I'm not sure if this is an OBE and it probably is not but it certainly concerns the topic of sleeping and dreaming. I have asked almost all my friends and family if they have been someone else in their dreams and their response is always no.
I'm an eighteen year old woman and I've had dreams where I am not myself. My earliest memory of being someone other than myself in a dream is that of being a 17-19 year old boy who lives with his grandparents in Ireland since his parents had died. I remember another dream in which I was an eight year old black girl living in America during the Civil Rights period and I was running away with other black kids and adults to escape a group of white people who wanted to hurt us. Then, in another dream, I was a twelve year old European girl during the Victorian era learning to play the violin. Within that same dream, I also remember that I was a very young eskimo girl who was the last of her family to survive. She/I huddled next to my family on ice inside a small cave. Her/my family died of starvation. I consider these dreams to be oddly specific.
Could these be dreams about my past lives? Does this mean I was astral projecting and didn't know it? Are these dreams just very vivid dreams with no deeper meaning? I do not know if this is important to mention but the boy dream took place three years ago, the African American girl dream took place last year and the European and eskimo girl dream took place a couple months ago.
Also, I've had dreams that come true. For example, in a dream I was watching the film Inside Out. This dream occurred before the trailer and film were released. Then when I watched Inside Out for the first time, I knew and remembered the plot of the film. Am I astral projecting to future experience without knowing it, or are dreams like this simply clairvoyant dreams of the future? I apologize for my lack of knowledge, but I suppose that that is the purpose for this submission. Thank you!