Footnote to History
Last revised: 14 July 2008
- 1 Individual Personalities
- 1.1 Earth identity recognized
- 1.2 A Spirit from Ancient Asia
- 1.3 St. Columba, 521-597
- 1.4 Joan of Arc, 1412-1431
- 1.5 Martin Luther, 1483-1546
- 1.6 John Knox, 1510-1572
- 1.7 William Shakespeare, 1564-1616
- 1.8 Oliver Cromwell, 1599-1658
- 1.9 Rembrandt, 1606-1659
- 1.10 Emanuel Swedenborg, 1688-1772
- 1.11 Charles Wesley, 1707-1788
- 1.12 Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769-1821
- 1.13 Helena P. Blavatsky, 1831-1891
- 1.14 Stainton Moses, 1839-1892, and "Imperator"
- 1.15 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 1840-1893, and Franz Joseph Haydn, 1732-1809
- 1.16 Frederic W.H. Myers, 1843-1901
- 1.17 William James, 1842-1910
- 1.18 Mark Twain, 1835-1910
- 1.19 William Thomas Stead, 1849-1912
- 1.20 Jack London, 1876-1916
- 1.21 Raymond Lodge, 1889-1915
- 1.22 Mary Pickford, 1892-1979
- 1.23 Private Dowding, d. 1916
- 1.24 Helen Salter
- 1.25 Lawrence of Arabia, 1888-1935
- 1.26 Will Rogers, 1879-1935
- 1.27 Cheiro (Count Louis Hamon), 1866-1936
- 1.28 Nikola Tesla, 1856-1943
- 1.29 Edgar Cayce, 1877-1945
- 1.30 Stewart Edward White, 1873-1946
- 1.31 Sir Winston Churchill, 1874-1965
- 1.32 Paramahansa Yogananda, 1893-1952
- 1.33 Harry Edwards, 1893-1976
- 2 Groups
Earth identity recognized
In living in these realms, one is inevitably bound, sooner or later, to encounter some person whose name is known to all upon the earth-plane. But these famous folk have no attachment to the earth world. They have left it behind them, and many of those who have passed to here hundreds of earthly years ago are glad to have no occasion to recall their earthly lives. Such numbers of them suffered a violent transition that they are happy to consider their present only and leave their past sealed up in their memory. (Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, LIWU, 175.)
A Spirit from Ancient Asia
"You wish to know who I am. I lived long ago in an age far more engulfed in wickedness than the present one; and I shuddered at what I saw, felt, and could not alter, and kept silent, knowing that words meant death."
'You must have lived in the Greek or Roman times?'
"Before that even, when there was no light, no spiritual light on earth."
"No, before that. When you read in history of ancient times, traditions, sacrifices to strange gods, human sacrifices, and no one to tell us of a higher or better way, you read of the time when I lived, when I was a part of the great earthborn multitude. Only that deep down in my subconscious self there was an instinctive feeling that there was something better, something purer and brighter and higher than the life that was lived."
'Can you tell us where this was?'
"Over in Asia. But even the names are changed now. It was a land that knew not the true God, a land in which worship was ever cruelty. I came over because of cruelty, for I myself was a sacrifice to the gods! (Unnamed spirit, LHH, 31.)
St. Columba, 521-597
I have met St. Columba! (Tell the artist who painted his picture that I recognized him at once from the likeness that she created). He is full of youth and fire and dynamic thrust. ... Oh, how I long for you all to walk among us here as I do, meeting the Devas and the saints and the great Angel Spirits. (Father Andrew Glazewski in AL, 90.)
Joan of Arc, 1412-1431
We had been reading aloud from an account of the life of Joan of Arc written from a psychic viewpoint. Afterwards comments were made through the pencil as follows: -
"We were listening to the reading. We know much of her here. She has advanced to much higher spheres, but her history and accounts of her life here on this plane are in our libraries and are much read. She had a wonderful character to begin with. Then she was influenced by strong spirits here who were working for the nation they still loved. It was during a time when fighting was considered the noblest profession; and the world was in such condition that armies were needed to control the people. We do not think any leader could receive such power now to lead armies. But we do think that leaders for a great movement towards guiding the world into righteous thought could and would be influenced from here, and might even be led as Joan was led." (Spirit Control Mary Bosworth to Charlotte E. Dresser, LHH, 89.)
Martin Luther, 1483-1546
I have twice been in contact with [Martin] Luther, once when he spoke at a convocation of about 20,000 Lutherans who had gathered together. There he implied that Lutheran teaching as it is at present should be widened and expanded. As man's understanding of scientific things has expanded, man's understanding of religious things has not expanded to the same extent.
Luther felt there should be a downpouring of power from the Lutherans who have passed over upon the Lutherans who are incarnate. He expressed a desire for an expansion of such things as the laying on of hands. This is tentatively used at the present time, but not forcefully. If the pastors who are using the laying on of hands would open themselves more widely, there could be tongues of fire of healing instead of "candle flames."
If you will reread some of the principal first teachings of Martin Luther and look at them with the eyes of the Spirit, you will see that all you are exploring and understanding today is hinted at there. It is there, but it would have been out of time for him to preach then what he is sending down to his people now. If he had preached and taught that at the time he was on earth, people would not have listened to him. Remember that he was preaching and teaching to a certain nationality of people - people who had disciplined and rigid ideas. Their very climate kept them rigid and disciplined.
Within the confines of the disciplined body they had, and the disciplined political and national structure, he was showing them how to break down some of the barriers. If he came back now, it would be the same teaching but it would be translated on different levels and in different ways. Everything grows - everything.
Although Luther feels there should be a new growth of / consciousness in the Lutheran church, I do not find him "frustrated" over any hedges that have been built. Instead, I find him to be a most tolerant mind and very understanding, but still fiery.
He is far beyond what I had conceived from his writings. I find him still an electrifying force, a great awakener. He is a great soul. When I think of him, and when I think of the work he did, then it overwhelms me with my inadequacy and the inadequacy of all of us to translate the tremendous thoughts that he brought. (A.D. Mattson, WOB, 93-4.)
John Knox, 1510-1572
I understand that John Knox did come now and again and add his quota of push to me when I was a younger man on earth and particularly when I was working for the rights of the underprivileged. He is an unusual ... man. When he wants to get something across to me, he punctuates everything he says with a blow from one hand into the palm of the other. He thinks that because I am an American I don't understand his Scottish accent. He has been over here a long while and he could very easily communicate by thought instead of speech, but he enjoys talking. (A.D. Mattson, WOB, 92.)
William Shakespeare, 1564-1616
Yes, I did [reincarnate], as a matter of fact, and within the twentieth century. I was not going to tell you the name, but I was a man who was very lucky and came from the English stage to Hollywood. I was fortunate enough to be responsible for the acquisition and training of superior actors in Hollywood. I made several movies and I died some time ago. I was very happy to have the honour to do that piece of work. ... And I also managed to write some scenarios that I thought were quite good. ... So you see, I'm still involved in modern theater in some ways. (1) (William Shakespeare in SR, 41.)
- (1) Might this have been Alfred Hitchcock?
Q: Were you someone before you were William Shakespeare?
Shakespeare: Oh, many, many, many, many, many, many, someones. ... Shakespeare and the most recent one were the only noted lives. In the lifetime immediately before William Shakespeare, I was an apprentice to an Italian alchemist, who was also noted in history. I learned to read and write in Italian, which was not at all common.
Q: Did you find this preparation helpful in your career as a dramatist?
Shakespeare: Oh, yes. The material in my plays that you would call "occult content" was very much dependent upon a kind of memory I had of having done it before. (William Shakespeare in SR, 50.)
I might say here that perhaps I influenced Bacon a few times, too. But I didn't write any of his material - any more than he wrote mine. (William Shakespeare in SR, 22.)
[William] Shakespeare: No fair hitting a spook!
[Robert] Leichtman: You mean that figuratively, of course, and not literally, I presume.
Shakespeare: I mean it literally figuratively. (William Shakespeare, DOC, 15.)
Robert G. Ingersoll, well known to me [Edward C. Randall] in the after life, speaking on this subject said:
"Let me give the most remarkable illustration of spirit suggestion - the immortal Shakespeare. Neither of his parents could read or write. He grew up in a small village among ignorant people, on the banks of the Avon. There was nothing in the peaceful, quiet landscape on which he looked, /nothing in the low hills, the undulating fields, nothing in the lazy flowing stream to excite the imagination. Nothing in his early life calculated to sow the seeds of the subtlest and sublimest thought. There was nothing in his education or lack of education to account for what he did. It is supposed that he attended school in his home village, but of that there is no proof. He went to London when young, and within a few years became interested in Black Friars Theatre, where he was actor, dramatist, and manager. He was never engaged in a business counted reputable in that day. Socially he occupied a position below servants. The law described him as a "sturdy vagabond." He died at 52.
How such a man could produce the works which he did has been the wonder of all time. Not satisfied that one with such limited advantages could possibly have written the master pieces of literature, it has been by some contended that Bacon was the author of all Shakespeare's comedies and tragedies.
It is a fact to be noted that in none of this man's plays is there any mention of his contemporaries. He made reference to no king, queen, poet, author, sailor, soldier, statesman, or priest of his own period. He lived in an age of great / deeds, in the time of religious wars, in the days of the armada, the edict of Nantes, the massacres of St. Bartholomew, the victory of Lepanto, the assassination of Henry III of France, and the execution of Mary Stuart; yet he did not mention a single incident of his day and time.
The brain that conceived "Timon of Athens" was a Greek in the days of Pericles and familiar with the tragedies of that country. The mind that dictated "Julius Caesar" was an inhabitant of the Eternal City when Caesar led his legions in the field. The author of "Lear" was a Pagan; of "Romeo and Juliet," an Italian who knew the ecstasies of love. The author of those plays must have been a physician, for he shows a knowledge of medicine and the symptoms of disease; a musician, for in "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" he uses every musical term known to his contemporaries. He was a lawyer, for he was acquainted with the forms and expressions used by that profession. He was a botanist because he named nearly all known plants. He was an astronomer and a naturalist and wrote intelligently upon the stars and natural science. He was a sailor, or he could not have written "The Tempest." He was a savage and trod the forest's silent depths. He knew all crimes, all regrets, all virtues, and / their rewards. He knew the unspoken thoughts, desires and ways of beasts. He lived all lives. His brain was a sea on which the waves touch all the shores of experience. He was the wonder of his time and of ours.
Was it possible for any man of his education and experience to conceive the things which he did? All the Shakespearean works were, beyond a doubt, the product of his pen, but the conceptions, the plays, the tragedies were the work of many brains, given Shakespeare by spirit suggestion. He was but the sensitive instrument through which a group of learned and distinguished scholars, inhabitants of many lands when in earth-life, gave to posterity the sublime masterpieces of the Bard of Avon." (Robert G. Ingersoll in Edward C. Randall, DHND, 207-10.)
Oliver Cromwell, 1599-1658
"[The communicator from Cromwell's time in England] held the idea that only his way would take one into the realms of bliss in the future life, and he vigorously opposed any other belief."
'Was not that Cromwell's idea?'
"Yes, and he was many years in learning the truth here. But being a man of greater intelligence and reason, he did learn the truth sooner than the other one. But after all, he only saw there the same justice and injustice that the other man saw." (Spirit Control Mary Bosworth to Charlotte E. Dresser, LHH, 32.)
Rembrandt: Did you know [medium David Kendrick Johnson's] a student of mine?
[Robert] Leichtman: I suspected as much.
Rembrandt: Well, let me confirm something else you have suspected. Many artists are gifted clairvoyants from birth. The arts are a natural place for gifted clairvoyants to find an occupation that is acceptable to society as well as rewarding. And what better way to apply the gift of clairvoyance? (Rembrandt, RR, 29-30.)
Emanuel Swedenborg, 1688-1772
Mary was asked if they knew of Swedenborg on that side. She replied: -
"His influence is strong here. He long ago ascended to higher planes of thought and speech, but he is looked upon as a great scholar and a pure and strong influence. Mary thinks he has his greatest influence among the intellectually spiritual. You know, I hardly belong to that circle, but I can still admire and learn."
We spoke of the doctrine that Swedenborg had formulated.
"Mary says we here have a far simpler doctrine, as you know. Principally, kindness to all, and service wherever possible. But we realize that many need the stimulus of a more involved creed or doctrine, and Swedenborg can certainly supply this need." (Spirit Control Mary Bosworth to Charlotte E. Dresser, LHH, 139.)
Charles Wesley, 1707-1788
Ed. Brother of John Wesley.
Charles Wesley is one of the many teachers and sages who, of their own volition, are staying near the earth to work with people when they first come over. These sages are dedicated to help certain people ho through stages that these persons never faced or had the opportunity to go through in the physical body. (A.D. Mattson, WOB, 92.)
Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769-1821
'Do you mean that you have a message from Napoleon?'
"Yes. Napoleon sees the world slaughter of this war [WW I], and knows how his militarism fostered the cruelties and avarice and the grasping greed of nations. He knew at Elba that his life was all wrong; but did not know how to alter the greed of power, the ambition to be personally great. These dominated his personality.
"He came here with hardly anything left of spirituality. He was stunned by the change and by the necessity for different ideals; and long, long time passed before he could even make a beginning. Even yet he has still to struggle with the remains of the old character. His messages are always so unlike his former greed-loving self - I mean greed for power - that few will believe them. ..."
"Tell young men who seek personal power, riches, fame, and forget the rights of the lowly and dependent - tell all such to find an Elba of their own, some desert place, some far island in the sea; and there to ponder on the rights, not of the individual, but the rights of humanity. And tell them, as they value their immortal life, to stay there until their ideals have grown pure and unselfish." (Messenger conveying message from Napoleon Bonaparte in Charlotte Dresser, SWSL, 186.)
Helena P. Blavatsky, 1831-1891
At times there were twenty to forty beings who would come in and speak. They identified themselves by name, whether it was their actual name or not. I was fortunate to entertain Madame Blavatsky for a short period of time. Much of the material on Atlantis came through her. She did not come through with that name, though - she used another.
Leichtman: Why did she use a pseudonym?
Well, at the time I was doing my work, it would have been a bit shocking for someone to come in and announce that she was Madame Blavatsky. (Edgar Cayce in PP, 43.)
Dr. Robert Leichtman: During the break, we were saying that perhaps the Western equivalent of the Zen koan is to try to comprehend something that is very profound, and to stretch yourself to seek out the meaning.
Stewart Edward White: That's a good point. In fact, this is why H.P. Blavatsky wrote in such mazes. Her purpose was to lead the reader out of his usual frame of thought into another realm. (Steward Edward White in PP, 213.)
Stainton Moses, 1839-1892, and "Imperator"
[Stainton] Moses continually asked for the earthly identifications of Imperator and the others. Imperator initially refused, informing Moses that revealing their earthly names would result in casting additional doubt on the validity of the messages.
However, Imperator later revealed their names, advising Moses that they should not be mentioned in the book he would write. It was not until after Moses's death that the identities were made public by A. W. Trethewy in a book, The Controls of Stainton Moses. Imperator was Malachias, the Old Testament prophet. Rector was Hippolytus and Doctor was Athenodorus. Imperator took directions from Preceptor, who was Elijah. Preceptor, in turn, communed directly with Jesus. Other communicators in the band of 49 included Daniel, Ezekiel, John the Baptist, Solon, Plato, Aristotle, Seneca, Plotinus, Alexander Achillini, Al-Ghazzali, Kabbila, Chom, Said, Roophal, and Magus. (From an e-mail from Dr. Mike Timn to Brother Anonymous, March 15, 2008.)
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 1840-1893, and Franz Joseph Haydn, 1732-1809
"Call our friend Peter Ilyitch, (1) Roger, and look for surprises." ...
We were shown into a spacious apartment that was both sitting-room and work-room. Close to a wide window there was a large table upon which were disposed many sheets of music-manuscript, some of which had already been written upon, while a further quantity of unused paper was ready waiting, and it was evidence that actual work was in progress.
Along one wall was a commodious couch upon which an old friend of ours was seated and who rose upon our entrance. He was presented to Roger as Franz Joseph and then resumed his seat. ...
"[Our friend] Roger does not suspect ... who you are.... I'm sure he doesn't know who Franz is either."
"Well, you know, my dear, we have changed a little since we came here." ...
"It amuses us greatly when we hear the announcement made on earth before a broadcast performance, that "this is the last work composed by so-and-so." The last work. Naturally, one knows what is meant, but it sounds so funny to us, especially when one glances at those shelves [full of music manuscripts]. ...
"That is why they put up statues and monuments to us, my dear friend, said Franz Joseph. "They think we are finished and done for; not a note left in us. And now they are perfectly certain they know what was in our minds when we wrote any piece, large or small. If any of us had given the plain reason: to keep off starvation, they wouldn't have approved of that. Not nearly mystic enough. Ah, well. This is the life." ...
"Is it easier to compose music here or on earth?" asked Roger.
"Oh, here, without a shadow of a doubt. Consider how free we are from everything that might be - and so often was - a hindrance. Franz mentioned starvation, for instance. Call it plain hunger in this case and all that it means. In other words, caring for necessary bodily wants. We're entirely free of that. Public apathy - there's something else that's thankfully missing here. Difficulty of getting one's works hear or acknowledged. No trouble about that either - here. Somewhere pleasant to live: this little place is an example. Franz lives in a delightful house where he is as happy 'as the day is long.'" ... "No music critics," said Franz with a chuckle, "though fortunately for me I did not suffer much from those peculiar people. Not ... that my music was perfect but because I lived at a period when musical criticism was not the subject for every ignoramus who thinks he knows something about music, as I believe is now the custom on earth." ...
"It's safer here. We're among friends, we are free of all troubles and cares, especially that awful bugbear, the fear of writing ourselves out. We can always have a hearing whenever we wish, without going hat-in-hand to some objectionable fellow who wants to exploit us. And it's nice to be among ourselves as composers and musicians and be pleasantly rude to each other with the greatest good will in the world, and knowing that no unpleasant intent is involved. It's a pity that there are no composers to speak of on earth, at present." ...
[Monsignor Benson:] "You truly observed, Peter, that it's been a good many years since any real composers came to join us here. Composers have undoubtedly come here but they were compelled to leave their musical monstrosities behind them. And there are others yet to come - and the same thing will happen to them." ...
"That is the way of the earth at the moment - the cult of the hideous, the monstrous, the gigantically ugly. The poison has seeped its way into all the fine arts." (Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, MALIWU, 127-33.)
- (1) The reference is probably to Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky. (2) The reference is probably to Franz Joseph Haydn.
"Here is [music] you must know, Roger," I said, taking one of the scores from the shelf. ... I hummed an air known the world over, much to the amusement of Peter.
"Good gracious," cried Roger, "that's from - ."
"From the book Monsignor is holding," said Peter.
I passed the volume to Roger, who looked from the music to Peter, then turned to the first page where he read the title and composer's name, and appeared rather breathless.
Franz, from his seat on the couch, watched what was going forward. "So, Roger," said he, "you have discovered his awful secret at last. Does he, do you think, come up to expectation? Or did you expect someone far handsomer - like myself, for instance?" (Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, MALIWU, 135.)
As we walked through the woods, Robert expressed his delight and amazement that it should be so simple a matter to be able to talk and joke with a man whose name is a household word in the realm of music, in both worlds. (Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, MALIWU, 136.)
Frederic W.H. Myers, 1843-1901
I have adventured some thirty-five years ago upon a post-mortem existence. .... Yet ... I have not attained to the Fifth plane. (F.W.H. Myers, BHP, n.p.)
The discarnate being who has conveyed this message (1) has remained in touch with the earth and has followed, step by step, since his death at the beginning of the century, the progress of science, the Great War, which has been continued in the economic war. He has, through communion with the inner mind of his friends who still exist in physical bodies, perceived the change in man's spiritual outlook, perceived his urgent need for some cogent assurance of a spiritual world. Because a man dies, it does not follow that he loses touch with the earth, with that state of Penia - poverty -- from which he rose into the delights of the plane named Illusion, from which he penetrated into the world of Eidos -- pure form -- to the human soul the Heaven World, (2) the ultimate goal. For while on earth the human soul has, in rare moments, perceived that world but has not passed beyond it even when in the loftiest mystic trance. (F.W.H. Myers in RTI, n.p.)
- (1) F.W.H. Myers is indicating himself.(2) Myers is indicating that he resides on the Fourth or Mental Plane, the Devachan, or Heaven.
William James, 1842-1910
The name of Professor William James occurs at intervals throughout this book. The manner in which we made his acquaintance through the pencil is fully described in Chapter XXIX. In addition to this episode other valued testimony has been given confirming the reality of his presence, which testimony for various reasons has not been included in the record. For a long time after he had apparently made known his identity, Sis resisted the movement of the pencil whenever it / appeared to be trying to write his name. One evening when she had several times taken her hand away from the paper at such attempts, the pencil finally wrote very forcibly:
"Will you let me come, or not? W. James."
'Do you not know why I have resisted the tendency to write your name?'
"No, I do not. Why?"
'Because I believed that one with your scholarly attainments would scarcely come to an unknown and inexperienced psychic, and I feared that my own mind was unconsciously trying to dictate the name.'
The reply came quickly:
"Remember that I was a student there of the subject you are now studying. No one can boast of knowledge here. The little we know sinks into insignificance in comparison with the great yet-to-be known. Can you understand? We are all students. Let us learn together if together we can help." (William James to Charlotte Dresser, SWSL, 25-6.)
Some of you may have seen the articles in the Cosmopolitan magazine, written by Basil King, in which he gives some interesting philosophy received from an intelligence whom he called Henry Talbot, stating that this name was used to hide the real identity of the transmitter. I read all the articles, and afterwards wondered many times who the wise Henry Talbot might be. One evening it occurred to me to ask of the one who seems to be our special instructor, if she could tell me the real name of Henry Talbot. My pencil wrote slowly:
And then, as I saw it was going to write William, I drew my hand away, because I had somehow thought of Talbot as among the great names of the past, and no such ordinary name as William appeared to me to be right. There was a pause of a few seconds and then my hand was moved down the page a little and wrote:
"He was a teacher of psychology."
My brain did not connect the two until F. R. looked at the writing and said:
"William, teacher of psychology? William James, of course."
I hardly believed that I had the name correctly, and turned to the pencil for information, asking our instructor. Mary Bosworth, if the name had been given to us correctly. The pencil wrote:
"I will call him if you wish."
After a short pause it again wrote:
"This is Henry Talbot, and I am William James. What can I tell you to convince you of my identity? You were just now thinking of my book, 'The Will to Believe'. That book seems rubbish to me now, for here all doubt is forever set at rest and clear understanding prevails."
The mention of his name had brought the book to my mind.
'In your communications to Basil King you talked about the souls of inanimate things. Was that received correctly?'
"I am not sure," he wrote, "for I did not read the copy afterwards. I suppose I have something of the poet's feeling for the lower orders of creation, but I ought to differentiate that feeling from the absolute truth perhaps, because the life in these inanimate things does not reach up to intelligent beings and to the immortality / ... of the soul. You will realize though, a certain consciousness - shall we call it intelligence? - in vegetable forms, in their pushing toward the light, and in their search for water; and in the vine that reaches out for support that may be far away. What this intelligence is I do not know, but something there is in every living thing that betrays some sign of consciousness. It was that that I was trying to express."
After commenting on this I said:
'I remember that you used the word rhythm many times in speaking of that life. Will you tell me just what you meant by it?' "It is a meaning that I cannot convey readily to human perception. It belongs to the vibrations that we become conscious of here, but a consciousness gained only on this side."
'I asked Mary once,' I said, 'what rhythm meant as applied to that life, and the answer of the always practical and sensible Mary was: "Rhythm is a term used by transcendentalists; maybe they know what they mean, but we don't."'
"Mary has a lot of good, hard sense. Trust her and go ahead."
While all this was interesting, there was nothing that established the identity of Henry Talbot. But some months later we learned that a Boston newspaper had published the statement that Henry Talbot was Prof. William James, and, from other information that we have received, there remains no doubt of the truth that they are one and the same personality. (Charlotte Dresser speaking to William James in SWSL, 239-40.)
I wish to tell something of my life here. I have written through several mediums there, but have not said much about my present advancement. We have so many things to interest us here that we forget sometimes that the earth people may like to know of ourselves as well as of our surroundings.
When I first arrived my strongest desire was to try to demonstrate to the friends I left behind the fact that I still lived. In this I fear I was not very successful. As time passed and the attractions of this life began to manifest themselves to me, I was drawn away from my efforts to communicate with earth. I found many avenues of advancement, and all were so promising I had some difficulty for a time in making my choice. I have, however, finally chosen the lines in which I was most interested on earth. We have so many opportunities for study that were not open to us there, that any subject is found to be much larger than we thought it to be there. So I have found plenty to do in following the different trends in which these studies lead. ...
I have continued to study psychology, but only as an aid to understand some of the earlier phases of this life. Psychology here is not so important. But the study of philosophy, ethics and religion broadens out here, and comprises the larger portion of those studies which concern our future. We are always interested in trying to find some conclusions which we can apply to earth problems. The earth people need counsel in many ways, we think, and if such counsel can come from here with some authority it may have influence. (William James in LHH, 107.)
Mark Twain, 1835-1910
Twain: I want to begin by making it clear to people who will read this book that I have no intention of sounding in this interview like vintage Mark Twain. I gave up imitating myself when I died. I've moved on to better things now. Anyway, that fellow who used to do a one-man show about me -
Japikse: Hal Holbrook, I think.
Twain: He does me much better than I ever was able to. (Laughter.) So I'll just leave the stage to him.
Leichtman: That's fine with us.
Twain: What I'm saying is that I won't have the razor-sharp wit some people might expect. I've been told that the tongue here can get rather sluggish, in fact.
Leichtman: Well, I do hope you'll be sharp enough at least to cut butter.
Twain: I ought to be able to spread something around at any rate. (Laughter.) (Mark Twain, MTR, 17.)
William Thomas Stead, 1849-1912
Q: Do you often see [W.T.] Stead?
A: I see Stead seldom. But when we meet it is a soul feast. He has grown into an awe-inspiring, majestic spirit. He has shed the earthly trammels in a most strange and unusual degree. Stead shed them even on earth and outlived much that some of us still carry with us through many stages of the new life. I look up to him with reverence and he loves me and helps me with my work. But he is more universal than I am. ("Philemon" quoted in Lord Dowding, MM, 41.)
Jack London, 1876-1916
I am told by Jack London that, for the building up of physical phenomena, which includes direct voice communication, materialization, and such manifestations, it is necessary to find an earth medium with certain necessary chemical components in his body which, treated from this side, can be used to produce ectoplasm. ...
As you know, Jack London is an authority on this subject. He tells me that the team with whom he works devotes much time to studying the conditions surrounding prospective mediums on earth. (Ethel McLean in LFM, 60.)
Jack London says that very few of the people who could be great mediums on earth ever allow themselves to take up the work. Many, moreover, that could be developed become discouraged when they do not get immediate results. The skeptical attitude of their friends and relatives is a very great retarding factor; as they are necessarily people with sensitive natures, the fear of ridicule quickly puts them off. (Ethel McLean in LFM, 61.)
Raymond Lodge, 1889-1915
He met Raymond (1) recently and they've been about together. Raymond was able to show him around a good deal. (Mrs. Roberts' guide Sun-Ray to Philip's mother, Alice Gilbert, in PTW, 240-1.)
- (1) Raymond was Sir Oliver Lodge's son, who, after he transitioned, sent back messages to his father published in a well-regarded book called Raymond.
Mary Pickford, 1892-1979
You have been led step by step all the way. When, if you had known at first what was in front of you, it all would have seemed impossible of attainment, as you have put one foot forward, so the way has been cleared to enable you to put the other foot forward; and so progress has been consistent and has been maintained.
You have been of tremendous service because you have striven to radiate that love which has been given to you.
You may not know all this, though some of it is clear to you. But in our world, a world inhabited by all the souls who are translated here from your plane of activity, we soon learn that the only real religion is service. Service is the coin of the spirit.
He or she who strives to serve to the utmost is in turn served by other beings who return, inspired by the attracting force. And, as you have sought through your life to bring happiness ... into the lives of others, so you have attracted to yourself not only your own loved ones, but radiant beings who left the earth many long years ago, and who pour out their accumulated wisdom through your instrumentality.
You are regarded here as an ambassador, one who sees in herself an instrument, a means of reaching large numbers of people, and you have striven to preach this simple gospel of the reality of the invisible, where all strength and power and majesty and might reside. And so it has been throughout the whole of your life that material obstacles have been removed again and again and you have been able to go forward.
Now I want to say to you that soon you are to set the seal on your labours; / the crown will be placed upon them and you will reach the pinnacle of attainment. All that your heart desires will find fruition in the days that lie before you. (Silver Birch to Mary Pickford, SBS, 67-8.)
If the ledger of your life were to be drawn up now, the so-called wrong-doings would be very few compared with all the unselfishness and the service you have rendered. You will never know until you come here how much good you have done for so many people.
You have brought joy to millions of people. You have enabled them to forget for a while the little sorrows, their cares and aches, their troubles and stresses, and the storms that mean so much to them. In your own way, through your own desire, you have given service, and service is all that matters.
When everything else is forgotten and stripped away, when wealth has faded and power has dissolved, when rank and birth are forgotten, when creed lies in the dust, the character you have earned by your life of service will endure for all time. And it is that character shining through your body that I see, and I rejoice in meeting a soul who has done some good. That is what I think about your wrong-doings.
There is nothing for you to fear. You can go straight ahead. You wish me to speak frankly?
You do not want to make lots of money. What you want to do is to do the greatest for good that you can. Isn't that so?
That motive brings its own reward, and the other is automatic. It is given to you for the single purpose of giving you confidence and there is nothing to fear. Have no fear in your heart. Fear disturbs vibrations. You know about vibrations?
Mary: "Yes, I know something about them."
Fear disturbs the atmosphere. If your heart is full of unbounded, unremitting confidence, if your soul is full of indomitable resolution because your mind has knowledge of spiritual verities, that cannot fail in a world where all values are changing.
Nothing in the world of matter can touch you, the real you, the indestructible, infinite, eternal you. You can go forward with the full knowledge that the power which is behind you, guiding you, upholding you and sustaining you, is the mightiest power in the universe, the power of love that seeks to use you as a greater instrument of service for the Great Spirit of all life, to make known His love and His wisdom, His truth and His knowledge, to those who still know nothing about these things.
Sometimes in the silence of your chamber you have shed tears because you think, or you have thought, you have failed. You have not. The road lies straight in front of you and the glorious promise of fulfillment will be attained. (Silver Birch, SBS, 68-9.)
Mary: "Just one little thing ... would you tell me one little thing about me - my English self?"
Silver Birch: "It goes back more than two centuries." (Silver Birch to Mary Pickford, SB, 70.)
Private Dowding, d. 1916
I have met a soldier recently arrived who tells me he has read my book! (1) He said it had been sent to him in Mesopotamia and was read eagerly by many of his pals. When he was dying of fever, feeling that his end was near (he now knows it was the beginning), he determined if life continued to search me out. And we have met! (Private Thomas Dowding, PD, 55.)
- (1) Private Dowding is included here as a man who made his reputation on earth through his communications in spirit. He is a man whose fame exists on the spirit planes, rather than has disappeared on the spirit planes.
You may or may not believe me. But I have met the group of Cambridge scholars for whom we worked so hard, also our old colleagues, Gerald Balfour, Pid, Mrs. Sidgwick, even her brother Arthur and Sir Oliver [Lodge]. (1) (Helen Salter in Paul Beard, 69.)
- (1) "A notable group of early researchers was based upon the University of Cambridge. The group consisted of: Mrs Coombe Tennant, a J.P. and the first woman delegate from Britain to the League of Nations, Mrs. Helen Salter, and Mrs. Holland who lived mostly in India and sent her messages from there. These three women were sensitives, or mediums.
The Cambridge scholars were: the philosopher, Professor Henry Sidgwick, a classical scholar, Professor A.W. Verrall, Mrs Verrall, a classical lecturer at Newnham, Frederic Myers, Professor Butcher, and Mrs. Nora Sidgwick, the first Principal of Newnham College. Also members of the group were Gerald Balfour, and Arthur Balfour, Prime Minister." ("Early psychical research: the eminent investigators," downloaded from http://www.webbscottage.co.uk/cont_life/09_early_research.htm.)
Lawrence of Arabia, 1888-1935
[A fellow soul recognizes T.E. Lawrence:] Unfortunately [my companion] recognized me but my dismay was so obvious that he agreed to keep his counsel. I wanted time to find out more about this life and about myself and my new make-up before I had to take up the burden of being myself again. I had to learn how to control and use a powerful machine that was strange to me and might easily get out of hand. So I begged to be left alone for awhile. (T.E. Lawrence, PMJ, 27.)
Will Rogers, 1879-1935
Rogers: Now, before we get started asking questions, there's something I want to say. There will be people who will read this book who knew me or saw my pictures and some are likely to say, "That can't be Will Rogers because he didn't talk that way. He was much more this way or that way." And I would like to convey to those people that such things are not important. While I may not be able to sound like Will Roger, because I am talking through the personality of this medium and not my own personality, I can certainly express my ideas and convey the spirit of what I tried to so. Still am doing, actually. We have a club up here and we all get together and make up new jokes. Of course, there's never a lack of material. All you have to do is look around you. (Will Rogers in MTR, 51-2.)
If you have the talent, it bursts right out of you. You really have no choice. (Will Rogers in MTR, 68.)
[Carl] Japikse: So what is the latest joke in heaven? ...
[Will] Rogers: Well, the very latest joke in heaven is that you are asking this question. [Laughter.] You see, our jokes are more an attitude than actual words or phrases. So, if you have to ask what the latest joke in heaven is, you haven't gotten it. (Will Rogers, DOC, 95.)
Cheiro (Count Louis Hamon), 1866-1936
Presently, I am incarnate as a three-year-old child so I can be available for these sessions only while my physical body is asleep. The hours for these sessions should be rather later and broken into three parts. As you know, it is possible to appear as a spirit at a séance even while you are incarnate in a physical body. (Cheiro (Count Hamon) in PP, 39.)
Nikola Tesla, 1856-1943
In the long run, it is not the inventions and the breakthroughs which should be considered the greatest contributions Tesla made to mankind, as spectacular and important as they were. Far more important was the style he set for scientific thinking and discovery - the way his mind worked. For Tesla truly was an example of enlightened genius and set a level of brilliance that should be the model to which all scientists, geniuses, and intelligent people strive.
To Tesla, thinking was a process which bridged the objective, physical world with several subtle realms, where ideas and concepts exist almost like fish in an ocean, waiting to be caught by the inquiring human mind. He was not satisfied with speculating about ideas and theories; he pushed beyond speculation and learned to deal with ideas and thoughts in their own realm, where they can be fully perceived.
In other words, Tesla used the mind to link heaven with earth.
He is certainly not the first person ever to do this, but most other geniuses who do learn to bring heaven to earth do it in religious, philosophical, or creative ways. While their contributions are valuable, they are almost always couched in vague words and intangible feelings about love, light, and beauty. Tesla, by contrast, focused the ideas of the mind toward scientific discovery. He translated his ideas not into vague precepts and lovely thoughts, but into turbines, lighting systems, broadcasting towers, and electrical machinery. In his hands, the light of heaven literally became the light of earth.
In the process, Tesla lifted the scientific method to new heights. It might be said he embodied the true spirit of science better than anyone ever has. He is an example of what the enlightened scientist ought to be. (Carl Japikse on Nikola Tesla in NTR, 12-3.)
The most significant feature of Tesla's style of working, though, was his use of the mind. He worked extremely hard to develop and train it, and applied it prodigiously. He sacrificed many of the usual enjoyments of life, including emotional relationships, in order to keep his mind clear and precisely functioning. And what a mind it was! Triggered by a finite set of observations and questions, Tesla could soar into a complex set of thoughts and abstractions which laid bare the secrets of nature to him.
In effect his own mind became his true experimental laboratory, in which he could test his ideas and investigations far more perfectly than in any physical laboratory. In his mind he could consider the interaction between physical phenomena and the phenomena and forces of the other dimensions of life. Most people believe the mind is subjective and unreliable. Tesla, however, proved that the mind is the one true objective laboratory for scientific investigation.
As stunning as it may seem, Tesla actually created and built prototypes of his inventions in his mind. He generated not only good ideas, but also working models of his ideas. He could switch on these models, let them run for a month or two, and then tear them down and inspect them for wear - all in his mind. When he then built a physical duplicate of the mental machine, it would work perfectly the first time he turned it on. No scientist has even been able to work that well in a physical laboratory. (Carl Japikse on Nikola Tesla in NTR, 15-6.)
I had the capacity to grasp the broad fundamental essence of electricity and other phenomena and convert these theories and fundamental principles into concrete, practice devices and machines. This is a way of using the mind that is distressingly deficient in the modern scientific sense. There are too many scientists who are experts in facts but do not understand what they are doing with them! They are specialized to the point of absurdity and have lost sight of the roots of the study they are pursuing. These scientists are well-grounded in concrete intellectual theory, but in many cases this is just a crude intellectual construct which does not bear a very close relationship with reality. They fai to think about these things - why, they don't even speculate about them! (Nikola Tesla in NTR, 26.)
Tesla: I had the sort of mind that could visualize an invention or idea in great detail. I could say I had a photographic memory, but it wasn't quite that. I could build an invention in my mind. So there was no need to write down blueprints or diagrams. My own mental memory files were much more complete and efficient than written notes would be.
[David Kendrick] Johnson: Oh, I see - the only existing model of that particular invention was in your mind. It was never built.
Tesla: Basically so. By the time I came up with that idea, there was no question in my mind that it would work. After all, when I discovered the principle for generating alternating current, I worked out all the details in my mind. I literally visualized the generators right out here [pointing to the air space at arm's length in front of his face] and mentally built them, operated them, and refined them until the design worked. I even tested their efficiency - all in my mind! I could see them in operation and let them run in my mind for a week or a month and then dismantle them, to determine the site and degree of wear and tear. That way, when I finally did build the physical generator, it always worked right the very first time I turned it on. (Nikola Tesla in NTR, 39.)
Johnson: Where does the scientist start? With theories or with phenomena?
Tesla: With the observable phenomena, of course. That's the trigger device that would stimulate the scientist's curiosity. But an investigation should be based on something more than observed phenomena alone. I don't want to say that it should be based on a theory, because it's not a theory. Scientific investigation should always be based on an understanding of the fundamental essence of things. A theory is a human construct; what I am saying is that the humanistic scientist will always base his investigations on an awareness of the patterns of life. Unless the scientist connects himself with the essence of life before he proceeds, he will never achieve any really significant breakthroughs. He won't be connected with the energy of discovery. (Nikola Tesla in NTR, 28.)
Yes, I was able to work that quickly because I was a genius. That's important, you know. Men and women should learn to appreciate and honor more of their good side and really strive to excel. They should strive to develop a well-functioning mind and then use it in disciplined work. I am very proud of the fact that I was a genius and manifested that genius in many ways. I would hope that others might study what record there is of my life, not so much to learn the secrets of my inventions - but to learn my manner of thinking and my approach to the scientific method. I'm not saying that people should try to imitate me, because the imitation of genius is not genius itself. But if I could think fifth dimensionally, others can, too. The mental processes of my genius can be duplicated. (Nikola Tesla in NTR, 35.)
[My work] was part of a larger program, of course. ... I represented a very enlightened group of individuals, most of whom are on an invisible plane of existence. This group is interested in stimulating mental functions and the appreciation of the mind and how it can be used as an agent for discovery.
It is interested in stimulating the growth of science and demonstrating how the prepared mind of the scientist can be a tremendous force for civilizing and humanizing mankind. It is interested in helping conquer the problems of humanity and the raw forces of nature so they can be put to civilized use. ...
There is a large body of us here who are very dedicated to those goals. Through many incarnations, we try to demonstrate that the properly prepared mind of the humanistic scientist is a very precious thing which, when correctly used, can do an enormous amount to help humanity with its multiple problems.
The good name of science has been besmirched largely by the ignorant hordes who have invaded it, but proper science still has enormous application. I am being urgently impressed to make a statement that the true meaning of science and the ultimate role of the scientist is to be an agent for spiritualizing civilization and for enriching the minds of humanity with a proper understanding of what the mind can do.
The farthest reach of the human mind is that it can extend to heaven and comprehend - not just believe in or adore, but comprehend - the inner workings of God and His Creation. That may sound grandiose, but it is true, and there is a large number of dedicated people that I work with who have toiled through centuries and centuries to prove that truth is not something which is so vague and intangible that it cannot be discussed.
Whatever is true is true because it can be manifested! It can be demonstrated in the physical plane. This is what I tried to do through the personality of Nikola Tesla. I did not consciously recognize this aspect of my work at that time, although in my later years I did become suspicious of it.
Yet if anyone would look at the record of my physical life, they would see that the meaning of it far transcended the inventions and discoveries I was responsible for. I demonstrated a profound principle. I demonstrated what any ordinary genius with a brilliant mind can do.
Now, I know that sounds very unhumble and being unhumble is not very popular these days. But I think it's worthwhile to make that statement. The readers who understand genius and the brilliance of the human mind will not be offended - or even think it unhumble. (Nikola Tesla, NTR, 48-50.)
To my mind, the most important thing I brought to earth was a ferocious aspiration and a ferocious simplicity of thought. Once I reached a certain point in growing up, these characteristics let me take over the process of developing a mature mind and a disciplined consciousness. I finished the teaching and preparation process myself.
Timing was important too. When I started my career, there was an enormous and urgent need in civilization for a better understanding of the new phenomenon of applied electricity and a cheaper means of generating and transmitting it. At that time. Electricity was more a fascinating laboratory phenomenon than a practical tool for use by humanity. The need to apply electrical phenomena was a great stimulus to me. I didn't consciously understand why at the time, but I was greatly fascinated by the prospects. (Nikola Tesla, NTR, 59.
All talents and abilities require enormous preparation. Watching a Horowitz or a Heifitz perform, you may think it looks effortless, but you know very well it is not. Even a musical artist who is born with great talent must spend hours and hours every day in arduous practice to harness his natural talent. Manifesting genius requires enormous work, practice, and discipline.
During my physical life, I went through various austerities which forced me to put more of my attention on the development of the mind and personal discipline. I also took it as a challenge when various stupid people repeatedly told me that something "just can't be done" or "no one understands this." That was like putting a spear in my side. So I ground away - thinking, speculating, planning, and experimenting - and over a period of years, I developed an incredible ability of concentration.
I was also somewhat clairvoyant, although not in the ordinary sense. Whatever I thought about with great intensity, I could see. I could see my own thoughts. That's why I could tinker together an invention right in my mind, without needing a laboratory to experiment in. I could see the tangible reality of my thoughts.(Nikola Tesla, NTR, 57-8.)
You are waiting for me to mention something about my past lives. I am not going to mention much, but I can say that I had earlier lives as a scientist and as a sort of philosopher and teacher. Today the term would be "occultist." During the Atlantean epoch, science was highly developed. Fourth-dimensional principles in physics and engineering were understood to an amazing degree. I participated in those discoveries and applications at that time. (Nikola Tesla, NTR, 60.)
Edgar Cayce, 1877-1945
My old associates on the invisible side of things and I are quite alive and well and very eager to assist those who are responsive and open to our help. All that has been accomplished through me in my life as Edgar Cayce can be continued and extended into new areas. We are quietly involved in doing just that here and there among cooperative minds. But we wish it to be known that the expansion of psychic awareness into many fields is still my continuing work - and, indeed, the ongoing interest of many people over here. (Edgar Cayce in PP, 37.)
People should remember that I did not do the readings. As a matter of fact, in my ordinary life, I was a little bit afraid of going through the body of material that I gave. It was not really a very strong part of my day-to-day life. After all, I had a family to support and many other things to think about. I was very willing to give certain times of the day to this work, but it was not my work at that time. I was, after all, something like a radio transmitter and very little that came out in all that body of material was my own thought. (Edgar Cayce in PP, 46-7.)
- (1) Fletcher was the spirit control of Arthur Ford.
I want to put this on record. During my ordinary waking hours, I was busy maintaining a home and businesses. I never really made much of an attempt to do any kind of psychic work without going into trance. And I am using the label "medium" for myself because it is a word that should be used in the context of my work. None of the material that came from my voice when I was in trance and was so carefully written out, copied, and preserved, was my own thinking. It was that of one of my friends on the invisible side of things. (Edgar Cayce in PP, 41.)
It was very difficult for me, as an orthodox and rather fundamentalist Christian, to accept psychic ability - let alone reincarnation - but in time these ideas seemed more and more reasonable. Of course, now I understand them fully and accept them as matters of fact. I know that psychic events are part of our wonderful universe and that God, in His great wisdom, meant man to extend his knowledge through experience, study, and psychic awareness - so as to comprehend both the nature of God and of mankind. (Edgar Cayce in PP, 37.)
I would like to state here that working with past life material is very interesting. I could not get into the Akashic records by myself. The material that came through me was brought by a being who was initiated into the Akashic records and who lived on the invisible side of things. My own inner being could not have gone into the Akashic records. I go into them now, yes, but it's a different situation as you know.
Generally speaking, physical people do not have direct access to the Akashic records. Of course, they can go into their own records - that is, the records of their own past lifetimes. But it's sometimes more difficult for them to do even that, depending on how psychic they are. (Edgar Cayce in PP, 43.)
Leichtman: Would you comment on how much planning went into your incarnation as Edgar Cayce?
Cayce: Actually, in a broad view, several thousand years. The series of incarnations of any individual on this planet is leading toward an end - not an end in terms of the personality, but an end in terms of the work of the universe. In my case, I had several hundred lifetimes which all worked out in such a way that they led to a rather natural series of events which permitted me to work as a clear medium. When my efforts are considered in this light, it's a pity that I have been presented to the public as the only person in the world who could do what I did.
There's a spiritual cosmic law that if one person can do it, then it can be duplicated by others. The groups of people who are interested in studying my work really out to realize the truth in that more than they do. It's been said that if Jesus could cross the Sea of Galilee without getting His sandals wet, then, by the laws of nature, somebody else should be able to do it somehow, too. This is a point that is too often overlooked - or is edited out of the body of material a person might leave behind. (Edgar Cayce in PP, 46-7.)
Stewart Edward White, 1873-1946
John Hewitt: Several people I know have indicated that The Unobstructed Universe is too difficult for them.
White: This is one of the reasons why we and some other entities got into the Seth project. We decided the Seth material would people back to the other books. (Steward Edward White in PP, 212-3.)
I must say I'm going to be very lucky when I reincarnate next time. I'm going to be able to bring a lot of what I'm being taught now with me and ground it. In a way I'm grounding some of it now, but there's nothing like being incarnate. As things stand at the moment, I'm going to be a physicist. ...
And I will get to demonstrate these ideas as they should be. A Mr. Tesla that you know is volunteering to help with that so it should be very interesting. This is where science is going to have to go to survive - it's going to have to accept the inward/outward universe idea. (1) Many people are beginning to realize that. (Stewart Edward White in PP, 219-20.)
- (1) The idea that the same universe that exists outside exists inside human beings.
I am being given some of this to tell you; it's helping me revise some ideas I've had on these subjects in the past. Some of this I simply understand better now that I am a spook, but I'm also taking classes and being taught things I didn't know before. (Stewart Edward White in PP, 219.)
Sir Winston Churchill, 1874-1965
I was greatly surprised when, on the evening of January 19, 1965, ... I was given the following information from Gordon [Burdick], five days before Sir Winston's passing:
"You know that Winston Churchill is expected over here. I want to tell you that very great preparations are bring made to receive him. He is being welcomed by members of his own family, but also by many famous men who have preceded him, amongst them former Prime Ministers of England, and I should say that he will get a great reception; that will be a much greater wonder to him when he comes than anything else.
"There are many here who remember him and many who have watched his great career, and even helped him in the past. Those who have been with him in a spiritual sense will be amongst those to give him help and guidance in this new adventure of life."
I heard no more until I received the following bulletin:
"I am here to give you more news. We are all waiting to hear when Churchill will be ready to be welcomed by the great assembly gathering to give him greeting that has been accorded to few new arrivals in this world. He is at present resting quietly in the place prepared for him, but I think it won't be long before he will be ready to come and be received by those awaiting him.
"He had reached a great age and his illness had been brief and free from great suffering so that the shedding of his physical form will be a very happy event for him. I have no doubt that he will very soon be active again, playing an important part in the work of helping the plane of earth, which needs all the help that can be given it from this side.
"You will, in a sense, be feeling the loss of a grand old warrior. We will be gaining a young, great and vigorous helper in the work to be done. So your loss is our gain in this world. Every new arrival of such stature is given a new start in life and welcomed with joy." ...
[On February 2] Gordon wrote: "Churchill has been given a tremendous welcome. I was there to see it. He had been resting in a very quiet and lovely place set apart for him. When he was feeling quite restored, he was told that he was to be given a reception, not only by old friends and comrades in his earth life, but by some other men he had never met but who like himself belonged to history.
"He was quite delighted at the prospect and was then led to the place where these famous people of the past were waiting for him. He was then taken to a kind of dais where he was told to seat himself under a canopy. Then, one by one, former Prime Ministers of England and great soldiers and sailors who had helped to save Britain in the past, were brought to be introduced to him and to tell him of their interest and pride in his achievements.
"It was his day. I think he was astonished. He was also deeply moved to find himself so honoured and by those who had lived on earth long before him. I was glad to be there to witness this great welcome for him. You and all of us owed so much to his courage and splendid leadership in the last terrible war.
"We are glad to have him here, no longer an old man, but looking much as he did in 1940. He will in time grow younger still. When he has had a period of further rest, that is a time of adjustment to the new conditions of life in this world, he will probably be asked to join the company of those who are given the job of helping those still on earth and governing the different nations."
I wrote, "He said that he was going to spend his first million years in your world painting."
"He can still do that, but I think he may want to help England in the future as he has done in the past, and the world, too."
"Anything more to tell me?"
"Yes, I think that this was a quite unusual occasion. Not many people get such a wonderful reception, but he had been very much guided and helped from this side. He was one of the chosen."
"What do you mean?"
"I mean that, from time to time, certain people are chosen for a special purpose or mission, to give themselves to a great task in which the world can be helped forward or saved from catastrophe. That was Churchill's mission and he fulfilled it perfectly. So he is now welcomed home with a great 'Well done.'"
On February 11 the next and last communication relating to Winston Churchill came:
"When he was on the dais where the many famous men of other generations were brought to meet him, he looked very happy and was full of high spirits. He was at first a bit overcome by the wonder of it all and the greetings he received. You would have been thrilled to see the people there whom we associated only with History. One is apt to forget they are real characters who are still living and working. That is one of the most exciting things in this world, where those of the past mingle with those of the present."
It appears, however, that I was not the only person to receive information of this kind at the time of Sir Winston's passing. Many months later I learned that a similar report had been received at that time by Major Tudor Pole [medium for ''Private Dowding''], who seems also to be in close touch with the unseen world. Because it corroborates the account which I had received from Gordon of the reception accorded to Sir Winston, I feel it is important to include it here:
"Churchill was met by a vast assembly, including many Servicemen and a number of famous ones who had preceded him. He was conducted to a lovely home, prepared for him long since, which contains a fine library and every facility for painting. He was aroused from his sleep, which followed his initial arrival, especially to hear the sound of the trumpets at St. Paul's Cathedral. He looked quite youthful and content, and then lapsed back into sleep." (Gordon Burdick to Grace Rosher in TR, 171-5.)
Robert Leichtman: What has happened to Hitler since he died?
Winston Churchill: I don't know where in hell he is. [Laughter.] I don't see him around, I can tell you that. And I'm not really interested.
I continue to be involved in influencing the government of the country that was so dear to me and so very kind to me. I passionately enjoyed my work as a member of Parliament and as Prime Minister and that line of work continues to interest me. I am still involved in it. I am still an ardent student of civilization and the history of the English-speaking peoples, too. (Sir Winston Churchill in POG, 255.)
I have the opportunity to study and to encourage a few people from time to time. My life and work is in many ways an extension of those very things which interested me in my lifetime as Winston Churchill. (Sir Winston Churchill in POG, 256.)
Paramahansa Yogananda, 1893-1952
I am rather intensely involved in bringing a stream of certain aspects of God's love into the earth realm. These are energies which come from beyond the planet and I am involved in qualifying them and helping to transmit them so that they are more suitable for expression on earth. This consumes a great deal of my attention and effort and is a project which is very close to my heart. I am doing this now, as I'm talking about it. (Paramahansa Yogananda in POG, 135.)
I'm still present occasionally in the earth realm and can be depended on to pass these energies along. As some of my students know, I can be reached. (Paramahansa Yogananda in POG, 135.)
I am deeply involved in the evolution of earth and am concerned about the development of people that I worked with in particular and humanity as a whole. My efforts are dedicated to helping the being who is the planet evolve. (Paramahansa Yogananda in POG, 135.)
I would like to add a personal comment to those I worked with and to those who have read and studied my material. I would like to say that I am still present. The people I have known and the people who have studied with me, not only in the physical plane but also on the inner planes, are dear to my heart and I am still here. I will be with them as long as they need my help and love and guidance.
But I would also ask them not to rest on my teachings alone, but to begin to add to them and to look beyond them because there is more wisdom and love in this world than can be expressed through one individual. While I am with them always, I would hope they would take what I have taught and continue to grow, moving always toward their own union with God. (Paramahansa Yogananda in POG, 137.)
Harry Edwards, 1893-1976
We are just welcoming the Arch Healer, Harry Edwards, over here. He is a great fellow. What a lot of barriers he has contested and overcome. (Sir Alvary Gascoigne in AL, 155.)
The White Brotherhood
Well, in Eastern studies, the members of the White Brotherhood are called "Bodhisattvas." There are all sorts of names, appellations, and technicolor, but it's all the same thing. (Stewart Edward White in PP, 222.)
Well, I'm an English disciple of the being that you know as D.K. [Djwhal Khul, one of the Tibetan Masters prominent in the writings of Helena Blavatsky, Alice Bailey, and others]. It is now my turn to assist with a piece of writing that is part of a series of writings that was begun a number of years ago, as you have already suspected. I am in a state where I am sometimes in the flesh and sometimes not. ...
Leichtman: What were these previous writings that this project will be associated with?
The writings that introduced to the western world the teachings of the Tibetans, beginning with the works of Madame Blavatsky. And there were others.
Leichtman: Who were the others?
Many, many people whose writings have not come to the fore, plus the ones that you know - Mrs. Bailey, Mrs. Besant, and so on. And there was quite a bit of work done with Charles Leadbeater. He was a very easy channel. You see, I was there when the being you know as D.K. was working with these people. Leadbeater was easy to contact - the easiest of the group, really. He could receive us in his ordinary state of waking consciousness. Mrs. Bailey had to alter her state somewhat.
As a matter of fact, I was one of the "Edgar Cayce voices," but not nearly so prominent as the being known as Michael. So you see, your impression that the whole project has continuity is very apt. There is a historical purpose for all of this, although it may not be apparent to you.
Incidentally, I can give you a name to call me, although it's a nom de guerre. We shall have to use "Cecil George." I was a titled Englishman who was born and brought up in northern China. I would have been titled, I should say. But one of my tutors in China was involved in the Tibetan teachings of the Ancient Wisdom and I ran away from home at the age of twelve to join in this work. I felt more at home with the Orientals than the English. As a matter of fact, I never left Tibet after that. (Cecil George in PP, 21-2.)
The Master Hilarion
This treatise [''Light on the Path''] falls naturally into certain divisions. It was given to the Western world by the Master Hilarion, one of the great Teachers belonging to the White Lodge - a Master who played a great part in the Gnostic and Neoplatonic movements, one of the great persons who made attempts to keep Christianity alive. His incarnations have run very much in Greece and Rome, and he takes special interest in guiding the evolution of the Western world. He obtained the book as we have it, without the notes, from the Venetian Master, one of the great Teachers whom H.P.B. spoke of as Chohans. (C.W. Leadbeater in Annie Besant and Leadbeater, CLP, 4.)