Mediumship has become a bit of an old fashioned phrase, reminiscent of Victorian parlours and seances. Although the phrase is still used extensively, many are beginning to use the word Channelling instead. In particular those following the 'New age' individual eclectic approach to spiritual exploration.

Communication with spirits, Angels and people who have died and passed over have been around since humans began walking the earth. In the Oracles of Delphi, perhaps the best known record refers to the oracle at the sanctuary of Apollo. In the last quarter of the 8th Century BC. The priestess of the oracle at Delphi was known as the Pythia. She exerted considerable influence throughout the Greek world, and was consulted before all major undertakings: wars, the founding of colonies, and so forth. She also was respected by the countries around the Greek world, such as Lydia, Caria, and even Egypt.

The Fox sisters from the USA are considered to be the first spiritualist mediums following communication in their parent's house with a spirit entity in 1848. Most probably the most famous and influential medium and psychic was Edgar Cayce 1877-1945. As a child Cayce spoke to Angels and had visions of his dead grandfather. He was best known for his diagnosis cures for illness that he received from the spirit world.

There are many modern day channelers include people such as Jane Roberts and Seth, Neale Donald Walsch who Channelled text allegedly from God, Ra entity, channelled by Carla Rueckert, Brazilian psychic surgeons, such as José Arigó, claim to work as channels for deceased surgeons. The husband-and-wife team, Lee Carroll and Jan Tober. Whose conversation with a spiritual entity known as 'Kryon' introduced the Indigo Children.

In simple terms a medium is some one who translates information from the ethereal realm to others on the earth plane. The pre-requisite is that the medium has to be sensitive to the energies and vibration of the spiritual world. More commonly, mediumship has come to be associated with the proving of the survival of the personality after death. The usual procedure is for some one to ask the medium a question that is then answered by a non-human entity. The entity that speaks through the medium may be a Spirit guide, angels, nature spirits, guardian spirits, deities, demons or spirits of the dead and even extra-terrestrial life.

Sometimes the answers or revelations come through automatic writing, pendulum dousing, table tipping, but most commonly, the entity speaks through the medium, often resulting in a change of voice. There are two types of trance. In the first the personality or ego withdraws from the physical body allowing the spirit guide to communicate through it, the medium will have little or no memory of the experience. In the second type, the medium is conscious throughout, but becomes passive in order to become more sensitive a channel for the spirit entity. During both forms of trance mediumship, the medium can receive information from a number of entities, with a change of voice, and sometimes facial expression to accompany each one.

The entities are open to answer questions on a wide range of subjects, from their role on the other side and descriptions of the etheric planes to information about people who have passed over. The technique used by most mediums requires three skill areas; the first is that of visualisation, this means being able to hold clear images steadily in your mind. The second is that of being able to concentrate and hold the image within your mind without allowing your attention to drift. The third is to be able to develop a creative imagination for example scenes relevant to the meditation you are doing. It is through the imagination that we open up the pathways to spiritual perception.

There is no fast track path to learning meadiumship, it takes time, dedication and last but not least hard work. For those who feel mediumship is for them the best way forward is to join a group of like-minded people. These can usually be found by attending one of the many spiritual churches throughout the country. The advantage of this is that each member of the group learns and supports one an others development. Plus new members become comfortable with spirit contact and old superstitions and fears are less likely. A more experienced member will lead most groups. This person will help facilitate the process and address problems; most gatherings last for around one hour, once a week. It is usual to light candles and incense and have some gentle music playing, this will all add to keeping the energy strong and vibrant. Seating is usually circular, and the evening begins with people joining hands and reciting a prayer. This can be done as a group or individually taking turn to lead it. Finally, many people gain a lot of satisfaction and comfort from receiving messages through mediumship; in particular from loved ones that have passed over. But it should never be used in excess or to rule ones life. The leading body for mediums is the Spiritualists' National Union [SNU] where they offer a Diploma and Certificate of Recognition.


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