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Tesla, Nikola - Eidetic imagery and inventions



Type of Spiritual Experience

Out of body

Number of hallucinations: 1


A description of the experience

Wizard:  The Life and times of Nikola Tesla – Marc J Seifer

It was at this time [school age] that Tesla began to have what today are known as out of body experiences, although he never ascribed anything mystical or paranormal to them. 

'Blurred at first... I would see on my journeys … new places, cities and countries – live there, meet people and make friendships … and however unbelievable, it is a fact that they were just as dear to me as those in actual life and not a bit less intense in their manifestations.'

Tesla stated he had such great powers of eidetic imagery that he sometimes needed one of his sisters to help him tell which was hallucination and which was not.  Like Dane [his brother], his thoughts were often interrupted with annoying flashes of light.  These psycho-neurological disturbances continued throughout his life.  On the positive side, the problem was also attributed to his inventive bent.  He could use his powers of visualisation to mould his various creations, and even run and modify them in his mind, before committing them to paper and the material world.

The source of the experience

Tesla, Nikola

Concepts, symbols and science items


Inner speech


Science Items

Activities and commonsteps



Being a child
Inherited genes