Sitting for Spirit – Becoming Aware of Spirits.

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Sitting for Spirit

SUMMARY: Methods for sitting for spirit – the techniques used by mediums to communicate with the spirit guides. See also our sections about meditation and spirit guides linked from the left of this screen. Mediums Contacting the Dead.

Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. When the mind is still it becomes like a pool that ripples when even the smallest petal lands on its surface. This inner stillness gives the spirit people the opportunity to communicate with you directly. They send you a thought and you will be aware of it rippling across the surface of your consciousness. Just as you are aware of your own thoughts and can observe them, you are now aware of thoughts coming from outside of yourself.

The spirit guides and helpers will not take you over against your will nor force themselves upon you. Only once you have given your consent will they will begin the inner communication, and they will progress gently and only at your pace. They do not jump into you or have you spitting green slime at the ceiling. If at any stage you feel uncomfortable, just ask them to step back and they will do so immediately.

Working with the spirit is a partnership. At no time is a medium overshadowed to the point that he or she is out of control or looses his or her sense of what is right or wrong. You may be in a highly receptive state but you are always the one in the driver’s seat.

sitting for spirit - Jane in meditation

The spirits communicate in many ways, and the experience may differ from person to person. Sometimes I have the feeling that a thought has been given to me like an idea that has come from out of the blue. Sometimes I may see pictures that describe an idea in a symbolic way; occasionally I sense inner sounds, but most of the time my meditations are accompanied by a blissful feeling of being enveloped in the love and compassion of the spirit. We are truly blessed to be honoured by the advanced souls who have come to help us.

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For me the clarity of inner spiritual rapport comes when I realize that I am having an inner dialogue with the spirit communicators. This happens spontaneously and, in my own case, I have noticed that it often follows a period of sleepiness that sometimes follows the alertness of the initial meditation. It is an inner dialogue not with myself but with a real spirit person who can tell me things that can be verified later. Because I have worked as a medium for many years, it is clear to me which are my own thoughts and which have been given to me by the spirit. The novice medium will find it hard initially to make this distinction, and will sometimes confuse their own thoughts with those from outside themselves. With experience you will learn to identify which are your own thoughts and which are those coming to you from another source.

With practice you will learn to observe not only your own thoughts but also thoughts that are not your own. The stillness of meditation is the place to begin this work. Through inner observation you will learn to recognize the spirit thoughts and, eventually, be able to engage in a dialogue with the spirit friends. At first this will be during meditation, but as your skill increases you will come to recognize spirit thoughts during normal awareness, particularly when you are demonstrating your skills as a medium.


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How to become aware of the Spirit World
Meditation technique to become aware of the spirit world and develope clairvoyance. Sitting for spirit is used within Spiritualism to help fledgling mediums. Extract from my book Opening to the Other Side (2005) ISBN 1-4027-1346-0
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Craig Hamilton-Parker

CRAIG HAMILTON-PARKER is a celebrated psychic medium who has confounded skeptics by the uncanny accuracy of his readings. Craig is the author of 15 books and together with his wife have their own TV series.

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  • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jan 2, 2013, 6:07 pm

    How do you ‘sit for spirit’? Many mediums attune themselves with the spirit world in unique ways. Some prefer traditional meditation techniques such as Transcendental Meditation.

    Please share with us your methods of sitting for spirit.

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