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Magazine 75 July 2016 issue (Issue No 4141)

Magazine 75

July 2016 issue
(Issue No 4141)

 


Haunted royal homes – JOHN WEST celebrates the life of Britain’s longest reigning monarch, 
Elizabeth II, with a reminder of ghosts that are said to haunt her homes

 
Sandringham

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s country estate in Norfolk was purchased by Queen Victoria in 1862 at the request of the Prince of Wales – later Edward VII – as a home for himself and his bride, Princess Alexandra.

Sandringham House, the focal point of a 20,000-acre estate, is haunted. Poltergeist activity is said to start every Christmas Eve and continue for several weeks. Footsteps have been heard in the deserted corridors of the servants’ quarters. Doors are known to open by themselves and lights often switch themselves on and off.

Christmas cards have also moved from one wall to another and bedclothes have been found pulled off the beds.

Heavy breathing noises have also been heard in one room on the second floor and housemaids working in the house even started to refuse to enter it unless accompanied by another servant.

The present Queen once ordered alterations to the old kitchens and it appears that this increased certain activity within the building...

Buckingham Palace (Photo: David Iliff)

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Strictly Come Trancing?  Another aspect of Russell Grant’s psychic abilities revealed

THERE IS, it transpires, far more to Russell Grant’s psychic abilities than indicated in our profile of the colourful astrologer (PN June 2016). We reported that the celebrity expert on birth signs and celestial charts first made a name for himself as a boy medium (pictured right) whose abilities made headlines in Psychic News in the mid-1960s.

Our interview with him then moved swiftly on to his impressive development as an astrologer, as well as a parallel career on the stage and as a media personality, most recently on Strictly Come Dancing.

If that gave the impression that his psychic abilities vanished after puberty, nothing could be further from the truth. And who better to provide the evidence than our very own chief reporter Kay Hunter?

Russell fell silent for a while then began speaking in disjointed sentences in a voice that was not his own

  
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Magazine 74 June 2016 issue (Issue No 4140)

Magazine 74

June 2016 issue
(Issue No 4140)

 


Canadian professor emphasises the significance of NDEs
   NDE background

ALMOST 20 million people believe they have had a near-death experience (NDE) though scientists have yet to agree on how they should be interpreted.

Vancouver clinical psychiatrist Professor Elaine Drysdale of the University of British Columbia, Canada, regards them as spiritually significant.

She refuses to dismiss them as the result of delirium, psychoses or lack of oxygen to the brain. Instead, she teaches patients and students about the benefits of understanding how the experience can change their lives. 

“Many patients who learn about NDEs believe they have implications for understanding the spiritual realm,” Drysdale told Vancouver Sun columnist Douglas Todd.

She agrees with prominent oncologist Dr Jeffrey Long, who says such experiences cannot be explained away by existing biological theories. Long describes how people who appear clinically dead are often alert to events they could not normally have seen or heard...

 
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Morgan Freeman takes viewers beyond death in ‘The Story of God’

 
Morgan Freeman in The Story of God

Appropriately, Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, who played God in Bruce Almighty and its sequel Evan Almighty, is the presenter of the six-part documentary series. It takes him around the globe as he explores the beliefs of different religions.

In the opening episode, Beyond Death, Freeman discussed the religious complexities of death, resurrection and what lies beyond. In doing so, he met David Bennett in a New York City church to learn more about his remarkable survival after having drowned off the coast of San Diego.

Described as “a once boastful and ego-driven commercial diver”, Bennett talks about crossing over to the Other Side where he was surrounded by “fractals of light” and ultimately given a second chance at life.

“I became a more positive person,” Bennett told Freeman. “I possess more compassion, I’m more selfless than before – in many ways, death taught me how to live.”

 
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Magazine 73 May 2016 issue (Issue No 4139)

Magazine 73

May 2016 issue
(Issue No 4139)

 


Tracy Morgan speaks to dead father during NDE – TWO years ago, American actor and comedian Tracy Jamal Morgan had an unforgettable near-death experience (NDE) after a crash that killed one of his travelling companions and left him in a coma.

In an emotional conversation with Oprah Winfrey on her SuperSoul TV show, Tracy – best known for his eight seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for his role as Tracy Jordan in the comedy series 30 Rock – has described exactly what happened, and how it led to a vivid meeting with his late father, Jimmy Morgan.

    
Tracy Morgan and Oprah on Super Soul Sunday  (Photo: Harpo, Inc./Jose Tutiven)
Tracy Morgan and Oprah on Super Soul Sunday
(Photo: Harpo, Inc./Jose Tutiven)
 

He was on his way back from a comedy gig in 2014 when a Walmart tractor-trailer struck his limousine van on the New Jersey Turnpike, causing a devastating multi-vehicle crash.

Tracy was left with a life-threatening brain injury and his close friend, James “Jimmy Mack” McNair was killed.

It was while he was in a medically-induced coma for more than a week that he went to “the other side” and was reunited with this father, who died in 1987 at the age of 39...

 
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Easter experiments embrace science and spirituality – Lew Sutton reports on a Devon seminar with a difference

IT WAS an enthralling and instructive Easter this year for those who attended the “From Consciousness to Phenomena” seminar at Paignton’s SNU Spiritualist Church and Centre, Devon.

   Psychic artist Paul Lashbrook (Photo: Lew Sutton)
Psychic artist Paul Lashbrook
(Photo: Lew Sutton)
 

Medium and healer Kim Moore-Cullen, the seminar organiser, continued to build on her 2015 theme, “Where Science Meets Spirit”, by including further experimental sessions using the ever-increasing range of methods available.

The seminar even took a brief look at the relationship of quantum physics to consciousness and mediumship, with a short video presentation that was by far the most understandable explanation I’ve ever seen on the science involved. [You can view it on YouTube: “Entangled Minds and Universe – We ARE All One”.]

However, the more science learns about the contradictory and mysterious behaviour of sub-atomic particles, the more the evidence builds up supporting aspects of Spiritualistic and ancient wisdom philosophies.

Paignton Spiritualist Church is ideal for seminars, with two large rooms plus a smaller one allowing three events to function simultaneously, giving participants a choice of presentations and workshops...

 
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Magazine 72 April 2016 issue (Issue No 4138)

Magazine 72

April 2016 issue
(Issue No 4138)

 


Creator and scriptwriter Tony Warren, on the Coronation Street set  (Photo: ITV)     Actress Pat Phoenix  (Photo: ITV)
Creator and scriptwriter Tony Warren, on the Coronation Street set
(Photo: ITV)
 
Actress Pat Phoenix 
(Photo: ITV)
 
Tony Warren, Corrie’s creator,
saw actress’s ghost on TV set

 
HIS REMARKABLE creative skills made British television history by giving birth to Coronation Street – known to its legions of fans as “Corrie” – so Tony Warren’s passing on 1 March at the age of 79, deservedly grabbed the headlines in a fashion normally reserved for the soap opera’s stars.

He was, after all, just 24 when he came up with the idea for a serialised play and wrote all 13 episodes of the show when it was commissioned by Granada Television. The first episode went out on 9 December, 1960, and he continued writing scripts until 1968 when he moved into other fields. Corrie, of course, continues to this day: the world’s longest-running TV soap opera. 

What is not so widely known is that Warren – real name Anthony McVay “Tony” Simpson – had an interest in Spiritualism and it was probably his influence as a consultant that led to the inclusion of a controversial séance scene in the 1970s...

 
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Nancy Reagan reunited with her husband  America’s First Lady regularly spoke with his spirit and looked forward to joining him in the next world

ANOTHER fascinating chapter in the White House’s long history of association with the paranormal came to an end on 6 March, 2016, with the death of Nancy Reagan, America’s First Lady from 1981 to 1989.

Nancy Reagan
   Nancy Reagan

Nancy’s use of astrologers during Ronald Reagan’s presidency caused a storm of controversy when it was made public by a senior aide with a grudge against Nancy. It has also been revealed that Reagan family members, daughter Maureen and her husband Dennis Revel, have encountered the White House ghost – thought to be that of Abraham Lincoln – during their stays.

And following his passing in 2004, Nancy said she not only saw her husband’s ghost in the White House corridors but also often spoke to him at night.

Speaking to Bob Colacello for Vanity Fair at her Bel Air, California, home in 2009 she expressed her grief at losing him after 52 years of marriage. “I miss Ronnie a lot, an awful lot.”

She added: “It sounds strange, but . . . I see Ronnie. At nighttime, if I wake up, I think Ronnie’s there, and I start to talk to him. It’s not important what I say. But the fact is, I do think he’s there. And I see him.”

 
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Magazine 71 March 2016 issue (Issue No 4137)

Magazine 71

March 2016 issue
(Issue No 4137)

 


EDGAR MITCHELL: pioneer explorer of outer and inner space  Photo: Edgar Mitchell on the moon (NASA)

FORTY-FIVE years after he returned from space, astronaut Edgar Mitchell has embarked on a new adventure that will surely be as revelatory as his lunar landing.

His passing on 4 February, at the age of 85, was announced by the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), the organisation he founded in 1973, just two years after his momentous space flight. Its objective – to research the nature of consciousness – was inspired in part by an experience during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971.

Mitchell was the module pilot alongside commander Alan Shepard Jr, becoming the sixth man to walk on the moon. During their 33-hour stay on the lunar surface, they deployed scientific instruments, performed communications tests and photographed the surface and themselves, standing alongside the US flag.

“There was a sense that our presence as space travellers, and the existence of the universe itself, was not accidental but that there was an intelligent process at work,” he wrote on his return.

It was a moment on his return flight to Earth that triggered these thoughts and led to him committing his life to supporting a sustainable future...
 
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 Exceptional artefacts go on show – College of Psychic Studies celebrates 90 years at Queensberry Place

A SPECTACULAR display of precious works of art and rare relics of Spiritualism’s early history – some representing forms of mediumship that have since virtually disappeared – went on display in London at the College of Psychic Studies in January.

The event, open free of charge to the public, was staged to celebrate two important events in the College’s history 90 years ago: an exhibition in 1925 titled, simply, “Objects of Psychic Interest”, and a move by the organisation (founded in 1884) in the same year from Queen Square to an impressive new home at 16 Queensberry Place in South Kensington.

Vivienne Roberts, curator, examines artwork as she prepares for the exhibition.
Vivienne Roberts, curator, examines
artwork
as she prepares for the exhibition.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was its president when the move took place and that fact was also commemorated by the unveiling of a blue plaque on the building, on the first day of the 2016 weekend exhibition, by its current president, Stephen Chapman.

The anniversary began with an illustrated Friday night lecture, “Celebrating the College Archives” by Leslie Price, College archivist. He revealed some of the gems that are preserved in the depths, away from damaging elements or careless handling, and the famous Spiritualists, mediums and researchers associated with them.

They included fragile examples of early Spiritualist publications, as well as books, long playing records, automatic writing scripts, photographs of pioneers and letters from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and other leading College members during its early history.

When the first visitors arrived for the exhibition on Saturday, they found many of the items Leslie Price had mentioned had been put on display, for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to feast their eyes on items of great historical importance...

 
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Magazine 70 February 2016 issue (Issue No 4136)

Magazine 70

February 2016 issue
(Issue No 4136)

 


 Psychic predicted 
David Bowie 
would die at 69   DAVID BOWIE died as he lived, giving a final performance 
that was as unexpected, experimental, enigmatic, challenging 
and entertaining as any in his charismatic career.

The fact that he was dying from liver cancer was known only to close friends and colleagues, though it has been reported that a psychic long ago told him the age when he would die – 69.

Mike Garson, a pianist who played on 19 of Bowie’s albums, has revealed that the flamboyant performer told him that in the late 70s “I met this psychic who told me I was gonna die around the age of 69 or 70”.

Bowie added that the psychic had said it with absolute certainty. “I never told anyone about it, but it never left my mind,” he added.

Shrine to Bowie in Brixton
The master of reinvention confronted his mortality in typical Bowie style: writing songs about his impending death and producing a stunning and controversial music video in which he is seen writhing in a hospital bed with his head bandaged and buttons in place of his eyes...

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Researchers help uncover Stoke’s hidden Spiritualist past       AN OPEN UNIVERSITY team has been working with Spiritualists in the Staffordshire city of Stoke-on-Trent to reveal their “hidden past” and share it with others.
Sara MacKian, Open University senior lecturer   Picture courtesy of Stoke Sentinel (Photo: Lizzi Lathrop)

Sara MacKian, Open University senior lecturer
Picture courtesy of Stoke Sentinel (Photo: Lizzi Lathrop)

  

The wide-ranging and very successful study of the city’s long history of Spiritualism began in October 2014 and is now drawing to a close.

“Spirited Stoke”, sub-titled SpELS (Spiritualism in the Everyday Life of Stoke-on-Trent), which was funded by a £244,000 grant provided by the Arts and Humanities Research Council  (AHRC), ends in March.

Researchers Dr Sara MacKian, from the university’s Faculty of Health and Social Care, Professor Steve Pile, from the Faculty of Social Sciences, and research associate Dr Nadia Bartolini have interviewed many Spiritualists in the area, known as “the Potteries”, and have attended Spiritualist services and demonstrations of mediumship and healing.

Three local Spiritualist churches – Fenton, Burslem and Longton – have been actively involved since the project was launched (see PN February 2015).

Its early focus was an exhibition in the Gladstone Pottery Museum, devoted to Stoke’s Spiritualist history. Of special interest was a decorative plate, loaned by Longton Spiritualist Church, depicting the Seven Principles of Spiritualism...
 
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Magazine 69 January 2016 issue (Issue No 4135)

Magazine 69

January 2016 issue
(Issue No 4135)

 


Did blind Bulgarian mystic foresee rise of Isil?
     Baba Vanga “the Nostradamus of Bulgaria

SHE DIED nearly 20 years ago, but Baba Vanga (pictured rigth) – “the Nostradamus of Bulgaria” – is still making headlines, though as far as we know that’s not something she predicted.

What has caught the world’s attention, however, is a claim that the blind psychic predicted that Muslims would invade Europe in “a great Muslim war” that would end with the establishment of an Islamic caliphate by 2043.

The rise of Isil, of course, has led to this particular prophecy receiving widespread publicity in tabloids and more conservative newspapers, on the internet and in other media around the world.

The problem for anyone prepared to take these claims seriously is sorting the hype from reality. She was clearly highly regarded during her lifetime, judging by those who are said to have consulted her, but finding confirmation that she actually made these prophecies is almost impossible...
 
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PLACEBO EFFECT CANNOT EXPLAIN HEALING RESULTS

     

The placebo effect complicates assessments of new treatments
 

A LARGE proportion of the scientific and medical community dismiss healing and healers on the basis that patients’ unexpected improvements and even cures are simply the result of the well-known “placebo” effect.

This phenomenon, in which a sick patient believes he or she is receiving effective medicine, treatment or surgery and responds accordingly, is real and common, and improvements do occur even though the medication is inert, the surgery is a sham or the patient is being lied to about the nature of the treatment.

The placebo effect complicates assessments of new treatments because it has to be taken into account in assessing pharmaceutical test results.

It hinges on patient expectation and for that reason it is easy – and perhaps understandable – that it is used by those who are sceptical of healing powers to explain away the positive results that are often achieved by healers and others who offer complementary and alternative approaches to medicine...
 
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Magazine 68 December 2015 issue (Issue No 4134)

Magazine 68

December 2015 issue
(Issue No 4134)

 

Eric Hatton passes to spirit world after lifetime dedicated to Spiritualism  He served the Movement, at local and national level, for 70 years

AT THE age of 89 and after major surgery for cancer from which he had made a remarkable recovery, Minister Eric Hatton – referred to by many as “Mr Spiritualism” – made his transition to the spirit world on 6 November. He passed peacefully at home, surrounded by his loved ones.

Eric and Heather had been married for over 52 years
    Eric and Heather had been married for over 52 years

One can only imagine the greeting he would have received in the spirit world from those he worked with for decades in promoting the truths of Spiritualism: mediums, healers, speakers and, above all, his wife Heather (pictured with him, right), who had made the same journey eight years earlier, following her death in June 2007.

Theirs was a remarkable, loving partnership that was never self-centred: service to others was paramount in their lives. As well as playing key roles in their local church at Stourbridge, West Midlands, and becoming trustees of Spiritualist charities, they also made time to assist individuals on a personal level.

Heather often used her psychic gifts to help others and Eric said that he never recalled her taking money for those sittings.

Her passing, ironically from a viral infection following successful heart surgery, was a huge loss to Eric, even with his knowledge of survival.

“Such was the strength and power of the bond of our intertwined lives that I felt deep within myself that she would do her utmost to take away my hurt and prove she was near,” Eric wrote in his autobiography, Taking Up The Challenge (2010), adding:

“Through the excellent mediumship of Gerard Smith, Eileen Davies and John Conway, to name but three, I received graphic and detailed personal evidence which surprised even me.

“In some sittings with these three, reference was made by Heather to incidents which I had long forgotten, and to verify them I had to make searching enquiries to confirm the accuracy of the details. Some were extremely personal, and though I would love to share their veracity here, I cannot, because in doing so I would be betraying a pact that Heather and I made.”

It was evidence of this calibre that first persuaded Eric, in the 1940s, that not only do we all survive death but communication between this world and the next is a reality...

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TV documentary does Spiritualism few favours Northern mediums high on entertainment value but low on evidence
 
David Traynor channelled Michael Jackson
    David Traynor channelled Michael Jackson

IT WAS difficult to tell if Channel 4’s “My Psychic Life” had deliberately set out to make fun of mediums, or whether they began with the best of intentions and had lost control as the behaviour of their larger-than-life subjects became increasingly farcical.

But let’s not be too hard on those who allowed themselves to be filmed in order to show “what life is like for people who claim they can talk to the dead”.

I’m sure they had the best of intentions tinged, perhaps, with the hope that appearing on TV could, at the very least, attract a few more clients and may even propel them into the limelight and allow them to enjoy the fame and fortune they craved.

We saw openly gay Dean James Fox giving a one-to-one sitting to drag star DJ Zoe in Blackpool, then striding onto the stage of an empty theatre and expressing the hope that one day he could fill an auditorium of that size.

And perhaps he will. But what we saw of his mediumship in front of much smaller audiences suggests it needs further development before that ambition can be fulfilled...

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Magazine 67 November 2015 issue (Issue No 4133)

Magazine 67

November 2015 issue
(Issue No 4133)

 

Are we all psychic?  The evidence suggests we are – but will evolution rob us of this valuable gift?  BY EWAN IRVINE

AT THE very end of 2004 and ten days before the huge Indian Ocean earthquake caused giant tsunami waves to wreak havoc along the coastlines of 14 countries, wild and domestic animals seemed to know what was about to happen – and fled to safety.

According to reliable eyewitness accounts, the following events happened:

  • Elephants screamed and ran for higher ground.
  • Dogs refused to go outdoors.
  • Flamingos abandoned their low-lying breeding areas.
  • Zoo animals rushed into their shelters and could not be enticed to come back out.

It has also been noted that whereas the tsunami took over 220,000 human lives, relatively few animals were reported dead. This adds to growing speculation that animals somehow sense impending disaster: a belief that has been around for centuries.

There was a time when humans’ own instincts were more animal-based but our sixth sense has largely been replaced by language skills. It could be that our psychic ability, through time, has been largely eroded by our evolutionary development and the need to adapt to a modern environment...

 
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Spiritual guru’s cancer treated by psychic surgeon  THE internationally renowned author and motivational speaker Dr Wayne W. Dyer died on 29 August at the age of 75, just weeks before publication of his latest book, Memories of Heaven, co-authored with Dee Garnes.

Internationally renowned author and motivational speaker Dr Wayne W. Dyer    

The book is a fitting memorial to his career (see review in this month's Psychic News, page 30) since it encapsulates a worldview that is spiritual and compassionate – in contrast to the outlook of some other self-help authors whose focus is more materialistic. It was not until the 1990s, however, that he acknowledged a spiritual dimension to his work.

It was confirmed in the announcement on his Facebook page: “‘Wayne has left his body, passing away through the night. He always said he couldn’t wait for this next adventure to begin and had no fear of dying.”

Ellen DeGeneres, comedian and TV host, was among the first to pay tribute to Dyer who had officiated at her wedding to actress Portia De Rossi...




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Magazine 66 October 2015 issue (Issue No 4132)

Magazine 66

October 2015 issue
(Issue No 4132)

 


Uri Geller moves back to Israel – SUPER psychic spoon-bender Uri Geller is returning to his homeland, after living in England for 45 years.

Uri Geller   Photo: Glyn Ridgers
    Uri Geller             Photo: Glyn Ridgers
 

Speaking to Psychic News from his home in Sonning, Berkshire, early in September, Uri explained:

“From the first day I left Israel, in June 1972, I always had this aching desire, this yearning, to go back to my homeland. I never knew I would be out of Israel for so long.”

In the early part of his career, Uri lived in America, Japan and Germany before choosing Sonning to be his permanent home. It was there that celebrities and family celebrated the renewal of Uri’s and Hannah’s wedding vows in March 2001. Michael Jackson was best man.

But the pull of his homeland has proved stronger, so he and his wife Hannah have bought a home in Jaffa.

He confesses: “I will miss everything about England. Instead of sitting in a very luxurious house overlooking the River Thames and seeing boats pass by, we will be in a tiny apartment in Old Jaffa, which is 5,000 years old, and we’ll overlook the Mediterranean, with views of palm trees, archaeological sites and a Greek church.”

One factor in his decision is the way in which the world has changed since he first made headlines around the world...

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Golden celebration for Unitarians – Rationalist religious movement embraces the paranormal


IT IS no surprise that Unitarians should take an active interest in psychical research. After all, although it has its roots in Jewish and Christian traditions, it is open to insights from all faiths, science, the arts, the natural world and everyday living.

   Roger Whitby with his parents George and Florence at his Sheffield University graduation in the summer of 1963.

It also encourages its followers to base beliefs on rational enquiry rather than external authority. And rational enquiry is at the heart of the Unitarian Society for Psychical Studies (USPS) in the UK which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Yet it was a young man’s death that led to the creation of USPS.

 Roger Whitby was 21, had achieved a first-class honours degree in civil engineering at Sheffield University and had beaten 340 other applicants to secure a job in London with a major building company.

It was the summer of 1963 and with six or more weeks before he was due to start his first job, Roger went on holiday to the Mediterranean island of Corsica with his sister Vivien and their parents, Unitarian ministers Rev George S. Whitby and Rev Florence Whitby.

George Whitby enjoyed a long and distinguished career as both a lecturer in philosophy for adult education and an examiner in moral philosophy at the University of Glasgow. For 30 years he was a minister of the Unitarian Central City Churches in both Glasgow and Sheffield...

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Magazine 65 September 2015 issue (Issue No 4131)

Magazine 65

September 2015 issue
(Issue No 4131)

 

Gordon Smith takes the helm at London Spiritual Mission

Gordon Smith
  

AFTER a period of uncertainty that saw changes at the top and a declining membership, one of the UK’s oldest Spiritualist churches, the London Spiritual Mission (LSM), in the city’s Notting Hill district, has bounced back.

It has a new president – Gordon Smith, among the UK’s best-known and most evidential mediums, was appointed president in May – and membership has more than doubled.

 Despite living in Scotland and having a busy schedule of demonstrations throughout Britain and overseas, Gordon intends taking an active role, particularly in mediumship and healing development.

He took over from medium Peter Geekie whose resignation as president, due to ill-health, was announced earlier this year (PN April 2015).

“I was asked to take on the role two years ago,” Gordon tells Psychic News, “but I didn’t feel the time was right. But now, my gut instinct says ‘Yes’.

“I first set foot inside the LSM 25 years ago as a visitor. I sat at the back of the church. Don Galloway was demonstrating that day and he recognised me and invited me up to the rostrum...

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TV and movies get serious about the paranormal... but how accurate are they?
NEWS that Fox Searchlight is planning a movie about the Fox sisters, whose experiences led to Spiritualism, is indicative of a noticeable trend in the entertainment industry.

Ghosts, poltergeists and other spooky phenomena have long been part of the staple diets of movie makers and TV producers, but they make no pretence to be anything other than fiction.

The current very noticeable trend, however, is to produce movies – for the cinema and for TV – that attempt a more realistic approach to what is clearly a fascinating subject to explore.

Project Afterlife is typical of these. It’s a six-part series in which four investigators with different backgrounds explore the stories of individuals who have had near-death experiences. So that’s more documentary than drama.

Proof, starring Jennifer Beals, on the other hand, is pure fiction – but is based on fact and the search for proof of life after death. Beals, who plays Dr Carolyn Tyler, a surgeon who has lost her teenage son and also had a near-death experience, has been praised for the sensitivity she brings to the role, but the show itself has had mixed reviews...

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Magazine 63 August 2015 issue (Issue No 4130)

Magazine 63

August 2015 issue
(Issue No 4130)

 

The Spiritualist who saved Britain

“Dowding, who was given a peerage in 1943 in recognition of his wartime services, became increasingly occupied with spiritual matters and with Spiritualism, in particular"    

Photo: Bentley Priory Museum
Photo: Bentley Priory Museum

EXACTLY three-quarters of a century after the Battle of Britain was fought in the skies over southern England, and 45 years after the death of the man who masterminded the operation that prevented a Nazi invasion of Britain, Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding and his team are back in action at Fighter Command’s impressive secret command centre in Middlesex.

Well, not exactly. So that the heroic efforts of Lord Dowding and the young fighter pilots he commanded are not forgotten, a museum has been created at Bentley Priory as a permanent memorial to their successful endeavours.

To preserve it for posterity, the public are not allowed into the room from which Dowding ran the intense three-month campaign, furnished with his desk and the seats used by prime minister Winston Churchill and General Dwight D. Eisenhower when they visited.

Instead, it has been ingeniously used as a backdrop to a 20-minute audio-visual presentation about the Battle of Britain, with glimpses of an actor playing the role of Dowding and speaking the words he uttered or expressed in letters to Churchill and others, as he sought support for his strategy.

He argued that Britain should not lose valuable fighter resources in the defence of France and that they should be retained to defend Britain. Not everyone agreed but eventually his tactics were proved right.

The Bentley Priory Museum at Stanmore, just north of London, which opened in 2013, is a brilliant and evocative reminder of a period in history that should never be forgotten. It also commemorates the national heroes whose bravery and determination in fighting an aggressive enemy were pivotal in ultimately achieving freedom from tyranny not only for the United Kingdom but also for civilisation...
 
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Cultivating clairvoyance by scrying BY BILLY ROBERTS

IN ONE form or another – from reflections in shiny surfaces to gazing into a crystal ball – scrying has been used from time immemorial as a way of extending our senses.

It was particularly favoured by the ancient seers who used either a crystal sphere or some other form of mystical speculum to allow their consciousness to transcend space and time. While in that altered state of mind, he or she would have glimpses of the future.

In fact, scrying is an extremely effective optical tool that will encourage the development of a clairvoyant skill. Scrying causes retina fatigue, a process that occurs during the cultivation of the image-making faculty, the neurological body that allows images to pass through the consciousness.

Unless a person is able to use their imagination to actually “see” images with their eyes closed, the full development of clairvoyance is really not an option.

Scrying causes retina fatigue, a process that occurs during the cultivation of the image-making faculty, the neurological body that allows images to pass through the consciousness   

Remember, I am talking about a clairvoyant skill, the ability to “see” things nobody else can see, and not a mediumistic skill, which is something quite different altogether. Not all mediums are clairvoyant, and not all clairvoyants are mediums.

Simple clairvoyance allows the seer to see future and past events with an “inner eye” and foretell the future; but when a clairvoyant skill is accompanied by a mediumistic one, the person is able to actually “see” and communicate with a disembodied energy, an ability that is quite specific.

The whole process of clairvoyance really does vary from person to person, simply because the response of our eyes is very limited. We accept the fact that our eyes respond to vibrations of light that are thrown off by the surfaces of an object, and that our consciousness translates those vibrations into ideas of form and colour...

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Magazine 62 June 2015 issue (Issue No 4128)

Magazine 63

July 2015 issue
(Issue No 4129)

 

Medium Glyn Edwards passes to spirit world

LEADING medium and tutor Glyn Edwards, CSNU,

has passed to the spirit world aged 65.

Liverpool-born Glyn devoted his life to learning and teaching, sharing his vast knowledge and mediumship with many students and friends around the world.

Having joined a Benedictine community at the age of sixteen, he took his first steps along paths which led him to acquire knowledge of other disciplines. He became a close friend of renowned tantric master Swami Dharmananda Saraswati Maharaj, who gave him the name of Devasdada, meaning “Servant of God.”

Glyn had a wide experience of physical mediumship and trance states, and was a trance medium himself. He lived in the small country village of Maids Moreton in Buckinghamshire.

The medium was a senior course tutor at the Arthur Findlay College, Essex, for more than 30 years. On its website, the college says:

Glyn Edwards
   

“Glyn possesses extensive understanding of various mediumistic and spiritual paths, and is particularly known for the quality of his work and his ability to demonstrate his mediumship almost effortlessly in front of large audiences.

“He is highly respected for his understanding of and insight into different areas of mediumistic unfoldment and his devotion to helping students explore and realise their individual potential.

“In 2003, he made the front page of Psychic News (which he has done many times in his mediumistic life) after being struck down by a mystery virus. Since then, he has shown how determination and the power of the spirit can overcome adversity.

“Remarkably many have testified to how his work and teachings have moved on to a deeper level. He also found this chapter in his life opening up many profound insights and experiences that expanded his amazing mediumistic and spiritual vision.”

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Your Spiritual Art – This month we are showing the work of three artists you’ve seen featured here before – Tony Katz, Andrew Western and Colin Hall – and one who makes a Your Spiritual Art page debut – Jane Lang. All are very different in both the style and execuction of their art, but it all comes from a spiritual source for a spiritual purpose.

 

Safe Passage by Tony Katz
 

Safe Passage  (above) by Tony Katz
“This picture symbolises hope. Whatever traumatic things happen in life, with faith in the Great Spirit all will be well and you will be led into the safe haven of light.”

The Temple of Inner Peace (top right) by Tony Katz
“This picture is for relaxation and healing.”

Spiritual Heights (bottom right) by Tony Katz
“This mountain scene represents a person’s journey through life – or lifetimes – eventually reaching their ‘spiritual heights’.”

  The Temple of Inner Peace by Tony Katz
 
Spiritual Heights by Tony Katz

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Magazine 62 June 2015 issue (Issue No 4128)

Magazine 62

June 2015 issue
(Issue No 4128)

 

INSIDE THE MIND OF URI GELLER – Roy Stemman discusses magic and military intelligence with the world-famous superpsychic
Uri Geller – Photo: Glyn Ridgers_Photo: Glyn Ridgers

 

When I interviewed Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell in 1972 it wasn’t his journey to the Moon that dominated our conversation. Just two years after he became the sixth human to walk on the lunar surface, Mitchell’s exploratory spirit had shifted to “inner space”.

Mitchell, who conducted his own informal but successful telepathy tests from the Moon’s surface with pre-selected individuals on Earth, had since retired from the U.S. Navy and was free to openly conduct research into parapsychology. And he was particularly excited by some of the early results of mind-over-matter experiments, known as telekinesis, he had witnessed.

  

“To be controversial is a gift, and sceptics supplied plenty of that.”

 

“I have seen one of our subjects, an Israeli sensitive, Uri Geller, deform, and on occasions break, metallic objects just by concentrating on them,” Mitchell told me.

Geller’s name meant nothing to me at the time. When my story was published in January 1973 – the first newspaper account in Britain to mention Geller’s abilities – I realised he would soon be well known within the world of psychical research. I never suspected, however, that within a year the whole world would know of him. And to this day, the phenomenal Israeli continues to baffle, intrigue, astonish and challenge us with his remarkable displays of apparently supernormal powers.

Is he for real? That question still gets asked more than any other, and it’s one that Geller is more than happy to confront in our wide-ranging interview...

 

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The Transcendental Glow of Everything – by Billy Roberts

 
When proffering a greeting hand to someone we have just been introduced to, contact is made long before their hand touches ours. In fact, the same may be said of anything we reach out to touch, with contact being made at a more subtle level a little time before any interaction takes place. I’m talking, of course, about the aura, that wonderful phenomenon which is an integral part of a human’s subtle anatomy, and plays such an important role in the manifestation of our spiritual make-up.

    “The majority of those who claim to see the aura really only see a minute part of an even greater whole."

Although the majority of people are completely unaware of the aura’s existence, those who are privy to it understand it to be a multi-coloured ‘glow’ that surrounds the body, from which an abundance of information is gleaned by those who can actually ‘see’ it. But what exactly is the aura? And what can be made of it from a scientific perspective?

The aura is in fact best described as a vaporous mass of electromagnetic particles, surrounding both animate and inanimate things. This would suggest that a table or even a brick has an aura, which of course they do, to a greater or lesser degree.

THE HUMAN FORM

The human form itself is an electromagnetic unit of incredible power, modifying, distributing and discharging energy, and is contained in its own spectrum of colour and light. And so we understand the aura to be a metaphysical as well as a scientific phenomenon. Chemical energy is converted by the cells of the body into light energy, culminating in what science refers to as ‘human bioluminescence’ – an optical phenomenon that is seen in some deep-sea aquatic creatures; a kind of transcendental glow around the body...
 
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Magazine 61 May 2015 issue (Issue No 4127)

Magazine 61

May 2015 issue
(Issue No 4127)

 

TV medium Colin Fry diagnosed with terminal cancer but vows, ‘The show must go on’

Spiritualist medium Colin Fry has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. But the 52-year-old entertainer has vowed to battle on with his punishing UK theatre tour while he has sufficient strength.

TV medium Colin Fry
   

Brave Colin was given the grim news several weeks ago but kept it a secret from his loyal fans.

But on Saturday 18th April he was forced to abandon his show after just five minutes at the Bluebell Hotel in Burton Agnes, Yorkshire, after feeling unwell. His show the next day at the Radlett Centre, Radlett, Hertforshire, was also cancelled.

In the theatrical tradition of ‘the show must go on’, Colin aimed to be back on stage on 23rd April at the Woodville Halls in Gravesend, Kent.

Following the sad announcement, Colin said: “It is bad news for me personally, but it has made me even more determined to carry on. It gives me a chance to say goodbye to my fans, who have been so loyal to me over the years.

“I hope they and the theatres will all bear with me. I feel good most of the time, but there will be bad days too....

 
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Can they really hear me by Sue Farrow
 
It’s often been said that if we ‘send out a thought’ it will be ‘heard’ by those in the next world. I send out such thoughts pretty frequently, as I know many of you do. Often they take the form of a request for healing, perhaps for a loved one (human or animal) or for the needs of the wider world, particularly in areas where war, human rights abuses or other injustices, inequalities and deprivations are rife.    

by Sue Farrow

I can’t know if these thoughts of mine actually make a difference – how could any of us prove cause and effect? Sometimes I feel as if I’m just talking to myself (which I suppose could be therapeutic in itself) but I continue to send out the thoughts in the hope that they’ll do some good somewhere, somehow.

I’ll lay a pound to a penny that I’m not alone in feeling a frustration about this ‘I-wonder-if-they-can-really-hear-me’ routine. And that’s never more true than when the thoughts I’m sending spirit-side concern a sincere request for guidance about something that’s troubling me deeply...
 
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Magazine 60 April 2015 issue (Issue No 4126)

Magazine 60

April 2015 issue
(Issue No 4126)

 

Mediums sentenced for £170,000 benefit fraud

Husband-and-wife mediums Timothy and Jeanette Abbott have received eight-month jail terms following their conviction for a benefit scam lasting a reported 16 years.

Sitting at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, a judge ruled that Mrs Abbott’s sentence be suspended for eighteen months, a decision Psychic News understands to have been based on the needs of a dependent child.

“Together the couple obtained a total of £170,000 during their 16-year spree at the tax-payer’s expense, including £35,496 in incapacity benefit for Mr Abbott plus £22,848 in disability living allowance.”    
 

Timothy Abbott, 53, along with his 46-year-old wife, Jeanette, dishonestly obtained thousands of pounds in disability, housing and council tax benefits. Together the couple obtained a total of £170,000 during their 16-year spree at the tax-payer’s expense, including £35,496 in incapacity benefit for Mr Abbott plus £22,848 in disability living allowance.

During undercover investigations, Abbott was filmed lifting dumbbells, and using a rowing machine, exercise bike and treadmill. He pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to notify the Department of Work and Pensions of a change in circumstances.

The medium – who has continued to publicise his work as a demonstrator and teacher throughout the period of his arraignment and trial – also admitted defrauding HMRC of £9,532 by his failure to pay income tax or national insurance...

 
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Your Spiritual Art

This month we showcase the spiritual art of trance medium Judith Clarke, 76, along with a verse received from Spirit. Here Judith shares some of her spiritual journey.

“I have been on a spiritual journey through my art for the last 18 years. I started painting watercolour when I lived in Scarborough. As I progressed I became a member of the Scarborough Art Society, exhibiting in many galleries around the area.

Then, after a personal crisis, my life changed and I moved to Whitley Bay, but before I left, and in the midst of despair, I started painting without thinking – throwing water, colour, salt and sometimes scraping out, leaving to dry and coming back later to find emerging paintings.

Some of the paintings were given to me before events happened; I did a tidal wave sea scene a few weeks before the tsunami in Thailand. In another painting, on turning it around, I saw my daughter with long chestnut hair in a flower garden with a baby boy in her arms. A year later she gave birth to a baby boy...
 
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Magazine 59 March 2014 issue (Issue No 4125)

Magazine 59

March 2015 issue
(Issue No 4125)

 

SNU Physical Séance Protocol

 
David Bruton, President of the Spiritualists’ National Union and Principal of both the Arthur Findlay College and Arthur Findlay Centre, responds to PN readers

Further to the extensive coverage in last month’s PN relating to the SNU’s introduction of a physical protocol for the Arthur Findlay College (pictured) and Centre, and the subsequent withdrawal of physical medium Scott Milligan from working at the College, I would like on behalf of the Union to make the following points in an attempt to answer the concerns expressed in the printed letters: 
 

In my view – Eileen Davies

I have great respect for Eileen as an outstanding medium, tutor and course organiser at the AFC and I support much of what she says. However, there are one or two points contained in her article which need to be corrected to provide your readers with a true and balanced view of the facts surrounding the introduction of the protocol...

 
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Life in the next world is it really a bed of roses?

Sue Farrow casts a quizzical eye over some of the descriptions spirit communicators have given of life in the world unseen, and discovers a contradiction or three . . .

In between walking the dog, matching up the unpaired socks, traipsing round the supermarket and numerous other unremarkable but necessary tasks of the past few weeks, I’ve been brooding more than usual on the meaning of life. Not just this one, but the next one – the whole big ‘continuity’ picture.

Be honest, now – have you ever had the odd heretical thought that it doesn’t all quite add up? And, like me, felt a twinge of guilt for indulging in such subversive mental meanderings?  Well, hang the guilt – I’m a Spiritualist and I’m supposed to think out of the box.

So here’s what bothers me:

We Spiritualists operate on the basis that life for every human soul is never-ending – a continuous eternal journey of spiritual progress and evolution. We muddle through the hard times on the ultimately positive premise that the soul grows through the facing of challenges and adversities, overcoming the various obstacles, small and large, that inevitably drop into the waters of our lives, causing anything from ripples to great big tidal waves...
 
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Magazine 58 February 2015 issue (Issue No 4124)

Magazine 58

February 2015 issue
(Issue No 4124)

 

Animals in the spirit world – One of the questions I’m asked most often is whether animals survive beyond physical death.
 
For those of us who have known the joy of an animal’s unconditional love and devotion, their sensitivity and innate honesty, it’s easy to see why that question (and particularly its answer) is so important. The bond between the human and animal who share a home and a life together becomes very deep, and the loss of a beloved pet can be devastating.

“Discovering that our animal friends have not ‘died’ is a huge comfort, but we inevitably wonder about their circumstances in the spirit world"    

That loss is often made more difficult to bear when human family members or friends, who can’t quite appreciate this unique bond, become impatient with the one who is grieving and dismiss their sadness with a tactless comment on the lines of “Come on – it was only a dog!”

Just as good mediumship can help enormously with the loss of a human loved one, so it can when a precious animal dies. PN’s archive is packed with accounts of animal spirit returns – not just of ‘traditional’ pets such as dogs and cats, but many other species too. You’ll find some wonderful examples in this month’s archive feature on page 52.

Discovering that our animal friends have not ‘died’ is a huge comfort, but we inevitably wonder about their circumstances in the spirit world – who they are with, who looks after them – in short, what their life is like now they are no longer with us... 

 
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Calling all mediums!

We hear seemingly endless comments about mediums and mediumship but rarely hear what mediums themselves think and feel about the work they do and the conditions in which they do it. That’s why we’ve decided to conduct PN’s first ever survey of mediums so that churches, centres, demonstration venues, sitters and all who benefit from mediumship around the world can understand a bit more about what our dedicated mediums need from us.

Our survey is completely anonymous and we’re not asking you to name any church or centre. It’s simply an opportunity for you to have your say and increase our understanding of life as a working medium.

We at Psychic News think this subject is of huge importance and we hope that every working medium will take ten minutes to complete the survey and return it to us, either by email or post. We will then compile the information we receive from you all and publish the collected results in our April issue.

And remember – the more mediums who take part in our survey, the more the rest of us can learn about the unique job you do and the practical ways we can provide you with the best possible conditions to do it. We look forward to hearing from you!

To download a survey form click here →

 

 

Magazine 57 January 2014 issue (Issue No 4123)

Magazine 57

January 2015 issue
(Issue No 4123)

 

FROM THE EDITOR – The death of physical mediumship  as we know it?

Editor Sue Farrow examines a controversial new document from the Arthur Findlay College.

 
For the first time in its 50-year history the Arthur Findlay College (AFC) has issued a formal protocol governing demonstrations of physical mediumship (PM).

The eight-point document (reproduced opposite) becomes operational on 1st January and applies to PM demonstrations at both AFC and the Arthur Findlay Centre in Stafford.

In years gone by, PM was very much in evidence at AFC, with a dedicated séance room in the basement. Prior to this, luminaries of Spiritualism such as Gordon Higginson were among those who demonstrated their PM at the college. To the best of my knowledge, the only physical medium currently demonstrating levitation phenomena and independent direct voice at AFC is 31-year-old Scott Milligan.

If you’re not familiar with PM, it’s worth my briefly explaining what it’s all about, and why it matters.

PM is a unique form of mediumship, entirely different from the much better known type of mediumship that offers messages from spirit communicators relayed through a medium who is fully conscious (albeit perhaps in a somewhat altered state) and is essentially acting as a telephone line for those who have moved on from this life to communicate with loved ones still on earth...

 
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Randi offers million dollars for dowsing proof

JAMES RANDI’S million dollars is on special offer again – this time it’s promised in return for proof that dowsing works.

The 86-year-old American sceptic has made the challenge, sponsored by the James Randi Educational Foundation, to Dr James Marshall, newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

The challenge came after Dr Marshall made some controversial comments on Australian radio on the subject of dowsing. He said, “I’ve seen people do this with close to 80 per cent accuracy.”

Proponents of dowsing, or divining, believe they can find underground water by using a pendulum, rod or stick.

Dr Marshall posed the question: “Is there some instrumentality we could create that would enable a machine to find water? I’ve always wondered whether there’s something in the spectro-magnetic field.”

Many people have questioned whether CSIRO, where Dr Marshall takes up his new post in January, should be funding research into the authenticity of dowsing...

  
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Magazine 56 December 2014 issue (Issue No 4122)

Magazine 56

December 2014 issue
(Issue No 4122)

 

My Perfect Christmas  What’s your idea of the perfect Christmas? Do you love all the festive fever of buying presents, putting up decorations and partying with family and friends? Or do you prefer to give the whole thing a miss and curl up in solitary splendour in front of a roaring fire with a good book, a sandwich and a glass of something nice? We asked some our best known mediums and spiritual workers to tell us about their own perfect way to spend the 25th December...
 
Eric Hatton  minister, speaker and honorary president 
of the SNU – Tony Stockwell medium – Sandy Ingham psychic artist

As we grow physically older (I am approaching my 88th Christmas), the festive season is often a time of recalling the past. I was recently reminded of this during a wonderful evidential sitting, when friends I had known on earth, many of whom had made a considerable contribution to Spiritualism’s cause, came to speak to me. Some of them had shared past Christmases in our home, filling the house with happiness and the joy of the spirit. Those moments were a haven from the anxiety of our world, the plight of so many who were (and are) in need of the most basic things to keep them alive...

 

I’m pretty sure that this year I have the perfect Christmas planned! For the first time in as long as I can remember there will be lots of time at home, with everything focused on my two children, three-year-old Marnie and one-year-old Finn. Apart from a visit to ‘Disney on Ice’ on Christmas Eve, once we are home it’s closed doors and time together, just the four of us. Christmas will be the delight of seeing the children open their presents, lots of good food and drink, and occasional visits from family and close friends. The Queen’s speech is a must in our house, as much a tradition as turkey and satsumas. Now I just need to find an evening carol service and a babysitter and I’m pretty much sorted. Merry Christmas!

 

My perfect Christmas would be spent in the company of my sons and their wives and children, my daughter and her husband and children. We would be at a medieval banquet in a fine old castle, where there would be good food, good wine and a large fire burning in the hearth, the flames reflecting the sparkling ornaments on a large Christmas tree in the corner – just perfect! I love the architecture, the history, and often the inhabitants of old who linger there... Happy Christmas everyone!

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Faith after Fibromyalgia – By Emma Rowlatt

   Nicky Alan

How Nicky Alan (pictured right), a world-renowned medium who starred alongside Gloria Hunniford in the Sky TV series Angels, has dealt with the ongoing ordeal of suffering from the serious and debilitating condition Fibromyalgia.

Nicky Alan, a vibrant bundle of energy with a personality to match, was struck down with Fibromyalgia after a road accident in January 2012.

Fibromyalgia (CFS/ME – Chronic Fatigue syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) is a chronic condition characterised by widespread pain and profound fatigue. The sufferer experiences aching or burning sensations, often from head to toe. It varies from day to day in its level of pain and may also change location, often becoming more severe in parts of the body that are used most in everyday life, such as the hands.

I met up with Nicky and she revealed to me how her spiritual beliefs and mediumship were tested during this trying time...

 
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Magazine 55 November 2014 issue (Issue No 4121)

Magazine 55

November 2014 issue
(Issue No 4121)

  

REVEAL YOUR TRUE NATURE WITH BILLY ROBERTS’ PSYCHIC HANDWRITING ANALYSIS I’ve been doing psychic handwriting analyses (PHAs) for about 30 years now and have integrated it into a part of my psychic stage shows. The process is simply a method of divination that people usually find fascinating, even though the majority cannot understand how it actually works.

“As with all divinatory methods it can also be used to glimpse the person’s future and is a sort of database of information about the writer.”
       

 
It’s usually mistaken for graphology, which itself is regarded as a pseudo-science, sometimes used by the police to ascertain whether or not an individual has perpetrated a fraudulent act by forging somebody’s signature.

A PHA is a process of gleaning information about a person’s true nature – their dreams, aspirations and endeavours, as well as their spiritual and psychic potential. As with all divinatory methods it can also be used to glimpse the person’s future and is a sort of database of information about the writer. It cannot, however, predict a person’s death or the winning lottery numbers (I wish!) although I do occasionally give a person’s lucky numbers...

 
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 Mark Tilbrook meets Colin Fry  AFTER finding overnight notoriety in the national newspapers, Mark Tilbrook, who picketed Sally Morgan’s theatre shows (see page 12), gave his viewpoint on TV’s Good Morning programme.

He told Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden about the leaflets he was distributing outside the theatre.

“The leaflet really talks about some methods people can use to appear to be psychic,” he said. “Some claim to be genuinely psychic, but there are methods some can use to appear to be doing this.

“Even if they are not really speaking to the dead, it can appear that they are. I want people to look at the things they are being told, and work out if what they are hearing is real.”

Asked if he thinks psychic ability is real, he replied: “I don’t rule it out, but I don’t personally believe that is the case. I’ve not seen any evidence that someone is able to speak to the dead.”

Is Mark doing any harm? In the discussion which followed, Spiritualist medium Colin Fry, famous for his numerous TV appearances, refused to be ruffled. He explained that his work helps people and gives them hope...

 
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Magazine 54 October 2014 issue (Issue No 4120)

Magazine 54

October 2014 issue
(Issue No 4120)

 

Darren Brittain – mediumship par excellence    By Sue Farrow   There are some terrific perks to my job. Each year I’m fortunate to be invited to a wide variety of spiritual events – from demonstrations of mediumship, church services and lectures to séances, mind, body, spirit fairs and book launches. I enjoy many of those I attend and feel slightly less enthusiastic about others. Rarely, though, do I feel utterly uplifted, inspired and optimistic for the future as a result of what I witness.Sunday 24th August was an exception. I was in Stourbridge Spiritualist Church attending a service conducted by the medium Darren Brittain. It wasn’t the first time I’d seen him work, but – hardened, cynical journalist though I almost certainly am – I’d never knowingly pass up an opportunity to watch this exceptional medium at work.

Not for him a few hit-and-miss names randomly thrown out in the hope that some obliging soul with a kind heart will accept them. Detail is Darren’s middle name.

Not just a thorough physical description of the father communicating, not just his name, personality traits, occupation, age, manner of passing, favourite food, location of work premises, but the number of the bus in which he travelled to work each day. It blew the recipient’s mind, as did every other message delivered to members of the 120-strong congregation at the service.

Darren’s mediumship didn’t manifest in the kindergarten, unlike some. Now 40, he was 17 when he first entered a Spiritualist church in an attempt to discover what was causing him to see “lights and colours” around people. It had been happening for a few years and he wanted to know why. The medium told him he was psychic, and would soon be doing what she was doing. He wasn’t inclined to believe her . . .

 
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The Spiritualist 
who became 
a Tibetan 
Buddhist nun – Researcher Leslie Price explores 
the unusual case of Diane Perry

Diane Perry (born 1943) was brought up above a fish shop in Bethnal Green, London. Her father died when she was young. Her mother was a Spiritualist who hosted a weekly home circle on Wednesdays, where there were powerful table movements and communications.

 
Diane later recalled: “I gained a lot from those experiences. There is no way now that anyone could tell me that consciousness does not exist after death because I have so much proof again and again that it does. It’s not a belief, it’s a knowledge, a certainty.”

“Tenzin Palmo has vowed to obtain enlightenment in a female body, no matter how many 
lives it takes.”   

As her biographer noted – “It was her house, she knew there were no trapdoors and no one was being paid.”

“We used to sit round this huge mahogany table with legs the size of tree trunks which had come from some grand house and one of the neighbours who was a medium would go into trance and get messages from the spirit guides,” Diane remembered.

“I remember one night my mother made some joke about the spirits not being very strong and they took up the challenge. They asked the greengrocer, a woman of about 18 stone, to sit on top of the table then they lifted the whole thing up, this huge heavy piece of furniture, and it sailed around the room with the greengrocer perched on top. We all had to run into the corners to get out of the way.”

 
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Magazine 53 September 2014 issue (Issue No 4119)

Magazine 53

September 2014 issue
(Issue No 4119)

 

The J.V. Trust – Spiritualism in action – Sue Farrow takes a look at the work – and sometimes unsung achievements – of Spiritualism’s wealthiest charity.

 
You may not have heard of the J.V. Trust, but you’ll almost certainly have heard of the Arthur Findlay College, Stansted Hall. You may even have studied there, or know someone who has. To many around the world it’s the foremost centre of learning for Spiritualism and psychic science – a mecca for students of mediumship and the spiritual life.

Eric Hatton, chairman of the J.V. Trust and former chairman of the Arthur Findlay College.
   

Eric Hatton, chairman of the J.V. Trust and
former chairman of the Arthur Findlay College.
 

What you may not know is that this former home of the great Spiritualist ambassador James Arthur Findlay, gifted to the Spiritualists’ National Union on his passing in 1964, has faced the prospect of closure at least two or three times since its establishment as the AFC. The fact that it’s still open for business and in pretty good shape is in large part down to the generosity of the J.V. Trust.

The trust’s founders, Roy and Christine Wandless, had great affection for the college and are no doubt delighted that their personal generosity has enabled such a unique institution to be rescued in hard times. Though wealthy, they certainly knew hard times themselves.

“Roy and Christine had lost two children, John and Valerie, from cystic fibrosis, and wanted to set up a charity in their memory,” explains the trust’s long-time chairman Eric Hatton. “So the name derives from ‘J’ for John and ‘V’ for Valerie...
 
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I'm sure I've been here before...  Well-known to television audiences through programmes such as Most Haunted, Heaven and Earth, and even Big Brother, David Wells is a regression therapist, medium, astrologer, author and teacher.  His larger-than-life personality, wicked sense of humour and down-to-earth approach all combine to make the field of the paranormal fascinating and accessible. David’s philosophy is never to be “so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly use!”  Here, he answers your questions on the sometimes controversial subject of regression and past-life therapy.

 
David, how would you define ‘regression’ for those who have never experienced it?

Regression is a process to help you access past-life memories, to help you see them for yourself. It’s not about being told who, what or where you were, but for you to experience that. 

What drew you to practising regression?  Are you aware that you’ve had a past life or lives? 

I studied the Mystical Qabalah formally for many years, and it was during that time that I became interested in the concept, as some of my past lives were making themselves known. I’m aware of many past lives; it’s important for therapists to experience what they teach or use in their work.

Are some clients already aware, before they approach you, of what appear to be scraps of memory not consistent with their current lives? What other reasons do clients give for wanting to be regressed?

There are lots of reasons why people come for a past-life regression. It might be as part of their ongoing spiritual adventure and road to discovery. Sometimes people want to know why a recurring dream is making its way through more than others. Often people have a spontaneous past-life memory – they just ‘know’ they have lived in a place, an era, or with someone else, before.


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Magazine 52 August 2014 issue (Issue No 4118)

Magazine 52

August 2014 issue
(Issue No 4118)

 

How dying changed my life  –  Few of us are unlucky enough to face terminal cancer in our thirties. Even fewer of us have an experience while ‘dead’ that is so profound and detailed that it changes everything we ever thought we knew. Less than a handful of us have made a full and complete recovery from end-stage cancer as a result of such an experience.   Yet that’s exactly what happened to Anita Moorjani, and doctors around the world have been fascinated and baffled by her case ever since. Here, she speaks to editor Sue Farrow about the near-death experience that changed her life.

One day in February 2006, a woman who had endured the ravages of cancer for four years was rushed to hospital as her vital organs began to shut down. She weighed next to nothing and was in dreadful pain. Her husband and mother were with her as she was transferred to Intensive Care, and doctors told them she had just hours to live.

Anita Moorjani soon drifted into a coma and was no longer able to communicate with her family or medical staff. She was unconscious and about to pass. Yet, even as her brother flew halfway around the world to say a last goodbye to her, she was aware of everything that was happening.

In her moving book Dying to be Me, she describes in great detail things she couldn’t possibly have known by physical means, such as conversations between medical staff and her loved ones, away from her bedside. This made me wonder if she was simultaneously aware that there was no way she could know these things in earthly terms, or if that realisation came to her only after she returned to physical consciousness...
 
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ART Competition – Win a Spiritual Cruise for two

Medium Gordon Smith
    Medium Gordon Smith
 

Take part in the Psychic News art competition for a chance to win a Psychic Cruise for four days (three nights) for two people leaving from Southampton on 23rd April 2015 and visiting Le Havre and Bruges.

All you need to do is enter an original piece of your own artwork with a spiritual theme. It can be a painting, drawing, photograph, encaustic art or whatever you can think of or be inspired to work on or with. Your artwork can be any size but must fit into an A4-size envelope. Please also send no more than 200 words describing your work or the inspiration behind it.

The first prize is one cabin for two sharing on the Psychic Cruise from 23rd to 26th April 2015 (worth £798) and includes all meals, shows, workshops, and a meet and greet. The prize is generously being offered by Cruise Focus, who describe it as “a cruise into your mind and spirit.

“With keynote talks, workshops and presentations from Gordon Smith and our handpicked psychic experts you will benefit from a truly unique and exciting ‘spiritual’ experience. Featuring keynote evening demonstrations from Gordon Smith – this incredible cruise will enable you to make your own spiritual journey with us."


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Magazine 51 July 2014 issue (Issue No 4117)

Magazine 51

July 2014 issue
(Issue No 4117)

 

Spiritualist art collection seeks new home – By Alan Murdie – The unique De Morgan Centre at Wandsworth, South London, which commemorates the artistic works produced by two leading Spiritualist artists from the Victorian and Edwardian era, faces closure at the end of June – for the second time in five years.


The Centre houses some 40 examples of works by Evelyn De Morgan, and fine specimens of her husband’s pottery and tiles. The paintings are highly distinctive and evocative, involving rich use of colours and exploring spiritual, mystical and mythological themes, inspired by the couple’s deep Spiritualist faith. Unfortunately, the decision to relocate the Wandsworth Museum has resulted in a notice to leave being served upon the Centre and it will be closing its doors on 28th June, forcing another hunt for a “location with good amenities and footfall”. The Centre previously had to close to the public for two years in 2009, following the foreclosure of an earlier lease by Wandsworth Council...

L-R: William De Morgan (c. 1890), Sands End Pottery: 
tile panel inspired by Middle East examples. Photo: Michele Ahin – Helen of Troy by Evelyn De Morgan – Cassandra by Evelyn De Morgan

William De Morgan (c. 1890), Sands End Pottery: 
tile panel inspired by Middle East examples.
Photo: Michele Ahin
Helen of Troy
by Evelyn De Morgan
Cassandra
by Evelyn De Morgan


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The mystery of Jimmy Garlick – In the first of a series of articles on famous hauntings, John West investigates the strange tale of the ‘mummy‘ at St James’ Church, located in the heart of the ancient City of London.


Some people express surprise when I tell them that many churches are reputed to be haunted. But why shouldn’t this be so? These buildings were at the heart of the communities for centuries, bearing silent witness as countless souls attended services such as baptisms, weddings and funerals.

It’s only natural to expect that the intense emotions associated with these events will echo down the centuries, later to be picked up by those sensitive enough to see and hear psychic phenomena.

St James’ today

One of the most intriguing haunted churches in Britain can be found on Garlick Hill in the heart of old London. It’s known as St James Garlickhythe (Garlickhythe refers to the nearby landing place, or hythe, near where garlic was sold in medieval times) and can trace its origins back to the 12th century.

The church was completely destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666 and was rebuilt by the legendary Sir Christopher Wren, achitect of St Paul’s Cathedral, between 1676 and 1682. It was later nicknamed ‘Wren’s Lantern’ due to its profusion of windows.

In 1855, a mummified male corpse was found in the chancel and was placed on display in a glass-panelled coffin for the curious to view – upon payment of a small fee!
 
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Magazine 50 June 2014 issue (Issue No 4116)

Magazine 50

June 2014 issue
(Issue No 4116)

 

Prejudice over professionalism? A respected specialist archiving firm has refused to provide a quotation for archiving copies of Psychic News.

   

In an email on 29th April, David Cordery, of Max Communications (MC), wrote:

“Thank you for giving us the opportunity to quote for digitising and processing your magazine archive. Unfortunately, I have to say that a number of people here are struggling with the subject area you cover and as such I feel we will not be providing a costing and will pass up the opportunity.”

The astonishing decision was all the more inexplicable, given that it came after discussions with the Kent-based firm had reached an advanced stage and had included a visit to our Hertfordshire office.

Baffled, and with a growing suspicion that religious prejudice might have played a part in this sudden turn of events, we wrote to David Cordery asking on what basis his staff were “struggling”.

We pointed out that “the job of archiving should not require the archiver to believe in or accept the material that is being scanned and preserved for posterity, and if you allow people you employ to let their own views influence the work you do, that raises serious doubts about Max Communications’ professional standards...

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What is your pet trying to tell you?   The endearing character of Dr Doolittle, created by the English novelist Hugh Lofting, has been immortalised in two films. The original, made in 1967, starred Rex Harrison. In the 1998 version the title role was taken by Eddie Murphy. Both films attracted huge audiences, breaking box office records in several countries. Doolittle had a passion for all animals. He not only nurtured them, tended to them, healed them – he talked with them. The films were a hit for many reasons, but perhaps there was one reason above all others for their success. Which of us hasn’t wondered what a much-loved animal is thinking? Hasn’t wished they could tell us? Sceptics would say it’s an impossible fantasy. But is it? Editor Sue Farrow talks to world-renowned animal communicator Pea Horsley.

Pea, you spent many years in the down-to-earth role of a stage manager. You’re now one of the world’s most respected animal communicators. What brought about such a radical change of direction?

In a nutshell – Morgan. I adopted my first dog, a pure-bred mutt of questionable beagle heritage, in 2004. Little did I know then what a huge impact he’d have on my life.

At the time I was working in London’s West End on a play called The Old Masters. Morgan came into my life and after the initial settling-in period all rescued animals need, I became aware that his sadness was not going away. I thought it was something I’d been doing wrong, having been a cat person all my life.

When the Mayhew Animal Home, where I’d adopted him from, emailed an invitation to an animal communication workshop, I knew I had to go. I thought it was the latest way of reading an animal’s body language.

Twenty people sat in a circle as the teacher told us how we could all learn to talk to animals. Nineteen were crying as they listened to the stories, and then there was me. I was full of disbelief and sat with my arms and legs crossed, and probably a scowl on my face. I didn’t believe a word of it.

Despite challenging the teacher in the break, I decided to stay, and in the afternoon we were partnered up and asked to communicate with each other’s animal just from their photo. I thought it was crazy. My internal dialogue was along the lines of, ‘You’re just a rabbit. Not even a real rabbit, you’re just a photo of a rabbit and you can’t hear me, can you?!’ Then in my mind I heard the reply, ‘Who the hell do you think is listening to you?’
 
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Magazine 49 May 2014 issue (Issue No 4115)

Magazine 49

May 2014 issue
(Issue No 4115)

 

Using science 
to inspire  –  Scientist, best-selling spiritual author and inspirational speaker Dr David Hamilton tells editor Sue Farrow about what prompted his unique fusion of science and spirituality, why his mum is his role-model for kindness, and the ‘stolen’ library book that changed his life.“What amazed me is when you might get 75 per cent of people improving on the drug, it’s not uncommon to get 50 to 74 per cent improving on a placebo. And that for me was compelling.”

David Hamilton is a one-off.

He has a first class honours degree in chemistry and a PhD in organic chemistry. He worked for several years in the pharmaceutical industry, developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer.

But here’s the one-off bit: he’s also a bestselling author for the world’s most respected spiritual and metaphysical publisher, Hay House, and an inspirational speaker in huge demand for talks and workshops that, in his own words, “use science to inspire”.

So how did this unique fusion of science and spirituality, subjects so often seen as polar opposites and mutually exclusive, come about?

“I worked for a big company called AstraZeneca, and basically my career was sticking atoms together to make molecules,” David explains. “But what interested me more than making the medicines was what happened when we tested them.

“You get a hundred patients with a drug and a hundred with a fake drug – a placebo. What amazed me is when you might get 75 per cent of people improving on the drug, it’s not uncommon to get 50 to 74 per cent improving on a placebo. And that for me was compelling...

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My ‘dead’ husband spoke to me – Reader Jacqueline Neath shares an experience she will never forget.

   
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In March this year I was a student at the Arthur Findlay College (AFC), Stansted, on the Reach for the Stars course.

On 18th March that week we were very fortunate to be invited to attend a séance given by physical medium Scott Milligan.

Careful controls were put in place to ensure the integrity of the proceedings. Two independent people checked the equipment (musical instruments, toys, furniture) and the room beforehand. Everyone was searched as they entered the room. The medium himself was searched and checked, as was the chair in which he would sit. He was then secured to that chair by heavy-duty plastic cable ties.

The feeling inside the room was electric and very happy, with lots of spirit energy and lots of singing! The room was in darkness and all participants held hands. The spirit child Daniel and the small spirit girl he jolkngly calls “Scruffbag” were full of fun – touching people, throwing toys. I felt hands touch me many times, on my legs and my head.

Then Daniel said he was going to bring a spirit person through for someone. The name George was given, along with information that the man could crack walnuts with his bare hands. It was also said that the wrong diagnosis had been given for the illness which affected two parts of his body...



 
 

Magazine 48 April 2014 issue (Issue No 4114)

Magazine 48

April 2014 issue
(Issue No 4114)

 

What your aura can reveal about you by Sue Farrow

I shouldn’t really be writing about auras. I can’t

see them. I wish I could, but it hasn’t happened yet.

 
Good reason, then, to call in an expert. Edinburgh-based medium Thelma Francis is an acknowledged expert on all things auric. She believes there are a fair few misconceptions around the subject, including what an aura actually is. I asked for her personal definition:

“It’s the electromagnetic energy field around your body. It belongs to you; it’s every bit as much a part of you as any other organ in your body. You can’t detach it – it’s all of you.”

She goes on to describe a situation we encounter pretty much every day: “Somebody walks into your space and you know almost immediately if you want them there, or if you don’t.”

This, says Thelma, is because it’s we who are extending our energy, or retracting it.

“We do it unconsciously. But when you’re aware of your auric energy, when you’re aware of the whole of you, you can actually control it, you can extend or retract it at will.  But it’s usually something we do automatically, until we actually think about it and break it down, then realise what we’re doing.” 

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 It’s a conspiracy! Or is it? You could say that psychic investigator Ewan Irvine spends large chunks of his life trying to explain the unexplained. But despite that, he’s cautious about conspiracy theories, arguing that we humans are programmed to look for reasons, whether or not there are any. . .

The world’s population is currently estimated at over seven billion. Each day, tens of thousands of people will die and tens of thousands will be born.

Every minute of every day, news comes to us instantly through TV, radio, Internet and newspapers, and we are bombarded by national and international events, both tragic and uplifiting, on a constantly rolling basis.

The saying “Things happen for a reason” is well known, and as human beings we do like to have our reasons. Our logical method of thinking requires us to find rational explanations for the things that happen in our own lives and in the world we inhabit.

We make decisions all the time, and use our emotions in many of them, but ultimately it’s logic we use to justify those decisions to ourselves and others – reason.

In this world, we’re faced with disasters both human-made and natural. We look at the current freak weather systems occurring throughout the world and we need to find a reason their happening. We hear reports from scientists and weather experts who speak about how the jet stream has shifted, how global warming has done this or that, but on the whole we’re glad that someone is coming up with a reason...

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Magazine 47 March 2014 issue (Issue No 4113)

Magazine 47

March 2014 issue
(Issue No 4113)


 Celebrating three billion (spiritual) women Wendy Stokes on International Women’s Day and why it matters   Studies show that women and men are hard-wired with different abilities. Though there are always exceptions, women have better verbal skills; men have better spatial and maths skills. Women are better at multi-tasking, men at concentrated singular tasks. Women are better at understanding holistically (the big picture); men will dissect and consider separate parts. Women are more intuitive, and have more emotional intelligence; men are better at logical and rational thought, and direct action.

For the past century, International Women’s Day has been held on 8th March. It’s a day when women celebrate their skills and achievements, and bring the plight of disadvantaged women to public attention.

Fifty per cent of the world’s six billion people are female, and many suffer from inequalities of opportunity, healthcare and education. Justice, compassion and prosperity are not just political issues. They are spiritual issues that both men and women must address until there is fairness for everyone.

Whether suffering is the result of forced marriage (often at a very young age), female genital mutilation, forced prostitution or other appalling oppressions, the lives of women in many countries can be a painful lifelong struggle...

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The biggest adventure of all – A glimpse into the extraordinary world of near-death experiences.  By Kay Hunter
 
Those who remember the film A Matter of Life and Death will recall the young airman’s earthly body hovering between life and death while his spiritual body travelled towards heaven on an escalator.

He ultimately arrived in a vast hall where all manner of interesting activities were taking place – even the rehearsing of a Shakespeare play.

That is just one imaginary journey into Eternity. There are other fanciful accounts, but it seems the real thing may be quite different, as we’re told by countless people who have ‘been there’ and returned...

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Magazine 46 February 2014 issue (Issue No 4112)

Magazine 46

February 2014 issue
(Issue No 4112)

 

A celebration of  love – Valentine’s Day is traditionally a special time for lovers, but Wendy Stokes believes it should be a special day for everyone.

Did you know that St Valentine was a Christian saint who died in 269AD? His name derives from the Latin word valens which means ‘worthy’, ‘strong’ and ‘powerful’.

We all know he is the patron saint of lovers, but he’s also the patron saint of travellers and bee keepers. He’s often depicted with roses and birds. His feast day is on February 14th – known to us all as Valentine’s Day. 

Like birthdays, anniversaries and other special and memorable occasions, Valentine’s Day is a ‘feel good’ day that should be celebrated by everyone. Traditionally, it’s a day of romance, held this month because the birds are singing to each other (many birds mate for life) and preparing to build a nest suitable to rear their young.

All of nature is energised as the days increase in length. It’s a time for tenderness, sweetness, beauty, comfort, connection, intimacy, luxury, sincerity, delight, pleasure and desire.

Many kinds of love

While romantic couples are busy buying each other cards and gifts, those without a partner can sometimes feel lonely. Often, a word of appreciation can make someone’s day.

Romance is certainly not the only type of love. This is the day to celebrate all relationships, those with family, special friends, neighbours and work colleagues. Love exists between people whenever there is affection, consideration, thoughtfulness, generosity and warmth...

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Understanding your dreams  Craig Hamilton-Parker  Craig Hamilton-Parker, Spiritualist medium, TV host and author of seven books on dreams, is an expert on the rich world of dreaming. Each month he’s here to interpret your dreams. Details of where to send them are given at the end of this article.

snake
   

Snakes infest my dreams

DREAM: Ever since I was a child I have had an enormous fear of snakes. I had a number of dreams of being chased by a deadly snake. He runs after me, begging me to wait and not to be afraid of him, but I am so terrified I just run, screaming. I always run over a bridge across a river, knowing that he won’t cross the water. I collapse on the grass with relief knowing that I am free from him. Another snake dream is where I am lying on grass beside a river, a snake crawls along my body, looks at me and says “Don’t scream!” For some reason I am fearful, but not as threatened. However I run at the first chance I get. There have been no dreams for a long time, but I have had those two quite a bit...

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Magazine 45 January 2013 issue (Issue No 4111)

Magazine 45

January 2014 issue
(Issue No 4111)

 

2014 The year of AWARENESS – Wendy Stokes looks at some ancient New Year rituals.    
   

In our busy lives, we have forgotten many traditions honoured by our distant ancestors but the ‘New Age’ seeks to bring the past to light so it can be examined and updated, and made current, applicable and useful to today’s world.

The New Age also honours all religions and none, taking the bare bones of spirituality in order to campaign for more compassion, integrity and justice in our communities.

Learning to value our personal experience and the development of our own understanding of people and situations is more important than doing what we are told by others. Growing in maturity and independence, gaining skills and abilities are the things that matter, as we try to rediscover the wisdom of ancient times.

As we celebrated the ending of the old year, and the beginning of the new, we probably sang the traditional song Auld Lang Syne – which roughly translates as ‘old long since’ or ‘long time ago’.

In this song the question is posed as to whether we should forget old acquaintances and never bring them to mind at times of special celebration. However, simply by asking the question, we naturally remember and give thanks for beloved friends and mourn those who are unable to join in what has become a traditional ritual at the start of each new year...

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10 things you should know about mediumship – by Geoff Griffiths

Mediumship is said to be the lifeblood of Spiritualism. It’s what separates it from any other religion, keeps it personal and contemporary and provides validation of our teachings. This makes us a religious philosophy, based on evidence, rather than a religious faith, based on tradition.

Here are ten things you should know about it:

1 It derives from our
basic spiritual nature. 

Because we are spiritual beings, living in physical bodies, it follows that we have spiritual senses even if few of us are aware of these latent powers. Some exercise them so naturally that they are surprised when they learn that not everybody has them. Others discover them during an enforced solitude, such as a childhood illness or perhaps when, for some reason, they’ve become isolated by their peers.

Prayer, or meditation in awareness or development circles, also lead to discovery of these powers. Most people, of course, never do discover them. So ‘gifted’ mediums are special people because of their rarity...

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Magazine 44 November 2013 issue (Issue No 4110)

Magazine 44

December 2013 issue
(Issue No 4110)

Blue Marsden–Reconnecting with your true life purpose–are you attuned to your SOUL PLAN?

Reconnecting with your true life purpose – are you attuned to your SOUL PLAN?

I’m sitting in a quiet room with Hay House author Blue Marsden, who’s about to give me a soul plan reading. What’s that? I hear you wondering. Well, I confess it’s a new one on me.

I spend most of my working days with mediums, psychics, spiritual healers, complementary health practitioners, psychic artists, tarot readers, palmists, astrologers and all manner of esoteric workers, but a soul plan reading is a first for me, and I tell Blue so...

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We’ll soon be entering a brand new year. If you’re wondering what it might hold for you, and how you can make the most of opportunities that come your way, try Michelle Buchanan’s exclusive quiz and... FIND YoUR DESTINY NUMBER!
In Western numerology, your Destiny Number (aka Expression Number) is the second-most-significant number in your numerology chart. Calculated from your original birth certificate name, your Destiny Number reveals your mission in this life and what you’re destined to accomplish in order to reach your full potential. Along with your Life Path Number (calculated from your date of birth), your Destiny Number is the number to take into consideration when making career choices.

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Magazine 43 November 2013 issue (Issue No 4109)

Magazine 43

November 2013 issue
(Issue No 4109)

 

When will I, will I be . . .  a healer!

When will I, 
will I be . . .  a healer!

SINGER and songwriter Matt Goss, once the lead singer of the pop group Bros, gave spiritual healing to one of his fans.

The highly successful group of the 1980s and 90s, consisting of Matt, his twin brother Luke and bass player Craig Logan, broke up in acrimony and with financial problems.

Matt based himself in America, but in a recent interview with the Telegraph before appearing at London’s Café de Paris he revealed an unexpected side to his personality.

“Bros were very decadent,” he said. “We were outrageous.”

There were hard times.He broke up with his girlfriend, actress Melanie Sykes, and his sister Caroline was killed by a drunk driver. Then his bodyguard died suddenly from a brain tumour...

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Mystery of the Englishman who paints Aboriginal art

Mystery of the Englishman who paints Aboriginal art Believes ‘dead’ son and spirit guide responsible for his artistic careerBelieves ‘dead’ son and spirit guide responsible for his artistic career

Admirers of Len Cattell’s superb works of art are invariably astonished to discover he is an Englishman. The colour, style and technique of his paintings are exactly like Australia’s Aboriginal art – the oldest form of art known to humanity. Not only are Aboriginal elders impressed by Len’s artistic talents, they are also mystified that they contain a sacred symbol whose meaning only they should understand.

They would be even more amazed if they knew the extraordinary story behind Len’s artistic development, which has never before been published. It involves one of the UK’s top mediums, Tony Stockwell, Len’s dead son, Dean, and the soul of an Aborigine who has become Len’s spirit guide...

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Magazine 42 October 2013 issue (Issue No 4108)

Magazine 42

October 2013 issue
(Issue No 4108)

Behind the scenes with...  Gerard Smith

Behind the scenes with... Gerard Smith

Gerard Smith is widely regarded as one of the most gifted and accurate evidential mediums in Spiritualism. The embodiment of integrity and humility, he never seeks publicity, but editor Sue Farrow managed (gently, of course!) to twist his arm...

How old were you when you first had a ‘paranormal’ experience, and what was it?

I was about 11 or 12. In those days there used to be a mobile grocery shop that came round. I had a dream in connection with that grocery shop that somebody had died. I woke up and thought it was just a bad dream, and I remember my father coming in and telling me not to worry, everything was all right. A week later the wife of the man with the mobile shop passed away. That occasion would just have been telepathy, though, not awareness of spirit, and certainly not any understanding of spirit. That didn’t come until until I went to a Spiritualist church...

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Nic Whitham’s guide to... Reiki

Nic Whitham’s guide to... Reiki

Beginning this month, we’re launching a brand new series on complementary therapies. Our columnist Nic Whitham is co-owner and manager of Banyan Retreat, a spiritual development sanctuary and natural healing centre in Ashford, Kent.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese word more generally translated as ‘universal life energy’. As most Reiki practitioners know, it is generally believed that Dr Mikao Usui (1865-1926) re-introduced Reiki as a modern-day hands-on-healing modality in the early 1900s. It was taken to the USA in the 1970s by Mrs Hawayo Takata (1900-1980) and has been popular around the world ever since...
 
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Magazine 41 September 2013 issue (Issue No 4107)

Magazine 41

September 2013 issue
(Issue No 4107)

Pornography, violence and — esoteric websites?

Pornography, violence and — esoteric websites?

NANNY STATE knows what’s good for us, takes away our toys if we’re naughty, and occasionally if we’re not. It is like Junior School, when a classroom miscreant failed to own up to some misdemeanour, so the entire class was deprived of playtime, writes Kay Hunter.

In announcing the blocking of “Esoteric Websites and Alternative Spirituality” to protect children and their innocence, Top Nanny David Cameron is not only being hypocritical, but is interfering with our personal freedom to an alarming degree...

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The amazing light phenomena of Stephen Turoff

The amazing light phenomena of Stephen Turoff

Stephen Turoff has been a spiritual healer for over 40 years. During that time he’s achieved near-legendary status in his field, attracting the attention of both international media and a string of distinguished clients. He’s also been the subject of numerous television programmes.

Celebrity clients aside, by far the greatest amount of Stephen’s time is spent running healing clinics for people in need around the world, hundreds of thousands of whom have benefited from his renowned ability...

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Magazine 40 August 2013 issue (Issue No 4106)

Magazine 40

August 2013 issue
(Issue No 4106)


SAGB trustees under investigation

SAGB trustees  under investigation - THE Charity Commission has launched a statutory inquiry into the affairs of the Spiritualist Association of Great Britain pertaining to the sale of its former headquarters.

THE Charity Commission has launched a statutory inquiry into the affairs of the Spiritualist Association of Great Britain pertaining to the sale of its former headquarters.

The SAGB was registered with the Charity Commission in 1963. The lease on Number 33 Belgrave Square, built in the 1820s and one of London’s most prestigious addresses, was purchased in 1955, costing £24,500.

As previously reported in PN, the Association sold the property in 2011 on the grounds that the repairing lease and running costs were “becoming onerous.”

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The Chocolate Factory
Sue Farrow on mediums who bring mediumship into disrepute.

Dr Ciaran O’Keeffe created a fictitious scenario around the life and death of ‘George Bull’.

What matters most to you about mediumship? That it’s defended vigorously from any and all negative comment, or that it’s credible, honest and carried out with total integrity? It’s the “credible”, “honest” and “integrity” bits that do it for me. We do no service to anyone (on this side of life or the other) by pretending everything in the garden is lovely if it isn’t. 

Working mediums have colossal power. Power to change people’s lives for the better. Power to convince the bereaved and suicidal, through detailed survival evidence from their ‘lost’ loved ones, that life can actually be worth living again. Power to get it badly wrong and cause untold distress, as happened to physical medium Scott Milligan when, years ago, a medium told him he had HIV, which he didn’t.

A week or two ago I was made aware of a programme called The Chocolate Factory. It formed part of a BBC TV series first broadcast in 2009, and was repeated just a few weeks ago. In case you didn’t see it, I’ll tell you that it featured three mediums – Goldie, Kevin and Philip – and parapsychologist Dr Ciaran O’Keeffe, of Most Haunted fame. Ciaran is certainly sceptical about mediumship but says he’s “open-minded to the possibility”.

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Magazine 39 – 29th June 2013 issue (Issue No 4105)

Magazine 39

29th June 2013 issue
(Issue No 4105)


Four mediums – sixty empty chairs

Four mediums – sixty empty chairs

Stansted Hall played host to a rare experiment on 2nd June, writes Sue Farrow.

Any good medium knows that stepping on to the platform can be nerve-wracking, no matter how experienced you are. You want to be the best you can, giving evidence that has real meaning to the person it’s intended for.

Imagine, then, how much harder it must be when you’re asked to get up there and give that evidence to an empty chair. And which empty chair, when there are 60 or so to choose from?

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Nourishment for your mind,
body and spirit at Peace Festival

Nourishment for  your mind, body and spirit at Peace Festival

Imagine an idyllic summer’s day deep in the Kent countryside. Butterflies flutter past as the sun glints on the waters of a still, clear lake. The surrounding fields and trees are vibrantly green after weeks of rain in this south-eastern English county known as the Garden of England, writes Sue Farrow.

In the grounds of Lake House, home of the Banyan Retreat, marquees are laid out on the lawns, each host to some form of spiritual activity. In one, palmistry and tarot, with Toni Jode, seem to draw a constant stream of people. In another, healing is offered under a copper pyramid. The largest marquee holds a vast array of items for sale – everything from carved buddhas to crystals, from séance trumpets to multi-coloured butterfly sun-catchers...

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Magazine 38 1st June 2013 issue (Issue No 4104)

Magazine 38

1st June 2013 issue
(Issue No 4104)


She went up to London to visit the Queen!

She went up to London to visit the Queen!A long-standing member of Newton Abbot Spiritualist Church in Devon set out for a once-in-a lifetime meeting on Wednesday 29th May, writes Sue Farrow.

Sheila Scott, secretary of the SNU award-winning church, which will celebrate its 90th anniversary of affiliation later this year, told PN she thought someone was “having a laugh” when they told her she’d been invited to meet the Queen at St James’s Palace.

Sheila and Phil, her husband of 36 years and president of Newton Abbot church, volunteer for the Meningitis Trust – a charity dedicated to providing information about meningitis, and offering advice and support to those whose lives have been affected by this often devastating infection...
 
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Magazine 37 18th May 2013 issue (Issue No 4103)

Magazine 37

18th May 2013 issue
(Issue No 4103)


Unholy matrimony (and the 
‘ridiculous sect’ called Spiritualism)

Unholy matrimony (and the ‘ridiculous sect’ called Spiritualism)The topic of same-sex marriages rumbles on. It’s reported that MPs are considering whether or not humanist weddings should be given legal status.

Humanism, a movement based on ‘reason and humanity’ rather than religion, has around 40,000 followers in Britain. Some 600 humanist weddings are carried out each year in England and Wales...

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The magical world of Kingswells

Sue Farrow reports on her visit to a unique Scottish spiritual centre

The magical world of Kingswells  Sue Farrow reports on her visit to a unique Scottish spiritual centreIf I hadn’t seen it, I wouldn’t have believed it.

Where in the world could you hope to find a 17th-century spiritual haven set at the top of a long winding driveway, amidst ancient trees and a walled garden redolent with the peaceful, unhurried atmosphere of an age long past – all within a fifteen-minute drive of an airport?

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Magazine 36  4th May  2013 issue (Issue No 4102)

Magazine 36

4th May  2013 issue
(Issue No 4102)

 
Open Week 2013 at the Arthur Findlay College

Sue Farrow reports on five days of sunshine and showers, well-attended lectures and an outstanding demonstration of mediumship.

I’ve always enjoyed reporting on AFC’s Open Week and it was a particular pleasure to be back there between 4th and 8th May this year. I’m told that an estimated 2000 people passed through the College doors during this 2013 event.

The programme was certainly varied. Not only were the traditional demonstrations of mediumship available in abundance, but other arts, not specific to Spiritualism, were on the menu, among them dream interpretation, numerology and colour.

Numerous tutors were on parade to demonstrate and lecture, including (in alphabetical order) Tim Abbott, Sandie Baker, Sally Barnes, Colin Bates, Leah Bond, Lynn Cottrell, Eamon Downey, Chris Drew, Margaret Falconer, Julie Grist, Sandy Haggar, Sharon Harvey, Penny Hayward, John Johnson, Simone Key, Jan Marshall, Angie Morris, Maureen Murnan, Lynn Parker, Judith Seaman, Matthew Smith, Bill Thomson, Stella Upton, Steven Upton, Val Williams, Su Wood and Kitty Woud...

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Psychic News Magazine 35

Magazine 35

20th April 2013 issue
(Issue No 4101)


PN Editor attends David Thompson
physical mediumship Séance

PN Editor attends 
David Thompson physical mediumship SéanceOn Monday 8th April I attended a remarkable séance, given by physical medium David Thompson. Regular readers will know that I’m a bit of an old hand where physical mediumship is concerned, but for various reasons I’d never before had the opportunity to sit with David.

The Doris Ann Centre

The séance, attended by about 30 people, was held in Oswestry, deep in the Shropshire countryside, at the Doris Ann Centre (DAC) founded by Bill Gardner in memory of his late wife.

“My road down the physical started about a year after our son died following a drowning accident,” Bill told Psychic News. “One morning, just after the sun came up, I woke up and my son was standing by my bed. I wasn’t dreaming – he really was there for a couple of seconds. I was a believer before then but that confirmed to me that our loved ones can come back to visit us.”

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Psychic News Magazine 34

Magazine 34

6th April 2013
(Issue No 4100)


An illuminating séance at Stourbridge church

An illuminating séance at Stourbridge churchMembers of Stourbridge church have been treated to an exceptional demonstration of physical mediumship, writes Sue Farrow.

On Friday 5th April, medium Bill Meadows, accompanied by his wife and circle leader Colleen (both pictured right), visited the West Midlands church to give a séance for 30 very eager people.

Searches and checks

After an introductory talk by Colleen, giving information about Bill’s regular spirit controls, and outlining the basic ‘do’s and don’ts’ of the séance room, the customary searches were carried out. I had earlier been present in the church as it was set up for the evening sitting. Cabinet and medium’s chair had been supplied by the church, and a double horseshoe of chairs arranged for the sitters. Two independent checkers were appointed – Paranormal Review editor Roy Stemman, and myself. Our role would be to go to the cabinet when asked, and check that the medium’s bindings, consisting of cable ties over Velcro on all four limbs, were still securely in place...

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Psychic News Magazine 32

Magazine 33

23rd March 2013
(Issue No 4099)


Could intuition change the world?
Sue Farrow interviews Hay House author Becky Walsh

Could intuition change the world? Sue Farrow interviews Hay House author Becky WalshBecky WalshBecky Walsh started life as a naturally gifted medium and undertook training at both the Arthur Findlay College and London’s College of Psychic Studies. She went on to teach and give private sittings at the latter for a number of years.

These days, Becky describes herself as an “intuitive catalyst” and has branched out in new directions. She’s totally passionate about the positive benefits of acting on intuition, saying quite simply – “I believe it will change the world.” Her new book, entitled You do know – Learning to act on intuition instantly, published this year by Hay House, is currently flying off the shelves and it’s not hard to see why.

‘Self-help’ books have become very big business during the past couple of decades, and the prospect of developing the kind of intuition that could help us navigate more smoothly through the ups and downs of life will sound attractive to many. But what does it involve in practice? Defining the difference between intuition and psychic (as opposed to mediumistic) ability seems like a good place to start...

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Psychic News Magazine 32

Magazine 32

9th March 2013
(Issue No 4098)


Gordon Higginson remembered
– an exceptional tribute to an exceptional man

Gordon Higginson remembered – an exceptional tribute  to an exceptional man    The memory of Gordon Mons Higginson has been honoured at a uniquely special service,  writes Sue Farrow. The memory of Gordon Mons Higginson has been
honoured at a uniquely special service, writes Sue Farrow.

The service, marking 20 years since the celebrated medium’s transition, took place on Sunday 10th March. It was held at his beloved Longton Spiritualist Church in Staffordshire, of which he was president for 47 years. Members of his family were present, including his niece Gillian Plant, her daughter Jane and grandson Lee Gordon Mons, named in honour of his great-great uncle. Lesley and Bert Duncan, daughter and son-in-law of Gordon’s sister, Hazel, also attended.

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Psychic News Magazine 31

Magazine 31

4th March 2013
(Issue No 4097)


Heart-stopping séances with Scott Milligan
by Sue Farrow

Heart-stopping séances with Scott Milligan by Sue FarrowHow did you spend last weekend? I spent mine in a dark room at the Arthur Findlay College with thirty-ish other people and a guy who was tied to a chair. His heartbeat seemed to stop several times, too, giving a few grey hairs to a nurse who was present. But more of that later.

The guy in the chair was physical medium Scott Milligan, 30 years old, and with a passion to restore physical mediumship to its former place at the heart of the Spiritualist movement.

“Dark séances?” I hear some of you cry. They’re not the ideal, I grant you...

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Psychic News Magazine 30

Magazine 30

9th February 2013
(Issue No 4096)


Looking to the future

Looking to the future – Colin Fry battles illness to help raise funds 
for the London Spiritual Mission. He also discusses his ordination and future plansColin Fry battles illness to help raise funds for the London Spiritual Mission. He also discusses his ordination and future plans

Internationally-known medium Colin Fry went beyond the call of duty to honour a commitment last weekend, writes Sue Farrow.

The 50-year-old star of TV’s 6ixth Sense had promised some time ago to demonstrate his mediumship at one of the UK’s foremost Spiritualist churches, the London Spiritual Mission, on Saturday 9th February.

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Psychic News Magazine 29

Magazine 28

12th January 2013
(Issue No 4094)


Guardian reveals SAGB is under
scrutiny by the Charity Commission


Guardian reveals SaGB is under scrutiny by the Charity CommissionAn article in a leading UK newspaper reveals that a prominent Spiritualist organisation is under scrutiny by the UK Charity Commission, writes Sue Farrow.

In its 25th January issue, the Guardian reports that the Spiritualist Association of Great Britain has come to the Commission’s attention in connection with the sale of its property in one of London’s most exclusive locations....

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Psychic News Magazine 28

Magazine 28

12th January 2013
(Issue No 4094)

Putting the science back into Spiritualism

Putting the science back into SpiritualismThe Spiritualists’ National Union is to hold a Science Day on Saturday 16th February, writes Sue Farrow.

Spiritualism has frequently been described as “a religion, a science and a philosophy”. Readers familiar with Spiritualism’s history will know that scientific investigation and research into its claims and phenomena played a significant role in years gone by. But in recent decades the science part of that trio has been conspicuously absent.

This welcome move to re-engage with credible and open-minded scientists comes after SNU president David Bruton told delegates at last year’s annual conference that he wanted “to rekindle the debate in Spiritualism, to encourage people both from within and without the movement to think seriously about what we are doing and where we are going.”

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Psychic News Magazine 27

Magazine 27

29th December2012
(Issue No 4093)

 

A DINOSAUR SPEAKS
says Leslie Price

A DINOSAUR SPEAKS says Leslie PriceIn a strongly worded editorial, PN has supported a bill, now in parliament, to remove the Church of England’s exemption from equality laws. This follows the recent decision by the Synod of the church to reject proposals to consecrate women priests as bishops. But is it wise to intervene in the affairs of another religious body?

The C of E has a democratic voting system which divides power between bishops, clergy and laity. Big changes require a two-thirds majority in each house. There were not quite enough votes among the laity.

If we look more closely we find that the C of E had already accepted the principle of women bishops. What was rejected was a particular scheme. Even some supporters of women bishops voted against this scheme. They held that it broke a promise to provide safeguards for those who took the traditional view, safeguards which go back to when women were first ordained in the church...

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Psychic News Magazine 26 - DOUBLE ISSUE

Magazine 26

5th December 2012
(Issue No 4092)

 

Images of Native American spirituality:
Painter James Ayers shares his journey

Images of Native American spirituality:   Painter James Ayers shares his journeyArtist James Ayers is renowned for his paintings of historic North American native cultures. His most popular images are those that involve American Indian spirituality – a complex and delicate topic for any artist to portray.

After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, James began his career in the early 1990s by learning about world indigenous cultures.

In his two-year quest, he explored the innermost parts of Africa as well as many of the American Indian reservations throughout the United States. Most notably, he lived with the Hopi people of Arizona for fourteen months, working the fields and participating in everyday Hopi life.

Here, James shares the philosophy, research and motivations behind his spiritually-themed work.

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FROM THE  PN ARCHIVES
EXTRACTS FROM AN ARTICLE
PUBLISHED ON  2ND DECEMBER 1980

SILVER BIRCH ON CHRISTMAS  FROM THE 
PN ARCHIVESIt is a practice among those of us who belong to certain groups to retire to the inner spheres at two festivals which long pre-date your Christian counterparts, Christmas and Easter. These, as you know, have their origin in the celebrations in ancient times of the passage of the sun as it appeared to those who saw in its appearance, its lengthening and shortening, the symbols of divine activity.

When the sun attained its full glory it was regarded as the period of resurrection, when nature sang its paean of praise and displayed its profound beauty for all to see. That which had been sown was reaped in its splendour of growth.

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Psychic News

Magazine 25

17th November 2012
(Issue No 4091)

Uniting for a better world
– Recognising the spirit in all


Uniting for a better world – Recognising the spirit in allStephen Wollaston (also known as Santoshan) is a council member of GreenSpirit, a network of people who celebrate the human spirit in the context of their place in the natural world and work towards  a more just, sustainable and peaceful way of life in harmony with this planet. Stephen is the designer of GreenSpirit's magazine and has authored or co-authored five books on spiritual matters. He holds a degree in religious studies and a post-graduate certificate in religious education from King's College London. He was given the name Santoshan (contentment) by an English swami.


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Magazine 24

3rd November 2012
(Issue No 4090)


Spiritualist standing in new
Police and Crime Commissioner elections

 
Spiritualist standing in new Police and Crime Commissioner electionsA Stourbridge Spiritualist is standing for election to the newly created role of West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, writes Sue Farrow.

Mike Rumble, a member of Stourbridge Spiritualist Church for the past 13 years, is West Midlands born and bred, and joined the police service as a cadet in 1974. He became a constable in 1976 and later a CID detective.

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Magazine 23

20th October 2012
(Issue No 4089)

 

From the editor
20th Oct - 2nd Nov 2012

sue on boat-headshotDoes our front cover surprise you? A beautiful young girl wearing a traditional Muslim hijab, or headscarf?

You'll undoubtedly have heard of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai and her fearless campaign for the education of girls in her native Pakistan. Who hasn't?

The Taliban's attempt to assassinate this extraordinary girl has dominated headlines worldwide since 9th October, when members of the extremist Muslim group boarded a school bus (yes, a school bus), asked for Malala by name and then shot her.

Not surprisingly, the story has shocked the world, including most of the Islamic community. The Taliban's action can be seen only as abhorrent and despicable by anyone possessing a shred of humanity - the attempted murder in cold blood of a child, for no other reason than that she believes girls should have an education, and had the guts to say so publicly.
 
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Magazine 22

6th October 2012
(Issue No 4088)

 

Mission's devoted servant passes

Mission's devoted servant passesLarry Taylor, a devoted servant of the London Spiritual Mission (LSM), has passed to spirit, writes Sue Farrow.

The 81-year-old former president of London's premier Spiritualist church passed peacefully in hospital on the afternoon of 5th October, after a short illness. He was surrounded by close friends and family...
 
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Magazine 21

22nd September 2012
(Issue No 4087)

 

The Gordon Higginson Fellowship's Physical Mediumship and Trance Week 2012 at Eastbourne, UK In the first of a series of articles, editor 
Sue Farrow reports on a week of outstanding physical séances, plus lectures, workshops and demonstrations.The Gordon Higginson Fellowship's
Physical Mediumship and Trance Week
2012 at Eastbourne, UK

In the first of a series of articles, editor Sue Farrow
reports on a week of outstanding physical séances,
plus lectures, workshops and demonstrations.

It's well known that physical mediumship (PM) is rare. In the UK there are just a handful of demonstrating physical mediums, and in other parts of the world PM is equally scarce. No one is entirely sure why this should be. We only know that it seems a very particular physiological make-up is required in order for the spirit world to manifest physical phenomena in this material world of ours.

We also know that with very few exceptions (most notably the materialisation medium Minnie Harrison) physical mediums typically spend many, many years in development. PMs walk a difficult and rocky road, and almost inevitably attract scepticism and controversy, mainly because their séance room events are at times so spectacular and inexplicable as to seem beyond belief - too good to be true.

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Magazine 20

8th September 2012
(Issue No 4086)

 

Readers choose Eric Hatton as Psychic News' Spiritualist of the Year

Readers choose Eric Hatton 
as Psychic News' Spiritualist of the Year When we announced our revival of the original Psychic News Spiritualist of the Year Award we had no idea how many of you would choose to nominate the special person you thought most deserved to receive it.

In fact, we've been overwhelmed by the huge number of nominations you've sent in. It's clear that there are some amazing people out there - people who have helped you, healed you, inspired you, guided you, taught you, given you great survival evidence, led your churches and centres, and generally been shining examples of how to live life as a Spiritualist...

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Magazine 19

25th August 2012
(Issue No 4085)

 

Andy Byng asks...
Where has all the wonder gone?

Andy Byng asks... Where has all the wonder gone? Can we be optimistic about the current state of Spiritualism? From the outside looking in, it probably seems that there is little to be optimistic about: political in-fighting, jealousy, a declining membership, a philosophy in need of re-examination and modernisation, and constant complaints about the standard of mediumship demonstrated on our platforms.

It also seems that we've not moved forward since the 1920s, as the issues we were then debating are the same as those we debate today. Should we have Christian trappings within our churches? Should our churches actually be called churches, or be renamed as centres? But all these things seem trifling when one considers the degree of apathy that exists within our movement. 

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Magazine18

11th August 2012
(Issue No 4084)

 

Eric Hatton's historic book on Stourbridge now available

Eric Hatton's historic book on Stourbridge now availableThe long-awaited second book by SNU honorary president Eric Hatton (pictured below) is published this week, writes Sue Farrow.

A History of Stourbridge National Spiritualist Church tells the story of what many regard as Spiritualism's most successful church, through the eyes of a man who has been at its heart for almost seven decades.

Eric first visited the church in 1947, following the death of his much-loved brother. While there, he received astonishingly accurate evidence of his brother's survival from a young Gordon Higginson, who would quickly become one of the world's most highly regarded mediums. That evidence quite literally changed the course of Eric's life and marked the start of an association with the church that continues to this day.

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Magazine 17

28th July 2012
(Issue No 4083)

 

Former FBI employee saw angels at Flight 93 crash site

Lillie Leonardi

A former FBI employee sent to the Flight 93 crash site on 11th September 2001 claims she saw angels guarding the scene when she arrived.

Lillie Leonardi retired from the FBI due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which began after the terrorist attacks.

She has now written a book, In the Shadow of a Badge: a Spiritual Memoir, in which she describes her experience upon arrival at the still-smouldering crash site. Four al-Qaeda terrorists had hi-jacked the passenger jet, United States Airlines Flight 93, during a flight from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco.

It crashed into a field at Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers tried to regain control of the aircraft. There were no survivors.

Leonardi was brought up as a devout Catholic, but says she now practises Spiritualism. She was working as a liaison officer between law enforcement and the victims’ families.

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Magazine 16

14th July 2012
(Issue No 4082)

 

From the editor

sue on boat-headshotMediumship is the theme in this week’s issue.  And so it should be. It’s the cornerstone of Spiritualism. Whether it be evidential or philosophical, it’s what distinguishes Spiritualism from all other religions and belief systems.

How often have we heard it said that the difference between Spiritualism and all other religions is that Spiritualism is based on hard evidence, whereas all other religions depend on faith?

It’s the ‘hard evidence’ bit that has given many of us cause for concern in recent years. The credibility of Spiritualism rests on our ability to demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt that there really is survival beyond physical death. 

As Maurice Barbanell, the founding editor of Psychic News, wrote: “Spiritualism stands or falls on its evidence for survival. Either it is a cruel hoax or it is one of the greatest truths ever revealed to mankind. There can be no choice between these two extremes.”

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Magazine 15

30th June 2012
(Issue No 4081)

 

Diamonds, bunting and the AFC’s best-kept secret

Paul BreretonMedium Paul Brereton (pictured) has given an outstanding demonstration of survival at the Arthur Findlay College, in Stansted, writes Sue Farrow.

The demonstration, which formed part of the regular Wednesday evening service, was given to a near-full congregation in the college sanctuary as part of the annual Senior Citizens’ Week organised by the SNU’s Fund of Benevolence whose chairman is SNU honorary president Eric Hatton.

Paul has been in development for many years but, under the guidance of Doreen Elston, a wise and experienced teacher now in her eighties, was not allowed to step onto a platform until he knew how to do his job properly...

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Magazine 14

16th June 2012
(Issue No 4080)

 

The PN experiments - will you take part?

By Sue Farrow

Spiritualism has long been known as a religion, a philosophy and a science. But it seems that the ‘science’ bit (thorough, methodical investigation of mediumship with the aim of learning more about it) is now a thing of the dim and distant past.

The days when gifted mediums willingly offered themselves for open-minded research, being as curious as any researcher to understand the workings of their mediumship, seem long gone. But are they? From what you tell us, many of you would love to discover more about the many aspects of mediumship, and perhaps even push your ability a little further as a result of the experimental process.

In decades gone by, members of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) and the American SPR worked with numerous distinguished mediums including Leonora Piper, Gladys Osborne Leonard, Bertha Harris, Eileen Garrett and Leslie Flint to learn more about the many extraordinary ways in which mediumship can work...

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Magazine 13

2nd June 2012
(Issue No 4079)

 

PN’s tribute to the Queen

Queen&flag2The UK has been buzzing with jubilee fever in recent weeks, all leading up to the nationwide celebrations of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 60-year reign earlier this week. She is now the second-longest reigning monarch in British history, Queen Victoria having been on the throne for almost 64 years.

To celebrate the event in true Spiritualist style, we’ve chosen some special items from the PN archives, all showing how Spiritualist mediums and healers have helped the Royal Family over the years. It’s been a hard choice, because there are literally hundreds of examples, and those are only the ones we know about!

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A wag’s as good as a smile

The ongoing debate about whether or not animals have souls (Sue Farrow/Andy Byng, Issue 4070) is something the Christian church is quite clear about.

Many Christians dismiss the possibility of animals surviving bodily death, as though their God discriminates between humans and animals, only admitting humans to heaven, with animals subjected to complete annihilation.

Pythagoras (BC 551), Greek philosopher and mathematician, said, “Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul.” Of course, just because Pythagoras said it does not make it true, even though he was a highly respected academic. However, Pythagoras was not alone in his thoughts about animals. St Augustine said, “Animals too have souls. Why else would they share this life with us?”

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Magazine 12

19th May 2012
(Issue No 4078)

 

Stand up and speak up
by David Hopkins

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The Arthur Findlay College and Stansted Hall are in the news again. From the safety of my position (behind a computer screen!), I am adding some comments. I need to declare an interest, not financial, but an interest, and long-standing at that.

Like others who comment, I trace my links back to the early days of the Union’s link with the Hall. My first visit was just after the Hall had been given to the Union in 1964; my parents and I went to visit what seemed a fantastic acquisition for the Spiritualists’ National Union. In those days you could walk from the station, under the archway of the lodge (part of the acquisition) and up the drive, past the lake to the Hall. The door was answered by Edith, Arthur Findlay’s long-time maid. We looked around and had traditional afternoon tea at a refectory table in the dining room (now the lecture room). The kitchen gardens were filled with flowers and vegetables and I have an abiding memory of vast numbers of butterflies.

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Rare Lily Dale recordings now available on CD

higher powers of spiritualismThanks to the dedication of a New York Spiritualist minister and his son, more than 70 unique lecture recordings have become available as CDs.

The New York Spiritualist Community of Lily Dale played a great part in this project, as it was there that the Rev Dominic J. Fioretti met his wife Lynn, (now the Rev Lynn Fioretti), in 1970. Both are lifetime members of Lily Dale Assembly, where the original recordings of the wide-ranging Spiritualist topics were made on reel-to-reel tapes between the 1950s and 1970s.

Lily Dale became a Spiritualist centre and place of pilgrimage in 1916, when the childhood home of Kate and Margaret Fox was moved there from Hydesville.

Since then the centre has greatly developed and now attracts approximately 22,000 visitors during the course of a year. They attend workshops and lectures given by experts from all over the world, including some of the finest mediums and healers.

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Magazine 11

5th May 2012
(Issue No 4077)

 

Council needs more information before
allowing mediumship meetings to be held

Welsh FlagA former mayor of Glynneath, South Wales, announced at a recent town council meeting that she knew someone who committed suicide as a result of mediumship.

The topic under discussion, as reported in the South Wales Evening Post, was whether or not a Spiritualist group should be allowed to hold meetings in the newly converted former Bethania Chapel, now the Council Chamber and community centre.

With the first Beacon of Light Spiritualist meeting already advertised, the council refused to allow it to go ahead until they had more information...

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Magazine 10

21st April 2012
(Issue No 4076)

 

Andrew Hadley’s meteoric rise ends with shock departure

Andrew Hadley, controversial chairman of the Arthur Findlay College, has resigned. Or has he? writes Sue Farrow. A statement posted on the SNU website on Friday 13th April 2012 reads:


NEC Announcement – Mr Andrew Hadley OSNU

With effect from Friday April 13th 2012 the NEC accepted the resignation of Mr Andrew Hadley OSNU as a Director of the Spiritualists’ National Union and as Chairman of the Arthur Findlay College Committee.

 SNU President, David Bruton OSNU has been appointed as the Chairman of the Arthur Findlay College Committee.

 

National Executive Committee,
Spiritualists’ National Union.



Hadley, a successful businessman and director of numerous companies, has been a Spiritualist for less than a decade. Despite that, he has found his way to the inner circle of the SNU with what many have seen as astonishing speed, taking a seat on the Finance Committee at the invitation of the then financial director, now president, David Bruton. He was also appointed a trustee of the SNU Trust, a position which, according to a well-placed source, he has now relinquished.

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British medium to take a spiritual look at historical places

robert brown-NEWA new TV series now in preparation will provide a rare treat for those interested in the spiritual aspects of historical events and legendary geographical sites.

The Aegis Film Group seeks answers to a series of questions asked for generations, such as Where is the Ark of the Covenant buried? Where is the true final resting place of Mary? Where is the final resting place of her son Jesus? What was it like in the final hours of Pompeii? What did Nostradamus really want to know?

In its advance publicity for the series, Aegis Film Group says, “Dead History takes a page from time itself and marries it with an intriguing twist – the psychic. With this pairing of history and present-day psychic interpretation, we hope to present historical events through re-creation, current investigation and in-depth analysis, and in the process perhaps uncover the truth behind events surrounding historical mysteries.”

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Magazine 9

7th April 2012
(Issue No 4075)

 

Widow reveals war hero’s spirit messages

christina schmidThe story of Staff Sergeant Olaf (Oz) Schmid was remarkable enough. An improvised explosive device brought the life of this top bomb disposal expert to an abrupt end, at the age of 30, on the last day of a five-and-a-half-month deployment to Afghanistan, in October 2009. He was awarded a posthumous George Medal for his heroism, which The Queen presented to his widow, Christina, at Buckingham Palace in 2010.

Now Christina (pictured left) has written a book about their life together which reveals a new dimension to the story: spirit messages from Oz have convinced her that he is still very much with her.

Always By My Side, which has been serialised in the Daily Mail, also reveals that both she and Oz had premonitions that he wouldn’t be coming home from Afghanistan. Her own foreboding coincided precisely with the time of his death.

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Plenty to celebrate on anniversary of Hydesville

Hydesville cakeA cake decorated with an image of the Fox Sisters was enjoyed by the congregation of Woolston Spiritualist Church, Southampton, Hampshire, on Spiritualism’s anniversary (31st March). They certainly had plenty to celebrate.

It’s hard to believe, looking at the line-up of smiling faces, that a month earlier the SNU closed the church in response to a request from its committee. Declining attendance at the church, which has been in existence for over two decades, was said to be the main reason.

But local medium Peter Doswell came to the rescue. His offer to breathe new life into the church prior to closure apparently came too late for the Spiritualists’ National Union’s Southern District Council to change its decision. But he has gone ahead, independently, and been rewarded with an influx of new people.

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Magazine 8

24th March 2012
(Issue No 4074)

 

The Hydesville Debate
Has the Spiritualist movement failed?

by Leslie Price

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Modern Spiritualism officially began in March 1848. The Fox family in Hydesville, New York State, were troubled by unexplained raps. It was learned by means of a code that they came from a murdered peddler.

Recently the Australian Spiritualist scholar Lis Warwood found a near-contemporary newspaper which named the peddler. She graciously permitted a reprint in the monthly journal Psypioneer in January 2012, whose editor Paul Gaunt had found an early book which gave a different name. Both names differ from the one used by the SNU, which derived from Emma Hardinge Britten. A fourth name appeared in a later American newspaper.

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Magazine 7

10th March 2012
(Issue No 4073)

 

The Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary

The UK’s healing jewel in the crown

by Sue Farrow

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Anyone who has visited Burrows Lea, the world-renowned Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, will know that from the moment you turn into its long driveway you are met with a view so beautiful that it takes your breath away. Parking my car about twenty metres in, I stared out across the Surrey Hills from my high vantage point and stood for a moment absorbing the absolute stillness.

It’s easy to see why in 1946 the legendary healer chose Burrows Lea as his home and workplace. It’s a setting so serene and remarkable that I felt moved to phone a friend and try to describe it before going into the house to do the interview I’d come for.

I was there to meet Toni Jode, the Healing Services Manager, a trained nurse who first arrived at the Sanctuary as a volunteer in 2003, initially working just one day a week. She became full-time in 2005 and took on her present role in 2007. I began by asking about her first encounter with spiritual healing...

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Magazine 6

25th February 2012
(Issue No 4072)

 

Abortion: David Hopkins considers

some of the complex issues involved...

David Hopkins-redThere are many issues to consider when dealing with abortion, and this article will touch on some of them. When you have finished reading, you might want to consider this emotive and sensitive matter in a slightly different light. Certainly there will be no attempt to reach a definitive standpoint on the morality or ethics of abortion. As in all things, we have personal responsibility for the view we take; I have no right to say that the ideas I express have any more validity than anyone else’s. I simply ask you to take time to assess your own views.

Abortion is the process of ending a pregnancy before normal birth, thereby ‘killing’ the foetus, the unborn child. It must be an extremely difficult and painful process for any woman who faces the dilemma of whether or not to have a termination carried out, both at the time and subsequently.

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Magazine 5

11th February 2012
(Issue No 4071)

Why I believe in an afterlife

Marc Berman

Marc Berman’s psychic quest led him to TV mediums John Edward and Jeffrey Wands, among others. He now believes in spirit communication and life after death.

I will never forget that horrific moment when our lives were shattered forever. I was resting on my bed, an innocent teenager just three weeks shy of turning 20, when the doorbell rang downstairs.

Minutes later, two police officers were at our door and my mother was lying on the floor screaming, “Jeffrey was killed in a car accident.”

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Magazine 4

28th January 2012
(Issue No 4070)

 

Respected SNU minister resigns

In a move which is unlikely to bring much comfort to the upper echelons of the Spiritualists’ National Union (SNU), one of its ordained ministers has resigned, writes Susan Farrow.

Margaret Preece has been closely associated with the popular and successful Paignton Spiritualist Church and Centre for some twenty-five years. She has served the SNU in various capacities at both local and national levels and was ordained a minister in 2008.

She has also fostered strong links with other local faith groups via the Torbay Inter-Faith Forum, one of the oldest such groups in England.

Margaret’s resignation has come as a shock to many who know and respect her, but when asked to reconsider, she decided that she must stand by her decision.

She told Psychic News: “I now feel threatened by being a minister of the SNU. I cannot do the work of the spirit impeded by internal politics.”

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Magazine 3

14th January 2012
(Issue No 4069)

 

White Feather on reincarnation through
the trance mediumship of Robert Goodwin

Robert Goodwin

We’ve all heard (or made) the complaint that today’s mediumship is not up to the standard of the past, and nowhere is that trend more apparent than in the area of philosophical trance communication.

The teaching that came from guides such as Silver Birch, Red Cloud and White Eagle is loved and revered by Spiritualists around the world, but which guide today can speak with a similar combination of gentle authority and great knowledge?

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31st December 2011
(Issue No 4068)

 

 

Spirit of Youth - how Andy Byng views the future
Interview by Susan Farrow

Andy Byng thumbA glance around many of our Spiritualist churches and centres (and many orthodox churches, too) will quickly reveal that young people are heavily outnumbered by those from older generations. It might be something we’d rather not talk about, but can we afford to ignore it? Without a steady influx of younger members a religion will inevitably wither and die.

Spirit of Youth was founded in 1994 by then SNU president Eric Hatton with the intention of inspiring young adults to find out more about Spiritualism. Since that time it’s had a number of chairpersons, including the high-profile medium Tony Stockwell, but doesn’t seem to have achieved the hoped-for increase in young Spiritualists.

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Sacked Spiritualist takes case to European Court of Human Rights

Sacked Spiritualist takes case to European Court of Human Rights Alan Power2Spiritualist Alan Power (left), sacked from his job with Greater Manchester Police (GMP), for what he believes are his religious and psychic interests, has applied for his case for unfair dismissal to be heard by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Mr Power, 64, of Birkenhead, Merseyside, lost his job in October 2008 after it was learned that he had tried to involve officers in his psychical research. Police cited “his interests in the psychic field” which were “not compatible” with his employment.

Alan Power has always maintained that the case is one of religious discrimination against his Spiritualist faith. On these grounds he attempted to sue the police force for unfair dismissal, but a Manchester employment tribunal rejected his case in December 2009. They concluded that it was not his beliefs which had prompted his dismissal.

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Aboriginal Spirituality - respecting spirit presence

Michael Williams2For the Aboriginal people of Australia, spirituality and an ongoing connection with their spirit ancestors have been a fundamental part of life for tens of thousands of years. In an interview with Australian journalist Lynda Flower, Aboriginal senior man and academic Michael Williams (pictured) gives a fascinating insight into the rich spiritual heritage which links past and present with unbroken continuity.

Michael Williams was born into the Goorang Goorang peoples of the South East Queensland area. He has had a long career in public life, mainly in the tertiary education sector, and has recently retired as Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University of Queensland after almost 20 years.

He is currently working independently as a consultant and holds an honorary position as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland where he continues his research interests.+63 He is also a long-serving member of the Council of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in Canberra.

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17th December 2011
(Issue No 4067)

From the editor - Our huge debt of gratitude

Sue Farrow

It’s tempting to start this first editorial by stealing a line from the journalist Bernard Levin, a columnist on the times when it was closed down in 1978 due to an industrial dispute. When the paper reappeared almost
a year later, he began his famously acerbic column with “As I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted...” You can see why I was tempted!

Like the times, we’ve been in enforced hibernation, but now we’re well and truly awake, raring to go and so happy to be back! to our long-time readers – it’s fantastic to be with you again. to our brand new readers – we’re delighted to have you on board and hope you’ll stay with us for many years to come.

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