Although not measured by financial reward, many people claim that Geraldine Cummins was Ireland’s most successful medium. She specialised in automatic writing and, to me at least, her work is endlessly impressive because, throughout her whole career, she remained healthily sceptical of her own abilities and the information she received. That said, she did produce a vast array of staggering, positive evidence for the “is there life after death?” debate.
Born in Cork, Ireland in 1890, Cummins first received praise for a series of three plays she wrote, which were performed at the Abbey Theatre. The most successful of which was entitled “Fox and Geece” - a humorous 1917 comedy. Upon discovering her psychic abilities, Geraldine’s playwriting slowly started to take a back seat and after some study and practice time she released her first psychic work, which consisted of a series of scripts detailing previously misunderstood early Christian history, called “The Scripts of Cleophas” or “The Spirits of Cleophas”.
Throughout her life Cummins released many scripts and psychical books, but principally she saw her purpose as a channeller for bereaved people, rarely accepting any monetary reward, content with the pure pleasure of helping others – which I think you will agree, is a genuine personality trait, attributed to many true psychic mediums.
Perhaps one of the most astonishing texts compiled “The Fate of Colonel Fawcett”, detailed her mediumistic understanding of the disappearance of explorer Percy Fawcett in 1925, whilst travelling through Brazil. She allegedly received psychic messages in 1936 claiming that he was ill but still alive and had discovered the ruins of the ancient city of Atlantis in the jungle. He had apparently been taken captive by a tribe who were treating him well, but would not let him leave. The messages went on the say that the chief of the tribe, who had some European ancestry himself, wanted Fawcett to give his daughter a child, who with a more varied gene-pool, would be worthy of taking over the leadership when he died.
Surprisingly, although this script was surly the most interesting Geraldine ever channelled, her scepticism persisted and she concluded on more than one occasion that this particular work could well have come from her subconscious mind receiving telepathy from the man himself. She wondered ceaselessly if Fawcett had also developed psychic abilities and was communicating directly with her. That was until 1948 when she received another message from his spirit, it was then evident that, even if he was alive before, now he was dead.
This biography by Charles Fryer, a schoolmaster, college lecturer, ordained clergyman, and psychical researcher, provides an almost definitive account of Geraldine Cummins life and works. Ever the enthusiast, Fryer portrays Cummins in a fair-minded, reasonable light. With chapters on her early life, her inauguration into psychical practise, two previously unpublished scripts, and even some information on her non psychic work, one must reason that the study involved in bringing this book together was considerable.
Originally published in 1990, White Crow Books have dusted off this old treasure and re-released it for everyone to read – I’m so glad they have. Geraldine’s life story a fascinating tale, made all the more enjoyable by Fryer’s warm and welcoming writing style. So if you are interested in psychical research (especially automatic writing, Ouija boards and mediumship), or even just like reading a good story, this book is for you.
Also, it may be worth noting that more information on both Cummins and Fryer can be obtained in the journals of the British Society for Psychical Research, where they were both members for many years.
Publisher: White Crow Books
Published: January 2013
Size: 229 x 152 mm