Author: Elizabeth Owens
Trade Paperback, 194 pages
Publication date: September 2001
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Many people are interested in communicating with dead loved ones or with a spirit guide. Others, of course, consider the very idea nonsense or against their religion. While there are many books on contacting the dead or mediumship, I decided to review Elizabeth Owens' How to Communicate with Spirits because it was written by an ordained Spiritualist minister. Spiritualism has been an active (if small), organized religion in the US since the late 1800s.
How to Communicate with Spirits is an interesting book, full of anecdotes about spirit communication from the experiences of the author and other Spiritualist ministers. Most of the book is taken up with discussing what spirits are, the types of spirit guides, how spirits manifest in the material world, relatives as guides (surprising, the author says they usually aren't), determining whether a spirit is a true guide, and the various types of phenomena that occasionally accompany spirit manifestations.
Only the last three chapters (the 9th through the 11th) deal with practical "how to communicate" material. The ninth chapter discusses Ouija boards, automatic writing and drawing, and table tipping, complete with practical information for those inclined to try these methods of spirit communication. The tenth chapter suggests ways to get started communicating with spirits in an organized manner as opposed to just occasional experiments. The last chapter provides several guided meditations designed to help one find and communicate with a spirit guide.
As many members of The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum message areas know, I'm somewhat skeptical about things like this. While I certainly do not believe spirits never communicate, I just think such communication is far less frequent than many others believe. I'm still just as skeptical after reading this book. However, I found the book an enjoyable and informative read. The background information, particularly the many anecdotes, was very interesting reading. Those looking for such information, especially those interested in the experiences of Spiritualist ministers, will find this book a worthwhile read. Those only interested in the practical side of things may be somewhat disappointed with this book as only about one-third of the book is devoted to "how to" instruction.
Reviewed by Randall