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Mr L Hymans has an OBE at the dentist’s and in a hotel room



Type of Spiritual Experience


A description of the experience

Revue Métapsychique (1930, pp. 191-3) sent to Prof. Richet by Mr. L. Hymans in June 1928:

«... I think it is useful to share with you a phenomenon that has happened to me twice and that seems to prove that consciousness can function autonomously of the brain.

Two times, in a state of consciousness, I saw my body inanimate, with the feeling that it was an object outside me. I don't want to try to explain how I saw without eyes, I'm just stating a fact.

The first time it was in a dentist's chair. While I was anaesthetized, I had the feeling of waking up and a feeling of floating atop the room, from where I watched, with the greatest astonishment, the dentist who was treating my body, and the anaesthetist on the side. I saw my inanimate body as distinctly as any other object in the room. Everything felt like a living painting to me. It lasted only a few seconds. I lost consciousness again and woke up in the chair with a very clear impression of what I had seen.

The second time, I was in London, in a hotel, waking up in the morning a little sick (my heart is a little weak) and a little while after waking up I fainted.

To my surprise, I was at the top of the room, from where I watched, amazed, my body inanimate in bed, with my eyes closed. I unsuccessfully tried to get inside my body and concluded that I was dead. I started thinking about what the hotel people, my parents, my friends, would say about this, whether there would be a criminal investigation, what would happen to my business. Certainly, I had not lost my mind or consciousness of myself, I saw my inanimate body as a separate object; I was able to look at my face. However, I could not leave the room; I felt almost chained, immobilized in the corner where I was.

After an hour or two, I heard knocking on the door (locked) several times, without being able to give a sign of life. Shortly afterwards, the hotel doorman showed up on the balcony (served by an escape staircase). I saw him break into the room and anxiously look at my face, then open the door. Soon the hotel manager and others came in. A doctor came, I saw him shake his head by listening to my heart, then put a spoon between my lips. I lost consciousness and woke up in bed. All this lasted at least two hours..."

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

Concepts, symbols and science items


Thread and cord

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps