I was astonished to find my room flooded with the musical strains of an extraordinary fine orchestration
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
This is from an article "Transcendental Music” by James Doughty which was published in the English journal Light (September, 1945). It was submitted to him by a newspaper writer:
My mind was an arid desert, unfertile, and unproductive of ideas. Suddenly in the midst of such cognition I was astonished to find my room flooded with the musical strains of an extraordinary fine orchestration. I sprang to my feet and threw open the windows overlooking -the river. It was midnight and all was calm and serene in that rural retreat.
. . 'Where could this music have come from? “ I asked myself. I knew there was no musical instrument in my own establishment beyond an ordinary piano, and my neighbours were too far removed to be heard, even in the improbable eventuality of their desiring music at that unconventional hour of the night. I hastily closed the window and once more seated myself at my desk. Within a few seconds the orchestration had commenced in full volume and beauty. It was obvious then that no ordinary house instrument could have produced such a massed effect. And remember, this was many years ago, long before broadcast entertainments or wireless concerts were within the range of practical adaptability.
Convinced that I must be under a misapprehension as to the place from which the music emerged, I went to the window again, but no sooner had I thrown it open than the music stopped and nothing but the silence of the night confronted me. The music remained in my study. Immediately I removed myself from the room it came to an end.
I had had then (although I confess I was sceptical) a hazy impression of some occult demonstration.