"Most of what we know does not come through and is not based on the scientific method."
– John Franklin, PhD.
The Master Works
While there are many, many souls who have contributed significantly to the evidence for Survival and the workings of the afterlife, a certain few stand above the others as the best of the best. While recognizing that no source is infallible, all  students who aspire to the fullest possible understanding of the realms of spirit will do well to familiarize themselves with the work of these outstanding souls.

Who Produced the Most
Extensive and Convincing Evidence

Piper bookLeonora Piper: The most celebrated and extensively tested American medium ever, Piper was referred to by Professor William James as his “white crow.” After studying Piper for 18 years, Dr. Richard Hodgson later wrote: “I entered the house profoundly materialistic, not believing in the continuance of life after death; today I say I believe. The truth has been given to me in such a way as to remove from me the possibility of a doubt.” ♦ A brief bio of Piper is available here.
Leonard bookGladys Osborne Leonard: Often referred to  as “England’s white crow” and the “British Mrs. Piper,” Leonard's career began near the time that Piper’s was ending. Over more than half a century, some of the very best evidence for Survival came through her mediumship, including the famous series of "book tests" accomplished with the Rev. Charles Drayton Thomas. ♦ A brief bio of Leonard is available here.
Home bookD.D. Home: Daniel Dunglas Home (pronounced "whom") is generally considered to be the greatest physical medium of all time. Although most remembered for his levitations (often in unfamiliar and well-lighted places before numerous highly credible witnesses) Home produced a variety of phenomena, including phantom forms, floating objects, luminous hands, beautiful music from an untouched accordion, and voices talking and singing. ♦ A brief bio of Home is available here.
Kluski bookFranek Kluski: Not as well-known as Home, but in many ways equally impressive, Kluski devoted much of his life to being a conduit for spirits without recompense or notoriety. Today, he is best remembered for the impossibly shaped "gloves" created when manifested spirit forms dipped their hands into pots of liquid paraffin, allowed the wax to cool, and then dematerialized.
Hamilton bookThe Hamilton Group: One of the best documented and certainly the most extensively photographed series of sťances was overseen by the Canadian medical doctor T. Glen Hamilton and his family. Between 1918 and 1944, a succession of mediums — primarily Elizabeth Pool and Mary Marshall  — and their associated circles produced incredible effects while undergoing careful scrutiny by the intellectual and professional elite of Winnipeg. Archives are kept at The University of Manitoba. ♦ A brief bio of Hamilton is available here.
Harris book Alec Harris: For over 40 years, Alexander (Alec) Harris dutifully sat in quiet trance and without compensation while strange voices spoke from the air and human figures (male and female, adult and child) appeared and vanished around him. Several figures allowed doctors to physicaly examine them and seemed totally real — until they melted into the floorboards. ♦ A brief bio of Harris is available here.
Harrison book Minnie Harrison: The medium's son, Tom Harrison, who witnessed most all of the  phenomena his mother produced, has stated that he knew most people would resist believing it. “But I know it happened. I was there. I met these real people, materialized from the world beyond death, hundreds and hundreds of times. And I have the written records, the tape recordings, the photographs, the solid objects as evidence." ♦ A brief bio of Harrison is available here.

Spirits / Channelers
Who Have Delivered the Most
Comprehensive and Astute Messages

Seth book Seth via Jane Roberts: Between 1970 and 1984 Roberts wrote some 20 books, a dozen of which comprised records of her trance sessions. The "energy personality essence" calling itself Seth, proved to be one of the highest and yet most down-to-earth spirits ever to communicate with mankind. The Nature of Personal Reality might well be the most important book ever published.
Silver Birch bookSilver Birch via Maurice Barbanal: Silver Birch, a spirit in the persona of an American Indian guide, devoted some five decades to the production of several volumes of profound teachings on every conceivable subject related to life, death, and the afterlife. Barbanell was a London journalist with an “unashamedly materialistic” attitude who was investigating Spiritualism when he “fell asleep” and learned upon awakening that an Indian had spoken through him.
Kardec bookThe Spirits via Kardec: Allan Kardec was an educator and author who did much to improve public education in his native France. In the mid-1800s, he attended a sťance held by a friend’s daughters. His presence triggered messages from a higher class of spirits than those sessions had reached before. Thus began decades of work with numerous spirits, many of whom were well known in life. These answered questions on every conceivable subject, including pantheism, creation, reincarnation, relationships beyond the grave, possession, capital punishment, slavery, free will, and suicide.
Walsch book'God' via Neale Donald Walsch: Despite the rather pretentious label Walsch assigns to his spirit mentor, Conversations With God and the several following books present a refreshingly blunt, non-judgemental, and anti-dogmatic view of mankind’s place in the universe. Walsch has been subjected to considerable condemnation and much high praise for his god’s controversial pronouncements; both reactions being indicative of great truths.
S.E.White bookThe Invisibles via Stewart Edward White: A popular author of adventure and travel books, Stewart Edward White, considered all sťances and such to be either hysteria or clever conjuring, or both. But, after his wife developed the ability to contact spirits via automatic writing, he changed his opinions and embarked on an investigation of nearly 30 years that resulted in at least 10 books including the classics: The Betty Book and The Unobstructed Universe.
Ramatha bookRamtha via J.Z. Knight:  She would have been an Internet sensation, if there had been such a thing as the Internet when Knight burst onto the “new-age” scene in the 1980s. Instead, most came to know her via vhs tapes copied and recopied and passed from one seeker to another. Sitting on her floral-bedecked throne and strutting around the stage in her long white gowns, the entranced Knight took on the personality of an ancient warlord calling himself “Ramtha.” Although her antics were a bit over-the-top and his teachings were criticized by many as pop-psychology, there were, indeed, many similarities to the views of Walsch’s god. Ramtha has earned his spot on this Master Work’s List, due to his most clear and sensible explanation as to how this world and we humans came to be.
Moses bookImperator & co. via W.S. Moses: The Rev. William Stainton Moses was an ordained clergyman of the Church of England, a pioneering psychical researcher, and a gifted medium. Although several spirits came through, the chief communicator called himself Imperator. The most interesting portions of these spirit teachings are those covering religion — for they are often at odds with the learned beliefs of the preacher who utters them.
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