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Thirty Years Among the Dead by Dr. Carl Wickland

CHAPTER XVI Philosophy

THE philosophy of life and descriptions of conditions in the higher realms
have been given by spirits who have attained enlightenment and are desirous
of helping humanity to an understanding of the spiritual laws.

A friend of many years standing, formerly a Methodist minister, had
followed our work with great interest and had been a constant attendant at
our circles, in which his daughter took an active part.

Five days after he passed away he controlled Mrs. Wickland, and several
months later spoke to us again, telling of his experiences in spirit life.

EXPERIENCE, OCTOBER 27, 1920
Spirit: WM. Y., SR. PSYCHIC: MRS. WICKLAND

Well, I am here again. I have been here before, many times. Do you know
who I am? I am Doctor Y.

I am glad that I can be with you here tonight and I am pleased this circle
is continuing. We are here every time you have a meeting, and I wish you
could see the spirits who are waiting to come in for an understanding of life.

Life is a great problem to the world. I wish people would study life and
its existence in matter.

It is a shame to send so many spirits out of their bodies into the darkness
of ignorance. They only believe; they sing and praise God and we cannot
reach them.

They are so self-hypnotized by their religion, in the first place, that they
do not know they are dead, and, in the second place, by their praising of God
and singing, that we cannot reach them with the understanding that they
must praise God in a different way.

We must act; we must work for humanity. We must learn the first lesson
that Christ taught, to serve others, and to love God above all things and our
neighbor as ourselves.

How many do really love God? They pray and sing, but they do not do
what the Bible teaches.

I understood a great deal about the other world and still I was like a child
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not learned. to control matter and the conditions that surround us. When we
pass through the material sphere of ether, the sphere around this world,
we pass through the sphere in which are most of the spirits of darkness,
which we call earthbound spirits.

There all is selfishness and ignorance. These spirits must serve to help
themselves to a higher understanding, for they have not served but have been
served in their earth lives.

They do not know what it is to live and do for others; they have lived
only for self. They are waiting to be served. Their minds have not been
developed to do for others.

I wish I could take you to the sphere of suicides, the sphere of the
churches, the sphere of the slums, the sphere of the misers, and so on. Here
they are in darkness, crying for help. Many of them do not know what to do.
They go to mortals and try to control them, upsetting their lives, and they
are ignorant of what they are doing.

Frank and Charles (relatives in the spirit world) have taken me to all
those places and shown me many things.

If you could actually realize what that means. I wish I could make a picture
for you of all those conditions and the agony of despair the spirits are in.

They will have to find themselves and waken to a realization that they
must not look for God outside, but within themselves.

When you find this wonderful understanding of life, and realize what the
object of life is, that is glory. No one can do this for you; others can only
teach you, but you have to work for yourself.

There is no time in the spirit world; you have all the time in eternity to
find yourself, and as soon as you understand God in His glory you will have
happiness. Then your spiritual eyes will be opened and you will awaken to a
world of grandeur. You will awaken and realize harmony and glory.

But this is not "Heaven"; Heaven must be found within you.

There is a world of spirits, and there is a future life everlasting. There
you have your homes as you have made them while here.

Nearest to the earth is the City of Ignorance and the conditions in which
many awaken. No matter how good you have been, nor how well you have
lived your life-that alone is not sufficient.

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for the time being until you awaken and realize that there is a life after this.

Each has a home in the spirit world made by service to others during
earth life. As you have made it here, so you will have it there. If you have
done good acts and lived a pure upright life, doing the best you know how,
your home is beautiful. But you will not know how to reach that home if
you are ignorant of the laws governing the spirit world.

If you have lived a life of selfishness and lived only and entirely for self,
your home is a little place that you can hardly creep into, and you see
nothing but self.

You have no company but your own self. You have your thoughts of
self, you have lived for self, and you have to live in that state of mind until
you ask God for help, and say: "Not my will any longer, but Thy will. Give
me help."

Then your spirit comprehends the results of your actions during earth
life. You go back to the earth plane again and there you have to serve those
whom you have harmed through your selfishness.

If they are still in earth life you have to watch and help them all you can,
and you will have to serve them until you have atoned for the harm you have
done them while you were on earth.

If they have passed out and are in the dark, you will have to find them
and help bring them to an understanding of life, and you will have to serve
them until you have paid your debt.

After you have done that, you step out of that sphere into a higher
sphere where your home is. Your home is given to you after you have earned
it. Then your friends come to you and help you, and there is a reunion like
which there is nothing on earth, because that reunion with your relatives and
friends is a reunion in reality.

All are like one, all are in tune, all are in harmony with each other. Just to
be able to say, "I live in the hearts of my friends" is great happiness.

The reunion that they had for me at the time I passed out and came to an
understanding of life can never be described. Many of my friends I met later,
and I have been helping to waken them to the glory of understanding.

Let us not believe but let us act. Let us all do our duty while we are here,
and let us understand the wonders of Nature and the wonders of God.

We could not worship more than God, for God is everything. You are
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part of His grand work, the animals another part, so how could you be
outside God? Why should you not worship His manifestations in every
way? You are in the very midst of Him. When you are one with God you
have great glory.

I want to say "Hallelujah!" (A favorite expression in earth life.) That is
grand, that is beautiful!

This is a step every one has to take; every one has to pass through this. I
learned my first step in a few months. When I woke up from the sleep of
death-we call it a sleep of transition-I was really awake. I had understanding.
I was told about the grand things in spirit but I never could have imagined it
as grand as I found it.

Let us visit the "churches" of the earth sphere, the place of the spirits
who pass out with religious belief and dogma. These gather in a group and do
not try to waken to the realization that they are still sleeping spiritually,
because they have never asked: "Who am I? Where did I come from? Where
do I go? Where is the real life? " They are self-hypnotized by their belief in
Jesus Christ, and in God sitting on a throne with Christ at His right side,
judging the people, good and bad. Some, they think, have to go to a burning
hell, and some will go in glory to God in Heaven.

That is the belief they have, and, although "dead" the majority of those
who only believe are still on earth, going to church. They, want to be on
earth singing the same songs, and praying the same prayers. They think that
all they have to do is to sing and pray.

Many do not know they have passed out. They do not even stop to
think that their relatives and friends do not talk to them as they did formerly.
We have a very hard time to reach them

Some sing and pray, others walk alone, trying to find out what is the
matter; at other times they become attached to mortals and hypnotize them
so by their belief that the mortals become obsessed and are sent to the
asylum for religious mania.

It is a great pity that men cannot understand God. When they have that
understanding they cannot live for themselves; they will want to work for
others and give every one of their happiness.

I have still to see the depth of misery to which the wretched ones go
because of hate and selfishness. These hate all humanity. That is the worst
condition. They are so crippled that you can hardly believe they are persons.

They have to be taught to realize, but how can they be

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reached? They are afraid of themselves, and they have to remain in that
condition until they pray in all earnestness to be freed.

I have learned this in the few months I have been on the spirit side of life.
I have a very nice home in the spirit world. I have my relatives and friends,
but everything is very different here from there.

I have to help many of my friends because, even though some passed out long
before I, they are still in darkness regarding an understanding of the real life.

The teaching of children should be very different from what it is.
Children should be taught about God in Nature, taught that God is Love. If
they were properly taught you would not have any crime. They would love
Nature, they would love animals, they would love humanity at large. But
they are taught not to worship Nature. How could you worship God more
beautifully than to worship Him through His manifestation?

I am glad to be with you tonight and I want you all to go on with your
work. If you could only see, every evening when you have your meeting,
how many crippled and unfortunate spirits listen and try to get help so they
can pass into the life beyond.

Humanity should rouse itself and not send so many ignorant spirits to
the other side, because these only stay near the earth and do harm to those
who are here on earth.

Humanity will have a difficult time for a little while, because of crime and
selfishness. All that people live for now is money and self. They will have to
change their viewpoint some time. Then peace will go over the earth. Now it
is war-war with everybody, but when peace and harmony prevail, you will
find a glorious condition.

I say "Hallelujah!" Let that time come as quickly as possible! Just now it is
fighting and laws. Unless this is changed people will rise because they want
freedom, but God speed the day when the peace spirit will come over all.

Frank is a good fellow to be with, and he is not afraid to make inquiries.
At times I feel like saying: "No, I can't do that," but he says there is nothing
which can harm you if you are not afraid.

Fear is what we must avoid; we must develop power. When you develop
fear you create conditions of fear around you. You should develop within
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conquer, the power of Love. Then you will conquer, no matter what comes.

I wish you could all understand God, not as a person, but as the Life of the
whole Universe, and realize that there is no life without God. He is the Divine
in everything, but we are clothed with selfishness, jealousy and ignorance.

If you are troubled by obsession, say to yourself: "I am master over my
own body and I shall be." Repeat it over and over again, and you will find
that you have power.

Do not send out thoughts of evil because they only hinder your own
self. They create more thoughts of anger and you will not have gained
anything. Develop within yourself power and strength to conquer.

Say to yourself, over and over again: "I am master, and nobody else can
interfere." When you do that you will be free. Do not think of the other one
(obsessing spirit) who is trying to bother you. Send out a kind thought to him.

Doctor, I want to thank you and your wife for that nice little party
(funeral) I had-that is what I call it. It was a nice little party at the time I
passed to the spirit world. I do not think there was one in that little church
who thought it was a funeral. It was a party.

I was with them during the service. I do not think any one thought of the
coffin. I thank you all for letting the service be held in that fine little church,
and also for suggesting that they all wear white.

That was glory, and I felt like shouting "Hallelujah!"

I wish all funerals could be like that. Sadness and sorrow bring to the spirits
sadness and sorrow and gloom. They cannot get out of that gloom for years.

Now I must go.

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Another old friend, a physician and metaphysician who had been a
lecturer among the Spiritualists during his earth life, visits with us
occasionally.

EXPERIENCE, OCTOBER 20, 1920
Spirit: DR. ADAMS. Psychic: MRS. WICKLAND

I am heart and soul in this work. I was in this work when in life, not so
much doing the obsession work as does Doctor, but I was in the work of
spreading the truth that there is a life after this.

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It is a real life, not an imaginary one; it is a life of understanding, not a
life of belief.

If you only believe, you will be in darkness, with a closed door, because
you have only belief, not knowledge, of the other world.

The Bible teaches so much, and if people would only understand it as it was
really meant, not take it literally or historically, it would be so much better.

You must understand that at the time the Bible was written the people
were not as enlightened as they are today, and there was so much selfishness.

When the first church was formed it was the church of the understanding
of life, and the teaching was to live for high thoughts and to sacrifice self for
others. When you study, and study deeply, earth conditions have no
existence for you.

Religion is often used as a whip for ignorant people. The leaders say:
"We want these people to obey us, we want them to do as we tell them to
do, we want them to be slaves."

Look back in history and you will find that people were easygoing, very
lazy, did not care; they did not care to do anything. The women were the
ones who did the work; they did the farming, for the men were too lazy. The
women had to do the work and be the slaves.

Then along came a shrewd man who thought, "We will make these men
work," and the leaders got up a scheme to scare people. They told them that
if they did not do so and so the devil would get hold of them when they die,
and they would go to hell and damnation.

Then they painted hell in the worst condition they could. They painted it as a
big oven, burning. There were skeletons here and there, and hot fire, and the
one that put people in the fire was the devil, and he put them in with his pitchfork.

That made the men wake up! That picture gave them energy, strength
and power. They were afraid-afraid they would get into that hell when they
died. Humanity tried to do everything possible to escape that hell, and the
leaders were able to make the people do whatever they told them.

One conceived the idea that he wanted to be leader, then another wanted
to be the leader, but how could both be leaders in one circle?

Then another conceived the idea that religion would be better if he had a
little clique of his own, so he preached in his way and called it whatever he
pleased.

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Along came another, and he had his idea, because he wanted to be leader,
so he gathered some people into his corner and preached in his way.

So we had one group here and another there. One wanted to rule the
world, but along came another sect, and they called themselves by a new
name, and felt they wanted to rule. They fought and had wars.

Then followed other religions and all had adherents. Each tried to be a
greater leader than the other. Some were more crabbed, but all tried to get the
people together and hold them, some by the picture I spoke of regarding hell.
They could not get them together much in the beginning unless they held
them in bondage.

That has gone on for years and years, but now there has come a new era
and all will be at least partially broken up. There will be a different condition.

Nowadays some of the people believe and some do not, and some think
they do not want to have anything to do with religion, and so we have a state
of turmoil. They are all fighting and fighting. Each one fights to see if he
cannot get the best of others. The idea is to get all the money you can, all the
power you can, and then be the leader.

People want to get all they can now, as this is the time to make money,
and they say they will make it regardless of the method. They have become
so selfish in their money making that their true citizenship is lost.

Things are very different now from what they were when I was a boy. It
will be very hard for some time because capital wants to rule, and labor
wants to rule, so we have friction and trouble.

The churches are trying to make people go to church, but if they
continue to keep people down there will, in time, be a war that will be
terrible, because holding people down kills the better nature in them.

People get all they can from each other. The spirit of the day is to get all
you can, no matter how you get it.

When I lived on this earth plane it was an honor to do your work well
and to be faithful to your employer. Now if the employer does not like your
work he can easily get another man to take your place.

How can you expect such people to feel right when they pass out of
their bodies? They leave their bodies and take possession

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of any one they can reach on the earth plane, and therefore we have insanity
and all kinds of suicides.

They had war for four years and killed thousands and thousands of
people. These left the world they loved filled with hatred and they come
back and try to crush this world.

The time will come when conditions will be very serious, but after that
things will be better. People will reach a better understanding and will learn
through sorrows, and try to comprehend the mystery of life.

There will be great inventions which will be remarkable.

At this time people are being crushed, but after a while there will be an
awakening. It is said, "The mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind
exceeding fine," and that is what the world is going through now.

The time will come when people will know that we are not dead when
we pass to the spirit side of life, but that we live. We are trying to help and
guide you all, and we hope to have more sincerity among the people. Death
will only be like a journey which they take to another country where they
will be with their loved ones, if they have understanding.

You have flying machines now, but after a few years you will have air
inventions that are not dreamed of at this time. This is only the beginning.
You will use more electricity, and atmospheric conditions will be used as
power.

You will get power from the sun which will be of great benefit to
humanity; then the capitalists cannot buy things as they do now. They crush
the poor people now because they can buy everything, and the others cannot
have it. They say: "God did not give it to you, He gave it to me."

Machinery will run by that power. Any one with a little instruction will
be able to use it and can take all the power he wants from the atmosphere.

Selfishness will then be done away with and people will learn to live and
love as Christ taught them. They will not live a life of belief as they have
during the past centuries.

In the future, people will know that if they do not do right they will
suffer for it. They have already taken away most of the pictures of burning
hell and therefore the churches no longer have the control of the people they
had in the past.

When ministers teach the truth regarding the life after this they will have
their churches full. People will then go to church to worship and will not
only believe.

We all make mistakes and we should learn through those mistakes.

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God wants us to be wise and understand Him. It is not that God made
a mistake and did not know what He was doing. He has given you power;
you are a part of Him, and after you learn to understand God in all His
wonders you will be in the happy state that we call "Bliss," and that is
"Heaven." You have to search for that understanding.

People should gather together and unite and be in harmony. Always
selfishness and jealousy creep in. Let us try to conquer them and put them
away, and have love in our hearts. If only people would understand what
love means. They talk it with their lips but they never practice it.

I had a very hard time of it when I was on earth, because I believed in a
life after this and preached it. They called me crazy; they said I would go to
hell. They said there is no such thing as the spirit world; when we die we go
to the grave and stay there until the last day.

Then we shall be awakened and God will sit on His throne and call the
sinners on one side and the good on another. One lot will go to hell and
damnation and the others will be in Heaven and glory.

Isn't that terrible? They say God made them all, some to be condemned
and others to go to glory! Imagine some going to Heaven and seeing the
others lie in hell and burn!

I had many struggles and troubles in life. Of course I was a physician, but
I also practiced magnetism, and I taught the truth of the life hereafter because
I felt it was my duty. I did all I could to build up the church of Spiritualism,
and I worked very hard. I wanted to preach the philosophy of spirit return,
not phenomena.

Do all you can to open the door to the unseen, but always with
understanding of the governing laws. The average Spiritualists of today have
not even studied the philosophy of life and do not know the laws that govern
between this world and the next.

Spiritualism is the Science of the Bible. The Bible says: "The letter killeth
but the spirit giveth life." If you understand the Bible it becomes a grand
book. Many go blindly to church only believing, and have no knowledge or
understanding.

I shall be glad when all phenomena will be buried and philosophy will
take its place, and preachers will preach the true gospel of God, not of the
Savior, but God, the Divine, the Life in each of us. We must understand God
better and learn to know Him, as we have the power to do.

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Do not let us condemn anything through ignorance, selfishness and
jealousy. These we should crush under our feet and we should live up to the
best of our Love, Wisdom and Understanding of our Maker.

Good Night.

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Many years ago Mrs. Wickland had an intimate friend, Mrs. Lackmund,
whose little girl, at the age of two and a half, became an imbecile after one
sudden convulsion. The mother was convinced that this condition was
caused by spirit obsession, and together with Mrs. Wickland began to
investigate the subject.

Mrs. Lackmund and Mrs. Wickland had made an agreement that
whichever one of them should first pass to the spirit side of life would try to
return and communicate with the other, saying, as a test, "Spirit return is true."

A year after this Mrs. Lackmund died, and two weeks later, during the
night, appeared to Mrs. Wickland, so life-like that the latter did not realize
she was a spirit.

Mrs. Lackmund touched her friend lightly on the cheek and Mrs.
Wickland sat up, exclaiming, "Mrs. Lackmund!"

Then Mrs. Lackmund spoke. "Anna, spirit return is true. I will develop
you. Go on with the work of obsession."

Shortly after this she appeared to Mrs. Wickland again at a
materialization seance, giving unmistakable proof of her identity, and
repeated her former words: "Spirit return is true. Go on with the work of
obsession. I will develop you."

Subsequently she joined the band of invisibles who guard Mrs. Wickland
and since then has very often spoken through the latter.

EXPERIENCE, SEPTEMBER 29, 1920
Spirit: MRS. LACKMUND. Psychic: MRS. WICKLAND

How few people understand life or God in the right way. Instead of
believing in God and using His name so much, and calling on Him to do what
they should do themselves, they should realize that God is Love and the
Light of Understanding.

How can we live and not understand Him in the right way?

If people would only understand God as it was meant they should understand
Him they would not have so much selfishness, worry or fighting, because people
would have more love for each other and not think so much of self.

They would worship God, not money. People think the more

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money they have the happier they will be. They do not know what
happiness means; they do not know what true happiness is. They think they
will be happy when they have plenty of money to get things, things to eat,
and things to drink, and live a life of injury to the body. These are the things
most thought of at present.

In time, however, the world will understand God. The churches will soon
waken and teach the true gospel of God, teach people not to believe but to
understand, to understand His wondrous works, to understand Him and how
He manifests in everything.

Every flower is a manifestation of God. The odor of a beautiful flower is
God, and He sends it out to everyone that His presence may be felt. You can
see God's manifestation through the beautiful spirit of the odor that shines-I
call it so-through that flower. You do not need to touch it. If you were blind
you would know there must be a flower because of the odor, for it permeates
the atmosphere.

Shall you not worship God and see how wonderfully He manifests
Himself to you in the exquisite odor of flowers, that make you feel happier
for having them around you?

See the Master's work in one flower and another. Can you make them as
they are? Can you paint them with their odor?

In your garden you plant one flower here and another flower there-why do
they not mix? Why do not green leaves grow among the petals of the red flower?

The green leaves take from the atmosphere what they need and the red
flower takes what it needs and colors itself. The flowers clothe themselves
from the colors of the sun. One is purple, one red, another yellow, another
blue, and each has its place in the beautiful Nature of God. All is perfect in
God's Nature.

When you go from the kingdom of flowers and vegetables to the animals
you will find something that you do not often find in men and women-
faithful love.

Men and women should be the crown of God's creation, but they are
bound by doubt and creed. Many think themselves holy, but the holiness is
only superficial. They make no effort to be honest in their every day life.

They go to church on Sunday, pray to God and tell Him how good they
are, then condemn another man who does not go to church at all, but who
tries sincerely to live the right kind of life as best he knows how.

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Probably the latter is nearer God in his way than the one who worships
outwardly and does not live a sincere life.

Earthbound spirits who torment mortals by obsessing them are man-
made "devils." Selfishness has made them what they are. They go out of the
physical in ignorance of the real life, full of hatred, because they were crushed
in one way or another. They have hatred for all mankind, and the first persons
they can attach themselves to they try to harm, and there you have obsession.

You must all be on your guard; you must, every one of you, try to fight
obsession. Humanity is fighting sickness, but does not fight the actual cause
of insanity.

Insanity is nothing but obsession by spirits who are sent to the spirit
side of life without understanding the truth of God.

Christ taught us to love God above all things and our neighbor as
ourselves. People do not love their neighbors as they should.

Teach children the right way of living; teach them the right understanding
of God and of the teachings of Christ. Teach them to live according to high
principles, not to worship Christ as a person but as the True Understanding
and the Light of Life.

Then you will not send earthbound spirits to the spirit side of life to
obsess sensitives who have to be sent to the asylums.

People do not know what to do with the insane. They are sent to the
asylum, but that is all. They are given morphine, closed up in a room and left
there. This is done only to protect humanity, so that the insane will not harm
themselves or others.

Instead of that they should be taught the Golden Rule, and be given an
opportunity to develop higher ideals.

This is Mrs. Lackmund. Good Night.

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In the first years of Mrs. Wickland's psychic work a friend, Mrs. Case,
was deeply interested in the furtherance of the same.

Recently this friend came as a spirit to review those early days.

EXPERIENCE, MARCH 15, 1924
Spirit: MRS. CASE. Psychic: MRS. WICKLAND

You do not know me personally but I feel that I am one of you. I knew
Mrs. Wickland before she was married and, as

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Miss Anna Anderson, she first convinced me of the truth of spirit return.

I had investigated the subject slightly and had read one of Dr. Hartmann's
books, as well as some theosophical writings. I was interested in various
studies, but not set in any.

One evening, in 1890, during a circle which I attended in Minneapolis,
Miss Anderson became entranced by the spirit of my daughter, Alice. My
daughter Alice and son Willie and my husband had all died in one month.

Alice came over to me and throwing herself in my arms said: "Oh,
Mamma! Oh, Mamma! I am so glad that I can come to you! This is Alice."

I was greatly astonished but very delighted, and after we had talked with
each other for a little while Alice said: "Mamma, Willie is also here and he
wants to say a few words to you." Then my son spoke to me.

This surprising experience converted me and from that time I was eager
to know more regarding the truth.

My daughter, Mrs. Z., and I often had little seances in my home with
Miss Anderson and had many delightful visits with our spirit friends-my
mother, an aunt and several others.

I was anxious that Miss Anderson should bring her work out to the
world, but she was very modest regarding her mediumship.

I wanted people to know this great truth so I went to Stillwater,
Minnesota, and rented an opera house, intending to lecture on the subject of
spirit return and then have Miss Anderson give demonstrations.

We advertised widely and many people were present at the meeting. I
had my lecture prepared but at the last moment lost my courage and could
not face the audience.

We could not have the meeting a failure so I insisted that Miss Anderson
go into a trance and let the Russians (spirits) give their drama.*

She consented and the play was well given. Then Pretty Girl (guide)
came and the evening was quite a success.

This was how Miss Anderson-now Mrs. Wickland-was first brought
before the public.

When I became very sick Miss Anderson was with me a great deal.

Through her I spoke often to my spirit friends and asked them when I would
go to my home in the spirit world.

*See Chap. 16, Page 461.

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I was told that I could not live much longer but that it would be some
time before I passed to the other side.

I was taken sick before Thanksgiving and on the 5th of February, 1894, I
left my earthly body for my spirit body. I went to sleep about 12 o'clock,
Saturday night, and passed out Monday, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.

At the time my daughter sat watching me and the sun was shining
brightly in the room. I felt and knew I was going, and my daughter Carrie saw
my soul leaving my body.

My spirit children, Alice and Willie, came to my bedside and my
daughter saw them take me away.

When there is understanding there is no death. You only go to sleep in
your earthly body and wake up in your spirit body with your friends about
you. It is a very pleasant sensation.

I was very happy to think I had had such a peaceful transition. I merely
went to sleep and woke up in the spirit world, with my relatives and friends
around me.

But my husband was not there. When I asked, "Why is my husband not
here with the rest?" I was told that he had been drawn back to earth life
where the children and I were. His home was his attraction.

We had not been able to see him there and he did not know how to speak
through a medium, so he had remained in a stupor.

I went with my spirit relatives to find my husband and when we woke
him we were both very happy. We went back to my daughter Carrie to tell
her that we were reunited and she saw us clairvoyantly and was very
pleased.

After that I often came back and talked to my children through Miss
Anderson until she married and left Minneapolis for Chicago, but I have
retained my interest in Mrs. Wickland and am one of the Mercy Band.

Mrs. Wickland's work has grown very much; she has developed and has
had a great many experiences. She is doing a noble work for humanity.

This work has helped many in earth life but many, many more on the
other side. Every one who has been converted goes into the Mercy Band as a
helper and helps here as well as on the other side.

If only there were more on earth who would carry on the work of obsession.
Humanity wants to have more knowledge and is looking for the truth.

Later on instruments will be invented through which spirits can speak.

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Spirit philosophy will come to the front, for the spirit world is helping
to bring the truth before humanity.

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Those who have passed out as children continue their development in the
spirit world and often acquire earth experience by contacting mortals as their
protectors.

One of Mrs. Wickland's guides, Pretty Girl, came to her as a gay, playful
child spirit, and has since become a discerning philosopher, with a practical
knowledge of the principles that govern life.

EXPERIENCE, MARCH 12, 1924
Spirit: PRETTY GIRL. Psychic: MRS. WICKLAND

I was five years old when I passed out of earth life and had been eight
years in the spirit world when I was appointed as a controlling spirit to
protect Mrs. Wickland, through life, against mischievous spirits.

A guide is a teacher and I am a guide now, but then I was only a control.

At that time Mrs. Wickland was often asked to give help and advice to
persons who came to her in trouble, and she saved many from suicide by
urging them to be more cheerful and to search for the bright side of life
instead of the gloomy one.

I was sent as control and adviser because I myself had seen the dark side
of earth life and could sympathize more fully with persons who were in
trouble than could one who had never known sorrow.

I was born in London, in the Whitechapel district, on the 21st of August, 1875.

My parents were drunkards and many times when they came home I had
to hide, otherwise I would have had a whipping. My father and mother
swore at me and called me all kinds of names, and most of the time I was
playing on the streets.

I had light, curly hair and blue eyes and passers-by used to pat me on
the head and say: "Pretty little girl-pretty girl!"

Those are the only kind words I remember from my earth life, and I
heard "Pretty Girl" so often I thought that was my name.

A neighbor lady was the only person who ever helped me; she was very
kind and took care of me. When I was five years old I died.

Eight years later in 1888, I came to be Mrs. Wickland's control

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because I needed further earth experience and because a youthful spirit
brings to a psychic a feeling of youth and strength.

It is often asked why mediums usually have children or young people as guides.

When a spirit who has lived to an old age on earth acts as guide, through
his contact with matter he is apt to sense his last physical condition and this
often leaves an old and tired feeling with the medium, while children bring a
youthful magnetism.

For this reason many mediums have children as guides. Then also the
children learn earthly conditions and through this experience progress in the
spirit world. They do not need to reincarnate because they gain earth
experience through contact with mortals.

Advanced spirits-say such as Abraham Lincoln-do not need to come to
earth for further experience. They do their duty in the spirit world, often
helping earthbound spirits and giving lectures on the spirit side of life.

If a medium in earth life should happen to be properly tuned in, as a
radio, such a lecture may be received and delivered.

In such instances the medium often thinks the advanced spirit is his
guide. But a spirit like Lincoln is a guide to no one; he does not need to return
to control a medium in order to progress.

If mediums are in tune they may receive and repeat lectures given in the
spirit world, but they are only receiving instruments and are speaking
inspirationally.

The first time I controlled Mrs. Wickland I thought I had come to life
again. I acted as a girl of the street, with no knowledge of anything. I was
very jolly and boisterous and the people in the circle told me if I did not behave
myself I could not come again. So I tried to behave and do my very best.

I wanted to learn so that after a while I could be a teacher, helper and
adviser. I went to school on the spirit side of life to learn the lessons of
earth, and these lessons I gave many times to persons in earth life.

When Mrs. Wickland first developed her mediumship she also studied
Theosophy, Christian Science and Psychology. She questioned whether,
during her trance condition, a spirit was actually speaking, or whether it was
her own subconscious mind.

Wishing to learn the facts she took up the study of Astrology

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and had Dr. Wickland ask me what my birth date, birth place, general
appearance, last sickness and date of death were.

Then Mrs. Wickland cast my horoscope, which indicated that a person
born on the date given would have light curly hair, blue eyes, and a happy,
sunny disposition-which I had.

She also found that five years after birth this person had Saturn, Uranus
and Mars in Taurus, the sign that rules the throat, which indicated death at
that time from throat disease. I had died from diphtheria.

This proved to Mrs. Wickland that it was not her subconscious mind
speaking, for she was much older than I, and she also learned that what I had
said previously was true.

Everyone in earth life is guided by a spirit. But sometimes an earthbound
spirit steps in and takes control and then there is obsession or possession.

Mortals live in the slum of earthbound spirits. Few realize what is on the
other side. How many try to learn where they will go after they pass out?

The majority, after leaving the body, remain for some time just where
they have been during earth life. It makes no difference whether they are
intelligent or ignorant-if they have no knowledge of the other side they stay
just where they have passed out.

Many are in a heavy sleep, or in a coma state following the use of
narcotics, and will remain so for some time unless some relative or friend in
the spirit world finds them and wakens them, or someone from either side
sends a messenger by thought waves to rouse them.

Some have hypnotized themselves into a coma condition by a religious
belief that they will stay in the grave until the Last Day, or by thinking that
death is the end.

There are many with various religious beliefs who do not know they are
dead; they go about preaching and singing because they have not found Jesus,
and they gather around the churches on earth and continue to sing and pray.

There may be persons in the churches who are sensitives, or of nervous
temperament; some of the spirits take control of them and pray and sing until
those persons are called insane and sent to asylums.

Other spirits exert a bad influence on humanity. They may want revenge
and they hypnotize or obsess sensitive persons and influence them to
commit murder or suicide.

Often a murderer knows nothing about the crime of which

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he is accused, for the deed was done by a revengeful spirit.

What right have the wise men of earth-such as the judges and lawyers-to
condemn that person and take his life?

The person who is executed goes out of earth life filled with hatred and
comes back for revenge, impressing others to kill or commit suicide.

The judges and lawyers should ascertain whether the accused person is
actually guilty or influenced by some revengeful spirit who has acted
through him.

Jesus said: "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone."

Instead of condemning criminals, the judges, the lawyers and the
ministers should teach them-teach them higher truths and bring out their
better nature.

If those in prison knew that when they are released people would help
them and give them a chance they would be greatly encouraged to do better.

Many call themselves Christians but will not help those in need, as
Christ would have done.

When an employer learns that a man has been in prison he will not have
anything to do with him. The man cannot get work. Where can he go?
Nowhere but back to crime.

When we go to the lowest sphere to help we try to reach the better
nature of men and women. We give them object lessons and when their love
and sympathy are won they become true friends, no matter how low they
have been.

When those who have lived only for self and for enjoyment reach the
spirit side of life they have to serve others.

Serving is progression in the spirit world.

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Because of their simplicity of life and religion and their knowledge of the
laws of Nature, the American Indians are seldom bound in spirit after leaving
the earth plane, and are often sent, as was Silver Star, Mrs. Wickland's Indian
guide, to guard sensitive mortals.

EXPERIENCE, MARCH 12, 1924
Spirit: SILVER STAR.' Psychic: MRS. WICKLAND

Mediums so often have Indians as controls, guides and helpers because
Indians have no beliefs or dogmas to overcome when they pass to the spirit
world. From early infancy they are taught regarding The Great Spirit and
The Happy Hunting Ground.

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They believe in The Great Spirit of all Things, and the Medicine Man
has taught them how to control Nature.

We Indians are sent to earth to guard mortals because we know the law
of protection, and so we are often the doorkeepers to protect mediums from
earthbound spirits.

The pale-faces die from all kinds of diseases but the Indians do not.
There is little sickness among the Indians; they live in Nature and they die a
natural death. So when they come back to control they bring an influence of
strength and health.

Indian spirits seldom obsess people; they do not make people crazy
because they know the laws governing the control of a mortal.

I am a Chippewa Indian and was born near Shell Lake, in 1883, on an
Indian Reservation, in Northern Wisconsin.

I was four and a half years old when I was hurt on the head by a fall and
passed to the spirit side of life, and when Mrs. Wickland cast a horoscope
for me she found that death resulting from an injury was shown.

I came to Mrs. Wickland in 1893 at Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I am the
Doorkeeper.

When I first controlled Mrs. Wickland I could only talk the Chippewa
language and what English I know I have learned while being in control of
Mrs. Wickland. Different persons in the circles have taught me English.

Some people think Indians do not know anything because they have not
had much schooling, but they have true love for The Great Spirit and a true
love for helping others.

Of course there are evil Indians as well as good Indians, but the bad ones
are only those who have no understanding of The Great Spirit, and most of
their bad habits are acquired from the pale-faces.

Before the pale-faces came to America there was no fear among the
Indians. The Indians of different tribes fought with each other but were
fearless.

Then the pale-faces came and hunted them down like animals. Fear and
anger crept into the hearts of the Indians and then came trouble and war.

Many pale-faces wanted Indian land and some stole the land from the
Indians, and then the Indians got angry and fought. They thought all the pale-
faces were the same and then came trouble.

If the pale-faces had treated the Indians kindly in the beginning they
would never have had wars with them. Treat an

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Indian with kindness and he will do much for you.

The Medicine Men are those who study Nature's forces and have power
over them, and the Indians are often able to make rain.

When they pray they use the higher forces of life. They do not do what
the pale-faces often do--pray with the mouth and only talk. They say little,
but dance around in a big circle and concentrate.

Sometimes they have a Snake Dance. They have learned to charm snakes
so they will not bite, because the Indians have no fear.

If the pale-faces would overcome fear they could do wonderful things.

In olden times the pale-faces had no fear, but they were scared by the
stories of hell and the devil and this fear grew so that the people lost control
of Nature's finer forces.

There are no religions in the spirit world; all are brothers and sisters in Truth.

All are alike in the Higher Life after they have an understanding of The
Great Spirit.

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Another one of Mrs. Wickland's guiding spirits is Movilia, an Esquimo,
who brings strength and power to the circle. He lived in Greenland and was a
traveling lecturer, doctor and entertainer, a Medicine Man of high order with a
profound knowledge of Nature.

He journeyed among his people as an organizer and a philosopher,
accompanied by his wife, a poetess and singer, and his children, who danced
symbolical dances.

Some of the Esquimo songs, when given through Mrs. Wickland by
Movilia and his wife, have been recognized by an Alaskan traveler as being a
part of certain Esquimo ceremonies. These Esquimos do not speak English
but one evening Movilia brought another Esquimo who acted as interpreter
for him and told us something of the Esquimo religion.

EXPERIENCE, MAY 12, 1921
Spirit: ESOVILIA CHEVILIA,speaking for MOVILIA AND WIFE
Psychic: MRS. WICKLAND.


My name is Esovilia Chevilia, Esquimo, and the ones for whom I talk
are Movilia and his wife.

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We believe in the Great Spirit of Love, Wisdom and Knowledge, and that
we are a part of that Great Spirit, and that when we pray from our hearts we
shall receive what we ask for.

The Medicine Man is the one who knows the Secret of the Universe, the
Secret of Love, the Secret of Knowledge and the Secret of Wisdom and
Truth.

It is in that Spirit we live, and each tries to do the best he knows how.

Sometimes there comes a missionary who thinks we are not Christians
and that we do not live right, and does not think we love God, as they call
The Great Spirit.

We love the Great Spirit of Love, the Great Spirit of Truth, The Great
Spirit, and we worship Him. We do not believe we know. We know the truth
and we know that we are a part of that Divine Spirit that is within us, and
when we are in contact with that Great Spirit of Truth we have much in our
hearts. We can understand His meaning of Life, His meaning of Love for His
children here on earth.

Some of the missionaries who come to us say that Christ died for our
sins. Dear friends, we do not have sins for Christ to die for, for God is Love
and Power; He is Wisdom, Knowledge and Truth. We are a part of that
wonderful Being. When we are a part of that wonderful spirit how could we
be full of sin?

We could not fall away from Him because we are a part of Him; we live
in Him and are a part of Him. We could not get away from Him because He
is every where. He is the whole Universe, the whole Love, the whole Life of
everything.

How can anyone think we could believe in such a doctrine that He, the
Great Spirit that knows everything, is everywhere, and knows the past,
present and future, could, in all His power and greatness, let us go down and
down and fall in sin? How could He?

The missionary says we must be born in His image, and must believe in
Him, that He died for our sins, and if we believe that we will go to Heaven
when we die.

We pray to the wonderful Spirit that you call God. You have dogmas and
dogmas, and creeds and beliefs. We put ourselves in rapport with that Great
Spirit and we believe in His power. We try to get the power from the Great
Spirit for healing and for other purposes. We have Hope in that power; we
have Wisdom in that power.

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The Christians believe and believe that they fall in sin and that
somebody must raise them up.

If you step outside of the Law you know what will happen. If you put
your hand in the fire you know you have broken the Law and must suffer.

If you have the belief that you have fallen in sin you have transgressed
the Law and you will suffer.

We must find the Great Spirit within, not look outside. Find ourselves
and we will find Him, for we are a part of that wonderful Mind, that
wonderful Power. Let us all try to get in rapport with Him in His wonderful,
wonderful glory.

When you are in rapport with the Great Spirit you will feel happy. You
have then learned your lesson and will go on your way and not overstep the
Law. You will get out of your ignorance.

You travel on the pathway of Life; if you walk out of the pathway you
may remain as long as you wish, but you must finally get back on the road
again. What made you go from the pathway? You overstepped the law of
Nature.

You finally get so weary of breaking the laws of Nature that you will
ask, "What am I here for, and where am I going?"

Then you will find you are a Truth-Seeker; you will knock and the door
will be opened. You will look within, instead of, as before, without.

You have been living in the material with all its dogmas, here one, here
another. And then there is so much condemning. You are all Christians, and
yet you condemn and fight, and fight each other, and you have so much turmoil.

This condition will continue until you ask yourself: "What is it all
about?" Then you will try to find out. When you seek for things from your
heart, you will find. Ask God to reveal Himself to you. Ask God to manifest
Himself in your heart before you leave the broad road of Experience for the
narrow road of Reason.

When you get on the narrow road you will feel happy and contented, and
you come into the Glory of the Infinite. There all is beautiful. There is no
selfishness. The narrow road is only for Love, Kindness, Knowledge and
Wisdom of God.

The Christians look for God outside; we look for God within ourselves.

Within ourselves we look for the Great Spirit. We do not have so many
creeds and dogmas, and so many religious speculations. We do not have to
speculate for we know.

One gets the truth one way, one another, and so they go,

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all divided, nothing definite. People must change, for they have had enough
of dogmas. Let them get more of the Wisdom of God, on the narrow road of
Reason, and find themselves. When they have found themselves they will
have no sorrow and no unhappiness, because they will be happy with the
Love of God.

When they love God they will love others, for they cannot keep it to
themselves. You want your friends to love God with you. You want them to
see the glory of God.

We never saw such a thing as you Christians call The Devil; we call it
Selfishness and Ignorance.

Find yourself now. If you do not you will have to stop here, there and
everywhere. When you have that beautiful knowledge all is happiness. You
must experience this feeling within yourself before you can teach it to others.

This is the Religion of the Esquimos.

I was a Medicine Man on earth, and I was also a teacher.

Esquimo Movilia was the one that came to me and wanted me to say to
you what he wishes to say. I have only repeated what he told me to say.

We have no wars. We try to live as near Nature and the Great Spirit as
we can. We are not a pretty people, and we do not have so much changing as
you do in dress. We have our beauty within us. Prettiness is only skin deep,
so we do not care.

The Christian has to be awakened through suffering and trouble. Then
you begin to look for what is called the truth. You think that Jesus died for
your sins. He could not, and He did not.

The sins that are committed now are many more than when He was on
earth. Many things have been discovered that were not known then, so how
could he die for something that was not known? I think that is very strange.

God made us and He knew. When you find God within yourself you cannot
do wrong. You sing and are happy, and happiness is something we all want.

We had one man come to us and preach. He took away with him one of
the best men we had and tried to bring him up with your Christians. He
returned to us a ruined man, full of diseases. We do not have such diseases,
because we live up to the highest laws of Nature. He came back and told us
how you, who call yourselves Christians, live.

We all felt so horrified to know that the Christians were so diseased in
mind and body.

That is what the Christians did for our fellow Esquimo.

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So I felt that I wanted to come and tell you of our religion.

Let all in this little circle find themselves and God, because you and God
are one.

Here is a big light, say a candle, which stands in the center. Around it are
smaller candles, but they are all a part of the same material as the larger
candle. You take the smaller candles and light them from the big one, then
you have the spark of Life. Can you then understand what is meant by being
a spark of God?

When you die, as the Christians call it, you only blow out the candle.
The tallow has gone back to the elements.

Find God within you, then you have Power, Strength and Love, and are
learning to get Wisdom. Then you have learned to get strength and conquer
material, to conquer sorrow and sickness. You cannot be sick for you have
the light of understanding, and the more understanding you have the more
strength you have.

All of you here are a part of that Universal Light, and you must all have
that light from the candle. Do not worship the candle, but worship the Light
of Understanding and God. Do not let anyone come in your way and make
you think you cannot reach God.

The Christians do not truly understand God. They must have somebody
to talk for them-their "Savior," as they call him. They worship Christ.

"Christ" is Truth, and when you find Truth, that is "Christ." Worship
God. When you understand how to worship God you will have strength and
power, and success will be yours.

We say: "Find God within your heart and all else will come to YOU."

We do not believe, we know.

Have the true knowledge of God in your heart and you will be happy.

Good Night.

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From the time Mrs. Wickland first developed as a psychic she has been
especially under the protection of the spirit, Dr. Root, who has fostered this
obsession work and urged us to bring it before the public.

He has come often to speak with encouragement and to lecture to
invisible, as well as visible, audiences on the higher philosophy of life.

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EXPERIENCE, DECEMBER 24, 1919
spirit: DR. Root. PSYCHIC: MRS. WICKLAND

As we are gathered together in this little hall I wish you could open your
psychic eyes to see the many spirits who have come here for an
understanding of the life hereafter.

There has never been real happiness on earth and there will not be so
long as people are kept in ignorance of the truth of religion. In all times there
have been many different kinds of religion, and always there has been
selfishness.

You now live in the Twentieth Century, and since this is an enlightened
age why should not people be more intelligent and know more about the
world here and the world beyond?

People worship the Golden Calf more than they worship God. The
churches are falling to pieces because they cannot make people believe as
they used to in olden times. People now want knowledge, not belief, and if
the churches would teach true religion people would be better.

Many ministers know in their hearts that people do not believe the old
stories. It is the Golden Calf again-they worship money and they stand in
the pulpit and talk against their better nature.

Some day this world will conquer selfishness, but I am sorry to say that
at present most of the people are insane regarding money making. They seem
not to be able to get money enough. There is little honor, only money, money.

There is little sympathy; all want only what they can get from others through
money-making schemes. In time this money scheme will fall to pieces.

We should study the other side of life as well as this, when we are on
earth. If you want to become a minister, doctor, lawyer or lecturer you have
to study to acquire knowledge. Why should we not study ourselves?

It is very important that All on earth should know where they are going
after passing out of the physical, for they will then go to the right place and
will not stay in the homes they have left.

Without this knowledge many do not realize they are dead and they
remain in their earthly homes. Some one of the family may be sensitive and
may become obsessed. Then the doctors will declare that person insane and
send him to the asylum, for there is no pity for one who is controlled by
earthbound spirits.

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People should be taught the truth, then, when they pass out, they will look
for the spirit world and a happy place beyond instead of a fictitious "Heaven."

Heaven or hell is only a condition within yourself and "Heaven" must be
found within before you can be happy in the spirit world.

Some say : "What is the spirit world

The spirit world is a counterpart of this with only one exception-here
you are thrown together with every sort of person, while there you cannot
go anywhere unless you have understanding of where you are going.

The spirit side of life is like a school-you progress by degrees. There is
no belief. You learn where you belong and where you are going. It takes time
to understand, but there is plenty of time in eternity to study and learn.

The time is not far distant when people will open their eyes and see, and
the churches will have circles and try to understand life.

This is Dr. Root. I wish you all happiness and success in your work.

Good Night.

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EXPERIENCE, MARCH 23, 1921
Spirit: DR. ROOT. Psychic: MRS. WICKLAND

I am glad I can be with you tonight to tell you of the beautiful conditions
we have on the spirit side.

The greater number think that when death comes they will go to a certain
place and stay there until the last of this earth.

The "Last Day" is every day that you throw away selfishness and
ignorance. That is "Death."

Life is Love and Wisdom. Let us die daily to our ignorance and
selfishness. Let us awaken to the truth and an understanding of God who has
given us that truth, and who has sent forth His messengers to tell us what life
is on the other side. It is a life which is more spiritual, more congenial and
more beautiful in every respect than the one on earth.

When you have Truth in your heart you are happy. When you have
selfishness and ignorance in your heart you are sorrowful. Sorrow will follow
you until you say: "Not my will, but Thine."


When others come in your way and try to keep you down,

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rise and say: "No, I will be firm, and I will conquer," and then you can create
happiness and contentment in your soul, and you will have happiness
around you.

When you think only of selfishness and creeds you have sadness and
sorrow, and you will have to burn these out by suffering, and say: "Not my
will any longer, but Thy will."

Let us pray to God, because He is All in All. He is with you all. We
could not live one minute without that wonderful power. Do not let us pray
to anyone else, because God is within ourselves. You do not need to go
anywhere except your own heart to pray to Him.

Have communion with God in your heart and you do not need to take
communion outside. When you have learned the truth then communion is
within you. You do not need to be reminded to take communion with God
because you know He is there to help you.

You have opened your heart to God and He has heard you and you can
then commune with Him. Communion is not understood as it should be.

You take communion. It is only a reminder that you should be united
with God. When you have learned and have progressed higher and higher you
do not need a physical reminder, because you understand. When you have
communion with God you do not need bread and wine.

You cannot go anywhere without God. God is in the air; He is
everywhere. You cannot walk on the earth without stepping on His creation,
and you should try to understand His work.

There has been so much theorizing. One has one theory, someone else
another. One goes into this corner, another into that corner, and one says this
is the proper way, and the other says that is the proper way; one has one
creed, and one has another.

They go around in a little circle and forget they are in the midst of life, of
God Himself.

When you do a kind act to another you do it unto God, because he is one
part of God and you another. We only serve God when we serve others. Live
to serve and do all you can for others, then you will progress in understanding.

To go to church to serve God is only to remind you of what you should
actually do. Act, and do good to those who are in trouble. Why should you
go to any place to worship? "Enter into thy closet and pray to thy Father
which is in secret."

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Pray earnestly and your prayers will be heard. Do not pray idly, but pray
earnestly. Live so that people will know you have done your duty in life.

On the spirit side we find it is difficult to open the spiritual eyes of
many. They are all so blinded by creeds and dogmas that we have to do all
within our power to help them understand that God did not make dogmas
and creeds, but that God made the Universe, and the people in it should
worship Him alone, without any creed or dogma.

When we understand and realize love-not what people call love here, but
the love which springs out everywhere-then love is like the sun.

When there is love in your heart you are like a sun to others. You have
found God in your heart and this shines forth just as the sun shines on all.

Those who have only creed, dogma and selfishness, and are ignorant, feel
gloomy; they have a fear of God, a fear of everything around them. They
have not opened their souls' eyes to ask for the light, for understanding of
God.

These come to the spirit side of life in darkness and gather together, one
group here, another there, all in deep gloom. They pray and sing and moan
from morning until night, year after year.

It is very difficult to make them understand that they have passed to the
spirit side of life; very hard for them to wake up and see the mistake they
made in accepting dogmas and creeds. They have clothed themselves with
gloom and have shut out the light that should have been shining throughout
their lives.

If you love God in the sense I have spoken of, then you will be happy.

This is Dr. Root.

Good Night.

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Another extract is taken from a lecture recently given by Dr. Root to a
gathering of earthbound spirits, as well as to our circle.

EXPERIENCE, JANUARY 1, 1924
Spirit: DR. ROOT. Psychic: MRS. WICKLAND

Let us concentrate for happiness and contentment, for the betterment of
the world. Let us never look backward, but forward. Let us all try to do the
best we can and help others.

If little groups such as this one would concentrate in an

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effort to cheer the world the world would be better. This little light of
concentration does not seem much but it will do much good for the ones in
darkness and those in trouble.

If all the churches would have concentration circles to help the people
and would give them cheer and courage, and try to help them into a brighter
condition, instead of condemning them and telling them they are lost forever
if they do not believe a certain doctrine, the world would be much happier
and better.

You must find yourselves within before you can find yourselves
without. You must be born again-not in Jesus Christ, no,--you must realize
your own self and that you are a part of God.

God gave you light and understanding. Go out and help the people in
trouble and those who have not awakened to an understanding of God. Do
not merely believe in God but find Him within yourselves, then you will not
need belief.

Belief and faith are only the key. If you have the key in your hand and
do not know where it belongs, do not know which door it opens, if you have
only faith and belief, and nothing more, you only hold the key but do not use it.

Seek for knowledge until you can open the door of Wisdom and Understanding.

Most people have the key but they only hold it in their hands and do
not use it. They say: "If I believe in God and Jesus Christ I will be saved."

When the time comes for them to pass to the spirit side of life they
merely hold that key, they have only belief. and they find themselves in
darkness because they have not used the key of understanding that God gave
them with which to investigate and find God within themselves.

You do not need to go anywhere; you must open the door of your own
heart. Find God and find that you are a part of that wonderful power. When
you open the door you have power and strength and health-you have everything--
and the strength of God's power will flow in and you will do wonderful things.

Christ was a great teacher, but do people carry out His teachings? They
believe, but they do not do what he told them.

Each one is a part of God, and when you do what you can for others
you love God and worship Him by so doing.

The people and the churches should unite as one power and help each
other and try to conquer selfishness.

Spread the truth; find God within yourself and open your heart to Him
through understanding. You have power so far as

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your mind has developed. If you try to develop for more power you will
have it. Widen out and try to know God's wonderful mystery in the world.

Let us find God in Nature, everywhere. Look at a snowflake-it is
wonderful. It has many beautiful designs. Who made it? It is so natural that
people do not realize its beauty. They say: "It is just snow."

When individuals step out of the physical the worst hindrance they have
is desire, which must be overcome. Creeds and dogmas hold them down; they
are not free. They are, as Jesus said, bond servants, and will be held down.

They think, when they pass to the spirit side of life they will go to Heaven.
Stop to think-where is Heaven? Christ said the kingdom of Heaven is within
you if God dwells there.

The majority believe that what you call death is a long sleep, and many
who have not learned the lesson of life go to sleep. Some will sleep for years
because they are self-hypnotized. They think: "I am dying, and I will go to
the grave and stay there until the Last Day, and then will be awakened."

Others pass to the spirit side of life believing in certain creeds and
dogmas. They go to certain places in the earth sphere where they sing and
pray and do not progress any further. They go over and over the same things.
It is only mouth prayers they offer. Sometimes they remain in that sphere for years.

Sometimes they go about in the earth sphere and try to convert people.They
attach themselves to some mortal and that mortal will be called insane on religion.

What is done then? The victims are sent to the insane asylum and left
there for the rest of their lives. They will not be free from the obsessing
spirits until the body dies. Then those spirits often attach themselves to
other mortals.

Let us understand the truth. Let us do what we can to help ourselves and
others to an understanding of God. Worship Him everywhere.

Let us look at the sky and see the beautiful planets and stars. If this earth
disappeared tomorrow the suns and stars in the heavens would be just the
same. This earth would not be missed. Do you think God sits on this earth
and controls nothing more? No, let us think, and understand and study.

Let us all worship God in His whole Universe. There is Life everywhere.
The grandeur of the heavens cannot be described --the wonderful stars
in the heavens, the planets and all the Universe.

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Look through the microscope and you will find you are in another world.
You will see germs, one or two of which will kill a big body. They are all
under one power-God.

Some say, Why did God make all these germs to torment humanity?
They must be, in order to have you realize and think and overcome. When
you have trouble and try to overcome you become strong.

A child that is protected constantly by its parents and sent into the
country grows up in a fine atmosphere. He is good because he has had no
temptation. But he has no knowledge that he is good.

A boy from the slums, who has had trouble, will more readily develop
into a man who can conquer than the one who has been protected. He will be
strong and able to help others.

Let us find ourselves. Let us all concentrate and try to help and give light
to every one we find needing help.

Worship God in His true sense and not in a little narrow belief. Let us
add knowledge to our faith.

You are the bond servants that Christ speaks of. He was a wonderful
teacher, but you believe in His blood and not in his teachings.

Who killed Christ? The very ones that belonged to the church. They did
not believe in Him.

Christ is an allegory; He is the Truth. "Christ" is born within you when
you have attained understanding. Then you will see, and know, and realize
God. When you pass to the spirit side of life you will have knowledge and
you will go into a world that is far more beautiful than this. You can then
reach the spirit world.

You do not need to call it "spirit world"-some object to that name. Every
one is a spiritual being. You may call it the "Higher Sphere"; you may call it
"Heaven"-but Heaven is not a place.

If you think you are going to Heaven you will have to take it with you,
because it is a condition. When you have suffering you are in hell, and many
have a hard struggle to get out of that hell. When you are happy you are in
Heaven-the Heaven within yourself.

You have trouble and sickness, but everything is to help you learn to
find yourself. When you have found yourself, within yourself, you can
conquer all conditions from without.

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You say: "I am very sick." You attract those forces unto you, and after a
while your own mind has created your condition. You are a part of God, the
wonderful Creator. What you think, you create. You have power and you
can use it for good or evil.

If you have trouble, disease, or suffering, and have not learned to throw
it off, you hold it to yourself. Then you become sensitive, and after a time
you draw influences around you, and these in turn throw disease and bad
thoughts on you, and you are bound.

First, find God within yourself, then you will have power to rise.

Trouble, sorrow, sickness, obsession, everything can be conquered after
you find the truth; Christ is born in you and you can conquer.

When you have found Christ within yourself you will still have
struggles. Others will say: "Do this, or this, and you will be wise." Some will
say: "Overcome the world-overcome."

There will be a cross, because there is a tempter. You have found
yourself, but the tempter speaks to you: "Do this! Come with me and I will
show you the world and happiness."

Here is the cross which shows Christ is born within you. Jesus, the Son
of Man, must be crucified on the cross of matter that Christ-enlightenment-
may live.

When you have reached that stage you see everything as good. You
cannot see bad. When you look back you see that what you thought bad only
taught you to understand God. Should you condemn it? No. If you had not
had that experience you would not be where you are now.

You must teach others and help them to rise with you. If every one
would do that the world would be happier.

Let us send out thoughts that all may conquer and that they may
understand. You should strive to gain knowledge of God's finer forces. Find
yourself and you will find God.

Before I go I want to say that we have a room full of earthbound spirits.
I often talk to them to help them. This group we have here tonight are spirits
we could not waken because they could not see us. A spirit in ignorance
cannot see an intelligent spirit.

So we have to bring them here. I talk through this body and they hear
me, but they could not hear me from the spirit side of life because they had
no understanding.

Every time you have circles here we have more spirits present

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than we have mortals. When they see an earthbound spirit control they
learn their first lesson, and then we can take them to the spirit side of life and
help them find happiness.

We are never idle in the spirit world. Mind cannot stand still. God's
wonderful thoughts go on. Planets do not stand still. All is development.
Mind is never inactive so long as one tries to develop.

This is Dr. Root. Good Night.

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For many years, upon various occasions, a symbolical morality play has
been given through Mrs. Wickland by a group of spirit actors.

They are twelve in number, eleven actors and a director, all of whom
were Russian-Slavonic when in earth life.

Under the direction of the stage manager they successively assume
control of Mrs. Wickland with such ease and rapidity that the change is
scarcely noticeable.

The play is given in the Russian-Slavonic tongue, a language which Mrs.
Wickland herself has never heard, but which is spoken perfectly through her
by these actors, as has been stated by different persons, witnessing the play,
who are familiar with the language.

The costumes worn by the spirit actors, and unseen by the average
mortal audience, have been described by clairvoyants as being authentically
Russian-Slavonic and very beautiful.

These actors, with one of Mrs. Wickland's guides as interpreter, have
given the following account of "The Morality Play" and its purpose.

"We are twelve actors controlling this psychic sensitive in order to prove
spirit return and spirit control, and that we can act as we acted while in the
body.

"We come to help people understand that we are still living, that we are
not dead but are just as active as we were when in earth life.

"We give this play in the spirit world for the earthbound spirits, many of
whom do not realize they are dead to their earth life. We find them in the
sphere next to the earth, often in a semi-sleep.

"Preceding the play we have music by excellent musicians; this wakens
the earthbound spirits, one after the other. They rise slowly, not realizing
where they are, but the music brings them a little understanding of the higher
life.

"We then play our drama as a lesson to these spirits. Each

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character is symbolical, showing that selfish, trivial and debasing attributes
must be overcome before spirits can progress."

The leading lady represents Love; the leading man, her lover,
personifies Truth. The ruffian typifies Selfishness; the elderly maiden lady
depicts Frivolity; the officer represents Justice, and the Judge, Wisdom. The
witnesses in the court trial portray Knowledge, Drunkenness, Misery,
Sickness, Miserliness and Robbery.

Love, the young maiden, cherishes a true, deep affection for the hero; she
dwells in the same abode with Frivolity, who entertains an unrequited love-
sentiment for Selfishness. (Here is shown the close association in life of the
True and False.)

Truth enters and proposes to Love, who accepts him; he then departs
and is followed by Selfishness, who desires Love for himself.

When his advances are rejected, Frivolity, with her most fascinating
coquetries, endeavors to charm the Ruffian (Selfishness) from Love to
herself. This angers him and he threatens her with death, then leaves in a rage,
swearing to kill his rival, Truth.

Love writes a frantic note of warning to her lover and hastily sends her
servant to deliver the message, but the servant arrives too late, for
Selfishness has attacked Truth by the wayside and fatally wounded him in a
sword duel.

Truth dies a lingering death, representing the murder of man's higher
nature by selfishness.

The servant hurries back to his mistress with the news of the death of
her lover. She rushes to the place of the attack and, finding Truth dead, falls
on her knees beside him. With a prayer she draws her dagger and stabbing
herself, dies.

When Selfishness sees that Love, as well as Truth, is dead he becomes
infuriated, declares there is no God and swears that he will have fullest
revenge.

An officer, Justice, arrives, and handcuffing the murderer, takes him into
custody, after which follows the funeral of the lovers.

Justice brings selfishness before the Judge, Wisdom, and at the trial the
witnesses, Knowledge, Drunkenness, Misery, Sickness, Miserliness and
Robbery all testify that had it not been for Selfishness, Love and Truth had
not died.

Wisdom then banishes Selfishness from the land.

During a psychic circle held at our Institute, in May, 1923, at which Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle and Lady Doyle were present,

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this play was given, and later, in his book "Our Second American
Adventure," Sir Arthur briefly described the play, commenting further:

"It was certainly a most extraordinary performance and left us all in a
state of amazed admiration...

"I have seen all the greatest actresses of my generation, Modjeska,
Bernhardt, Duse, Terry-but I do not think that any one of them could have
played these eleven parts without a stage or a costume in so convincing a
way.

"The spirits' own account is that they are a band of players on the other
side, who represent this play before the undeveloped dead in order to teach
them the moral, and that they use the wonderful mediumship of Mrs.
Wickland in order to demonstrate their power to us mortals. It was very
impressive."

Recently these invisible performers have presented through Mrs.
Wickland another drama, "The Soul's Passion Play," symbolical of the
development of the soul.

In "The Morality Play," Selfishness kills Truth, and causes the death of
Love, while in "The Soul's Passion Play," Truth and Love conquer
Selfishness.

"The Soul's Passion Play" represents the contest of the Soul with
opposing principles and symbolizes the victory of Truth and Love over
Selfishness through Understanding, and the attainment of Bliss.

Dwelling in the Home of Happiness, with Obedience as the servant, are
Kindness and Friendship, father and mother of the maiden, Love.

Truth, a young man, admires Love, while Selfishness, another maiden
who is found in the same society with Love, but whose father and mother
are Hatred and Envy, living in the Home of Unhappiness, boldly attempts to
attract the young man to herself.

Truth finally wins Love and they are united in marriage, after having sent
Selfishness away from the Home of Happiness.

Selfishness, overcome by jealousy and humiliation, goes to seek some
means of revenge in the slums, where, in the Home of Misery, lives the
villain Revenge with his father and mother, Temptation and Evil.

Together, as time goes on, they plot that Selfishness shall return to the
Home of Happiness and, pretending repentance, wait for an opportunity to
steal the child Victory, which has been born to Love and Truth.

The child is to be given to Evil, who will bring him up in squalor and

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sordidness, forcing him to commit crimes and finally become imprisoned.

Selfishness will then go to Love and Truth, tell them of the disgrace of
Victory, and, with Revenge, gloat over the ruin of the Home of Happiness.

Selfishness succeeds in stealing Victory, who, for some years, is cruelly
mistreated by Evil and Temptation, but is at last discovered by his parents
and taken away from the Home of Misery.

Enraged at her defeat, Selfishness becomes insane through anger and dies
a violent death.

Truth and Love bring Victory back into the Home of Happiness, and
there, with Selfishness vanquished, they dwell together in Bliss.

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CHAPTER XVII Conclusion

DEONSTRATIVE evidence clearly indicates that much which now seems
mysterious can be brought to light by appropriate research. "The
supernatural is only the natural not yet understood."

Psychical research should be placed on a scientific basis, and made safe
and sane by eliminating the dwellers on the threshold of the unseen, who,
through deception and falsehood, frequently pervert the truth which the
enlightened spirit intelligences are constantly endeavoring to convey to
humanity.

Advanced intelligences on the invisible side continually urge that broad-
minded investigators on the physical plane co-operate with them in
establishing research centers in asylums, churches, universities and other
institutions.

It is imperative that psychical research should be in the hands of men of
science, men who are willing to set aside prejudice and, with unbiased minds,
weigh the evidence and classify findings.

In the Chicago Daily Tribune, March 30, 1905, the late Dr. I. K. Funk,
of New York, urged that inquiry be made into cases of mental phenomena,
and, after reviewing the work which we were carrying on in obsession,
concluded with an appeal to the press for further investigation.

"Let us remember," he said, "a single scientifically demonstrated fact of
the existence of even an evil discarnate spirit will do more to prove the
continuance of life after death than all the sermons on immortality that have
been preached in the last ten years. That single demonstration would be the
death knell of materialism....

"Genuine cases, wherever occurring, should be searched for by the press
more than if they were lumps of gold and should be verified if possible to the
minutest incident, and given, not jocosely, but seriously, to the world.

"Why will not the press soberly take up this matter? Rightly handled,
there is sensation in it worthy of the most royal purple journalism.

"Gladstone was right when in his membership letter to the Society for
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important work which is being done in the world-by far the most important."'

Scientific bodies, willing to thoroughly master and observe the governing
laws, could readily obtain evidence similar to that presented in this volume.
Especially could such evidence be obtained in Institutions for the Insane, as
most inmates of the same are potential psychics who could be developed into
instruments for psychical research.

After having dislodged the ignorant, obsessing spirits, the psychic
faculties of the sensitive could be developed by attracting intelligent spirits,
who are always willing to co-operate from the invisible side, and who will
protect the instrument against untoward results.

Psychic research circles, formed to learn the truth of life and spirit
existence, should be of inestimable value to churches, for such investigation
would prove positively the continued existence of the soul, and convert mere
faith and belief in a life hereafter into definite knowledge.

The practice of calling for specific or particular spirits should not be
indulged in, as this may lead to deception by mischievous spirits, who may
step in and attempt to impersonate the spirit called for.

It should be left to the guiding intelligences to bring whatever spirit is
suitable for demonstration, and interesting information will be given from
time to time by the advanced spirits, clearly showing the difference between
intelligent and ignorant entities.

As a nucleus for more comprehensive investigation the National
Psychological Institute was organized and incorporated in Los Angeles,
California, for the purpose of placing these problems on a rational, scientific
basis. This Institute-a "Spiritual Clearing House"-has no interest in cult or
ism of any kind, but is striving only to obtain data, in the hope of
encouraging other institutions to take up similar work, as an enormous field
for research has been opened by our experiences.

It is not presumed or held that this avenue of research is a panacea for, or
a full explanation of, all mental aberrations or obscure mortal vagaries; but
indicative of the need for fuller knowledge of the role which the invisible
world plays in human problems.

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