By: April Carson
In the 1980s and 1990s, Dr. Rick Straussman worked as a psychiatrist with the criminal population at Las Colinas Detention Facility in San Diego County, California. He began to notice that some of his patients would suddenly claim to be experiencing an out-of-body experience. These individuals would go on to describe in great detail their own autopsies or how their body was found after they committed suicide. Straussman treated over seventy individuals who claimed to have had an out-of-body episode, and he documented these accounts thoroughly.
One of the best-known examples took place in 1990, when one of Straussman's patients claimed to be floating over the prison yard. He saw that a young man was going to be stabbed by black inmates because he refused to join a gang. The inmate reported to Straussman that he even went so far as witnessing the attackers prepare for the assault. After that, he floated back into his body and was able to warn the young man about what was going to happen…Sounds crazy right?
Lets learn what OBE is and if it relates to Astral Projection.
Definition of Out-of-body Experience :
An out-of-body experience (OBE), also known as a dissociative episode, is when your sense of self leaves the confines of your physical body. These episodes are often reported by people who’ve had near death experiences.
The typical human perspective: you view yourself from within and outside isn't quite right because during an OBE, it feels like you're observing yourself in third person - watching over everything with some detachment but still aware that this isn't normal behavior for humans to have these detached feelings or perspectives on themselves at all times. It's not entirely clear if consciousness can actually leave one's body though; most scientists would say no since there hasn't been any evidence yet which suggests anything about conscious existence beyond our brains.
According to Lucidology, the practice of keeping conscious awareness during sleep and dreaming consists of creating a perception of oneself independent from one's physical body through an OBE, which can be induced by overcoming a deep feeling of paralysis just before falling asleep; this is because as you fall asleep, your brain produces random imagery as it tries to interpret the random noise of your brainwaves which is different than what you actually see in real life due to the lack of moving stimuli.
The OBE is not a dream or hallucination. It feels different and it happens when you're awake - at least, it does for most people who've experienced an OBE before. People recalling experiences of this nature usually feel that the experience was real because the emotions felt during the event are as intense as anything else they've ever felt before. The experience is very lucid, more lucid than any dream could ever be. People report being able to interact with their environment - move objects around with telekinesis or have conversations with other people in the room who don't know about this paranormal activity.
Is it the same as Astral Projection?
There are some key differences between astral projections and out-of-body experiences. An astral projection usually involves an intentional effort to send your consciousness from your body, while OBEs refer to a person's experience of being outside their physical self. So the person doesn't even know that they are out of their body. Astral projections are also known to have a silver cord, like an umbilical cord, connecting you back to your body. OBEs do not have this. An another difference is that in astral projection there's usually more awareness and less intense than OBEs.
An OBE is usually unplanned, and it occurs when your consciousness hovers or floats above your physical body. They typically happen when your cerebral cortex temporarily ceases to function. This can occur during a dream, or as you're drifting off to sleep.
Though OBEs are recognized by medical professionals, astral projection is considered a spiritual practice.