Mediumship And Genius

The spirits controlling the hand of a celebrated writing medium, once

delivered through him the following message regarding the nature and

development of mediumistic powers: "Mediumship is a development of that

which is, in another sort, genius. Genius, the opened and attentive ear

to spirit guidance and inspiration, shades away into mediumship, the

facile instrument of spirit manifestation. In proportion as the medium

becomes open to influence, directly exercised, is he valuable as a means

whereby direct messages are conveyed. And in proportion as the

individual spirit is lost and merged in the great ocean of spirit, is

the result most direct and serviceable. It is when the passive spirit is

content to allow us to use the corporeal instrument, as it does when

itself operates, that we gain satisfactory results. That can only be

when a condition of perfect passivity, as far removed from scepticism as

from credulity, has been secured. This opening of the spiritual being to

spiritual influences is what you call mediumship. The true and valuable

gifts are purely spiritual and must be used for spiritual purposes; not

for gain, or for satisfying curiosity, or for base or unworthy ends."