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Experiences in Spiritualism with D.D. Home
by Viscount Adare
Experiences in Spiritualism with D. D. Home by Viscount Adare was printed privately in 1869 at the request of Adare's father, the Earl of Dunraven. In order to make this remarkably rare book available to the public and in memory of his father to whose title he succeeded; In 1925 Adare agreed to the publication of a second edition with the Society of Psychical Research. The probable reason for the privacy of the first publication was that the Earl of Dunraven, being a Roman Catholic, disliked incurring the censure of the Church.
The friendship of Lord Adare and D. D. Home dates from 1867. It began at Malvern in Dr. Gully's hydropathic establishment where Home was a guest and Lord Adare a patient. Gully's patients included Charles Darwin and Alfred Tennyson. For two years Adare he spent a great deal of time in Home's company. His friendship for Home - as stated in his preface to the 1925 publication - never diminished or changed thereafter. But having thoroughly satisfied himself that the facts were not due to trickery or fraud he abandoned psychical research, as the phenomena, which were physically very exhausting to him, showed little progress and the study of occult forces was not congenial to him, having other plans and ambitions for his life; moreover, he grew afraid lest absorption in the subject weakened his self-dependence and the necessity of submitting everything to reason.
Adare recorded 78 séances and they are presented here. The phenomena recorded in the book are of a very wide range and embrace almost every spiritualistic manifestation. No scientific attempt was made to explain what was happening during the séances and miracles may well have been acceptable to Lord Adare's Catholicism and to his fellow-sitters. On the other, the records give the impression of conscientiousness. In the form of letters addressed to the Earl of Dunraven they were drawn up shortly after the séances. An important point is that Lord Adare, for almost two years, lived most of the time with Home. This alone should eliminate the possibility of deception on a large scale. The preface definitely states:
"We have not, on a single occasion, during the whole series of séances seen any indication of contrivance on the part of the medium for producing or facilitating the manifestations which have taken place."
The nature of the phenomena, too, in most cases, was such as to exclude every supposition of fraudulent production. One cannot shake a whole room, vibrate a table, generate wind, phantom hands, transparent apparitions, music without instruments or levitation of one's own body without paraphernalia of sleight-of-hand and a stage to produce the optical illusions. If no other records were available concerning the phenomena of D. D. Home, Lord Adare's book alone would establish a prima facie case for the genuine and unusual powers of this famous Medium.
Spiritual Teacher 12 lectures on the Nature and Development of the Spirit
by Russel P. Ambler, Spirits of the Sixth Circle
How Spirits Materialize
by Anonymous Anonymous
The Last Frontier: Exploring the Afterlife and Transforming Our Fear of Death
by Julia Assante
Knowledge of the afterlife can trigger dazzling transformations in body, mind, and spirit. It unleashes our authentic selves, radically resets our values, and deepens our sense of life purpose. From it we discover that the real nature of the universe is the very essence of benevolence. In this comprehensive work, Julia Assante probes what happens when we die, approaching with scholarly precision historical and religious accounts, near-death experiences, and after-death communication. She then presents convincing evidence of discarnate existence and communication with the dead and offers practical ways to make contact with departed loved ones to heal and overcome guilt, fear, and grief.
A Journey in Other Worlds
by John Jacob Astor
Last Letters from the Living Dead Man
by Elsa Barker
Living Dead Man series, was written between February, 1917, and February, 1918. Then I lost the ability or perhaps I should say the inclination to do automatic writing. As this third manuscript was shorter than the other two, I had supposed it to be a fragment which would probably never be finished; and it was not until my publisher urged me to issue it as a fragment that I read it all over for the first time and discovered that it was really a complete thing, an organic whole.
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by L.M. Bazett
"This short book contains the record of some of the communications received by me through automatic writing between the years 1916 and 1918. Its chief recommendation to public notice lies in the fact that the accounts given are strictly accurate, and that the statements made by communicators have been carefully verified, wherever possible. Pseudonyms are used, and names of places have been altered, to prevent recognition. In some cases also the rank of officers has been changed, for the same reason.
"Whether these communications can come under the heading of telepathy from the living, or whether, as the title suggests, they are partly due to telepathy from discarnate minds, is for the reader to decide. In a large proportion of the cases, there was no previous link with the communicators or their families; the latter were put into touch with me by letter, and in the majority of cases I wrote without relations of the communicator being present."
The Secret Doctrine I: Cosmogenesis
by H.P. Blavatsky
But it is perhaps desirable to state unequivocally that the teachings, however fragmentary and incomplete, contained in these volumes, belong neither to the Hindu, the Zoroastrian, the Chaldean, nor the Egyptian religion, neither to Buddhism, Islam, Judaism nor Christianity exclusively. The Secret Doctrine is the essence of all these -I,viii
The Secret Doctrine II: Anthropogenesis
by H.P. Blavatsky
The birth and evolution of the Sacred Science of the Past are lost in the very night of Time...It is only by bringing before the reader an abundance of proofs all tending to show that in every age, under every condition of civiization and knowledge, the educated classes of every nation made themselves the more or less faithful echoes of one identical system and its fundamental traditions-that he can see that so many streams of the same water must have had a common source from which they started. - II
Isis Unveiled I: Science
by H.P. Blavatsky
Volume One, Science, far from limiting itself to 19th century theory, actually foreshadows the discovery of radioactivity and tremendous potential of the atom. The conjectures of the scientific giants, such as Huxley, Mendeleeff and Crookes are brilliantly analyzed in conjunction with the Wisdom-science of antiquity. Also, explored is the vast domain of the paranormal, the motivating power behind man and the universe shown to be spiritual, not material.
Isis Unveiled II: Theology
by H.P. Blavatsky
Volume Two, Religion, covers a prodigious number of themes: cosmogonies and pantheons of many peoples, ancient sources of Christan and Pagan rites, mystics of Orient and Occident, alchemy, Fire philosophers, as well as Egyptian, Hindu, Chinese, Tibetan, Mexican, Hebrew, Greek and early Rosicrucian Mystery-teachings-each add depth and color to the moving panorama that is Isis Unveiled.
Collected Writings of H. P. Blavatsky , Volumes 1 through 15
by H.P. Blavatsky,Boris de Zirkoff
by Anthony Borgia
The spirit communicator of this book has, in previous volumes, dealt solely with descriptions of the spirit world and life in spirit lands generally, and he has hitherto touched only incidentally upon matters concerning faith and morals. In the present work, he abandons descriptions of spirit life, and instead shows the attitude of the spirit world towards certain theological beliefs with reference to a number of texts from the New Testament.
Materialized Apparitions: If not Beings from Another, Life What Are They
by E.A. Brackett
The Egyptian Book of the Dead
by E.A. Wallis Budge
The Hieroglyhic Transcript of the Papyrus of ANI, the Translation into English and an introduction by E.A. Wallis Budge, Late Keeper of the Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities in The British Museum.
True & Faithful Relation:What Passed Many Yeers btwn Dr. John Dee & Some Spirits
by Meric Casaubon, D.D.
Edgar Cayce Modern Prophet: 4 Complete Books
by Edgar Cayce,Mary Ellen Carter
So Saith The Spirit
by A King's Counsel
Case-Book of Astral Projection, 545-746
by Robert Crookall,B.Sc,D.Sc.,Ph.D.
This new book continues Dr. Crookall's great case-book series and presents another two hundred cases (many never previously published) from persons in all walks of life, together with detailed notes and critical discussion.
The Seeress of Prevorst-Revelations concerning the Inner-Life of Man, ....
by Mrs. Crowe,Justinus Kerner
The seeress of Prevorst; being revelations concerning the inner-life of man, and the inter-diffusion of a world of spirits in the one we inhabit (1845)
Spirit World: Its Inhabitants, Nature, and Philosophy
by Eugene Crowell, M.D.
Mr. Crowell's research into the spirit world tended to convince him that nothing in relation to spirits and their world is impossible, and he here desires to impress upon the mind of the reader the fact that few rules laid down in this work are without exceptions, especially endowed individuals and special facts constantly presenting themselves to invalidate claims that may be made for invariable rules. He was constantly impressed with the numerous unequivocal proofs of the creative and sustaining power of Deity, and step by step he was led to undoubtedly believe that He, though not in human form, is everywhere present.
Rustlings in the Golden City
by James Curtis
Death, The Gate of Life?
by H.A. Dallas
A discussion of certain afterlife communications coming from Frederic W.H. Myers.
Death and the After Life
by Andrew Jackson Davis
This volume includes eight evening lectures on the Summer-Land (heaven, the afterlife).
- Death and the After-Life
- Scenes in the Summer-Land
- Society in the Summer-Land
- Social Centers in the Summer-Land
- Winter-Land and Summer-Land
- Language and Life in Summer-Land
- Material Work for Spiritual Workers
- Ultimates in the Summer-Land
- Voice from James Victor Wilson
How To Go To A Medium, A Manual of Instruction
by Dingwall, M.A.
The History of Spiritualism Vol II
by Arthur Conan Doyle
One of the greatest proponents of spiritualism was Arthur Conan Doyle, best known as the creator of Sherlock Holms. Spiritualists believe in the continuation of life after death and that we can communicate with those on the other side in ways that can be helpful. In the early 1900's there was a large Spiritualist movement taking place in the world and Doyle chose to document its entire history in this two volume set. Chapters include:
- The Career of Eusapia Palladino
- Great Mediums from 1870 to 1900
- The Society for Psychical Research
- Spirit Photography
- Voice Mediumship and Moulds
- French, German and Italian Spiritualism
- Some Great Modern Mediums
- The Religious Aspects of Spiritualism
- The After-Life as Seen by Spiritualists
- and more.
To this day the movement has continued to grow, with Spiritualist churches existing around the world. Many people believe in their principles or have experienced them first-hand, making this work important to those who wish to investigate further.
The Vital Message
by Arthur Conan Doyle
"The sun has risen higher and one sees more clearly and broadly what our new relations with the Unseen may be. Nothing can now prevent us from reaching that wonderful land which stretches so clearly before those eyes which are opened to see it."
- The Two Needful Readjustments
- The Dawning of the Light
- The Great Argument
- The Coming World
- Is it the Second Dawn?
- Spirit Photography
Yes, this is the same author who brought you Sherlock Holmes. He was a gifted spiritualist and mystic.
Pheneas Speaks: Direct Spirit Communications in the Family Circle
by Arthur Conan Doyle, M.D. LL.D.
A Selection of Spiritural Tracts on Spiritualism
by Hon. John Worth Edmonds
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
by W.Y. Evans-Wentz
Twixt Two Worlds:The Life and Work of William Eglinton
by John S. Farmer
Edgar Cayce's Story of Jesus
by Jeffrey Furst
Comprising a series of articles on the condition of spirits and the development of mind in the rudimental and second spheres. Being written wholly by the control of spirits, without any volition or will by the medium, or any thought or care in regard to the matter presented by his hand.
- Deceiving Spirits
- Worldly Wisdom
- Works on Works
- Circles on Circles
- Condition of Circles
- Union in Marriages
- Sins against Spirits
- Wisdom of Mediums
- A Narrative
Incidents in my Life
by D.D. Home
To those who knew him, Home was one of the most lovable of men and his prefect genuineness and uprightness were beyond suspicion." Sir William Crookes – President of The Royal Society
D. D. Home is regarded by many as the greatest medium of all time. The term 'psychic' was coined as a description for his unique gifts and in numerous tests, under laboratory conditions with imminent scientists of the era; he was never once found to be anything other than genuine. History paints Home as the star attraction of the 'spiritualist' drama that was all the rage on the stage that was the second half of the nineteenth century. He lived a life akin to that of a character in a Hollywood blockbuster, coming from a humble background to find himself moving between the royal courts of Europe at the behest of their figureheads and eventually marrying into the Russian royal family. One evening in August 1852 Daniel was at the home of Ward Cheney, a businessman in Connecticut, who is a distant relative of US Vice-President Dick Cheney. The following is a witness account of what occurred; "Suddenly and without any expectation on the part of the company, Mr. Home, was taken up in the air! I had hold of his hand at the time, and I and others felt his feet – they were lifted a foot from the floor! He palpitated from head to foot apparently with contending emotions of joy and fear which choked his utterance. Again he was taken from the floor, and the third time he was carried to the lofty ceiling of the apartment, with which his hand and head came in to gentle contact." The Cheney event is one of many incidents in Home's autobiography Incidents in my Life – Part 1.
The book documents the amazing psychic events throughout his life and the people who queued up to witness them. Regular sitters included Count Alexis Tolstoy, cousin of Leo Tolstoy, Prince Humbert – the future King of Italy, the Earl of Dunraven, Sir Francis Galton; Charles Darwin's cousin, Napoleon III and many more.
Contact with the Other World
by James H. Hyslop, Ph.D., LL.D
The present volume endeavors to treat every aspect of the problem regarding a future life and especially emphasizes a large mass of facts that ought to have cumulative weight in deciding the issue. The facts consist of both spontaneous and experimental experiences, the latter designed not only to add to the force of the evidence, but to suggest more problems than the mere fact of survival.
It has not been possible to exhaust any one subject in in the field. That would require several volumes. But there are topics on which the public desires and needs information that I have been unable to consider in previous works and I have endeavored to sketch them as briefly as space would permit.
The work as a whole, however, makes an effort to help readers who want a scientific view of the subject into a critical way of dealing with problems which are far larger than the case of mere survival. The attitude is more conservative than many of the books that have a popular hearing. This is rendered necessary by the exceedingly complex nature of the problems before psychic research.
If I succeed in leading intelligent people to take scientific interest in the phenomena while they preserve proper cautions in accepting conclusions I shall have accomplished all that can be expected in a work of this kind, and tho I regard the evidence of survival after death conclusive for most people who have taken the pains to examine the evidence critically, I have endeavored in this work to canvass the subject as tho it had still to be proved.
The mass of facts sustaining survival is much larger and much of it better than that which I have adduced. But it is too complicated to explain, and hence I have contented myself with illustrations that can easily be made intelligible.
March 12th, 1919, James
Life After Death & Problems of the Future Life and its Nature
by James H. Hyslop, Ph.D., LL.D.
Two chapters and a part of a third are reproductions of previously published matter, and they are incorporated because they are so relevant to the main object of the work. But the rest of it has been suggested by the need of discussing some problems which are sequels of the scientific collection of facts with which psychic research has so long occupied itself in the effort to ascertain whether man survived bodily death or not.
I have not taken the pains in this work to quote the facts which tend to prove such a claim. The material is too plentiful and voluminous, as well as complex, to take the space for it. The publications of the various Societies for Psychical Research supply the evidence in such quantity and quality that it would require a volume by itself to quote and explain its importance.
I assume here sufficient intelligence on the part of most people who have done critical reading to see the cogency of it and to accept the proof of survival in it, though there are associated problems not so well secured against difficulty. The trouble with most people is that, in estimating the evidence, they take with them certain preconceived ideas of what a spirit is and so adjudge the evidence accordingly. The scientific man, however, assumes nothing about a spirit except that it is a stream of consciousness existing apart from the physical body. How it may exist, he does not inquire, until he is convinced that there is evidence of the fact of it, and then a large number of associated problems arise.
My Travels in the Spirit World
by Caroline D. Larsen
The Astral Plane, Its Scenery, Inhabitants, and Phenomena
by C.W. Leadbeater
EXCERPT FROM INTRODUCTION:
...every precaution in our power has been taken to ensure accuracy, no fact, old or new, being admitted to this manual unless it has been confirmed by the testimony of at least two independent trained investigators among ourselves, and has also been passed as correct by older students whose knowledge on these points is necessarily much greater than ours. It is hoped, therefore, that this account of the astral plane, though it cannot be considered as quite complete, may yet be found reliable as far as it goes...The first point which it is necessary to make clear in describing this astral plane is its absolute reality. Of course in using that word I am not speaking from that metaphysical standpoint from which all but the One Unmanifested is unreal because impermanent. I am using the word in its plain, every-day sense, and I mean by it that the objects and inhabitants of the astral plane are real in exactly the same way as our own bodies, our furniture, our houses or monuments are real...
The Life Elysian
by R.J. Lees
The author disclaims all personal responsibility for this remarkable narrative, which he maintains he received direct through spirit agency. He merely plays the role of recorder on behalf of his “Angelic Visitors.” This book continues the adventures of Aphraar, as first told in Through the Mists.
Scarcely any book purporting to be a communication from the Other Side has achieved such lasting popularity. This work, is a narrative of singular charm and fascination, and grips the reader from start to finish by its fine imaginative and descriptive power, and its strong sympathetic appeal. It has well been described as "an occult story of absorbing interest."
First published in 1905, it had been reprinted fifteen times by 1953. As was the case with the first book, Through the Mists, the spirit narrators make every effort to reconcile that which Aphraar finds, with what the Bible says. There are a great many Bible references, more than sufficient to qualify this work as being Biblically based, yet the explanations of what occurs after death are greatly at variance with that which orthodox preachers hold to be true. Nevertheless, the spirit narrators find such references in the Bible as to illustrate that it is not the Bible that is responsible for the current orthodox beliefs. If you are a genuine seeker after Truth, and particularly if you hold the Bible in great esteem, this is a work that you should not miss.
The Last Crossing
by Gladys Osborne Leonard
The Astral City: The story of a doctor's odyssey in the Spirit World
by Andre Luiz (spirit),Francisco Candido Xavier
To Woman From Meslom: A Message from Meslom in the Life Beyond, Received Automatically
by Mary Mc Evilly
EXCERPT FROM THE PREFACE
This and the former book purporting to be from Meslom through Miss Mary McEvilly, are among the best of the reputed commimications from the other world of a spiritual and ethical character. I do not know who Meslom is, or that he is, but I do know that Miss McEvilly has, both in connection with others and with my own experiments, given evidence of intelligence other than her own, acting through her brain and hand. I think that to heed the Meslom messages would indeed help one to orientate herself in the universe, and to make harmony in both her inner and her outer relations. Saying so, does indeed make it so, as the book affirms, in the sense that whatever is fundamentally integral to a life may be brought into realization best by believing in, affirming and expecting it. One might think that there is an exaggerated idealism of womankind in the little volume, but it is a psychological law that the contemplation of the ideal vision of what a thing is at its best, is the way to fixate the attention of the soul and to set it on the track of the realization of the ideal.
Meslom's Messages from the Life Beyond
by Mary A. Mc Evilly
AN EXCEPRT FROM THE BEGINNING
January 29, 1917
MOTHER! I am here, but I can't tell you much. Meslom will help me. He is not very well known to me. I never knew I could come back. I have been asleep and lost a long time. I am just awakening and I am all in a tremor to think I am really alive yet and able to see you. I can come to you from time to time. Meslom will help me – I can come – I am already stronger. I went away too soon but now I can make up for the time I wasted . L. has been obliged to stop. He is not yet strong enough to do much but I brought you together and you are to help and be a great power. L. is not suffering – he is only just awakened. He was brought to consciousness by his mother's wish to communicate. L. is here again. Yes, I am here and I am so glad I am alive again. Oh! mother darling, I am so thankful and so happy to be with you. I am free from suffering. I am alive, alive! and all awake to the wonders about me. But remember I have been asleep. Your wish to speak to me has awakened me. I am alive! I am not able to tell you much, but I am filled with such a tremendous joy of life that I cannot imagine going back. I can come to you again and I can tell you much. Meslom is going to teach me and says I can come when you and Mary arrange. I have no choice – it is for you to say. I am alive again and so happy, but I can't tell you much. I appear to be in a wonderful light and in a marvellous country of perfect conditions – I can see –– rain but the conditions are perfect. I will bring him again but not to-day. He is a fine nature and will develop quickly and be a great help.
Spirit Intercourse: Its Theory and Practice
by J. Hewat McKenzie
To some readers much of the matter will be startlingly new, and the facts difficult to believe. To others, who will accept the phenomena without question, because of previous experience, the theories adduced therefrom may not be wholly acceptable. The facts so far transcend ordinary experience that some cannot do otherwise than reject them, until fuller knowledge prevails upon the whole subject. When first brought into contact with students of this science the writer himself treated the statements made by them as unworthy of belief, and he quite understands the natural scepticism of the man or woman who is at present entirely ignorant of the subject.
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Practical Occultism: A Survey of the Whole Field of Mediumship
by J.J. Morse
by Rev. W. Stainton Moses
This book, Spirit-Identity, by William Stainton Moses, is a replication of a book originally published before 1902. It has been restored by human beings, page by page, so that you may enjoy it in a form as close to the original as possible. This book was created using print-on-demand technology. Thank you for supporting classic literature.
EXCEPRT FROM THE CHAPTER PERSONAL EXPERIENCES
It is now four years since my mind was so greatly vexed on this question that I determined to satisfy myself, or to abandon any further attempt at intercourse with the world of spirit as vague and unsatisfying. I had not had sufficient evidence of personal identity of spirits to enable me to build on it a firm argument. No doubt I had had some, which has since had its due weight in my mind, but the mass of my communications had been of an impersonal character, with spirits who preferred to rest their claims to my attention on the matter and tendency of their messages, rather than on the authority of any name, however great that authority might be. They had passed out of the sphere of individuality, and chafed at being recalled to it. I, on the contrary, pined for something definite, tome evidence that would satisfy me that I was dealing with the spirits of my kind. The Angelic was. "too high for me. I could not attain to it."
For a long time I failed in getting the evidence I wanted; and if I had done as most investigators do, I should have abandoned the quest in despair or disgust. My state of mind was too positive; and I was forced, moreover, to take some personal pains before I obtained what I desired. Bit by bit, here a little and there a little, by steps which I do not detail here, that evidence came, and as my mind opened to receive it, some six months were spent in persistent daily efforts to bring home to me proof of the perpetuated existence of human spirits, and of their power to communicate with me and give evidence of their unimpaired individuality, and of the unbroken continuity of their existence.
Some of those who so came I had known during their life on earth, and was able, not only to verify their statements, but also to note the little traits of manner, peculiarities of diction, or characteristics of mind, that I remembered in them while in the body.*
Most were unknown to me, and came, always in obedience to the controlling spirit who arranged everything, to give their evidence, and go their way when the task assigned them was done. Of these some came from the most unlikely sources, and gave me and my friends no little trouble to verify their statements.
Some came, at the time of death. At that time, it would seem, the spirit finds it easy to manifest its presence, and the facts that it can give are readily capable of verification. Some had been long dead, as men count time, and came back in a dazed and awkward fashion to revisit the old scenes of earth, cramped and straitened, as it were, by taking on again the old conditions.
But wherever they came from, and however they communicated, one and all bore with them an air of sincerity and earnestness, as of those who were themselves impressed with the deep significance of the work they had in hand. And all, without a lonely exception, told the truth about themselves, so far as we could verify their story. Many statements were from their nature not capable of proof; a vastly greater number were minutely accurate; and none suggested any attempt at deception. I cross-examined these invisible witnesses in every conceivable way, and with a pertinacity that left nothing untried to elicit facts. Many of my queries were unanswered, for I am afraid I asked many unreasonable questions; but I failed to shake their story, or by the most cunning suggestio falsi to lead them into mistakes.
I refer for evidence of this to my records, kept during all this period with scrupulous regularity day by day, minute in detail even to recording temperature and atmospheric conditions, and checked by independent records kept by another member of the circle in which these facts were communicated. Any gaps in my own narrative, such as would be caused by my being, as I frequently was, in a state of unconscious trance, are thus filled up, and my own record is checked by independent observation.
Referring to these records, I find that from New Year's Eve to January 11, 1874, during which time I was staying at Shanklin, Isle of Wight, the guest of Dr. Speer, we had a continuous chain of testimony at our daily sittings, all bearing on the question of the identity of spirit. The evidence was given in various ways, principally through raps on the table, many of these raps produced entirely without contact of the hands of any person present. Some facts were given by direct writing on previously-marked paper; some by automatic writing; some through clairvoyance, or clairaudience. In a few cases corroborative evidence was drawn from all these sources.
A Biography of the Brothers Davenport
by Thomas Low Nichols, M.D.
With some account of the physical and psychical phenomena, which have occurred in their presence, in America and Europe.
EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 1
The Motive and Method of this Book – The Possible and the Actual – Facts and Theories.
It is my purpose, in the following pages, to give as clear, full, and truthful a narrative of the lives of the two young Americans, known to the world as the BROTHERS DAVENPORT, and of the remarkable physical and psychical phenomena which have for eleven years been witnessed, in their presence, by multitudes of people, as I am able to write. The account is substantially taken from the lips of the two brothers, especially from those of Mr. Ira E. Davenport, the eldest brother, whose story of the experience of his whole life has, in my judgment, every mark of simple truthfulness. His account is confirmed by the reports of American newspapers in sixteen States which they have visited, by several pamphlets and biographical sketches, and by the testimony of various persons, both Englishmen and Americans, who have been witnesses of the extraordinary manifestations with which they have been accompanied and some of whose testimonies will be found in the following pages.
In writing this narrative, I do little more than to set down in order what has been told me by those in whose veracity I place entire confidence, and reduce to a moderate compass the testimony of a cloud of witnesses. I wish to present the facts connected with these young men, separated, as far as possible, from any theory held by themselves or others in regard to them. The reader will be left, as he must and ought to be, to draw his own conclusions. I have no interest to deceive any one, or to distort or exaggerate a single fact in the narrative. It will be admitted that these facts are sufficiently wonderful without the least exaggeration. From first to last they seem, to those who have only observed the ordinary occurrences of life, incredible. The word is not strong enough. They are what most people will consider impossible. To a similar objection to an extraordinary fact, some one has replied, 'I did not say it was possible; I only said it was true.'
Supramundane Facts in the Life of Rev. Jesse Babcock Ferguson, A.M. LL.D....
by T.L. Nichols, M.D. (ed)
EXCEPRT FORM CHAPTER I – SPIRITUAL WRITINGS
For what follows, the editor is in no way responsible. But as frequent allusion is made in the preceding pages to what are denominated Supramundane or Spiritual Writings, Mr. Ferguson has selected from an extended collection a few specimens, that the general reader may judge of their nature and character. Perhaps no spiritual writing can be properly estimated except by the persons to whom and for whom it is given, and these only in a just appreciation of their mental status and moral surroundings. Different states call forth different administering, and the adaptation and application are rarely or ever made by the intelligence communicating. I have seen men of almost every contrast of creed and condition listen to the same communication, and deduce therefrom what to each was confirmatory of what he or she regarded as essential truth; when, perhaps, were the communication placed under the critical eye of some one isolated from these, it would not have been understood as directed to either. For the most part,.such communications are regarded as vague, indefinite, and unsatisfactory, when judged by the ordinary standards of criticism. This is the case with respect to those that are here appended. But I do not regard this as a good reason why they should be withheld, at least where we desire to reflect truthfully what we regard as a spiritual administering. Human destiny, even for a single day, is vague and unsatisfactory to every effort at realization. A direct and personal application of any address is in its very nature limited and circumscribed.
The Life Beyond the Veil Book 1 - The Lowlands of Heaven
by Rev. George Vale Owen
FROM THE PREFACE
This volume contains the first of a series of communications from beyond the veil, received and written down by the Rev. G. Vale Owen, Vicar of Orford, Lancashire.
It should be clearly understood that these messages, while complete in themselves, deal chiefly with the "Sphere of Light" nearest to the earth in which the Vicar's mother, who is the principal communicator, states that she dwells, and that her impressions are chiefly individual to herself and are thus those of a newcomer and learner whose experiences are limited to a restricted area. Wider regions and greater heights and depths are explored, the inter-relation of this and the after-life is more fully explained, and both narrative and exposition of aims and principles are more vigorous, clear and comprehensive in succeeding messages, contained in other volumes of the series which follow this.
FROM THE INTRODUCTION
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The long battle is nearly won. The future may be chequered. It may hold many a setback and many a disappointment, but the end is sure.
It has always seemed certain to those who were in touch with truth, that if any inspired document of the new revelation could get really into the hands of the mass of the public, it would be sure buy its innate beauty and reasonableness to sweep away every doubt and every prejudice.
Now world-wide publicity is given to the very one of all others which one would have selected, the purest, the highest, the most complete, the most exalted in its source. Verily the hand of the Lord is here!
The narrative is before you, and ready to speak for itself. Do not judge it merely by opening, loftly as that may be, but mark the ever ascending beauty of the narrative, rising steadily until it reaches a level of sustained grandeur.
Do not carp about minute details, but judge it by the general impression. Do not be unduly humerous because it is new and strange.
Remember that there is no narrative upon earth, not even the most sacred of all, which could not be turned to redicule by the extraction of passages from their context and by over-accentuation of what is immaterial. The total effect upon your mind and soul is the only standard by which to judge the sweep and power of this revelation.
The Life Beyond the Veil Book 2 - The Highlands of Heaven
by Rev. George Vale Owen
FROM THE PREFACE
This volume contains the second of a series of communications from beyond the veil received and written down by the Rev. G. Vale Owen, Vicar of Orford, Lancashire.
The messages in this volume are complete in themselves and all are given by one who calls himself Zabdiel and who in the opening line of the messages describes himself as the guide of Mr. Vale Owen.
Following on the communications which Mr. Vale Owen received from his mother, and which terminated on October 30, 1913, in rather an abrupt manner, Mr. Vale Owen again sat in the vestry of the Parish Church, Oxford, on the evening of November 3 and received by automatic writing the words "Zabdiel your guide is here." From that date and until the evening of January 3, 1914, a series of communications amounting to some 6o,ooo words and occupying some thirty-seven sittings were given by this communicator.
These messages cover a wider range than those the Vicar received from his mother. The inter-relation of this and the after life is more fully explained both in narrative and exposition; and in the last message of all the highest note of spiritual rapture is reached.
- An Appreciation by Lord Northcliffe
- General Notes
- Angelic Love
- CHAPTER I
Introductory – Divine Love, Human blindness, Evil and good, Evolution, Unity in diversity
- CHAPTER II
Men and Angels – Degrees of light in the spheres, Geometrical astronomy, The orbit of human life, Angel visitants to earth, The wrestling of Jacob, The power of a name, Courage in thinking, The Divinity of the Christ, Love and its opposite "Now we see through a glass darkly", Zabdiel's Heavenly Home.
- CHAPTER III
The Earthly and the Heavenly – Recurring science, Tales of faerie and magic, The passing of materialism, The inter-relation of the Spheres, Purified by suffering, Origin of species, Man's place in the universe.
- CHAPTER IV
Earth the Vestibule of Heaven – Inspiration, Like attracts like, The squire and his wife Our spiritual status, The man who thought he knew, The Penalty Of Spiritual blindness.
- CHAPTER V
The Science of the Heavens – Transmission of spiritual power, The relation of Spirit to matter, Consider the Heavens, The web of light, Spiritual reality, The reality of Heaven, The City by the lake Old comrades meet, The Temple and its Sanctuary
- CHAPTER VI
The Summerland of God – "Teach me Thy way", The glade of the statue, Flora of the Tenth Sphere, The Sanctuary of Festivals, A Heavenly vista, The meeting at the Valley of the Peaks, The meeting with Harolen, To the Gate of the Sea-Laus Deo, The altar on the raft, "One Lord, One Faith", A Heavenly Transfiguration, The Son of Man
- CHAPTER VII
The Highlands of Heaven – Zabdiel's tour of inspection, At the Children's Home, A lesson in creative faith, At the village of Bepel, Joy and sorrow of the Angels, Into the Highlands, The Highland Watch-tower, How messages are received there, A Horizon of Glory, Walls of light, Motherhood enthroned, The Crimson Glory of the Christ, A colony with a problem
- CHAPTER VIII
Come, Ye Blessed, and Inherit – Zabdiel's mission to the Fifth Sphere, The Capital City of Sphere Five, Zabdiel's test of the faithful women, The constitution of Sphere Five, Into the Sixth Sphere, The Initiation in the Sanctuary, Back in the Tenth Sphere, The Temple of the Holy Mount, The King of Kings, The Power and the Glory, Zabdiel's farewell
The Life Beyond the Veil Book 3 - The Ministry of Heaven
by Rev. George Vale Owen
FROM THE PREFACE
ALTHOUGH during the year 1920 the whole of the messages contained in this volume appeared in the Weekly Dispatch, their strict continuity was not observed for various editorial reasons. These thirty-nine communi- cations are now, however, set forth in consecutive order and in the manner in which they were received by the Rev. G. Vale Owen, Commencing with the message from Kathleen on the evening of September 8th, 1917. These messages were all recorded in the Vestry of All Hallows, Orford, and Mr. Vale Owen invariably sat between the hours of 5 and 6.30 in the evening.
I have personally compared the proofs of this volume, word for word, with the original manuscripts. In no instance has a word been altered or a passage omitted. The original script was written down by the Vicar in pencil in the manner described by me in Volumes I and II of this series.
In the Note by Mr. Vale Owen on page 6 he describes how in September, 1917, he was called to sit again, after a lapse of over three years and nine months, by messages spelt out by the planchette operated by his wife.
I have had the privilege of examining the records of these planchette messages. I found that week by week for practically the whole of a period of three years and more, the Vicar had kept in touch, by this means, with Kathleen and also many friends and members of his family who are Beyond the Veil.
WHERE spaces spread their acres broad
Stands many a mighty Angel Lord,
With ear attent to catch the tone
Of whispers wafted from the Throne.
They weave them into light and shade,
And lo, a Universe is made.
Anon a Voice, "Lords Delegate
Of My Omnipotence, Create!"
Unmoved, yet moving everything,
Like golden rain their thoughts they fling.
The cosmos stirs uneasily,
And sentient Life begins to be.
Diverse and lovely, at their urge,
A myriad living forms emerge,
As they on bird and beast and tree
Impress their personality; while
He from Whom all things began
Becomes articulate in Man.
Then speaks the Eternal Sentinel,
"We have done all things very well.
It is enough. These sons of Mine
Shall know their origin divine,
Assume their heavenly dignity
And lead Creation back to me."
Subsequent to the reception of the portion of the Script, which is included in this volume, I received the verses printed above as the keynote of the general theme.
G. V. O.
The Life Beyond the Veil Book 4 - The Battalions of Heaven
by Rev. George Vale Owen
FROM THE PREFACE
THE messages recorded in this volume were all received and written down by the Rev. G. Vale Owen in the Vestry of All Hallows', Orford, Lancashire, after evensong. These thirty-four communications were first published in The Weekly Dispatch, and their termination on Sunday, September 26, 1920, brought to a conclusion an uninterrupted series which started in that journal on February 1, 1920. The first messages of this series commenced on September 23, 1913, and were from the vicar's mother and "Astriel"; they were followed by others at intervals, the communicators being "Zabdiel" and "Leader" and his band. These communications are contained in the first three volumes of this series, and in which I have given full details of how Mr. Vale Owen received the messages, together with data concerning the communicators, their methods, and matters relating to the personality of the one who received and recorded them. This present volume contains the communications from one who gave the name of "Arnel," for such was the name, disclosed to Mr. Vale Owen in the message dated February 5, 1918.
In the spring of 1921, and on an occasion when Mr. Vale Owen gave his first personal and public statement on the Script, he was asked the question as to how he was sure that the messages were not from his own mind, but from some source beyond it. As this question may arise in the minds of many who read these scripts for the first time, I think it will be helpful to give the vicar's answer as recorded at the time in the journal Light:
"He said it was a straight question, and deserved a straight answer. That was one of the things he KNEW. He was thinking of the great number of letters he had received, putting that question in various ways. It had been put to him many times, sometimes cynically, but now and then in a very different spirit. He did not think that many of those who asked it realized one simple fact that there was no one in the whole world whom the answer could affect so deeply as himself. He could assure his hearers that before consenting to make the messages public he had proved up to the hilt that they did not emanate from his own mind. He said to himself, I believe in a future life. My father, mother, and little child have passed into that life, and I am going there—it can only be a few years before I join them. Now, G. V. O., suppose you go over there and your mother says, 'I am so glad to have you here. But with regard to those messages, they did not come from us.' That would be hell to him, a hell that he could not face. The messages came from his mother and those on the Other Side. He made himself quite sure of it in more ways than one. He was certain, first of all, that they could not have come from his own subconscious mind, or if they did they must have been put there. Hewrote them at the rate of twenty-four words a minute on an average. That was not a quick speed if one knew what one was writing about, but he made it a rule not to think of the sittings beforehand. The people who came through were quite unknown to him, except his mother. When he had written, say, on Monday, on Tuesday he put the question, 'Is the writing correct?' More than once he had put the question, and had been stopped. Once his mother had communicated by the planchette (operated by his wife) in terrible trouble. He asked what was the matter, and she said, 'I am in great distress. You have done nothing; but the writing, that is the matter. For the last fortnight it has not come from us. Do not tear it up. It has been given for some purpose. It is not bad, but it is not from us. Wait a fortnight.' Later on she said, 'The way is clear now.'"
The Debatable Land between this World and the Next
by Robert Dale Owen
An examination of the phenomena of spiritualism and a consideration of where it sits in relation to Christianity, this work was written by Robert Dale Owen (1801-1877) who left Scotland for the US and became a prominent American politician and social reform campaigner.
Footfalls on the Boundary of Another World
by Robert Dale Owen
Psychography: A Treatise on One of the Objective Forms of Psychic...Phenomena
by M.A. Oxon,Rev. William Stainton Moses
Broadcasting from Beyond
by A.E. Perriman
Mary Anne Carew: Wife, Mother, Spirit, Angel
by Carlyle Petersilea
by Jessie Platts
Private Dowding: The personal story of a soldier killed in battle
by Wellesley Tudor Pole
Private Thomas Dowding, a 37-year-old British soldier, was killed on the battlefield in WWI.
FROM THE INTRODUCTION
On Monday, 12th March 1917, I was walking by the sea when I felt the presence of someone. I looked round, no one was in sight. All that day I felt as if someone were following me, trying to reach my thoughts. Suddenly I said to myself, 'It is a soldier. He has been killed in battle and wants to communicate.'
That evening I happened to call upon a lady who possesses some degree of clairvoyant power. I had forgotten about the soldier, until she described a man dressed in khaki, sitting in a chair near me. He was gazing intently in my direction. She said he was mature, wore a small moustache, and seemed somewhat sad. Not a very intelligent character apparently, but an honest one. I came home and sat down at my writing-table. Immediately my pen moved. Did I move it? Yes, in an involuntary sort of way. the thoughts were not my own, the language was a little unusual. Ideas were mainly conveyed in short simple phrases. It would really seem as if some intelligence outside myself were speaking through my mind and my pen.
Some of the ideas are not in conformity with preconceived notions of my own.
The messages I received in this manner from 'Thomas Dowding," recluse, schoolmaster, soldier, are set down exactly as they reached me.
- PART I
- PART II
- PART III
- PART IV
Private Dowding Returns
- PART V
The Passing of Major P
- PART VI
Survival: The Interlude of Silence
EXCERPT FROM PART II: THE AWAKENING
I hardly expected to hear from my soldier friend. again. I had asked him previously why he enlisted so early in the war. He told me he was tired of being a schoolmaster, and the war fever would not leave him alone. Never have I met anyone less like a soldier! The poor man must have endured much hardship during his training, owing to his very sensitive and retiring disposition. He had told me that his name was Thomas Dowding, that in earth life he was a little short-sighted, prematurely grey at thirty-six, and that he walked with a stoop. One wonders how he came to be accepted in those early days of the war, when so much fine physical material was available. He was evidently a scholar in his way; apparently well read in science, and mathematics. All his acquired learning seems to have dropped from him at death, and he becomes a little child groping his way amidst strange surroundings; lonely, bewildered. It is not easy to believe that I have imagined the whole of this experience; that Private Dowding is a figment without reality. This explanation is possible. I do not wish to brush it aside lightly, but it does not appeal to me. I can but record the experience as it came to me, and let my readers judge.
I now set down the next series of notes exactly as they reached me:
16th March 1917, 5 PM
You will be surprised. I did not expect to speak to you again. I will tell you how it has come about. I have met the 'Messenger' again. I fancy he was looking for me. He wanted to know how I was getting on. I told him I had broken off communication with my earth friend, on his advice. He said he had been speaking to my brother and had learnt my history. My brother had told him how much consolation I derived from speaking to you. He then said that perhaps he had spoken a little hastily, without full knowledge of the facts. He did not think there would be much harm if I kept the channel open a little longer. He impressed on me the importance of reminding you that the conditions now surrounding me are impermanent, and to that extent, unreal. From his standpoint, the value of such messages as these depended upon the emphasis placed on this fact. The spiritual world is everywhere. the life of spirit is eternal, perfect, supreme. We humans hide from the light. We grovel among the illusions created by our thoughts. We surround ourselves with misconceptions. We refuse to rise into the Christ Sphere. The Christ Sphere is everywhere, and yet, by some strange paradox, we were able to shut it out from view. All these thoughts were new to me. I begin to see what is meant. If I did not do so, I could not pass the ideas on. You say these thoughts are quite familiar to you. I am surprised at this. What a little world I have been living in!
This Messenger evidently came from the Christ Sphere. Religion never meant much to me. Now I begin to see that one cannot live without it.
A great deal was said about reflection; how we can clear out our own poor thoughts illusions and. allow the Christ power to reflect through us. Evidently this power is wonderful. The Messenger seemed to love to speak of it; yet he was in awe of it. It clears away illusions as the sun clears away fog. He said I am still living in a fog, a fog of my own creation and design. Well! well! Once I thought I knew a lot. Then I was sure I knew a little. Now I know I know nothing. It appears that the war is based upon an illusion. I wonder what my old Parisian friend would say to that! Since the Great War began, I believe people have thought it was the only reality on earth! Now I am told it is all based on illusion. I am told that lust for wealth (of one material kind or another) was the real cause of the war. Nevertheless, as a result of the war, all the nations engaged will be far poorer than they were before.
This idea had not crossed my mind. I was told another thing. Your war down there is being turned into a into a celestial instrument. it was put to me like this. Material forces are becoming exhausted--that is to say, the more they are use the less they achieve. Strange thought! People will realise that material force leads nowhere, is indeed an illusion. I cannot quite grasp the idea yet.
Apparently the impotent clash of conflicting material forces is creating a kind of vacuum. The Messenger said this fact implied a supreme mystery. Into this vacuum spiritual power is to be poured and poured. He had seen with his own eyes the Reservoirs. He spoke of these Reservoirs with bated breath. The light of Heaven is reflected in them. The Water of Life fills them. This Life is still beyond our conception. Our human life is but a shadow. High beings, God's messengers, guard the sluice gates. They await the Word of command. Then will the Water of Life be released. Already it is available to many. Do you remember that passage in Revelation about the river of the Water of Life, bright as crystal, proceeding from God? The Messenger told me that we are entering into the period of revelations, when all prophecies will be fulfilled. These things are beyond me. While he was speaking, I felt as if I were suspended in space, without visible support. Those high and holy matters are of a spiritual nature. They do not belong to the realms of illusion. I cannot attain to such ideas. I hardly dare to contemplate them. I pass them on because I believe they may justify me in keeping the channel open between us. If I only report matters that interest me, connected with my present illusory surroundings, the avenue between us will close up. We cannot live on the celestial heights until we have completed our work in the valleys. That is how I feel. A friend of mine once tried to climb Mont Blanc. He turned back long before the summit was reached. He could not breathe in the rarefied atmosphere. The guides and the rest of the party went on. Alas that I should be one of those forced I to turn back. I never used my opportunities during earth life. My spiritual nature atrophied. You must excuse this self-analysis.…How wonderful it must be to be among those who never turn back! God willing, I will begin to climb. God willing, I too will never turn back! God willing, the whole human race will never turn back, now it has begun to climb. The Messenger said that a cycle was ending, that human life had just entered an upward arc. This conveys very little to me, but I pass it on.…I am sad. I am worth so little. I will come again.
A Treatise on Physical Mediumship
by Ethel Post-Parrish
A Treatise on Physical Mediumship includes lectures on not only Mediumship, but also Ectoplasm, Telekinesis, Spirit Writing, Vibration, Direct Voice, The Production of Apports, Psychic Photography, Laying on of Hands, Materialization.
EXCEPRT: LECTURE 1 - Mediumship
The Continuity of Life and the Communion of Spirit are established facts in the minds of millions of people today. They know that they continue on in the next world exactly where they left off in this, that, as one of our well known writers so aptly says. – "Death does not mean the end of the book, it only means the close of the chapter, we turn the page and the story continues, more beautifully than before, on the other side of life." It is a proven fact, that there has been, since the beginning of time, communication through mediumship with those who live in the Spirit World.
Many religions express belief that man lives after the change called death but Spiritualism is the only religion that affirms and absolutely proves that fact scientifically. Those who are not familiar with the history of Spiritualism do not realize that it is based upon the psychic phenomena found in the Christian Bible. In both the Old and the New Testaments we find evidence of Spirit Communion. We cannot consistently state a belief in the psychic phenomena recorded in the Bible and refuse to accept the same phenomena as they occur today. Both manifestations are governed by God's Natural Law – that law is immutable, therefore the phenomena that happened during the life of Jesus can still occur today provided we have the same conditions and the human instrument (a medium) necessary for such a manifestation.
Just what is a medium? The National Spiritualist Association gives us the following definition: "A Medium is one whose organism is sensitive to the vibrations from the Spirit World and through whose instrumentality intelligences in that world are able to convey messages and produce the phenomena of Spiritualism." We divide mediumship into two classes – mental and physical. As this book is devoted entirely to a study of physical mediumship, we will not discuss the mental phases at this time. The development of physical mediumship depends upon the chemicals within the human body of the instrument. We shall go into that more thoroughly in the chapter on Ectoplasm.
Before we touch upon the psychic phenomena of the Christian Bible, let us see how far back the records of Spirit Communion can be traced. According to Fabre d' Olivet (who wrote the book "Hermaneutic Interpretations of the Origin of the Social State of Man"), the first medium of whom we have any record was a woman of the Borean race. Her name was Voluspa. d' Olivet bases his story upon the evidence found in ancient records of which he has made an intensive study. You will find the story of Voluspa in my book, Ancient Prophets and Seers. She lived in 6750 B. C. Before the first psychic manifestation was received by Voluspa, the women of the Herman race were looked upon as slaves, belonging to the men, and they were shown very little consideration. Because of her development of mediumship, Voluspa became divine and assumed complete authority over the people. This power went to her head and caused her to do many foolish things.
The Astral Body and Other Astral Phenomena
by Arthur E. Powell
In print since 1927, this classic text has long been used as a principal resource by students and scholars of astral phenomena. A natural companion to Powell's Etheric Double. Its subject is the structure, nature, and powers of the astral body. The vehicle of feelings and emotions seen by clairvoyants as an aura of flashing colors. Based on firsthand testimony by noted clairvoyants, including H.P. Blavatsky, C.W. Leadbeater, and Annie Besant. Powell's perceptive commentary is of enduring interest to all lovers of esoteric lore.
The Case of Patience Worth: A critical study of certain unusual phenomena
by Walter Franklin Prince
This book differs from every book hitherto issued on a psychic subject. It consists primarily of literature. The problem is how this literature, displaying such knowledge, genius, and versatility of literary expression, philosophic depth, piercing wit, could have originated. Beginning suddenly one day, in the mind of a thirty-one year old housewife with an eighth grade education. Where did it come from?
The Nag Hammadi Library
by James Robinson
Edgar Cayce's Story of The Origin and Destiny of Man
by Lyle Robinson
Within Heaven's Gates-My Dream of Heaven [Intra Muros]
by Rebecca Ruter Springer
Rebecca Springer shares the wonders and joys of her glorious vision of heaven as she offers hope for the future of mankind. Through this uplifting book, get a glimpse of the eternal home that awaits believers as well as inspiration to continue in your spiritual walk. Come venture Within Heaven's Gates!
After Death or Letters From Julia
by Hon. William T. Stead
In 1892, William Stead discovered he had the gift of automatic writing and it was then that a discarnate entity claiming to be Julia Ames began to write using Stead's hand. "Sitting alone with a tranquil mind, I consciously placed my right hand, with the pen held in the ordinary way, at the disposal of Julia, and watched with keen and skeptical interest to see what it would write." Stead wrote at the time.
Julia Ames was a professional journalist who also edited the The Woman's Union Signal of Chicago. Ames had passed away during December 1891 and she and Stead had been friends. Her closest friend was a woman named Ellen who Stead also knew. Julia told Stead she wanted to relay her experiences from the 'other side' so as to help Ellen understand that death, far from being the end, was an event to be worked toward and that although her body had died 'she' hadn't really died at all. Explaining the process of her death Julia wrote; "I did not feel any pain in “dying;” I felt only a great calm and peace. Then I awoke, and I was standing outside my old body, in the room. There was no one there at first, just myself and just myself. At first I wondered I was so strangely well. Then I saw that I had passed over. She added in another communication, "There is no death. Death is only a sense of deprivation and separation which the so-called living feel – an incident of limitation of ‘life.’ Death only exists for the ‘living,’ not for us.”
The letters were dictated during a period between 1892 and 1893 and during this time Julia asked Stead to set up a 'Bureau' — a sort of facility where, with the use of mediums, spiritual communications between the living and the spirit world could take place. Julia expressed great importance in our knowing more about our true reality stating; "you may think it strange that the verification of another life should increase the importance of this. But such is the fact, and you can never understand the importance of your life until you see it from this side. You are never, for one moment, idle from influencing eternity. You may think this a figure of speech. But it is not. You are, far more really than you imagine, making this world of ours in that world of yours."
The content of the letters included the law of spiritual growth, the mourning of the 'dead', life on the other side, and numerous other subjects she felt those living in the physical should be aware of before passing over.
In1893, Stead launched a publication called Borderland, a quarterly psychic magazine that ran until 1897, in which the "Letters from Julia" were published for the first time. The book containing the letters entitled After Death was published in 1905 and was great success with many copies being sold in the UK and the USA.
Communication with the Next World
by William T. Stead,Madame Hyver
The right and wrong methods. A textbook.
- Foreward to Messages
- Spirits and Mediums
- Different Ways of Communicating
- Necessary Conditions
- Problems at Seances
- What to Do and What Not to Do with Mediums
- Getting to Work
- Target Men
- Home Sittings
- "In My Father's House are Many Mansions"
FOREWORD TO THE MESSAGES
By W. T. STEAD
IF these Messages are given out to the public they may give rise to many protests, especially among Spiritualists. People will think I am very severe in my criticisms, little encouraging for mediums, and scarcely inspiriting on the subject of the happiness of spirit life. That does not disturb me, for if they are read and discussed, these Messages will be of great benefit in making people reflect. There is nothing like meeting people who are not of your opinion – it makes you progress.
Although, on earth, I carried out many experiments in psychical research and read extensively on the subject, seeking to grasp the possibilities of Spiritualism, I find that I was ignorant and prejudiced and have still much to learn.
I do not tell you very much, but I do say that Spiritualism is not a game and mediumship has great dangers. All who come to Spiritualism to amuse themselves, to dominate others, or to draw illicit profit from poor dupes, expose themselves to grievous reprisals.
People who experiment ought to do so in a religious and scientific spirit. Their methods ought to be strict and the control rigorous. That is the only way to avoid the deep ruts into which the wheels of the car of Spiritualism are sinking.
FROM CHAPTER I: SPIRITS AND MEDIUMS
IT is as difficult for spirits to come back to earth as it is for you to penetrate into the realms of the spirits.
We have no longer the faculty of living in the physical substance. It evades us, just as the substances of the superior planes evade you.
We have impressions and sensations analogous to yours – but so different. We have lights, colours, and sounds; but these only distantly resemble those which you know as such. We have needs which remind us of thirst, of hunger, and of sleep, but which are more needs of the intelligence than of the body.
In spite of all our desires to respond to Your appeals, we are often prevented from doing as we are expected, because of the differences of the planes.
I will even say that it is often more easy for you to come to US than for us to come to you. Sleep permits you to enter into touch with us a thousand times better than can all the mediums in the world, and the help we are able to give you in this way is often more precise and efficacious.
Man's Spiritual Faculties
Mediums are really only mediocre interpreters for the spirits, a casual means by which they are obliged to help themselves while awaiting something better – that is to say, until the spiritual senses which ought to complete the physical senses have further developed themselves in human beings. It is abnormal that the deceased should have to come back to the physical, as they are obliged to when manifesting themselves to you. The souls of the dead, excepting in the first period that follows death, have nothing to do with earth directly, as their spiritual evolution draws them far away from that lower circle where humanity struggles.
It is man who ought to go to the spirits by developing in himself his spiritual faculties. You are all capable of this development. You have embryos of spiritual faculties whose actions result in intuitions, inspirations, and impulses, the origin of which you do not know how to trace, for you immerse yourself in your physical body, you live only for it, and you do not often take notice of your soul.
Heaven and its Wonders and Hell from Things Heard and Seen
by Emanuel Swedenborg
Translated from the Latin of EMANUEL SWEDENBORG, [1688-1772]. Heaven And Its Wonders And Hell From Things Heard And Seen was first published in English in 1892. It contains accounts and stories from Heaven, about The World Of Spirits and Man's State After Death, and Hell. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Heaven and Hell
by Emanuel Swedenborg
In his most popular and influential work, Swedenborg describes his journeys through the afterlife, the soul's experience of dying and then being resurrected in heaven, how each of us finds a community there in which to live, and how we can ultimately become angels. Heaven and Hell is a powerful affirmation that we are all born for heaven, regardless of background or religion.
A Swedish Enlightenment scientist of extraordinary accomplishment, Swedenborg underwent a spiritual crisis that led to an unparalleled series of paranormal experiences. He spent his last twenty-seven years in almost daily experience of heaven and hell, recording his observations and conversations, many of which are reported in Heaven and Hell. This sustained and detailed description of the nonphysical realms has left its impression on the minds of many great thinkers, including Goethe, Blake, Coleridge, Emerson, Borges, and Milosz.
Originally published anonymously in Latin as De Coelo et Ejus Mirabilibus, et de Inferno, ex Auditis et Visis (London, 1758). Translated by George F. Dole for the Swedenborg Foundation's New Century Edition. © 2000 by the Swedenborg Foundation, Inc. All rights are reserved by the Swedenborg Foundation.
Future Life: as Described and Portrayed by Spirits thru Mrs. Elizabeth Sweet
by Elizabeth Sweet
FROM THE INTRODUCTION
At an early period of my investigations into spiritual intercourse, when I was but an inquirer and by no means a believer, I was invited to join a circle which had weekly meetings at the house of Mrs. Fish, the eldest of the Fox family. I accepted the invitation, and met there some five or six persons, male and female, all strangers to me.
After a few meetings, Mrs. Fish introduced two new members to the circle, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Sweet, alike strangers to me. They were very quiet and unobtrusive in their manners, and I soon discovered that they were very earnest and honest seekers after the truth. But I had no idea, nor had they, that there was any mediumship about either of them.
At that time, my official duties compelled me to be absent from the city one month out of every three. On one occasion, when I returned from such an absence, I was informed at the next meeting of our circle, that Mrs. Sweet had begun to be developed as a medium. The fact itself, and the manner in which it was told to me, interested me at once.
In the course of the evening this development began to show itself, but in a manner that was very repulsive to me.
Our circle had been uniformly orderly and decorous, and Mrs. Sweet was one of the most gentle, modest, and retiring among them. But on this occasion she was influencedto jump up from her chair and run around the room, gesticulating vehemently, and speaking in a loud voice, entirely alien to her usual manner. The exhibition was so repulsive to me, that I arose to leave the room. I threw my cloak around my shoulders, and then paused a moment, looking at the scene. While I was doing this she came up to me, and in a loud tone said, "You don't like this?" I answered, "No; I do not, indeed." At once the manifestation ceased, and she resumed her seat, and all was quiet again. Then through the rappings it was said, that they, would influence her more quietly in future.
At the next meeting of our circle she was again influenced, and in a similar manner, though perhaps with less vehemence. I at once spoke, "Is this what you call influencing her more quietly?" If she had been knocked down with a club, the manifestation could not have ceased more suddenly. From that time we had no more of that rudeness, but every thing that came from her had all the gentleness and modesty that so eminently characterized her.
I was then too much of a novice to know what I afterward learned, that this violence, which mediums at times displayed, was owing to their own opposition and resistance to the influence, and was necessary not only to overcome such resistance, but also to show the mediums that it was a power out of and beyond themselves. I have often found, in other cases as well as hers, that it was harder for the mediums—those especially who knew nothing of the philosophy of the subject to realize and acknowledge the presence of the power, than it was for the uninfluenced spectator.
In her case, it was the work of time to overcome her doubts and her reluctance, but finally, through her own singleness and purity of purpose, and the judicious action of her husband, she became one of the best trance and speaking mediums I have ever seen.
This occurred in the early part of 1852, but our circle continued at Mrs. Fish's until after I went South for the benefit of my health, in December of that year.
In the mean time, I was in the habit of visiting her and her husband two or three times a week at their house, and never without receiving a communication from the spirits through her. Sometimes I went alone, and sometimes I had persons with me, but we formed no regular circle, for so complete was her development that no aid from a circle was necessary. And so far did her development progress, that it became no longer necessary to put her into a trance, which had been previously necessary to prevent the operation of her own mind from interfering with the spirit's thoughts.
Those thoughts came from her with great freedom and accuracy, the language uniformly good and much beyond what would be expected from her education, using at times words very pertinent to the matter in hand, but which she hesitated to speak because she had never heard them before, tittering sentiments from which she strenuously dissented, and giving expression to trains of thought far beyond the reach of any on which her mind had ever dwelt.
I was in the habit of writing down with great care what was thus uttered, and ore long her husband adopted the same practice, and so committed to writing many communications given when I was not present.
In this manner was preserved a great mass of spirit teachings of much interest and value. But it was not thus alone that such teachings through her were received and preserved.
Life Beyond Death with Evidence
by Rev. Charles Drayton Thomas
FROM THE INTRODUCTION
This will be a useful book if it falls into the right hands. There are many to whom it may bring a measure of comfort, who feel an intense and despondent longing for word or sign from "precious friends hid in Death's dateless night"; but, let it be added, only to those whom the obtaining of this through a medium does not fill with the sense of insuperable repugnance that it arouses in some. This book is not likely to be of use to such as find a more sublimated union through the channel of the Holy Eucharist; nor will it be congenial to Theosophists, or those followers of Rudolf Steiner, who so rightly teach that we should dwell beyond the psychic, pressing on into those higher reaches, which are the more celestial development of our nature. To many, however, this is a counsel of perfection, and it may well be that this book will reach a wide public of its own. Think of the great crowd that watches a football match, or sees a race run, or one that lines the route of some royal wedding, or state funeral, and ask yourself how many illumined minds, how many elevated religious minds, even how many minds simply intuitively convinced of survival, are there in that sea of faces? A small percentage. It is this other vaster portion of our fellow creatures that those of us who believe we have spoken with the risen dead, want to reach. And it is for these that such books as this are published. The author has observed a rigorous method of investigation that puts high value on his work. Readers will find the subject dealt with in thoroughness and integrity. Spiritualism has not been too rich in wise adherents. Sir Thomas Browne says that if the banner of Truth trails in the dust, it is the fault of the standard bearer. And this subject, of all others, has had its full quota of ensign bearers that have been either strangely clumsy, or unworthy of their trust. So, to find someone willing and capable of working along the lines of the Society for Psychical Research, combining sympathy with their rigour, is no small good. Mr. Drayton Thomas is known to me through our common interest in Psychical Research; and we have had more than one interesting case of cross-correspondence, in our work, as recorded in my book The Earthen Vessel.* These devices of Book Tests and Cross-correspondences, to the casual observer so unnecessarily complicated, were invented, it is believed, by a band of psychical-researchers on the other side of death, in order to counter the objection so commonly made, that all simpler communications arise from mind-reading. Many people think that it is we, spiritualists, who thrust these kinds of complicated methods upon our communicators, making, in a most repellent lightness of feeling, a kind of "pencil and paper game," out of this spiritual bond. Not at all. "Book Tests" and Cross-correspondences," and the still more puzzling Newspaper Tests," have been given us from workers who have progressed further along this subject than have we. It was a great moment when, in the curious phenomenon of Cross-correspondences, it became apparent to the pioneers on our side of the grave, that they were not working alone. When in the midst of irrelevances, truncated quotations, and snippets from the Classics, there emerged something, fragmentary but insistent, which suggested the thing being part of a scheme, devised by those on the other side, to get messages through in a way that could not be attributed to any activity on the part of the medium, nor to any mind-reading between the medium and the person receiving the message, by any of the ordinary channels of sense. The moment when this first was apprehended, may be likened in Myers's fine image, to the thrill in the heart of the worker tunnelling through some dark mountain's centre on hearing the first faint ring of the picks of the approaching party, working from the other side....
Psychics and Mediums - A Manual and Bibliography for Students
by Gertrude Ogden Tubby, B.S.
Mediumship and its Laws, its Conditions and Cultivation
by Hudson Tuttle
Life in Two Spheres or Scenes in the Summerland
by Hudson Tuttle
...This the Spirit-home. Why the floor is of earth! The plants are true plants! My beloved, this is no fancy, but reality. This is land, that is water, these are plants. You are not deceived in the least. I do not wonder at your incredulity. I have seen those who for years thought themselves dreaming, and no argument could persuade them that they were not...Remember that this world corresponds to the lower world, as a reflection in a mirror, and that spirits hold the same relations to spiritual substance that man holds to physical matter, and you will soon comprehend the reality of these scenes...
Biographies-Mediums and Spiritualists
The Case of Lester Coltman
by Lillian Walbrook
Inspired by, the spirit of the late LT. R. LESTER COLTMAN, Coldstream Guards With Introduction by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Life Before Life
by Helen Wambach
From Back Cover:
Life Before Life is psychologist Helen Wambach's extraordinary book that explores the fascinating answers to questions asked of 750 subjects under hypnosis about life before birth. Dr. Wambach's two year study persuaded her that "90% of the people who come to me definitely flash on images from a past life...I am convinced that the time has come to study rigorously the plausibility of reincarnation."
Some of the questions asked were:
Did you choose to be born?
Why did you choose the 20th century?
Have you chosen your sex for this coming llifetime?
Have you known your mother-to-be in a past life?
Are you aware now, before you are born, of others you will know in the coming lifetime? Will you know them as lovers or mates? Will you know them as friends? Will they be your childen?
Reliving Past Lives
by Helen Wambach
Helen Wambach, a noted psychologist, professor, and therapist, assembled over 1,000 subjects in small workshops and under hypnosis regressed them to specified time periods in the past. Each subject was given a posthypnotic suggestion that enabled him or her to fill a data sheet documenting the experiences of that past life, and pinpointing the place on the map in which it was lived.
The data sheets provided the most of the verifiable evidence in Wambach's study. These lives were lived in different parts of the world, and the distribution agrees with the known population densities of these areas at the appropriate historical times. Because each recall is individual, there would be no way that telepathy, fantasy, or chance alone could determine the way in which the cumulative statistics emerged when the data was evaluated. These data build an impressive case for the existence of past lives.
Conversations with Seth: 25th Anniversary Edition
by Susan Watkins
You cannot help creating any more than you can help breathing; and when you breath no longer, you still create. You cannot escape your own creations. It is not death any of you have to worry about-it is your own creations, and you cannot blame your own creations upon any god or any "fact" or any predestination! YOU CREATE YOUR OWN REALITY. - Seth, Conversations with Seth, Book 2
Across the Unknown
by Stewart Edward White,Harwood White
THE PRESENT VOLUME, like its predecessor The Betty Book, is a matter of collaboration in which so many people have been involved that it is difficult to name an author for its title page. There were of course, those who gave us the material on which it is based--the Invisibles; anonymous and probably numerous. There was Betty who transmitted it. There was I, who took it down and typed it and filed it in loose-leaf books. And finally there was my brother, Harwood, to join us in selecting and arranging and digesting and presenting in a form acceptable and valuable to others outside our small group. No trifling job, this last, for by the time we got at it, we had over two thousand single-spaced pages out of which to quarry about three hundred double spaced pages of text. It is for responsibility.
For the sake of clarity it should be mentioned that whenever the pronoun he first person comes into the narrative, it refers to myself. The reason for this is that it seemed wise, to all of us, to illustrate occasionally by actual individual experience.
STEWART EDWARD WHITE
The Road I Know
by Stewart Edward White
The history of this book is in itself an interesting and amusing narrative. After the publication of THE UNOBSTRUCTED UNIVERSE, Betty informed us that some time must elapse before she would be ready to give another "divulgence." So it occurred to me to examine once again the records of the work Betty did while she was still here. Twice already they had been combed for material – the extracts used in making THE BETTY BOOK and ACROSS THE UNKNOWN. While those two books dealt to a large degree with Betty's training, the effort had been to select material from a viewpoint of universal application. Now another viewpoint might prove valuable – that of Betty's own education irrespective of any concern with others than herself.
- 1. BETTY 15
- 2. EVERYBODY IS PSYCHIC
- 3. BETTY'S OWN NARRATIVE
- 4. BETTY'S OWN NARRATIVE
- 5. BETTY LEARNS TECHNIQUE
- 6. BETTY TAKES THE ROAD
- 7. "SEEK AND YOU SHALL FIND"
- 8. THE INNER CITADEL
- 9. IN-FLOODING STRENGTH
- 10. INHERITING THE LAW
- 11. LEAVING THE BODY
- 12. REST ON ATTAINMENT
- 13. THE NEAR COUNTRY
- 14. GATES BEYOND GATES
- 15. INVISIBLE ALLIANCES
- 16. HABITUAL SPIRITUAL CONSCIOUSNESS
- 17. THE HIGHER POWER
- 18. THE SOURCE OF SUPPLY
- 19. THE GREAT SIMPLICITIES
- 20. THE NATURE, OF THE SUBSTANCE
- 21. KINSHIP
- 22. RADIATION
The Stars Are Still There
by Stewart Edward White
The moment we give the law of complement its full and literal value many puzzling things are explained. Why, for instance, as so many correspondents complain, does help, attention, aid, even just decent interest on the part of our Invisibles – our Guardian Angels so to speak – seem so capricious? Anybody with the slightest experience can report on that. Sometimes we seem wholly abandoned in a mess that one would think must impel the most misanthropic to lend a hand. There is no sense to it – if these Invisibles are really our friends who wish us well. And yet they seem to have the power to help us if they choose.
With Folded Wings
by Stewart Edward White
With Folded Wings, published posthumously, is the last of the extraordinary series of books written by Stewart Edward White, based on the spiritual journey of his wife Betty, and the wisdom she received from the beings she contacted through her mediumship, called by her 'The Invisibles.'
The Unobstructed Universe
by Stewart Edward White
An undisputed classic in the field of psychic exploration, The Unobstructed Universe is as important to human understanding as the tales of Marco Polo 600 years ago. This book records the discoveries of Stewart Edward White as he explored the terrain and topography of the inner dimensions of life.
The Betty Book
by Stewart Edward White
The Betty Book chronicles the development of the author's wife as one of the best mediums of the 20th century. It describes how she first discovered her talent, how she developed it, and what her research came to mean. It also introduces the reader to the "Invisibles" – a group of people living on the inner planes who guided Betty and helped her understand the nature of life without a physical body.
Life Between Life
by Joel Whitton,Joe Fisher
What happens during the space between lives? Dr. Whitton and Joe Fisher explore the often elusive periods between incarnations, basing their work upon 13 years of research and more than 30 medical case histories and drawing upon the revolutionary technique of hypnotic regression.
The Gateway of Understanding
by Carl A. Wickland, M.D.,Nelle M. Watts
The Sorry Tale: A Story of the Time of Christ
by Patience Worth,Mrs. John H. Curran
The Epworth Phenomena
by Dudley Wright
It is fairly certain that Galileo never said, "It moves, for all that," and that Wellington never said, "Up, Guards, and at 'em!" And one humorous writer has proved that Napoleon never existed, so perhaps Waterloo was never fought, and no enemy there for the Guards to be up and at. History, in short, is an uncertain affair. It depends on fallible human testimony; and though most of us are agreed on the principal points, even these cannot be coercively proved, and from them there spreads a region of ever-increasing dimness, where many things are lost, all outlines are indistinct, and illusions and false perspectives abound. Who was the Man in the Iron Mask? Was William Rufus murdered, or killed accidentally? Did Branwell Bronte make love to his employer's wife? Did D. D. Home really float out of one window and in at another? We do not know. How then shall we expect to know exactly what happened in the parental home of John Wesley two hundred years ago, or the exact details of ghost stories and the like that were told him on his travels? No certainty is attainable. Each must judge for himself-or must suspend judgment-and the verdict will depend partly on the evidence, partly on our knowledge or ignorance of similar cases, and partly on our emotional bias if we have any. Anyhow, as John Wesley quaintly says, no great harm will be done "provided those who believe and those who disbelieve…have but patience with each other."
Patience Worth: A Psychic Mystery
by Casper S. Yost
ON a July evening in 1913 two women of St. Louis sat with a Ouija board upon their knees. The result of what was to come has remained one of the biggest mysteries in literary history and a key event in psychical research to this day.
Spiritualism was still popular in certain circles and with World War I just over the brow of the hill, many families would soon want to connect with deceased love ones, and the Ouija board seemed an easy way to do this.
The women is question were Mrs. John H. Curran, wife of the former Immigration Commissioner of Missouri, and Mrs. Emily Grant Hutchings, wife of the Secretary of the Tower Grove Park Board in St. Louis. Mrs. John Curran was know to her friends as Pearl and on this particular night it became clear that Pearl was something of a sensitive or a medium, and in her presence the pointer of the Ouija board became agitated. The two women watched in amazement as without any physical help from them the board spelled out…"Many moons ago I lived. Again I come. Patience Worth my name."
The women gazed at each other as the board continued…"Wait. I would speak with thee. If thou shalt live, then so shall I. I make my bread by thy hearth. Good friends, let us be merrie. The time for work is past. Let the tabbie drowse and blink her wisdom to the firelog.
Although guarded about her identity, Patience identified herself as an English woman who lived in the 17th century who had emigrated to the USA and died at the age of 44. When pressed for more information about herself she stated, "About me," "thou wouldst know much. Yesterday is dead. Let thy mind rest as to the past."
By 1917, Patience had dictated millions of words, and these had been faithfully recorded by pearl’s husband John. In June of that year, to great fanfare, The Sorry Tale, a 644-page, 325,000 word novel about the last days of Jesus, dictated by Patience was published in the USA. The New York Globe stated that it exceeded Ben Hur and Quo Vadis as “a quaint realistic narrative.” And Professor Roland Greene Usher, dean of history at Washington University, called the novel “the greatest story of Christ penned since the Gospels were finished.” He pointed out that the book was written in seventeenth-century English with no anachronisms.
Patience had this to say on life: On life: ‘Life is a gaysome trickster. Yea, life poureth about the atoms o’ man wines of cunning, and equally is he filled up of Him. Thereby is man given freely and his lighting unto life leaveth him for his choosing. Aye, and the giving be wry-fallen atimes, for flesh to tarry long and dance with life, fearing the greater thing athin it.’
She considered herself a messenger from God, when she exclaimed; "Morn hath broke, and ye be the first to see her light. Look ye wide-eyed at His workings. He hath offered ye a cup."
When asked about Death she quipped: ‘Cheap pence paid for eternity and yet man whines!’
Patience continued to speak through Pearl until 1937 when Pearl was taken ill and died of Pneumonia.
Her works have been compared with Shakespeare and Chaucer, to this day remain one of the greatest examples of channelled writing we possess.
A Lawyer Presents the Case for the Afterlife - 4th Edition
by Victor Zammit
FROM THE FOREWARD
The following was dictated by William Cadwell in Sydney on 11 August 2006. William died in 1897. He is the spirit entity controlling a series of remarkable materialization experiments from the “next world” through the mediumship of David Thompson.
Any reader who picks up Mr. Zammit’s book will see by his empirical evidence, his truth, his honesty and his clarity of mind that he has taken the time to investigate the true purpose of the human soul’s transition from the state of living within the Earth vibration to the state of what is known as the next life.
There is much information contained within these pages that readers, be they novice or learned in the understanding of life after death, will find interesting.
This book can surely change the inquirer’s mind to understand that [whereas] once they thought that death was the end, that their mind will be released of the bondage of uncertainty and that they will surely see that life exists beyond the grave.
Mr. Zammit has done a great service to humanity by allowing the world to share with his findings.