arizona on February 26, 2018:

When a person is scared, a brain area called the amygdala becomes more active, laying down an extra set of memories that go along with those normally taken care of by other parts of the brain.

"In this way, frightening events are associated with richer and denser memories," Eagleman explained. "And the more memory you have of an event, the longer you believe it took." -

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 26, 2018:

Hi Tom, how amazing is that? Makes you wonder doesn't it? I know what you mean about time. Around the year 1991, I had a big car crash, and as it was happening, every single thing slowed down. I could see the wall coming for us, I put my hand out to stop my friend from hitting the wheel, and when we got out, the whole of the capri was sheered off at the front! if it had been another car I wouldn't be here now!

Tom Cornett from Ohio on February 25, 2018:

Hi Nell. While reading your Hub, I remembered a friend telling me when he fell from a ladder, he saw his entire life flash in his mind. He said he saw every bit of his 35 years of life in less than three seconds, the time it took to fall. It kind of makes one wonder if time really exists at all. Wonderful Hub! :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 17, 2017:

Thanks Robin!

Robin Carretti from Hightstown on December 17, 2017:

Wow what an interesting out of body experience came to me from your superb writing thanks so much very interested read indeed

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on December 04, 2017:

I have never experienced any of these. Many times I have wished I could but maybe it would be very scary and better not to wish too hard! LOL

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 07, 2017:

Thanks Peggy, isn't it funny how we always dream that we can fly? maybe there is a genetic memory there that in the past maybe we could fly! lol! thanks for reading.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 07, 2017:

Very interesting to read about this Nell. I do not recall ever having that experience. The closest I have come is when I used to fly in my dreams. I have not done that in some time. It used to be so much fun looking down on people, things and places. To this day I continue to have very vivid dreams.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 03, 2017:

Thanks quicksand, I also read all the lopsang rama books until I found out he was an English man in a wheelchair who said he was the reincarnation blah blah! lol! but yes I do believe you about the travel, and the tunnel or buzzing if you got that is totally real too, thanks for reading

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 03, 2017:

Thanks so much Anusha, I will definitely look it up, it sounds fascinating! thanks again.

quicksand on November 03, 2017:

I first got to know about astral projection via Lobsang Rampa's writings. I was in my very early teens and at that time I was taking medication for migraine. The med was so strong that I was unsure whether I was firmly on ground or simply paddling around! Lobsang's description of astral lakes and waterfalls was too vivid and 'should not go unexplored,' I thought. I shut the doors of the room and gave it a go.

Concentration, breathing, willing ... and on and on! Nothing happened! Rinsed and repeated ... ¡Nada!

It was indeed disappointing. However, one day not long afterwards, when I was dozing off influenced by migraine medication, I felt I was sliding down a tunnel, towards a bright light. Jeez! Progressively losing control, I was!

Fortunately I was able to grab the controls and steer myself to reality. The End!

Many years later I discovered that this tunnel story is quite common. I've come across people who are of the opinion that astral projection is actually the mind playing tricks. Lol!

I dunno!


Anusha Jain from Delhi, India on November 03, 2017:

Whoa! That was quite a read!

I agree with you. I also think that there can't be possible explanations for everything in Science. Science as we know it, is not as developed as we would like. Science a recent, while the world has a more complicated, more ancient history than Science has.

Out of body experiences are also talked about in Yoga. I think you should read about it, you might enjoy that a lot. One consciously leaves the body to awaken the Kundalini Shakti. Yeah, I am sure you are gonna love it.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 01, 2017:

Thanks Nicole, yes sleep paralysis is terrifying! I know about the hedge - crossing, but didn't know it was called that. thanks for reading.

Kitty Fields from Summerland on November 01, 2017:

I've been a lucid dreamer since I was a little girl and always flew in my dreams...which I now realize were out of body experiences or what witches call "hedge-crossing". Certain things can help me leave my body...usually shamanic drumming of some kind and meditation. I have had sleep paralysis on a few occasions, always lying on my back, and both of those times were terrifying. Thanks for writing about this topic, Nell. I never get tired of reading about it.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 26, 2017:

Thanks for reading Mahaveer, and yes I agree with you. All occult sciences do need more research, I am sure we will get a few answers, thanks

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on October 26, 2017:

Nice article. All occult sciences need more research and practical use. That will benefit mankind.

VenusPsychic from wales on October 20, 2017:

thank you

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 20, 2017:

Thanks Venus, sounds fascinating! and welcome to hubpages!

VenusPsychic from wales on October 20, 2017:

for have done this all my childhood , i can telling you it is very real .. i went to places i have never been . i swear months later for real i went visit . it was exactly how i saw it . i am 44 years old . i still dont know how my brain did all this unfortunately . x from Venus Psychic

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 16, 2017:

Thanks Mary, not sure to be honest. Maybe more psychic, but that's an opt out answer really! lol! my mum always said I was 'fey' because I nearly died as a baby, but who knows? thanks for reading.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 16, 2017:

Thanks Thelma, yes sleep paralysis is horrible, and astral projection is weird too, but a fascinating subject. thanks so much for reading.

Mary Wickison from USA on October 16, 2017:

It is a fascinating subject. I can't say I have experienced an OOBE but it is still interesting to read about it.

Do the people who have experienced this phenomenon have anything in common? I believe there are people who are more sensitive than others.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on October 15, 2017:

Well done Nell. You reminded me of my best friend who told me about her experience being out of her body while she was meditating. I didn´t really believe it but I was interested and I listened. Some of my relatives have experienced this sleeping paralysis and l was scared of what they have told me. I hope I will not experience that. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 15, 2017:

Thanks Devika, good to see you. And thanks for reading.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 15, 2017:

Wow! Jackie! that is amazing! and yes definitely real! thanks for sharing.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 14, 2017:

I don't believe in such experiences. You created a useful hub on this topic.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 13, 2017:

I believe I had an out of body experience just before my dad died. I could not get to see him and knew he was dying and I was so stressed about it all and although it could have been a dream it just seemed too real. I crawled in his bed and put my arms around him and we spoke telepathically I guess you would call it although I was there with him. I was still there and aware when he was taken out to an ambulance like truck in back of the hospital and I knew he was gone, but it was OK.

Talking to my mom later who was there I described the place, his bed etc as it really was.

That was many years ago and I have not thought about it in awhile. So pleased you brought it to mind. I really should write all that down to never forget it.

Too bad this wasn't a challenge, I could have had something for it.

I will go read the other hubber's experiences I see mentioned here.

Thanks for the memory!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 13, 2017:

Hi Anna, thanks so much for reading.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 13, 2017:

Thanks Linda, once again this was written because of something someone said! lol! at least it got me writing again. thanks so much for reading.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 13, 2017:

Hi Maggs, I will come over and take a look, thanks

Anna Haun from USA on October 13, 2017:

I find your article very interesting. A scientist is always searching for answers but some things just can't be explained. I do believe that people do have out of body experiences.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 12, 2017:

This is an interesting and thought provoking article, Nell. I enjoyed reading it very much. I think that both out of body and near death experiences are fascinating topics to explore.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on October 12, 2017:

Hey Maggie (maggs224), I also wrote a hub about Near Death Experience just last week. I’m curious to see what your experience was like, so I’ll look for your hub.

maggs224 from Sunny Spain on October 12, 2017:

I wrote a hub about it Nell about 8 years ago called 'Near Death Experiences: Are They Real?' It happened when I was on my bike and was hit by a car.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 12, 2017:

Thanks Glenn, I was actually talking about the so called out of the body experience that they used on that young girl. Her brain wave changed and they thought she was having an episode when really it was a sort of hallucination, and not real. I totally understand about the real near death out of the body thing, thanks for reading.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 12, 2017:

Hi shanmarie, no I must admit I had never thought of that, and yes creepy thought! lol! I also have had dreams of real events before the event, and its pretty weird. but I believe quantum physics has the answer really. thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 12, 2017:

Hi Ms. Dora, still call you that! lol! now that is a great thought! I wonder if they do? thanks for reading.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 12, 2017:

Hiya Paula, always great to see you! Its one of those things that you have experienced, but can never quite explain, that's the trouble! lol! thanks as always.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 12, 2017:

Wow! Martie! I can't remember if you told me that before or not! it does sound familiar though! I would love to read your notes if you publish them! thanks as always. nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 12, 2017:

Its amazing maggs, how many people have had this experience! where was yours and what was it? thanks for reading.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on October 12, 2017:

Nell, you say that scientists have closed the book on this subject. Not so! They may have closed the book on the type of OBE that you discuss here. But there are actually two kinds of OBE. The one you discuss in this article, which occurs at any time in ones life (and may be some kind of hallucination), and the other kind, which occurs during a Near Death Experience.

The latter is even more mysterious because it happens when the brain is not getting any oxygen due to conditions such as cardiac arrest.

I recently had studied cases reported by neurosurgeons who have written books on the subject.

Scientists can’t explain why these patients have an Out of Body Experience that they can clearly describe after they are resuscitated, because their brain was not functioning during that episode. For that matter, they were brain dead by definition: no brain activity detected with an EEG.

This is why scientists are mystified by this kind of OBE.

Shannon Henry from Texas on October 12, 2017:

Interesting. I have never experienced anything like this. But I have experienced some strange things that can't be explained by anything considered normal by most standards. I've dreamt of something going to happen in my future and then experienced it so that I knew what would happen next. And I have awakened on more than one occasion with a sense that something bad was about to happen to someone I know and feeling as if I should pray for them in earnest. I think I started one woman with my reaction to her after she told me about a car accident she had the night I woke up knowing she was in trouble somehow. I couldn't hide my shock and turned pale like a ghost.

This is sort of an absurd thought, but if people 'feel" the presence of a loved one before they die or witness other events in the form of an O.O.B.E. , does it ever bother you to think someone may be witnessing your most private of moments. What a creepy thought.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 12, 2017:

Never experienced this phenomenon. The peace that comes with the floating must be really pleasant. Does anyone enjoy the experience to the point where they don't want it to end?

Suzie from Carson City on October 12, 2017:

Nell...No, I'm sorry to say I have not ever had this experience nor anything like it, unless an exceptionally vivid, clear & detailed dream counts~~which I doubt.

As to your Title question....I have to say that I believe OBE's are REAL to those who experience them & later on, relate what occurred as best as possible. I do believe them & their recount of the experience.

Having said this, I suppose my question in the end would be, are they actually OUT OF BODY episodes or are there other explanations/reasons....and if so, what? I know this is what you are expressing in your wonderful article, Nell, so I feel there is so much to research, to study and understand, it remains a huge mystery to me..

I would love to just once, speak face to face with someone as they describe their own OBE. I think I would tire them with so many questions!

Great article as always, Nell. Sending hugs across the pond....Paula

Martie Coetser from South Africa on October 12, 2017:

I am actually so used to astral experiences that they no longer bothers me. Although there was a time in the '70s when it did bother me. I wrote them down and read every book I could find about the topic, until I eventually came to terms with the fact that the I/me who is captured in my present body is very able to escape while I am sleeping.

One night I had a 'nightmare'. I was busy roaming the sky above a town when I realized that the cord that connected me to my body got stuck in smoke that came from the chimney of one or another factory. I can't remember how I got myself out of that dilemma, only that I woke up with a heart bouncing in my throat. If it was not for my frequent astral experiences, I would have agreed that this was merely a dream.

Then there was my father's Coronary Thrombosis which I witnessed with my own eyes while I was living in another town. I wrote a short story about it.

This hub of yours made me decide to make notes of future experiences.

Thanks, Nell.

maggs224 from Sunny Spain on October 12, 2017:

I enjoyed reading this Nell, very interesting and informative. All I can say in answer to the question posed in your title is, that mine was real, or should I say felt real?

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 12, 2017:

Thanks Kari, its not happened to me for many years, but its something that you don't forget, lol! thanks for reading.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 12, 2017:

Hi Yves, yes there are many people out there that debunk it, but they don't get to see the genuine stuff which is sad. I always think that about James Randi who has spent his life telling everyone that psychic stuff doesn't happen! lol! thanks for reading, nell

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on October 12, 2017:

I have never had an OOBE, but I find them very interesting. I do believe it is possible and I do not think it's hallucination. :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 12, 2017:

Thanks Chitrangada, Wow! I would love to hear what happened to you? thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 12, 2017:

Thanks Kristen, it is terrifying isn't it?

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on October 12, 2017:

Sure Nell. Let me get back to you, my friend.

-Obviously I caught myself 'coming back'!.

Its only happened a couple of times since, but I will never forget it.

And trust me its terrifying to hear!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2017:

OMG! You reminded me of something (like this) that happened to me twenty or more years ago. But I still remember everything very clearly. So I guess, it was not a dream, because I usually forget my dreams after I wake up.

I firmly believe that these things happen to many people. They are difficult to explain to others, because they don’t believe it. And doctors term it as hallucinations.

Interesting personal experiences shared by you Nell and very well written article.

Good to read another interesting article on this subject by you!

Thanks for sharing!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 12, 2017:

Thanks Kristen, can you point them out? for the life of me I can't see them, thanks

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on October 12, 2017:

Nell, it's been a long time since I've read any of your hubs. I never had an OBE before. It does scary and a bit daunting in my opinion. Thanks for sharing this read. I did spot some typos too.

savvydating on October 11, 2017:

Very interesting. I believe that astral projection is a reality because I know two people who have experienced it, and I trusted that they were telling me the truth. This sort of thing fascinates me. You've had many psychic experiences, Nell, due to your natural gift, have you not? I always enjoy it when you write about the supernatural. There is more to life than we know. Maybe science will explain all of it one day. But maybe not.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 11, 2017:

Hi Flourish, Astral projection and O.O.B.E's are exactly the same thing, just different names for them. the astral body is just the soul. Thanks so much for reading, nell

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 11, 2017:

Very interesting personal accounts, both yours and he others you convey. It’s too easy to dismiss as a hallucination, although I don’t know what it is otherwise. Doesn’t explain the book title example that you give.

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