Patience Worth

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Patience Worth

On July 8, 1913 Patience Worth used the tool of the Ouija board to make herself known to Pearl Curran. Over years of interaction, Patience remained mysterious about her life while on earth. What she did say is that she was an English woman who immigrated to Nantucket in the late 1600s. In Nantucket she was killed by Native Americans.

Patience Worth

Patience told her medium Pearl that for three centuries she searched for a resonate soul that could help her realize her dream of being a writer. In Pearl Curran, Patience found the perfect medium.

On the evening of July 8, 1913, while Pearl and her friend Emily were enjoying an afternoon Ouija session, the planchette spelled out, “Many moons ago I lived. Again I come. Patience Worth my name.”

Over time it was ascertained that the connection Patience preferred was with Pearl. Over a period of roughly 24 years, Patience and Pearl produced literary works that to this day confound the imagination.

Pearl Curran

In an article for the Smithsonian Magazine entitled, “Patience Worth: Author From the Great Beyond – Pearl Curran, a St. Louis housewife, channeled a 17th-century spirit to the heights of 20th-century literary stardom,” Gioia Diliberto, said that, “Braithwaite anthology listed five of her poems among the nation’s best published in 1917, and the New York Times hailed her first novel as a “feat of literary composition…In addition to seven books, she produced voluminous poetry, short stories, plays and reams of sparkling conversation—nearly four million words between 1913 and 1937.

“Some evenings she worked on a novel, a poem and a play simultaneously, alternating her dictation from one to another without missing a beat. “What is extraordinary about this case is the fluidity, versatility, virtuosity and literary quality of Patience’s writings, which are unprecedented in the history of automatic writing by mediums,” says Stephen Braude, a professor of philosophy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a past president of the American Parapsychological Association, who has written widely on paranormal phenomena.”

We could engage in endless debate about the authenticity of Patience Worth. Was this person who she said she was? Was she a creation of the subconscious mind of Pearl Curran? Or was she a spirit being with an over active imagination?

We may never know the answers to these questions with absolute certainty on this side of the veil. What we do know is that the life of Pearl Curran was enriched by her relationship with Patience Worth. We do know that that relationship produced numerous works of literary merit many of which are in the public domain and may be found and read with a simple internet search. And, we do know that it all happened because of a spirit board.

The so called negative experiences with a spirit board are always reported and sensationalized or otherwise embellished but when you research the facts behind the reports you find a labyrinth of rumor and misinformation. But when you research the good stuff, the Pearl Curran’s of history and of today, you find facts that are mystifying to say the least and proof of the continuity of life at best.

I have no reason to believe that Patience is anyone other than the person she claimed to be, a sixteenth century woman from England. She found a resonate soul in Pearl Curran and together they created works of wonder.

I hope this brief introduction to the marvel of Patience Worth inspires you to deeper research. It gives me great pleasure to say don’t take my word for it. Have a look at the facts for yourself and see if you aren’t convinced as I am of the proof of the continuity of life.

Much love,

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