The Purpose of Mediumship
The purpose of mediumship is to prove the continuity of life--that we continue to live after the change called death.
That's right!! The major purpose of Spiritualism is to prove our continued existence after the change
called death. Research with even good mediums and psychics shows that their accuracy in giving predictions
is only about 80 percent. I'm not discounting the fact that such advice can be helpful; but "fortune telling" is something
that the Spiritualist doesn't really put first in order of importance in their work. The important thing is to
bring the individual proof of the continued existence of those he knew and loved.
Remember that we have free will and so do all others in spirit-and we are all part of spirit, even though we are
living on earth. Because we all always have free will, we may choose what we will do and so can those on the other
side and they may just choose not to participate in spirit communication, either because they don't
believe in it, don't approve of it, or are too busy in their new life to make the effort to connect.
We on earth don't always feel like sitting down to write a letter, after all. And the mechanics of "getting into
someone else's mind through two go-betweens (the guide and the medium on earth) may just seem too
daunting and the chance of someone on earth who wants to contact actually receiving their
message may seem too much of a gamble to even try to make contact.
I have had the experience of doing numerous readings for people all over the U.S. since I've had my website
and have discovered that people today often don't recognize those who are trying to make contact because,
as they so often say, they never knew their relatives very well. It makes bringing
proof of life after death almost impossible, as you can imagine.
Not long ago I received an e-mail request for a reading again from a girl I have been reading for these last two
years and when I did the reading for her we both began to realize that what I was saying was the same thing,
essentially, as what I had told her the time before when I had read for her. I was as surprised
as she was, because I had never had that happen before.
There was one change between the previous reading and that one, though. Her grandmother had died about
six weeks before the day of the reading and she came through and identified herself, but basically all the rest
that I gave her was the same as the time before. Since nothing that I had predicted had as yet materialized,
it seemed that the message overall was, "Don't have readings too often. Wait until some of what you're given
transpires before you have another reading." But the grandmother's coming to communicate made
up for the lack of anything new in my predictions for her. That made it all worthwhile
for this girl because they had been very close.
This all brings us to a true but disappointing fact about mediumship. Sometimes there just may not be
a message for someone during any given church service or class. Sometimes no
spirit friend comes with a desire to communicate with a given person.
I have seen one Spiritualist minister who was reading in a Festival of Readings (where people pay for a certain
number of minutes of reading time) who returned the woman's money because he simply couldn't get anything for her.
That is as it should be. Don't strain to reach for something to say. If it isn't there, it isn't there. Have the integrity to
not try to fabricate something. We don't promise everyone a reading and we certainly don't promise miracles; and
inventing a message when there is no one bringing one would require a miracle to achieve. Spiritualists, by
the way, do not believe that miracles are miraculous. They believe that in the final analysis,
so-called "miracles" will always be found to be the outcome of natural law.
Remember this: mediums are just people. They have prejudices, likes and dislikes, and they just may not feel
they connect with you on a personal level, which may get in the way of their "connecting" on the mediumistic
level, as well. Often you will hear mediums tell people they are reading for to uncross their arms and legs and
even though this has no effect on the actual science of the reading procedure, psychologically,
it may help get the client to relax and become more receptive.
Having chit-chatted with at least one medium I knew well through the Spiritualist Church, I know that certain
people were as difficult for her to read for as they were for me. She and I would exchange observations about
this state of affairs and wonder why it was so. One of the people we agreed upon in that regard was a girl who
routinely crossed her arms over her chest, who later said to me that she had always found both of us to be
quite accurate in our predictions, but we felt it was like "pulling teeth" to get anything for her-go figure!
It's certainly possible that it was a psychological thing for both of us. There may have been something on
the level of personality types or on the level of past life connections for both of us with her that we
weren't aware of but that constituted a block on our parts, if not on hers.
The Love of God Consciousness,
The Thought of Christ Consciousness
Let's talk about this and be sure we understand the Christ Consciousness, especially. Spiritualists do not
typically talk about such a thing, but it comes up a lot in the literature on metaphysics. It is an important issue.
The reason that many of the Spiritualist churches have traditionally not subscribed to Christianity is that they believe
that no one can atone for anyone else's sins. Since Christianity is based on that foundation, they have not
chosen to subscribe to it. They believe that Christ was the greatest way-shower of all time.
They still, however, believe we must atone for our own misdeeds.
The Christ Consciousness itself, however, is something that many different belief systems and many metaphysicians
think of as the Divine pattern within each of us that outflowers as we study and work to live better lives. It is the
ultimate development for each of us and is unique to each of us. It elevates us ultimately to the Universal level
of consciousness. That level is called alternately Christ Consciousness and Universal Consciousness.
Chakras, Auras, Kundalini
The reason for the belief that we must do our own atoning may be the inclusion of the Eastern way of
thinking about consciousness and reaching enlightenment and particularly, about karma. Spiritualists
often include in their manuals information about meanings of colors and something about the chakras
and what the things that are sometimes seen in the aura may actually mean.
When I've pondered the whole idea that someone could die for my sins, I have always found that hard to imagine.
It was hard for me to imagine how that would be feasible. It was hard for me to imagine that anyone
would truly profit from such self sacrifice on the part of another.
I have always, in the past, ended my ponderings by assuming that this idea must have been included in the
Christian belief system because it would draw the guilt-ridden to the religion with the promise of an easy "fix."
I have only recently begun to think there may be something to this notion, regardless of what Spiritualists have
always believed and that there could be such an ocean of the love of God or Christ Consciousness around us,
and around the entire planet, that by merely stepping into a belief that this is so, we might find that we had always
been "saved" and our karma could truly be negated through "Grace" which might be another name for Christ's
great love for us that created that ocean of perfection that we might avail ourselves of if we could just "believe."
Nevertheless, for those who can't just "believe" there is still the slow but sure working of karma to rely upon.
Spirit is life, mind is the builder, the physical is the result.
Change your thought; change your life. You can and you will become a much better medium as you continually
believe you bring healing to those you read for and speak to. Spirit is what connects us all and the mind is
what builds the Internet of our lives and our relationships, thus making the physical life as it is.
Think healing as you approach a client. Know, simply, that your ministrations have the power to heal them.
Edgar Cayce said, "Thoughts can be either miracles or crimes."(Scroll down to continue...)
Your thought creates forms that literally, according to those who can see thought forms, go out as a colored entity
to the people you direct them toward. The old saying "Thoughts are things," is true, then. It is literally true. You
can and do influence others, so make sure that it is always for the better. Clients come to us for help. Give
real help to them, then, by knowing that you are adding to the goodness in their lives with every
thought word and deed that you indulge in as you speak with them.
The Law of Attraction
As above, so below-the Law of Attraction draws to each of us the kind of guide/teacher who resonates with us.
That entity will be more advanced than we are, but will have the same general traits, same interests, same
strengths (same weaknesses), in short, will understand us well enough to guide us
to greater strengths and always toward the highest and best.
The dangers of doing "health" readings (including anything about the ultimate diagnosis, "death") in California .
For Californians: This state has always had the strictest laws about people who receive remuneration for
"predicting" for others. The charge that can send you to jail (I know a man who had it happen, so it's not just a
hypothetical) is "diagnosing and prescribing." I don't know whether Nadya would be better
off as a reader because she has an M.D., or worse off because of it.
Remember always that if you can't suggest what to do to avert a fatal happening that you believe you
foresee, don't predict it-leave open the possibility that someone else (a doctor, another medium, a garage
mechanic, the person you're reading for himself, a family member) will come up with the solution. Predictions
of disaster can be so devastating that the person can literally draw the happening to himself faster than it might
otherwise have happened. Since our thought is the builder, keep in mind what we repeat in our class to start
meditation with, "Spirit is life, mind is the builder, and the physical is the result." And don't forget that we can see
what may lead to death if a certain activity or attitude is continued, but as in my experience with a medium friend
of mine, I saw the symbol for death, but after she went to a holistic doctor and then had surgery along with
that, she recovered. My symbol merely told me that she was in the grip of a "killer" disease.
So what we hear, see, feel, the symbols we come to know the meanings for, can be read as "symptomatic of,"
rather than a "written in stone' condition that is about to come to pass. If you see something you think means a
fatality, immediately put this matter in the hands of God and know that Divine Intervention has been set in motion.
When we say healing words for others, we heal ourselves, as well, of course. We have nothing to heal but our
own lack of faith. Why? Because we are tiny pieces of Spirit, God, and infinitely creative and we have free will
because God is our Father, our Source, and as we choose to think, so shall it be. Whenever such a thought as
death or something accidental that might harm someone, or an illness that could debilitate comes to mind,
immediately turn the whole matter over to God with complete confidence that it shall be reversed, reversing
it immediately in your own mind, thus bringing a healing force to the one you are reading for.
If you truly feel strongly that what is presented gives the solution, then find a way to suggest that solution without
mentioning the possible fatality. Spirit may urge you to tell the person that he might want to have a physical
checkup, if he hasn't done that in a while. There might be something that a garage mechanic might catch in a
routine checkup that could avert an accident. If the person or his loved one is fatally ill, there may be a medical
breakthrough that will soon become available or a test group that he can become part of that might solve his
problem. Above all, remember that mind is the builder-always-mind is the builder! Help the person build hope and faith
through the medicine of the thoughts you think for him and the words you say to him. Remember that thought literally creates.
Know what alternative treatment is available-things like the Cayce remedies-herbal remedies, etc. Don't suggest
anything specifically to anyone, because my friend and teacher of 40 years ago was jailed over selling herbs
and suggesting them, so nothing is safe in this field, but suggest books that might give insight to the person,
such as Cayce's "Encyclopedia of Healing" or "The Edgar Cayce Handbook for Health Through Drugless Therapy."
Prayer and upliftment before reading. Put the protection of prayer around your work and use the guidance
of your ideal whenever you meditate, pray, heal, read. The statement that Spirit is life, mind the builder,
the physical is the result, said three times is done to bring body and mind into alignment with Spirit.
Give what you get. Do not try to interpret unless an interpretation comes along with the image or words
or sounds that your teachers bring you as part of the message. Or if you see largely in symbols, and
you have developed a lexicon of meanings for the symbols you see and can confidently,
therefore, know what each one means, then give those meanings.
Never discuss private affairs like marriage and divorce in a public gathering (live class included). Perfectly
sound marriages have had their happiness nearly destroyed by an overconfident medium saying something
to the effect that she/he saw a "break" or a separation, divorce, etc. Remember Hippocrates and, "above
all do no harm." Never assume that the person's mate is not in the audience or standing outside
the classroom door waiting for their mate. Even when that person never comes to
service or class, remember, there is always a first time for everything!
Never assume that email can't carry the information to the person's mate after you "spill the beans" publicly
and someone in the group emails the message recipient and mentions what you said. "Never say never"
is a good rule for a medium to keep in mind in general. If you think something of this nature is
important for the person to know, say you wish to speak to them after the service or class.
Never, never, never be condescending: do not take the stance of "I know all, you know nothing." Do not try
to tell the person what they are and are not, what they feel and what they don't, as in, "I see that you are a
lonely person." "I can tell that you aren't very warm and welcoming to others." It's insulting. They know who
they are and who they are not. They don't need you to pass judgment on their feelings. Feelings belong to
nobody but the one feeling them. Bring them encouragement, treat them with dignity and
respect for a life they have tried to live as well as they could. Give them enlightenment.
Do not ever ask questions: Spiritualism is a science as well as a religion and a philosophy and every time you
are reading for anyone, you are demonstrating the science of it all. In other words, Spiritualists want to prove
their contact with the other side of life by stating, never asking questions that could elicit information from the one
being read for. One of the commonest errors that readers make from the Spiritualist standpoint is saying in
a questioning voice, "Now you don't have children?" "Could this mean that you are an artist?" "Now you are
divorced?" For the sake of the science of the thing, we state; we do not ask. Tell the person all you get in
the form of statements that truly state, not questions stated as statements. Then let him ask questions.
You Are in a Blessed Position
It is a trust that you have been given, this mediumship. You are in a blessed position, as a friend of mine who
does Life Between Life work puts it when she talks of her work. You are in a blessed position of having God
reveal Himself to you in the everyday work that you do-it is a position of trust. Never break that trust. You and
your teachers have done much work together even before you begin to formally "read" for others. You have even,
as Life Between Life work shows, chosen to work with this guide before we returned to life. You must honor that
trust. You are a partner in world-building. We make a difference in our communities--all of us who meditate,
all of us who are Spiritualists and particularly all of those who do the reading and speak about these Spiritualist beliefs.
Carry the responsibility of this position lightly, however, because Spirit works through you. Carry the work that you
do with a light heart, never doubting your mediumship, knowing that Spirit chooses to work through you and that
the universe, Great Spirit, will use you in a perfect way, even when you have doubts about the quality of your work.
One of the most remarkable experiences I have ever had happened yesterday, August 28, 2006, during an
online tutorial and, as it usually happens, I had my usual quick little doubt thoughts while I was doing the tutorial.
During the meditation portion of the tutorial, the Hindu woman I was tutoring, who had come to me to learn to
communicate with her fiancé who had died by his own hand, saw her friend at first, then she saw Jesus in her
meditation and was so moved by his incredible, unearthly light, the pure whiteness of his appearance and the
expression in his eyes as he looked at her and the intense peacefulness she saw on his face, that when he
held up his right, light-emitting hand and said, "Believe in me…" she replied, "Yes, I do."
He was promising, she knew, to heal her situation and her dead friend's, as well.
She was still experiencing the feeling of happiness every time she thought of it the day after and when we spoke
at the end of the following week, she reported that her overall mental health was excellent and even when she
felt sad about her friend's death, she came right back to her feeling of happiness that had begun with that meditative
experience. She knew she was looking at a living Jesus, a living god. She has never read a Bible or learned
anything much about Christianity. She could still see His face in front of hers with her eyes wide open as she
discussed this result of her meditation with me right after it ended. I was moved nearly to speechlessness,
and I was still profoundly thoughtful the day after. Yet, think of it! I had doubts at the beginning of the tutorial-
I wonder now what would have happened if I had not had doubts-perhaps choirs of angels would have actually
appeared to us both as we spoke with each other over our headsets online and would have appeared
in the room with us with our eyes wide open, and it would have been even more wondrous.
I think though that as long as we are on earth we will always experience doubt from time to time, and just
remember this, Spirit can and will work with and through us even when we doubt-thank God! Be of good cheer,
Great Spirit is here! God, Great Spirit, Yahweh, the All That Is, etc. is with us every step we take. The light always
surrounds us, protects us, and is with us forever. Know that He who is the light, is nearer than breathing and closer
than hands and feet. Only our doubt stands in the way of looking upon his face. We are blessed.
Wondrously, we can choose to relinquish our doubt, just put it to the side when we experience it, by using our
Free Will, The more we exercise our Free Will, the more we can exercise it, and the more of the light and the
love of God Consciousness will pour into us and our clients. We are, indeed, blessed and the Freedom we are
given is the bounty of the Spirit. The opportunity to improve our lives is the result of God's love for us, His Grace.
A better life is always available to us. through Grace. We can always reassure our clients, therefore, that they
can make their lives more to their liking. The Edgar Cayce readings indicate that we needn't worry when we can pray.
I frequently am shown by Spirit that clients can improve their lives through meditation and prayer and I tell them
about that. I have had clients tell me they have done what I suggested and it has, indeed, helped them.
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