Monday, March 22, 2010

Floating Outside My Body?

An out-of-body experience (aka:OBE), is an experience that typically involves a sensation of floating outside of one's body and, in some cases, perceiving one's physical body from a place outside one's body (autoscopy). Though the term usefully distances researchers from scientifically problematic concepts such as the soul, scientists still know little about the phenomenon.One in ten people has an out-of-body experience at some time in their lives.OBEs are often part of the near-death experience. Those who have experienced OBEs sometimes claim to have observed details which were unknown to them beforehand.

In some cases the phenomenon appears to occur spontaneously; in others it is associated with a physical or mental trauma, use of psychedelic drugs, dissociative drugs, or a dream-like state. Many techniques aiming to induce the experience deliberately have been developed, for example visualization while in a relaxed, meditative state. Recent studies have shown that experiences somewhat similar to OBEs can be induced by direct brain stimulation. Some of those who experience OBEs claimed to have willed themselves out of their bodies, while others report having found themselves being pulled from their bodies (usually preceded by a feeling of paralysis). In other accounts, the feeling of being outside the body was suddenly realized after the fact, and the experiencers saw their own bodies almost by accident.OBEs often occur during the borderline stage between REM sleep and arousal when sleep paralysis may persist and dream imagery may mingle with sensory input.

1 comment:

  1. I previously saw a documentary about out of body experiences. The people who were interviewed shared their experiences about their OBE. Most of them experienced their OBE in the operating room. This subject really interest me, because it seems so bizzare. I heard that people see a tunnel of light when they are experiencing an OBE, but one doctor says this occurs because a person becomes unconscious and the pupil dialates which gives the tunnel of light effect. I don't believe in OBE. Do you believe in OBE? Did you ever experience one?