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Crystal Gazing

There has been a great revival of interest in the subject of "Crystal
Gazing," particularly in England, of late years, and many interesting
accounts have appeared in the papers and magazines regarding the
results of the experiments. But the majority of the writers on the
subject persist in treating it as a thing separate and apart from other
forms of Psychomancy--in fact, many of them ignore Psychomancy
altogether and are apparently under the impression that there is no
connection between it and their favorite subject of Crystal Gazing.
This attitude is somewhat amusing to persons who have made a careful
study of Psychic Phenomena and who know that Crystal Gazing is not a
distinct phenomenon, but is merely a method of bringing into action the
Psychomantic faculties.

In many respects the Crystal acts in a manner akin to that of the
"associated object" in Psychometry, but there is one point of
distinction which should not be overlooked by the student. The
"associated object" gives to the Psychometrist a ~starting point for
the Astral Tube~, and also serves to "point the Astral Telescope"
(if one may use the term) in the right direction, by reason of its
affinity with the distant scene, etc. But the Crystal does not so act,
for it is not closely allied to, or in sympathy with other things, when
used in the ordinary manner. Instead of being the "eye-lens of the
telescope," it is really a "Magic Mirror" which is turned first this
way and that, and which reflects whatever comes within its field, just
as does any other mirror. The trained and developed Psychomancer,
however, may direct his Mirror to any desired point, and may hold it
there by means of a concentrated Will.

The favor with which Crystal Gazing meets with at the hands of
beginners is due to the fact that it is the easiest method known by
which the Astral Vision may be awakened. With the majority of people,
the power may be awakened only by the aid of some physical object which
may act as a starting-point for the Astral Tube, or as one writer has
expressed it, "a convenient focus for the Will-power." A number of
objects may be so employed, but the Crystal or Glass Ball is the best
for the purpose because of certain atomic and molecular arrangements
which tend to promote the manifestation of the psychic power and

Crystal Gazing, as a method for inducing Psychomantic vision, has been
quite common among all peoples, in all times. Not only the Crystal but
many other objects are similarly used. In Australia the native priests
use water and shining objects, or in some cases, flame. In New Zealand
some of the natives use a drop of blood. The Fijians fill a hole with
water, and gaze into it. Some South American tribes use the polished
surface of a black stone. The American Indians used water and shining
bits of flint or quartz. And so the story goes. As Lang states it,
people "stare into a crystal ball; a cup; a mirror; a blot of ink
(Egypt and India); a drop of blood (the Maoris of New Zealand); a bowl
of water (American Indians); a pond (Roman and African); water in a
glass bowl (Fez); or almost any polished surface, etc."

We quote a typical case of Crystal Gazing, related by Mr. Andrew Lang.
He says:

"I had given a glass ball to a young lady, Miss Baillie, who had
scarcely any success with it. She lent it to Miss Leslie, who saw a
large, square, old-fashioned red sofa covered with muslin (which she
afterward found in the next country-house she visited). Miss Baillie's
brother, a young athlete, laughed at these experiments, took the ball
into his study, and came back looking 'gey gash.' He admitted that he
had seen a vision--somebody he knew, under a lamp. He said he would
discover during the week whether he saw right or not. This was at 5:30
on a Sunday afternoon. On Tuesday, Mr. Baillie was at a dance in a town
forty miles from his home, and met a Miss Preston. 'On Sunday,' he
said, 'about half-past five, you were sitting under a standard lamp, in
a dress I never saw you wear, a blue blouse with lace over the
shoulders, pouring out tea for a man in blue serge, whose back was
towards me, so that I only saw the tip of his moustache.' 'Why, the
blinds must have been up,' said Miss Preston. 'I was at Dulby,' said
Mr. Baillie, and he undeniably was."

Stead relates the following experience with the Crystal: "Miss X. upon
looking into the crystal on two occasions as a test, to see if she
could see men when she was several miles off, saw not me, but a
different friend of mine on each occasion. She had never seen either of
my friends before, but immediately identified them both on seeing them
afterward at my office. On one of the evenings on which we experimented
in the vain attempts to photograph a Double, I dined with Madam C. and
her friend at a neighboring restaurant. As she glanced at the water
bottle, Madame C. saw a picture beginning to form, and, looking at it
from curiosity, described with considerable detail an elderly gentleman
whom she had never seen before, and whom I did not in the least
recognize from her description at the moment. Three hours afterwards,
when the seance was over, Madam C. entered the room and recognized Mr.
Elliott, of Messrs. Elliott & Fry, as the gentleman whom she had seen
and described in the water bottle at the restaurant. On another
occasion the picture was less agreeable: it was an old man lying dead
in bed with some one weeping at his feet; but who it was, or what it
related to, no one knew."

As a matter of general interest, we also quote Mr. Stead's remarks on
crystal gazing, which agree with our own views and experience. He says:
"There are some people who cannot look into an ordinary globular bottle
without seeing pictures form themselves, without any effort or will on
their part, in the crystal globe. Crystal gazing seems to be the least
dangerous and most simple of all forms of experimenting. You simply
look into a crystal globe the size of a five-shilling piece, or a water
bottle which is full of clear water, and which is placed so that too
much light does not fall upon it, and then simply look at it. You make
no incantations, and engage in no mumbo-jumbo business; you simply look
at it for two or three minutes, taking care not to tire yourself,
winking as much as you please, but fixing your thought upon whatever
you wish to see. Then, if you have the faculty, the glass will cloud
over with a milky mist, and in the centre the image is gradually
precipitated in just the same way as a photograph forms on the
sensitive plate."

(See Lesson II, for further particulars on Crystal Gazing, and
suggestions for the successful development of the power.)

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