The terms OBE (out of body experience) refers to your soul leaving your body while you are conscious and near-death experience (NDE) refer to experiences in which your consciousness leaves your body while you are still alive but travels to another dimension.
I've had unique out of body experiences that have made me realise that we are more than just our skin and bones. My first one was over 30 years ago and I still have them to this day.
Although I can't recall the exact moment I had my first OBE, I can tell you what they are like. It's always early morning, and I'm typically only half awake. What occurs to me is that I hear a loud sound that is difficult to describe but might sound like a train. Then I experience massive pressure as energy pulls out of the top of my head. I've only ever "hover travelled" in my room; I've never truly "travelled" astrally. My late brother Gary told me that he once used astral projection to travel to another realm and saw colours that were so vivid that he was unable to explain them to me. He mixed colours in his paintings based on the hues he observed that, in my opinion, where phenomenal.
A Few Of My Out of Body Experiences
Once, Emma, my then 4-year-old daughter and I were in bed. I stayed in Emma's bed while travelling to Western Australia for a wedding because she was ill. I began to have an OBE around 5:00 am in the morning, and Emma stretched out to me and firmly said, "NO." I will never forget that moment. As soon as she said no, I came straight back into my body.
Another time, while under a general anaesthetic, I abandoned my body and became a part of the universe. It is a vast, vibrant structure with everything precisely and mathematically aligned. A distinct "tap tap tap" sound is another thing I recall, but I have no clue what it was. During this OBE or maybe NDE (Near Death Experience), I also met what I believe you would call "God", not as a person but as energy. This "visit" taught me everything there is to know about the universe and our purpose for existing. God told me that while I would recall that I "knew everything," I would forget what I had learned before I left. About 20 years ago, I had this encounter, and I still clearly recall every detail. It was life-changing.
I believe I've read almost all the books there are on near-death experiences. It's a fascinating subject, and I am especially interested in children who have had a Near Death Experience, as they don't have preconceived ideas or beliefs. David Ditchfield, severely injured by a train and experienced a profound NDE, is one NDE in particular. You can watch this interview here. Reading and watching documentaries or interviews about near-death experiences is a great place to start if you have never considered spirituality.
I once had a deep OBE that kept me up all night because it was so hot outside. I meditated around three in the morning and listened to a deep meditation recording. I experienced a difference in my body during the meditation that felt almost like a change in vibration. In addition, I imagined the stunning hues of blue, emerald, and gold. After drifting off to slumber, I woke up suddenly as an intense OBE began. When I opened my eyes, I could not stop what was happening to me. My entire body started to shake as I felt myself ascend out of my body and float above. I wasn't afraid at all. After about 10 minutes of this, I finally had enough and somehow willed it to end, at which point I got out of bed. I didn't feel scared or trembling; instead, I felt my spiritual state had changed significantly. For about 15 minutes after, the top of my skull did feel very pressured.
I know I am not the only one who has had these encounters because it frequently occurs. I have no idea why it happens, but as I stated at the opening of this post, it gives me hope that there is more to life than what we see with the naked eye. That gives me hope that I will see my parents and brother again one day.
I have also had many episodes of sleep paralysis and that's not pleasant.