To prepare or not to prepare for Trance


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Being a channel for Spirit is a gift. However, it also needs to be taken seriously and respected as you would any professional job. This starts with training and dedication but also your mind-set as to how you see yourself within the work.

One thing that fascinates me is the odd mixture of approaches when it comes to preparing yourself to work in an altered state. It ranges from the INSTANT FIXERS who basically close their eyes and Ta Da; to the other end of the scale with RITUAL DEVOTEES who have so many rituals to do I am amazed they can remember them all.

Society is pushing more and more for the INSTANT, QUICK, IMMEDIATE but that should not apply here. Working with Spirit needs time and deserves time. Not only for Spirit but for yourself. It is an act of respect. However, the other end of the scale with all the rituals seems to stem from a place of fear or habit. If they haven’t done everything in the same order it won’t work. This shows a lack of trust in themselves, spirit and process itself. But both of these extremes are learnt so teachers need to be aware that they can pass on their anxieties to students as well as their complacency.

When you work professionally as a channel you refine the process each time you work, streamlining it and challenging it to ensure you get the best working conditions. But I would not teach that refined method to my students; they need to build their own. As a teacher it is important that I give my students the understand of the mechanics, ethics and purpose so they can carve their own path.

I love to cook. Cooking requires method, precision, science and creativity. Once you understand how eggs cook you can then create many wonderful dishes with them. It is about how you choose to put the ingredients together. But you need to know what the ingredients are first.

With channelling and trance mediumship it is about understanding the energetic reality of the exchange and the nature of Spirit. Building a safe foundation from which you can safely step aside, handing your body and mind over to a Spirit Being. Here is where your preparation is key. Getting yourself into the right space – both figuratively and literally.

I was once asked to channel something during a meeting in a busy cafe; clearly they had no concept of what trance mediumship was. But the look on their face when I said no was priceless. They had no understanding at all about how ridiculous their request was. They were of the INSTANTANEOUS group and were use to people performing for them.  Moreover, I suspect they were not used to people saying no.

Being in the right space includes location. In that instance I was not in a safe or practical place to work and would have been left myself very vulnerable had I played their game and performed. I would also have been doing Spirit a disservice. There is a time and place for these things. We need to take the SPECTACULAR out of the vocabulary and put this work back into the right vibration and intention.

Spirit do not step forward to speak for your amusement, they do so to convey truly important information and healing to assist us in growing and being all that we can be. The gift is in the message not in being chosen to deliver it. We are chosen to act as channels as part of our own learning about responsibility and balancing ego. The notion of gift can inflate or suppress an out of balance ego.

Training can only take you so far, the rest of the way is up to you and your own personal development and duty of care to yourself. I hold the work in my hands as a precious thing and as such do not want to squander it but that can also lead to suffocating it – I am mindful of creating a balance. A point of centred harmony.

Preparation should be approached in the same way – what do I need and what do Spirit need. And, above all remember not to become a slave to it; preparation should not be control – you should. The INSTANT verses the overly RITUAL are only extremes – aim always to walk the middle path; that is the balanced road and the true path.

Sarah

Trance Mediumship: Expectations


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Working as a trance medium is not an easy path to follow as there are many who do not believe in spirit communication. Harder still are those who do believe except for trance work – this they believe is simply the mind and ego of the medium and not spirit. They forget that working in an altered state was where it all started.

However, they also have a point. There are those who say they are working in trance bringing through spirit who are in fact bringing through their own ego or subconscious mind. Trance is not immune to faking, whether that is being consciously done or not. The reality is that philosophy is easy to manufacture from the human mind without there being any spirit involvement.

Once the ego has got involved it is hard to get it out-of-the-way. This is why training is so important. If you are thinking about developing as a trance medium then be mindful or your mind. We all have expectations, whether we are aware of them or not; experiences in your life colour what you do, think and feel. It is important to come to trance work with a knowing of your expectations and ideally clear of them with regard to spirit communication.

What I mean by expectations are – how spirit speak, what they might talk about, who you want to work with, what you want to do with the trance work and so on. All of these ideas can be used by your ego and subconscious mind to manufacture what you expect to happen. This is why a good teacher, sitters and/or fellow students is important. We all need someone to reflect back to us what we are doing to ensure it is real. Those around you watching you work can heighten the expectation and feed the fantasy if they are not grounded and aware of their own ideas and beliefs. They can in effect direct your work without being aware they are doing it.

Be mindful. Ask yourself why you are embarking on this path. Do you know yourself? Do you know your own beliefs and expectations surrounding the work of spirit? Spirit needs us to be clear channels – clear of expectations with a balanced ego, knowing of self and centred energy. Once you have that the connection is amazing and the communication will shine. Don’t fall foul of someone else’s fantasy, know in your own heart this is for you and allow your soul to be your guide.