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Adding A Medium
Building Lines Of Communication
Changing The Sitters
Developing A Medium
Developing Concentration
Developing The Natural Power
Forcing Tests
Forming The Development Circle
Is Mediumship Desirable?
Mediumistic Flashes
Mediumship And Genius
Mediumship And The Bible
Natural Unfoldment
Opening Of The Seance
Persistent Watchful Waiting
Pre-test Manifestations
Premature Tests
Psychic Attunement
Questioning The Spirits
Reasons For Changes
Spirit Directions
Spontaneous Mediumship
Systematic Development
The Aspirational Attitude
The Attainment Of Excellence
The Call For Illumination
The Development Circle
The Jacob's Ladder Of Communion
The Matter Of Time Conditions
The Mediumistic Temperament
The Personnel Of The Circle
The Sitters In The Circle
The Spirit Communication Code
What A Development Circle Is
Who Are Mediumistic?

Developing Concentration

The following advice on this particular subject will be found helpful to
those contemplating the formation of development circles, and the
unfoldment of their latent powers of mediumship; it is from the pen of
an earnest student of this subject, and one who is himself a competent
medium. This person says: "One of the most important prerequisites for
success in the development of mediumship along spiritual lines is the
cultivation of the power of concentration. In the early days of the
movement the would-be medium was advised to be 'passive,' and passivity
was often construed into self-effacement. We are now learning to
distinguish between receptivity and docility, between apathy and
aspiration. A medium is not, and should not be willing to become a mere
irresponsible tool. For intelligent and beneficial association with, and
inspiration from, the people of the higher life, a certain degree of
abstraction is necessary. To cut one's self off from ordinary
conditions, to retire into the sanctuary of one's own inner
consciousness, to 'enter the silence' as it is sometimes called, is
helpful training for the preparation of conditions favorable for the
manifestation of spirit-power. The Quakers were true spiritualists in
this sense, and evidently realized the need for the concentration of the
soul's forces and their withdrawal from the outer plane, preparatory to
the descent of the spiritual influence that moved them to speak.

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