Among the matters of most profound importance such as our distinct literary proposition to open access scholarly articles as an aesthetic medium, perhaps none is more fundamental than that which is concerned with weighing up and appraising the worth of our seventh anniversary in a spiritual inquiry fostered by confidence as to whether its cultural value is a definite quality conspicuous of continuation or a negative detachment from our proposed origins.
Throughout the years, we have routinely refined and revised our medium’s identity, and shortly after relocating from Portugal to Colombia a mid-paced morphosis took place, been an indelible impression upon all created things during its existence and public exposure, yet keeping our progression outlined in secrecy. Metamorphosis is essential to any form of progression, and in truth, from the diminutive atom to the omnipotent worlds that orbit in the universe above; from the smallest arthropod in the microscopic world to the most excellent form of animated life upon this material globe; from the humblest human form that toils on in abject degradation to the eminent archangel in the spiritual world, no matter into what lot of the universe we may look, improvement is the grand order of all things if well coordinated.
When we look back into the mists of its earlier archaism, when we trace the improvement of our medium from that period up to the present condition of advancement, we can behold in the far distant future a time when it will have so far proceeded on its onward march as to find the adverse conditions, which at present assail it, unnecessary for the requirements and continued improvement. Much of this metaphor, reflects on how we continuously interspersed with dissertations whence opposed to others, spiritually contrasting what is considered the norm, or even expected from us. In fact, the lecturer that once surveyed through our pages in its earlier inception may find our medium’s passageway more faithful toward tragic history, mystical phenomena, myths and folklore, psychology and mental stances, secret societies and subcultures, political deviances and uncanny, horror gothic literary studies. All profoundly entwined on distinct anthropological form of arts and rites supported by historical evidence, other than just upward music in general, and this to give a mere outline of how much we have remarkably improved through the past year.
In an open discourse, at first it seemed like a misdeed to deem the sight of uncanny aversion and mysticism sufficient to convince all our lecteurs that it was possible to turnabout between our publishing guidelines those who do not osmose the mindset for eerie knowledge, nor tolerate knowledge shared out of what may be considered a format, or even at a personal level, do not accept centenary undertakings that may contradict the modern world, religious views, etcetera. Consequently, we almost always overcome preconceived concepts, and a determination to refuse the norm, which diverts our lecteurs from a severe and unbiased investigation toward a more profound research on our behalf. Others pose questions and raise objections to which it is impossible to instantaneously reply thoroughly because it would be needful to go through a course and begin from the beginning with each lecteur. A preliminary study of the subject refutes the objections beforehand, most of them being founded on the vagueness of the causes of the phenomena and of the conditions under which they are presented through others. Indeed, our metamorphosis is done by stages, and continuously without looking to past endeavours, and just what future may hold.
In truth, those unacquainted with the topics we opted to publish, mostly regarding Spiritism and its deviances, do imagine that the Spiritual phenomena is unfolded like wicked experiments in chemistry or physical science; hence their attempt to subject them to their will, and their refusal to place themselves in conditions necessary for perceiving them. I approach Spiritism taking into consideration that Colombia is a Sethian country, not entirely open-minded to either Spiritism or folkloric identities. In fact, it has not been admitted in the first place that the existence or the intervention of spirits, with the exception of ghostly figures such as La Llorona, is at any rate being unacquainted with both the uncanny nature and mode of operation, lecteurs act as if experimenting with inert matter; and because they do not obtain what they seek, therefore presume there are no spirits even thus our medium contradicts such assumptions. In taking another view of the enigma and in the culture we are involved with, it will readily be perceived that spirits are the souls of men, and that for us after death we shall become spirits, and little inclined to minister as trinkets to the inclinations of the inquisitive.
Although certain phenomenon may be presented, they are never at the absolute command of anyone, because they progress from free intelligence; and whoever claims of obtaining them at will, gives proof of blindness or hypocrisy. They must be anticipated for, taken under the wing as it were; and it is frequently when least expected, that the most compelling and conclusive facts occur. He who earnestly desires to gain education must bring to this, as we have been doing now, as to all other researchers; endurance, perseverance, and obedience to what is needful, otherwise it was far better for him not to meddle with the subject.
Meetings for Spiritual manifestations are not always held in favourable conditions, either for obtaining satisfactory outcomes or for persuading conviction: it must be avowed, there are some from whence the skeptics come out less convinced than they went in, and when spoken to of the seriousness of Spiritism, they urge the oftentimes ludicrous situations they witnessed at the seance. They are as illogical as he who would judge a piece of art by the first attempts of an apprentice, an individual by their burlesque, a tragedy by its parody. Spiritism also has its learners: he who desires enlightenment will not seek it from one source alone, only by examination and comparison can he form his judgment. Nonetheless, all topics we daily present in order to shed some light over the darkness that often remains in the shape of darkness, craves research, thoughtful curation and a great deal of knowledge and admiration toward ancestral foundations. We as a medium, and throughout the years, gradually incited our lecteurs to dive into the historical obscurity of mankind, to bring back the light to the modern world by breathtaking their capacity to comprehend today’s world while taking a glance into the past, the origins of taboo and the evolution of literary gothic fiction or even popular folklore.
It is true that frivolous meetings are seriously objectionable for novices: in as much, as they give them a malicious idea of the character of Spiritism which contradicts what we publish. Those who have only been present at meetings of this kind are unable to entertain with seriousness a matter they see treated jestingly by those who profess themselves adepts. An introductory study will teach them justly to appreciate what they observe, and judge of the good and the bad. The same reasoning appeals to those who wrongly judge Spiritism by specific eccentric works that only shew it in a ludicrous and inadequate light. Serious Spiritism is no more responsible for those who understand it amiss, or practise it absurdly than poetry is responsible for the poetasters. It is grievous, that such deeds should exist, for they injure the pure science; and unquestionably it would be preferable to have none but good books; nevertheless, the leading fault sprawls with those who will not take the trouble to study intensely. Moreover, all arts, all sciences are in the same dilemma as we have witnessed through the past year — have we not on the most dangerous subjects, tracts full of improbability and wrongdoing? Why should Spiritism be privileged in this respect, above all in its beginning? If those who criticise it did not judge superficially, they would learn what it does admit, and what it rejects, and would not tax Spiritism with that which it condemns in the name of reason and experience.
The subject which we have selected for the present occasion must, out of necessity, place us under a slight difficulty, as it will require considerable effort on our part to make it understandable and comprehensible to your perceptive faculties, nevertheless, with the means at our disposal, we shall endeavour to produce satisfaction as far as we possibly can as we have demonstrated through the seven years of our existence, determination and perseverance is something we embrace with heart, moreover, only the future can tell where our metamorphosis will take us.