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Stainton-Moses, William - Receives a visitor



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A description of the experience

Death and its Mystery, At the Moment of Death; Manifestations and Apparitions of the Dying – Camille Flammarion
from Annales des Sciences psychiques 1907

One evening last year – 1878 – I decided on an attempt to appear to the Reverend Stainton Moses.  I did not inform him in advance of my intention.

I concentrated all my thoughts upon him with intensity, though I did not know where he lived.  It was about midnight, and I ended by going to sleep.

I had no knowledge of what might have taken place.

When I saw the reverend Moses some days afterwards, I asked him ‘Did anything happen in your home Saturday night?’

‘Yes’ he answered ‘something remarkable happened.  I was sitting near the fire with X smoking and talking.  Towards half past twelve my friend rose to take leave and I accompanied him to the door.  I then came back to the fire to finish my pipe, when I saw you seated in the chair just left vacant by the man who had gone.  I gazed at you attentively, then took up a newspaper to convince myself that I was not dreaming; and when I put it down you were still there.

While I was looking at you, without speaking, you disappeared gradually.  I thought you must have been asleep at that hour; nevertheless, you appeared to me in your ordinary garments, just as I see you today’.

‘Capital!’ I cried ‘I wished to make an experiment; it succeeded.  The next time I come, ask me what I want, for I had determined in my mind upon certain questions I wished to put to you; but I was waiting, probably till you should ask me to speak’

Some weeks afterwards, the experiment was repeated with the same success, this time as well, I had not previously informed the Reverend Moses.  Upon this occasion he not only questioned me upon a subject which we had long discussed, but he held me back, by the influence of his will, some time after I had manifested a desire to leave.  As on the first occasion, I retained no memory of the occurrence upon awakening.

The source of the experience

Stainton-moses, William

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