" Force field aura" seems a very apt term for a transition zone between the 'physical' and the 'ethereal' realms we inhabit from conception to death; and maybe before and after.
When there were a lot of books being written of that genre in the seventies, the term "astral plane" was the go-to rubric, and it's still useful as a word for the arena where force field auras interact. Unless one would like to suggest a better one ?
Many words in the ontological histories have described intermediate states or conditions; the Ament, Bardo, Purgatory, Asgard and etc; so even the most hard boiled materialist has to recognize that there is something between the physical existance and spirit.
Religion is not needed to provide the concept, a generic Great Spirit as envisioned by the American Indians imbuing all in the world will do in a pinch.
A couple other catchall words are confusingly bandied about like psychedelic, hallucination, trip and others in the hippie creed; in reference to human-altering drugs. "Psychoactive substance" is better, but even chocolate can sometimes meet that criteria, so for simplicity's sake, and to end this too long prologue, may i suggest the use of R G Wasson's term, "Entheogen" for the really effective drugs; because ultimately the aim of the experience is after all, transcendence.
It seems there are different directions one's awareness can go, once booted up or uploaded in to the astral realm.
The "little death" ie escape from ego, is a shot at pure spirit world, or the 'clear light' as it's been called.
As Dick has noted, some drugs like pure LSD, tend to (given proper set & setting) propel one's seed of consciousness through the veil and into the light.
Other drugs can veer off sideways in the astral plane, to where other entities of the universe reside.
Even the 'cleanest' of entheogens can drag some poor soul into demonic machine land or bizarro hallucinations or worse, if the individual's personal set or ambient settings are not good.
So what to make of all these different 'out-of-body' or dream-like experiences, in the bigger picture ?
One place to look for clues is in the often similar phenomena of NDE's.
There have been a number of books and papers written over the years on the subject of near death experiences, from both clinical and mystical angles, and the experience is not all that uncommon.
I've just finished a nice concise compendium of NDE's called The Dead Saints Chronicles by D. Solomon.
The author is a 'Christian living in the West', so you might expect a lot of the NDE's to be clothed in that sort of imagery, but there are enough of them presented that it is easy to see through the dressings, to the commonalities of their experiences ;
and those of the brave or foolish psychonauts.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 25-Nov-20 15:46 by seasmith.