Undue Prolongation Of Seances

There is a great temptation to young mediums to allow their enthusiasm,

and desire to aid in demonstrating spiritualistic phenomena, to cause

them to prolong their seances far beyond the limits which prudence and

regard for the medium's physical well-being would dictate. There is a

certain stimulation and excitement arising from the manifestation of

phenomena through the medium, and this in itself is helpful rather than

hurtful--a tonic rather than a depressant; but like all other forms of

overindulgence, and excessive yielding to this excitement tends to bring

on a reaction and a swing to the opposite emotional extreme, and the

medium suffers thereby in many cases. There comes a time in all seances

when the high-water mark of psychic power is reached, and this is a good

time for the medium to bring the seance to a close--in fact, experienced

mediums do precisely this very thing at this particular time. But this

point once passed, there is experienced a peculiar weakening and

depressing feeling, this often being accompanied by a physical weariness

and a feeling of chilliness in the extremities, or even a slight chilly

feeling over the whole body. When these feelings are experienced, the

medium should remember that the limit of reason has been passed, and he

should bring matters to a close without further loss of time.

Experienced spirits will usually detect the approach of the reaction

time, and will, themselves, bring the seance to a close, independent of

any action on the part of the medium. But when the spirits are not

experienced, they fail to notice this, or even may become careless about

such things in their desire to communicate to the circle. In the latter

cases, the medium must take care of himself.