Understanding OOB and NDE Stories

There are people who are able through a normal means, meaning not drug induced, to travel to other worlds. There writings and oral telling’s of these events at times make even the most willing to believe they are real a little skeptical. Places and events are sometime close to a mix of fairy tales, science fiction, and other movie and pulp fiction genres.

Not expecting to hear them, it is easy to dismiss these stories as fantasy, day dreaming, or outright lies. To those who have read or heard them before some of the stories are hard to believe because they are so foreign to our understanding. I think I am able to help explain the diversity of stories, whether the story is an OOB (Out Of Body), or an NDE (Near Death Experience).

The first thought to keep in mind is these stories are based solely on the tellers experience. Plato’s Cave allegory may help for understanding. To understand Plato’s Cave (a modern version), imagine watching a movie in a theatre. If you are sitting somewhere in the center of a theatre you can see everyone between yourself and the movie screen. Looking backwards however your view is more limited because of the projectors light and the way the light is shining into tier eyes.

When it comes to explaining an OOB or NDE, think about the people in front of you in the theatre. People you can relate to because you can see them and you know they are people. The people behind you however are hard to see. You can not really tell if they are people, cardboard cutouts, or aliens from a different universe taking a break from their sight seeing here on earth.

When reading about or listening to someone’s story know they are filtering their experience through how they relate to it, and what they understand to be true. Their description makes sense to them on one or more levels. Or they can not find the right words for a better description. They are describing are the people in front of themselves in a theatre, even though they are talking about the people behind them. We live in a three dimensional world. We can imagine and understand the possibility of a two dimensional world because we can see and understand two dimension which is simpler then our three dimensional world.

We can also understand a one dimensional world. Going the other direction, it is beyond our thinking to imagine a world with more than three dimensions, different method of communication, no gravity, or different types of people or animals. Most of our stories whether they are a result of an OOB or NDE, are of worlds of three dimensions or less because we can understand a world like of these dimensions.

There may be unlimited worlds in existence of three dimensions, let alone all the other dimensions that are possibilities. Most of them we do not or can not access because of our own limitations in understanding. Generally there are three levels of worlds we usually access. A lower world, a middle world, and an upper world.

Some people are taught when they travel (as in an OOB) to go to a middle or lower world where there is a particular physical attribute or landmark. As they practice traveling, when they find this particular landmark, they know they are where they wanted to go. If a particular place or world is reached once, it becomes easier over time and repeated visits to go there again and again.

In these three levels exist (for practical purposes) an unlimited number of worlds that one can travel to. Being familiar with the blind men and the elephant story makes it easy to understand how the same place can have different descriptions. Three blind men all touch one elephant in three different places. When they describe what they understand about an elephant they each have different descriptions of the same animal. One describes the elephant as a snake, one as huge raised log, and the third as a huge tree with the trunk splitting into roots above the ground.

This is why it is so difficult to believe these stories we have all heard. One description is one way, the second another, and so on. Yet are the stories are valid from the perspective of the teller. Unless we choose to be someone who does not believe what they can not touch, smell, see, or taste, it is not real.

The next time you read about or hear one of these stories, try to see it through the tellers understanding. Seek to understand through the tellers perspective makes these types of stories easier to relate to. It also opens the possibility the story might be true.