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Clairvoyant Crystal Gazing

As I have informed you in the preceding lesson, Crystal Gazing is the
second method of getting en rapport with the astral plane. Under the
general term "Crystal Gazing" I include the entire body of phenomena
connected with the use of the crystal, magic mirror, etc., the underlying
principle being the same in all of such cases.

The crystal, etc., serves to focus the psychic energy of the person, in
such a way that the astral senses are induced to function more readily
than ordinarily. The student is cautioned against regarding the crystal,
or magic mirror, as possessing any particular magic power in itself. On
the contrary, the crystal, or magic mirror serves merely as a physical
instrument for the astral vision, just as the telescope or microscope
performs a similar office for the physical vision. Some persons are
superstitious regarding the crystal, and accord to it some weird
supernatural power, but the true occultist, understanding the laws of the
phenomena arising from its use, does not fall into this error.

But, notwithstanding what I have just said, I would be neglecting my full
duty in the matter if I failed to call your attention to the fact that the
continued use of a particular crystal often has the effect of polarizing
its molecules so as to render it a far more efficient instrument as time
passes by. The longer the crystal is used by one person, the better does
it seem to serve the uses of that person. I agree with many users of the
crystal in their belief that each person should keep his crystal for his
own personal use, and not allow it to be used indiscriminately by
strangers or persons not in sympathy with occult thought. The crystal
tends to become polarized according to the requirements of the person
habitually using it, and it is foolish to allow this to be interfered

The use of crystals and other bright, shining objects, has been common to
psychic investigators of all times, and in practically all lands. In the
earlier days of the race, pieces of clear quartz or shining pebbles were
generally employed. Sometimes pieces of polished metal were so used. In
fact, nearly every object capable of being polished has been employed in
this way at some time, by some person. In our own day, the same condition
exists. In Australia the native sooth-sayers and magicians employ water
and other shining objects, and, in some cases, even bright flame, sparks,
or glowing embers. In New Zealand, the natives frequently employ drops of
blood held in the hollow of the hand. The Fijians fill a hole with water,
and gaze into it. South American tribes use the polished surface of black,
or dark colored stones. The American Indians use water, or shining pieces
or flint or quartz. Shining pieces of metal are frequently used by the
primitive races. Lang, writing on the subject, has said: "They 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."

In the present-day revival of interest in crystal-gazing among the
wealthier classes of Europe and America, some of the high-priced teachers
have insisted upon their pupils purchasing pure crystal globes, claiming
that these alone are capable of serving the purpose fully. But, as such
crystals are very expensive, this advice has prevented many from
experimenting. But, the advice is erroneous, for any globe of clear
quartz, or even moulded glass, will serve the purpose equally well, and
there is no need of spending twenty-five to fifty dollars for a pure
crystal globe.

For that matter, you may obtain very good results from the use of a
watch-crystal laid over a piece of black velvet. Some, today, use with the
best effect small polished pieces of silver or other bright metal. Others
follow the old plan of using a large drop of ink, poured into a small
butter plate. Some have small cups painted black on the inside, into which
they pour water--and obtain excellent results therefrom.

Above all, I caution the student to pay no attention to instructions
regarding the necessity of performing incantations or ceremonies over the
crystal or other object employed in crystal-gazing. This is but a bit of
idle superstition, and serves no useful purpose except, possibly, that of
giving the person confidence in the thing. All ceremonies of this kind
have for their purpose merely the holding of the attention of the person
investigating, and giving him confidence in-the result--the latter having
a decided psychological value, of course.

There are but few general directions necessary for the person wishing to
experiment in crystal gazing. The principal thing is to maintain quiet,
and an earnest, serious state of mind--do not make a merry game of it, if
you wish to obtain results. Again, always have the light behind your back,
instead of facing you. Gaze calmly at the crystal, but do not strain your
eyes. Do not try to avoid winking your eyes--there is a difference between
"gazing" and "staring," remember. Some good authorities advise making
funnels of the hands, and using them as you would a pair of opera glasses.

In many cases, a number of trials are required before you will be able to
get good results. In others, at least some results are obtained at the
first trial. It is a good plan to try to bring into vision something that
you have already seen with the physical eyes--some familiar object. The
first sign of actual psychic seeing in the crystal usually appears as a
cloudy appearance, or "milky-mist," the crystal gradually losing its
transparency. In this milky cloud then gradually appears a form, or face,
or scene of some kind, more or less plainly defined. If you have ever
developed a photographic film or plate, you will know how the picture
gradually comes into view.

W.T. Stead, the eminent English investigator of psychic phenomena, has
written as follows regarding the phenomena of crystal-gazing: "There are
some persons 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."

The same authority relates the following interesting experiment with the
crystal: "Miss X., upon looking into the crystal on two occasions as a
test, to see if she could see me 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, Madam 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 afterward, 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."

Andrew Lang, another prominent investigator of psychic phenomena, gives
the following interesting experiment in crystal-gazing: "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 that he would discover
during the week whether or not he had seen right. 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 toward me, so that I only saw the
tip of his mustache.' 'Why, the blinds must have been up,' said Miss
Preston. 'I was at Dulby,' said Mr. Baillie, and he undeniably was."

Miss X., the well-known contributor to the English magazine, "Borderland,"
several years ago, made a somewhat extended inquiry into the phenomena of
crystal-gazing. From her experiments, she made the following
classification of the phenomena of crystal-vision, which I herewith
reproduce for your benefit. Her classification is as follows:

1. Images of something unconsciously observed. New reproductions,
voluntary or spontaneous, and bringing no fresh knowledge to the mind.

2. Images of ideas unconsciously acquired from others. Some memory or
imaginative effect, which does not come from the gazer's ordinary self.

3. Images, clairvoyant or prophetic. Pictures giving information as to
something past, present, or future, which the gazer has no other chance of

As a matter of fact, each and every form or phase of clairvoyance possible
under other methods of inducing clairvoyant vision, is possible in
crystal-gazing. It is a mistake to consider crystal-gazing as a separate
and distinct form of psychic phenomena. Crystal-gazing is merely one
particular form or method of inducing psychic or clairvoyant vision. If
you will keep this in mind, you will avoid many common errors and
misunderstandings in the matter.

In order to give you the benefit of as many points of view as possible, I
shall now quote from an old English writer on the subject of the use of
the crystal. I do this realizing that sometimes a particular student will
get more from one point of view, than from another--some particular
phrasing will seem to reach his understanding, where others fail. The
directions of the English authority are as follows:

"What is desired through the regular use of the translucent sphere is to
cultivate a personal degree of clairvoyant power, so that visions of
things or events, past, present, and future, may appear clearly to the
interior vision, or eye of the soul. In the pursuit of this effort only,
the crystal becomes at once both a beautiful, interesting and harmless
channel of pleasure and instruction, shorn of dangers, and rendered
conducive to mental development.

"To the attainment of this desirable end, attention is asked to the
following practical directions, which, if carefully followed, will lead to

"(1) Select a quiet room where you will be entirely undisturbed, taking
care that it is as far as possible free from mirrors, ornaments,
pictures, glaring colors, and the like, which may otherwise district the
attention. The room should be of comfortable temperature, in accordance
with the time of year, neither hot nor cold. About 60 to 65 deg. Fahr. is
suitable in most cases, though allowance can be made where necessary for
natural differences in the temperaments of various persons. Thus thin,
nervous, delicately-organized individuals, and those of lymphatic and
soft, easy-going, passive types, require a slightly warmer apartment than
the more positive class who are known by their dark eyes, hair and
complexion, combined with prominent joints. Should a fire, or any form of
artificial light be necessary, it should be well screened off, so as to
prevent the light rays from being reflected in, or in any manner directly
reaching the crystal. The room should not be dark, but rather shadowed, or
charged with a dull light, somewhat such as prevails on a cloudy or wet

"(2) The crystal should be placed on its stand on a table, or it may rest
on a black velvet cushion, but in either case it should be partially
surrounded by a black silk or similar wrap or screen, so adjusted as to
cut off any undesirable reflection. Before beginning to experiment,
remember that most frequently nothing will be seen on the first occasion,
and possibly not for several sittings; though some sitters, if strongly
gifted with psychic powers in a state of unconscious, and sometimes
conscious degree of unfoldment, may be fortunate enough to obtain good
results at the very first trial. If, therefore, nothing is perceived
during the first few attempts, do not despair or become impatient, or
imagine that you will never see anything. There is a royal road to crystal
vision, but it is open only to the combined password of Calmness,
Patience, and Perseverance. If at the first attempt to ride a bicycle,
failure ensues, the only way to learn is to pay attention to the necessary
rules, and to persevere daily until the ability to ride comes naturally.
Thus it is with the would-be seer. Persevere in accordance with these
simple directions, and success will sooner or later crown your efforts.

"(3) Commence by sitting comfortably with the eyes fixed upon the crystal,
not by a fierce stare, but with a steady, calm gaze, for ten minutes only,
on the first occasion. In taking the time it is best to hang your watch at
a distance, where, while the face is clearly visible, the ticking is
rendered inaudible. When the time is up, carefully put the crystal away in
its case, and keep it in a dark place, under lock and key, allowing no one
but yourself to handle it. At the second sitting, which should be at the
same place, in the same position, and at the same time, you may increase
the length of the effort to fifteen minutes, and continue for this period
during the next five or six sittings, after which the time may be
gradually increased, but should in no case exceed one hour. The precise
order of repetition is always to be followed until the experimenter has
developed an almost automatic ability to readily obtain results, when it
needs no longer to be adhered to.

"(4) Any person, or persons, admitted to the room, and allowed to remain
while you sit, should (a) keep absolute silence, and (b) remain seated at
a distance from you. When you have developed your latent powers, questions
may, of course, be put to you by one of those present, but even then in a
very gentle, or low and slow tone of voice; never suddenly, or in a
forceful manner.

"(5) When you find the crystal begins to look dull or cloudy, with small
pin-points of light glittering therein, like tiny stars, you may know that
you are commencing to obtain that for which you seek--viz., crystalline
vision. Therefore, persevere with confidence. This condition may, or may
not, continue for several sittings, the crystal seeming at times to
alternately appear and disappear, as in a mist. By and by this hazy
appearance, in its turn, will give place quite suddenly to a blindness of
the senses to all else but a blue or bluish ocean of space, against which,
as if it were a background, the vision will be clearly apparent.

"(6) The crystal should not be used soon after taking a meal, and care
should be taken in matters of diet to partake only of digestible foods,
and to avoid alcoholic beverages. Plain and nourishing food, and outdoor
exercise, with contentment of mind, or love of simplicity in living, are
great aids to success. Mental anxiety, or ill-health, are not conducive to
the desired end. Attention to correct, breathing is of importance.

"(7) As regards the time at which events seen will come to pass, each seer
is usually impressed with regard thereto; but, as a general rule, visions
appearing in the extreme background indicate time more remote, either past
or future, than those perceived nearer at hand, while those appearing in
the foreground, or closer to the seer, denote the present or immediate

"(8) Two principal classes of vision will present themselves to the
sitter--(a) the Symbolic, indicated by the appearance of symbols such as a
flag, boat, knife, gold, etc., and (b) Actual Scenes and Personages, in
action or otherwise. Persons of a positive type of organization, the more
active, excitable, yet decided type, are most likely to perceive
symbolically, or allegorically; while those of a passive nature usually
receive direct or literal revelations. Both classes will find it necessary
to carefully cultivate truthfulness, unselfishness, gratitude for what is
shown, and absolute confidence in the love, wisdom, and guidance of God

As the student proceeds with the study of these lessons, he will become
acquainted with various details and methods concerned with the various
phases of clairvoyance, which knowledge he may then combine with the
above, the whole aiding him in the successful manifestation of the psychic
phenomena of crystal-gazing, which, as I have said, is merely one phase of
clairvoyance and under the same general laws and rules of manifestation.
Remember that present, past and future clairvoyance all is possible to
the highly developed crystal gazer.

THE ASTRAL TUBE. Closely allied with the phenomena of crystal-gazing,
and that of psychometry, is that which occultists know as "the astral
tube," although this psychic channel may be developed in ordinary
clairvoyance by means of the power of concentrated attention, etc. I shall
not enter into a detailed or technical discussion of the astral tube, at
this place, but I wish to give you a general and comprehensive view of it
and its workings.

In case of the strong concentration of the mind, in cases of psychometry
or crystal-gazing, a channel or "line of force" is set up in the astral
substance which composes the basis of the astral plane. This is like the
wake of a ship made on the surface of the water through which the ship has
passed. Or it is like a current of magnetic force in the ether. It is
caused by a polarization of the particles composing the astral substance,
which manifest in a current of intense vibrations in the astral substance,
which thus serve as a ready channel for the transmission of psychic force
or astral energy.

The astral tube serves as a ready conductor of the vibrations, currents
and waves of energy on the astral plane which carry to the astral senses
of the person the perception of the things, objects and scenes far removed
from him in space and time. How these things far removed in space and time
are perceived by the astral seer is explained in subsequent lessons of
this course. At this place we are concerned merely with the "channel"
through which the currents of energy flow, and which has been called the
astral tube.

As a writer well says: "Through the astral tube the astral senses actually
'sense' the sights, and often the sounds, being manifested at a distance,
just as one may see distant sights through a telescope, or hear distant
sounds through a telephone. The astral tube is used in a variety of forms
of psychic phenomena. It is often used unconsciously, and springs into
existence spontaneously, under the strong influence of a vivid emotion,
desire or will. It is used by the trained psychometrist, without the use
of any 'starting point,' or 'focal centre,' simply by the use of his
trained, developed and concentrated will. But its most familiar and common
use is in connection with some object serving as a starting point or focal
centre. The starting point or focal centre, above mentioned, is generally
either what is known as the 'associated object' in the class of phenomena
generally known as psychometry, or else a glass or crystal ball, or
similar polished surface, in what is known as crystal-gazing."

Another authority tells his readers that: "Astral sight, when it is
cramped by being directed along what is practically a tube, is limited
very much as physical sight would be under similar circumstances, though
if possessed in perfection it will continue to show, even at that
distance, the auras, and therefore all the emotions and most of the
thoughts of the people under observation. * * * But, it may be said, the
mere fact that he is using astral sight ought to enable him to see things
from all sides at once. And so it would, if he were using that sight in a
normal way upon an object which was fairly near him--within his astral
reach, as it were; but at a distance of hundreds or thousands of miles the
case is very different. Astral sight gives us the advantage of an
additional dimension, but there is still such a thing as position in that
dimension, and it is naturally a potent factor in limiting the use of the
powers on that plane. * * * The limitations resemble those of a man using
a telescope on the physical plane. The experimenter, for example, has a
particular field of view which cannot be enlarged or altered; he is
looking at his scene from a certain direction, and he cannot suddenly turn
it all around and see how it looks from the other side. If he has
sufficient psychic energy to spare, he may drop altogether the telescope
he is using, and manufacture an entirely new one for himself which will
approach his objective somewhat differently; but this is not a course at
all likely to be adopted in practice."

The student will find that, as we progress, many of these points which now
seem complicated and obscure will gradually take on the aspect of
simplicity and clearness. We must crawl before we can walk, in psychic
research as well as in everything else.

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