Fox, Oliver - The need to stay detached to preserve the experience
Type of Spiritual Experience
Fox's experiences interchanged between dreams which then became out of body and back again.
Desire = want = ego and thus Will, so the composer loses control to the will and the experience ends.
A description of the experience
A Record of Out of the Body Experiences – Oliver Fox
It was so difficult to maintain the role of impersonal observer… to realise that if I allowed my desires to get the better of my mental control the dream would come to an abrupt end. I would enter a restaurant and order a meal, only to wake after savouring the first few mouthfuls.
Similarly I would visit a theatre, but could never stay in the dream more than a few minutes after the curtain had risen, because my growing interest in the play broke down my mental control of the experience. I would encounter a fascinating lady and even talk to her for a while, but the mere thought of a possible embrace was fatal.