In his poem ‘The Listeners’ the poet Walter de la Mare wrote these lines: ‘Is there anybody there? Said the traveller, knocking on the moonlit door’. Those words have become synonymous with the practice of communication between travellers incarnate in human form and those discarnate spirits waiting behind the moonlit door between this world and the next. We, the incarnate, are all travelling in one direction towards the discovery of what awaits when the door is opened. Is there anybody there? The answer will not be a surprise for Spiritualists as we know that there is another dimension of life that exists. The communication between the material world and the spirit world is a reality that we accept as fact. The visions, messages and insights that many prominent Spiritualist mediums were given as guidance have been written and recorded for centuries offering all who truly seek a reasonably comprehensive library to research. Yet there are those that not only question the evidence of life after life, many make a profession of attempting to disprove the eternal truth. How sad is it that?
There is, strange as this may seem, a group of educated erudite individuals who have formed themselves into a society to disprove the veracity of psychic phenomena. They call their group The Skeptic Society. This is what they have to say about themselves:
The Skeptics Society is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization whose mission is to engage leading experts in investigating the paranormal, fringe science, pseudoscience, and extraordinary claims of all kinds, promote critical thinking, and serve as an educational tool for those seeking a sound scientific viewpoint. Our contributors—leading scientists, scholars, investigative journalists, historians, professors and teachers—are top experts in their fields. It is our hope that our efforts go a long way in promoting critical thinking and lifelong inquisitiveness in all individuals.
One very telling statement endorsed by the intellectually gifted founder of the Skeptic Society Dr. Michael Shermer is this: ‘When we say we are “skeptical,” we mean that we must see compelling evidence before we believe’. By compelling evidence what Dr. Shermer appears to be seeking is scientific proof that can be repeated under strictly controlled laboratory conditions. The material scientific approach to psychic phenomena, including communication between this world and the next, disallows all anecdotal accounts as being invalid. So the fact that numerous highly qualified individuals gave sworn statements that they witnessed the 19th century medium Daniel Dunglass-Home levitating is discounted. On one occasion Lord Adare witnessed Daniel Dunglass-Home floating in and out of a window, he stated: ‘Home swung out of a window in a horizontal position, he came back in again feet foremost and I could not see how he was supported’.
There have been a number of eminent scientists that have studied psychic phenomena and submitted papers supportive of the reality. One such was Sir William Crookes a member of The Royal Society, he is best known in scientific circles for his work on Cathode Rays and as the inventor of The Crookes Tube. One subject that Crookes examined in some detail was the aforementioned Daniel Dunglass-Home along with many other prominent Victorian mediums. When Crookes published his findings in 1874 there was a serious outcry in the scientific community and talk of depriving him of his membership of The Royal Society. That seems to have been par for the course ever since, if the scientific materialists do not see repeatable evidence then no matter how eminent and erudite the examiner may be the reports are derided and the results ignored.
The founder of The Skeptic Society Dr. Michael Shermer has taken his disbelief to an advanced level by recently setting himself the task of becoming a psychic in one day. The way he set about this was to study what he termed various ‘Cold Reading’ skills, that is this man believes that clairvoyants use practised trickery to deliberately fool their unwitting clients. The audacity of Michael Shermer Ied him to write a paper titled: ‘Psychic For A Day: How I Learned Tarot Cards, Palm Reading, Astrology and Mediumship in 24 hours’. Let me offer you a sample from the article, this is how Shermer suggests he would gull his subjects into feeding back affirmative responses to his fishing expeditions: 1. Does this make sense to you. 2. Can you see why this might be the impression I am getting. 3. What might this link to in your life. 4. Do you connect with this? The man is obviously little more than a professional cynic who operates on the mistaken assumption that all clients of psychics are simpletons who would fall for such obvious nonsense.
The ability to communicate with those in the next dimension of life is not a trick, it is not a fraud and as anyone that ever witnessed the incredible mediumship of Gordon Higginson will know, it is at times beyond reasonable doubt. I once saw Higginson point to a member of a four hundred plus audience and tell the lady that before she set out for the theatre that evening she had made a telephone call to her sister, which she agreed she had, the he gave her the full telephone number which she accepted was absolutely correct. Let Michael Shermer explain that. I have worked with many professional psychics and produced hundreds of theatre shows in which clairvoyant and clairaudient powers were used to pass information to members of the audience. In 1992 I worked with James Byrne the Bolton based medium and produced his show at The London Palladium. I would say that had trickery been used by Byrne or by any of the other mediums and psychics I have worked with then I must have known about it. The truth is that Shermer and his Skeptic Society are barking up the wrong tree, there is no trickery involved with genuine psychics and mediums. The reason that these scientific materialists believe that it is all a confidence trick is that they simply can not otherwise explain it.
Is there anybody there? Yes of course there is and we will all make that wonderful inevitable journey through the moonlit door into the next dimension, it is just a matter of time. There is absolutely no reason for anyone to fear what we call death as there is no such thing. What there is amounts to travelling forward into another world leaving behind the physical body that has done its job. Ask yourself this question: Imagine your life journey is like a car ride, at birth you get into the vehicle and set off from say London, you drive through Birmingham aged 40 years, at Preston you are 60 years at Edinburgh you are 90, at Inverness you reach your destination, would you just sit there in the car? Of course not, destination reached you get out and move on and so it is with your physical body. Enjoy the ride.