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ANIMAL SOULS SERIALIZATION

BOOK REVIEW: THE JOURNAL FOR SPIRITUAL AND CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES VOL 37, NUMBER 2, 2014

[These first and second instalments are newly named: PROOF ANIMALS HAVE SOULS and: 500+ CELEBRITIES: GO VEGETARIAN.
[Of the Animal Souls Serialization] Jackie Jones-Hunt makes a detailed and powerful call-to-arms in support of vegetarianism and the cessation of unnecessary animal suffering and death.

Using historical and biblical research, Jones-Hunt makes the argument that the great spiritual teachers of the past like Jesus and Buddha extolled the virtue of vegetarianism based on the concept of our connectedness as humans to all life.

She argues that, “…divided into a series, Animal Souls [serialization] offers a window into the past, delivering a clearer understanding of the vegetarian ways of the ancient world, molded by a wider variety of ethically advanced vegetarian religious traditions, prevalent many centuries before and after the ministry of Jesus…This serialized volume progressively transports the reader on a fascinating journey of discovery into a bygone age, astonishingly, laying bare the predominantly vegetarian ancient world, different to the animal-flesh eating lifestyle that dominated later.”
In addition to biblical material and allusions, Jones-Hunt calls on ancient Greek philosophers for their support for vegetarianism as well. She further draws from biological and Paleontological material to reinforce the assertion that, “All Creatures are Brothers, Sisters and Cousins,” all being mammals and sharing the same or similar anatomical and physiological structures. She claims that, “Many human beings are either unaware of have lost sight of the fact that humans are scientifically classified as mammals, animals and primates. This is perpetuated by the typical and deliberate coining of the phrase the ‘human being’ rather than ‘the human animal’….This callously indifferent mental construct perpetuates the endlessly untold suffering of our brothers, sisters, cousins throughout their tragic lives ending in hellish slaughterhouses.”

While citing natural sciences, biblical references and spiritual teachings of antiquity, Jones-Hunt also brings the reader into the realm of modern Spiritualist mediumship. She speaks of the survival of animal souls after physical death, as demonstrated by mediums for both animals and humans, including a case of strong mediumistic evidence for the survival of the soul of a favourite pet. There is, however, a strong polemical element throughout her work. For example, in the conclusion she says,

“For those individuals who endorse animals being butchered in their billions simply by thoughtlessly eating them, surely they share in the responsibility for our prevalent ruthless, merciless, murderous, modern day ethos. Their non-rejection of the pitilessness of the animal slaughter industry is a small step away from being oblivious to the evening news reports of the murder of fellow humans. Likewise, there is hypocrisy associated with those individuals, who, living side by side with a family pet come to love them; daily observing their pet’s demonstrations of a range of emotions, intelligence, thought processes and personality. Many of these same individuals feel no empathy and kindness to a whole host of other animals whose lives consist of nothing more than exploitation, suffering and slaughter. Eating them, they remain unmindful of the fact that these fiercely oppressed relations, like themselves are sentient, feeling, flesh and blood beings.”

Jones-Hunt has done her research well, on the other hand, and presents a profound and provocative argument for re-thinking our long–established view of the relationship between animals and humans. Of course, as a cultural anthropologist I recognize not only the long-standing need of humans for complete protein, most easily furnished by animals and sea food, but also I recognize the entrenchment of views of animal/human relationships and dependencies. I’m also sure, however, that if animals could stand up and applaud, there would be a resounding noise of appreciation about the world for Jones-Hunt’s work.

BY Paul D. Biscop, Ph.D. Email: pabloypablo@shaw.ca
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MOSES AND JESUS THE SHAMANS

TWO WORLDS MAGAZINE
BOOK REVIEW

BY GRAHAM JENNINGS
…Jackie Jones-Hunt has had a prolific academic career, beginning as a lecturer. She is the author of other books on just about every aspect of the paranormal.

Here she covers the history of mediumship from ancient times to modern. She also brings her academic and religious expertize to bear on biblical archaeology, textual criticism, the Dead Sea scrolls and the Nag Hammadi codices. The latter is a collection of early Christian Gnostic texts discovered near the Upper Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi in 1945.

Jackie Jones-Hunt’s book carries many endorsements, the most familiar names being Prof Archie Roy, Minister Eric Hatton and American writer Michael Tymn. As well as a gripping and most informative read, it is an excellent reference book.
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MOSES & JESUS THE SHAMANS

WATKINS MIND BODY SPIRIT
BOOK REVIEW
 
Drawing on primary sources, Dr Jones-Hunt gives numerous examples of prophets’ transformative spiritual experiences, which contributed to the birth and development of world religions. She reveals that spiritual teachers and prophets such as Moses, Jesus and Mohammad had mediumistic gifts and proposes that supernatural communications laid the foundation stones of the world’s religions.
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MOSES AND JESUS THE SHAMANS

BOOK REVIEW
THE GREATER WORLD MAGAZINE
 
This book ranks with Arthur Findlay’s works: Foreword by Professor Archie e Roy past President of the UK and Scottish Society for Psychical Research. It is a very thorough exploration of mediumship with its closely associated psychic phenomena in order to answer the question as to whether there is a relationship between the apparent sensitive psychic faculty associated with mediumship and that of the spiritual or religious. It explores the world’s religions both ancient and modern and seeks to show that far from being a modern phenomenon, humankind has for centuries been able to communicate with disembodied spirits. A thoroughly researched book containing an exhaustive list of references for the student of world religions, spiritualism and the easy to read science, explaining how mediumship does, in fact, work. David Goodman (Former President of the Stratford-Upon- Avon Christian Spiritualist Church).
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“We therefore look back on the vague superstitions of past ages and congratulate ourselves wryly that we have been rescued by rational thought and the scientific method from such follies, comfort blankets we clung to in our childhood of the human race against a host of inexplicable natural disasters occurring in a strange and terrifying world,” Professor Archie E. Roy writes in the Foreword of this book, going on to point out that such an attitude dictates an instant dismissal of any article or book on comparative religion and to view the whole subject matter of shamans and mediums with ignorant disdain.
 
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.
 
Review by Mike Tymn
Author of:
Transcending the Titanic
The Afterlife Revealed
Running on Third Wind
The Articulate Dead
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