Manual espírita by "Bhima" (Francisco
I. Madero), 1911.
English translation by C.M. Mayo, from:
Odyssey Into the Mexican Revolution:
...Francisco I. Madero and His
Secret Book, Spiritist Manual
...By C.M. Mayo (Dancing
Can you tell me what powers animate our spirit?
A. These powers are enormous. In the first place there
are intelligence and will, which, combined with service to higher
spirits, can transform the world, as indeed it has been transformed
by Buddha, Moses, Christ, and many other great men.
These spirits possess a very clear intelligence which has guided
them in fulfilling their mission, and great will, which empowered
with the energy to continue on their paths, though these were
strewn with a thousand obstacles.
Q. What other powers does the spirit possess?
A. Intelligence and will in greater or lesser degrees
may or may not be attributes of incarnate spirits, but in all
human personalities there exist in embryo other powers susceptible
to great development. These are called mental or psychic powers
(from "psyche," soul.)
These powers are not of an exclusively spiritual origin, but
neither are they of material origin, and their complex and mixed
nature admirably serves to demonstrate that our material body
is ruled by a spiritual entity.
Q. How can you prove the existence of these powers?
A. By means of the phenomena they produce: magnetism,
hypnotism, suggestion, telepathy, somnabulism, and ecstasy.