The Book of Dreams and Ghosts eBook

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These are a few examples of useful veracious waking dreams.  The sort of which we hear most are “wraiths”.  A, when awake, meets B, who is dead or dying or quite well at a distance.  The number of these stories is legion.  To these we advance, under their Highland title, spirits of the living.

CHAPTER V

“Spirits of the Living.”  Mistakes of Identity.  Followed by Arrival of Real Person.  “Arrivals.”  Mark Twain’s Phantom Lady.  Phantom Dogcart.  Influence of Expectant Attention.  Goethe.  Shelley.  The Wraith of the Czarina.  Queen Elizabeth’s Wraith.  Second Sight.  Case at Ballachulish.  Experiments in sending Wraiths.  An “Astral Body”.  Evidence discussed.  Miss Russell’s Case.  “Spirits of the Dying.”  Maori Examples.  Theory of Chance Coincidence.  In Tavistock Place.  The Wynyard Wraith.  Lord Brougham’s Wraith Story.  Lord Brougham’s Logic.  The Dying Mother.  Comparison with the Astral Body.  The Vision of the Bride.  Animals as affected by the supposed Presence of Apparitions.  Examples.  Transition to Appearances of the Dead.

“Spirits of the living” is the Highland term for the appearances of people who are alive and well—­but elsewhere.  The common Highland belief is that they show themselves to second-sighted persons, very frequently before the arrival of a stranger or a visitor, expected or unexpected.  Probably many readers have had the experience of meeting an acquaintance in the street.  He passes us, and within a hundred yards we again meet and talk with our friend.  When he is of very marked appearance, or has any strong peculiarity, the experience is rather perplexing.  Perhaps a few bits of hallucination are sprinkled over a real object.  This ordinary event leads on to what are called “Arrivals,” that is when a person is seen, heard and perhaps spoken to in a place to which he is travelling, but whither he has not yet arrived.  Mark Twain gives an instance in his own experience.  At a large crowded reception he saw approaching him in the throng a lady whom he had known and liked many years before.  When she was near him, he lost sight of her, but met her at supper, dressed as he had seen her in the “levee”.  At that moment she was travelling by railway to the town in which he was. {85a}

A large number of these cases have been printed. {85b} In one case a gentleman and lady from their window saw his brother and sister-in-law drive past, with a horse which they knew had not been out for some weeks.  The seers were presently joined by the visitors’ daughter, who had met the party on the road, she having just left them at their house.  Ten minutes later the real pair arrived, horse and all. {85c}

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