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PSYPIONEER Founded by Leslie Price
Edited by Paul Gaunt
An Electronic Newsletter
Volume 1, No 20; December 2005.
Highlights of this issue
New Biography of Andrew Jackson Davis. 255
Mrs De Crespigny and the British College of Psychic Science. 258
The Parapsychology Foundation: Then and Now. 268
Historical Writings on Parapsychology. 270 Mediumship in Australia may be ancient. 274 The twentieth issue of the Pioneer: we are offering a short quiz. 277 Notes by the way: Light on Mabel Collins. 279 How to obtain this Newsletter. 280 Psypioneer would like to extend its best wishes to all its readers and contributors for the coming year. 2006 will be the start of Psypioneer Volume. 2.
NEW BIOGRAPHY OF ANDREW JACKSON DAVISBy John DeSalvo, Ph.D.
The book is entitled Andrew Jackson Davis, The First American Prophet and Clairvoyant
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Unlike other prophets, Davis was very specific in his predictions and his accuracy is much higher than any other known seer or prophet. Davis could actually see and observe the death process and the way in which the spirit leaves the body and forms a new spiritual being. He even describes in detail the hereafter, which he was able to enter at will.
My new book is an overview of his life, his writings, and his revelations. His possible involvement with Abraham Lincoln is discussed including the presence of Lincoln at several séances, his use of Spiritualism during the Civil War to obtainmilitary information, and the role of Spiritualism in issuing the Emancipation Proclamation.
Davis’ revelations are important for our present time. This book will open a new world for you and give you encouragement and hope for our future and the future of each individual person, both in this life and in the next.
Below is an edited extract from the Introduction to my book:
Most people I know have never heard of Andrew Jackson Davis. If I mention his name they think I am referring to President Andrew Jackson or maybe one of Jefferson Davis’ relatives. I only came upon his name while researching the question of whether Abraham Lincoln was interested in Spiritualism. I found a reference that Abraham Lincoln met and received counsel from Andrew Jackson Davis. So, I decided to buy some of his books and research this connection. I started reading his first and main work, The Principles of Nature, published in 1847, which is over 700 pages long. I could not put it down. Here in front of me was the philosophy and spirituality that I have been searching for all my life and I found answers to some of the most significant spiritual questions that I have been asking. This book truly has significance for people all over the world today.
What is so fascinating about Davis is the way he obtained this higher knowledge. He claimed to be able to enter into a higher consciousness, or dimension (he calls it a higher sphere), and observe the world and the universe with a higher awareness. At the time he received this gift, he was about 19 years old and fairly uneducated. Up to this time he only had five months of education and never read more than six books. His first book, The Principles of Nature, reveals new and prophetic information in the sciences that includes astronomy, physics, biology, metaphysics, medicine, philosophy, education, spirituality, government, and many other areas. It has to be one of the most all encompassing books of knowledge and prophecy ever written.
Some of his predictions in the sciences and astronomy have only recently been shown to be true.
An interesting connection that I have with Davis is his interest in Egyptology. Davis said that it is important to research ancient Egypt and its monuments since it would shed light on our ancient origins. I have been the Director of the Great Pyramid of Giza Research Association for the past five years and when I first read about this in his book it truly caught my attention.
Why should I write a book on Andrew Jackson Davis? What can I contribute? As I
was reading through Davis’ Principles, it dawned on me that he was describing scientific principles and laws before they had been discovered. I realized that the average person might not pick up on the modern technological significance. How many would recognize the scientific principles and concepts that I was trained in?
The main question is why hasn’t anyone else discovered these things? Very few people know about Andrew Jackson Davis and even fewer have read his works. Of those, how many are scientists and can recognize these principles like I have? Davis has been lost in obscurity for the last 100 years, just at a time when many of his scientific predictions are coming true. I am also unusual in that I have a very broad background in the sciences that includes physics, astronomy, anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and biology. In addition, I have been very interested in paranormal phenomena and alternative research. I believe that this diverse background and interest in the paranormal is the perfect combination to study and write about Davis.
Also, how many scientists would even consider reading the works of a 19th century Seer and Clairvoyant who was uneducated and claimed to have received his knowledge from a higher realm? So I think I have found my niche.
My purpose in writing this book is to introduce you to the life and writings of Andrew Jackson Davis and encourage you to read his works. That is why I took the approach of using direct quotes whenever possible rather than rewriting what he had said.
Also, since he has written over 30 books, and his major work, The Principles of Nature, is over 700 pages, I wanted to give an overview for those who do not have the time or motivation to read his books in their entirety.
After I discovered Andrew Jackson Davis, I decided to postpone my book on Abraham Lincoln and just write one on this amazing Prophet. After my first draft, I realized that it would be more complete if I added a chapter on Abraham Lincoln’s interest and involvement in Spiritualism. I had spent much time researching this for my book and had most of the materials. I think this is very appropriate since it seems very probable that Lincoln did know and consult with Andrew Jackson Davis since Davis was also considered the most famous Spiritualist at that time.
It is also known that Davis used psychometry (obtaining information psychically by holding an object) in his later years as a doctor to diagnosis his patients. Law enforcement officers sometimes use psychometry to help locate bodies or other objects involved in a crime. For over a year, I have been researching and trying to identify an interesting Lincoln assassination relic which I owned. I finally came to a dead end. After learning about Davis’ use of psychometry, I decided to apply this method to the relic. Using a psychometrist, I was able to solve the mystery of this relic and I have included a chapter on this. I believe that these two additional chapters will add greatly to the book and help illustrate many of the ideas and methods of Andrew Jackson Davis.
The appendix includes some of the most interesting prophetic dreams of Abraham Lincoln, a rare Civil War diary that records day by day the events of his assassination, as well as a rare photograph of Ford’s Theatre taken the day after the assassination.
It is my hope that this book will take you on a special journey and that you will learn something about Abraham Lincoln that you may not have known before.
I wish you well in your spiritual search and invite you to explore the world of Andrew Jackson Davis.
Dr. John DeSalvo would be most grateful for any source material and/or any information not readily known or available pertaining to Andrew Jackson Davis, and to contact him direct on email@example.com …………………………………..
MRS DE CRESPIGNY AND THE BRITISH COLLEGE OF PSYCHICSCIENCE When did organised Spiritualism reach it peak in the UK? Possibly in the1930s, when four or five major London centres flourished. Consolidation had already begun before the outbreak of war (the International Institute joining the BCPS for example - see Newsletter September 2005); war and austerity removed others. But the grim reaper struck repeatedly at the leadership in the 1930s, as our many obituary-based features have shown. This month we turn to a totally forgotten figure.
SPIRITUALISM has suffered a great loss - on the earth side of its activities - by the transition of Mrs. Philip Champion de Crespigny, Hon. Principal of the British College of Psychic Science, which took place on Sunday afternoon (February 10th), after a short illness. The funeral takes place tomorrow (Friday, February 15th), at 11.30 a.m., at Golders Green Crematorium.
On Sunday evening next (February 17th), the Marylebone Spiritualist Association meeting at Queen's Hall, London, will be conducted, in co-operation with the British College, as a memorial service for Mrs. De Crespigny, who was a vice-president of the M.S.A., and a frequent speaker at the Queen's Hall and other meetings. Mr. George Craze, president, will be in the chair, and, with Mr. Ernest Hunt, will speak for the Association; and Mrs. Hewat McKenzie, joint founder (with Mr. Hewat McKenzie) of the British College of Psychic Science, will speak for the College. The meeting begins at 7 o'clock.
Mrs. de Crespigny was an authoress of repute; and, in addition to her Spiritualist activities (which took her all over the country at frequent intervals), she took a very keen interest in literary societies and gatherings. She wrote a number of novels and detective stories, which had considerable success. Her latest book was autobiographical and was entitled This World and Beyond.
Mrs. de Crespigny was a daughter of Admiral the Rt. Hon. Sir Astley Cooper Key, G.C.B., who was for a period First Sea Lord. She was married whilst still in her 'teens to Lt. Philip de Crespigny, R.N., second son of Sir Claud de Crespigny, the third baronet, but had long been a widow. She was chairman of the Psychic Research Circle founded by her at the Lyceum Club, and was on the Council of the Authors' Society. Mrs. de Crespigny was a daughter of Admiral the Rt. Hon. Sir Astley Cooper Key, G.C.B., who was for a period First Sea Lord.
The following appreciation of her work, from the pen of Mrs. Hewat McKenzie, will be read with interest.
DEATH has taken a heavy toll of leaders and pioneers of the Spiritualist Movement during the last few months, but to many of us it has dealt its hardest blow in the passing of Rose Champion de Crespigny. It was only in the middle of last week when at the Edinburgh College - to which she was such a good friend and which anticipated a visit from her in a few weeks - that I heard of the severer phase of her illness, followed-by more hopeful news, and many throughout the country had not had time even to hear of the illness.
I remember when Mrs. Crespigny was first introduced to me by my husband, who before I met her remarked: " She strikes me as a very able and charming woman, and I would like you to be friends." The liking was mutual, soon after she joined the College Council, then under Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's chairmanship, and there began a collaboration, which has lasted and will endure. Later she was chosen as Hon. Chairman, and it was through her valuable work that the College moved its headquarters from Holland Park to the present desirable premises in Queen's Gate.
Some time before his passing, Mr. Hewat McKenzie had requested her to take my place as Hon. Secretary, to give me a much-needed rest, indicating the high regard he had for her abilities, but she was unable to do so at the time.
Six months after his demise, when I felt the burden of College and private affairs almost too much for one, she voluntarily offered to do so, saying that she felt Mr. McKenzie wished it. I accepted with gratitude, and at Easter, 1930, she took over the duties of Hon.
Principal, and has died at her post. It was no light thing for one whose hands were already more than full, to add such Herculean labours, but she practically rearranged her activities so that she might give the time required. As the years passed, she gave than ever, and found the work making increasing demands upon time and strength. The College recognised her valuable services in a personal gift last year, and her friends hoped she would make an opportunity to have one winter out of England for her health's sake. Instead, her labours were increased. She took under her care the new centres associated with the College in Yorkshire, in Reading, in Ipswich, in Edinburgh, advising and corresponding and visiting and lecturing at these centres on many occasions, and arranging for useful visits from College Mediums. She passed out in harness, as she would have wished, leaving with us the memory of a good and great woman, of a loyal friend, and of one who brought to our movement gifts of various orders from her many literary and artistic interests.