Today I wanted to speak about a really cool experience I had the other day when I went to go visit the James Arthur Findlay college (a college for people studying mediumship!). I myself belong to a spiritualist church but I had never been to something like this before. I really wanted to take up the opportunity of the college being open for the public to visit. It was simply impossible not to take photographs of everything when I came to visit the college. It is so so beautiful and I really hope you enjoy the pictures I have attached to this blog post.
For those of you who may be unaware, James Arthur Findlay is a significant figure in the history of the Spiritualism religion. He is the founder of the International Institute for Psychical Research. In his will, he had left his home (this building) behind to be used as a college!
The grounds behind the college were just as beautiful. I simply wanted to photograph everything I saw. My mum, dad and I went for a walk across the garden and discovered many beautiful trees, bushes, cats, birds... and even more sheep! There were also a few little memorial stones for some cats that had passed away whom belonged to the college.
A 'peace garden' was also found at the very back of the field, along with a newly installed James Arthur Findlay memorial stone from just last year. It had been specifically designed by Findlay himself as he had left certain instructions on how he wanted it to precisely look!
Entrance And The Grounds
Upon arrival, we were greeted by the cutest looking sheep. There were so many of them, and they greeted us to the grounds quite nicely as they were so adorably noisy! Shortly after that, I was mind blown by the amazing looking building that the college is. It is beyond beautiful and looks so welcoming; I was so eager to get inside. We were very politely greeted by staff members and leaders of the psychical institution. The staff were made aware of a slight complication we had with our tickets and we were informed that we had nothing to worry about. (Our pre-booked open day tickets never arrived in the post and so after contacting the college beforehand, we were instructed to just bring the confirmation email).
Inside The College
Just as expected, the building was gorgeous on the inside too. Every room had character of it's own and begged to have it's photo taken (if the walls could talk!)
The museum was also available for us to look around but taking any photographs in there was understandably prohibited. It was definitely still interesting to look around at the interesting photographs, documents and historic instruments though. Although the museum is small, there is still a great amount to see. The staff watching over the museum were also very interesting and were full of stories - so be sure to have a chat with them if you go! There is also a little shop for books, crystals, gifts, paintings, tarot cards and much more. I bought myself some zodiac greeting cards for the family and a little moon fairy notebook for my handbag.
Special Open Day Exclusive Events
Because of it being open week at the Arthur Findlay college, there were several demonstrations, workshops, and discussion events being held in particular rooms of the college at certain times. It was important that you had your day organised so that you could attend the events you wanted. Unfortunately, the time schedule we had printed from their website for the open day was incorrect however, and we did not get told about this until we were sat waiting for a demonstration by Gordon Smith in the wrong room. Luckily, we made it just in time into the correct room to watch him give some readings to the audience from passed loved ones. Personally, I was not selected by Gordon Smith, but the readings he gave to others in the audience seemed rather accurate!
Another demonstration I definitely wanted to discuss was the trance demonstration. Particularly because it was so interesting to me as I had not seen a demonstration like this before. What made the experience so enjoyable was being able to have the opportunity to listen to a full conversation with somebody who had passed away. A guide of the particular medium giving the demonstration who had come through gave such an inspiring and beautiful talk. Some of the advice she had given were words I will remember forever.
Overall, I had such a lovely day visiting the college with my mum, dad and aunt. I have no current intentions in studying at the college but was very happy that we decided to enjoy how beautiful it is. All of the staff were very helpful and friendly too. I hope you enjoyed reading and looking at the photos. Let me know if you would like more blogposts on visits that I have been on! Hope you are all well.
Love and hugs,