Mr MacNish goes to the theatre
Type of Spiritual Experience
It could have been an out of body as he was drawn to his friends or it could have been a vision constructed from past perceptions we don't know
A description of the experience
The Soul of things – Professor William Denton
Mr MacNish gives the following interesting account of a vision seen by himself
In March 1829, during an attack of fever, accompanied with violent action in the brain, I experienced illusions of a very peculiar kind. They did not appear except when the eyes were shut or the room perfectly dark; and this was one of the most distressing things connected with my illness; for it obliged me either to keep my eyes open or to admit more light into the chamber than they could well tolerate.
One night, when the fever was at its height, I had a splendid vision of a theatre, in the arena of which Ducrow, the celebrated equestrian was performing. On this occasion everything was gay, bright and beautiful. I was broad awake, my eyes were closed and yet I saw with perfect distinctness the whole scene going on in the theatre – Ducrow performing his wonders of horsemanship and the assembled multitude, among whom I recognised several intimate friends, in short, the whole process of the entertainment, as clearly as if I were present at it.
When I opened my eyes the whole scene vanished like the enchanted palace of the necromancer; when I closed them, it as instantly returned …. This theatrical vision continued for about 5 hours.