What happens when the spirit leaves your body?

Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane he flew non-stop across the Atlantic.

While in flight, Charles Lindbergh said he “existed independently of time and matter.”

Out-of-Body Experiences, OBE, and reincarnation are two ways the human soul may leave the body. Astral projection is another. There are some examples of the first two that you will find quite unique, if you have never heard of the incidents.

They happened to people you might not ordinarily associate with such events and you may find even more perplexing their willingness to talk about it, but they did. Not only did they talk about it, though sparingly, they also wrote about it.

Ernest Hemingway


In 1918, Ernest Hemingway found himself a young officer in the US Ambulance Corps, WWI. He was situated near Fossalta, Italy in a crude dugout. He crouched low in the black night. The sky soon lit up with small arms and mortar fire and his legs were splintered by shrapnel from an in-coming mortar. In a few moments the pain was overwhelming. It was then that he felt his spirit leaving his body.

He later possibly drew on this experience when he wrote A Farewell to Arms in 1929. “I tried to breathe, but my breath would not come…bodily in the wind…knew I was dead…I floated…instead of going on, I felt myself slide back. I breathed and I was back.” These words were spoken by his wounded fictional character, Frederic Henry.

In 1927, in the 22nd hour of his transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh felt himself becoming formless, weightless. As he stared at his instrument panel while surrounded by fog, he “existed independently of time and matter.”

He went on to say, “I felt myself departing from my body as I imagine a spirit would depart—emanating into the cockpit, extending through the fuselage as though no frame or fabric walls were there, angling upward, outward, until I reformed in an awareness far distant from the human form I left in a fast-flying transatlantic plane. But I remained connected to my body through a long-extended strand.”

Here, Lindbergh, himself, speaks of the silver cord. Many people describing their OBEs mention being attached to their bodies with fragile silver cords. The cord remains attached no matter how far they travel and until their spirit and body merge again. Lindbergh knew people would attribute his experience to fatigue, but he, himself, did not feel that and said that “the longer I live, the more limited I believe rationality to be.”

George S. Patton

General George S. Patton was convinced he had been reincarnated many times—often as a soldier. He thought that his military success was due to his being an effective soldier in past lives.

He once ended up in a place called Langres, France in 1918. He had never been there, but when a liaison officer offered to give him a tour of the area, Patton declined. “I know it well,” he stated. The area was an ancient Roman military camp.

Patton knew it like the back of his hand because, “he had once been a Roman legionnaire, himself.” He even pointed out the exact spot where Julius Caesar had encamped. He knew all of it as if “someone were at my ear whispering directions.”

Once in Africa, a general had said to Patton, “You would have made a great marshal for Napoleon if you had lived in the 18th Century>”

“But I did,” Patton replied.

Sara Marie Hogg is the author of Quite Curious, a collection of true stories about the unknown and unexplained. Please click HERE to find the short story collection on Amazon.

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