Arthur Conan Doyle's Book of the Beyond

Shortly after his death, in 1930, and through a sequence of events that makes a fascinating tale in itself, a spirit communicator who identified himself as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle returned. Through a remarkable series of messages, received through the medium Grace Cooke (the same vehicle used later for the White Eagle teachings), Sir Arthur paints vivid descriptions of the planes of consciousness through which we human beings evolve and which we can actually experience in this life.

243 + xvi pp photographs paperback
216 x 138 mm
ISBN 978-0-85487-147-6

Review by Maryanne Morrice

This compelling book is both a story and a spiritual vision. It combines the fascinating story the preceded the birth of The White Eagle Lodge with the teachings of an extraordinary spiritual witness, the literary giant, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Although he died more than seventy years ago, the name of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (ACD) remains in the parlance of our time. His works are still widely read, studied in our schools, and produced for the screen. The reader might not be aware, of the words he wrote after his death, words that have also stood the test of time.

Several books have been written about the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle since his passing, but little attention has been paid to the way he spent the last few years of his life on earth. Convinced of the existence of life after death, Sir Arthur developed a firm belief in the then popular form of religion, Spiritualism. He spent his last years touring and lecturing about Spiritualism, at great cost to himself, his health and his family. Prior to his death, he vowed to his wife and family that he would contact them from the spirit world, thus proving to them the truth of life after death. His greatest desire was to provide an accurate description of life after death. After his death, Sir Arthur was able to fulfil his mission through the mediumship of Grace Cooke, White Eagle’s medium, who was known by the spiritual name of Minesta. ‘The Book of the Beyond’ tells the story of their contact and describes the messages he gave.

ACD's descriptions of his experience just after his death, and the workings of the heaven kingdom are both striking and fascinating. Most striking to this reader was ACD's description of what happened immediately after his passing. He repeated the phrase, "As a man sows so he shall surely reap." ACD stated that after his death he found himself in a world consisting of his own thoughts. He said that it is thoughts, as well, that help us build our temples which become our after-death reality. In his talks, some of the topics ACD discusses are: the different planes of existence, different types of healing, religion, angels and nature spirits, and the healing of the Nations.

This book would be of interest to many readers on so many levels. It is a very intriguing story in its own right, and makes a ‘good read’. On a spiritual level, it is ground-breaking and eye-opening. Essential reading for all those interested in The White Eagle Lodge, for all Spiritualists, and for fans of Sir Arthur.