Rescue Circles (29) Finding the light in terrible times. Negative Spirits, Ghosts, War and More of Dowding’s Rescue Work, this time with Estelle Roberts and her guide, Red Cloud.
Finding the Light in Terrible Times. More about Negative Spirits and Hauntings, and Warfare.
The world is going crazy! It is brought home to me even more poignantly since our youngest daughter was brought into this world by a Lebanese doctor thirty-seven years ago, and since that time in religious and political disputes his country and Beirut in particular has been destroyed over and over
again, with the loss of so much human life. While the art and science of medicine has been perfected to the point of saving human life with the most modern and sophisticated procedures, all that work is undone and destroyed by the madmen, politicians and terrorists alike, who consider territorial, political and religious rights can only be maintained by the use of destructive force, killing servicemen and civilians, children and animals indisciminately, demolishing
buildings, roads, railroads, airfields, fields and crops, and poisoning the environment with the chemical after-effects of the bombs, rockets, shells and
flares. Civilization is crumbling. The recent warfare between Israel and the Hamas in Gaza, and the Army rebellion in Bengal just continues the madness.
Now that we can see we all belong to one human race, and to one planet which is in dire distress at this time, not only from war, but also from
environmental damage, famine, flooding, and disease, and financial and economic disaster, we must consider warfare as unthinkable as a
political, economic or defensive procedure.
War and pollution are the two problems we have
the power as human beings to control and stop, if we
put our mind to it. Two more are disease and famine.
We must refuse to vote into power governments that go
to war, or continue to ignore or play down the
pollution and global warming issues. We must refuse to
invest in the gigantic big business of the armaments
industry and profit from it, but rather invest in the
peaceful uses of our armed forces, that is, to combat
natural disasters, sponsor rescue work of all kinds,
and the establishment of real law and order to beat
all kinds of corruption, dishonesty and crime which is
rampant today in the highest places as well as the
lowest, in our very prisons and at the top of some of
our largest corporations. This is what spirit has
been telling us since the beginning of the
Spiritualist movement, and what religions have been
telling us even longer. This is why I feel the rescue
series should continue. We need their help, and they
need ours, when so many of them are passing in a state
of anger, hatred, confusion and ignorance.
With regard to rescue work, as I mentioned in a
recent post, and other of you made similar statements,
spirits need talking to with respect, and only towards the
most disruptive do we need extra help and strength to take control of them, and send them to their rightful place and level on the other side.
Poltergeist activity comes into this discussion,
obsession and possession (an often undiagnosed cause
of mental illness). Also, disturbed graveyards, and new
buildings placed on old and forgotten burial sites, or
former accident scenes (e.g. a major train derailment,
with many violent deaths, or buildings which were once
hospitals, mental hospitals or gaols being turned into
residences or apartments, stir up problems. Everyone
has a right to be where they are, at whatever level,
so it takes much understanding and compassion to deal
And yes, a haunting may be benign, and we can live
with it. Robert Hardy the English actor lives
comfortably with the ghost of a monk, or priest, in
his house, though some have commented that perhaps it would better to help the ghost to move on to his rightful place on the other side, in the way that Helen Greaves helped the residing ghost in her cottage, the old servant, on her way into the light.
[Richard Rowley, ]
I would like now to include some messages from “Mac,” or Jim McCarty, who died in a car crash and left behind a young wife and family. These extracts are taken from "In Silence They Return" (1972) by Judy Boss, who also wrote "A Garden of Joy" (1974) both published by Llewellwyn Publications.
Mac says to Judy: "I guess we all here have problems we
have to work out. Maybe that's why the church calls
it purgatory. I know there are better levels of
consciousness than where I am but I'm not ready yet.
As I recall the church and its praying for those in
purgatory - they were right. We do need help, but no
more than we did in the level called life. We all
seem to be able to put ourselves through what we
deserve. Fortunately here there is nothing to hide
behind and we must face ourselves as we really are.
Our world is so different than yours and I am dealing
with more absolutes now... like love, a perfect giving
love and how to achieve this. Patience for the
understanding of everyone's differences and respect of
every individual for him/herself. Kindness to all,
gentleness, and most of all helping others. This is
so important - to help others. We are able to do this
in many ways. You will be surprised when you become
a spirit at the vast ways that humans are helped by
spirits. Love is the answer. It is the only answer.
It is the only thing that is real. It is enormous.
It is God. God is the ultimate love. He is all love,
and through love we find God. It is through and with
love that we soar and climb. It is our love for God
and our recognizing God in other people and through
using the God in us that we reach the ultimate God.
If only more people would know true love. Love is the
answer. It is a bond that does not die."
“Don’t concern yourself with negatives and
negative spirits. This is operating in a negative
way. God is GOOD. He wants everything GOOD for us.
The devil does not EXIST. This is only when people
turn away from God; then they have lessons to learn.
People will try to talk you into this devil concept
(possession like this is bad energy, that’s all, not a
separate anti-God entity). All energy is God. God
allows. Keep remembering, God is good. This is all
you need to know.
There are many people with psychic gifts of all
kinds from all walks of life. Clever, cunning and
mischievous spirits who are still earthbound (attached
to material pleasures and activities good and bad)
can still enter those open to communication, using
people for their own gain. So it is important for
people who engage in spirit communication to protect
themselves through prayer, in order to keep their own
spiritual level high.
Spirits can be your friends or your enemies.
Evil spirits can often be noticed by others, or be the
operating force behind dangerous phenomena and
disruptive poltergeist activity.
Apparitions that stay on earth as ghosts are
wasting their time. They are depriving their souls
of the spiritual growth and learning that they need to
rise to the ultimate level of fullness with God. We
can help these souls find their way to enlightenment
through our prayers. And send them into the light.
Pray for the living and the dead. If you are
possessed or bothered, pray for the spirits and
persuade them to go into the light…but not the guides
who have come back to help or contact you. Help the
wandering imps move on. Spirit communication can be
helpful or harmful, depending largely on the motives
of those seeking it. If it is just for amusement,
leave it alone.”
A guide later come through with a comment
on the way of the world.
“Most humans have not learned to solve problems
without killing. War begets more war. As mankind
persists to struggle and strive, to grow and build, it
also fragments and destroys with its opposing
ideologies. Communism, fascism and democracy [etc
etc] all promise a better world. Within each are
positive elements, but instead of uniting their common
positive values, they conflict until the world burns
from the heat of battle and scourges itself with the
red blood of defeat. Every thinking person becomes
disillusioned by having to make the choice between the
political movements, which leave us desperately
wanting something larger, finer and better for
mankind. Apart from a few remarkable exceptions,
government lacks spirit, and spiritual principles.
Now, [asks the guide in 1970] with a
population of over 6 billions by the year 2000, what
will it be like, utopia or polluted planet? Go for
the best, and don’t be scared. Will people be
regarded as an individual or just a number in a total
computer system of inputs and readouts: Will streams
and rivers be immense cesspools of waste and trees
defoliated as in Vietnam: Or will a space orbit be a
better environment to live in? Science and technology
have not solved the dualities. We have fast planes
but fast missiles, fast cars but pollution, some
diseases are checked, but new ones emerge.”
Note that this guide of Judy’s and her husband
Mac in spirit both regard our problems as their
problems too. They know what is going on earth, and
are concerned for our welfare. We are all helping
each other through these learning experiences. Again
and again spirits tell us that certain things and
values can only be learned by experience on earth.
But once we have learned what we need to know, we
should not remain attached and earthbound, but move on
to the greater life beyond, without regret. There we
will have much greater scope to make use of the
knowledge and experience we have acquired here, and
this is what we need to tell the earthbounds and other
confused spirits who need our help after passing.
So it will be helpful to our understanding to add
further illustrations of so-called “rescue work”, or
contact with lost or confused souls. We can go back
to 1943, and the work of Lord Dowding, this time with
the help of Estelle Roberts and her guide, Red Cloud.
This extract is taken from “Fifty Years a Medium” by
Estelle Roberts, published by Corgi Books, London in
1969, when the medium had reached the age of 80.
Estelle writes that she held a number of public
meetings in Oxford then in London during the war, and
many private sittings. “My work became intensified
as the casualty lists grew bigger and more and more
war victims wanted to communicate with those they had
left behind. Among these were four young men who had
died in action, David and Arthur from the Royal Navy
and Bill and Clive from the R.A.F. These four
youngsters, having proved their own survival, were
determined to help others to achieve similar success.
Because of their dedication to this task, we started a
private circle for direct-voice communication. It
comprised the parents of the four boys and friends and
relatives of other spirit communicators who had been
able to prove their identities. The sittings were
free of payment to all who attended.
One of the most distinguished visitors to this
circle was Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding. He first
attended in October 1943 at the express invitation of
its four spirit originators. The séance began by the
trumpet tapping out the “V” sign in Morse code on the
floor. Then a girl’s voice was heard gaily claiming,
‘Ladies first,’ suggesting there was keen competition
for possession of the trumpet. She achieved only a
few sentences before one of the airmen was heard
talking animatedly to his parents. After a brief
exchange, he asked: ‘Please introduce me to the
Chief.’ The introduction was effected, and the
following dialogue ensued:
CLIVE I was on reconnaissance when I bought it.
I went down in the drink and my body was washed ashore
later. But, as you see, I’m still very much alive.
DOWDING I understand you had a strange nickname in
the R.A.F. Tell me what you were called.
CLIVE “Big Feet.” You can check on that. Look,
sir, the boys and I want to thank you for passing on
spirit messages to where they will do the most good.
DOWDING It’ wonderful to be able to be able to
After this others clamoured for possession of
the trumpet, and David triumphed. He had ended his
earthly life at the age of twenty-two when the
submarine Olympus was lost off Malta. He spoke first
to his mother, giving her messages of love for members
of his family.
DAVID Dad is with me. Oh, it’s nice to talk. Can you all hear me?
DAVID That’s grand. I hear we’ve got Lord Dowding
with us tonight, and somebody else who has done no
less for us, Hannen Swaffer. I’ve met a pal of yours
here, Mr. Swaffer. He’s a journalist who has not been
over very long.
RED CLOUD A.B. Austin. He was killed in Italy.
DOWDING He was a friend of mine, too. He was a
war correspondent on my staff and a very fine officer.
RED CLOUD He IS a very fine officer. Hold on! Here
is someone else.
JENKINS My name is Jenkins. Are you there, Dad?
FATHER Yes, I’m here.
JENKINS Well, stop fretting about me, and don’t
keep bothering the Air Ministry for details. They’ve
told you all they know. It was nobody’s fault that
our old crate fell to pieces in mid-air. When you
have to use every plane that will fly, there are bound
to be times when somebody has to go round gathering up
FATHER I’ve got one of the pieces at home.
JENKINS Yes, I know. A bit off the tail. Look,
Dad, try to make Mother understand that I’m not dead.
Tell her there are thousands of us here and we’re all
mothers’ sons. I’m fine as long as she does not grieve for me.
[to be continued]
Talking generally about war back in 1939, Red
Cloud had said “There would have been no war if each
of you had accepted the responsibility that lay on
your individual shoulders. War came because man could
not raise his thoughts from the abyss of fear to an
acknowledgment of the Godhead that is within him.
Mind moulds matter – matter does not mould the mind.
Man alone must work out his salvation. I can but show
the way and bid you keep ever watchful at the door of
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