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
ay 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.