Forcing Tests

Another writer has said on this point: "I then, in my anxiety, made a

mistake which anxious inquirers sometimes make. I wanted more--I pressed

for another test, forgetting the difficulties of mediumship, and the

supreme effort which must have been made to give me what I had obtained.

And this resulted in failure after remarkable tests had been given."

Another writer, commenting upon the last quoted statement, says: "This

is exactly how mediums are used; they give test after test, not to

satisfy, but only to produce the desire for more. Then when the power is

weakened, comes the inability--or 'fraud,' as the imperfection in

mediumship is often called. This will be the case until they can have

the only condition which is suitable for spiritual communion--passive

trust and confidence. Real tests cannot come when sought with

materialistic conditions. The tests come unsought, unasked for."