PROFESSOR JAMES'S "MESSAGE FROM BEYOND"
American spiritualists are greatly interested just now because well-esteemed members of their fraternity declare that Professor William James has kept his promise to communicate with his friends "from the other side." Professor James, the brother of the novelist, Mr. Henry James, and professor of psychology at Harvard University, was one of the founders of the American Spiritualistic Research Society, which seeks to enroll true disciples of the spiritualistic faith, as distinguished from mere table-rappers and wirepullers.
One would judge that the air has been literally vibrating with messages from the dead professor, because several friends, living at far-distant points, presumably received identically the same assurances. Mr. Ayer, a Boston business man, and the head of the "Ayer's Tabernacle Bond of Spirits," says that he was present lately at his home when the distinguished scientist spoke most clearly to him. The medium employed for the sitting was one who served with the Ayer's Bond of Spirits, and one who could be relied on, it is said, to obtain the best possible results.
"The medium is a healthy, splendidly-trained, intellectual woman," said Mr. Ayer, "and has devoted much of her life to the art of attuning herself mentally and spiritually to the lives of the Tabernacle Bond of Spirits." Through this medium the professor is reported to have said:-
"I am at peace ... with myself and, all mankind. I have awakened to a life far beyond my highest conception while a denizen of the earth. Tell my brothers that I will transmit a message through this instrument that will prove my individuality when I can manifest myself more clearly than at this time. I did not realise how difficult it would be to manifest from this place of life to the mortal place. There is much for me to learn, and many conditions to overcome."
Mr. Ayer added:-
"This message is given by Professor James to us. It means that in a short time he will be able to accustom himself to his surroundings, to the extent that he will be able to give the world a much longer, clearer, and more satisfying message. Like all who pass out, Professor James was bewildered upon his awakening to the highest consciousness, and he has not yet regained the condition necessary to the execution of his clear purpose to enlighten the world in the matter of spiritualism. This will come."