Preston Dennett’s (2004) Out-of-Body Exploring: A Beginner’s Approach falls squarely within the genre of spiritual autobiography, due mostly to the transformation that his mother’s death and subsequent events eﬀected in his world view. In 1984, at the age of 19, Dennett saw his mother’s ghost, which not only shattered his belief that there was “no such thing as life after death” (p. xiii) but also sparked a desire to have out-of-body experiences and to study the paranormal in general. The resulting OBEs—over one thousand of them from 1986 to 2004—are the subject of this book. Thirteen chapters deal with a fairly standard array of topics: the “desire body,” various experiments on the astral plane, astral people and animals, astral food and sex, mantra experiences, OBEs and healing, God and the Higher Self, high-level experiences, OBEs and psi, how to have OBEs, and various questions and answers. The organization is roughly chronological and ranges from basic to advanced as well as from short OBEs to longer and more profound ones. Frequent block quotations from the author’s journal convey the experiences and create a sense of immediacy because they are often longer than the commentary that links them.
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