QUESTIONS CONCERNING SPIRITUALISTIC PHENOMENA
IS MEDIUMSHIP INJURIOUS TO HEALTH?
ANSWER: That depends: Where a person becomes the medium for a disembodied spirit which
enters the body, as in the case of the trance mediums, where it takes possession of this body and
uses it as the owner might do, there is little if any harm done, provided the spirit control does not
abuse his privilege. In fact, there are some cases where spirit controls have a better idea of caring
for a body than the owner himself, and may sometimes improve the health. But spirits of a
high ethical nature do not usually control a medium, it is rather earthbound and low spirits such
as Indians and others of a like nature who obtain a control over mediumistic persons, and when
in possession of the body they may use it to gratify their low passions for
drink and sex. Thus they cause a disturbance to the system and a deterioration of the instrument.
In the case of the materializing medium, we may say that the influence is always injurious.
The materializing spirit entrances the victim and then draws the ether of the vital body out through
the spleen, for the difference between the materializing medium and the ordinary person is the
fact that the connection between the vital body and the dense body is exceedingly lax, so that
it is possible to withdraw this vital body to a very great extent. The vital body is the vehicle
whereby the solar currents which give us vitality are specialized. Deprived of the vitalizing
principle, the body of the medium at the time of a materialization sometimes shrinks to almost
one-half its usually size; the flesh becomes flabby and the spark of life burns very low. When
the seance is over and the vital body replaced, the medium is awakened and in normal
consciousness. He then experiences a feeling of the most terrible exhaustion and sometimes,
unfortunately, resorts to drink to revive the vital forces. In that case, of course, the health will
very soon suffer and the medium will become a total wreck. At any rate, mediumship
should be avoided, for apart from this danger to the instrument there are other
and far more serious considerations in connection with the more subtle
bodies, and particularly in connection with the after-death state.
WHERE MEDIUMS MAKE SO-CALLED SOUL TRIPS, WHAT IS IT THAT
LEAVES THE PHYSICAL BODY, AND CAN IT LEAVE
IN THE WAKING STATE TO GATHER DATA?
ANSWER: A medium is a negative or involuntary clairvoyant and under the control of a
spirit from the Desire World. He or she corresponds to the victim of a hypnotist in the Physical
World. In the case of the hypnotist, he is seen by his victim in the waking state, while
the medium does not see the spirit which hypnotizes her until she has been driven
out of her body. She is then clothed in her desire body and therefore
usually unable to bring her experiences back.
All her experiences take place while the physical body is in a trance. It is the Ego
clothed in the mind and desire body which leaves the physical body behind, and the
same separation takes place then as in ordinary dreamless sleep, with the difference,
however, that the physical body is not left tenantless upon the bed, but the spirit control
usually enters the physical body of the medium, taking possession and using it according
to pleasure, often to the great detriment of the medium. For when such a spirit control has
been a drunkard or libertine during earth life, it will often use the medium's body to gratify its
craving for liquor or its base, sensual instincts. We cannot too seriously impress upon
people that this physical body is our most valuable instrument, and that it is very wrong
for anyone to abandon it to the tender mercies of either a hypnotist or a spirit control. In
the case of mediums, there is a still graver danger, for sometimes it is not an ordinary human
Ego which is the control, but an elemental that cannot ordinarily function in the Physical
World. When the medium at death enters the Desire World, the elemental has obtained such
a power over the desire body of the medium that it may rob the owner of his vehicle.
The desire body is the vehicle whence comes the spring to action, and therefore when an
Ego is deprived of that vehicle there is nothing to cause it to reincarnate. The elemental may
keep this body even for millions of years, and so, while the result of humanity is progressing,
the unfortunate Ego, deprived of its desire body, is left inert and will be far behind all its
fellows, perhaps, before it is released from the bondage of this entity. Therefore,
mediumship is the gravest danger to the soul the writer knows of or is able to
conceive, except the practice of black magic.
I HAVE TAKEN MANY SOUL FLIGHTS, AND ON ONE OF THESE JOURNEYS
MY GUIDE TOOK ME THROUGH GATES INTO A CRYSTAL CITY AND ON INTO A
TEMPLE FILLED WITH ETHEREAL PEOPLE, SAYING, "THIS IS GOD'S HOLY
CITY." WILL YOU KINDLY TELL ME WHERE THIS IS, WHEY THERE ARE GATES
AND WALLS AROUND THE CITY, AND WHY EVERYTHING LOOKED LIKE CRYSTAL?
ANSWER: It is one of the peculiarities of desire stuff, which is the matter of the Desire
World that it is exceedingly plastic and readily molded by thought. In the twinkling of an eye
it takes the most different shapes according to the thought that ensouls it,
and where many people upon earth think along similar lines all their thoughts mass
themselves and form one grand whole.
Thus in the lower regions of the Desire World, the thoughts of people who believe in a
fiery, furnace-like Hell make of the desire stuff there such a place of torture. There we may
see devils with horns, hoofs and tails, prodding the unhappy sinners with pitchforks, and
often when people pass out at death, after having lived in that belief, they are in a sad state
of fear on beholding this place which they have helped to create. There is also in the higher
regions of the Desire World a city such as you describe, a New Jerusalem with pearly
gates, with a sea of glass and its great white throne upon which is seated a thought form
of God, created by these people and appearing like an old man. It is probable that you
visited this place, which is a permanent feature of the Desire World, and will remain so
as long as people continue to think of the New Jerusalem in that way, for these forms
have no life apart from the sustained thoughts of mankind, and when in time humanity
shall have outgrown that faith, the city created by their thoughts will cease to exist.
Its crystal-like appearance is due to the exceeding brilliance of the desire stuff of which
it is built. The old alchemists called the Desire World "astral," "starry," on that account.
ARE NOT THE DESIRE BODIES LEFT BY PROGRESSING EGOS USED
BY ELEMENTALS TO DECEIVE FRIENDS AND RELATIVES OF THE
DECEASED PERSON? HOW CAN THEY BE DETECTED AND RECOGNIZED?
ANSWER: When the spirit has passed out at death, and after a stay in Purgatory of shorter
or longer duration enters the First Heaven, it still has with it the desire body used during the
earth life, but when it enters the Second Heaven that desire body is left behind in a like
manner as the vital and dense bodies were left at death and shortly after. But, while the
dense body goest to decay and disintegrates, becomes inert and useless AT ONCE when
the spirit has left it, it is very different with the desire body. The material of which that body
is composed is so much more vitalized by the UNIVERSAL Spirit that it will retain the ability
to move about a long time after the spirit has left. The shell is drawn by magnetic attraction to
those with whom it associated during earth life and a memory of that past life very often
enables it to pose successfully as a deceased relative. This is particularly the
case when the shell is used by an elemental entity.
These empty shells ensouled by elementals account very satisfactorily for most of the
phenomena encountered at spiritualistic seances. The pranks of these elementals in
spilling water down the necks of the sitters, throwing chairs, tables and the
like about, are specimens of what may be done by such empty
shells when in the possession of elementals.
As to how they may be detected or recognized by us, it will be evident that while
our deceased friends and relatives during earth life possessed common sense,
there is nothing to be gained from the inane nonsensical communications of these
empty shells, for the spirit which was in reality our friend has passed away,
leaving the house empty. Therefore we may judge them by words and acts as we judge people here.
CAN ELEMENTALS ASSUME THE SHAPE OF ANIMALS
OR REPTILES, AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO STOP THEM?
ANSWER: In this material world all the forms are stable and do not easily change. The Desire
World is widely different in that respect. The fairy tales, like the metamorphosis of Cinderella's
mice, etc., are actual facts in the Desire World, for the forms change at the will of the ensouled
life with a lightening-like rapidity, which is very bewildering to one who enters that world as a
neophyte. It is, therefore, necessary for the clairvoyant to be trained, in order to escape being
glamoured by THE FORM, which is always changing and may assume any shape at any
moment. When we are able to see the ensouling LIFE, it does not matter what form it takes
upon itself for the time being, we are not deceived. Like all others in the Desire World,
elementals have this faculty of changing their shape, and it is due to that fact that so many
strange tales or visions seen are thought true by untrained clairvoyants. Nothing can be
done to stop elementals from changing their shape, but we may shoo them
away from us as we chase a serenading feline from below our bedroom window.
HOW CAN ONE AVOID BECOMING OBSESSED?
ANSWER: Obsession is a state where a discarnate spirit has taken permanent possession
of the body of someone after dispossessing the owner. but sometimes people who have
formed a habit of drunkenness or some other low vice seek to excuse themselves by
claiming to be obsessed. Wherever a person makes that statement concerning himself,
one may nearly always be sure that it is nothing but an excuse, for a thief who has stolen
something here in the material world does not go about and tell people of his theft, neither
does an obsessing entity go around proclaiming the fact. It is very certain that such an
entity does not care what is thought about the man whose body he has stolen, so
that there is no reason why he should tell and risk being exorcised.
There is an infallible means of knowing whether a person is really obsessed, namely,
by diagnosis of the eye. "The eye is the window of the soul," and only the true owner is
capable of contracting and expanding the iris, or pupil of the eye, so that if we take a
person who claims to be obsessed or whom we think is obsessed, to a room which is
darkened, we shall find that the pupil of his eye will not expand if he is obsessed. Neither
will the pupil contract when we bring him into the sunlight, nor expand if we ask him to
look at an object at a distance or contract when he is asked to read small type. In short,
the pupil of the eye will respond neither to light nor to distance when a person is
obsessed, but there is also a certain disease called locomotor ataxia, where the iris
will not respond to distance but is responsive to light.
No one who maintains a positive attitude of mind can ever become obsessed, for so
long as we assert our individuality that is strong enough to keep all outsiders away.
But in spiritualistic seances where the sitters are negative there is always a great danger.
The best way to avoid becoming obsessed would be to maintain this positive attitude.
And anyone who is at all negatively inclined should avoid spiritualistic seances, crystal
gazing and other methods of evoking spirits. That is bad practice anyway, for those who
have gone beyond have their work to do there and should not be brought back here.