Vignoli, Tito - On atonia
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Tito Vignoli - On Dreams, Illusions, Hallucinations, Delirium and Madness [article in Myth and Science]
The following strange and unpleasant phenomenon generally occurs to me once or twice a year.
All at once, in the midst of deep sleep, I become wide awake; I am fully conscious of myself, of the place where I am, of my position and the like, and wish to move like a person who is fully awake. Yet for some time this is impossible; the psychical cerebral faculty is perfectly awake, and master of itself, but not the stimulating faculty, so that the limbs do not respond to the first impulse of will.......the nerves of speech and the muscular movements of articulation both fail to answer to my will