A Short, Selected Bibliography of OBE


Classic first-person experiences, surveys, analyses, induction methods, and frequently-cited works on the out-of-body experience, including near-death experience.

Selected by Robert Bushman


Alvarado, Carlos S.  Trends in the study of out-of-body experiences:  an overview of developments since the nineteenth century. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 3(1):27-42 (1989). [175 refs]

Alvarado, Carlos S.  The psychological approach to out-of-body experiences:  a review of early and modern developments.  The Journal of Psychology, 126:237-250 (1992).

Alvarado, Carlos S.  Out-of-body experiences. In E. Cardeña, S.J. Lynn, and S. Krippner (Eds.), The varieties of anomalous experiences. American Psychological Association, Washington DC, 2001

Atwater, PMH.  Beyond the light: what isn't being said about near-death experience.  Carol Pub. Group, Birch Lane Press, New York, 1994. [296p]

Blackmore, S[usan] J. Beyond the body:  an investigation of out-of-the-body experiences. Heinemann, London, 1982. [Also published by Paladin Grafton Books, London, 1983 and by Granada. Second edition by Academy Chicago Publishers, Chicago, 1992.]

Blackmore, Susan.  Dying to live:  science and the near-death experience.  Grafton/HarperCollins, London, 1993.

Bruce, Robert.  Astral dynamics:  a new approach to out-of-body experience.  Hampton Roads, Charlottesville VA, 1999.

Couliano, I.P. Out of this world:  other worldly journeys from Gilgamesh to Albert Einstein. Shambala, Boston, 1991.

Eby, Carol. Astral odyssey:  exploring out-of-body experiences. Samuel Weiser, York Beach ME, 1996. [xi + 255p. bibl, index] One of the most careful and complete descriptions of OBE available. Excellent treatment of the relationship of OBE to dreams. Also includes induction methods.

Fox, Oliver (pseudonym).  Astral projection: a record of out-of-the-body experiences. Rider, London, 1939. [Also published by Citadel Press, Secaucus NJ, 1962 and by University Books, New Hyde Park NY, 1963]

Gabbard, Glen O. & Twemlow, Stuart W.  With the eyes of the mind: an empirical analysis of out-of-body states.  Praeger, New York, 1984.

Greyson, Bruce, and Charles P. Flynn (Eds.).  The near-death experience:  problems, prospects, perspectives.  Charles C. Thomas, Springfield IL, 1984. [289p, bibl. Forward by Michael Sabom.]

Lorimer, David.  Whole in one:  the near-death experience and the ethic of interconnectedness. Viking/Penguin, London, 1990.

Lundahl, Craig R [Comp.]. A Collection of near-death research readings.  Nelson-Hall Publishers, Chicago, 1982. [240p]

McKnight, Rosalind A.  Cosmic journeys:  my out-of-body explorations with Robert A. Monroe.  Hampton Roads, Charlottesville VA, 1999. [Intro by Laurie A. Monroe, President, The Monroe Institute]

Mitchell, Janet Lee.  Out-of-body experiences:  a handbook.  McFarland, Jefferson NC, 1981. [Also published by Ballantine Books, New York, 1987.]

Monroe, Robert A.  Journeys out of the body.  Doubleday, Garden City NY, 1971. [Also published by Souvenir Press, London and by Anchor, New York]

Monroe, Robert A.  Far journeys.  Doubleday, Garden City NY, 1985.

Monroe, Robert A.  Ultimate Journey.  Doubleday, New York, 1994. [303 p. glossary, bibl.]

Moody, Raymond A. Jr.  Life after life:  the investigation of a phenomenon—survival of bodily death.  Mockingbird Books, 1975. [187p.  Forward by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.  Also published by Bantam Books, New York, 1976. Condensation in Readers Digest, 110(657):193-215 (Jan, 1977)]

Muldoon Sylvan Joseph & Carrington, Hereward.  The projection of the astral body.  Rider, London, 1929; revised edition, 1956. [Also published by Samuel Weiser, York Beach ME, n.d. (ca. 1973)]

Peterson, Bob.  Out-of-body experiences:  how to have them and what to expect.  Hampton Roads, Charlottesville VA, 1997. [Also:  http://www.robertpeterson.org/obebook.html]

Ring, Kenneth.  Heading toward omega:  in search of the near-death experience.  William Morrow and Company, New York, 1984. [348p]

Ring, Kenneth.  Life at death:  a scientific investigation of the near-death experience.  Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, New York, 1980. [310p]

Rogo, D. Scott (Ed.).  Mind beyond the body:  the mystery of ESP projection.  Penguin, New York, 1978.

Sabom, Michael.  Recollections of death:  a medical investigation.  Harper & Row, New York, 1982. [224p]

Slate, Joe H.  Astral projection and psychic empowerment: techniques for mastering the out-of-body experience.  Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul MN, 1998. [index]

Smed, Jouni A.  Out-of-body experience:  frequently asked questions (FAQ).http://www.spiritweb.org/Spirit/obe-faq.html, 1994.

Smith, Angela Thompson.  Remote perceptions: OBEs, remote viewing and other normal abilities.  Hampton Roads, Charlottesville VA, 1998.

Taylor, Albert. Soul traveler:  a guide to out-of-body experiences and the wonders beyond.  Verity Press, Covina CA, 1996.

Vieira, Waldo.  Projectiology:  an overview of experiences of consciousness outside the human body.  International Institute of Projectiology and Conscientiology, Rio de Janeiro, 2002.  [1,232p, bibl, illus. name index, place index, subject index. Overview, theory, case histories.]

Yram (pseudonym of Marcel Lewis Forhan).  Practical astral projection.  Rider, London, 1935. [Also published by Samuel Weiser, New York, 1967]

Zaleski, Carol [Goldsmith].  Otherworld journeys:  accounts of near-death experience in medieval and modern times. Oxford University Press, New York, 1987. [ix, 275p, appendix, notes, bibl, index]


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