A teacher of humanities goes into a year-long coma in 1921, assumes life in one of his incarnations—a famous physics professor living in the year 3906—and then returns to his body a year later, in 1922… waking up not only with a crash-course understanding of physics, but with working knowledge of what will transpire on Earth during the next 2,000 years.
Sounds like a pitch for a good sci-fi novel… but it’s actually the true-life story of Swiss schoolteacher Paul Amadeus Dienach, who emerged from a state of protracted narcolepsy in 1922, and recorded all of his vivid recollections in a journal… which would later become a book, The Valley of the Roses.
Paul Dienach was teaching Greek Studies in Switzerland at the time of the incident. Here’s the backstory… or “frontstory?”…:
In 3906, famous physics professor Andreas Northam suffers a serious accident and has a near-death experience (NDE). When he awakens moments later, he speaks in an unknown tongue (presumably 20th-Century Swiss), he doesn’t recognize his family members, and he’s unable to sleep. He’s perpetually awake. Meanwhile, in 1921, schoolteacher Dienach falls into a coma and is perpetually asleep for a year, unable to wake up.
What really happened? My guess is… the finer spirit within us lives multiple concurrent lives… so that the finer spirit within me, for example, is living not just my life as Mark Macy, but various other “concurrent” lives in different times and different places. It’s what we call different incarnations.
In the 1921/3906 case, there’s a finer spirit involved in the lives of both men, and I suspect it becomes disoriented during Northam’s near-death upheaval in 3906. The astral body leaves Northam’s 3906 body and doesn’t return as it normally would after a typical NDE. Instead, Dienach’s 1921 astral body becomes detached from his physical body and is pulled into Northam’s 3906 physical body by mistake… or maybe facilitated by spirit guides???
In any case, that puts 1921 Dienach into a state of perpetual sleep… the astral body’s left the building. And it puts 3906 Northam into a state of perpetual wakefulness… possessed as he is by an unexpected astral guest from the year 1921. Dienach’s astral mind is now experiencing carnal life through the eyes of Northam’s carnal body. It’s got to be perplexing!… experiencing 3906 physical Earth through a 1921 mental template.
It’s certainly perplexing to all of the medical doctors… in both time periods. The 1921 physicians diagnose the inert Dienach with an inexplicable case of “lethargic sleep.” The 3906 physicians do a complete examination of the wide-awake, anxious Northam, can’t explain his symptoms, and attribute them to his NDE.
While Dienach sleeps peacefully in 1921, Northam is vigorously re-educated about all aspects of life on 3906 Earth… including a detailed history of the planet during the past 2,000 years.
Eventually, Dienach’s astral body returns from its futuristic adventure and reenters its 1921 physical body… and Paul Dienach emerges from his coma, eager to record the adventure on paper.
And that’s what I plan to write about in the next article… the future of humanity according to Paul Amadeus Dienach.
(Note: The book, The Valley of the Roses, was originally written in German, it’s currently translated only in Greek, and a movie is under production based on the book. Much of the filming will be done amid the famous Greek ruins.)
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