7. OBE and
Let's define an objective experience as one in which perceptions are
gained directly through the physical body senses, and a subjective
experience as perceptions gained or affected by mind or imagination.
In those terms, when dealing with out-of-body experience, everything
I think it helps to realize that the brain is capable only of
receiving bioelectrical signals. It is not capable of receiving
direct sensory input. Instead, sense organs break down these
perceptions into complex bioelectrical impulses. The brain exists in
total darkness and silence, inside a heavy bone box (the skull),
isolated from the physical world. It has no nerves and can feel
neither pressure nor pain, heat nor cold. It might be said to float
in a dark, void-like dimension, receiving sensory input from the real
world (physical dimension) only via remotely gathered and
transmitted bioelectrical signals.
This is similar to a description of how
the brain receives - or remembers receiving - sensory input gained
during an OBE.
Keep in mind that every OBE ends up as a memory of an OBE, and there
is no memory of OBE (not counting remote-eye experiences) unless the
projected double successfully downloads its shadow memories into the
physical brain during reintegration. Once this happens, the physical
brain then remembers sensory perceptions received during the OBE as
if it had received them directly and firsthand.
The only real difference between how the brain perceives the
physical universe (objective experience), and how it perceives
out-of-body experience (subjective experience), is the way in which
the sensory input for each type of experience is gathered and
transmitted to it. The brain simply cannot differentiate between
physical and nonphysical input sources.
Regardless how sensory input
is gathered and received by the brain, it is all interpreted as
firsthand sensory input.
The projected double uses the same basic senses as the physical
body, albeit at a greatly enhanced level. It can still see and hear
and smell and taste and touch, but through direct energetic mind
sensing. For example, the projected double can receive light energy
directly, without needing physical eyes, although it must of course
have experience with sight to translate this energy in a visual way.
Whether the projected double is seeing,
hearing, touching, smelling, or tasting, it is perceiving and
interpreting the energies associated with these senses directly,
completely bypassing the need for physical sense organs or subtle
copies of them.
Blindness and OBE Perception
Supporting evidence can be
found in the study of the dream and projection abilities of blind
It is fairly well known that blind people who have
experienced sight before they became blind are capable of having
fully sighted dreams and projections. Obviously, if the physical
condition of the eyes were reflected into the sight capabilities of
the projected double, physical blindness would blind the projected
double out of its body during an OBE - which is simply not the case.
However, if the physical eyes had nothing to do with OBE perception,
then people who have been blind since birth (never experiencing
sight) should also be able to see clearly during dreams and
projections - which unfortunately is also not the case. Therefore,
OBE sensory perception must also be dependent on the learned sensory
reception capabilities of the physical brain, not the current
functioning or nonfunctioning abilities of the physical sense
organs. These principles also apply to profound deafness.
Physical blindness does not prohibit OBE or the ability to project,
but it does affect sensory perception abilities. Spatial awareness
perception, the sense of touch, hearing and other non-visual sensory
perceptions - all very highly developed in blind people - are also
greatly enhanced during an OBE. This level of perception allows
blind-since-birth projectors to sense and perceive the out-of-body
environment very clearly. This level of non-visual sensory ability
may, in many ways, even be superior to normal sight during an OBE,
as the case history below suggests.
The biggest problem facing blind projectors is that the majority of
today's energetic development and projection techniques are heavily
reliant upon visualization. Visualization techniques require basic
learned sight experience. The techniques given in this book,
however, based not on visualization, but on tactile imaging, are
eminently suitable for non-sighted projectors. They work well for
blind people, and are superior to visualization-based techniques
when used by sighted people.
A blind projector gave me the following explanation regarding his
perceptions during dreams and OBEs. Being blind since birth and
being a successful projector is a fairly unusual combination, to say
the least. Over the years, my investigations in this area have
unearthed many important clues concerning the nature of perception.
These provided me with further clues as
to the nature and dynamics of other aspects of OBE. In the
out-of-body environment, perception is absolutely everything.
Therefore, understanding the nature of perception is paramount to
understanding the dynamics of OBE and the entire range of related
My question to CB was "Could you please expound on your non-sighted
condition and how you perceive things during your OBEs?"
C.B.: I've been blind since
birth. My optic nerves didn't develop while I was in the womb,
but I still have vivid OBEs and dreams. It's hard to explain
just how I sense things and get around while I'm out of my body,
but I'll give it a try. I experience no real difference between
my OBE and dream perceptions.
When I have a dream or OBE, I am
very aware of what is around me, but everything is always
three-dimensional. I can't perceive anything as two-dimensional,
such as what's on the surface of a picture, but can perceive the
canvas and frame as a whole very clearly. The area around me is
extremely vivid in my mind, in all directions, and is very
This awareness is much stronger than
my normal awake perceptions are in my own home. When I project
it's like I can feel everything around me, as if I am
continually touching everything with my fingers, with my mind,
with my senses reaching out and touching everything around me
all at once.
My senses extend a long way, much
further than usual, and I can feel into the distance around me
in probably much the same way as sighted people do with their
eyes. I get around fine when I'm out of my body, with no
hesitation or doubt about my surroundings at all. I never worry
about bumping into things and can sense exactly what is ahead of
me and around me at all times. If I meet people during an OBE or
dream, I can instantly tell what they look like and what they
are wearing, just as if I were running my hands all over them.
This isn't really sight, as I have
no idea of what color or light is, but my dream and OBE
perceptions are about as close to sight as it gets for me.
All this points to the projected double
having a far more direct link with the perception of its
environment, energetically bypassing the need for physical sense
organs or subtle copies of them. The projected double can thus be
thought of as a direct mind-sense energetic perceiver.
The learned sensory capabilities of the
physical brain are the major limiting factors when it comes to
interpreting sensory input gained during OBEs and dreams.
Objective Real-Time Perceptions
For the purposes of this book
and of dealing more clearly with OBE, objective experience is best
extended to include some sensory input gained through real-time OBE.
This should include all perceptions of reality that do not appear to
be affected by the mind and imagination of a projector, or any other
mind or imagination.
During a real-time projection, for
example, an objective perception of reality is best thought of as
something that is consistent with what a projector knows to be real
and true of the physical universe. These perceptions can then be
described as being apparently objective, although they were gained
remotely from the physical body and its sense organs.
Although the real-time zone appears to be actual reality, and
projectors existing in real time feel they are existing as invisible
ghosts in the real world, they are not, I believe, actually in the
physical dimension, nor are they in the astral dimension proper.
They are slightly out of phase with both, at a slightly higher
vibration than the physical universe, and at a slightly lower
vibration than the astral dimension.
They are existing inside a direct
dimensional reflection, or subtle energetic echo, radiating directly
from the physical universe as it happens, in real time.
Real-time projectors can be thought of as something like reflections
in a mirror. They perceive the real world from inside that mirror
and are existing inside a kind of real-time mirror world. A mirror
reflects a real time view of actual events happening in the physical
world, but in itself the mirror's reflection has no substance and
cannot be thought of as real.
Or, real-time projectors can be thought of as being on the other
side of an invisible mirror, a mirror capable of moving around in
response to the projector's will. This allows the projector to
clearly perceive the real world as it happens, without being able to
directly affect or interact with the real world in a physical sense.
The real-time projector experiences the
real world through perceptions reflected into it through this
mirror, from the real world and in real time.
Subjective Real-Time Perceptions
A subjective real-time perception is best considered as projectors
perceiving something that they know to be incorrect, untrue, or
unreal in relation to the real world as they know it.
For example, if projectors find
misplaced, altered, missing, or new objects and people in their home
that they know are definitely not there in reality, then these are
best thought of as being subjective perceptions or, more accurately,
The definition of subjective perception here does not strictly
include sightings of other projectors or spirit beings as unreal,
even if these are seen during an apparently objective real-time
projection. The difference between objective and subjective
perceptions, in this case, can become blurred and quite difficult to
ascertain. Astral or higher experiences, while technically being
entirely subjective, are also not included here.
These usually bear no relationship
whatsoever with normal objective reality, or with the actual
physical universe in real time.