Antagonistic Elements

Another incident of the kind is related by a writer, as follows: "On one

occasion, when some experiments were being made by a medium, under

control, in the direction of psychometry and clairvoyance, a lady

expressed a desire to be the subject for delineation. After one or two

efforts the medium exclaimed, 'I am very sorry, but for some reason I am

quite unable to get anything from you, or for you.' Shortly afterwards

the lady in question remarked to one of the sitters, 'I knew he would

not be able to give me anything. That is the third medium that I have

knocked out.' The failure to obtain results under such impossible

conditions is a proof of the genuine psychic nature of the powers of the

mediums. If they were pretenders they would succeed in doing something

under any circumstances and in spite of such adverse psychic

conditions." While we are far from holding that the sitters in a circle

should lay aside all ordinary caution and good judgment, and instead to

assume the mental attitude of utter and unquestioning credulity and

acceptance, we do positively declare that the mental state of

preconceived distrust and suspicion is often almost fatal to the

production and demonstration of the highest manifestations of spirit


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