A Culprit Spirit Arrives
in the Spiritual World
(Medium Mrs. Costel)
I will tell you what I went through on the occasion of my death. My
spirit retained my body through physical connections and it took great
pains to free it. I felt so strong at the age of twenty-four that I could hardly
believe that I had left such a life behind. I sought my body and that surprised
me, terrified me, for finding myself lost in that multitude of shadows.
Then the consciousness of my state and the revelation of my faults in
all my incarnations suddenly struck me. An inexorable light illuminated
the most remote corners of my soul, and I felt naked and a sensation of
overwhelming shame. I tried to escape, looking for other things familiar
to me, surrounding me. The radiant spirits floating in ether gave me
the feeling of an unreachable happiness. Shadow-like forms, devastated,
drowned in despair, some sarcastic, others furious, all circulating around
me and I felt stuck to the ground. I saw humans coming and going and I
envied their ignorance. A total new order of things, or things that I had
to meet again, suddenly invaded my soul. Dragged by a relentless force,
trying to escape that relentless pain, I traveled distances; the elements, the material obstacles, the splendorous nature or celestial splendors couldn’t
calm for a moment the excruciating pain in my conscience, or the horror
caused by the revelation of eternity.
A mortal can sense the physical torments by the shivering of the flesh,
but your fragile pain, softened by hope, tempered by distractions, annihilated
by forgetfulness, will never translate the anguishes of a soul that
suffers unremittingly, without hope or regret. I spent a time whose duration
I cannot determine just envying the selected ones, in which I could
see them glimpse the splendor; hating the bad spirits who continued to
persecute me with their mockery, despising human depravity, whose nastiness
were clear to me, made me move from a profound depression to an
Then, you soothed me. I heard the teachings of your guides. The
truth penetrated my soul and I prayed and God listened. It was revealed
to me by God’s mercy, as it was revealed by God’s justice.
Punishment of the Egoist
(Medium Mrs. Costel)
Note: The spirit that signed the three following communications was
a woman who was an acquaintance of the medium when alive, and
whose conduct and character justify well her ongoing sufferings. She was
particularly dominated by an exaggerated selfishness, and by a personality
which is reflected in the last communication, given her pretentious
desire to have the medium totally dedicated to her, having her quitting
her regular studies.
Here I am the unfortunate one. What do you want me to teach you? Your
resignation and your hope are just words to someone that knows that your
sufferings will last the endless sequence of centuries, like the grains in
the sand of a beach. You say that you can smooth them out. Meaningless
words! Where would you find the courage, the hope for that? Then, oh
simple mind, try to understand what is a never ending day. Is it a day, a
year, a century? What do I know? Time does not go by; the seasons are
dull; eternal and slow like the water seeping out of a rock, this hated day,
that wretched day that weighs on me like an urn made of lead… I suffer!
Nevertheless, I know that above such misery God governs sovereignly,
our Father, our Lord, and the aim of everything. I want to think about
it. I want to beg for God’s help.
I struggle and drag myself like the mutilated that travels the long
journey. I don’t know the power that entices me towards you. Perhaps
you are the salvation. I move away from you a little bit soothed, a little bit
warm again, like the shivering old man in the sun light beam. My frozen
soul draws a new life near you.
My disgrace grows every day; it grows, as I understand eternity. Oh misery!
How much I curse you and all the guilty hours, hours of selfishness
and forgetfulness, ignoring all charity, all devotion, only thinking to my
own well being! Be cursed human arrangements! Vain preoccupations of
material interests! Curse you who has blinded me and lost! I am destroyed
by the endless regret of lapsed time. What can I tell you, you that are
listening to me? Watch yourself incessantly; love the others more than
yourself; don’t stay long in the path of easiness; don’t fatten your body up
to the price of your soul; be vigilant, as the Lord demanded the disciples
to be. Do not thank me for this advice, which was never heard by my
heart. Like a chastened dog, fear makes me trudge on but I still don’t
know pure love! Its divine dawn breaks slowly. Pray for my withered and
Note: The two essays above were received at the medium’s house. The
one below was given spontaneously at the Society, a fact that explains the
meaning of the first phrase.
I come to find you here, since you forgot me. Do you believe then
that isolated prayers and having my name pronounced will sooth my suffering?
No, a hundred times no. I roar of pain; I wander without rest, without shelter, without hope, feeling the eternal spike of punishment
penetrating my revolted soul. I laugh when I hear your complaints, when I
see you slaughtered. What are your feeble miseries?! What are your tears?!
What are your torments that prevent you from sleeping?! Did I sleep, me?
I want to, do you hear me? I want you to think of me, leaving behind your
philosophical dissertations; make the others also think of me. I cannot
find an expression to provide you with the image of this anguish, of this
time that goes by in the stationary clock of eternity. I only see a faint ray
of hope, and I got that hope from you; don’t leave me.
Note: The communication below is not from the same spirit but from a
superior spirit, one of our guides, responding to our request to provide his
opinion about the preceding communications.
This picture is very true and it is in no way exaggerated. You may
perhaps ask me what this woman has done to be in such a terrible condition!
Has she committed any horrible crime? Has she stolen? Was she a
murderer? No. She did nothing to deserve man’s justice. On the contrary,
she enjoyed what you call earthly happiness: beauty, fortune, pleasures,
and adulation. She had everything, lacked nothing and people used to
say about her: What a happy woman! She was the cause of envy by others.
What did she do then? She was selfish; she had everything but a good
heart. She may not have breached man’s law but she did breach God’s law
since she ignored charity, the first of all virtues. She only loved herself.
Now nobody loves her. She gave nothing; now she gets nothing. She is isolated,
tired, abandoned, lost in space, where nobody thinks of her, nobody
gives any attention to her and that is her torture. Since she only sought
mundane pleasures, and such pleasures no longer exist, the void was created
around her. She only sees emptiness and that seems like eternity to
her. She feels no physical torture; the demons do not come to torment her,
which is not necessary. She torments herself and suffers even more because
those demons would still be creatures that would think of her. Egotism was her happiness on Earth; she chased it. Now it is the worm chewing
her heart, the true devil.
Ah! If people only knew how much they will pay for their selfishness!
However, God teaches you every day, because if God sends so many selfish
spirits to Earth, it is that they will punish one another in this very life,
and then you will have a better understanding by the contrast that charity
is the only antidote to this leprosy of humanity.
Alfred de Musset
(Medium Ms. Eugenie)
A spirit spontaneously communicated in our November 23rd session,
writing the following:
“Since before anything else I want to please you, my question is; what
would like me to talk about. If you have a subject, let me know. Thus,
ladies and gentlemen, I am all yours.”
Alfred de Musset
• Considering that your visit is unexpected, we don’t have a subject
prepared beforehand. We then ask you to kindly choose one yourself.
Whatever it is we will appreciate it very much.
• “You are right. Yes, because as I am a spirit, in particular, as well
as every other spirit, in general, we know your needs better thus
we can choose the subject better than you would.
What should I talk about? I am confused amidst so many interesting
subjects. Let us begin by talking about those who
strongly wish to become spiritists, but seem to step back before
what they believe to be an apostasy. Let us then talk about those who retreat before the idea of finding themselves in contradiction
with Catholicism. Hear me well: I say Catholicism and not
Are you afraid of disowning your parent’s beliefs? It is a mistake!
The forefathers, those who founded that sublime religion since its
origin, they were more spiritist than you. They preached the same
doctrine that is taught to you today. As your religion does, whoever
uses the word Spiritism says: charity, benevolence, forgetfulness
and forgiveness of all offenses! Like Catholicism, it teaches
the abnegation of oneself. You can then, timorous consciences,
without scruples, gather around the table and talk to the beings
that you grieve. Like your parents, be charitable, good, compassionate
and you shall all meet at the end of your paths, the scale
which will assess your actions will indicate the same weight, give
the same worth to your deeds. I call you to come fearlessly. Come
graceful women with plenty of illusions in your hearts; come and
those illusions will be replaced by a more beautiful and shiny
reality. Come, wives of hardened hearts, suffering their dryness,
come to find here the water which softens the rock and quenches
the thirst. Come, loving women who seek happiness during your
entire lives; who feel the depth of the emptiness in your hearts
and desperately try to fill it up. Come women of eager intelligence.
Science flows here, pure and transparent. Come and drink
out of this rejuvenating source. And you, bending elderly, come
and laugh at that youth which scorns you, because the sanctuary
doors are open to you; birth will restart to you, bringing the
happiness of your early days. Come and we will help you see the
brothers who reach out to you, waiting for you. Come all of you
because there is consolation to all. As you see, I am here in good
faith. I shall gladly be your server.”
Taking advantage of the good will of the spirit Alfred the Musset, we addressed
him the following questions:
1. What will be the influence of Spiritism on poetry? – A. Poetry
is the balm applied onto the wounds. It was given to human beings
as a celestial manna. Every poet is a medium, sent to Earth
by God, to regenerate his people a little, not allowing them to
become entirely callous. What can be more beautiful? What can
speak more to the soul than poetry?
2. Painting, sculpture, architecture and poetry were, one by one, influenced
by Pagan as well as Christian ideas. Can you tell us if after
Pagan and Christian arts, there will be one day a spiritist art? – A.
You ask a question that answers itself. The germ is the germ; it
becomes the silkworm and later the butterfly. What is lighter, more
gracious than a butterfly? Then! Pagan art is the larva; Christian
art is the cocoon; spiritist art will be the butterfly.
(About this see the earlier article Pagan, Christian and Spiritist Art)
3. What is the influence of women in the nineteenth century?
Note: This question was asked by a young man alien to the
A. Ah! That of progress. The question was asked by a young
man. That is nice and I would be amateurish for not responding.
I am sure that everyone here wants to hear that.
The influence of women in the nineteenth century! Would
you believe that they have waited this time to raise their
hands, poor and weak men that you are? If you tried to lesser
them it was for fear; if you tried to muffle their intelligence it
was because you were afraid of their influence. You were only
unable to oppose barriers to their hearts. Since their hearts
were a God given present, they remained master and sovereign.
But behold, the woman also becomes a butterfly; she
wants to leave her cocoon; reclaim her divine rights; like the butterfly, she throws herself in space, breathing the air of her
fair value. Don’t you think that I want them to become erudite,
scholars, poets! No. But I do want, it is wanted here in
this world where I live, that the one who must elevate humanity
be worthy of her role; that the one who must form men
starts to know themselves, and to give her since her early days
the love for what is beautiful, grand and just, it is necessary
that she have this love on a higher level. She needs to understand
it. When the educating agent of society is reduced to
nothing, it hesitates. That is what you must understand in the
Intuition of Future Life
(Medium Ms. Eugenie)
Note: The medium writes in an old notebook, which was used by another
medium and where there was a message written and signed
by Delphine de Girardin. This fact explains the beginning of the
“I find my actual name; it will serve as my signature, before even
“I want to speak to all of you now and demonstrate that you are
spiritualists; that is why I only need to address your reason. Why do you
go to the cemeteries on November 1st, if it only keeps the remains of the
loved ones that you lost? Why do you waste your time taking fragrant
flowers, it reminds you of friendship and kind memories? Why do you
evoke their memories if they no longer live? Why the rolling tears, asking
for their consolation or to be taken by them? Answer now, you who
whisper – because those who don’t speak in whispers, whisper in their
thoughts – matter is the only thing that exist there. After us, it is the
nothingness. Tell me now: aren’t you in contradiction there? Nevertheless,
cheer up since you have more faith than you think. God that has created
you imperfect wanted to give you hope, and in spite of that, and without your understanding, unconsciously, you speak to those loved ones; you
ask them to feel the smell of the flowers that you lay before them; you
beg for their friendship and protection. Mother! You call your daughter
an angel, asking for her prayers. Daughter, you ask for your mother’s protection
and advice. Many among you say: I feel the truthfulness of your
words in my heart, but that is in disagreement with what I learned from
my parents, and your scrupulous spirits shut up in your own ignorance.
Go then and act fearlessly because the spiritist faith is in agreement with
all religions, since it says what is repeated by all: Love, charity, humility.
See and believe all that comes from your hesitation.”
Delphine de Girardin
OBSERVATION: The contradiction mentioned by the spirit in the
beginning is seen all the time, even on those that more strongly deny a
future life. If everything ends with the corporeal life, then why the celebration
of the dead if they can no longer hear? We were told about the
case of a gentleman in the highest possible stage of absolutely materialistic
ideas. He had lost a son not long ago and his sorrow was such that he felt
like committing suicide in order to join him. Well, join what? The bones
that are no longer his?
(Medium Ms. Eugenie)
Note: In the session of the Society when the message above was received,
the spirit of Ms. Girardin was requested to give another one
about reincarnation, then responding: “Oh! I wish; this medium is used
to seeing me doing things that she is not always pleased with, and you are
right.” This last sentence is an allusion to certain particular ideas of the
medium about reincarnation.
“Reincarnation is a logical thing; it makes sense. Thus, it is all about
giving some thought to that, of wanting to take a good look of what is
around us. You only need to look inside, into our inner self, to find evidence
of reincarnation. You see a good father at the table; he has several
beautiful children, some of remarkable intelligence, others in an almost
abject state. Where does the difference come from? The same father, the
same mother, the same education, so many contrasts though! Think about
your memories; don’t you find there the intuition of facts from which you
have no knowledge about and yet they come back to you as if they had
actually existed? Aren’t you shocked when you see someone for the first
time and have the strong impression of having already known that person?
You are, aren’t you? There you go! That demonstrates a previous life to you, one in which you participated; it demonstrates that the intelligent
boy must have gone through several existences, hence improved, and that
the other may well be in the initial ones; that the person who you meet
may have been close to you and the fact that you remember did actually
happen in another life. Besides, it is necessary to be perfect to enter the
kingdom of God. Let us see that! Do you believe that you lack so little
that three or four months in the celestial spheres after your death will
be enough for you? * No, I don’t believe in such a pretension. Perfection
is acquired after work and moral fortune is not inherited from material
wealth. In order to purify you do need to animate several bodies and each
of them keeps part of your impurities. If you think about it you will not
be able to resist to the evidence.
Delphine de Girardin
*Reference to some people’s opinion about the future life
The Day of the Dead
(Medium Ms. Huet)
Note: In the session of the Society on November 2nd, Charles Nodier
once requested to carry on his already initiated work, responded:
“Allow me, my dear friends, to talk about something else tonight. Next
time I will continue the initiated work.”
“The date today is so personally dedicated to us that we cannot help
it but call your attention to death and the prayers claimed by the majority
of those who have come before you. This week is a period of fraternization
between Earth and Heaven, the living and the dead. It is the time
when you must think of us in a more particular way and think of yourself
as well, because the living ones will soon pray for you as they do to us,
and such a thought must help you to become better. You shall be received
before God according to the way you have lived there. What is life, after
all? It is a very short migration of the spirit on Earth, yet sufficient enough
time though to stack up a real treasure of graces and be prepared for tough
sufferings. Think about it. Think of heaven and life will then seem very
light, whatever it is.”
The following questions were addressed to the spirit regarding the communication
1. Do the spirits come in larger number to the cemeteries today
than usually? – A. We return more spontaneously to the places
where our remains are in this period, because your thoughts, your
prayers are there with you.
2. The spirits that come to their tombs on those days and find nobody
praying for them, do they suffer for feeling abandoned,
whereas others have relatives and friends who remember them? –
A. Aren’t there devoted people who pray for the dead in general?
Then! Those prayers reverted to the forgotten spirit. They are the
celestial manna, falling upon the lazy as on the active man. It
reaches the celebrity and the unknown. God shares it equally and
delivers them to those in need, through the good spirits who no
longer need them.
3. We know that the formula of the prayers is indifferent; yet, many
people need a formula to concentrate their ideas. Hence we would
thank you if you could dictate one to us for that occasion. We
would join our thoughts and destine it to the spirits in need. – A.
I want to do that too.
God, creator of the universe, have mercy on those creatures; take
their wakenesses into account; shorten their earthly trials, if beyond
their strengths; have compassion on the sufferings of those
who have left Earth, inspiring in them the desire to advance towards
4. No doubt there are several spirits here to whom we can be useful.
We would ask them to reveal themselves. – A. What a request!
You will be overwhelmed.
5. We are not afraid, absolutely. If we cannot hear them all, what
we tell one can be used by all of them. – A. Be it then! Do as
demanded by your heart.
A general appeal was made, without any particular designation, to
any spirit who was present and willing to communicate and request assistance;
a very known character who died two years ago manifested, showing
feelings very different from those in his life, and that was unsuspected
Allegory of Lazarus
(Medium Mr. Alfred Didier)
Christ loved a man called Lazarus. He suffered when he heard about
his death and asked to be taken to his tomb. Lazarus’ sister begged
the Lord, saying: “Is it possible to bring my brother back from the dead?
Oh you, who loved him so much, give his life back!”
Nineteenth century world, you are also dead. Faith, which gives life to
people, extinguishes gradually. Some believers uselessly tried to wake you
up from your agony. It is too late. Lazarus is dead. Only God can save him.
Christ was then led to the grave. The stone was lifted, showing bandages
that dressed the cadaver, and the horror of death. Christ raised his eyes to
heaven, hand in hand with Lazarus’s sister, he lifted his arm and declared:
“Lazarus, stand up!” Despite his bandages and shroud he awoke and stood up.
Oh World! You are like Lazarus. Nothing can bring you back to life.
Your materialism, your turpitudes, your skepticism are the bandages around
your cadaver, and you smell bad for you have been dead for a long time.
What is that, which will make you cry out, just as Lazarus: Do you rise up
in the name of God? It is Christ, obeying the appeal of the Holy Spirit. For
ages, the voice of God was heard. Are you more decomposed than Lazarus?
Familiar Little Leprechaun
(Medium Mrs. Costel)
I have never communicated with you and I am very happy for being
able to enlarge your literary understanding. You know well the opinion
I had about the so-called fantasy world, you who so eagerly read me.
Often alone, during long winter nights, in one corner of my lonely home,
I would hear the moaning and sorrowful notes of the wind. While my
distracted eyes vaguely followed the pictures formed by the flames in the
fireplace, the familiar little leprechaun was certainly entertaining me, thus
I did not invent Trilby: I just repeated what he had whispered into my attentive
ears. What a marvelous thing, feeling these invisible guests living
around us! No mystery with them. They do love you, regardless, and do
know you better than you do yourselves. In my scholarly life, in my life as
a man, I owe to these invisible friends my best successes and my dearest
consolations. It is my turn now to whisper to friendly ears things guessed
by the heart and that are not repeated. I want to say, dear medium, that I
shall often have the kind privilege of talking to you.