Dr. Franz Hartmann and OBEs. For those who speak of such phenomena through personal experience, the a priori negations of those who have nothing personal to contribute appear so specious that they cannot be accepted under any circumstances
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Professor Ernest Bozzano Les phénomènes de bilocation Traduit de l’italien par Gabriel Gobron and translated further into English by Serge Patlavskiy
Third category - Cases in which personal consciousness is transferred to the phantom.
Case X. - Dr. Franz Hartmann writes in the following terms to the Occult Review (1908, p. 160):
In 1884, when I was in Colombo, on the island of Ceylon, I went one day with my friend B. to a dentist for tooth extraction. I breathed in the chloroform, and as soon as I was under its influence, I stood behind the chair on which my body was lying. I saw myself and felt exactly the same person as in the normal state, I discerned everything around me, and I heard what was being said. But when I wanted to try to take one of the instruments placed on the small table next to the chair, I couldn't do it, and I saw my fingers passing through the instrument.
After this incident, I sometimes witnessed a separation of myself and the "physical body", which happened in two different ways: When, under the conditions of the "doubling", the conscious faculties continue to sit in the organism, I then saw my "astral body" right in front of me at the side of the bed; when, on the contrary, the conscious faculties concentrated in the "astral body", I saw the "physical body" lying inert in the bed.
"I no longer make "astral" excursions remotely or, at least, I don't remember them. However, the facts presented are sufficient to convince those subjected to it that man possesses an "astral body" capable of existing independently of the "physical body". For those who speak of such phenomena through personal experience, the a priori negations of those who have nothing personal to contribute appear so specious that they cannot be accepted under any circumstances, any more than the arguments of those who have never seen railways would deny their existence."