Jim Cork presents a quirky and humble autobiography in Communicating with the World Unseen, the story of his life as a spiritual medium.
Instead of starting the book at the age when he discovered his own psychic abilities, Cork begins with his birth. In the first three chapters he discusses his difficult childhood, from his severe health issues to adoption and separation from his older sisters. Cork only discusses his first spiritual awakening in Chapter 5, when he relates a story about feeling a presence in his room at fourteen years old . Much of the book meanders like this, as Cork aims to tell the story of his life, not just of his career as a medium. The other details help to shape his character in the readers’ mind, and the simple, matter-of-fact style of the prose is somewhat charming (“My first love was medicine. I loved biology and nearly always came out on top in my class, even though my grades were down in other subject”) . Cork was born in Grimsby, England, and by his late adolescence, had gained a reputation as a spiritual healer. He then discusses his foray into the Merchant Navy, his brief stint with a scaffolding firm, and his long-term job as a bus driver. Later in life, he joined the the East Lindsey Metaphysical Society, or ELMS . From then on, in the latter half of the book, Cork engages more thoroughly with the material that is most likely to interest readers, his progress as a medium. He tells of practicing readings and transfiguration, of times when “Spirit” did not come to him while he was on the roster in front of a congregation, and of times when he was able to pass messages on to others. On top of these anecdotes, Cork shares advice and wisdom for other mediums or spiritual healers, as, for example, here: “A medium must remember personal responsibility. This means that he should think about what he’s saying and how he’s going to say it” .
A worthwhile autobiography for fans of Jim Cork or readers who are curious about spiritualism.