How the Dead Talk to the Living.
Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. This article is from my book Psychic School. Here I pose the scenario of what is it like to be the spirit communicator and how would you make your spirit communications from the afterlife. In mediumship development, it is important to know how the spirit makes their communications. You will learn the mechanics of mediumship and soon improve your psychic medium skills.
Difficulties with Spirit Communications
Imagine what it would be like if you were a spirit trying to make spirit communications. What if you were trying to communicate with your loved ones via a medium. You would soon realize that although the medium senses your thoughts, often the quality of the link changes. It’s like a bad telephone connection. A telephone loses its signal, becomes muffled, or lines get crossed. You would also notice that not many mediums have the ability to hear you (clairaudience) or may only hear words intermittently.
How would you get your name across if the medium were spiritually deaf to what you say? You have to find other ways to impress his or her mind, such as using pictures, images, symbols, and sensations. Quite complicated information is relayed in this way without using words at all.
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The subconscious thoughts of the medium are influenced by the thoughts of the communicating spirit when making spirit communications. The spirit communicator is aware of the medium’s thoughts. This is like like two computers sharing data over a network or the Internet. A medium opens his or her mind to allow the person in spirit to overshadow the medium’s thoughts and also to give the spirit access to the medium’s memories. This allows the spirit communicator to draw comparisons and make analogies from information the medium already knows in order to get the name across.
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The spirit person may, for example, highlight a memory of someone at school. This may be someone that the medium knew who had the same name as the spirit communicator. It is like shouting out, “Hey my name is Fred. Just like the Fred you knew at school.” A childhood memory of Fred would spring to the medium’s mind. This is the spirit’s name. In the same way, the spirit will draw many other comparisons to impress the medium’s mind with similarities of stature, character, career, and so on.
What appears to be the medium’s memories are, in fact, the spirit communicator saying, “My character is just like this person you know”. It is like saying “the events in my life were just like when this happened in your life”. Similarly: “I died of an illness that was the same as this person you knew.” Spirit communicators use the medium’s own memories to make comparisons.
Am I making it all up?
When this first happens during spirit communications you are likely to think that you are making it all up. Describing your own memories feels like cheating. Remember that you had these thoughts because the spirit communicator directed you to the associated memories. Students often complain that they cannot distinguish between what are their own thoughts and those given by the spirit. Over analysis of this can sometimes trip them up. Once the channel to spirit is open, every thought that comes to you during a demonstration is of significance. This is one more reason to “go with the flow” and give whatever comes to you without excessive analysis. (You would, of course, use your common sense and not make predictions, medical diagnosis, frightening remarks, and so on.)
For some of my students, realizing that the spirits are making use of their own personal memories as part of the communication is a milestone in their development. An excellent example of this occurred at one of my recent circles. We decided to work together with Chrissie. She was an invited guest of Christine’s and someone that none of us knew anything about. The session showed how each of the mediums worked differently to give astonishing detail.
Example from my Spiritualist Circle
Phill kicked off by reading aloud a long list of facts about the guest’s life. He had written things down during the week before. He gave the exact place they had booked for their vacation as well as a profile of the recipient’s grandfather, who had died in France during World War I. This technique is advance clairvoyance. It is something I encourage everyone to practice for homework and bring with them to read out loud when we have a guest. The rest of the group worked specifically with clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience.
Spirit Communications require sensitivity to spirit thoughts
Hearing the Name
Sue “heard” the name of the communicator right away. Her partner, Daren, explained that he felt as if his hand had been cut off. Both had given accurate information. Sue used clairaudience and Daren using clairsentience. Meanwhile, Steinar drew a simple portrait of one of the communicators. He said that he had the urge to draw whales. “The place or the mammal?” I asked.
In fact, the communicator had lived in Wales, the place. Steinar was given a name by way of a picture, as I described earlier. For my own part, I connected with a and his friend of short stature who Charlie showed as so short that he could not see over the bar. I have touched on only a few of the large number of verified facts that came through. What is of note here is that each of the practitioners used different forms of mediumship: clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience.
My students have developed their skills in different ways. They are encouraged to stamp their personality on their work. Some mediums I’ve watched are trained a little too well by the big teaching institutions. Although it is very important that mediumship is delivered with structure and clarity, they can sometimes appear a little robotic in their presentations. Others can be too gregarious and their presentations lack form, discipline, and quality. Mediumship is a science in that we are supplying verifiable facts. It is also an art. Therefore we need to find a middle ground that makes it interesting to watch, allows our own personality to shine, and yet gives rock-solid proof that death is not the end
I teach here the development of mental mediumship. The medium senses, sees, and hears the spirit communicator and repeats the information he or she is given. There are, of course, only two forms of mediumship: mental and physical, but there are phenomena within the realm of mental mediumship. Some of these are inspirational speaking, in which the medium talks on a chosen spiritual subject. He feels his words influenced by guiding spirit people; trance speaking, in which the spirit communicator talks directly through the medium. Using his or her voice box; psychic art inspired by the spirit helpers; and spiritual healing, in which the spirit guides aid with the work.
The second form of mediumship is physical mediumship, where an entranced medium, sitting in a darkened room, exudes a luminous, misty substance called ectoplasm. This mist solidifies into the faces, hands, and full form of the spirit communicator. An ectoplasmic spirit form is completely tangible. It is seen, heard, and touched by everyone present. A rod of ectoplasm is formed that allows a spirit to talk through a “trumpet.” Physical mediumship also includes the phenomena of direct voice. This is when the spirit voice is heard independent of the medium. Another is transfiguration, when ectoplasm forms only over the entranced medium’s face. This is a superimposed face of the spirit communicator and is seen by the participants.
These are advanced forms of mediumship. It takes many years to develop. They are not part of the remit of this article, which is aimed primarily at the novice and intermediate-level medium.