This is going to be a long one.

As I mentioned on my about page, although I have never had a conscious OBE, I have had three experiences which might be OBEs while in an altered state of consciousness. I leave it up to you to decide whether they were.

Post-Operational OBE

At the age of 6, I underwent an eye operation to correct a lazy eye, a condition where the eye twists inwards when you’re tired, causing you to squint and look cross-eyed. After the operation, the eyes are covered for a day, then the unoperated eye is uncovered, allowing you to move around.

I was in the children’s ward of the hospital, in a bed next to the window. There were four beds in a row on each side of the ward, so I was furthest from the entrance on the right-hand side. Because this was a children’s ward, there were decorations (pictures, letters and numbers) along the top of the wall, just under the ceiling. This will all become important shortly.

It was the first time I had ever had an operation, so I had no idea what to expect. After a pre-op injection, I was given a general anaesthetic and became unconscious.

As I woke up, I became aware that I was not in a normal position. I seemed to be floating just under the ceiling, on a level with the decorations at the top of the wall, facing the ceiling itself. It did not seem to be at all unusual, and I was calm and unscared. I turned over and looked down to see a figure lying on a bed with both eyes bandaged. It was not the bed I had been in up to this point; it was on the opposite side of the ward, and was the second from the entrance. A moment later, I was lying in bed with my eyes covered; it was the bed I had seen from above.

Of course, I possibly picked up clues about my position through my ears.

It would be more than a decade before I realised what might have happened.

Visiting the Family

During my last two years at school, I was in the Boarding House. I was studying for my A-levels, and we didn’t know whether the school in Cyprus would have the right curriculum. At the time, I used to write my dreams down, a practice I have followed sporadically over the years. Some weeks before I was due to fly out for the Christmas holidays, I had a strange dream.

I was in a darkened room with a stone floor (which appeared to be some sort of marble). As I knelt on the floor, I pushed my fingers into it without leaving a trace. I felt that it would be possible to push something into the floor to hide it, and only I would be able to recover it.

To my left was a wall that seemed to zigzag, with light shining under it. I went through the wall and found myself in a lighted corridor. As I walked down the corridor, I noted a darkened kitchen to the right, and bedrooms to the left. In the far bedroom to the left, the older of my two younger sisters was sitting in front of a mirror, brushing her hair. I walked behind her to look in the mirror, but something startled her and made her scream. I ran back down the corridor, through the glass doors at the end, dived over the balcony railing, and flew away.

I flew into my bedroom at school and lay down on the bed. At the time, even as I dreamt, I wondered why the room was reversed left to right. This turned out to be a clue, although I didn’t realise it at the time.

When I arrived in Cyprus, we drove to the flat that my parents had rented. It was a strange experience, because it was the flat I had seen in my dream. The only difference was that everything was reversed left to right! The folding concertina wall that separated the living room from the corridor was on the right, the kitchen on the left, and the bedrooms on the right.

How could I know how the flat looked when the rest of the family had only recently moved in, and I had never even seen it?

Visiting a Friend

The third happened while I was studying at university. Among our group of friends was one young woman with whom I fell in love. Unfortunately, she fell in love with my best friend at the same time, so I kept quiet.

One night, after the whole group of us had spent the evening together, two of us walked her home, because she lived in a farmhouse off campus, roughly a mile down a darkened country lane. We left her at the door and walked back to campus. It was the first time I had ever been to the farmhouse, so I had had no idea where exactly she stayed.

That night, I had a dream where I was half sitting, half leaning against something while I faced her and talked to her. She was sitting on her bed, and there was a large wardrobe behind the bedhead to my left.

When I told her the next morning, she nearly freaked out, because it was exactly how her room was laid out, including the colours of the wardrobe and the bed cover. Two of us walked her home that evening, and she invited us up to her room. It was exactly as I had seen it, and I had apparently been leaning against the edge of the desk under the window.

Again, I saw something that I had no way of knowing what it looked like.


Whether you call it an OBE, astral travel, remote viewing, or anything else, something was definitely going on.

My only frustration is that I have been unable to do this consciously, despite years of trying. I have bought numerous books and products from the Internet, but none of them has worked. Does anyone know of a method that does work? If you do, please drop me a line at admin@stephenoliverblog.com.

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  11. Stephen, thanks for posting your experience with this strange unexplainable phenomenon. I’ll post my experience with this here and hope you will send me an email if you want to discuss it further. My experience was different than yours but the same in a certain respect, so I totally believe you. As for me, it has only happened once and that was over 30 years ago. Like you, I would love to be able to have another experience like this because it has always fascinated me from the time it happened to me as a child. I’ve described what happened to many people, but nobody I know of besides you have experienced anything like it.

    As a child, my bedroom was up two flights of stairs from the main level. Just prior to waking up, I had a vivid dream in which someone I had never seen before was prominently featured. Strangely, I had a vivid recollection of that person still in my mind when I awoke and came down the stairs, however, I didn’t think anything of it until I entered the living room and saw that very person who had been in my dream speaking to my mom. I totally freaked out and went back upstairs in utter disbelief trying to figure out how it was possible. Later when I came downstairs for breakfast I asked my mom who it was. As I recall she said it was a sales lady whom she didn’t know personally. I told her about my dream and that I was certain without a doubt that that lady who had visited our home was in it. I don’t think she believed that I actually saw that person in my dream, or that there was any way possible I could be so certain, but that experience led me to believe that something like this is definitely possible and that since it happened to me it must happen to others too.

    One question I have for you is this: We both some people can at will produce experiences of perceived astral travel, but do you agree that their experiences which they report are not of the same type as the ones we have experienced? While they see other “spiritual” realms, we have seen things in our dreams which we had not seen before which have turned out to actually exist the way we have seen them in the physical world in waking life. For this reason, I consider what we are talking about more like pemonitions than obes.

  12. Stephen Oliver on June 20th, 2015 at 02:18

    Matt, I can only say “I don’t know.” Whether they’re premonitions, farsight or some form of OBE, I can’t say. They might be something else again, such as telepathy or clairvoyance. I don’t have sufficient experience or knowledge to make any sort of comment. I only wish I did.

    Since I read Robert Monroe’s book Journeys Out of the Body in 1971, I’ve been trying on and off over the years, without success. I think part of the problem lies in the fact that most techniques are extremely visual and I’m not a visual person. I sometimes feel like the eunuch in a harem; I know how to but I’m incapable of actually doing it.

    Of course, it’s also possible that you and I have also had experiences of other realms but didn’t recognise them for what they were.

    I’d like to discuss this in more detail with you. Why don’t you email me directly? My address is admin@stephenoliverblog.com.



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