A Look at Physical Manifestations
Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis
of Physical Mediumship
with physical mediumship in a number of ways. Apparently, there
is no limit to what Spirit can do, provided the proper conditions
prevail. Here are some of the phenomena witnessed in physical circles:
This is the
most fundamental use of ectoplasm. The ectoplasm is released from
the medium's body, and the operator demonstrates how it can be fashioned
and directed. This becomes a demonstration of Spirit's ability to
influence matter via the directed use of mind.
be used to move objects. During a demonstration such as this, the
spirit operator might mold the ectoplasm into hardened rods and
direct these rods to the underside of an object and cause the object
to be lifted. This is known as levitation and usually -- although
not always -- involves the production of an invisible form of ectoplasm.
Objects known to be levitated have ranged in weight from a few ounces
to hundreds of pounds.
conduct a program on physical mediumship at the Church, we conclude
by sitting in circle around a table. In this, we have never failed
to produce remarkable movements, which have ranged from tables swaying
back and forth and in circular motion, to tables levitating off
Here, the Spirit
operators create an ectoplasmic voice box, through which they can
speak physically and audibly to all present. This is often done
using a small conical device, known as a trumpet. The trumpet acts
very much like the cabinet, in that the energies are focussed inside
the trumpet. The trumpet is often levitated around the room, with
the Spirit people speaking through it.
A very interesting
phenomenon witnessed during direct voice is the shifting in the
strength of the voice, as the energy level and harmony change. When
the voice first begins, it is often very garbled and difficult to
distinguish. As the energy is built up, the voice becomes more powerful
and more easily understood. Toward the end of the session, when
the energies begin to diminish, so, too, do the quality and clarity
of the voice. In fact, this gradual peaking and diminishing of phenomena
is quite common in all forms of physical manifestations.
causes something to materialize in the sitting room, apparently
from nowhere. The apported object sometimes does and sometimes does
not remain. Often, the materialized object is dematerialized back
to where it came from. Stones, gems, animals, ancient relics, and
even people have been known to be apported into seance rooms.
This is a common
form of activity observed in circles for physical mediumship. The
Spirit people cause sharp raps to be heard, often from within the
table they are sitting around. A code can be established through
the raps, thus creating a means of conveying specific messages to
This is another
common occurrence in physical circles. Flashes or balls of light
appear, often on or near the vicinity of the medium himself or herself.
The Creme de la Creme of Physical Mediumship
the Spirit people use ectoplasm to create an image or molding of
themselves. The degree and strength of the materialized form varies
quite a bit. A full-form, head-to-toe materialization of a spirit
is, perhaps, the most amazing phenomenon witnessed in mediumship.
countless recorded cases where spirits have materialized fully,
with full dress and facial features. Some have been as clear and
solid as an earthly body. Spirit has even been known to go to the
extent of creating fingerprints on their materialized hands. Materialized
spirits have been known to walk among the sitters; talk to the sitters
via direct voice; touch, hug, and kiss the sitters; allow the sitters
to touch them; materialize in front of the sitters; pass through
walls; and dematerialize before the sitters.
A most interesting
phenomenon seen during materialization is the physical link between
the materialized form and the medium. After a spirit materializes
and walks away from the medium, there can be seen a cord of ectoplasm
linking the spirit form with the medium. This ectoplasmic cord can
be likened to the umbilical cord of a fetus. Through it, the spirit
operator receives a supply of etheric energy-matter from the medium.
The spirit may dematerialize by withdrawing the ectoplasm back into
the medium's body via this cord.
form of materialization, whereby the spirit operator uses the ectoplasm
to mold his or her face over the face of the medium, is known as
a few of the more common means by which Spirit uses the energies
of the physical medium for the production of phenomena. Again, there
seems to be no limit to what Spirit can do through physical mediumship,
provided the proper conditions prevail.
Mediumship Is So Rare
last century, up until around the 1930's, physical mediumship was
very common, and the strength and range of phenomena were amazing.
Today, it is quite rare. There are two basic reasons for this:
on, when modern Spirit phenomena was relatively new, people
needed to see. They needed objective evidence of Spirit's presence;
thus, the preponderance of physical manifestations. As people
began accepting the reality of mediumship and, then, yearning
more for teaching and philosophy, the occurrence of physical
mediumship began to lessen, while mental mediumship began to
predominate. In other words, the needs of Humanity dictated
how Spirit would respond to those needs -- always the case with
development of physical mediumship can be a lengthy process;
sometimes tedious, with nothing happening in the circle for
months or even years; requires great commitment on everyone's
part; and generally revolves around the development of one,
maybe two, people in the circle, with the other people sitting
to help them in their development.
people are just not geared to putting this amount of time and
effort -- sometimes totally selflessly -- into the development
of any form of mediumship. In earlier years, sitting in circle
was, often, what people did to socialize. Most of the great
pioneer mediums began by sitting in a home circle. Today, this
is simply not the case.
the occurrence, as well as the nature, of physical mediumship is
nothing like it was a century ago. However, we have noticed during
the last decade that there seems to be a resurgence of interest
in physical mediumship and, consequently, a resurgence in the development
of physical mediums. Where this will lead, only time will tell.
is Spirit is Spirit
As we stated:
Mind over matter; that is what physical mediumship is all about.
If this is so, and if we are all Spirit, can those of us in the
body create such manifestations?
in Spiritualism will answer with an empahtic and resounding, "NO.
Only Spirit out of body can create such manifestations."
My question is: why should that be the case? Spirit is Spirit is
In the 1970's,
this very question was put to the test by the Toronto Society for
Psychical Research, in conjunction with the New Horizons Research
Foundation. Their findings were published, in 1976, in the book
"Conjuring Up Philip: An Adventure in Psychokineses."
the story goes like this: a group of people decided to meet regularly,
just as they would if sitting for mediumistic development, with
one major difference: they decided to create a fictitious character,
whom they later called "Philip." Little by little, as the meetings
continued, the character of Philip was being created by everyone
present. More and more details were being woven into the life story
of Philip. Finally, the group decided to put their experiment to
the test. They wanted to see if phenomena -- attributed to "Philip"
as the operator -- would occur. They got more than they bargained
they were sitting to experiment with psychokinesis, not mediumship.
Psychokinesis, or PK, is the movement of objects via the directed
use of INCARNATE mind. The most noted subject of research in PK
is Uri Geller.
Not only did
the Philip group get PK phenomena, they got levitation and direct
communication, through raps, from Philip. But, they did NOT achieve
any actual manifestation of Philip. The picture to the right is
a drawing of Philip, as created by the group.
is this: Were the phenomena a result of mass hallucination? Was
this a genuine demonstration of the group's energy, collectively
known as Philip, manifesting itself as Philip? Or was Philip actually
a person, in Spirit, who decided to work with this group and telepathically
fed the group information about himself and his earthly life and,
then, through the power of physical mediumship -- with the group
(or, perhaps, one person) acting as the medium -- physically materialized
of the Philip group, itself, was that it was strictly PK at work
here. In other words, the combined mental energies of the group,
focussed through the "person" of Philip, was the source of the manifestations.
What do you
think? We would love to hear your comments on this.
of what actually happened with the Philip group, the results were
A full recording
of the Philip group can be found in: "Conjuring Up Philip"
by Iris M. Owen, with Margaret Sparrow. Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited,
Ontario, Canada. 1976. ISBN 0-88902-003-5.
Thus it is
with physical mediumship. Some mighty amazing phenomena have occurred
through this vehicle of Spirit interaction and communication. As
phenomenal as it all is, the implications behind physical mediumship
are even more phenomenal. If spirit intelligence can do all this,
what else can it do? If this is what the directed use of mind can
produce, what other uses can there be for this tool of the Spirit,
known as the mind? If we are Spirit in body -- and we ARE -- what
are we capable of accomplishing, once we unlock the hidden mysteries
of the mind? And, when we do unlock those mysteries, shall we have
attained the maturity to use this knowledge wisely?
go right to the very roots of mediumship in general, not just physical
mediumship. This is why mediumship is so important for us all, today.
This is why Spirit comes to us in the first place. Throughout human
history, Spirit has come to reveal to us all one basic truth:
Spirit; We are Spirit; That is how we are all One
Put away the
psychic hot lines; put away the crystal balls; put away the tarot
cards. What Spirit wishes us to know and appreciate is very simple
and very basic. Furthermore, it should be enough to unify us all,
as brothers and sisters of the Spirit; all members of one family,
with one God as our Parent.
to Ms. Rosemarie Pilkington for correcting me on the fact that the
Philip group did NOT achieve any physical manifestation of Philip.
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