Out of Body Experience Induced by Hypnotic Suggestion. Part 2: How Many Bodies are Out There? News About the Subtle and Psychic Body.
Posted: 18 Jan 2014 Last revised: 27 Feb 2019
Date Written: January 17, 2014
The possibility to induce real Out of Body Experiences (OBEs) using hypnotic inductions, with the opportunity to interview participants during their experience, permits to investigate in depth the characteristics of different aspects of this particular state of consciousness from a first-person point of view.
In a companion article, Tressoldi et al. (2014), investigated the accuracy of five selected participants’ perception of the images at distance, plus their phenomenological experience related to how they perceived and moved in this state of consciousness.
In this paper, six selected participants report the description of another “body” we named “subtle body”, identified as an intermediate entity between the physical body and their “Self” or “I-identity” which was named “psychic body” and their relationships and characteristics.
The “subtle body”, was described as a sort of white silvered cloud surrounding the physical body, with a particular enlargement of its hands and feet.
As to its movement characteristics, everybody agreed that the “subtle body” could move quickly like flying from one place to another even if less easily than the “psychic body” and a vague sense of attrition was perceived when passing through walls.
Similar to the “psychic body”, the “subtle” one too could move forward and backward in time even if they did not seem perceiving the sense of time.
The “subtle body” was referred to be connected with the physical one by a sort of white brilliant link sometimes described like a silvered string more or less visible, whereas no visible links were identified between the “subtle body” and the “psychic” one.
The “subtle body” existence was referred to be limited even if it was longer than that one of the physical body, differently from the existence of the “psychic body” which was reported as unlimited.
These reports were compared with similar descriptions deriving from the Vedanta philosophy and Theosophical tradition.
Keywords: Out of Body Experiences, Hypnosis, Subtle Body, Psychic Body, Vedanta philosophy
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