Hank looked at his wife and shook his head. “This is total bullshit. Let’s get out of here.”
“Oh, ye of little faith,” Sandra whispered back. “Sit back and listen, you may actually learn something.”
Hank stood up and addressed the speaker. “What exactly is an out-of-body experience?” he asked.
“Thank you for your question,” the speaker said. “An out-of-body experience occurs when your astral body leaves your physical body and travels to the astral plane. The astral plane is the level beyond the physical, the realm of dreams, spirits, and psychic phenomena, the substance and vehicle for contact between the material and the mystical. It is one of the seven planes of being. Humans generally live on the material plane.”
Hank rolled his eyes.
“I see that you are a skeptic,” the woman said. “But you can’t just dismiss the experiences of a substantial number of people. It often happens when people are in the midst of a near-death event. For example, people report finding themselves floating near the ceiling of their hospital rooms, perhaps observing medical staff attempting to revive them.”
“Your whole concept of an out-of-body experience,” Hank said, “assumes the existence of a soul, or what you call an “astral body,” that is separate from the physical body and is capable of travelling outside it throughout the universe. That’s nonsense.”
“It’s not nonsense. It’s even referenced in the Bible,” the speaker said. “The apostle Paul, in 2 Corinthians 12:1–4, said….”
“Seriously, the Bible? Hank interrupted. “That’s it, we’re outta here.” He grabbed Sandra’s hand and pulled her up. “Let’s hit the road with all deliberate speed before I start having my own out-of body experience and this thing turns ugly.”
Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (astral), The Daily Spur (woman), Your Daily Word Prompt (substantial), Ragtag Daily Prompt (road), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (speed), and Swimmers (ugly).