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20-Century British Medium


Scientific cynics around the world were stunned when news of a strange spirit-contact hit the media - the British medium Ena Twigg had communicated with a missing American bishop, James D. Pike, who was lost somewhere in the Palestinian desert.

On September 4, 1969, while Ena Twigg, her husband, Harry, and canon John Pearce-Higgins sat in the living-room of her home, suddenly a discarnate voice commanded her to switch on the tape recorder. The spirit voice belonged to the missing Bishop Pike, who - unknown to anyone on Earth - had then been 'dead' for twenty-four hours.

The full transcript of his evidence of survival is presented in Ena's autobiography, Ena Twigg: Medium, along with many other psychic and mediumistic experiences she had while joining two worlds together as one.

Ena was born just before the First World War; and in childhood she had numerous confrontations with what she called the "misty people" who were, in fact, spirit visitors that were visible only to her.

The misty people were her playmates and advisers, and they eventually became her lifelong friends. Her faithful spirit friends also rescued her from a close brush with death...

In her seances, Ena gave survival evidence to many famous clients, including kings, queens, princes, shahs, premiers, senators, and lords and ladies, too.

Her visions and voices - which she heard over her left shoulder - also made some notable predictions. They predicted the death of her father, and her husband's safe return from combat from World War II - and both these predictions were fulfilled.

Some respected members of the clergy and the professions documented her spirit messages; and in her life story Ena provides much evidence of an afterlife and of reincarnation.

Ena Twigg was the first Spiritualist minister ever to be featured on a regular religious program on BBC television in the early 1960s, and was the only woman ever permitted to speak at Southwark Cathedral.

She was well known in England and also made  her mark in the USA; and she also worked on the lecture platforms of France, Norway, Finland, and of other European countries.

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Critics of mediums often claim that the clergy are firmly set against the practice of mediumship - but this is not the case in many instances. The foreword to Ena's autobiography is written by The Right Reverend Mervyn Stockwood, Lord Bishop of Southwark Cathedral, and in it he makes some noteworthy recommendations: "If we were to take psychic studies seriously, we would learn to appreciate that our experience in this world is not the consummation; instead we live now sub specie aeternitatis. There are other worlds and dimensions, and this should be taught in our schools as part of our general education."

When Ruth Hagy Brod, the co-writer of Ena's book, did research on the medium's work she discovered some interesting examples of her survival evidence:

Mrs Twigg told a woman sitter that she would hear from a branch of her family now in Greece. The sitter, who lived in Camberley, England, insisted that there was definitely no branch of her family missing in Greece or anywhere else. This spirit-supplied information chalked up as a miss. But the woman later telephoned Ena Twigg to tell her that the unknown Greek branch of the family had indeed turned up, and that these relatives were now visiting her.


A Mrs Serafina Clarke consulted Ena Twigg, who then contacted this sitter's grandmother, who said to her granddaughter, 'Tell your mother she didn't fool me one bit. There is nothing wrong with the tombstone, but I'm not there - nobody is.'

Mrs Clarke confronted her mother about her 'dead' grandmother's statements and this is what she reported: 'Granny was right. She was not in the grave under the tombstone marked with her name and date of birth and death. Granny had died in the war and Mother had had her cremated. When the war was over, Mother's brother (who had been living in Africa) decided to come home for a visit and he wanted to see "Mama's grave". Well, my mother was in a panic because she had never told him that his mother had been cremated, so she rushed down to the village, got a stonecutter, and added her mother's name and all the rest to the tombstone. It was really very funny that we found out about this through Mrs Twigg. I had never known a thing about it before.'


Ena Twigg: Medium,  is co-written with Ruth Hagy Brod (Hawthorn Books Inc, New York, 1972; and W.H. Allen, Star Books, 1974). Search the web for 'out-of-print books'.