Part 4 of Dallas's "LAWS."
- Dallas's reincaration as an out of body claim.
Bilocations is a myth, but out-of-body experiences or OBE's are very
real and there not the slightest reason why a person who rejects the
theory of the astral body should deny their reality. And the same
counts for "remote" viewing.
There is surely no question that many people in many countries at
many different times have had such experiences. These experiences
have certain common features: the individual can travel at enormous
speed, he can penetrate material objects like walls, roofs, and human
bodies as if these were not there, and he is not noticed by others.
The last does not of course apply to bilocations, but I am
disregarding these here. Certain further characteristics asserted to
belong to all OBEs, both by Dr. Crookall and other astral theorists,
are not in fact universal. The most important of these is the
observation by a person of his second or duplicate body.
Celia Green in her book "Out of body Experiences"(1968) reports many
cases in which the person perceived himself as a blob or globe, a
flare or a point of light, or in which he simply "looks" at his
original body and has no sense of possessing another one in the place
from which he is looking. Some astral travelers have reported seeing
an extremely elastic silver cord connecting the astral body to the
sleeping physical body. It is also the belief of many astral
theorists that, if the silver cord or "astral cable" is broken, the
person must die. When a person dies, the cord breaks and this enables
the astral body to leave for other regions.
The supposed universality of the observation of the silver cord
during OBEs has frequently been cited as conclusive evidence that
they cannot be hallucinations. For this reason it should be
emphasized that many reports of OBEs are on record without mention of
a silver cord or, for that matter, any connecting link. Dr.
KiiblerRoss, who also reported on the subject has not once reported
seeing such a cord.
Many of Celia Green's subjects do not report such a cord, and no
astral cable appears in many of the OBEs reported in other cultures.
Needless confusion has been produced by an ambiguous use of the
phrase "astral projection." In one innocent sense it just means the
same as OBE, and in this sense a person who denies the existence of
the astral body does not deny the existence of astral projections; he
objects to one particular explanation or interpretation of astral
projections. Often, however, the term has been used to refer to the
separation of the astral from the physical body, and of course in
this sense, but only in this sense, an opponent of an astral body
must deny the reality of astral projections.