Soul Leaving the Body by Schiavonetti 1808
There are laws and other phenomena happening in the dimension where NDEs occur, and those laws and other life forms influence what the individual perceives in an out-of-body or near-death experience. If you study different accounts of people’s experiences when they have an NDE, you’ll see that they tend to follow the same or similar patterns, irrespective of age or culture.
In some religions there are accounts of personal experience of NDEs by mystics, sages, and the like. These have usually arisen from dream or out-of-body experiences. In the past, these kinds of experiences been the way for people to understand and know about these things, and we today are using essentially the same or similar methods. These methods are not provable using current scientific methodology or techniques, because there is no scientific way of exploring what a person is actually experiencing, but that doesn’t mean these mystical methods don’t work.
The limitations of science in exploring personal experience
Scientific methods study just the response of the NDE experience upon the physical body and the account of the individual. It is because the accounts have happened in the absence of any signs of life in the physical body that some in medical science take NDEs seriously. But that doesn’t change the experience, and it’s the personal experience that ultimately each single person has to stand by and call “living.” This life experience is most valid to the individual, and humanity is made up of individuals.
There are limitations in science’s ability to understand reality. No one would suggest that science is capable at this time of answering many of the deepest questions of life and human existence and so simply to draw conclusions that things are not real just because they are not provable by science with today’s technology is a mistake. These teachings offer an alternative approach: they offer the opportunity to have out-of-body experiences with age-old methods and techniques, and to explore from personal experience. What is a life after all apart from individual experience? And how much is able to be perceived of what is real with the five senses?
Because science cannot reliably prove whether out-of-body experiences are real or not, that doesn’t rule out the logical view that they are. If you’ve had a really clear OBE, where you’ve seen things no dream could show you, you’ll know they are real.
There has been very little research done into the field of out-of-body experiences (some with mixed results), and this latest research into near-death experiences adds to a small catalog. Near-death experiences indicate that consciousness exists outside of the body, so logically there is no reason why consciousness couldn’t also exist out-of-the-body while the body is not in a near-death state but in a normal state. When you travel out of your body you can know it is happening very clearly.
In the absence of science being able to fundamentally prove or disprove out-of-body experiences and near-death experiences, it’s left for the individual to experience them for themselves personally and to follow their own course of exploration by actually having out-of-body experiences.
We go into the realm of the spiritual when we go out of the body. Because of the spiritual nature of what is out of the body and its laws, to subject ourselves to the tests of science would be to demean the spiritual and acknowledge science as the authority, when it is science that should be looking to the spiritual for its guidance.
Why out-of-body experiences are the best way to study near-death experiences
You can never really know a non-physical experience through the accounts of other people’s experiences, nor through the study of physical phenomena. Science doesn’t have the means to effectively explore other non-physical dimensions nor the spiritual. Therefore OBEs, NDEs, non-physical dimensions (above the fourth), and spirituality itself, can only really be explored and known through personal experience.
This is a reason why it’s so valuable to explore within, to have OBEs and to explore life outside the body. For a person who does this, it becomes quite irrelevant whether there is scientific proof for the existence of OBEs and NDEs or not. What matters more is how they live their life in relation to what they discover and what they can do with what they find.