MEDIUMSHIP: SOMNAMBULISM AND SOMNAMBULIC MEDIUMSHIP
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Related Topics: Ecstatic Trance and Second Sight
You may sometimes hear reference made to the "somnambulic medium". It is important to understand that one can be somnambulic without being a medium, and one can exercise a mediumistic faculty without being in the somnambulic state. In the somnambulic medium, there are actually two types of phenomena taking place; here we will point out the distinction between the two. We first describe the state of somnambulism in order to then make the distinction from the somnambulic medium.
is a trance state in which the spirit of a person experiences a partial
liberation or independence from the material body, one that is more complete than that
which we all experience during the dream state, and in which its faculties
are more developed; Its perceptions are greater. While the material
body remains in a state resembling catalepsy, no longer receptive to external
impressions, the liberated spirit has complete self-control and is freed from the
corporeal influence. This phenomenon occurs most often during sleep
when the spirit is able to leave the body, while the latter remains at rest. ("Spirits'
Kardec writes ("Medium's Book" #172)
Many somnambulists see discarnate spirits and describe them with as much precision as do seeing mediums; they can converse with them as well.