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Special Article taken from the Book
Spiritual Teachings and Universal Truths
Copyright © 1998 by Raphael. All rights reserved.
Experiences with Mediums
including Criminal and Suicide Spirits
The development of a full trance or a deep trance medium is not a
pleasant sight, but it is necessary for communication with the spirit world and
proceeds according to eternal laws.
The development of mediums is an important and a sacred matter and so you
must, in your meetings, pray earnestly to God and ask Him to help them and to
give them strength, so that everything may be done according to His will and
that the mediums may become useful agents for the good, and may remain faithful
Whatever I tell you here and in chapter 8 of this book is necessary to
know, in order that you may have a total understanding and knowledge of what
happens during the development of mediums, and that you may not feel alarmed
over the things which you may see happening to them.
Everything that I had been taught by spirits about the training of a
medium in my early experiences came true to the letter.
One man who had been described as an inspirational medium progressed
rapidly. Full instructions
concerning the most important truths were instilled into him and were committed
by him to writing. Many of the
things so revealed were entirely new to me and were, to a large extent, quite
contrary to what this man had previously believed.
In this instance there was no possibility of any subconscious or thought
transmission, by which so many people try to explain phenomena of this kind.
Thought transmission was completely out of the question, if only for the
reason that whatever, from this time on, the inspirational medium wrote down,
was committed to writing not at our meetings but at his own home and without
anyone else being present. The man
would not sit down to write of his own accord, but would on each occasion be
obliged to do so by that same resistless power that had taken possession of him
the first time. Even the precise
time would be determined by that power.
Once, he was awakened very early in the morning, long before the usual
time of rising and was summoned to get up and write.
He did not obey the summons, thinking the hour too early, when suddenly
he felt himself pulled forcibly out of bed and laid upon the floor.
Thoroughly frightened, he sprang to his feet and sat down to write.
What he put down was a remarkable treatise on Redemption, which did not
agree in a single point with that which he, as a Catholic, had been taught on
the subject, and which did not resemble, even remotely anything that could have
been gathered from any other known source. In
a like manner he, an untutored countryman, wrote a paper on the Holy Writ which
contains truths that are entirely new. Not
only the contents but also the phraseology of these writings are such, that the
man could never have created them out of his own head.
He wrote treatises in prose on the following subjects: The
Spiritualization of the Soul; God's Mercy; What has your Redeemer done for you?
Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter; The Harvest; The Night; Beseech you the
Lord; The Holy Writ; A Child's Love; The Death of a Mortal.
Just as the sole subject of all of his prose writings was God's truths,
so too was the case of his poems like: The
Heroes Demand; The Language of Creation; Hail and Hosanna; In the Pathways of
God; God's Shepherd and his Flock; The Stronger One; Thus wanders your Creator.
The preparation of his brother as a speaking medium required more time,
and the aspect of his brother's physical condition on these occasions was often
alarm inspiring. I was glad that I
had been warned of this beforehand, since otherwise I might have misunderstood
what I was witnessing.
After this course of preparation had been completed he used to fall into
the same state of trance that I had observed in the case of a speaking medium of
a high spirit I knew before.
The spirit being that first spoke through speaking medium, the brother of
the country man arrived with the greeting, "God be with us", swearing
that it was one of God's good spirits and making known its name.
Through this spirit I received a wealth of knowledge and instruction, all
of which was in harmony with what I had learned from the speaking medium of the
high spirit that I knew before.
In this connection there were two things that struck me, in the first
place I could detect a difference in the rank of the spirit speaking through the
country man's brother, and that of the spirit employing the other speaking
medium I knew before, because several times when I asked a very important
question of the former spirit, he would refuse to answer, with the remark,
"I am not authorized to reply to that question.
You must ask Him!" Whenever
pronouncing the word "Him", the medium bowed low, the reference being
to the spirit speaking through the other medium.
On the first occasion on which I was referred to the latter spirit, I
asked the spirit before me whether he knew the other one.
"I do", was the reply, spoken with a low bow.
At first I could not quite understand why the spirit speaking through the
country man's brother should not be permitted to answer questions as freely as
that for which the other spirit could, and one day I asked the latter spirit for
He informed me that the customs of the spirit world were similar to those
on Earth insofar as when a messenger is sent on a definite errand, he is
expected to deliver only the message entrusted to him and nothing else.
Being himself duly authorized by God, he had the right to answer any
questions of mine if he considered such answers necessary or useful, but the
spirit speaking through the country man's brother, he added, was allowed no such
latitude, and was in duty bound to refer me to his superior with respect to any
questions which, in his subordinate capacity, he might not answer himself.
The other difference that I noticed was that it was always one and the
same spirit that spoke through the country man's brother, where as there were
several different spirits for which the speaking medium I knew prior acted as
spokesman, although it was the highest of these that made use of him the most
frequently. It also always came to
us with the greeting; "God be with us!" and was recognizable by its
gentle voice and its characteristic form of diction.
It was also always the first one to speak at the spiritualistic meetings
I later conducted.
One day I asked it how it happened that only one spirit would speak
through the countryman's brother, where as the medium whom it employed served
several other spirits as well. The
answer was as follows, "A definite task has been allotted to the other
spirit, and for this purpose that medium has been appointed to its exclusive
use. For this reason no other spirit
beings may enter that medium. On the
other hand, the medium through whom I speak, although prepared for my use, may
by God's will, be employed by other spirits, good and bad, high and low.
In this way you are to be allowed to become familiar with the different
kinds of spirits and to learn from their speech and actions about their state in
the Beyond. Above all, you will
learn something of the path which low spirits must follow in order to attain
perfection. It is most important
that you should gather such personal knowledge of the spirit world by means of
its manifestations through mediums, for thus you will learn far more of the
subject than you could by any amount of oral instruction.
However, any spirits which may manifest themselves through the medium
here will not come and go as they please. They
are subject to a controlling spirit appointed to determine which spirits may
enter into the medium and how long they may remain there.
Such a control exists in the case of all mediums who serve as instruments
for the good and the same is true of all meetings at which communication is held
with spirits after the manner willed by God.
In the absence of such control, nothing truly good or beautiful can be
accomplished, because the good and high spirits do not appear.
They come only to those places in which everything is done as directed by
God, and in which one of His Spirits holds sway.
At most of the spiritualistic gatherings of today this control is
lacking, and as a result they become the playgrounds of the lower spirit world.
During the early stages I shall tell you what spirits I shall admit and
how you are to conduct yourself toward them.
Later you will be able to distinguish between them for yourself and will
know what to do in each individual case."
That is precisely what happened.
A great number of spirits made use of this speaking medium.
Among them were high spirits which entered, and praising the Lord, taught
us matters of great importance and departed after bestowing God's blessing on
There were also spirits undergoing great suffering, which often implored
our help in heartrending words, beseeching us to pray with them.
At times they spoke in some foreign language, and finding that we could
not understand them, turned away disconsolate.
Also, there were spirits of a very low spiritual level, which cursed
themselves and their existence, berating us and scoffing at everything high and
sacred in the most impolite language. When
urged by us to join us in prayer, they refused scornfully or spitefully.
If we insisted on their speaking the name of God, they immediately
departed out of the medium.
Very numerous were the spirits that did not realize at all that they had
physically died. They believed that
they were still on Earth and engaged in the occupations that they had in life.
These were the so-called Earth-bound spirits.
Our most horribly repulsive experiences were those with the spirits of
criminals. They constantly saw
themselves haunting the scene of their crime and again and again witnessed what
had taken place during its perpetration, like a film that repeats itself over
and over again. The spirit of the
murderer was forever engaged in plotting and carrying out his horrifying crime
in all its details and described his thoughts and feelings during those terrible
hours in words which made us tremble, telling us how the victim gazed steadily
at him with a look of terror. A
similar fate pursued the spirits of greedy men and other evil doers who had
brought want and misfortune upon their fellowmen.
Wherever they might turn, they were confronted with the images of their
The suicide spirits ceaselessly re-experienced the sensations, the
outbursts of hopelessness and the events that had preceded their
self-destruction. No actor on Earth
could play his role as realistically as did these spirits in depicting their
emotions during the darkest hours of their lives through the person of this
medium who was completely inexperienced, uninstructed and innocent in such
matters. Often what we saw and heard
was enough to instill fear in every inch of our souls.
Now and then we would be visited by so-called bantering spirits which
tried to amuse us with their shenanigans and lies.
As we showed no desire for their company, they would depart as suddenly
as they had come.
The appearance of these different types of spirits and the incidents
connected with them were significant.
The high spirits brought us the
most valuable spiritual instruction and at times earnest admonitions and
occasionally reproved us so severely that frequently one or another of their
hearers burst into tears. More than
once the most secret thoughts of someone present were spoken out loud, although
this was always done in a way not to humiliate him in the eyes of the rest.
It is characteristic of the good spirit world that it always administers
its censure and reproof in such a way that it causes no offense, and it always
accompanies its admonitions with expressions of consolation, cheer and love.
The good spirits do not break the bruised reed nor extinguish the glowing
spark, but with gentle hands heal the wounds in the hearts of those committed to
They do not, as a rule, repeat many times their warning or advice
relating to the same subject. If no
attention is paid to their words, they may, perhaps, remind their hearer of them
once or twice, but not more than that, or if so, only in the rarest cases.
But if he strives diligently to follow their advice or to obey the
warning, they come back to him again and again and help him with their loving
advice and encouragement, until he has reached his goal.
Whenever genuine good will is shown by the mortal, their love and mercy
knows no bounds, not even in those cases in which human weaknesses leads him
astray. If, however he makes no
effort to do as one of these messengers from God tells him, and if later he asks
for guidance in another matter, he will usually be told, "Why do you ask me
for advice when you do not follow it?"
The appearance of even the lowest spirits was very instructive.
I will never forget the evening on which the speaking medium of the
higher ranked spirit was visited in quick succession by the spirits of three
suicides who presented us with the most horrible sight that it is given to
mankind to witness in this field. When
the last of these spirits had departed from the medium and while some were still
sitting there trembling, the guiding spirit entered the medium and spoke to us,
he said, "There were very important reasons why you have been shown what
you saw this evening. In the first
place you were to witness what sort of "rest" there is in store for
some people after death. You so
often say, when standing by a grave, "He is at rest at last."
Tonight you have seen something of that rest.
You cannot begin to realize what these unfortunate spirits have to suffer
before they can be brought to understand their spiritual state and to turn to
God. You were not allowed to
enlighten them. As yet they do not
deserve it. They must go on
suffering until they have been made fit to receive such enlightenment.
Today it would have been to no purpose.
But there was also another reason why their condition was shown to
With that the spirit raised its voice and said solemnly, "One of you
has been harboring the thought of killing himself today, and was about to
prepare for the deed."
On hearing these words, a member of our circle screamed a startled cry
and exclaimed, "It was I, oh God, it was I!"
"Yes it was you", replied the spirit in a much gentler tone.
"You had hoped to escape a burden that you have carried for years,
by killing yourself and so finding rest. Today
you have seen what kind of "rest" you would have found.
Now, I am sure, you will be forever cured of such thoughts and this
evening has been of the greatest benefit to you."
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