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In this second part of the Stone Tape Theory Series, I am going to introduce you to two of the great minds behind this theory - one is a scientist turned parapsychologist and the other is an archaeologist who came up with the named Stone Tape Theory - but who is actually better known for his extensive research in to the use of pendulums and dowsing rods. In the third and final article (which will be published soon), I will add in two other aspects of research that was very pertinent to my book on Limestone and Its Paranormal Properties - the complex realms of palaeomagnetism and quantum physics. I hope you find this material as fascinating as I have!!
Sir William Barrett was born on February 10, 1844 on the island of Jamaica in the British West Indies. In his younger days he was a fledgling scientist who moved to England to study under the famous physicist named John Tyndall.
After studying in this field for quite a few years, Barrett began to spawn some new interests that were not really accepted in the scientific communities of his time.
"Barrett began to take an interest in psychic phenomena in 1874 after hearing of the research of renowned scientist William Crookes...[in dealing] with mediums."
In the beginning he was a complete skeptic until some very overwhelming evidence changed his mind. This change started when he began experimenting with hypnosis, or "mesmerism," as it was called in his day. He observed a young girl, who was under hypnosis, identify playing cards taken from a pack. While his colleagues, who had heard of this unusual phenomenon, laughed at the mere mention of the paranormal, Barrett kept an open mind. About three years later, his skepticism was further eroded when he met 10-year-old Florrie Clark. She could levitate off the floor and also had the talent for communicating spirit "raps," which spelled out messages from an entity named "Walter." From this point forward he began working with known mediums at the time.
These unexplained events took an even stranger turn when he attended a table-topping session within a small family circle. One of the mediums he was investigating named Kathleen Goligher was hosting this event. After holding hands, the group recited the alphabet and then a series of knockings occurred. The knocks increased in their violence with a final boom occurring which sounded like "the blow of a sledge hammer on an anvil." The table then lifted 18 inches off of the floor and Barrett was able to see that no one was doing the actual lifting. He tried as well to push the table back down with all of his might, but it would not budge. For a scientist this was an unbelievable experience and one that changed his life forever.
I chose Sir William Barrett as one of the men behind the inspiration of Limestone and Its Paranormal Properties because his life's work in understanding death and the afterlife has revealed some basic truths. Consciousness continues even after death, which confirms the existence of a paranormal world. He further understood through his experiences that sometimes things happen that do not have an explanation. Here is where the open mind comes into play and it is a necessary tool to understanding limestone's paranormal properties. I admire Mr. Barrett for standing up against his peers and colleagues even when they may have laughed him out of the room. This is what makes a great pioneer.
After his death, Barrett's wife held a sitting whereby she contacted her husband. He gives us a bit of a glimpse of what it is like on the other side of the veil:
"Life on my side seems so extraordinarily easy compared to earth...because we simply live according to the rules of love."
The Man Behind the Theory
"Thomas Charles Lethbridge (1901-1971) was a British explorer and archaeologist. He was educated at Wellington College, before attending Cambridge University at the age of eighteen, where he discovered an interest in archaeology. Once he had completed his degree, he began working as a voluntary digger for Louis Clarke, the curator of the Archaeological Museum in Cambridge."
"Lethbridge was a superb scientific researcher who put forward intelligent factually-based theories on a host of unexplained matters like ghosts, witchcraft, dowsing, psychokinesis and aliens. Through his experience with the pendulum and his work with dreams, Lethbridge concluded that there are other realms of reality beyond this one and that the soul is probably immortal."
I chose these two quotes from William Shepherd's publication about Lethbridge because they sum up his work nicely. Thomas had a very keen mind and his experimentation and very detailed documentation has completely opened up the mysterious world of the pendulum. Prior to writing this article I had heard of midwives using pendulums to determine the sex of a child, but his work has given this phenomenon a whole new meaning. (By the way, if you hold a pendulum over a pregnant mother and it swings clockwise, it will be a girl. Counterclockwise determines a boy.)
Lethbridge made some very interesting discoveries in regards to the Stone Tape Theory. He was able to ascertain that nearly every object or living thing is able to leave an imprint on the environment. His studies of the human body's emission of electromagnetic fields simply reinforce this claim. His scientific and paranormal studies bridged across nearly discipline and incorporated them into a sensible understanding. It is impossible to sum up the details of his life's work, but I encourage you to read up on him through this link.
I leave you with a quote from Thomas that will give you a little insight into his thinking on a object's ability to record psychic energy and why I chose him as the core of my book:
"We saw that something of the personality of an Iron Age slinger remained for two thousand years in the field of the stone he slung. It is just the same with a letter. Something of your personality remains in it, which is beyond what you said in the words you wrote on the paper."
- Beyond the Lines, Thomas Lethbridge 1969
Tymn, Michael E. Sir William Barrett's Biography. Association for Evaluation and Communication of Evidence for Survival (AECES). 2010.