Development of the Ideas
Regarding the evocation of Thilorier (medium Mrs. Costel)
I will talk about the need for gathering several elements of the spirit to
form a whole. It is a common illusion that the development of a special
skill requires a special study. No. Human spirit, like a river, enlarges with
all its tributaries. Human beings must not be isolated in their work, that
is, they must sprout the force of the ideas in contact with every opposition.
Originality is the contrast of the mother-idea; it is one of the rarest superiorities.
It is muffled since childhood by an absurd rule that reduces every
spirit to the same level. I will explain this idea. Thilorier, that you have just
evoked, was a passionate inventor, an active intelligence, but he had shut
himself in the sphere of his invention, that is, in a fixed idea. He would
never allow himself the fresh air of other peoples’ ideas. Hence, he was
imprisoned by his own mind. The genius floated around him. Because he
closed all openings, he allowed madness, the sister of genius, to penetrate
and invade such a well-guarded place. Thilorier, who would have left an
immortal name, now lives only in the memories of a few scientists.
Georges (a familiar spirit)
(Medium Mrs. Costel)
I will speak about the singular need of the best spirits to always meddle
into things that are not of their concern. For example: an excellent business
man will have no doubt about his political skills and the greatest diplomats
will place self-esteem before making any decision about the most
frivolous issues. Such a fault, which is common to everyone, has no other
cause but vanity and vanity has only artificial needs. Vanity seeks falsehood,
before anything else, for ablution, for spirit or for the heart itself; it
destroys the instinct of beauty and truth; it leads women to misrepresent
their beauty; it persuades people to seek precisely what is more harmful.
If French men and women did not have that defect, the men would be
one of the most intelligent of the world and the ladies the most charming
of Eves known; thus, let us not feed on such absurd weakness; let us have
the courage of being ourselves; of wearing the color of our spirits, like that
of our hair.
However, thrones shall ruin and republics shall be established before
a frivolous French man renounces his pretensions to seriousness and a French lady to her airs of solidity. It is a continual hypocrisy where each
one wears the clothes of other times or dresses like their neighbor. Political
hypocrisy, religious masks, through which everybody seeks one another,
dragged by the vertigo and not finding the starting point or their objective
in all that turmoil.
Delphine de Girardin
Knowledge of the Spirits
(Medium Ms. Huet)
There is in the study of Spiritism a serious mistake that propagates
every day and that becomes almost the focus of attraction of people
towards us; it is the fact that they see us as infallible in the answers. They
think that we must know everything, see everything, and foresee everything.
What a mistake! Huge mistake! Certainly, since our soul is no
longer imprisoned by a material body like a bird in a cage, it soars up into
space; the senses of the soul become more subtle, more developed; we see
and hear better, but we cannot know everything; we cannot be everywhere
since we don’t have the gift of ubiquity.
What would then be the difference between God and us if we were
allowed to get to know the future and to promptly announce it? That is
impossible. We do know more than human beings do, that is correct; we
can sometimes read the minds and the heart of those who come to us but
our Spiritist Science stops there. Make no mistake then and stop questioning
us exclusively to know what happens here and there in your planet, or relatively to a material or commercial discovery or to be informed about
what is supposed to happen tomorrow, in politics or business.
We shall always inform you about our condition, about our extracorporeal
life, about God’s greatness and benevolence, about everything
that can be useful to your enlightenment to your present as well as future
happiness, but do not ask us about what we cannot and must not tell you.
(Medium Mrs. Costel)
In the beginning it was the word and the word was God. That is how it
is announced in St. John’s Gospel. That is, in the beginning there was
the principle and the principle was God, the Creator of everything, who
gave no hesitation to the formation of the human being of this globe. He
created human beings as they are today, giving them free will and the ability
to advance. God told the oceans: you shall not go further. He showed
human beings the universe and contrarily said: That is all yours; work,
develop the treasures which are spread all over, in the air, in the waves, in
the heart of Earth. Do work and love. Never doubt your straight divine
origin. You are not the fruit of a slow progression; you have not gone
through the animal ranks; you are positively the children of God.
Where does sin come from then? Sin was created by your own faculties;
it is the other side and exaggeration of those faculties. There was no
first man, father of human kind, as there was not a unique sun to illuminate
the universe. God opened his great hand and spread the human
race with the same profusion as the stars in the skies. Spirits animated by God’s breath soon revealed God’s existence to human beings, well before
the prophets that you know. Other unknown envoys had clarified the ignorant
souls. Simultaneously to human beings, God created the animals.
The latter endowed by the instinct but not by a progressive intelligence.
Hence, they kept their primitive form and except those with individual
training, they are the same as those from the times of our forefathers. The
cataclysms of the floods – since there was not a single one but several –
extinguished entire races of animals and human beings. These are the
geological transformations that still threaten you. Human beings discover
but do not invent. Thus, the mythological beliefs were not mere fictions,
but revelations from inferior spirits. The satyrs and fauns were secondary
spirits that inhabited the forests and fields, as they do today. In those
days they were allowed to manifest more frequently to human beings,
because materialism had not yet been depurated by Christianity and by
the knowledge of an only God. Christ destroyed the empire of the inferior
spirits in order to establish the empire of the spirit upon Earth. That is the
truth that I attest in the name of the All-Mighty God.
(Medium Mr. Col…)
Spiritism is the science of total light. Happy is the society that practices
it! It is only then that the golden age, or even better, the time of celestial
thought shall reign among you. Don’t you think that you shall have
less earthly satisfaction because of that! Much to the contrary, everything
shall be happiness to you, because in those days light will allow you to
see truth in a more pleasant way. Human beings shall no longer teach this
insidious science that makes you see through the deceiving mask of the
common wealth or a future good that the teachers themselves frequently
do not trust. It will not be the time of lie and greed; the wish to have
everything to the benefit of a sect or sometimes to the benefit of a single
person. Human beings certainly shall not be perfect but mistakes shall be
more restricted and the evil ones will have a limited influence that human
beings will be happy in their minorities. In those days human beings will
understand work and all shall reach wealth because no one will desire the
superfluous but to do great things to the benefit of everyone. Love, that
divine word, will no longer have the impure connotation borrowed from you. Every personal feeling shall disappear before this education gently
contained in the words of Christ: Love your neighbor as yourself.
Coming to that belief you shall all be mediums. All vices that degrade
your society shall disappear. It shall all become light and truth.
Selfishness, that rodent worm and straggler of progress, that muffles every
fraternal feeling, it shall no longer dominate your souls. Your actions shall
no longer be driven by greed and lust. You shall love your wife because
she has a good soul and because she shall care for you; because she will see
in you the man chosen by God to protect her weakness and because both
shall help one another to withstand the earthly trials and you will be the
instruments devoted to the propagation of the creatures destined to improve,
advance, so to achieve better worlds, where you shall elevate even
further towards our supreme Benefactor, through an even more intelligent
work. Go, spiritists! Persevere. Do good for the common good. Kindly
neglect the scoffers. Remember that everything in nature is harmony;
that harmony is also in the superior worlds and that despite certain strong
spirits you will also have your relative harmony.
(Medium Mr. Didier Jr.)
The human being is at the same time a very singular and a very weak
being. He is singular in the sense that even in the middle of the phenomena
that surround him he still keeps his routine, spiritually speaking.
He is weak in the sense, after having seen, after having been convinced,
he smiles because his neighbor smiled and he no longer thinks about what
happened. And notice that I don’t speak here about vulgar, inexperienced
creatures that don’t think. No, I speak of intelligent people, and in its majority,
enlightened people. Where does such a phenomenon come from?
Because giving a lot of thought to something is a moral phenomenon. The
spirit started to act upon matter through magnetism and electricity; then
it got into man’s heart and man was not aware of that. Strange blindness!
A blindness not produced by a strange cause but created voluntarily, coming
from the spirit. Then came Spiritism, producing a commotion in the
world, and man published very serious books saying: it is a natural cause;
it is simply electricity, a physical law, etc.; and men was then satisfied; but make no mistake, man still has many books to write before understanding
what is written in the book of nature, in God’s book.
Electricity, that nuance between time and what is no longer time,
between finite and infinite, man has not been able to yet define. Why?
Know this: You cannot define it unless through magnetism, that material
manifestation of the spirit. You only know material electricity. Later you
will also know spiritual electricity, which is nothing more that the eternal
kingdom of thought.
Comments about the
1. Could you kindly make some clarifications about certain passages
of your last essay that seem somewhat obscure to us? – A. I
will do what is possible at this point in time.
2. You say: “Electricity, that nuance between time and what is no
longer time, between finite and infinite”. This phrase does not
seem very clear to us. Can you please develop it? – A. I explain it
like that, in the simplest way I can. For you time does exist, right?
For us, it does not. Hence I defined electricity as: “that nuance
between time and what is no longer time, between finite and infinite”
because that part of time that you formerly had to use to
communicate from one end to the other of the world, that part
of time, I was saying, that no longer exists. Later on that electricity
will come, which will be nothing more than man’s thought,
covering the space. In fact, isn’t that the most remarkable image about finite and infinite, about the tiny and the very large? In a
word I meant to say that electricity suppresses time.
3. Further down you say: “You only know material electricity. Later
you will also know spiritual electricity”. Do you mean by that the
means of communication from man to man through the mediumistic
channel? – A. Yes, as average advancements; something
else will come in the future; give man aspirations; he guesses in
the beginning; later he sees it.