Bilocation: the inexplicable gift of being in two places

Bilocation What is it

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Bilocation can be defined as the simultaneous presence of a person in two different placesFor people who experience it, they may apparently be able to interact with their environment in a normal way, including being able to experience sensations and manipulate physical objects.

Although there is no clear explanation to explain the phenomenon, it is believed that bilocation can occur in the following way: while a body remains in one place, a representation or apparent figure of it could be in another place. This representation could occur supernaturally (through divine intervention) or preternaturally (through diabolical intervention).

Students of mystical phenomena believe that acts of supernatural bilocation would occur through a sensitive representation, miraculously made by God. Bilocation, in this case, would act in two ways: either purely in spirit or in body and soul (the whole person). Occultists, spiritualists, theosophists and others, meanwhile, refer to bilocation as a type of astral travel. The physical, real body would remain as dead and the soul, with an equally visible body, would act in another place.

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Incredible cases

In general terms, the Catholic Church has taken cases of bilocation with great caution, although it has at the same time recognized the existence of this phenomenon in the lives of saints and mystics. Among the most notable cases are Pope Saint Clement, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Anthony of Padua, Saint Martin de Porres, Saint Joseph of Cupertino, Saint Alphonsus of Liguori, Saint John Bosco and Saint Pius of Pietrelcina.

The case of Saint Joseph of Copertino is very illustrative, since it is stated that he attended the death of his mother in his hometown without leaving the convent of Assisi where he lived. It is said that when the old woman was about to expire, she cried out with a voice tinged with pain: “Oh Joseph, my son, I will see you no more!” A few seconds later a bright light appeared and illuminated the room, and the dying woman, seeing her son, shouted again, but this time with a voice full of joy: “Oh Brother José, my son!”

At that same moment, by the way, the saint was hundreds of kilometers away, in the convent of Assisi. The curious thing is that it is said that Joseph suddenly left his cell crying and headed to the Church to pray. The guardian father, seeing him with his face so upset and his eyes filled with tears, asked him the reason for his crying. José’s response was lapidary: “My poor mother just died.” A few days later a letter arrived confirming the unfortunate news, but the religious of the convent were stunned when they learned, through testimonies from people close to the deceased, that the saint had personally assisted his dying mother. All these facts, of course, were officially recorded in his beatification process.

Another famous case of bilocation, but this time outside the scope of the Catholic Church, is that of the English admiral George Tryon. On June 22, 1893, the ship “Victoria”, captained by Tryon, was shipwrecked near the port of Tripoli after colliding with another ship from the same naval squadron. The survivors of the tragedy later recounted how Tryon himself heroically went down with the ship, while bitterly shouting the phrase: “It was all my fault,” since the maneuver that caused the collision had been ordered by him.

The unusual thing about the case is that at the same time in London, thousands of miles away, Tryon’s wife and hundreds of guests who were participating in a party being held at the sailor’s mansion, saw Tryon crossing the room with great strides. Steps. When they spoke to him, the sailor hid in a corridor and no one could find him later. He never appeared again.