(This description of George Vale Owen's work is from the
NorthWest Spiritism website at: https://nwspiritism.com/spiritist-knowledge/the-rev-g-vale-owen-the-life-beyond-the-veil/)
G. Vale Owen, or G.V.O. to his friends and congregation was
a Church of England minister who psychographed messages from
spirit world, in the 1920s. His works correspond with previous
Spiritist writings by Allan Kardec and the future works by
Francisco (Chico) C. Xavier. His books revealed many levels
of heaven and the life of the spirits around us.
by the Spirit World
One never knows what you will find when reading a Spiritist
book. Sometimes I have to read a book twice to find a hidden
meaning or a nugget of truth I didnt realize at first.
When I see a name mentioned I often look it up, trying to
find connections between what spirits say and my world.
about Emanuel Swedenborg when his name was mentioned during
a speech by a wise spiritSwedenborg in a lecture in the celestial
city of Nosso Lar. It was an exciting personal discovery about
a man who preceded Alan Kardec in his revelations about the
spirit world. He brought the concept that we are the same
after death to the courts of Europe in the 1700s. He introduced
many Spiritist precepts before they were codified by Mr. Kardec.
heard the name of Rev. G. Vale Owen in an even more circuitous
manner. I was sitting in my comfortable armchair reading,
when my wife, who was sitting on her chair on the other side
of a small table spoke to me about a book she just finished.
reviews Spiritist books she had read because there are many
only in print in Portuguese. While I can speak the language
a little, reading anything more complex than a quick newspaper
article is beyond me. Therefore, she discusses any new ideas
she has gathered with me.
almost at the end of the book Voltei, when she mentioned to
me about a party of spirits who were meeting with the spirit
author of the book, to let him know he should continue the
work for Spiritism that has had done while in a physical body.
My wife read the list of participants, which included Emmanuel,
the spirit mentor of Chico Xavier, Andre Luiz, the spirit
author of many books, Dr. Bezzara De Menezes, considered to
be the father of the Spiritist movement in Brazil.
I attempted to ignore her, so I could continue to finish putting
my thoughts down on my laptop. She persisted, so I tried to
satisfy her with a nod and a grunt. Evidently it wasnt
enough, so she put the book in my view and told me to look
at the list of invitees.
glanced at the parade of names and truthfully it was impressive.
Many of the spirits who have either been leading the effort
to establish Spiritism in Brazil while incarnate, since passed,
or in spirit form were in attendance. Most had typical Brazilian
names, except the last one; Vale Owen, Rev. G.
that incongruent name intrigued me. Who was this reverend
who attended an event with the leading proponents of Spiritism
in the spheres above our planet? I dropped what I was doing
and searched for his name.
found out the basic facts from Wikipedia:
Owen was born in Birmingham, England, the eldest son of George
Owen, a chemist and druggist, and his wife Emma. He was educated
at the Midland Institute and Queens College, Birmingham
(a predecessor college of Birmingham University). In 1893
he was ordained by the Bishop of Liverpool as curate in the
parish of Seaforth, in Liverpool. He became curate successively
at Fairfield in 1895 and St Matthews, Scotland Road,
in 1897, both also in Liverpool. In 1900 he became vicar of
Orford, Warrington, where he created a new church, which was
built in 1908, and worked there until 1922.
of his mother in 1909 awoke his psychic abilities and he began
to receive psychic communication in 1913. He received messages
via a process known as automatic writing, which can be defined
as writing performed without conscious thought or deliberation,
typically by means of spontaneous free association or as a
medium for spirits or psychic forces.
the impact on him of the information he received in this way,
he converted to Spiritualism.
to Spiritualism, no mention of Spiritism. While Spiritualism
is similar in many respects, Spiritism consistently follows
the lead of Allan Kardec in the basic messages. Subsequent
Spiritist books are meant to supplement and provide us more
information. Spiritism isnt meant to be static, but
a dynamic supply of knowledge from the spirit realm to us,
to be parceled out as we advance enough to comprehend the
that I decided to investigate no further, since he didnt
seem to be in the Spiritist mainstream while on earth. Then
I picked up the book Voltei again and looked at the front
page to see when the book was first written. I found a handwritten
inscription from my wifes and I delightful mentor at
the Seara Fraterna Spiritist center in Rio de Janeiro. Her
name is Juraci and I had learned to follow her advice implicitly,
since when I resisted, something always happened to me to
get back on track and do what she had politely mentioned.
the years I had learned to read the signs given to me from
the spirit plane. Seeing the insistence of my wife and the
origin of the book, unmistakably told me to push forward and
not to cease my research. If you would like to read about
my personal experience with spirits guiding my life, it is
all in my book, 7 Tenets of Spiritism How They Impact
Your Daily Life.
Reverend G. Vale Owen (G.V.O. to his friends) was reluctant
to believe what he felt coming from the spirit world was true.
He tells us:
is an opinion abroad that the clergy are very credulous beings.
But our training in the exercise of the critical faculty places
us among the most hard-to-convince when any new truth is in
question. It took a quarter of a century to convince me
ten years that Spirit Communication was a fact, and fifteen
that the fact was legitimate and good.
contemplated carefully about speaking to spirits. As a Vicar
in the Anglican Church comporting with the other side is not
a regular order of business. However, spirits were busy in
sending vibrations to G.V.O. to deliver positive feelings
and thoughts so he could make his free-will choice to begin
in earnest the job of educating humanity about the life which
awaits them after death:
the moment I had taken this decision, the answers began to
appear. First my wifegvale-book developed the power of automatic
writing. Then through her I received requests that I would
sit quietly, pencil in hand, and take down any thoughts which
seemed to come into my mind projected there by some eternal
personality and not consequence on the exercise of my own
mentality. Reluctance lasted a long time, but at last I felt
that friends were at hand who wished very earnestly to speak
with me. They did not overrule or compel my will in any way
that would have settled the matter at once, so far
as I was concerned but their wishes were made ever
made his decision to begin psychographing, the process took
some time to begin to make sense. G. Vale Owen tells us how
felt at last that I ought to give them an opportunity, for
I was impressed with the feeling that the influence was a
good one, so, at last, very doubtfully, I decided to sit in
my cassock in the Vestry after Evensong.
four or five messages wandered aimlessly from one subject
to another. But gradually the sentences began to take consecutive
form, and at last I got some which were understandable. From
that time, development kept pace with practice. When the whole
series of messages was finished I reckoned up and found that
the speed had been maintained at an average of twenty-four
words per minute.
communications from the spirit realm started, there was no
turning back. Reading The Life Beyond the Veil, I could feel
the urge to proceed to the next and the next message. Each
interesting in beyondTheVeilitself, the whole builds into
a narrative of the wonders of life in the spirit world. If
I was in Vale Owens shoes, I doubt that after the first
few nights of coherent communications, I could ever stop.
a Reverend for a small church in Orford, England brought no
great compensation. Even though the money would have been
welcomed to help his family, G. Vale Owen refused any payment,
just like Chico Xavier did in Brazil.
in denying himself any monetary gain for writing impressed
his fellow countrymen. An account of it is mentioned by G.
Vale Owens son, the Rev. Eustace Owen, in writing about
his father to the Greater World Association:
the book HE LAUGHED IN FLEET STREET, Bernard Falk describes
a meeting between Lord Northcliffe and my father, in The
Times office, when the former asked him to accept £1,000
for publishing extracts from the Script in the Weekly
Despatch. He continues:
Owen shook his head. For this part of his writings, he said,
he could not take any money. He had been well paid by the
publicity given him, and by being able to carry out the sacred
duty of placing his revelations before the world. Knowing
well Vale Owens poverty I was genuinely sorry to hear
him refuse payment, but he was not to be dissuaded
knew that if received any money from his efforts he would
be accused of falsely creating messages from the spirit world
just for the purpose of profit.
in the 1930s the great Brazilian medium Chico Xavier
was attacked by many as being one of a
legion of imposters, whose only aim was to increase his personal
wealth. Chico said that he could never fall down, since he
never stood up, meaning that he couldnt be charged as
a person who only wants wealth because he never took money.
All proceeds from his books were donated to charity. As a
Spiritist, he knew that selling his services that he received
as a gift from God is immoral.
by Rev. G. Vale Owen
Rev. G. Vale Owen wrote seven books. His first four books
were published and then compiled into one edition. All were
published in the 1920s.
Beyond the Veil is composed of the following four books.
The Lowlands of Heaven
The Highlands of Heaven
The Ministry of Heaven
The Battalions of Heaven
Outlands of Heaven which actually contains two books,
but were published in one edition.
The Children of Heaven
The Outlands of Heaven
Paul and Albert
The Lowlands of Heaven
The nightly writings that G. Vale Owen psychographed were
first initiated by his deceased mother. She had died on June
8, 1909, at the age of sixty-three. During her life, she had
never expressed interest in communicating with spirits.
entry in The Lowlands of Heaven is dated Tuesday, September
23, 1913. G.V.O.s mother describes her home in heaven
and her current occupation. Vale Owen asks her what her home
made perfect. But of course what you call a fourth dimension
does not exist here, in a way, and that hinders us in describing
it adequately. We have hills and rivers and beautiful forests,
and houses, too, and all the work of those who have come before
us to make ready. We are at present at work, in our turn,
building and ordering for those who must still for a little
while continue their battle on earth, and when they come they
will find all things ready and the feast prepared.
mother lived in the first sphere of heaven. This is where
souls who have recently died and who are allowed entry into
the celestial spheres first arrive. Much of the work accomplished
is the direct assistance of spirits passing from life on earth
or to those in the Lower Zones, or Umbra as the Brazilian
Spiritist call it.
of life in this sphere has many similarities with descriptions
in the Andre Luiz series of books psychographed by Francisco
C. Xavier. There is less information about the teams of people
who journey to earth to help incarnates. On the other hand
there are excursions to others parts of this first level of
heaven which tells us aspects not covered in other published
a series of halls were described, an Orange Hall which contained
all permutations of that color, then the Red Hall, which had
every hue and gradient of red imaginable. Next Vale Owens
mother told us the purpose of the halls:
are wondering to what purpose these building of crystal are
put. They are for studying the effect of colors as applied
to different departments of life, animal, vegetable and even
mineral life, but the two former chiefly, together with clothing.
For both the texture and the hue of our garments take their
quality from the spiritual state and character of the wearer.
Our environment is part of us, just as with you, and light
is one component, and an important one, of our environment.
Therefore, it is very powerful in its application, under certain
conditions, as we saw it in these halls.
I am told
the results of those studies are handed on to those who have
charge of trees and other plant life on earth and other planets.
But there are other results which are too rare in nature for
such application to the grosser environment of earth and the
other planets, so, of course, only a very small part of these
studies is handed on in your direction.
is much more information and accounts that tug at your heart
as you are led over the landscape of heaven and the rescuing
of souls who had lost hope and need direction.
Conan Doyle, who was a Spiritualist and fervently believed
in the afterlife, wrote the introduction to The Life Beyond
the Veil. Here is a short excerpt:
is it subversive of old beliefs? A thousand times No. It broadens
them, it defines them, it beautifies them, it fills in the
empty voids which have bewildered us, but save to narrow pedants
of the exact word who have lost touch with the spirit, it
is infinitely reassuring and illuminating.
fleeting phrases of the old Scriptures now take visible shape
not begin to understand that House with many mansions,
And realize Pauls House not made with hands,
even as we catch some fleeting glance of that glory which
the mind of man has not conceived neither has his tongue spoken?
Kardecs books brought us an understanding of the spirit
realm and our place within it, so has Reverend G. Vale Owens
books presented a picture from a different angle, the same
place, the same universe composed of an unimaginable varied
landscape and levels. But an account with a different tone
more like many of the books which would come after with the
advent of the flood of information about ourselves and the
spirit world by Chico Xavier.
of Heaven is an account of the love and dedication of the
spirit world for us here on earth. It illustrates the enormous
effort and organization which is responsible for our chaotic
existence on our blue planet.
A new narrator takes over, his name is Zabdiel and he resided
in the tenth level of heaven. Zabdiel makes it clear that
he is using just one method of classification of the many
steps of heaven. He quite openly tells us that others have
used different words for the hierarchy, but he uses the numbering
system since it is simple and direct and easily understood.
takes us on a tour of many levels and the various functions
of the higher spheres around our planet. He tells us one of
the qualifications for entry:
is one of those things which make for difficulty in this life
of the spheres. For not until a man has learned to love all
without hating any is he able to progress in this land where
love means light, and those who do not love move in dim places
where they love their way, and often become so dull in mind
and heart that their perception of the truth is as vague as
that of outward things.
other spirits mentioned in Spiritist literature, Zabdiel is
involved in helping others ascend. In one of the communications
he is sent to help a brother and sister, who live on level
ten, but arent making progress. Zabdiel asks the spirit,
Bepel, who knows the background story concerning the couple,
why is this so:
smiled and replied, You know the man who lives here,
he and his sister. They came over from Spheres Eight and Nine
some good while ago together. Here they progressed and, from
time to time, have returned to the Fourth Sphere, where they
have loved ones and, in especial, their parent. This they
have done in order to help them onward. Lately they have come
to be some little less at their case in these surrounding
for the love they bear to those behind. It would seem that
these are making their progress very slowly, and it will be
long before they reach this estate. These two, therefore,
await the coming of someone who has the authority to permit
them depart to take up their abode with those they wish to
help, in order that their more continual presence should be
at the disposal of them to enable them onward.
serve to give you a flavor of the challenges of higher spirits.
Dealing with the complexities of peoples desires, even
when they are already in a relatively high position, takes
wisdom and care for those who may be able to help.
also has passages which demonstrate the power of a spirit.
How they use their mind to create, instead of manual labor.
realm, arranged G. Vale Owen to psychograph these important
revelations to us, so we can see what is ahead of us and to
truly comprehend that any sacrifice we make on earth to be
a better person is well rewarded in the spirit world.
A new group of spirits present themselves to G.V.O. at the
beginning of The Ministry of Heaven. The manager of the group
is known by the moniker, Leader. Stories similar to what Zabdiel
told are presented.
is also a long account of a group that is sent on a mission
down to the Lower Zone, where they assist those who are undergoing
intense suffering. This account is reminiscent of the book,
Liberation, by the spirit Andre Luiz, psychographed by Francisco
(Chico) C. Xavier.
of the types of spirits, their physical forms and their attitudes
align with what has been reported in Chicos books and
Allan Kardecs interviews with poor spirits in their
own purgatories in his book, Heaven and Hell.
Arnel, the spirit who speaks to G. Vale Owen, tells more about
life in the tenth level and fully describes a city that encompasses
a university, in the fourth book. The majesty of Jesus Christ
and the angels which surround him is documented in a moving
narrative of His manifestation in the main center of the university.
the most compelling aspects of this book is the analysis of
the power of Jesus and where it comes from. I havent
detected this depth of explanation into the role and the extent
of his reach in our part of the galaxy from other Spiritist
literature I have read to date.
The Children of Heaven explores the process of training children
in the spirit world. The book delves in great detail the methods
and techniques for raising children to become full citizens
of the spirit realm.
The Outlands of Heaven has varied stories, one of which reviews
life in the third level of heaven. Another long group of passages
analyzes the progress of a colony and some of the improvements
and education which transpires in that growing community.There
is also a scene about an elevation from the third level of
heaven up to the fourth level.
The book Paul and Albert, is the story of a once selfish surgeon,
who, having abused his position for the satisfaction of his
own lesser self and often cruel nature, finds himself in an
through what he considers Hell and struggles to exist in a
dog-eat-dog world where others like him are sent so they may
learn what it is like to be treated as they have treated others.
is described on the Christian Spiritualism website as:
narrative shows by graphically explained example that every
action which has been committed must have its consequences,
and that such consequences must be faced by the doer of the
action. Thus, for example, we see that those who wilfully
inflicted pain on others are in some cases subjected to having
vicious and sickening operations carried out on
them by other equally cruel inhabitants who have learned how
to control such situations; the pain is really felt, but the
spiritual-body merely continues to live on. It is explained
that some of the events in those dark conditions are beyond
the power of description, and even if it was possible for
them to be described, the content would be not be considered
suitable by any reputable publisher.
have learned from the book Liberation, by Andre Luiz and other
accounts of the innate cruelty and depravity of the Lower
Zone and the Abyss are all on display in this account.
Vale Owen Life After
The first four volumes were a great success and garnered admiration
from many who were looking for spiritual guidance. In 1920,
the English newspaper, The Weekly Dispatch, ran a serialized
form of the communications that Mr. Vale Owen received. His
books were quite popular.
Owen managed to go on a lecture tour in America and the United
Kingdom. He gave more than 150 lectures in Great Britain alone.
The British newspaper, The Daily Mail, described the scene
at one of his lectures:
were all sorts and conditions of people clergy-men,
Army officers, city men, girl typists, Covent Garden porters,
women in working garb, women of leisure, widows in their weeds,
laborers in corduroys. These and other types of humanity were
all there. When he left the church Mr. Vale Owen was surrounded
by men and women who grasped him by both hands. Men bared
their heads and a number of women wept. When Mr. Vale Owen
feed himself he stood on the steps and the hushed assemblage
addressed a few simple words. As he descended the steps hundreds
of people again rushed to greet him. It was with the greatest
difficultly that his friends, clerical and lay, were abel
to escort him to the rectory across the road. Thousands of
people have written to Mr. Vale Owen congratulating him on
his writings. Many people in yesterdays congregation
traveled specially from the north of England, Manchester and
Leeds in particular, to hear his address.
of love and the revelation of the extent of the spirits who
surround and guide us, was too much for the officials of the
Church of England, they removed G. Vale Owen from his parish
in 1922. Thereby cutting off all income for G.V.O. and his
kindness of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who organized a contribution
from all of his fans was G. Vale Owen able to live the rest
of his live from the proceeds of a trust fund. He died in
1931 at the age of 61.
G. Vale Owen provided a great service for humanity. His dedication
in working tirelessly every night, while still working as
a Vicar for his church in Orford, is a testament to his love
for us all. He began a spark of recognition of the spiritual
universe in England. While it may seem to have died out in
the heat and passion of World War Two, it started a trend
world tells us that progress isnt a straight line but
an upward spiral. It must began somewhere. Allan Kardec started
Spiritism in France in the 1850s, G.V.O. supplied another
curve up in the 1920s. Chico Xavier dramatically boosted
the recognition and information about Spiritism starting in
the 1930s to the present day.
about the spirit realm, your place in it and how we are guided
to the path of learning. Read my series of three books, all
based upon the writings of G. Vale Owen.
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Brian Foster has a BSCS degree and a MBA. He has worked in
R&D for medical device corporations and in IT for large
financial institutions. Brian Foster has a blog at www.nwspiritism.com.