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Fox, Oliver - Skyrising



Type of Spiritual Experience


A description of the experience

A Record of Out of the Body Experiences – Oliver Fox

I then decided that I would make my first attempt at ‘skrying’ or rising through the planes.

I stood erect, arms to my sides, and concentrating all my will power in one supreme effort, I willed to ascend.  The effect was truly surprising.

Instantly the earth fell from my feet – that was how it seemed to me, because of the suddenness and speed of my ascent.

I looked down on my home, now no bigger than a matchbox; the streets were now only thick lines separating the houses.  I noted that I was travelling in a slanting direction.  I rectified this by an effort of will and continued to ascend straight up.  Soon the earth was hidden by white clouds.  Up and up and up.  Velocity ever increasing.  The loneliness I felt was indescribable.  Up and up and up.  My consciousness was perfect, except for one thing – I lost my sense of time.  I might have been out of my body for hours, or even a day – I could not tell.

Thoughts of premature burial haunted me.  Up and up and up.  This loneliness was dreadful; only those who have had a similar experience can realise what I felt.

The blue of the sky had been gradually fading; but the brilliance of the light had not diminished – at least, to any marked degree.  Now I saw a most awe inspiring phenomenon; from a point on the zenith emerged a succession of shimmering, leaden hued concentric circles of light, ever spreading in huge ripples – as when a stone is thrown into a pond.  At this sight I got really frightened, but I did not lose my self control.  Realising that I had nearly reached the limit to my powers of endurance, I willed to descend.  Instantly the process was reversed; the sky grew blue again; earth came into sight through the fleecy veil of clouds and rose up to meet my feet.  I passed again into the house and gently entered my body.  I then experienced a touch of catalepsy and had the illusion that my wife was embracing me, trying desperately to bring me back to life.  Actually, she was not in the house.

I broke the trance without much difficulty and rose from the bed.  It was noon; so the whole experiment had lasted three hours.  I felt no sickness or bad after effects.  Indeed, I had an unusual sense of physical freshness and spiritual exaltation which lasted for the rest of the day.  Actually the sun was shining brilliantly throughout my experiment, and so it was in my experiences outside of my body.

The source of the experience

Fox, Oliver

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