The Mediumistic Character

The following quotations from eminent modern spiritualists will further

serve to illustrate the accepted general principles of "spirit

communication" on the part of western spiritualism. E. W. Wallis says:

"Spiritualism deals with a higher range and a wider field of

supersensuous phenomena than mesmerism, hypnotism, telepathic

psychometry, clairvoyance, etc., because the natural susceptibility of

man in these direction
is increased and intensified, and exercised upon

a superior plane, when it is utilized by intelligent spirit operators.

It is not true that sensitiveness is confined to those who are diseased,

weak of will, neurotic, or hysterical. Those who are susceptible to

psychic influence may be impulsive, warm-hearted, spontaneous, sociable,

and not by any means, or of necessity, weak-minded or vicious." Dr. Dean

Clake says: "The word mediumship, as understood and used by

spiritualists, technically speaking, means a susceptibility to the

influence, and more or less control, of decarnated spirits.

Physiologically, it means a peculiar nervous susceptibility to what may

be termed the 'psychic force,' which spirits use to move the mind or

body or both, of their mortal instrument. Psychologically, it signifies

a passive or negative state of mind and body which renders a person

subject to the positive will-power of spirits who influence him or her."

The spirit control who employed the hand of Stainton Moses, M.A., to

write his thoughts, said: "The mediumistic peculiarity is one of spirit

solely, and not of body, seeing that it occurs in all varieties of

physical frames, in the male and in the female; in the magnetic and in

the electric; in the stout and robust as well as in the puny and thin of

body; in the old and in the young; in all conditions and under all

circumstances. This alone would lead you to see that it is not a

physical matter; and that conclusion is strengthened for you by the fact

that the gift is perpetuated even after death of the earth body. Those

who on your earth have been mediums retain the gift and use it with us.

They are the most frequent visitors to your world; they communicate most

readily; and it is through them that spirits who have not the gift are

enabled to communicate with your earth."