Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Flammarion, C., Carroll, L,
Death and its mystery: before death, proofs of the existence of the soul
The well-known experiences of Dr. Ochorowicz will enable the reader to judge impartially, with full knowledge of the situation.
The doctor had under his care a lady affected with hysterical epilepsy, in which the malady of many years standing had been aggravated by an access of suicidal mania.
Dr. Ochorowicz writes :
One day, or rather one night, when her attack, including the phase of delirium, had come to an end, the patient fell peacefully asleep.
Suddenly she awoke and seeing her friend and me beside her, she begged us to go away and not to tire ourselves uselessly on her account. She insisted so much that, in order to avoid a nervous crisis, we took our leave. I went slowly down the stairway - she lived on the third floor - and stopped several times to listen, troubled by a presentiment of evil, for she had wounded herself several times a few days before. Once in the court, I stopped again, wondering whether or not I ought to leave. Suddenly the window opened noisily and I saw the body of the patient lean quickly out. I dashed toward the spot where she might fall, and mechanically, without attaching any importance to it, I concentrated all my will to oppose her fall. It was mad. I merely imitated the billiard players who, foreseeing that a shot is going to miss, try to stop the ball by gestures or by words.
Nevertheless, the patient, already far out, stopped and drew back jerkily.
The same manoeuver was repeated four or five times and finally the patient, as if wearied, stood motionless, her back pressed against the frame of the still-open window.
She could not see me; I was in the shadow; it was night. At this moment Mademoiselle X, the patient's friend, ran in and caught her by the arms. I heard them struggling and ran up the stairway to help. I found the patient in a paroxysm of madness. She did not recognize us but took us for brigands, I succeeded in forcing her from the window only by exercising the ovarion pressure, which made her fall on her knees. Several times she tried to bite me, and it was only after great difficulty that I succeeded in putting her back to bed. At last I got her to sleep.
As soon as she was in a hypnotic state, her first words were, “Thank you and forgive me."
Then she told me that she had been determined to throw herself from the window, but each time she felt herself supported from beneath.
“What do you mean by that?"
“I don't know."
“You did not suspect my presence?"
“No, it was precisely because I thought you had gone away that I wished to carry out my plan. However, it seemed to me at moments that you were beside me or behind me and that you did not wish me to fall."
The source of the experienceOrdinary person
Concepts, symbols and science items
ConceptsCommunication with bodied souls
Activities and commonsteps
Flammarion, C., Carroll, L, (1922) Death and its mystery: before death, proofs of the existence of the soul, London T.Fisher Unwin, Ltd