An Amazing Experiment

Author: Charles Drayton Thomas | Publisher: Psychic Press Ltd | Published: ND | Pages: 115. 

Part 3: Third Type of Forecast

Dr. Arthur T. Shearman | Spain and Munich | The Bombing of British Ships in Spanish Wars | The Munich Crisis

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Plans made by the invisibles for which human co-operation is requested.

          ALTHOUGH THIS is similar to the preceding it would seem better to place it in a class by itself, as, in connection with forecasts of this type, human co-operation is definitely asked for in order to their being brought to pass.

In Scripture we find many instances of messages from the Beyond in which recipients are asked to do certain things. It is clear that the writers believed that such co-operation was sometimes needed for the carrying out of the divine purpose.

Dr. Arthur T. Shearman

On several occasions my communicators have asked me to do certain things. I took action as requested and have never had cause to regret doing so. As an example of this I am about to cite the case relating to Dr. Arthur T. Shearman. He was one of my boyhood friends. He presently took the degree of D.Lit., and worked in connection with the London University. A few years after his wife's death he retired to the Isle of Wight, after which we rarely met. We continued to exchange Christmas cards but rarely corresponded. He knew my interest in Psychical Research yet evinced little interest in it. I last saw him in June, 1931.

To my surprise he was mentioned, in my Leonard sitting of 26 June, 1936, by my sister Etta. She had known him well and had been on intimate terms with his wife. At this sitting Etta told me that Arthur's wife wished me to take a message for him, yet not to send it until hearing from him, which she was confident I should presently do.

Towards the end of September there arrived a gift from Arthur, his latest volume of poems. When writing to thank him I enclosed the above message and explained how it came to me.

This message, taken down on June 26th, was about 650 words in length and contained reminiscences which I knew to be correct, together with some six statements about which I knew nothing.

In his reply, dated 3 October, 1936, Dr. Shearman gave his opinion of the evidence as follows: "This is immense! The chief matter of the declaration is so direct, and the touches are wonderfully accurate. There is scarcely anything that is doubtful. I should have pounced on anything that would not bear investigation. I am bound and glad to say that in my judgment proof is established. Against three uncertain items I could point out thirty-three things that are true. I did not look forward to a revelation so really important from a scientific point of view and as welcome to myself as this is."

Note that this man had specialised in logic. By his Will he left money "To University College, London, to found a course of lectures on Symbolic Logic and Methodology," the lectures to be called "The Shearman Lectures in Symbolic Logic and Methodology."

Dr. Shearman's letter also indicated features in the message which were characteristic of his wife, and inquired under what circumstances I had received the communication. We exchanged letters about this; he made no allusion to his health and I had no reason to suppose that he was in anything but sound physical condition.

It is important to add that, in addition to the long message for Dr. Shearman, I received strict injunctions not to tell him that there was a special reason why it was being given now. Etta said that his wife did not wish to suggest to him that he needed help. Her actual words were;

Feda: I think there is some reason for her wishing to help Arthur himself, but don't say anything about this part; just keep to yourself what she is saying now. She feels he needs help himself, but doesn't wish to say that to him. She doesn't want to suggest that there is something that needs help. She is being rather careful.

On my reporting at the next sitting that Arthur was impressed by the message, Etta remarked, "It may help him. It is the right time for it. There have been things happening that you don't know anything about with Arthur, developments." I supposed that this referred to matters touched on in the messages and that his wife's aim had been to produce a wholehearted realisation of her nearness and her general knowledge of his work and surroundings. Subsequent events revealed something more than this; for on January 30, 1937, Arthur died. On seeing a notice of this in the Press I made enquiries and learned from the doctor who had attended him that "Dr. Shearman had been ailing for some months from a failing heart." Thus the message I received for him was given at about the time when Arthur's physical condition was entering its final stage. From the fact that I was enjoined to hold the message until hearing from him, and that confidence was expressed that I should hear from him shortly, it may be inferred that the communicator was aware of the forthcoming publication of the Poems and of his intention to send me a copy. This is noteworthy; because I had no suspicion that he was publishing another book, and it was only my receiving a copy from him which led me to forward the communication. We may therefore conclude that his wife realised from Arthur's condition that the end was not far distant, and therefore took the opportunity of cheering him by messages which proved her identity and also (by several evidential touches which are not included here) her intimate acquaintance with his work and plans.

The following is added to further illustrate this request for human cooperation.

Spain and Munich

When, in 1917, I began my series of studies with Mrs. Osborne Leonard, Henry Broadhurst was one of my first communicators. He spoke to me through other mediums also and gave excellent evidences for his identity.

Mr. Broadhurst had been a member of my congregation in the Methodist Church at Cromer, 1895-7. We became friends and I was often at his house when he was home from Parliamentary duties. He then represented Leicester and was one of the most gifted speakers of the Trades Union Party.

Both my parents and Etta had known and admired Mr. Broadhurst. In order to avoid mentioning his name at my sittings we agreed to call him "the Politician". Feda changed this title to "the Political Gentleman" and always refers to him in this way. I have no reason for supposing that either Feda or Mrs. Leonard knew his identity.

My sister, during one of her early communications, remarked that "the Political Gentleman" was not brought into my life merely to be a friend, but this was part of a Plan; that he had been linked with me on earth in order that he might be linked again for a specific purpose after his passing. She added that he would come prominently by and by in order to help in matters on which he had specialised and in which he would be on his own ground. What this might prove to forecast I had not the least idea.

It was in the critical years preceding the Second World War that Mr. Broadhurst began to come frequently, and I now briefly recount two of those occasions.

The Bombing of British Ships in Spanish Wars

It was two years since Henry Broadhurst had last spoken at my sittings when, on June 24th, 1938, he talked to me with impressive seriousness about a critical situation which called for immediate action in which he wished me to cooperate with him.

During his lengthy message I was not at all clear as to what sudden crisis he was alluding. So, on returning home, I scanned the previous day's parliamentary debate. It revealed that several Members had urged the Government, in view of the bombardment of British Ships on the Spanish coast, to take action which might easily precipitate us into war. At once Mr. Broadhurst's meaning became apparent and I wrote to the Prime Minister, Mr. Chamberlain, on the lines suggested by Mr. Broadhurst. The letter was suitably acknowledged, as was also a copy sent to our Member, Sir Edward Campbell, who replied that he entirely agreed with it and added, "I can't help thinking that Germany is behind all this bombing and trying to get us to retaliate and then they can say, England started first."

In the Prime Minister's speech in Parliament a few days later I noticed passages which embodied Mr. Broadhurst's advice.

This crisis was passed safely. Another far more serious shortly followed; for in the autumn of the same year came the Munich Crisis.

The Munich Crisis

Scarcely had my sitting of September 17th commenced when Feda announced the presence of "the Political Gentleman". He spoke long and most earnestly; the purport being that Mr. Chamberlain had decided on the right course to pursue, but that in view of the strong opposition he was facing, it was urgently necessary to reinforce him by assurance that he had spiritual backing. If I would write the substance of what he was about to give me, he would contrive that Mr. Chamberlain should see the letter.

I did as requested and was enabled to get the letter delivered immediately into Mr. Chamberlain's hands. It is not necessary for our present purpose to recount the story in detail. Suffice it that Mr. Broadhurst's forecast proved correct, peace was preserved for another year, a year which gave us time to begin those preparations which later events proved to have been so vitally important for Britain. Mr. Chamberlain's flying to interview Hitler twice will be sufficiently remembered to excuse description here. I need only refer to the immense relief which the temporary success of those interviews brought. The Times of October 1st, headed its Editorial, A NEW DAWN. "No conqueror returning from victory on the battlefield has come home adorned with nobler laurels than Mr. Chamberlain from Munich yesterday, and King and people alike have shown by the manner of their reception their sense of his achievement... In the upshot both sides have made concessions, and Herr Hitler has yielded important points of substance... By the terms thus concluded the most dangerous threat of war in Europe is at last removed, and by the joint declaration we are given the hope that others will be peacefully eliminated. That two-fold achievement, by common consent, we owe first and foremost to the Prime Minister. Had the Government of the United Kingdom been in less resolute hands it is as certain as it can be that war, incalculable in its range, would have broken out against the wishes of every people concerned."

On perusing these records after the lapse of years, this eagerness of my old friend in urging me to take action in a critical hour, brings back the memory of an occasion more that forty years earlier during my ministry at Cromer. National indignation had been aroused by reports of the desperate needs of the Greek wounded in the war with Turkey over Crete. The Press had opened a subscription list for providing medical aid. While spending the Saturday evening with Mr. Broadhurst at his Cromer home I was most strongly urged by him to speak of this at my Sunday services and to make a special collection for the fund. His advice was followed and the result greatly pleased him. His intervention now was entirely characteristic of him.

Subsequently to this Munich crisis I showed the account of these sittings to Mr. Broadhurst's niece. It was only then that I learnt, to my surprise, of Mr. Broadhurst's close connection with the Chamberlain family during the years of his political activity in Birmingham, and that he had long been on intimate terms with Neville Chamberlain.

Here therefore was a personal reason for his solicitude about the Prime Minister's course of action, in addition to that of the nation's peril.

It is unlikely that those reading this account can in any adequate degree share the impression of urgency felt by me while receiving these appeals for cooperation. The virile personality of my old friend was manifest. It was as if we were again in his Cromer home. I listening while he with incisive touches outlined the national position and indicated the course of action required to meet its need.

On his first coming to these sittings he had selected excellent evidences for proving his identity, but even had he not done this (both then and on subsequent occasions,) I should have been left in no doubt as to who was now urging me to convey his opinion to the Prime Minister.

When on returning home, I wrote as requested, it was with the feeling that this was forging a small, but useful link between wisdom from above and the bewildered needs of earth.

Christian people are no strangers to this feeling. We have been taught to seek wisdom when in difficulty and to Iook for guidance. We have believed that at such times we had guidance from the Holy Spirit, or the Mind of Christ, or from one of his messengers. Non-Christians suggest that such impressions are subjective and therefore creations of our own, and probably delusive. But in such instances as the above we have clear and objective evidence of this guidance. To cooperate with such plans and purposes, when they commend themselves to our own intelligence, is a privilege and joy.

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