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Sees his dying mother on an omnibus and goes out of body to see her

Identifier

011399

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Death and its Mystery, At the Moment of Death; Manifestations and Apparitions of the Dying – Camille Flammarion
Letter from Clerk X in the Paris Central Postal and Telegraph Office to his brother

I came out of the office about half past five and took the omnibus which runs from Grenelle to the Saint-Martin gate.  During the whole day I had not had a single thought about the region where we spent our childhood.  Suddenly, when I had got to the rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, I had a very distinct vision of poor Mamma lying in her bed ill.

I had the feeling that she was going to die, and I remember that, in the sort of dream I had, I said to her:

‘Wait Mamma, I’m coming’.

I had no illusions as to her condition and I felt drawn, so to speak, to the other world.  This made me wish to die too.

I cannot explain the state of mind in which I was, but this much is certain; I saw myself most distinctly at the foot of Mamma’s bed; she was pale and ill and she recognised me.  It was about 6 o’clock; I was in the omnibus with my friend Leon.

When I got back to where I lived, at 11 o’clock at night, the janitor gave me a telegram and I must say that I thought at once of what had happened to me in the omnibus and did not for an instant doubt that the telegram would announce her death.

I did not go to bed, waited impatiently for daylight, that I might leave.  Leon was with me when I got back and when I received the telegram I told him what had happened in the omnibus.  He then told me that, as a matter of fact, I had seemed very queer at that moment and that I had answered him incoherently.  He can vouch for the facts.  It seems to that during the remainder of the evening I was not myself.

This singular occurrence made a deep impression on me, which is as fresh in my memory as on the first day.  Usually the sight of a dying person is painful, but in my case, I repeat htat I felt, rather, the satisfaction of being sure of immortality

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Riding on or in vehicles

Commonsteps

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