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Death is not the end, says psychic detective

‘Police and scientists are misguided fools if they continue to ignore the fact that individuals with psychic ability can unravel new evidence, find fresh clues, and be instrumental in leading them to the final solution,’ says psychic detective Robert Cracknell


Hailed as 'the UK's No. 1 Psychic Detective' by the popular media in the 1980s, Robert Cracknell continues to receive requests for help from people around the world desperately seeking answers to unsolved mysteries, although, officially, he retired two decades ago - to Cyprus where he lives near Limassol with his second wife Jenny.

Robert says he has been involved in many cases in recent years involving murdered or missing children, but he feels ‘duty-bound’ to remain silent about most of them and says he cannot open up his casebook. Having earned a ‘fair amount of money’ at the height of his fame – which he describes in his updated autobiography, just published – he does not now charge people for his help.

Holding an object connected with a particular inquiry, Robert, now 76, picks up ‘vibrations’ that reveal its origin, details of the owner, and what the future holds for them. As Jenny takes down in shorthand the psychometric impressions he receives, Robert can speak for up to half an hour, apparently unaware of what he is saying. In a memorable quote in  The Lonely Sense: The Autobiography of a Psychic Detective, he says: ‘It seems as if I have literally crossed the barriers of time.’

High-profile criminal cases which Robert worked on in the 1970s and 1980s, and where his psychic ‘visions’ helped police, included the Genette Tate disappearance, where he provided crucial leads, the Janie Shepard murder, when his psychic abilities actually made him a suspect, and the Gaby Mearth millionairess kidnapping, which he also assisted in solving. In the Yorkshire Ripper investigation, Robert predicted details of the final murder and the way it was carried out, and the time of Peter Sutcliffe's arrest. Robert had earlier shown a journalist the very street where Sutcliffe lived.

‘Police and scientists are misguided fools if they continue to ignore the fact that individuals with psychic ability can unravel new evidence, find fresh clues, and be instrumental in leading them to the final solution,’ Robert says in his book, characteristically forthright.

In Robert’s frank and no-nonsense style, the autobiography tells of his difficult childhood, how he came to terms with his expanding psychic abilities – leading to his working with police forces worldwide to help solve major crimes – and his break with the spiritualist church. He also writes of the value of meditation, his co-founding of the World Peace Movement, how he was inspired by the Indian mystic Meher Baba, and why he remains silent for one day every week.

Robert’s book has a lengthy foreword by the best-selling British author Colin Wilson, originally written for Robert's autobiographical Clues to the Unknown of 1981. Wilson, one of the major investigators of paranormal phenomena over the last 40 years, in referring to his seminal book of 1956, The Outsider, sees Robert as typical of the Outsider-type, 'the alienated man who has to learn to turn the powers of his development inward'.

As Wilson says, Robert’s memoirs raise some extremely important issues, not only about the role of the psychic in society but, crucially, what would happen if we all made the effort to develop the same potential. Robert, who was profiled in Wilson's 1984 book, The Psychic Detectives, dedicated Clues to the Unknown to Wilson, as he did his later book, Psychic Reality: Developing Your Natural Abilities (1999), for which Wilson wrote an introduction.

A dominant theme of the The Lonely Sense is that every one of us is psychic and able to experience the paranormal, to a lesser or greater degree. Robert believes the puzzle of psychic powers can be unravelled jointly by the psychic and the scientist, to the benefit of humanity, 'not in the repeatability of phenomena, but by working closely together in seeking to unlock this extra sense in those who do not claim to be psychic’.

He said: ‘I believe that not only is the psychic faculty latent in every person but that it can be realised. Since the majority of people live what could be termed fairly ordinary lives, does this exclude them from the possibility of realizing their psychic potential? I know it doesn’t. This is a perfectly normal faculty that everybody possesses, like the ability to ski or speak French, or even to play bingo. I do have some fairly concrete insights into the mechanics of this faculty, although when I try to put them into words I find myself faced with all kinds of difficulties. This is why I have decided that the simplest way to explain it is to tell the story of my life.’

Robert was once part of the spiritualist movement, but decided that there was no connection at all between psychic abilities and the spirits of the dead. He is comvinced that a psychic person is not someone who has been ‘chosen’ to receive communications from another world, but an ordinary human being whose natural ability has developed further than the average.

Without the encouragement of spiritualism, he admits he would have found his path more difficult. But he has concluded that most mediums in spiritualism are ‘unconsciously fraudulent in deceiving themselves as much as they deceive other people’. This desire to sideline the medium won him no friends in spiritualism, and even led him to being dubbed a ‘dangerous man’. The period during which he parted company with the spiritualist church, he says, was ‘possibly the worst years of my life’.

Unabashed, Robert said: ‘It is interesting that a great many psychics who advertise their skills, in expectation of monetary reward, still rely on the old spiritualist doctrines by purporting to make predictions to gullible believers that the “dead ones” are able to look after our welfare and predict the future. In my opinion, these people should be subjected to legal proceedings and be prohibited by law from being allowed to perpetrate such blatant fraud, allowing serious investigations to take place which may further our understanding of life.’

However, evidence concerning the survival of the personality was too great to be ignored or passed off as merely coincidence, said Robert. ‘But whereas I am convinced that death is not oblivion or finality, I am not in a position to present any evidence to describe the next stage of life. I’m equally convinced that I am able to tap into an intelligence far greater than mine.’

Robert says he believes in the existence of an inner self, which first prompted him to unlock and develop his psychic powers, and that it could be argued it takes a shock or an unexpected psychic experience to trigger the psychic faculties. This happened to him when he was seven when he felt an overwhelming love and sympathy for a teacher who had unknowingly embarrassed him. It was the first signification of his psychic abilities and his first ‘spiritual experience’.

‘I should have hated that teacher but was rooted to the spot by this overwhelming feeling that, of the two of us, she was the more distressed,’ he said. ‘I felt so strongly her total sorrow and anguish. That taught me never to judge a person or to put them into categories, but always to look deeper and see your own inadequacies in them. It taught me never to hate.’

Indeed, Robert sees his troubled early life as a ‘psychic apprenticeship’. Like his brother and sister, he was born illegitimate, and he never knew his father who died before he was born. In World War Two, he was evacuated from London to Nottingham where he was subjected to physical and mental abuse. Later he was put into the care of his grandmother, and then fostered.

Leaving school at 15, he joined the RAF, but developed a fear of the dark and inexplicable bouts of paralysis, and suffered a breakdown. At 21, he was discharged on medical grounds, and went to live with his mother and stepfather, when came one of his most startling early experiences – he ‘saw’ his natural father, shocking and frightening his mother who had never mentioned or described the man to him.

Lonely and down-hearted, Robert was referred to a psychiatrist. Unable to find work, he began living rough on the streets with tramps and down-and-outs, a time in his life which he regards as being of major importance. He gained first-hand knowledge of people who, like him, were outsiders, although not always through their own choosing. He achieved greater awareness of human behaviour in those days ‘than one could possibly hope for in a lifetime’s study’.

Robert also writes candidly of the collapse of his first marriage due to his unconventional lifestyle, his disturbing time as an orderly in a psychiatric hospital, his days as an insurance investigator for a finance company, his own agency, Vigil Investigations, which he ran for ten years until he retired in 1990 – and his disappointing encounter with Uri Geller, the Israeli psychic.

Robert says he has had ‘countless’ out-of-the-body experiences. Even nowadays, when he awakes in a state of paralysis, he still has to reason with himself that he has been in this state many times before, and that he must relax and let it happen: ‘I tend to believe that out-of-body experiences are of another dimension. That I have experienced being out of my body is an undisputed fact. I know it to be true. While in that state I have been unable to see myself as a physical being, but I’ve known that I existed. And, without making any outlandish claim, I can say with certainty that these experiences have strengthened my conviction that death is not extinction.’

Diagnosed with a form of leukaemia in 2008, Robert was told the illness might not develop fully for five years. ‘Now at least I know what I’ve got,’ he said. ‘Basically, I’m in much the same situation as everyone else on this planet. I could just as easily get knocked down by a bus or contract some other form of deadly disease. Life’s a gamble.’

It’s the kind of down-to-earth comment you come to expect from Robert. The title of his book reflects both this disarming and uncompromising rationale of his, which has made him a singular personality in the weird world of the paranormal, and his lone lifelong contention with the profound repercussions of his psychic gift.

Text © Geoff Ward 2011.
Presented with permission.
No reproduction without prior permission.

* The Lonely Sense: The Autobiography of a Psychic Detective.

Product Description

A CANDID AND UNCOMPROMISING LIFE THE LONELY SENSE is the unique story of ROBERT CRACKNELL who underwent a harrowing childhood, came to terms with his growing psychic powers, and ended up assisting the police and people around the world with his uncanny ability to see back into the past...and forward into the future. "Robert Cracknell must be the least typical psychic in the world," writes author COLIN WILSON in his foreword to this electrifying autobiography. "To encounter Cracknell is a refreshing, or possibly a traumatic, experience...He is totally down-to-earth, blunt, aggressive and impatient; he is also intelligent, honest, and obsessively, almost self-destructively, devoted to his own vision of the truth. The fact is that, as a psychic, Cracknell is a total Outsider... the alienated man who has to learn to turn his powers of development inward... Cracknell represents something completely new in this strange field of the paranormal... He has a natural vitality and frankness that makes his book absorbing reading. His is a voice that needs and deserves to be heard."


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Spirals: the Pattern of Existence
by Geoff Ward with an introduction by Colin Wilson

The extraordinary power and mystery of the spiral and its relationship to, and influence on, human evolution. Spiral energy fields are all around us and within us, patterning our very existence, from microcosm to macrocosm, determining structures from the tiny vortices of sub-atomic particles and the DNA molecule to the awesome island universes of galaxies where stars are born and conditions for life created. Now its full significance is revealed in a study that embraces molecular biology, anthropology, zoology, astronomy, quantum physics, Jungian psychology, earth mysteries, religion, philosophy and the wisdom of the ancients. Bringing fresh new insight from the cutting edge of physics and looking far back in time, Ward describes the fundamental link between the human mind and this universal form. Be amazed and fascinated by his conclusions!
Intriguing and revelatory, Geoff Ward’s Spirals is a stimulating intellectual adventure. -- Graham Hancock
A most fascinating book, and a remarkable piece of research. -- Colin Wilson
During the course of its seven turns, Geoff Ward’s engagingly Spirals takes us on an exhilarating journey from the insights of ancient wisdom to the cutting edge of contemporary thought. -- Lindsay Clarke, 1989 Whitbread Prize for Fiction

 


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