Questions and Answers
From the N.S.A.C. Spiritualist Manual
is a Medium?
A Medium is one whose organism is sensitive to vibrations from the
spirit world, and through whose instrumentality, intelligences in
that world are able to convey messages and produce the phenomena of
What is This Influence?
It is the transference of impressions of ideas by a disembodied spirit
direct to the brain of the Medium. The most noted scientists of today
recognize that thought transference is possible and call it Telepathy.
How Do You Know This Influence Is Exercised by Spirits?
Because under it Mediums accomplish things which would be impossible
to them under ordinary conditions and plainly show in many other ways
that they are being used as a medium of communication by some other
Then Are These Mediums Fortune-Tellers?
NO! Our mediums, many of whom are ordained clergy of our church, thus
perform a sacred duty. Communications coming through them, frequently
refer to material and everyday matters because you ask for such, and
because, to a certain extent, such are necessary to arouse interest
and induce further investigation.
But Do They Not Foretell the Future?
It is sometimes done to a certain extent through their means. An inhabitant
of the Spirit World can, to a degree, predict future events with greater
or less accuracy, according to conditions. This is done by reasoning
based on observation of past and present conditions and events, and
is more accurate than is the same process as used by us, because the
Spirit reasoner is not hampered by a physical body, nor by the conventional
and set ideas that go with the limitations of such a body.
Then of What Use Is Spiritualism, If
Not to Predict the Future?
This is a mistaken idea held by many people. The prediction of the
future is of very little importance. Spiritualisms greatest
value lies in the fact that, when its truth is generally accepted,
it will completely revolutionize many accepted by antiquated ideas
In What Way Could That Be Possible?
Because Spiritualism proves not only that we continue to exist consciously
after the death of the physical body, but that we are then still responsible
for our actions while here. We cannot escape the consequences of our
acts, good or bad. Therefore, if a majority of earths inhabitants
become firmly convinced of this fact, plainly the glaring defects
and abuses of our present life will gradually disappear, as each individual
will exercise greater care not to injure others, because of the consequences
and resultant injuries to himself.
Is Spirit Communication Necessary to Bring This About?
Yes! Because that is the only definite and positive way by which the
fact of unavoidable personal responsibility after death
can be unalterably proven to humankind. All present-day religions
teach this to a certain degree, but all absolutely fail to convince
their followers beyond doubt, because they must rely on faith alone
and cannot give definite proof.
What Other Benefit Is Spirit Communication?
It completely removes the fear of death, by proving that there is
no death of the actual person. It convinces us that it is merely stepping
from a lower state of existence into a higher, exactly as the caterpillar
apparently dies to become the butterfly. It does away
with absolute separation of those closely united, thereby relieving
us of the worst of material sorrows. It also inspires us to purer
and more progressive ways of life, by proving beyond doubt the advantages
of right action and the disadvantages of wrong action.
Why Do Your Mediums Not Confine Themselves
to This Teaching, Instead of Giving the Messages We Generally Hear?
Because, like a baby, the average person must creep before walking – that is, they must first become interested in investigating, then
become thoroughly convinced that the manifestations are caused by
friends in Spirit Life and then they may begin to study the philosophy.
These questions and answers are designed to be the groundwork in such
investigations and study, exactly as one must learn to read before studying the higher sciences.
Are Spirit communications Always Correct?
Not always but usually so. The spirit merely uses its best judgment
in offering advice, and although it can see many causes which produce
certain results, more clearly than the average mortal can do, they
are still fallible, and so claim to be, and are liable at times to
be mistaken. It is also true that there are times, when owing to certain
physical conditions or weaknesses, the Medium cannot be reached by
the particular spirit who would be best able to give the advice desired.
A Medium acting wisely under such conditions would refrain from exercising
their mediumship until more perfect mental and physical conditions are
obtained. We claim not that our sensitivities are infallible but that
they are honestly doing their best to help you, and that they DO bring
messages from the spirit world.
How Can I Know That Any Particular
Medium Is Trustworthy?
Most mediums are honest in their intentions, but none can ever claim
to be infallible. Such a claim on their part would of itself be a
positive proof of their lack of knowledge and honesty, and would prove
them unworthy of confidence. The mistrust, by the public, of mediums
and mediumship, is the result largely of ignorance, or superstition
on the part of some who have not learned to understand that messages
from the Spirit World are natural and do not claim to be supernatural
Is Not Mediumship a Supernatural Gift?
No. Mediumship is a natural gift, and is subject to the operation
of natural laws, as are all the manifestations of nature whether in
the material or the spiritual world, which must be understood and
Is There Any Way of Knowing Who Are
the Recognized Mediums in the Spiritualist Ranks?
Yes. The National Spiritualist Association of Churches issues certificates
each year to mediums whom it believes to be qualified and worthy.
Can Any One Get These Certificates?
We grant such certificates only after applicants have undergone
certain educational training and examination and has proven themselves competent to receive and transmit communications from the
Spirit World. Our Mediums correspond to the clergy of denominational
churches. We have Ordained Ministers, Licentiate Ministers, Certified Mediums,
and Commissioned Spiritualist Healers.
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