Thursday, May 17, 2007

Dwellers On the Threshhold: A Lovecraftian Allusion?

A new book (clickhere) discusses OBE's with a very Lovecraft (The Thing on the Doorstep?)sounding name.

Dweller on the Threshold (artist rendering pictured)

Sometimes new out-of-body experiencers encounter an unpleasant manifestation known as the "Dweller on the Threshold," Robert Bruce writes in Astral Dynamics. The dweller can appear as a "shadowy, menacing humanoid shape" and may call a person by name, warning them to back off from their astral projection. Bruce advises ignoring these "dwellers" which may be illusory formations generated by "low-level astral wildlife" attracted by the emotion of fear.

The last phrase seems to derive from HPL's Supernatural Horror in Literature:
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. These facts few psychologists will dispute, and their admitted truth must establish for all time the genuineness and dignity of the weirdly horrible tale as a literary form.

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