The schoolboy Borti goes out of body whilst preparing his examination in French literature
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
As quoted in Professor Ernest Bozzano Les phénomènes de bilocation Traduit de l’italien par Gabriel Gobron and translated further into English by Serge Patlavskiy
Case VI. - "In this new case, it is the same subject who, seeing his own "double" from a distance, comes to realize that the peripheral sensitivity has been transferred into the "double" itself. The case is reported by Dr. Lemaitre, and I extract it from Delanne's previously cited volume (p. 388)
A schoolboy - whom we will call Borti - intelligent and not at all neurotic, neither he nor his family, had an experience of admirable clarity at the age of eighteen, and in preparing his examination in French literature. It was on the evening of January 22, 1901, when he drew a parallel between the characters of the two Cornelian pieces: Polyeucte and Le Cid. And this is how he told me about it:
"I was very busy, sitting in neglect at my work table, when, in the middle of analyzing a scene in the Cid, I needed some information, I got up and went to another room to look for the volume where I had to find that information.
How did this happen? But, still preoccupied with this small detail, I found myself on the doorway of my room and towards the head of my bed, with the book in one hand, while the other hand held the door handle. I was in this posture, when all of a sudden I saw myself neglected and writing at my table the sentence that I was mentally treating or creating.
I don't know how long it lasted, but there were no details missing in this vision, neither the lamp with its green lampshade, nor the small library above my head, nor the notebooks, nor the inkwell, etc. - Curiously enough, I was perfectly aware that I was standing in front of the door and felt the metallic cold of the handle I was holding, but at the same time I had the feeling of sitting in a chair and exerting with my fingers on my pen the pressure necessary to write.
I saw Borti sitting; better than that, I saw and read the sentence he was writing, and yet he was two or three meters away from the door. Then I went to my table and nothing remained of this doubling. Borti 1 and 2 may have folded into one."
Cases of "double consciousness" similar to this are theoretically important because they serve to prove on the basis of the facts that the phenomena of "autoscopy" actually represent an initial phase of the phenomena of "bilocation" in which consciousness is no longer bipartite, but transferred integrally, with intelligence and supra-normal sensory faculties, into the externalized "etheric body", while the "somatic body" is extended in deep sleep conditions or in catalepsy.
In the reported case, the subject's consciousness remains and sits in the body, while the sensitivity seems to have migrated into the phantom