The Out-of-Body Experience and Near-Death Experience
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In 1971, Robert Monroe released his book Journeys Out of the Body, and later followed it with the release of Far Journeys and Ultimate Journey. Monroe pioneered the out-of-body experience, coining the term to describe the journeys he had been on to the non-physical world while sleeping. He established the Monroe Institute, and developed the technique known as hemi-sync to produce the experience.
Some years after Monroe had released his first book, Dr. Raymond Moody released Life After Life in which he coined the term near-death experience. Much has been written about near-death experiences since then; a recent book being that of neurosurgeon Eben Alexander’s Proof of Heaven, wherein, Alexander describes his own personal NDE.
There is a fine line between lucid dreaming, the OBE, and the NDE with a range of crossovers between them. To this end, Professor Scott Taylor of the Monroe Institute presents his theories on the relationship between OBE’s and NDE’s in the following documentary: