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Inspiring Pioneer Spiritualists

Here are some of the greatest Mediums and Pioneers in the Spiritualist movement who have greatly inspired me on my Spiritual Journey. 

Norah Desmond

Geraldine Cummins 1890 – 1969

Geraldine Dorothy Cummins was born in Cork, Ireland in 1890. An Irish Spiritualist Medium, Novelist and Playwright. She began her career as a creative writer, but increasingly concentrated on mediumship and “channelled” writings, mostly about the lives of Jesus and Saint Paul, though she also published on a range of other topics. The development of her mediumship began in December 1923 in sittings with Miss E. B. Gibbes.  Gibbes described how Geraldine would sit at a table, cover her eyes with her left hand and concentrate on ‘stillness’.  She would then fall into a light trance or dream state. Her hand would then begin to write.  A Medium with a remarkable gift for automatic writing.  Of the 22 books she wrote, 15 were produced by automatic writing. She also had abilities in the areas of psychometry and precognition.  


Albert Best  1927 – 1996

Albert Best was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  He is known as being one of the greatest Psychic Mediums of our time. His first experience with Spirit was at the age of 7, when he saw an apparition that later turned out to be his late Great-Grandfather.  At the age of 14, he was invited into a development circle after a reading from a Psychic in a Spiritualist Church, who told him of his Spirit Guide and lights around him.  He moved to Scotland where he met his wife Rose, who tragically died during heaving bombing in the Second World War.  He was a widower in his early twenties, thus fulfilling a prediction made by his Grandmother.  Albert was renowned for his highly accurate readings.  During his life, Albert worked as a Postman.  In his mediumship, he was known for his accuracy with names and addresses, and it seems fitting that the Spirit world would prove survival by giving such details.

He was a mentor to the famous Psychic Medium ‘the Psychic Barber’ Gordon Smith.  He was also a Spiritual Healer. On his deathbed, he saw his wife and children in the room with him.  Witnesses, including Smith, state that there were tears of joy in his eyes, and he told visitors “They’ve come, you will have to let me go.” To which Ann Docherty, another Medium present, replied: “We were never holding you Albert”.  He gave a last smile, and slipped into a coma, from which he never awoke.  He passed into Spirit on Friday 12th April, 1996. 


Gordon Higginson  1918 – 1993

One of the finest Mediums of the last century and an excellent Medium, speaker and teacher. He was born in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.  He began developing his spiritual gifts at a very early age under the careful supervision of his mother Fanny, who was also an excellent Medium.  Gordon began sitting in his mother's circle from the tender age of 3 but was only permitted to pass on spirit communications to other members of the circle when he was 10 years old.  He first publicly demonstrated his mediumship at Longton Spiritualist Church on his twelfth birthday at which point he embarked on his career as a Medium and was known as the “the boy wonder”.   He continued to work the platform for another 63 years until the day before he passed to Spirit. Gordon was renowned for the accuracy of his platform mediumship and his evidence often included full names, addresses and telephone numbers.  Gordon was also an excellent Physical Medium and produced the rare phenomena of materialisation and direct voice.  He was one of the few Physical Mediums to demonstrate these unique and precious gifts publicly. Gordon remained the longest serving President of the Spiritualists National Union, serving for an exceptional 23 years from 1970 until his passing in 1993.  He was also a Minister of the SNU.


Emma Hardinge Britten  1823 – 1899

Emma Hardinge Britten, Medium, was the natural leader of the movement, the National Federation of Spiritualists. She launched the journal `The Two Worlds` and was editor for five years. She was a gifted orator and writer and was responsible for the philosophical outlook of Spiritualism. Through her mediumship the principles of spiritualism were channelled by the communicating spirit of Robert Owens, which later became known as the 7 Principles of Spiritualism.  


Eileen Garrett  1893 - 1970

Eileen Garrett a well respected Medium from Co. Meath, Ireland. From the beginning, her life was riddled with tragedy. Her parents both committed suicide shortly after her birth; she was, then, adopted by an aunt and uncle. She moved to England at the age of 15. She was one of the greatest Mediums of the twentieth century, and she helped numerous people in numerous ways while willingly submitting herself to every sort of scientific investigation. Like a lot of Mediums, she experienced great tragedy in her life. She founded the Parapsychology Foundation in New York in 1952. 


Helen Duncan  1897 – 1956

Helen Duncan, who was born in Callander in Scotland in 1897, was to become one of the most well-known Physical Mediums of the 20th Century and also one of the most magnificent. All Spiritualists everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to Helen Duncan that can never be repaid. Helen was both a mental and physical medium which means that not only was she able to communicate and bring through messages using a clairvoyant link with the spirit world, but she was also capable of being entranced and producing materialised forms of the deceased people. There are some well documented stories of Helen’s Physical Mediumship and her death was a direct result of her being in the trance state and being interrupted by the Police during a Seance.