Inner Awareness

How could a grade school pupil be seen in two places at the same time?


I received the following e-mail from Janelle Marcos, a grade 7 student of Miriam College, about a strange event that happened to her.

“I was absent last Friday Mass because I had a slight fever. But a lot of people, including the librarians, saw me in school. My classmates said I even said ‘Hi!’ and greeted them ‘Happy Birthday!’

“During the first Friday Mass, they saw me standing in line. But during homeroom, I was gone. Although I left my things in school, they said these weren’t there in the morning. Then my things appeared where I had placed them the day before.

“Some batchmates also saw me in the CR. Then the clinic called at home asking if I had gone to school. But I wasn’t there, I was at home.”

As you can see, Janelle merely related what happened to her without asking me any question. Neither did she hint at any fear or apprehension. It was as if she was just telling a story to someone. But I guess she wants some explanation about what happened.

This phenomenon is technically called “bilocation,” or being in two places at the same time. This is not really as rare as some people may think. I have come across similar cases happening to other individuals both here and abroad.

Bilocation happens when our astral body (sometimes called our etheric double) leaves our physical body, goes to another place and is seen there by other people. In most cases of bilocation, the astral counterpart seen by others does not respond when greeted. In a few cases, the astral body responds, as if really there.

Natural occurrence

The astral body is also known as the “Desire Body,” because it goes wherever that person desires to be. In this case, Janelle probably wanted to be in school but could not because she was sick. So her astral body was the one that went to school.

This reminds me of a case when I was working in a large rubber shoe manufacturing company in the early ’80s. One Monday morning, Vivian, an audit clerk, was brought by the plant manager to me, crying uncontrollably. She related that on the previous Saturday, she was absent from work because she wasn’t feeling well. She just stayed at home.

But on that day she was seen in the factory by no less than six employees, including her supervisor. One co-employee even said Vivian had asked her about a certain chemical compound they were using there.

When Vivian heard all this Monday morning when she reported for work, she panicked and started crying. She thought it meant she was going to die. She only stopped crying after I explained to her that what happened to her was perfectly natural and it did not mean she was about to die.

I explained to her about the astral body and how bilocation takes place. She was so relieved after that and was able to work without a problem.

Documented cases

The most well-known documented cases of bilocation concerned the famous Italian Capuchin monk and stigmatist Padre Pio, who only a few years ago was canonized by the Catholic Church. When he was still alive he was often seen in two places, and at times in three places, at the same time.

One of the recorded stories happened during World War II. The plane of a British pilot was shot over Italy. As the crippled plane was falling, the pilot saw a monk flying in front of him, took hold of the plane’s nose and gently landed it safely on Earth, thereby saving his life.

When the pilot related to his colleagues what happened to him, he was told there was a Capuchin monastery nearby and suggested they go there and inquire. When the British pilot and his companions were inside the monastery, they saw monks silently marching toward the chapel. When the pilot saw Padre Pio, he exclaimed he was the monk who guided his plane safely back to earth. But Padre Pio never left the monastery that whole day.

Bilocation should not be confused with “teleportation.” In bilocation, a person is seen in two places at the same time. In teleportation, the person physically disappears or vanishes in one place and appears in another place simultaneously. There are also a number of fully documented cases of teleportation in the annals of parapsychology and psychical research, but that’s another story.

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  • Adonis

    I had the same experiences when I was in Dubai. The taxi driver told me he saw me on one place which is more than 10 kilometres away when I stopped him for a ride. Several of my friends also told me they saw me on a particular place which I have never been. Here in Kuwait, one time, I had an appointment to meet one of my colleagues in an agreed place. He angrily told me why I did not come while I told him I  had been waiting and looking around for him where we are supposed to meet. There were several instances where some people saw me in some place where I had never been but I just ignored what they said thinking that perhaps it was just a case of look-alike.

  • Balahura

     there is no such thing as astral body, are you fooling us? It must be a case of look-alike.

    • JX Peron

       There are more things on heaven and earth, Horatio, errr… Balahura… than are dreamt of in your reality.

  • Etep Xena

    Yes maybe we can use this strategy to defend our territories from 
    China, Pnoy will use or speak  diplomacy in media, while his ‘astral counterpart’ asks the US and other western countries for military assistance. This is Phil.expertise.Cheers.

  • Marlon Halili Exmundo

    So, this explains what happened on June 23, 2012.  I was hoping to witness the ordination for deaconate of three seminarians (the first ordination of Archbishop Advincula as Archbishop of Capiz) but could not do so because I had a meeting with the manager of the company I’m auditing in Roxas City.  The next night, somebody asked me why did I leave the Church without notice, which confused me because I was not there and so the pictures only in Facebook.  I even chided the person who posted the picture for not informing us about the event.  I thought that the person they saw in the Church could be someone who resembled me.  Now, it seems that it’s a case of me “BILOCATING” on that day (June 23, 2012).

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