Joan of Arc - Oliver Sacks - Hallucinations
Type of Spiritual Experience
Remember that if you hear any voices that actually use your language you are hearing either a bodied soul or a recently disembodied soul. In effect Joan was being spoken to by a person which is intriguing because one then wonders who. Clearly someone who was both French and who thought she could lead an army!
A description of the experience
from Oliver Sacks – Hallucinations
I was thirteen when I had a voice from God for my help and guidance. The first time that I heard this voice, I was very much frightened; it was mid-day, in the summer, in my father's garden . . .
I heard this Voice to my right, towards the Church; rarely do I hear it without its being accompanied also by a light.
This light comes from the same side as the Voice. Generally it is a great light. . . .
When I heard it for the third time, I recognized that it was the Voice of an Angel. This voice has always guarded me well, and I have always understood it; it instructed me to be good and to go often to Church; it told me it was necessary for me to come into France . . . it said to me two or three times a week: "You must go into France." . . .
It said to me: "Go, raise the siege which is being made before the City of Orleans. Go!" . . .
and I replied that I was but a poor girl, who knew nothing of riding or fighting. . . .
There is never a day when I do not hear this Voice; and I have much need of it
The source of the experienceJoan of Arc
Concepts, symbols and science items
Communication with bodied souls
Communication with disembodied souls