The old series of sittings with Mrs. Piper convinced me of survival for reasons which I should find it hard to formulate in any strict fashion, but that was their distinct effect.
Distinct Should I
The properties which differentiate living matter from any kind of inorganic imitation may be instinctively felt, but can hardly be formulated without expert knowledge.
Which Expert Properties
Any person without invincible prejudice who had the same experience would come to the same broad conclusion, viz., that things hitherto held impossible do actually occur.
Would Viz Occur
But although life is not energy, any more than it is matter, yet it directs energy and thereby controls arrangements of matter.
Energy Than Controls
Death is not a word to fear, any more than birth is.
Word Death Than
Death is not extinction. Neither the soul nor the body is extinguished or put out of existence.
Put Extinction Neither
In other cases, when the medium becomes entranced, the demonstration of a communicator's separate intelligence may become stronger and the sophistication less.
Becomes Separate Stronger
Life must be considered sui generis; it is not a form of energy, nor can it be expressed in terms of something else.
Considered Something Nor
They definitely mean to maintain that the process called death is a mere severence of soul and body, and that the soul is freed rather than injured thereby.
Injured Rather Mere