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A woman who was P.B.'s London secretary for a time tells the following story. One day P.B. needed some letters in German translated into English. The secretary offered to ask an Esthonian girl, who was living in her house and knew the language, to do the job. It was done and P.B. sent his thanks to her. The girl's people had been taken away in the war by the Russians and were never heard of again: she herself had been in a displaced persons' refugee camp for some years and had become epileptic, with horrible fits. The secretary occasionally told this girl a little about P.B. and about spiritual things, but only a little because she was not ready for more. One night she awoke from sleep in a kind of nightmare and both sensed and saw a very evil creature in the corner of the room. It horrified her. Then she became aware of another presence, whom she felt was or was associated with P.B., who bade her not to be terrified but to drive it away by her mental command. She did this and it vanished. Then this good presence advanced and said, "Just as you have the strength to overcome evil spirits, so you can overcome epilepsy." After that night she never again had a fit; the cure was permanent.

-- Notebooks Category 12: Reflections > Chapter 6: The Profane and The Profound > # 230

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