to the many notable scientists, scholars,
and mediums who have worked so diligently
to increase our knowledge of the nature of
Over the last centuries many
courageous scientists and psychics
have labored to help us understand
parapsychology as it relates to spirit
communication. Information transmitted
from the other side tells us that the
consequences of the afterlife are
enormous. Those who staked their
reputation for these discoveries and
truths deserve an important place in
history so that what they discovered will
not be ignored with the passage of
of the leading scientists of his day, He
wrote 150 works in seventeen sciences. At
the University of Uppsala he studied
Greek, Latin and several other European
languages. Swedenborg was a very highly
gifted clairvoyant who spent more than
twenty years investigating the afterlife.
He recorded that he was able to make
contact with intelligences from the
afterlife, writing several books about the
afterlife including Heaven
and Hell and Arcana
ROBERT DALE OWEN
of the most versatile figures in his era.
As editor, educator, and labor leader, as
senator, diplomat, and man of letters, as
legislator, feminist, and champion of a
new religious faith, as advocate at one
time or another of all sorts of reforms
ranging from birth control to Negro
emancipation, and as author of all sorts
of books from theological discussions to
treatises on architecture and plank roads.
Owen wrote two of the most influential
books of the early spiritualist period,
on the boundary of another world
(1860) and The
debatable land between this world and the
next (1871). more
ALLAN KARDEC (1804-1869)
was of an old family honorably
distinguished in the magistracy and at the
bar. Endowed by nature with a passion for
teaching, he devoted himself to the work
of giving gratuitous lectures on
Chemistry, Physics, Comparative Anatomy,
and Astronomy for over ten years. He took
an active part in the labors of the
Society of Magnetism, giving much time to
the practical investigation of
somnambulism, trance, clairvoyance, and
the various other phenomena connected with
the mesmeric action. He drew up a series
of progressive questions in relation to
the various problems of human life and the
universe in which we find ourselves, and
submitted them to his unseen
communicators, receiving their answers to
the same through the instrumentality of
the two young mediums. His conversations
with the invisible intelligences
completely revolutionized his ideas and
convictions. He published them as Le
Livre des Esprits (The
Spirits' Book), called by
many today "the Bible of Spiritualism"
ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE
naturalist, codiscoverer with Charles
Darwin of the principles of biological
evolution. Wallace was a philosophical
skeptic, a materialist. His experience of
Spiritualist phenomena overcame his
skepticism. In the preface to his book
On Miracles and Modern Spiritualism
(1874) Wallace writes: "They compelled me
to accept them, as facts, long before I
could accept the spiritual explanation of
them: there was at that time 'no place in
my fabric of thought into which it could
be fitted.'" Wallace was led to believe 1)
in the existence of numerous preternatural
intelligences of various grades and 2)
that some of these intelligences, although
usually invisible and intangible to us,
can and do act on matter, and do influence
our minds. more
ANDREW JACKSON DAVIS
channel, and one of the founders of modern
Spiritualism. Young Davis had gifts of
clairvoyance and heard voices at an early
age. In 1844 Davis had a strange
experience that was to have an enduring
effect on his life. In a state of
semitrance he wandered away from home and
awoke the next morning 40 miles away in
the mountains. There he claimed to have
met two venerable men--whom he later
identified as the ancient physician Galen
and the Swedish seer Emanuel
Swedenborg--and experienced a state of
mental illumination. While in an altered
state in November 1845 Davis began to
dictate his great work, The
Principles of Nature, Her Divine
Revelations, and a Voice to
Mankind. The dictation lasted for
15 months. more
Dr CHARLES RICHET
Charles1850-1935 Very distinguished French
physiologist and winner of the Nobel Prize
in 1913 for his discovery of anaphylaxis.
Professor of Physiology at the Faculty of
Medicine of Paris, member of the medicine
and Academy of Science and Honorary
president of the Paris-based Institut
Metapsychique International in 1919.
Richet's insatiable curiosity also led him
to explore other fields outside medicine,
and with as much of passion. Indeed, he
was at the same time a novelist, poet,
playwright, sociologist and even pioneer
He extensively investigated a wide range
of phenomena such as telepathy, hypnosis,
psychokinesis and ectoplasm (a term first
coined by Richet), which he
whole-heartedly accepted as real but could
only interpret them in a materialistic
manner. Founded the Annales des Sciences
Psychiques in 1890 (the first issue
appeared in 1891), whose title
subsequently changed to Revue
Metapsychique in 1920. He worked with
colleagues of different nationalities
including Dr. Gustave Geley, Sir Oliver
Lodge and Prof. Baron von Schrenck-Notzing
and with various mediums, including Mrs.
Piper, Eusapia Palladino and Marthe
Beraud. He summed up his general
conclusions in Thirty
Years of Psychical Research, which
was translated to English in 1923 by
Stanley de Brath. more
WILLIAM STAINTON MOSES
and religious teacher who became one of
the most prominent late nineteenth-century
British Spiritualists. In 1872, five
months after his introduction to
Spiritualism, he reported his first
experience of levitation. Psychic lights
of greatly varying shapes and intensity
were frequently observed. They were most
striking when the medium was in trance.
They were not always equally seen by all
the sitters, never lit up their
surroundings, and could pass through solid
objects, for instance, rising from the
floor through a table. Scents were
produced in abundance, the most common
being musk, verbena, new mown hay. Without
any musical instruments in the room, a
great variety of musical sounds
contributed to the entertainment of the
sitters. There were many instances of
direct writing, demonstrations of matter
passing through matter and direct voice,
and materializations, which, however, did
not progress beyond luminous hands or
columns of light vaguely suggesting human
forms. Moses' famous automatic scripts are
known from his books Spirit
Teachings (1883) and Spirit
Identity (1879). more
FREDERICK W.H. MYERS
originator of the 'cross-correspondences'
(a series of messages from the other side
to different mediums in different parts of
the world that on their own would mean
nothing but which when put together would
make sense) - 'the most persuasive
evidence for the existence for the
afterlife' according to Colin Wilson,
psychic writer. He was a Cambridge Classic
scholar and writer at the turn of the
Twentieth Century. He was also one of the
pioneers who founded the British Society
for Psychical Research and was heavily
involved in investigation of the afterlife
and wrote Human
Personality and the Survival of Bodily
Death1903). Several mediums are
said to have transcribed material from him
after he passed on including Juliet
Dallas, and Geraldine
SIR OLIVER LODGE
of radio, physicist, professor, one of the
greatest scientists of his time. He
described contact with his deceased son in
or, Life and Death (1916) -
something which gave him the great
authority when writing about the
afterlife. He was also one of the first to
write about the sub-atomic particle for
the hereafter. Lodge's scientific work in
physics includes investigations of
lightening, the voltaic cell and
electrolysis and electromagnetic waves. He
also studied the nature of ether, a medium
permeating all space and of the ether
drift, the supposed relative motion
between the ether and any body with in it.
JAMES HERVEY HYSLOP
of logic and ethics and prominent
psychical researcher. He was educated at
the University of Leipzig (1882-84), and
Johns Hopkins University (Ph.D., 1877). He
was one of the first American
psychologists to connect psychology with
psychic phenomena. He joined the
philosophy department at Columbia
University as a professor in ethics and
logic, during which time he became deeply
involved with psychical research. As early
as 1888, in a skeptical frame of mind, he
was brought for the first time into
contact with the supernormal through the
mediumship of Leonora Piper. Messages from
his father and relatives poured through.
Out of 205 incidents mentioned as of his
sixteenth sitting, he was able to verify
152. He publicly declared, "I have been
talking with my father, my brother, my
uncles. Whatever supernormal powers we may
be pleased to attibute to Mrs. Piper's
secondary personalities, it would be
difficult to make me believe that these
secondary personalities could have thus
completely reconstituted the mental
personality of my dead relatives." He
wrote extensively including and Life
After Death: Problems of the Future Life
and Its Nature (1918) and
with the Other World (1919).
Eglinton lay on a garden bench in plain
sight. We saw the bodies of four visitors
form themselves from a cloud of white
vapour and then walk about, robed all in
purest white, upon the lawn where no
deception was possible. One of them walked
quite around us, as we sat in our chairs
on the grass, talking as familiarly as any
friend . . . [and] took my hat
from my head, put it on his own, and
walked off with it where the medium was
lying; then he came and put it on my head
again; then walked across the lawn and up
a gravel walk to the foot of the balcony
and talked with Mrs. Nichols. After a
brief conversation he returned to the
medium and gradually faded from sight.''
SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
psychic researcher. He was able to make
contact with entities from the afterlife.
Many people know him for his great writing
skills such as his creation of Sherlock
Holmes - but Sir Arthur's greatest gift
was when he conducted research into the
afterlife. He wrote a magnificent
of Spiritualism book 1 and
2; also he wrote The Wandering
of a Spiritualist - but his best books
ever were dictated to medium Grace Cooke
from the other side, Arthur Conan
Doyle's Book of the Beyond and The
Return of Arthur Conan Doyle.
LEONORE PIPER (1859-1950)
the greatest American medium ever. One of
the most spectacular and outstanding
mental mediums who ever lived. No one, not
even the most hardened closed minded
skeptic after investigating her mediumship
ever suggested fraud. She was able to
convert the greatest materialist, closed
minded skeptic this world has ever seen -
Richard Hodgson. Because of her brilliant
accurate information, Hodgson, who was
contracted to by the British Society for
Psychical Research engaged private
detectives to follow her, to report on
whom she met outside her home, to
intercept her mail, to invite negative
'dummy' sitters unknown to anyone to her
sittings - and to do everything possible
to prove that this highly gifted brilliant
American was not genuine. All failed and
she remains today the greatest American
mental medium who triumphed over great
BETTY WHITE (1880?-1939)
of Stewart Edward White. In 1922 Betty
discovered, while using a ouija board,
that she was able to communicate with
entities which would later be dubbed "the
invisibles". They invited a small circle
of friends including "Darby and Joan" to
participate in sessions during which her
channeling abilities matured. Stewart's
first book openly acknowleging Betty's
contacts was The
Betty Book (1937), a compilation
of the messages his wife received followed
shortly thereafter by Across the
Unknown. These first books resulted in
thousands of letters from the readers. The
White's were very private people who had
kept Betty's abilities under wraps for
over a decade. more
STEWART EDWARD WHITE
Author who published a number of
books of "channeled'' material. He studied
at the University of Michigan (Ph.D.,
1895; M.A., 1903). In 1904 he married
(Betty) Grant, and they settled in
California where he became well known as
an author of many books, articles, and
short stories dealing with his experiences
around the state in mining and lumber
camps, and on exploration trips. He wrote
Betty Book (1939), Gaelic
Road I Know (1942), The
Stars Are Still There (1946),
Unobstructed Universe. (1940) (his
most popular metaphysical work) and
Folded Wings (1947). more
ARTHUR FORD (1896-1971)
American Spiritualist medium and
founder of the International General
Assembly of Spiritualists. Ford
realized his psychic abilities during
World War I. While in the army he would
"hear'' the names of people he served
with, and those names would appear on the
casualty lists several days later. In the
years after the war he investigated
psychic phenomena and eventually joined
the Spiritualists. Around 1921 Ford
emerged as a trance medium, and
"Fletcher,'' his control for the rest of
his life, made his first appearance in
trance sessions. He developed a popular
following and in 1927 traveled to Great
Britain. One of his lectures was attended
by veteran Spiritualist Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle, who enthusiastically told people
the next day, "One of the most amazing
things I have ever seen in 41 years of
psychic experience was the demonstration
of Arthur Ford.'' more
FRANCISCO XAVIER (1910-2002)
Brazilian Spiritist medium. (Spiritism,
the Brazilian form of Spiritualism, stems
from the teachings of French Spiritist
Allan Kardec.) Known throughout Brazil as
"Chico Xavier'' (pronounced Sheeko
Shaveer), he was born April 2, 1910, in
the town of Pedro Leopoldo in the central
state of Minas Gerais. He was one of a
family of nine children. His mother died
when he was only five, but Chico saw her
materialize after her death, and during
his period at primary school three years
later, be became accustomed to hearing
voices and sensing spirit presences.
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