Cases of Spirit and Distant Healing (1) Tom Pilgrim
Some cancer patients have received successful treatments from a natural or spiritual healer such as Harry Edwards, George Chapman, and Stephen Turoff, and in Brazil, Arigo (de Freitas) and Tomas .. They are sometimes called psychic surgeons, because their healing guide (who does all the work) was once a practicing surgeon, now no longer with us, but able to carry on operating, through the healer. Another such healer was Tom Pilgrim, who sent me an autographed copy of his autobiography twenty years ago. He since passed away himself in 2002 at the age of 92. He had a German surgeon working through him, one Dr. Robert Koch (1844 - 1910), a Nobel prize-winner (for his tuberculosis research). My great uncle Ernest Weatherhead knew of him, since he was himself a tuberculosis specialist in practice from 1900 to 1950. During WW I he survived the Gallipoli campaign. He told me he enjoyed the excitement of war, in spite of
the tragic loss of life. Well, I don't know about you, but I think war is not the best way to go about things, but it still seems to be the last resort to put an end to the aggression of out-of-control dictatorial regimes and escalating terrorism.
Anyway, Tom had a number of successful cures of cancer cases amongst others, where orthodox or allopathic medicine had given up. He himself went to a spiritualist healer for a nasty stomach ulcer which ordinary medicine had failed to cure, even after a year's treatment. The healer, J. J. Thomas, had this Dr. Robert Koch as his guide, who, once J.J. was in trance, came through and thumped Tom on the stomach. Tom relates what happened next:
No good, said the spirit doctor. I'm going to take this ulcer out. It will take twenty minutes. Do you want to talk?
Yes, I answered, and whilst he was operating, he told me the story of my life from childhood to that day.
We know more about you than you know yourself, (he commented). Spirit operations are performed on the etheric counterpart of the physical body: they take place in a different dimension, and so you never feel any pain when the actual operation is carried out, but the results are transferred to the physical body, which has to catch up as it were and that is a process you may feel.
Tomorrow you may have much pain, (said Dr. Robert when the operation was over); but don't regret having come here. When you're in pain, just call me. Say: 'help me, Dr. Robert,' and I shall be there. The pain will become less each day and at the end of a week you'll be cured. I'm leaving now. Speak to my medium.
Mr. Thomas came out of trance, an astonished expression on his face: "You are going to do this work yourself one day," he said.
My cure happened exactly as Dr. Robert had foretold. After a week of intermittent spasms of pain and frequent calls for help, which Dr. Robert always answered, I was fine. When I went back to my ordinary doctor, and X-rays showed that my ulcer had disappeared, he was astounded.
"It was a large, serious ulcer! How come it is no longer there?" he asked in great puzzlement; but he was an open-minded man, and when I told him I had been to see a spiritual healer he said: "Good for you!"
The other prediction also came true: round about 1960, after J.J. Thomas had passed on, I became Dr. Robert's medium. In the beginning I used to go into trance when Dr. Robert took over, just as Thomas had done, but I didn't like it. I wanted to know what was going on and what was being said, which of course I couldn't, being in deep trance. When I asked Dr Robert what I could do about it, he advised me to have some music playing during the healing.
"Music will act as a kind of anchor to your consciousness, preventing it from being blotted out completely; it will be dimmed whilst I'm taking over, but you'll be aware of what's happening.
It's a method that works very well for me and I've been using it for many years now; but if for any reason I treat a patient without music - off I go into a trance!
I digress. I intended to quote a few of his rare but documented cancer cures; here goes:-
Mary Reilly, a young woman of twenty-two and mother of a baby girl, belongs to the rare cases where a cancer cure was achieved. As I've mentioned before, cancer is one of the most difficult diseases to heal, but progress is being made. Dr. Robert has told me of the great efforts made in the spirit world to find ways of dealing with this scourge of mankind.
Man will not find a cure as long as he misuses animals in cruel experiments in his research laboratories. This is not the way. Never will health be found by the torture of creatures who are man's lesser brethren. Nature will provide the answer when man has learnt to live by the laws of the Great Spirit.
Mary Reilly had no great hopes when she arrived for her first appointment. Her doctor had diagnosed an active uterine cancer and she had decided to come and see me before submitting to an operation. She was very depressed, but listened attentively to all I told
her about spirit healing and my spirit doctor.
When I told her after the last healing session that Dr. Robert wanted to assure her that the cancer had completely disappeared, she brightened considerably, but was not one hundred per cent convinced.
To her immense joy her doctor, as well as his laboratory, confirmed what they almost refused to believe: the cancer had indeed vanished.
When Rosemary came for healing during our last stay in Victoria, B.C. in Canada we didn't really know what was wrong with her. She just complained of feeling run down and asked if she could have healing for general debility.
Well, the real reason for her wanting healing was that she had a lump in one of her breasts and had been told that it was malignant. She had said nothing about this to anybody, except to one close friend. I had no idea of the seriousness of her case.
Dr. Robert, however, went straight to the affected breast, telling me as he did so that this was breast cancer, early stage, and that he could cure it.
At the end of her healing session Rosemary broke down and burst into tears. She cried and cried, and not knowing that Dr. Robert had already told me the truth, she confessed the real reason of her plea for healing.
She had been worried stiff when she had discovered the lump and had gone straight to her doctor. The examination confirmed her worst fears. The lump was diagnosed as a cancerous tumour. She was in utter despair. Under no circumstance did she want to have her breast removed - I was her last hope.
Two weeks after Dr. Robert's treatment she went back to the hospital for another examination. This time the result was negative. The astonished medical men and their colleagues at the lab admitted that there was no trace of cancer. The lump had disappeared. A month later, when we were back in England, we received a charming letter from Rosemary.
"Tom," she writes, "I can never thank you enough for the wonderful healing you gave me. To be free of the lump in my breast is a true miracle."
One of the first really remarkable healing successes I, or to be more correct, Dr. Robert achieved, was with a man desperately ill with leukaemia.
This particular person was a real ne'er-do-well; a materialist who didn't believe in anything "spiritual" whatever. I was through his wife, who turned to me as a last resort, that I got to know of this case. According to medical opinion there was no hope. Hospital treatment had been discontinued.
For two months I went to his house regularly twice a week to give him healing. He submitted to it without enthusiasm, not believing for a moment that it could work.
One evening, when I placed my hands on him to give the usual five to ten minutes healing, I felt an odd burning sensation in my fingertips and when I withdrew my hands I saw that I had a large black blister on the tip of each finger. Painful they were too!
I'm drawing out the bad blood and replacing it by a fresh supply," I heard Dr. Robert say. "The blisters are caused by the bad blood. Don't worry, they'll disappear again quite quickly." Which, thank God, they did.
This was the turning point. From that day on the patient improved rapidly until a complete cure was achieved.
It caused a sensation! The doctors at the hospital were non-plussed. At the time - it happened over twenty-five years ago - no effective medical treatment for leukaemia was known. Patients always died sooner or later.
The medics at the hospital certainly did not accept that the cure was due to spiritual healing. The final verdict was that my patient's cure was due to remission! Whatever that may have meant, the man is still alive today, enjoying a healthy old age."
Of course, some patients arrive with the disease too far progressed for a cure, and Tom is quite honest about such cases. He and the spirit doctor try their best with advanced stages of throat cancer or rheumatoid arthritis, ease the pain and assist with a smooth transition when the final moment arrives. He does not believe in euthanasia, but helping accept the inevitable and easing the pain are matters of love and compassion, and a totally different outlook towards death.
Excerpts reviewed from "Autobiography of a Spiritualist Healer" by Tom Pilgrim, Sphere Books Limited, London. 1982
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