Arthur Findlay was a
psychic researcher in the true sense of its
meaning: he thoroughly examined psychic
phenomena, meticulously recorded his findings,
and then published them. His highly-acclaimed
works are still in print today and have become
classics. Anyone who is studying psychic and
mediumistic phenomena, or trying to discover
whether or not life exists after death, should
read his works, some of which have been reprinted
more than forty times.
Findlay was an educated free-thinker who was much
opposed to orthodox religion because of its
narrowness of thought. He hated bigotry,
hypocrisy and religious persecution in all their
forms, and championed the right of the individual
to think for himself. Like Thomas Paine, that
great advocate who encouraged people to use their
reasoning powers, Findlay was a man before his
time. Arthur's home was Stansted Hall in Essex,
England, and he bequeathed this Jacobean
Mansion to the Spiritualists' National Union
- and now the Arthur Findlay College of
Psychic Studies is established there.
Findlay states in his writings:
wins through in the end, and some day natural
religion will be accepted in the place of
orthodox faiths which are slowly passing away in
every country in which education exists."
investigated, and then wrote copiously about, a
brilliantly gifted Independent Direct-Voice
medium called John Campbell Sloan, through whose
remarkable gifts the so-called 'dead' were able
to reproduce their voices and speak again to
their loved ones in the seance room. Several
books have been published, recording these
fascinating two-worlds conversations.
Campbell Sloan was born in Dalbeattie, Scotland.
He was a humble man who could sometimes be rather
grumpy in outlook, but his mediumistic gifts were
quite astonishing. In his presence, discarnate
chemists and other specialists in the spirit
world were able to extract from him, and from his
sitters, a psychic substance called ectoplasm (a
kind of plasmic life-fluid) which they then
'moulded' into a voice-box through which their
voices could be heard again in our world. John
Sloan is one of the unsung heroes of psychic
history who, for over forty years, gave his
mediumistic services free of charge to all his
sitters. He has earned his place in the Mediums'
Hall of Fame.
seances took place in a darkened room to help the
subtle ectoplasm to form properly; and during the
proceedings, which occurred in the early part of
the 20th-Century, expert stenographers recorded
in shorthand everything that was said. It was not
uncommon in these physical mediumship circles for
several spirit voices to speak at once, in
different parts of the room.
snippets of verbatim conversations, opposite,
make fascinating reading.
Stansted Hall in Essex -
Home of The Arthur Findlay
College of Psychic Studies, which is attended by
students from all parts of the world.
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A very Scottish voice spoke to one of the
sitters, who was called Miss Colquhoun, and
supplied his full name and address along with an
insight into the difficulties that spirit
communicators encounter when they try to contact
Hoo (how) are you
getting on? Aye (yes), you will no (not) remember
me, lassie, but I used to know you when you came
for holidays to Arran. It is John Cook of
Banchory Hill, Sliddery Coome. I had a look
through the farm the other day, and we were
amazed when we were speaking to them and they did
not hear us. Aye, I thought I would like to have
a bit word with you. I had aye (always) a soft
corner in my heart for you, and lookit forward to
the time when you came down in July and August.
understood everything this communicator said,
confirming that John Cook was indeed a farmer on
the Island of Arran where she and her family had
spent their holidays together.
Another spirit voice,
this time a female one, said:
It is Margaret
Cochrane speaking. I bring a message for Isobel
McRobbie. All our love to her. She will know who
it is - James and Margaret Cochrane - and our
love to Jim too.
This message was
sent to Miss McRobbie who was not present at the
sitting but who afterwards revealed that James
and Margaret Cochrane were brother and sister,
and that they were her close relations. The Jim
that the communicators had mentioned was her
eldest brother, who was still on Earth.
Sloan's wife had been a regular sitter in the
physical circle, and she continued to visit it
after she had 'died'. John missed her terribly
and was always wishing that he could join her.
The Sloans affectionately referred to each other
as "Mammy and Daddy Sloan". During one
sitting when John dropped his handkerchief in the
darkened room and couldn't find it, his 'dead'
wife's voice immediately spoke from the Other
Side, saying: Never mind, Daddy. I will let you
see it. A beautiful
light then appeared and hovered and spread about
the floor for a while, after which the
handkerchief was lifted up and placed in Mr
Sloan's hands by someone on the Other Side. Mrs
Sloan's voice said:
There it is, Daddy;
and John was so touched by the experience that he
replied through his tears, "You are just the
dearest wee lassie that ever was."
questions about Life on the Other Side are
answered fully in Arthur Findlay's masterly books
- and not by theologians or writers who simply
state their opinions, but by the inhabitants
of the spirit world themselves.
of Arthur Findlay's books are still in print.
Some of the titles are:
Where Two World
Meet (extracts are quoted above)
On the Edge of the Etheric
The Way of Life
The Unfolding Universe
The Torch of Knowledge
The Rock of Truth
The Curse of Ignorance (2 volumes)
The Psychic Stream (2 volumes)
by The Psychic Press