002 – Leon Isaacs – Pioneer of infra-red séance photography
- Britain’s Greatest Seance Room Photographer – Two Worlds
- Looking back at infra-red in Psypioneer
010 – More on our Seven Principles:
- Emma Hardinge Britten address to the ‘National Conference of British Spiritualists’
- Education News - Lyceum Banner edited by George A. Mack
015 – William “Bill” Redmond – One of the most outstanding platform mediums of the twentieth century
018 – A Symposium – Why I Became a Spiritualist:
- Sir Oliver Lodge
- J. Arthur Findlay
020 – 2017 Dates – Britten Memorial Study Weeks at the Arthur Findlay College
021 – My First Experiences in Trances – Madame Victoria Duncan
029 – Spiritualist Healers of The Past – Gordon Alan John Turner
- Medium in TV debate with surgeon over healers in hospitals
- Why Does Healing Work—And Fail?
037 – Psypioneer New Website
WHY I BECAME A SPIRITUALIST
SIR OLIVER LODGE
You ask why I became a Spiritualist. It is not a title that I use for myself, because I don’t belong to any Spiritualist body, nor attend any Spiritualist Church. But if the name is intended to signify a belief in the spiritual world and in our access to it and communion with it, I may say that I was introduced to the subject in the ‘70’s’ of last century by Mr. F. W. H. Myers, Edmund Gurney and Professor Barrett. In ‘83 or ’84 I became convinced of the reality of experimental telepathy, by verifying the direct transmission of ideas and pictures at Liverpool. And in ’89 I became practically convinced of survival and communication through experiments conducted with Mrs. Piper in my house. Since then the evidence has gone on increasing in cogency, so that the fact of possible communication became a scientific certainty early in the present century. I have expressed this in several books, and am glad to think that they have been a help to people in distress. The knowledge was a great help to me and my family in the war-time, when Raymond was killed.OLIVER LODGE
9 February, 1935
MR. J. ARTHUR FINDLAYSpiritualism to me stands for the knowledge I have obtained in the Séance Room that mind, life and substance exist beyond the range of our physical sight and touch. Before one obtains this direct evidence the natural conclusion is that only what we hear and see exists in the universe. Spiritualism, therefore, stands for an addition to our knowledge of the universe and in no way upsets or contradicts the knowledge so far acquired by physical science.
This addition to our knowledge opens out before us a wonderful vista because we can now obtain such an extended view of the universe that our philosophy undergoes a complete change. Instead of feeling that we are solely material creatures with our short lives bounded by the cradle and the grave, we have opened out before us an enlarged panorama in which we see ourselves playing a part throughout the ages. We seem to go from strength to strength, to increased heights of wisdom and understanding and what seemed to be death on earth and the end of all things, is nothing worse than a door through which we enter to a larger and fuller life. Instead of death being the end it is just one of many similar experiences we shall have to go through in our journey through the spheres until the time comes when we shall reach at-one-ment with the Infinite, where time and space cease to be and we have reached Reality. We shall have BECOME.
All this I have learned from conversations I have had with friends who have spoken to me from the next order of existence. I have therefore no need for creeds and dogmas as I have a complete philosophy without them, which to me is called Spiritualism, though the name is of little importance, what is of importance are the facts.J. ARTHUR FINDLAY.
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