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A Theory of the Mechanism of Survival: The Fourth Dimension and Its Applications
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Page 150 - I passed about four hours in all without pulse or perceptible heartbeat, as I am informed by Dr. SH Raynes, who was the only physician present. During a portion of this time several of the bystanders thought I was dead, and such a report being carried outside, the village church bell was tolled. Dr. Raynes informs me, however, that by bringing his eyes close to my face, he could perceive an occasional short gasp, so very light as to be barely perceptible, and that he was upon the point, several times,...
Page 151 - After a little time, the lateral motion ceased, and along the soles of the feet, beginning at the toes, passing rapidly to the heels, I felt and heard, as it seemed, the snapping of innumerable small cords. When this was accomplished, I began slowly to retreat from the feet, toward the head, as a rubber chord shortens. I remember reaching the hips, and saying to myself, 'Now, there is no life below the hips.
Page 154 - No! Then it must be that, having been out of the body, but a few moments, I have yet the power to use the eyes of the body, and I turned about and looked back in at the open door, where I could see the head of my body in a line with me. I discovered then a small cord, like a spider's web, running from my shoulders back to my body and attaching to it at the base of the neck, in front.
Page 151 - With all the interest of a physician, I beheld the wonders of my bodily anatomy, intimately interwoven with which, even tissue for tissue, was I, the living soul of that dead body.
Page 152 - I measured the distance between the head of my cot and the knees of the lady opposite the head, and concluded there was room for me to stand, but felt considerable embarrassment as I reflected that I was about to emerge naked before her, but comforted myself with the thought that in all probability she would not see me with her bodily eyes, as I was a spirit. As I emerged from the head, I floated up laterally like a soap-bubble attached to the bowl of a pipe, until I at last broke loose from the...
Page 152 - I passed around the brain as if it were hollow, compressing it and its membranes, slightly on all sides, towards the centre, and peeped out between the sutures of the skull, emerging like the flattened edges of a bag of membranes ! I recollect distinctly how I appeared to myself something like a jelly-fish as regards colour and form ! As I emerged, I saw two ladies sitting at my head. I measured the distance between the head of my cot and the knees of the lady opposite the head, and concluded there...
Page 152 - I floated up laterally like a soap-bubble attached to the bowl of a pipe, until I at last broke loose from the body and fell lightly to the floor, where I slowly rose and expanded to the full stature of a man. I seemed to be translucent, of a bluish cast and perfectly naked.
Page 153 - Suddenly I discovered that I was looking at the straight seam down the back of my coat. ' How is this, I thought, how do I see my back?' and I looked again, to reassure myself, down the back of the coat, or down the back of my legs to the very heels. I put my hand to my face and felt for my eyes. They were where they should be: I thought, ' Am I like an owl that I can turn my head half-way round ?' I tried the experiment and failed.
Page 153 - I slowly rose and expanded to the full stature of a man. I seemed to be translucent, of a bluish cast and perfectly naked. With a painful sense of embarrassment, I fled toward the partially...
Page 152 - ... and peeped out > between the sutures of the skull, emerging like the flattened edges of a bag of membranes. I recollect distinctly how I appeared to myself something like a jelly-fish as regards colour and form. As I emerged, I saw two ladies sitting at my head. I measured the distances between the head of my cot and the knees of the lady opposite the head and concluded there was room for me to stand, but felt considerable embarrassment as I reflected that I was about to emerge naked before her,...