Yoga for Mediums
In this section, you will read the notes from my journeys around Northern India. These stories became part of my best selling book Messages from the Universe.
I practiced yoga and meditation for most of my life and I believe that these techniques are helpful to anyone who is developing mediumship. You can become a medium without practicing yoga and meditation but I believe the quality of the mediumship suffers. I have found that yoga and the kriya breathing and spinal light methods help my energy before and after mediumship.
Mediums that have no knowledge of these restorative techniques I believe are in danger of ill health. For example, many mediums claim that diabetes can be a consequence of becoming a medium.
Similarly, the inner practices of yoga help to put the psychic powers in perspective. Yoga considers these ‘siddhis powers’ as distractions from the path to enlightenment and can for some people become traps. But perhaps most importantly yoga and the inner methods of meditation are designed to help a person transcend their daily consciousness and loosen the grip of the ego.
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The earthy ego is easy to spot but the spiritual ego is much more subtle. May mediums, psychics, and teachers I have seen are tightly in the grip of a spiritual ego that stops their own spiritual progress, pollutes their mediumship or psychic readings, and can do subtle harm to others. Yoga and meditation can help to root out some of this. (It can also make the ego worse if the inner practice is not done with love and humility.)
For me, yoga has been life-transforming. Below you can read a short essay for the magazine and also a much longer series of articles about my visits to India. Although it is a continuous story I have broken it down into various key places and Gurus of interest. Much of this is about my inner impressions of India as I went in search of yoga teachings. You can also read my story of how Jane and I went to see Sathya Sai Baba and I’ll add some more articles about how Yoga and Eastern Philosophy can aid Spiritualists.
Mediumship and Reincarnation Beliefs
I’ve believed in reincarnation since I was a boy, and have always had a sense of being here before. The way I see it, I believe that we spend some time in the spirit world and then come back to this one again.
I also think we are born as a group, together with the people we loved from our former lives – and also our enemies, if there are unresolved issues we need to work out.
Under hypnotic regression, I have whisked away to a previous life in Tibet, where apparently I lived as a monk. But I can’t prove this, so I prefer to give people proof of the continuation of life with information that can be understood immediately or checked later with a relative.
MEETING DORIS STOKES
I was working as an advertising executive when I first met Doris in 1982. It was then that I went to her for a reading, and she told me I would turn my back on the industry to become a medium. I knew I had a psychic medium gift because I’d been seeing auras around people since I was a child and had seen spirits often, but I wasn’t interested in developing my abilities professionally. After all, I was making a lot of money in the advertising industry.
But Doris was right. In 1992 I gave up my business to follow my true calling and became a full-time medium, demonstrating at spiritualist churches and psychic fairs as well as giving private consultations.
Doris also predicted my second marriage. I was separated from my first wife when I had the reading, and Doris said I’d meet a woman named Jane who would become my second wife. Eight years later, I met Jane at a spiritualist church where I was doing a demonstration.
FINDING SPIRITUAL LOVE
Jane and I have been married for 30 years, and our shared interest in spiritual things makes for a happy marriage. One of our first dates was to go and hear the Dalai Lama talk.
Before we got together, Jane and I both had partners who were more materially minded. I think we’re very lucky to have met, and one of the shared roles in our marriage is helping each other in developing spiritually. The sum of us is greater than the parts.
I first became interested in yoga when I was 14, then ten years ago I decided to train to become a yoga teacher. Yoga is great for your physical health, and it helps me recover the energies that I expend through my mediumship. It also quiets my mind so that subtle impressions projected by spirit people are picked up more easily, which really helps with the accuracy of my readings.
Yoga, Mediumship and Psychic Powers
Yoga has had a great influence on my personal development and work as a Spiritualist Medium. In recent years I have become more deeply involved and I feel that other mediums and psychics can benefit from what yoga, Tantra and meditation have taught me.
The Yoga teachings tell us that to take up yoga in order to develop Yoga Powers (Siddhis) for their own sake is a mistake. The goal of yoga is the union of the individual Atma (soul) with Paramatma, the universal soul. You could say it is merging with God. Yoga Psychic Powers developed for their own sake can detract the yogi from this goal and for some people can become a dangerous ego trip. (as we sadly sometimes see within Spiritualism and Psychic Circles too!!!)
Other teachers say that each siddhi should be developed because it will allow one to understand the power of the Godhead. The Yoga Sutras recognize that yoga is just one of several methods for the development of these powers. In the first sutra in book IV, it says: “Perfections proceed from birth or from drugs or from spells or from self-castigation or from concentration” (Woods 1914/1972).
Yoga Powers may develop spontaneously in people who practice with dedication. Clearly, they are not the goal of yoga but psychics and mediums may be able to benefit from the teachings in order to purify their gift and understand their place in the bigger spiritual picture.
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