Out of body travel
Out of body travel
An out-of-body experience is when your consciousness separates from your physical body. It is sometimes reported by people undergoing operations – they describe seeing their bodies lying on a table as they zoom towards a white light. It can also happen deliberately or spontaneously when you’re in that in between state between being awake and being asleep.
But describing what an out-of-body (OBE) experience feels like is a bit like describing what love is… it’s something you need to experience for yourself to believe and fully understand it.
But why would you want to have an OBE in the first place?
Well, as a prolific and proficient out-of-body explorer, I can tell you nothing compares to the sense of complete freedom you feel when you’re out-of-body. You can soar, fly and be anywhere you like as soon as you think of that place. You can be with anyone you like in the flash of an eye. You can travel into the past and into the future. You can meet your guides and even have a chai latte with them if you like (which I have done!). Only your imagination limits you and you start to truly comprehend your unlimited potential.
Have I lost my mind?
Yes, I know this all sounds very wacky and off the rail. But I promise I haven’t been smoking anything! I started having OBEs as a child and only recently realised that the reason I started having them so young is because I was practicing my own form of Yoga Nidra.
You see, when I was little, I was petrified of going to sleep. I often had weird experiences, episodes when I felt like my body was paralysed and shaking uncontrollably. It was impossible to snap out of it or even to make a sound in that state.
So to keep myself from falling asleep, I started to play little games in my head. I’m not sure why I started to do this, but I would imagine moving my mind into my left big toe. I would try to see if I could ‘think’ from my toe instead of my head. And then it progressed to all my toes, my foot, my leg, my hip and then up the other side and all the way to the top of the head.
I found that I could indeed shift my awareness from body part to body part. It became a fun little game, but it also meant that my weird experiences multiplied. Now it wasn’t just the shaking that I had to contend with, I also started to experience floating body parts. My arm seemed to just detach from my body and it could stretch out like a rubber band. I also began floating up to ceiling – I could look down and just see myself lying in bed.
How is this related to Yoga Nidra?
Since starting to practice and teach Yoga Nidra, it has stuck me how similar it is to the ‘game’ I played as a child. The shifting of awareness from body part to body part helps keep your mind alert while allowing your body to deeply relax. That is the exact state needed to induce an OBE.
I actively induce out-of-body explorations and have a fun-packed ‘night life’! I’ve been privileged enough to study at the Monroe Institute in Virginia – founded by one of my heroes Robert Monroe (whose first book was a revelation to me and explained exactly what I had been experiencing since I was a child).
I’ve also helped run a number of retreats and workshops organised by the charismatic and seasoned out-of-body explorer Todd Acamesis. If you’re based in London and interested OBEs, you should definitely check out Todd’s events!
Would you like to find out more?
I am creating Yoga Nidra style meditations specifically to induce OBEs so make sure to watch this space.
Drop me a line is this is something you would like to know more about.