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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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