The Cross-Correspondences are a series of alleged post-mortem communications from various deceased invidividuals, given through a number of mediums, which are all connected by a number of themes. The cross-correspondences are considered by many to be among the best for the survival of consciousness after death.
If they can be summarized, the Cross-Correspondences were fragments of information that came through different mediums and which in themselves meant nothing. However, when pieced together they formed coherent messages. The objective was for the communicating spirits to demonstrate that the messages were not coming from the conscious or subconscious of a single medium, or by means of telepathy from another human, or from some cosmic memory bank. It was as if the spirit communicators devised a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle with the pieces scattered in various parts of the world.
"Essentially, the Cross-Correspondences originated in a deceptively-simple idea," explains Professor Archie E. Roy, a retired astronomer who spent over 10 years studying the cross-correspondences before writing a 590-page book, The Eager Dead, published in 2008, about them. "Someone who has died transmits to a number of mediums or automatists scattered round the world snippets of a theme dreamed up by him. The snippets received by any one automatist do not make any sense whatever to him or her. Only by bringing all the snippets together does the theme become clear. Moreover, that theme is characteristic of the intelligence and learning and personality of the sender who even, when he finds the group of investigators having serious difficulties in interpreting the collected snippets, speaks through the scripts directly to them, chiding and teasing them in the manner of a kindly teacher with an obtuse class. He then gives hints to them to aid them in their interpretation of the scripts.
"The difficulties really begin to mount when we realise that the group of seven on the other side of death had a decidedly complicated agenda. They continued to ‘dictate’ scripts for over thirty years. They, especially 'Myers', cleverly used levels of classical allusions and literary references that to very few modern people make any sense at all, so philistine have our educational standards become. Add to that the fact that there are many thousands of pages that anyone nowadays would have to study and so would require a very long time to do so. But the idea is a brilliant one and one might well ask if there is anything better in the history of psychical research."
The purported spirit communicators were for the most part the early pioneers of psychical research, including the three men generally credited with founding the Society for Psychical Research in London in 1882 – Frederick W. H. Myers, Edmund Gurney, and Henry Sidgwick. All were Cambridge scholars well versed in classical literature, Myers especially. As the story goes, these three men and several others continued their work after they crossed over to the Other Side, Myers taking the lead after his death in January 1901, finding gifted mediums in different parts of the world to communicate messages back to members of the society which they helped establish several decades earlier.
The primary mediums were Leonora Piper, an American, Winifred Coombe-Tennant, an affluent English woman (British delegate to the League of Nations) who used the pseudonym "Mrs. Willett" so that no one would know that she was a medium, Margaret Verrall of England, and Alice Fleming - the sister of author Rudyard Kipling - who was living in India at the time and used the pseudonym "Mrs. Holland," as her family disapproved of her "dabbling in the occult."
Three love stories unfold, two of them of frustrated love made manifest on the Other Side and the third a somewhat scandalous affair resulting in a love child. One of first two is known as the "The Palm Sunday Story." That script, written by Mrs. Willett on Palm Sunday, March 31. 1912, is said to have come from Mary Lyttelton for Arthur Balfour, prime-minister of England from 1902 to 1905. Balfour had courted Mary until she died suddenly on Palm Sunday 1875. The script was an attempt by Mary to let Arthur, who remained a life-long bachelor, to know that she still existed and was waiting to be reunited with him. "Many who have studied this case have accepted that it is a remarkable demonstration of undying love and devotion by people on both sides of that inevitable and inescapable appointment we call death," Professor Roy comments.
Whenever psychical researchers discuss the best evidence on record for the survival of consciousness after physical death, i.e., life after death, the so-called “Cross-Correspondences” are often listed as number one: "...the Cross-Correspondences are considered by many knowledgeable judges to be among the very best – if not the very best – evidence we have for survival of death, and moreover for survival of death with memory and intellectual vigor apparently undimmed," wrote Professor David Fontana, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, in his book, Is There an Afterlife?
However, the researchers always point out that the Cross-Correspondences cases are so complex that they are beyond the comprehension of anyone who is not a classical scholar and not prepared to spend dozens of hours in studying the messages. "Whatever else they are, they are eminently communications from a man of letters, to be interpreted by scholars, and they are full of obscure classical allusions," wrote Sir Oliver Lodge, the distinguished physicist and electricity pioneer of yesteryear, who was instrumental in collecting and organizing some of the early scripts.
(this Red Pill entry is a modified version of Michael E. Tymn's article printed in The Searchlight, reproduced with permission)
- The Eager Dead (by Archie Roy) on Amazon.com