In today’s post we take a look at the mediumship of Gordon Garforth.
“Gordon is a deep trance and physical medium. His team, under the control of ’Jack’ produce ectoplasm for maskings and to coat the larynx. Some recent sittings have produced great results and a defined ectoplasmic mask placed in front of Gordon’s face was cly seen by all. Not only do strong physical features such as moustaches appear, but Gordon’s body will both grow and contract”. - Mike Ganley.
The post you are about to read is written by Gordon’s assistant, Mike, who along with Gaynor and other members of the Pomegranate group keep Gordon on the straight and narrow – I’ve heard he’s partial to the beer ’Old Leg Over’.
Mediumship of any sort is very important work and carries a lot of responsibility especially when you are giving spiritual messages. Mike’s job is to carry that torch while at the same time build on the recent good work of the team. It’s a fine balancing act as Gordon is a fiercely private man, but one in which Mike is excelling in. This is a lucky and rare opportunity to get down and dirty with Gordon Garforth.. with no ‘Old Leg Over’ in sight..
Enter Gordon Garforth..
Gordon Garforth is a typical northerner. He’s a season ticket holder and supporter of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and proudly pointed to the flag-shaped sticker in the back of his car to prove it. He also showed me a new tow bar he’d just had fitted to pull the caravan he and his wife, Gaynor, had just bought for his pending retirement from his current position as a prison officer. Between them they have sixteen grandchildren and have photographs of them all proudly on display in their home; Gordon pointed to one grandson who has gained a place at Cambridge to study mathematics.
My wife and I felt very comfortable and at ease when we went to visit them in their home for the first time and there was nothing to suggest that they were anything other than typical decent, down to earth folk. However, we were there to witness something far removed from typical northern life – something quite literally out of this physical world altogether.
Gordon Garforth is one of the country’s leading physical mediums and Gaynor, his wife, is an experienced platform and mental medium to boot.
Between them their reality is somewhere between a chip butty and the far end of the universe.
We sat and chatted for a while before Gordon nodded at Gaynor to inform her it was time. We moved next door to the séance room where his wife showed us our seats, pointed out water was available for us and reminded us that unless we were instructed, we were not to touch Gordon. She said an opening prayer and he immediately fell into a deep trance. Then, after shaking violently for a few seconds ‘he’ lifted his head and spoke to us in an altogether different accent – a broad gruff Yorkshire accent:
“Now then! All reet? Good to see y’ all ‘ere”.
This, we were to learn later, was the voice of Albert Johnson – one of Gordon’s spirit team who organises the sitting from the other side or dimension.
What followed was literally out of this world. A series of spirit personalities transfigured onto Gordon’s face. They spoke with us in their own voices in a free and open manner explaining how it was their quest to confirm that death is merely the shedding of an overcoat and moving into a new, lighter dimension. We both sat through the sitting with a sense of incredulity and wonder. Without a shadow of a doubt, it was the most amazing experience we have ever witnessed and our involvement with the circle, now named Pomegranate, continues to be an important part of our lives.
Gordon told us that this gift had developed when he was a small boy. He had spent several months critically ill with salmonella poisoning and during this period he met the first of many spirit friends who eventually became an integral part of his life. Both he and his wife come from a background of spiritualism and Gordon has sat with some of the leading physical mediums in the country including Estelle Roberts, Queenie Nixon, Colin Fry andAlexander Stewart.
He has even worked with John Campbell Sloan who now visits Gordon’s sittings – this time, from the ‘other side’ or dimension. Despite his undoubted abilities, Gordon always distances himself from the mainstream spiritualism largely due to the petty jealousies within the movement as well as its obvious tenuous links with conventional Christianity.
His physical mediumship is fast gaining recognition from within the spiritual community and he was invited to demonstrate at the Arthur Findlay College at Stansted back in February. Many leading scientists in the field of human consciousness met to discuss the latest findings in the on-going quest for proof of post mortem survival and to witness for themselves Gordon’s amazing abilities. The scientists were knocked for six with what they experienced and conveyed this information to him, though what they say when they return to their ivory towers of academia remains to be seen.
It was whilst demonstrating at Stansted, that Shannon Taggart photographed Gordon under red light conditions producing ectoplasm. Gordon’s spiritual team consist (at the last count anyway) of 43 ethereal members and one of the main ones is ‘Jack’. Jack is in control of the physical aspects of Gordon’s mediumship. Jack develops ectoplasm along Gordon’s arms. This is undeniably one of the most convincing aspects of his mediumship as the results cannot be refuted.
His fingers will stretch to ny twice their normal length and his little finger particularly will outgrow the others. Pods, or pseudopods, develop in the bend of his arm and can been seen quite cly by sitters. The ectoplasm is used for several reasons though his spirit team have confirmed that their intention is to eventually bring about full materialisation. Presently, the ectoplasm is used to line his larynx in order for authentic spirit voices to be heard and to cover his face to enable the spirit to project their own features in front of Gordon’s. Gordon is a slender man but in trance, his body can stretch in height and width in the way a plasticine figure would be stretched by a child.
We were invited to sit at Gordon’s home by mutual friends who have since left his circle and our lives have been radically transformed since that first introduction. Having now sat with him on many occasions, his spirit friends, guides – call them whatever you will, have become our friends and we think of them as individuals each with their own unique personality, ideas, mannerisms and roles within the circle.
A regular visitor to the circle is. During his life, was of and a Member of Parliament. His 72-inch telescope “Leviathan”, built 1845, was the world’s largest telescope until the y 20th century. He discovered the spiral nature of nebulas even naming the Crab Nebula himself after observing its crab like appearance through his telescope. is a very erudite, learned man and during his visit requests questions from the sitters. Through , we learned about the different levels of the spirit world ( is at level 3 but is also able to take level 5 status) as well as some interesting observations on our material level or dimension. He pointed out that his one single bit of advice was never to take anything at face value and even told us that if we didn’t accept what we were seeing and hearing during the sitting then we shouldn’t! He also informed us that in our universe there were many civilizations – some far more technologically advanced than ours but others much less so. Another interesting fact, which I have posted on this website before, is that confirmed that many popes had sat with physical mediums in the Vatican and had witnessed for themselves the reality of existence in the next dimension. This confirms Michael Roll’s argument that the church is protecting its power base by suppressing the knowledge of the reality of consciousness after death.
One very well spoken gentleman stood up and walked up to me. He peered into my face; it was not Gordon’s face but a completely different man. He asked my name and I replied. He said welcome to the circle and offered his hand. I looked to Gaynor to ask if it were OK to accept the handshake. She said it was. I shook his hand and he laughed and told me that I had just shaken the hand of a dead man!
Gordon’s body stretched into a tall elegant female called Deirdre who spoke to us in a strong Cheshire accent. She called everyone ‘chuck’. She moaned to me about the scientists who didn’t believe all this ‘life after death stuff’. I had quite a long protracted conversation with her. I suggested that the individual scientists probably did believe or at least many were growing to believe in some sort of consciousness after death due to the overwhelming amount of evidence available but that collectively science itself was not ready to accept the survival hypothesis. She said to me, ’You know chuck, I think you’re right’.
Perhaps the most important message I can bring to readers on this website from Pomegranate is the consistency of the messages we receive. All the visitors confirm that religion has nothing whatsoever to do with post mortem survival. They tell us that their life is very similar to our physical existence on earth, that there are disagreements and debate and intellectual argument continue. They explain how their reality is based on thought and that they exist on a finer and higher vibration – a different radio frequency if you like. Perhaps the most startling message however, is that there is no God as such, but that we all form part of the Godhead.
Before discovering this Spirit Today, I remained convinced that Bohm’s Holographic model of the universe was the only fitting explanation of the nature of reality. On one sitting I got the opportunity to ask a question alluding to this model. (All sittings at Pomegranate are recorded and transcriptions made available). On this particular sitting one of the new members of the spirit team came through to introduce himself and asked us if we had any questions. What follows is taken from the transcript of that sitting.
Mike posed a question: “Is the physical world a reflection of the spirit world or is the spirit world created out of the physical –a chicken or egg type of question really?”
The answer went as follows:
“A chicken or egg question; it is difficult to answer a question so loaded; life is eternal; life has always been and we have progressed throughout eternity into what we are now but you can more or less say that we were there as protoplasm and evolved beyond this when spirit was used to join together to create another life within my world but it took many many thousands of years to create what we have now where we have the Godhead which was in its infancy and now because we have the seed from this that detaches then we can create the physical appearance of both worlds. But to put it into words – it is very difficult to speak about the chicken and egg because there were no chickens because I am sure you understand that the pool of protoplasm it was not as such…it was an energy force that had little or no idea or thought because it could not think as it had not had that seed of spirit where it could evolve further but now we have much more…you understand?”
At the time I thought I understood. However, this answer made more sense after trying to fully comprehend The Pearson Matrix outlined on this website. The conscious intelligence which evolved in the ether gradually developed as a universal mind or intelligence. This spirit visitor was explaining the process by which intelligent life was created by the interaction of mind / matter over time and how life forms, which eventually evolved into ‘us’ were fused with this ‘spirit’ or universal intelligence – the latter being the ‘source group’ entities Ron Pearson was referring to. The theory also postulates how intelligences can link outside conventional time and space and begin to give scientific credence to what happens in a sitting.
Discussions with Gordon’s guides aren’t always as intellectually demanding as this, however! Another lively and amusing visitor is a young boy who Gordon and Gaynor refer to as ‘Matey’. This is because he refers to everyone as ‘mate’! Matey is an important helper of Gordon’s and one of his guides. He likes to joke and have a bit of fun which he must relish now – for in his life on earth in late Victorian London, his occupation was that of a rat catcher. He was paid according how many rat tails he would bring to his master. Everyone’s faces light up when Matey makes an appearance. He’s not there just to entertain people, though; Matey is a vital helper and guide and is the one who encourages friends and relatives to come through to visit sitters in the circle.
My wife, who was born in the Netherlands, was amazed to hear someone speaking in a Dutch accent informing her that his name was Jan Hendrick. She pointed out that her grandfathers were called Jan and Hendrick and whilst she wasn’t aware of a Jan Hendrick, it was a very typical Dutch name–especially before and during World War 2. Since then, her brother and mother have come through Gordon and spoke Dutch cly to her saying ‘Alles goed’ (everything’s well).
They recently returned from Norwich where Gordon gave several demonstrations. Though he is completely unaware what happens while he is in the deep trance state, Gaynor is there to fill him in with brief synopsis of the proceedings.
Whilst the usual spirit friends and guides were present, she told Gordon how several members of the audience were brought to the front to sit next to him and speak directly with family members who had passed to spirit. One person not only recognised his brother but explained how he always made a silly whooping noise when he was embarrassed or when he tried to contain his emotions. The brother exclaimed “I did it!” and made the unmistakable noise before Gordon finally slumped back into his chair. I also witnessed a very emotional reunion with a set of parents and their son who had died before birth together with his twin sister. He told his parents he was now 22 and that his hair was not as long as his other brother (later on they had a son). The boy gave the names of other family members who had died (names corroborated) and told them that he particularly liked his uncle Joe and found him very amusing. He went on to say he was learning the saxophone and that he could come through easily now and that it didn’t seem artificial any more. He told his parents that he loved them both. Gaynor often joked about ny running out of tissues.
The other thing which amuses Gordon is how everyone wants to look at his hands after the sitting. Gaynor explained how they were so amazed to see the changes happening during the sittings they wanted to see his hands for themselves: they stopped short at physically examining them however, though Gordon joked that they would have liked to have had a pull and a prod to convince them that they weren’t plastic extendable arms under his shirt!
One of the reasons Gordon has been so reluctant to go public with his mediumship is for fear of criticism or being labelled a fraud. As everyone reading this knows, any claim involving psychic phenomena is frequently subject to question and ridicule by an establishment whose power and influence is built on consensus reality. Some of you reading this may struggle to accept some of the claims made. However, if anyone is ever fortunate enough to witness Gordon’s mediumship for her or himself, then seeing the discomfort and stress he undergoes coming out of trance would dispel any lingering doubt. He is invariably in a great deal of pain and it takes a while for him to ‘come round’. He coughs and splutters (not a pretty sight as we often tease him) and he suffers agonising cramp in his legs for some reason. His spirit team always confirm they look after him and will ensure he will not suffer any lasting damage. Gaynor massages his legs and slowly he is able to put them on the floor and stand up and eventually make his way to the lounge where a cup of tea and a penguin biscuit will be waiting for him.
The last time I spoke to Gordon he was telling me that he’d bought some new sleeping bags and was going to take the caravan to Somerset where he had been booked to do a couple of sittings. He moaned to me about the latest rugby results – the Wildcats had been beaten again. I wished them well for the sittings down south and hope that his mediumship will be yet another nail in the coffin of the die-hard materialists.
I told him to go easy on the scrumpy!
Thanks for this insightful article Mike. And a big thanks to Gordon for allowing us into his world. Please keep up the good work and we look forward to receiving more of your wisdom in the future.
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Other images courtesy of Shannon Taggart