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Chapter 7 – Transcendental Spiritual Abilities

Chapter 7 - Transcendental Spiritual Abilities. The LORD Jesus Christ went to the house of Jairus to resurrect his dead daughter


The Lord Jesus Christ went to the house of Jairus to resurrect his dead daughter. He was crowded by the crowd of people accompanying Him. The woman, suffering from incurable bleeding, secretly touched Him with the firm hope that she would receive healing. The blood immediately stopped. The Lord Jesus Christ also stopped and asked: Who touched Me? The students are surprised by this question: Mentor! people surround you and press you. Jesus’ answer was amazing: Someone touched Me, for I felt the power that had found from Me.

Let us compare this with another fact. At the Leipzig clinic, Dr. Hansen, in the presence of many professors, made the following experiment. He asked Dr. Herman to stand with his back to him, and face to the wall, so that he could not see what he was doing. As Hermann performed this, Hansen put his right hand on his head, and in his left he took a steel pen dipped in ink and ran it over his tongue. At the same moment, Dr. Herman felt the taste of ink in his mouth, which remained with him for an hour and which could not be driven away by any food.

By the laying on of hands, the holy apostles imparted the grace of the priesthood to the chosen ones consecrated for this service. By the laying on of hands, they healed the sick. The sacrament of the priesthood is still being celebrated by the laying on of the bishops’ hands.

What happened and is happening in all these cases?

We are very far from being able to explain amazing facts, this is a matter for the future, if at all possible. But the facts are completely indisputable. Observations on mediums have undoubtedly established that from a medium in a trance (this is the name of a state similar to the deepest sleep), but sometimes even in a normal state, a part of his motor force emanates, exteriorizes (that is, is separated from him). This exteriorization explains the amazing spiritualistic phenomena of movement, even the flight of various objects, knocking, automatic writing of a self-propelled pen or pencil. Suggestion in hypnosis or in reality can only be explained by the exteriorization of the hypnotist’s thought and the perception of it by the hypnotized.

When the seance ends, in which heavy objects were moved, the medium feels great fatigue, for muscular strength emanated from him.

The Lord Jesus Christ felt that from Him came the power that healed the bleeding woman. These are facts of the same order, but outside the framework of physiological phenomena, facts of a transcendental order.

There are many striking facts in which, apparently, acting agents must recognize the simultaneous exteriorization of thought and motor force and their telepathic transfer. These are the following two facts, which I will limit myself to.

1. Madame Severi at 7 o’clock in the morning jumps out of bed, suddenly waking up from a strong blow to the face. She feels that her upper lip is cut and puts a handkerchief to it to stop the bleeding. But, to her surprise, there is no blood on the kerchief. At that very moment, her husband, who set out early in the morning for a walk on the lake, was seized by a strong gust of wind. The rudder grip ripped out of his hands and split his upper lip. He lost a lot of blood.

2. Mrs. Richardson in India dreams that her husband – a general who fought 150 miles from her in the 1848 campaign – fell seriously wounded, and hears his voice: “Take this ring off my finger and send it to my wife.” … At about this hour (11 o’clock in the evening) the general, very seriously wounded, gave the command to Major Lloyd and said: “Take this ring off my finger and send it to my wife.” The general suffered his injury and recovered.

We know from the lives of many saints that they knew the names of the people they saw for the first time. Basil the Great, with his enlightening spirit, learned that the Monk Ephraim the Syrian had entered the church, and sent the deacon to call him by name. He had never seen Ephraim before. By the spirit he learned that in the secret room of the holy presbyter there was a disgusting patient, whom the presbyter had selflessly looked after. He named the patient by the name of the patient.

This can be considered a legend. But what about the incident that struck C. Richet?

During his work at the Hotel Dieu, he hypnotized a recovering girl. One day an acquaintance of his, an American student, who had never been to this hospital before, came to the Hotel Dieu with him. Richet asked the lulled girl: “Do you know my friend’s name?” She began to laugh. “Can you tell me what is the first letter of his name?” She replied: “H, then E, I don’t know the third, the fourth is K.” The student’s name was Neak. Is this not the transcendental ability of the human spirit! Who will explain it by physiological reasons?

Hypnotizing Leonie B., Dr. P. Janet once asked her, “What’s wrong with my friend N.?” Quickly, not quite politely, she replied: “He burned his paw. Why is he so inconsiderate when he knocks over? ” – “When does it overturn? What’s upsetting? ” “Red liquid in a small bottle. His skin immediately swelled. ” As I found out later, – writes Janet, – this was quite accurate: two hours before that, the chief of the laboratory, Jean-N. Langua, while preparing an alkaline solution of bromine, overturned a vessel with this red solution. He burned his hand with it, on which a bubble quickly formed.

The deacon’s wife came from Penza to Sarov to see the Monk Seraphim. She stood behind the crowd, waiting for her turn. Suddenly the monk, leaving the others, called her: “Evdokia, come quickly here.” Amazed that St. Seraphim, who had never seen her, called her by her name, Evdokia approached. “Go home quickly, or you won’t find your son.” Evdokia hastily returned to Penza and barely found her son, who had finished the seminary course perfectly and was assigned to the Kiev Academy, for which he was afraid to be late. How does this differ from Leonie B.’s clairvoyance about the misfortune with J. N. Langua?

What is incredible that the enlightened spirit of the saints fully and always possesses those transcendental abilities that some ordinary people have only in a state of somnambulism?

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We have more than just five senses. We have higher-order perceptual faculties unknown to physiologists. Karl Du Prel in his book “The Philosophy of Mysticism” cites such an extraordinary fact.

The famous chemist J. Berzelius, the physicist G. Reichenbach and the mineral water physician Hochberger made an extremely interesting experiment in 1845.

In front of one of the so-called sensitive maidens von Sackendorff, they laid out a variety of paper-wrapped chemicals. Invited to run over them with the inner surface of her right hand, she, having done so, received various impressions from them: some of them did not have any effect on her, but each of the others produced a peculiar tremor in her hand. Then they asked to sort them so that in one group there were substances that had no effect on it, and in the other – all the rest.

Much amazement, says Reichenbach, was expressed by the founder of the electrochemical system, Berzelius, when in one group there were exclusively electropositive bodies, and in the other – bodies with a sharp electronegative character; not a single electropositive body was found among the electronegative ones and vice versa … Thus, the electrochemical classification of bodies, on which so much labor and wit had been used for a century, was made within 10 minutes by a simple girl – sensitively gifted, by simply touching them with nothing with an unarmed hand.

It is very likely that the physics and physiology of the future will find an explanation for this special sensitivity. But it is important for us that such an ability to distinguish the electrical properties of bodies does not belong to all people, but only to a very few, who are called sensitive. This name, of course, does not explain anything, but only marks an extraordinary sensitivity in a certain direction. We will talk about this later.

Even more rarely, only the most powerful mediums have a completely incomprehensible ability to learn a lot about people by touching their objects. An example of such clairvoyance has already been given in chapter three. By touching the tie wrapped in paper, the somnambulist learned that the killer had hanged himself on him in prison.

The same ability has been shown more than once by Madame Pieper, one of the strongest mediums.

Madame X gave her three strands of hair, designated A, B and C. She herself knew only the origin of strand C. Regarding strand A, Madame Pieper said: “This is Frode Smaugins. Who is this Smaugins? ” Indeed, M. cut off this strand from Madame Smaugins and gave it to X. About the strand Madame Pieper said: “This is a very sick person.” The woman who owned this strand died the same year. About strand C, she said, “She treasured her hair very much.” And Madame X. secretly cut off that hair from her mother. “This is your mother. She has four children – two boys and two girls. ” This was all true.

The facts of creativity in a dream are widely known. Condorcet, Franklin, Michelet, Candillac, Arago testify about them. Voltaire in a dream created the whole song of his “Henriad”, and La Fontaine – the fable “Two Doves”. Menyan found two important theorems in his dream.

Often in my dreams such important scientific ideas were born, ”says Burdak,“ that I suddenly woke up. In many cases they concerned the objects with which I was at that time occupied, and in their content they were quite new.

Coleridge fell asleep reading, and when he woke up, he felt that he had two or three hundred poems, which only remained to be written down. Fifty-four verses he wrote down quite freely and as quickly as the pen was ripe. But someone came to him and stayed for about an hour on one case. And Coleridge, to his great chagrin, felt that he had only a vague recollection of his vision, and only 8 10 separate verses remained in his memory, and all the others had irrevocably disappeared.

De Rossi used to put paper and a pencil by his bed and sometimes, suddenly waking up, wrote down important thoughts that came to him in a dream.

A very important subconscious activity can take place both in reality and in a state intermediate between sleep and wakefulness. What is called inspiration quite often comes in a state of more or less complete eclipse of the consciousness of reality.

Théophile Gaultier says about Balzac: He looked like a frenzied person, like a somnambulist, sleeping with his eyes open. Immersed in his deep thoughts, he did not hear what was being said to him. Hegel calmly finished his “Phenomenology of the Spirit” in Jena, October 4, 1806, not noticing that the battle was raging around him. Beethoven, completely captured by inspiration, once went out into the street of Neustadt half-naked. He was brought to prison as a vagabond, and despite his screams, no one wanted to believe that he was Beethoven. Schopenhauer spoke about himself: My philosophical postulates appeared by themselves, without my intervention, at moments when my will seemed to be asleep and my mind was not directed in a predetermined direction … My personality was, as it were, alien to my work .. …

Sometimes the subconscious movement is so clear that it seems to be a suggestion from the outside. This is expressed in Musset’s poems: You don’t work, you listen, you wait. ”As if someone unknown speaks in the ear.

Similar examples from Socrates (his demon), Pascal, Mozart have become classic.

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Prophetic dreams also belong to the supernatural, scientifically inexplicable abilities of the spirit. Here are two examples.

1. In 1885 in St. Petersburg, Lukayevsky, one of the highest officials of the naval ministry (which, however, does not mean that he often sailed on the sea) dreamed that he was on board a large ship that collided with another; he falls into the water with other passengers and drowns.

After this dream, he was convinced that he would die in a shipwreck and, in anticipation of imminent death, put his affairs in order. A few months later, the memory of this dream had already faded, when suddenly he received an order to go to one of the ports of the Black Sea. He recalled his dream and, leaving, said to his wife: “You will not see me again. When I die, put on mourning, but not this black veil that I hate. ” Two weeks later, the ship “Vladimir”, on which Lukayevsky was sailing, collided with another ship, and Lukayevsky drowned. One of the surviving passengers of the “Vladimir” Genike said that for a few moments he held on to the lifebuoy with Lukayevsky.

2. The intelligent Uzbek K., a prominent member of the former Tashkent city government, told me about an extraordinary incident in his life.

A year after his father’s death, he dreamed that he was riding a horse across a desert and hilly steppe. On one of the hills, he saw his sister, who had died long ago. She angrily asked him why he did not pray for his father, took him to a deep black pit, pushed him into it and said that he would stay in the pit for forty days. Shortly after this dream, K. was arrested and taken to prison. During interrogation, the gendarme officer showed him two letters with his signature, in which there was an appeal to the Bukhara emir for an uprising against the Russian rule and his plan. K. admitted that the signature, as the experts claimed, was his, but the letter and signature were not written by him. However, he could not prove this in any way, and it was clear that he would be hanged. In despair, he fervently prayed to God for salvation and, remembering his dream, began to pray for the repose of his father’s soul. About a month passed in this way. And then one day, while praying, he fell asleep and in a dream he heard a voice: “Make three of your signatures on separate sheets of paper, fold them and look at the light.” Waking up, K. performed this and saw that the signatures did not coincide with one another, and having repeated this many times, he was convinced that there is no complete coincidence of signatures. He demanded a new examination, and it turned out that the signatures on both letters incriminated to him coincide completely. On this basis, the experts recognized that the signatures were forged, and later it was found out that the letters were written by K.’s enemies with the aim of ruining him. He was acquitted and released on the fortieth day after his arrest. This was the date assigned to him in his first dream by his sister, when she pushed him into the black pit. And then one day, while praying, he fell asleep and in a dream he heard a voice: “Make three of your signatures on separate sheets of paper, fold them and look at the light.” Waking up, K. performed this and saw that the signatures did not coincide with one another, and having repeated this many times, he was convinced that there is no complete coincidence of signatures. He demanded a new examination, and it turned out that the signatures on both letters incriminated to him coincide completely. On this basis, the experts recognized that the signatures were forged, and later it was found out that the letters were written by K.’s enemies with the aim of ruining him. He was acquitted and released on the fortieth day after his arrest. This was the date assigned to him in his first dream by his sister, when she pushed him into the black pit. And then one day, while praying, he fell asleep and in a dream he heard a voice: “Make three of your signatures on separate sheets of paper, fold them and look at the light.” Waking up, K. performed this and saw that the signatures did not coincide with one another, and having repeated this many times, he was convinced that there is no complete coincidence of signatures. He demanded a new examination, and it turned out that the signatures on both letters incriminated to him coincide completely. On this basis, the experts recognized that the signatures were forged, and later it was found out that the letters were written by K.’s enemies with the aim of ruining him. He was acquitted and released on the fortieth day after his arrest. This was the date assigned to him in his first dream by his sister, when she pushed him into the black pit. Waking up, K. performed this and saw that the signatures did not coincide with one another, and having repeated this many times, he was convinced that there is no complete coincidence of signatures. He demanded a new examination, and it turned out that the signatures on both letters incriminated to him coincide completely. On this basis, the experts recognized that the signatures were forged, and later it was found out that the letters were written by K.’s enemies with the aim of ruining him. He was acquitted and released on the fortieth day after his arrest. This was the date assigned to him in his first dream by his sister, when she pushed him into the black pit. Waking up, K. performed this and saw that the signatures did not coincide with one another, and having repeated this many times, he was convinced that there is no complete coincidence of signatures. He demanded a new examination, and it turned out that the signatures on both letters incriminated to him coincide completely. On this basis, the experts recognized that the signatures were forged, and later it was found out that the letters were written by K.’s enemies with the aim of ruining him. He was acquitted and released on the fortieth day after his arrest. This was the date assigned to him in his first dream by his sister, when she pushed him into the black pit. that the signatures on both letters incriminated to him coincide completely. On this basis, the experts recognized that the signatures were forged, and later it was found out that the letters were written by K.’s enemies with the aim of ruining him. He was acquitted and released on the fortieth day after his arrest. This was the date assigned to him in his first dream by his sister, when she pushed him into the black pit. that the signatures on both letters incriminated to him coincide completely. On this basis, the experts recognized that the signatures were forged, and later it was found out that the letters were written by K.’s enemies with the aim of ruining him. He was acquitted and released on the fortieth day after his arrest. This was the date assigned to him in his first dream by his sister, when she pushed him into the black pit.

Scientifically unexplainable facts are also known in memory. Under certain conditions, something long forgotten can come to life in it. It has long been known that before death, with amazing clarity and incredible speed, his whole life can sweep through the mind of a dying person. Fechner tells of a lady who fell into the water and nearly drowned. From the moment of the cessation of all movements of her body and until she was taken out of the water, two minutes passed, in which, according to her, she once again experienced her whole past life, unfolding before her spiritual gaze with all the smallest details.

Another example of such a flow of ideas, in which memories of many years pass through a person’s consciousness in a short time, is cited from his life by Admiral Beaufre. He fell into the water and lost consciousness. “In this state,” he says, “one thought drove the other with such a speed that is not only impossible to describe, but also inconceivable for anyone who has not experienced such a state.” At first he saw the immediate consequences for his family of the consequences of his death, but then his spiritual gaze turned to the past: he again experienced his voyage, an earlier one, accompanied by a shipwreck, his journey, his stay at school, excellence in learning and time wasted, even his own. childhood, travel and pranks. “So, as we go deeper into the past,” he said, – all the incidents of my life passed in my memory in the reverse order of their natural sequence, and not in vague outlines, but in the form of a completely definite picture with all the smallest details and accessories. In short: my whole life passed before my soul as in a panorama, and every step of it appeared before me, accompanied by a consciousness of its correctness or incorrectness, with an accurate understanding of its cause and effect. Many insignificant adventures of my life, in fact, already forgotten, appeared before my spiritual gaze with the same clarity, as if they had recently been experienced by me. ” my whole life passed before my soul as in a panorama, and every step of it appeared before me, accompanied by a consciousness of its correctness or incorrectness, with an accurate understanding of its cause and effect. Many insignificant adventures of my life, in fact, already forgotten, appeared before my spiritual gaze with the same clarity, as if they had recently been experienced by me. ” my whole life passed before my soul as in a panorama, and every step of it appeared before me, accompanied by a consciousness of its correctness or incorrectness, with an accurate understanding of its cause and effect. Many insignificant adventures of my life, in fact, already forgotten, appeared before my spiritual gaze with the same clarity, as if they had recently been experienced by me. “

In this case, at most two minutes elapsed from the fall of Beaufre into the water to its removal from the water.

If in these cases the supernatural rapidity of the flow of consciousness T. Ribot tries to explain the state of asphyxia (suffocation), then this explanation is completely inapplicable to the next case, reported by him.

One man, distinguished by a remarkably bright mind, was crossing the rails at the moment when suddenly a train appeared, approaching at full speed. He had no choice but to lie between the rails. And at that time, when the cars flew over this dead man, the feeling of danger brought to his mind all the events of his life, so that as if a page from the book of destinies unfolded before his eyes.

In the same way, when a person dies, his whole life can suddenly sweep through his mind.

Seckendorf saw in a dream such events of his past life, which he barely remembered, and with such clarity and vividness, as if they had taken place for the first time in his real life. With extreme clarity, he saw himself as a three-year-old child, and all the smallest details of his upbringing were resurrected in his memory. Every assessment from his school life, every unpleasant accident passed through his mind as if it were alive. Contemplating his life in the order of its actual course, he finally saw his stay in Italy, where he left a lady, whom he would have married if fate had not forced him to quickly leave this country. The liveliness of the feeling of separation from his beloved experienced by him in a dream was the reason for his awakening.

If such a sudden revision of the whole life is possible in a dying person and even in a dream, then it becomes clear how at the Last Judgment the “Book of Sins” will be revealed in our minds.

… in his book “Investigations of Animal Magnetism” he reports about a certain John Everdtfeger, who, after a long illness, fell into a state of imaginary death that lasted for several hours. When he opened his eyes, he told his confessor that he had contemplated all his life, all the sins he had committed, even those that had long since disappeared from his memory. Everything he saw was so vivid, as if he was experiencing it for the first time.

The ability of such a phantasmagoric representation of everything experienced by the dying, accompanied by the compression of entire years of their life in a few seconds and the contemplation of individual phases of their life in the form of degrees of development of their spiritual being, was already known in ancient times and was considered a distinctive ability of the human soul. The philosopher Plotinus in the Aeneads says: But over time, towards the end of life, other memories from earlier periods of existence appear … for, freeing itself from the body, it (our soul) remembers what it did not remember here.

In these amazing facts of reproduction in two minutes of the events of a whole life, which lasted tens of years, we are struck, firstly, by the supernatural speed of the flow of memory, and, secondly, by their amazing completeness and clarity.

Let’s dwell on the first one. With transcendental speed, images of memories are swept through consciousness under the influence of smoking opium or hashish. T. Ribot in his book “Diseases of Memory” cites the confession of a passionate opium smoker Kepsei. He says that while drunk he has dreams that lasted ten, twenty, thirty, sixty years; even those that seem to surpass all the boundaries of human life. The most insignificant events of his youth, the forgotten scenes of the first years of his life, often stood before him. He could not say that he remembered them, because if they told him in a state of wakefulness, then he could not recognize in them the circumstances of his past life. But when they rose before him like a dream, surrounded by a long-forgotten environment and feelings,

What can we say to explain this supernatural rapidity of changing perceptions? It is known from physiology that all processes in the nervous system require a certain time, albeit very insignificant, measured in fractions of a second. Time is required for the passage of irritation from the receptor along its sensory nerve, and, moreover, the longer, the longer this nerve. Time is required for the formation of a response in the nerve cells that have received this irritation; time is also required for the transmission of this reaction along the motor nerve. All thought and sensory processes in the brain also take place in time. And if it were possible to add up and calculate the time of all mental processes that take place in our entire life, then we would get a solid and very solid amount of time. And consequently,

And if, nevertheless, they still proceed with a transcendental speed, then we have the right to conclude that this is not at all in the brain. Where then?

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As we have already said, the life of the spirit is inseparably and intimately connected with all neuropsychic activity. In it (spirit) all our thoughts, feelings, volitional acts are imprinted – everything that happens in our phenomenal consciousness. This is something other than those traces and imprints in nerve cells, which physiologists and psychologists use to explain memory.

We, of course, are far from thinking of denying the existence and necessity of such traces in nerve cells and the legitimacy of their explanation of many, perhaps even all, ordinary manifestations of memory. The gradual fading and even disappearance of memory in senile dementia, of course, depends on the atrophy and disappearance of the nerve cells of the cerebral cortex, the number of which can be reduced to half or even one third of the normal. We also know that memory can disappear due to damage and destruction of the medulla by trauma or an infectious process.

And nevertheless, the explanation of memory in its most complex forms by the theory of molecular traces in brain cells and associative fibers does not satisfy us at all. Although nerve cells do not multiply and are not replaced by new ones like the cells of all other organs and tissues, but only die off, nevertheless, there is a continuous exchange in them, and a change of molecules is very likely. How, then, can we imagine the possibility of fixing and preserving in them forever the traces of all mental acts? And do we have the right to talk about the preservation of these traces forever, if we know how fragile memory is, how much disappears from it irrevocably.

The other side of the matter is even more important. It is impossible to understand the anatomical substrate of memory as traces or imprints in only one cell, for the memory must be imprinted with traces of mental acts, which are always complex and involve the participation of many cells and associative fibers. The brain should retain traces of not individual changes in single cells, but whole dynamic associations, as T. Ribot says. Over the course of a lifetime, a completely innumerable number of such dynamic associations occur in the brain, incessantly changing. Their number is as immeasurable as the number of meters from Earth to Sirius. And the number of brain cells, although very large (6 billion according to Meinert), is still completely negligible compared to the number of mental processes that are supposed to be imprinted in them.

Therefore, it must be recognized that, in addition to the brain, there must be another, much more important and powerful substrate of memory. And we consider the human spirit to be such a substrate, in which all our psychophysical acts are forever imprinted. For the manifestation of the spirit there are no norms of time, no sequence and causal connection of the reproduction of the experience in memory, which is necessary for the functions of the brain, is needed.

The spirit immediately embraces everything and instantly reproduces everything in its entirety.

In addition to this, our opinion is pertinent to quote Richet’s valuable words: Spirit can work without the knowledge of consciousness about its work; very complex intellectual operations pass our consciousness. A whole world of ideas unknown to us trembles in us.

Probably not a single memory of the past is erased. Consciousness forgets a lot, memory forgets nothing. All the many old images remain almost unchanged, although they have disappeared from consciousness. For the unconscious is awake.

If we accept that in the spirit all the wealth of memory is kept intact, then the amazing phenomena of hypermnesia reported by many authors become understandable. We will mention only a few of them.

Many authors report amazing facts of remembering long-forgotten languages.

A man who in childhood left his homeland of Wales – and completely forgot his Welsh language, 70 years later, in a feverish delirium, spoke Welsh fluently, and after his recovery he again could not say a word in this language.

Observed by Farigagen, the basket-maker heard a profoundly shocking sermon on repentance. The next night, while asleep, he got out of bed and, pacing, delivered this sermon with literal precision. When he woke up, he could not repeat what he said in his dream. Often he interspersed his speech with excerpts from the aforementioned sermon he had heard more than forty years ago.

One Rostov peasant, in a feverish delirium, suddenly began to pronounce in Greek the initial words of the Gospel of John that he had accidentally heard 60 years ago, and Seneca mentions a peasant woman who, in feverish delirium, pronounced Syrian, Chaldean and Hebrew words that she accidentally heard from a scholar, in whom she lived as a little girl.

Even idiots observed not only hypermnesia, but also amazing manifestations of a hidden conscious life.

Maudsley, in his Physiology and Pathology of the Soul, says: The extraordinary memory of some idiots, despite the limitations of their minds, repeating long narratives with the greatest accuracy, provides further evidence in favor of such an unconscious activity of the soul. And the property and way of detecting by many idiots in a state of excitement, for example, caused by strong grief or other reasons (for example, the last outburst of a dying life), abilities for such a mental life, for which they have become, apparently, forever incapable, indicates that that much that they cannot express is perceived by them and leaves a trace in their souls.

It is impossible to find words to express all the justice of the truth that our consciousness does not embrace our soul. Consciousness cannot give us an account of how these traces are formed and how they can remain in our soul in a latent state.

T. Ribot tries to explain hypermnesia by increased cerebral circulation with fever. But this explanation is clearly inconsistent, since hypermnesia was also observed in sleep, when the activity of the cerebral cortex was sharply suppressed. If two opposite states of the brain, sleep and febrile delusional excitement, equally cause hypermnesia, they cannot be considered its cause, but only a reason for its detection. We will talk about this in detail in the next chapter.

The evidence of Scripture confirms the correctness of our explanation of memory. The conversation of King Saul with the ghost of the prophet Samuel, who was summoned for him by the Endor sorceress (1 Kings 28, 13-15), testifies that in the spirit of Samuel after his death all the memories of his military life, all the abilities of the mind, will and feelings were preserved … The same is undoubtedly about Moses and Elijah, who appeared at the Transfiguration of the Lord at Tabor.

How could the dead appear to their loved ones and talk to them if all the memories of earthly life were not preserved in their spirit? The little brother saw and heard his dead brother, who called him to him. The little girl saw and heard her deceased aunt Louise, who appeared to her many times and called her to the afterlife. Metropolitan Filaret’s father predicted his death on the 19th. This list is easy to continue.

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