Arthur Edward Stilwell -- Psychic Millionaire

FROM SYBIL LEEK'S BOOK OF THE CURIOUS AND THE OCCULT, BY SYBIL LEEK (Ballantine, 1976) - pp. 139-140

 

-It is amazing how many people talk about their psychic experiences but are afraid to follow their intuition. Once a track record has been built up by intuitions that have led to meaningful results, then the rest is easy.

The acceptance of intuition without demanding proof is rare, but it helped make Arthur Edward Stillwell into a millionaire. In fact, from birth he had nothing going for him except his intuition, for he was the son of poor Indiana farmers, eking out existence in 1859. Arthur was nine years old when he realized that there was a nontangible world which cared about him. At fifteen, he dreamed that he would marry a woman called Jennie A. Wood by the time he was twenty years old. A few weeks after his nineteenth birthday, he met the Jennie Wood of his dream and married her in Boston.

Jobs were scarce, but working as a clerk in a counting house was better than starving on a farm. Forty dollars a month was a magnificent wage compared with what his friends earned. Stillwell was content and not burning with ambition. Then one day he heard a voice distinctly telling him to "go west and build a railway." Knowing nothing about engineering but confident in his intuitive voices, he went to Kansas City, the fermenting nucleus of the great western empire. Stillwell, borrowed money, obtained work in a bank, and made careful investments. At the age of twenty-six, he began financing his first railroad against the furious competition of financial wizards like the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers. His supernatural guidance came with increasing regularity as he sat at a drawing board each night. By morning he was always armed with a series of technical drawings not done by his own hand. The result was the Kansas City Belt Line, which materially opened up the development of the West.

Several times he escaped death by following his intuiition. He was spiritually informed that he should build a railroad line south from Kansas City to Galveston on the Gulf of Mexico. At a point twenty-nine miles from Galveston, Stillwell's "guide" told him to stop work and that the railroad must not go to Galveston or it would mean his personal ruin and death to thousands. He had a vision of a prosperous city struck down by a tidal wave and destroyed. There were angry protests from his investors when he announced his change of plan, but Stillwell followed his voices. He directed the route toward a comparatively little known spot on the coast, now Port Arthur. Four days after the completion of the railroad terminating in Port Arthur, a mammoth tidal wave swept along the coast of Texas and practically destroyed Galveston, reducing it to a shambles of death and destruction. Port Arthur escaped and became the center for the relief work for the stricken city. Stillwell became known as Lucky Stillwell, as his visions were corroborated a dozen times by actual events. He wrote books about his experiences and in 1910 predicted World War I, the collapse of the Russian aristocracy, and the restoration of Palestine to the Jews. He died on September 26, 1929, after constructing 2,500 miles of railroads and founding forty townships. Every business venture was a success. The farm boy became the friend of Henry Ford and Andrew Carnegie. But his real partners were spirits, and his work was a monument to trust in intuition.

 

 

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