"The lowest spirits, hovering near earth, are the ones that most
frequently manifest at circles, and simulate characters that do not
belong to them."
"If men will put themselves in communication with the spheres
under bad conditions, they do it at their peril. Evil influences are
admitted, and danger arises. A circle should be composed of
pure-minded people–seekers after Truth."
"It is necessary that man be constantly reminded to seek spiritual
gifts. We are come to teach, not merely to amuse or astonish. But we
cannot teach where man will not be taught.
The scanty interest that the higher revelations excite render it
very difficult for even the most advanced Intelligences to make
satisfactory communication with your world. Men care little for
being taught; they seek rather to be amused. We do what we can,
hampered by many disadvantages, attacked on the one side by the
ceaseless machinations of spiritual foes, and hindered from advance
on the other by the dead, cold faith of man, or by his undeveloped
and unreceptive spirit."
"We wish we could impress on all friends who come within our
influence that, in communing, in proportion to the loftiness of
their aspirations, is the character of the spirit who come to them."
"To the purest may come assault from the adversaries, which their
guardians will enable them to repel. Saving this, the law is
absolutely without exception. Like attracts like."
Stainton Moses: "Does it not always do so?"
"Usually, but not invariably. Evil attracts evil. A curious,
vain, frivolous or bad man will draw round him frivolous or
undeveloped spirits; but it is at times not true equally of the pure
and good. They may be subject to attack from the undeveloped, either
as part of their training, or from the machinations of the
"The voice of the higher spirits communing with the soul is
silent, noiseless and frequently unobserved; felt only in results,
but unknown in its processes. For all inspiration flows direct from
Him Whom you call God; that is to say, from the Great, All-Pervading
Spirit, Who is in and through and amongst all.
"The flesh must be subdued to the spirit before the aspirant can
gain truth. The aspirant to true spiritual knowledge must be pure in
all things, brave in spirit as well as body, single-minded in the
search for truth, and self-contained. Purity, simplicity, singleness
of purpose, and love of progress and truth; these conduct the
aspirant to the domain of spiritual knowledge. But, for the impure,
whose sensual nature dominates the spiritual; the selfish, who would
use the knowledge for base ends; for these there is in the pursuit
danger deep and real.
Many unstable minds are attracted to the mysterious. They fancy
they would like to penetrate the veil from mere curiosity. They are
vain, and would fain have power and knowledge which others have not;
and so they seek to pry. To such is danger. To the truth-seeker
there is none."
"Short of absolute evil, much ground for assault is given by an
ill-regulated, disordered mind, by minds unhinged and unbalanced.
Avoid all such. They are frequently the ready agents of spirit
influence, but of undeveloped and unwelcome guides. Beware of
immoderate, unreasoning, excited frames of mind."
"In calmness, in earnestness, in prayerfulness, and with a body
peaceful, healthy and unexcited, seek for a message with us."
"You all need appreciation of the delicate conditions under which
alone true communion is possible. When these are not present, all we
can do is to fence you round from the dangers into which you have
obtruded yourselves, and in which, it seems to us, that men do not
believe, because they are unable to see them; even as the ignorant
do not dread the subtle, infectious poison of whose existence they
can take no cognisance by their rude senses. You see not; therefore
you know not."
"Development in mediumistic power is accompanied by risk as well
as by blessing. And when a strong band does not surround the medium
the risk of invasion by undeveloped spirits is increased. Care and
prayer are requisite."
"None should seek for mediumship but those who are selected, and
round whom a protecting band ministers. For these alone are safe in
the work; and they only as long as with honest and true hearts they
seek to do the work of God to His honour. Self-seeking, self in any
form, vanity, pride, ambition, these are fatal snares."
"The dangers atendant on the lower forms of mediumship are very
real. First, because this phase of mediumship is so apt to fall into
use as a mere gratification of wonder or curiosity, to be sold for
gain. Next, because the mixed circles and want of proper conditions
invite the presence of the lower and more material spirits, who are
more fitted for the work needed than the more progressed
Intelligences are. The lack of proper guidance and protection for
the medium leaves him open to deterioration. He is liable to become
the sport of the elementary spirits who are attracted to him.
In many cases the atmosphere breathed in your seance rooms is to
us as a wall to you., impenetrable and poisonous too. We cannot
breathe it. The grosser spirits can, and the earthbound can use it
Stainton Moses: "Why cannot such be kept
"You invoke them, and then complain of us that we do not keep
them away. They can only be kept away by your own hearts and lives
and motives being purified, and also by such attention to conditions
that we tell you of. You cannot keep the electricity from the
conductor. If you do certain things, certain results will follow.
This axiom applies to spirits too. Because you cannot see these
spirits, you doubt their power. One day you will wonder at your
folly. You do not know how far it extends; what results it produces;
how far-reaching it is."
"We deal with what is, not what you fancy ought to be. Deceptive
spirits exist, and will continue to exist; nor will your ignoring
them prove anything but a source of mischief to you."
"They who evoke physical marvels to please wonder-seekers are too
frequently the sport of spirits intellectually and morally on a low
plane. You cannot even rely that you are at different times
conversing with the same spirits; for they will assume names and
forms, and take pleasure in deceit."
"We look to the future with apprehension. We doubt our power to
persuade men to rise above the material; and so long as that is not
done, pure spiritual truth will make little way.
It is the attempt to bring spirit down to the plane of matter
that we deplore. If you would do that, the spirit you bring will be
a curse to you. Rather should you endeavour to rise to the plane of
spirit; and then you will gain both proof and truth.
We would urge you to cast away every material means of communion.
Even this (automatic writing) is poor compared with the voice of
spirit communing with us.
Be fellow-workers indeed with us; and allow us to co-operate with
you in the use of the highest faculties of you triune nature.
Condemn us not to the weary, weary round of material work. Rise to
the full dignity of the mission we have in charge.
Those who seek to penetrate the mysteries and are the chosen
vehicles of truth must needs be open to attack."
"Each circle is to spirit gaze a centre of light, visible from
afar, frequented by crowds who fain would talk with the denizens of
earth. Some of these spirits are powerful in their ability to use
the elements. They are, in truth, more powerful than highly
developed spirits. In proportion as we progress, we become less able
to wield the forces, and restore more to mental impression and
distinct intellectual guidance and direction."
"It is a literal fact that the spirits who frequent circles from
which the spiritual element on your side is absent are unprogressed
or undeveloped spirits, attracted by the dominant temperament of the
sitters - earthbound spirits who love to bewilder and perplex, or to
lure to vice and sin. Think of the philosophy of spirit intercourse,
what it is intended to be, and what it has been degraded to. We tell
you it is impossible for anyone to allow himself to be made the
vehicle of spirits who are attracted to open circles without
sinking, sooner or later, to their level - without mental, moral and
physical deterioration. You go to a pest-house, and expect to escape
scot-free; but one day you will find you have gone too far; a
vampire has fastened on you, and you are possessed by a loathsome
fiend, whom you must emancipate yourself from by laborious
purification, or to whom you must become victim."
S. M. says he has seen plain and silly fraud
in the midst of genuine manifestations.
"Wishing to accomplish a certain end, a low class of
spirits would use the readiest means without any thought of fraud.
In the case of the materialisation of the full form, which is one of
the cases in which inferior agents must act, the spirit would have
no notion of deception in using the medium’s body in any way. It
would do its work in the easiest way. Hence the mixture of open
fraud, as it seems to you, with what you call genuine phenomena.
You may be watching the manifestations of the presence of a being
without soul, and so without conscience. You will regard them as you
would regard conduct of an untrained animal. With the lower grades
of spirits you must make allowances, and expect nothing from them
save certain evidences of power, which you must judge on their
merits, sifting and probing, and not being dismayed if good and
false are mingled. Such phenomenal manifestations are necessary to
reach men who can assimilate no other evidence. They are not any
sort of proof of our claims, no evidence of the moral beauty of our
teachings; but they are the means best adapted to reach the
The phenomena are produced by spirits who can produce them best.
Those spirits are the lowest and most earthly; either those who have
passed through incarnation without progress, or those who have
reached but not attained to it. These last are most powerful agents,
but they know no distinctions of morality. It would be absurd and
foolish to you if the progressed spirits of humanity were to be put
forward as the agents in what you contemptuously describe as a
moving of furniture. The mighty ones, who even in the flesh were
spirits sent from God to enlighten your world, are not the agents
who can be used in bringing home evidence of the kind needed by the
materialist. They have no longer any power over gross matter, and
would be unable so to act."
"You should confine the phenomenal to circles where the best
evidence can be given by spirits who are most able. From them you
should ask nothing more; even as from the higher spirits you should
not ask any evidence of the material kind. If material and physical
ends are sought, they are obtained at the cost of spiritual progress
as a rule. Hence it is that circles should be graduated, and the
purely physical relegated to where it is needed. The higher spirits
will not frequent the circles where such an atmosphere prevails. No
information should, therefore, be asked; only material evidence. But
in the circles where such manifestations are not desired,
information should be sought, and it should be the aim to raise as
much as possible the spiritual tone by cultivating communion with
the higher spirits, and by recognition of their mission of
instruction and enlightenment."
S. M. asks if the physical should be isolated.
"That is absolutely necessary if progress be desired. From such
spirits no true information or instruction can be had. We want to
impress on you the necessity of separation between the two, the
physical, and the spiritual. Aim to raise yourselves to spirit, not
to drag spirit down to matter."
"You saw once, friend, how an undeveloped spirit could seize on a
medium to her hurt and sorrow. Careless communicating causes
mischief to her, and she is still in danger. We would warn you that
such danger besets all who are not guided and guarded rightly. We
see that which you cannot."
"When ill or worried, seek not to commune with the spheres. A
sick, ailing, or mentally disturbed member of the circle is a bar.
The aura is violated, and objects take a distorted appearance.
Harmonious and loving minds, pure and holy thoughts, healthful and
cheerful bodily conditions, earnest seeking after truth, these are
our best aids.
What hurts most is jealous mistrust, angry feelings, unhealthy
conditions of body or mind; chief of all, a prying, suspicious mind,
bent on believing nothing, and proving all to be an elaborate lie."