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Out-Of-Body Experiences: Is It Really Possible to Leave the Body?

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January 14th, 2017

By Wes Annac

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

An out-of-body experience (OBE) is precisely what the name suggests: an experience where your consciousness is separate from your body, which frees you to roam an open world while the body remains unconscious. It’s a common experience that’s linked to lucid dreaming and sleep paralysis.

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Your experience with OBEs, lucid dreams, and similar dream-related phenomena depends on your mindset and the level of control you’re able to exert over your surroundings. Conscious sleep paralysis, on the other hand, is almost always a negative experience.

Sleep Paralysis, Lucid Dreams, and OBEs

Lucid dreaming (and by extension, OBEs) has been praised for providing a vibrant, expansive worldly landscape in which people can work through the problems in their waking life while doing pretty much anything else they want – even fly. Sleep paralysis isn’t as fun.

Despite that the body falls naturally into paralysis when we sleep, retaining consciousness during said paralysis is a scary thing. Sightings of demon-like entities and other dreamlike visions have been reported along with an intense sense of discomfort and confinement. We’ll learn more about that later.


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