Graham Nicholls is a British author of two books on out-of-body experiences, which he has explored for over 25 years. He has also developed his own technology and techniques for inducing out-of-body states, which he teaches through workshops and online coaching sessions worldwide. He has lectured at venues including Cambridge University, The Society for Psychical Research, and the London Science Museum, and has been widely featured in the media, including the BBC, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Daily Express, and The Times. He is currently developing a research project looking into his own OBEs, which he hopes will bridge the gap between neuroscience and veridical research.
For more information on his work, please visit http://www.grahamnicholls.com
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- Out-of-Body Experiences: In Search of the Truth Oct 13, 2011
Thanks for your comment Cliff, many people do describe results with various drugs from DMT, Ketamine, through to Amanita Muscaria and others. Personally, I have never used any drug, not because of any professional issues (as a non-scientist that does not apply), but more because I have not heard of a drug that is consistent in its results - and I'm personally not drawn to drug use. I also find that as I can induce OBEs when the conditions are right, there is no need.
As far as my OBEs, they have not been "mostly on this plane", I simply focus on ones that have to allow for objective discussion. After hundreds of OBEs over the last, nearly 25 years, I feel this is the best way to move forward in our understanding. Once we have more consistent veridical evidence for OBEs, then we can ask more questions related to possible other levels. We have to be very cautious in my opinion with these areas, as it is easy to begin to feel we understand reality on a deeper level, and lose sight of the tools of science. I feel it is best to remember we probably don't have all the answers and that exploring and learning are the real gifts of consciousness.
- Out-of-Body Experiences: In Search of the Truth Oct 11, 2011
Thanks for your comments, I do believe that scientists can indeed get drawn into assumptions and limited world-views much like anyone else. That is why I feel it is important to engage not just with scientific protocol, but also with the OBE/NDErs, so that a clear understanding of what is taking place forms our starting point for any study.
As far as finding a standard protocol, I feel that the process for reaching the OBE is key. The Italian study I mentioned in my article used hypnosis, others have used binaural beat technology, and I have personally used combinations in an 'immersive' approach, including full virtual reality. So far I am leaning towards suggestion/hypnosis and immersion as keys to inducing consistent OBEs in subjects. I would also like to explore the psi enhancing methods Michael Persinger has been working with. Once we have greater consistency we will be closer to very significant results.
The idea that there is a 'subtle' energy is one possible explanation for OBEs. It could fit well with Rupert Sheldrake's Morphic Fields for example. There are also ideas that draw upon dark matter, such as those put forward by the late Professor Gerhard Wasserman. Then there is the possibility that what is going on relates to Quantum Entanglement, as explored by Nobel Laureate Brian Josephson. While this idea does not relate directly to OBEs, it could be the underlying mechanism for an extended form of consciousness that would look very much like an OBE. I find all of these areas fascinating and feel that it is time to take another look at ways to explore the subject.