Paul Solomon is the Founder of the Fellowship of the Inner Light. The son of a Southern Baptist minister, Paul (born Paul Bilo Dove) grew up into a family where the ministry was the presumed career. Growing up, he watched his parents seek guidance daily and noted they based decisions on the silent replies they received. God was accessible; the Holy Spirit was an active participant in their everyday lives.
Growing up in a fundamentalist Christian home, a child is taught and believes that God is always available for guidance and takes comfort in that belief.
But for the young Paul Solomon there was a hitch; a very real dilemma. He exhibited uncommon abilities which did not jibe with a good Baptist life. From an early age, he saw colors around people. He called them “good lights” and “bad lights,” depending on how he perceived the individual. As a young child, he would point at someone and sound the alarm, “He’s bad!” His embarrassed parents would scold him for being rude. Eventually he learned to keep what he saw to himself. He knew what people were thinking and learned early that most people say the opposite. He also knew about events beforehand; he could predict the future, which frustrated and undermined his attempt to be “like everyone else.” While these “gifts of knowledge,” these psychic experiences, came naturally to Paul, they were obviously not “normal.”
Paul Bilo Dove was ordained, at fourteen, as the youngest Baptist Minister in the Arkansas Prison system. He married at nineteen, and continued in his ministry until his wife filed for divorce two years later, but back in 1960, there was no such thing as a divorced Southern Baptist Minister. So, he left the ministry and held a variety of jobs over the next thirteen years, carrying his dilemma with him but bottled up inside. Eventually he found himself working for the Brooke Army Medical Center. Under the supervision of doctors, he had on occasion seen hypnosis help soldiers through a variety of personal problems, including depression. And given the success of that program, he thought that a good hypnotherapist would be helpful to him. He found a hypnosis clinic in the yellow pages, called and made an appointment. The therapist seemed confident that Paul’s problem was a deep-seated guilt complex brought on by his strict religious upbringing and was sure that successful treatment was possible. However, when Paul was told the exorbitant price of the twice-weekly sessions, he left feeling more miserable than ever. Even when he actively sought help, it remained out of reach. His life was at a crisis point. He had reached what many call “The dark night of the soul.”
Paul’s cry for help attracted a friend who knew a little hypnosis and most importantly wouldn’t charge him. It was all he needed to hear. The night was February 15, 1972. In response his friend’s bland attempts at hypnotism, Paul fell into a deep unconscious state, and began speaking with an authoritative voice that didn’t sound like his regular voice: “You have not attained sufficient growth or spiritual awareness to understand contact with these records…That which you perform is a foolish experiment, for you attempt to harness powers you do not understand and to contact sources, records and intelligences you are not familiar with. How will you try the spirits should you attain that you seek? Would you recognize Him whom you do not know, have not been familiar with?”
He awoke to an excited hypnosis conductor who believed they had contacted “spirits.” This concerned Paul, because he knew about the Biblical admonitions against contacting the dead. They recreated the hypnosis experiment again to clarify “who was talking” and made sure they had a recording of it. During the “reading” the voice explained, “You are talking to the Source of his mind” – the part of Paul connected with God in Heaven. Paul realized he had never encountered anything like this during his Southern Baptist Ministry. He needed to know was this of God? And with cassette tape of the reading in hand, he went to see his father, Reverend Dove to get a definitive answer.
After playing the tape, he asked Reverend Dove, “So, is it of God?” His father didn’t hesitate, “It’s of God.” Paul was shocked, “Dad, how can you say that?” Reverend Dove explained, “Paul, ever since you left the ministry thirteen years ago, your mother and I have prayed every day for God to find a way to bring you back. I know it’s of God because I asked God for bread, and we were not given a scorpion or a stone.” (reference to: Matt 7: 9-10) “Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?”
It was the support he needed to continue his new work. Within a few months, the “voice” of the readings became known as the “Source,” who recommended Paul change his name to Paul Solomon to reflect the new man he had become. He found the readings that had begun by accident, he could duplicate at will.
Books describing the life and readings of Paul Solomon include Earthward towards a Heavenly Light, by Wayne Wheeler, and two books by Grace de Rond; The Fellowship Primer, a collection of work readings from the Paul Solomon Source given between 1974-1994 as inspirational guidance for Fellowship of the Inner Light Centers in other parts of the world, and the Wisdom of Solomon, a collection of Paul’s lectures and teachings on spirituality and religion, mysticism, prayer and meditation, reincarnation, channeling, dreams and the mind-body-spirit connection