Osty, Dr Eugene - Supernormal faculties in Man – Mme Morel and the role of the bridge in exploring perceptions
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Supernormal faculties in Man- Dr Eugene Osty
The many diverse experiments that I have made with Mme Morel have taught me that the object placed in her hands avails to set her faculty in action not by the fact of having belonged to such and such a person, but by having been touched by that person.
This appears so clearly from the output of this sensitive that one is impelled to think her capable of placing her faculty at the service of each human being who has touched the object given to her.
Each of my experiments by contact with some article pertaining to persons unknown to me, has nearly always proceeded on the following lines: "Look for the person to whom this object belongs."
To which the sensitive replied by the physical or moral description of someone in whom I had no difficulty in recognizing myself or the person who had brought the article to me. I then said, "I don't want you to speak of me or of the person who brought this; look (e.g. in the case of a written paper) for the person who wrote this paper, carry back to the time when it was written."
Sometimes the subject thus directed, would fix at once upon the individual desired ; at other times some other person who had touched the thing would be called to her mind, and on censoring, the matter (negative as regards the personality given as objective) would be exact for some other in that person's surroundings.
Occasionally no conclusion could be reached, the experimenter being unable to make sufficiently extensive enquiries.
If the sensitiveness of Mme Morel, so delicate that the mere contact of an object places it at the service of one or other of the persons who have touched it, has furnished me with séances rich in material on persons at a distance, I soon avoided the heavy and irksome -work that such experiments involve by taking the precaution to ask from occasional collaborators some datum such as not to vitiate results by bringing my own mental content into the matter and yet sufficient to eliminate useless deviations as soon as the sensitive expressed such.[Thus, before proceeding on the task of discovering a missing man, I obtained from M, Mirault only two data-the man was old, and walked with a stoop.]
My work with Mme Morel soon satisfied me that a metagnomic subject specially sensitive to the modalities of energy with which we impregnate the things that we touch, is able to cognize each of those who have touched an object as if that person were there present.
And in the sequel it was not difficult to ascertain that Mme Morel never confused the respective states of life brought to her mind by manual contact with the same object. . Every feeling, act, scene, and event were ascribed to the individual to whom they pertained ; it was even the same as regards errors.
As soon as these two fundamental conclusions were fixed in my mind by simple, or I might say passive, observation, I completed the lesson they carried by active observations directed to a particular end.
I thus verified to satiety, by repetition of experiments, that in metagnomy on a distant person, the function of the article used is transitory, and for some percipients is not even necessary.
Transitory, because though indispensable at the beginning of the first seance, the thing can be taken from the hand of Mme Morel and destroyed without interfering with her faculty: and also because it becomes useless in later seances on the same person.
Not necessary, because some sensitives behave towards the distant person as if he were near, and that without the need for touching a thing coming from that person, but always under the condition that there should be in the mind of the experimenter some notion, however slight, of the given personality.
This is sufficient to enable us to say that in metagnomy on a distant person the function of the object put in the hand of the sensitive is not that of conveying the mysterious substance of their informations.
It seems to be a means, provisionally necessary to some but not to others, to connect them with the real source of their cognition.
If this conclusion should not seem justified by the data given by experience, here is another verified fact which should remove all doubt:
With an article possessed or touched by a person taken as objective for paranormal cognition, that article having never again been touched by the person, an experimenter can, (personally or through others)-have as many metagnomic seances as he may choose. The article retains its informative potentiality. Thus a thing invariable from the first to the nth seance in its power to generate phenomena, sets in motion paranormal knowledge which increases from one seance to another, as I have described in the preceding chapter, since at each new seance new states of life are revealed errors are rectified or not repeated, and the events previously spoken of as being in the future are relegated to the past by the percipients.