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5.0 out of 5 stars One of two very interesting books by Geraldine Cummins, 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.
This is a lovely book, with a really gentle grace about it that gives a glimpse of something potentially amazing for all of us.
I can't recommend it enough, and I hope this review has helped rather than hindered.
Thanks for reading.
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Initial post: 2 Jan 2014 07:03:28 GMT
J. P. Ryder says:
Geraldine Cummins - like all `mediums' - was a fraud.

She was exposed in 1966 by the Society for Psychical research, no less.
Writing in the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research (Vol. 43), Mary Rose Barrington noted that Cummins was socially acquainted with many friends and families of the deceased persons with whom she was supposedly communicating. The `knowledge' displayed in her `automatic writing' was gleaned from these people and not from any supernatural person or place.

Eric Robertson Dodds pointed out in his autobiography (Missing Persons, 2000) that Cummins had worked in the National Library of Ireland where she had easy access to any number of books on history and religion.

Cummins' apparent `speed-writing' was no more than a conjuring trick.
During her `performance' she would merely scribble unintelligible marks onto the paper which her assistant would quickly pull away when the page was full. This was done on the pretext of facilitating an uninterrupted flow of writing. It was actually the means by which the `assistant' would use slight-of-hand to substitute the scribbled page for a page of `automatic writing' that had been prepared by Cummins days or weeks previously.

Cummins was a nasty and tacky fraud who preyed on people who were afraid of death and ego oblivion.

barry
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