An Out Of Body Experience or OBE can be defined as an experience in which a person seems to perceive the world from a location outside the physical body. These experiences are often spontaneous and sometimes linked to shock. There was a famous cartoonist, whose name I will not disclose, in a bank in France when an armed robbery took place. The robbers opened fire shooting a shotgun into the ceiling and he, thinking he had sustained a hit, fell down and collapsed. During this period of unconsciousness the man found himself outside his body and in an airport lounge where he was surrounded by people that he did not know. He could see airplanes outside the lounge and noted that among the strangers around him was a lady dressed as a Nun. When he woke only moments had passed and he was alive and in the bank, unhurt and the robbers were exiting with their haul.
I myself have had numerous OBEs and one that was similar to the airport lounge experience. Another time I was seriously ill and found myself flying around the skies with a voice asking me where I wanted to go. After a brief visit to the Taj Mahal and the Eiffel Tower I decided to go see my beloved grandparents at their home in Foulridge, near Colne in Lancashire UK. But I never made it. I came to earth some distance away and was met by the most beautiful lady dressed all in shimmering white. She told me I now had a choice, to continue on and go to my grandparents home or return to my body. As she said this she held out her hand and a feeling of absolute peace and love flooded through me. I replied that I had better return to my body and as I held her hand I was instantly transported back to my 18 year old form and my fever had passed.
My friend Jeff from the Lancashire town of Leigh told me how he fell asleep in a chair in his lounge and, as he snoozed, discovered that he was walking down the hallway of his house. Suddenly he realized that he was not in his body and a terrible fear gripped him that he had in fact died and was now a ghost. At the moment, as he thought those thoughts, he woke with a start and found himself back within his physical form. Jeff told me that he had never really believed that Out Of Body Experiences were true before but that had changed his mind.
On the internet world-wide-web is a brilliant website called: paranormal.about.com and there you will find many first person accounts of paranormal experiences. Whilst researching this article I found this story by a lady called Nancy who tells of her own OBE:
In 1970 my son was about 4 years old. He had a habit of sleepwalking during the night. Our bedrooms were on the second floor and my son’s bedroom was right next to the railing that led downstairs. He would usually sleepwalk early in the evening and my husband would put him over his shoulder and take him back upstairs and tuck him in. Our bedroom was just down the hallway.
One night I got up very fast and I rushed into my son’s bedroom because I thought I heard him getting up and possibly going for a walk down the stairs. I was afraid he would trip and fall. I rushed into his room and I stood by his bed and I found that he was all tucked in. I wondered why I got up so fast. As I stood there, I looked down at myself and I found that all of me was a light gray mist! Even my night clothes were all gray. I was totally confused because this situation had never happened to me before. Then I thought that I had better get out to the hallway and as soon as I thought about doing that, my light gray body floated to the doorway. As I floated to the door, I could see my gray body, but I didn’t seem to have any feet. As I stood there, I had a feeling that I could have gone through the wall to the right and have gone sight-seeing, or I could have made a turn to the left to go down the hallway where our bedroom was. I looked to my left and I could see my bedroom and there I was sitting up in bed with my head against the back of the bed. I was not moving at all.
At that point, I realized that my soul was not in my heavy body that was sitting up in bed. It was with me in my light gray misty body standing in the hallway. I knew my gray soul had to get back into my body, but I didn’t know how I was going to do that. The next thing I did was that I floated down the hallway and I stood right next to the body that was sitting up in bed. The bottom of my night clothes and area where my feet would have been, came up and went into the top of the head of the body that was sitting up in bed. At that point, I realized that I was one person… body and soul. ( paranormal.about.com)
I have myself recently experienced being out of my body. Myself and my wife Mary were on holiday in Spain and asleep in a hotel bedroom. It would be perhaps 2am when I opened my eyes to see that my wife’s astral body was floating above her physical form alongside my own. I experienced an intense sense of absolute delight and exhilaration; I was free from that heavy body and could fly. Turning to my wife I tried to persuade her in her astral body to join me and escape. I pleaded with her to fly away with me but as soon as she realized that she was not in her body she shook her head and vanished. Then we both woke at once and whilst I had perfect recall she said only that she had experienced a very strange dream in which she had been floating. The question is, had she agreed to join me on my astral adventure would we have ever woken again in this material world?