Letters from a Living Dead Man

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Mitchell Kennerley, 1914 - Spiritualism - 291 pages

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Page 5 - One night last year in Paris I was strongly impelled to take up a pencil and write, though what I was to write about I had no idea. Yielding to the impulse, my hand was seized as if from the outside, and a remarkable message of a personal nature came, followed by the signa~ ture 'X.
Page 152 - s thousands o' my mind. [The first recruiting sergeant on record I conceive to have been that individual who is mentioned in the Book of Job as going to and fro in the earth , and walking up and down in it.
Page 6 - X" letter, though she had not said so at the time. Naturally I was impressed by this extraordinary incident. "X" was not a spiritualist. I am not myself, and never have been, a spiritualist, and, so far as I can remember, only two other supposedly disembodied entities had ever before written automatically through my hand. This had happened when I was in the presence of a mediumistic person; but the messages were brief, and I had not attached any great importance to the phenomena.
Page 79 - He looked at me in silence for a moment ; then he said: "I was trying to draw near to God.
Page 216 - ... that there are more things in earth and heaven than are dreamed of in the philosophy of the world's people.
Page 174 - ... breath, was one of the most horrible astral beings which I have seen in this world since I came out. The hands of the creature (and I use that word to suggest its vitality) — the hands of the creature were clutching the young man's form, one long and naked arm was around his shoulders, the other around his hips. It was literally sucking the liquor-soaked life of its victim, absorbing him, using him, in the successful attempt to enjoy vicariously the passion which death had intensified. But...
Page 14 - X" and the faith of my Paris friend in me, this book could never have been. Doubt of the invisible author or of the visible medium would probably have paralyzed both, for the purposes of this writing. The effect of these letters on me personally has been to remove entirely any fear of death which I may ever have had, to strengthen my belief in immortality, to make the life beyond the grave as real and vital as the life here in the sunshine.
Page 82 - God is loving me now,' and the realization nearly took my breath away. Life became unbelievably beautiful. "Theretofore I had been so absorbed in God, in trying to find God, that I had not given much thought to my fellow beings, and had even neglected those nearest me; but from that day I began to mingle with my human brethren. I found that as more and more I sought God in them, more and more God responded to me through them. And life became still more wonderful. "Sometimes I tried to tell others...
Page 173 - Desiring one day to see the particular kind of hell to which a drunkard would be likely to go, I...
Page 168 - Time, and was living in that etheric quietude which is merely the activity of rapture raised to the last degree. I must have been enjoying a foretaste of that paradoxical state which the wise ones of the East call Nirvana. I was vividly conscious of the moonbeam and of myself, and in myself seemed to be everything else in the universe. It was the nearest I ever came to a realisation of that supreme declaration, "/ am.

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