Borgia was a medium who transcribed the thoughts
of a deceased priest and author whom he had known
in life; the Catholic priest's name was Monsignor
Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914), and he was a son
of a former Archbishop of Canterbury, Edward
From the Next World, the
spirit priest dictated a wealth of scripts to his
friend, Anthony Borgia, and many of these were
converted into books. He has a great deal to say,
which he hopes will correct the teachings
contained in his previous influential Christian
books, written when he was living on earth. He
speaks about Life in the Spirit World, the
Orthodox Church, religious belief, faith, spirit
communication, mediumship, and what existence is
really like for those who have crossed over into
the next stages of life.
His teachings are frank
and honest: they pull no punches, but they are
delivered in a spirit of compassion and
So what does a 'dead'
priest have to say about such important issues as
psychic contact with people in the world of
spirit; and what are his opinions of today's
Orthodox Christian Church? The following extracts
are taken from one of his books, Facts:
Here are some of the
priest's thoughts on Psychic Gifts:
These spirit realms are
full of people who once, when they were on earth,
denied that such things as psychic faculties
existed. They know better now. They know that
such faculties are part of the natural make-up of
All people possess the
powers of mediumship inherently. In the majority
of folk they need developing and bringing out,
and regulating along adequate lines so that the
best may be made of them, just as the artist and
musician, shall we say, must develop his
abilities by working upon the right lines.
There is nothing unhealthy
or morbid in such things because they are natural
to man. It was intended that they should be so
from the beginning.
Man upon earth was never
meant to be cut off from the spirit world,
neither was the spirit world meant to be cut off
from intercourse with the people still upon
Now if the whole earth
world were to become psychically developed in
every branch of its exposition, the earthplane
would soon become a very different place.
And what does this
priest think of the Orthodox Churches and
Religions of today?:
The Church says that 'the
dead' cannot come back, or would not come back if
they could. They say, 'It is only devils that
come back, who impersonate our own kindred,
deceive us, and thus try to ruin us spiritually,
so that we jeopardise our immortal souls.'
What arrant nonsense! The
Church professes to have the spiritual care of
man in its hands - and knows next to nothing
about the matter at all.
The Church has become
stupefied by its own fantastic doctrines and
beliefs. It has become inflated by its own
self-importance. It has become hypnotised by its
own apparent security.
It has become absorbed in
the details of dogma and doctrine and the outward
displays of showy ritual. It has poured money
into bricks and mortar because it really believes
that the House of God warrants a lavish
expenditure in art and architecture.
This may be justified only
when all else is fully provided for - the poor
people, for instance, for with the Father the
needy come always first.
Because we see things in a
clear light in the spirit world, we regard the
Church on earth - and by Church I mean all those
religious bodies who nominate themselves
Christian - we regard the Church upon earth not
as a help to man in his spiritual progression,
but as a downright and deliberate hindrance. The
Church is blocking the way to the diffusion of
spiritual truth and knowledge throughout the
Here are some of the
priest's thoughts on Jesus:
Orthodoxy - of another
sort, but equally bad - was responsible for the
great tragedy of Calvary; and Jesus, who dealt
only in spiritual truth, was the victim.
It was not the Father of
the universe who demanded the sacrifice of His
only son to redeem the world. That is a
monumental untruth - it was Orthodoxy, which
would not listen to the truth, that caused the
transition of Jesus.
Christian Orthodoxy has
done no better. It has opposed the very truth
that Jesus himself came to give to humanity. It
opposes the truth at this exact moment of time.
That great and illustrious
soul, whom the earth knows as Jesus, sees from
his exalted state the havoc that has been wrought
in his simple, direct, and forthright teachings,
the proclamation of which ultimately cost him his
top of columns
the minds of the people of earth, Jesus sees
himself being elevated into a deific position
which never, for a single fraction of a second,
did he imagine would be his. He knows that he
tried so hard to show people how they could make
the earth into a gloriously happy place, to show
people how the power of the Greatest Mind could
be brought to earth through His benign
representatives of the spirit world.
He tried so diligently to
show that if man would but listen to the voices
from the spirit world all would be right with the
earth, and that there would ensue a regime of
happiness and repose for all men upon earth, the
regime of the Father of the universe Himself,
spreading right from its great source to the
uttermost bounds of the earth.
Here are some of the
priest's thoughts on Church Teachings and on
Can the Church give man
The Church is incapable of
it. All that the Church can do is to call for
'faith' upon the part of men, to put their trust
in the mercy of God, to beg that Jesus may plead
for them on that 'last dread day'.
The last dread day,
indeed! What wicked teachings are these, when the
truth is to be had for the asking?
Is it to be wondered at
that man is fearful for himself and his family
and friends when he comes to think of the life
beyond the grave? Fear is dominating the earth
world, and fear is not a good companion to
harbour in one's house. It is in the power of the
spirit world to banish fear from the mind of
every soul upon earth, if the earth will but take
the trouble to seek enlightenment.
And here are some of
the priest's thoughts on the Kingdom of God, and
How can the Kingdom of God
be established upon earth when man is himself,
through the power of Orthodoxy, trying to close
and tighten the existing barriers between the two
The relative few upon
earth who are aware of our existence in the
spirit world and who call upon our help, the help
which we are so happy to give, the comparative
few who communicate with us regularly, such
people know from joyous experience the enormous
difference which the truth of spiritual things
can and does make in their daily lives on earth.
But man himself can be his
own House of God, for he can send thoughts, his
petitions, and the expression of needs from the
privacy of his mind in his own home with equal -
and probably better - effect.
And finally, here are
some of the priest's thoughts on the Afterlife
and on Belief:
The Church has assumed
responsibility for the spiritual care of man upon
earth, and the Church has failed dismally. It is
in most respects an impostor, for in professing
to know much, it knows very little which can be
of spiritual service to man.
It can provide no answers
to vital questions, questions that are in the
minds of so many people. Can the Church answer
these questions, for instance, as applied to
What becomes of me
when I die?
What has become of all
my relatives and friends?
Why is there this
seemingly profound silence between them and me?
To the last question I
would answer that there is no need, no need
whatever, for that profound silence, for it can
be and is broken, just as I have broken
it, even as I am now breaking it to you, my good
friend, and even as I shall continue to break it
for just so long as I can serve a good and
True Christians everywhere
are indebted to Anthony Borgia, whose books have
given them a new understanding of the spiritual
bedrock upon which their religion is founded.
There are a few
spirit-inspired books by Anthony Borgia, (they
have been reprinted several times by different
Life in the World
More About Life in the World Unseen (1956:
Odhams Press Ltd., London)
Heaven and Earth
Here and Hereafter
ABC of Life
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