Christian Rationalism: Part IX


CHAPTER XVI (cont'd)

LINKAGE OF TWO LEVELS

The medium is the liaison between the physical and the psychic levels. This is why psychic phenomena are always revealed through mediums.

The more sensitive an individual is, the greater are his chances of picking up vibrations. Space is filled with such vibrations, which differ among themselves. Each vibration picked up can produce a corresponding revelation or phenomenon.

The retina of the human eye can pick up the vibrations of sunlight but not those of astral light except when a medium intervenes with the help of his sensitiveness. It is the very well known phenomenon of clairvoyance.

Under certain psychic conditions it is possible for an incorporation medium to disembody. This phenomenon is very useful provided its practice follows some disciplinary rules.

Disembodiment means momentary withdrawal of the spirit and its astral body from the medium's physical body while retaining their connection by means of animistic cords.

The same that happens to the common person during sleep happens to incorporation mediums while awake in disembodiment seances.

The safety of the mediumnistic instruments, in this case, is warranted by the Superior Astral, which regulates the psychic cleansing operations carried out by Christian Rationalism.

The work of the Superior Forces that astrally control Psychical Cleansing is one of the most outstanding achievements in the field of spiritualism, considering its highly beneficial results on behalf of mankind.

Those who restrict themselves to watching physical phenomena while closing their reasoning to the analysis of psychic phenomenology take a narrow-minded view of spiritual matters. Their dialects, which revolve around a circle of small dimensions, disappear in front of the large scenario occupied by psychic science.

Human masses, which are alienated from spiritual powers, are mostly impressed by the spiritualist phenomena of materialisation, levitation, and rising or floating of objects.

Some of these phenomena are produced by playful spirits of the Inferior Astral. They do this by invisibly hurling objects and making noises. They also seek the help of abettors who make bad use of their mediumnistic gifts for profit, usually for money.

There are also, not rarely, mediums who engage in reprehensible practices for purposes of sensationalism, especially in the press. They do it to make converts out of people lacking knowledge of spiritualism, i.e., people who go about engulfed in superstition and clinging to absurd, benumbing beliefs derived from dogmatic mysticism.

It is a well known fact that simple, organised matter can be broken down to an atom - a particle of infinitesimal dimensions, invisible with the naked eye.

Notwithstanding its invisibility, the atom is a reality and is around us, composing all bodies and passing invisibly from one body to another under the action of an equally invisible Force. Obviously, this same Force that drives one atom also drives a countless number of them without upsetting universal equilibrium. The laws that govern these actions belong to the astral level and are independent from those known on Earth.

Every living person on this planet can feel the action of the forces of nature, which are particles of the Total Force acting in harmony with the Universe in a combined and balanced way.

It is not difficult for man to sense atomic force, interatomic force, intermolecular force, the force of gravity, the force of attraction, magnetic force and all other forces that maintain Earth in perfect balance, in a combined motion of all opaque and luminous bodies in sidereal space.

These and other forces act directly over the atoms with an intensity that is regulated by Universal Intelligence in order to maintain the Universe in complete stability.

It follows then that any other forces acting over the atoms to produce psychic phenomena are driven by a spirit because the spirit is a particle of Total Force. Although in a limited way, and in proportion to its state of evolution, the spirit shares the powers of his Total Force.

THE POWER OF THOUGHT

Depending on its state of development, the spirit is strong enough to use the power of thought in order to alter certain physical conditions. It should be emphasised that psychic phenomena result from the action of the thoughts of incarnate or disincarnate spirits, working either by themselves or jointly.

Levitation is one of these cases. It is possible only when the power of thought is sufficiently intensified to offset the force of gravity that acts over the atoms of a body.

When this happens, the body thus levitated hovers at a point in space in accordance with the force that upholds it.

A second force, also originated by the power of thought, can be applied to convey a directional motion to the body.

Materialisations are similarly performed. To achieve materialisation, it is necessary to perform a simultaneous de-materialisation. In this case a removal of atoms takes place in animistic form. The atoms are withdrawn even through obstacles, most of them relatively porous, like walls, floors and ceilings.

In the case of levitation and floating of objects, in addition to the force that counterbalances gravity there is also the force that imparts movement. In the case of materialisation, in addition to these two, there is the force that interferes with cohesion, offsetting it in the act of de-materialisation and re-using it in materialisation.

Obviously, there is nothing supernatural in these phenomena. What happens in reality are simple manifestations of Force.

It should be emphasised that all that is herein stated with regard to spiritual capabilities is but a negligible part of those powers that the spirit will possess when it reaches a high degree of evolution and its development will be taking place in the high planes of the Superior Astral.

Given that the spirit is Force and Power, its potential grows throughout and in proportion to its evolution. Its thoughts translate into ideals, and the higher the concentration of these powers, the higher these ideals will be.

CHAPTER XVII

MEDIUMNITY

Among the faculties of the human spirit, that of mediumnity is one of the most worthy of attentive and careful study. Unfortunately, very little attention has been paid to it by science. This is undoubtedly a gap that will have to be filled with the advancement of the spiritual development on mankind. Mediumnity reveals itself in many ways, depending on the degree of development of one or more of its variations. It is an innate faculty of all incarnate spirits. Everyone has at least intuitive mediumnity which varies from one individual to another depending on the degree of evolution reached in each incarnation.

When put to good use, mediumnity is always useful. However, it becomes extremely harmful when used for evil purposes. Good or evil thoughts are attracted in direct proportion to their affinity, and mediumnity is their pick-up device.

The space occupied by Earth's atmosphere is full of both spirits and thoughts, hence the resulting vibrations of two separate currents: the current of good and the current of evil.

Every individual with good character whose thinking is directed towards useful achievements, who harbours a sincere desire to grow spiritually, and strives to reach this high objective, will be enveloped by the currents of good, strengthened by the irradiations of Superior Forces. With this favourable attendance, success becomes easier.

Similarly, when he is inclined to do evil, his spiritual vibrations establish the magnetic poles of attraction of affinitive currents of the Inferior Astral. Then the obsessive spirits, with the help of his intuitive mediumnity, begin to influence him mentally and eventually lead him to wild behaviour. There is nothing extraordinary about this. Ill intentions, reflected in thoughts, find their way to organised currents on Earth's inferior intentions because similar vibrations always find some form of identity.

Generally Speaking, although unaware of it, all scoundrels are but slaves of obsessor phalanxes that turn them into pliant tools of their own will and lead them to perpetrate the most hateful actions. This applies to those who live apart from sound moral principles, be they wealthy or poor, humble or powerful; to those who act in undignified ways, either covertly or in the open; to those who wear the mask of kindness on their faces and hide in their souls the ugliest turpitudes; to murderers, thieves, swindlers, rascals, traitors, the disloyal, the false, the self-righteous, the liars, the ruffians, the cowardly, the lazy.

These phalanxes find an easy way in the environment of physical life, in view of human mediumnity and the supporting current provided to obsessors by evil thoughts.

The more developed one's mediumnity, the greater the dangers he is exposed to in everyday life. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that everyone strive to determine the degree of development of his mediumnistic faculties. This will guide him in the control of his thoughts.

Many insane individuals are developed mediums who became obsessed due to a lack of knowledge about their mediumnity. As a rule, insanity is a consequence of ignorance about incorporeal life. As long as scientists persist in ignoring the study of mediumnity in its various aspects and varieties, they will not realise the pressing need for a concerted effort towards human enlightenment. The findings of such studies should be made known to the common person. In this way man would realise the need for sound spiritual guidance and the number of insane individuals would be minimised so as to include only the careless and the negligent.

FORMS OF MEDIUMNITY

Although the intuitive category is the most common form of mediumnity, it is by no means the only one. There are others, including incorporative mediumnity which is peculiar only to certain individuals.

We call "incorporative mediumnity" the kind where the action of the actuating spirit is easily observed in the medium's body. Many mediumnistic faculties may go unnoticed, but not incorporative mediumnity, which no one can fail to notice in the moment of actuation.

We may call it by other names and try to explain the unknown by other causes, but the truth is only one. Sooner or later, incorporative mediumnity as a spiritual faculty will have to be acknowledged as an obvious reality, like all tangible things on Earth.

The most common forms of mediumnity on Earth are the following:

intuitive mediumnity auditory mediumnity clairvoyant mediumnity olfactory mediumnity psycographic mediumnity incorporative mediumnity visual mediumnity

together with the corresponding phenomena of disembodiment, materialisation, levitation and floating of objects.

The manifestations of mediumnity vary among individuals, depending on their temperament, nervous system, animating force, sensibility, and degree of evolution.

An incorporative medium does not even need mental concentration to receive the influence of spirits of the Inferior Astral. Just the action of thought is enough for him to be either violently or mildly actuated - depending on the animating forces of the actuating obsessor spirit. This is because the medium's sensibility and nervous system are already predisposed for actuation. However, once the medium concentrates his thoughts with the purpose in mind of yielding to actuation, perfect juxtaposition of the actuating spirit to the medium's body takes place, without loss of consciousness on the part of the medium.

This spirit uses the mediumnity of the incorporative instrument in order to give outward expression to its thoughts. The medium's spirit slightly shifts from its normal position in order to seize the thoughts transmitted more easily.

As already stated in Chapter XVI, telepathy is a faculty which is still insufficiently developed in mankind. Nevertheless, some incarnate spirits are already endowed with it.

Intuitive mediumnity is closely associated with the structure of the embryonic telepathic element which is a reflex of psychic sensibility. In due time this element will develop and reveal itself. Therefore, intuitive mediumnity, incorporative mediumnity and the elementary functions of the embryonic telepathic element, operating in a co-ordinated, complementary way, make up the sum of three spiritual faculties. The development of these faculties, when performed under careful supervision, produces the best results in the picking up of thoughts of both incarnate and disincarnate spirits.

Generally speaking, in currents supervised by the Superior Astral, the mediums express voluntarily what the spirits pass on to them. However, they do not lose control of themselves, and therefore do not utter improprieties perchance passed on to them by obsessor spirits.

THE EVILS OF IGNORANCE

In every social stratum there are individuals who are unknowingly endowed with incorporative mediumnity, in addition to intuitive mediumnity witch all humans are endowed. Because of their unawareness of this, we see such a large number of suicides, deaths by accident, and hospitals, jails, and penitentiaries are overcrowded. A great number of these individuals with less developed mediumnity take to disorderly conduct, gambling, drinking and ruin their lives in unrestrained sensuality.

The disincarnate spirits wandering in the Inferior Astral quickly identify those incarnate spirits who are endowed with incorporative mediumnity. They notice that, unlike others, these incarnate spirits receive their intuitions very naturally.

Thus, an individual endowed with incorporative mediumnity will infallibly become a victim of those inferior spirits unless he is enlightened and prepared to repel their harmful approach. In the Inferior Astral there are millions of pandering, troublemaking, disloyal, biased, quarrelsome spirits. They find in the incorporative mediumnity of humans an ample field to appease their malevolent desires and gratify their low passions in the homes where Christian Rationalism discipline is not followed.

One should not lose sight of the reality of affinitive attraction, and of the fact that one's way of thinking reveals oneself. Those who love slander, hoax, and malicious gossip generate corresponding thoughts and attract obsessors of like inclinations.

Whenever the generator of such thoughts happen to be an incorporative medium, though, the situation is even more serious because he becomes subject to receiving constant charges from affinitive disincarnate spirits. These instigate him against his own enemies and also against the enemies of the obsessors themselves.

DISCIPLINING THOUGHT

Thought discipline is essential to everyone and much more so to mediums. Even though well-meaning in many cases, mediums may become victims of traps set by the Inferior Astral and engage in wild behaviour with serious consequences.

Mediums need to select their acquaintances carefully and avoid inadequate conversations. Overworrying and overworking are also inadvisable. They should take good care of themselves, both spiritually and physically, so as to preserve their capacity for reaction against discouragement. Work, besides being a strong incentive for the body, is the most useful distraction for the spirit whose attention should be constantly focused on useful, honest things.

No doubt, everyone needs rest, sleep and recreation at proper hours. No one, however, should abandon himself to idleness, which is always harmful, especially to mediums.

THE NEED FOR ENLIGHTENMENT

Arguments are strong magnets that attract the forces of the Inferior Astral. They generate misunderstanding, heartbreak, and resentment, which are strong contributing factors to the destruction of harmony and affection.

Mediums, due to their great sensitiveness and vibratility, are easily impressionable and can be influenced positively or negatively by what other people say or do.

Hence their need for enlightenment in order to protect themselves, in the environment where they live, from the blows of the terribly malevolent forces that encircle the world. These forces have as a bearing point the millions of ignorant, undisciplined, unsuspecting mediums living on this planet. Like all spiritual faculties, mediumnity develops gradually from incarnation to incarnation. Beginning from the first degree of evolution, in the most backward human strata, in their savage rites, in the practice of magic, certain individuals begin to develop their mediumnity without psychic preparation, unaware of the risks to which they expose themselves due to non-compliance with the discipline that should be followed.

This explains why the world is filled with so many disturbed, abnormal, paranoid, deranged, obsessed, and insane people. It should be reiterated that those who develop their mediumnity outside the discipline recommended by Christian Rationalism run all these risks, including that of insanity.

The medium's safety lies precisely in guarding himself against inferior forces so as not to become an unconscious tool at the service of evil and deception.

To lead a useful life, man needs to know himself, beginning with the basic, fundamental principle that he is composed of Force and Matter. Force is the Spirit. Matter is simply the vehicle, the instrument, the means used by the spirit to promote its evolution on Earth.

Matter has no faculties. However, the spirit is endowed with countless faculties, and it should be stressed that only a few of them are revealed in earthly life.

Mediumnity is one of the most important of these, due to the influence it exerts on everyone's life. Therefore, every person who wants to live consciously, and not only vegetate, must try to learn about mediumnity, its complexities and multiple manifestations.

CHAPTER XVIII

OBSESSION

Obsession is one of the most distressing woes of mankind.

Its greatest danger lies precisely in the fact that its least shocking aspects go unperceived by those who are unaware of spiritualistic truths as divulged by Christian Rationalism. This applies especially to those aspects in subtle, mild, periodical, permanent, bland, or violent form.

In its subtle and mild forms, it appears as manias, fright, oddities, phobias, eccentricities, exoticism, exaggerations, passions, fanaticism, cowardice, laziness, as well as overindulgence in sex, eating, laughing or crying, and many others.

We saw in Chapter XVII, dealing with mediumnity, how obsessor spirits prevail over individuals who attract them with affinitive thoughts.

There is no denying of all the damaging effects of the action exercised by the forces of the Inferior Astral over mankind. Nevertheless, it must be admitted that, to a great extent, the victims themselves are to blame. This is because, while still sound, they harboured thoughts that facilitated the formation of attractive currents for obsessors.

This book has exhaustively demonstrated - and this is substantiated by facts of everyday life - that thoughts of wickedness, revenge, hatred, and others of similar nature, cause vibrations all over inferior space, thus establishing immediate contact between the emitter of these thoughts and the obsessor spirits.

The low strata of the Inferior Astral are therefore closely connected, by affinity, to people who are ill-humoured, vindictive, envious, irascible, dishonest, as well as those who harbour weaknesses and vice.

Such individuals, even though they may not appear to be obsessed, create an environment which is extremely harmful to themselves and to members of their families or other people with whom they live. Thus they compel others, not having at their disposal the enlightenment to minimise the harmful effects of ill attendance, to share the same environment.

The result is, in nearly all cases, the disturbances or obsession of those victims, either in a benign or violent form.

Obsessor spirits themselves are not always aware of the harms they produce. They are also victims of their own wrongdoings while incarnated, due to their lack of knowledge about incorporeal life. This regrettable ignorance makes obsessor spirits become prisoners of Earth's atmosphere. They are led by the blindness or false beliefs and by their conviction that, apart from the deceitful environment where they now live, nothing else exists for those who disincarnate.

Thus these obsessors begin to act in that environment by transmitting intuitions to their former relatives, friends and acquaintances, either in the assumption that these people will benefit from such intuitions or because, as obsessors, they feel pleasure in this activity.

Such intuitions, if well received, act as an incentive to other intuitions, thus establishing close interaction between the Inferior Astral and the incarnate spirits. When this happens, the path to obsession is open.

Whenever there is deep affinity, obsessors do not part with their victims, because they enjoy staying where they fare well. When obsession is caused by spirits who were enemies of the obsessed on Earth, then their disturbing action takes a more violent form and even furious spells become frequent.

INEXISTENCE OF DEATH

The concept of death derives from a concept of life which is completely wrong. In fact, death has never existed. It is no longer necessary at this point to reiterate that the spirit is immortal. The spirit never dies.

Therefore, every person should do his best to recover as quickly as possible from the shock caused by the disincarnation of relatives and friends. In this way they will not weaken spiritually. According to a popular saying, "what cannot be cured, must be endured". It is completely useless to continue to regret the past. Man should concern himself with the present, which is the basis for the future.

It has been said many times that to think is to attract. Those who cling, through thought, to disincarnated spirits of the Inferior Astral, besides attracting and disturbing them still more, also delay the obsessors' ascent to the worlds where they belong. This encourages such disincarnated spirits to keep in touch with earthly issues, including familial problems, and tends to turn them into obsessors.

Let us emphasise again: the spirits that, while incarnated, led an erratic life, filled with flaws and materialism, remain in the Inferior Astral, often during decades, acting viciously against the incarnate. Their only goal is to make intuitions for evil purposes. They engage to help of weak-willed individuals whom they use as passive tools to perpetrate their crimes. Hence the murders, suicides and many other social tragedies.

These spirits act either on their own or in well trained phalanxes, in order to better achieve their goals. Their groups place attentive watchers at various points, ready to signal at the right moment and recruit the aid of other obsessors.

Since unity makes strength, they usually win over the incarnate spirits who are unwary and unconscious of their plots. Sometimes these incarnate spirits become obsessed, at other times they are led to perpetrate crazy acts while their senses are completely disturbed.

Without this enlightenment no one can escape obsessive influences nor avoid interference from outside forces in his behaviou and in his spiritual ego.

Only the enlightened ones who are aware of the value of the powerful forces of Will and Thought are capable of keeping obsessors at distance.

WAYS TO OBSESSION

In various chapters of this book we have clearly shown the ways that lead to obsession - a psychic disorder caused by improper use of free will, ill-guided will, sexual unrestrained and intemperance, lack of control in everyday life, uncontrolled nervousness, unrestrained desires, inordinate ambition, and headstrong temperament.

Whenever man makes improper use of his free will he goes against natural laws that establish correct, safe, adequate patterns of life. Free will ensures everyone's right to conduct himself with freedom of choice and independence of action, as benefits all beings endowed with reason. But it also makes man responsible for all his actions.

Man can follow the rules of good conduct by proper exercise of reason in solving the problems he constantly faces, always bearing in mind the importance of honesty. In this way he will make good use of his free will.

Those who swerve from this route do so because they so desire, and because they let themselves grow weak. This weakening of the will, in turn, paves the way for spirits of the Inferior Astral, which sooner or later bring about obsession.

An ill-guided will derives from laziness, indifference to, and negligence of life's serious issues. The lazy are always hopeful that others will do what they themselves should do. They dislike schedules and abhor discipline. They are enemies of work and order and do nothing to progress. They are, therefore, classified as parasites. Whereas the world demands energy and action, the lazy act as mere spectators with no desire to participate in the activities that claim their share. No one can exempt himself from the obligation to work and find work the true fulfilment of life. The whole Universe is a round-the-clock workshop where everyone is supposed to be an active, hardworking labourer.

Those who do not do so are placed at a lower spiritual level of life. They are nothing but outcasts, just like the spirits of the Inferior Astral with which they associate due to the law of attraction. The origins of obsessing materialism lie in sexual unrestrained and intemperance, the pillars of which are lasciviousness and other vices. The human being, in this situation, gives free rein to his animalistic instincts, offering free shelter to the affinitive spirits of the Inferior Astral which contribute to his obsession.

Every act of everyday life needs to be done with the utmost good judgement and honesty. Our social organisation follows a pattern whose main features define the positions that man must take in the course of human interaction, without losing sight of both self-respect and respect for his fellow man. To achieve this goal, behaviour control, self-control and active reasoning are needed. Lack of control over behaviour and words, besides being grounds for offence and even sorrow, is a frequent cause of lasting resentments and brings on hostility and animosity.

IRRITABILITY, LACK OF SELF CONTROL, AND INORDINATE AMBITION

The spirits of the Inferior Astral like to take advantage of unrestrained, ill-tempered, thoughtless individuals who do not pause to think before acting. They enjoy the effects of their actuation. Unrestrained individuals are, therefore, tools of the Inferior Astral, and are on their way to obsession, if not already obsessed.

Unbridled nervousness brings about irritation, intolerance, thoughtlessness, and recklessness, which lead to deplorable psychic conditions. Therefore, nervousness needs to be kept under severe control because it is, among all agents of disturbance, the one that facilitates the most the action of obsessor spirits.

As a rule, people with neuroses take little care of their health and make no effort to overcome their impulses. As a result, they frequently fall under the deceitful traps of the Inferior Astral and end up on the disastrous path to obsession.

Certain desires and aspirations are unattainable. Some individuals are inordinately ambitious and never satisfied with what they have. They are chronic complainers, always believing that they deserve more, and living in a permanent state of dissatisfaction.