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Fox, Oliver - Out of body rule: don't touch 02



Type of Spiritual Experience


A description of the experience

A Record of Out of the Body Experiences – Oliver Fox

In the afternoon, intending to experiment, I lay down on the bed and succeeded in getting into the trance condition.  I then proceeded to leave my body, dual consciousness being experienced until I had passed out of the house (by going through the closed doors); but on reaching the street I could not feel my physical body lying upon the bed.

I had walked on for about a hundred yards, apparently unobserved by the few people about, when I was caught up in some strong current and borne away with great velocity.  I came to rest on a beautiful but unknown common.  There seemed to be a school treat going on; for there were many children, dressed in white, playing games and having tea beneath the trees.  There were also some adults present – in particular I noticed one old gipsy woman.  Bluish smoke rose up from the fires they had lit, and a magnificent amber sunset cast a mellow golden glow upon the peaceful scene.  I walked on until I came to some red brick houses, which evidently marked the limit of the common in that direction.  The front door of one of the houses was half open, so I entered, curious to see if the inhabitants would become aware of my intrusion.  At the end of the hall was a flight of richly carpeted stairs.  Up these I passed.

Seeing a door ajar on the landing, I entered and found myself in a comfortably furnished bedroom.  A young lady, dressed in claret coloured velvet, was standing with her back to me, tidying her hair before a mirror.  I could see that radiant amber sky through the window by the dressing table, and the girl’s rich auburn tresses were gleaning redly in this glamorous light.  I noticed that the coverlet of the bed had a crumpled appearance and that there was water in a basin on the washstand.  ‘Ah, my lady’ thought I ‘you too have been lying down, and now you are making yourself presentable for tea – or is it dinner?’

I did not mind intruding upon her privacy; for she might have no existence outside of my brain, and I knew, from previous experiences, that there was small likelihood of my being visible to her.  It occurred to me that I would stand just behind her and look over her shoulder into the mirror.  I wanted to see whether it would reflect my face.  I stood so close to her that I was conscious of a pleasant fragrance emanating from her hair, or perhaps the soap she had recently used.  In the mirror I could see her face – a good looking one, I think her eyes were grey – but not the faintest indication of mine was visible.

‘Well’ I thought ‘you evidently cannot see me.  Can you feel me?’

And I laid a hand upon her shoulder.  I distinctly felt the softness of her velvet dress, and then she gave a violent start – so violent that I in my turn was startled too.  Instantly my body drew me back and I was awake, my condition being immediately normal – no duration of trance, or cataleptic sensations.  No bad after effects.

I have often found that, though I may be invisible to the people I encounter in my dream travelling, they respond readily to touch.  If the shock produced is great enough to affect me, then my body calls me back.

The source of the experience

Fox, Oliver

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