While the nation continues to navigate the restrictions of lock down, Out of Body Experience (OBE) teacher, Jade Shaw, has seen two of her online courses sell-out within days of their release, as the nation embraces alternative ways to explore the world.
Jade Shaw said: ‘Interest in astral projection, also known as having a self-induced out-of-body-experience, has soared since lock down. I’ve heard from people from all walks of life, lawyers, artists and cab drivers, they’re all giving it a go.
‘We might be self-isolating but we needn’t be locked down. During these times many people are napping more and having extra sleep, which is giving us time to reconnect with our self and others.
The courses, co-hosted by Jade Shaw and The Psychedelic Society, launched with 40 places on each, but after selling out on both within a short space of time, Jade has now opened up a long waiting list for her third course, which she hopes to offer in June.
It’s estimated that around 10% of people in the world have had an out of body experience (OBE) of some kind. During an OBE, it’s possible for an individual to see everything that is going on from outside the body, but from a different perspective.
Not to be confused with lucid dreaming, which is when you are aware that you are dreaming, during an OBE, the individual’s consciousness seems to leave their body temporarily, enabling them to visit places, and even travel the world, while their body remains asleep.
Each online course will teach a three step process to self-induce, navigate and integrate an out-of-body-experience. This involves learning the mind-awake-body-asleep state, vibrational state and exiting process in order to have a self-initiated OBE.
Each week builds on how prepare the body and mind, implement techniques and navigate the experience through breath work, visualisation, mindfulness, physical exercises and conscious sleeping.
Participant Katie, enrolled on Jade’s four-week online course with the intention of meeting her new partner in lock down. She said that: ‘Self-isolation has led to an incredible desire to expand upon my existing knowledge.
‘Recently, I’ve met someone over the internet and we’ve been exploring ways to connect through an out of body experience.
Katie added that: ‘As we have never met physically, we are enjoying the process of romancing each other on different planes of existence. This is something incredibly new and exciting and in taking this class I’m eager to gain a wider breadth of experience outside the physical realms of connection.’
Another course participant, Michael, is fully blind and curious to know what an out of body experience would be like from the perception of somebody who has no concept of sight.
He said that: ‘I hear lots of folk talk about people seeing things during out of body experiences, and so I would like to see what I can explore in the astral plane without actually seeing anything with my eyes, but with all of my other senses intact.’
Jade is also offering a pay what you can’t workshop in collaboration with She’s Lost Control Events in London, to offer people this practice who are really struggling with self-isolating and can’t afford it.
Jade added: ‘Learning how to have an OBE is certainly a well-being practice for these tricky times. There are many benefits of having an OBE including:
- Finding answers to pressing problems
- Insights to recurring illnesses
- Guidance with decision making
- Healing grief
- Better sleep hygiene
- Greater connection to others
This remarkable experience usually shapes the individual’s life in profound ways. An OBE tends to happen in an altered state of awareness such as during deep relaxation, meditation or on the cusp of sleep in the hypnogogic (falling asleep) and hypnopompic (waking up) states.
Triggers can take place during dreams, lucid dreams, sleep paralysis, and within near death experiences.
Jade Shaw concluded: ‘The great thing is that OBEs can be learnt by anyone, it’s an empowering technique that can help us improve our well-being on many levels.
‘With increased mental health awareness, developments in neuroscience, the rise of spirituality, the future of artificial intelligence (AI) and during these unprecedented times, we are very much on the edge of a consciousness era.’
Jade has produced a documentary about OBEs called Insight Out which is now available to watch on Gaia, the spiritual sister of NetFlix. Find out more on Jade Shaw’s online course.
Six reasons to explore OBEs during COVID-19
- It’s COVID-19-proof, you don’t need to leave the house to practice.
- It’s economical on time, unless you’re a master of meditation, the practice is most-commonly done while you sleep.
- All the cool kids staring on Netflix are doing it.
- It can shape your life in profound ways, giving direction and meaning to your life and challenging situations you are facing.
- It allows you to travel the world (and beyond) without breaking restrictions.
- Own your own crystal ball, an OBE gives you helpful insights to ongoing problems with health or relationships.
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