Report of Sťance at
Banbury NAS Seminar,
There are various reasons why we
attend the NAS sťances, for, these include the hope that my dear ones in spirit
will communicate, but also and even more now than before, the desire to share in
the benefits others receive from their communion with those who draw close.
However, it has become clearer each time we sit that the reality of our life
after physical death and all that it implies in how we should act while in this
life is crucial. Although opinions continue to vary on our side regarding many
subjects we have the opportunity of listening to and exploring the lessons given
to us, either as a direct teaching or as is usually the case in response to our
own questions, should we care to ask them.
by Colin Loud
A visit to Banbury in August 1997 allowed
us more of the benefits mentioned, I cannot convey the entire detail of the
sitting that lasted just short of three hours, but I can comment on the points
that stand out in my memory.
Julie and I were accompanied by a fellow NAS member who needed a lift to the
event and his experiences are relevant to the days' events. He is an experienced
medium of many years including physical mediumship but he had not attended a NAS
sťance before. Along with another sitter he checked the integrity of the ties
holding Lincoln to his chair, which they both confirmed as intact. Shortly after
as we all sang to commence the meeting Frances joined us but only sang for a
short while before withdrawing. It was noticeable that her voice has even more
clarity than when I first heard her, I presume she has continued to master her
use of the ectoplasm equipment.
When Magnus came through he announced that
he wished to start by speaking on a specific subject, rather than first answer
questions. He spoke of certain demands that light and filming should occur at
the sťances. His reasons were clear and extensive but in brief, he realises
that to try and prove to those, scientists or others, whose only desire is to
dismiss and ridicule the truth would prove worthless, and there will be those
whose motives will not allow them to support and convey the truth to the masses.
And for those who can no longer dismiss the truth, it is still possible that
they will do nothing to make use of this great knowledge. Referring to my first
paragraph I have accepted that proof of survival is crucial but from that comes
the potential of life that we should all realise, I regret that many
demonstrations of 'Spiritualism' fail on one or both important issues.
The use of bindings in demonstrations are
necessary to alleviate the doubts of the minds that at first witness the
phenomena, which Magnus repeated to not of themselves prove survival but are a
part of presenting to us the truth that the human form is capable of far more
than we would normally perceive. Before he left Magnus lifted the objects on the
floor, visible by the luminous dots, and handed them to sitters opposite me,
almost immediately I was surprised to feel him touching my hands and raising one
into the air, his grip was firm and very warm, he said that I should go back to
the beginning and start again. I said that I did not understand, 'Yes you do
understand' he replied, in what I might describe as a firm manner. So in a few
words it was made clear to what he was referring, I then realised exactly what
he meant. He then spoke to other sitters and our travelling companion whose hand
he also held.
Charlie was next to speak but only for a
short time and then someone lifted the luminous plaque from the floor and moved
it around in mid air tapping it vigorously to show how much control they had of
it. Then came a quiet female voice who called a man's name, this was the name of
our friend, who quickly responded, the voice continued in conversation until she
announced her name and that she was his aunt who he had not seen for many years,
he later told us he was unaware that she was in spirit but all she said did not
confirm her identity. The strength of her voice improved as she spoke and her
wit was also apparent. At one point he thought her remark that she was a
retiring person meant she was withdrawing and so he bid her farewell, this was
quickly dismissed when she replied 'are you trying to get rid of me already.'
Significantly she held his hand before leaving, and he confirmed after that the
difference between the hand of Magnus and hers was very distinct.
Ron our host at Banbury spoke for a short while with his daughter, this reminded
me of the first time she spoke to him last year, again no one can really express
how valuable and precious these moments are.
Dolly then made his entrance as only he can
and his humour was mixed with the serious purpose of discussing various things,
he explained how those who communicate come to the 'portals' or 'looking places'
to draw close to us and when possible they are shown how to communicate, however
for some no matter how hard they try success does not occur automatically. Dolly
is also mentioned how Magnus sometimes waits reading a book before a sťance and
how he might pace up and down when things are not progressing as he would like.
Many other questions from the sitters were answered, and Dolly was able to touch
some sitters before asking us to close the meeting. More singing followed until
we heard the sudden thump as Lincoln, still bound to his chair, was firmly
placed outside the cabinet. With the lighting restored the restraints were again
checked as being intact before they were cut and he was released.
It was a very long sťance and although the
individual communicators were few on this occasion the content made it very
meaningful, and we thank all those involved. I believe Magnus gave full and
acceptable explanations for the matters he was aware of being important to some,
and for those who do not accept the current views, which I have seen repeated by
others in the Newsletter, perhaps they could politely express their opinions to
Magnus or Walter when next they have the opportunity. Although I think it would
be better to share in the good work that is being done and help it to develop