CRYSTAL BALLS AND CRYSTAL GAZING 215
his conviction, as a result of scientific investigation of occult
phenomena, "that memory and affection are not limited to that
association with matter by which alone they can manifest themselves
here and now, and that personality persists beyond bodily death."
of the latest types of glass balls for crystal-gazing has a small,
circular, flat surface on the sphere. This may possibly be of service
in furnishing a better field for the expected vision, and may also
lessen the troublesome and baffling reflections which interfere so
seriously with the projection of the mental picture.
method that has been recommended to crystal-gazers is to place the
crystal on a table, protect it from the reflections of surrounding
objects by means of a velvet screen, and set seven candlesticks with
wax tapers in front of the screen. The tapers are then to be lighted,
the room being otherwise in perfect darkness, and the would-be scryer
is to seat himself comfortably before the table, laying his hands flat
upon it, and to gaze fixedly upon the crystal for half an hour or
longer. The light from the tapers will certainly ensure a multitude of
light points in the crystal. That the molecules forming the sphere may
always remain en rapport with the gazer, he is advised to put it beneath his pillow when retiring to rest.55
crystal gazer is strongly advised by some to limit the duration of his
experiment at first to five minutes, during which he is to avoid
thinking of anything in particular while keeping his eyes fixed
intently upon the ball, but without any undue straining of attention.
Should the eyes "water" after the test is concluded, this is to be
regarded as an indication that the gazer has persisted
"Verner, "How to Know Your Future," London [1910?], p. 16.