Out of body experiences have long been debated by scientists, psychologists, and dream experts. What exactly are out of body experiences? It’s hard to deny that they exist, simply because so many people who claim to have them describe such ridiculously similar experiences. While there’s still a bit of debate going on, lots of experts now agree that out of body experiences are very similar to lucid dreams.
Curious about out of body experiences and how to bring one on? Here’s what you should know.
What are out of body experiences like?
In looking at what people describe as out of body experiences, it’s interesting that they’re really remarkably similar from one person to the next. Essentially, the person loses feeling in their physical body, but then feels themselves floating somewhere above that body. When they look down, they’re able to see themselves lying in the bed, as well as whatever else happens to be going on around them in minute detail. Some out of body experiences leave the person in their own room, but others may take them well out of the room, floating ever upwards into space.
Like I said, the jury is still out on what, exactly, out of body experiences are. Some say they’re your real astral, or mental, body floating out of your physical body and experiencing the world in a new way. Others simply think they’re a different form of lucid dream. In fact, a few studies have shown that out of body experiences are common when people are in the same physiological state as when they’re having a lucid dream. Personally, I tend to lean towards this explanation, but who knows?
Can you have out of body experiences?
Lucid dreaming is often seen as a stepping stone for wild out of body experiences. By learning to have lucid dreams, you’re essentially figuring out how to remain – or become – conscious when you’ve lost sensation in your body due to sleep. If you follow the theory that out of body experiences are simply vivid lucid dreams that seem real, then lucid dreams are definitely the way to have an out of body experience.
My suggestion if you want to have out of body experiences is to start by learning to wake up during your dreams. Then, I would start trying to have Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams (WILD). These are lucid dreams when you go straight from being awake to being asleep and dreaming without losing consciousness.
One study showed that Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams were about three times as likely to become out of body experiences as Dream Initiated Lucid Dreams (DILD), when you start out in a dream and only later realize you’re dreaming and become conscious.
If you start by consciously trying to have an out of body experience, you’re probably not going to get there right away. Instead, you need to take it slow and start with regular lucid dreams. Having DILD first can help you more easily transition to WILD, which is really good prep for having out of body experiences.
Out of body experiences are interesting phenomenon because the thing that makes them so real is that you don’t do a reality check. You’re conscious and dreaming, but you’re also pretty convinced that what you’re seeing and experiencing is real. For this reason, you just have to let out of body experiences sort of happen, but practicing lucid dreaming and WILD in particular can help prepare your mind for what will happen when you have an out of body experience. The more you practice WILD, the more likely you are to have one of these interesting experiences.
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