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Incidents in My Life - D D Home - Edwin comes to say goodbye

Identifier

024595

Type of spiritual experience

Hallucination

Background

Remember that an hallucination is an image from the spirit realm overlaid on that from the 5 senses

A description of the experience

D D Home his life his mission – Madam Home

When Home was about thirteen … he had been spending the evening at a friend's house and on returning to that of his aunt; found that she had already retired to rest. Fearing to be scolded for being late, [he] hastened to follow her example. It was a lovely summer's night and the moon, shining through the curtainless window of his room, rendered a candle unnecessary; but at the moment when the boy, having finished his prayers, was slipping into bed, her light was suddenly darkened. Startled by the phenomenon, Home looked up, and beheld a vision that he has described in the opening chapter of his Incidents in My Life, published in the year 1863.

Incidents in My Life – D D Home

I was about to draw the sheet over me, when a sudden darkness seemed to pervade the room. This surprised me, inasmuch as I had not seen a cloud in the sky; and on looking up I saw the moon still shining, but it was on the other side of the darkness, which still grew more dense until through the darkness, there seemed to be a gleam of light, which I cannot describe; but it was similar to those which I and many others have since seen when the room has been illuminated by spiritual presence.

This light increased; and my attention was drawn to the foot of my bed, where stood my friend Edwin. He appeared as in a cloud of brightness, illuminating his face with distinctness more than mortal. He looked on me with a smile of ineffable sweetness, then, slowly raising the right arm, he pointed upward; and making with it three circles in the air, the hand began slowly to disappear. Then the arm, and finally the whole body, melted away.

The natural light of the room was then again apparent. I was speechless, and could not move, though I retained all my reasoning faculties. As soon as the power of movement was restored I rang the bell, and the family, thinking I was ill, came to my room, when my first words were 'I have seen Edwin -he died three days ago.'

A day or two afterwards a letter was received, announcing the death of Edwin after a very short illness.

The source of the experience

Home, D. D.

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Observation contributed by: Margaret Booth