A Study on the Benefits of OBE Development and Practice
This presentation seeks to create a bridge between overwhelmingly subjective accounts on out-of-body experiences (OBEs) and more objective and measurable results, in order to understand better the real tangible benefits that individuals derive from these experiences. I will present the results of a survey performed on individuals who either participated in OBE-related courses and/or who have had OBEs. This preliminary survey consisted of several areas and used several already-standardized psychological tests to measure the alleged benefits of OBEs, like understanding life purpose, death acceptance, level of spirituality and profundity of the experience and others.
The survey was filled out by 377 individuals in 3 languages. The survey also presents correlations between the standardized scores of individuals from the average population, and individuals who understood and/or had OBEs. This study is able to present quantifiable evidence on: how much do the benefits of having and practicing OBEs improve over the population (if any)? Does assistantial/altruistic motivation, general overall health, or deeper understanding of spiritual growth improve with this phenomena, and how much? Do benefits increase as people become long-term practitioners or OBEs vs short-term practitioners?