Swann, Ingo - Out of body to Lake Victoria
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
From Ingo Swann – to Kiss the Earth Goodbye
One day, one of the distant targets, selected blindly by the experimenters, turned out to be what they thought was the center of Lake Victoria in Africa. However, due to their initial tack of enthusiasm for this irrational approach, and because we had not yet understood the precision of the abstract ability, the coordinates were rather loosely put together. The coordinate was given, and across space my awareness began to move to become coincident to that part of Earth to which the coordinate actually referred in the physical sense. The conversation that followed went something like this:
Swann: For the first time I actually have a sensation of moving through space, over a body of water and landing on what seems to be land. I'd say this coordinate refers to a piece of land to the east of a large body of water.
Experimenter: No, that would not be correct since the coordinate we gave you is actually in the middle of Lake Victoria.
Swann: Goddamn it, I don't believe it. Where the hell is a good map?
Since the SRI library did not yield one, out we went to a bookstore to purchase the Times Atlas of the World.
Everyone was chagrined and amazed to discover that the exact coordinate given in the experiment actually referred to the peninsula jutting out into Lake Victoria just east of Ukerewe Island - in fact exactly where the psychic perception said it was.