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OOBEs (out of body experiences) 
Distinctions should be drawn between astral 
Projection, etheric projection and travel, and 
‘out of the body experiences’ (OOBEs). 
The etheric body, ether-body, æther body, a name given by neo-Theosophy to a vital body or subtle body propounded in esoteric philosophies as the first or lowest layer in the "human energy field" or aura. It is said to be in immediate contact with the physical body, to sustain it and connect it with "higher" bodies. 
OOBEs are usually involuntary; the classic case is floating above your own body in a hospital operating theatre, watching and hearing what is going on during your operation, while your body lies anaesthetised below you. There are too many accounts of this to dismiss the experience as imaginary, and the physiological/psychological explanation does not cover everything. True, we all know what an operating theatre looks like from films, and our ears are still capable of working even if our eyes are closed, so our unconscious brain can listen and interpret what it hears. On the other hand, patients have described in clear detail nurses and doctors who have only been present during the operation itself, or equipment which is not usually in an operating theatre.. 
An out-of-body experience (OBE), which some might also describe as a dissociative episode, is a sensation of your consciousness leaving your body. These episodes are often reported by people who’ve had a near-death experience. 
People typically experience their sense of self inside their physical body. You most likely view the world around you from this vantage point. But during an OBE, you may feel as if you’re outside yourself, looking at your body from another perspective. 
What really goes on during an OBE? Does your consciousness actually leave your body? Experts aren’t totally sure, but they have a few hunches. 
What does an OBE feel like? 
It’s hard to nail down what an OBE feels like, exactly. 
According to accounts from people who’ve experienced them, they generally involve: 
a feeling of floating outside your body 
an altered perception of the world, such as looking down from a height 
the feeling that you’re looking down at yourself from above 
a sense that what’s happening is very real 
OBEs typically happen without warning and usually don’t last for very long. 
If you have a neurological condition, such as epilepsy, you may be more likely to experience OBEs, and they may happen more frequently. But for many people, an OBE will happen very rarely, maybe only once in a lifetime. 
Some estimates suggest at least 5 percent of people have experienced the sensations associated with an OBE, though some suggest this number is higher. 
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