My Grandfather – A Psychic Medium.
My grandfather was a meter reader for the water board. He became a Psychic Medium.
My mother was a confirmed Spiritualist. She believed in her father and thought you could converse with the dead.
I thought the whole thing was nuts.
My grandfather would go into a trance and talk in a funny voice. He had an American Native Indian Chief – called White Eagle, a china man called Chan and a cheeky cockney and put on voices accordingly. I last saw him when I was fourteen. As a teenager I found it embarrassing.
My grandfather used to hold séances and healing sessions. He was also a homeopath. He was very successful at it and was able to give up his ‘day job’.
Among his ‘achievements’ was a healing session on a Mr Cuthbert Coulson Pounder, who was famous for designing diesel engines on ships like the liner the Queen Mary. He had terminal, inoperable cancer of the kidneys. He went to my grandfather in desperation. My grandfather held a healing session in which he removed a tumour from Cuthbert’s kidney. Later medical examination confirmed there was no longer a tumour there and Coulson survived for many years. He went on to write a book about my grandfather and grandmother, who my mother swore was the real power in the partnership, entitled ‘Healers from another world’.
I cannot explain this but I still am very sceptical of his activities.
My mother used to regularly go along to the spiritualist church to get ‘readings’ and messages from the dead.
She believed him.