Tyrrell, G N M - Trance-Personalities – On telepathy [by the living but ill] as an explanation for trance communication
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Trance-Personalities - - G. N. M. Tyrrell
In 1923, Dr. F. C. S. Schiller reported a curious case(Journal S.P.R., vol. xxi. p. 87) of a lady who had taken up ouija board writing, obtaining messages which she believed to come from her stepfather, to whom she had been devoted.
She had a nervous breakdown and was warned to give up the writing. In the sequel she became insane and had to be put in a sanatorium.
The diagnosis of the doctors was, however, that she was suffering from senile dementia, due to arterio-sclerosis, and that this was wholly the result of her age.
The interesting point was that messages came through Mrs. Piper in which the insane woman appeared to communicate as a deceased person. Moreover, the controls stated that she believed that she had already died, and gave a correct diagnosis of the illness from which she was actually suffering, agreeing with that given by the doctors.