TAKING DISCARNATE ADVICE
THE FIRST time I made such frank admissions
about my original clairaudient complications, I aroused a wave of
criticism that I had in nowise expected. Large numbers of people seemed
to think that I was hurting my own standing by candidly narrating the
mischief and interferences I had experienced instead of receiving
crystal-clear and infallible communications. If
you got false or subversive messages even once,
they argued, how can you say that you did not
get false and subversive messages before and afterward?
My answer to such doubters has uniformly been that by
telling the actual truth as to what happened, and being absolutely frank
about the pitfalls and trip-ups that I encountered, I have believed
myself doing the very opposite of shaking confidence in my integrity or
the veracity of bona fide communications when I had found
myself in all the disturbing business and mastered the technique of
discriminating between the worthy messages of real mentors and the
annoying vaporings of discarnate kibitzers.
I am showing people exactly what happens in this sort
of development so that they may know what is occurring when they
encounter similar phenomenaas they certainly
willand I am disclosing what the steps and
attainments have been that now enable me to say that I believe my
Sources to be correct and dependable.
And, by the way, I want to serve notice here and now
that I am not strategizing in all of this, in order to build a great
following for myself, or be taken for any modern Moses, leading people
out of a spiritual wilderness. I declare that I lack the acumen to so
strategize, even to carry myself to the point at which I find myself
If a stronger power than mine were not guiding
and directing all this, I would long ago have gone down to defeat.
THEN there is
another point that should be borne in mind. True adepts and
investigators into these mysterious fields above the mortal know that if
I declared myself faultless in my progressif
I announced that I had never gotten into the hands of
wrong people in my experiences
they would have
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every right to look somewhat askance upon my integrity
as well as my adeptness, because, as I say, these misfortunate do hound
those who open these centers in themselves.
They hounded Christ
Himself. What other interpretation can we put upon His Temptation in the
Wilderness but the attempt of evil entities to gain control of His
resplendent organism while He was in a developing state? This is by no
means any alibi for y previous assertion concerning frankness in dealing
with my audience. I am merely trying to impress on confused or dubious
critics that what I am now printing in this book of Psychic Memoirs
actually happened between twenty and thirty years in the past. Much
water had flowed under the Bridge of Experience since these happenings.
I believe that later I found ways and means of armoring myself against
the tactics of these ignorant, half-developed discarnates who seem not
to understand what it is that they are doing. But be that as it may, I
do ask my readers to suspend judgment on my veracity and dependability
until they have read the full account of what I have narrate.
AFTER coming to New York on what seemed a wild
goose chase, and having much balderdash and slanderous material given me
over the automatic pencil when I was alone and wearied with much
writing, I had gone up to my friends
apartment to get such explanation as I could from those who might
instruct her in the true tenets of what was occurring.
We made the
writing-board ready as I related at the end of my last chapter and after
a few moments an Invisible Mentor began to write
William must get these things from experience else he is never going to
be of value as an instructor to others. He must learn the identities of
his own Kith and kin in this work, how to form accurate contact with
them, and how to know he has received dependable material that has
actually come from them. No appreciable harm has come to him to date,
and we will not allow serious harm to come to him, experience that,
which may arise by his own willful disillusion within his own spirit.
IMMEDIATELY I asked if it was right and fair to left me obligate
myself for $750,
the long cross -country trip, merely to learn that I had been the butt
petty practical jokers. Whereupon he Pencil wrote
No such thing has happened. You were given
that money to come to Manhattan for a worthwhile reason that will
presently be explained. In the next few days you are to be thrown into
contact with people you should meet in this workpeople
you would not have been able to meet in any other way than by being here
in the East at this time. We, not the antic-maker, arranged that
expense-money for you. But the antic-maker cut in with an auduible
explanation for the trip, which you seized on, in your subconscious
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mind, shutting explanation seemed valid to you. We had to let the matter
rest until you discovered the bogus explanation; then we could correct
you, as we propose to do now.
WHAT about all this slander and gossip that has been
coming over since Ive been here?
I demanded, much chagrined.
After all, I felt that I had cooperated with the
so-called Unseen and should not be thus penalized with hoaxing. Where
upon my true friends and mentors wrote the following bit of exquisite
of us who operate upon the higher planes of Love cannot, and would not
if we could, pass on to you information about those you love that would
cause either of you pain.
Whatever else we are, we are NOT gossip. If
there are those on this side who are gossips, they are much like such
persons o your side, and most of what they pass on to you is the
fabrication of diseased fancy. The things of
the Thought World are not a whole lot different from the things of the
earth-world except that we have access to the thoughts and emotions of
people which you do not.
You must remember that all
sorts of institutions exist foe the commitment of insane people on your
side, but over here on the Lower Levels close to earth they are
uniformly at large and can do quite as much damage on both sides as they
can in the flesh on the earth side when they are not restrained. So you
can imagine what a bedlam of vibrations sometimes exists over here when
we want to concentrate with you most.
crazy souls are
obsessed with picking shining marks for their attacks, as they know that
they cannot be perceived and yet can perceive the results of their
mischief. They are like a lot of noisy children and the nursery is often
a thumping nuisance.
we mean to tell you is, do not let yourself be misled by such people.
What makes sense on your side makes sense hereand
vice versa. What makes profitable converse here is doubly true upon your
AFTER TWELVE years of working consistently in
clairaudiency, I can now subscribe to all this as true.
For the guidance of my good friends all over the
nation who may even now be coming through the
way, I am going to give over the balance of
this chapter to my second clairaudient paper which I received on the
following evening, as I am certain the advice and observations it
contains will help them as it then helped me. Next chapter I shall tell
of the true reason for my being called to New York, and the events that
started to transpire, ending my residence on the West Coast for good and
culminating in the writing of My Seven
Minutes in Eternity foe the American
Eventually I discarded the automatic pencil and the mirror after I had
gone back for the last time to California to close my affairs
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As I continued to have
tip-ups and antagonism with the Pencil, I finally got this message
YOU are doing too much of the solo writing.
Your nerve centers are becoming
over-sensitized and must have rest. Dont
you think there are others here who know the trick of pressing on the
right nerve? This is what it amounts to, but the plan I should like to
try is this
You choose an hour each day
when you can surely give it to us and for one hour we will write. Do not
try to transcribe anything during that hour. Wait r ill it is over. This
will mike it easier for us to control conditions though even then there
are certain elements that are in your control. That is, your physical
condition or your mind may make a wall between us that we cannot
penetrate. When this happens, your own subconscious, not wanting you to
be disappointed, takes things over. It is then that all sorts of
promises are made which seem to be deceptions on our part.
WE ARE giving you this warning because you
cannot often in the least know the wall has been erected. Over-anxiety
to get us and to make the right distinctions is often the strongest wall
you can build. You have to be on your guard also against those malign
influences that can get to you when we are not on guard and that are
inevitably attracted when the atmosphere is fogged by Doubt, Weariness
and Emotional Strain. You are straining too much. Quite means quiet all
the way throughbody, soul, mind, brain,
nerves and spirit. Too much of this straining makes a condition so
over-sensitized that it results in one of two things: either your
vibrations are lowered in tone and you are open to almost any force that
comes along, or you are almost completely shut away from this side and
your subconscious gets busy looking for some wish or fear hope or
question that has previously been expressed, and building it up and
Remember, we may give you
sailing directions but we do not take the wheel. And we do not give
sailing directions to go two ways at once. How can we help it if you
persist in joining up the radio, and taking the telephone off the hook,
and then while we are talking, accepting all that is coming from all
three sources as from us?
We do take command insofar
as your safety, and the success of your whole voyage, is concerned. As
to the best and quickest daily charting of your course, we leave that to
do not say that we cannot give you advance information. We know where
the track leads and what time the train should arrive but we can never
guarantee that the engine will not develop a hot-box and delay the
train. We cannot even guarantee that an unexpected storm will not wash
out a bridge and wreck it, that is, for the ordinary things of life. If
the journey is one that is vital to you, we are ahead of the train and
making sure that no mishaps can occur.?
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You have no conception or
the Power of Thought, even on your plane, and for almost two weeks you
have been sending out thoughts destructive to the very things you were
most keen about. We know you could not help it, considering the state of
doubt that you were in, but that did not keep it from checkmating some
of our efforts. So not be upset. We do not mean that any harm has been
done except that Delay is always a factor that brings greater chances
for something to go wrong.
You were I a state of doubt
that was deeper than your conscious mind and applied to all the
circumstances surrounding you. At first this was not very active, but it
was enough to let through the things which in their turn increased the
doubt and made it assume proportions that were serious handicaps to all
that we were trying to do. You can check, you can question, to see of we
are what we say. But you must never doubt that we are making the effort
to reach you!
You say that you understood that you had
nothing to do but wait and we would serve you. What else would anyone on
this side do if he wanted you to failif it
meant more than to be calm and quiet and patient? There
ate times of crisis, when after you have done all that is in you to do,
we step in and do the rest for you. But there is no crisis in you
affairs now excepting your relations to us and the problems we present.
You must remember that crises are always of the spirit, never of the
pocketbook. Sure, calm and free, that is the touchstone that gives you
strength and wisdom to handle all of your everyday problems. Your
impatience has been the tool used by your enemies in our world to get to
you. You cannot send out at the same time vibrations of Love and
Harmony, and vibrations of Impatience and Doubt. We
want you to go to it and do your utmost. But remember always that it is
Activity keyed to Love that is constructive, and Impatience or an
attempt to force things unnaturally, may only stunt their growth..
You are very weary, my boy; it is the weariness of one who has
been sorely tried. But if even our gracious Lord must wrestle with the
demons of Doubt, how shall any mortal escape?
WE PAUSED here in the writing for a moment. And
during this pause, an eery thing happened. I
feel so strange! my friend cried suddenly.
I hope that Im not
going into a tranceor tainting
The next instant I seemed to be conscious of a sensation in the room
that I can best describe as angel wings
beating softly. The most uncanny tremors ran
up and down my spine. What was in that room with us but
invisible? Something! Then the pencil in my friends
fingers began to act up.
It came alive and started off as though by itself in a most exquisite
flowing Spencerian script Oh ye of little
And yet, how could it be otherwise
until the memory of Those Days is restored by the complete triumph of
Spirit over Matter? Immediately, as the
pencil came to a halt, the beating
sensation ceased. I looked at my companion. She was limp and inert
beside meas though she
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had fallen into sleep. For
myself, I had after-effects as from a charge from a galvanic battery.
Whator Whohad been
close I that apartment, close enough to make a pencil move in a sleeping
womans hand? Did I need to ask? But the
intelligence was by no means over for that evening. My companion
What happened? she
I pointed to the beautiful writing on her lap.
She managed a dry swallow and drew a ragged breath. But the pencil was
writing her hand again
IF YOU will do the things we now recommend, it may help.
no questions about material affairs; we will be with you in them and if
you add to your judgment a sure, calm faith in us, you will find things
working out, and when they seem to go astray you will know there is a
reason and will trust us.
more confidence in this than in any other source of teaching or
instruction. Check everything and be sure that any message we give you
can be shared with your intimates.
Write alone only one hour a day, preferably
the same hour. If you feel the impulse at any other time, resist it. If
I want you, I will rap on something three times and then two times. When
I do that, ask me to repeat. Then you will
know that I am here.
But never accept anything wholly unless you
know that it is in harmony with the principles we have given you, and
your heart speaks for them. Do what you can
in all your affairs and be sure that we are with you. You do not know
how often what seems to be disaster may be the averting of a bigger one.
Take better care of your health and get back your inner glow.
In conclusion: do not worry about the time lost. It is all gain
in the final analysis. After all, not many people could learn a lesson
as vital as this in a few weeks. You could not do it if you had not
learned so much before this life. The
penmanship of this latter message had not been in the exquisite script,
but in writing similar to that of the first part of the evening. Both of
us were appalled by being the recipients of the foregoing sentiments.
Can I believe, I
faltered, that we could possibly have made
any contact tonight with==
My stupefied thought was reflected by that phenomenon of the gigantic
again. But this time my companion did not lose consciousness. The
exquisite script was coming again from the pencil point, as both of us
held our breaths to see what might be written. This was the
repay to my
thought== O my dearly beloved!
How shall I make you know that I am nearer
than breathing and closer than hands and feet?
Albert is writing now, but that was
a Greater than i. when your heart is open to Him He will always speak
We all tonight have shared in the
glory that has been about you and we join our prayers to yours that its
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dwell in your hearts forever!
THE WRITING seemed to be over for the night. But what a night!
I remember that a couple of hours later, in a sort of daze, I dropped into
the Childs Restaurant near the Grand Central Terminal for something to eat
before seeking my bed. I viewed the ordinary two-legged mortals about me
and sought to get through my head that I was still living in the same
For that nights
writing I had made the 3,000-mile journey across from California. Had it
been worth it?
It certain had!