Developing The Natural Power

A writer on this subject well says: "Just as a drum or tamborine is

incapable of being made to emit a tithe of what can be produced by means

of a piano or a violin, in the way of music, so the differences in

quality and conditions of the physical organisms, and in the degree of

nervous and psychical sensibility of those who desire mediumship, render

it improbable that any but a small proportion will develop such extreme

susceptibility to spirit influence as will repay them for the time and

self-sacrifice involved in the cultivation of their powers. Further, it

should be borne in mind that while wise spirits are ever ready to

respond to the call of the earnest aspirant for spiritual truth, as wise

spirits they are not likely to devote themselves to the preparation of

an instrument that would be inefficient for their purpose. The nervous

system of the medium, whatever his phase may be, has to be trained to

respond to the will and the psychic force of the controlling spirit,

just as much as the muscles of the musician or artist, and 'practice

makes perfect' in the one case as well in the other. Since mediumship

is a strictly natural qualification, depending upon organic fitness and

susceptibility, it is not a supernatural power or a special 'gift,'

neither does it insure the moral purity nor the intellectual ability of

the medium, any more than musical or artistic capabilities are evidences

of the special intelligence or the high moral tones of their