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Astral Projection

The Out-of-Body Experience as Dimensional Translocation

Jim DeKornePart two of an article in which Jim DeKorne looks at the scientific theories that ‘prove’ the existence of other dimensions.

Although the idea that "The Kingdom of Heaven is within you" is a cliche familiar to everybody, when entertained at all, it is usually understood metaphorically. Seldom do we perceive "inside" literally: as a real, honest-to-god dimension of reality. Here's another version of this ancient idea from the Vedic tradition of India:

"The seat for the Gods is indeed within, in the inner being which is wider and far greater and subtler and supple and enlightened and distinguished from the physical being." 11

Come on! Gimmie a break! (The logical mind wants to know how a vessel can be smaller than its contents.) Although an impossibility in any three-dimensional context, four-dimensional space is obviously not bound by such provincial illusions. Actually, instead of an absurdity to be dismissed out of hand, initiated awareness recognises immediately that it is dealing with a legitimate dimensional interface when such "impossibilities" are depicted. For example, it is not at all uncommon for UFO abductees to describe the inside of the spacecraft as much larger than the outside:

"As strange as it sounds, this bigger-on-the-inside-than-out impression is exactly what a three dimensional creature like... any one of us might expect to experience when confronted with a four dimensional space. An analysis of the geometry by Stan Kulikowski in the MUFON UFO Journal concluded: 'Whether this inside-too-big phenomenon is actual alien technology or deliberate fraud or a subconscious psychological trick of perception, it is nevertheless based on good mathematics and related to the fundamental physics of our universe'." 12

All of the confusion surrounding OOBEs (Out-Of-Body Experiences), NDEs (Near-Death Experiences), alien abductions (and life itself, for that matter), is directly attributable to the difficulty that a consciousness hypnotised by three dimensions has in perceiving "beyond" that illusion. Thus, we project these spaces "outside" of ourselves, and regard our bodies as "vessels" which must be "gotten out of" in order to "ascend" to "higher" realms. (Notice that we can't even discuss the subject without using three-dimensional, "external" concepts.)

Because the imploded dimensions are generally believed to be difficult to visualise, authentic mystical (i.e. hyperdimensional) awareness is greatly handicapped in its attempt to translate what it experiences into terms that three-dimensional chauvinists can understand. Here's another description of this interior reality from the Chandogya Upanishad . Note that it describes the "heart" as the centre of awareness. That could be poetic license - the pineal gland might make a better candidate:

"As large as the universe outside, even so large is the universe within the lotus of the heart. Within it are heaven and earth, the sun, the moon, the lightning, and all the stars. What is in the macrocosm is in this microcosm." 13

This is an unambiguous description of consciousness as four-dimensional space! If we superimpose our observation of the hypothetical XYZ-123 galaxy onto this picture, we have photons imploding from spacetime into mindspace: inner and outer galaxies connecting, interacting and evolving within the matrix of Consciousness itself. Since we know that the pineal gland (a singularity within the human brain) is associated with out-of-body perception, it's a fair hypothesis that some kind of eye-pineal connection constitutes the focal "point" linking these two realms. "External" images implode into our "eye-pupil-wormholes" to instantly explode via the pineal singularity into interior dimensions of infinite Mind Stuff.

"The eye is [the Self's] dwelling place while we wake, the mind [pineal gland?] is his dwelling place while we dream, the lotus of the heart is his dwelling place while we sleep the dreamless sleep." 14

I won't quarrel about where the pineal gland fits into the above scheme, because if Descartes is correct in his intuition, the pineal is the dimensional aperture that processes sensory input from everywhere in the body. In connection with this, it is highly significant that theorists studying our spacetime universe postulate the existence of tunnels, tubes, or wormholes, yoking the dimensions together (see Figure 2).

"Cosmologists have even proposed the startling possibility that our universe is just one among an infinite number of parallel universes. These universes might be compared to a vast collection of soap bubbles suspended in air. Normally, contact between these bubble universes is impossible, but, by analyzing Einstein's equations, cosmologists have shown that there might exist a web of wormholes, or tubes, that connect these parallel universes... The Einstein-Rosen bridge acts like a tunnel connecting two regions of space-time; it is a wormhole." 15

By now it shouldn't surprise us that the experience of passing through a "tunnel" is one of the most universally reported characteristics of out-of-body travel. Later in his career, Robert Monroe founded The Monroe Institute, a non-profit corporation, to scientifically study and induce the out-of-body experience in a wide-range of subjects. Here's one of the first things he found:

"As the induction of the OOBE state was examined further, one key element did repeat consistently... In slow motion it 'felt as if one were going through a tunnel to get to the light,' a classic description that has been brought forth by many who performed the OOBE inadvertently or in a near-death situation." 16

Einstein-Rosen bridge connects two universes.

"Classical description," indeed! Can there be any doubt that the following accounts are portrayals of interior -dimensional "wormhole-analogs" which mirror their spacetime counterparts? Here is Oliver Fox, describing a visit to some indeterminate realm in Locale-II:

"And now it seemed to me there was a sort of hole or break formed in the continuity of the astral matter; and through this, in the distance - as though viewed through a very long tunnel - I could see something indistinct which might have been the entrance to a temple, with a statue still further away showing through it... I was falling, with seemingly tremendous velocity, down a dark, narrow tunnel or shaft." 17

Subjects undergoing a DMT-induced out-of-body experience commonly describe an identical phenomenon. (DMT: N,N-dimethyltriptamine, a product of pineal synthesis, was discussed in the previous article of this series):

"First I saw a tunnel or channel of light off to the right. I had to turn to go into it. Then the whole process repeated on the left. It was intentional that way. It was as if it had a source, further away. It got bigger farther away, like a funnel. It was bright and pulsating... I had a sense of great speed. Everything was unimportant relative to this. Things were flashing, flashing by, as if from a different perspective. It was so much more real than life. The left and right tunnels joined in front of me." 18

Dr. John Mack, in his study of the UFO Abduction Syndrome, also describes the tunnel as a common experience among his abductee-informants. These are apparently inter-dimensional doorways through which the Aliens both enter our space and convey their victims into hyperspace.

"A forty-one year old health care executive spoke to me of large tubes through which he passed during one of his abductions 'into the next plane where there was this light'... Catherine [another abductee]... also spoke of a tube or tunnel through which she and others passed from a spirit plane outside space/time back to the embodied physical state on earth." 19

Then of course, there is the Near-Death Experience (NDE) as described by Dr. Raymond Moody, the pioneer investigator of this unique form of out-of-body projection. In fact, the "tunnel phenomenon" is so ubiquitous that he lists it as one of fifteen symptoms considered definitive of an NDE.

"Often concurrently with the occurrence of the noise, people have the sensation of being pulled very rapidly through a dark space of some kind. Many different words are used to describe this space. I have heard the space described as a cave, a well, a trough, an enclosure, a tunnel, a funnel, a vacuum, a void, a sewer, a valley, and a cylinder. Although people use different terminology here, it is clear that they are all trying to express some one idea." 20

In a later article we will examine the phenomenon of "Remote Viewing," a tactic used by both United States and Soviet intelligence agencies to spy on each other during the Cold War. We will then determine if these specially-trained psychics were actually "out-of-body" travellers in the classical sense of the term as we've defined it so far, but for now it is instructive to examine some representative descriptions of Remote Viewing in light of the tunnel phenomenon under discussion. Here are some excerpts from the remote viewings of Captain David Morehouse:

"My phantom body fell through the tunnel of light again... I began plummeting down the tunnel of light... I made the long fall down the tube of light and passed through the membrane into the target area... The fall through the tunnel seemed longer this time and I never hit the membrane at all... I found myself falling into a tunnel of light and passing into another world." 21

Here is a description by Captain F. Holmes Atwater, the Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) officer who founded the US Army's Remote Viewing unit at Fort Meade, Maryland. (As described in his book, this particular event was almost certainly a classic "astral projection" OOBE):

"My kinesthetic sense of motion (like the feeling you get when flying in an airplane) was accompanied by a strange visual perception. I seemed to be moving through a white tube or tunnel, its walls lined with crystalline forms." 22

And finally, here is another observance by William Buhlman, the out-of-body explorer who (even more than Robert Monroe), defined his experiences within the context of modern quantum theory:

"The tunnel experience is much more significant than most people recognize. Not only does it provide substantial evidence of a logical transitional method for consciousness after physical death, but it directly relates to the modern physics theories concerning parallel universes and energy wormholes, as well as to my observations concerning the multidimensional universe." 23

Yeah, but what about Locale-I (the Sidpa Bardo ), which Monroe describes as our own familiar world, though perceived while out-of-body? How could that be regarded as an "inside" dimension?

Imagine consciousness as a dimensional "double mirror" with back-to-back reflective surfaces: one facing outward to space-time, the other facing inward to hyperspace. The evidence suggests that when someone goes "out-of-body" into Locale-I , they are not actually interfacing with the physical world that we touch when "in-body," but with the "etheric double" of the physical world on the other side of the mirror. (Technically, of course, we're not going " out -of-body" at all, but " in -our-body," but for now at least, let's not complicate the nomenclature.) Here's Buhlman again:

"Slowly I came to understand that the environment I was observing was not the physical world, as I had assumed. I realized that the structures I normally observed when out-of-body were nonphysical structures... Now I finally understood why there were slight variations between the nonphysical and physical furniture and other objects. For example, the nonphysical walls were often a different color, and the shapes and styles of some of the furniture and rugs were different. Much of this was minor but nevertheless noticeable... It appears that we are not observing the physical world from a different perspective, as many believe, but are interacting in a separate but parallel dimension of energy." 24

In the spring of 1902, Oliver Fox had his first out-of-body experience when his consciousness "woke up" within what he called a "dream of knowledge," but what would today be labelled a lucid dream. It was an anomaly such as Buhlman describes above that shifted his awareness from semi-conscious dreaming to conscious perception of Locale-I:

"I dreamed that I was standing on the pavement outside my home... Now the pavement was not of the ordinary type, but consisted of small, bluish-grey rectangular stones, with their long sides at right-angles to the white kerb. I was about to enter the house when, on glancing casually at these stones, my attention became riveted by a passing strange phenomenon, so extraordinary that I could not believe my eyes - they had seemingly all changed their position in the night, and the long sides were now parallel to the kerb! Then the solution flashed upon me: though this glorious summer morning seemed as real as real could be, I was dreaming!" 25

If Locale-I is the other side of our spacetime looking glass, then further extension of consciousness into Locale-II with its hierarchies of astral and mental matter is even more difficult to visualise except perhaps as a funhouse hallway of imploding-exploding, wormhole mirrors. For the sake of comprehension it is not improper to retain familiar three-dimensional terminology (e.g., "rings," "planes," etc.) as long as we remember that it is probably only accurate in a metaphorical sense. Since OOBE explorers perceive these other realms in "external" three-dimensional terms we can assume that any inner differentiated realm appears to awareness as a three-dimensional construct.

What seems clear is that the out-of-body experience is the projection of a subjective observer into the Objective Psyche: mind imploding into Mind. The perpendicular rule of dimensional progression mandates that realms numerically "higher" than the observer are always perceived as "inside" - which is to say, related to "Consciousness" rather than to "matter" (whatever that is). This explains why entities existing in numerically higher dimensions can always observe those in numerically lower realms, though normally not the other way around - unless the observer is "out-of-body."

For example, we could easily contemplate two-dimensional beings dwelling in a plane. (Imagine flat creatures moving back and forth within a sheet of cellophane.) To them, however (if they became aware of us at all), we would seem to be "supernatural" entities appearing magically within their midst. (Touch the sheet with your finger: they'd regard it as the sudden apparition of a mystery out of "nowhere." Remember, our concept of "above" can only be comprehended by them as "within.")

If this rule holds, we can hypothesise with reasonable certainty that dwellers in numerically higher dimensions are normally experienced by dimensionally lower entities as inner ephemera: as voices in the head, spirit guides, channelled entities, and so-forth. (The possible exceptions would be temporary fourth-dimensional "holographic inserts" or "shamanic projections" into three-dimensional space - such as UFOs, apparitions, ghosts, etc.)

Although seemingly ghost-like or discarnate to us, there is no reason to believe that these ephemeral beings don't experience themselves as anything but "physical" within their own space. Since quantum physics tells us that our own seemingly solid reality is actually energetic or "idea-like," it should come as no surprise that the higher dimensions must also be experienced by their inhabitants as "physical." That means that what we regard as "thought" is perceived as "matter" in the higher dimensions.

As Robert Monroe and other out-of-body explorers have attested, the "non-material" realms have an ascending order of abstraction which can be divided into an indeterminate number of levels, planes, rings, spheres, or bubbles. Those closest to our physical Earth are most like Earth: those further removed fade off into zones so ethereal that they become almost impossible to portray. Denizens of the nearest realms are described as experiencing their environments pretty much the same way that we experience our physical space-time dimension - some are even said to believe that theirs is the only reality: for them, Earth cannot exist.

When we read the monotonously repetitive data on UFO abductions - how abductees are routinely transported through solid walls, beamed into spaceships, communicate telepathically with aliens, etc., we have to ponder what kinds of dimensional interfaces must be involved. Almost all serious researchers are now in substantial agreement that the UFO phenomenon is transdimensional in nature, though how higher-dimensional entities can "physically" introject themselves into three dimensional space remains maddeningly unresolved.

"I believe that the UFO phenomenon represents evidence for other dimensions beyond spacetime; the UFOs may not come from ordinary space, but from a multiverse which is all around us, and of which we have stubbornly refused to consider the disturbing reality in spite of the evidence available to us for centuries... The UFOs are physical manifestations that simply cannot be understood apart from their psychic and symbolic reality. What we see here is not an alien invasion. It is a spiritual system that acts on humans and uses humans... They are part of the environment, part of the control system for human evolution. But their effects, instead of being just physical, are also felt in our beliefs. They influence what we call our spiritual life. They affect our politics, our history, our culture." 26

Everything we have examined so far suggests that these intruders from a fourth-spatial-dimension constitute the "angels, devils, fairies and elves" who've been interfacing with humankind since the dawn of time. The fact that they accommodate themselves to prevailing cultural illusions tells us immediately that (just like us), they are Ideas (spirits, points-of-view) evolving on some frequency within the Objective Psyche. They and we may even be co-creations - when fairies fade from credence in spacetime, the ideas they represent morph into space aliens to keep pace with current belief systems. Who creates whom?

By now it should be clear that the out-of-body experience (including its near-death variant) and the UFO Abduction Syndrome are but two linked components of a larger underlying reality, the structure of which is quite "alien" to anything granted by general cultural consensus. We are now ready to examine these concepts as they are described by the "traditional counter-culture" - that ancient body of wisdom comprising what is known as the Perennial Philosophy. This will be covered in the next instalment of this series.

Recommended Reading: Ultimate Journey by Robert Monroe, Perils of the Soul by John Haule.


1. Gribben, John, "Is The Universe Alive?," Whole Earth Review , No. 84, Winter 1994, Pg 31-33

2. Davies, Paul (1982). The Edge of Infinity, Touchstone (Simon and Schuster), NY, Pg 87

3. Davies, Paul (1980). Other Worlds, Simon & Schuster, NY, Pg 135

4. Gribben, op. cit.

5. Monroe, Robert A. (1977). Journeys Out Of The Body, Anchor Press/Doubleday, Garden City, NY, Pg 74

6. Davies, Paul (1984). Superforce, Simon & Schuster, NY, Pg 49

7. Whitmont, Edward C. (1969, 1978). The Symbolic Quest , Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, Pg 42

8. Buhlman, William (1996), Adventures Beyond the Body, Harper SanFrancisco, Pg 30

9. Ibid, Pg 31

10. Evans-Wentz, W.Y. (1960). The Tibetan Book of the Dead , Oxford University Press, NY, Pg 121

11. Pandit, M.P. (1970). Aditi and Other Deities in the Veda, Dipti Publications, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry- 2, India, Pg 23

12. Stacy, D. and Huyghe, P. (2000). The Field Guide to UFOS , Harper-Collins, NY, Pg 145

13. Prabhavananda/Manchester translation (1948, 1957). The Upanishads, Breath of the Eternal, Mentor Books, NY, Pg 74

14. Ibid, Aitareya Upanishad , Pg 62

15. Kaku, Michio (1994). Hyperspace, Oxford University Press, Oxford, Pg x ., 226

16. Monroe, Robert A. (1985). Far Journeys . Doubleday, NY, Pg 19

17. Fox, Oliver (1962). Astral Projection: A Record of Out- of-the-Body Experiences, University Books, New Hyde Park, NY, Pg 98, 106

18. Subject, "Willow," in: Strassman, Rick, M.D., (2001). DMT, The Spirit Molecule, Park Street Press, Rochester, VT, Pg 224-5

19. Mack, John E., M.D. (1994), Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens, Chas. Scribner's Sons, NY, Pg 419

20. Moody, R. A. (1976), Life After Life, Bantam, NY, Pg 29

21. Moorehouse, David (1996), Psychic Warrior, St. Martin's Press, NY, Pgs 139, 142, 150, 162, 201

22. Atwater, F. Holmes (2001). Captain of my Ship, Master of my Soul, Hampton Roads Publishing Co., Charlottesville, VA, Pg 8

23. Buhlman, op. cit., Pg 87

24. Ibid, Pg 16, 18

25. Fox, op. cit., Pg 33

26. Jacques Vallee - "Excerpts from Dimensions: A Casebook of Alien Contact," ReVison , Vol. 11, No. 4 (Spring 1989), Pg 39, passim.


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