Excerpt from Chapter Thirteen
of the Book
Spiritual Teachings and Universal Truths
Copyright (c) 1998 by Raphael. All rights reserved.
in Spiritual Communication
to reading this book most of you
have not learned much, if anything, concerning communication with the spirit
world. You have had no knowledge of
the possibility of any such communication, having read neither books nor
periodicals dealing with the subject nor spoken with any expert in this field.
Similarly, throughout the period during which you read and study this
book you may never come into contact with spiritualistic circles nor consult any
other spiritualistic literature whatsoever.
For many of you as long as you remain a member of a church, you should
devote your full attention to the truths which are written down in this book on
a week by week basis because more than anything else these spiritual truths and
teachings will cause a radical change in your religious views.
Your hours of study should be devoted to these teachings, and you should
be eager to learn whether the new truths that you are learning demolish the
structure of your previously held beliefs, and agree or disagree with the
teachings of the Bible. The Holy
Writ should be your reference material because the spirit world will constantly
urge you to compare your newly acquired knowledge with what is set down in the
Many times in the future at holy sťances that you will attend, the good
spirits which manifest themselves will regularly take up a Bible and expound on
However, after a certain time, when you have absorbed the presentation of
these truths and have acquired a firm conviction of the same, you should make
yourself acquainted with present day spiritualistic phenomena.
You should have the opportunity of testing and interpreting in the light
of the laws I have imparted to you everything written in this book. Should you witness anything that you cannot understand, you
could obtain the desired explanation by asking for it at one of the holy sťances
that you attend.
From the outset you should be resolved to test only those phenomena of
whose genuineness there could be no question.
You should be devoted to the investigation of occurrences and phenomena
that cannot be explained by any known scientific or natural laws.
The facts written in this book are so thoroughly substantiated as to
leave no room for doubt regarding their authenticity and embrace all phenomena
observed in the realm of spirit communication.
This book to be sure, confines itself to the statement of facts.
Regarding the existence of a spirit world as the intermediary in these
phenomena, modern science refuses to recognize this, and it is only very
occasionally and with the greatest reservations that a scientist will hint at
the possibility of any intervention on the part of spirit beings, instead their
explanations are concocted with such illogic they must strike any normally
minded person as childish and absurd.
The phenomena which you will witness in a holy sťance conducted in the
manner described in this book will be most extraordinary and will surpass
everything that most of you who do have some experience in this field have
previously read or heard of.
The preliminaries that usually preceded a sťance that I conducted where
skeptics and doubters were present consisted of a minute examination of the room
in which the sťance was held, and of all the articles contained in the room.
Windows and doors were locked and sealed, and strips of waxed paper,
having secret marks and signed by the participants were pasted over the
Almost as soon as the participants had taken their seats at the table and
formed a chain, the medium went into a trance, upon which the spirits usually
made themselves evident at once. The
chain was formed by hooking the little finger of each hand into that of one's
neighbor. This allowed the observers to move the rest of the hand
freely, as for writing, or for feeling of or touching objects, without breaking
The sťances were held either in complete darkness or by the light of a
It is frequently unnecessary for the observers to extinguish the candle,
because as soon as the medium falls into a trance it goes out by itself.
state as facts from personal experience that the spirits working with and
through the mediums in holy sťances produce the following manifestations:
or knocks which are specifically characteristic, and represent something
peculiar to themselves. I have
often heard them and noted their peculiarity at once, without having my
attention called to it by anyone else. I
could distinctly hear, or rather feel that some of them were not produced on the
surface of the table or of the walls, but within the same.
I mention this particularly, because if you make several attempts to
imitate the rappings produced by the spirits, you will fail entirely to obtain
the tone of some of the rappings heard at these sťances.
of levitation (maintaining the human body in the air without support).
I have witnessed this personally, and have heard that it often occurs at
other sťances. Not only has the
table been moved and lifted, but also the medium himself as well as one or more
participants were raised several feet above the floor.
exciting and interesting is the production of partial, or more often, of
completely formed apparitions of spirits. The
partial materializations usually are those of heads. These materializations appear almost instantly either above
or behind the medium, but even more often behind or among the participants, who
are seated at some distance from him.
After a few sharp, distinctly audible raps on the table or the walls,
bright stars or sparks appear, rising above the table and floating upward toward
the ceiling. These sparks, which
have a bluish light, vary in size from that of a pea to that of a walnut, and
often appear in the dozens. They all move simultaneously and at considerable speed above
the seats of the observers, flying in all directions and forming in groups or by
twos. Some vanish, while others
descend in pairs close to the participants.
Whenever they came within about sixteen inches of me, I could see that
they were pairs of human eyes that looked at me.
In a few minutes a perfectly formed human head appeared around such a
pair of eyes, being clearly visible by the light of a hand which had also been
materialized and the palm of which was luminous.
The hand was raised above the head in order to see it plainly.
All the while the eyes rested steadily upon me, the face assuming a
friendly, smiling expression. I've
seen a great number of such heads, occasionally two at a time, flying like
balloons from one participant to another, and when asked, "Please come over
to me" taking the shortest route to the person making the request, often
directly across the table and as swiftly as shooting stars.
spirits, which however, made themselves heard by footsteps and the creaking
of the floorboards came and touched my face and hands and other parts of my body
with their soft, living hands. The
sensation of the touch of a living human hand was unmistakable.
At the request of the participants, these invisible spirits will go get
articles from the different parts of the room in which the sťance is being
held, and in spite of the darkness, never make a false move, never collide with
anything and never touch a participant, not even when moving a heavy object like
a bronze bust weighing thirty pounds, or when setting down a small tub filled
with melted paraffin.
visible by dim light. These
spirits generally went from one person to another to give each one the
opportunity of observing them up close. The
pores and roughness of the skin of the spirits faces and hands could be
distinguished. In the nose of one
old man I could even see the winding tracing of the tiny veins.
I could distinguish also the texture of the cloth with which the spirit
was covered. These apparitions came
so close to me that I could hear them breathe and feel their breath against my
The most impressive and convincing feature of these apparitions were the
eyes and the faces with their lifelike expression.
When questions were addressed to the apparitions the facial expression
was always perfectly suited to the answer, while an amiable smile was constantly
on their lips.
(6.) Of spirits
of animals we saw mostly squirrels, dogs and cats.
On one occasion a lion appeared and on another, a large bird, either a
falcon or a hawk. I myself have seen an animal of each of the mentioned
species, which behaved as might have been expected, the squirrel hopping about
the table, the dog running around it wagging his tail, jumping into the laps of
the participants and licking their faces. In
short, he acted as any dog would. The lion's demeanor was more threatening; he lashed his tail,
striking it against the furniture and the startled observers, unable to control
the brute put an end to the sťance by awakening the medium.
The hawk flew around, beating the walls and ceiling with his wings, and
when he finally perched on the medium's shoulder, a photograph was taken of him,
a camera already focused upon the medium, having been held in readiness for the
apparitions have luminous hands, that is to say the palms of their hands
shine in the dark. The light given
off is white, slightly tinged with green, and is so strong that whenever the
spirits hold or pass their hands above their heads, faces or figures, every
detail is shown. They illuminate
themselves in order to give the participants an opportunity of observing them
closely. They also turn their
luminous palms toward the participants, so that the latter may be illuminated.
On one such occasion I could see distinctly that the light was not
altogether steady, but was constantly vibrating, showing different intensities,
although the total amount of light thrown off by the palm remained the same
throughout. I could also note
especially bright sparks or rays running in zigzag paths by various routes from
the base of the hand to the fingertips. At
the same time the luminous palms diffused a powerful smell of ozone.
(8.) One of the
rarest, but perhaps one of the highest types, is the spirit of an old man which
is perfectly luminous by his own power. The
apparition resembled a pillar of light. The
light radiating from him is so intense, that not only all the participants, but
also all objects, near and distant, in the room, are illuminated by him.
When I saw this apparition the palms of his hands and the region about
his heart were more luminous than the other parts of his body.
The spirit rose in the middle of the room, the table at which we were
seated was in one corner of the room, while the medium sat in another corner.
Both the old man and the medium were visible.
The old man wore a high, conical headdress, and was clothed in a long
robe that hung down from him in deep folds.
He approached us with majestic strides, his robe swaying as he walked.
His hands were engaged in making motions in the shape of triangles.
At the same time he was speaking in a deep, solemn voice.
He stopped behind me for about ten seconds, waving his luminous hands
above us and speaking continually. He
then withdrew to the far end of the room and vanished.
His coming was accompanied by a wave of ozonated air that filled the room
even after the sťance had ended. The
spirit is that of a very old man with a gray beard.
His language was rather deep in the throat, and unknown to anyone
present. To date no one has
succeeded in discovering who the spirit is.
He is known as the Assyrian priest, a designation that fits his
(9.) Paraffin molds
were made by the spirits.
As soon as they noticed the tub filled with melted paraffin on the
table, they would approach it with evident pleasure, and on request, would make
complicated figures out of the paraffin. Sometimes
they dipped their hands into the substance and allowed the glove like molds so
formed to drop upon the table. Whenever
the spirit hand is luminous, it can be seen as it splashes in the paraffin like
a goldfish in a bowl.
On one occasion a pair of them fell from the table into my lap and from
there to the floor. I called the attention of the others to the matter, asking
them not to move their feet, or the molds could be damaged.
One participant asked the spirit to pick up the molds and replace them on
the table, which was immediately done. At
the same time my ankle was seized and my leg pushed aside, to make room under
the table where there were seven pairs of legs.
The spirit required from half to three quarters of a minute to make a
mold, whereas when I tried to do this myself, it took several minutes for the
paraffin to cool sufficiently to be removed.
Even then I found it impossible to strip the glove from my hand without
breaking it; in fact I was unable to accomplish this with the coating of a
single finger which I had dipped into the paraffin as far as the second joint.
When I removed the paraffin from the plaster cast, by dipping it into hot
water, I noticed a number of hairs floating in the water.
They were of the kind that grows on the back of the hand and on that of
the third finger joint. Since I was
quite sure that I had used perfectly clean water and a white porcelain bowl in
conducting my test, I was surprised at the discovery.
I examined all of the casts previously made, and noticed through the fine
film of paraffin which surrounded one of them several bits of hair embedded in
One of the cases observed by me in this connection was especially
interesting. In one cast the hand
is doubled into a fist, the tip of the thumb projecting between the index and
the middle fingers. In this particular case the spirit had been asked to do
something complicated, unique and hard to imitate, but was left at liberty to do
just as he liked. He had apparently
reflected for a while as though trying to think of something appropriate.
Then he had dipped his extended hand into the paraffin, and after having
done so, had doubled it up. Before
I filled this mold with plaster, I could see on the inside several irregularly
shaped ribs of paraffin running through the hollow in the interior of the glove
and supporting certain parts. They
corresponded to the curved recesses between the fingers.
apports I have seen only a few, and
these were of small objects. I have
been told, however, that fairly heavy articles have been brought from distant
rooms into that in which sťances are held. The most remarkable phenomenon of this sort was the
disappearance of the medium from the sťance chamber that had been locked up and
sealed. Greatly to their amazement,
the sťance participants found the mediums in a fairly remote room of the house,
(11.) Many times I
was able to establish the fact that there was a considerable
fall in temperature in the sťance room. I,
as well as several other observers felt distinctly chilly toward the end of the
sťances lasting from one to two hours. The
thermometers in the room showed a fall of temperature toward the end of the sťance
ranging from 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. This
is contrary to the usual experience since the temperature of a room, and
especially of a tightly closed room, in which many people remain for a
considerable time, generally rises, the more so as the rooms in question were
only moderately large.
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