Findlay, J. Arthur (1883–1964)
Prominent British Spiritualist who wrote extensively on finance,
economics, and psychic subjects. He was a justice of the
peace for the counties of Essex, England, and Ayrshire, Scotland,
and in 1913 received the Order of the British Empire for
his organizational work for the Red Cross during World War
I. In 1920 he was a founder and vice president of the Glasgow
Society for Psychical Research and took a leading part in the
Church of Scotland’s inquiry into psychic phenomena in 1923.
He was chairman of Psychic News, a leading British Spiritualist
periodical, and was well known as a speaker, lecturer, and researcher.
For five years he made a special study of the direct
voice phenomena of the medium John C. Sloan. His book An
Investigation of Psychic Phenomena (1924), which was followed by
On the Edge of the Etheric (1931) and The Rock of Truth (1933),
explains how the direct voice is produced and discusses the subject
and teachings obtained by this mediumship.
On the Edge of the Etheric ran into 30 printings within the first
year of publication. Findlay argues for the claims of Spiritualism
on the basis of the growing extension of physics. He proposes
that the universe is a gigantic scale of vibrations of which
the physical is in but a small range. As mind constitutes the
highest range of vibrations, so individual consciousness consists
of the interaction of mind vibrations with physical vibrations.
When we discard our physical bodies, says Findlay, our minds
interact with etheric vibrations through the etheric double.
The book presents teachings based on data recorded at direct
voice séances describing the etheric world, upon the philosophy
of which Findlay’s The Rock of Truth further enlarges. This
book also contains a lucid review of the various world religions,
including Christianity, and Findlay claims a common origin for
all religious beliefs. He also argues for the development of
Christianity out of the beliefs prevailing in countries adjoining
Palestine during the first 300 years of the Christian era. Findlay’s
conclusion is that religious instinct originates in man’s psychic
structure.
Findlay died on July 24, 1964.
Sources
Findley, Arthur J. The Curse of Ignorance. 2 vols. London,
1947.
———. An Investigation of Psychic Phenomena. London, 1924.
———. Looking Back the Autobiography of a Spiritualist. London
Psychic Press, 1955.
———. On the Edge of the Etheric. London Psychic Press,
1931.
———. The Psychic Stream. London, 1939.
———. The Rock of Truth, or Spiritualism, the Coming World
Religion. London Rider, 1933.
———. The Unfolding Universe. London, 1935.
———. The Way of Life London, 1953