Dahl, Roald - The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar - Mind reading
Type of Spiritual Experience
The following is fiction, but as with all things Roald Dahl wrote about is founded in fact….
It works via a combination of contemplation and reverse REM. The objective was to read other people’s minds.
A description of the experience
Roald Dahl – The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
'The time has come, therefore, to make a slight change in the exercises. Each night now I light a candle and I begin by staring at the flame. A candle flame, you know, has three separate parts, the yellow at the top, the mauve lower down and the black right inside. I place the candle sixteen inches away from my face. The flame is absolutely level with my eyes. It must not be above or below. It must be dead level because then I do not have to make even the tiniest little adjustment of the eye muscles by looking up or down. I settle myself comfortably and I begin to stare at the black part of the flame, right in the centre. All this is merely to concentrate my conscious mind, to empty it of everything around me. So I stare at the black spot in the flame until everything around me has disappeared and I can see nothing else.