Clocks Stop, Clocks Start
Experienced 1953/10/3 by an Indiana family, and before 1961 by a Florida family, reported to the Rhine Institute
On October 3, 1953, at 9:35 P.M., a man died in an Indiana hospital seven miles from his home. His daughter writes, "We came home from the hospital and started making arrangements, telegrams, phone calls, etc., and when we looked up at Father's favorite clock, a cuckoo clock, which Mother had given him as a gift that year, it was stopped at exactly nine-thirty-five, the same time Father died. We were all awe-struck and it took a long time before anyone could muster up courage to start it again."The Rhine Institute received many such clock accounts. Here's my favorite, which turns the classic story on its head:
A Florida man, with his wife and daughter, had gone on a business trip to a city a hundred miles or so from home. He was suddenly taken acutely ill, rushed to a hospital at 11:00 that night, and died the following morning at 10:20. "Afterwards," his wife writes, "my daughter accompanied me home. The following morning, as we went about tidying up the house, we were suddenly conscious that an old clock (silent for years) was ticking loudly. Neither of us had been near it and we were alone in the house and had been all morning.Here the dead start clocks and the living stop them. Having gotten the message.
"We rushed over to it, not believing it could be possible. As we stood there with tears streaming down our faces, the pendulum was swaying in full motion. We stood there motionless for at least two minutes, unable to move. I glanced at my watch. It was 10:20, the exact time of his death the previous day. When I realized the time, I knew what it meant. Until this happened I had that small doubt about such things, but now I knew that my loved one was assuring us of his presence.
"Slowly I reached up and stopped the swinging pendulum. It had been going four or five minutes."
SOURCE: Hidden Channels of the Mind by Louisa E. Rhine, 1961, p. 214-219. Accounts untitled and authors' names witheld; I added title and byline to aid searching and indexing.
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