On the subconscious ability to calculate the lapse of time
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
As described in Illustrations Of The Influence Of The Mind Upon The Body In Health And Disease, Designed To Elucidate The Action Of The Imagination - Daniel Hack Tuke, M.D., M.R.C.P.,
PART I. THE INTELLECT.
CHAPTER IV. INFLUENCE OF THE INTELLECT UPON THE INVOLUNTARY MUSCLES.
Most persons can insure waking in the morning at a certain hour by strongly fixing the attention upon the time desired just before falling asleep. This affords an excellent instance of mental activity, without consciousness of the process, the person being in fact asleep at the time the latent idea comes into operation. This familiar fact involves an automatic calculation of the lapse of time.
The Fakir before passing into his hibernating trance determines when he shall awake, and strongly impresses upon his mind the day or even the hour when he shall revive; and revive he accordingly does................
Dr. Cuthbert in a letter to the " Medical Times and Gazette," November 5th, 1859, on the Ulster Revivals, observes in regard to the "subjects," that "one of their most remarkable endowments was the power of producing sleep, and of awaking at a specified time."
Dr. Laycock ….observes, " Somehow or other people know what o'clock it is when asleep, and without watch or clock near them; and will awake at a time fixed on overnight, to the exact moment. I have myself more than once awoke within two minutes, and frequently within five minutes, of the hour so fixed ; for instance, at three o'clock in the morning, when my usual waking hour was seven ; and I have awoke at the hour at once, from what has appeared to be a profound slumber. Now, something of this kind may occur in the cases alluded to [referring to the circumstance of young women in his book]"
(A Treatise on the Nervous Diseases of Women - By Dr. Laycock, p. 324).