“Enq: You seem very bitter against Spirits. As you have given me your views and your reasons for disbelieving in the materialization of, and direct communication in seances, with the disembodied spirits – or the “spirits of the dead” – would you mind enlightening me as to one more fact?
Why are some Theosophists never tired of saying how dangerous is intercourse with spirits, and mediumship? Have they any particular reason for this?
Theo: We must suppose so. I know I have. Owing to my familiarity for over half a century with these invisible, yet but too tangible and undeniable “influences”, from the conscious Elementals, semi-conscious shells, down to the utterly senseless and nondescript spooks of all kinds, I claim a certain right to my views.
Enq: Can you give an instance or instances to show why these practices should be regarded as dangerous?
Theo: This would require more time than I can give you. Every cause must be judged by the effects it produces.
Go over the history of Spiritualism for the last fifty years, ever since its reappearance in this century in America – and judge for yourself whether it has done its votaries more good or harm. Pray understand me.
I do not speak against real Spiritualism, but against the modern movement which goes under that name, and the so-called philosophy invented to explain its phenomena.”
H. P. Blavatsky