Becoming a Medium
Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. This is part of a whole series of articles about How to Become a Psychic Medium from my book Psychic School. We start off here by questioning motives and whether you are called to this work.
Becoming a medium requires qualities of integrity, perseverance, morality and above all compassion. However, not all mediums are spiritual. I have met mediums with low morals and high egos. I have even seen known fraudulent mediums who have in the past been exposed by Spiritualists working on the television. Sometimes the flower of mediumship blooms on strange soils but the human values and qualities of character I have spoken about are present in the majority of mediums.
Before we progress it is important to clarify exactly what I mean by a medium. Mediums are people who have a special gift that allows the spirit people to give messages from the afterlife. S/he is the link between the two worlds communicating with people who have died through mind-to-mind contact (telepathy). The aim of a medium’s work is to prove survival of the human personality after death and to help the bereaved come to terms with their loss.
The medium may produce enough information to satisfy the enquirer that their family member, friend or loved one still survives death. The medium may give an accurate physical description of the deceased, their work, anecdotes from their earthly life and what illness they died of and so on. Only once the identity of the spirit person is clearly established, will the medium give further evidence about shared and past memories to current events in the sitter’s life. In addition, the medium may give extra details such as information about hobbies and idiosyncrasies that can help to prove the personality of the communicator.
Becoming a Medium or Becoming a Psychic?
It is important to differentiate becoming a medium from psychic counselling and fortune-telling. A psychic is a person who has extra sensory perception also known as ESP or the sixth sense. These gifts include telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and sometimes psychokinesis. Although a medium will have the same gifts the psychic does not have the ability to give verifiable information about spirit communicators. A psychic is able to “sense” on a material level but is not able to “tune in” to the spirit world, expect by accident.
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Some of us call ourselves ‘psychic mediums’ because we have mediumistic ability and also powers of clairvoyance and prophecy. It is however unwise to mix prophecy and mediumship. In British Spiritualism the medium is forbidden to make predictions and restricts himself to providing verifiable information to prove that there’s life after death. Through the mediumship of the trance medium Emma Hardinge Britten Spiritualists were given seven principles that became the bedrock of their beliefs. One of these was the maxim “personal responsibility’ Taking personal responsibility for our lives implies that we have free will when deciding the future.
Psychic powers are very widespread and everyone is psychic to some degree using the natural intuitive or sixth sense that is inherent in all of us. In order to develop the mediumistic powers it is necessary to first develop the psychic powers and I will be talking you through these stages in this blog about becoming a medium.
I have a video on my psychic readings pages that explains the differences between a psychic and a medium.
Jane and Craig work in the theatre as psychic mediums.
Becoming a professional medium initially requires years of practice within Spiritualism.
The human qualities you need
We have already established that it is important to have patience when developing your gifts and to recognise that the path requires the spiritual qualities of integrity, morality and compassion. You may also have experienced suffering in your personal life so will have an empathy with others. Given that you have these qualities and a latent gift then, with work, your powers may begin to unfold. This will not happen all at once but over time. Sometimes you will make great strides and surge ahead very quickly but at others the path may seem steep and slow. But it is all part of the same journey. Keep going and never lose faith in yourself.
Faith in yourself is vitally important in the success of any enterprise. An entrepreneurial businessman has faith in himself but as success comes to him may grow to become arrogant and self-centred. It is sad to see self-confidence turn to arrogance for instead of receiving the admiration of others the person will only receive our scorn. These are clearly not the qualities you would expect to find in a medium and yet it is an endemic problem.
Can becoming a medium make you arrogant?
To prevent an arrogant lop sided approach to becoming a medium we need to temper our self-confidence with modesty. If we can do this right from the start then our mediumship will grow to become both accurate and spiritual. Too many fall to what in Greek Tragedy is called the hubris, that is overbearing pride, presumption and arrogance that eventually results in disastrous situations. In mythology the hero often falls at the last hurdle because of his pride. Hubris is defiance; arrogance and thinking you can outsmart the gods. Oedipus refused to believe that he had killed his father and married his mother; Creon insisted on leaving the body of Polyneices to rot in the fields and it was Hubris when the crew of Odysseus slaughtered the sacred cattle of the sun god.
Note: an interesting topic trending on this site is whether psychics and mediums should charge money for their readings. What do you think?
It is the same with inner work when applied to becoming a medium. The would be medium must fathom his unconscious to discover his intuitive self and even though personal spiritual treasures will be discovered it is vitally important to remember that the powers that come are not ours: they are on loan from God. Tell people what a brilliant medium you are to instil self-confidence, even brag in a humorous way about being so fabulous but in your heart stay humble. Self-righteous modesty is also arrogance. Have fun and joke about your gift but deep down be humble. Take yourself too seriously and you are lost. People will praise you, idealise you even, but always remember that we are the servants. It is our honour to do this work. It is we who should be grateful.
If we keep modesty in our hearts then the path to becoming a medium will become easy.
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