The World Beyond (24) Dr. Peebles and Raynor Johnson.
There is nothing new in the communications we have been looking at, both in this series and in others about Rescue circles helping earthbounds and spirits who have lost their way. Messages like this have been picked up since before Biblical times. The trouble has been that in the past, the medium or prophet came to be worshipped as a god, or at least, the message was regarded as the word of God. So a religion was built around the received communications. This caused trouble, since each tribe or country regarded their message or scripture, holy book or set of principles as the only true word of God, anyone worshipping a foreign gospel or text being regarded as infidels and heretics. Hence the reason for so many jihads, crusades and holy wars in the name of the one true religion, whichever it happened to be. Now there are hundreds of religions, hundreds of thousands of different sects, and millions of gods.
Spiritualists, and before them the Swedenborgians, Unitarians, the Quakers and some Eastern religions have been more scientific and philosophical about this, and recommend accepting one another’s religions as different facets of the one true reality behind them all. I cannot do better than quote Dr. James Peebles from 100 years ago. I know it seems outdated to keep reviving old texts, but for one thing, these personalities are still alive in the spirit world and watching over us – in fact Dr. Peebles himself is still being channelled by a number of different mediums at the present time, and secondly, the daily news columns and media pronouncements rarely have anything deep to say, interested as the public is in scandal, sport, fashion and other inanities, insanities and novelties. The new is not necessarily the most true or of the best quality.
So Dr. Peebles, have your say :-
"Spiritualism is the philosophy of life, and the direct antithesis of materialism. Spiritualists, with all rationalistic idealists, see the potency and promise of all life and evolutionary unfoldment in Spirit, which Spirit permeates and energizes the matter of all the subordinate kingdoms, mineral, vegetable, and animal.
Spiritualists of the last century, meditating, investigating, discovered, or rather, re-discovered the spirit world – the Spiritualism of the elder ages. Intuition and the soul’s higher senses, with the outreaching ideal, are ever prophesying of the incoming ideal. The today’s ideal, afire with life and love, assures us of a coming tomorrow. This world indicates another – a future world, which Spiritualists have not only re-discovered, but have quite fully described. Spiritualism does not create truth, but is a living witness to the truth of a future existence. It reveals it – demonstrates it, describing its inhabitants – their occupations and characteristics."
So says Dr. Peebles in his book “Who are These Spiritualists” which came out in 1903. In the intervening century no other religion has brought us any new information at all about the Other Side. Religions provide us with funerals when we die, but offer no instruction about the afterlife. And with all these wars, sex scandals and with a divorce rate of over 50 % of all marriages, they have not taught us effectively about the reverence for life and the sanctity and responsibility of relationships.
It has taken a handful of dedicated scientists, journalists, independent priests and other professionals to undertake the psychical research necessary to authenticate the work of our mediums, and hence make available the various reports we are looking into. They have a mass of useful information about what to expect after our death. Without further delay, I will offer the next review, taken from a series of séances in Devon at which the former Master of Queen’s College, University of Melbourne, made an appearance. He was himself an ardent psychical researcher until his passing in 1987. I hope what he has to say in one of his trance talks gives an indication as to why I am compiling this presents series about the Life Beyond. Richard R.
RAYNOR JOHNSON - I think perhaps you would like to know a little more about the structure of time. Your soul self is beyond time. It is only whilst in the body that you live by the clock, by the sun, by the seasons. Only when you go into your inner self can you become aware of this timelessness, that you are truly a part of this infinity that stretches beyond anything that the normal man’s mind can even consider. If you do not give time to quietness and to going within yourself, going beyond the personality, you will never find this timelessness. You’ll never understand the nature of infinity unless you find the moment in your time to do this. To do this frequently would assist you in your life, in the unfolding of your life’s pattern so that you would know why you’re doing what it is you are doing. You would put more effort into developing or unfolding your inner nature and having a sense of your true being. It is since I have come to this side that I appreciate the teachings that I was given myself, into which I was searching all my life, more deeply towards the latter part. I can only reiterate that I am very glad that I had some very good teachers, so that I was able to impart the information to my students. Many of the books I collated from other authors’ information. I did have help from a lady who was also a medium and she was able to give me a great deal of information and taught me both how to go deeper into meditation and how important it is, particularly as we get older, to seek the nature of life after death.
You would not go on a journey without gathering information as to where you were going and as to how you were getting there. Surely you would look into books and read information given to you by people who had already been there, and you would get yourself a ticket. You would not dream of going anywhere without a ticket. Your ticket is meditation, going into your inner being. Information from myself is one thing, but you need to experience for yourself. It is only second-hand if it is through someone like myself, even if it is in discussion with each other. To experience it yourself you must know. That is your ticket. So, instead of passing over totally confused as to what has happened to you, you can go on your journey knowing your destination is the right one, so that you will be ready and not shocked, thus having to be treated, almost like going into hospital. Those who pass over are helped but sometimes they will refuse to be helped. They close themselves off with their minds. Their minds bring the shutters down so they do not see us there when we wish to help them. It is better if you pass over with your eyes open and your mind open – your mind is like your eye, your inner eye. You only see symbols through your eyes. It is your mind that interprets what you are seeing. If you have that inner eye open when you pass over, you pass straight into the light [and through it to what lies beyond] and you can avoid having to go into a hospital-type place. These are very good, and people there are well looked after, but would it not be better to arrive with your faculties all intact? It is rather like going on holiday and having to spend most of your time in hospital. This would not be very good. All I can do from my side is encourage, in the same way that I taught my students, I encouraged them; I did not bully them. I laid the facts and information before them. They were intelligent people. You are all intelligent human beings. Use your mind to assess the facts but find the facts out first. Gather your information from all areas of life. There is so much information. You hear people say that nobody has come back to tell us. This is so ignorant and so futile, it leaves people in the dark. There are facts, there is information, there’s a mass of information. Look about you. There are people willing to talk about it. There are so many who say I don’t want to know. This is very sad but we do our best, do we not?
SITTER - Have you found anything different from what you expected when you went over?
RAYNOR JOHNSON - The only thing that is unexpected is it is more wonderful than I really thought it could possibly be. To be rid of a body that is beginning to deteriorate, to leave a mind that is becoming confused simply because the physical deteriorates, to meet up with one’s relatives and friends that one loved – not the ones you don’t love, who are not around on your level – but to be with beings of a like nature. To experience that inner peace which we should all be able to experience whilst on the earth plane but sadly do not. To be able to have the freedom to move wherever we want to go. To study in the Halls of Learning, to have many, many more books. Of course, I was in my element. I was in a library with books, rows and rows of books, infinity was not really long enough! But each to their own. To someone else that would not seem heavenly, would it?
Reviewed and condensed and quoted briefly from part of the first of 23 communications between the spirit of Raynor Johnson and the Devon, U.K. circle, attending which was a former colleague of the professor’s, the psychical researcher Paul Beard. The medium Sheila Gwillam, was a former pupil. The book is another essential volume for the sincere student of the afterlife. “In Touch with Raynor C. Johnson” by Sheila Gwillam. Light Publishing. 1996.
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