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P H Newnham - Did you particularly think of me last night at ten o'clock? I felt your arms round my waist

Identifier

027095

Type of Spiritual Experience

Dream
Inter composer communication
Hallucination

Number of hallucinations: 1

Background

A description of the experience

From The Mystery of the Human Double – Ralph Shirley

The narrator is the Hon. P. H. Newnham

 "In the month of March, 1856 (he wrote), I was at Oxford; it was my first year and I was living in furnished rooms. I was subject to violent headaches, especially at night. One evening, at about eight o'clock, I had a more violent headache than usual.

At about nine it became unbearable.

I went to my bedroom and threw myself on my bed without undressing and soon fell asleep.

I then experienced a dream of singular clearness and intensity. All the details are as vivid in my memory as at the moment that I was dreaming. I dreamt that I was with the family of the lady who afterwards became my wife. All the young people had gone to bed and I remained chatting as I stood before the mantelpiece. Then I took my candle and went to bed. When I reached the hall I saw that my fiancee had remained downstairs, that she had only just reached the top of the staircase. I sprang up the stairs four steps at a time, and, surprising her as she reached the last step, I from behind passed my arm round her waist. I held my candle in my left hand whilst I mounted the stairs but in my dream that did not inconvenience me at all.

I then awoke and almost immediately a clock in the house struck ten.

The impression which the dream produced on me was so strong that I wrote to my fiancee the following morning an account of it. I received a letter from the lady which was not in answer to mine, but which had crossed it in the post. It contained the following remarks:

'Did you particularly think of me last night at ten o'clock? As I went upstairs to bed I heard distinctly your footsteps behind me and I felt your arms round my waist.’”

P. H. NEWNHAM

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Headaches

Suppressions

Dreaming and lucid dreaming

References