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A warm welcome to our website. Whether you’re here to find out how to apply for a grant, explore the unique wisdom of the much-loved spirit guide Silver Birch and purchase his books or listen to recordings of some of our greatest speakers, you’ll find everything you need right here.

Where we started

Maurice Barbanell

Silver Birch gave his teachings through a medium named Maurice Barbanell.

Barbanell was the founder and editor of the weekly Spiritualist newspaper, Psychic News, and for half a century devoted his life to spreading spiritual knowledge through its columns and those of other publications with which he was associated.

In his own obituary, which he wrote before his passing at the age of 79 on 17th July 1981, he revealed that he was told by Estelle Roberts’ Red Cloud — a spirit guide for whom he had the greatest admiration and affection — that in a previous incarnation he had made a promise to reincarnate and devote his life to spreading Spiritualism. Though he had no conscious knowledge of that life or promise, events certainly conspired to make it possible.

Silver Birch

A psychic artist depicts him as a serious-looking native American Indian with a single feather and compassionate eyes. There is evidence to suggest that this was simply a convenient persona behind which a far more spiritually evolved soul hid in order that those who read his words would judge them not by the name attached to them but by the wisdom that pervades every sentence.

Those who knew both the guide and his medium were well aware of the differences in the way they spoke and the words they used. They both had spiritual missions and they fulfilled them admirably, particularly when working together in their unique two-world partnership. This, as you will discover, has provided inspirational answers to the questions we all ask from time to time, about life, its meaning and purpose. Those answers are needed now more than ever before as we prepare for the many challenges that confront us and our world in the 21st century.

They Shall be Comforted

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by Maurice Barbanell

Bereavement is a fact of life. None of us can escape it, or the pain it brings. This book was written during the second world war, a time of unimaginable loss, with the specific intention of bringing comfort and hope to those overwhelmed by grief and despair.

Now, as then, the need to know if there’s anything beyond the seeming finality of death is profound. The author Maurice Barbanell dedicated his life to answering that question. As editor of the Spiritualist newspaper Psychic News he had access to the finest mediums of his day and spent decades investigating and testing the evidence for the afterlife.

The book is packed with detailed accounts from those who had ‘died’ yet returned to communicate with their earthly loved ones, confirming their identities with precise factual evidence that only they could know. The author also explains in detail how to get the best out of a first sitting with a medium, how to evaluate the evidence offered, and what to expect when attending a Spiritualist church service. In short, it is the one book that every bereaved person should read.

To celebrate the publication of ‘They Shall be Comforted’, we’re offering you the chance to win one of 5 free copies by entering our quiz. You can click on the button below.

If you’d like to pre-order your copy (priced at £9.99), click ‘Buy Now’ button below.

The Little Book of Silver Birch - Wisdom for Mediumship

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by Susan Farrow

Are you a medium? Already working? In development? Perhaps sitting in a physical circle in hope of phenomena? Interested in how the processes of mediumship work? 

If the answer to any of those questions is ‘yes’, then you’re going to love the latest in our popular series of Little Books of Silver Birch. 

Wisdom for Mediumship contains dozens of quotes from the much-loved guide on a whole range of topics including the purpose of mediumship, development, clairvoyance, trance, physical mediumship, the role of the subconscious mind, the character of the medium and the responsibility that must always go hand in hand with the gift of mediumship. 

If you’d like to order your copy please click ‘Buy Now’ button below.

STF hosts extremely rare copies of The Psychic Observer and Chimes Magazine

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by Susan Farrow

We are delighted to announce the creation of a new linked website to host extremely rare copies of The Psychic Observer and Chimes Magazine, generously made available to us by Spiritualist historian and author Gerald O’Hara and digitised with funding from STF.

These copies date from 1943-1961 and cover a rich and vibrant period in American Spiritualism, when some of the greatest mediums and speakers in Spiritualist history were at the height of their abilities. They make for fascinating reading.

This website follows swiftly on the heels of our recently created Noah’s Ark Society journal archive.

We are passionate about preserving historical Spiritualist material for future generations. If you have rare copies of out-of-print publications, please take a moment to contact us before throwing them away. Be assured that STF makes no money whatsoever from making these important items publicly available.

Please take a look: https://www.psychicobserverarchive.org .

STF to Host Unique Physical Mediumship Archive

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by Susan Farrow

We’re delighted to announce the creation of a new website to host the complete archive material of the Noah’s Ark Society.

The NAS was founded in 1990 to promote the understanding and development of physical mediumship. It flourished for over fourteen years until its eventual closure in 2004.

During the fourteen years of its existence, no fewer than one hundred and thirty-nine journals were produced, covering every aspect of PM, including its history, mediums, phenomena, home development circles, public seances and much more.

The preservation, cataloguing and collating of this hugely significantly material is largely down to the efforts of one person, lifelong Spiritualist Lew Sutton, whose determination and commitment to preserve it and make it publicly available have taken years of work.

As trustees of STF we’re acutely aware that over the decades large quantities of material relating to Spiritualist history have ended up in skips and bins, simply because the people who inherited them just didn’t realise their importance. This makes us as passionate as Lew about preserving everything we possibly can for the benefit of future generations.

This new NAS website has been beautifully designed by our own co-chair and IT specialist, Nic Whitham. It’s easy to navigate (even for me!) and an absolute goldmine of fascinating information. Our thanks also go to Stuart Neale who has voluntarily assisted Nic with the huge amount of work involved in making this material available online.

You can find it here: https://noahsarksocietyarchive.org

SCIENCE AND SPIRIT - A HEALING JOURNEY

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by Nic Whitham

Are you a healer, a trainee healer or thinking about embarking on your own journey of healing? If so, we have some great news for you!

We’re proud to announce the imminent publication of a groundbreaking new book on healing, written by STF’s own co-chair, Nic Whitham.

Nic has devoted decades of his life to the practice and research of healing, not only spiritual healing but more than twenty other healing modalities. His approach differs from many others in that he looks in depth at how these healing methods work, and believes that contemporary science can help to explain the efficacy of at least some of the treatments and diagnostic techniques he describes.

Alongside this, Nic offers detailed practical advice on running a successful healing practice, including making your client comfortable, whether to work hands-on or hands-off, respecting the client’s space, the importance of listening, and creating a calm and nurturing healing environment. Issues of consent, confidentiality and appropriate record-keeping are also covered.

Other chapters cover the Biofield (also known as the auric field) which Nic believes is central and fundamental to all healing, the chakra system, healing in ancient times and renowned healers of the more recent past. He also addresses one of the most sensitive and profound issues for any healer – healing for the dying.

To order your copy, priced at just £8.50, click here:

TO THE GREAT SPIRIT

TO THE GREAT SPIRIT
A Selection of Prayers by Silver Birch

Silver Birch, the spirit guide and trance control of medium Maurice Barbanell, was renowned not only for his spiritual philosophy, wisdom and guidance, but equally for his eloquent use of the English language, which he had never actually spoken while on earth.

Nowhere is this mastery more evident than in the lyrical, heartfelt prayers he offered as opening invocations at the weekly sittings of the Hannen Swaffer Home Circle, and when conducting two-world dedications of new Spiritualist venues.

This book contains a small selection of those timeless and beautiful prayers, first published in 1941 in response to requests from Silver Birch’s many admirers. It will provide a uniquely inspirational and thought-provoking resource for all who conduct public services today.

THE TRUMPET SHALL SOUND

THE TRUMPET SHALL SOUND

Who hasn’t wondered at some point whether there’s life after death? Finding the answer becomes even more important when we experience the loss of someone very close.

Death raises many questions. Did they suffer? Could they hear what I whispered to them at the end? Did they mean to take their own life or was it an accident? Did they know how much I loved them? And above all – will we meet again?

This book contains verbatim conversations between spirit individuals – who gave detailed proof of their identity – and their earthly loved ones. These intimate exchanges took place in the private home circle of the world-famous medium Estelle Roberts, whose public demonstrations regularly packed London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Read with an open mind, the evidence of survival beyond death in this volume is so compelling that it will cause even the hardened sceptic to reconsider.

Silver Birch Quote

If you prefer blindness, keep your eyes closed. If you prefer deafness keep your ears closed. But if you are wise, you will open the windows of your soul so that you can become aware of that mighty, vast power of the spirit which will strengthen and encourage you and make you know how life can be lived and enjoyed to the full.

— Philosophy of Silver Birch

STF hosts extremely rare copies of The Psychic Observer and Chimes Magazine

We are delighted to announce the creation of a new linked website to host extremely rare copies of The Psychic Observer and Chimes Magazine, generously made available to us by Spiritualist historian and author Gerald O’Hara and digitised with funding from STF. These copies date from 1943-1961 and cover a rich and vibrant period in […]

New Trustee

New Trustee for STF We are pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Neale to our board of trustees. Stuart came into Spiritualism in 2008, after a well-known medium told him that because of the particular way in which he had ‘discovered’ it, he was on some form of spiritual mission. In his own words: […]

Meet the Team

Trustees Today

Co Chair, Publications Manager & Secretary 

Susan Farrow

London

Co Chair & Honorary Treasurer

Nic Whitham

Kent

Spiritualist Minister

Robert Clarke

Herfordshire

Chocolatier – Owner of Artisan du Chocolat

Anne Weyns

Kent

Technology professional

Stuart Neale

Cumbria

Psychic Observer Archive

1943-1957

 

Here you can read and explore our Psychic Observer and Chimes Magazine archive

Psychic Observer Archive

1943-1957

Here you can read and explore our Psychic Observer and Chimes Magazine archive

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Noah's Ark Society Archive

1990-2004

The society worked in support of physical mediumship for fifteen years

Within these pages you will learn how they supported physical mediums, held seminars, reached out all around the world in support of this incredible phenomenon.

Noah's Ark Society Archive

1990-2004

The society worked in support of physical mediumship for fifteen years

Click Here to View

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