The purpose of the Silence is the acquisition of the faculty which enables us to see our Self as it is, without veneer or varnish. In the noisy places of the world and during the busy hours of the day we are aliens and strangers to our own selves. Like pilgrims in a strange country without a knowledge of the tongue, customs and habits of the people do we enter upon our early psychic excursions into the higher planes. The spirit-people we succeed in contacting are very seldom useful to us, and often very harmful, because we have not entered into the Silence completely and do not know our real Self. Without this knowledge all contact with Spirits is dangerous and will ever be so.
~from “The Diary of a Child of Sorrow” by Elias Gewurz