More about Lord Dowding and his Spirit Rescue Work.
An error in the previous article. Lord Dowding's last book was "The Dark Star", published in 1950, not Dark Planet. Apologies.
I am continuing to dig material out of the
archives, not to get in the way of present-day
researchers or the mediums amongst us. They are doing
a grand job. I just don’t want the work that HAS
been done in the past to be lost or forgotten. There
is so much material available that can help us now. It
is unscientific to reject all information that has NOT
been subject to scientific scrutiny in a research lab.
Conversely, Lab conditions are sterile, and a
skeptical atmosphere will not encourage spirits to
communicate, nor do they make a medium feel “at home.”
Life is not like that. We are each unique, and
approach life in our own way. I have been fighting
conformity in Religion and Education, all my life, in
bible study groups, in the classroom and on curriculum
committees. It is, and was a losing battle. In the
performing arts and writing, and in business, luckily,
I found more freedom, and out in life, we do have to
be spontaneous if we want to open up to spirit. We
can’t abide by imposed rules and regulations and
strict material conditions, although we must indeed
be honest, and be careful that mischievous spirits
don’t lead us into deception and deviation and the
other deadly “Ds”!.
But if we listen to what spirit has been saying
for so long, and look at the past records, we will
know what to look for, and what to expect, and we can
see that our work has meaning and purpose, even in
times of criticism, discouragement and despair.
In particular, the churches all believe in an
afterlife, but generally don’t have much to say beyond
that. They evade the issue, or cloud what they say
with a fuzzy fear and vagueness. Knowledge of the
afterlife is either regarded as privileged
information, if known, or not for us to question or
investigate until after we have passed. Then it is
too late, of course, especially if we have accepted
some narrow doctrine or dogma. As we can see from our
rescue work, it sometimes takes years or centuries to
wake spirits up and get them to understand that they
can move on from their inertia and wallowing in anger
or remorse. They can progress, and enjoy a far more
magnificent life than they every imagined.
Here is a little more from Lord Dowding’s “God’s
Magic” published around 1946.
Lord Hugh Dowding writes:
“The wise man will demand to know as much as
possible about his future state. If he believes that
he will be snuffed out like a candle, he should
believe it because he has carefully examined and
deliberately rejected the alternatives, and not
because it is the most comfortable thing for a selfish
materialist to believe.
If and when he accepts the overwhelming evidence
that conscious personal existence does continue beyond
the grave, he will wish to treat his continuing life
as a whole, and modify in thought, word and deed the
natural and instinctive expression of his personality
so as to accord with the long-term policy, instead of
thinking only of the little period which he spends on
earth. This is my definition of Religion, and indeed
Religion in its widest sense is desperately needed
today. The materialists have had their way with the
world, and look where they have led us! We are
learning the practical necessity for the Brotherhood
of Man, and we are learning the hard way.
I believe that by the study of ancient and modern
revelation a sufficiently intelligible picture of the
scheme of things can be built up as to serve for a
framework for an intelligent man’s creed, which in
turn can wean his thoughts and actions from the
existing almost universal materialism.”
Now here is some more dialogue with spirit from the
Wimbledon rescue circle.
“After the healing circle on March 30th, 1944,
speaking through the medium LL, the spirit James, who
commanded a squadron in the Battle of Britain,which
was over by November, 1940, shortly before Dowding's
retirement, says: “We have a crew for you to wake up.
It shouldn’t be a difficult job. My heart is very
much in this because some of my friends are among
them. They are not here yet; as a matter of fact they
are walking along the road outside. They will come in
LL (the medium, speaking in her own voice, describes
them) “Here they are, seven of them. The leader
seems to be a squadron leader with fair, wavy hair.
Now they are looking at a big picture on the wall.
They can’t see us yet. They think they are in
Germany. One of them says: ‘They seem to be quite
civilized people here. I mean to say, this is a very
nicely furnished and homelike room’”
They move over to the piano. One of them wishes
to play. I [Dowding] says “You won’t be able to open
it,” and I go across and open the piano.
LL: He didn’t like that! He says ‘Gosh, this house
must be haunted!’
She describes some other members of the crew, a
ginger-haired lad and a little dark Jewish-looking
Now they are beginning to see us. They can’t
understand the new dimensions. With ten people in it
the room ought to be crowded, but it doesn’t seem to
be. Five of them are sitting on the music seat, meant
to accommodate two. Now the leader begins t talk to
me. He says, ‘How is it that you are talking
Dowding: Because I AM English.
Leader: Where are we, then?
Dowding: This is Wimbledon, do you know it?
Leader: I should say I do!
Dowding: All right, then. You have just been
walking along the Worple Road.
Leader: But how did we get here? We must have
come down over the Ruhr.
Dowding: You have been brought here that we may
Leader: But who are you?
Dowding goes over to the mantelpiece, takes down a
picture of himself in uniform, and holds it beside his
face. “Do you know who I am now?”
Yes, they all recognize him now. Another airman says
“I remember when you came to inspect us at Biggin
Leader: How can you help us?
Dowding: Oh, just by talking to you and helping
you realize your position. Do you see me clearly? Do
I look natural?
Leader: Yes, of course you do.
Dowding: Very well, then. Shake hands. [He holds
out his hand]
Leader: I can’t get hold of it. Why don’t you
grip my hand?
Dowding: All right. I will. Watch very carefully.
[He slowly closes his hand through his without his
LL: He didn’t like that!
Just then the dark young man comes up behind and
gives Dowding a terrific smack on the back. He utters
a shrill Cockney yelp as his hand encounters no
Leader: Look here, Sir, are you trying to tell us
that we are – that this is death?
Dowding: Yes. That is exactly what I have been
trying to get you to realize.
Leader: But how CAN we be dead? We are just as we
Dowding: Yes. Now you can see what a ridiculous
little barrier death is. This is what death is, of
which everyone is so frightened
Now the squadron leader can see James. Dowding
Dowding: Talk to him. And he will be able to
explain much more than I can.
The tail gunner: I remember a Hun fighter coming up
behind and knowing that something was going to happen.
Then I remember no more until we were in the road
James explains that they were all blown to pieces
instantaneously in their airplane three or four days
previously, over the Ruhr.
Now they can see all their other R.A.F. friends
who have come to meet them, and they all go off
As the rescue circle continued over the months and
years, they began to receive philosophy and teachings
from an Egyptian guide they called “Z”. Here is one
of his talks, from July 20, 1945.
“The last enemy – death? Many people think of
death thus, but death is not the last enemy to be
fought and conquered. Death is in reality a friend who
bursts the bonds of physical matter and opens the
gateway to the great vistas of life. What makes
death, the great friend, appear an enemy to man? That
real LAST enemy which, subtle and strong, hides in
every crevice – FEAR. Fear distorts and destroys.
Fear is with man from the beginning, twisting and
discoloring, misrepresenting and distorting, until the
real is lost in a fog of doubt and bewilderment.
Man fears fire and water and air; he fears the
tempest; he fears nature; he fears poverty; he fears
disease; he fears his fellows; he fears himself.
Fear is the destroyer – the greatest enemy. How
is he to be vanquished?
Knowledge is the weapon. To understand is to
cast out fear. You cannot be afraid of that which you
truly understand; for understanding leads to love, and
love is the strongest thing in the universe. Love
To understand the laws of nature brings awe and
wonder to man. When he understands his fellows he has
tolerance and sympathy. Knowledge of self brings
liberation and love.
To conquer fear then man must seek diligently.
He must not only learn of the laws of nature, he must
learn to bring his own life into harmony with these
laws. He must learn the laws governing the life of
man himself; the various forms the life-energy uses to
experience life in the material world.
Man is made of more than physical atoms. A study
of his composition will bring wonders undreamed of to
his ken. A fascinating adventure opens out before him
when he embarks on the study of the being who was
created by the Creator of all things, in His own
Do you think of this Creator as a being of flesh
and blood only? Can you conceive Him thus? If not,
then must you meditate upon His nature, and to
understand Him you must first understand yourself.
In the world today men are weary and seek some
alleviation from the burden of birth. The task is
easier than they know, the way open and clear before
them, yet they hesitate, blind and doubting, seeing
only the distortion of fear.
The remedy for the ills of the world lies with
man himself and this truth cannot be spoken too often,
or too loudly. Man, ever seeks to find a scapegoat –
the same in himself for his failure makes him turn
outwards in censorious mood. As it is with nations,
so with the individual – when you blame, are you
certain there is no blame in yourself? When you
condemn are you faultless? Yet you must not condone
that which IS evil. How then must you act? In your
individual and personal relations cultivate
understanding and tolerance, search your own heart
before you pass judgment. Here is a very simple and
easily understood injunction, familiar to you all;
take it from its dusty shelf, burnish it up and hold
it continuously before your eyes that you may not
Do unto others as ye would be done by. Succinct?
Clear? Yes. Capable of misrepresentation: No You
cannot evade truth, turn and twist as you will. Truth
confronts you still.
Take this injunction and live by it and it will
bring to you knowledge from the fountain of the Most
High, for in living the law of harmony you will
attract that law to yourself. No longer will you fear
nature or poverty or hunger; no longer will you fear
death, for you yourself will be ALIVE.
BLESSING: And now call on the love ray and send
it out over this sad dark planet, and let the love of
the Most High drench and purify every darkest corner
of the earth plane. Let the light from the Holy of
Holies shine forth in brilliance. Let fear stumble
and die. Let hope rise triumphant. Let hatred fade
away in the blinding glory of His everlasting day, and
in His keeping may we walk in peace. Amen.”
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