Betty White and her husband Stewart are two well-known psychics of the early twentieth century. They first became oriented with the spirit world in March 1918 with the help of the traditional parlor game, the Ouija board. The Whites gathered with friends to play the game, and as the group’s hands moved over the board, they spelled the name “Betty” repeatedly.
When Betty took the helm of the Ouija board, she claims to have interpreted several messages including the curious command to take on “automatic writing.” From there, the Whites became immersed in the experience of automatic writing.
Through this psychic practice, Betty White is said to have entered into a different realm of thinking or what she claims as a very high state of consciousness either by speaking in her voice or through the voices of other entities or beings that the Whites later nicknamed “The Invisibles.”
Now, don't get scared just yet. Read on to learn more about what Betty thought “The Invisibles” were saying and more about what she thought was their mission to humans throughout the world over.
A Conversation with ‘The Invisibles'
Betty White claimed that “The Invisibles” were teaching both Betty and the entire world how to enter a higher state of consciousness and to access the spiritual world. Betty and Stewart had running conversations with “The Invisibles” from 1919 shortly after that mysterious Ouija board game until 1936.
Along the way they chronicled their journey and decided to write a book called, The Betty Book, about their adventures with “The Invisibles.” Betty was instrumental in helping her husband Stewart evaluate his higher consciousness and to try to access the spirit world through communicating with “The Invisibles.”
When Betty died just three years after deciding to write The Betty Book, a fellow self-proclaimed psychic Ruth Finely claimed to receive messages from Betty. Ruth and her husband, Darby, were contemporaries of Betty and Stewart and wrote a book in 1920, which they published anonymously, called The Unseen Guest.
The book brought together the Stewarts and the Finleys, the former being enthralled by The Unseen Guest, and the two psychic couples became fast friends.
The Betty Book and Beyond
Those who study the history of psychics and their claims cite Betty as being a unique teacher and spirit world guide. From her first mysterious encounter with the Ouija board at her friend’s party to the realm of the ever-curious automatic writing to finally the ultimate in the journey toward higher consciousness – entering an altered state of awareness, Betty provided those interested in the spirit world concrete descriptions of her experiences.
She claimed, for example, that she did not enter a trance state and that when she entered a higher state of consciousness, she was fully aware of all her faculties – her breath, her eye movements, her heartbeat, and what she was thinking.
Betty claimed that reaching the spirit world did not mean one lost control and had a mind-blowing experience that he or she could not explain at a later time. Betty tried to provide details and to give her readers and followers examples to follow or to ponder. Throughout the Betty Book, the Stewarts write about the trials and travails of “The Invisibles,” who used humor and systematic teaching to communicate their messages to the human world through Betty and Stewart.
This may sound bizarre and like a bunch of mumbo jumbo — and maybe it is — but the Stewarts truly believed in the power of “The Invisibles” and their power to create good in the world. They also believed in the freedom and happiness and peace that came about from reaching a higher level of thinking and being. What makes this so different from prayer or meditation?
There are very similar attributes and themes associated. However, the Stewarts were speaking from personal experience of their experience — and in some sense, the personal experience is something that few can argue with at the end of the day. The Betty Book is the chronicle of those personal experiences with “The Invisibles.”
Dying Before You Die
One curious tenant of Betty and Stewart's teachings they claimed to glean from “The Invisibles” is a teaching known as dying before you die. In this teaching, one exits into a glorious life that is above an earthly existence. The eternal being is electrified and the person is allowed to exit through his or her being into a different realm. All of this can be done while still being present on the earth.
How does one step outside of oneself? The Stewarts claimed that anyone could do this with their mind. Humans must turn their imaginations to the life beyond and expand their consciousnesses to make room for the idea that you could expand into a new being and new life that is apart from the earth.
In The Betty Book, the Stewarts liken learning how to die before you actually die to being a baby that is growing stronger and more vigorous — which is what happens when one enters the higher realm. The Stewarts write of their experience entering this realm in the book as follows:
“Now I am quite successfully dead. It wasn't much of an operation after all! It was a pleasurable releasing, quite different from the death-agony idea. That should be looked on as simply the birth pains of the spiritual body. I'm here, all right, and quite contented, but I'm like a baby that has pulled itself upright holding onto a chair: I don't know what to do next. If only I were a little stronger and more vigorous, that would put me more closely in touch with the help and affection I feel around me.”
They describe death as a joyous release rather than “agony,” and their goal was to empower the people they came into contact with to experience this kind of peaceful release. You will notice from their quote from the book that it is not just joy and peace alone that they want humans to experience but strength as well. Their belief was that when you were able to access this higher realm, you could experience all of these things — an other-worldly joy, peace and strength.
On the Whites' Bookshelf
The Whites published dozens of books throughout their journey together, their most famous co-written book being The Betty Book. That book is known still known in psychic circles today. However, it also should be noted that Betty's husband Stewart, who was educated at Columbia University and the University of Michigan, also was quite the writer. He wrote the following books throughout his lifetime being an avid support of Betty as a psychic thinker:
- Claim Jumpers (1911)
- Stampede (1911)
- Wild Geese Calling (1940)
- Arizona Nights (1976)
- Silent Places (1976)
- Magic Forest (1976)
- Daniel Boone: Wilderness Scout (1976)
- Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (1979)
- Long Rifle (1979)
- Blazed Trail Stories and Stories of the Wild Life (1980)
- Lions in the Path (1987)
- The Mountains (1987)
- African Campfires (1987)
- The Forest (1987)
- The Forty-Niners (1991)
- The Story of California (1992)
One for the History Books
In conclusion, as you readers of the history of psychics can see, the psychic Betty White was not only a fascinating psychic of her time, but she played into the drama and excitement associated with the parlor game, the Ouija board.
For years, the game incited fear, mystery and excitement among those who dared to try it at a party or, courageously, in the comfort of their own home. However, her fascinating story leads the readers of psychic history to believe that she did, indeed, truly believe she was communicating with a higher realm.