"I have seen many [Native American] Indians
and they often visit among the white race and control at séances.
The reason is because having lived in a simple way and in
the open air a great deal their bodies and spirits are more
charged with magnetism."
"The higher and more developed we become
the less are we in touch with your world."
"Those who have passed through the second
death … do not often come and speak to you on earth directly
… but they can pass their messages on to me or someone in
my plane and we pass them on to you."
"[Spirits] who are nearest to the earth,
in the three lower spheres or states of being [can] converse
most readily with you. Of the higher spirits, those who are
able to return are they who have what is analogous to mediumistic
power on earth. … we higher spirits find it very difficult
to find a medium through whom we can communicate. Many spirits
would gladly converse, but for the want of a suitable medium."
"A body wasted by fasting is not in any
way profitable, but neither is a body which is clogged and
loaded by over-indulgence. Temperance and moderation are what
help us [to communicate]."
"Souls [in Summerland] frequently communicate
with earth when they are in a state almost analogous to the
earth sleep. They will then endeavour to describe their memory
"One reason why we have found it so easy
to get into touch with each other is because we are both psychic."
"In communicating, the spirit-message comes
first from the spirit, who has to concentrate to give it to
the control … who has to impress it on the medium's brain
to such an extent that the nerves and muscles of the mouth
and tongue of the medium will respond to the action of the
brain, and will speak the message as it has been given. I
often think it wonderful how much does come through, when
one realizes the many difficulties. The bias of the medium's
mind, impressions from the sitter's subconscious self, unconscious
telepathy from other minds, and so forth, all have to be taken
"As there are no words in the human language
in which spiritual ideas may be embodied so as to convey their
literal and exact signification, we are obliged ofttimes to
have recourse to the use of analogisms and metaphorical modes
"There is no difficulty in reading the
mind without articulating words. Thought is articulation ;
it exists before the words are formed. And it is this interior
thought we get at, not mere words of thought."
"I have discovered that I can use telepathy
both ways, to receive and to relay. There are not the
difficulties here that we experienced on the earth...I am
already able to contact your mind, and what is more important,
to hold that contact so as to pour ideas out
"There are Stations on this plane where
communication with the earth plane is possible…The technique
employed, I understand, is quite "special" and very difficult
at first to follow, even by those who desire to use it. But
there are Stations, there are Directors for this work,
there are administrators and (in a sense) technicians to run
"In this communion between the outer and
inner worlds, you in the outer world are apt to think that
we in ours know everything. You expect us to prophesy like
fortune-tellers, and to keep you informed of what is passing
on the other side of the globe. Sometimes we can; generally
"When we seek to communicate with men
we pass on to a different level of consciousness and can only
do so by slowing down our processes of thought. It is not,
to me, in any way distressing to do so for if I may compare
the experience with earthly ideas, I would describe it as
a passing from active life into a still, sleepy world which
resembles, in its anaesthetising qualities, the high noon
of an English summer's day when the sun shines and the air
is heavy with unshed rain."
Content and Purposes
"Spirits do not come to overthrow religion,
as is sometimes asserted; they come, on the contrary, to confirm
and sanction it by irrefutable proofs. But, as the time has
arrived to renounce the use of figurative language, they speak
without allegories, and give to every statement a clear and
precise meaning that obviates all danger of false interpretation."
"If mortals desire the companionship of
spirit-friends merely for purposes of material gain, it does
not, of course, do either of them much good; but when love
is the motive and mutual help the desire, it is good for both,
for helping others is the way of progress."
"We are not, for good and wise ends, which
in due time will be fully explained, permitted to reveal all
our knowledge to those below us, as the consequences of such
a procedure would be perilous to the happiness of all, and
subversive of order."
"I will briefly call your attention to
a few of the most prominent among the beneficial results which
will flow from spiritual intercommunion. … It will reduce
the fact of the immortality of the human spirit to a certainty,
so that the world's knowledge of the fact will not be the
result of a blind faith, but a positive philosophy. .… It
will expand and liberalize the mind far beyond your present
conceptions. It will fraternize and unite all the members
of the human family in an everlasting bond of spiritual union
and harmonial brotherhood. It will establish the principles
of love to God and your fellows. It will do away with sectarian
bigotry. It will show that many of the so-called religious
teachings are but impositions on the credulity of mankind,
being founded on the grossest absurdities and palpable ignorance
of the nature of things. It will give man higher and infinitely
more exalted views of God, and bring him into closer communion
with the Author of his being. … In fine, it will be a help
to the soul in the hour of its adversity, and enable it to
bear up under affliction with noble and heroic fortitude;
and, when about to launch its barque on the river of eternal
life for the fair and beautiful land of promise, it will be
its stay and sheet-anchor."
"We rarely say any thing about your personal
affairs. We can not judge more correctly of the consequences
of your acts in life than can you."
"The object of spirit-intercourse is to
purify and elevate the nature of man, and one great feature
of these revelations is to disabuse the mind of errors, which
have been engrafted on their hearts, as the results of an
overweening faith in the doctrines erroneously inculcated
as of God, and as found in the Bible."
"What, indeed, is the object of this new
revelation? It is that man has not been taught his true relation
even to the life he now enjoys, or his connection with that
other state of existence beyond the grave. … Death is the
continuance of life; it is life without the restraints imposed
upon it by the limits of a single planet. Now, though it is
important that the designs of life should be investigated
and understood, it certainly is of as much importance that
that life in its continuance should be perfectly appreciated,
for the one is of short duration, and the other is for eternity."
Obstacles and Distortions
She [Betty] constantly complained of the
dilution caused by this transfer. What reached the paper was,
according to her, but an unsatisfactory pale shadow of the
Are merely personal communications deterrent
to your scheme? "The conditions on both sides are
so inexplicable that satisfactory communication seems sometimes
to decrease instead of progress, owing to scattering
of concentration on really important subjects. Much
trouble and muddling results from indiscriminate communication."
They tell us that we are not yet educated
to comprehend fully what they might tell us, and that we would
interpret it into our own earth concepts. The result would
be a distortion.
"If mortals would only give their friends
a chance they would be only too happy to return and make themselves
known. But, alas, how few do it."
"I was telling some [other] spirits about
these séances here, how that spirits could here converse with
people of earth, and one man told me that such talk as that
and such an idea was all foolishness."
"I'm not going to tell you that you were
"Boadicea," "Cleopatra," "Helen of Troy," or any other famous
or infamous female of past history, as I sometimes hear spirit-wags
telling other women, for they make fun sometimes at the expense
of those on earth if they are vain or gullible."
"The dead in their way are jealous
of their freedom, and sometimes their communications take
the form of hasty, `Yes, I'm all right' messages, shouted
over a mental shoulder. Some people forget to send letters
when they travel, caught up as they are in new experiences.
Similarly, the dead are so involved in their own adventures
that sometimes they ignore the nagging of the living, whose
thoughts rise up like mental kites with reminders, saying,
`Why haven't you written?' "
"I suggested that perhaps I could go back
to the earth-plane and tell others of this new life and the
truth of communication between the two worlds. Many, many
people, he said, had tried, and were still trying, to do so,
and how many were believed? Did I think that I should have
any better fortune? Certainly none of those who read my books
would ever come within miles of receiving or crediting any
communication from me. And did I realize, also that if I were
to present myself to such people they would at once call me
a 'devil', if not the very Prince of Darkness himself!"
"No two mediums seem able to make contact
with the same person with any certainty. This is because differences
in development, in astral make-up, and in thought affinities
are translated for us into actual differences in space."