Hints on Developing
Mediumship and Channeling
of mediumship requires, time, rather hard work, study, and, above
all, patience. Despite what so many weekend intensives may promise,
there is nothing "instant" about mediumship.
If you are
interested in developing mediumship and channeling, here are a few
suggestions which will help you get started:
- ONE: Always
work with a group of people who share your interests. Mediumship
is developed in what is known as a "development" or "spirit" circle.
The development circle should, if at all possible, be under the
guidance and direction either of a qualified medium or someone
who has studied mediumship and knows the "ins and outs" of mediumistic
unfoldment and development. It is called a "circle" because people
sit in a circle.
people is a matter of choice or circumstance. We feel that sitting
with fewer than four simply does not offer adequate energy and
opportunity to work with Spirit. Seven or eight is ideal. Of
course, where two gather in the name of God, Spirit will join
in. There is really no hard and fast rule concerning numbers.
- TWO: Decide
what type of mediumship your circle will work with. It is not
advisable for any person to sit in more than one circle or to
have your circle working with more than one form of mediumship.
The circle should sit either for the development of mental mediumship
or physical mediumship. Each requires a specific general format
and a very specific type of energy to be present.
- THREE: Once
the group has been established and you have determined which type
of mediumship you will be working with, decide upon the day and
time you will be sitting. This is very important: meet at the
same day and time every week. Ideally, circles should meet once
a week. People should arrive at the meeting a bit early and be
prepared to sit at the appointed time of your meeting. You are
making an appointment with Spirit. They will be there; you should
be on time.
arrangement should be determined at the first meeting. Each
person has an assigned seat, which should not change unless
the circle teacher feel that a shift in energy is necessary.
In time, others may be invited to join the circle, and a change
in seating might be necessary then.
- FOUR: Every
circle leader has his or her preferred circle format. Regardless
of what that format may be, the circle meeting should consist
of the following segments:
to God and Spirit.
or guided meditation which will help stimulate sensitivity.
of message work, where the students work with Spirit and Spirit
prefer to place the period of message work before the meditation
and sensitivity exercise. We have worked with both formats,
with equal success.
exercises varied and challenging. Remember, the purpose of the
circle is to stimulate development and challenge the sitters
to step beyond their current limitations.
- FIVE: Circle
meetings should run at least one hour, but no longer than 75 minutes.
When the circle is closed, all people should stand up and depart
from the designated circle area. This helps dissipate the energies
formed during the circle meeting.
- SIX: Patience
is so important. Mediumship is a most beautiful pearl of the Spirit.
But, like any pearl of great price, its growth and maturity require
time, patience, hard work, and discipline. Work hard, study hard,
be patient, and you should see results.
you are working with Spirit. Mediumship is a cooperative effort.
God is the ultimate Guide, and you and your Spirit guide work
together in this great adventure. Never forget this all-important
are some other important pints to consider.
- People should
plan to arrive around 10-15 minutes before the circle meeting
begins. This will allow them to unwind a bit and relax. Conversation
should revolve around mediumship, not the cares and/or worries
of the day.
- Do not have
refreshments available before the circle meeting, as it tends
to encourage chitchat; furthermore, the caffeine can act as a
stimulant which may interfere with the evening's work. Refreshments
can be served following the circle.
the circle, discussion should be on mediumship and what people
learned while in circle. DO NOT DISCUSS THE SPIRIT MESSAGES which
were received during the circle meeting. This tends to foster
dialogue and give information which may end up as a message the
next time you meet. One rule we adhere to with the greatest of
stringency is: once the circle is closed, NO MORE MESSAGES.
your circle work with study; not just in mediumship, but in other
related areas of thought. Our study guide on mediumship and channeling
is an excellent source for study and offers some very good suggestions
on how to work within the circle.
- Last, but
not least, if you have any questions on development, please do
not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help and guide people
along the way. You may e-mail us at:
Best of luck
in your endeavors with Spirit.
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