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Transformational Out-of-Body Experiences

William Buhlman

Life-changing spiritual adventures are often part of an out-of-body experience. This is especially true of self- initiated out-of-body journeys because the explorers are prepared for their adventures. They often report an instant and dramatic change in their awareness, and their perception of the universe and themselves.

Those who have had a profound out-of-body experience speak of an incredible acceleration of their personal evolution. This can be due to their expanded ability to obtain insights and knowledge, understand past life issues or overcome their fears.

At the very core of all transcendental and God consciousness experiences is a shift of awareness away from the physical body and its senses to the formless spiritual essence within us. Many refer to this profound spiritual experience as self-realization and or God realization. Out-of-body adventures provide a powerful opportunity to experience our spiritual essence and obtain the answers we seek. Today many are discovering that these profound experiences can be self initiated.

Profound Spiritual Experiences

‘I experienced an emotional and spiritual explosion that led to two episodes of what you describe as out-of-body experiences. Both occurred while lying in bed, doing deep breathing meditation and moving downward in consciousness toward my subconscious self. My body started to vibrate and energy emanated from every pore of my body. At first I was filled with fear but I let myself continue. As the experience continued I was in a place I can only describe as the Mind of God. I say place, but there was no place or no time. I was in the mind of Jesus on the cross and Buddha and all the prophets and holy persons throughout time. I was able to feel all of the births, lives and deaths of humanity as if I were in an endless sea of souls. It was a place of endless, unconditional love pouring forth. No beginning, no end, just pure being and the now dimensions involved. I was able to put my arms (not the physical arms, but I don’t know how else to express this) around my parents and love and forgive. I was able to forgive all and project nothing but love.’
~Grace A. St. Paul, Minnesota

Out-of-body experiences by their very nature can provide dramatic shifts in consciousness and perception. This can create dramatic opportunities for personal growth.

‘My out-of-body experience was in my search for God. I fell asleep but awakened again and felt a light and buzzing sensation. I then looked at my hand and felt it. My hand was real and solid yet without warmth. I moved away from my body and went to a bright, white room. I stood at the doorway and said ‘Higher self now’. At first nothing much happened, so I screamed out in my mind ‘Higher self now!’ Suddenly I was like a rocket flying through lights and stars. My awareness was stretched across the universe. Words cannot describe any of this, for I was far beyond any form and substance. I was suddenly in an incredible ocean of pure, living light. Everything was there – all knowledge, all awareness and all answers. I was part of it all. I didn’t want to ever leave.’
~Robert J. York Beach, Maine

One of the tremendous benefits of out-of-body exploration is the direct approach to spiritual development that it provides. Profound spiritual experiences are reported during both spontaneous and a self-initiated out-of-body experiences.

‘During my fourth self induced out-of-body experience I screamed out that I had to see God. Words can’t begin to describe it, but I felt like I suddenly shot up through layers of color. I completely surrendered to the intense motion I experienced absolute oneness with all intelligence, all life. My awareness merged with the universe, with God and for a few moments all knowledge flowed through me. It was the most incredible moment of my life.’
~Keith G. Hanover, Pennsylvania

Knowledge Expansion

Many transformational experiences involve the acquisition of knowledge. During these experiences our ability to receive insights and knowledge is expanded far beyond our normal capacity. When we are out-of-body, our minds will often manifest an image of knowledge that is comfortable and understandable to us. This can be represented as a book, a library or a wise being.

‘. . .I feel a vibrational energy and float from my body. I walk through the door and find myself in a new environment. Before me I see a pillar of light that is about four feet high. I feel the intensity of the light and am drawn to it. As I move closer, I can see a large book at the top of the column. I move even closer and can feel a powerful energy radiating from the book. I instinctively know that it is the Book of Knowledge. I open the book and feel a surge of knowledge flowing into me. This is difficult to put into words, for I feel overwhelmed by a flood of pure knowledge entering me. Although I can’t absorb it all, it is comforting to know it is available to me.’
~Bert M., Sharpesburg, Virginia

Layers of Energy and Color

Out-of-body explorers often describe the perception of moving through layers of energy and color. Since the universe is a multi-dimensional continuum, all movement of consciousness is interdimensional in nature. I believe that the reported layers of color are our mind’s interpretation of the various energy levels or frequencies of the universe.

‘Several months ago I did an out-of-body technique as I fell asleep. I was very focused on finding answers and having a spiritual experience. One night I fell asleep normally and was shaken awake by what I thought was a train running through my bedroom. I tried to move but I couldn’t. I then thought about knowing God. I instantly shot through an incredible series or layers of colors and was suddenly floating in an endless ocean of white light. I was connected to everything and everyone.’
~Eric L. Detroit, Michigan

Major Shifts in Consciousness

The profound act of projecting your consciousness beyond the body can have an immediate life changing impact. You dramatically confirm your immortality and experience yourself in a shocking new light. You fully recognize, often for the first time that you are a spiritual being and that you are completely responsible for all of your actions. This is a powerful, transformational shift of consciousness that initiates immediate and lasting benefits. An inmate currently in a Maryland prison shares his experience.

A relative gave me your book, Adventures Beyond the Body, and I studied it for about a month. I did the techniques every night as I fell asleep. I experienced the sounds and vibrations that you described several times for weeks. Then one night I heard a tremendous rush of sounds and I experienced paralysis. I was scared but I did what you said and ‘let go’. I felt a sense of rapid movement and found myself in a field surrounded by dead and wounded soldiers. In total shock, a new environment seemed to unfold before me. It was a green valley between three mountains and the air was very cool. The fighting men I assumed to be Scottish because they wore plaid, but not any kind of military uniform I was familiar with. I was drawn to one man who had a sword raised over his head, about to attack a wounded man on the ground. He hesitated and I could read his thought: ‘I can’t do this anymore, People have got to stop killing.’ At that moment, an opposing soldier ran up behind him and took his life. I felt helpless and vulnerable – not a feeling that I am familiar with. It occurred to me that this man was caught up in a situation where he did not want to fight, but he had no choice because of the lifestyle he had chosen. And then the whole picture became clear: this man was me. As I came out of the experience, I felt numb, unable to move. My waking thoughts took me back to the field of dead men, and I realized that I would continue to find myself in some kind of battlefield where it kill or be killed until I made a major change in my life. That was several months ago, and I have been focused on change ever since that experience. I now know that there is a cycle I must consciously break before I can move ahead.’
~Jerome J., Maryland Correctional Facility

Jerome’s daily out-of-body techniques opened the door for an important shift in consciousness. This created the opportunity for his soul to orchestrate the experience necessary for his personal development. Often personal change requires a dramatic wake-up call for us to truly ‘get it’.

Crimes are committed because people have lost contact with the truth of themselves and their spiritual existence. They are disconnected from the greatest single truth of the universe – that they are powerful spiritual beings that create their reality and their life, both the positive and the negative. An out-of-body adventure is a powerful experience capable of awakening even the sleeping soul.

Unlimited Spiritual Potential

Transformational experiences beyond the body are our destiny. We possess the God-given ability to obtain answers, explore past lives, resolve inner conflicts, direct healing energies and most importantly to experience our true spiritual essence. However, we must have the courage to go beyond our physical limits and embrace the unlimited spiritual potential that dwells within us.


William Buhlman is the author of Adventures Beyond the Body and The Secret of the Soul. He is America’s leading expert on the subject of out-of-body experiences. William is a certified hypnotherapist and conducts workshops and lectures exploring the profound nature of out-of-body experiences and the benefits of accelerated personal development. This article contains excerpts from his new book, The Secret of the Soul.

For more information about out-of-body experiences or to participate in the online OBE survey visit the author’s web site

William Buhlman

William Buhlman is one of America's leading experts on out-of-body experiences and astral projection. The author's thirty five years of extensive personal out-of-body explorations give him a unique and thought provoking insight into this subject. His first book, Adventures Beyond the Body chronicles his personal journey of self-discovery through out-of-body travel, and provides the reader with the preparation and techniques that can be used for their own adventure. During the last ten years he has conducted an international out-of-body experience survey that includes over 16,000 participants from 32 countries. The provocative results of this survey are presented in his book, The Secret of the Soul. This cutting edge book explores the unique opportunities for personal growth and profound spiritual awakenings that are experienced during out-of-body travel. Over the past two decades William has developed a proven, effective system to experience safe, self initiated out-of-body adventures. He conducts an in-depth three-day workshop titled, Out-of-Body Exploration: Stepping beyond Time and Space. As a certified hypnotherapist, William incorporates various methods, including hypnosis, visualization and meditation techniques in his workshops to explore the profound nature of out-of-body experiences and the benefits of accelerated personal development. Through lectures, workshops and his books the author teaches the preparation and techniques of authentic spiritual exploration. The author brings a refreshing look to how we can use astral travel and out-of-body experiences to explore our spiritual identity and enhance our intellectual and physical lives. William is best known for his ability to teach people how to have profound spiritual adventures through the use of out-of-body experiences. In addition, he has developed an extensive series of audio programs that are designed to expand awareness and assist in the exploration of consciousness. William has appeared on numerous television and radio shows nationwide. William's books are currently available in eight languages. The author lives in Maryland with his wife Susan.

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