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A Journey of Psychic Discovery

One man’s 50-year unparalleled exploration of
Spiritualism and psychic phenomena

A Journey of Psychic Discovery

A Journey of Psychic Discovery

One man’s 50-year unparalleled exploration of Spiritualism and psychic phenomena

By Alan E. Crossley

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This is a revised reprint of A Journey of Psychic Discovery, first published in 1993.

Alan Crossley first published his evidence of personal experience, privately in 1974 under the title The Enigma of Psychic Phenomena, including in it some personal views as to the nature and causes underlying the many and varied phenomena demonstrated through mediumship.

Twenty years later having had many more experiences he added to the original text and a friend was able to publish it and help him get it before a wider public.

His interest in the subject was first aroused after reading a copy of Psychic News where he saw a reference to a book entitled My Talks with the Dead by Hannen Swaffer, a Fleet Street journalist of repute. Because he held Swaffer to be a man of sound judgment, he obtained the book which revealed to him a whole new world of activity and was sufficient to warrant a personal effort to find out more about the subject of the psychic world and those who engaged in supernormal practices.

Throughout his life he sat with many well-known mediums of his time amongst them Helen Duncan, Alec Harris and Leslie Flint and his memories of some of those sittings are recorded here. His own psychic gifts had been instrumental in saving his life during WWII and these he went on to develop further, particularly in the field of healing.

In this edition, almost another twenty years on, we felt it only right to include the Foreword originally written for the 'Enigma' edition by Harry Edwards, the great healer which was omitted from the first edition. We have also added two photographs, one of which was in The Enigma printing, and one more, with the permission of Psychic Press, to illustrate Alan's account of a public demonstration by Leslie Flint.

Alan Crossley was, and still is, highly thought of by many people and the record of his wealth and range of experience deserves to be available for those just starting on their – Journey of Discovery.

Product Details
  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Saturday Night Press Publications (2nd edition,1st August 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-908421050
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 0.7 cm  (5.5” x 8.5”)
  • Price: £7(UK),  $10.50(US),  $11(AUS)
From the book...

Chapter 2 Extract: from ‘The Mediumship of Mrs M.R.Gunning’

Abdul BahaThe last séance which I was able to attend at Mrs Gunning's house was a memorable one. For some time after the incident in which she was injured, as a result of ignorance and stupidity, the meetings were cancelled. However, later, she was able to continue on a limited scale and insisted that no guests or visitors be allowed except the regular sitters whom she could trust implicitly.

It was at this last séance that Abdul Bahá kept his promise to materialise. In fact it was one of the finest demonstrations of this phenomenon that I have ever witnessed. The dignified and noble figure of Abdul Bahá materialised, surrounded in golden light. With his right hand placed on my mother's head, he pronounced a blessing upon her and then slowly dematerialised. The experience was electrifying. The presence of this man had a profound effect on everyone in that room and they had difficulty in finding words to express their thoughts. What was recognised more than anything else was the fact that they had been honoured by a true servant of God, a man of great stature, revered by millions throughout the world and recognised for his service to humanity in the cause of Unity, Peace and Brotherhood.

I often wonder what Baháis would feel if they knew that The Master, as he was called, had returned to demonstrate his survival over death. A further example of survival evidence relating to Abdul Bahá is included in a later chapter dealing with Psychic Art.

Chapter 2 Extract:   Leslie Flint – direct voice medium

Leslie Flint public demonstration 1946Prior to moving to Cardiff, South Wales, I had the opportunity to attend a mass public demonstration of the independent direct voice, held at the Kingsway Hall, London. Demonstrating this type of phenomena before a large gathering in a public hall was completely new and was somewhat in the nature of an experiment. Previously, the direct voice had always been held in private circumstances with usually only a dozen or so people present. The idea on this occasion was to construct a soundproof and lightproof cabinet, placed in full view of the audience. Instead of the séance being held in total darkness, normally essential in the case of direct voice, the house lights would remain on. The medium would then be isolated in the cabinet during the meeting.

Immediately outside and in front of the cabinet, three microphones were placed to pick up the voices emanating from within the soundproof wall of the cabinet. The sound system was arranged, checked and tested by qualified technicians on the staff of the Kingsway Hall. I understood that during testing of the equipment, they had turned the amplifier up to its capacity and with a colleague inside the cabinet, shouting at the top of his voice, failed to pick up hardly a sound.

The medium for this demonstration was Mr Leslie Flint, a specialist in direct voice phenomena. The hall was packed to capacity for this first ever public demonstration. Leslie entered the cabinet, where he would remain for about the next two hours. He once told me that he suffered from claustrophobia and 1 can imagine that he must have found the confined space something of an ordeal.

The Chairman, the Rev C. Drayton Thomas was a man of considerable experience in physical mediumship. He gave a short talk on the modus operandi then handed the meeting over, as he put it, 'to the spirit world.' There was a hushed and expectant silence throughout the hall waiting for the first sign of sound through the loudspeakers. Suddenly, the first voice broke through the silence. "Cor, what a lot of people!" The voice was that of 'Mickey,' Leslie Flint's spirit guide. Mickey was a London cockney newspaper boy when on earth and acted as a kind of master of ceremonies by introducing the various spirits wishing to communicate. It was obvious that Mickey was something of a comedian, for he had the audience in raptures, his humorous and down-to-earth chatter setting the scene for the first communicator.

"There is a lady here who wishes to speak to you all. She says her name is Ellen Terry." A gasp of excitement rose from the audience as a powerful voice, cultured in tone, proceeded to give a discourse about the fear of death and the philosophy of survival. My mother had known Ellen Terry, she was a well-known actress. As the voice began to speak, my mother turned to me and said "I knew that voice well, it belongs only to Ellen Terry, it's uncanny."

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