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Probing the Paranormal: Out of Body Experience Research

April 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 148

Out of body experiences (OBEs) are rare occurrences where the spirit actually leaves the body and travels into another realm altogether. These instances of physical detachment are often portrayed on television shows and in films, and they're discussed in popular magazines and on the internet. It's likely that you've heard about out of body experiences in some form another. Whether or not you believe that these experiences occur, that's a different story.

Out of body experience research became a popular topic in the 1970s when public interest demanded the investigation of topics such as paranormal capabilities, consciousness, and psychic powers. Researchers sought to find out whether these phenomena could be proved, or whether such personal experiences should be left up to one's own subjective beliefs. In general, people were unsure of what to believe with regards to out of body experiences.

Today, researchers have actually induced out of body experiences in laboratory settings. In 2007, Dr. Henrik Ehrsson fronted a team of neurologists who designed a study that effectively induced an OBE. The study was later published inthe popular journal, Science. In the experiment, participants were instructed to wear a set of "virtual reality goggles," through which they could look at their actual body via a live video feed. Researchers then used a pen to stroke the back of the participant. Naturally, participants reported feeling the sensation of have their backs stroked; however, the interesting part was to follow. When researchers presented the video of the participant's back being stroked with a time lag, participants reported feeling the sensation while they saw it, as opposed to when it actually happened. What's more, when the live video featured a mannequin instead of the actual person, participants still reported the sensation of having their backs stroked. The study highlights the potential for misunderstandings between the mind and body - something that can account for the existence of out of body experiences.

In a nutshell, out of body experience research can help us to explain why these things are happening. If you've left your body before, either spontaneously or in a controlled manner, it's important that you know what is happening each time you enter the spirit world. Although you don't have to be afraid in this dimension, it's still good to be aware of what is going on in your body.

Even if you find the evidence isn't substantial enough to warrant your belief in this capability, you should really consider exactly how many people are having these experiences. OBEs are a popular subject for television shows and internet because they're actually quite common experiences. In the end, even if we don't know how to properly explain this phenomenon, we can still use them to develop and grow personally. In life not everything can be grounded in science; there are certain things that should be taken on faith. So, whatever you believe, just know that out of body experiences can happen.

Steve G. Jones is a board certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. He is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, American Board of Hypnotherapy, president of the American Alliance of Hypnotists, on the board of directors of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Lung Association, and director of the California state registered Steve G. Jones School of Hypnotherapy. In order to keep up with the very latest in research, he regularly attends training conferences. Learn more by visiting:

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