“If we apply the above law of mediumship and mediatorship to the subject of levitation, with which we opened our present discussion, what shall we find? Here we have a medium and one of the mediator-class levitated, the former at a seance, the latter at prayer, or in ecstatic contemplation.
The medium being passive must be lifted up; the ecstatic being active must levitate himself. The former is elevated by his familiar spirits, whoever or whatever they may be; the latter, by the power of his own soul. Can both be indiscriminately termed mediums? But nevertheless we may be answered that the same phenomena are produced in the presence of a modern medium as of an ancient saint.
Undoubtedly; and so it was in the days of Moses; for we believe that the triumph claimed for him in Exodus over Pharoah’s magician’s is simply a national boast on the part of the “chosen people”. That the power which produced his phenomena produced that of the magicians also, who were moreover the first tutors of Moses and instructed him in their “wisdom”, is most probable. But even in those days they seemed to have well appreciated the difference between phenomena apparently identical.
The tutelar national deity of the Hebrews (who is not the Highest Father) forbids expressly, in Deuteronomy, his people “to learn to do after the abominations of other nations. To pass through the fire, or use divination, or be an observer of times or an enchanter, or a witch, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a necromancer.”
What difference was there then between all the above-enumerated phenomena as performed by the “other nations” and when enacted by the prophets? Evidently, there was some good reason for it; and we find it in John’s First Epistle, iv., which says: “believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
The only standard within the reach of spiritualists and present-day mediums by which they can try the spirits, is to judge 1, by their actions and speech; 2, by their readiness to manifest themselves; and 3, whether the object in view is worthy of the apparition of a “disembodied” spirit, or can excuse any one for disturbing the dead.
Saul was on the eve of destruction, himself and his sons, yet Samuel inquired of him: “Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up?” But the “intelligences” that visit the circle-rooms, come at the beck of every trifler who would while away a tedious hour.”
H. P. Blavatsky