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April 2017 (Issue No 4149)

April 2017

(Issue No 4149)

 

Singing the praises of outstanding musical medium Jill Harland

TONY STOCKWELL was one of the first to pay tribute to Jill Harland, whose passing he reported on his Facebook page in March.

Describing her as “an amazing medium” and an “all round beautiful soul”, Stockwell recalled that Jill was a tutor at the Arthur Findlay College (AFC) when he first attended as a teenager and she made a big impression on him.

Years later, she participated in one of his courses as part of his teaching team – possibly her last appearance at the college.

“She hosted a night for the students that was song, mediumship, anecdotes and, of course, lots of humour. I have never seen a session before or since where students cried with laughter and cried with the amazing evidence she gave from Spirit.”

The final years of Jill’s life were spent in a care home, he revealed, “but she never lost her grace, her humility and her ability to see the funny side”.

Stockwell added: “I’ll be one of many that misses her very much. I’ll continue to play her CD often as I travel to demonstrations and shall smile as I think of the time we spent together.”

Jill had first embarked on a musical career, singing in London with some of the biggest bands, including Glen Miller and Geraldo Jill Harland at the  Arthur Findlay College  (Photo: Ann Harrison)

Jill Harland at the  Arthur Findlay College  (Photo: Ann Harrison)
 
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British psychic makes global predictions for 2017
    
Craig Hamilton-Parker

MEDIUM and psychic Craig Hamilton-Parker, whose name will be familiar to most Psychic News readers through the serialisation in these columns of excerpts from his book Messages From The Universe, has gone out on a limb and made some very bold predictions about events he believes will happen in the current year.

These have been made public in a YouTube video so, although Psychic News seldom publishes predictions, it was felt appropriate to share these with readers.

• A world-wide flu-like epidemic around December 2017 from a strange disease that attacks the immune system and will kill many in the Third World. It will, Craig says, be reminiscent of the 1918 flu pandemic that killed between 20 and 50 millions worldwide.

An assassination and kidnap attempt will be made on Pope Francis at the Vatican during which multiple Swiss Guards will be killed.

 
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February 2017 (Issue No 4147)

February 2017

(Issue No 4147)

 


Gays and ghosts  – is there a connection?

IF THERE is any aspect of homosexuality in humans that puzzles you, a Melbourne-based website with links to India claims to have all the answers. As well as explanations it also offers “cures”.

The Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF) – whose bizarre, uscientific and poorly written statements fail to live up to its title – begins by telling visitors to its website:

“Spiritual research has shown that … about 30 per cent of the world’s population is possessed by ghosts.” It then offers these explanations for homosexual attraction:

“The main reason behind the gay orientation of some men is that they are possessed by female ghosts. It is the female ghost in them that is attracted to other men.

“Conversely, the attraction to females experienced by some lesbians is due to the presence of male ghosts in them. The ghost’s consciousness overpowers the person’s normal behaviour to produce the homosexual attraction.

“Spiritual research has shown that the cause for homosexual preferences lies predominantly in the spiritual realm.”

Its analysis of homosexuality suggests physical causes due to hormonal changes in five per cent of cases; psychological causes, such as a pleasurable encounter with a person of the same sex when young, in 10 per cent of cases; and “spiritual causes: mainly ghosts” in 85 per cent of cases.

Unsurprisingly, it does not explain what it means by “spiritual research”. It adds that homosexuality can be overcome by regular spiritual practices which it teaches...

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Spirit message that changed my life – My Journey of Discovery…  FROM BELIEVING TO KNOWING – By Teresa Stelter Diprose

  

  Teresa Stelter Diprose

SOME 10 years ago, I had my first tarot reading. Not only was I blown away with what the cards revealed but the tarot reader, Maria, made a contact with my father who had died when I was only 12.

She knew his name and even told me songs which we used to sing together. I left feeling exhilarated and hungry for more.

I needed to know if this was real, so I read and enquired and eventually, despite resistance from my family, I registered for a course at the Arthur Findlay College (pictured below). The moment I came through the door, I knew I had come home.

After a meditation on the second day, I asked spirit to show me without doubt if this was real. And then the most amazing thing happened.

As part of the training I was partnered with a woman I hadd never met before. Instantly, I saw a black screen and on the top left hand side a small man with puffy cheeks and a bald head, wearing Wellington boots and trousers held up with braces...

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January 2017 (Issue No 4146)

January 2017

(Issue No 4146)

 


Accentuate the positive with Sally Francis – Give spiritual momentum to your journey through 2017
SO January has arrived and we get to experience a New Year. As well as having a sense of what we have left behind, we can also reflect on what we intend, perhaps, to envision and create for the year ahead.

When you arrived here in human form you may have been entrusted with a vision and a mission that was much more than yourself and greater than the one that you expected.

Your journey here into consciousness may now, in 2017, be far greater then even you had imagined or you may now have more challenges. Sometimes we need to get into a really creative space of imagination to see our own visions for the future and sometimes that is the hard bit.

We often set new goals and intend things going forward for the new year, looking at what we want to leave behind and how we want change in our lives going forward...

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Science and séance – Medium Billy Roberts quizzes his friend, sceptical ghostbuster Dr Ciarán O’Keeffe, on his beliefs … or lack of them 
 

I FIRST MET Dr Ciarán O’Keeffe in Liverpool about 12 years ago and, although our meeting was purely professional, we did become friends even though we came from opposite sides of the paranormal.

Ciarán is a sceptic and I am a believer, so to speak, but our mutual interests led us to write a book together: The Great Paranormal Clash. This was turned into a stage show and later a television production on the Paranormal Channel. 

I also spent a short time alongside Ciarán on the long-running and popular TV programme Most Haunted. More recently, we have written a revised version of our book, retitled Science and Séance

Although we disagreed about a lot of things connected to the paranormal, Ciarán and I, surprisingly, agreed about many significant points and particularly about mediums.

Recently we have been working together in London on promotional activities for Syfy Channel in connection with the new American TV series The Exorcist, currently being broadcast on Fox.

And so, to find out more about the way Dr O’Keeffe thinks and perceives the whole genre of the paranormal, I seized the opportunity, during a break in our filming, to question him about his beliefs and share them with Psychic News readers...

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December 2016 issue (Issue No 4146)

December 2016

(Issue No 4145)

 


New attempt to win pardon for jailed Helen Duncan … one of the last to be prosecuted under the Witchcraft Act

Helen Duncan   

SCOTTISH materialisation medium Helen Duncan (left) has probably inspired more publicity than any other 20th-century Spiritualist medium.

Following recent changes in the law, campaigners have fresh hopes that Duncan, who in 1944 was tried and imprisoned under the 1735 Witchcraft Act, could receive a posthumous pardon.

There is no proof that she was a fraud and she was certainly not a witch! Yet this Stirlingshire mother of a large family was prosecuted under a law that is now obsolete.

Helen Duncan is widely described as the last person to be convicted under the ancient Witchcraft Act but, according to archivist and historian Leslie Price, that dubious honour rests with Jane Rebecca Yorke, a 72-year-old London medium convicted a short time after Mrs Duncan in 1944.

New optimism has arisen following the posthumous pardon of wartime code-breaker Alan Turing who was convicted for gross indecency in 1952 and subsequently committed suicide...

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Paris apartment plagued by paranormal phenomena – BILLY ROBERTS reports on a remarkable encounter with an exorcist in the French capital

Because of my past involvement in various exorcisms, I was approached a few months ago by Its Pretty Green, a public relations and branding agency in London, to see if I would take part in filming promotional material for the new American TV series, The Exorcist, to be broadcast on the SYFY Channel. 

It was explained that I would be working alongside my friend, UK parapsychologist Dr Ciaran O’Keeffe, and that we would be filmed talking about our experiences with exorcisms.

Although the majority of exorcisms are nothing at all like those depicted by Hollywood, there have been occasions over my 35 years of working as a professional medium, when I have witnessed some grotesque and very frightening exorcisms.

Some years ago, I was contacted by Fr Julian Calendro, an American who started his life in the Church as a missionary priest, specialising in exorcisms, but whose knowledge of metaphysical subjects was quite extensive. Because of my history and background where exorcisms and possession are concerned, someone I had met during the course of my work in New York had recommended me to him.

He needed my mediumistic opinion about certain places to which he had been invited, and warned me, in no uncertain terms, that even he did not know what to expect. I must say I did feel safe accompanying Julian, as not only was he a veritable giant of a man, with a height of approximately 6 foot 5 inches, but his knowledge of such matters was also extremely extensive...

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Magazine 79 November 2016 issue (Issue No 4145)

November 2016

(Issue No 4145)

 


First female nominated for USA presidency was a Spiritualist medium  By JOAN STANTON     Victoria Woodhull

IN THE month when the United States of America may elect a woman as its president for the first time in its history – see following pages for more on that topic – I felt it appropriate to recall the life of a colourful female who nursed similar ambitions 144 years ago.

Her name was Victoria Woodhull and she was rightly famous in the 19th-century for a variety of reasons – not all of them virtuous.

What is beyond doubt is her extraordinary gift for oratory. It first caught the public imagination in 1871 when she spoke before the House Judiciary Committee on women’s rights.

A year later, dressed in black silk, she took to the stage at the Apollo Hall in New York City, having been introduced by a speaker who had denounced the corruption of both Republicans and Democrats, and received a rapturous reception.

Her rousing address demanding change soon had her audience on its feet and one delegate yelled above the rest that he nominated her for president – a suggestion that received a five-minute standing ovation from the gathering.

It was far from an empty gesture. A month later the spontaneous reaction to her speech resulted in her selection as a presidential nominee by the Equal Rights Party, making history. She became the first woman to be honoured in this way, almost half a century before women’s suffrage was accepted nationally in the United States.

But that’s where the Victoria Woodhull story takes an unexpected turn. She never envisaged she would gain high office in male-dominated Washington, but any political ambitions she may have had were quickly destroyed when she and her sister, Tennessee, were thrown into jail.

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Predictions fail to agree on presidential result – Is it all in the stars or can other forces influence the outcome?

ON THE 8th of this month, the world will know who succeeds Barack Obama as the 45th President of the United States.

Will Democrat Hillary Clinton return to the White House for a second term – this time not as the First Lady but as the United States’ first female president? Or will it be billionaire businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump?

As we go to press, it seems to be a contest that’s still too close to call. But that hasn’t stopped various psychics, seers, astrologers or others who claim to have the ability to see the future from putting their reputations on the line and naming the winner.

Danielle Egnew, who describes herself as a “psychic-medium”, made her prediction at the end of July. Still wearing her bathrobe, she treated her Facebook followers to an early-morning live chat in which she declared Clinton would be the next president of the United States.

She insisted, however, that the issues were not about who and how a president is chosen but about “how we handle a changing consciousness”, adding: “Guys, Donald Trump will not be president. It’s simply not in the cards.”

She went on: “Mr Trump, love him or hate him, is playing a super-important role right now, and that is representing a consciousness that’s on its way out,” before offering this rationale:

“As of 21 December, 2012, the Mayan New Year – ‘the end of the world’, according to some – we entered into a feminine timeframe, after a 100,00-year masculine timeframe … and it is time to nurture that which we have brought forward: the feminine energies in all of us.”

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Magazine 78 October 2016 issue (Issue No 4144)

October 2016

(Issue No 4144)


Time for action – Psychic News’ TRUTH campaign for thermal testing of physical mediums gets major backing from three continents – By the Editor

IN A dramatic move designed to verify the genuineness of physical mediumship and, at the same time, rid Spiritualism of charlatans pretending to produce physical phenomena, Psychic News has joined forces with the Spiritualists’ National Union (SNU) and the Banyan Retreat to change perceptions and challenge the procedures surrounding such séances.

This informal coalition follows the exposure of Gary Mannion’s blatant fraud, revealed by covert infrared filming of his “physical mediumship” at Banyan Retreat, Kent [PN July, August and September 2016] earlier this year.

His ability to fool many people poses serious questions about the involvement of Spiritualist churches – some of them SNU members – and independent centres in unwittingly exposing their followers to fraudulent activities.

It’s difficult to know if Mannion once had some genuine physical mediumship ability, but as his physical séances for three years or more have followed the same pattern as the “séance” caught on video, this is now being questioned.

Physical mediums have produced some spectacular results over the years, manifesting remarkable phenomena combined with impressive evidence of life after death. But even the best have been accused of fraud – often unjustifiably, it seems – by sceptics who refuse to believe such things are possible.

The major problem with most accounts of materialisations and other ectoplasmic phenomena is that they usually occur in darkness or in low light conditions, often making eyewitness accounts less than reliable.

Psychic News believes it is now time for Spiritualists around the world to unite in stamping out fraud by utilising new technology before the activities of fake physical mediums like Mannion do long-lasting damage to the Movement.

As a first step, we are campaigning for every physical medium who demonstrates publicly to be tested using the latest, non-invasive thermal technology. We are also inviting all Spiritualist churches and centres to give their support to this campaign by agreeing to allow only those physical mediums whose abilities have been verified by thermal imaging technology to demonstrate on their premises...

Spiritualists’ National Union – www.snu.org.ukBanyan Retreat – www.banyanretreat.comAmerican Society for Standards in Mediumship – www.assmpi.orgThe Spiritualist Association of Great Britain – www.sagb.org.uk

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A BLINK’S AS GOOD AS A SMILE  for our four-legged dynamos who are natural healers, says BILLY ROBERTS
 
  Ancient Egyptian Crown Prince Thutmose had this sarcophagus built for his beloved cat 
(Photo: Larazoni on Flickr)
Ancient Egyptian Crown Prince Thutmose
had this sarcophagus built for his
beloved cat (Photo: Larazoni on Flickr)

CATS HAVE been revered as “special’ for millennia. In ancient Egypt they were regarded almost as deities and in some cases worshipped as such.

The Elizabethans, on the other hand, held cats in high regard for reasons that today’s cat lovers would find cruel and quite repulsive. Apothecaries in that era believed that cat fur contained certain properties that eased the pain of gout and many other painful and inflammatory conditions. 

The four-poster beds in the homes of the more opulent Elizabethans would be draped with cat fur in the cold winter months, not just for the warmth, but for the healing properties they believed were contained in the feline fur. 

Belief that cats could heal all kinds of maladies of body, mind and spirit led to various and sometimes extreme atrocities. For example, blood would be extracted from the cat’s ears and mixed with an infusion of vinegar, honey and selected herbs, and then administered by mouth to a patient suffering from shingles or other conditions of the nervous system.

Although such repulsive practices were extremely popular throughout the Elizabethan period, from a metaphysical perspective there is some truth in the healing properties of cats.

For one thing, a cat will always gravitate towards its owner whenever he or she is feeling under the weather or out of sorts. Cats and dogs have the unusual ability to monitor molecular changes in the subtle atmosphere, allowing them to know when their owner is in need of some attention.

Using the same neurological monitoring system, cats can detect the onset of a volcanic eruption, up to 24 hours before it actually occurs, which is why many of the homes located in volcanic areas keep cats as pets...

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 Magazine 77 September 2016 issue (Issue No 4143)

September 2016

(Issue No 4143)

 


Ghost of Lawrence of Arabia returns to his cottage?

   T.E. Lawrence in Bedouin-style dress
T.E. Lawrence in Bedouin-style dress

THE hillside above the isolated cottage owned by T.E. Lawrence – famous as the legendary “Lawrence of Arabia” – which he used as a retreat from fame and Army life, was recently visited by a ghostly apparition wearing robes.

Psychical researcher Alan Murdie reports on his website (europaranormal.com) a sighting made on 31 July this year by a visitor who was not originally from the UK and was unaware of the history of Cloud’s Hill, now a National Trust property, which he was visiting with three others.

Showing little interest in the four-roomed cottage, he decided to walk up the slope to gain a better view over the Dorset countryside. On a warm, sunny morning, looking towards the nearby Bovington Camp, where Lawrence had been stationed, he became aware of “what appeared to be a human figure in a black robe suddenly stepping out from behind a small sapling”.

The figure’s face was concealed by a hood or covering. One of the visitor’s companions called to him and he momentarily turned away....

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Katie Nicholl: astounded by accuracy of medium’s message (Photo: Nick Wainwright)

Katie Nicholl: astounded by accuracy of medium’s message (Photo: Nick Wainwright)
Royal biographer pays tribute to Gordon Smith

KATIE NICHOLL, the author and Daily Mail royal correspondent, has twice had sittings with Gordon Smith (see pages 18-21) and is impressed with the accuracy of his readings.

She tells Sophie Goddard, whose report “Why are women like you turning to psychics?” is published in the August issue of the women’s style magazine Grazia, that she has always believed that some people can see the future and connect with the spiritual world...

 
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Magazine 76 August 2016 issue (Issue No 4142)

August 2016

(Issue No 4142)

 


 Conjuring up movie terror – and safety issues

Actress Madison Wolfe as Enfield Poltergeist victim Janet Hodgson in a scene from The Conjuring 2 (Photo: Warner Bros)
 
AUDIENCE disorder during screenings of The Conjuring 2 – the Enfield Poltergeist has caused many French cinemas to cancel performances.

Disruptive loud laughter, hysterical yelling and violent altercations have been reported. The French newspaper Le Parisien announced that most of the 262 French cinemas planning to show the film have removed it from their schedules.

Some Paris movie theatres, including the Cyrano de Versailles cinema, axed the James Wan film on release “to ensure the safety of staff and customers.”
 
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One of oldest Spiritualist churches is on the move
 
EVERY cloud has a silver lining, and that certainly seems to be true for Melbourne’s Victorian Spiritualists’ Union (VSU).

It decided reluctantly to leave its premises in the city’s Central Business District after 55 years because its foundations were being shaken to the core, literally, by the rapid residential and commercial development of the surrounding area.

However, the income from the sale of its boutique bluestone building will provide greater financial security for its future.

The Australian church has been continuously serving Spiritualism since 1870 and is already discussing its 150th anniversary in four years’ time.

Its president, medium Lorraine Lee Tet, talked to Psychic News about these important developments when she visited the UK recently for the Georgiana Houghton exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery in London (PN June and July issues).

The VSU owns the Houghton paintings, more than 20 of which are on loan to the Courtauld Gallery for its “Spirit Drawings” exhibition that runs through to 11 September.

These astonishing works of art have been adorning the walls of the Melbourne Church for much of its existence, and certainly since it moved into the historic, two-storey former warehouse at 71-73 A’Beckett Street 55 years ago.
 
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Magazine 75 July 2016 issue (Issue No 4141)

July 2016

(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)

June 2016

(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)

May 2016

(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)

April 2016

(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)

March 2016

(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)

February 2016

(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)

January 2016

(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)

December 2015

(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)

November 2015

(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)

October 2015

(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)

September 2015

(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)

August 2015

(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)

July 2015

(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)

June 2015

(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)

May 2015

(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)

April 2015

(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)

March 2015

(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)

February 2015

(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)

January 2015

(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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