Trance Mediumship: The Voice Within


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The Voice Within

I have been teaching trance mediumship for over 15 years, and one question gets asked time and time again – “What can I do to help my trance work outside of class?”. Often, students are looking for a book recommendation; sadly there are not many. Instead what they get from me is to work on your voice!

Trance mediumship is, for the most part, a spoken form of mediumship, with Spirit using our vocals cords, larynx, mouth and tongue to produce sound  – specifically a voice that is distinct and their own. Including an accent, speech pattern, tone and of course, vocabulary. However, also VOLUME!

Don’t be afraid of your own voice

Regularly students are afraid of the sound of their voice. Public speaking e.t.c fills them with dread. Even though, technically, it is Spirit speaking and not you, your anxiety is a barrier or block Spirit have to overcome. Afterall they want to talk to people in groups or individually; it is essential to the work.

So, practice public speaking or at least speaking out loud and LOUD! On the stage, it is called PROJECTION, the ability to be heard at the back of the auditorium from the stage without shouting.  It is a useful skill for trance mediums, especially in today’s world where we have to contend with louder background noise than our predecessors. Increasing the volume without shouting is about your lungs and breathe.

Learn how to breathe or take up singing. Singing using many of the same muscles and is something you can do alone or join a choir (which is also great fun). It will help with stamina, breathing and being less intimidated by the sound of your voice.

Give your voicebox and workout

Your vocals, larynx e.t.c need using. Practising toning or chanting can help to strengthen them and make them more flexible; this will assist Spirit is producing a sound close to their own voice, or at least with more distinction, so it is obviously not your voice.

Remember also to work the facial muscle as they also help with the producing sound. So, yes, you will pull some silly faces, but it does help. Try – Do, Re, Me ….. e.t.c opening the mouth wider and increasing the volume. It is an excellent exercise to limber up the voice.

Let’s not forget the chakra

Spirit will use the physicality of the cords, mouth e.t.c to produce sound but before that, they will connect to your throat chakra. If that is blocked, then the work will be blocked too. It is essential to clear the throat chakra (well of all them in fact) and be able to expand it for trance work.

You can work with your chakras alone and at your own pace. Breathing with the chakras is a lovely place to start. Feeling and visualising, the breath flowing in and out of each chakra. You can move on from that to allowing the breath to push out any energy blocks in the chakra (remember to ask your Guides to take away whatever you release).

Likewise, practising opening and closing your chakras and aura (without working in between) to get used to the feel of it, build stamina and confidence. You need to know when you are open and expanded enough for trance work. It also gets your energy use to being expanded and contracted again.

Finally, stamina

I have used the word a few times in this piece, and it might seem an odd choice. However, it is very relevant. Trance mediumship is physically demanding. It might look like I am sitting in a chair doing nothing but that is not the case. The blending with Spirit takes energy; holding them here takes energy. Moreover, it burns through water, vitamins, minerals and other substances in your system at a physical level.

It can affect the chemical balance in the body such as hormones and metabolism. Historically, lots of trance mediums were also diabetic. Today, we understand the body more and can take better care of ourselves and our bodies. For instance, you may notice after a demonstration I drink a lot of water to rehydrate.

Never forget that trance is physical mediumship, your body is the vessel for Spirit. Part of our job is keeping it in good shape as well as making it a good fit.

Sarah 

[ One of my students has some beautiful singing affirmations. Check her out here – https://lesleycurtis.bandcamp.com/album/sing-yourself-free-starting-out ]

 

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Channelled Message: ​Where did the sense of Humanity go?


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A channelled message from Spirit, through one of Spirit writing students.

A Message for humanity

The world is a challenging place. Life is full of distractions and challenges both to those who will listen and those who will not. Do not ignore your plight, step into the challenge and face your fears. Life is full of ups and downs, things seem right, and then they don’t. How to decide what is right for you. Nature calls for your attention, the nature around you – plants, trees, animal life and human life. Do not remain insular. Draw together, work as humanity.

Where did the sense of humanity go? Belonging, working together, rather than as disparate entities battling against each other; everyone for what they want without considering the needs of those around you and the world at large. Humanity needs to take responsibility for the way it is behaving. Time to end selfishness in favour of embracing one entire tribe. There is no separateness. There is a wholeness and completeness. A balance is possible but not if everyone works as a separate identity. Tribes work as a team, they consider their effect on the landscape, animal life, resources. The earth is a great treasure. Step out of your wants and desires, there is plenty there for everyone. 

from the Woodland Indian, channelled by Sue

Who are you talking to in Spirit?


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If I asked you who you prayed to, you give me a clear and direct answer. But when I ask people who they talk to in Spirit, the answers are mixed, to say the least. Often people are vague about it or give really specific names yet when questioned they don’t always know who they are or why they are talking to them. The answer is usually “I was told to” or “I read it in a book”.

Religion gives you clearly defined deities and structure, prayers to follow or guidelines on how to address your god. But spirituality seems to be a free for all. Ask this being for this or that, or don’t ask them and try these instead. Differing opinions and ideas. So how do you work it out, who do you talk to?

Like religion, it needs belief. Who do you believe in? There is no point talking to a being you don’t really believe in or don’t understand. They have to resonate with you. Some people love the idea of Angels but others don’t, some want E.T and others don’t. Spirit is Spirit. These titles are just descriptions or in some cases labels to help us relate to them. If it sounds fanciful to you, you won’t be able to connect as the critical mind will interfere and so it should.

Spirit step forward in many guises to ensure there is something we can all relate to and believe in. Think of it like going into a shoe shop – which pair are you drawn, do they fit when you try them on, are they comfortable? You won’t leave the shoe shop with any pair the assistant handed you just because they think you should have them, but people do when it comes to talking to spirit.

When you want to talk to spirit start at the beginning – Your Soul. It is, after all, a piece of spirit that is within and its guidance is direct and to the point. It knows more about you and your life than anyone else. Next, talk to your Spirit Guides. There are three who are with you from birth to death – Main Guide, Doorkeeper and Guardian Angel. There’s that Angel word again and it is there for those who believe in Angels more than any other spirit. Your Main Guide oversees your life, supports you and supervises all other spirits who work with you. They have had human experiences so can relate to what you are going through. Your Doorkeeper is about protection, they are your bodyguard; mainly for the unseen and energetic. Your Guardian Angel supports the other two and can do their duties if you only connect to Angels, as well as helping you with spiritual ideas and concepts. Other Spirit Guides come and go throughout your life helping out with particular experiences or things that you do in your life such as healing or mediumship.

If you need something more or different then you have access to the countless other spirit beings that exist. Were back to the shoe shop again – but this time think of a warehouse full of shoes, how do you find the right one? Firstly, type – court shoe, trainer, boot; then colour, size e.t.c Spirit are no different. Type – Angelic, Ascended Master, Loved One, Communicator, Teacher, Healer and so on. Some of these have had human lives (Ascended Masters and loved ones for instance) and some have not (Angelic beings). Having had a human experience may not be important to you but give it a moments thoughts … would understanding what it is to be human be helpful when it comes to giving you guidance and assistance or not.

Think of it like this – your car has broken down at the side of the road and two people stop to help you – a monk and a mechanic – which are you going to choose? You would thank the monk for stopping but you would ask the mechanic to help. Spirit is no different. Some things suit some beings better than others. For instance, I wouldn’t ask the Angels what was wrong with a car, but I do occasionally ask them to help me find a parking space.

There are lots of books about Angelic beings and Ascended Masters – have a look through them. You don’t need to read them cover to cover, you can use them as a reference and see who you are drawn to. Pick one Spirit being and get to know them. Talk to them, work with them, build a relationship with them. This isn’t networking where you have the names of a lot of people just in case they can one day do something for you. This is more like friendship, real friendship, where you communicate with each other, respect each other and trust each other.

Of course, you can have a relationship with several spirit beings, just like you have lots of friends. And, just like making friends, it takes a little effort but it is well worth it.

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Energy Clearing – Travel Kit


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I was speaking to a friend yesterday, who travels a lot, about her recent trip. She had struggled to sleep due to the energy of the place she was staying in. We talked about the history of the place, it was originally a convent, and how that can affect energy.

I suggested she take a energy travel kit with her when she travels. Therefore, she would have to hand, some handy tools to help her cleanse or balance the room she was staying in. Here’s what I suggested she put in the kit!

A Vibrational Spray

There are several makes of these on the market, my personal favourite is Alaskan Essences. They have one called Purification (Sacred Space Spray). As the bottles are quite large you could decant a portion into a small spray bottle (Muji sell small bottles).

Crystals

Either a piece of Black Obsidian or Black Tourmaline. These work with deflecting or absorbing negative energy. The crystal could be placed on the bedside table for the duration of the stay. (She knows how to clean and charge crystals)

Essential Oil

Aroma is very powerful and several essential oils help with energy. My favourite is Frankincense. Burning anything in a hotel room can be difficult (due to smoke alarms), instead put a few drops on a tissue/cotton cloth and let the oil evaporate into the air. You can also put a few drops on the bed sheets or pillows (but be careful as some oils stain).

Sleep Aid

Molton Brown do a lovely gel that you put on your temples. It releases a calming aroma to aid sleep. There are also several sprays that offer the same, such as This Works.

We also talked about calling on Spirit for assistance with balancing the energy in the room so she could sleep and be peaceful. Firstly starting with her DoorKeeper and perhaps calling upon an ArchAngel such as Michael.

I have a lovely image of ArchAngel Michael, it is a small card about 2.5 x4 inches. It would fit into a travel kit quite easily.  An Oracle/divination card that had significance would also work. I often leave cards from my Ascended Masters pack on my altar at home, of the masters I am currently working with. One of those cards would also work well in the kit, as a visual connection to the Spirit being called upon for help.

Lastly, we talked about doing a room clearing, especially if the energy in the room was very heavy or emotional. A straightforward clearing using white light, with the assistance of Spirit. No smudging due to smoke alarms.

The nice thing about the kit is you can add any personal items to it that have meaning for you or you prefer to work with. Getting a lovely pouch or cosmetic bag to carry the kit would be easy and enjoyable. Tip: If you place a piece of carnelian in the kit it will keep the others crystals clean for you.

 

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The Journey of Choices


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Jacob’s Ladder Mandala

“Happy choices, content decisions. When you invoke, invite, manifest from there you are rewarded with actuality. Sad choices, discordant choices, reap only unhappy outcomes. Manifesting requires purpose, focus, intention. Where there is none, nothing arrives. Are your choices happy? Are you content?

The ladder suggest not. The ladder suggest a struggle. A climb you are facing. If you see yourself in the city below. Hungary to climb to the one above. How can you be content. Success is the ladder to nowhere. 

What if you were in the city above. Where would you go then? Where is next? What can be higher? Here is the reign of the ego, the constant climber, always going nowhere. Why not stay on the ladder, neither highest nor lowest? What then? Are you enough? 

Arrival at the higher city doesn’t mean you are enough. Only that you have climbed further. Or rushed to the top and are now breathless and uncertain. Life learning is never a race, nor a climb to ascent. 

See the ladder instead horizontally, like train tracks. Marking your journey from one city or another. Or indeed, one lesson to another. How much easier the journey would seem. How much less demanding. This is life in flow. 

However, you make choices – to stay in one place or lesson, or to journey on. Your soul knows which you need, your ego does not. It will often mislead you. The Angels represent the Spirits who assist you in knowing which you need. Progress or stillness. 

Stillness is vital to life, equal to progression. When struggling to prefer try still ness. When the climb is too hard, lay the ladder down. When the journey seems to lonely remember we are with you.

Finally, the circle. The sign that all us balanced. That everything starts and ends. Completion. You will complete what you can, learn what you can. Grow as much as you can. Your soul will rejoice in it all. It will complete the lesson, close the circle, by returning home. The final journey. “

 

This piece of channelled writing was inspired by the mandala called Jacob’s Ladder. The picture was taken from the book “Mandala Sourcebook” by David Fontana & Lisa Tenzin-Dolma.

It was part of an exercise I gave my spirit writing students, where they randomly choice a mandala and then asked Spirit to write something inspired by the image or elements within. The above piece with written through me, but sadly the Spirit did not sign the piece.

Pineapple: A spiritual perspective


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I always set my spirit writing students homework, to give them a chance to practice and to challenge them. A recent assignment was to invite a Spirit communicator or Philosopher to step forward and Inspirationally write something using the word PINEAPPLE as the subject or prompt. As you can imagine the students were somewhat taken aback by my choice of word.

In truth, I know that Spirit can take any word and deliver a piece that has a spiritual message in it; you just have to trust that they can and not interfere. And we had some lovely short pieces using the word as a whole or in variations such as apple or pining. But, as it was such an odd word I thought I’d do the exercise as well, and here is Master Chou’s take on Pineapple. 

I hope you enjoy it, Sarah 

Take the rough skin and note how protective it is. How much care it takes of the soft fruit within. Just as your aura protects you and keeps the softnesses of your soul safely wrapped within. See the flesh as your body – fibrous and malleable, yet also firm. Your physical body is a wonderful thing. Perfectly designed for your world. Now note the pineapples hard inner core that gives the fruit strength and robustness much as your spine does your body. But also this cord represents the column of energy that flows through you aligned to your chakras. Keeping your balance and solid within the aura. Holding the pieces of you together. Allowing your soul to have a safe harbour within your physical body and this physical world. Lastly, consider the leaves. Spiky and upward. Look at the fruit the right way round and they may reflect your thoughts reaching out to us, up to the heavens. But turn the fruit over and do they now not remind you of your roots into the earth grounding you in this life. For the pineapple is a complex fruit, but so are you. Complex yet simple. Complete yet seeking completion. The pineapple exists to bring joy, so do you.

Chou

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The Deluded Mind (by Spirit)


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Dear Friends,

When working with my Spirit Writing students I like to set challenging subjects / topics for Spirit to write about. This works on two levels – 1. Taking the student out of their comfort zone. 2. It creates a space for Spirit to speak write about bigger subjects that affect us all.

Writing by Spirit should guide and inform, as well as give us hope and assist our souls on their paths. Moreover it can break down ideas, barriers and spark conversation and thought, acting as a catalyst for change.

I recently set the subject of “The Deluded Mind” the piece below was written by Spirit and I thought is was interesting and that you might like to read it.

Sarah

“Delusion is a rarity in that it only really exists if the person with the delusion recognises it. Without the recognition of that person, the perceived delusion is merely an opinion voiced by another but ultimately it is the ‘deluded’ person’s map of the world. So when is the ‘delusion’ real? Perhaps never. This may be true, and just as true is that everyone is deluded. After all, each person has their own opinion or perspective, and for each opinion or perspective, there may be another to the contrary. Who is right? Who is wrong? What does it matter? What if both realities can co-exist? What if every single reality exists, in some form or another, to some degree or other, creating a mass matrix of complexity and interwoven parts. A plate of spaghetti. The largest ever, without doubt. But what does it matter?

The plate of spaghetti is there to be consumed, perhaps enjoyed, and no attention is given to the placement or positioning of a specific strand. Really, in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter. All strands are equal, perhaps not in location on the plate, but all exist, all were treated the same in terms of preparation, and all are treated the same when it comes to consumption. If ever a particular strand is requiring acknowledgement or recognition above another, it is misplaced. It is just a single strand, comparable to any other. And so it is with opinions, which themselves are the products of minds. All are the same, all are equal, all have a value. Naturally, some minds and their respective opinions are more respected or valued than others because of human constructs which have been created in an attempt to keep order or promote fairness.

The content then becomes important, as does the context. But the mind, in and of itself, is no better than another. Each serves its purpose. If the mind should start to stray from this tacit idea, or if it begins to consider itself better than another, that is delusion. How could it consider itself better to something it doesn’t know, and cannot know: another mind. A mind can only express itself through symbols, through language, but these are overly simplified and do nothing to communicate the true nature of subjective experiences. That is to say that many minds do not even know themselves, so how could they know others, and how would they allow themselves the right or the authority to judge another. Such action is pure arrogance, and arrogance can be seen as a form of delusion. The perception of the world is warped to meet the needs of the person, of the ego.

Arrogance is akin to a sin. It is based on nothing. It is the stuff of magic and illusion, but the latter involves trickery so that something is made to look different, whereas delusion is the belief that something exists when in fact it doesn’t. The absence of something which is vehemently thought to exist. Again, we return to the idea of individual perception, and so a distinction must be made. If something is created out of nothing, from a lie, and is believed in passionately and unwaveringly, that is the delusion. Commonly-found delusions include confidence, competence, love… But by the same token, albeit the other side of it, loneliness, hate, powerlessness… These are no less delusions, but are perhaps even more damaging as they leave people disenfranchised. All people have, at some point, created a false story: “daddy doesn’t love me…” etc. They have been based on their subjective interpretation of experience, and whilst some may be true, just as many are the effect of the overactive mind.

All people have done this, thus everyone, at some point, has created a falsehood and lived by it, reinforced it… in other words, all people have been deluded at one point or another. On the one hand, no one mind can judge another so not one mind is deluded. On the other hand, all minds are or have been deluded. Both must be true, or neither are true. The question, again, is what does it matter? Does the question itself come from a deluded mind, and, if not, does the answer?”

By a Spirit Communicator, through Nicolas