They think the experiences could be more common than thought. People only retain the ability to have them if they practice from childhood. The study says: ‘The participant described her experience as one she began performing as a child when bored with “sleep time” at preschool. She discovered she could elicit the experience of moving above her body and used this as a distraction during the time kids were asked to nap. She continued to perform this experience as she grew up assuming, as mentioned, that “everyone could do it.”’
Individuals have long been entranced by out-of-body experiences. A Canadian woman, believed to be, student at the University of Ottawa claims she can drift outside her own body at will.
Researchers believe the left side of several areas of the brain associated with kinaesthetic imagery (the perception of the sensation of moving) are responsible for the sensation of being able to leave your body and float above it – and that more people might have similar experiences than thought.
The woman, a psychology graduate, claimed she could have voluntary out-of-body experiences before she fell asleep.
She admitted she remained aware of the body all the while floating and rotating in the air. The 24 year old could sometimes watch herself from above her body.
The scientists termed her experiences ‘Extra Corporeal’ as she said she feels no emotions when she has the experiences. Researchers believe strong emotions occur during out-of-body experiences.