In our last number we presented the picture of the spiritual life as a
whole. We followed the spirits since they leave behind their physical
body and briefly sketched their occupations. Today we propose to show
them in action, therefore we have gathered several intimate scenes in the
same picture, whose testimony has been given to us through the com-
munications. The multiple family conversations from beyond the grave
already published in this Review can give us an idea about the situation
of the spirits according to their degree of progress. Here, however, there is
a special kind of activity that allows us to get to know the role that they
represent among us, despite our own ideas.
The theme of study whose adventures we will report was spontane-
ously presented to us, showing great interest although the hero of the
story is not one of those superior spirits, inhabitants of unknown worlds,
but one of those who are still attached to Earth by nature; a contempo-
rary spirit that has given us proofs of his identity. The action takes place
around us and each one of us has a role in the story. In addition, this study
of the habits of the spirits has the particular interest of showing the prog-
ress of the spirits while errant, and the way through which we can help
with their enlightenment.
After several unsuccessful experiments, from which his patience has
triumphed, one of our friends suddenly became a magnificent psycho-
graphic and hearing medium. The other day, while he was busy with the
psychography, side by side with one friend of his, he obtained a strange
and not very serious answer from a spirit who did not correspond to the
serious character of the spirit who was actually being evoked.
Once questioned about that, in the name of God, the spirit then of-
fered the name Pierre Le Flamand, a name totally unknown to the me-
dium. Since then a series of conversations have been established between
the medium and the spirit and later between the spirit and us.
1. Who are you? I don’t know anybody by that name.
- I am one of your old colleagues from school.
2. I have no recollection.
- Don’t you remember been beaten up once?
3. It is possible. That happens among school kids. I remember some-
thing of that kind but I also remember to have avenged this act.
- It was I but I keep no hard feelings.
4. Thank you. But as much as I remember you were a really naughty
- Now you remember. However, I did not change while alive.
I was a knucklehead but deep down I was not bad. I would
fight the first one who showed up. It was like a necessity to
me. Once I’d turned my back the case was forgotten.
5. When and at what age did you die?
- Fifteen years ago. I was about twenty years old.
6. How did you die?
- From a young man’s madness... consequence of my poor judgment...
7. How about your family?
- I had lost my father and mother long ago; I used to live with
an uncle, my only relative. If you ever go to Cambrai8 I advise
you to look for him. He is an excellent person, who I am very
fond of, although he disciplined me severely. But I deserved it.
8. He bears the same name as you do?
- No. There isn’t anybody else with my name in Cambrai. His
name is W...; he resides at ... You will see that It is really me
who is speaking with you.
NOTE: The fact was confirmed by the medium himself, in a
leisure trip sometime later. He found Mr. W... at the referred ad-
dress. Mr. W... confirmed that in fact he had a nephew by that
name, mischievous and devilish, deceased in 1844, short after
having been drafted to the military service. The spirit had not
indicated such a circumstance. He did that later, spontaneously,
as we will see in due course.
9. Why have you serendipitously come to me?
- It was by accident if you will but I prefer to believe that it was
my good nature that brought me to you, since it seems to me
that both of us are going to profit from the reestablishment of
our relationship... I was here near your neighbor; appreciat-
ing the pictures... but not the paintings of saints... suddenly
I saw you and came by. I saw you entertained with another
spirit and wanted to meddle in the conversation.
10. But why have you answered the questions addressed to the other
spirit? This is not proper of an old comrade.
- I was in the presence of a serious spirit who seemed to me that
was not willing to respond. I thought that he might answer
if I tried to respond in his name but I was not successful. I
wanted to force him to speak by not telling the truth.
11. That is not right and it could have yielded unpleasant results had
I not noticed the trick.
- You would have noticed, sooner or later.
12. Tell me then how did you get in here?
- That is a good one. Since when we need to ring the bell?
13. Then you can go anywhere and get into any place?
- Of course I can and unannounced! It is not for another reason that we are spirits.
14. However, I did not think that every spirit could attend any meeting they wished to.
- Do you by any means think that your bedroom is a sanctuary
and that I am not worthy of it?
15. Do answer my question seriously and stop kidding. Behold that
I have no intention of entertaining jokes and that the mystifying
spirits are not welcome here.
- There are meetings of spirits in which we, the idle ones, cannot
participate. That is true but it is the superior spirits that block
us not you, people. As a matter of fact, when we go to a given
place we know very well how to remain quiet and at a distance,
if necessary. We listen and then, when we get bored, we leave...
Come on! It seems that you are not happy with my visit.
16. The fact is that I do not welcome the first one who shows up
and frankly, I was not impressed when you perturbed a serious
- Don’t be angry... I don’t want to bother you... I am always
nice. Next time I will have myself announced.
17. So you died fifteen years ago...
- Let us make it clear. My body is dead, but I, the one talking
to you, I am not dead.
NOTE: Even among the frivolous and jester spirits one finds pro-
found words. That “I am not dead” contains a whole philosophy.
18. That is how I understand it. By the way, tell me something: The
way you are now, can you see me with the same clarity as if when
you were in your body?
- I see you even better. I was short sighted. That is why I wanted to get rid of the military service.
19. Then, as I was saying, you have been dead for fifteen years and it
seems that you are as crazy as before. Does it mean that you have
- I am what I was. Not worse, not better.
20. How do you spend your time?
- I have no other concern but to have fun and to be informed
about the events which may have influence over my fate. I see
many things. I spend part of the time at my friends’ houses,
in the theater... Sometimes I find funny things... If the per-
sons only knew that they have company when they think to
be alone! Finally, I go in such a way as to make the passage of
time as light as possible... I wouldn’t know how long this is
going to last, however, I have been like that for a while... Have
you seen many cases like that?
21. In short, are you happier now than you were when alive?
22. What is it that you are missing? You need nothing else; you no
longer suffer; you are not afraid of being bankrupt; you go ev-
erywhere and see everything; you are not afraid of the human
concerns or diseases, or the ailments of age. Wouldn’t that be a
- I lack the reality of the pleasures. I am not sufficiently el-
evated to enjoy a moral happiness. I desire everything that I
see and that is my very punishment; I get bored and try to
kill time the way I can! And how this lasts... I experience
an indefinable qualm. I would rather feel the miseries of life
than this anxiety that tortures me.
NOTE: Isn’t that an eloquent picture of the sufferings of
the inferior spirits? They envy everything that they see; they
have the same desires and don’t enjoy anything in reality; this
must be a real torture.
23. You said you would go visiting your friends. Isn’t that a real
- My friends cannot feel my presence. Besides, they no longer
even remember me. That hurts.
24. Don’t you have friends among the spirits?
- Senseless and useless like me; that get bored like me. Their
company is not very nice. Those who think and are happy
stay away from me.
25. Poor man! I am sorry and if I can be useful to you I will be with
- If you only knew how these words do me good! It is the first
time that I hear that.
26. Couldn’t you find opportunities when watching and listening to
good things that would be useful to your progress?
- Yes, but for that it would be necessary that I would take ad-
vantage of the lessons. I confess that I prefer to watch the
scenes of love and mockery that have not influenced my spirit
towards the good. Before coming here I was there, observ-
ing pictures that would give me ideas... But let us stop that.
However, I was able to resist the temptation of asking for an
incarnation in order to enjoy the pleasures that I have abused
so much. Now I see how much I would be mistaken. I feel
that I did well coming to your house.
27. There you go! I hope that in the future, in case you want my
friendship, you will give me the pleasure of not having you ob-
serving those pictures which give you bad ideas; that on the con-
trary, you may think of those things that you may hear among us,
good and useful to you. You will feel good, believe me.
- If it is what you want, I will wish that too.
28. When you go to the theater do you experience the same emotions
as from when you were alive?
- Several different emotions. At first those; then I meddle into
the conversations and hear very singular things.
29. What is your favorite theater?
- “Les Variétés” – In fact, I frequently go around all of them
in the same evening. I also go to the balls and places of
30. Then you learn at the same time that you have fun, since you can
observe a lot in your position.
- Yes but what I enjoy the most is certain conversations. It is
really interesting to see the maneuvering of certain people, particularly of those who still want to pretend to be young.
Nobody tells the truth with all those words. They paint their
hearts very much like the makeup they wear so that nobody
understands anybody. I did study their habits.
31. There you go! Don’t you see that we can establish good conversa-
tions, like this one, from which we can both benefit?
- Certainly. As you say, first you, then me. You have to attend
your bodily needs. I can walk all possible steps to learn with-
out any prejudice to my existence.
32. Then you will continue your observations or, as you say, your
studies of the habits. So far you have not taken advantage of
them. It is necessary that they may serve your enlightenment for
which you must carry them out with a serious objective and not
to have fun and buy time. You will tell me what you have seen.
We will reason together and come to the conclusions aiming at
our mutual instruction.
- This is going to be very interesting. Yes, I am at your services,
33.That is not all. I would like to offer you an occasion for the prac-
tice of a good deed. Do you want that?
- With all my heart! Then, they will say that I can be useful to
something. Please go on and tell me what I must do.
34. Slow down! I don’t assign such delicate missions to those that I
don’t trust enough. You have good will, no doubt. Will you also
have the necessary perseverance? That is the question. It is then
necessary that I teach you to know yourself better so that you will
know what you are capable of doing and how much I can count
on you. We will speak another time.
- You will see.
35. Bye for now!
- So long.
36. Then, my dear Peter, have you given a serious thought to what we
discussed the other day?
- More than you think. I have decided to prove to you that I have more value than I show. I feel more at ease since I have
something to do. Now I have an objective and no longer feel
37. I spoke about you with Mr. Allan Kardec. I told him about our
conversation with which he was very happy. He wants to be in
touch with you.
- I know. I was in his house.
38. Who took you there?
- Your thoughts. I came back here after that day; I noticed that
you wanted to talk to him about me and then I said to myself:
Let us go there first; I will possibly find material for observa-
tion and may find an occasion to be useful.
39. I like to see you with such serious thoughts. What was your im-
pression of the visit?
- Oh! It was great. I learned things that I did not suspect and
that clarify me regarding my future. It is like a light source
inside of me. Now I understand everything that I have to
gain from my betterment... it is necessary... it is necessary.
40. Could I ask you, without an indiscretion, about what you saw
- Certainly. Not only what I saw there but also in other places,
however I will only tell you what I want to, what I can...
41. How come? You cannot say everything that you wish to?
- No. Since a few days now I see a spirit that seems to be following me everywhere, that pushes or stops me. One could say
that he drives me. I feel an impulse whose origin I ignore but
obey, irrespectively. If I want to say or do something inappro-
priate he stands before me, looks at me and I silence... I stop.
42. Who is that spirit?
- I don’t know, but he dominates me.
43. Why don’t you ask him?
- I dare not. When I want to speak with him he looks at me
and I feel my tongue got tied.
NOTE: It is evident that the word tongue here is used in the
figurative sense. The spirits have no articulated language.
44. You must feel if he is good or bad.
- He must be good since he blocks me from saying silly things.
But he is strict... Sometimes he shows rage; some other times
he looks at me kindly... I had the intuition that it could be
the spirit of my father that wants to go unidentified.
45. It is possible. It seems that he is not very happy with you. Listen. I
will give you some news about that. We know that the parents have
the mission of educating their children leading them to the good.
Consequently they are responsible for their good or evil deeds, ac-
cording to the education that they received; hence the parents suf-
fer or are happy in the spiritual world. The behavior of the children
thus influence, up to a certain degree, the happiness or misfortune
of their parents after their death. Since your behavior was not very
constructive while on Earth and since you have not done much af-
ter your death, your father suffers with all that in case he is blaming
himself for not having guided you properly...
- If I did not become a good man it was not due to a lack of
reproof, more than once.
46. Perhaps it was the best way of changing you. Nevertheless, his
affection for you is always the same and he demonstrates that by
getting closer to you, I suppose. He must feel happy with your
recent changes. That explains his oscillations between kindness
and rage. He wants to help you in the good path that you have
just entered and when he sees you resolutely walking that path he
will identify himself. Thus, working towards your own happiness
you will also work towards his. I would not be surprised if it were
him who pushed you here. If he did not do it before was to give
you time to understand the hollowness of your existence without
accomplishments; he wanted you to feel that sorrow.
- Thank you, thank you! He is here, behind you! He rests his hand
on your head, as if dictating the words that you have just said.
47. Let us return to Mr. Allan Kardec.
- I went to his house yesterday. He was busy, writing in his office... He was working on a new book... Ah! He takes good care of us, poor spirits. If we are not known it is not his fault.
48. Was he alone?
- Yes alone – that is, there was no other person with him.
However, there was about twenty spirits around him, whis-
pering above his head.
49. Has he heard them?
- He heard them so well that he looked around to try to establish the origin of the noises, trying to see if they were not
coming from thousands of flies. Then he opened the window
to see if that was not coming from the wind or rain.
NOTE: The fact is absolutely exact.
50. Do you recognize any of those spirits?
- No. They are not those in which company I pleased myself.
I had the impression that I was an intruder. I remained in a
corner of the room, observing.
51. Have the spirits given the impression that they were observing
what he was writing?
- I believe so. Two or three in particular whispered what he was
writing, giving the impression that they heard the opinion of
the others. However, he strongly believed that the ideas were
his and seemed happy with that.
52. Was that all?
- Then a group of about eight or ten people came in and joined
Mr. Kardec in another room. They were talking. Asking
questions that he responded, explained.
53. Do you know those persons?
- No. The only thing I know is that they seemed to be important for one was always referred to as Prince and the other
Duke. The spirits also arrived in a large crowd. There was at
least a hundred from which some had a kind of crown of fire.
The others remained at a distance, listening.
54. And you, what did you do?
- I was listening too. Mostly observing. Then I had the idea of
doing something useful to Mr. Kardec. When I am success-
ful I will tell you about it. Then I left the meeting strolling
around the streets, enjoying myself around the shops, med-
dling with the crowds.
55. Then, instead of going about your business you were wasting your
- I did not waste it since I stopped a crime.
56. Ah! Then you are also involved with police matters?
- Why not? I was walking by across from a closed store when I
noticed that there was something strange happening inside;
I went in and saw a very agitated young man, walking up
and down as if deciding to break into the cashier. There were
two spirits with him, whispering into his ears: Come on, you
coward! The drawer is full; you will have a lot of fun, etc. The
other had a delicate face, nice and noble, something of celes-
tial and good in his looks. He said: leave, leave now! While
whispering the words: prison, dishonor.
The man hesitated. Once he approached the counter I po-
sitioned myself in front of him, so as to impede him. The
bad spirit asked why I was getting involved. I told him that I
wanted to stop the young man from doing something wrong
that could lead him to the dungeons. Then the good spirit
approached me and said: “He needs to suffer the temptation;
it is a trial. If he fails, it will be his fault.” The thief would
triumph after the bad spirit had employed a disgusting but
successful trick: He led the man to see a bottle on the table. It
was liquor. He inspired in the man the idea of drinking it to
have the courage. The unfortunate man is lost, I thought...
Let us try so save something at least. I have no resource other
than informing the owner... Quick! In a split second I was
there. He was about to initiate a card game with his wife; I
had to find a way of making him go downstairs.
57. If he were a medium you could have him writing that he was
about to be mugged. Do you think that he would at least believe
- He was not spirited enough to understand that.
58. I did not know that you were skillful in word playing.
- If you interrupt me I will say no more. I provoked a violent
sneeze in that man. He felt like taking a snuff and then no-
ticed that he had left the container in the store. He woke his
son up who was snoring at a corner of the room, sending
him to fetch the box. That was not what I wanted... the boy
stood up complaining. I whispered to the mother the words:
do not wake the boy up, you can go and fetch it yourself. He
finally made the decision and went... I followed him to speed
him up. Once he got to the store he noticed the lights on and
heard a noise. He was afraid, his legs trembling; I forced him
forward. Had he suddenly entered he would have trapped the
thief. Instead, the stupid started screaming thief, thief! The
criminal escaped but in the rush and altered by the alcohol he
left his hat behind. When the shop owner entered the store
there was nobody inside...What is going to happen to the
hat? That is not up to me. That man is in trouble. Thanks
to me there was no time for the crime to be perpetrated, the
businessman was saved by fear. This was not enough to stop
him from saying, when he went back upstairs, that he had
confronted a six-foot tall man. Look at this, he said. If I did
not have the idea of taking a snuff! Had I not stopped you
from sending the child, said the woman. Let us agree that
both of us had a premonition. It was a real luck! Now you, my
dear, you can thank me!
59. You are brave my dear Peter. I congratulate you. Don’t feel dis-
couraged by people’s ungratefulness. You will experience it many
times now that you are prepared to serve them, even among those
who believe in the intervention of the spirits.
- Yes, I know. The ungrateful will be paid with ingratitude.
60. I now see that I can count on you and that you will become really
- You will see that later it will be me who will teach you moral.
61. I do need that as any person does and receives the good advices
with good will, coming from wherever. I told you that I wanted
you to do a good deed. Are you ready?
- And do you doubt it?
62. One of my friends seems to be on the verge of great deceptions
if he continues in the current path; his illusions may lose him. I
would like to have you helping him to return to the good path, by any means that could strongly impress him. Do you understand
- Yes. You want me to produce some good manifestation to
him, like an apparition for example. But that does not de-
pend on me. However, I can eventually and as long as I have
permission for that, give him patent signs of my presence, as
NOTE: The medium to whom this spirit seems to be linked
feels his presence by a very strong impression, even when he is
not willing to contact him. He acknowledges his presence by
a kind of shivers in his arms, back and shoulders. The effects,
however, are sometimes more energetic. In our gathering in my
house, on March 24th last, this spirit answered the questions
through another medium. We were talking about his physical
strength. Suddenly, as if wanting to give a proof of that, he
grabbed one of the attendees by the leg, which was violently
shaken and thrown to the other side of the room, stunned.
63. Do as you please, or better, as you can. I warn you that he has
some mediumistic capability.
- Even better to my plans.
64. What are your plans?
- I will study the situation, to start with. I will check the spirits
who surround him and if there is any way of doing something
with them. I will announce my presence at his house, as I
did with you. I will be questioned and will respond: “It is
me, Pierre Le Flamand, spiritual messenger. I come to be at
your service and I heard that you entertain certain ideas that
are transforming your mind, already making you turn your
back to your friends. It is my duty to warn you, in your own
interest, that your ideas are far from useful to your future
happiness. You have Le Flamand’s word. I can assure you that I visit you with the best of the intentions. Be afraid of the
spirits’ wrath and even further, God’s wrath; and believe in
the words of your servant who wishes to affirm that his mis-
sion is for the general well-being.
If I am kicked out I will return three times. Then I will
see what needs to be done. Is that okay?
65. Well done my friend. Say no more or less.
- Word by word.
66. But if you are asked about who has assigned you with that mis-
sion, what will you say?
- Superior spirits. For good, I may not say the whole truth.
67. You are mistaken. Since it is good, it is always by inspiration of
the good spirits. Thus, your conscience may be at peace since the
bad spirits will never lead us to do good things.
- It is clear.
68. I thank you and congratulate you for your good resolution.
When do you want me to evoke you to present the results of your
- I will let you know.
(Continue in the next issue)