Have you ever experienced an OBE? You may have experienced one but didn’t know how to label the experience.
An OBE (out-of-body experience) is a not a scary experience just a bit freaky. The experience involves a sensation of floating outside one’s body and, in some cases, perceiving one’s physical body from a place outside one’s body (autoscopy).
The term out-of-body experience was introduced in 1943 by George N. M. Tyrrell in his book Apparitions and has been adopted by researchers as an alternative to belief-centric labels such as “astral projection”, “soul travel”, or “spirit walking”. OBEs can be induced by brain traumas, sensory deprivation, near-death experiences, dissociative and psychedelic drugs, dehydration, sleep, and electrical stimulation of certain parts the brain.
Mainstream science considers the OBE a type of hallucination that can be caused by various psychological and neurological factors.
One in ten people has an OBE once, or more commonly, several times in his or her life, but scientists still know little about this phenomenon.