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The Future Life - Elizabeth Sweet

The Future Life - Elizabeth Sweet

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THE
FUTURE LIFE:
AS
Described and Portrayed by Spirits,
THROUGH
MRS. ELIZABETH SWEET.
[1827-1859]
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY
JUDGE JOHN WORTH EDMONDS.
[
1799-1874][Recorded 1852-5]
BOSTON:
1869
 
INTRODUCTION.
At an early period of my investigations into
spiritual intercourse,when I was but an inquirer and by
no means a believer, I was
invited
to join a circle which had weekly meetings at the house of 
Mrs. Fish, the eldest of the Fox family. I accepted
the invitation,and met there some
five or six persons, male and female, all
strangers to me.
After a few meetings, Mrs. Fish introduced two
new members tothe circle, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Sweet, alike
strangers to me. They
were very quiet and unobtrusive in their manners, and I soon
discovered that they were very earnest and honest seekers
after the
truth. But I had no idea, nor had they, that there
was any
mediumship about either of them.
At that
time, my official duties compelled me to be absent from
the city one month out
of every three. On one occasion, when Ireturned from such an
absence, I was informed at the next meeting
of our circle, that Mrs.
Sweet had begun to be developed as a
medium. The fact itself, and the manner in which it was
told to me,interested me at once.
In the course of the evening
this development began to show
itself, but in a manner that was very repulsive to me.
Our
circle had been uniformly orderly and decorous, and Mrs.
Sweet was
one of the most gentle, modest, and retiring among
them. But on this occasion she was influenced
 
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INTRODUCTION.
to jump up from her chair and run around
the room, gesticulatingvehemently, and speaking in a loud voice, entirely alien to her
usualmanner. The exhibition was so repulsive to me, that I arose to
leave
the room. I threw my cloak around
my shoulders, and then paused
a moment, looking at the scene. While I was doing this she
came up
to me, and in a loud tone said, "You don't
like this?" I answered,
"No; I do not, indeed." At once the manifestation ceased, and
she
resumed her seat, and all was quiet again. Then
through therappings it was said, that they, would influence her more quietly infuture.
At the next meeting of our circle she
was again influenced, and ina similar manner, though
perhaps with less vehemence. I at once
spoke, "Is this
what you call influencing her more quietly?" If she
had been knocked down with a club, the manifestation could not
have ceased more suddenly. From that time we had no more
of that
rudeness, but every thing that came
from her had all the gentleness
and modesty that so eminently characterized her.
I was then too much of a novice to know what I afterward
learned, that this violence, which
mediums at times displayed, wasowing to their own opposition and resistance to the influence, and
was necessary not only
to overcome such resistance, but also to
show the mediums that it was a power out
of and beyondthemselves. I have often found, in other cases as well as hers, thatit was harder for the mediums—those especially who knewnothing
of the philosophy of the subject to realize and
acknowledge the presence of the power, than it was for theuninfluenced spectator.In her case, it was the work of time to overcome her doubts and
her reluctance, but finally, through her own
singleness and purityof purpose, and the judicious action

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