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Scottish fasting

Identifier

004089

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

The rationale for why I have said the source is Robert Kirk is provided in the description for him.    The English or Scottish is as it is in the account only the 's' has been changed to be an 's', in the original it looks like an 'f'.  I have not used capital letters either - the entire text had each noun in capitals

A description of the experience

The Secret Commonwealth - Robert Kirk 1691

I saw a woman of fourtie years of age and examined her - having another clergie man in my companie - about a report that past of her long fasting. 

It was told by them of the house, as well as her selfe, that she tooke verie little or no food for several years past; that she tarried in the fields over night, saw and conversed with a people she knew not having wandered in seeking of her sheep, and sleep't upon a hillock and finding herself transported to another place before day.

The woman had a child since that time and is still prettie melanchollyous and silent, hardly ever seen to laugh.  Her natural heat and radical moisture seem to be equally balanced, lyke ane unextinguished lamp and going in a circle, not unlike to the faint lyse of bees and some sort of birds that sleep all the winter over and revive in the spring. [this is coded to mean she was enlightened]

The source of the experience

Kirk, the Reverend Robert

Concepts, symbols and science items

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Commonsteps

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