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
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
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
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
top of columns
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:
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.
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.'
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'.