Out-of-body Experiences Are Scientifically Proven to Be Real

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While scientists study the “mystical” out of body experiences and propose their theories, let’s try to explain what they are and where they come from, as well as how one can experience astral travel.

An “out of body experience” may be provoked by many different reasons, quite unpleasant ones: brain injury, sensory deprivation (lack of external stimuli), a near-death experience, the use of dissociative and some other drugs, artificial electrical stimulation of the brain, dangerous lack of sleep or dehydration, etc.

However, Canadian neuroscientists led by Claude Messier found a 24-year-old student capable of experiencing it by a simple act of will. After studying the function of her brain, they found a lot of interesting things.

As the researchers themselves describe the girl’s unique abilities, “she can see herself spinning, lying or rolling on a horizontal plane in the air over her own body. It is reported that from time to time she can watch her body moving on, feeling that her “real” body remains motionless. According to the student, the emergence of such experiences is not connected to any particular emotional state.”

How is that even possible?

To find out, the scientists tracked the brain activity of the girl using fMRI. As a result, the brain scan detected a marked reduction of excitation in the visual cortex and increased activity in the areas associated with the creation of kinesthetic image of one’s own body, its position and movement in space.

It turns out that “out of body experience” is a very real thing. The 24-yar-old student spoke the truth and really was able to call this state with the help of her willpower. But does this mean that her “soul” has a unique gift to leave her own body? According to scientists, nothing paranormal and mystical is required for explanation of this phenomenon.

Today experts believe that all these astral travels are nothing more than a hallucination. They are caused by a small glitch in the coordination of neurons responsible for primary processing and synthesis of incoming information, which most likely leads to confusion between the visual and tactile stimuli that get in the higher centers of the brain.

Roughly the same happens in cases of synesthesia when a stimulus “jumps” from one sensory system to another and leads to creating color sensations for sounds.

By the way, the Canadian neuroscientists believe that if one person has learned to call these “astral hallucinations” at will, why can’t the rest of us learn to do the same? If this skill does not have any useful application, we could at least get a new amazing experience. Among the methods to prepare the mind for an out-of-body experience, a simple self-hypnosis technique can be used.

How to Have an Out-Of-Body Experience

So, find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Sit or lie down, relax, close your eyes and imagine that your hands are touching an endless thick rope. Do not move, but imagine the process in detail, try to feel like moving your hands and fingers and touching the rope.

Once you have a clear image of that in your mind, start to climb up the rope. Feel the tension in your muscles. Do not try to see it visually, but only to feel it, just like if you were climbing up in the complete darkness.

If you try hard, then pretty soon you will get out of your own body. Have your eyes mentally “open” (or at least open your “third” eye) and see yourself from a height.

If you managed to do it this way or practice astral travel using any other method, please describe your experience in the comments below!


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  1. Leo March 14, 2014 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    This study by no means suggests that the PERCEPTION of conciousness leaving the body in an extracorporeal experience (ECE) implies that the person is ACTUALLY out of her body.
    Be careful with what you suggest to be proven by science. This only explains areas of the brain becoming activated during the ECEs. NOT A WORD in the article referring to the actual posibility of anything getting out of the body in reality. So the reference to “astral travelling” in this context is blatantly misleading.

    • Omar August 26, 2016 at 5:08 am - Reply

      You’re right. I have been experiencing OBEs recently and when I “float” through the rooms of my house and find alot of things that aren’t really there, like furniture and such.

      I have an interesting way of experiencing them. And I found that the best time for me to easily induce them is to be sleep deprived. When I feel really tired and try to fall back asleep, the buzzing noise comes and it gets louder as it progresses. There, I have the choice to either let the relaxing, letting the buzzing get louder or abort from the process by just resisting against it. This whole part takes just a few secs. Then, I begin to feel dreamy and feel myself slowly detaching from my body but I never float over it. I just “roll out” of my body by letting myself go. And then down to the floor below me and so on. I basically go the opposite way, down. Then I just float around random rooms without my own control and sometimes float through my own apartment. All I have to do to wake up is to force my eyes open. And I’m back. It’s all dreams. Nothing real.

  2. Kevin Williams March 15, 2014 at 6:18 am - Reply

    The authors of this study should be testing their subject for veridical (i,e., verified) perception during her OBEs by setting up target images for her to read while out of her body.

  3. Stephen DeLucia March 15, 2014 at 6:12 am - Reply

    I’m 23 a haven’t done it for awhile but I was really into Doing astro projection and studying about be calm. I was about 17 or 18 the first time I did it.it took me about 6 month to learn how to do it. For me I hade to be completely clean off all drugs even caffeine and would through me off even nicotine would through me off in the beginning and I wouldn’t be able to do it . I would lay in the dark in bed for about an hour or two I would lay there with my hands at my side and my eyes closed. The first thing I would do to know that I was doing it is cross my arms or bring my hands together and I could feel my arm still at my side yet my hands where touching I would left/ get myself out of bed u have to be comfortable with your surroundings I walked out of my room note that my room is on the second floor. I walk through my upstairs hall way and headed towards the steps. I went down the steps but when I got to the last step I fell into an obis of darkness which I couldn’t tell where I was and I was lost. Because you all was have a connection to your body I started to shack my bad that was still in bed I until I felt my arm/body com into its on and I open my eyes and lay up it was intense every once in awhile I try bit it seems like I can never get in the right state of mind and there are things that you see when your astro projecting dark shadows that’s when you get back to your body my one good friend god rest his soul a couple of months before he passed away. Desided to do a out of body experience. His girlfrind was in the other room she randomly starts feel a cold gust of air and her hairs on the back of her neck stand up and she’s gets a real bad vibe a of u want to call it demonic/ evil vibe she run in the room my friend ways laying in and shacks him and he’s not responding he finally jumps up and say there was something In the house and he say a dark figger when he was astral projecting. And the crazy part is he dident tell her what he was about to do and after he told her what happens and she told him what she felt all the lights in there apartment turned off they ran out there apartment and went to a friends place they dident go back I till later the next day. What I’m saying is be carefull of where ur doing it and what kind of Reston u are

    • Jack October 17, 2014 at 10:36 am - Reply

      You’re 23 years old and have the spelling and grammar skills of a 3rd grader. Being a retired school teacher, I am deeply troubled to realize the magnitude of failure in the educational system of today. Please seek to further improve yourself through books and writing classes.

      • Nikki June 12, 2016 at 11:16 am - Reply

        Don’t hassle people’s grammar. Blame it on social media which caused the problems in the first place. Cell phone texting and twitter. Stop being an education Nazi. Very sad when people wish to express themselves and you get a teacher telling them how they should read and write better. They could be dyslexic for all you know.

    • SpringerRider January 25, 2016 at 3:50 am - Reply

      You sound like someone baffled by Velcro.

  4. Kathy March 20, 2014 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    I did this accidentally when I was about 6 years old. Scared the heck out of me.

  5. maniranjan May 19, 2014 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    even my mother saw this kind of things

  6. Paul Johansen May 4, 2015 at 4:49 am - Reply

    I was a regular practitioner of astral projection when I was about 25 years old some 40 years ago. What began as a very scary paralyzing feeling and a hissing sound in my ears was soon to be verified in a book I read written Robert Munroe called: Journeys Out of the Body. I could get out easily by lying down and drifting off and waiting until the hissing noise started and then rolling out. I was fully conscious and could get back in immediately by just thinking about it. In this state it is as though thought and action occur simultaneously. You feel as though you are wide awake and fully conscious and when you fall back in and sit up you are aware that it was not like a dream at all. I think anybody could probably learn to do it.

    • Jeff April 22, 2016 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      That you are able to move simply by process of thought makes perfect sense, as there is really no other way you could accomplish action (as a spirit being). There’s a very interesting book, which I believe is called “Return From Tomorrow.” It’s about a G.I. who was so severely injured that he was toe-tagged (as dead) in triage. The book describes how he gets up from the gurney, walks outside, and suddenly finds himself flying over cities, farms, etc. he was thinking about home, and his spirit literally began to travel there–at great speed. At one point, he stopped at a city and described an area of it in detail. Some years later, after he recovered, he was still able to describe places he saw that night–in great detail–which he had never traveled to, in the flesh, so to speak. The places he described were later confirmed as completely accurate in minute detail. It’s an excellent book.

  7. Tami June 1, 2015 at 2:32 am - Reply

    I had the worst time trying to read & understand what Stephen was writing about as well, however, I assumed English was not the persons first language. After I read your comment I went back & looked at the last name & believe that is the case. I certainly hope so. Either way your comment was insensitive

  8. Crystal Garza October 12, 2015 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    It is def possible. My aunt got into it by accident when she lost her son mother and husband all to car accidents. She started by having dreams and waking visions which turned into meditation and complete control over astral projection. Her name is betty kovacs and you can find her book”the miracle of death” on Amazon and in tons of book stores

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