Using mind to wake someone
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Flammarion, C., Carroll, L,
Death and its mystery: before death, proofs of the existence of the soul
On June 9, 1887, a warm and stormy day, I was taking my siesta swinging in a hammock that was hung in the dining-room and reading a pamphlet by Monsieur Edm. Gurnet. It was three o'clock in the afternoon. Not far from me, my wife was resting in an armchair; she was sleeping heavily. When I saw her thus, the idea came to me to give her, mentally, the order to wake. So I looked at her fixedly and, concentrating all my will in an imperious command, I cried out to her in my mind: 'Wake up! I wish you to awake!"
'When three or four minutes had passed without my obtaining the least result - for my wife continued to sleep peacefully - I gave up the experiment, saying to myself that, after all, I should have been very much astonished to see it succeed. I tried it again, however, a few minutes later, with no more success than the first time. At that I began to read again, and had soon completely forgotten my unsuccessful attempt.
AII at once, ten minutes later, my wife awoke, rubbed her eyes, and, looking at me with a surprised and somewhat annoyed air, said:
"What do you want? Why did you wake me?"
“I haven't said anything!"
“But you have. You have just been tormenting me to make me wake up."
“You are joking. I haven't opened my mouth."
"Can I have dreamed it?" she said hesitating, “Yes, it is true. I remember now, I simply dreamed it all."
“Come, what did you dream? Perhaps it was interesting," I said, smiling.
"I had a very disagreeable dream" she went on. “I thought I was at the cross-roads of Courbevoie. It was windy and the weather was overcast. All at once I saw a human form- was it a man or a woman: - wrapped in a white sheet, roll to the foot of the slope.
It made vain efforts to rise; I rushed to run to its help, but I felt myself held back by an influence which I did not at first notice, but which l finally understood to be you, who were determined that I should abandon the images of my dream. ‘Come, wake up!’, you shouted at me. But I resisted you and I was perfectly aware of struggling successfully against the awakening that you were forcing upon me. However, when I awoke, just now, your command, ‘Come, wake up ' was still sounding in my ears.
My wife was very much astonished to learn that I had really ordered her, in my mind, to awake. She did not know what book I was reading and psychic problems have never interested her very much. She has never been hypnotized, either by me or by any one else"
A. Schmoll, 6 rue de Foureroy', Paris.
The source of the experienceOrdinary person
Concepts, symbols and science items
ConceptsCommunication with bodied souls
Activities and commonsteps
Flammarion, C., Carroll, L, (1922) Death and its mystery: before death, proofs of the existence of the soul, London T.Fisher Unwin, Ltd