Andrew Jackson Davis

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Andrew Jackson Davis


Born: August 11, 1826
Crossed Over: January 13, 1910

The John the Baptist of Modern Spiritualism
The Poughkeepsie Seer
The Father of Modern American Spiritualism

Davis was given the title of the Father of Modern Spiritualism by a Unitarian minister by the name of Copeland in an article he wrote for the Religion Philosophical Journal, dated April 6, 1872.

In 1843 Davis was placed in a trance state and while in trance he discovered that he had clairvoyant abilities and that he could view the human body as if transparent also known as X-ray clairvoyance.

When Edgar Cayce discovered the history of Davis, Edgar knew he was not alone in his abilities.

Five books written by Davis:
The Principles of Nature
Beyond the Valley
Nature’s Divine Revelation
Event in the Life of a Seer
The Magic Staff

Some of the prophecies of A.J. Davis as documented in Nature’s Divine Revelation and Penetralia include but are not limited to:

• the discovery of the eighth and ninth planets of the solar system
• an account of a civilization in South America that was not discovered until 1903
• automobiles
• airplanes
• the dawn of Modern Spiritualism

From: White Crow Books accessed Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Known as “The Poughkeepsie Seer,” Andrew Jackson Davis (August 11, 1826 – January 13, 1910) is remembered as a “seer” – in effect, a clairvoyant able to enter into a higher state of consciousness and access information otherwise unavailable to humans. In a trance state, he could diagnose illnesses and recommend cures and give lengthy lectures on esoteric subjects, in spite of the fact that he had a very limited education. He is said to have been able to read closed books and to see the body as if it were transparent. He discussed the existence of Neptune and Pluto before their actual discoveries, predicted air travel, and discoursed on the theory of evolution a decade before Darwin published On the Origin of Species. His primary teachings, however, were on death and man’s state after death.

Later he earned a medical degree and became a doctor.

From: Spirt Writings accessed Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Davis said before March 1848:
“It is a truth that spirits commune with one another while one is in the body and the other in the higher spheres–and this, too, when the person in the body is unconscious of the influx, and hence cannot be convinced of the fact; and this truth will ere long present itself in the form of a living demonstration.”

In his notes dated March 31, 1848, the following statement occurs: “About daylight this morning a warm breathing passed over my face and I heard a voice, tender and strong, saying: `Brother, the good work has begun–behold, a living demonstration is born.’ I was left wondering what could be meant by such a message.”

In his book, The Temple, he described the death process as he observed it:

“Death is the word used to signify ‘the end of life,’ spoken by persons who see not that seeming death is really ‘the beginning of life,’ and the opening of the sacred volume of eternity. But let us peer through the seeming, into that which is within the veil.

“The person is now dying; and it is to be a rapid death. Observe something about temperature. The feet are cold; the hands hot and white; a coldness pervades the entire cuticle. See? What is that accumulating in the atmosphere just over the pillowed head? It is an ethereal emanation – a golden magnetic halo – a throbbing, almost self-conscious atmosphere.

“The bodily temperature is now lowering rapidly. The coldness has extended upward from the toes to the knees, and from the fingertips to the elbows; while, in exactly the same ratio, the emanation has ascended higher over the head. The arms are now cold to the shoulders, and legs to the hips; and the emanation, although not higher in the air, is more expanded, with a compact white center, resembling the bright nucleus of a miniature sun. This brilliant central spot, is, in very truth, the brain of the new spiritual organism now forthcoming.

“The death-cold steals over the heaving breast, and around on either side the temperature is greatly diminished. Look now! The psychic emanation contains some proportion of every principle composing the soul – motion, life sensation, ethers; essences, vital magnetism, vital electricity, instincts – and, much enlarged by accessions, it has floated up in a compact mass, and now occupies a higher altitude near the ceiling.

“Now the lungs have ceased to breathe, the pulse is still, the physical heart is motionless; while the brain cells, the corpus callosum, the medulla, and the spinal cord and ganglia, are ablaze with contractive and expansive energies, which gently pulsate and seem to direct and govern themselves by a kind of automatic self-consciousness. See! The negative (gray) substance of the brain is interiorly throbbing – a slow, measured, profoundly deep throb – not painful, but massive and harmonious like the deep heart-beat of the sea.

“Look up! The exalted emanation, obedient to its own changeless laws, is now elongated, and has attained a position at right angles with the horizontal body below. Behold! See how the outline of a beautiful human form is being fashioned within that emanation. Beneath it is still tied by a white life-cord to the medulla and the corpus callosum within the brain.

“You observe that a very fine vitalic thread still connects the vortices and central fibers of the dying brain with the lower extremities of the exalted outlined human being in the atmosphere. Notwithstanding the existence of this life thread, which acts like a telegraphic conductor – conveying messages in opposite directions at the same moment – you observe that the shadowy image enveloped in a golden emanation, continues almost imperceptibly to ascend skyward.

“There! What do I now see? A symmetrically shaped human head rising above the mass – slowly, beautifully rising out of the golden cloud of substantial principles. And now appear the outlines of a spiritual countenance – a quiet face and full of beauty, surpassing the power of words to delineate. Look again! Behold emerging the fair neck and beautiful shoulders; and see! as we gaze, outcome one after the other, in a rapid succession, as if influenced and directed by the wand of a magician, all the parts of a new body – a bright, natural looking, yet spiritual image – only a little less than the deserted physical body, a perfect re-appearance of the person in the immediate heavens, prepared to accompany the celestial group of superintending intelligences to the Summerland.

“What was that? In the twinkling of an eye the vitalic electrical telegraphic thread was snapped – the yet lingering particles and principles were suddenly attracted upward and absorbed into the spiritual body – and lo! The new organization is free of terrestrial gravitations, is instantly and absolutely independent of the weights and cares that chained it firmly imprisoned to earth. (Those only are free at death who have lived righteously. Any enthralling passion, the least feeling of duty undischarged, of injustice committed, holds the spirit to earth, as a ship is fastened by a heavy anchor. Only the pure are free.)

“Here now behold a true, substantial, immortal, spiritual body. It was sown in darkness and dishonor; it is raised in beauty and brightness. Behold the contrast – the vastly wide difference – between the interior and outward. Cast your eyes around the room. There are many friends, aged relatives, and little children, in the death chamber; they mourn, without the comfort even of blind faith; they grieve, with only the whisperings of hope to the doubting ear; they gather around the prostrate, cold body; they press together the lids of the sightless eyes; in silence and in sorrow they withdraw from the scene; and now other hands commence those final preparations with which the living consecrate the dead.

“But let us open our brighter eyes – the eyes that we shall all have when clothed with the deathless garment of immortality. See! The newly organized spiritual body – surrounded by a group of guardian angels – moves gracefully off in the direction of celestial shores. The arisen personality follows a vibrating thread of magnetic attraction, which while the dying mutations were in process we noticed penetrating the apartment and fastening itself to the earthly brain of the resurrected. It comes floating down from the sensorium of superior intelligences – a golden fibrillous stream of telegraphic light – sent from on high, to greet with love and guide with wisdom the newly arisen. The thought-laden love-thread tranquilly draws the new born higher up and farther away.

“Over the velvet lands and flower fields of the celestial country the bending bow of eternal promise is visible, filling with indescribable beauty the boundless ocean of world-laden skies, which cover the infinite loveliness the immeasurable zone-lands of the Hereafter.”

A Body Blown to Bits

At the Civil War battle of Fort Donelson in 1862, Davis witnessed a soldier blown into many parts by a cannon ball. “I saw that all the particles streamed up and met together in the air,” he wrote. “The atmosphere was filled with those golden particles – emanations from the dead – over the whole battlefield. About three-quarters of a mile above the smoke of the battlefield – above all the ‘clouds that lowered’ upon the hills and forests of black discord, there was visible the beautiful accumulation from the fingers and toes and heart and brain of that suddenly killed soldier. There stood the new spiritual body three-quarters of a mile above all the discord and din and havoc of the furious battle! And the bodies of many others were coming up from other directions at the same time.”

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