I got the idea to write about this based on what Matt said during another post. Here is the summary.
This is great Matt, Yes, this is a good sign that you are making progress.It was with some shock that I realized that I had not in fact experienced two OBEs but had merely dreamed about them. I think that this is my psyche’s way of preparing me for the real experience.
Difference between Lucid dream and OuIf by an actual OBE you mean no gap or loss of consciousness as you transition into trance states, then I hope this happens to you soon as it is amazing. The highest level of lucidity is possible. On the other hand since the distinction between OBEs and Lucid Dreams has more to do with WHERE someone is projection to as appose to HOW, then it doesn't really matter how you get there. I will explain. The psyche will always be present during Out of body Experiences and Lucid dreams, the different is that with lucid dreams elements of the psyche are predominant, and during OBEs our psychic potential might be predominant to perceive things outside yourself.Hopefully this is a sign that I will have an actual OBE soon.
Solid out of body experiences can turn into lucid dream type experiences, and lucid dream type experiences can turn into OBE experiences. The difference really has to do with the switch in the consciousness. Going internally is what usually happens happens when one lucid dreams, and going external when one has an OBE. Going internally would be the default natural process that will generate the dreams, but with the intention to experience other dimensions of being, one can prepare the mind to perceive things outside of oneself (OBE type experiences with greater physic potential). The switch between the states doesn't have to be done exclusively from the physical awake state. It's really done with the intent, and it can be done from within the lucid dreams. Changing our view on HOW we can get into a Real OBE, will also change WHERE we end up.
This way of looking at is beneficial because in the end, it doesn't really matter where the information comes as long as you can make use of it. I've started to have this thinking the more I experience. There will be times when I might encounter a being that simply doesn't know he or she is dead during a solid OBE, in this case there will be little to learn other than their condition. At other times an internal voice possibly coming from inner portion of my psyche, inner self, higher self or whatever one might like to call it, will have something interesting to explain and these will be vary between OBE or LD predominant.
Have a great day!