Preface . . . xv
Introduction . . . xvii
Lesson One: What is Mediumship? . . . 1
Beginnings. Channeling. Possession. Exercises.
Trance. Development and chakra enhancement.
Exercise. Raising your vibrations. Lesson one examination
Lesson Two: The World of Spirits . . . 11
Looking into the spirit world. Meeting God. The
spiritual body. Spirit speech and travel. Other life
forms. Evil entities. Transition. Lesson two examination
Lesson Three: The History of Spiritualism,
Part OneThe Early Years . . . 21
The episode at Hydesville. Andrew Jackson Davis.
The Fox sisters. Denunciation and retraction. French
forerunner. Lesson three examination questions.
Lesson Four: The History of Spiritualism,
Part TwoLater Development . . . 35
Development in England. Development in America.
Development Circles. Spiritualism as a religion.
Spiritualism in Europe and South America. Lesson
four examination questions.
Lesson Five: Spirit Guides . . . 49
Meditation. Exercise. Safeguards. Exercises. Spirit
guides and guardian angels. The doorkeeper. Finding
your spirit guide. Exercises. Lesson five examination
ProfileLeonora E. Piper
Lesson Six: Spirit Communication . . . 61
Mediumship. Exercisesaffirmations. The problem
of connecting. Atmospherics. Dates, names,
and ideas. Symbolism and its interpretation. Interpreting
actions. Triviality in messages. Names, colors
and lights. Lesson six examination questions.
ProfileEileen Jeanette Garrett
Lesson Seven: Talking Boards . . . 73
Ancient form of communication.Commercial faults.
Do-it-yourself talking board. Record keeping and a
spokesperson. Procedure and verification. Cross correspondence.
Solitary use. Pencil planchette. Caution.
Lesson seven examination questions.
Lesson Eight: Automatic Writing
and Spirit Photography . . . 87
The hand that writes by itself. Dont try to direct.
Types of messages. Check what you receive. Either
hand. Character of the messages received. Patience
Worth. Inspirational writing. Typewriters and computers.
Great composers return.Automatic art. Spirit
photographyunexpected visitors. British experiments.
Repeatable phenomena.Your own spirit photographs.
Photographs without a camera. Exercises.
Lesson eight examination questions.
Lesson Nine: Trance Work . . . 107
Levels of brainwave activity. Spontaneous trance.
Trance experience. The best way to enter trance.
Exercise. Early symptoms of mediumship. Return
from trance. Rules for development. Exercises. Lesson
nine examination questions.
ProfileSir Arthur Conan Doyle
Lesson Ten: Spirit Sights, Sounds,
and Sensing . . . 119
Clear seeing. Clear hearing and sensing. Exercises.
Scrying or crystal gazing. Clairvoyant exercises.
Clairaudient exercises. Lesson ten examination
Lesson Eleven: Touching the Past . . . 133
Psychometry exercises. Spirit speaks first. Side benefits.
Different readings for different mediums. Psychometry
as a tool in spirit communication. Billets
and billet reading. Flower reading. Lesson eleven
Lesson Twelve: Physical Mediumship . . . 145
Eusapia Paladino. Spirits take charge. Transfiguration.
Ectoplasm and materialization.Apports. Developing
physical mediumship. Lesson twelve examination
Lesson Thirteen: Table Tipping
and Levitation . . . 161
Choice of table. Circle of hands. Thumps of intelligence.
Question and answer. Levitation. Under or
over? Early French methods. Lesson thirteen examination
ProfileSir William Crookes
Lesson Fourteen: Healing . . . 173
Spiritual healing. Edgar Cayce. Some British spiritual
healers. Becoming a healer. Chakras. The human
aura. Three layers of light. Train yourself to be sensitive.
You, the healer. Distant healing. Lesson fourteen
Lesson Fifteen: Channeling . . . 187
Channeling versus mediumship. Origins. Channeled
material. How to channel. Exercise. Real or imagined?
Channeled or inspirational? Lesson fifteen
ProfileLily Dale Assembly
Lesson Sixteen: Development
and Development Circles . . . 197
Lack of good mediums. New wave of psychics. Full
circle. Development Circles. Exercisesyour own
development circle. Into mediumship. Record keeping
is important. Rescue circles. Lesson sixteen
Lesson Seventeen: Electronic
Spirit Contact . . . 207
Modern tools of communication. Exercisesyour
own EVPS and ITC. From slates to laptops.
Afterword . . . 215
Appendix A: Fraudulent Practices . . . 217
Appendix B: Answers
to Examination Questions . . . 227
Glossary . . . 243
Bibliography . . . 249
Index . . . 257
Many thanks to all the people at Llewellyn who made this book possible.
Thanks also to the National Spiritualist Association of Churches, the Lily Dale Assembly,
Ron Nagy and Joyce LaJudice of the Lily Dale Museum for their support and encouragement.