Advanced Mediumship Training
Following out series of articles about psychic development this articles explains how the novice students work towards become a fully developed medium.. We also offer advanced mediumistic training at our on-line psychic school. This article is from my book Opening to the Other Side and follows on from my instructions about seeing the aura.
Here I also give advanced mediumship training showing how to link with spirit and increase your mediumistic perceptions. You can read other instructions on this site and we also offer advanced training at our On-line Psychic School. If you are enjoying the info here, please tell others through the Social Networking buttons on this page.
Video class example about practicing to become a medium
Craig’s Psychic Circle – Lesson 1
An aura reading session or an advanced psychometry session can become the trigger for a full mediumistic reading, but I hope by now you appreciate the difference between this psychic work and mediumistic communication. If a student is doing psychometry and hits upon something that relates to someone in the spirit, I will allow the student to continue for a while but then will call a halt and ask that he or she put down the object. Then the student will resume and work entirely with mediumship. If psychometry and mediumship are mixed then the information that is obtained from the object’s vibrations and not the spirit communicator. Similarly, a good aura reading may show the sitter’s memories about the deceased, but this can easily become muddled with what is being given from the spirit communicators. If this happens in class, and the student starts to get a spirit link while working, I allow him or her to continue working with the aura for a short while but then will ask the student to stop. I then encourage the student to look within for the information and not to the sitter’s aura, and then ask that he or she resume work and give an exclusively mediumistic reading based upon his or her own inner impressions.
While aura reading, psychometry, and other psychic techniques are a bridge to mediumship, they are not themselves mediumistic communication. I use many psychic methods to get my students started but eventually a time comes when they learn they need to work entirely with mediumship.
For the first year or so I develop my students’ psychic skills as a prelude to mediumship. If mediumship happens spontaneously during a psychic reading, I urge those students in ways I have just described, and it is a sign that some of them are ready to work exclusively as mediums. It is at this stage that I introduce the extended sitting-for-spirit period I earlier, about setting up a circle.
Once the circle has had the opening sessions and meditation, the group leader calls everyone back to normal awareness and asks them to return to the relaxed meditative state of mind to sit for spirit. For these sessions we usually invite a guest to work with but, alternatively, the members of the group can work on one another. A point will come when you will need a guest, because over time you will have gotten to know a little too much about one another. I will assume that you have a guest for this next experiment.
How to Become a Medium
- Step 1: Open the communication. The link with spirit is made through the power of love. During the period you are sitting for spirit you may feel the presence of people you know in the spirit draw close or you may see coloured lights and visual images and feel the closeness of your guides. You will feel calm and peaceful within. During this “meditation” you will also become aware of the guest’s loved ones.
- Step 2: Build a rapport. Don’t expect to suddenly see spirit forms or hear voices. The bridge between the two worlds is built slowly. Mentally note the things you see and feel and any impressions you get. A name may come to mind or you may feel the closeness of someone who wants to communicate. Use your inner dialogue to ask the spirit people about themselves. Ask an inner question. Wait for an inner answer. At this stage you do not know if the answer is coming from your own thoughts or not but soon you will be able to ask the guest for verification.
- Step 3: Deepen the communication. The spirit people will be aware that you are attempting to develop mediumship and will draw close to help. They will understand the level of your development and won’t frighten you or push you into a trance. Mediums are always in control. A mental conversation is held with the spirit person. So ask questions inwardly and most importantly listen to the reply. The more you interfere with the incoming impressions the more distorted your evidence becomes. Let the spirit people do the work but push the communicator to give evidence. The guides will bring the communicator forward but you must encourage them to speak.
- Step 4: Remember the communication. When the group leader calls everyone back to normal awareness all the circle’s sitters will write down their impressions in their notebook or spiritual diary. Include absolutely everything you can, even those things that seem silly, trivial, or unimportant. What did you see, hear, and feel during the session?
- Step 5: Each person in turn reads out what information and impressions he or she has been given and the guest gives verification or otherwise. Sometimes, if particularly good information has been given by some of the group, I will ask them to have a try at mediumship without notes. Using methods that I will soon describe, they give further details about the communicator. Occasionally I will open the floor to all the circle members and we will simultaneously work together to give proof from one or a number of spirit communicators. The details you receive through a pure spirit link while sitting for spirit and before working with the guest can be very convincing proof of survival because it is not influenced by the sitter’s facial expressions, tone of voice, or body posture.
I use this same procedure when demonstrating mediumship on my Internet chat room demonstration evenings, which are usually packed to capacity with visitors. While the other mediums are demonstrating or giving a discourse I spend time sitting for spirit in front of my PC monitor. When I come out of the meditation I use my notes as the basis for my reading and type them into the chat applet. The information I type about the spirit communicator usually finds its target.
It is extraordinary how my mediumistic colleagues and I are able to give so much proof without knowing anything about the people in the rooms. The medium does not know if the recipient is male or female, old or young, or even which country he or she is from. All we have is a chat name. One recent demonstration I gave was from a spirit man named Charlie, who said he was a body builder in life. He showed himself drinking a special milkshake straight from the blender. He then relayed to me some funny stories that I passed on to the recipient—such as the time he used the family cats as dumb bells and another incident in which he hammered a wooden sign on the door that said “The Flint Stones.” The recipient was in tears because all these unusual facts proved to her that her brother had survived death.
Verifiable evidence that comes in advance like this is hard for the sceptics to counter. Certainly with such unusual evidence the recipient is not making the information fit and there is absolutely no way the medium could watch eye movements, body posture, voice tone, facial expression, and so on.
A technique I sometimes use in circle for advanced clairvoyance
Developing Your Link
A time will come when you feel confident enough to directly make a spirit link. When you work as a medium don’t try to mimic other mediums—even if they are celebrities. Be yourself. Every medium is different and there are as many ways of working as there are different human personalities. The spirit guides will help you to develop your own style but there are a few basic ways to set up a clear communication that can act as a framework for your work:
First you need to “link” to your sitter. Ask him or her to say a few words, as some mediums believe that the sound of the voice establishes a vibration link between the sitter and medium. In the early stages of your mediumship you may begin working at a psychic level and then use this as a way to progress to full mediumship. Begin by telling the sitter a few things about their own personality, present life, and past. As the psychic bond between you builds, look to your inner impressions and ask in your mind for the spirit people to give you some information about themselves. Ask questions inwardly and, most important, listen to the reply. The more you interfere with the incoming impressions the more distorted your evidence becomes. Let the spirit people do the work but push the communicator to give evidence. The guides will bring the communicator forward but you must encourage them to speak.
Here are some steps to follow to build a psychic bridge between the two worlds. As you progress you will establish your own way of working, but whatever your method try to set up structure to your communication.
Step 1: Ask the spirit communicator what sex they are. Relay your information to your sitter. For example: “I have a woman with me.”
Step 2: Ask the spirit communicator to show you their body size and again say what you feel. For example: “It’s a big, cuddly woman.”
Step 3: Now find if the communicating spirit is family, friend, or acquaintance. Ask the question in your mind and the spirit will impress you with the feelings. For example you may say: “This is a family member. I feel a motherly vibration. I believe I’m with your grandmother on your mother’s side of the family.”
Step 4: You have now established the identity of the spirit communicator and the recipient will be able to connect the forthcoming facts to that person.
Step 5: People always remember how their loved one passed, and you can use clairsentience to discover this information. Ask the spirit about his or her last illness and how he or she passed over. Was it a quick death, such as by a heart attack? Was it an accident? Or was it slow, such as with bone cancer or a degenerative illness? You may sense the illnesses throughout the spirit’s life as well as specific illnesses. The information will be given to you. You may then say something like: “This lady suffered with her back throughout her life. She had long-term stomach problems but she passed quickly with a heart attack.” You will feel the communicators earthly physical conditions overlaid over your own body and more information may come to you as you are talking. If you ever feel uncomfortable, ask the spirit communicator to take the condition away. Of course, the spirit person no longer suffers as he or she did on earth—and you may point this out in your messages—but the conditions of their passing are a powerful part of the proof.
Step 6: Now ask the spirit communicator about his or her personality and character traits. Was he or she a happy person? Stubborn or easygoing? Did he or she have any unusual personality quirks? You will experience the spirit communicator’s qualities, thoughts, and feelings in your own thoughts. You may say to the sitter something like: “Your grandmother could really dig her heals in. She was bossy and liked to push your grandfather around.” Tell the sitter as many things as you can about their grandmother’s personality. Build a character profile in psychometry. This time you are not reading an object or a flower, you are reading a real spirit person.
So far you have used mainly the psychic gift of clairsentience to describe the spirit communicator. You’ve used it to confirm the sex, bodily form, illnesses, and personality of the spirit person. You’ve applied similar intuitive skills to those you practiced on through psychometry and aura reading. You have also learned to listen to your inner impressions and have asked questions directed to the spirit. The next step is to engage clairvoyance—to see pictures and images.
Step 7: Ask the spirit communicator to impress you with images and visions. Some mediums experience this as coming through the third-eye chakra on the forehead. Relay what you see. Again don’t censor your thoughts. For example: “I see a lion.” The sitter looks perplexed. “A red lion. Did she work at a pub called the Red Lion?” The images have a meaning. At first you may misunderstand what you are getting or muddle spirit’s impressions with your own thoughts. Continue asking the spirit communicator to expand the image and you’ll understand the message they are trying to convey. Sometimes your subconscious may turn the spirits thoughts into symbols.
Step 8: If a phrase, name, or sentence is on your mind, speak it. When you are working as a medium most of the thoughts that pop into your head are given to you by the spirit communicator or by your spirit guides. It’s no good saying afterwards, “Oh, I was going to say that”—you’re too late. There may also be occasions when you get only part of the message being given to you, but a little perseverance may help you to flesh it out. For example, you may say: “I hear the place name San Diego.” The sitter says she or he has no connection with California. “No it’s not San Diego, it’s the name Diego. Do you understand the Christian name Diego?” The sitter may then understand this as their dead friend’s name. People are often not very helpful when you give readings and you have to spell it out for them!
At first clairaudience—hearing the spirit—comes slowly. Although the “voice” may seem to come from the ear, in reality it comes from the mind. Initially you may not get all the names right. Clairaudience is an advanced way of working within mental mediumship and, in my opinion, may be inherently difficult to do because mediumship uses the non-verbal right side of the brain If I get the name wrong, I generally will not try a second time. A vague “I’ve got a J name with me” is poor mediumship, as is throwing out a list of common names. Persevere and the names will come because the information you are receiving from spirit is correct. All is clear, only you are clouded.