Is Mediumship Dangerous?
Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker about the dangers of mediumship. Craig explains some of the pitfalls, traps, and health problems that mediums may experience. He gives simple ways to protect yourself from harm.
The Health Dangers of Mediumship
Mediumship is safe if practiced with the right motives and conditions. If you embark on the path of mediumistic development, there will be many changes to your body, mind, and spirit. Spiritualists say that mediums often gain weight if they work with trance or physical mediumship as a large body is required to produce ectoplasm.
Many believe that mediums must watch their sugar intake as mediumship depletes the body of sugar and can cause diabetes if the sugar is not replaced immediately after working. this is considered one of the biggest dangers of mediumship. Also, it is said that during the first stages of mediumistic development a person’s sexual urges can swing between the extremes of wanton want to complete loss of interest.
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Much of this is hearsay, but it is nonetheless my opinion that the body needs protection while working with mediumship. My own solution is to practice basic Hatha Yoga. These physical exercises were designed thousands of years ago not just as a health system but to prepare the body for the monumental inner changes that happen when a person takes yoga’s inner journey to enlightenment. I do not have space here to go into detail but there are plenty of books available about yoga. I would urge all mediums who are serious with their work to practice yoga as a way of protecting their bodies when working with mediumship.
Inner Changes, Tests, and Signs
Many inner changes also happen to people when they work with these higher functions of the soul. There can be m
any troubling questions to be resolved, and a person is often made to confront many difficult inner problems. In recent years, mediumship has become fashionable again, causing many people to claim to be mediums. It is hard sometimes to know who is a true medium and who is not. A true medium will have been through terrible tests that come to them as part of their development.
Although these are inner changes, circumstances will have arrived that have forced them to make those inner changes. For some, it may have been an awful childhood. For others, it is dilemmas faced later in life. The catalyst for spiritual transformation may be the death of a loved one, illness, bankruptcy, or a whole host of unthinkable problems. These troubles, however, do not serve to break the person, but rather teach the medium about suffering and how to find the inner modesty required before gifts are bestowed on them. All the true mediums I know have suffered badly at some time in their lives, tested to their limit.
As mediumship flowers, there are also many changes to the soul. Some Christians will tell you that this is the biggest danger of mediumship but this is nonsense. These transformations are natural to begin before we are born. They were made in consultation with our guiding mentors in the afterlife.
Free Will and the Path
I mentioned earlier that we are “forced” along the path, but this is not really the case. The troubles met by mediums happen because the soul knows what is needs to be done even when the neophyte medium is completely unaware of his or her destiny. The lower mind and body may rebel sometime. The higher purpose is eventually achieved despite weaknesses. The medium, nonetheless, has a choice in these things. At any stage, they can return to ordinary life, if they so wish. Some say that mediumship is a slippery path.
Some of the dangers of mediumship are that there is no way back. Again this is nonsense. You will always have free will to continue or quit the path. This combination of inspiration and suffering is the driving force of the spirit, and I believe it to be the hallmark of the true spiritual teacher.
The Difficult Path
The perilous path of mediumistic development usually makes a person into someone who is both resilient and sensitive. In particular, the aura can now open and expand more than the ordinary person, so enabling the medium to commune with the spirit. At first, it is very difficult for new mediums to protect themselves from the negative vibrations of our ordinary world. But, with such aura training as mentioned above, they soon learn to how to switch their powers on and off at will.
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I often say to my students that it is not the dead you need to worry about, but the vibrations of living that can cause you the most trouble. If you can learn to protect yourself from this world’s negativity, dealing with any negative influences from the spirit world is a cinch.
Three things protect a medium:
1) MOTIVATION. The right intent is fundamental to safe mediumship. People who fool around with Ouija Boards or try to develop mediumship for egotistical reasons will have problems. Necromancy and the summoning or casting out of demons is also a perilous path. True mediumship is done with a spirit of service and with the intent of helping the bereaved and inspiring us to a greater understanding of the nature of reality. The sincerity of purpose coupled with the proper study are the foundation upon which to build these gifts.
2) ENERGY. The aura is the vehicle for the soul and also its protection. Understanding how to open and close the aura enables mediums to work only when they want to. When the aura is closed, no spiritual forces can intrude. Mediums are then able to live ordinary lives. Similarly, developing positive thinking and good human values purifies the aura. In particular, the energy of cheerfulness and humor can generate a great protective force.
3) SPIRIT GUIDANCE. The development of mediumship happens with help from an individual’s spirit guides and helpers, usually within the safety of a development circle. These spirit people also protect the medium’s work in the years to come.
I will explain how the spirit guides work with us in a moment, but first let us consider the areas in which a medium needs protection:
EVIL SPIRITS. Some people use the fear of evil spirits to make a fast buck. Superstitious people may think that evil spirits are to blame for illness, bad luck, and a host of misfortunes. There are many “magicians” who claim they can and will remove these influences–for a price. Moreover, some seemingly religious people–who put money before morals–use the fear of demons to raise money for their affluent preaching lifestyle.
Although evil spirits may exist, they are not as common as these con men would have us believe. Sometimes spirits are misguided but are not evil as such. They are people–just like us–except they now have nobody. Even mischievous spirits are good at heart. I have met many people who claim that an evil spirit is harming them, but closer inspection reveals it to be the result of an over-active imagination. In a few cases, a real spirit can be involved, but all these usually need is some guidance and to be made aware that they are “dead.” Most of the claims about evil spirits are nonsense. One of my mediumistic colleagues aptly commented, “If it were possible for mediums to be attacked by such beings, then there would be no mediums working!”
Are Evil Spirits part of the Dangers of Mediumship?
This is another area where there is a great deal of misunderstanding about the potential dangers of mediumship. Souls do not get “lost” per se. Sometimes a person in the spirit is confused, not realizing that they have died. They are upset because they think that the person they are trying to reach is ignoring them. Similarly, it may take them time to awaken to what has happened. They stay for a short while in a somnambulist state of awareness. Eventually, they will awaken to the knowledge of the higher life, and the loved ones waiting to greet them. Certainly, a medium has nothing to fear from such “lost souls.”
I have already explained these in detail. Thought forms are energy fields that have established independent existence but no independent consciousness. To dissipate these, we simply need to remove our fears from our minds, and not feed the energy field with our attention. These fields are very rare phenomena and need not worry mediums. They are not one of the dangers of mediumship. An energy field cannot harm you. Similarly, Mind Fields are energies that surround an individual, a group of people, or an organization, but these also cannot cause serious harm to a medium.
Haunting & Poltergeists
These are often thought-forms. A poltergeist may be the expression of repressed psychological energy. Haunting is also often a build-up of negative energy. It may be caused by someone who has been thrust into the spirit without having had time to realize what has happened. A medium can often help in this regard by speaking to them and encouraging them to go with the spirit people waiting to help them. Again, there is nothing here that would harm the medium.
At no time–even while in trance–can a medium be taken over by a spirit against his or her will. Most cases of possession are, in fact, a form of psychological obsession. These cases consist mainly of people of weak minds who have either convinced themselves that they are possessed or are suffering from schizophrenia. In a few rare cases, the influence is caused by a mischievous spirit who takes advantage of any mental imbalance to draw close. Such a spirit, however, cannot possess a person’s body–there is no room.
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