An extract taken from:-
‘”The History of Spiritualism - Volume Two“:
By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:-
“Spiritualism and The War”
In the list of prophecies, that of Mrs. Piper, the famous trance-medium of Boston USA., deserves a place, though it may be considered by some to have an element of vagueness. It occurred about 1898 at a Sitting with Dr Richard Hodgson who was so prominently associated with the English and American Societies for Psychical Research:-
“Never since the days of Melchizedek has the world been so susceptible to the influence of spirit. It will, in the next Century be astonishingly perceptible to the minds of men. I will also make a statement which you will surely see verified. Before the clear revelation of spirit communication, there will be a terrible war in different parts of the world. This will precede much clear communication. The entire world must be purified and cleansed before mortal man can see, through his spiritual vision, hid friends on this side, and it will take just this line of action to bring about a state of perfection. Friend, kindly think on this.* - *(Quoted in ‘Light’ 1914 - page 349).
Mr. J G Piddington, in the ‘proceedings’ of the Society for Psychical Research, speaks at length of the war predictions contained in various automatic scripts, particularly in those of Mrs. Alfred Lyttelton. In his summing up he says:
“The scripts in general terms, predicted the war; so did many people. Some half dozen scripts written between, July 9th and 21st 1914 predicted that the war was close at hand; so also, and earlier had Sir Cecil Spring-Rice. The scripts predict that the war will eventually lead to a great improvement in internal relations, and social conditions; so, to, tens of thousands of ordinary citizens throughout the British Empire believed or hoped that the Great War was, as the phrase went, “a war to end War.”
But, this last parallel between the predictions in the scripts and the beliefs or aspirations that declared themselves with such strange ubiquity and intensity when War broke out, is in truth only a superficial parallel; for whereas the wave of idealism that swept over the Empire followed, or at best synchronized with, the beginning of the War. For many years before August, 1914, the scripts had repeatedly combined predictions of a Utopia with predictions of War, and had combined them in such a manner as to imply that one has to be the outcome of the other, I know of no parallel to that The writers; The soldiers; the diplomatists, and the politicians who forewarned us of the War, preached its dangers, and its horrors, but they did not tell us that this perilous and horrible tragedy would yet prove to be the birth throes of a happier world.
Nor did the propagandists of Hague Conferences and other schemes for allaying international rivalries warn us that a World War must precede the attainment of their desires. All alike predicted of reared a coming chaos; the scripts alone, as far as I know, spoke of a hope for the world in the coming Wars, and hailed the approaching chaos as the prelude to a new cosmos.
The predictions of the War in the scripts cannot be separated from the predictions of an eventual Utopia. The scripts do not say, “There will be a War” stop there, and then start afresh and say, “There will be a Utopia.” They clearly imply that the Utopia will result from the War. Yet it cannot be said that the two component parts of the whole prophesy stand or fall together, because the predictions of War have been fulfilled; but the fulfillment or the failure of the Utopian predictions must eventually influence opinion as to the source of the War predictions. Should the Utopia foreshadowed in the scripts be translated into fact, it would be very difficult to attribute the prediction of it as an outcome of the War to ordinary human prescience, and a strong case would arise for admitting the claim made in the scripts, and for giving the credit of the prediction to discarnate beings. And if the Utopian predictions were held to be the work of discarnate minds, in all probability the predictions of the War, which are so closely bound up with them, would be assigned to the same source.”
There are many other prophecies which have been more or less successful. A perusal of them, however, cannot fail to impress the student with the conviction that the sense of time is the least accurate of spiritual details. Very often, where the facts are right the dates are hopelessly at fault.
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