As the era of Modern Spiritualism was ushered in through the observation of psychic phenomena in Hydesville, New York in 1848, the completion of spiritualist philosophy also came through psychic means some sixty-six years later to the Nation's Capital.
The circumstances surrounding this little known but extraordinary mediumistic event began in 1914, the year that James E. Padgett, a prominent Washington, D.C. lawyer, lost his wife Helen. Not long after her passing Padgett's psychic senses began to open and he started to receive written messages from his departed wife. In time other family members came through, then law associates and eventually prominent historical figures. Their purpose was to impart the knowledge of their world to help our world at a time when the great conflict in Europe had broken out.
Padgett was chosen to receive this knowledge because he had the natural psychic ability that enabled him to write spirit messages without imposing his own thoughts along with those of the communicating spirits. Telepathy and automatic writing were utilized to transmit and record the spirit’s thoughts. Padgett developed his psychic skill, and in time and with practice he not only validated the existence of the afterlife, but gained insight into it’s workings. He received accounts of its inhabitants, details of its environments and how the laws operate for perfect justice on this side of life.
Padgett wrote for nine years, during which time he penned over two thousand communications from spirits living in all levels of the spirit world. Their object was to complete Spiritualism’s philosophy and to correct the Bible. Although this work is a revelation from the most advanced and knowledgeable spirits his writings have remained unknown due to the controversial nature of their content.
I believe that Padgett’s psychic accomplishment is a genuine one, and not only important to Spiritualism, but to the world. It reveals the meaning and purpose of life and the destiny of the human soul after the change called death.