One inclement night in the 1990s, a 19-year-old Huyton lad named Tom came off his motorbike in torrential rain as he tried to negotiate that bend where Mab Lane swings into Deysbrook Lane in West Derby. He awoke in a hospital hours later and discovered he could hardly move without experiencing intense pain.

He’d sustained broken legs and a serious back injury. The morphine enabled him to sleep, but Tom had a very weird dream; he rose out of his body and floated through the night.

He could see the moonlit roads below and found himself drifting over a district he eventually recognised as Woolton.

He suddenly noticed a girl at a window looking onto her back garden, and felt drawn to her. He somehow drifted into the room through the closed window, and saw she was a beautiful redhead of about eighteen.

She was listening to a Bill Withers song on her hi-fi, and Tom saw her pick up a book entitled, ‘Still Life with Woodpecker’. The girl sat on her bed, reading the book, and her tabby cat looked up at Tom – as if it could see him.

A woman’s distant voice called the girl: “Taylor!” she shouted, and Tom watched as the girl rolled her eyes then shouted: “What?”

A blonde woman - possibly the girl’s mum - came into the bedroom and began to talk to Taylor, and Tom now saw that the cat could definitely see him.

It didn’t feel like a dream. Tom wondered if he had died in his sleep at the hospital, and felt confused.
He looked at the window and floated out of it and back up into the air. He drifted through the night and eventually everything went fuzzy, and he awoke in pain in the hospital bed.

On the following night, Tom found himself again floating outside of his body, and he visited Taylor and her cat in Woolton again that night.

This time the girl was in her pyjamas and had her nose in a book about Marie Antoinette, and on this occasion the cat hissed at Tom, startling Taylor.

Tom then floated back out the window and went down to the pavement. He saw the door number of Taylor’s home – and also a suspicious-looking man in dark clothing who produced a crowbar and began to prise at the door.

Tom found himself being drawn back to the hospital, where he awoke – and he called for a nurse and told her what he had seen.

“It’s just been a lucid dream,” the nurse said, but Tom eventually managed to persuade her to call the police without giving her name.

The police went to the Woolton address and caught the burglar red-handed as he forced the door open.

A year later, Tom was shopping in town when he suddenly saw the girl he had inexplicably visited from his hospital bed.

He approached her and asked if her name was Taylor, and the girl was naturally suspicious.

Tom named the books she had been reading: ‘Still Life with Woodpecker’ and ‘Marie Antoinette’ by Antonia Fraser, and he mentioned the way the girl’s tabby cat had hissed at him.

The girl walked away, but later bumped into Tom at a party, and he told her about his supernatural visit to her bedroom, which intrigued her. They started to date – and later married.

The only explanation for the apparent detachment of Tom’s consciousness from his body lies in a phenomenon called the Out-of-Body Experience (usually abbreviated as an OOBE in medical textbooks).

The OOBE has been reported in patients undergoing operations in hospitals and it has even happened to people as they have been fast asleep.

The occultist have stated for thousands of years that the human has a physical flesh and blood body and a secondary body stowed away inside of it called the Astral Body, and this carries you and your soul off after physical death – but there are techniques for coaxing the Astral Body out of the physical body, and this is known as Astral Projection – something I have done a few times over the years with varying results.

Many years ago dozens of people visiting sick relatives at Whiston Hospital saw two luminous figures floating over the entrance area to the hospital, and these two ‘ghostly men’ were throttling one another and throwing punches.

One figure was naked and the other wore underpants, and a taxi driver waiting to pick someone up actually recognised one of the apparitions as a well-known local ‘hard-knock’ named Jimmy.

At that moment, Jimmy was under the knife as surgeons operated on his shoulder.

The battling ghosts vanished, seconds after they were seen, and weeks later, the cabby met Jimmy and told him about his ‘ghost’ being seen outside the hospital.

Jimmy said he had floated out of his body during his operation and had bumped into an old enemy named Mick who was also floating about. The two adversaries started to fight, and then Jimmy had woken up in bed after the op.

Jimmy later discovered that Mick was lying in the next bed after his op. The two men remembered their ‘shared dream’ and became friends.

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