Ludlow, Fitz Hugh - His head a hundred foot high
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
The Hasheesh Eater – Fitz Hugh Ludlow
I looked up and saw my own head some hundred feet in the air. Suddenly a hasheesh voice rang clearly in my ear, ‘Sit still upon thy base, Eternal Obelisk!’. Ah me! I had not realised till then how necessary it was that I should preserve the centre of gravity. What if I should go over?….
From my lofty top, I looked down upon responsible father of families; innocent children; young maidens, with the first peach bloom of womanhood upon their cheeks; young men, with the firelight of ambitious enterprise new kindled in their eyes. There was absolutely no effort which I was unwilling to make to save them from destruction. So I said to myself ‘Be a good obelisk and behave yourself, old fellow, keep your equilibrium, I entreat you…………
Bolt upright and motionless I sat, until it pleased the gods to alter my shape, most opportunely, when I was just giving out, to the far more secure pyramid after which all hallucinations passed away’