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Dr Robert Crookall - More Astral projections – Mrs Winifred Burles, of Bath has several OBEs



Type of Spiritual Experience


A description of the experience

Dr Robert Crookall - More Astral projections

Case No. 224 - Mrs Winifred Burles, of Bath, gave a lecture on astral projection in February 1956, She had had a number of such experiences. In answer to the writer's enquiry, she said,

"I have not read any books on the subject." Her first experience occurred when she was 10 years old. It naturally came as a surprise. She had a number of subsequent experiences of this type, visiting "both earth and astral" environments. She always returned to the physical body "with profound regret".  While out of the body, consciousness was "more vivid than normally" and there was "a feeling of lightness" and an ability to "move at will". The experiences convinced her of survival. Details of out-of-the-body experiences are more clearly remembered than those of earth-life, and the thought never came to her: "Am I dreaming?" Doors, walls, etc. were not barriers to the passage of her 'double'.

On one occasion Mrs Burles found herself out of the body "on a Lower Plane" where people were "dressed in brown and looked repulsive". Her account continues, "Immediately I requested to go higher and found myself floating apparently upwards where people looked so old, yet so young. They appeared solid, were dressed in pale light colours and all looked happy."

In answer to my question regarding fear and its effect, Mrs Burles said, "When I experienced fright I have found myself back in the body suddenly." She further said, "I always had catalepsy on my return. I experienced a rigidity of the body. It seems to take some minutes to become normal and, on these occasions, I always fear someone is coming into the room before I am myself" With regard to the sensations of leaving the body, Mrs Burles observed: "'When leaving the body I always experience a kind of whirring in the head and a click in the back of the neck.  I return with the deepest sorrow and regret."

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

Concepts, symbols and science items



Science Items


Activities and commonsteps



Being a child