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Special Article taken from the Book
Spiritual Teachings and Universal Truths
Copyright © 1998 by Raphael. All rights reserved.
The Correct Procedure for Conducting a Holy Séance
and for the Development of Mediums
(1.) When a group of
sincere seekers of God and the Truth has decided to unite in an effort to get
into communication with the good spirit world, the first thing to be determined
upon is the place at which its
meetings are to be held regularly. This place should be chosen so as to ensure the greatest
possible privacy. You too, when
conducting the more important of your worldly affairs, are careful to provide
against intrusion and this is more essential when the question at issue is the
establishment of a purely spiritual bond, which would be much more susceptible
to disturbing influences than would any worldly undertaking.
(2.) The best time for such meetings
is in the evening after eight o'clock, when the day's work with its worldly
cares and worries is over and people can devote themselves to calm reflection.
speaking, sťances should not be held
more than twice a week.
(4.) Before the
meeting, the premises should be thoroughly aired to rid them of all vapor,
tobacco smoke and stale air, because the spiritual energy power of the
participants is greatly lowered by a polluted atmosphere and in consequence, the
spiritual energy radiation, which is so important to the spirit world, is
(5.) To keep the air
pure a large bowl of fresh water
is placed in the room; this absorbs a
part of the air that becomes contaminated in the course of the sťance.
(6.) Upon the table
at which you will sit are placed for each of you a few sheets
of paper and a pencil.
before the opening of the sťance you
must not have conversation about material or worldly subjects, but must
concentrate your thoughts and dismiss all purely worldly matters from your
minds. Remember that it is for the purpose of serving God that you
place chosen by each of you at the first meeting should be regularly occupied
by you thereafter, because the spiritual energy radiation that varies with each
of you must gradually be brought in a certain equilibrium.
For this reason those of you who are present should seat yourselves
alternately according to sex, because the spiritual energy of the male is
preeminently positive, while that of the female is negative and to offset one
with the other is the best way of establishing an energy balance.
However, this alternate seating arrangement is not imperative, it merely
facilitates the balancing of the spiritual energy for producing an effective
current. A change in the order of
seating after this has been adopted should be made only in response to an order
to that effect from the spirit world, transmitted by a trained medium or by a
medium undergoing training.
(9.) If there is a
musical instrument like a piano or an organ in the assembly room, it
is best that the meeting be opened with a spiritual song, sung to
instrumental accompaniment. For
want of anything better, a recorded hymn or song may be played.
The singing and playing of a beautiful song inspires your minds with
harmony and turns your thoughts to higher things.
Such music is also a good safeguard against the influence of the world of
evil spirits, which will try to force their way into your meeting for the
purpose of obstructing and disturbing your efforts because evil is discord and
does not feel at home in surroundings in which the harmony of lofty thought and
sentiment finds expression in song and words.
That was why, as the Bible relates, the evil spirits departed from King
Saul whenever David played the harp before him and sang psalms.
(10.) After the
singing and/or the playing of the song is over one
of you must say a simple prayer of your own composing.
Should you be too bashful to deliver this without the aid of notes,
you may write it down beforehand and read it out loud with due reverence.
Every one of you who attend these meetings should take your turn at
offering a prayer.
(11.) Following the
prayer, one of you must read a truthful
passage from the Old or the New Testament, which must be discussed by
everyone present. The aggregate
time given to the song, the prayer, the reading and the discussion should be
half an hour.
(12.) At the
termination of the discussion, all of you must join hands, the light being
dimmed as much as possible, each of you laying your right hand over the left
hand of your neighbor. This is
called "forming a chain", and is necessary in order that the
spiritual energy force of each of you may be united into a single current, just
as separate lengths of wire must be connected whenever it is desired to pass an
electric current over a line. It
must always be kept in mind that the ability of the spirit world to perform its
work at a sťance depends on the strength of the spiritual energy current and
that the efficiency of the spiritual energy is greatly enhanced by dimming the
The formation of the chain also has a highly symbolic significance,
because just as you join hands and thereby become linked outwardly into one
unit, so you must be of one mind and one soul among each other.
You must love one another as spiritual brothers and sisters, help one
another, forgive each other's faults and banish from your minds everything that
might disturb the internal harmony of the group.
It was for the reasons I just mentioned that the early Christians used to
join hands when they gathered together for worship.
They in this way sought to typify unity of mind, but primarily they
strove to create a powerful spiritual energy current in order to enable the good
spirit world to deliver its messages.
The "chain" should be maintained for fifteen minutes.
During this time you
all must strive to keep your minds concentrated, to exclude thoughts of all
worldly subjects and to have nothing but good thoughts.
To this end you may engage in introspection, review your own past in this
life, your shortcomings, your relationship with God and with your fellow humans,
your sins of omission and the like. You
should give thanks to God for all the blessings you have received, praise and
exalt Him, and reverently ask Him to be allowed to communicate with the good
spirit world. You may include in your prayer anything that will promote
your spiritual welfare.
(13.) When the time
allotted to the "chain" has elapsed, the leader of the assembly asks
that it be broken. Each of you should now pick up the pencil before you and lay your hand
with the pencil in it lightly on the sheet of paper in front of you.
When doing this you must have the strength of mind not to write of your
own volition, all the while keeping your hand relaxed so that it will yield to
any motion which may be imparted by the spirit world.
At the first few sťances the available spiritual energy force is usually
very small in amount and the obstacles encountered by you are very serious.
Everything is still too new to you.
You will find it difficult to keep your thoughts collected and you might
fall into a state of tense expectation. It
is precisely this tension which most of all prevents the liberation of your
spiritual energy, as I will explain later. In addition, you are like a new, unused magnet, which
develops strength only through repeated use.
However, it might happen that your mediumistic development is much
further advanced than you yourself realize.
If this is the case then it may be that the workings of the spirit world
will manifest at the very first sťance. You
may feel a pulling at or stiffening of the hand which holds the pencil and which
then begins to move. You must not
give the slightest resistance to this impulse, but must allow the hand to yield.
At the first few sťances nothing more convincing may be executed with
the pencil by the spirit world than some straight lines, curves, circles or
other elementary attempts at writing, before a letter, a word, or a sentence is
formed. This is because the
spiritual energy force released by all of you present is not yet powerful enough
and primarily because the spiritual energy power of the medium in the making is
still in its initial stage. Practice
in writing will progressively strengthen this power.
If the workings of the spirit world are manifested in this or in some
other way, the great obstacle, originating in the tense attitude of those of you
present will now make itself felt. Some
of you will watch with the greatest intentness to what is happening to the other
Tense expectancy, however, always represses your spiritual energy
radiation, just as if you were listening intently to someone, you would
involuntarily hold your breath. This
diminishes your spiritual energy current and adds to the difficulties of the
spirit world, this would be similar to the way even the best engineer cannot
make his machine run properly if deprived of all or of a large part of his
Fear, fright, distrust, doubt and all other forms of inward opposition
exert upon the spiritual energy current
an effect as unfavorable as that produced by mental tension. If you, having such feelings, take part in a spiritualistic
meeting, you not only fail to release any spiritual energy force yourself, but
you interrupt the current liberated by the others. Mediums can tell at once when there is someone present who
acts like an extraneous, obstructive body and are justified in demanding your
exclusion until you have adopted a different mental attitude.
Whenever at your spiritualistic gatherings, there is a lack of harmony of
thought and feeling, there can be no homogeneous spiritual energy current and
the successful outcome of your meeting becomes problematical, if not impossible.
This explains why "scientific" committees that experiment with
mediums often meet with little or no success.
The mediums, who as you know, are the sources of power for the
manifestations of the spirits, feel discouraged and nervous when surrounded by
an atmosphere of distrust. They
realize all the while that their investigators consider them capable of
committing fraud and that they have no faith in the thing itself.
Sensations of this kind are bound to check the release of energy on the
part of the mediums, if not to prevent it altogether.
That is a law of Nature and incidentally, it is the same law as that
which causes the blood to leave your cheeks when you are seized with fear and to
rush to your inner organs, making you turn pale.
What happens is that your spiritual energy as it retreats inward, draws
the blood to your heart.
How unjustly do scientists so often judge a medium's failure to meet
their tests. They would do better
to consider the obstacles placed in the way of mediums as sources of power for
the spirit world, more particularly by the scientists themselves, who need only
remove these obstacles in order to obtain a satisfactory demonstration of the
ability of spirits to make themselves manifest.
It is true that the good spirit world very rarely engages in
communications which do not deal exclusively with the purposes of good but which
serve merely to satisfy scientific inquiry, if not sheer curiosity.
The latter is the province in which the low spirit world is especially
active and in which, unfortunately, it often causes great harm.
Those of you who attend good spiritualistic sťances should constantly
remember that it is your duty to banish all doubt and distrust from your minds
and to await what may happen with the utmost patience and composure.
Whenever during the course of a sťance you feel an inner impulse to
write down a thought that arises within you, you must do so.
In time you will learn to distinguish between your own thoughts and those
which are inspired, because the thoughts instilled by the spirit world will
force themselves upon you insistently as you try to dismiss your own and will
keep on recurring, try as you will to disregard them.
If anyone present should feel dizziness or heaviness in your limbs, if
your head is turned from side to side, or if your body should perform motions
inexplicable to you, it is a sign that the spirit world has taken you in hand.
These motions of your body are most evident in you who will become
"deep-trance mediums". The
back and forth, up and down contortions of your body are connected with the
release of your spirit from your body. Your
physical symptoms exhibited during this process are often alarming to those who
witness them because they are a sort of death struggle, though there is no pain,
discomfort or danger to you. All
alarm on this account is groundless, because everything happens according to
The most difficult period of a deep-trance medium's training is the stage
that is known as the "semi-trance" or "part-trance".
Your own spirit has not yet been completely liberated and has not left
your body, while a different spirit is already making use of the same for its
manifestations. Your spirit, being
still present, hears the words spoken by the different spirit and you are easily
led to believe that these words and thoughts are your own.
This brings about the danger of misunderstanding the entire proceeding
and of regarding the manifestations as self-deception.
Also, it may easily happen, that your own spirit breaks into the
communications being delivered by the different spirit, a proceeding that
naturally awakens doubt among the others present.
It might seem at first glance that the different spirit would do better
not to attempt to deliver its messages until your training was complete, thereby
avoiding unpleasant consequences like those just described, but the reasons
which impel the different spirit to communicate through those of you who have
reached only the "part-trance" stage are so important, that it will
sooner accept all the disagreeable happenings than postpone its communications
until you have completed your training, because it is precisely during the early
stages, when no fully trained medium is available at the meetings, that you
require instruction and enlightenment on too many points to permit a
postponement until a later date. What
you are taught at the very beginning is so important to you that the imperfect
manner in which the messages are transmitted is regarded as a much smaller
problem than would be a total neglect of instruction.
Your transition from the "part-trance" to the
"deep-trance" stage is generally of relatively short duration provided
that you will make efforts to progress within yourself and to combat your human
failings. As soon as you have reached the "full-trance"
phase, you are entirely unaware of what the different spirit is saying or doing.
For those of you who are seeking in good faith to communicate with the
Hereafter, the most serious obstacles of all are the ones put in the way by the
evil spirit world, because in this case as in all others, Evil does its best to
prevent the accomplishment of Good. It
neglects no means of trying to divert you from your purpose, beginning by
instilling into you the idea that the whole process is one of self-deception,
auto-suggestion or hypnosis and doing its best to dissuade you from engaging in
matters which will expose you to ridicule.
The evil ones will have accomplished much if they succeed in arousing
serious doubts in you or another as to the truth, genuineness and worth of your
cause. For this purpose they also
often exploit the most trivial superficial pretexts, especially minor errors and
shortcomings, which are bound to happen as long as you are human.
The evil spirit world likewise tries to terrify you who are being
educated as clairvoyants, by showing you the most abhorrent monstrosities,
grimacing likenesses of the Devil and other sights of that sort, in order to
induce you to discontinue your training and to abandon your cause.
Naturally, people who devote themselves to a low form of spiritualism are
spared these demonstrations, because spiritualism of this type is a connecting
link with Evil, which consequently has no reason or desire to divert mankind
from its pursuit.
It is when the evil spirits are active that all of you and more
especially the mediums are put to the test.
A personal test is applied to each and every one of you and always at
your weakest point. Only those of
you who can pass this test are granted the gift of mediumship.
If you fail, you will either abandon your search altogether, or you will
fall completely under the control of the evil spirits.
To prevent this all of you should pray to God for help and strength in
order that you may resist the temptations presented by the evil spirits. If you are sincere seekers of truth, He will without a doubt
answer your prayers.
As to the duration of the sťances,
generally speaking, one hour should
be enough. As soon as the spirits
begin to manifest themselves through the medium, they usually decide when the
meeting should be adjourned. Since
God loves order, His spirits are spirits that love order.
This is made evident in a wondrous manner at all spiritualistic meetings
held under God's protection by the invariable attendance of a controlling spirit who conducts everything.
This spirit decides what you must do to facilitate the training of the
mediums and tells you how to promote your own progress, what faults to correct
and what virtues to cultivate.
The controlling spirit often decides upon the passages from the Holy
Scriptures which are to be read at the beginning of the sťance and occasionally
alters the order of your seating as may be required for obtaining an increase in
the release of spiritual energy. He
or she furthermore determines which spirits are to be admitted into the mediums,
the nature of the messages they may deliver, and how long they may stay in the
The controlling spirit may also admit evil spirits into them, so that you
who are present will come to know such spirits by their dispositions and actions
and thereby acquire practical experience in how to conduct yourselves in their
presence. Nothing, however, pleases
the controlling spirit more than to admit spirits that are in deep distress but
whose disposition remains fairly good into the mediums in order to give these
spirits an opportunity of being advised and directed to turn to God by you who
are present. This is a great kindness that you in attendance at such
meetings can do for your suffering brethren in the Hereafter. Sometimes the controlling spirit will later on explain the
reasons for the admission of the various spirits.
At every meeting the controlling spirit is the first of the spirits to
arrive and always with a greeting that makes a reference to God.
He or she is the spiritual guide for all of you, who admonishes, warns,
criticizes and instructs. In
particular, both during the course of the medium's training and afterwards, the
controlling spirit emphasizes the need of an ever-greater belief and trust in
God. The closer your soul
approaches to God, the greater you share in the power that emanates from Him and
the greater and more wonderful the gifts which He bestows upon you for the
benefit of mankind. The aim of
every sťance in which God's spirits are active is, "Nearer my God to
In the early stages of your development as a medium, when the first
written messages from the Hereafter are received, it is usually only your
departed relatives and friends who are allowed to communicate with you, provided
that they are on the road to God in the Hereafter and do not belong to the evil
spirits. They too will earnestly urge you to believe in God and will
not weary of telling you that in communicating with the good spirits, you have
chosen the right path. They will
also express their regret that this path was not pointed out to them while they
were among the dwellers on Earth.
As your training makes further progress, the messages from departed
relatives and friends cease entirely and the higher spirits make themselves
This, however, presupposes that you strive for spiritual perfection and
that your intentions are pure. If
you who attend such gatherings should be lacking in good intention, or should
lose interest, and if you should fail to heed repeated admonitions addressed to
you by the good spirits, you will be excluded from future gatherings by order of
the controlling spirit. This is
necessary, not only because you yourself are making no progress, but because you
are a detriment to the rest, forming as you do, a rallying-point for the evil
spirits which follow you to the meeting and exert their evil influence upon the
others present. Furthermore, the
spiritual energy force is adversely affected by the discord that you introduce
into the assembly as a result of your inward obstructive attitude.
Gatherings held for the purpose of
communicating with the spirit world without the supervision of one of God's
spirits do not enjoy His sanction. They
may have all the external features of a divine service, nevertheless, the entire
trend which spirit communication takes under these conditions will not be toward
God. They contribute nothing toward
the purification and uplifting of your soul.
Wherever the Divinely appointed control is lacking is not the place for
the spirits assigned to the service of you who seek salvation.
To save your souls is the only lawful purpose of spiritualistic meetings.
Consequently, although many of the so-called spiritualist churches of
today go through the outward form of offering prayer and singing hymns at their
gatherings, the real object of what takes place at these is far removed from
serving any divine ends.
The people acting as leaders or collaborators of these churches are
generally gifted with clairvoyance, clairaudience and clairsentience and through
these gifts are able to communicate with the spirits which accompany the members
of their congregations. The
spiritual energy radiation of these spirits establishes contact with the same of
the mediumistic people, male and female of these churches, who thereby not only
obtain a personal impression of the spirits present and of their connections to
the people in attendance, but are enabled to receive the messages brought by the
spirits for the good of their friends among the living.
The chief feature of these ecclesiastical assemblies is the delivery of
messages relating almost exclusively to worldly fortune and trouble, to material
success, and this is the principal reason for the attendance of the majority of
the participants. They look upon such churches as information bureaus, where on
payment of a given admission fee, they can learn something about their own
worldly future from the spirits of departed friends or relatives through the
clairvoyants connected with the church. For
this reason, the leaders of churches of this type are careful to see to it that
no one leaves the service without having received a message of the kind
Inasmuch as God's spirits keep away from meetings of this character and
exercise no control over them, the low spirit world is left free to do as it
pleases. Even if the spirits, which
do attend them, are not necessarily evil ones, the communications delivered are
little benefit to the salvation of the soul.
If it should happen further that the clairvoyants who officiate at these
churches are also "part-trance mediums", they act like open windows
through which the low spirit world can enter at will, since there is no
controlling spirit on hand to keep them out or to maintain order.
The spirit messages are jumbled together in a fashion that cannot fail to
be repugnant and which is bound to reflect most unfavorably on good divinely
sanctioned spirit communication. Unfortunately,
because of the "religious" cast given to the service at these
churches, the impression is created that spiritualism as it is practiced there
is of the kind that is pleasing to God. Nothing
could be further from the truth.
The leaders of these churches have a heavy responsibility toward God for
anything that may happen at their meetings.
It is their duty to devote their gifts entirely to the service of God,
unselfishly and regardless of worldly considerations.
They must pray for "spirit-control", which will gladly be
granted them, and having received it, they must obey it implicitly.
If they will do this, their meetings will become divine services in fact
and will contribute to the edification and the spiritual welfare of their
congregations. Then the higher
spirit world will become active and the low spirits will be denied access.
If the meetings are held according to my directions, they will bring you
untold blessings, including great spiritual instruction, much joy and true peace
of soul and mind.
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