Trance Condition Not Essential

Many persons are under the impression that it is necessary for a medium

to go into the trance condition in order to manifest physical

mediumistic phenomena, but such is not the case. While many mediums do

lapse into the trance conditions at such time, it is equally true that

many others do not do so. Some of the very best mediums produce some of

the most striking manifestations while in a perfectly normal, waking

ion. A writer says of a well-known medium: "She constantly

receives evidences of the presence of her spirit friends while she is

perfectly normal. We have heard rappings and witnessed movements of

physical objects in her presence, while holding friendly conversation

with her, when we have been in a good light. Frequently, at meal times,

the spirits announce their presence by raps, and respond to the

salutations and questions of their medium and other members of the


Professor Loveland says: "Many of the best mediums in the world were

never entranced in the sense of being in an unconscious sleep. And it is

doubted whether that condition is desirable. The Fox girls, and most, if

not all of the original rapping mediums, were never in the deep sleep

trance. It is not necessary for any of the physical manifestations, and

that includes a very large percentage of all the spirit phenomena. The

rappings, tippings, movings, slate writings, automatic writings,

paintings, telegraphing, voices, materializing, etc., can all occur

without the sleep trance, the reason for which is very apparent, as in

the production of such phenomena the spirits simply use the surplus

radiated nerve-force of the medium."