Strong, L A G - The past can be observed
Type of Spiritual Experience
The following was summarised by Heywood from a longer account in Green Memory.
A description of the experience
Rosalind Heywood – The Infinite Hive
The novelist L. A. G. Strong says that his own experiences have led him to the conclusion that the past can be observed and in his autobiography he gives an example.
While standing at the back of the hall in a schoolmaster friend's house he turned, having heard the front door open, to see a man enter and go into the sitting-room. On following to discover who it might be, he was astounded to find no one there.
Shortly afterwards his friend came home and said, 'Hullo, you look odd!’ and Strong then described the man he had seen, his brown moustache, his clothes, the music under his arm and so on.
'That' said the friend, 'was Wilfred Alington. He was killed in 1917. He played the organ here before me. This was his room.'
About this experience Strong's comment is interesting.
'Of one thing I am certain,' he said, 'and later experience confirmed my certainty. The spirit of the dead schoolmaster was not walking. I was, so to speak, playing a gramophone record.'