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M. L. Holbrook is healed in a dream by the spirit of his dead sister



Type of Spiritual Experience


A description of the experience

Death and its Mystery – After Death – Camille Flammarian

Mr. Holbrook, editor of the "Herald of Health" (New York), wrote on July 30, 1884:

 In the spring of 1870 I had an attack of acute bronchitis, which made me very ill. Since I had had a similar attack every winter and every spring for several years, I was most disturbed and believed that it would become chronic, and would, perhaps, end fatally.

 I was young and having just begun a line of work in which I wished to remain for a long time, I was most dejected by the prospect.

One day I fell into a deep sleep, and had the following dream, which is still fresh in my memory: My sister, who had been dead for more than twenty years, and whom I had almost forgotten, drew near my bed and said:

“Don’t worry about your health; we have come to take care of you; you still have a great deal to do in this world."

Then she disappeared, and it seemed to me that my brain was electrified, as though by the shock of contact with a battery. But instead of being painful, this sensation was delicious. The current descended into my lungs and chest, where I felt it very strongly. It spread, thence, to the extremities, where it caused an agreeable warmth.

I awakened almost at once, and felt very well. Since then I have never had any attack of this illness. The phantom of my sister was indistinct, but her voice was very clear. Nothing like that had ever happened to me before, and has not since.


The source of the experience

Ordinary person

Concepts, symbols and science items


Science Items

Activities and commonsteps



Lung disease


Dreaming and lucid dreaming