By Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis
Trance mediumship or
channeling, like so many other forms of spirit communication, is very much
misunderstood. In recent years, a number of mediums have called themselves
"trance" channels, when, in fact, they were not working in a
genuine trance condition. This has been a source of great confusion for
When spirit links with a
medium, the spirit communicator exerts various degrees of control, or
overshadows the consciousness of the medium to a greater or lesser degree.
This varies, depending upon the intent and conditions of communication, as
well as the ability of the medium to lend himself or herself to be
overshadowed or controlled.
Trance is considered the
strongest degree of control. Yet, even here, there are various degrees of
trance control: from light trance to very deep trance. Deep trance is used
primarily in physical mediumship.
There are many factors which
indicate genuine trance control, and parapsychologists have used various
tests to determine whether, in fact, a medium is under trance control; and,
if so, to what degree.
Genuine trance is a strong
sharing of mental and physical energies and consciousness between the
medium and the spirit communicator. There is generally -- although not
always -- manifested, within the medium, the following:
slowing of the heart rate.
slow, deep, and steady breathing pattern.
rapid eye movement, or REM.
lowering of body temperature.
greatly reduced reaction to touch and pain.
degrees of unconsciousness.
Furthermore, because in the
trance condition the spirit communicator is speaking directly through the
consciousness of the medium -- rather than the medium relating what is
being mentally given to him or her -- the voice pattern, inflection, and
general manner of speech differ from that normally exhibited by the medium.
Finally, much research has
been conducted around the language patterns of dialogue exhibited during
trance communication. There is very often a broken speech pattern, a
reversal of sentence structure, and an overall change in grammar usage.
This is very evident in the Cayce readings, the Seth material, in Eileen Garrett's trance communications, and in our
own Rev. Stephen Fulton's trance communications.
One final point needs to be
mentioned: that of control. What does it mean to be controlled by spirit?
First of all, it does NOT mean that the medium is, in any way, possessed by
a spirit personality. Possession -- or attachment (apparently a new and, in
my opinion, disturbing buzz word) -- is extremely rare. Nor does it mean
that the medium leaves his or her body and the spirit enters therein.
Mediumistic control means a
sharing of mental and physical energies between the medium and spirit
communicator or operator. Control signifies a telepathic rapport between
the two. How strongly en rapport
they are determines the degree of control. Control can range from inspired
thought, to conscious control, to light trance, to deep trance, to very
deep trance. It all depends upon the work at hand and the mental and
physical energies available to the spirit communicator or operator.
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