Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Bob's Best of Breed OBE Books 2022

Bob's Best of Breed OBE Books 2022

by Bob Peterson

The last time I published my "Bob's Best of Breed OBE Books" was in 2017, so after 5 years I thought it would be good to publish an updated list of my favorite Out-of-Body Experience / astral projection books, by category.

This time I've ranked my top ten OBE / astral projection books in these categories:

  • OBE Tips, Techniques & Instructions
  • General
  • Scientific or Analytical
  • OBE Narratives & Story Telling
Click on the links for a full book review of each book.

Disclaimer: Some books fit into multiple categories, and it was sometimes hard to choose, but I only wanted to list one book per author.

 Top 10 OBE books: Tips, Techniques & Instructions

This is what every beginner wants to know--how to do it themselves--right? These are books that have good solid OBE techniques to get you out there exploring:

1
Hacking the Out of Body Experience Robert Peterson
(2019)
I'm biased because I wrote this book. Still, with 351 pages and 77 chapters of tips and techniques I haven't found any better.
2
The Phase
(Review part 2)
(Review part 3)
Michael Raduga
(2015)
One of the best instructional OBE books out there. A wealth of tips, techniques and good advice.
3
Astral Dynamics
(Review part 2)
Robert Bruce
(1999)
Lots of good techniques and advice. Stresses energy work.
4
Adventures Beyond the Body William Buhlman
(1996)
A well rounded balance of info, theory and a variety of techniques.
5
Navigating the Out-of-Body Experience Graham Nicholls
(2012)
A good assortment of creative OBE techniques and general OBE info.
6
Leaving the Body D. Scott Rogo
(1983)
An oldie but goodie. Techniques and OBE advice abound.
7
Travel Far Darryl E. Berry Jr.
(2015)
A well-rounded book with general information and techniques. A lost leader.
8
Out of Body Experiences Akhena
(2013)
OBE Information, techniques, advice, excellent narratives, plus validation. Hard to find.
9
Astral Projection Richard Craze
(1996)
Small and compact but chock full of 22 astral projection techniques.
10
Experiencing Astral Travel V.M. Beelzebub
(2003)
Obscured by occult "cloak and daggar" but actually has lots of good information and techniques.

Top 10 OBE books: General

These books include general information about OBEs, speculation about what is "out there" and often contain some techniques and pointers. The best ones are all based on personal experience and/or observations.

1
Explorations In Consciousness Frederick Aardema
(2012)
One of the best and yet underrated OBE books. Creative and informative.
2
The Projection of the Astral Body Sylvan Muldoon and Hereward Carrington
(1929)
A classic from the 1920s, but still very much relevant today.
3
Journeys Out of the Body Robert Monroe
(1971)
The book that got me started. A classic in the field. Powerful.
4
Out-of-Body Exploring Preston Dennett
(2004)
Good solid OBE information.
5
Explorations Out of the Body Eddie Slasher
(1997)
Relatable, fascinating and innovative
6
Astral Projection and Lucid Dreaming Vincent Field
(2022)
Good overall book based on the author's experiences and creative OBE experiments.
7
The Vibrational State Maverick Vardoger
(2019)
Personal observations and techniques based on experience.
8
Exploring Your Inner Reality Jonas Ridgeway
(2013)
Good solid info and OBE advice.
9
Astral Travel for Beginners Richard Webster
(1998)
Based on experience, contains narratives, techniques, references, glossary, index, etc.
10

How I Learned Soul Travel Terrill Willson
(1987)
Follows the author's journey to learn OBEs. Packed with gems.

Top 10 OBE books: Scientific or Analytical

These books were written for the scientific, and often skeptical, person.

1
Out-of-Body Experiences Janet Lee Mitchell, Ph.D.
(1981)
Scientific study of OBEs in the lab, at its best. Think Ingo Swann, Alex Tanous, you name it.
2
The Out of Body Experience Anthony Peake
(2011)
Great. Solid no-nonsense information and history of OBEs with a scientific approach. Very well researched and well written.
3
With The Eyes of the Mind Glenn Gabbard and Stuart Twemlow
(1984)
Two professional psychiatrists compare OBEs to body boundary disturbances like autoscopy, schizophrenia, lucid dreams, etc. Fabulous. Highly recommended.
4
Beyond the Body Susan J. Blackmore
(1992)
A parapsychologist's view of OBEs. Level headed, although she became quite an outspoken skeptic in later years.
5
Flight of Mind H.J. Irwin
(1985)
Scientific and very dry, but very informative.
6
Out-of-the-Body Experiences Celia Green
(1968)
It's been a long time, but I remember it was good.
7
Convergence Barbara Mango & Lynn Miller
(2021)
Scientific comparison of extraordinary experiences, how they connect and how they affect us all.
8
Astral Projection and Psychic Empowerment Joe H. Slate
(1998)
Talks about more modern lab experiments on remote targets.
9
Demystifying the Out-of-Body Experience Luis Minero
(2012)
Solid information. Brings the subject down to Earth.
10

Traveler's Guide to the Astral Plane Steve Richards
(1983)
Unlike any OBE/AP book in the genre. Great historical references.

Top 10 OBE books: OBE Narratives & OBE Stories

These books are more geared toward telling the personal stories of those who have had out-of-body experiences, but are often light on OBE techniques.

1
Multi-Dimensional Man Jurgen Ziewe
(2008)
Moving, touching, inspiring. A heart-warming ride into other dimensions. Still my #1 favorite OBE book.
2
An Adjacent Place Clary G. Valentine
(2017)
A wild ride. Chock full of OBE narratives that seem to prove that OBEs are real, written by a friend of the experiencer.
3

Eyes of an Angel Paul Elder
(2005)
Many heart-warming, educational and entertaining OBEs from the author.
4
The Out-of-Body Experience: An Experiential Anthology Edited by Rodrigo Montenegro
(2015)
A great collection of OBE narratives, many of which have validation.
5
Soul Traveler Albert Taylor
(1996)
An engineer and former NASA employee is thrown into the world of OBEs. Very entertaining. Kept me wanting more.
6
Astral Projections Michael Ross
(2010)
Small, but well written and heart warming.
7
The Study and Practice of Astral Projection Dr. Robert Crookall
(1960)
Lots of good stories and speculation about their meaning.
8
The Astral Projection Guidebook Erin Pavlina
(2013)
Amusing and well written, although a little far-out.
9
Persephone's Journey Vicky M. Short
(2010)
A heart warming journal of personal growth and out-of-body travel.
10
Loved Mary Deioma
(2014)
A touching personal journey.

Some people ask why I collect so many OBE / Astral Projection books. The answer is: It's my hobby. Some people collect dolls or figurines; I collect OBE books.

That said, OBE books are like books about flying airplanes. They can only take you so far. They can give you hints and general principles, nothing can ever replace firsthand experience. I hope you explore the state yourself and hopefully use this guide (and my book reviews) to determine which books help you in your adventure.

Bob Peterson
21 June 2022


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