Dr Robert Crookall - More Astral projections – John Lowe, a miner of Stoke-on-Trent has an OBE
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Dr Robert Crookall - More Astral projections
Case No. 195 - John Lowe was ejected from his body by shock or fear (or by a combination of the two). He sent his narrative (in litt., Oct. 4, 1960). He lives at 108, Greengates Street, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent. Mr Lowe began by pointing out that his background did not lead to fancies. He came from "a long line of miners" one of whose mottoes was, "Expect nowt and you'll not be disappointed."
He was in the Tank Corps, first in the Middle East and later on in Burma. The experience occurred in April 1942.His narrative is as follows:
"The Japanese used road-block tactics against us. I was a wild, battlehardened un-Christian , 22 years old. ... My tank was hit heavily. [A] tank [that is] hit becomes a sitting duck-crew bale out. (With] one mighty heave [I was] up and over, hit the ground and dived for the undergrowth. After lying there for some time and seeing no hope of getting out of this situation, suddenly - and yet ever so gently-it happened. I seemed to rise and I found myself as it were, in the topmost seats of the theatre, looking down on the stage and watching myself.
The 'me' that was watching was calm and rather detached. Then the 'me' that was on the ground got up and walked through the road-block. I remember my only thoughts as I watched myself walking:
'He'll have a bullet in his back any time now !'
Still watching myself I came out by the road-block and along came a tank that had managed to break through.
I jumped on the back of the tank and at that moment I, as it were, became one and was then terrified, really afraid. But fear came afterwards.
"How real was this? I remember vividly three things:
(1) The feeling of calm detachment at watching myself;
(2) The waiting for the bullet that must surely come;
(3) The feeling of unreality for a good many days afterwards, trying to convince myself that I was not dead, but really alive.
After the war I offered myself as a teacher and local preacher in the Methodist Church, because I know man is Spirit.