Receiving wisdom when in a trance
Type of Spiritual Experience
The soul being referred to here is Plato's immortal soul - the Higher spirit.
All the functions are linked together
A description of the experience
Letters on Mesmerism – Harriet Martineau
On Saturday, October 12, she had told us that she now ”saw the shades of things " that she wanted to know, and that she should “soon see clearer".
The next evening, she went into a great rapture about the “gleams " becoming brighter, so that she should soon see all she wished.
The light came through the brain, -not like sunlight, nor moonlight.- “No, there is no light on earth like this:" the knowledge she got “comes astonishingly,-amazingly,-so pleasantly!"
“How is the mesmerising done which causes this ?"-
“By all the powers at once”
“What powers? "-
“The soul, and the mind, and the vital powers of the body."
Then, as we inquired-
“The mind is not the same as the soul. All are required in mesmerising but the mind most, though Mesmerism is still something else."-
“Those three things exist in every human being, - the soul, the mind, and the body, - separate from one another ; but the faculties belonging to them are not the same in everybody -; some have more, some less. The body dies, and the mind dies with it; but the soul lives after it.
The soul is independent and self-existent, and therefore lives for ever. It depends upon nothing."