What is Bilocation?

Bilocation. This term refers to a par­ticular form of out-of-body experience in which an individual's double, or as­tral body, not only travels some distance from his physical body but is actually observed by someone in the second location. As with other varieties of astral projection, accounts of this phenomenon—while relatively rare— have circulated in various parts of the world for centuries. Christian tradition ascribes such incidents to a number of saints, among them Saint Anthony of Padua, Saint Severus of Ravenna and Saint Ambrose of Milan. Probably the best-known report concerns Saint Alphonsus Liguori, who, during a period of confinement and fasting in a cell in Arezzo, Italy, in 1774, announced on awakening one morning that he had been at the bedside of the dying Pope Clement XIV in Rome, a four-day journey away. This statement was greeted with disbelief, so the story goes, until it was learned that the pope had indeed just died and that Alphonsus Liguori had been seen at his deathbed.