• Lynn Miller

Out-of-Body Experiences (OBEs) the Beginning

Updated: Oct 28, 2019

It’s hard to say when they began. Throughout most of my life, I had what is termed “Spontaneous OBEs,” those which occur without control. I remember waking up in the middle of the night when I was around 13 or 14 (around 1979-1980). I would sit up in my bed, while my room glowed a brilliant bluish purplish color. My room should have been dark, with only the glow of my red digital clock. Even from the beginning this really did not surprise me-something in me just felt like it was normal. From an early age, I became extremely interested in the paranormal. That genre become my favorite, along with the study of UFOs and my love of science fiction.

The realization that I was having out-of-body experiences was life changing. Even more exciting, was learning, that with practice, I could control them. This began my new journey, a journey into consciousness. In summer of 2010, I prepared to have my first intentional OBE.

July 2010 OBE journal

I decided to use the "awake, back to bed" method to initiate a controlled OBE. Utilizing this technique, I set an alarm to awaken myself approximately three to five hours after bedtime. Controlled OBEs are most successfully induced in the early morning hours. In preparation, I awoke at 2am. I remained awake until 3am, reading various materials about OBEs. I went back to bed and turned on a meditative mp3 track to prepare my mind and body. As the vibrations came, I surrendered myself to them, all the while maintaining complete awareness. I thought “Oh my God! It's really happening!" Pushing down my excitement, I calmed myself so as not to cause an abrupt end to the experience. I let the vibrations and loud sounds come, welcoming them. As the resonance stilled, I rose out of my body...out of the bed. I looked around, astonished, then turned and saw my sleeping body. Ecstatic, I reached down and tried to touch the physical "me" that lay in the bed, but my hand went right through it. There was a slight resistance, as my hand went through my sleeping body, it felt electrical.

"This is really happening!" I thought to myself, and then laughed. I was euphoric, almost hysterical... and in an instant, I popped back into my body. My eyes opened, and I laughed and cried with joy! My world had been rocked and would never be the same again.

This was a short OBE, but I had complete control and was acutely aware of what was happening. The experience felt as if I was in my fully awakened state. It was brief, yet immensely powerful for what it represented. In the coming months and years this journey took me on different paths; the realization that we are immortal and consciousness in no-local in nature.

When something like this happens, when you have a huge spiritual transformation (or any type of extraordinary experience), you need to find others to talk to, of like mind, who understand what you have gone through. Handling this alone is too difficult, especially when you do not completely understand it. Most of the time, family and friends will not understand, and might think you are losing your mind. The first place I went to was William Buhlman’s online forum on Yahoo. It was the perfect place. I was a “lurker” for a while, reading and not responding to the posts, but soon I jumped on in. It was the most incredible learning experience ever. Reading the books or content on a website is a great, but learning and conversing with others experiences was by far, the most important part of the process. Throughout the years I have read thousands of posts and conversed and shared experiences with others. Just like others got me through the “fear” part of OBEs, I too, have helped many get over their fears. Which comes to one of the most important things to talk about… taking the first step and getting over our fears.

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Barbara received her MA and Ph.D. in Metaphysics. Prior to receiving her post-graduate degrees, she worked as a pre-K to 6 educator. She currently researchers, writes, and speaks about extraordinary phenomena, the anomalous-prone personality, and consciousness. Barbara is a Board Member of the PLR Institute (Past-Life Research Institute), and served on the research committee for the Dr. Edgar Mitchell Foundation for Consciousness and Contact. She has been published in blogs, print, and online magazines, and is a contributing author to the book, The Transformative Power of Near-Death Experiences, by Dr. Penny Sartori (Watkins, 2017). She has written her first book, Convergence: The Interconnection of Extraordinary Experiences, with co-author Lynn Miller, MS.  Barbara is a life-long experiencer of inexplicable phenomena. She lives in the Northeast with her husband and three quirky, misbehaved felines.


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Lynn holds dual BA degrees in Psychology and Biology, and a MS in Biology. For several years, she worked in the food industry as a microbiologist. Lynn served as an Adjunct Professor at Pensacola State College, where she taught Botany, Microbiology, and Biology. She has taught High School Biology and art, k-12 for thirteen years. Lynn is a collaborating author in the upcoming book: "A Greater Reality" available Spring, 2020. She is a frequent co-host with Brent Raynes, Alternate Perception Audio Interview Series. Influenced by the work of William Buhlman, Lynn has practiced controlled out-of-body experiences since 2009.  For over fifteen years, she has extensively researched consciousness. 

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