True Accounts of Out-Of-Body Experiences

Travelling in the Body of Light

Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. Extract from my book “What to Do When You Are Dead” about Out Of Body Experiences and Near Death Experiences.

A great many people write to me at my newspaper and Internet columns to say they have had Out Of Body Experiences and claim to have traveled outside of their physical bodies. Out-of-body-experiences (OBEs) are surprisingly common. Surveys have yielded differing results showing that between 25% and 60% of people questioned claimed to have experienced a OBE. Whatever the true figure, it is clear from surveys and my bulging mailbag that this is certainly not an uncommon experience. Here is an example from one of the many thousands of letters and e-mails set to me:

“A few years ago I had an extremely painful operation without anesthetic. I left the hospital twenty minutes after the surgery in a state of shock, anger, and mixed emotions. My center of vision suddenly changed. I stood about three stories higher, above myself, looking down at the scene below. I could see the pedestrians walking by, the cars and buses, the flat rooftops of the buildings. I even saw myself stop at the curb, look both ways, and cross the street.

I have a bald spot on the top of my head and I noticed that there was a small scar on it that I did not know was there!”

This is an unusual case because Out of Body Experiences OBE happened while she was walking along the street. Celia Green, the UK psychical investigator, cites a couple of cases in which motorcyclist left their bodies while driving at high-speed. (Fortunately, they did not have accidents.) Pilots have also had similar experiences, finding themselves apparently outside their aircraft struggling to get in. One of the most famous examples of this happened to Charles A. Lindbergh in 1927 as he made the first ever flight across the Atlantic in his plane The Spirit of St Louis. “I existed independently of time and matter. I felt myself departing from my body as I imagine a spirit would leave–emanating into the cockpit, extending through the fuselage as though no frame of fabric walls were there, angling upward, outward, until I reformed in an awareness far distant from the human form I left in a fast-flying transatlantic plane. But I remained connected to my body through a long-extended strand, a strand so tenuous that it could have been severed by a breath.”

Astral Projection

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Most out-of-body experiences happen spontaneously. Often a period of severe stress or shock or fatigue can induce the astral body to temporarily separate from the physical body. Reports also come from people who say they have had an out-of-body experience OBE while they were resting, sleeping, or dreaming. The majority of out-of-body experiences occur when people are in bed, ill, or resting, with a smaller percentage coming while the person is drugged or medicated. There is a high incidence of out-of-body experience during puberty. Of course, some of these “experiences” may be fantasy, but a great many cases on record give empirical proof that such experiences do exist, because the astral traveler has seen and described things from the journey that he or she could not have known. For example, out-of-body travelers have read off numbers from random-number generating machines placed in a room separate from their physical bodies, or seen target objects placed at a distance, even on the roofs of buildings.

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What To Do If You Leave Your Body

The experience of leaving the physical body is usually a pleasurable one. I have had a number of out of body experiences OBE’s myself and it always feels natural and an enjoyable experience. However, my first OBE, which happened to me during my adolescence, was frightening. As I was falling asleep, I felt myself rise to the ceiling. I looked around and saw myself on the bed. My immediate thought was that I had died in my sleep and I panicked. Instantaneously, there was a feeling of great shaking and I felt myself shoot back into my body like a whip being lashed. There was a huge bang and a flash of light, and I awoke with my body drenched in cold sweat.

Nowadays, if the same thing happens, I stay calm and enjoy the experience of being free of the body. I realize that it is a natural experience and is safe to consciously practice. Although, perhaps, there are those who have had “one OBE too many” and ended up in the spirit world permanently. Their being dead, there would be no conventional way for them to let us know what had happened! Nonetheless, through experience, I believe it to be safe and know of no cases where communicating spirits have warned against it. There have also been no reported cases of people dying while practicing out of body experience OBE experiments under laboratory conditions.


It is possible to induce an out of body experience and I have described these in detail in my other books: The Psychic Workbook (Random House), The Hidden Meaning of Dreams (Sterling), and Remembering your Dreams (Sterling). The simplest methods of out-of-body experience OBE induction require you to deliberately relax very deeply and visualize that you are being pulled towards a point in the room, such as a light fixture. As the physical mechanism of the body becomes quiescent, the body of light continues to remain active. Instead of resting in the physical body, it goes out of the body and into the astral plane. The body of light lays aside the physical body like we lay aside our clothes. It is also possible to use lucid dream techniques to trigger astral flight.

If you take a nap and find yourself out of your body, don’t panic. Enjoy the experience. It is likely, at first, to last only a few moments, but with practice the experience can be sustained. Some mystical teachings say that everyone astral travels every night–it’s just that we forget that we’ve done it once we wake up. Part of the art of astral travel is being able to recall the experience when you return to the body. If you have used a sleep technique, you may lose awareness of the experience in the same way you forget your dreams on waking

Travelling in the body of light is easy, provided one practices. It takes perseverance and patience.

Initially, you may indulge yourself in the enjoyable sensations that arise as you free yourself of your physical form. The physical body feels sluggish in comparison to its astral counterpart. It is like clay compared to light. The body of light is pure life force.

You may see your physical body laid on the bed as I did and decide now is the time to venture further afield. Perhaps you will travel to places you know, or move to far-off countries on the other side of the world. Imagine the feeling of soaring high above the world and seeing the landscape moving below you.

When I was a young man my grandfather was very ill. Coming close to death, he spoke to me about an experience he had while in the hospital. His eyes were shining with delight and excitement as he spoke. “My whole bed lifted up and floated down the corridor over there,” he said. “It was wonderful, I flew out of the hospital and all over the world. I even saw the continent of Australia laid out below me. Craig, I will never be afraid of dying. You must never fear death.” Those few words, from someone so close to me and whom I could trust implicitly, had a profound effect upon me.

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References and Works Cited

  • Hamilton-Parker, Craig (2010) What To Do When You Are Dead Sterling imprint Barnes & Noble ISBN 978-1-4027-7660-1 (Languages: English, Dutch, Portuguese) BUY THE BOOK HERE


11 comments… add one
  • Michele Mar 24, 2019, 12:41 pm

    My first OBE was during a “healing circle” after a yoga lesson. We did not do yoga that day, just book work. Each one of us sat in a circle, hands joined, and with our eyes closed, and one by one we were to say out loud who we wanted to send healing energy to that day. There was eight of us in total, and I was the seventh person to speak. All I was thinking about while waiting for my turn was what I was going to say. As the fifth or sixth student was speaking, suddenly I dropped or fell into a deep dark tunnel. I was moving so fast and I got so scared, I jumped and thought for sure I gasped out loud. My heart rate was racing after, I kept my eyes shut and waited for my turn. My instructor just explained to me after, I had an OBE. that’s it. I would like to do it again, But not down a black never-ending tunnel.

  • Anthony Oct 23, 2018, 9:45 pm

    I’ve had many lucid dreams throughout my life, still, do. Also, OBEs which I’m most interested in and see things in the same room in a different perception that the physical body at the time is unable to see due to obstacles in the direct view. I live in the UK and was wondering if there is anywhere I could participate in studies as I am very interested in the subject and would like to further my experiences. I’ve not had much experience with induced OBEs but many spontaneous. If you know of any studies I could join I’d be grateful for letting me know here.

  • Rosemary Adair Sep 9, 2018, 7:46 pm

    I’ve had an out of body experience. I left my body and ran away from it. What could that mean.?

  • Mark Aug 25, 2018, 4:08 am

    I am in my mid-fifties now but when I was probably 6-7 years old I would have these experiences when going to sleep and I did not like them at all. It would always start the same way, my spirit would leave my body and hover over it, I could look right down at myself then my spirit would begin to spin, slowly at first but then quicker and more violently. Then I would find myself not necessarily flying but floating in this complete and utter darkness that had no parameters and then the terrifying part would happen and it happened every time. I could hear the evil laughter of an old woman, I never did see her but her presence engulfed me. My fear immobilized me. These experiences would last about a minute or so and as I said they were terrifying. I was truly in an evil realm.

  • Josphat Jun 15, 2018, 8:47 am

    I have had several out of body experiences. But the most common ones are the ones where I fly. It took me sometimes to understand how to fly because, during each out-of-the-body experience, I would learn how to. Eventually, I experienced a breakthrough one day, flying over and moving to various destinations that I knew. I saw things. And I could no longer fear flying. While I do not induce these experiences, they happen and I am conscious of them. I now know that I can even fly to other planets or galaxies if I want to. But I choose not to…

  • David Mar 28, 2018, 8:39 am

    When I was a child (probably younger than 10) I used to have experiences I perceived as nightmares. I can honestly not remember what I would be doing in them. All I remember is a feeling that would come over me. Like I felt my body completely. It felt soft but massive, not heavy, but super dense. And there was almost a taste or smell to the sensation. I would then “grow” for lack of better word. Like, I would instantly become huge. Almost like I was becoming part of everything like I was expanding? It sounds strange, but it felt like I became more of a consciousness, a massive entity, but still me. It would frighten me terribly and inevitably I would wake up sweating or sometimes on the floor. Just wondering if anyone else experienced this or had any thoughts on what to label the experience. It only happened when I was young. Quite frequently. Any input would be appreciated.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Mar 29, 2018, 5:01 pm

      I had a similar sensation in a nightmare when I was a child. I interpreted it as being in the womb. The sense of growing was the contraction of the birth canal. I’m not saying that this explains your experience but the sensations sound very similar to something I had. I don’t think it is an out of body experience account though.

  • Jessie Mar 16, 2018, 5:03 am

    Back when I was 7, I had an ear infection in my right ear. I was in a lot of pain. Couldn’t really eat or sleep. One day I wandered upstairs to bed. I laid there and cried myself to supposed sleep. The next thing I know, I’m outside and this cloud with two angels comes down to me. They take me with them. We are slowly riding looking down on the earth explaining troubles with the earth. Then one of them touches my right shoulder, asked me to help them. I say, “take me back home. Drop me off on the roof.” I walk in my window, and that instant I wake up in bed. I sit up, and I instantly realize the pain is gone. I take the medicated cotton ball out of my ear, wondering if I died and came back. I never told many people about my experience, but now I want to.

  • Joseph Oct 23, 2013, 1:52 am

    I had a dream when I was a young child where I died. I didn’t wake up right before I died, I died and had an out of body experience where I was floating above my lifeless body looking down at it and then I woke up. I had this dream every night for two weeks before I finally figured out how to make it stop and haven’t had it since, although I can remember every detail vividly, which is weird because I don’t dream very often and when I do I don’t recall much about them. I was under the impression, although it may be incorrect, that it was impossible to die in a dream. Is this true? Please respond if you have time, for this has haunted me for some time now. Thank You

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Nov 8, 2013, 1:07 pm

      We cannot possibly know if it is impossible or not to die in a dream because there would be nobody to tell the tale! People do however have out of body experiences while asleep – these are often called Astral Projection. Have a search around my site here as I have many articles and videos about this. They may help to put your mind at ease.

  • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jan 3, 2013, 4:09 pm

    There has been some interesting research into out of body experiences. Some say however that it is all in the mind. Do you think that there’s a way to explain OBE’s other than the soul leaving the body?

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