#1
Recently I've got back into meditating because it makes me feel better.

Yesterday, during meditation, I noticed I reached a new level of relaxation; complete silenece in my head. It was then I felt as if I was looking at myself from across the room. I could see myself sitting on the floor perfectly. It didn't last long, but it felt real.


After this I read a little about outer body experiences, but they all link it to a more spiritual side of things.


Can anyone tell me what this was? I meditate for 15 minutes a day (sometimes twice but that day it was just once) it was around 4pm and I had just come out of the shower.
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#2
well isn't meditation there as an act of connecting to your spirit.
and an out of body experience is classed as a spiritual thing

so therefore we are bleach

But yeah, i don't really no, nor is it exactly my thing, but if it happened to you well don't doubt it.
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I always thought it was an "out-of-body experience"
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yeah its Hypnagogia. out of body experiences don't happen.

there have been experiments that try to do this via a camera and monitor glasses. but thats nothing more than tricking the brain into adopting a different limb.
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well isn't meditation there as an act of connecting to your spirit.
and an out of body experience is classed as a spiritual thing

so therefore we are bleach

But yeah, i don't really no, nor is it exactly my thing, but if it happened to you well don't doubt it.



I use meditation to relax. I'm not saying it's not for that, I'm just saying I'm not aware of it so my brain wouldn't connect it you know? EDIT: I mean I'm not searching for anything spiritual, so why would I find it. That's what I mean.


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I always thought it was an "out-of-body experience"


I've heard both, synonym maybe? I dunno, long as people get what I mean.


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yeah its Hypnagogia. outer body experiences don't happen.

there have been experiments that try to do this via a camera and monitor glasses. but thats nothing more than tricking the brain into adopting a different limb.



I'll look into this.
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I always thought it was an "out-of-body experience"

I've heard both terms used. I guess it's just where you're from.

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Sounds cool. Good on you for meditating. I wouldn't have the patience quite honestly...I don't think...
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Sounds cool. Good on you for meditating. I wouldn't have the patience quite honestly...I don't think...


basically, its sleep for hippies. no more need entering.
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Sounds cool. Good on you for meditating. I wouldn't have the patience quite honestly...I don't think...



Thanks man. I usually set my alarm for 15 minutes and I do it on the floor. I'm still new to it but I do feel happier, so I guess I'm doing something right.


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It's definitely 'out of.'

You can't have an outer body experience because you don't have an outer body. Or an inner body. You just have a body.

The word 'body' is now meaningless to me. Is it even a word?

Body, body, body.

I don't think it is anymore...
#17
Out of body experiences do happen because that is the name we give to the thing where people percieve themselves to be outside their body. If we didn't call it that we'd have to call it "the thing where people percieve themselves to be outside their body", which is longer.
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#18
Was that aimed at me? I knew all that. I was just explaining why 'outer body' doesn't work.
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Nah, it was aimed at the thread in general. Because I couldn't be arsed scrolling up to see who it was who said they didn't happen.

EDIT: TS, I think what you heard was "out o' body experience"
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#20
Yeah. I don't believe in the supernatural 'I floated up into the air and looked down and there was my body and I flew out the window and into the street, kidnapped a baby with my spirit powers and stole knickers from a retirement home' Out of body experience, but I definitely agree that it applies to the more grounded version.
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Yeah. I don't believe in the supernatural 'I floated up into the air and looked down and there was my body and I flew out the window and into the street, kidnapped a baby with my spirit powers and stole knickers from a retirement home' Out of body experience, but I definitely agree that it applies to the more grounded version.



Me either man, that's why I was suprised it happened. I didn't expect anything other than being relaxed.
#22
There's no confirmed definition for this sort of thing. I read somewhere that could possibly be an over-stimulation of some part of the brain, and there are others who believe it is an 'astral' or 'ethereal' part of the self that separates from the physical.
It's also rather closely related to lucid dreaming, which I happen to have a thread on. Link is in my sig if you want to ask there or talk about anything related to such phenomenon without a bunch of joke answers
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#23
i enjoy in 'er body experiences more


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Thanks man. I usually set my alarm for 15 minutes and I do it on the floor. I'm still new to it but I do feel happier, so I guess I'm doing something right.

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#27
if you've ever done drugs, thats why it happened

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#28
One goal of meditation, at least in Hinduism, is to separate yourself completely from your physical body, that is why in Yoga for example, they put their legs behind their heads, etc... so that they can meditate at a level where not even pain touches their oneness with everything (or nothing).

It can be spiritual in nature, also, where the goal is to be one with your perception of a higher power.

That said, I believe that you can achieve this type of experience that you had while meditating, only it isn't yourself actually looking at yourself from outside your body, it is you looking at yourself from within your mind.


I've heard of similar experiences with people that trip on acid but again, it's inside the mind, I believe, and nothing more.
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#30
It's "out of body" (anyone who thinks it's "outer body" probably also thinks that the term is "for all intensive purposes") and I'm fairly well convinced that most instances can be explained as a) placebo or b) hypnagogic imagery/lucid dreaming.
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FYI, thread, out-of-body experiences are well documented. They most certainly do exist, and along with near-death experiences, they have a strong scientific basis.

Also, meditation isn't hippy bullshit either. It's a form of therapy that's effective for a number of things.
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FYI, thread, out-of-body experiences are well documented. They most certainly do exist, and along with near-death experiences, they have a strong scientific basis.

Also, meditation isn't hippy bullshit either. It's a form of therapy that's effective for a number of things.

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yeah its Hypnagogia. out of body experiences don't happen.

there have been experiments that try to do this via a camera and monitor glasses. but thats nothing more than tricking the brain into adopting a different limb.

Wait, what? This didn't make sense to me. Can you please explain? It sounds interesting.
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One goal of meditation, at least in Hinduism, is to separate yourself completely from your physical body, that is why in Yoga for example, they put their legs behind their heads, etc... so that they can meditate at a level where not even pain touches their oneness with everything (or nothing).

It can be spiritual in nature, also, where the goal is to be one with your perception of a higher power.

That said, I believe that you can achieve this type of experience that you had while meditating, only it isn't yourself actually looking at yourself from outside your body, it is you looking at yourself from within your mind.


I've heard of similar experiences with people that trip on acid but again, it's inside the mind, I believe, and nothing more.



Yeah man, like I said I'm not a spiritual person. It just felt real. But I agree with the fact that it's all in the mind, that's what I'm trying to achieve with meditation: change my mind to more positive thoughts. The Hinduism thing you mentioned was really interesting, I always wondered why they picked such uncomfortable positions.


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FYI, thread, out-of-body experiences are well documented. They most certainly do exist, and along with near-death experiences, they have a strong scientific basis.

Also, meditation isn't hippy bullshit either. It's a form of therapy that's effective for a number of things.



Have you heard stuff that's similar to what happened to me then? I have, but they said it was a near-death experience when it happened to them.


Also, well played. I've never seen how acupuncture can help someone, but if it does I'm not going to crap all over it. Different strokes, different folks type of deal. I definetly feel better since meditating and even if it was somehow all proven to be crap, I'd still do it cause it makes me feel good.
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Have you heard stuff that's similar to what happened to me then? I have, but they said it was a near-death experience when it happened to them.


Also, well played. I've never seen how acupuncture can help someone, but if it does I'm not going to crap all over it. Different strokes, different folks type of deal. I definetly feel better since meditating and even if it was somehow all proven to be crap, I'd still do it cause it makes me feel good.


I've definitely heard of some sort relationship between meditating and out-of-body experiences, but I don't know the mechanism, or if a mechanism is known at all.

The reason why people are skeptical of meditation is because of its spiritual connotations. If you take at face value, it's just relaxing and thinking.
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It's definitely 'out of.'

You can't have an outer body experience because you don't have an outer body. Or an inner body. You just have a body.

The word 'body' is now meaningless to me. Is it even a word?

Body, body, body.

I don't think it is anymore...


That sounds like the type of shit I recorded myself saying after 2 bottles of Robitussin. "The floor feels funny. No it doesn't. There is no floor. There is only space. Why do they lie to us? The companies? Saying there are floors? This is bullshit." XD