Professor Alexander Erskine - A Hypnotist’s Case Book – The sleep-walking chemist
Type of Spiritual Experience
An indication that sleep walking is a form of out of body experience
A description of the experience
A Hypnotist’s Case Book – Professor Alexander Erskine
A chemist of my acquaintance in Southend often walks in his sleep. He told me once that one night, while asleep, he got out of bed, went to his desk, took pen, ink and paper, and wrote half a dozen business letters, -which he put into envelopes, addressed and stamped them, and apparently (it was his wife who told him this afterwards, for she had watched the whole proceeding - on a previous occasion when she had awakened him he attacked her and nearly choked her to death before he woke and realized, what he was doing :this time she watched and did nothing) would have posted them if it had not been raining.
Next morning he opened the letters to see what he had written. In every case he found that he had ordered the correct things from the correct houses, and that his wishes were properly expressed.
Now it was not any of the five senses that had guided his actions in this incident. He had no knowledge, on waking, of what he had done. His brain – his conscious brain as we understand it, that is – had obviously been dormant. What then , can have guided him?
I have found in the course of practise that when a person is in a hypnotic sleep and the normal consciousness is in abeyance and the senses annulled, he has power to see things, not only in the room in which he happens to be, but apparently things at any distance