Flammarion, Camille - The mysterious case of the dreamt ink spill
Type of Spiritual Experience
The meaning of the last phrase is that all the events were manipulated by spirit to prove his hypothesis. In other words, the girl was given the dream and Flammarion’s ‘helpers’ then made sure her dream came true in order to prove to him the existence of spirit helpers – manipulators of events.
In effect some prophecy, may not be prophecy.
A description of the experience
Flammarion, C., Carroll, L, - Death and its mystery: before death
268 death and its mystery
One morning I was writing with great care a long and most important business letter in English. When I reached the end of the third page I took the ink-well, instead of the sand-box, and poured it over the paper; the ink ran off the desk to the floor. The servant came in at my ring, brought a pail of water, and began to wash the floor to get off the spots. WhiIe she was doing this she said:
"I dreamed last night that I took some ink spots off here by rubbing the boards."-
“That's not true!" I answered.
“It is true, and I have already told it to the other servant, who sleeps with me!”
Just then the other servant, who was about seventeen years old, chanced to come in, to call the one who was washing the boards. I went toward her and asked her:
“What did she dream last night?”
-Answer: “l don't know,"
Then I said : “But she told you about it when she woke up." whereupon the young girl replied:
“Oh, yes ! she dreamed that she washed an ink spot off the floor here.”
This tale, the absolute truth of which I vouch for, places the reality of this sort of dreams beyond doubt. It is no less remarkable because it concerned an act, which can be qualified as involuntary, as it occurred entirely against my will, resulting from a very insignificant mistake of my hand. And nevertheless, this act was so necessary and so inevitably determined that its effect existed, several hours in advance, as a dream in the consciousness of another.
Here appears in the clearest manner the truth of my proposition : everything that happens, happens of necessity."