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LORD DOWDINGエS RETURN - a voice from the Beyond.

 
neti
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LORD DOWDINGエS RETURN

By J. J. Snyder

In the summer of 1940, the men and aircraft of the British Royal Air Force Fighter Command won the Battle of Britain. Fighting against overwhelming odds, they saved their country from Nazi domination by defeating the German Luftwaffe in a series of hard-fought air engagements over the threatened island. If German air superiority had been achieved, it is doubtful if the outnumbered and demoralized British Army could have successfully defended the country against a massive ground assault.

Historians generally agree that if Britain had been conquered, it would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the remaining forces of the British Commonwealth to rally together and carry on the war. Without total control of British airspace however, which the RAF fighters prevented the Luftwaffe from achieving, Hitler wisely refused to launch an invasion force from occupied France.

The head of Fighter Command during those desperate times was Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding, a long-time pilot and brilliant air combat strategist. Dowding was one of Britainエs earliest airmen. He had begun flying in 1913 and was a veteran of First World War combat missions, one on which he was wounded.

Throughout the 1930エs, he was a strong proponent of rearmament to defend Britain against the growing threat of Hitlerエs Germany. Money was scarce however, and politicians were reluctant to fund military spending. While lobbying in Parliament to obtain the best equipment possible for the small Royal Air Force Fighter Command, Dowding made the statement "if Chicago gangsters can have bulletproof glass in their limousines, I want to know why I canエt have it for my fighter aircraft!"

During the Battle of France, it was Dowding who faced down Winston Churchill and, after a heated argument, persuaded the prime minister not to send the few remaining fighter aircraft of the RAF to that country in what would have been a fruitless attempt to reinforce the British Expeditionary Force. It was obvious to the Air Chief Marshal that the small additional number of Hurricanes and Spitfires would be unable to turn the overwhelming tide of Nazi ground and air victories. The airplanes would have been destroyed and their pilots lost without benefiting the hard-pressed BEF, which was evacuated at Dunkirk soon afterward. Dowding argued that any further loss of pilots and aircraft was unacceptable. He made it clear to Churchill that every airman and machine would be needed to defend the home island during the coming air blitz which he knew the Nazis were even then planning.

As the summer drew to a close, it proved fortunate for both Britain and the free world that Dowding had prevailed in the controversy. The Air Marshalエs ingenious deployment of fighter wings and groups to the best advantage of the outnumbered force, and his adherence to tried and proven tactics in combating the vastly superior numbers of Nazi fighters and bombers were vital factors in assuring the final victory of the "The Few."

Even though the RAF prevailed in the series of decisive air battles, Churchill still held bitter feelings toward the Air Chief Marshal. Soon after the Nazi air blitz faltered, the prime minister, in consort with several of Dowdingエs subordinates who found fault with his air combat strategies, even though they had proven successful, saw to it that he was removed from his post. He was thus forced into retirement at a time when his talents and abilities were sorely needed by the beleaguered nation. Although later recognized for his exemplary service by being named Lord Dowding of Bentley Priory, his pivotal role in the salvation of his country, and possibly the free world, has not been widely acknowledged, especially outside of Britain.

Dowding was disappointed that ill-conceived political animosity had removed any further opportunity of serving his country, but he bore Churchill and the others no ill will. In retirement, he turned to exploring and writing on a subject which had long been of interest to him.

This little-known, but highly meaningful aspect of Dowdingエs life was his dedication to communicating with the so-called "dead"葉hose who have departed this mortal plane of existence and now reside on etheric levels. He was especially drawn to making contact with "his boys"由AF pilots and aircrew who had made the supreme sacrifice for king and country.

Dowdingエs two books, MANY MANSIONS and LYCHGATE, which describe his belief in the continuity of all life while presenting hard evidence of its existence, are classics of survivalist literature. During and after the war, he traveled throughout the country, speaking about his many contacts with those in the astral realms. In these appearances, he offered what he considered irrefutable proof of ongoing existence beyond this physical life.

At each appearance, Dowding cautioned his audience not to accept the evidence he presented solely on the basis of his being a famous personage. He told them to instead employ their own reason and intellect when examining the pros and cons of life beyond physical death. He felt that any rational person who held an unbiased attitude regarding this aspect of existence would come to perceive the truth on the verifiable facts alone.

In 1970, after a long and distinguished mortal life, Lord Dowding transitioned to the etheric world he knew so well. Since his passing, he has communicated several times with the physical level he left behind. His most recent contact, on 15 September 1996, is perhaps the most evidential.

That date is important, for it marked the culmination of the 1940 Nazi air assault against Britain. It was on this day that the forces of Fighter Command were stretched to their thinnest and in greatest danger of defeat. If they had not prevailed, and turned back the attacking German air fleets, world history might well have been written much differently. September 15 is celebrated throughout the United Kingdom as "Battle of Britain Day." It is surely no coincidence that Dowding chose to appear on that same date 56 years later at a session conducted by the Noahエs Ark Society.

The NAS is a British organization dedicated to spreading the message that all life survives the death of its physical body. To help confirm this, the Society has sponsored numerous experiments aimed at facilitating and verifying communication between the physical and etheric planes of life. Lord Dowdingエs materialization at the NAS seminar in Cardiff, Wales, was surely one of the most well-documented in the history of these events. He made his appearance through Colin Fry, a celebrated and gifted psychic medium.

Although voice, and at times even visual contacts with inhabitants of astral regions made through mediums are rather common, full physical materialization of these same entities, during which mortals are able to touch and feel the etherians, is a relatively rare event. Even so, it has been studied extensively and factually verified by a number of eminent and respected scientists, including Sir William Crookes, Professor Charles Richet, and Sir John Logie Baird. Modern researchers are currently conducting experiments to learn more about this phenomenon.

Reports submitted by all the scientists who have investigated these events indicate that full materialization is usually accomplished through a specially talented medium熔ne who has the unique ability (or more accurately, the gift) of enabling the finer sub-atomic structure and higher frequencies of the discarnates to coalesce into the coarser vibrations of this mortal plane. When this occurs, the etherian becomes visible, and is able to be touched and communicated with by those present. At times, usually when those involved have been close to one another in physical life, or when triggered by extremely strong emotions on either or both planes, spontaneous materializations, without the intervention of a medium, have been recorded.

Although the NAS proceedings were held in total darkness, (a condition some mediums feel is more conducive to materializations than a lighted room), Dowding reportedly was seen, touched, and spoken with by a large number of persons.

During the entire session, Colin Fry remained securely tied and strapped to his chair, which was located in a cabinet constructed of black cloth. Tying and strapping the medium is a common practice in materialization experiments, which, especially when conducted in total darkness, can be open to charges of fraud and deceit. Binding the medium tightly, while noting and photographing the position and type of knots and straps, both before and after the session, is done to provide evidence that he or she has not moved during the manifestation phenomenon.

An audiotaping of the session was made by the NAS. At its beginning, Dowding is heard uttering the words "jolly nice" a number of times. Although he was in his late eighties when he transitioned, his voice has the tone and timbre of a middle-aged man.

After touching several of the participants, Dowding taps and rattles the two microphones placed on either side of the medium. He then does an imitation of Lord Haw Haw (the notorious English traitor whose propaganda broadcasts were transmitted to Britain during the war), repeating "Germany calling, Germany calling," several times. These were the opening words of Haw Hawエs daily broadcasts.

Those in the audience are as yet unaware that the personality that has just manifested is Lord Dowding. When asked his identity, he at first declines to say what his name on this physical level had been, mentioning that he would rather not reveal it. Urged to make himself known, he finally says "probably some of you know of me....Dowding," and continues with the handshaking.

When told that he may write a message on a piece of paper which had been placed on the floor, he declares that the last time he wrote on the floor was at the age of three, when he drew pictures of birds in flight. He then states that "to learn to soar in the skies, to be free like a bird, is an honorable thing. But the only things that birds drop on us donエt blow people to pieces....and that is my shame." With these words, he seems to express regret for his part in a war in which so many lives, both combatant and non-combatant, were lost to aerial bombardment.

Dowding is then questioned as to whether those who caused him to be removed from his post as Chief of Fighter Command, many of whom are now presumably discarnate, have become aware of what they had done. His answer is that "they probably are, but it doesnエt make a damn bit of difference now. Offended sensibilities are in the end only bloody arrogance. If you can behave better towards those who are at fault, it makes you a better person, doesnエt it? Above all else have honor. If you behave honorably towards other people, it really doesnエt matter how they behave toward you."

He continues moving through the crowd, touching those present and shaking hands. He recognizes one woman and notes that he has spoken with her many times before. She had known Dowding during the war, and so was able to confirm his presence in a unique manner. She said that, after shaking her hand, and while engaged with her in a short discussion of those times, which does not come through clearly on the tape, he displayed his keen sense of humor, of which she had first-hand knowledge.

Her statement is important, since only those who were close to Lord Dowding are aware of this facet of his personality. Although his public image was that of a stiff and correct military officer (his RAF nickname was "Stuffy"), his friends knew and appreciated his quick and dry wit. Upon parting with the lady, Dowding kissed her hand, the sound being was clearly audible to the gathering.

In his closing words, Dowding once again voices deep regret for the horror and tragedy of the Second World War. His concluding statement is "donエt look to past victories. Pain, suffering, and unnecessary bloodshed, even one drop of blood or one life lost to our side of life is no victory曜ust awful hideous defeat. Iエm sorry that I couldnエt touch you all, but I hope that I can touch you with my heart." In answer to a "God bless you" from a member of the audience, he replies, "no, God bless you my friends, you are the ones still in the battle. I would have rather played a more valuable role in a more honorable game." He then says good-bye and leaves.

One of the many present who shook hands with Lord Dowding was NAS Committee member Geoff Hughes, who noted that the etheric air marshal shook his hand "quite hard." In addition to shaking hands, Dowding also walked behind the back row and patted a number of persons on the shoulder as he passed.

The large number of witnesses who observed this remarkable event, and the essential agreement of each of their separate accounts of what occurred, as well as the audiotape recording, seem to make it one of the most evidential materializations on record. It is hoped that Lord Dowding will see fit to soon return to this material level, and perhaps next time will be able to appear in the light, and allow himself to be photographed and videotaped. If this takes place, and the tapes and photos match witnessesエ testimony, it will be a massive and telling refutation of those who deny the ongoing continuity of life.

[link to cfpf.org.uk]
neti
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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Boo! ..... The spiritエs attitude towards war is very telling, donエt you think?
neti
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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You, we all, survive death... for life is continuous.

It exists before birth, and it survives physical death...


"You池e children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of life痴 longing for itself." - The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
neti
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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If you can get hold of the book, エLychgate: the entrance to the pathエ, get it, because itエs really very good.

It was the first introduction to Spiritualism, and was read to me by my mother when I was seventeen years old... After that, I went looking in the library for other books of a similar nature, and ordered more from publishers.

The second book I read was エIn Tune with the Infiniteエ by Ralph Waldo Trine.... a beautiful book on the philosophy.

My introductions to both Spiritualism and Theosophy..

Cheers,
neti.
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12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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Never read it, Iエm the, worst?
neti
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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AC 1004,

No, you are not "the, worst". People are individually guided, AC, not from outside of themselves but from within.

Iエm just trying to share what I found to be helpful.. Others may have different paths.




Another useful book is エThe Unwritten Laws of Godエ by Henry Nathan, Psychic Press, London. (less than 100 pages, and currently out of print)

It is/was an excellent little paperback.
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12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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"While lobbying in Parliament to obtain the best equipment possible for the small Royal Air Force Fighter Command, Dowding made the statement "if Chicago gangsters can have bulletproof glass in their limousines, I want to know why I canエt have it for my fighter aircraft!"

good one,nutti, maybe you can sic dowding on scumsfeld and his ilk and get them to armor up the troopmobiles
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neti are you scottish?
neti
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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AC 1032,

"neti are you scottish?" (8:38 pm)

Not as far as I know, AC, but there is English and French Hugenot ancestry in my background; part of the family went to America, and on my motherエs side to Australia.


PS. Iエll be off line for a few hours, be back later.

Cheers & god bless,
neti.
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it is spelled "huguenot",

is that where you get your spiritual powers of persuasion, you big ol nutti, you
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Another Dowding, Private Dowding -
communicated after his death during World War I

[link to www.nderf.org]
neti
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AC 86,

"is that where you get your spiritual powers of persuasion.." (9:02 pm)

I donエt persuade anyone, AC, Rather, I simply write what resonates with me, and if it also resonates with you, or others, then .... rofl you persuade yourself...

Chuckle..



AC 1129,

"Another Dowding, Private Dowding -
communicated after his death during World War I" (9:24 pm)

The link you gave is rather long, AC, so Iエll read it after some lunch..

Will come back on it..

Thanks.
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Dowding was actually New Zealand born.. another thing that the Poms probably didnエt like.. a bloody colonial..often I think how lucky the allies were to win the war.. they made so many stupid decisions.
If Hitler had not made the decision to attack Russia.. I doubt the Allies would have won.

Colin Fry has a TV show.. the Brittish equivalent of John Edward. They are both very good.
neti
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AC 1129,

"Another Dowding, Private Dowding -
communicated after his death during World War I

[link to www.nderf.org] .." (9:24 pm)

As promised, Iエm coming back on this, but jimini, itエs a powerful one, isnエt it!? Ummm... What comes to mind, is the power of the mind, mental currents, etc. I think we will have to take this one slowly, assimilate it bit by bit, pick-up what seems true and set aside what seems a bit overwhelming. Thatエs my feeling on it, anyway...

The book by Lord Dowding, エLychgate: the entrance to the pathエ, describes rescues by those who have been trained to awaken new arrivals. Those who have been in the spirit world a little longer help the new arrivals. While Lord Dowdingエs book is less sensational than is the description of the afterlife by Private Dowding (above link), it is probably similar. There is a great deal of help available in the afterlife for those who come over..

From what I can gather, the afterlife is more pliant to the mind than is life here in the physical, and yes, there is a borderland - described in the book by Lord Dowding.

I think the mists, and the sense of isolation, described by Private Dowding when he first came to the afterlife, is caused by the etheric double (the energy body) of the physical which wraps itself around the astral form after death, and from which the individual has to disengage. Part of the work of rescue is trying to get the newly departed to pierce through these mists - to awaken to the fact that they have "died", or that somethingエs different - so that they can even see the ones who are working to help them.

I am writing tentatively here, because Iエm trying to remember what was written in one book to help explain what Private Dowding describes of his experiences.... There is not a lot in the Theosophical literature about crossing from the physical to the astral planes, so I suppose it has to come from other peopleエs descriptions, and correlating what knowledge is available..

If anyone can add to what Iエve said, or pick up what was said in the description, then please do so. Cheers, neti.
neti
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Another book with descriptions of the afterlife is エA Soulエs Journeyエ by Peter Richelieu. The author was taken on guided tours of the levels of the astral plane by someone who first appeared to the author in his upstairs room after the authorエs brother had died suddenly, when the author was grief stricken and asking serious - to the point of angry, questions of God. The author was asked not to eat meat for the duration of the period of his astral travels, since that would hinder the ability to separate consciously from the physical body. It too is a very good book.
neti
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I had a similar experience to what ^TrInItY^ had when he wrote his thread, エI Amエ.


One day I sat in the high school cafeteria reading the book, エIn Tune with the Infiniteエ. As I was reading paragraphs in the book my head felt as if it were expanding with the light which was coming from the pages. My vision of people and objects in the room was tinged with this heightened sense of white light which was around everything. So powerful was the light which was coming from the book, that I had to stop reading at intervals to allow the pressure of the light to subside, and to assimilate the ideas which were being read..

Ideas can affect one even physically, and initially the body needs time to adjust to the heightened vibration..



^TrInItY^ experienced it when he wrote:

"now I need an hour to chill..."




See his fourth entry in the thread, I Am.

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neti
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Some of the philosophy in Private Dowdingエs after death experiences:

link.
[link to www.nderf.org]


1) death is not the end.

"It is because extinction has not come to me that I want to speak to you."

2) self is a construct.

"Now I am learning about my poor fossilized old self."

From エLight on the Pathエ by Mabel Collins, p. 31.

"The whole nature of man must be used wisely by the one who desires to enter the way. || Each man is to himself absolutely the way, the truth, and the life. But he is only so when he grasps his whole individuality firmly, and by the force of his awakened spiritual will, recognizes this individuality as not himself, but that thing which he has with pain created for his own use and by means of which he purposes, as his growth slowly develops his intelligence, to reach to the life beyond individuality. When he knows that for this his wonderful complex separated life exists, then, indeed, and then only, he is upon the way."

3) It might be the case that knowledge lies within us, and through the course of our existence it is brought out, or evoked by our experiences and our searchings. It doesnエt come to us, but we dig it out.

"I am journeying towards a wider, truer life, but I am not yet there. I have no right to speak with any authority of my experiences here.."

4) "material force leads nowhere"; conflict.

"Apparently the impotent clash of conflicting material forces is creating a kind of vacuum. The Messenger said this fact implied a supreme mystery. Into this vacuum spiritual power is to be poured and poured. He had seen with his own eyes the Reservoirs. He spoke of these Reservoirs with bated breath. The light of Heaven is reflected in them. The Water of Life fills them. This Life is still beyond our conception. Our human life is but a shadow."

"The Messenger said that a cycle was ending, that human life had just entered an upward arc."

5) "エEmpty yourself if you would be filled.エ

The Waters of Life can never flow through me until I have surrendered my whole self. I begin to see the wisdom of this. To you it may convey nothing. I have begun to try to pour myself away. It is a strange experience."

6) "Hell is a thought region."

"We humans hide from the light. We grovel among the illusions created by our thoughts. We surround ourselves with misconceptions. We refuse to rise into the Christ Sphere."

From エA Course in Miraclesエ, p. 27

"All thinking produces form at some level."

[link to courseinmiracles.com]

7) Earthly consciousness pulls down the mind.

"The race will never rise to greatness until the passions are controlled. This refers to nations and to individuals. On earth I was never interested in such matters. I did not realize the existence of the sexual canker at the heart of human life. What a terrible thing this is! Do not wait until you come over here. Set to work at once. There is no time to lose. Gain control of self. Then retain control by emptying yourself of self. All the thoughts of lust and passion, greed, hatred, envy, and, above all, selfishness, passing through the minds of men and women, generate the エconditionエ called hell. Purgatory and hell are different states. We all must needs pass through a purging, purifying process after leaving earth life. I am still in purgatory. Some day I shall rise above it. The majority who come over here rise above or rather THROUGH purgatory into higher conditions. A minority refuse to relinquish their thoughts and beliefs in the pleasures of sin and the reality of the sense life. They sink by the weight of their own thoughts. No outside power can attract a man against his will. A man sinks or rises through the action of a spiritual law of gravity. He is never safe until he has emptied himself completely. You see how I emphasize this fact."

8) "Fear held him."

"No outside power can unchain that man. Release will come from within some day."

From エLight on the Pathエ, p. 45

"There are Three Truths which are absolute, and cannot be lost, but yet may remain silent for lack of speech.
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"The soul of man is immortal, and its future is the future of a thing whose growth and splendour has no limit.
"The principle which gives life dwells in us, and without us, is undying and eternally beneficent, is not heard, or seen, or smelt, but
is perceived by the man who desires perception.
"Each man is his own absolute law-giver, the dispenser of glory or gloom to himself; the decreer of his life, his reward, his
punishment.
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"These Truths, which are as great as is life itself, are as simple as the simplest mind of man. Feed the hungry with them."

[link to corz.org]
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Link to エLight on the Pathエ, p. 31. (see above)

[link to www.marcus-clark.com]

hi for now..
neti
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There are some good notions of unity in there.



Will repost this-


"There are Three Truths which are absolute, and cannot be lost, but yet may remain silent for lack of speech.
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"The soul of man is immortal, and its future is the future of a thing whose growth and splendour has no limit.
"The principle which gives life dwells in us, and without us, is undying and eternally beneficent, is not heard, or seen, or smelt, but is perceived by the man who desires perception.
"Each man is his own absolute law-giver, the dispenser of glory or gloom to himself; the decreer of his life, his reward, his punishment.
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"These Truths, which are as great as is life itself, are as simple as the simplest mind of man. Feed the hungry with them."





GLP