PROFESSOR ARTHUR ELLISON
Ellison was a distinguished voice in paranormal research
and Emeritus Professor of engineering at the City University
in London. He joined the Society for Psychical Research
in 1955 and was twice president of the Society. For some
years he was was Chairman of the Theosophical Research Centre
and its Science Group. Once drawn towards a paranormal phenomenon,
he had the engineer's skill to explore it with carefully
designed experiments. He stressed the need for scientists
not only to study psychic events in others, but to try to
develop those experiences in themselves. He himself underwent
OBE's, lucid dreaming and clairvoyant episodes. He ran a
training course in parapsychology each summer at Loughborough
University and published widely in engineering and in psychical
research. He died in 2000. The book Science
and the Paranormal- Altered States of Reality (sadly
now out of print) gives scientific evidence for the existence
of genuine paranormal abilities across a wide range of fields:
near-death experience, lucid dreaming, daylight imagery,
hypnotic trance state and paranormal healing. He also gives
practical guidance on how anyone can begin to develop similar
abilities. Read more....
At a seminar
at Cardiff in 1997 Prof. Arthur Ellison spoke on "Some
Experiences and Thoughts on Physical Mediumship of 40 years
ago". The Professor started attending seances in the
1950's and experienced a variety of wonderful phenomena.
Amongst the many things he witnessed were materialised figures
(one of which melted into the floor on leaving), eight bunches
of flowers apported at one seance and trumpets whirling
around his hands in red light. Perhaps the most fascinating
though was to see at one foot from his face and in red light
the arrival of an apport.
Another aspect of his talk concerned reality as we see it.
He explained how we all have our own "model of reality"
of the world (how we make sense to ourselves of the world
around us and our relationship to it). A model that we build
upon right from birth when we first start to learn that
we appear to be separate from what is out there. This is
the dualistic concept of mainstream Western science as opposed
to the Eastern originated spiritual teachings that we are
all part of the one consciousness. The scientist or the
philosopher have their models, and nearer to home, we can
recognise that the Christians' model of reality is different
to the Spiritualists' model. Arthur's enthusiasm for talking
in terms of "models of reality" resulted in a
good deal of playful leg-pulling by our spirit friends during
remembered for his excellent work as a member of the committee
of the SPR which wrote The
ELLISON COMES THROUGH ON EVP?
Dean medium claimes to have received messages stating
that Arthur Ellison is one of a number of deceased scientists,
mediums and researchers who are playing a role in his and
Patricia Begley's work. Since 2002 the couple have asked
for confirmation of this involvement via EVP and ITC and
claim to have received this EVP voice saying "Ellison".