down some of the experiences of my fourscore years, I have done so at
Red Cloud's request in order to "leave behind for incoming generations a
great reality to comfort the mourner." The reality to which he refers
is, of course, eternal, that we cannot die because our spirits are
immortal. For that reason the greater part of this book is devoted to
examples of evidence of survival, for without acceptance of this central
fact the whole edifice of religious faith must fall down.
The teaching of Jesus, Buddha and of all the world's religious leaders,
is meaningless if this concept is not upheld. Without it, the only
philosophy open to us is "Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die,"
which is surely the outlook of grim despair. By contrast the truth of
survival floods the mind with light and warmth. It opens up an endless
vista of glorious life, a perpetual expansion of the consciousness, each
advance bringing enhanced love and happiness as we travel along the road
to Perfection. We no longer mourn for the dear ones who have left us,
for we know that they live and we shall meet again. We no longer fear
death and disease for ourselves, for we know these are but temporary
conditions and that we shall re-awaken to a new life in a perfect body.
Many people fear the actual moment of the death of their bodies. Yet
they have no need to do so. I have many times seen death occur, and know
it to be no more than falling asleep. I sat beside my mother's bed when
she lay dying. In her last moments she was in a semi-conscious state,
and I knew she had something to say. Summoning up the last of her
strength, she spoke and, in
speaking died. Whether she realized it or not I do not know, but she
completed in death what she had begun to say in life and I heard her
last words by clairaudience.
Again, ten years ago, I was in the presence of death when my husband,
Charles, died in my arms. Steadfast in the knowledge of his own
survival, he had no fear of death and his last words to me were of
gentle reassurance. A few days later his body was cremated. As the
coffin slowly withdrew into the inner chamber of the crematorium, I saw
him and his cousin, Dr. Charles GordonMoore, standing arm-in-arm,
smiling at me. The truths of Spiritualism, which I have always striven
to pass on to others who mourned, now brought me comfort in my turn.
During Charles' long illness I had given up my public work in order to
be with him, for he so hated me to be away from his side. Inevitably his
passing left a great void in my life, but fortified by the knowledge
that he lived beyond death I returned to the practice of my mediumship
following an interval of only two weeks. After three years absence, I
returned to the public platform, eager again to demonstrate to all who
would learn the truth of life after death.
This book contains a great many instances of survival. Had there been
the need, it would have been simple to increase their number by a
hundred, or a thousand other cases. But, in the event, it is necessary
to prove only one case in order to prove all. I have chosen the episodes
quoted in this book because of the evidence they offered, and the
absolute integrity of the people who were present to vouch for them.
I have worked with Red Cloud for nearly fifteen years, and during that
time he has toiled unceasingly to demonstrate eternal spirit truth. He
has never told us who he was on earth. When asked, he has always
answered: "Know me by my works." We know that he passed this way before
us, when he probably dwelt in Egypt. We believe, too, that he was either
in this world, or very near to it, in the days of Jesus of Nazareth.
Once or twice he has tantalized us into believing ourselves to be on the
verge of discovering only to find the answer has again been denied us.
We know that his identity as a Red Indian is a cloak which is assumed in
order to make receptive by us the very high vibrations that are
naturally his because of his advanced spiritual attainment. He says he
long ago reached the point in his evolution from which, had he gone on,
there would have been no returning to this world. The choice was his -
to go on, or to remain as a guide and teacher to mankind, bringing peace
of mind and
understanding of divine truths. He chose the latter course, explaining
to us: "As your elder brother, which I am, your sorrows are my sorrows,
your joys are my joys. When you fall back, I fall back with you. When
you go forward, I go forward, too."
Always Red Cloud is loving and kind. I have never known him to condemn
harshly any living person, though he will frequently gently point out
our errors. He is ever ready to answer our questions, though not always
as directly as some sitters could have wished. He is never dogmatic. In
discussion and argument, he is tolerant, never laying down the law, and
forever reminding his hearers that the final decision is theirs to make.
God has given man a will of his own, he says, and man alone must
In the many years that he has been my guide he has delivered score of
lectures, both in public and private sittings. Some of them,
particularly those having a scientific basis, have been too obtrusive
for the comprehension of the average circle-member, though great
scientists, such as Sir Oliver Lodge, read many of them with respect and
understanding. His philosophical teachings, follow closely those of
Jesus of Nazareth, whom he invariably calls "The Nazarene" God, tells
us, is perfect mind, which is love, wisdom and power. God is not a being
but a force of good which permeates the universe and is infinite. Evil
is not force, but an error in thought which has arisen in the world
because of the misuse of free will. It is finite and can be overcome by
concentration on good and on God.
As God dwells within each one of us, every individual is part of the
Whole which is God. And because we are all part of the Infinite Spirit
of God, we cannot die.
The gradual unfolding of the consciousness of the Mind of God within us
is the process of evolution of our souls. In order to find God we must
be "born again" into the realization that we are spiritual beings, and
into the acceptance of our personal responsibility for every action we
commit. Thus the extent of our evolution depends entirely upon
ourselves. As we desire, so we shall receive.
The universe is ordered by divine law. If we follow this law, it will
lead to perfect harmony; if we go against it, the result is chaos. The
first law is that of love. Love is the ability to see only latent
perfection in our fellowmen. Love is the attribute of the Divine mind,
whereas fear stems from the material mind. Love and fear are the two
incompatible opposites, the one forever striving to cast
out the other. Love is the complete negation of self; self-interest is
the father of fear. The natural expression of love is service to others,
not so much in the performance of great works as in doing that which
lies nearest to hand.
within the kingdom of heaven is to dwell within the Mind of God which
lies within ourselves. All must first seek this kingdom from which, once
found, all else will flow. Prayer for ourselves is purposeless, for we
already have all we can ever need. The only true prayer is the unceasing
communion with the divine spirit within us. Never must we forget that
God is within us, not outside us, that we are all individual parts of
God, which is the Whole.
It is not to be expected that we can achieve perfection within the span
of one lifetime. After death we go to the astral plane, in which there
are many worlds of consciousness. After a period we incarnate once again
on this earth, or some other inter-penetrating world, for the further
progress of our souls. Eventually, and who can say how long this may
take, we reach a state of evolution at which further reincarnation is no
longer necessary and we pass on to higher realms of spiritual existence.
In all his addresses Red Cloud quotes freely from the Bible, sometimes
changes the words of an accepted version to bring to them a different
and more illuminating meaning. The words, "Lead us not into
temptations," as they occur in the Lord's Prayer, for instance, Red
Cloud will never accept. The significance of these words has many times
been debated by theologians, but Red Cloud is unhesitating in his
judgement. "How can that which is Perfection lead into temptation?" he
asks. "God does not lead you there, for that part of you which is God
does not know temptation. Only the carnal mind knows temptation and, too
often, submits to it. Therefore, when you pray to God, say rather:
"Leave us not when in temptation."
The power of love to cast out hatred has been a recurring theme in Red
Cloud's trance addresses. To overcome hatred in ourselves we must try to
see in others only that part of them which is God or good. An when our
enemies seem to destroy us we must stand firm in the knowledge that good
in the end must triumph over evil.
"God is there for all who have the eyes to see Him." These are the words
with which Red Cloud began one of his inspirational lectures, and I
don’t think I can do better than to quote the words with which this
"You know, my children, in this day of life, the greatest aspect that you
find within the jewel of your being is to see with far-seeing eyes the
beauty of God's kingdom. See it in the simple flower, its folding petals,
its colors rare. In the heart of that small blossom, seeking peace, God
will be found.
"Stand upon the hilltop and watch the setting sun, and in your heart be
calm. Watch the blending of the colors as they fall behind the hills, and
in that quiet stillness, God will be. Stand among the yellow of the
buttercups in the open fields when the dew lies upon the grass. Watch the
bird rise with a flutter of wings, its throat trembling in the beauty of
its note. It is there God will be found. In the laughter of a child when
it runs to its mother's side; there, too, will God be found.
"May I always find within your world the beauty of God and the wisdom of
His kingdom expressed in the one simple word - Love."