KylePK wrote:Peter wrote: some agreement is here that the LD is in our head so what do you mean by another dimension, keen to get thoughts on this
Planes of existense? I guess. Physical, astral, metaphysical, I don't know haha there is too much speculation to accurately describe anything related to that.
Since any reasonable opinion has to be based on evidence, we might well ask what the evidence shows. Accounts of spiritual realms are as ancient as mankind, unfortunately they don't agree about what that spiritual realm is like, leading to the obvious conclusion that astral worlds whether in OBE or NDE are creations of the subject's own mind. Whether or not there is a spirit that actually can exist separately from the body is another question. There are lots of examples of consciousness existing when the brain and brain stem are flat lined implying that a spirit might be real, e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNbdUEqDB-k Naturally the existence of a spirit does not imply that it survives ultimately or even that it has an afterlife that lasts much beyond the death of the body.
OOBEs are nothing but lucid dreams. Any sensation can be reproduced in the dream world. Most of the time, the environment one encounters upon an apparent separation from the body is one which is incongruent with reality. If the immediate environment happens to emulate your bedroom, for example, it is always localised. Further exploration will reveal inconsistencies. Even that which you think is accurate in the experience can be revealed to be inacurate upon proper inspection of the real thing and comparison in wakefulness.
Summerland is a materialistic monist and has a very dogmatic personality that always seems to reduce everything to his prejudices. You should listen to him for balance as every opinion will help one form the picture of the possible and then following the evidence will show one which possibility is most likely.