Lethbridge, T C - A Step in the Dark – The parson who had the OBE
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
T C Lethbridge – A Step in the Dark
Many reports have been recorded of persons, who when near to death have looked at their own bodies from outside and watched what was happening to those bodies with interest and complete absence of fear or feeling. This has not happened to me and, although I seem to have once nearly died under an anaesthetic, nothing came to memory afterwards. But I have talked to apparently reliable people who have had this experience and I have had letters from others describing similar situations. I have no doubt that these things do occur. If they do, what has happened?
Several of the reports maintain that the observations of their nearly lifeless form were made from a distance of from three to four feet to one side and above the earthly body. Surely the answer is clear. The centre of the field of the mind has moved beyond the 40-inch rate out on to the second whorl of our spiral.
The observers were looking back at their body from the new position which their mind was taking up. I have a parson friend to whom this type of experience occurred while he was actually taking a burial service. He looked down to see himself conducting the obsequies. He was not ill, but he may have been tired and hungry.