What would happen if we combined three excerpts: one from a biblical appearance of God, one from an alien abduction story, and one from a near-death experience testimony?
…In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on me, fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake. Then I heard a voice say, "We have come for you… You will not be hurt." I could feel myself moving out of my body and sliding down between the mattress and the rail on the side of the bed-actually it seemed as if I went through the rail-on down to the floor. Then, I started rising upward, slowly…
Having had thousands of my own out-of-body experiences and having analyzed those of thousands of others, I can definitively state that the above would be a classic example of a first-time exit from the body typical for novices.
It’s very likely that such phenomena are very closely interrelated. It’s possible that they are of one nature. And that’s not considering hundreds of mystical and occult schools in which the same practice, under the most diverse names, stands apart from all the others as the pinnacle of development.
A few words on the mass scale of the phenomenon, which is not without importance. One person in four has experienced leaving their body upon falling asleep or waking up. One in three has experienced sleep paralysis at least once. One in two has reported having become conscious while dreaming. And everyone has encountered this hundreds of times in a superficial or unrecognized form. For example, up to a third of all actions and sensations upon awakening are not real. And how many times have you woken up, done something, and then gone back to sleep, not even suspecting that none of this occurred in the physical world?
By all accounts this is clearly a mass phenomenon, an ability inherent in each person. I can vouch for this as I am able to teach anyone to have an out-of-body experience.