Disturbing Elements

"Frequently at the outset both spirits and sitters are ignorant of their

powers, of the conditions necessary for success, and the association

that exists between them being affectional rather than intellectual or

spiritual, they have to grope their way towards each other. It follows,

therefore, that experiments have to be made on BOTH sides. Sitters and

young mediums often spoil the seances by over-anxiety. There would not
/> be half so much heard of 'evil spirits' (so-called) if more regard were

paid to the necessity of maintaining a calm, patient, and serene frame

of mind. Some people become excited as soon as phenomena commences;

mediums not infrequently get nervous or timid when they feel that they

are being affected, and, although they desire to be controlled, they are

AFRAID to submit to the influences when they are likely to lose

consciousness. All these are disturbing elements, and naturally

interfere with the flow of the forces that are to be utilized, and

prevent the success that is desired. A spirit without any very definite

purpose, finding himself in the presence of a mediumistic person, may

seek to influence him, and spasmodic actions may result. Unless the

control should soon give evidence of clear thought and definite purpose,

he should be requested, in a kindly and courteous manner, to seek the

assistance of some spirit who understands the methods to be employed,

and induce him to exert his power for the benefit of the medium and the