Premature Tests

Regarding the matter of premature tests, or unreasonable demands, the

same writer further says: "Remember that the first requisite is to

establish the channel of communication; and all personal questions as to

who and what the spirit is should be reserved until the initial

difficulties are overcome. It is at first most probable that the spirit

operators will not be fully aware just what effect they are producing,

and t
e mind of the medium may not as yet be sufficiently passive, in

fact it may be in a sort of state of protest against being acted upon in

this particular way; accordingly, it is extremely unwise to attempt to

obtain responses to test questions or to secure evidences of the

identity of the spirit under these imperfect conditions. Many mediums

and inquirers have been deterred from further development or

investigation because such questions have been prematurely put and the

answers pressed for, with the result that confusing and contradictory

responses were given, and the conclusion was hastily drawn that it was

all fraud, delusion, of the devil."