THE spirit communicator of this book was known on earth as Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, a son of Edward White Benson, former Archbishop of Canterbury, and he was at the height of his renown, both as preacher and author, when I first met him many years ago.After he had passed from this life, I many times wondered as to his welfare. Through a spirit friend I wastold that he was well and prospering, and that in time I should hear from him directly.Such eventually proved to be the case, and there commenced a series of scripts given by him, the first of which,
Life in the World Unseen,
gave an account in some detail of his actual passing. He recounted how, atthe close of his earthly life, he was met by a former colleague named Edwin, and taken by him to the spiritworld, where his home awaited him, a counterpart of his house on earth. After a brief rest he commenced hisexplorations, under Edwin’s guidance, of the land of his new life. During the course of their rambles theymet a young girl of great charm, named Ruth, also a newcomer to the spirit world, who joined them, and thethree have been together ever since, closely associated in work and pleasure.In the scripts that have followed, Monsignor has dealt with an extensive variety of subjects in connexionwith the spirit world, not the least among them being his ‘theology’, which underwent a wholesale anddrastic revision.His principal occupation is to meet people at their dissolution, and conduct them into the spirit world.Working with him in this are his friends, Edwin and Ruth.It has been my privilege and pleasure to act all along as his amanuensis for recording the scripts. Throughother sources of communication we have had literally hundreds of for- gatherings, where he has brought withhim a goodly company of spirit friends.In the present script, recorded by me in 1951, Monsignor recounts how Ruth and he, but without Edwinon this occasion, embarked upon one of their visits to earth for ‘escort duty’, in this instance to a young ladof eighteen years. Instead, however, of passing him into the care of other hands, as usually takes place, theyinvite him to stay with them in their home (where he first awakens to his new life), and thereafter, when fullyrecovered, they set out upon ‘escort duty’ of another kind: through the realms in which they live, to see thewonders and meet some of the people.