Sunday, August 23, 2009

Comments on Celia Green's book

The following are my comments on the notes in the two previous postings:

"Thus subjects who are deaf or have poor eyesight may find themselves 'hearing' and 'seeing' clearly, in their ecsomatic experiences." p 23.

Isn't this an interesting observation? Deaf individuals hear in their OBE!

"Eighty-one per cent of the subject of 'single' ecsomatic cases stated that, while they were apparently out of their bodies, they seemed to see their physical bodies from outside." p 42.

So, in 19% of cases people did not report seeing their own physical body. How then did they know they were out of body?

"Subjects may find themselves behind, beside or above their physical bodies, but very rarely report having viewed their physical body from a position below it." P46.

It would be very good to take a look at the fine details of the cases where someone viewed themselves from below. In real life, very few people would ever be looking up at people, unless the person was on a staircase etc.

"If the ecsomatic experience takes place indoors, the subject frequently refers to his ecsomatic position as being near the ceiling." p47.

I wonder what the percentages are and what other viewpoints were in the survey? What does frequently mean? Greater than 50%?

"The data presented in the last chapter show that there is some reason to associate ecsomatic experience with decreased muscle tone. " p53.

When you are in dream/rapid eye movement sleep, your muscle tone falls to almost nothing.

"Nearly 5 per cent of subjects report apparent paralysis occurring at some stage of their ecsomatic experience." p 60.

As with the last note, in dream/REM sleep your are effectively paralysed- i.e. have no muscle tone.

"89.3% of the subjects of single cases stated that the tings they saw while out of the body looked just as they would do normally and 82.3% stated that things looked coloured in the normal way..."p71.

Another way of saying that the content/quality of the experience was as real as real, i.e. indistinguishable from conventional awake reality.

"Only 26.9 per cent of the subjects of single cases reported that they felt connected in any way to their physical body..."p100.

This goes against what I thought was the general impression of OBEs; that there was a silver cord connecting the physical and no physical bodies.

"In the majority of single cases there is no consciousness of any transition to or from the ecsomatic state." p 108.

I'd like to see some examples of ones where people do recall the transition.

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