Out-of-Body Experiences: Our Natural Connection to Other Dimensions

We have the potential to travel to other dimensions. We’ve always had this ability; in fact, it’s just part of what it is to be human. This should be the discovery of the century, if it hadn’t already been known for thousands of years.

Throughout history this latent potential has been alluded to by mystics the world over. Many divine visions, accounts of being caught up in the spirit, and journeys through heavens and underworlds, were actually the accounts of people who had out-of-body experiences and traveled to other planes of consciousness.



By |2018-06-30T12:58:44+00:00September 1st, 2015|astral projection and dreams|28 Comments

About the Author:

Lara Atwood is a researcher and practitioner of the native, indigenous Indo-European religion of her ancient ancestors, which is a branch of the ancient Religion of the Sun. She runs the YouTube channel SakroSawel and the website sakrosawel.com ("sakro sawel" means "sacred sun" in Proto-Indo European). Writing alongside her husband Mark, she helped co-author the book The Path of the Spiritual Sun.


  1. Maria September 22, 2015 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Thank you deeply Lara for all this interesting information.
    Presenting OBEs from this point of view: “it’s just part of what it is to be human” triggers inwardly and feels inspiring. Thank you for pointing at this from this way.

    Reading everyone’s comments reminds me of a part of my life in the past, when I was taking part in a theater group in which some participants were from a drug rehabilitation group. I’ll never forget my experience with these people. I was shocked and it hurt to see so young people in that condition. It’s so difficult for me to deal with my egos, seeing and sharing experience with them, I could understand this difficulty for them was dramatically more huge and they had done too much damage to their health and body. What’s the sense of wanting to taste an experience this way, the overall results of taking drugs was profoundly destructive and to come out of this was dramatically difficult and usually they failed at the end. It was like throwing your life away for an illusion. You were fighting for your physical life, no chance in this condition for something more, spiritual. First of all, they were trying to exist in the physical world, to restore all the damage the drugs had done to their body and psychology (and this battle was too much hard, they had strengthen their egos dramatically, weαken their will and organism too much), in order to do any thing else in their life, in order to be able to live. It was a pity.

  2. Jenny September 7, 2015 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    ““Ordinary matter,” which is the kind we see, is estimated to make up only 4.9% of all matter and energy in the universe—the rest science has dubbed “dark energy” and “dark matter,” because we can’t see it.”

    This is so interesting. I’ve always been curious about the invisible matter around us. As a child I remember distinctly wondering whether someone I’m not seeing could be watching me at a given moment for example — it used to weird me out to think that someone could be seeing me and yet I could not see them — how strange that would be if it were true, I thought… I also remember years ago reading something a popular author wrote about how due to human physical degeneration we have lost the ability to see a vast amount of colors compared to people of the past. He argued the point that a lot of ancient art contained messages and meanings that were conveyed in a vast array of colors of which our eyes today can only perceive a tiny spectrum and so we are missing out on the true meaning or the deeper symbolism of art of the past in some cases. I don’t know how true that point is of course, but it really intrigued me at the time nonetheless. There’s something both amazing and strange in the thought that there is so much more going on around us at every given moment and yet we are typically only able to see a tiny fraction of it… If 4.9% is a true estimate of the matter we see physically, it would be fair to say we are quite “blind” to reality…

    • Vida September 8, 2015 at 12:46 am - Reply

      That’s really interesting what you mentioned about your thoughts as a child Jenny. I actually have these interesting memories from my childhood, where at nighttime everything became kind of pixelated only a lot prettier. It is hard to describe what it looked like but it seemed like everything was made of these little colour beautiful dots. I could only notice them it at night. I was a bit frightened of them though and I would try to collect as many as I could and put them in my doll’s pocket. 🙂 I never really knew what that was all about! Hearing about the 4.9% makes me wonder if as a child I could see a bit more of that matter for a brief time.

      I’ve also been reading a few stories online about people being saved by beings they couldn’t really perceive physically but could feel them there in some way. It’s really intriguing and definitely very inspiring to think we all have the ability within us to explore this. I was sitting within a large group of people today and as I looked around and realized how many people don’t know about OBE’s and their possibilities, I felt a bit ashamed that I don’t take more advantage of that exploration myself, since I am lucky to know about it and how to do it.

  3. Vida September 7, 2015 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    What an awesome intro into OBE’s Lara. I really wish I had known more about this when I was younger and had a lot of questions (and fears) about sleep and dreams. I hope this article reaches a lot of people, since the more people exploring this natural process, the better! 🙂

  4. Zorana September 6, 2015 at 1:05 am - Reply

    Just want to echo the overall sentiments about the article. I enjoyed the natural way you referred to the existence of other dimensions, and our connection to them, especially after you have that initial astral experience that just shows on so many levels that there is a LOT more to the fabric of life than you previously accepted. And it does kind of (‘kind of’ because I can’t truly imagine a time when this knowledge of a multi-dimensional life was so commonplace, how different things would be!) highlight how far as a humanity we’ve gone from being in touch with other realms of life and exploring them regularly as a ‘normal’ and natural part of daily activities.

  5. Aleksandr September 5, 2015 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Thank you Lara for this article. It combines really well modern-day research with the same message as was said before. I found myself reading the article with renewed interest because of these small details. I am also inspired to look into this deeper, but my real question is about how to ignite this spark of interest/ keenness / enthusiasm so that it can be brought into the activities of daily life.

  6. Ella September 4, 2015 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    This is a great reminder that our ordinary life is actually a massive mystery, and best of all, we have the tools to explore it right now.

    I can relate to how Karim describes that excitement when he first discovered astral projection, it was the same for me, but it seems as I get older and further away from that initial ignition of enthusiasm I have to work harder to get in touch with the magic. Articles like this spur me on, thank-you Lara, I hope they inspire many more people to become Internal Scientists too!

    When I first heard about the ‘dark energy’ I thought that this was the ultimate flaw in any scientists or atheist’s certainty that there was no spiritual world. How can any of science’s great conclusions be taken seriously in the light of this? That they are working in the corner of a cupboard in a dimly lit spec of space and yet so certain that there’s no God out there is quite funny and quite sad at the same time. But when scientists can see the link between mysticism and modern scientific understanding it is wonderful. And even just hearing the numbers and facts of science can bring an awe inspiring feeling … How many stars … How many galaxies … !

    On the use of drugs, I tried a few mind-bending things when I was searching for spiritual experiences and guidance. I can’t say they were all awful experiences else I would have stopped at just one. It was fascinating to me, and at the time it felt like the conformation I was seeking that life was milti-dimentional, as no-one around me was helping me to understand it was. But I saw in the end that I was getting weak from it, and I felt emotionally wobbly and unprotected. Thankfully I also found these teachings. This is the opposite to how developing your state to achieve clear mystical experiences feels, I feel stronger and emotionally more stable.

    I am sure the use of these things is a negative thing overall. So are many prescription drugs too, deadening us to life. Isn’t DMT a chemical we have within us anyway? Far better to be able to transcend our normal perception and be deserving of spiritual experiences through our own merit than relying on an external substance to bend reality for a bit, to give us a bit of a shake up but ultimatly not to change anything at all, maybe make things worse. Still I wonder about the inclusion of these consciousness-altering plants among what’s been put here among the herbs and the foods by Mother Nature. Is it just so we could learn abstinence from them? If there was any special use for them though, I don’t think that people can use them in any positive way how they are circulating today.

    • Vadim September 5, 2015 at 1:02 am - Reply

      I am also interested to learn more about conscious-altering plants. One way could be to do our practices of visualization, clairvoyance and astral projection to investigate how these plants work…

      For example, Samael Aun Weor mentioned Angel`s Trumpet plant with its mantra “KAM” as one of the tools for astral projection. Once I found this plant in the tropical plants store, but it was so big that I couldn`t take it. There was something interesting and magical about that plant. My intuition didn`t warn me.

      I would like to consciously establish the connection with that plant and investigate how it works, without eating its leafs or doing anything else, which could be potentially dangerous for my health and spiritual development. Not to jump head first into the experience, but to bring a new element into my world of practices, standing upon the power of being in the present moment. Maybe I will find this plant when there will right time. That`s how it usually works for me.

      • Vida September 5, 2015 at 2:12 am - Reply

        Yeah you need to be very careful with that plant, it’s apparently incredibly poisonous! Definitely beautiful though. 🙂


      • Karim September 5, 2015 at 3:43 am - Reply

        Hey Vadim,

        I think those are two different things.

        Sometimes in nature when being aware and very clear I can sense this ‘life’, this subtle presence of what I think are the elementals of the trees. I can notice that there’s a communication between birds and sense they notice me (I often send gentle thoughts to them while whistling, although I’m not sure if they can understand my human dialect 😉 )
        I also find it interesting having read that some special elementals can help us in astral projection and can guide us there or help us move around. It seems to me similar to what I’ve heard people say about ayahuasca, how the spirit of the plant guides the person in their experience.

        However! (as you mention a bit already) I think that communicating with elementals by using mantras, visualisation, a little ritual etc. is completely different to physically taking a chemical substance into our body.

        Hope you’re able to find that plant some time soon.


    • Lara Atwood September 19, 2015 at 8:38 am - Reply

      Hi Ella,

      I found the experience you shared really interesting.

      In my view, nature seems to be based around balance, and whenever there is imbalance, nature’s tendency is always to correct it.

      It seems we can either do things to correct imbalances in our body, or we can actually cause them. Taking food, or medicines and vitamins if we are deficient in them, seems to correct imbalances we are warned about with hunger or ill health. Taking consciousness altering drugs or chemicals introduces an imbalance into the body, which seems to lead to both physical and psychological imbalances over time.

      I think one of the very risky things with consciousness altering substances, is that they create an imbalance in the chemistry of the brain itself and thus affect the way the consciousness can use it. In the long term, this is damaging to someone’s spiritual development, because as we know, the full and unaltered functioning of consciousness is central to spiritual development.

      I saw someone not long ago recommend that every teenager’s rite of passage into adulthood should be an Ayahuasca trip and felt so sad for young people. If only the rite of passage into adulthood for those who would wish for it, was being taught the keys of spiritual transformation instead.

      • Ella September 21, 2015 at 9:09 am - Reply

        Hi Lara,

        Yes it is very sad. It’s very hard for young people to find the spiritual guidance they need, even when they yearn for it. Often it’s the sub-cultures on the fringes of society that offer the closest thing to it. That’s where spirituality is part of the jargon, where people’s longings can find some reflection, and often which are linked to using these drugs.

        It certainly seems to me that learning how to rectify imbalances in my body through the use of good nutrition and extra vitamins and minerals, also healing herbs, helps my overall state and that this benefits my spiritual work.

        What you said about conscious-altering substances being very risky because they “create an imbalance in the chemistry of the brain itself and thus affect the way the consciousness can use it” I find very interesting. It seems there’s many other substances that alter the chemistry of the brain, not just illicit drugs. The massive rise of autism in the western world can evidence this. The rate of autistic children is now at 1 in 68 in the US, with predictions that if it continues rising in the same trend, by 2025 half of the children born in the US will be diagnosed with being on the spectrum! That’s a lot of people who have and will have their spiritual development impaired, if part of what’s need for that is an unaltered functioning of consciousness.

        It seems to me that there is a huge attack on our health at the moment, and I feel that this is a large part of the ‘war on consciousness’ that is darkening the world. Many say that autism is an outcome of so many environmental pollutants, but if it is one of the most severe outcomes of living in a toxic world, how many people’s natural brain function is impaired to a lesser degree, one that exists below the radar but nevertheless has its effect on the ability of the consciousness to use it?

        I’ve strayed a bit from the topic of mind-bending drugs, but I found it very interesting what you said, as to me it has wider implications, and I’m drawn to understand more how thing that affect the body have a knock-on effect on the consciousness.

        I was also recently reminded that a lot of the modern chemical drugs were made in labs and used by scientists as a part of psychotherapy! Imagine a world where people were taught self-observation, meditation and the tools of inner change that could actually help them develop spiritually instead!

        • Lara Atwood September 22, 2015 at 3:12 am - Reply

          Yes, exactly.

          It seems by understanding the principles and laws of nature, so much that is currently unknown about health and the human body could be unlocked, as medicine is so often busy patching up the symptoms of imbalance without being able to understand the causes.

  7. Nathan September 3, 2015 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great article Lara. The point you made about how this should be the discovery of the century, but also how it’s been known about since ancient times, really struck a chord with me. I actually read an article the other day by a historian in England who’s researching societies attitude to dreams. It’s amazing to see the stark difference in how much importance people placed in them, even less than a 100 years ago (up until the 1920’s according to the article). It was apparently relatively common for people to recount premonitions they had seen in their dreams when they were giving testimonies to the police, and these accounts weren’t simply dismissed as being crazy. It seems this side of life was taken much more seriously before. Even now though, things like lucid dreaming seem extremely popular, only the nature of what’s happening and what could be gotten out of them is misunderstood. I think articles like this that give a down to earth scientific explanation are a great way to bridge the gap with people. It would be really great if the world could get back to a real understanding of OBE’s, I think society could only shift towards a better direction if it happened.

  8. Karim September 3, 2015 at 3:21 am - Reply

    Hi Lara,

    I liked how you described astral travel/being conscious in another dimension. When I first learned about these things it was so exciting because it was something that felt so ‘close.’ I was excited to just be on my own and go to bed, where this magic thing could happen!
    From all the experiences and learning that can be gained from this dimension where dreams place, what I value most now is that connection and guidance we can have through it with spiritual forces. What can seem so distant and perhaps non-existent (like divine teachings, having mystical experiences etc.) is actually something a person can tap into right now.

    I guess ideally the research in science, consciousness and all other fields of life would be part of one study of life and creation. But to me right now the inner psychological work and exploration and the scientific physical research by carried out by most scientists don’t really meet. Then again I’m not a scientist 🙂 and my understanding of what is currently being discovered and theorized about is limited.

    It’s a positive step to try to bridge that gap a bit, especially by someone who has personally experienced the field of consciousness out-of-the-body.

  9. James N September 2, 2015 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Great article Lara. Thanks very much.

    After learning some techniques to astral project I can relate to what your talking about. Its quite a life changing thing to experience another dimension consciously.
    I hope your article gives people more inclination to try and experience it for themselves.

  10. Laura September 2, 2015 at 11:44 am - Reply

    “Instead, we’ve got all the tools for inter-dimensional travel within us, because as we have been fundamentally created with the purpose of spiritually awakening, everything we need to do it has been inbuilt into the human design. It’s simply a matter of practice.”

    “Inter-dimensional travel is literally as natural as sleeping.”

    This is eye-opening and it’s really refreshing to have this message out there instead of the encouragement to drug use. It’s scary how much drugs like DMT or Ayahuasca are being pushed to be widely accepted these days as sources of spiritual experiences. One popular media person even said on a news show that certain psychedelics dissolve ego and might be the root of all religious experiences.

    Thank you Lara for this accessible and clear article. It’s cool to see the scientific perspective there as well, very fascinating.

    • Gabrielle September 2, 2015 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      Laura, I agree so much with your comment, particularly about Ayahuasca. It just seems so dangerous to me. I can understand why a person may be drawn to it because of the history and associations it has. However, it has significant effects it has on the brain, body, and psychology of a person. Meanwhile, there are natural techniques one can use to have spiritual experiences, without taking any substance.

    • Karim September 3, 2015 at 4:44 am - Reply

      Hey Laura I agree.

      I know many people feel this uneasiness about life, feeling there must be more to it, but lacking the way to find out and explore spiritual things.

      A pill, shot or ‘sacred plant’ can then seem like ‘the way’ to be able to have a spiritual experience….
      Not only do we already have the means to explore other dimensions and have spiritual experiences in a natural way like the article mentions, but through my own experience I have found that drugs can do incredible damage to us in a spiritual sense, in ways I didn’t conceive beforehand.

      Sure something like Ayahuasca can trigger altered states, but rather than becoming spiritually awakened by some sort of drug. Actually we can ruin the physical as well as multidimensional vehicles or mechanisms of our psyche that we need to awaken.

      • Gabrielle September 3, 2015 at 2:45 pm - Reply

        Karim, that is an important point about the effect such drugs could have on a multidimensional level. There are plenty of dangerous and harmful drugs out there, but there are a select few that seem to be “marketed” as gateways to spiritual experience and some form of awakening.

        So, if someone is actually interested in spiritual transformation, trying to walk the esoteric path that spiritual figures throughout the ages have described, then, it seems that those substances would actually be detrimental. They appear to be a gateway into the spiritual, but instead they seem to only trap the person.

        That’s great that you walked away from drugs and then were able to find these techniques for gaining authentic experiences.

    • Lucia September 3, 2015 at 10:06 am - Reply

      I agree Laura, this view of drugs is quite prevalent in some circles. People usually argue that even ancient traditions used drugs, and that some natural drugs are ‘sacred’ and if you know how to use them, you are fine. My feeling is this is a very twisted way how the darkness operates on a more sublte level, fooling people through these spiritually-sounding reasonings. But if one looks at it from just a very down to earth point of view, what we actually see is a person taking an external substance to have a special experience. Without that drug, that person would not be able to achieve anything, and therefore he has not really built any spiritual faculties within him, nor changed in any fundamental way – he is just a user of an external stimulae that produces certain effects.

      Another thing is the nature of these drug-induced experiences, which are usually driven by the subconscious, rather than a person’s own, clear will. A friend who was using drugs to induce spiritual experiences before, told me that even though he got a glimpse of the higher realities using drugs, he had no control of those experiences, he was not a master of those states in any way, but the drug just took him where it wanted. When he started practicing spirituality properly (through awareness, concentration and other techniques that develop our latent spiritual faculties), he could see the vast difference between his expweriences before, and the experiences he had using these proper techniques.

      I think what Lara wrote in her other article – Not Everything Ancient is Sacred – is true here as well, as it seems this drug use for seemingly spiritual purposes has been going on for ages and keeps fooling many people. If they at least tried to achieve things without drugs, so they could compare the two, that could help them to see the difference.

    • Nathan September 3, 2015 at 11:11 pm - Reply

      I’ve met people as well who’ve used drugs for out of body experiences, and like others said, you could really tell those experiences had a much darker, subconscious side to them. One person said he did manage to project, but had no control over himself during the experience and then woke and cried bitterly for a long time afterwards, mostly due to the psychological state he was in. Another woman described a very hellish experience after using one of the so called ‘sacred’ plants that are pretty popular. She described being in a place where she was suffering for a long period of time, and was aware of others suffering around her.

      In regards to the first person, he told the story in relation to a very positive experience he had after trying some of the OBE techniques Mark has taught before, and just how much of a clear difference he saw between the two. It’s a pity the idea of using drugs for spiritual experiences has gained such traction in society. Like others have said, if people try to reach spiritual states and planes without them, the nature of both ‘routes’ becomes pretty clear.

      • Lara Atwood September 4, 2015 at 1:57 am - Reply

        Thanks for sharing those experiences Nathan. I think it is also quite telling that hallucinogenic drugs produce a lot of negative side effects. Ayahuasca for example, often produces things like violent bouts of vomiting. This is covered over by calling it “purging”, but that kind of response is usually provoked from the body when it is trying to eject a substance that is toxic and harmful to it.

        This is not to mention the long-term psychological effects, such as psychosis, bi-polar disorder, manic depression, anxiety attacks, and so on that hallucinogenic drugs can trigger.

        Whilst OBEs are a part of the natural workings of the human body, these substances instead actually harm the body and psyche. Harming the very body and psyche we’ve been given to use for spiritual awakening and which has been designed with everything necessary inbuilt into it, in order to supposedly achieve some kind of awakening, seems illogical and counter productive. It’s sad that many people can’t see this because they don’t know how to develop the natural abilities they have, and because as a humanity we have allowed our psychic senses to atrophy to such a degree, and therefore look for outside stimulants.

  11. Vadim September 2, 2015 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Thank you Lara, reading your article inspired me to go stronger with my astral practices.

    By the way, a week ago I went to the planetarium and have seen a show about dark matter and dark energy, but unfortunately, the only concepts which I got out of it were the following:

    1) Our universe is made mostly our of dark matter and dark energy

    2) Our universe is moved by those forces

    3) The science doesn’t know what they are

    In other words, that show was not informative, because the modern science really doesn’t understand these things…

    And with OBEs, as you know, it is possible to actually perceive those forces invisible to the physical senses and investigate how they work. Very interesting 🙂

  12. Justin September 1, 2015 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    This is one of the most clear and accessible descriptions of OBEs and the evidence for them that I’ve seen. The science about dark energy and the density of vacuum is very interesting too.

    • Jordan September 3, 2015 at 8:40 pm - Reply

      I agree with Justin. It’s great to see articles about spiritual things like OBEs explained in such a “natural-part-of-life” way, because that’s how they really are.

  13. Seraphim September 1, 2015 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Very nice article Lara.
    You prescribed this matter with a practical and comprehensive way

  14. Martin September 1, 2015 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Thank you Lara, not the easiest topic to explain to people 🙂

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