How to Conduct a Séance

I would like to start off by asking that you don't get the 'Occult' mixed up with a 'Cult'. The Occult is the study of the unknown, while a Cult is a group of religious radicals. While I take credit for typing in this page, I did not write it. I am copying this word for word out of a book (very small) on the topic. I have used the methods described within, and I have found that they work quite well in most instances. While some of the rules are trash, I'll let you decide which ones are or aren't........

WHAT IS A SÉANCE?

The Séance or Spirit-Circle is the assembling together of a given number of persons for the purpose of seeking communication with the spirits who have passed away from earth into the higher world of souls. The chief advantage of such an assembly in the mutual imparation and reception of the combined magnetisms of the assemblage. These in combination form a force stronger than that of the isolate subject: first enabling spirits to commune with great power; next, developing latent gifts of mediumship in such members of the circle as are thus endowed; and, finally, promoting the harmonious and social spirit of fraternal intercourse which is one of the chief aims of the spirits mission.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND A SÉANCE?

The persons who composes the circle should be, as far as possible, of opposite temperaments, as positive and negative in disposition whether male or female; also of moral characters, pure minds, and not marked by repulsive points of either physical or mental condition. The physical temperaments should contrast with each other; but no person suffering from a decidedly chronic disease, (Like Sir Arthur's AIDS), or of a very weak physique should be present at any circle unless it is formed expressly for healing purposes. The use growing out of the association of different temperaments is to form a battery on the principles of electricity or galvanism, composed of positive and negative elements, the sum of which should be unequal. No person of a very strongly positive temperament or disposition should be present, as any magnetic spheres emanating from the circle will overpower that of the spirits, who must always be positive to the circle in order to produce phenomena.

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN BE SEATED AT THE SÉANCE TABLE?

I would recommend the number of the circle never to be less than three or more than twelve. Also, it is not desirable to have more than two already well-developed mediums in a circle; Mediums always absorb the magnetism of the rest of the party; hence, when there are too many present, the force, being divided, cannot operate successfully with any.

PROPER ROOM TEMPERATURE FOR A SÉANCE.

Never let the apartment be over heated, or even close. As an unusual amount of magnetism is liberated at a circle the room is always warmer than ordinary and should be very well ventilated.

PROPER LIGHTING FOR A SÉANCE.

Avoid strong light, which, by producing excessive motion in the atmosphere, disturbs the manifestations. A very subdued light is the most favourable for any manifestations of a magnetic character especially for spiritual magnetism.

POSITIONS TO BE OBSERVED

(Who should sit where?)

If the circle is one which meets periodically, and is composed of the same persons, let them occupy the same seats (unless changed under spiritual direction), and sit (as the most favourable position) around a table, their hands laid upon it with palms downwards. It is believed that the wood, when charged, becomes a conductor, without the necessity of touching or holding hands. I should always suggest the propriety of employing a table as a conductor, especially as all tables in household use are more or less charged already.

WHICH ITEMS SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE SÉANCE ROOM?

If flowers & fruit are in the room, see that they are freshly gathered. Otherwise, remove them. Also avoid sitting in a room with many minerals, metals, or glasses. These all injuriously affect sensitives.

HOW TO BEGIN THE SÉANCE.

I recommend the séance to be opened either with prayer or music, vocal or instrumental; after which, subdued quiet and harmonizing conversation is better than silence, but let the conversation always be directed toward the purpose of the gathering, and never sink into discussion, or rise to emphasis. Let it be gentle, quiet, and spiritual, until phenomena begin to manifest. Always have a slate, pen or pencil, and paper on the table so as not to be obliged to rise and procure them. Try to avoid all entering or quitting the room, moving about, irrelevant conversation or disturbances within or without the circle room, after the séance has commenced.

THE BEST TIME TO CONDUCT A SÉANCE.

The spirits are far more punctual to seasons, faithful to promise, and periodical in action than mortals. Endeavour, then, to fix your circle at a convenient hour when you will be least interrupted and do not fail in your appointments. Do not admit late comers. You should not be disturbed in any way after the sitting commences. Nothing but necessity, indisposition, or impressions (to be hereafter described) should warrant the least disturbance of the sitting.

HOW LONG SHOULD A SÉANCE LAST?

A sitting should NEVER exceed two hours, unless an extension in time be solicitude by the spirits. Let the séance ALWAYS extend to one hour, even if no results are obtained. It sometimes requires all that time for spirits to form their battery of the materials furnished.

WHY SOME SPIRIT CIRCLES MUST BE BROKEN UP.

Since ALL circles are experimental, no one should be discouraged if phenomena are not produced after the first few sittings. Stay with the same circle for six sittings. If no phenomena are then produced (provided all the conditions in the previous text are observed) you may be sure you are rightly assimilated to each other, you do not form the requisite combinations, or neutralize each other. In that case, break up, and let that circle or members meet with other persons; that is, change one, two, or three persons of your group for others, and so on until you succeed.

THE TEST MEDIUM.

A well developed test-medium may sit without injury for any person, of any description of character or temperament.

WHAT TYPES OF PEOPLE MUST BE BANNED?

A circle sitting for mutual development should never admit persons addicted to bad habits, criminals, sensualists, strongly positive persons of any kind, whether rude, sceptical, violent tempered, or dogmatical. A humble, candid, inquiring spirit, unprejudiced, and receptive of truth, is the only frame of mind in which to sit for phenomena, the delicate magnetism of which is shaped, tempered, and made or marred as much by mental as physical conditions.

WHEN THE 'SPIRITS' TAKE OVER

When once any of the circle can communicate freely and conclusively with the spirits, the spirits can and will take charge of and regulate the future movements of the circle.

IMPRESSIONS: WHEN 'OTHER' SPIRITS TALK TO 'OUR' SPIRITS.

Impressions are the voices of spirits speaking to our spirits, or else the monitions of the spirit within us, and should always be respected and followed out, unless (which is very rare) suggestive of actual wrong in actor word. At the opening of the circle, one or more members are often impressed to change seats with others; one or more to withdraw, or a strong feeling of repulsion to some member of the circle, makes it painful to remain there. Let any or all of these impressions be faithfully regarded, and, at commencing, pledge to each other the promise that no offence shall be taken by following out impressions. If a strong impression to write, speak, sing, dance, or gesticulate, possess any mind present, follow it out faithfully. It has a meaning, if you cannot at first realize it. Never feel hurt in your own person, or ridicule in your neighbours, for any failures to express, or at first discover the meaning of the spirit impressing you.

SPIRIT CONTROL

Spirit control is often deficient, and at first almost always imperfect, but by often yielding to it, your organism becomes more flexible, and the spirit more experienced; and practice in control is absolutely necessary for spirits as well as mortals. If dark and evil-disposed manifest to you, never drive them away, but always strive to elevate them, and treat them as you would mortals in similar circumstances. Do not always attribute falsehoods to lying spirits or deceiving mediums. Many mistakes occur in the communion of which you cannot always be aware.

STRIVING FOR TRUTH

Strive in truth, but rebuke error gently; and do not always attribute it to design, but rather to mistake in so difficult and experimental a stage of the communion as mortals at present enjoy with the spirits. All persons are subject to spirit influence and spirit guidance and control, but not all can so externalize this power as to use it consciously or be what is significantly called a medium. And finally, let it be remembered that except in the case of trance-speakers, no medium can ever hope successfully to exercise his/her gift in a large or promiscuous assembly, while trance-speakers, no less than mediums for any other gift, can never be influenced by spirits far beyond their own normal capacity in the matter of the intelligence rendered. The magnetism of the spirit and the spirit-circle being but a quickening fire, which inspires, the brain, stimulates the facilities, and, like a hot-house process on plants, forces in abnormal prominence dormant or latent powers of the mind, but creates nothing. Even in the case of merely automatic speakers, writers, and other forms of test mediums, the intelligence or idea of the spirit is always measurably shaped by the capacity idiosyncrasies of the medium. All spirit power is thus limited to expression by organism through which it works; and spirits may control, inspire, and influence the human mind, but do not change or re-create it

SOME FINAL ADVICE.

Unless strictly charged by spirits to do otherwise, DO NOT continue tohold sittings with the same parties for more than a twelve month period. After that time, if not before, fresh elements of magnetism are absolutely essential. Some of the original circle should withdraw and others take their place. This is a most important point, and one NOT to be forgotten!

GOOD LUCK!!


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How to Conduct a Séance

 

How to Conduct a Séance

I would like to start off by asking that you don't get the 'Occult' mixed up with a 'Cult'. The Occult is the study of the unknown, while a Cult is a group of religious radicals. While I take credit for typing in this page, I did not write it. I am copying this word for word out of a book (very small) on the topic. I have used the methods described within, and I have found that they work quite well in most instances. While some of the rules are trash, I'll let you decide which ones are or aren't........

WHAT IS A SÉANCE?

The Séance or Spirit-Circle is the assembling together of a given number of persons for the purpose of seeking communication with the spirits who have passed away from earth into the higher world of souls. The chief advantage of such an assembly in the mutual imparation and reception of the combined magnetisms of the assemblage. These in combination form a force stronger than that of the isolate subject: first enabling spirits to commune with great power; next, developing latent gifts of mediumship in such members of the circle as are thus endowed; and, finally, promoting the harmonious and social spirit of fraternal intercourse which is one of the chief aims of the spirits mission.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND A SÉANCE?

The persons who composes the circle should be, as far as possible, of opposite temperaments, as positive and negative in disposition whether male or female; also of moral characters, pure minds, and not marked by repulsive points of either physical or mental condition. The physical temperaments should contrast with each other; but no person suffering from a decidedly chronic disease, (Like Sir Arthur's AIDS), or of a very weak physique should be present at any circle unless it is formed expressly for healing purposes. The use growing out of the association of different temperaments is to form a battery on the principles of electricity or galvanism, composed of positive and negative elements, the sum of which should be unequal. No person of a very strongly positive temperament or disposition should be present, as any magnetic spheres emanating from the circle will overpower that of the spirits, who must always be positive to the circle in order to produce phenomena.

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN BE SEATED AT THE SÉANCE TABLE?

I would recommend the number of the circle never to be less than three or more than twelve. Also, it is not desirable to have more than two already well-developed mediums in a circle; Mediums always absorb the magnetism of the rest of the party; hence, when there are too many present, the force, being divided, cannot operate successfully with any.

PROPER ROOM TEMPERATURE FOR A SÉANCE.

Never let the apartment be over heated, or even close. As an unusual amount of magnetism is liberated at a circle the room is always warmer than ordinary and should be very well ventilated.

PROPER LIGHTING FOR A SÉANCE.

Avoid strong light, which, by producing excessive motion in the atmosphere, disturbs the manifestations. A very subdued light is the most favourable for any manifestations of a magnetic character especially for spiritual magnetism.

POSITIONS TO BE OBSERVED

(Who should sit where?)

If the circle is one which meets periodically, and is composed of the same persons, let them occupy the same seats (unless changed under spiritual direction), and sit (as the most favourable position) around a table, their hands laid upon it with palms downwards. It is believed that the wood, when charged, becomes a conductor, without the necessity of touching or holding hands. I should always suggest the propriety of employing a table as a conductor, especially as all tables in household use are more or less charged already.

WHICH ITEMS SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE SÉANCE ROOM?

If flowers & fruit are in the room, see that they are freshly gathered. Otherwise, remove them. Also avoid sitting in a room with many minerals, metals, or glasses. These all injuriously affect sensitives.

HOW TO BEGIN THE SÉANCE.

I recommend the séance to be opened either with prayer or music, vocal or instrumental; after which, subdued quiet and harmonizing conversation is better than silence, but let the conversation always be directed toward the purpose of the gathering, and never sink into discussion, or rise to emphasis. Let it be gentle, quiet, and spiritual, until phenomena begin to manifest. Always have a slate, pen or pencil, and paper on the table so as not to be obliged to rise and procure them. Try to avoid all entering or quitting the room, moving about, irrelevant conversation or disturbances within or without the circle room, after the séance has commenced.

THE BEST TIME TO CONDUCT A SÉANCE.

The spirits are far more punctual to seasons, faithful to promise, and periodical in action than mortals. Endeavour, then, to fix your circle at a convenient hour when you will be least interrupted and do not fail in your appointments. Do not admit late comers. You should not be disturbed in any way after the sitting commences. Nothing but necessity, indisposition, or impressions (to be hereafter described) should warrant the least disturbance of the sitting.

HOW LONG SHOULD A SÉANCE LAST?

A sitting should NEVER exceed two hours, unless an extension in time be solicitude by the spirits. Let the séance ALWAYS extend to one hour, even if no results are obtained. It sometimes requires all that time for spirits to form their battery of the materials furnished.

WHY SOME SPIRIT CIRCLES MUST BE BROKEN UP.

Since ALL circles are experimental, no one should be discouraged if phenomena are not produced after the first few sittings. Stay with the same circle for six sittings. If no phenomena are then produced (provided all the conditions in the previous text are observed) you may be sure you are rightly assimilated to each other, you do not form the requisite combinations, or neutralize each other. In that case, break up, and let that circle or members meet with other persons; that is, change one, two, or three persons of your group for others, and so on until you succeed.

THE TEST MEDIUM.

A well developed test-medium may sit without injury for any person, of any description of character or temperament.

WHAT TYPES OF PEOPLE MUST BE BANNED?

A circle sitting for mutual development should never admit persons addicted to bad habits, criminals, sensualists, strongly positive persons of any kind, whether rude, sceptical, violent tempered, or dogmatical. A humble, candid, inquiring spirit, unprejudiced, and receptive of truth, is the only frame of mind in which to sit for phenomena, the delicate magnetism of which is shaped, tempered, and made or marred as much by mental as physical conditions.

WHEN THE 'SPIRITS' TAKE OVER

When once any of the circle can communicate freely and conclusively with the spirits, the spirits can and will take charge of and regulate the future movements of the circle.

IMPRESSIONS: WHEN 'OTHER' SPIRITS TALK TO 'OUR' SPIRITS.

Impressions are the voices of spirits speaking to our spirits, or else the monitions of the spirit within us, and should always be respected and followed out, unless (which is very rare) suggestive of actual wrong in actor word. At the opening of the circle, one or more members are often impressed to change seats with others; one or more to withdraw, or a strong feeling of repulsion to some member of the circle, makes it painful to remain there. Let any or all of these impressions be faithfully regarded, and, at commencing, pledge to each other the promise that no offence shall be taken by following out impressions. If a strong impression to write, speak, sing, dance, or gesticulate, possess any mind present, follow it out faithfully. It has a meaning, if you cannot at first realize it. Never feel hurt in your own person, or ridicule in your neighbours, for any failures to express, or at first discover the meaning of the spirit impressing you.

SPIRIT CONTROL

Spirit control is often deficient, and at first almost always imperfect, but by often yielding to it, your organism becomes more flexible, and the spirit more experienced; and practice in control is absolutely necessary for spirits as well as mortals. If dark and evil-disposed manifest to you, never drive them away, but always strive to elevate them, and treat them as you would mortals in similar circumstances. Do not always attribute falsehoods to lying spirits or deceiving mediums. Many mistakes occur in the communion of which you cannot always be aware.

STRIVING FOR TRUTH

Strive in truth, but rebuke error gently; and do not always attribute it to design, but rather to mistake in so difficult and experimental a stage of the communion as mortals at present enjoy with the spirits. All persons are subject to spirit influence and spirit guidance and control, but not all can so externalize this power as to use it consciously or be what is significantly called a medium. And finally, let it be remembered that except in the case of trance-speakers, no medium can ever hope successfully to exercise his/her gift in a large or promiscuous assembly, while trance-speakers, no less than mediums for any other gift, can never be influenced by spirits far beyond their own normal capacity in the matter of the intelligence rendered. The magnetism of the spirit and the spirit-circle being but a quickening fire, which inspires, the brain, stimulates the facilities, and, like a hot-house process on plants, forces in abnormal prominence dormant or latent powers of the mind, but creates nothing. Even in the case of merely automatic speakers, writers, and other forms of test mediums, the intelligence or idea of the spirit is always measurably shaped by the capacity idiosyncrasies of the medium. All spirit power is thus limited to expression by organism through which it works; and spirits may control, inspire, and influence the human mind, but do not change or re-create it

SOME FINAL ADVICE.

Unless strictly charged by spirits to do otherwise, DO NOT continue tohold sittings with the same parties for more than a twelve month period. After that time, if not before, fresh elements of magnetism are absolutely essential. Some of the original circle should withdraw and others take their place. This is a most important point, and one NOT to be forgotten!

GOOD LUCK!!


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