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Andrew Jackson Davis

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Andrew Jackson DavisAndrew Jackson Davis was famous during the 19th Century as a clairvoyant and seer. In order to access the knowledge he divined from spirit he would enter into what he called a ‘higher state of consciousness’. Once in this altered state he could describe future events, explain about future scientific and medical advances and enter into detailed dialogues about astrology, psychology and all manner of different sciences. Many of the things that he predicted have come true, some only recently.

Whereas there have been other seers that delivered vague and broad ranging predictions, Davis was remarkably specific in the detailed ‘readings’ that he delivered. He claimed also to see the transitional process of a spirit leaving the body upon the moment of death, going on to provide details of the existence of spirit after the death of the physical body, explaining how he could enter this realm of the afterlife whenever he chose.

A Shoemakers Apprentice

Davis was born in Orange County, New York in 1826. He lived in a small town located along the banks of the Hudson River. His parents had no schooling and he himself received very little. They moved frequently leaving little time for schooling or any manner of education. He entered into an apprenticeship with a shoemaker at a very early age and spent two years in the position. When he was twelve years old the family moved again, this time to Poughkeepsie, where when he was seventeen he attended a ‘lecture’ given by a travelling doctor. The subject of the presentation was mesmerism. Initially Davis had no luck with the skill, until he was finally launched into a trance. Once into the trance like state he developed an uncanny clairvoyant ability and gained an incredible knowledge of things that had previously been beyond his understanding. He also developed the ability to read books without ever opening the cover. He claimed to understand the way that the universe worked and understood the way that the human spirit continues to evolve after death.

Principles of Nature

It took fifteen months of dictation in his altered state to put together a book. The Principles of Nature was published when Davis was twenty one, not bad for a man who had experienced less than five months of schooling across his lifetime. At the time of his death he had published more than thirty books covering many different aspects of spirituality and the human body. He believed that his writings were a tool through which humanity as a whole could further develop its spirituality.

He even predicted the discovery of the planets Pluto and Neptune long before they were discovered by astronomers. Paperwork has been found that dates to the Civil War era which indicates that he may also have been employed as an advisor to Abraham Lincoln. There are numerous sources that claimed that he visited the White House on more than one occasion, and that when in New York, Lincoln would call upon Davis. Davis died in 1910 after obtaining a full medical degree.


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