Great Spiritualists and Friends
John Ballou Newbrough, born near Mohincanville, Ohio, on June 5, 1828, was an American seer and adept through whose hand the OAHSPE bible came into the world. Inspired amanuensis and founder of the modern faithist movement (Church of Tae), Newbrough was a doctor and dentist in New York City at the height of the Great Age of Spiritualism.
He had become interested in testing spiritual powers, an abundance of which he himself possessed since childhood. As a product of automatic writing, Oahspe, first published in 1882 and now in its 16th edition, was thought to be the first automatic script done on a type-writer, and certainly the longest. As he described the process, he acted as a mere vessel to transmit divine information.
Chemist and inventor, polyglot and author (fiction as well as non-fiction), lecturer and world traveler, reformer and humanitarian, Newbrough was both a mental and physical medium, with many paranormal gifts including the ability to travel out of the body and return with recall.
In his later years, he founded a Utopian community called Shalam in the New Mexico wilderness, the colony recently spotlighted by a lavish 8-month museum run at Las Cruces, New Mexico (Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum): “Shalam Colony: Dream in the Desert.”
Tall (6’4”) and extremely handsome, the doctor died saving the lives of others during the worldwide 1891 influenza pandemic, just as he had (among many youthful adventures) nursed the sick (cholera) on the Trail to California, en route to the Gold rush of ’49. Newbrough’s story is told in the recently released biography: The Hidden Prophet by Susan B. Martinez, Ph.D.