I recommend this thoroughly researched book to all those enquiring into knowledge about life after death. Based on my 50 years personal experience with psycho-energetic phenomena....and humans manifesting same, their origin is not in space-time though they yield correlates that have space-time manifestations. Over these years, I have had dozens of interviews/sessions with mediums and sensitives, about a half dozen of these were truly remarkable, perceptive and correct in the details of their predictions except in the area of timing of events. It makes one think that they were communicating with beings existing in realms beyond space-time and had no significant experience with time. My working hypothesis is that the information derives from the hierarchy of spirit operating in the “unseen” realms and the best of that hierarchy would not refer to themselves as “God,” but would think of “God” as their “Source.” From my personal experiments with these non-space time realms, the physics is real and lawful but it follows rules quite different than those of our traditional space-time physics. Thus it is extremely easy to misinterpret such information when one follows only the rules of space-time physics.
The author Dr J. Jones-Hunt, in her exhaustive survey of the literature concerning the world’s psychic sensitives, has gathered together and discussed the most reliable studies made of every type of sensitive…One of the consequences of such a comparative study is that it highlights the ‘family resemblances’ in the phenomena and their interpretations over the types of sensitives to be found around the world…I can thoroughly recommend this book as one of undoubted value to anyone who has an open mind…
Former: Executive Director of the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship International Inc.: Trustee of the Academy of Spirituality & Paranormal Studies
Inc: President & later Editor of the IANDS Journal, Vital Signs
I thoroughly endorse this excellent, original research and recommend it to all to read.
Euro-Australian Attorney-at-Law Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the New South Wales and the High Court (retired), psychical researcher, Australia.
Looks great! It is library material – the information is pure gold. It is really a lifetime reference book. Looking at mediumship in a historical context – is something that will be most helpful for me in my next book. This is a very important book. – This is a fascinating book on spirits and mediums. It is exciting and an astounding shock for many people as it turns the tables entirely on orthodoxy and shows the mediumistic traits and practices of
many eminent spiritual leaders…Early chapters deal with examples of mediumship from the ancient Shamans, Egyptian, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, 12th beyond.
Author: Telepathy, Psychic Pets & Other Powers of Animals, British Biochemist. Perrott-Warrwick Scholar & Director of Perrott-Warrick Project.
This is a remarkable and revolutionary book which sheds a new light on familiar religious traditions. It is comprehensive, thoroughly researched and very thought-provoking.
Psychical Researcher and Spiritual Scientist (Including the Scole Experiment-Involved as a participant sitter & Investigator in the Scole Phenomena.)
A comprehensive and well thought out work, correlating historical and biblical events with modern-day mediumship. A must for the serious student of psychic research.
President of IANDS, International Association for Near Death Studies Inc, USA.
Jackie Jones Hunt has written an exciting and fascinating book by taking some bold steps in her discussions about Jesus as a shaman. Her research and journeys into world religions and the history of mystics leads her in places few have gone. She is suggesting new ways of looking at very old beliefs. I commend her explorations and look forward to seeing where this research will lead us.
Vice President of the Swedenborg Society, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network, Author.
A comprehensive survey of the history of relations between the psychic and the spiritual drawing on a vast range of sources and culminating in an evaluation of the 18th scientist and seer Swedenborg.
Rev. Dr. Michael Stanley
Former Principal of the New Church College (Swedenborgian), Author of Emanuel Swedenborg: Eseential Readings
The author Dr J. Jones-Hunt, in her exhaustive survey of the literature reviews the mountainous evidence down the ages of personal inspiration and communication from a higher spiritual dimension coupled with its spiritually transformative consequences. It also highlights the tendency and practice of institutionalized religions to reject any experience of personal revelation apart from that which formed its own origin and basis. This book provides a valuable insight into the interrelatedness and cross-cultural nature of spiritual experiences of a higher dimension, both ancient and modern. I feel that the author’s extensive research offers a new perspective which could aid the growth of ecumenical and interfaith
relations so badly needed in today’s troubled climate.
Co-founder of www.SurvivalAfterDeath.org
What particularly strikes me with this book is the sheer range of topics covered. Not only that, the author analyzes the evidence for ancient and modern cases of mediumship from an interesting perspective seldom covered. This is definitely an important addition to the existing literature on psychical research.
It is well written, exceptionally well-researched and offers extensive coverage of mediumship and related psychic phenomena from both a historical and scientific perspective. The first chapters are an impressive summary of the modern state of parapsychology…Dr Jones-Hunt takes us on a journey through history to decode evidence of mediumship, arguing that not only mediumship is authentic but could be the foundation stone of the religious experience…it is clearly condensed knowledge gained through many, many years of research and experience…It is a highly recommended volume and is one the only textbooks on mediumship that combines an academic and scientific worldview with an understanding of spiritualism….
Honorary President of the Spiritualist National Union (Arthur Findlay College, Essex, UK), Minister of the SNU and the JV Trust Chairperson, UK
What I have read is exceedingly good and I am sure will be valued by all who read it…I wish you every success…and trust that your hard work will be rewarded by the appeal it will have amongst those who are discerning!
Author, Founder & Editor of the ITC Journal & Director of the ITC Journal ResearchCentre (Electronic Voice Phenomena), Spain.
Dr Jones-Hunt’s book leads us through a fascinating exploration of the main sources of ancient wisdom, from shamans to more recent mediumistic communications. It is comprehensive and highly informative. I particularly appreciated the emphasis put on the essential connection between the contents of the communications and their spiritual implications as well as the concern of the writer for highlighting in her work the inseparable and interdependent aspects of all manifestations of life. The chapter on Emanuel Swedenborg is particularly interesting and achieves the difficult task of presenting this colossal figure to a wider range of the public in an easy comprehensible way. This book is a valuable tool for all those who wish to reach a holistic view of the meaning of life.
Author of Flowers of Divine Knowledge and researcher in religious studies, Canada.
This is a most insightful book which offers extensive detailed research to prove that mediumship is an ancient and on-going phenomenon. It explores the relationship of medumship, spiritually orientated angelic-spirit communicators of the highest order throughout the ages and global spiritual philosophies. It powerfully enhances the reader’s understanding of humankind’s evolving religious – spiritual maturation which still has a long way to go with respect to how we treat each other, other animals and the planet.
Former Minister Plenipotentiary for the International States Parliament for Safety and Peace.
A valuable and original work and a major contribution to the understanding of the complex subject of mediumship. Dr Jackie Jones-Hunt’s excellent book is likely to become a foundational resource for all students of psychical research and spiritual studies. This is a wide-ranging and comprehensive work, which is valuable as a reference volume for students of psychical research and also of spiritual studies whatever their age and background. A very readable and thought-provoking book which helps the reader understand the “unseen realms” and how like attracts like in these invisible landscapes.
Founder & Editor of The Psychic Times ~ www.thepsychictimes.com
This is an inspiring book that will enlighten all who have the good fortune to read it. Full of detail and fascinating subjects, Dr Jackie Jones-Hunt has surpassed herself in the fluid and absorbing manner in which she captures the reader’s attention. This book is a ‘must read’ for all those studying the paranormal and want to know more. I found it an enthralling read.
President of the Scottish Society for Psychical Research (2005/6-7). Former Secretary of the SSPR, DACE Tutor University of Glasgow. Co-author with Professor Archie E.
This book takes a giant leap towards synthesizing evidential aspects of psychical research with evidence, which would appear to indicate a spiritual dimension. As someone who has researched these matters in a logical manner for over 20 years I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone of an enquiring mind as almost compulsory reading.
Author & lecturer on Consciousness Studies & the Unexplained.
Roy of 3 published papers on mediumship. Lead researcher in an ongoing study of paranormal 19. This book is an important contribution to a debate which has continued through the ages: what is the source of “divine wisdom,” and is there any difference between the religious visionary and the psychic medium? In an age where religious divides threaten the peace of the entire world, it is more crucial than ever that we try harder to see where all this originated. Placing religious visions into a new context, finding common ground between superficially separate faiths and building bridges between the traditional and the alternative may be one of the steps that could bring about a new, safer path of understanding. Dr Jones-Hunt makes an admirable effort to do exactly this, and her well-researched and very readable book is recommended to anyone seeing a new clarity on old problems.
Author, Former Trustee and Hon Treasurer of the Alistair Hardy Research Centre (AHRC), Oxford, UK & former council member of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR), London, UK.
Lecturer, medium & president of Langside Halls & Cambuslang Spiritualist Churches, Glasgow, UK.
MOSES AND JESUS THE SHAMANS
I cannot improve upon Professor Roy’s summary of this book. He states that “this book is one in which the phenomena of mediumship are explored in order to answer the question whether there is a relationship between the sensitive psychic faculty associated with mediumship and that of the spiritual experience.” Thus, to some extent, the title is a bit misleading. Jesus and Moses are discussed as original or pioneering shamanic mediums, but the author goes well beyond Jesus and Moses. Several chapters of the book are devoted to the mediumship of Emanuel Swedenborg, the 18th Century scientist and mystic whose primary mission was, the author states, to liberate people from religious dogmas. “Regarding the post-death, non-physical landscapes, Swedenborg taught that non-physical animals, human and non-human, plants and minerals are experienced in accordance with a spirit’s inner nature,” she writes. “He taught that over time, spirits can achieve spiritual progression, some ultimately become angels.”
Chapter 1 of the book goes into the definitions and complexities of mediumship, discussing the difference between the various forms of mediumship. Dr. Jones-Hunt explores the founding and organizations of the Spiritualist movement and the beginnings of psychical research. She mentions some of the difficulties that spirit communicators encounter in getting their messages through. “A picture received on the screen of the medium’s mind or an audible phrase, in the case of clairaudience, can be misunderstood or partially received,” she states, adding that some information received by the mind of the medium can be derived from the mind of the sitter. This seems to vary with the quality of the mediumship.
Jones-Hunt mentions the case of “Philip,” an imaginary spirit conjured up by a group in Canada during the 1970s, an example of how the mind of the sitter can influence or create communications received by the medium. However, the fact that sitters can create communication does not, she explains, discredit communication from actual spirits of the dead. “Many mediumistic demonstrations have included the medium transmitting family and other information that is not contained in the minds of the sitters,” she observes.
In Chapter 2, the author goes into the various theories or hypotheses advanced as alternatives to the spirit hypothesis. They include, fraud, lucky guesses, personation plus cryptomnesia, and Super ESP. “In its strongest form, the super-ESP theory supposes that the medium’s subconscious mind has access not only to the memories of every living human being on the planet but to every physical record in existence – book, newspaper, tombstone, registry office, and so on.”
Chapter 3 discusses many famous mediums of yesteryear, including Joseph Smith, whose mediumship gave rise to the Mormon religion, Allan Kardec, W. Stainton Moses, Leonora Piper, Robert J. Lees and others. The author further explores mediumship in Chinese, Egyptian, Japanese, Indian, Greek, and Middle Eastern culture. In Chapter 7, we meet many of the Old Testament mediums, such as Abram, Hagar, Jacob, and Joseph and in Chapter 9 we read about Judge Deorah, Judge Gideon, Judge Jephthah, Samuel, and King David.
I found Chapter 13 to be one of the most interesting. Dr. Jones-Hunt discusses how misinterpretations of the Bible have resulted in many irrational beliefs and practices. “These occur due to innocent but mistaken human error, misunderstandings through various forms of ignorance of the facts, and manipulation of the biblical narratives due to the social, politico-religious leaning of the leaders of the institutionized church,” she asserts. “Biblical narratives have also been misinterpreted due to the fact that they have been interpreted by individuals whose understanding has been shaped by the historic epoch in which they lived and their personal level of spiritual maturity.”
Overall, I found this to be a very interesting, informative, intriguing, and inspirational read. Even though I have read scores of books on the subject matter or related subject matter, there was much in this book that was new to me and much that served as refreshers of material I had read but forgotten. This book is now on my primary reference shelf.
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