Mediumship Not Dangerous

The following additional quotations from spiritualistic writers on this

point, serve to throw important light on this subject. J. J. Morse says:

"Andrew Jackson Davis, Hudson Tuttle, and other writers, if I correctly

understand them, claim that mediumship is a constitutional condition,

and depends upon nervous adaptation, i.e., 'sensitiveness' and the

quickening of the subjective (psychical) faculties; and, personally, my

/> own firm conviction is that there is nothing dangerous in mediumship.

The mere dabbling in mediumship, as either the means of a new sensation,

or for the gratification of personal vanity, is to be thoroughly

deprecated, as a perversion of some of the most wonderful possibilities

of our natures; while the prosecution of mediumship, or anything else,

to the detriment of mind, nerves, or health, in any direction, is a sin

against oneself, and will inevitably call down the resultant penalties

of physical and mental deterioration. I have many times advised

inquirers who wished to know how to develop mediumship, unless they

desired to do so for serious use, and within proper limits, not to seek

its development at all. And in cases where I could see it would prove

personally detrimental, I have strongly advised the inquirer to let the

matter entirely alone."

Wallis says: "Very much depends upon the objects entertained by the

medium and the sitters, as also upon the character and intentions of the

spirit who seeks to manifest his presence; but, on general lines, where

people of average intelligence and rectitude seek communion with those

they have known and esteemed, or loved, the results are almost

invariably beneficial. There is every reason why this should be so if

the common-sense precautions are observed of keeping a level head,

exercising patience, exhibiting unselfishness and sincerity, and

desiring good spiritual counsel and fellowship."

A. Morton says: "Elevated spirits do not require mediums to surrender

their reason; on the contrary, they advise that every new thought should

be tested in the crucible of reason, and that it be rejected if not in

accordance therewith; but the control of domineering spirits, claiming

the name of celebrities, who present unreasonable theories, and in a

dictatorial 'thus saith the spirit' manner, demanding unquestioning

compliance with their commands, must be rejected by all mediums as

debasing and inconsistent with self respect. Any associations or

concessions which have a tendency to lower the spiritual standard must

be carefully avoided, for there is no growth in any relations which can

only be maintained by the sacrifice of self-respect and self-justice."