"The vines are trained in all kinds of
curious shapes around a great many summer houses. A company
of Frenchmen live here and make the grapes into wine. Of course.
But our wines do not intoxicate."
"We eat and drink, but it is not what you
mean by eating and drinking. To us it is a mental condition.
We enjoy it mentally, not bodily; as you do."
"You do not have to have food or drink in order to sustain
the astral body. You never get hungry or thirsty. … the astral
body extracts the prana or the life-giving force from the
"He says he doesn't want to eat now. But he sees some who
do; he says they have to be given something which has all
the appearance of an earth food."
"Some want meat, and some strong drink; they call for whisky
sodas. Don't think I'm stretching it, when I tell you that
they can manufacture even that. But when they have had one
or two, they don't seem to want it so much-not those that
are near here. He has heard of drunkards who want it for months
and years over here, but he hasn't seen any."
"Our life is ten times more replete with interest than that
of earth and no time is wasted in sleep, eating, or the preparation
"You want to know how I eat? Well, my body absorbs all the
nourishment it requires from the atmosphere."
"The earth brings forth spontaneously most of the food required
for our bodies. And I would say, the advanced spirits do not
require as much food as those who are below them. Their bodies,
in every sphere to which they are elevated, lose a portion
of their grossness, and as they are more refined, they become
more like the spirit itself."
"Now, we eat, and drink, and sleep, but these absolute necessities
of organic life are not performed in the same way as on earth;
that is, the fact of eating is merely to support matter, and
when there is but little matter, or matter refined, it requires
but very little food to support it. When the spirit has ascended
to the higher spheres, it casts off, as a garment, the grosser
part of its body, and, consequently, the spirit distinct is
the governing principle of its existence. I should say that
the spirit is the greater proportion of the two: thus the
spirit-necessities are paramount, and sometimes such spirits
scarcely eat once a week, and only when the demands of the
material part of their combination require support from food."
"During the first days the habit of earthly hunger often
held her, and he tried to appease it by giving her the softer
substance which we know here."
"We are no longer bothered by hunger and thirst; though I,
for instance, still stay myself occasionally with a little
nourishment, and infinitesimal amount compared with the beef-steak
dinners which I used to eat."
"Almost unconsciously, we infer that the light which pours
down on our world is a kind of life. It renews our being,
and satisfies and feeds us; in fact, we need no other food."
"[Spirits] on the Third Plane, or world
of Illusion … are able also to persuade themselves that they
continue to eat and drink although this is purely an act of
the imagination …. But if we reduce their condition to precise
terrestrial terms we would say that they existed in the ether
and were sensible of, and nourished by, the cosmic rays."