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EXPLORING THE GREAT BEYOND
There is a mass of what might be described as "lay" literature on the subject of Spiritualism and Psychism. It is "lay" in the sense that it was written by people who were not themselves Occultists and who therefore knew only the facts of the occurrences but little, if anything, of what was going on "behind the scenes." Mediums are, of course, unconscious when "spirits" are speaking through them. The sensitive clairvoyant can tell only what he or she sees. As has been explained in the text, the real nature of this cannot be known by the ordinary clairvoyant. Nevertheless anyone interested in the subject is advised to read some of the pertinent literature.
The books referred to in the text, listed more or less in the order in which they are mentioned, are here supplemented by others which bear on the subject.
People from the Other World by H. S. Olcott
Collected Writings of H. P. Blavatsky edited by Boris de Zirkoff
The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett
The Occult World by A. P. Sinnett
Esoteric Buddhism by A. P. Sinnett
The Key to Theosophy by H. P. Blavatsky
Isis Unveiled by H. P. Blavatsky
Personal Memoirs of H. P. Blavatsky by Mary Neff Rider, London.
When We Die by G. A. Farthing Theosophical Publishing House, London.
The Secret Doctrine by H. P. Blavatsky
Those who want to put what has been written here about Spiriualism and Psychic Phenomena against a background of works by other than theosophical writers, touching on the theme of the great
beyond, are referred to the libraries and book lists of the Psychical Research Societies in the U.S.A. and in England.
The Society for Psychical Research in England publishes a pamphlet "Psychical Research, a Selective Guide to Publications ii English," revised 1972. The address is 1 Adam and Eve Mews London WS 6UQ. This list includes works by the great names in spiritualistic and psychic research, some classical and some modern. It includes those published in both America and England. Some of these works should be read by the serious student so that he knows what modern phenomena are being investigated, what tests are being applied, and what explanations are being advanced. The books are listed under five main categories, General, Mental Phenomena, Physical Phenomena, Trance Mediumship, and Questions of Survival. Some 50 works are shown under these heading and there is a small section on Water Divining.
In spiritualistic circles much importance is attached to a series of "spirit" messages received over a period of some two decades through a number of mediums, mostly by automatic writing. The mediums were unknown to each other and even lived continent apart. The messages were from the deceased F. W. H. Myers (of the Physical Research Society in London) and some of his colleagues as they died. These messages took the form of quotation from, and references to, classical writings in Latin and Greek, some of them quite obscure. The messages formed parts of what could be regarded as literary conundrums of considerable complexity. These were not devised before those posing them had died; that is, they had not been pre-arranged.
The solution of the problems, requiring a thorough knowledge of the classics, necessitated parts of messages, or whole messages from different sources being brought together. This indicated such an ingenuity in the "spirits" posing the problems as to convince many investigators that they were definitely from surviving personalities in the 'after-life'. This conviction was strengthened by the spirits’ up-to-date knowledge of people and their circumstances here on earth and even, in some cases, a degree of fore-knowledge. The whole series are known as the "Cross Correspondences" and are written up in the transactions of the S. P. R. (London). It is unnecessary to go into these in detail here, but anyone who has read this far and who cares to read the accounts of the "Cross Correspondences" will be able to satisfactorily account for the
phenomenon by data given in this book, particularly the powers of elementals and the qualities of the Astral Light.
For the student who wants to keep his reading on a wide basis there are also many works of a general, mostly nontechnical nature which make valuable complementary reading. They indicate the extent to which modern discoveries and investigations are corroborating the theories of Occultism. These are modern works on psychic phenomena, on biofeedback, on seeming psychic responses in plants and animals to inner, invisible stimuli, invisible factors affecting biological functions, etc., etc. There are far too many such works to list individually. They can be found in most large libraries. In making his selection the student will have to follow his own bent but he is recommended to acquaint himself with at least the content in outline of the books listed in this Bibliography. He will then find he has a yardstick against which to measure the worth of all other literature on the same subject.
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