Gordon Smith (2003) Spirit Messenger

I don’t know if I’d read Gordon Smith’s Spirit Messenger before. I guess there’s a message there somewhere. It doesn’t matter. I picked it up and read it for the first (and last) time again.

The Foreword is by Professor E Roy, Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. In other words, he adds a bit of gravitas. He’s telling us this Glasgow hairdresser is to be trusted. He lists other famous men, among them Arthur Conan Doyle, who also believed the mediums could receive messages from the dead. It’s that old message, the dead aren’t really dead. The problem is with living. And we’re here for a reason. That reason is love. Whether or not we accept it is up to us.

Professor E Roy is also a member of the Psychical Research Involving Selected Mediums (PRISM). That’s if he’s still alive, as the publication of this book took place twenty years ago. I’m assuming Gordon Smith is since he’s around the same age as me. I don’t know. There’s lots I don’t know.

I do know that if Professor E Roy is a member of such a group by many, he’ll be regarded as a bit kooky and needing watched. If he wasn’t already a tenured academic at the University of Glasgow his career would suffer.

Gordon Smith claims he didn’t need to be psychic to predict what the media would ask—how did you become a medium/psychic? Can you do any tricks to prove it?

He points out that people don’t continually ask the Archbishop of Canterbury how he got into the Jesus business, and they don’t ask how good he is at walking on water or raising the dead. (I might have made that bit up).

The Dali Lama isn’t grilled about reincarnation, although many might snigger behind his back about such a notion.

Gordon’s Smith book is straightforward. Here’s how it happened as a kid. This is how I got into the Spiritualist Circle. This is how I got my mentor, the seemingly well-known medium Albert Best. I hadn’t heard of him either but I had heard of his well-known Uncle George Best, an icon of world football.

I’d also watched Randal and Hopkirk Deceased as a kid. Hopkirk wore a white suit, so we knew he was a ghost. Nobody else could see him but us viewers and Randall. Obviously, he could walk through walls and listen in on conversations which he could report back. ‘Watch out Jeff,’ he’d say.

Gordon Smith is Randal. Ghosts don’t wear white suits. Some he can see, some he cannot. He needs to tune into them. They need to tune into him. He has spiritual helpers who assist the transition—the medium—between the earth planes and what most of us can’t see or feel.

The Awakening.

‘It was Wednesday 9 March 1987. I must have been up before 6.30 a.m. that I began to wake up. Somewhere between sleep and waking, a vision of a young man began to build up in front of me. I thought I was dreaming, but this dream was becoming more vivid. The young man was now fully visible. I recognised him as the brother of my workmate and close friend Christine Peebles.’

This is the beginning of Smith’s journey as a medium. He recounts what he was like as a kid. Normal. He saw things and said things that turned out to be true. But this wasn’t an everyday event. He still had lots of growing up to do. I guess we all have. Read on. https://amzn.to/48khBJ5