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The Spiritual
Out-of-Body Experience

The Practice of OBEs and Lucid Dreaming in the Ancient Religion of the Sun

This is a thoroughly comprehensive look at out-of-body experiences (OBEs). It considers OBEs from historical, religious, scientific, and practical perspectives, making this book suitable both for those who want to learn about OBEs, and those who want to learn how to have them.

It starts by looking at OBEs in history, traversing traditions from Egypt, India, China, Tibet, Persia, Europe, the life of Jesus, and more, revealing their importance in ancient religion and how some of the greatest ancient sites were used for having them.

It then delves into what OBEs are, based on some of the latest scientific theories and evidence, and Mark Atwood’s more than thirty years of out-of-body experience.

Dreams, lucid dreaming, and near-death experiences (NDEs) are also covered in detail, and all manner of OBE phenomena are explored, such as psychedelics, sleep paralysis, nightmares, ghosts, alien abduction, encounters with demonic and angelic beings, and the existence of other dimensions.

Drawing on evidence from ancient texts and sites, the authors present an authentic and effective series of exercises for having OBEs based on ancient techniques, and describe how to use them as ancient peoples did for a spiritual purpose.

There are also chapters on how to lucid dream, interpret dreams and dream symbols, remember dreams better, incubate dreams with an ancient ritual, protect oneself from negative influences using ancient methods, and more.


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  • Hundreds of Illustrations – Both Ancient and Modern

  • Over Twenty Astral Projection Techniques

  • Over One Thousand References

  • More than 600 Pages

About the Book

This book is divided into five parts, as it attempts to cover the breadth and depth of OBE phenomena—in ancient history and religion, in science, our everyday lives, and the practice of how to have them.

  • Part 1 is dedicated to the accounts of OBEs in history—covering the different types of OBEs, including dreams and near-death experiences. We look at the most ancient references to them in the world, and detail their many accounts across the ancient texts of numerous traditions, revealing how ancient people viewed them—traversing the records of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, Tibet, Iran, India, Europe, and more.

  • Part 2 gives an overview of what OBEs are, their different kinds, what happens during them, and the benefits of having them. We look at what science is able to tell us about them, and cover some of the most compelling scientific and anecdotal evidence that supports they are real. Not only that, but we address some of the scientific studies and explanations used to claim they aren’t real. We also explore the existence of other dimensions, according both to ancient peoples and to science, and the multidimensional nature of the human psyche, and devote a chapter to near-death experiences, which are the most scientifically studied and compelling OBEs of all.

  • Part 3 looks at the type of OBE most are familiar with—dreams. We outline the different types of dreams we can have, and explain the appearance of symbols in them, and how to interpret them. We then give simple techniques for remembering dreams better, and an ancient ritual for incubating a dream, to try and invoke a divine-sent dream just as ancient peoples did. There is then a chapter on lucid dreaming—what it is, and techniques for how to lucid dream.

  • Part 4 outlines techniques for having OBEs that are based on the methods used by ancient peoples, and how to train in them to have regular experiences. We describe how these techniques work and provide information on how to be successful with them. We also explain how to travel once out of the body and seek out meaningful experiences.

  • Part 5 is for everything else, covering a lot of extra information. We list the different beings we can meet in OBEs, including those commonly depicted in ancient religions, broadly known as angels and demons. Not all OBEs are positive, and so there is a chapter devoted to experiences of dark entities and places, like nightmares and sleep paralysis. In answer to this, we outline the many forms of spiritual protection ancient people used. Another chapter addresses the relationship between OBEs and psychedelics, looking at the latest scientific discoveries. Then finally, we conclude with how to use OBEs for a spiritual purpose as they were in ancient times.

This book contains, what we feel, are numerous groundbreaking discoveries that have the potential to change the way we understand OBEs, as well as ancient history, religion, sacred sites, and psychedelic experiences. We propose several new theories, these being our Giza OBE Theory, Pyramid Portal Theory, Ancient Europe OBE Theory, Jesus Twice Born Theory, Ancient Portal Site Theory, Brain Limiter Theory, and Psychedelic Brain Barrier Theory. Specifically, this book deals with OBEs from the perspective of the ancient Religion of the Sun, and in this book we present some of its major practices— those of dream incubation and having OBEs. This is the religion we belong to, which is why we have written this book; we wish to bring the knowledge of this religion back so that it can once more contribute to the collective knowledge of humanity—whether that be common, academic, or religious.

Ancient people in the Religion of the Sun used OBEs for a spiritual purpose, and as a practitioner of this religion, that’s how we use them too, and why we give the methods for OBEs in this context—and why this book is called The Spiritual Out-of-Body Experience. We use the word spiritual in the sense of relating to divinity, rather than as referring to just any nonphysical phenomenon.

The teachings of the past can inspire and direct us today to do greater things. Just like ancient people, we too can meditate under the stars, receive messages in our dreams, meet the same spiritual beings out of the body as they did, perceive the divinity in creation, feel the presence of the spiritual in the sun and the life around us, and do spiritual practices in sacred places. In rediscovering the lost knowledge of the ancients, we re-awaken our sense of the mystical in life, and learn from a wisdom that had become lost.

Topics Covered

  • Ancient Otherworldly Experiences
  • Ancient Out-of-Body Experiences
  • Ancient Dreams
  • Ancient Near-Death Experiences
  • Evidence for Out-of-Body Experiences Being Real
  • Different Realms and Dimensions
  • Near-Death Experiences
  • Looking at the Evidence Presented by Materialist Science That OBEs Aren’t Real
  • Different Kinds of Dreams
  • How to Remember Dreams
  • Dream Incubation
  • Lucid Dreaming
  • The Process of Conscious Projection
  • Concentrating on the Heart
  • Mantras
  • Projection to a Place in an OBE
  • Ancient Visualizations
  • The Different Beings We Meet in OBEs
  • Experiences of Dark Entities and Places
  • Protection against Demonic Entities
  • Psychedelics
  • Spiritual Practice and the Misconception of Supernatural Powers
  • Having Out-of-Body Experiences for a Spiritual Purpose

Background Photo: NASA ESA CSA STScI

About the Authors

Mark Atwood is an author who writes from over thirty years of dedicated spiritual practice and experience. His wife Lara Atwood is a prolific researcher who contributes her knowledge of history, ancient sites, and sacred texts.

Why We Don’t Receive Royalties

We believe spirituality is not something you can price tag, and that it should be passed onto others just as freely as it’s received. We work in the ancient and time-honored way of running on what people give voluntarily in donations alone and receive no money from the sale of this book. Its price is set to cover costs, and any excess made goes toward covering publishing costs.
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