What Is Mediumship/Channeling?
Mediumship can be defined as
follows: The process whereby a human instrument, known as a MEDIUM or CHANNEL, is used by one or more discarnate, spirit personalities
for the purpose of:
Presenting information, verifiable
Causing so-called paranormal
activities to occur.
Channeling forth certain types
Manifesting themselves for objective
examination and/or identification.
From this definition, we see
Mediumship involves a cooperating
effort between a person on the Earth plane (the medium or channel) and a person in Spirit (the communicator).
There are several objectives
behind the manifestation of mediumship.
In addition to this, we see
that mediumship is used by those in Spirit for the following purposes:
To present information, which
may or may not be verifiable.
To cause certain types of paranormal
activities to occur.
To channel forth certain types
To manifest themselves materially.
Therefore, mediumship involves
the cooperation between at least two individuals:
An Earth-plane channel or medium
A spirit communicator or operator.
You will note that we distinguish
between a spirit communicator and a spirit operator.
If you look at what has been
said, thus far, concerning mediumship, you will see that two distinct types of phenomena can occur through mediums:
Manipulation of energies and
A spirit who uses a medium for the purpose of communication,
either verbally or visually, is known as a spirit communicator. A spirit who uses a medium for the intent of working with
and/or manipulating energies or energy systems is called a spirit operator. This distinction is very general, and it should
be noted that a spirit operator can, and often does, communicate.
Thus, mediumship can be distinguished
as two basic types:
Mental mediumship involves the
relating of information, through communication, via the varied aspects of thought transference, or mental telepathy. Mental
telepathy is the relaying of information via thought, without using any of the five physical senses. Mental mediumship takes
place within the consciousness of the medium. The results are expressed verbally and must pass through the medium's mouth.
Because of its telepathic nature, mental mediumship is sometimes referred to as telepathic mediumship.
In a demonstration of mental
mediumship, it is the medium who hears, sees, and feels what the spirit communicators are relating. Furthermore, it is the
medium's function to relate the information, with minimum personal influence and prejudice, to the recipient of the message,
also known as the sitter. The medium receives this information under various states of control.
Physical mediumship involves
the manipulation and transformation of physical systems and energies. The spirit operators, in this case, are causing something
to happen upon the Earth plane. What it is that actually happens varies with the style of mediumship involved, but the results
can be seen and heard by others.
Helpful Hints on Developing
Mediumship and Channeling
The development 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
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.
How many 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
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.
The seating 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:
Call to God and Spirit.
An exercise or guided meditation which will help stimulate
A period of message work, where the students work with
Spirit and Spirit messages.
Some teachers prefer to place the period of message work
before the meditation and sensitivity exercise. We have worked with both formats, with equal success.
Keep the 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.
And remember 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 fact.
Finally, here 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.
Following 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.
Accompany 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.