As you grow older you start to see the world differently, the first thing you notice is that people in certain professions seem younger than you, when you were used to them looking older. It is quite odd to see a policeman who looks no older than a child orchestrating the traffic, or controlling an unruly crowd. It is just the same looking at mediums, the old characters have died off and younger versions have appeared that attempt to tread in their shoes. If you have time to read this, I will either remind you of what went before, or I will do my best at explaining why some of these mediums were looked upon so fondly.
In England the most known name of any psychic, especially in the 20th century was Doris Stokes, it seems everyone knew her name, even people who had no interest in psychic activities. She was one of the first mediums to fill out theatres and auditoriums, she was a woman of the people and performed at venues from the local spiritualist churches to the Palladium. I recently watched a documentary about the Palladium it was the place to be if you were good at entertaining people, especially between the 1930’s and 1980’s. It has died off a bit since, but back then Doris Stokes had her name in lights next to the great entertainers of the day. She also was a popular author with many books ranging from A voice in my ear to a host of voices. If you aspire to be a medium, they are worth a read.
Betty Shine was one of the first authors that I read, coming from the same era as Doris Stokes, she shone out for me with her love and strength of character. She also wrote many books, ranging from Mind Magic, which was one of the first psychic books I read to her last book A Free Spirit which came out just before she died. Just like Doris Stokes, Betty Shine was old school, but in my mind she was from the right school of thought. She led by example and her psychic readings inspired people to do better. She brought a warmth to her writing, which illuminated the spirit world, where before there was only doom and gloom when you thought about death.
The final person, is more known for being a healer than a psychic, though they were mediumistic, but little has been spoken about that side of his work as he was known as the greatest spiritualist healer of modern times in England. Harry Edwards who was born in 1893 and came to prominence in the 1930’s and 1940’s. He become so popular, he moved all his healing work from his home to the Burrows Lea healing sanctuary. Many people would write to him asking for healing from around the world, he become so popular, he launched his healing minute, every day at 10pm, so all the sick people who had written to him could connect with him while he meditated. He was one of the first people to send absent healing, something that has grown in popularity to this day. Harry Edwards was also an author and wrote many books on healing. His book titles range from The Power of Healing to Intelligent Healing. His words are full of love and guidance for the aspiring healer. A good grounding if you are following this route yourself. His words are infused with humility and if you read them you will be wiser after the event than before.
These are but a few names that came to prominence in the 20th century, there are many more I could of mentioned like Arthur Findlay who founded Stanstead Hall, the college of psychic sciences which was given to the spiritualist church after his death. Or Grace Cooke the woman behind the White Eagle spirit guide books. There are many peoples who inspired the generations to follow, hopefully these words have inspired you to find out more about the names I have mentioned and more. Have I left anyone off the list that you think should get a mention?