Denton, Professor William and Elizabeth - The history of objects
Type of spiritual experience
A description of the experience
Breakthrough to Creativity – Dr Shafica Karagulla
Elizabeth Denton .. could pick up an object and hold it quietly in her hand and immediately a moving picture of scenes and places, often totally unknown to her, would go through her mind. These pictures had peculiar clarity and focus. She decided that she must have a very vivid imagination. From time to time she saw in these moving pictures scenes and places which she had not previously visited. Later on when she saw these places and they looked exactly like her precognitive pictures she passed it off as some kind of strange coincidence. At night she often amused herself by looking at moving scenes of events, moving vividly before her mind as she lay with her eyes closed. She was wide awake on such occasions and the scenes at which she looked were as clear and distinct as any she saw in the outer world…..
On one occasion Professor Denton gave his wife a small piece of lead ore from a mining site near Galena. Her impressions are worth quoting. "Before me, and extending to my right and my left or rather NNE and NNW, for a long way, is a vein of metal resembling in all respects as far as I can judge, this piece of ore. I should think that large rocks as pure as this might be removed without difficulty. It does not, however, look as I expected to find it; for, instead of being in one continuous solid mass it appears separated by dust or something similar, into blocks of irregular shapes, not thrown carelessly together, but closely packed, the interstices being filled with sand or dust. If the appearance indicates the amount there must be thousands of tons as pure as this, but the most inconsistent feature seems to be its nearness to an excavation, and at the same time, its undisturbed appearance. Not a grain of it seems to have been touched. It rests in perfect quiet.
Denton's own comment on this description is worth recording here, especially since it shows clearly that he himself had no knowledge of the area. "At the time this examination was made, nearly four years ago, Mrs. Denton had never seen a mine of any description, nor had I visited any of the lead mines of this country; and I was not aware until my visit to the lead region of the northwest, of the remarkable agreement between her description and the actual appearance of the large lead deposits throughout the region. The galena is found in irregular blocks, not thrown carelessly together but closely packed. The interstices are filled with clay or ochre dust.”