The Spirit Signals

When these rappings or table-tiltings begin to be manifested, all in the

circle should keep cool and calm, and should refuse to become agitated

or excited. If the phenomena should be apparently meaningless and

disconnected, and resulting in no definite communication from the other

side, do not jump to the conclusion that the meaningless rapping or

senseless table tipping is the work of foolish spirits or flippant

ate entities. On the contrary, you must remember that not only is

your circle experimenting, but that the spirits on the other side are

also experimenting in hopes of securing proper conditions for

intelligent communications and definite messages. As we have said

before, the spirits have their own troubles, as well as the sitters, and

both sides are really engaged in an effort to "find each other." As a

writer has said: "Remember also that you are merely experimenting, and

that the spirit people are also, perhaps for the first time, trying to

penetrate the veil and utilize powers and agencies of which, in all

probability, they know as little as do you. So many disturbing factors

exist--weather, varying psychical conditions of the sitters, agitated

mental states, too great expectancy, or anxiety for successful

demonstrations--that the true disposition to be maintained by the

inquirer is that of the scientific student, who carefully watches what

transpires, and endeavors to discover the causes of failure as well as

the conditions which favor success."