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The Head of the Psychiatric Department at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London receives German automatic writing



Type of Spiritual Experience


In the first example, the type of experience is perception recall, in the second it is straightforward inter composer communication between bodied souls

A description of the experience

The Romeo Error – Lyall Watson

The head of the Psychiatric Department at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London once produced an extraordinary script while in a trance state. 

This was written upside down in German and claimed to be a communication from someone long dead, about whom the doctor knew very little. After the session, he looked the man up in his encyclopaedia and discovered that his script was an almost verbatim copy of the article there.

We know that the unconscious forgets very little and that one casual glimpse at the book would have been sufficient to imprint it on his perceptions permanently.

Professor Stanley Hall on one occasion received, through a well-known and reputable medium, a number of communications from a girl called Bessie Beales, who was a purely fictitious dead niece that he had invented for the purpose of the experiment.  There can be little doubt that many of the results obtained in dissociation have their origin in the mind of the sitter.

The source of the experience

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