Trance Mediumship and Spiritual Path
During 1965 Frank discovered that he was a ‘trance medium’ (light trance, or ‘overshadowing,’ now perhaps included under the term ‘channelling’) and that his father was also already a trance medium, and that psychic ability/gifts are traced back through several generations in his family on both sides. He subsequently attended the re-formed family séances in 1965 for a number of years and learnt spiritual healing until he moved back to London in 1970. In conversations with his parents at the time it transpired that from early childhood he had demonstrated natural clairvoyance in the seeing of many members of the spirit group, although his parents had neither brought this to his attention nor encouraged his development at the time. As a baby, Frank was christened in a Spiritualist Church in Gospel Oak, South Hampstead, and given the spirit name of John (‘the voice of one crying in the wilderness‘ a favourite text of the Essenes). As a child Whitefeather (the spirit guide of his father) called him fleet of foot but upon joining the circle (family séances) in 1965 he bestowed upon him another name – as with anyone who joined his circle – and has recently given him yet another name. When Whitefeather initially spoke through his father Frank E Perry 11 in the 1950s, he stated that he was a member of the Great White Brotherhood and from the very highest plane and that there were few persons upon that plane. This was confirmed by many top mediums – including Grace Cooke (medium for White Eagle and founder of The White Eagle Lodge) who also confirmed that he would have his own Whitefeather Lodge (as had other top mediums) – i.e. not a White Eagle Lodge – but regrettably that was not to be. Frank’s guide is also a member of the Great White Brotherhood and also a Comanche. There are six members of the Great White Brotherhood in Whitefeather’s circle and each specialises in a different form of healing. During the second of the re-started family séances in 1965, the spirit Leader of the circle, a Comanche called Whitefeather (here painted by Frank in 1967), gently asked Frank to abstain from smoking, alcohol, or any drugs on the day of the ‘sitting’. Frank concluded that if these activities weren’t suited to that day, then, they weren’t suited for any other day. And so he, there and then in 1965, made a lifetime commitment to forego such habits.
Soon after this return move to London in 1970, he joined The White Eagle Lodge where he learnt their spiritual healing, meditation, and spiritual astrology and in which group he continues to serve unto this day. White Eagle is described as a spokesman for the Great White Brotherhood. In 1980 Frank was initiated, alongside his wife Janet, into the ‘Inner Brotherhood’ in the Lodge and has officiated at a number of services e.g. public healing services and Brotherhood meetings (Bournemouth Daughter Lodge under Miss Dixon), and was graciously granted permission to officiate at a few cremations, and also 2 marriage ceremonies in the early 90s. He was given yet another name by White Eagle, by which he is known by the White Eagle brotherhood. He sang bass in the London Lodge choir for over 12 years and went on to include vocalisations in his solo work and with Ovary Lodge in the early 70s. Unfolding his vocal explorations led to a spontaneous ability to sing the deep Tibetan tantric chanting in 1973 and Mongolian overtone singing in 1980 – the latter he later also incorporated into his musical work.
The results of discovering his inner-world connections with members of the Great White Brotherhood (or ‘Star Brotherhood’; or otherwise known variously as the Trans-Himalayan Occult Brotherhood; or the White Lodge) in 1965 had a profound effect upon his life. The two gifts which he had at that time; namely, painting and music, he dedicated in service to the brotherhood and so he began to seek ways of spiritualising his creativity and also to incorporate something of his ‘altered states of consciousness’, experienced through communion and channelling such high spiritual consciousnesses, into New creative musical forms. His natural inclination was to penetrate to the very origins of Sound; to get right back to the Essence of Sound, and from there discover and unfold in a completely relaxed and natural way his own uniquely individual and highly original manner of creating through Sound. A typical thought from this time was: “What would the music be like if ‘I’ weren’t in the way of it?” In other words; this didn’t simply mean ridding oneself of all ‘ego’ but, rather, also the question: ‘what is music like for beings living in other dimensions/planets?’ If he hadn’t been conditioned by Western forms of music (melody / rhythm / harmony & songs), then, what would he naturally create? Very fortunately for him, music had previously played an extremely small part in his life. Some ‘pop’ on the radio, music on TV, and the awful ‘singing’ that passed for music lessons at comprehensive school, and otherwise precious little music played on records by his parents in the home – leaving him fairly free and unconditioned to explore these ideas within the realm of free-form improvisation relatively unimpeded.
In 1964 he began his interest in oriental – world music, especially the sacred music of these Asian & Far Eastern cultures (India, Tibet, Japan & China). He also began his studies in comparative religion and Far Eastern philosophy studying the works of Swami Vivekananda – on the several main yoga paths – and various authors on Vedanta, Advaita, various yogas, Buddhism and Zen Buddhism and then, upon joining The White Eagle Lodge, he expanded his researches to include Theosophy, The Rosicrucian Fellowship, Esoteric Christianity, Numerology, Astrology, Colour theory and Symbolism, Symbolical Philosophy, Sacred Geometry, Freemasonry and the Anthroposophical writings of Rudolph Steiner. In 1972 Frank began studying Spiritual Astrology going on to join The White Eagle Lodge School of Astrology and has been practising (with the blessing of the then Head of the White Eagle Astrology School, the late Mrs. Joan Hodgson) as a Spiritual/Karmic Astrologer, using his clairvoyance to see into his clients past lives, since 1974. He has also pioneered a way of using Astrology to assist in directing his musical improvisations utilising certain correspondences which he found (using his psychic / clairvoyant / clairaudient gifts) to exist between certain of his sounds/instruments –and/or the astral colours which he observed them producing – and the Astrological Planets or Signs of the Zodiac. An aspect of this technique could be seen as a chart for the concert becoming a kind of graphic score. He often uses astrological terminology in order to describe both the philosophical foundations of, and the subtle influence of, the sounds of his very large collection of sacred antique musical and ritual instruments from the Far East – e.g. a certain antique Tibetan Singing Bowl being attuned to the Planet Venus, the Great White Brotherhood, the Mahatma KH, the Third Eye Chakra, and the colours of White and Blue; yet another (12th century) Tibetan Singing Bowl being attuned to the Sun, the Master Jesus (Bodhisattva Issa), and the Heart Chakra, and producing the astral colours of Gold, Rose Pink, and Madonna Blue; a certain PAISTE Symphonic Tuned Gong is attuned to the Astrological Sign of Virgo, whilst yet another is attuned to the Sign of Taurus, etc.
In the late ‘70s he joined The Francis Bacon Society and gave a series of highly innovative lectures there along the lines of the esoteric (spiritual / Rosicrucian) aspects of Bacon’s work. In the early ‘70s he encountered the beautiful paintings and spiritual philosophy of Russian artist Nicholas Roerich (1874 – 1947) and he also began an in–depth study of the complete works of both Dane Rudhyar – Renaissance man – astrologer, composer, philosopher, writer, artist, poet, psychologist, occultist and musician (1895 – 1985), and Manly Palmer Hall– philosopher, writer, lecturer, astrologer, poet, psychologist and humanist (1901 – 1990). Undoubtedly, these are two of the Western world’s greatest thinkers, philosophers, and spiritual men of the 20th century, both of whom lived in California. You may explore their message and discover that of a few other great lovers of wisdom on Frank’s main site: – www.frankperry.co.uk