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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: White Crow Books (25 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908733462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908733467
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Geraldine Cummins (January 24, 1890 - August 24, 1969) was an Irish automatic writing medium and author. Cummins automatic writing was mainly of a spiritual nature and was witnessed by several theologians and scholars who later endorsed and edited her writings. Her first book, The Spirits of Cleophas (1928), claimed to supplement the biblical books of the Acts of the Apostles and the epistles of St. Paul. It was a historic narrative of the early church and the work of the apostles from immediately after the death of Jesus to St. Paul's departure from Berea for Athens. In the production of the first two sections of the book, Cummins was associated with F. Bligh Bond, the noted English architect, illustrator, archaeologist, and psychical researcher, but later she received the scripts independently. Her second book, Paul in Athens (1930) is a continuation of 'Cleophas 'The third, The Great Days of Ephesus (1933), followed the same line of thought. The trilogy offered new interpretations of several obscure passages in the Acts of the Apostles, which apparently are more in line with the early church. For example, it was claimed that only a profound student could have given the head of the Jewish community in Antioch the title "Archon," because the usual title was "ethnarch." In the chronicle of Cleophas, Cleophas was not the direct communicator. The information came through an entity know as "the messenger." The messenger was ostensibly lower down the spiritual food chain than Cleophas and therefore could communicate with Cummins on the earth plane. Cummins's fourth book, The Road to Immortality (1932), a series of communications allegedly from F. W. H. Myers, gives a glorious vision of the progression of the human spirit through eternity. In the Introduction Beatrice Gibbes described the method of communication employed by Cummins. She would sit at a table, cover her eyes with her left and hand on concentrate on "stillness." She would then fall into a light trance or dream state. Her hand would then begin to write. Usually, her "control" would make some introductory remarks and announce that another entity was waiting to speak. Because of her semi-trance condition and also because of the speed at which the writing would come, Gibbes would sit beside her and remove each sheet of paper as it was filled. Cummins' hand was quickly lifted by Gibbes to the top of the new page, and the writing would continue without a break. In one sitting, Gibbes stated, Cummins wrote 2,000 words in 75 minutes, whereas her normal compositions were much slower - perhaps 800 words in seven or eight hours. Gibbes added that she witnessed the writing of about 50 different personalities, all claiming to be 'dead,' and all differing in character and style, coming through Cummins' hand. The noted physicist and psychical researcher Sir Oliver Lodge offered his observations of Cummins's genuineness in the book's preface: "I believe this to be a genuine attempt to convey approximately true ideas, through an amanuensis of reasonable education, characterized by ready willingness for devoted service, and of transparent honesty." Cummins went on to author The Swan on a Black Sea: a Study in Automatic Writing: the Cummins-Willett Scripts (1970). The book is a detailed study of her automatic scripts received from the deceased "Mrs. Willett" a pseudonym of Winifred Coombe-Tennant, the British suffragette, politician, and philanthropist. This highly regarded work contains a foreword by parapsychologist Professor C. D. Broad.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By King Brosby on 22 Nov. 2013
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This book, purportedly produced post-mortem by Frederic Myers (1843-1901), was written automatically by Geraldine Cummins (1890-1969) the Irish medium. I recommend it for serious students. The first half is a description of the planes of the afterlife; the remainder essays e.g., about free will, memory, sleep, and telepathy. Myers, a Cambridge classicist, was one of the founders of the (British) Society for Psychical Research; he wrote "Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death" (1903). Briefly, the quality of this and other automatic scripts from Cummins is good, and Sir Oliver Lodge (1851-1940, and who knew Myers) judged that this text showed Myers style. It's impressive - whatever its origins - and displays Myers interest in personality and psychology.

I don't recommend it if all you want is a sketch of the afterlife. There are more straightforward descriptions e.g., a section of "Olga Worrall: Mystic with the Healing Hands" by Cerutti or Hewat McKenzie's remarkable "Spirit Intercourse".

As Myers reminds us, he is fallible ... but I'm left uneasy about his argument that limitless loneliness, perhaps isolation, of individuals is an underlying risk (after death and during immortality) ... THAT DOESN'T PREVAIL (according to Myers) because we are members of clusters of souls. In the literature, it is unusual for anyone to argue that there are semi-permanent clusters of souls. In the second section of Raynor Johnson's interesting book "The Decisive Testimony" there is considerable further material about group souls ... mentioning Johnson, Frederic Myers and Ambrose Pratt (the central character in that book).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. G. Roeber on 11 Nov. 2013
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it is interesting and its in with the rest of my learning.....but I do have reading difficulties so I find it a bi ponderous....however, for anyone interested in a wider picture of life, then highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By notimetoulouse TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Dec. 2013
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For those who are unaware of Ms Cummins and her work, she was one of the most celebrated proponents of automatic writing of the last century.
This book, and it's sequel, Beyond Human Personality are in effect the messages passed via Ms Cummins to us all allegedly by F.W.H. Myers, an eminent psychologist and psychic researcher who left this plane of existence in 1901. After taking herself into a calm, semi trance state, Ms Cummins would then begin to write, (so fast that she employed a companion to remove and replace each sheet of paper so her flow remained uninterrupted), and putting forward Myer's view of life after life here on earth.
Until I came across Ms Cummins work (one of her other books, Swan on a Black Sea was the absolute clincher for me), I scoffed quite openly about things spiritual, but as a researcher into all things strange and different, I quickly realized how important this work was.
From finding and reading these books I have followed a very interesting and illuminating path, taking in the work of Tomkins, Crookall, Myers himself and others.
Without doubt, these writers have changed the way I look at life and the way I interact with it. I am not a Spiritualist by religion, in fact I have no religion per se, other than kindness to others, but I am now a profoundly changed person after being exposed to these writings.
This book, and it's sequel gives a glorious vision of things to come, and they are of such a level of intensity and detail that it would have been nigh on impossible for anyone to have put together as fiction - made even more relevant as Ms Cummins writing always took place in front of (often doubting) witnesses, and was pure, uninterrupted 'stream of consciousness' stuff.
I choose to think otherwise.
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Great first half sharing the realms to come, but the explanation of detail hard to follow. 5 stars for first part!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very interesting explanation for people who want to know what follows atfer death. 4 April 2014
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The messages we get through this book are clear and help to understand what to expect in the afterlife. Some of Myers scientific expressions are not easy to understand. The book needs to be read twice.
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Classic of the 'from the other side' genre. Excellent! 18 Oct. 2014
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If you are a connoisseur of this genre, this is a must read. F.W.H. Meyers is finally beginning to receive his due as one of the great thinkers of the 19th century. If you buy the premise behind this book, you will appreciate his work even more after reading it.
Intersting book 30 May 2015
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Interesting book with good ideas, but I find myself doubting that it really came from the source it claims to be from. That's a shame because I would like to believe it.

This book claims to be dictation from a spirit who has passed on and is now in a higher realm. In other words, it is like the Seth books by Jane Roberts, like the Michael Spirits books by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Shepherd Hoodwin among others.

My problem with that theory is that the spirit author lived in the 1800s. There has not been enough time for this spirit to be done with his incarnations in the physical plane, his graduation from the astral plane, and his emergence into the next plane of existence. I'd be more likely to believe it, or at least to take it as a serious possibility, if the author's last life was several thousand years ago, or longer. But for it to be so recent as the 1800s, I find it unlikely. But I can't say that with confidence. We really don't know how things work.

I give Geraldine Cummins credit for self doubt. The author wasn't sure whether she was taking dictation from a spirit or not. This reminds me of Jane Roberts. She had her doubts that she was really channeling Seth. I love that. It speaks to their integrity and their love of truth. What I really dislike is someone like Esther Hicks who pretends to be channeling a spirit named Abraham and then proceeds to give a motivational speech that has absolutely nothing spiritual in it, basically a Think And Grow Rich speech, where she blames you for your failure to grow rich because your failure is your own fault for doubting. Oh BS. This Law of Attraction nonsense is irritating and it is garbage.

I do believe in spirit communication. I believe that Lisa Williams does it. I believe that Concetta Bertoldi does it. I think several of the well known mediums are exactly what they say they are. i also think that most self proclaimed spirit mediums are hoaxes, which would include Esther Hicks and Sylvia Browne. They may be the best selling authors in the field, but they haven't impressed me at all.

I think Geraldine has presented a lot of interesting ideas. I wonder if they really came from a spirit.
A Psychic's Contact with a Deceased Person 26 July 2014
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This is an interesting account of early investigations into psychic contact with the departed. It will appeal especially to those interested in the historical aspects of that field. As the author's contact says however, his viewpoint does not necessarily represent anything like a universal description and therefore should not be taken as the only such account. Nevertheless, I found the book interesting and enjoyed reading about this individuals "take" on his encounters. It is interesting also because the transmitter of the information was, while alive, an investigator into the very subject of this book, which supposedly dictated to the medium and author Geraldine Cummins. Included are comments of several living persons who knew the deceased in life and vouch for his knowledge and style and references that, after investigation, revealed certain things unknown to them. All in all an interesting read.
Five Stars 27 April 2015
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Clearly understandable.
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