I've never known exactly what to believe regarding out of body experiences, even though I have had experiences related to me from people I trust
completely. The thing is, it is possible that your subconscious mind, having a map of a location that it has seen, even though you consciously don't
realize it, could create the effect of being in a location, even though your physical body is where it was to begin with.
If that doesn't make sense let me try to explain it another way. Your subconscious mind knows things that you are not consciously aware of, because if
you were aware of ALL the information your brain takes in, it would be sheer mental chaos. So you have a filter more or less. So if you've seen a
location your subconscious mind could easily have "photographed" it, and therefore could also create the illusion that you are experiencing that
location from different points.
I am not saying this is definitely a good explanation or a correct one, but it is a possibility. This would go for any OBE, even while asleep. The
problem with this idea could come if someone is visiting a location while having one of these experiences, but they've never physically visited the
location. There is the possibility that they've seen it on TV, in a book, etc., and just don't remember as much.
There are other problems with this hypothesis, but only in certain cases. So the major question is whether people are truly going out of their body,
or whether their brain is making them believe they are going out of their body. I believe in an after-life, and if an afterlife can exist, than
certainly OBE's can exist.
I think that the major piece of evidence in this case, and most cases don't seem to have such evidence, is the pieces of paper towels strewn about
well outside the aircraft. Now it would be hard for someone to claim that the OBE aspect of this story is a hoax, because others, the rescuers
especially, should be able to corroborate whether such evidence was indeed found outside the aircraft. And if there were no other passengers, there is
not any scientific explanation for the evidence in question. It aligns perfectly with this man's experiences.
Now with all that said, here is what very well could be going on: Just like in certain instances of paranormal phenomena, non-physical beings,
including the guy in the story, can interact with physical objects. I have read cases of OBE's where the person was not able to physically interact
with the world, or only in a very limited capacity. Physical interaction in the case of paranormal activity, which in some manner must be related to
OBE's, occurs relatively frequently from what I understand, although it is usually nothing extraordinarily dramatic. A doorknob will turn, sometimes
the door will open, footsteps are heard even though nobody can see anything, people get touched, slapped, choked, and have other physical things done
to them, although usually it just involves a quick touch of the hair, or on the back, or something like that. Many times physical objects will have
been moved, and occasionally witnesses see the object while it is moving. A glass will jump off the table and crash to the floor, or go sliding down
the bar with lots of force behind it, etc, etc...
So it seems possible that a "ghost" is in the same state of existence as a person who is having an OBE. The simplest explanation is that it is another
plane of existence, another dimension perhaps, that somehow exists everywhere. It must exist within our own 3 dimensional, physical world. But
obviously such a world must have scientific processes occurring. It is just something that we are not advanced enough to understand.
I predict that one day science will be able to explain these types of phenomena, and will treat such things as actually existing independently of a
person's mind. Obviously the brain itself is not necessary, considering that even without it these entities survive. There are no physical processes
to keep them alive, which bolsters the idea of a soul. Our problem is that we do not understand how something like this is possible. How can a being
think and act and move without physical processes occurring?
Another possibility is that this other world is not governed by natural law, but instead is a divine creation of some sort. However it is my belief
that although God exists, He created everything with underlying laws and processes. Whether humans are capable of determining these laws I do not
know. They are capable, as we have seen in our own lives, but it is possible that the structure itself will never give up its secrets. For instance,
the idea that by simply observing a particle you can alter its behavior.
Most people know about this by now, but if not, wave-particle duality is basically an idea that states that all matter exhibits properties of both
waves and particles. The double slit experiment shows us that interacting with the beam of light shot at the slits, simply observing the light itself,
changes its behavior. The basic interpretation is that only after they are detected or observed can you determine just what they're doing. The
possible implications are enormous, although some maintain that it is our limited understanding that brings about this paradox, which I do not
So maybe a tree that falls in a forest doesn't make a sound if nobody is around to hear it, lol. No, but perhaps in this alternate dimension located
within our physical world, quantum effects that we have yet to understand play in to what is going on. We do not have the tools at present to explain
paranormal activity. It will take a very long time, if we ever get there. Anyway, the point I wanted to make was that perhaps the system itself is
designed so that humans can only go so far. We can only establish probabilities, not certainties, among other interesting conclusions.
There must be some type of quantum processes at work to explain an entire dimension that does not behave like our own. But perhaps the laws of physics
in this other dimension are totally different. But if that is the case, then how can a person carry over to this other dimension while keeping their
thoughts and individuality, just not their physical body? It is quite confusing in my opinion.
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