Those reading this are no doubt fully aware, by now, of the recent disappearance of my former blog, martinjclemens.com. I didn’t make any kind of deal, big or small, about its closure. In fact, I didn’t say a word about it to anyone. That wasn’t by accident.
Those reading this likely also know about my personal troubles; that I’m consistent only in being inconsistent; that I tend to be unstable, in every sense of the word; that I live in a precarious state, both financially and emotionally; and that I often take things to heart which should not be taken to heart.
The following was originally posted on MJC (February 2014), and I felt that it should probably survive the demise of that blog since it clears the air on a topic many find important.
Did you see headlines like this over the last few days? “The Woman Who Can Will Herself Out Of Her Body” or “Scientists unlock mystery of out-of-body experiences (aka astral trips)”, or even “Out-of-body experiences are the result of unusual brain activity, study claims”?
If you just read the headline and not the linked articles, you might have gotten the wrong impression. Actually, even if you did read the article you may still have gotten it mixed up, but that’s not really your fault.
All three of those headlines, and a host of others, refer to a “study” published 10 February, 2014 in the science magazine Frontiers, titled Voluntary out-of-body-experience, an fMRI study. The story broke via a Popular Science Magazine article by Douglas Main, titled The Woman Who Can Will Herself Out Of Her Body.
I live in poverty. This isn’t a choice. This isn’t where I thought I’d be when my 6th grade teacher asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I never imagined I’d be sitting here alone, wondering where my next meal might come from, feeling both gratitude and more shame than I knew was possible for the generous donation of $60 I received from a friend so that I could buy enough food for myself and my cats to last the rest of the month.