Becoming a Spiritualist Medium
Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. This is a continuation of other articles on this site from my book on medium training called Opening to the Other Side. This article in the series talks about the last preparations made to becoming a fledgling medium and working on the rostrum of a Spiritualist Church. In particular I talk about planning a spiritual address and some of the final circle techniques I use to boost confidence in my fledgling mediums. UK Spiritualist Mediums are some of the best in the world. People eager to become television mediums often do not appreciate that exponents have worked for many years as Spiritualist Mediums before working in the media. (Although I believe that Derek Acorah and Sally Morgan have never worked or trained within Spiritualism.)
As part of a Spiritualist service the medium is required to give a twenty-minute talk. Sometimes I have a very clear idea of something I would like to talk about but discover that as soon as I open my mouth I deliver a completely different address. I stay in control of myself and would be able to block this if I wanted, but what comes though is far superior to anything I could have planned in advance. Sometimes I am amazed at not only the quality of the words said in a Spiritualist address but also how well planned it is, with a clear beginning, middle, and end.
What I have just described is a very light form of spirit control that we call inspirational speaking. My mind is overshadowed and my thoughts are influenced by the spirit guides. In my case, trance mediumship developed out of inspirational speaking. This next experiment can be introduced when the fledgling mediums are close to being ready to work in the real world. It will prove useful should they need to give an inspired address in a Spiritualist church and it helps them to trust the material being given to them from the spirit.
How to do Inspirational Speaking
- Step 1: The leader of the group sets a theme for one member of the group to give an inspired address the following week. It is best to have just one speaker at a time to prevent feelings of competitiveness. The theme needs to be open to allow the speaker to improvise and flow with what is given. Some themes may be “hope in adversity,” “the brotherhood of man,” “the purpose of mediumship,” and so on. It is best not to choose as a theme something the speaker is very enthusiastic about, as he or she will enthuse from his or her own mind and not open to the spirit. For example, if the theme is to talk about angels and the speaker had already read a lot about this and formed preconceptions, then this is likely to get in the way of the flow of ideas given by the spirit.
- Step 2: Sometime before the next session, the selected speaker spends time thinking about the theme of the address. He or she can make notes but these should not be read out or used during the address. However, with the theme in mind, I suggest that the speaker have a very simple note prepared that outlines the beginning, middle, and end of the talk. All the speaker needs is a framework. The spirit world will fill in the gaps.
- Step 3: At the next meeting the fledgling medium will give his or her address. It is delivered standing and the speaker is encouraged to be as confident as possible. It is better to speak loudly than not loud enough. It is also better to speak slowly and not quickly.
- Step 4: When giving the talk it is good to have a structure, if possible, but it is acceptable to go off subject as long as it is being inspired by spirit. You can talk using your knowledge of the subject, and may include personal anecdotes, but most of all allow the inspiration to shine through. Just as with mediumship, go with the flow. If inspiring words come to you say them. Never apologize if the flow stops or you fumble your words. Just go with it.
- Step 5: When the speaker has finished everyone applauds. This not only marks the end of the talk but also instils confidence in the speaker.
I used to be terrified to give an address to an audience but now have no worries about what I say. I know that the spirit world will always be there to help me with the words.
FLEDGLING MEDIUM’S TECHNIQUE:
Spiritualist Mediums being taught Blindfold Clairvoyance
Before I send my novice mediums out into the world, I add one more technique to their armory, and that is the ability to make a mediumistic link without knowing who it is for. This is sometimes necessary when working in public as you may not be able to see the person in the audience because of the spotlights or hear them if the microphone is not working. Even in a Spiritualist church people mumble or hide their faces.
This final exercise can be practiced throughout the group’s development but is particularly useful in the later stages because reinforces confidence and forces the medium to rely on what he or she intuitively receives from spirit.
How to become Clairvoyant
- Step 1: Two chairs are placed back to back in the centre of the circle.
- Step 2: Someone is selected to work as the medium. That person sits in one of the chairs and is blindfolded.
- Step 3: The circle leader selects someone to be the recipient, who will sit in the other chair with his or her back to the medium. The sitter is chosen in silence and everyone in the room shuffles around making a little noise so that the medium is unable to hear who has sat down.
- Step 4: The blindfolded medium is now asked to give a reading for the person sitting behind him or her. It is particularly good if the medium can make a link with the spirit but he or she may start on a psychic level if necessary.
- Step 5: The recipient of the messages remains silent throughout and indicates to the group leader what is correct by using head nods, hand gestures, and facial expressions. The group leader must give nothing away when transmitting the recipient’s answers aloud, including the gender of the recipient. For example, the medium may say, “This person has a grandmother in the spirit with the name of Mary.” Then, depending on the answer, the circle leader may say something like, “The person in the chair is indicating that this is correct.” By working in this way the medium has to rely entirely on their impressions. There are no voice tones or other clues to make the link work.
- Step 6: When finished, the recipient of the messages explains what facts were right and which were wrong. There are likely to be a few things that were hard to give a definitive yes or no answer to, so these may need explaining. For example, the Mary link given as an example in step 5 may have been correct, but the spirit was the aunt not the grandmother.