It was believed that information about other worlds and from higher intelligences could be obtained from persons in the sleep-waking state.
It was discovered very early in the movement that the accuracy of these communications could not always be relied on; but it is maintained by spiritualists that by the intelligent exercise of the reason it is possible to judge whether the communicating intelligence is trustworthy, especially after prolonged acquaintance with particular intelligences, or where proofs are given of identity with persons known to have been trustworthy on earth.
Such intelligences are not supposed to be infallible, but to have the knowledge of spirit.
This first Sephirah, this spiritual substance which existed in the En Soph from all eternity, contained nine other intelligences or Sephiroth.
The first newspaper, the Green Bay Intelligences, began publication in 1833.