Opening Of The Seance

It will be well to open the seance with a few moments of earnest, silent

meditation--a few moments of dwelling "in the silence," as some have

well called it; and these moments should be observed in a religious and

devotional state of mind, all frivolity and flippancy being carefully

avoided. If some present feel moved to prayer, then by all means let the

prayer be made, for there can scarcely be a more fitting occasion for
/> reverent prayer than a properly conducted seance. A few moments of

hymn-singing may also be found advantageous in the direction of

producing the devotional state of mind on the part of the sitters. The

sitters should preserve a solemn frame of mind and reverent general

demeanor during the seance--perhaps the best model is that of an old

time Quaker Meeting in which the silent devout spiritual feeling was so

plainly manifest that it could almost be felt physically. Patience is

necessary in conducting a seance, and perseverance is essential. The

manifestations cannot be unduly forced, and there is often required a

great deal of psychical adjustment before the lines of the spiritual

communication between the two great planes of life are fully