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 Arthur Findlay.       Scotland.  UK.

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 Arthur Findlay,       Scotland,  UK.



A prominent British Spiritualist who wrote extensively on finance, economics, and psychic subjects. He was a justice of the peace for the counties of Essex, England, and Ayrshire, Scotland, and in 1913 received the Order of the British Empire for his organizational work for the Red Cross during World War I. In 1920 he was a founder and vice president of the Glasgow Society for Psychical Research and took a leading part in the Church of Scotland's inquiry into psychic phenomena in 1923. He was chairman of Psychic News, a leading British Spiritualist periodical, and was well known as a speaker, lecturer, and researcher. For five years he made a special study of the direct voice phenomena of the medium John C. Sloan. His book An Investigation of Psychic Phenomena (1924), which was followed by On the Edge of the Etheric (1931) and The Rock of Truth (1933), explains how the direct voice is produced and discusses the subject and teachings obtained by this mediumship.

On the Edge of the Etheric ran into 30 printings within the first year of publication. Findlay argues for the claims of Spiritualism on the basis of the growing extension of physics. He proposes that the universe is a gigantic scale of vibrations of which the physical is in but a small range. As mind constitutes the highest range of vibrations, so individual consciousness consists of the interaction of mind vibrations with physical vibrations. When we discard our physical bodies, says Findlay, our minds interact with etheric vibrations through the etheric double. The book presents teachings based on data recorded at direct voice seances describing the etheric world, upon the philosophy of which Findlay's The Rock of Truth further enlarges. This book also contains a lucid review of the various world religions, including Christianity, and Findlay claims a common origin for all religious beliefs. He also argues for the development of Christianity out of the beliefs prevailing in countries adjoining Palestine during the first 300 years of the Christian era. Findlay's conclusion is that religious instinct originates in man's psychic structure.

Findlay died on July 24, 1964.


Findley, Arthur J. The Curse of Ignorance. 2 vols. London, 1947.

An Investigation of Psychic Phenomena. London, 1924.

Looking Back: the Autobiography of a Spiritualist. London: Psychic Press, 1955.

On the Edge of the Etheric. London: Psychic Press, 1931.

The Psychic Stream. London, 1939.

The Rock of Truth, or Spiritualism, the Coming World Religion. London: Rider, 1933.

The Unfolding Universe. London, 1935.

The Way of Life London, 1953.

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Stansted Hall, built in 1871, was bequeathed to the Spiritualists' National Union under the will of J. Arthur Findlay, MBE, JP, a former Honorary President of the Union, and in accordance with his wishes is administered by the Union as a College for the advancement of Psychic Science.

Mr Findlay bought the estate in 1923 upon his retirement from business and first mooted the idea of a Spiritualist College at Stansted to the Union in 1945. After personal contacts with three successive Union Presidents a will was drawn up and in 1954 the National Council accepted the proposed bequest of Stansted Hall with an endowment. This was followed by a later gift in the form of stock to be used for furnishing and decorating, and in 1964, a year after the death of his wife, Mr Findlay transferred the Hall, grounds and endowment to the Union. Mr Findlay passed to the higher life in July 1964.

The Arthur Findlay College offers facilities unequalled anywhere in the world in the Spiritualist movement as a residential centre where students can study Spiritualist philosophy and religious practice, Spiritualist healing and awareness, spiritual and psychic unfoldment and kindred disciplines. Courses, lectures and demonstrations are all offered by leading exponents, together with the additional features of a library, museum, lake, magnificent grounds, recreational facilities and full board accommodation.

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Arthur Findlay was a student of comparative religion from the age of seventeen, his parents were staunch Christians and burned his collection of books to discourage his inquiry.

Received in 1913 the Order of the British Empire for his organisation work for the Red Cross during the war.

Founder, in 1920, of the Glasgow Society for Psychical Research. Founder and Chairman of the International Institute for Psychical Research. Honorary member of the American Foundation for Psychical Research. Honorary Member of the Edinburgh Psychic College. Honorary President of the Institute of Psychic Writers and Artists. A former Honorary President of the Spiritualists' National Union

Took a leading part in the Church of Scotland's enquiry into psychic phenomena in 1923.

Once chairman of Psychic News.

Made a special study, for five years, of the direct voice phenomena of John C. Sloan.

It might surprise a lot of people to know that Arthur Findlay and his good lady regularly sat in meditation together for their link with the Spirit World in the blue room at Stansted Hall.

Stansted Hall, left in the will of Arthur Findlay is now administered by the Spiritualists' National Union as a College for the advancement of Psychic Science - Sadly nothing along these lines seems to be going on in the college now. It is now predominantly a teaching college which I have no objection to as I love the place. For me and many people, there is nowhere in this world like it and the atmosphere it has collected over the years. I wonder what Mr Findlay would say about that ? Also I wonder what he would say about his family who went against his last wishes in his will and took the college to court and got the farm adjoining it back. Arthur had left it to the hall so it could help with the upkeep of it. It is a massive place.

Was called Arthur Findlay College of Psychic Science and Psychic Research.

Mr Findlay wrote extensively on finance, economics, religion, philosophy, science, Christianity, history, psychical research and direct voice Mediumship. Arthur Findlay's books are still on sale at good bookshops, the College bookshop.

Seances in the Vatican

According to Arthur Findlay, seances have been held in the Vatican. In Looking Back (1955) he recounts how in Rome in 1934 he addressed a large audience that included several high dignitaries of the Church. After the meeting he claims he was told by a cardinal that seances were held in the Vatican but that Pope Pius XI was a bad sitter and much better results were obtained when he was not present (Findlay 1955:350).

A handful of Mediums have co-operated with often hostile psychic researchers to demonstrate their gifts. Sometimes this has been at great personal cost since mediums are, by definition, people of highly developed sensitivity.

Books by Arthur Findlay

On Spiritualism

 On The Edge Of The Etheric: Being An Investigation Of Psychic Phenomena , 1931, in which Findley examines the theory that Spirits are linked to subatomic physics.

The Way Of Life The Unfolding Universe or The Evolution of Man's Conception of His Place in Nature, 1935

The Psychic Stream, 1939

Where Two Worlds Meet, 1951, about Findley's encounters with the Medium John Sloan.

Looking Back

On Other Religions :-

The Rock Of Truth, 1933, a history of the persecution of mediums by Christianity

The Curse of Ignorance Volumes I and II, 1947, the devastating effects of ignorance on the history of humanity, ignorance of our true nature as human beings, as well as what really leads to happiness and contentment; includes a criticism of various economic systems and organised religion like Christianity

 The Effect Of Religion On History (Booklet) A History of Mankind Volumes I and II


The Torch Of Knowledge

From "Where Two Worlds Meet" - Arthur Findlay

Scientific Indifference

We have now reached about half-way through this book, and I now wish to discuss a subject which some day will puzzle our descendants, namely the apathy of official science to all matters concerning psychic phenomena. Since the discovery in the 17th century that the Universe is governed by natural law, and not by the gods, science has become ever more materialistic in its outlook, to reach its climax in our own time when the British Broadcasting Corporation broadcast in 1950 a series of scientific talks which made man out to be a highly specialised robot, his thoughts and memory being no more than electrical impulses.

This pitiful attempt to turn man into a machine, to which no Spiritualist was allowed to reply, and to which the Church was silent because of ignorance, had doubtless a depressing effect on the majority of listeners, who knew as little about man's psychic makeup as did the professors of anthropology and biology who gave these talks. This state of ignorance comes from science ignoring the basis on which it rests, namely observation and experience of all things in nature, and being turned aside from the search for truth by prejudice. Unfortunately the discovery of natural law, and the dethronement of the rule of the gods, ushered in the Materialistic Age, and the Universe has come to be looked upon as only a machine, and life as like a flame which is extinguished at death.

Materialism has an answer for everything. Nothing exists apart from physical matter which is all and in all, omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient. Physical matter is the Universe, and nothing exists beyond what our senses can perceive. Ernest Haeckel, in the 19th century, pursued the task begun by Darwin, and propounded his conclusion that the whole cosmos could be expressed in one word: "Monism", and that man himself is no more than a material unit. Consequently it is a delusion to believe that the soul in man is a separate entity which dwells for a time in the mortal frame, leaving it, and living on after death.

With this background we may not be astonished that the professors of Glasgow University, made famous throughout Europe in the 18th century by the brilliance of Professor Adam Smith, forgot the basis of observation and experience on which science rests, and maintained, without examination, their attitude that everything to do with psychic phenomena is unworthy of investigation. For fifty years they ignored the phenomena of the Sloan Circle which took place within a mile of their imposing edifice.

Consequently, only one professor was interested enough to attend a lecture I gave in the lecture-room of the Glasgow Philosophical Society in 1923, my subject being the phenomena that occurred at Sloan's sťances. Only one became a member of the Glasgow Society for Psychical Research when I founded the society in 1923. Moreover, when Sir William Barrett, F.R.S., a founder of the London Society for Psychical Research, came to Glasgow that year, at the request of the Glasgow Society for Psychical Research, to address a large audience in the St. Andrew's Hall, at which I presided, the University life of Glasgow was conspicuous by its absence, though all its leaders were invited.

The faculties of our other Universities have been likewise blameworthy, and my book, On the Edge of the Etheric, which has circulated amongst them, has been ignored. No chair of Psychic Science has come into being in any British University, and the British scientific journals, devoted to the different branches of science, seldom, if ever, mention the subject, it being taboo and not a matter for scientific discussion. Thousands of books, some by well known men, have been published on the subject over the past hundred years, millions of different sťances have been held throughout the world, at which supernormal phenomena have occurred, and yet official science still maintains its indifference to a subject which upsets its materialistic conception of the Universe.

That once-enlightened body of opinion, the Society for Psychical Research, when founded in 1882, had an enthusiastic leadership, and its official publication contained a great quantity of first-class matter, the result of careful research. Unfortunately, its founders were not followed by men of the same calibre, and, when I became a member, some time about 1920, its Council had become static, the consequence being that the Society lost one of its greatest opportunities to further enlighten its members.

Mr. Sloan, early in 1925, came to London on a visit, and Sir William Barrett and I arranged a number of sťances at which our friends attended. Sir William was highly pleased with what took place, and I made the proposal to him, to put before the Society for Psychical Research, that I would pay all Sloan's expenses in London if he would stay on and give the Society a series of sittings. Sloan agreed to do so, and Sir William went to the next Council meeting and put forward my offer.

Much to his disappointment the Council turned it down with neither an explanation nor an expression of thanks, and, when he told me of its decision not to investigate Sloan's mediumship, he was not only disappointed but angry. That ended the matter and nothing was ever done. My reaction was to resign my membership of the Society, and, since then, I have looked on, during these intervening years, with regret that its leaders have shown such a lack of enterprise, confining themselves too much to only one narrow branch of research, and are so far removed from the true scientific outlook which animated its founders.

What Spiritualism stands for will not come to the people by the enterprise of our Universities. Spiritualism some day will become generally accepted as true, not because of what official science discovers, but because the people, by their sťances, and by their reading, are educating themselves in one of the world's greatest discoveries, namely, that we have found our dead, have talked to them and found them to be very much alive and like ourselves. Mediumship, and those who write books about it, are educating a wondering incredulous public, and Spiritualists are carrying their discovery throughout the world, far and wide, amongst their fellow men and women.

They only have adopted the true scientific attitude, to observe, to inquire and to investigate, without preconceived notions as to what should or should not be. They have laid down a firm foundation of scientific facts, but future historians, if they keep to what is true, will give no credit to official science. Instead, its obstructionist negative attitude towards this all embracing subject will be universally condemned.

The scientists' excuse is that Spiritualists are dealing with phenomena which cannot be repeated at will, that what they--the scientists--are interested in is something which they can prove does happen at any time of the day or night. That attitude is stupid as, to be truly scientific, we must take things as Nature gives them to us and adapt our experiments accordingly. What happened at the Sloan Circle, and has happened elsewhere on many occasions, can, however, be repeated. For fifty years Glasgow University could have had one or more representatives taking a verbatim record of what occurred at the Sloan Circle and making a careful check on everything said or done. They could have filled a hundred volumes as large as this book with their reports, and given to the world much scientific knowledge which the etheric scientists, including the doctors, would have been only too glad to give them.

That is what I advised our scientists to do thirty years ago, particularly the psychologists, the biologists and the anthropologists of Glasgow University, because they had one of the world's greatest Direct Voice mediums on their doorstep. It could all have been done free and for nothing, because Sloan never wished to earn money from his wonderful gift. They would have discovered ectoplasm, something that really exists but is unknown to official science which is as ignorant about this amazing stuff as a new-born baby. They could have taken hundreds of photographs of ectoplasm by infra-red light, and seen it billowing out of Sloan's mouth, and from his other orifices, like a squirming snake. They could have analysed it, besides doing many other things which would occur to intelligent people, but they did nothing and remained encamped on Gilmorehill, wilfully ignorant of the wonderful events which were taking place in a certain house in the valley below them.

From Leslie Flint tapes, more on the Direct Voice page 4

With this communication so began for George Woods, Betty Greene and their reel to reel tape recorder a 15 year series of regular sittings with the independent direct voice Medium Leslie Flint that culminated in over five hundred recorded first hand accounts from those passed on to the next stage of existence beyond the grave referred to by most as 'death.'

As a reward for her efforts Betty Greene presents these recordings to the world to enlighten mankind :

Arthur Findlay - 2258K - 12 minutes - recorded 1976 - transcript
the author of the classic of all survival books On the Edge of the Etheric returns to speak by the direct voice he was so prominent in publicizing - disillusioned with the state of the spiritualist movement - the need for the development of more good Mediums - his views on the state of Arthur Findlay College

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