While there have been recordings of mystical events over
all the centuries, it seems that there was an upsurge in the
mid 1800's. Why this should be so is not known, although reasons
are alluded to much further on in our journey, but the first
event to capture the imagination of the English speaking world
took place in the U.S.A in Hydesville, New York in late 1847.
Read the story that started
the search for the meanings of these communications.
Almost all the major Christian churches warn against any
involvement in these spirit manifestations. However this has
not lead the Catholic Church to ban visits to Lourdes, far
from it. The
apparitions seen by Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 are accepted
by the Catholic Church to have been a manifestation of Mary,
the Mother of Jesus. It is interesting to observe that even
the untutored Bernadette was aware of the possibility of psychic
manifestations being evil, only 11 years after Hydesville.
Bernadette was eventually canonised, and to this day Lourdes
is a place of pilgrimage. If an innocent, simple and uneducated
teenager can receive such divine guidance, why is it none
of us should seek guidance?
In France, a distinguished scientist who eventually was known
Kardec, set about investigating the various paranormal
events, and in the fullness of time, was responsible for collating
a number of major works, particularly the Medium's Book and
the Spirit's Book. He was not a medium, and had to rely on
others for mediumship, whom he studied like the true scientist
that he was. If you are totally comfortable with how paranormal
events take place, and have no problem believing that the
spirit world can and does communicate with us, I suggest moving
on in the journey, rather than reading these two large works.
If however you are a bit uncertain of this area of spirit
communication, and you have any experience of paranormal events,
either personally or through feedback from close friends or
family, I would suggest starting with The Medium's book. If
you do not have such experience, it may be more productive
to read the Spirit's book. However I found the former an excellent
explanation of what goes on, how it happens, the dangers and
the opportunities. The latter is an interesting explanation
of much of the spirit world. Some of this will be refuted
later, but no matter.