The Invisible Helpers
In Madame Blavatsky's Baboon, A History of the Mystics, Mediums and Misfits who Brought Spiritualism to America, Peter Washington describes how C.W. Leadbeater and the Theosophical Society responded to the outbreak of the Great War in 1914:
As to practical help, there could be no question of Leadbeater taking part in the battle, of course, but there was something useful he might do. From his fastness in Australia, the Bishop nobly agreed to patrol the Front in his astral body in order to guide the souls of the dead on their way to the afterlife, as a sort of Stygian major-domo. Although it became timely in 1914, this was already a recognised Theosophical activity and there was yet another organisation within the Society specifically devoted to it: The Invisible Helpers. Emily Lutyens was an enthusiastic Helper, though her pacifism and her refusal to hate the enemy put her in a quandary when ware broke out, because Leadbeater took the view that the Helpers should assist Allied spirits first.
The descendants of these Helpers will be manifesting in material form at Secret CDs at the Voodoo Rooms tomorrow night. We hope you will be there, in your material body, to take home a Helpers CD, the proceeds of which will go to Japanese earthquake charities.
(Photo by Malcolm McLean)