Lethbridge, T C - Ghost and Ghoul - Dragonfly
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A description of the experience
T C Lethbridge – Ghost and Ghoul
Some philosophers and thinkers maintain that they cannot believe in a future life, because the brain disintegrates after death. But what happened to the dragonfly? Did it not undergo a kind of death and appear in a new element in an entirely different form ? Could the nymph possibly have appreciated by observation that there was a flying insect inside it, when it was creeping about on the bottom of the pond?
After death, that is the breakdown of the worn-out or damaged machine, we are still living, and perhaps have always been living and always will do. We have been watching the activities of our machine and storing the results to tell to our friends in the club. While the earthly body has been working, we have been occupying the same general area of space. When it dies, we are still here as an astral body of much higher frequency.
We are precisely in the position of the dragonfly imago, which has emerged from the nymph case. Something has been thrown away in each case. We just happen to be able to watch the dragonfly in its phases of living in the water and in the air.
The dead case is thrown away when the dragonfly nymph changes into an air-borne insect. I do not know whether anyone has attempted to measure the frequencies of these two stages of the dragon-fly’s life cycle, or whether it would be practicable to do so. But I feel reasonably certain that they would be quite different and that the dragonfly nymph could never see the dragonfly imago, even if the refraction of the light between water and air would occasionally permit it to do so.
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Observation contributed by: Francis Keeble