In his book, The Phaselock Code, author Roger Hart had an out of body experience during a fall off the slopes of Mount Everest. He describes it this way:
"Even though there was no sense to it, no help coming, nothing to stop the fall, I yelled and screamed. I would die when I hit the ice below. As soon as I had that thought, my guts and heart pushed upward like the floor of a falling elevator. With excruciating anxiety, like that of a child torn from its mother's womb, my soul ripped free.
The the strangest thing happened. I shot off into starless space, floated free in zero gravity, and watched my body, as if in slow motion, tumble over the ice cliffs below."
Now let’s take Hart’s first person experience and imagine that we are sitting in meditation. All of a sudden we notice that we are free of the psychophysical body, being detached from it. When we finally come back down into our psychophysical body, we feel the need to share our experience with someone. Later, we find out that what we shared with a friend about our experience was rejected.
But we know that our experience was real—we were not hallucinating. The experience was the most intense experience that we have ever had in our entire life. So what is the problem?
The problem is with the person who doesn’t believe that our personal experience is authentic. This person is most likely a hardcore skeptic who subscribes to materialism. For such a person, there are no out of body experiences since consciousness or mind is an epiphenomenon of the brain. According to materialism, our out of body experience was more than likely an hallucination. Maybe during meditation we didn’t get enough oxygen! Anyway, there is no way to empirically prove an out of body experience because it comes from a first person perspective.
Years later, our experience paid off. Almost a hundred managed to have an out of body experience with our help and teaching. As we expected, according to our friend the skeptic, who we shared our experience with, they are collectively hallucinating.
The moral of the story: Don’t waste your time with skeptics and materialists. There is not that much time to waste.