Originally posted by FreaKinGenius
is this oobo like a dream? how does it happen? or does it happen like when you die and the doctors do that electric thingy and bring you back?
There are certain practices that you can undertake that will eventually trigger an OOBE (for most people). Monroe's techniques are probably the safest and simplest. For myself, it took three weeks of doing the practices to have the experience (several, actually). I had to stick with it, though. It does take determination and effort. Occasionally someone has one spontaneously, but most need to practice the methods in order for anything to happen.
As for the experience itself, it is dream-like in some respects, sort of like a super-lucid dream (a lucid dream being a dream where you know that you are dreaming), but more vivid and more conscious. However, it is not exactly equal to waking consciousness. There is a slight difference.
As for people nearly dying, these are called NDEs (near death experiences) and are a different category from OOBEs, though as I understand it similar in some respects. Never having nearly died, though, I can't comment from experience there. Main difference being that OOBE can be consciously induced without threat to one's existence. Not recommended to "consciously induce" an NDE, lol.