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Excerpt from Chapter Eight
of the Book
Spiritual Teachings and Universal Truths
Copyright (c) 1998 by Raphael. All rights reserved.
Mediums and Clairvoyants
will now continue to instruct
you in those things that take place in the communication with the spirit world.
You may think that what you read here is something quite new and unheard
of. It is as old as humanity.
From the days of the first humans down to the present, the spirit world
has communicated with mankind. That
is true of both the good spirit world and the evil.
You, of course, have read often enough in the ancient texts that people
call the Old Testament that God spoke to the people of those times.
God spoke to Adam, Cain, Isaac, Abraham and Jacob, to Moses and to many
others. How do you think He did
this? You know that God is a spirit
and that spirits have no lips of flesh or vocal chords to allow them to speak
after the manner of men and women. How
then, did God speak to these people?
As you know, mankind has various means of communicating with people at a
distance. We write letters,
telephone or send telegraphs, and lately we have made use of even the
ether-waves through radio and television. Like-wise,
the world of spirits, which is separated from you materially, has various ways
of communicating with you by means perceptible to your senses.
Do not think that communication with the spirits ceased in the early days
of the Christian era, as many of the religions ask you to believe.
On the contrary, it should and it
will always continue, because
it is the only way in which we can learn the truth about God and His Creation.
It is true that it rests with the people themselves whether or not they
obtain communication with the spirits of God.
Even in the days before Immanuel there were times when this communication
ceased almost entirely. Those were
the times of estrangement from God. Today,
the people, in spite of the many temples and churches that they build, have to a
great extent fallen away from God and into the power of the Evil Ones.
Whenever mankind again draws as close to God as it was in the days before
Immanuel and in those of the early part of His era, all those things that to you
seem so strange and which are recorded as having happened then will be repeated,
because the God of today is also the God of Old.
He loves His creatures as dearly now as He loved them then, and before
Him we are all equal.
Do not worry if you do not understand everything concerning communication
with the spirit world in the beginning. The
subject is still quite new to most of you and there are many points that will
take time to grasp. But little by
little you will come to understand them all.
It is the same way with scientific inventions and discoveries; at first a
newly discovered fact is considered impossible and its discoverer as mentally
abnormal. Years later the same discovery is universally admitted, and
regarded as obvious. How many
people two hundred years ago could have conceived of airplanes, telegraph,
telephone, let alone radio, television and computers?
Had anyone then predicted that the time would come when mankind could fly
through the air, speak with distant places and listen, in his own home, to a
concert being given thousands of miles away, he would not have been taken
seriously. And it is precisely the
scientists who would have scoffed the most at any such possibilities.
You are here being told and many of you will see for yourself that the
spirit world can communicate with mankind, as soon as the necessary conditions
have been fulfilled. Most people will not believe this, just as formerly they did
not believe in the possibility of what today are commonplaces.
So too, most scientists now refuse to accept that the spirit world is
able to enter into your lives in a manner perceptible to your senses.
And yet, even today there are thousands of occurrences that those very
scientists can verify as indisputable facts, and what is more, as facts which
can be ascribed only to intervention by the spirit world.
But scientists seek other causes for these occurrences, and ask you to
accept the most senseless and incredible explanations to account for "human
agencies" behind these occurrences, so that they themselves need not
acknowledge the existence of a spirit world and a Beyond.
Some of them take this position because they deny a future life, others,
because as scientists they lack the courage to admit the intervention of
spirits, although inwardly convinced that it exists.
They are afraid that their professional reputations will suffer in
But the time is coming when scientists will be forced to admit that both
spirit worlds, the good and the evil, intervene visibly and perceptibly in your
lives and your fortunes, and do so in an infinite number of ways.
You must not be surprised if you are considered today as not quite normal
if you announce that you believe that communication with the spirit world is
It is also completely absurd that the various religious denominations
should refuse to admit the possibility of the intervention of the spirit world
and of its communication with mankind today, or why, if they do admit it, they
contend that it can be only the evil spirit world which manifests itself in
present times. Any such attitude is
totally indefensible, because if it is impossible for spirits to reach you
today, it was equally impossible in the past, and all Biblical accounts of
communication with spirits must be relegated to the realm of myth.
If, on the other hand, now it is only evil spirits which can make their
presence known to you, then the same was true formerly.
That means that all beliefs based on either the Old or the New Testament
would fall to the ground, because they certainly claim to have received their
religious truths and laws from spirits. If,
then, good spirits were able to visit mankind in the past, there is no reason
for doubting that they are able to do so today as well, because the same God Who
sent the spirits then, sends them today. Just
as He tried then to guide mankind upon the right path, so does He today.
Or do you think that you are no longer in need of any advice and guidance
from God's spirits? Do you think you are better and wiser than the people of Old,
and that you possess all the truth there is?
In the days when people
sought after God from their hearts and minds, their communication with His
spirit world was a direct one. Each
individual possessed by Nature most of the qualifications needed for such
communication. His or her own
spirit, attuned to lofty and divine thoughts, was capable of receiving messages
from the spirit world through a spiritual sense of sight, hearing and feeling.
This was what is called today "clairvoyance",
"clairaudience", and "clairsentience".
No intermediaries were needed for the messages sent from the Hereafter.
These gifts disappeared as mankind fell away from God and began to devote
all its thought and care to worldly things.
In their reckless race after money and other worldly goods, people forgot
God. This not only weakened the
communication with the good spirit world, but also brought about the
disappearance of those gifts that had made it possible.
Today the majority of mankind goes so far as to ridicule and disbelieve
altogether the possibility of such communication.
There are relatively few people today who possess the gifts in question
and who are in touch with the world of good spirits after the manner of the
God-fearing folks of old.
But the time is coming when things will again be as they were in this
respect, that is to say, when each individual can communicate by spiritual sight
and hearing with the spirits.
Until that time, however, those who still believe in God may converse
with spirits through another channel and many who do not believe may witness the
workings of the spirit world with their corporeal senses and thereby be aroused
to return to a belief in the Almighty and in survival after the death of the
For this purpose God has
given mankind of today the so-called mediums.
The meaning of this term has already been made clear to you, but since a
correct understanding of the nature of mediums is among the most important
points connected with spiritual communication, I must not fail to instruct you
minutely in this particular. In so
doing I will confine myself to discussing human mediums, omitting those cases in
which animals may serve as such.
Mediums are intermediaries or human instruments employed by the spirit
world to make itself manifest to mankind. Inasmuch
as the spirits require spiritual energy power for this purpose, mediums are
people who serve the spirit world as sources of spiritual energy power.
It is chiefly their own spiritual energy which mediums surrender to the
spirits manifesting themselves. The
mediums are however at the same time collecting the spiritual energy liberated
by the non-mediums in attendance at the so-called spiritualistic sťances.
Exactly as sometimes happens in building an aqueduct, when the water from
the main spring is supplemented by that of many smaller springs, so the medium's
capacity to supply spiritual energy is increased by his collecting within
himself the feebler spiritual energy power of the other persons present.
While all people possess spiritual energy power, in most cases this is
too closely bound to the body to be surrendered readily, because of this it is
not available to the spirit world in adequate strength.
People qualified to function as mediums are highly sensitive.
This means that because of the ease with which they can part with their
spiritual energy, the impressions made upon them are deeper than in the case of
other people. This is not a morbid
condition as scientists think, and has no relation with nervousness, hysteria or
lack of will power; on the contrary, good spirits cannot use nervous, uncertain
nor sick persons as mediums. A good
medium must have more will power, stronger nerves and better physical health
than the average person.
Mediums are divided into different groups according to the purpose for
which their spiritual energy power is employed by the spirit world.
Different Types of Mediums
If this power is used to raise or lower a table or to cause the same to emit
raps, the medium employed in this connection is called a medium
for table communication. The
rising and falling or the rapping of the table is used as a sign language for
obtaining messages from the spirit world. This
is the lowest form of spiritual communication, because the spirits which appear
at table tipping sťances are almost without exception those of a low order.
Spirits of the superior kind do not select this way in which to manifest
themselves, therefore it happens that at such gatherings the low spirits which
appear often carry on much mischief, occasionally assisted by the tricks of the
spectators. Unfortunately, table
tipping with its manifestations that are either ridiculous or false, does much
to discredit the higher forms of spiritual communication.
Seekers after God and lovers of the truth will shun communication of this
kind and choose only those methods that are worthy of the high ends in view.
messages from the spirit world are written down by a person, people speak of him
as a writing medium. The
manner in which the writing is accomplished differs widely in the case of the
various writing mediums. In one
instance the thoughts may be inspired into the medium and written down by him,
for this reason he is sometimes known as an "inspirational medium".
Another's hand may be guided at the same time that the words he writes
are inspired into his mind. All the
while he is fully conscious of his actions.
Contemporaneous inspiration is necessary in those cases in which the
medium offers strong resistance to the guidance of his hand.
Others again know only that they are writing, but are quite ignorant of
what they write down.
Others write in a state of complete unconsciousness, they know neither
that they are writing nor what they are writing.
Sometimes one medium will write in several of the ways I have described.
Direct writing, as it is
called, is entirely different from the writing done by mediums, being produced
by the spirit itself, which makes use of the spiritual energy force only of the
medium and not of the latter's hand. By
means of the spiritual energy which it takes from the medium the spirit
materializes its own hand and with it writes upon a surface like a sheet of
paper, a slate or something similar with which the medium does not come into
contact. The amount of spiritual
energy required for this method is much greater than when the medium's hand is
used in writing.
There are two references in the Bible to direct writing, with both you
are of course familiar. The tablets bearing the Ten Commandments were written on
Mount Sinai by the actual hand of God as related in the books of Moses,
"The tablets were the work of God, the writing inscribed on the tablets
being God's own writing." (Exodus
When King Belshazzer made a great feast to his lords and drank from the
sacred vessels which his father had taken from the temple which was in Jerusalem
and praised the gods of gold and of silver and of brass, Daniel wrote,
"that very hour the fingers of a man's hand appeared writing on the plaster
of His royal palace opposite the lampstand.
The king saw the palm of the hand as it wrote."
The medium's hand may also be used for drawing or for painting, rather
than for writing. In such cases the mediums are designated accordingly, the
general process being the same as in writing.
(3.) There is another
class of what might be called writing mediums, namely the planchette
mediums. A "planchette"
is a slab of wood, metal or other material upon which are marked the letters of
the alphabet, figures and other symbols. The
surface of the planchette is smooth, so that an object may readily be slid upon
it. The medium, who retains his
full consciousness, lays his hand on some object provided at its tip with a
pointer, which rests upon the slab. He
now waits until the object moves so that the pointer will touch a letter.
It indicates, one after another, a series of letters which when put
together will spell out words and sentences.
The planchette-medium sits with his eyes closed or, better still,
blindfolded, so that he cannot see the letters himself, since otherwise he would
be prone to assist the motion of his hand and in this way to record his own
The most famous of all planchettes was the Breastplate on the robe of the
High Priest of the old Hebrew religion, who himself was a medium.
In the modern version of the Bible this Breastplate is referred to as the
"Breastplate of Judgment", because it was used by the Israelites when
they desired that God's judgment be revealed to them.
It was in the shape of a square and consisted of four rows of precious
stones, the first row being composed of a sardius, a topaz and a carbuncle, the
second of an emerald, a sapphire and a diamond, the third of a jacinth, an agate
and amethyst, and the fourth of a beryl, an onyx and a jasper.
On each stone was engraved a character, standing for one of the names of
the twelve tribes of Israel, a kind of alphabet being in this way formed.
The reason why precious stones were used was because they possess
spiritual energy power to a high degree and in this way strengthened the High
Priest's hand. Between the stones
was a wide, smooth, groove of gold having no sharp corners or edges.
A part of the equipment was the plate of pure gold worn upon the mitre
(headdress), and engraved with the words, HOLY TO THE LORD.
This was fastened to the mitre with a lace of blue, and was the most
important of the objects used in consulting the Lord.
It wore its inscription with good reason.
Whenever invoking God for counsel, the High Priest untied the lower edge
of the Breastplate from the ephod and brought the Breastplate into a horizontal
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