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Manning, Matthew - The Link - 17 Seeing Matron's dead Mum



Type of Spiritual Experience

Inter composer communication

Number of hallucinations: 1


The matron was herself gifted, as such this could have been him tapping into Matron's perceptions, as she was grieving her dead mother, or a case of actually 'seeing' a disembodied soul.  Although I have allowed for both I think this was an 'action reply' of perceptions - an hallucination combined with inter composer communication

A description of the experience

The Link – Matthew Manning

One night during the first week of my return to school, I awoke for no apparent reason at about one o'clock, feeling the same cold that I had sensed on .previous occasions. I was sleeping in a small dormitory of some seven younger boys, being myself in charge of them. It was the same room in which the illuminated crucifix and crown of thorns had been witnessed.

The door was open, and yet I remembered having closed it properly. In the darkness I could see the vague form of a person about twelve feet from my bed. As it came nearer to my corner of the room, I could make out that it was in a stooping, rounded position, and was nobody that I recognised. I was still "bathed" in this coldness, even though I was in bed, and to my dismay this figure was slowly approaching my end of the room.

When the figure arrived at the foot of my bed I could see that it was a woman; she was elderly and hunched up. Her hair was tied up in a bun at the back of her head. After a few moments she faintly smiled, lifted a hand, and vanished.

I happened to mention this to the Matron on the following day, and she was quite unconcerned, saying it was her mother. She described to me her mother and later found a photograph of her. The lady had died some five weeks ago and I recognised her as the same person whom I had seen in the night.

She had been ill before her death, and this had caused her to adopt the stooping position I had seen.

The source of the experience

Manning, Matthew

Concepts, symbols and science items


Disembodied soul


Science Items

Activities and commonsteps





Being a child
Brain damage