21st May - I travelled the short distance
to ASK Neilston.President Sheila Caruthers
was one of the first mediums I saw on the platform of a Spiritualist Church and
one of these lucky people who was introduced to Spiritualism at a young age.Sheila’s mother was a great help in her
spiritual development.Sheila has a
wealth of spiritual knowledge which she shares at her open-circle each
22nd – Again only another short trip to
the Paisley Spiritualist Church, Glenburn Community Centre, Paisley.President Janet Lyon also entered
Spiritualism at an early age and like Sheila encouraged by her mother
25th – I was taking another development circle at an SNU church and it is great to see
that after years of steady development those attending are almost ready to take
their first step on to the platform.All
have the ability, the only thing that is lacking, and that is melting away
slowly with each session, is the lack of confidence they have in themselves.
25th Another of my workshops at the
Glasgow Association and it is a pleasure to work with those who’s immediate aim
is not to fast-track to the platform, but slowly understand their psychic
abilities.I find nothing more pleasing
to see the look on the faces of those who begin to understand that they have
psychic abilities in some form or other,
26th - Travelling a bit further this time
to the Dunfermline Spiritualist Church (SNU).3 Lady Campbells Walk, Dunfermline, Fife,
KY12 0QHA well established
church which is always well supported,.
1st / 2nd June Aberdeen Bon
Accord Spiritualist Church (SNU) a busy church with its own premises and has a
dedicated committee working hard to promote Spiritualism and the Spiritual
needs of the local community.
Both Isobel and I were involved in a car accident
and although the car was a write-off we were lucky not to be seriously injured.
One never knows the minute when something like this
will happen.Two cars coming straight
towards me on my side of the road as they over took a line of traffic
approaching a bend.In making an emergency
stop the vehicle behind me ran into the back of our car.We must thank police, ambulance staff, all
those at the RAI Infirmary A&E department and the young lady who stopped to
I was wondering where I would
try out my new camera for the first time, when the phone rang.It was a friend telling me that she felt sad
for a neighbour who would have to give up ownership of her cat because she was
going in to a residential home.My
friend could not take the cat because she has an allergy to cats. All of a
sudden the thought “Take photos of the
cat” came into my head.This I did taking over one hundred photos
while using all the programmes on the camera.
Now at the rate of one a
fortnight I sent a different photograph- A4 size - of Lucy to the old lady.With
the first photo I also sent a frame which the old soul changes photographs each
time a new one arrives.She may not
have her friend running about these days but her eyes never need to travel far
to find an image of 'Lucy'.
Getting used to my new camera
opened a world to the old lady that she felt was gone forever.Sending a new photo at two week intervals it
will take around two years to exhaust the supply of photos I have of Lucy.
If I had not got the phone
call I would probably have gone to the botanic gardens or a local park to get
used to the new camera.Was this a good
deed on my part,or did I grab at the
opportunity of a better challenge to try out the camera? A moving and
unpredictable object rather than a stationary flower at the Botanic
Could we even look at it from
a different angle, could there have been an invisible force playing a part here?Was there a little guidance from Spirit that
I decided to act upon?Did Spirit see an
opportunity for me to get used to my new camera and in doing so would bring so
much happiness to someone else at the same time?Yes, I believe that to be so. Not just
because I took those photos of Lucy, but also hearing the countless
similar experiences of others.
Jill the fourteen-year-old who
did not know where the thought came from but suddenly felt as winter was
approaching she should offer to get an elderly neighbour's newspaper every
morning when she was out walking her dog at 7.30am.She passed Mr Smith each morning going for
his newspaper and although he still looked fit enough but she felt compelled to
ask him.When she did her elderly
neighbour said that he had decided at the first bad spell of winter weather he
was going to stop going for his daily newspaper.As the newsagent did not deliver Mr Smith
said he would do without a daily paper...
Charles had made up too much
plaster when doing repairs to the house. Just as he was about to discard the
extra he got a feeling he should ask a widow over the back if she needed any
plaster work done.She did, as part of the cornice in her living room had
fallen down the day before.When Charles
knocked on the door she was looking up yellow pages for a plasterer.
What do all three of our experiences
have in common?
1 – Sudden thoughts in our
2 - These thoughts concerning
doing something for others...
3 – Others that we did not
know too well or not know at all...
4 – Delivering the newspaper,
the plastering and taking the photos were all connected to helping out in
situations that were troubling others at that particular time.The timing I feel is the most important
factor - the perfect time.
So – could all this be coming
from the same source – guidance from Spirit?Guidance we need not adhere to if we wish not too.Jill, Charles and I could have received these
little thoughts and decided not to bother.Jill could have decided that there might be days when the weather was
bad that she may want to stay longer in bed...Charles could have decided that he could end up with a time consuming
job for a neighbour and just binned the plaster.I could have decided that I could have got
used to my new camera without adding a 70-mile round trip on to the practice
Could this all be preparing
for our 'next life' – all three of us gathering points for when we move
over?If this is the case then it could
be easy to fake our way in the accumulation of ‘spirit points’.Having realised what the ‘great plan’ is we do what the'guidance'
suggest but we don’t put caring / feeling / love into doing whatever it is will
we gain as many points?Maybe a silver
star for acting when Spirit guides us into a situation and we carry the task
our willingly.A bronze star when we carry
out the task but grudgingly.And a gold
star will only be presented when we are not prompted to helping in a situation -
but we willingly help out without Spirit giving us the nudge.
David sent me an email which I have to think about.
individuals over the past few years have you admired for acting in a spiritual
or selfless way, yet they were not part of the spiritualist movement?”
In no particular order; - Dag Hammarskjöld,
Anne Frank, Eric Liddle, Dalai Lama (Tenzin
Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama) and all those
who work with the terminally ill
I will highlight one in each of my
next five blogs... Starting with;-
Dag Hammarskjöld Swedish diplomat,
author and second Secretary
General on the United Nations 1953 – 61.He died at the age of 59 as the result of a plane crash which to this
day some still consider to be suspicious...Mr Hammarskjöld was called “the
greatest statesman of our century" by President John F. Kennedy. He
gained a reputation as a peacemaker, man of faith and a man of peace.He treated all around him in the same way
whether it is a junior member of his staff or a world leader... If only today’s politicians and even we had
Dag Hammarskjöld as a role model the world would be a much better place today.
I received the following email a few weeks ago.
“Recently I attended Berkley Street
Spiritualist Church, Glasgow and like the rest of the congregation I was
humbled by the work of the medium* on the platform that particular
evening. It wasn't his work (which was to his usual standard) it was the
fact that he took the service at all. He put the needs of the
congregation before his own. He thought about those that may need the
help. You will understand what I mean when I say he was at his mother’s
bedside the evening before when she went to the spirit world. He did not
want to let spirit and the congregation down so he fulfilled his booking. He
travelled a round trip of one hundred miles, alone with his own thought.
But never flinching from what he felt was his duty in serving spirit.
When my own mother passed it was hard, I missed so much in the next few
weeks. He is a true Ambassador for Spirit”.
I have not mentioned the medium’s name as I have not been able to
contact him. When I do contact him and if he agrees I will definitely
mention his name.
The term “Ambassador for Spirit” is often abused – it certainly in
not in this case.
I have had many emails asking me about 'dowsing'. It is a subject that I have little knowledge off. So I asked a friend to explain his experiences with 'dowsing''. Here is the first of the four chapters....
during the late 1960s, when TV sets were all of the black and white variety, I
and my family watched a children’s programme, one of a series, with the title
“Young Scientists of the Year”. Week by week during that series, school teams
competed to gain that title and their efforts were judged by three scientists
seated at a table. One programme, in particular, made a lasting impression on
me and this is how I remember it.
team of junior pupils. under the direction of their science teacher, had been
presented with a gridded ground plan of a local park. Their task would be to
discover the layout of the land drains lying beneath the turf. The tools they
were to use for this task were bent metal rods. We were told that each child
had been equipped with two slender rods bent through 90º. These had been
created from metal coat hangers, cut to size and with the 90º angle produced
from one of the corners of each hanger. We were then shown film of the pupils
at work in the park. We were told that they had been instructed to hold an
image of a pottery drain pipe in their heads and to walk slowly over the grass
holding the two rods before them. They would hold the shorter of the two arms
of each rod very loosely in their clenched fists and point the longer arm ahead
of them, holding it horizontally. Each long arm had to be able to swing about
freely in a horizontal arc about the pivoting short arm, which was held
vertically in the lightly clenched fist. The long arms had to be kept parallel,
horizontal and balanced in unstable equilibrium.
fascinating to watch the rods move in a meaningful way as each child walked
along with eyes fixed on the rods to keep them balanced. When, suddenly, the
rods swung across each other, the position on the ground below was marked in
some way.The results of the exercise
were plotted onto the park keeper’s ground plan.
attempt to resolve the nature of the forces causing the rods to cross, the
exercise was repeated, but with the children walking on rubber mats. The
results were as before. Correlation with the actual layout of the drains was
shown to be high.
he Scientists’ Appraisal
the disciplined nature of the experiment and the methodology adopted had
impressed all three scientists. However, one elderly man with a cheerful
countenance, sitting in the middle of the group, surprised everyone by
producing a forked hazel twig from beneath the table, As he did so, he told us
that he didn’t need convincing that dowsing worked, because he’d been doing it
all his life. The school team got full marks for their efforts and for their
understanding of the Scientific Method. If I remember correctly, at the end of
the series, they were the acclaimed overall winners.
An Inspired Response and First Experiments
As soon as
that programme finished, I hurried upstairs to our bedroom and searched the
wardrobe for suitable wire coat hangers. They were few and far between, but two
were eventually found, taken downstairs, cut to size and re-bent to produce the
desired 90º angle. They are shown by Fig. 1. The short arm was 7.3inches (18.5
cm.) long, the long arm 15.5 inches (39.4 cm.) In practice, these produced a
well-balanced set of rods, even though they were not of the same thickness,
being of 10 and 12 SWG, respectively.
tests were carried out to locate the drains and water pipes hidden beneath the
driveway. The ease and suddenness of the crossing of the balancedrods was, at first, startling. There had been
no sense of movement in my arms or hands to explain these sudden responses. In
my imagination, my mind had been fixed on the pipes below ground and I had been
preoccupied, with a blank stare, on keeping the rods balanced. Each time the
rods crossed, I leant forward, sighting vertically downwards through the
intersection,moved one of my feet
forward to mark the point on the surface below, took a piece of chalk from my
pocket, bent down and drew a cross at the indicated location. This was done
several times at different places on the driveway and then, by visually
referencing the locations of drains and water tap access lids, it became
apparent that I had successfully detected the courses of the pipes linking
subsequent, tests were carried out indoors, when the water pipe runs beneath the floorboards were successfully
the garden, I began searching for imagined bits of rusty old iron buried under
the lawn and borders and was, once more, amazed by the success rate achieved.
After having detected something beneath the ground, I then began attempts to
determine its depth below the surface. The intuitive method I used was to
traverse over the same location, but with an image of a cross-sectional slice
of the ground below me, including the undefined detected object, held in my
imagination. On each traverse I imagined a certain depth and recited that depth
to myself. The strength of response of the rods indicated how far that imagined
depth was from the actual location of the object. This process was repeated
until the strongest cross-over was obtained. The object (typically a rusty nail
or a piece of an old garden tool), was usually found in that location and at
these early experiments in the rear garden, traverses across the lawn produced remarkable
results.It seemed that a large iron
object occupied a rectangular slot deep below the surface. Its length was of
the order of 6 ft. (1.8m) and its width was about 2 ft. (0.6m). Depth gauging, using the technique previously
described, suggested that it was situated about 6 ft. (1.8m) below the
turf.As I was not prepared to dig up
the lawn to investigate it, it remains hidden to this day. Guesses about its
nature ranged from a large coffin to a medieval cannon. The latter seemed most
likely because the object was aligned with an old Tudor Hall about a mile away.
period, a group of adult friends was invited round for an evening with us. I
persuaded them to test their dowsing skills on the back lawn. After registering
embarrassed amusement, they were impressed and surprised when the rods in their
hands crossed without any effort on their part and without any prompting from
me. The only person to fail to get a response from the rods was an elderly lady
with multiple sclerosis (MS).Visiting
children seemed to have no difficulties.
early 1970s, I decided to test my skills in a car park behind the wind tunnels
department at HSA Ltd., Woodford, Cheshire,
during a lunch break. It was a grit-covered area, featuring a large c.20ft.
(6m) diameter steel sphere mounted on peripheral steel legs. This sphere was
pumped up with air to 100 psi,(0.69MN/sq.m) used to supply the adjacent Transonic and
Supersonic Wind Tunnels. From the lowest
point on the underside projected a substantial steel pipe, about 18 inches (45 cm.)
in diameter, which disappeared underground vertically. It then had to curve
round the stanchions underground and, finally, to align with the Wind Tunnel
building some distance away. The challenge I had set myself was to trace its
underground path from beneath the sphere to the building it was supplying. I
began by traversing back and forth under the sphere and, each time the rods
crossed, I used the point of a rod to scratch a cross into the grit surface. As
I progressed away from the sphere it became evident that each traverse has
produced two grit crosses, which seemed to indicate the width (diameter) of the
buried pipe. In other words, the rods were sensing the limits of the
obstruction below: that is , where it began and where it ended, in plan view.
As I progressed in that manner towards the building it was becoming clear to me
that the pipe intersected the building’s outer wall at right angles. When I
completed the exercise and stood beside the sphere, the grit crosses seemed to
have created a very clear map of the pipe’s position beneath the car park.
sought out the Head ofthe Wind Tunnels
Workshop during this lunch break period, because I knew he had been on-site
when the high speed tunnels had been installed. Obligingly, he walked over to
the car park with me, viewed my handiwork and confirmed that a supply pipe of
the indicated diameter had been positioned as indicated by my crosses. This was
another, albeit subjective, proof of the validity of my supposed dowsing skills.
these early years of investigation, my brother-in-law had been about to dig up
a plot behind a new-build house, when I called on him.He knew that this house and plot were located
on the site of an old smithy.As I carried the rods in the boot of the
car, I asked if I could do an orderly dowsing exercise, looking for rusty old
iron, before he began digging. Being intrigued, he stood back and watched me
progress in straight lines up and down the plot. Each time the rods crossed, I
checked for the depth of the item. Brother-in-law soon became involved in the
exercise and dug down to the indicated depth at each location ---- and was
amazed when an old iron object (eg. a nail, an old bolt, a piece of broken
ploughshare, etc.) was discovered at the depth indicated. This procedure was
followed until I had checked over the entire plot, which was, from memory,
approximately 50ft x 16ft. (15m x 5m), with a successful outcome at each
indicated location. Some weeks later, on a return visit, the plot had been
completely cultivated and brother-in-law told me that the only other item he
had uncovered had been next to a boundary fence, which meant that I had been
unable to check out that area. He had been impressed.