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The Cross Correspondences

The Cross Correspondences

The Cross Correspondences are a series of alleged post mortem communications authored by various deceased persons given to a number of mediums in different parts of the world.  On their own each message amounted to nothing more than an unintelligible fragment, but when pieced together formed coherent messages connected by a number of themes.  (Read More)  It was as if the deceased created a series of jigsaw puzzles of thousands of scattered pieces as an experiment to prove it was impossible for the messages to be coming from the conscious or the subconscious mind of the individual medium or influenced by telepathy from another human being.  While largely unheard of by many, a much smaller concentrated minority consider the Cross Correspondences the best if not definitive proof that we survive physical death and are able to communicate back to this world of the living.

The story begins with Frederick W. H. Myers, Edmund Gurney, and Henry Sidgwick who were cofounders of the Society for Psychical Research in London in 1882.  All three men were Cambridge scholars, well versed in classical literature, and psychology with a keen interest in the paranormal.   Like many scholars of their day, they had been trained to believe in the philosophy of materialism, which sees only the physical world as having any real existence.  The aim of the Society was to examine claims of the paranormal and super natural through empirical observation and scientific standards.

One of the things that really interested Myers is whether any part of us survives after we die.  He considered it to be one of the most fundamentally important questions that we could ever ask in a lifetime and was the main focus of his work for the 20 years up until his death with many of his insights praised by psychologists and psychiatrists of the time.

By 1901 Myhers, Gurney and Sidgwick were all deceased and between 1901 and 1932, they and four other Society members Francis Maitland Balfour, Annie Marshal, Laura Lyttleton and Mary Catherine Lyttleton carried on their work after crossing over by sourcing gifted mediums operating independent of each other in London, India, New York and Scotland to communicate messages back to the Society for Psychical Research.

The messages came through automatic writing received in a variety of states of consciousness beginning with Mrs. Verrall from Myhers, then Mrs. Holland, Helen Verrall, Mrs. Salter, Mrs. Stuart Wilson and the Mackinnon family.  All of these mediums sent their automatic writings to the Society for Psychical Research without any knowledge of the messages theme or that they were chosen by Society after lifers as the channeled messengers to communicate with the living to prove the survival of bodily death.

Between 1906 and 1907 Alice Johnson at the Society discovered that the automatic scripts had significant similarities to one another despite coming from different mediums.  Unbeknownst to the mediums, once the spirit authors realized the living understood the messages corresponded to other messages their messages became more detailed and complex, with classical allusions and literary references that required highly trained scholars to decipher them, to accounts of what it is like to be dead and of their efforts to communicate with the living.

Myers sent: “the nearest simile I can find to express the difficulties of sending a message – is that I appear to be standing behind a sheet of frosted glass – which blurs sight and deadens sound – dictating feebly – to a reluctant and very obtuse secretary. A feeling of terrible impotence burdens me – I am so powerless to tell what means so much – I cannot get into communications with those who would understand and believe me.”  Other messages included themes such as an intricate Greek mosaic and literary puzzle called the “Ear of Dionysius”, and the “Palm Sunday Case”.

 By 1932 these communications amounted to an astonishing 3,000 messages and a total of 14,000 pages of literature over the 31 years by the group of seven who had crossed over.   Due to the massive volume and complexity of the literature, apparently very few people have thoroughly studied the Cross Correspondences to any great extent.   According to past researcher and member of the Society Montague Keen, “critics have long argued that, without intimate knowledge of Latin and Greek, anyone would find these cross correspondences almost impossible to fathom, that they are too complex, ambiguous and allusive.”

According to Alice Johnson there is no written record of Myher’s scheming this master communication plan before his death.  She indicated the Cross Correspondences suggests “an independent invention, an active intelligence constantly at work in the present, not a mere echo or remnant of individualities of the past.”  Perhaps this is why it appears most who have studied the Cross Correspondences argue it is scientific evidence that something within us survives death.

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