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How to Get Someone to Call You Using Magick

Whether you are just starting out, or have been practicing magick for eons, it never hurts to have a few simple spells at the ready to make life just a little bit easier! When I started actively practicing magick in 1994, one of the first techniques I mastered was a simple visualization exercise utilized to facilitate contact with someone. Ok, so that is a fancy way for saying that I was 17 and desperately wanted to hear from the boy I liked… but the first way I phrased it sounds more dignified. The technique could be considered magick, witchcraft, a spell, or even just as a meditative visualization. Amazingly, it worked from the very first time I tried it, plus worked with lightning speed!

The technique I used was based on a meditation I had read about called the Golden Line of Infinity. I had found it in a book (now out of print) entitled “The Occult Sciences: How to Get What You Want Through Your Occult Powers” by Anthony Norvell. I know, the titled totally gives away that I was 17 right? Anyway, the book had some very basic instructions which I used to create a more elaborate scene to direct my focus. I find a more detailed scene helps me to limit the amount of intruding thoughts that can so easily derail a meditation such as this. Here is the method that worked for me.

Start by entering a meditative state, however you normally do so. Breathing slowly, picture a pool of water. I personally see the area around the pool/pond/lake as very dimly lit, perhaps just after dusk but before the night really grabs hold. Or perhaps the way the evening looks under the light of a crescent moon. Hold the image until the water grows very still and the surrounding scenery is utterly quiet. Now picture the person whom you wish to hear from. Take your time to develop the image of this person clearly and solidly. Now picture a fishing line emanating from where you stand/sit and into the water below. See the person’s name in block letters gliding down the fishing line and into the water. As it touches the water it begins to float on the surface, moving steadily toward the direction you believe the person you are trying to contact is located. Eventually, when it feels right, you’ll feel that you have reached this person’s fishing line. See the name travel up the line, and again picture their face. At this point the person is likely to think of you, often even picturing your face, which can result in a call or some other form of contact being initiated (or seemingly so) by them. The first two times I tried this, I received the call I was hoping for in under an hour, despite the fact that I hadn’t heard from the person (whom I was directing this towards) in the previous 3-4 weeks.

Now that you have a technique to try in order to get that person to contact you, an obvious question needs to be addressed. Is this moral? Is this an attempt to bend or circumvent the will of another person? Not really. You aren’t forcing the person to contact you. Instead, you are using your innate gifts/powers to telepathically and passively connect, while hoping that this connection serves as a gentle reminder and/or persuasion. This isn’t much different than standing on the other side of the road waving your hands and saying “Hey! I’m over here!


Moon Phase Energy & Magic

The Moon is a powerful influence on our emotions, and our lives. And why not? Our bodies are up to 75% water! So what effect do the different moon phases have on us?
When is the best time for casting your perfect spell?

Waxing Moon: When the dark side of the moon is to your left, and the bright side to your right, the moon is waxing full. This means it is growing toward a full moon.

This is the time to draw things toward you. A great time for attraction spells of all types (love, money, luck,) growth, abundance, fertility, wishing, good health, anything involving increasing. Plan a new business, begin a relationship, and find a new job. This is a time to attract & gain. This phase of the moon represents the Goddess in her Maiden aspect.

Full Moon: This is, of course, when the moon appears completely full and bright.

This time can be good for any spells that need a little extra oomph, or magick! The night of the full moon (and some say the 3 days preceding and 3 days following) is the time of strongest energy. A good time for fertility spells, as this moon phase is symbolic of the Mother Goddess aspect. Use this time to bring projects and spells begun during the waxing moon to fruition. The full moon is especially powerful for anything pertaining to protection, divination, prophecy, spirituality.

Waning Moon: When the moon is no longer full, and the light seems to be disappearing, it is waning toward a new moon. If the light of the moon is to your left, and the dark of the moon to your right, you know it is a waning moon.

Waning moons are an opportunity to get rid of, banish, things we do not want and/or need. Break bad habits, end relationships, get a negative person out of your life, lose weight, illness, etc. This is the moon phase of the Crone aspect of the Goddess.

New Moon: The moon is new when it is dark, no light is visible.

Some people believe you should refrain from calling upon energies at this time. Think of this time as a cosmic time out, much like mercury retrograde or moon VOC.
Do not actively cast, instead, do things of a more passive nature. This is a good time to conduct blessings, cleanse & consecrate your tools, work in your Book of Shadows.

Whether you notice of not, the moon is always influencing your life and your emotions. Do your best to work with her and you may find that your life is not only smoother, but happier as well!


Just a little experiment for you to try below:

Sassy Water

This magical water is invented by the nutricionist Cynthia Sass and it is called “Sassy water” in her honour. The benefits of drinking this water are different and big.

For example, the Sassy water helps in weight loss, flat stomach, digestive problems etc. You will also revitalize your body and remove the toxins.

Ingredients:

8 glasses of water
1 tbsp. grated ginger root
1 cucumber peeled and sliced
1 lemon cut in slices (not peeled!)
12 mint leaves

All the ingredients should be fresh.

Preparation: Put the ingredients in a jug and leave it overnight in the fridge. You should drink all of the Sassy water the next day.

ATTENTION: The Sassy water is not recommended for people with stomach problems, people allergic to any of the ingredients, pregnant women, and nursing mothers.

According to the people who have consumed the Sassy water repeatedly and followed a proper diet regimen, they have accomplished incredible results. It has also helped them in getting rid of the excessive water in their bodies.

How it works?

– The ginger is very effective in calming your digestive tract and it also fights cancer.

– The cucumber helps in fat burn and it has an impact for healthy weight loss.

– The lemon is perfect for weight loss and it regulates the pH balance. It also flushes-out toxins, improves the immune system and prevents dehydration.

– The mint improves digestion and it is also good for the nerve system. The Sassy water can help to lose up to 6 inches from your waist!

Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any adverse reactions to any recipes displayed on this website proceed at your own risk.

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Spiritual Poems to heal and calm

Dear God

Dear God, are You still awake?
Have You got a minute or two?
You’re pretty good at understanding,
And I really need to talk to You.
You see, Mommy came to tuck me in,
Like she does every night.
I was trying to play a trick on her,
Since she can’t see without the light.
I was going to close my eyes
And pretend to be asleep.
But when I heard her crying,
I didn’t dare let out a peep.
She started talking to you, God.
Did You hear the things she said?
Could You hear what she was saying
As she stood beside my bed?
Why would Mommy be so sad?
I wondered just what I had done,
And then I began to remember it all
As she named them one by one …
This morning we worked in the garden,
But, honest, I really didn’t know
That if I picked all those little yellow blooms
The tomatoes wouldn’t grow!
Charlie and I were trying to be helpers,
‘Cause I know that’s what Mommy needs,
But I don’t think she was very happy with us
When we pulled up carrots instead of weeds.
Mommy said we should stop for the day,
She decided we had helped quite enough.
I sure had worked up an appetite …
I didn’t know gardening was so tough!
We had peanut-butter and jelly for lunch,
And I shared too much, I guess …
But I didn’t realize until I was done
That Charlie had made such a mess.
Mommy said she needed a nap,
She had one of her headaches today.
She told me to keep an eye on my sister
And find something quiet to play.
Well, God, do You remember all those curls
You gave my little sister Jenny?
We played barber shop … very quietly …
And now, well, she doesn’t have any.
Boy, was Mommy mad at me …
I had to go sit on my bed.
She said never to cut “people hair” again.
I guess I’ll practice on Charlie instead.
We sat and watched poor old Albert,
I just knew he must be so bored
Going around and round in the same place all day,
Wouldn’t You think so, Lord?
I didn’t think it would hurt to let him out for a while.
I mean, mice need exercise, too.
By the way, have You seen Albert lately?
He’s been sort of missing since two.
Mommy sent us outside for the rest of the day.
She said we needed fresh air.
But when Daddy came home she told him
She was trying to get something out of her hair.
We thought Mommy needed cheering up,
So we decided to brighten her day.
But, God, did You see the look on her face
When we gave her that pretty bouquet?
We had gotten a little bit dirty,
So Mommy said to get in the tub.
“Use soap this time,” she reminded,
“and please don’t forget to scrub.”
Charlie didn’t like the water too much,
But I lathered up really good.
I knew Mommy would be so proud of me
For cleaning up like I should.
I went downstairs to the table,
But during dinner it started to rain …
I’d forgotten to turn off the water, it seems,
And I hadn’t unplugged the drain!
I decided right then it was just about time
To start getting ready for bed,
When Mommy said, “It’s sure been a long day,”
And her face began turning all red.
I lay there listening to Mommy
As she told You about our day.
I thought about all of the things I had done
And I wondered what I should say.
I was just about to tell her
That I’d been awake all along,
And ask her to please forgive me
For all of those things I’d done wrong.
When suddenly, I heard her whisper,
“God, forgive me for today …
For not being more understanding
When those problems came my way …
For not handling situations
In the way You wanted me to …
For getting angry and losing my temper,
Things I know You don’t want me to do.
And, God, please give me more patience,
Help me make it through another day,
I’ll do better tomorrow, I promise …
In Jesus’ name I pray.”
Wiping her eyes, she kissed me
And knelt here beside my bed.
She stroked my hair for a little while …
“I love you, precious,” Mommy said.
She left the room without ever knowing
That I’d been awake all the time.
And God, could we make it our little secret?
You know, just Yours and mine?
I’m sorry I was so much trouble today,
I really didn’t mean to be …
Daddy says it’s tough being a kid sometimes,
But I think it’s harder on Mommy than me.
Well, goodnight, God. Thanks for listening.
It’s sure nice to know You’re there.
I feel so much better when I talk to You
‘Cause You always hear my prayer.
And I’ll do better tomorrow, I promise …
Just you wait and see!
I’ll try not to be so much trouble again,
But, God, please give more patience to Mommy just in case, for me?!


God and the Night

But He could not have known about those of us
who waited for the dark
To feel the first moments of privacy we had known all day,
Or to use that black secrecy to mutter curses at the day’s faults.
He Also Fashioned The Sun
And choreographed the ballet called sunset;
But He didn’t anticipate the agony that spectacle would create
Among those of us who counted the day past a loss
For it brought them not one step nearer the goals sought.
When He Breathed Out The Worlds Music
He planned joy,
But again we fail Him when we wince,
And fight tears, and denounce the beauty of it
Only because there is no beauty in the music of our souls.
God Planted Love Here
And it grows
Where hate had flourished
Or where it is scarcely recognized.
He planned on using it like a band-aid on the hurts of the heart.
But it won’t stick on some of us,
Or it washes with salt tears,
Or we claim not to need its protection.
Isn’t it a marvel He doesn’t despair of us?


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Witch Gothandra – On Witchcraft page 5

Witch Gothandra – On Witchcraft page 5

Witch Gothandra – On Witchcraft page 5

In Mexico, the preparation for acts of magic seems to have been downright intoxication.

 

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The priests, before sacrificing, inhaled powerful perfumes, rubbed themselves with ointments made of venomous animals, tobacco and hempseed, and finally drank chica mixed with various drugs.

Thus, they reached a state of exaltation in which they not only butchered numbers of human beings in cold blood, and lost all fear of wild beasts, but were also able to reveal what was happening at a great distance, or even future events. We find similar practices, also, nearer home. The Indians of Martha’s Vineyard had, before they were converted, their skilful magicians, who stood in league with evil spirits, and as pawaws discovered stolen things, injured men at a distance, and clearly foretold the coming of the whites.

The pious Brainert gives us full accounts of some of the converted Delawares, who, after baptism, felt the evil spirit depart from them, and lost the power of magic. One, a great and wicked magician, deplored bitterly his former condition, when he was a slave of the evil one, and became, in the good missionary’s words: “a humble, devout, hearty, and loving Christian.”

It is more difficult to explain the magic of the so-called Archbishop Beissel, the head of the brotherhood at Ephrata, in Pennsylvania, who, according to contemporary authorities “oppressed by his magic the father and steward of the convent, Eckerling, to such a degree, that he left his brethren and sought refuge in a hermit’s hut in the forest!” The spirits of departed brethren and sisters returned to the refectory at this bishop’s bidding; they partook of bread and meat, and even conversed with their successors. There can be no doubt that Beissel, abundantly and exceptionally gifted, possessed the power to put his unhappy subordinates, already exhausted by asceticism of every kind, into a state of ecstasy, in which they sincerely believed they saw these spirits, and were subjected to magic influences.

That such power has by no means entirely departed from our continent, may be seen in the atrocities perpetrated at the command of the natives’ Obee, of which well-authenticated records abound in Florida and Louisiana, as well as in Cuba.


The Indo-Germanic race has known and practised black magic from time immemorial, and the Vendidad already explains it as an act which Ahriman, the Evil Spirit, brought forth when overshadowed by death. In Egypt it flourished for ages, and has never become entirely extinct. Jannes and Jambres, who led the priests in their opposition to Moses, have their successors in our day, and the very miracles performed by these ancient charmers have been witnessed again and again by modern travellers. Holy Writ abounds with instances of every kind of magic; it speaks of astrology, and prophesying from arrows, from the entrails of animals, and from dreams; but, strangely enough, the charming of serpents and the evil eye are not mentioned, if we except Balaam. The Kabbalah, on the contrary, speaks more than once of the evil eye (ain hara), and all the southern nations of Europe, as well as the Slavic races, fear its weird power.

The eye is, however, by no means employed only to work evil; by the side of their _mal occhio_ the Italians have another gift, called _attrativa_, which enables man, apparently by the force of his eye only, to draw to himself all whom he wishes to attract. The well-known Saint Filippo Neri thus not only won all whom he wished to gain over, by looking at them, but even dogs left their beloved masters and followed him everywhere. Cotton Mather tells us in his “Magnolia” that quakers frequently by the eye only–though often, also, by anointing or breathing upon them–compelled others to accompany them, to join their communion, and to be in all things obedient to their bidding.

Tom Case, himself a Quaker, certainly possessed the power of overwhelming those at whom he looked fixedly for a while, to such a degree that they fell down as if struck with epilepsy; once, at least, he turned even a mad bull, by the force of his eye, till it approached him humbly and licked his hand like a pet dog. Even in our own age Goethe has admitted the power of certain men to attract others by the strength of their will, and mentions an instance in which he himself, ardently wishing to see his beloved one, forced her unconsciously to come and meet him halfway.
It avails nothing to stigmatize a faith so deeply rooted and so universal as mere superstition. Among the mass of errors which in the course of ages have accumulated around the creed, the little grain of truth, the indubitable power of man’s mind to act through the eye, ought not to be overlooked.


One of the most absurd ceremonies belonging to black magic, was the well-known Taigheirm, of the Scotch Highlands, a demoniac sacrifice evidently handed down from pagan times. The so-called magician procured a large number of black cats, and devoted them, with solemn incantations, and while burning offensive incense of various kinds, to the evil spirits. Then the poor victims were spitted and slowly roasted over a fire of coals, one after the other, but so that not a second’s pause occurred between the death of one and the sufferings of the next.

This horridly absurd sacrifice had to be continued for three days and nights, during which the magician was not allowed to take any food or drink. The consequence was, that if he did not drop down exhausted and perish miserably, he became fearfully excited, and finally saw demons in the shape of black cats who granted him all he desired.
It need hardly be added that in the state of clairvoyance which he had reached, he only asked for what he well knew was going to happen, and that all the fearful visions of hellish spirits existed only in his overwrought imagination. But it will surprise many to learn that such “taigheirms” were held as late as the last century, and that a place is still shown on the island of Mull, where Allan Maclean with his assistant, Lachlain Maclean, sacrificed black cats for four days and nights in succession. The elder of the two passed for a kind of high-priest and chief magician with the superstitious islanders; the other was a young unmarried man of fine appearance, and more than ordinary intelligence. Both survived the fearful ceremony, but sank utterly exhausted to the ground, unable to obtain the revelation which they had expected; nevertheless, they retained the gift of second sight for their lives.

It must not be imagined, finally, that the summoning of spirits is a lost art; even in our day men are found who are willing to call the departed from their resting-place, and to exhibit them to the eyes of living men.


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As I am a very spiritual person it is a great joy to share a few writings on spirituality and superstitions with you

Superstition or not

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Ignorance of correct reasoning has undoubtedly given rise to many superstitions.

Inductive reasoning teaches us to infer general conclusions from particular facts which have come under our observation. This definition may be illustrated by an example. You know that water boils on the application of a certain degree of heat. You have seen this experiment tried many times without a single failure. You therefore conclude that water will always boil on the application of this degree of heat, although you have seen it applied but to a small portion of the water in creation Thus you draw this general conclusion from the few particular facts which you have witnessed. But had you noticed several failures in the trial, your conclusions would have been doubtful. And if the experiment had failed ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, you would have adopted an opposite conclusion you would have said that the application of the specified degree of heat would not boil water.

In this way, logical reasoning leads to the discovery of truth.

Now, apply this principle of sound reasoning to the whole mass of pretended signs. Let me select one to show you the absurdity of believing in any. It is commonly reported that the breaking of a looking glass betokens death to some member of the family.

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This sign probably originated in the following manner: A death happened to follow the breaking of a mirror. Some ignorant person immediately concluded that the breaking of the glass was a sure sign of death. The story soon spread among credulous people, and at length was handed down from generation to generation as an established truth. But you readily perceive the absurdity of forming this general conclusion from one or a few particular facts.

We all know that death does not follow the supposed sign oftener than once in a hundred times; and therefore the breaking of the glass is almost a sure sign that no death will immediately take place in the family. But as mirrors are always breaking, and people are always dying, it is not strange that the latter event should sometimes follow the former. It would be a miracle if it did not. But the events have no connection whatever with each other. The coincidence in any case is altogether accidental. We might with the same reason affirm that the breaking of a teakettle is the sign of death, or anything else, as the breaking of a mirror.
But the truth is there is no sign in the case. It first originated in ignorance of correct reasoning, and has been perpetuated by the credulous. It is but a short time ago that a girl in Exeter, broke a mirror. She believed that ill luck always followed such an event and therefore became seriously affected in her mind. Finally, her strength failed, and she died a victim to her superstition. Hence we perceive the great importance of a just conception and well-in- formed judgment upon such apparently trifling, yet oftentimes serious events, in their effects upon social and individual happiness.

We have only to apply this principle of correct reasoning to every sign in existence, to find them to be superstitious.

We shall find, upon investigation that they are based upon no rational evidence, and consequently are not entitled to our belief or confidence. If they indicate any thing, it is something directly opposite to what is generally supposed, for they do not come to pass more than once in a hundred times, and therefore warrant a different conclusion.
Not only so. If you believe in the present pretended signs, you may make a million more equally good. A man quarrels after drinking a glass of wine; you may therefore say that taking a glass of wine is the sign of a quarrel. A man draws a prize in a lottery; you may say therefore that the
purchase of a ticket is the sign of a fortune.
A man dies after supper; you may say therefore that eating supper is the sign of death. In this you may multiply signs to infinity, and they will prove just as true as any now in existence. But our Creator has endowed us with understanding. He has given us reason to regulate our belief by satisfactory evidence. And if we do this, we cannot believe in any of the pretended signs. We must conclude that they have all originated in ignorance of correct reasoning, and are kept in remembrance by those who will not use their intellectual powers as their Maker designed.

Ignorance of inductive philosophy has given use to many superstitions.

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By the means of inductive philosophy, we are enabled to trace effects to their true causes. For example: Lights have frequently been seen dancing over marshy grounds, near tanyards, and burying-places, and along the sea shore.
Credulous people have believed them to be the spirits of the uneasy dead. This belief must be considered superstitious, not having any foundation on rational evidence. Philosophy teaches that these lights are occasioned by an inflammable gas, which arises from decayed animal and vegetable substances, and takes fire on coming in contact with atmospheric air. Thus we may trace all effects to their true causes.

Many persons have supposed that pork killed in the increase of the moon would swell in boiling, while that killed in her wane would shrink.

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This opinion probably originated in the following manner: Some person killed, at different periods of the moon, two nogs which had been born and fattened together.
That killed in her increase swelled in boiling; while the other, killed in her wane, shrunk. He could conceive of no way to account for the facts but on the supposition of lunar influence. This conclusion was accordingly adopted, and at length became an established truth. Yet there was no philosophy in forming this opinion from a few such facts. More experiments should have been tried; and the results would have shown that the real cause of the swelling and shrinking existed in the constitution of the animals. It would have been discovered that pork of fine and solid texture would commonly swell, whenever killed; while that of loose and coarse grain would as generally shrink. And the person would no more have thought of attributing the difference in his pork to the moon than to the spirit of Bonaparte.

Let this philosophic principle be applied to this whole class of superstitions, and we shall arrive at similar results.

There is the supposed influence of the moon on making soap, grafting trees, cutting timber, and also upon the fortunes of love-sick swains and maidens. The latter are directed to go out in the evening and stand over the bars of a gate, and, looking on the moon, repeat the following lines:

” All hail to the moon ! all hail to thee !
I pray thee, good moon, reveal to me,
This night, who my husband shall be.”

They must then go directly to bed, and will dream of their future husband. Upon trial of the experiment, they will probably be inclined to consider it a dreamy notion altogether; for love is of too serious a nature to be fed upon mere moonshine.


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Mediums times past

Mediums times past

Mediums times past

In times past mediums have been leaders of the race.

 

Mediums times past

The grand intellects which stand along the shores of time like beacon lights, showing the pathway mankind has wearily trod, one and all, exceeded their time by the contact they held with the spirit world.

In those rude ages only an individual, in a generation or a century, penetrated the veil, and because filled with innovative ideas, became a leader. Now the cause of Spiritualism, because of greater spiritual development, is expressed by numberless mediums instead of one, but the law is nevertheless the same.
The direction and leadership are with the mediums, because they are the visible exponents. The inspiration of Jesus Christ has its power in the ideal purity and unworldliness men hastened to throw around him, feeling that if he was not perfect he ought to be.

Mediums who resort to fraud, however startling the genuine phenomena occurring in their presence, are unworthy of credence and only under strictly test conditions is their mediumship of value.

Instead of encouraging loose, disorderly and dissolute lives by claiming irresponsibility for the medium, and the presence of evil spirits, honour, purity and virtue should be demanded. If evil spirits come, it is because the mind is prepared for them; because the activity of the lower nature has repelled the spirits of the good.
The story of Christ and the tempter is instructive. He did not say, “I am so exquisitely sensitive that the evil as well as the good spirits alike use me; Satan as well as the prophets.” He exercised the prerogative of developed mediumship and placed the evil spirit beneath his feet.

A medium cannot be controlled to do anything against his determined will, and the plea that he is compelled by spirits is no excuse for wrong-doing. The medium, like anyone else, knows right from wrong, and if the controlling spirit urges toward the wrong, yielding is as reprehensible as it would be to the promptings of passion or the appetites. While in this earth life the duties and obligations contracted therein are paramount to all others, a proposition which must be admitted by all right-thinking spirits the medium who is unbiased in his own mind, cannot be led away from right-doing by the influence of mortals or spirits. How of obsession? To be obsessed, a helpless tool obedient to the will of another, requires in the obsessed an organization similar to that of the obsessing intelligence. Whatever is thought or done in that state is as the individual would do in his normal state if he followed his own inclinations. The obsessing force is obliged to move in the direction of the organization of the obsessed. If the husband has a desire to leave his wife, a spirit so wishing, may intensify that desire. If he affirms that he is led by the spirit, he in other words expresses his own feelings.

Such influences may be overcome by simply rising above them. The lingering belief in evil influences, of Satan and his friends, is the open gateway for the entrance of disturbing influences. In such cases the lower nature is more susceptible than the higher, and the tendency is downward.

We are all individual spirits, and we have the right and power to assert that individuality and rise above all and every influence. To make such assertion is a duty demanded of us, each one. If disturbing—what we call evil—influences come, we should first cleanse ourselves, by turning constantly to the highest and purest and inflexibly hold ourselves independent of all influences, and able to determine the order that shall enter our sphere.
Thinking of the undesired influence, and talking about it with friends, is an exciting cause, and should be discontinued. Those thus sensitive often talk about their troubles until every shadowy whim becomes reality and fastens on the mind with an energy increasing at every recital. The only advice is that given to those suffering from physical disease: Do not think about it, do not talk about it. Think: and talk about things above and beyond.

The advice of spirits should not be taken unless reasonable, and they may not understand the situation as well as those they seek to benefit.

Education is not necessary to inspiration, but it is to its highest tide. It is not necessary that this education be received in schools or colleges. Education is the training of the mind to clearly receive and perfectly express ideas. Inspiration, or the sensitive state—mediumship—may be made most helpful in education. If the sensitive patiently cultivates his receptivity, and is not eager to exploiter to the public before the necessary long and severe training. He cannot go before the public like a trumpet, to be spoken through. Such attempts have been dismal failures, except in a few rare instances apparently exceptional, but not so, because of the inherent endowment of the instruments employed.

The great minds of earth have been receptive—sensitive—and the wisdom they have displayed has been inspired. They have become so by their organization and training. Having studied statecraft, the great statesman is prepared and does receive his best thoughts from departed statesmen. Through the sensitive preacher, preachers of the past find tongue. The
man of science has skill and faithfulness, but beyond he receives impressions from those in the higher sphere who have studied the special subjects then engaging his attention. There is a sensitiveness of organization which makes its possessor an instrument, such as it is. This sensitiveness by culture becomes receptivity, the highest form of mediumship. This culture may be made, and often is, by education, and training the mind to concentrated efforts in special directions, and the recipient be unconscious of its possession. What a mighty force it then is possible for it to become when its laws and conditions are understood.

Various diets have been recommended as conducive to sensitiveness, and it has been long known that any diet which has a depletive effect, weakening the grosser powers of the body, allows clear perception of the spirit. While water is the beverage preferable and useful above all others, tea, coffee and lighter beverages, in moderation, so far as being detrimental or harmful, may be said to be inessential. Thus, the Indians prepared themselves for reception of spiritual communications by long fasting in solitude; but such forced sensitiveness is objectionable because of its unreliability, and the influences it catches from its environments.

A mixed diet in which fruits predominate, with greater care as to quality than kind, is preferable. A diet which sustains the physical functions, without clouding the spiritual perceptions.

We are far from admitting sensitiveness to be dependent on a diseased condition, or to be developed from suppression of physical powers. It may be induced by deprivation of food, by the use of drugs, such as hashish, iris, narcotics and tobacco. The priestess of the famous oracle of Delphos sat on a tripod once in a crevice in the rocks from which issued gaseous fumes; yet the normal development of sensitives is in every way preferable.


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