TRANSITION in itself does not
necessarily change the mental attitude since death is only a sleep and
an awakening. As patients, suffering from some ailment, may have periods
of sleep during which they are unaware of their condition but waken to
find themselves in the same state of sickness, so also may sick
individuals when they sleep out of the physical body through "death"
waken and, at first unaware of their new situation, still retain the
habits of their sickness and continue in the same mental attitude as
formerly for an indefinite period until enlightened.
Such entities may in their wanderings
become attracted to mortal sensitives and unwittingly convey their
thoughts to these individuals. The victims, unaware of the source of
their impressions, may suffer physical agony corresponding to the
disease from which the spirits had passed out. Permanent relief in some
cases can only be attained by dislodging the spirits.
Mrs. B., of Kansas City, had for many
years been an invalid, suffering from an unaccountable heart trouble and
swollen feet. Failing to secure relief from the
medical profession she had taken up
Christian Science, but to no avail, and finally
she came to California for a change
While she was in an hotel here, a
friend, without telling Mrs. B. of her intention, asked us to do what we
could for the invalid, and after concentrating for her Mrs. Wickland
became controlled during a circle by a spirit who said she had been
through a very severe sickness but had become well again; she was now
with a lady who traveled a
great deal and it seemed she had to go with her.
She stated she had been troubled with
a heart affliction, suffered from swollen ankles and severe pains in her
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and could never get shoes which
fitted properly. The doctor had told her she could
not live long and her family,
understanding she was frail and sickly, had let her have her own way and
did not interfere with her.
She claimed she had always had all
the money she wanted and could go wherever
she pleased but had to be very
careful on account of heart trouble. Lately she had
traveled a long way and since then
had been living in an hotel.
She said she had studied Christian
Science for some time, hoping to be relieved of
her aches and pains but, although she
understood a great deal about it, she had not been helped, therefore she
had come to the conclusion that she was not in the right
She gave her name, Paulina French,
saying she was born in Liverpool, England, and was
twenty-seven years old, June 7, 1909.
She lived in New York and St. Louis;
when she became ill she decided to go to a sanitarium near Kansas City,
but could not remember whether she ever reached the sanitarium as she
was taken so seriously ill on the train she seemed to sink into a coma
Then she suddenly became well (died)
but seemed to be a double personality, sometimes being herself and at
other times another lady, whom they called Mrs. B.
When told she was at that moment
controlling the body of another she asked where the lady was whose body
she was occupying and what had become of her mind.
Explanation followed that the mind of
the psychic was in a state of abeyance during the time her body was
controlled by an invisible entity, that mind is invisible, intangible
and unlimited and when the spirit is permanently withdrawn
from the body, the body dies, but
there is no death for the spirit.
She was told that higher
intelligences would help her attain knowledge and wisdom, and the entity
A few weeks later Mrs. B. was
relieved of a second entity after which she fully regained her health
and returned home, where she resumed her social activities.
During our fifteen years of
correspondence, her letters have been happy
and cheerful with no allusion to any
recurrence of her former ailments.
Many persons who receive impressions
foreign to their own normal way of thinking believe something is wrong
with the brain, and, in fear of becoming insane, commit suicide,
whereas, if the fact of spirit interference were known, such mishaps
could be prevented.
That this inter-action between
spirits and mortals is not a mere hypothesis but a serious reality and
of frequent occurrence, can readily be ascertained by the medical
scientist who will with unprejudiced mind follow up requisite research.
Spirit influence ranges from mere
impression to actual possession, as happens in many cases. Purity of
life and motive, or high intellectuality do not necessarily offer
immunity from obsession; recognition and knowledge of these problems are
the only safeguards.
Regarding such invisible influence
Mrs. M. T. Longley wrote in "The Spirit World": "To say that no spirit
can obsess or annoy, or in any way seriously discommode or injure a
mortal, is to talk with foolishness. Those who persist in such
statements are blinded to the very forces of nature, to the operations
of the elements of human
life, to the condition of human beings in every nation upon the
globe. They are blinded to facts
which can be readily perceived if they will only lay aside their
preconceived opinions and prejudices and come to a close study of the
"If a spirit obsesses a mortal for
any length of time it may be difficult for a spirit
teacher or a physician on either
side of life to immediately disengage that parasite,
and why? For this reason: That all
the forces and elements directed by the persistent will of the spirit
entity have imbedded themselves in the magnetic aura of the (mortal)—the
aura is permeated by them—and to rudely tear away (so to speak) the
encroaching spirit would be to injure, most fatally perchance, the
"Such a procedure might destroy the
physical body, or it might very easily drive the mortal sensitive
insane. Therefore the work must be done... with systematic order... in
such manner... as will help to... eliminate the coarse and objectionable
foreign elements from the aura
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of the sensitive, and thus... detach
the spirit operator, and draw him from the sensitive, leaving the latter
in a condition by which he may be strengthened and
brought up to a state of happiness,
health and peace."
Dr. Tomlinson, while Superintendent
of the St. Peter Insane Asylum, St. Peter, Minnesota, stated, in a
report to the Annual Convention of the American Medical
Association, that of sixty cases
which had there been given special observation, in
forty-three cases auditory
hallucinations occurred; in eighteen cases, visual; in fifty-one, ideas
of persecution distorted the mind. Confusion was the early symptom in
nearly all cases, accompanied by suspicion, dread and fear. Religiosity
was practically always present.
"In thirteen cases," he reported,
"the persecutory ideas led to aggressive resentment toward those to whom
the voices heard and the acts anticipated were attributed. In twenty-two
cases, on the contrary, the voices heard and the things seen, prompted
The symptoms quoted by Dr. Tomlinson
clearly indicate interference by discarnated spirits, the "auditory
hallucinations" being due to clairaudience, the "visual," to
clairvoyance. "Ideas of persecution" are caused by the patient being
tormented by ignorant, mischievous spirits; in "confusion, suspicion,
dread and fear" the patient's thoughts are impregnated by thoughts
emanating from spirits; "religiosity" is due to the presence of spirits
that are fanatical regarding religion. Research has shown that
interfering entities seek "seclusion" in order to maintain their hold on
When psychiatrists will recognize the
above stated agencies in mental aberrations and will follow up the
necessary sincere and unprejudiced research they will then be able to
obtain positive evidence that discarnated spirits are definite
contributing factors in insanity, and, incidentally, will also prove the
survival of the ego.
Professor C. E. Turner of the
department of biology and public health, Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, in a report to the American Physical Education Association,
stated: "At the present rate, more public school children will go to
insane hospitals than will go to college. In the hospitals of the United
States there are more patients
suffering from mental disease than
from all other diseases combined."
A recent report issued by The Human
Betterment Foundation, of Pasadena, California, summarizes statistics
regarding insanity as follows: "This, then, is the situation which
America faces now: 18,000,000 persons who are or at some time
during life will be burdened by
mental disease or mental defect, and in one way or
another a charge and tax upon the
rest of the population. It challenges every thoughtful person. The
misery resulting from this insanity and feeble-mindedness provides the
first reason for grappling with the problem. No stratum of society is
immune from such suffering."
Rodney H. Brandon, director of the
Illinois State Department of Public Welfare says: "The mentally unsound
and delinquent in Illinois institutions are increasing far faster than
the population; already they number 25,000; and about 50 per cent of all
general property taxes collected by the state is used to care for
them.... Mental unsoundness in Illinois heads the list of all those
causes which bring unhappiness to the general public."
While it is true that wonderful
advancement has been made in the science of psychiatry yet psychiatrists
are still amiss in their refusal to recognize the
impingment of ignorant, discarnated
spirits in the various psychoses, a knowledge
of which would greatly enhance the
number of cures and establish a scientific understanding of what becomes
of the dead and of their activities in human affairs.
A man, aged fifty, was brought to us
in Chicago, from Minneapolis, by his brother, a son, and a doctor. The
case had been diagnosed as senile dementia and
pronounced incurable by the physician in charge, who considered it folly
for us to undertake to do
anything for the patient, saying the proper place for him was the
asylum, as he was hopelessly insane.
While the condition of the patient
seemed to warrant the doctor's prognosis, the history of the patient's
former practices indicated to us the possibility of spirit interference.
In the hope of receiving a message from his wife, who had died a short
time previously, the patient had resorted to automatic writing, a
practice which is, from our
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observation, a dangerous procedure
for a novice who is ignorant of the laws which
must be followed in order to avoid
Interested in the case from this
angle, we determined to see what could be done for the patient. He
proved very unruly, used coarse, vulgar language and
attempted to run away at every
opportunity, having to be watched very closely.
In the evening a bath was
administered, first warm then cold spray, which acted as
a shock to the patient, or rather to
the entity controlling him; he swore and shouted, "What in hell are you
trying to do?"
With this, the entity lost control,
the patient became his normal self and asked in great surprise, "Where
am I?" He remained normal until four o'clock the following morning when
he was again controlled by a spirit who endeavored to jump through a
window and run away. He was forced to lie down and the condition again
The symptoms then presented were
those of a person in a drunken stupor. The
controlling entity said, "I am John;
I'm thirsty. Get me a drink!"
This spirit had been known to the
patient in life and had died of delirium tremens.
He had communicated with the patient
through the automatic writing experiments,
demanding that he get whiskey for
him, but the patient, being a temperate man, had refused to do so.
"He would not get whiskey for me,"
the spirit said, "but now I've got him!"
We reasoned with the entity and he
finally departed, after which the patient slept quietly. However, when
he came to breakfast the next morning he seemed speechless; mild static
electricity was applied but without effect. After increasing the
current, the patient began to utter guttural sounds and make motions
with his hands, as if he were a deaf and dumb person.
This spirit being dislodged, the
patient once more became himself and identified the spirit as a distant
relative who had been deaf and dumb; he also had communicated with him
through automatic writing.
The patient remained normal
throughout the day and
enjoyed a social gathering in our
home that evening. The following day he
showed an ugly disposition,
attempted violence and made a desperate effort to run away. A static
treatment was applied, the spirit was dislodged and the patient regained
his mental poise. There were no further disturbances by interfering
entities; the patient experienced great fatigue but during a month's
stay, fully recuperated.
After his return home, while
attending a ball game, he met the doctor who had declared him incurably
insane and the latter was amazed at the patient's recovery.
The last letter received from the
patient, ten years later, stated he had had no recurrence of his former
Another case brought to our attention
in Chicago was that of an imbecile, a girl of
twenty-two, who was unruly, obstinate
and destructive, could not speak coherently, was unable to conform to
customary table manners, opposed so
strenuously being bathed that four
persons were required to administer a bath, and
required constant observation and
When strangers visited the family,
the girl would stamp her feet and swear, although she had never heard
swearing as her parents were religious and lived in
the country where the girl had no
occasion to hear such profanity as she used.
According to the early history of the
case, the girl had been normal until the age of two and a half years and
could walk and talk. At that time she had one severe convulsion after
which she was not able to talk coherently, was unable to walk again
until seven years old, cried a great deal and needed constant attention.
During the intervening years there had been no improvement, her
development remaining in abeyance.
After a period of medical attention
and electrical treatment, an interesting experience occurred. During a
concentration circle, attended by two sisters of the patient, Mrs.
Wickland became controlled by a spirit who gave his name and stated he
had been a friend of the girl's father in the latter's birthplace, a
foreign country; in later
years he was a neighbor of the family in Wisconsin.
The spirit explained that, unaware of
being dead, he had unwittingly been attracted to the child and could not
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himself from her. When anyone
visited the family he wanted to make his situation known but could not
express himself, hence he would stamp his feet and swear.
He also stated he objected to baths
when they were administered by women, saying, "Would you expect a man to
allow himself to be given a bath by four women?"
The patient's sisters confirmed the
statement of the spirit concerning his name and
their father's birthplace, as well as
the fact that he had been their neighbor in Wisconsin, where he had died
many years before.
After freeing this spirit there was
a decided change in the girl for the better.
No education had been possible
during her years of obsession therefore she had to
be taught much as a child. She became
very observant, learned correct table manners, took her own bath, helped
with the housework, learned to talk, played with children and could be
sent on errands. Where previously she had objected to
treatments and medical attention,
she was now eager to come to the office.
Altogether a marked improvement was
shown in the case, incidentally verifying the fact that discarnated
spirits may be a contributing factor in imbecility and other cases of
In a recent convention of the
American College of Surgeons at Chicago, Dr.
George Crile, of Cleveland, is
quoted by the press as saying: "We may confidently
expect that science will disclose the
nature of life and with it the physical nature
of mind and personality." Such an
hypothesis intimates that when the body ceases
to act, mind and personality become
If the modern skeptics, who maintain
that death means annihilation and therefore ends all, could realize the
serious consequences of such teachings they would
indeed hesitate before coming to
these rash conclusions.
Death does not end all; transition is
only like stepping out of an old garment; it
does not in any way change the mental
attitude or condition.
The "death ends all" doctrine
encourages many perturbed persons to conclude that
the easiest way out of their
difficulties is to plunge over the brink of the supposed
"unknown" by committing suicide with
the idea that by this act their troubles will be ended forever. But
suicide does not do this; it only plunges the person from light into
darkness, much as an individual is left in darkness when he loses his
physical eyesight. The suicide merely shuts himself out from contact
with the external; his mind is
more disturbed than before.
Many remain in this condition for
years, ignorant of spiritual laws and even unaware of being spirits,
since they find themselves in possession of a spirit body which they
mistake for a physical one. Nor does this free the spirit from an
accusing conscience, if his life has not been right; the new conditions
only add to his mental torment.
Such spirits, hovering about the
earthplane, may often be the indirect cause of unpremeditated suicides,
for, not realizing that they have already succeeded in separating
themselves from their physical bodies, they persist in striving to "end
their lives" and becoming
enmeshed in the auras of mortal sensitives, they convey to the latter
their own gloomy thoughts and a sudden impulse to "end it all." Many
a person who suffers from
such strange impressions, (the "confusional" symptoms
listed by Dr. Tomlinson) concludes he
is going insane and determines to commit suicide.
Were abnormal psychology thoroughly
understood, a person receiving such impressions would be able to analyze
the absurdity of his impulses and, realizing that they were due to some
discarnated entity who had transferred, perhaps unintentionally, his own
disturbed mental condition to the sensitive mortal, he would avoid
committing any rash act.
Such spirit influence is illustrated
in the following case, contacted through the
psychic instrumentality of Mrs.
Wickland during an experimental seance.
The controlling spirit was in great
anguish and confusion, which is to be expected
consequent to an act such as she
described. For obvious reasons full names of persons and places have
been omitted. The conversation held with the spirit follows:
Dr. Wickland Tell us, friend, where
you came from. You evidently do not
understand your condition. You
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have lost your physical body but do
not realize it. You are now a spirit,
temporarily in possession of a body not your own. What is your name?
Spirit B. K.
Dr. How long have you
(Hysterically.) Forgive me, A.! Oh,
Calm yourself and we will help you
understand your condition.
Sp. Oh, I didn't mean to
Dr. Did you take your own
Sp. Yes. (Crying
You did not destroy your spirit, you only destroyed your body. You are
now a free spirit but you need
understanding. Do not doubt what I tell you. This is not your body.
Sp. Forgive me, forgive
me, oh, A.!
Dr. Where was your home?
Sp. In S. P.
Dr. How long since you
passed out of your own body?
Sp. Oh, what is the
Dr. You are in the dark.
Sp. I can see my mother
crying all the time.
Dr. On what street did
you live in S. P.?
Sp. F. Avenue.
Dr. What number?
Sp. I can't remember.
Calm yourself. We can help you. Tell us everything.
Sp. I didn't do it.
Dr. Who did it? What
happened to you?
Sp. I can't tell.
Dr. I am asking in your interest. What did you do? You must
know something about it.
I was so muddled. Now I don't know
what to do. Mother! Mother!
Dr. Try to collect yourself and listen to me. We can help you
if you will become quiet.
Sp. Poor A.!
Dr. Who is A.?
He's my husband. I love him so. If I could only get to him.
Dr. What did you do?
Sp. No, no, I did not do it! There
were so many people (obsessing spirits) and I was so muddled. I was
sick. I don't know why but I see only strange people.
Dr. What do they do?
Sp. I don't know.
Dr. Do they talk to you?
Sp. I was so tormented by them (earthbound spirits) that I
could not stand it any longer.
Dr. What did you do?
Sp. I was so sick. My poor husband
and mother! They are mourning and mourning. I got free, and now I can't
tell them I am free. I am so sick and worried.
All this excitement does not help
you. Be calm and we can help you.
Why do these people (spirits) around
me drive me away from home?
Dr. What do they say?
Sp. They torment me. They
stand there and laugh and laugh at me. They
say all kinds of strange things.
(Spirit became hysterical.)
Dr. Friendly spirits have
brought you here and you must do your part. Try
to understand your situation.
I didn't do it! I didn't do it! Those people around me made me do it.
Dr. What did you do?
I shot myself. (While controlled by
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Dr. You are not dead; you are still alive. No one ever
actually "dies." You only drove yourself out of your body.
Sp. They haunted me so!
Sp. All those people.
They are ignorant spirits. Would you like to remain in this condition?
Sp. Oh, no!
Dr. Do you want to be
Dr. Then be quiet and
Sp. Oh, A.! Mother! I was
so sad and so sick!
Dr. You threw yourself into the
invisible world and not having any understanding you are now in the
dark. You must be willing to attain understanding of the laws of
progression in the spirit world. Are you listening?
Sp. Yes, but I am so weak.
Dr. Determine to be strong. Listen to
the intelligent spirits who will gladly
help you. They will take you to the spirit world and teach you better
things. Do you understand?
Dr. Look around and you will find kindly spirits who will
teach you how to overcome your present condition.
Will those people go away?
Dr. They will not bother
you any more. There are many others who will
help you. Look around for Silver
Star, a little Indian girl, (spirit) who
helps spirits in trouble.
Sp. Look at that beautiful
light! God help me and give me understanding
and light! I did not mean to do it.
I love my husband and my home. But
I went away into the hills. God help
Dr. You will receive help
but you must not become
so excited. You saw a beautiful light
a moment ago. God's messengers are here to help you.
Sp. I have suffered so. I have constantly seen my husband and
mother, both very sad and crying. Oh, God help me!
Dr. Spirit friends will
show you better things.
Sp. I want peace of mind.
I want peace!
Dr. You will find it.
Sp. Why should I be
tormented so terribly?
You were evidently a psychic sensitive but did not know it. Sp.
God help me!
Dr. You must understand your
condition. Spirit friends are the messengers of God and they will help
you. They will teach you how to attain an understanding of God.
Sp. (Psychic vision opening.) Look at those beautiful things!
Look! Some one says I will have to serve others.
Dr. We cannot live for ourselves alone. You feel that in your
heart, do you not?
Dr. Now you must go with
the spirit friends.
I see such a beautiful girl (spirit) and she says, "Come with me."
Dr. She will help you.
Sp. Can I have peace in my
heart? I was so notional.
You can, if you control that
excitement. Learn the meaning of life.
Sp. My conscience hurts me
so much. See the sorrow I have caused. I go
home but they cannot understand that I am suffering.
Obtain understanding in the new
life, and progress.
Sp. My conscience bothers
Dr. You must appease your conscience by serving others.
Invisible friends will help you.
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Sp. Can I go with them? I
am so tired; I want to rest.
Dr. Go with these kind friends. You will be taught to overcome
self and you will find the light.
Sp. Will you ask my
husband and mother to forgive me?
Dr. Perhaps we can
communicate with them.
Sp. Now I will go. Thank
you for helping me.
The spirit then departed. This entity
and her history were entirely
unknown to us but her story was afterward fully corroborated by her
A warning against the folly of
self-destruction was given through Mrs. Wickland by the spirit of a
young woman who had ended her earthlife while extremely
despondent. In the physical this
young woman had refused to believe in obsession
although her mother frequently warned
her of the danger of spirit interference.
This spirit spoke at a seance which
the mother attended.
Spirit Mother, I wanted to come to
you today to let you know I am with you to help and guide you. I can
help you so much better now than I could when I was here with you
because I have learned the lesson of overcoming selfishness and
"Those were my worst faults but now I
have learned to understand what love, true love, which each one should
have, means. But I had to go through trouble and sorrow to understand
that. Since I left you I have
gone through much suffering in overcoming my difficulties."
"You realize, Mother, that I did not
commit that act. (Self
destruction.) Some spirit did the deed through me."
Mother I knew, my dear, that it was caused by obsession.
Sp. I was not myself; I was obsessed but I did not realize
that until it was too late.
(To the audience.) "Do not let any
influences whisper to you to commit such an act. Be strong and
"Do you know the consequences of
taking your own life? I wish I could impress them firmly on your minds."
"When you have committed suicide, you stand there, looking at your own
body and you cannot, cannot, control it again. You thought you were in
trouble before, but now—!"
"What misery to see your body lying
there and realize that because of your own deed you can never control it
"You see people in great distress
standing around your body; your relatives are crying and you are
helpless. You are left alone, in darkness, because you took your own
life. You are alone with your thoughts."
"There is no death; the spirit lives
on after dissolution takes place."
"I wish to emphasize that if troubles
come to you, do not shun them; face them. Be brave and do all you can to
meet them. Do not destroy your physical body. Do not be a coward and run
away from trouble."
"Learn to live rightly. Your sorrow
is only a phase through which your are passing. There is beauty around
you if you will only look for
"Today, Mother, I am very happy, for
I have overcome much, Good-bye."
Only an understanding of the laws pertaining to the life here and
hereafter can relieve the distorted minds of suicide spirits and enable
them to progress in the spirit world.
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"Except ye... become as little
children" (assume the childlike spirit, eager to learn)
"ye shall not enter into the kingdom
of heaven." (Matthew 18:3.) These spirits must cease acting according to
self-will and apply themselves to obtaining knowledge of the laws of
life. A self-centered mental attitude prevents intelligent
spirits from reaching them; these are
eager to help and they may in some instances
be able to shorten the misery of the
A comprehension of the various phases of the next life while here would
train humanity to go through earth life patiently and by so doing, the
entry, at the appointed time, into the World Beyond will be one of
happiness leading to progression.
A PSALM OF LIFE.
Tell me not, in mournful numbers Life
is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest! And
the grave is not its goal; Dust thou art, to dust returnest, Was not
spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, Is our
destined end or way; But to act, that each tomorrow Finds us farther
Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and
brave, Still, like muffled drums, are beating Funeral marches to the
In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life, Be not like dumb, driven cattle! Be a hero in
Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead! Act, act in the living Present! Heart
within, and God o'erhead!
Lives of great men all remind us We
can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints
on the sands of time;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
Let us, then, be up and doing, With a
heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor and
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Michael Faraday, distinguished English physicist and chemist of the Royal
Institute, had refused, while in earth life, to recognize Psychic
Research but upon entering the Spirit World realized his error and
became interested in the interrelationship of the physical and spirit
worlds. In a spirit communication from
Faraday, detailed observations on
obsession are given from the spirit viewpoint.
"Not one in ten thousand enter the spirit realm with any true ideas of
its realities. Thrown upon its shores like ship-wrecked mariners upon an
unknown coast, without information or conception of its conditions, they
drift in their thoughts and feelings to the only state of life in which
they have ever perceived sensation and find themselves within the
atmosphere of the earth to which they cling with nearly as much tenacity
as though living in the physical body and seek no other pleasure than to
still live there."...
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"This tendency to gravitate to the
earth plane is the primary cause of the phenomena of obsession...
fraught with consequences of grave importance to those still living in
physical life. The mental vibratory action of these spirits is
transmitted with great energy upon the brains of... mortals."...
"The involuntary transmission of
power through electric action compels spirits out of or in the body to
influence each other, according to the grade of atomic action of the
elements composing the different organisms. Here is a power which the
will of the strongest cannot
always control, even when he knows of its existence. How
much less then, one who has no
knowledge of its true nature and who is involuntarily exerting his will
through it, upon those whom he has no idea of affecting as he really
"The involuntary action of the will
of the spirit affects the recipient of earth
through the electrical force.... All
organisms are the result of certain combinations
of the elements and that motion of
the atoms comprising them is ever subject to electric energy; in fact
electric action itself is this motion transmitted from one combination
to another. Consequently if the same degree of atomic action can be
induced in two different organisms the thought evolved will be
identical; and as thought is a manifestation of the real force of the
spirit in its action in either
world, it follows the law of
equilibrium when two minds approach each other."
"When spirits intensely desire to
accomplish their wishes, the influence of such desire reaches some
sensitive mind, awakening a like desire with an intensity proportionate
to the will force exerted. If the spirit is ignorant of truth or
destitute of moral principles, his will power is directed subject to the
ruling motive of his mind and the victim will be impressed to do and
think differently from his own better judgment. The only effectual
remedy for such delusions is to instruct the
victim as to the nature of the
source of his ideas."
"The recipient of these influences...
never dreams that he is obeying the will of unseen beings who may often
unconsciously act upon his mind for the
accomplishment of Their desires.
When people are swayed by an irresistible
impulse to commit unlawful acts and
to express irrational ideas at the command of
a supposed voice of God, they are
victims of deceiving spirits whose thought
impulses affect them, whether they
are aware of them or not."
"The world is subject to the
influence of mental conditions which must ever act
and react upon its inhabitants with
inevitable results. There can be no escape from
the influence of minds who dwell in
the realms of spiritual darkness except by
their elevation and instruction in
the laws of spiritual progress; and even then their
power to influence is not lost but changes its direction to the
production of happiness instead of misery."
"Because of this law, advanced
spirits have for centuries striven to reach earth
with truth concerning the nature of
spirit. They have been thwarted in their efforts
by those upon both sides of life who,
for selfish purposes, are desirous to propagate old ideas as truth, and
on account of their position as leaders have refused to recognize the
true source of evil."
"The Principle of Spirit Obsession is
so little understood that the involuntary phases of it are generally
misunderstood or denied by those who are its victims. To obtain a
correct, or even partial comprehension of its nature, the world must
first be instructed in the basic principles of spiritual science. Man
must learn that mental powers are transmissible between the two realms
(spiritual and physical) and that the mental status of spirits or
mortals is never higher than its natural development."
"Hence to expect that spiritual ideas
are necessarily truthful because their source is traceable to those
living beyond the mortal state, is a grave error. The myriads
who have passed to the world of
spirits can no more transmit ideas of a higher, or
even of a different character, from
those evolved in their own mentality, than a child in mortal life can
comprehend the problems of the advanced sciences before he has learned
"Superstitious spirits are great
obstacles to a correct understanding of the Spiritual
Philosophy and the importance of
Spiritual Phenomena. They have not advanced
to the plane of mental action, they
exert a powerful influence
THE GATEWAY OF UNDERSTANDING
... and shadow the earth with
a power of will indescribable in earthly language."...
"A serious error of mankind has been
to regard ideas coming from a spiritual source as emanating from the
Deity. Hence the delusions of religion, politics, and
often of business and social life
which sway the minds of many, to their
discomfiture if the results are
contradictory to the promises made."
"Should it be well understood by the
earth people that spirit intercourse is not of a
religious nature the delusions which
arise from it would pass away. This result is so much feared by those
minds who wish to retain their control over the superstitious that they
oppose the dissemination of this knowledge upon earth while multitudes
of ignorant victims, both on earth and in spirit life, are so much under
their will power that they offer little opposition."
"Besides the involuntary
psychological power of those spirits who believe knowledge of spirit
life is detrimental to mankind is added the hostility of designing
spirits to such an extent as to largely prevent truthful ideas from the
spirit world from exerting
much influence on earth."...
"God has made no law forbidding
mankind to know of its destiny... Obsession is the result of a natural
law which exists in the relationship of spiritual and mortal conditions,
its effects will ever be manifested whether understood or not. Humanity
on earth will suffer and persons in spirit life will excite their malign
or benign influence in direct proportion as their own development
enables them to rise above the plane of deception or error."
"Truth alone is the remedy for all
forms of evil and knowledge of truth the only panacea for the woes of a
That ignorant or mischievous
discarnated spirits play a serious role as contributing
factors in insanity, unaccountable
crimes, immorality, invalidism, suicides and other mental aberrations—is
no longer a theory or hypothesis but may easily be verified by
unprejudiced scientists and truth-seekers. Investigators should be
willing to make such research unhampered by any preconceived notion,
beliefs or disbeliefs, but
determine to ascertain facts and with open
minds allow the Invisible World to
carry out its own revelations. Findings may then be analyzed according to
By a system of transfer, under the
guidance of intelligent co-operating spirits, obsessing entities may be
attracted from a victim and allowed to temporarily control a properly
trained psychic intermediary and through direct contact with the entity
evidence may be obtained proving that some discarnated spirit, whose
identity can often be verified,
has been a contributing factor in the psychosis.
This transference is facilitated by the
use of static electricity which, while harmless to the patient, is an
important adjunct, for the obsessing spirit cannot
long resist such electrical treatment
and is dislodged.
After such transference of psychoses
the victims will be relieved and the obsessing entities can be reached by
the advanced spirits who will care for them
and instruct them regarding the higher
laws of life.
It is not to be understood that the
transference of a spirit to a psychic sensitive is necessary as a general
means of procedure in treating all cases of mental aberration but only
where it is desired to obtain scientific data relative to spirit
interference, although a good psychic is of great importance in assisting
If state and other mental institutions
would follow up this line of research, much that is at the present time
mystifying and perplexing in psycho-pathology would be revealed.
These statements are not a matter of
mere belief but facts learned from the observations of more than forty
years of research, carried on independent of ism or cult, to ascertain the
underlying causes of what are often baffling conditions in psychological
and psychiatrical research.