"Advanced spirits influence the thoughts,
suggest ideas, furnish means of acquiring knowledge, and of
communicating it to mankind. The ways by which spirits so
influence men are manifold. They have means that you know
not of by which events are so arranged as to work out the
end they have in view."
"Those who are most congenial to our purpose,
and whose co-operation we most desire, are usually so hampered
by preconceived theological notions, or are so fearful of
what seems to contradict some things which they have learned,
that we are unable to influence them."
"Sometimes we find those who need material aid in the mortal,
and then we induce or try to induce someone having the ability
to aid the needy ones."
"So far as friends refrain from that attempt to compel us,
we are able to help them more and more; for we can get closer
and closer to them."
"Undeveloped souls are not devils in any other sense than
a bad man on earth may be termed `a devil.' No such unprogressed
person has power over us or over you. Evil thoughts and habits
might invite such a one but, even so, he cannot control you
further than you may choose to act in accordance with his
"I like your keeping my photograph on your mantel as you
do; it helps me to come. There is a great power in a photograph."
"The power of the so-called dead to influence the living
is immense, provided that the tie of sympathy has been made."
"We are just as much morally obligated to help our brothers
on earth when we are without a physical body as we were within
a physical body."
Inspiration and Innovation
"We took our seats in the hall where a
lecture on electricity They were discussing the subject
as applied to moving of trains. It will be impressed on the
brain of some inspired man on earth who will work it out there."
"You know the Spiritual world was once
as ignorant as the earth and that the two worlds are progressing
together only this is always ahead of yours, trying to impress
"When engineers come here whose minds are bent upon engineering,
and who may not be ready to take up another line of study
or work, they continue experimenting in a limited way, especially
with electrical engineering. They are sometimes able to discover
certain things which they then endeavour to impress upon the
minds of suitable people on earth."
"Spirit-guides … try literally to inspire those on earth.
This does not mean in religious matters only; it applies to
art, science, engineering, medicine, or any other subject."
"The laboratories of the world of spirit are many decades
in advance of those of the earth-plane. And it will be years
before many revolutionary discoveries are allowed to be sent
through to the earth world, because the earth has not yet
"Some of our artists try to impress their pictures upon the
mental eyes of the artists of earth, and they often succeed
in doing so."
"There are lovely lyrics composed out here and impressed
upon the receptive minds of earthly poets."
"Some spirits who have had a good
deal of experience are able to make their bodies in a second
and can appear to earth people, as at seances, all at once.
Others have to begin slowly to collect the elements and the
first appearance is a faint luminous cloud as thin as smoke.
… Of course what earth people then see are only the elements
as collected and "materialized" in the spirit's form, not
his real spirit."
"We can, at will, take on earth conditions
by lowering our vibrations. Our bodies become heavier and
more perceptible to the human eye, which accounts for our
being seen at times by those who have the faculty on earth
of sensing our vibrations."
"Having disposed of the external mechanism of flesh, we cannot
come into direct contact with physical matter, but we are
able, through the sphere of the medium, when natural conditions
are complied with, not only to communicate our thoughts and
wishes to our friends, but to move solid, ponderable bodies."
"There is now going on all over the
Spirit World a most determined effort to force the truth on
the minds of the educated men of all denominations and a great
convention was held here last week to try to give the spiritual
movement on earth a new impetus."
"Here we have different avocations assigned to us according
to our needs and desires. Some are most happy in endeavoring
to assist the friends of earth into higher and better conditions
and in counteracting the abnormal influences of undeveloped
and misdirected spirits over the minds of mortals."
"The spirit world works constantly to make its power and
force and presence felt by the whole earth world, not only
in personal matters, but through individuals into a wider
sphere for the good of nations and national policies. But
so little can be done, because the door is usually closed
to the higher beings of the spirit world, whose range of vision,
and whose wisdom and knowledge and understanding are vast."