The buzz word in psychical research at present is consciousness. No one knows exactly what it is or where it lies. To say it is awareness does not seem enough. Those who think that it lies in the brain may have to think again, as the wealth of evidence gleaned from psychical research would indicate that this is not the full story. How can a deceased personality provide information, which subsequently proves to be correct, through a medium when he/she has no physical brain? While in physical form the brain certainly seems to play a large part in processing consciousness, as when people suffer from some of the ailments of memory loss, they are no longer 'themselves' with all of their personality traits and memories. However the very same people can return through a medium,,,..very quickly after physical death....and can present all of their life memories and personality traits. For those who have not studied the best of survival literature and experimentation this may seem impossible.......but it happens more often than you might think. Going back to an earlier comment...the best evidence in this area is shown when the medium and the sitter have no knowledge of the information given in a sitting, whether it be a public demonstration or a private sitting, and that information proves to be correct upon subsequent inquiries..This type of evidence, along with many other avenues of research, gives me great assurance that conscious life after death is indeed a reality. If you had asked me about this 30 years ago...I would not have believed it either....but then I had not studied the material or conducted any research!
I am speaking in Pau, France next year, at a three day conference whose speakers include, Raymond Moody, Eben Alexander, Peter Fenwick, Jim Tucker and many more. I am really looking forward to it..
Since book two has been released and I have completed another round of radio programmes including another broadcast on Coast to Coast, many people have contacted me through this blog contact form. The questions and dialogues that have ensued cover a multitude of areas. I have had conversations of an intellectual nature and several from people who genuinely are heartbroken and want to know about evidence that may give them hope that they may meet a beloved person when their time comes. Avid scepticism deprives people of hope and sucks the joy out of them in this life. Fortunately for me, I know the wealth of excellent evidence that is out there. Evidence that shows , with court of law persuasion, that survival is a fact. No amount of cold reading and misperception can cover the genuine material covered in both of my books. If people 'poo poo' the idea of survival, ask them if they have read these books, and if ( most probably) they say no, then tell them that they do not have an informed opinion, but you do. As I have said before, of course there is a lot of rubbish spoken about these matters but hang on to the 'white crows' and know the research.
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Review of: More Things You Can Do When You’re Dead
Tricia Robertson has done it again, pulling back the curtain on a remarkable cross-section of information indicating that human personality and consciousness is likely to persist after physical death. Included in the array of evidence presented is Robertson’s own ground breaking research, conducted in partnership with the esteemed late Professor Archie Roy. Also shared are an abundance of well-documented personal experiences and a review of some of the best parapsychological cases in recorded history.
While self-appointed “skeptic-debunkers” who lack knowledge of available evidence sit back and cast aspersions Robertson forges ahead undaunted. She is no sideline observer, but rather digs deeply for the truth wherever it may lead and does so with the utmost integrity, unconcerned about fitting her findings fit into any particular worldview.
I encourage you to adopt Tricia’s motto and “follow the evidence”. If you take her advice your view of the Universe may well change along with your concept of what it means to be “alive.”
Author of Soul Shift: Finding Where the Dead Go, and Messages from the Afterlife
In the chapter on materializations, Robertson recalls a 1975 seance involving the well-known English medium Gordon Higginson. One woman, Diane Mitchell, who would become Robertson’s good friend, was highly sceptical and looked for fraud. “This scepticism somewhat diminished when the white smoke (ectoplasm) spilled out onto the platform and under the curtain, and then gradually built into the shape of a man,” Robertson writes. “The figure seemed to have a self-illuminating quality and was not just any man, but her father...she was stunned.” The materialized figure then asked where her mother was. Many other materialized figures appeared and talked with individuals in the audience. About two weeks later, Diane convinced herself that the event did not happen, but she then struggled to again accept it and integrate it into her world view. “Psychical research has certainly not drawn a blank,” Robertson offers. “It has, on the contrary, discovered something so big that people sheer away from it in a reaction of fear.” The chapter on paranormal healing should interest many readers. Robertson interviewed 15 people treated by healers Gary Mannion and Nina Knowland, summarizing their treatment and recovery and offering their testimonials. Robertson weaves in stories from yesteryear, including Leonora Piper, Patience Worth, the Bangs Sisters, Geraldine Cummins, Chico Xavier, and the past-life studies of Dr. Ian Stevenson. Robertson concludes the book by saying that she believes the evidence has “demonstrated with court of law persuasion” that bodily death does not destroy human personality.
This is from the Academy of Consciousness
It should be available at all the usual outlets from 30th November 2015. After the amazing response to book one from my peers and the general public, I hope that no-one is disappointed....I do not think that they will be.
I am so fortunate to have amazing praise from eminent people for this second volume.
People such as Prof Stanley Krippner, Prof John Poynton, Dr David Hamilton and the eminent lawyer Victor Zammit I hope that you all enjoy it.
Tricia Robertson is a living treasure. In her 30 year career of investigating an astonishing variety of afterlife related phenomena she has gained experiences which I daresay are unique in this day and age. In her ground-breaking work with the P.R.I.S.M. (Psychical Research Involving Selected Mediums) Project she worked alongside some of the giants of modern afterlife research including Professor David Fontana, Professor Archie Roy, Montague Keen, Maurice Grosse, Professor Arthur Ellison and Guy Lyon Playfair. Her first-hand experience of serious research into mediumship and her close friendships with some of the greatest modern paranormal researchers have given her a wonderful stock of experiences to draw on.
Tricia is also a wonderful story teller whose talents have been honed in tutoring for the Department of Continuing Education at Glasgow University and her many speaking engagements along with her radio, TV and internet interviews. She writes in a lovely humorous conversational tone which makes this, her second book in this series, as easy to read and as engaging as the first. Because of this the book is ideal for people who are new to the field and want to know whether there has been any serious scientific investigation of the greatest question any human being can ask-
What is going to happen to me when I die?
Tricia covers a huge variety of experiences many of which are frequently encountered and debated in the real world. Her chapters on earthbound spirits, poltergeists, apparitions, obsession and possession will be of great interest to those interested in hauntings and things that go bump in the night. Her personal experiences in regard to these phenomena give great insight into the reality of being a paranormal investigator as she was often called to cases as part of her work as a council member, past Vice President and Immediate Past President of the Scottish Society for Psychical Research.
Of special interest is her chapter on Paranormal Healing in which she outlines case studies that she has personally collected during a five year study of two modern healers, Gary Mannion and Nina Knowland. Instead of reading like a dry scientific paper these are full of the life and personality of the patients, their surprise that spiritual healing worked for them, and of her own interactions with them during follow up interviews.
This book is mostly based on first hand experiences, either of Tricia herself or of people whose integrity and judgement she had come to trust, the value of which can never be over-estimated. As Tricia herself writes “I have to stress that there is no substitute for personal experience in any avenue of paranormal enquiry but maybe we can glean the flavour of the experiences if we imagine ourselves actually being there and seeing them for ourselves.” Recording in book form many of these insights has been a great contribution to the field of psychical research. I was especially glad to see her accounts by people who sat with brilliant physical mediums, like Gordon Higginson and Rita Goold, which I had not seen published elsewhere.
As Tricia points out, those who debunk the paranormal seldom have field experience and are restricted to sitting in an armchair speculating on how fraud might have been carried out and how they themselves might have been able to discover the fraud if only they had been called in to investigate. Of course this is not evidence. It is not science. It is pure prejudice.
This book is compelling reading and will be of great interest to anyone who wants to know about just some of the things you can do when you are dead!
Victor Zammit, Retired lawyer, afterlife investigator, author.
This remarkable book is one of the most reader-friendly accounts of life-after-death that has come my way. More Things You Can Do When You're Dead will entertain, inform, and perhaps infuriate those who read its accounts of reincarnation, mediumship, poltergeists, and the like. Tricia Robertson has done her homework even citing quantum physics as a possible way to fathom what serious researchers often call "the survival question." Especially enjoyable are the chapters on art and "automatic writing"; especially disturbing are the accounts of possession and exorcism. You may like it, you may hate it, but you will not be bored!
Stanley Krippner, Professor of Psychology.
Author of many books on human consciousness including Personal Mythology
Many scientists consider that we have now entered what is termed ‘post-materialist science’, which holds that mind is independent of matter and so can continue to exist after physical death. Empirical support for this view continues to accumulate, and Tricia Robertson’s second book on ‘More things you can do when you’re Dead’ provides a lively and substantial service to post-materialist science by providing a massive range of evidence. She has had personal connections with much of it. Her conclusion seems justified in that the amount of evidence provided ‘has demonstrated with court of law persuasion, that bodily death does not totally destroy human personality.’ Her skills acquired as a teacher of mathematics and physics are put to good effect in presenting complex information in an ordered and attractive way. This is a very informative and enjoyable book that can be used as a handy reference.
John Poynton, Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of Natal, South Africa; Scientific Associate, The Natural History Museum, London; Past President of the Society for Psychical Research.
This book intrigues us further and surpasses the evidential and fascinating information given in Tricia’s highly acclaimed book Things You Can do When You’re Dead. It follows on from book one by extrapolating certain topics and also providing strong evidence from other types of phenomena which strengthen the case for survival of human personality after physical death. It is again written in a clearly understandable, knowledgeable and down to earth manner, often with a tinge of humour, which makes it not only an informative but enjoyable read.
Dr David Hamilton, author of many books including It’s the Thought that Counts and Is Your Life Mapped Out?
.I did have three comments here, but they seem to have mysteriously disappeared? High strangeness?
Yes...after the excellent reception of book one and the amazing Amazon reviews, book two is almost ready.
I hope that you all enjoy it. Book two should now be out for Xmas ( hopefully). Having read the final draft again I am now excited and loving it! It only re-ignites our enthusiasm for the amount of evidence that is actually out there for those who will actually looks at it.
It always appears to me as if the universe has a plan of some kind. If you had asked me 30 years ago if I would write a book about paranormal phenomena, I would have thought that you were mad. But here we are, one book under my belt and another at the publishers. At present I keep getting physical phenomena information 'flung' at me in one way or another, so I am guessing that if I have a third book, that this will be the topic.
Everywhere I go, people keep telling me that there will be a third book....really?
Well if the universe has a plan...who knows.
Archie Roy always thought that he and I were drawn together by invisible puppet strings operated from elsewhere, in order that we should work together. I confess that did indeed seem to be the case.
Hey ho........let us wait for the next chapter in the 'universal' plan.
This is weird. It does not seem to have posted properly.
My second book More Things You Can Do When You're Dead is now at the publishers. I am very excited about it as I have managed to get great praise for the manuscript from great minds. These are
Prominent Lawyer Victor Zammit
Quantum physicist Prof Bernard Carr
Biologist Professor John Poynton
Eminent Psychologist Stan Krippner
Pharmacist Dr David Hamilton
This book digs a little deeper that the first one and, along with poltergeist activity etc it looks at topics such as automatic writing., inspiration, genius, along with descriptions of more previously unpublished material that was investigated , mostly by myself. Already, a couple of magazines are showing signs of interest. The problem with providing evidence regarding survival is not that there is No evidence , it is just that there is so much it is really impossible to provide a whole picture, both in magnitude and content. Frustrating, but we will carry on regardless.
It is just over a year now since Things You Can Do When You're Dead was published. Apart from doing very well in the UK it has been very well received in many countries and has done particularly well in USA, mainly due to my live two hours on the wonderful George Noory's radio programme Coast to Coast. It was great to be able to speak to the listeners who phoned in with questions.
The good news is that book two is at the final edit stage and I am beginning to be happy with it. It digs a little deeper into the survival issue and examines more avenues which all but lead us to the final conclusion that survival IS a reality. Those who will read ( actually read) the evidence and intellectualise it and absorb it should have little doubt. These things could not happen unless a personality...an intelligence....... was organising them. More importantly these events are being organised from the POINT OF VIEW of the discarnate 'soul'.
I am now getting excited about the whole issue as I feel that the nay-sayers cannot keep grabbing the public's attention forever. Some of the biggest 'brains' in Quantum physics are now openly saying that they cannot discount an invisible survival 'world'.
We live in exciting times.
Many of the people, who appreciated book 1, indicated that they wanted more and in more depth. I think that I have achieved this but also kept the normality and humour that was in book one. It also contains many items of information that have never been previously published.
Let us all enjoy the ride!!
What qualifies as evidence from a deceased person?
In my last blog I spoke about the MIA experiments which did not necessarily indicate survival.
So did the information gained come from:-
1 Some sort of digital or quantum archive
2 A deceased personality- or personalities
3 The recipient
As stated in the first blog it is hard to see that it could come from the recipient as even under triple blind conditions significant results were obtained. So we are left with survival versus archive.
In one of the experimental sessions, which was actually filmed for the BBC, under triple blind conditions the medium looked at me and said this recipient lives at a place called something like Christmas Cottage. I shrugged my shoulders as I knew nothing about who the chosen recipient was and of course, neither did the medium. The medium went on to say that this house had Eastern artefacts in the back garden…like Buddha’s etc. (not what you might expect in the west of Scotland) The medium also said that this person has more than one property.
On subsequent checking the person was connected to Christmas Cottage which did have Eastern artefacts in the back garden. The recipient did own more than one property.
Outwith the MIA experiments we have events such as Murder Most Foul , as described in my book, where neither the medium or the researcher had any knowledge whatsoever of the information that was provided. The information was gained by the medium laying a hand on top of a sealed A5 envelope which contained ‘something’ belonging to the murdered girl. The medium was not told the reason for the psychometry experiment or that it related to a murder.
However, when he put his hand over the envelope the first thing that he said was ‘I have a girl here with medium length brown hair….she was murdered.’ His response was immediate and he looked quite shocked as he told me this. I made no verbal response. He went on to give 29 pieces of specific information that related to this girl. I could not have responded with a yes or no even if I had wanted to as I had no clue as to whether he was right or wrong.
On subsequent checking with the girl’s mother it transpired that 22/29 pieces of information were exactly correct: very specific and unusual information at that. The other 7 statements were not necessarily wrong, but so sensitive that I didn’t feel it was responsible to ask the mother if they were correct. The psychical researcher’s dilemma ---perceived responsibility. I felt that she had lost a daughter under dreadful circumstances and didn’t want to add to her grief. Maybe I made a mistake with this but nevertheless the odds against chance of getting 22/29 very specific statements correct are still enormous, even if we said that each statement had a 50/50 chance of being correct, which would be ridiculous One of the statements was ‘She is telling me that she misses her four cats’. Take this alone; how many people have four cats? The information could have been she misses her dog; one cat; two cats; three cats…, but straight away he said without any hesitation ‘She is telling me that she missing her four cats.’
The manner in which the information was delivered appeared as a conversation between the medium and the deceased girl and some of the information provided correctly concerned events that happened after her death.
To me this is less indicative of downloading information from some sort of archive.
I should really have a motto emblazoned somewhere…’I am all about the evidence’
Evidence can be had from various sources. Observations and consistent experiences can also be well justified as evidence along with repeatable experiments in a laboratory.
Many of you are aware of the three published peer reviewed papers on mediumship by myself and Prof Archie Roy. This study was carried out over a five year period. We have never claimed that these papers prove survival of human personality after death, but they do show that, without a shadow of doubt, that good mediums can access information that they could not possibly have gleaned by any method within our present understanding.
The critics always expound the idea that nothing can be proved in this field of interest unless a repeatable experiment can be performed. They claim that professional observations, collection of data, personal testimonies, including group testimonies, and long lasting life changing experiences which have happened to recipients of “unexplained” events are not meaningful and do not count. This is a ball park “get out” clause in their uninformed hypothesis that there is nothing in it.
The Mediumistic Information Analysis (M.I.A.) series of experiments carried out by Robertson and Roy were under the auspices of PRISM. (Psychical research involving selected mediums) It was a quantitative statistical analysis of statements made to recipients. The preliminary set of experiments set out to test the sceptical hypothesis that “All mediums’ statements are so general that they could apply to anyone.” After two and a half years of experimenting throughout the U K and working with approx. 440 participants, the results showed that the odds against chance that this sceptical hypothesis was true were 10,000 million to one. These results were published in paper one.
Paper two described a hard protocol which would be applied to future experimentation. This covered situations in experimentation up to triple blind conditions.
The second series of experiments set out to test for the effects (if any) of psychological factors. For example, would the participants who knew that they were the intended recipients of a message from the mediums tend to accept more statements as being correct just because they thought that they were the intended recipients. Would the non-recipients, or those who thought that they were non- recipients, tend to accept smaller numbers of the statements as being correct.
The hard protocol was adopted. This applied not only to the gathering of an audience but also the random seating arrangements, the locations and actions of the experimenters and the concealment of the mediums involved from the audience. The only contact that the mediums had with the audience was through a microphone, as they delivered the statements. The mediums could not hear any responses and could obviously not see the recipients, therefore eliminating body language responses. Moreover, in some of the tests no one in the hall knew, or thought that they knew, who the recipient was. The only person who knew the seat numbers chosen for any reading was Experimenter A, Professor Archie Roy, as he had chosen the seat numbering and picked the seat numbers foe intended recipients prior to the experiments before anyone sat on the chairs. Experimenter B, Tricia Robertson, was with the mediums throughout their deliveries and did not know the seat numbering system used or which numbers had been chosen as intended recipients.
Seat allocation was done by a random allocation of available numbers to the audience who had been assembled in another room. Tricia Robertson reduced the data after each experiment, during which time she did not know who the intended recipients were. Only when the data had been reduced did Robertson and Roy meet to exchange information. This was done by each experimenter duplicating their information and simultaneously exchanging the data therein. It is worthwhile restating that Roy did not know how the initial reduction of data had worked out and Robertson did not know who the intended recipients were at this time.
In case anyone is of a suspicious nature, the data sheets analysed by Robertson number approximately 180 for each experiment and each sheet is filled in by each participant in their own handwriting and for the most part with their own pens.
The experimenters know that there was no collusion, but even if people should try to falsify results in the future the enormity of the task would mean that everyone involved would have to be part of the falsification. I add this as this is the usual sceptical stance to say that the experimenters have made a mistake in their methodologies or been fraudulent.
As the experiments stand, the mediums cannot cheat as they do not see the audience or know which seat numbers have been chosen or consequently who the recipients are.
Experimenter A. cannot cheat as he has no control over who sits on what seat and he does not reduce the initial data.
Experimenter B cannot cheat as she does not know the seat numbering system or the numbers chosen to be recipients. These numbers are chosen days before an experiment and sealed in an envelope.
Experimenter B gathers up all data sheets after an experimental session and locks them in a brief case. Experimenter A does not touch these sheets at all.
The results of this series were published in paper three and showed that results attained in the first phase experimentation is a repeatable experiment with the significance of these results matching the earlier work.
It also showed that even when recipients did not know that they were the intended recipients, the statements made under triple blind conditions to them by the mediums achieved a high degree of significance of ten to the minus six that the sceptical hypothesis was not true. Many sciences would kill for experiments that would achieve this degree of significance.
Each ‘session’ lasted approx. four hours, and that is before the data has even been initially reduced.
The above is a gross simplification of the time involved in this experimentation and all of the factors involved, but is gives you an idea.
The MIA experiments have to date had three published peer reviewed papers on this work in the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research.
JSPR April 2001, JSPR June 2001, JSPR Jan 2004.
If the hard protocol described, in the MIA series, is adhered to and any researcher follows the details of the experiment, this series of experiments is deemed repeatable and if done correctly we are confident that similar results would be achieved. Everything of course hinges on the use of good mediums who are capable of undertaking this kind of work and, of course, unbiased experimenters.
Many scientists, including Dr Adrian Parker, have been persuaded that experiments which test for telepathy via the Ganzfield type of experiments have proved conclusively that telepathy (transference of information out with normally accepted means) exists.
Dr Rupert Sheldrake has conducted preliminary telephone telepathy experiments with, to date, small numbers of people, but already the statistics are proving to be significant. Resulting from his rigorous experimentation with animals he has also had to conclude that there is strong evidence that there is a telepathic link between animals and their owners. I have seen some of the experimental results and they are very impressive.
Science is definitely beginning to marry itself into an understanding of the psychic element within man and animal kind.
For anyone of open mind to say that there has never been any reliable evidence of anything at all paranormal in the history of the world is simply ludicrous. They must have been fishing in the wrong pond.
One of Britain's foremost psychical researchers and author of Things You Can do When You're Dead, Is all about the evidence. She invites you to ask a question or start a dialogue with her.