CHANNELING AND MEDIUMSHIP
What is it?
Making contact with those in the
spirit world can be achieved by many methods but none are so
intense, so utterly absorbing and emotionally fulfilling as
trance, channeling, overshadowing or inspired talking. It is
perhaps the closest form of communication between spirit
guides and the medium and is usually confined to working
circles. A circle by the way is the modern day word for
séance, and I am sure you will agree sounds more acceptable.
When mediums train they will often sit in a development
circle, here they learn to make contact with the spirit
world and may find they have the capacity for trance work.
They may also be able to listen to the wise and informative
words of a spirit guide spoken through a trance medium.
Spirit people, when communicating can
be of varying distances from the medium, indeed most mediums
can usually describe whether a communicator is to the left,
right or behind them. But spirit guides who have a strong
connection with their medium are able to come closer, some
describe this as walking into our aura. If we remember the
human aura extends some 4 feet around us, then when a guide
enters this area there is a bonding and deepening of
But there are also different levels of
this type of communication, in one state the medium remains
fully conscious and is aware of all that takes place, in the
other the medium is apparently asleep and has little or no
recollection of the events taking place.
So let's explore the first of these,
overshadowing. In this particular form of communication the
spirit guide or communicator has become very close to the
medium. It should be noted all this happens with the
complete agreement of the medium, in fact it would be
impossible otherwise. It is this closeness that allows the
spirit guide to influence the medium, he or she will then be
able to speak for the communicating guide. The voice will be
hers but the words will be of the guide, and the medium will
be able to let the guide address those in the circle.
Usually this will be an informative talk on spiritual
matters, and on some occasions those in the circle will be
able to ask questions of the guide.
Full Trance /
This is perhaps the more well known
form of spirit trance communication and is when the full
co-operation of the medium is utilised. In this form the
medium will spend a few moments attuning to their guide,
before seemingly falling off to sleep. After a brief period
the medium will have become an instrument for the guide, the
guide being able to use his/ her voice directly. In
explanation our medium has simply withdrawn to allow the
spirit communicator through and will be unaware of the words
actually spoken by him. Often tape recordings of these
meetings are made to enable the medium to benefit from what
On these occasions the guide will
impart great knowledge and teachings, for he is in direct
contact with those about him. Questions are often asked and
indeed the communicating guide will often invite them. There
is some confusion on whether any voice accent should be
apparent, to this I would say yes, it adds authenticity if
the details of the guide were previously known, then it
might be logical for them to represent themselves accent,
mannerisms and all.
Public demonstrations of trance
mediumship have been given, to mixed reactions. To hear an
individual suddenly start talking in a foreign accent and
speaking of things we can often not confirm, can to some
people be a little hard to swallow. But if we listen, just
for a moment and dispense with our logic, so that we can
hear the words, we may find great enlightenment. For the
words spoken by a guide are eloquent, knowledgeable and
reasonable to our intelligence. A truly tranced medium will
not be stuck for answers to questions, though we may not
always hear what we expect.
Similar to overshadowing, the guide is
directing the medium in what to say. Mediums who give
clairvoyant readings in spiritualist churches may precede
with a talk, this could be of their own construction or be
inspired by their guide. The guide promoting or giving
information and insight into what to speak of.