Table of Contents
Preface . . . xv
Introduction . . . xvii
Lesson One: What is Mediumship? . . . 1
Beginnings. Channeling. Possession. Exercises.
Trance. Development and chakra enhancement.
Exercise. Raising your vibrations. Lesson one examination
Profile: John Edward
Lesson Two: The World of Spirits . . . 11
Looking into the spirit world. Meeting God. The
spiritual body. Spirit speech and travel. Other life
forms. Evil entities. Transition. Lesson two examination
Profile: Jeane Dixon
Lesson Three: The History of Spiritualism,
Part One – The Early Years . . . 21
The episode at Hydesville. Andrew Jackson Davis.
The Fox sisters. Denunciation and retraction. French
forerunner. Lesson three examination questions.
Profile: Abraham Lincoln
Lesson Four: The History of Spiritualism,
Part Two – Later Development . . . 35
Development in England. Development in America.
Development Circles. Spiritualism as a religion.
Spiritualism in Europe and South America. Lesson
four examination questions.
Profile: Morris Pratt
Lesson Five: Spirit Guides . . . 49
Meditation. Exercise. Safeguards. Exercises. Spirit
guides and guardian angels. The doorkeeper. Finding
your spirit guide. Exercises. Lesson five examination
Profile: Leonora E. Piper
Lesson Six: Spirit Communication . . . 61
Mediumship. Exercise – affirmations. The problem
of connecting. Atmospherics. Dates, names,
and ideas. Symbolism and its interpretation. Interpreting
actions. Triviality in messages. Names, colors
and lights. Lesson six examination questions.
Profile: Eileen Jeanette Garrett
Lesson Seven: Talking Boards . . . 73
Ancient form of communication.Commercial faults.
Do-it-yourself talking board. Record keeping and a
spokesperson. Procedure and verification. Cross correspondence.
Solitary use. Pencil planchette. Caution.
Lesson seven examination questions.
Profile: Rosemary Brown
Lesson Eight: Automatic Writing
and Spirit Photography . . . 87
The hand that writes by itself. Don’t try to direct.
Types of messages. Check what you receive. Either
hand. Character of the messages received. Patience
Worth. Inspirational writing. Typewriters and computers.
Great composers return.Automatic art. Spirit
photography – unexpected visitors. British experiments.
Repeatable phenomena.Your own spirit photographs.
Photographs without a camera. Exercises.
Lesson eight examination questions.
Profile: Allan Kardec
Lesson Nine: Trance Work . . . 107
Levels of brainwave activity. Spontaneous trance.
Trance experience. The best way to enter trance.
Exercise. Early symptoms of mediumship. Return
from trance. Rules for development. Exercises. Lesson
nine examination questions.
Profile: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Lesson Ten: Spirit Sights, Sounds,
and Sensing . . . 119
Clear seeing. Clear hearing and sensing. Exercises.
Scrying or crystal gazing. Clairvoyant exercises.
Clairaudient exercises. Lesson ten examination
Profile: Emanuel Swedenborg
Lesson Eleven: Touching the Past . . . 133
Psychometry exercises. Spirit speaks first. Side benefits.
Different readings for different mediums. Psychometry
as a tool in spirit communication. Billets
and billet reading. Flower reading. Lesson eleven
Profile: Arthur Ford
Lesson Twelve: Physical Mediumship . . . 145
Eusapia Paladino. Spirits take charge. Transfiguration.
Ectoplasm and materialization.Apports. Developing
physical mediumship. Lesson twelve examination
Profile: Edgar Cayce
Lesson Thirteen: Table Tipping
and Levitation . . . 161
Choice of table. Circle of hands. Thumps of intelligence.
Question and answer. Levitation. Under or
over? Early French methods. Lesson thirteen examination
Profile: Sir William Crookes
Lesson Fourteen: Healing . . . 173
Spiritual healing. Edgar Cayce. Some British spiritual
healers. Becoming a healer. Chakras. The human
aura. Three layers of light. Train yourself to be sensitive.
You, the healer. Distant healing. Lesson fourteen
Profile: Gerard Coiset
Lesson Fifteen: Channeling . . . 187
Channeling versus mediumship. Origins. Channeled
material. How to channel. Exercise. Real or imagined?
Channeled or inspirational? Lesson fifteen
Profile: Lily Dale Assembly
Lesson Sixteen: Development
and Development Circles . . . 197
Lack of good mediums. New wave of psychics. Full
circle. Development Circles. Exercises?your own
development circle. Into mediumship. Record keeping
is important. Rescue circles. Lesson sixteen
Profile: Dion Fortune
Lesson Seventeen: Electronic
Spirit Contact . . . 207
Modern tools of communication. Exercises?your
own EVPS and ITC. From slates to laptops.
Afterword . . . 215
Appendix A: Fraudulent Practices . . . 217
Appendix B: Answers
to Examination Questions . . . 227
Glossary . . . 243
Bibliography . . . 249
Index . . . 257
Many thanks to all the people at Llewellyn who made this book possible.
Thanks also to the National Spiritualist Association of Churches, the Lily Dale Assembly,
Ron Nagy and Joyce LaJudice of the Lily Dale Museum for their support and encouragement.