Trance Mediumship: Trance Cabinet


There are several photographs on display at The College of Psychic Studies of how the rooms (especially on the top floor) were used in the past; such as Harry Prices’s laboratory.

A student asked me about one of the photographs and what the large curtained off area was for. I explained it was a trance cabinet or a variation of one. This led to the obvious question – ‘What was that and what was it used for?”

A trance cabinet is used with trance and physical mediumship.

What is it?

Literally, a large cabinet that the medium sits in. It can have three sides and a lid with curtains down the front. Or be a corner of a room that is curtained off across the diagonally making an enclosed area (floor to ceiling). A trance cabinet is often painted black with black curtains but historically they were unpainted dark wood and the curtains were mostly burgundy velvet (similar to theatre curtains).

What is it for?

  1. To contain and enhance energy. The cabinet (box) acts as a vessel to hold the energy and as such amplifies it. Over time the cabinet builds more and more energy, holding the trance vibration.
  2. To act as a back backdrop for the audience watching. It is easier to see energy against a very dark or very light background.
  3. Most importantly the cabinet was used to prove physical phenomena was created by Spirit rather than faked. In Victorian times physical mediums were tied to a chair (wrists and ankles) and gagged placed inside the cabinet and the curtain would be drawn. The physical phenomena would then occur outside the cabinet in the room, such as sounds, voices, apparitions. Afterwards, the curtain would be drawn to show the medium was still bound and gagged. One famous incident included the mediums suit jacket being turned around. When he was bound his jacket was on the right way, but afterwards when the curtain was pulled back his jacket was on the wrong way round (buttons at the back) – seemingly taken off him and put back on again by Spirit whilst the curtain was drawn.

Are they still used?

Yes, physical mediumship circles still use them as do trance mediums. They are a wonderful tool when developing as a trance medium even if phenomena is not being produced.

Sarah

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Channelled Spirit: How can we reconcile the death of a loved one?


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A channelled message from Spirit, through one of my Spirit Writing students. She asked the question after a recent passing. The second paragraph references the person who passed as “her”, but the guidance is relevant for us all.

Question: How can we reconcile the death of a loved one and trust that all is well?

“Death will come to all at some point. Sometimes it is welcomed, sometimes it is feared. It will come nevertheless. What is death? The loss of physicality. The body dies and decays, and the spirit moves on. Humans mourn the loss of loved ones and less familiar humans. Sadness is a part of life. Loss is part of life. There is gain, and therefore loss is the balance. Balance is the key. You live, therefore, you will also die. But only the physical, substantial flesh dies and withers. The soul lives on and moves into a different realm. Do not mourn the soul, it is reunited with its true state. It does not mourn the loss of its physical framework. This was a vehicle for adventures and learning. Everything progresses, moves on; otherwise, stagnation would occur, and life would petrify.

Do not mourn the loss of your loved one. Celebrate her life and way in which she touched your life. No matter how briefly or intensely her impact, you connected. It is now time to release and disconnect. Memories can be held but gently. Do not suffocate them. Release your tears of both sorrow and of joy. Your meeting was important, and you both learned and gained from it. Time moves on, and goodbyes are in order. Be grateful. Remember with gentleness. Sing of her memory and deeds but do not dwell in the past, it is gone and is behind you. Look forward with gratitude in your heart as well as tears in your eyes. Life is for living and moving forward. The past is gone like a breath of air, fleeting, non-graspable. Do not hold it too tightly, release and let it breathe. Shine a light on it and give it space. Surround it with love and smile. “

from the Woodland Indian

SG, London

It is written via the method of inspirational writing through one of my Spirit Writing students. 

 

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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 Spirit: ​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

SG, London

It is written via the method of inspirational writing through one of my Spirit Writing students. 

 

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Channelled Spirit: The Deluded Mind


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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.

A recent subject was “The Deluded Mind”; here is what on Spirit wrote, I felt 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 a 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 the 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 the 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?”

A Spirit Communicator

NM, London

It is written via the method of inspirational writing through one of my Spirit Writing students. 

Trance Mediumship: To prepare or not?


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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 mindset 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 understanding 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’s 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 does 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 like 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 does 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

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Healing – A Piece of Spirit Writing


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Here is another piece of writing by one of my Inspirational & Automatic Writing students. The topic given to Spirit was “Healing” and the student felt drawn to ask St Francis of Assisi to step forward and write. This is what he wrote – hope you enjoy it.  Sarah 

 

Healing – with St Francis of Assisi

There are many forms of healing for there are many different kinds of injury needing to be healed. Most obvious, in human terms, is the art of the physician, where God-given intelligence enables him or her to diagnose a problem with the physical body or the mental wellness of the human and to prescribe treatments to cure or alleviate the problem.

Much progress has been made on a physical level with medicine but many challenges still remain, for the human body is a complex and delicate machine. Human life is fragile.  Still, not all ills can be cured, not all damages mended.  The fragility of human life renders it all the more precious.

Less progress has been made in terms of mental health.  Here, man’s comfort with the physical, his focus on all things scientific, is not so much help as hindrance – for he is less likely to address the emotional, the spiritual, with success if he is mired in a world of membranes and chemicals.

There is some helpful crossing over between the two approaches – the maturing world of physical medicine and the emerging one of emotional medicine – in the area known as alternative medicine. Here, energetic therapies such as Reiki cross the barrier between the physical and the emotional. For this is healing which is non-specific in its creation and which flows to where it is most needed, taking the form in which it will be most effective. These forms of healing hold the clue for the progression of human medicine.

In your future, therapies will arise that are almost beyond current comprehension. Non-specific growing of human matter and the creation of chemical substances that will transform into what is needed by the body; the control of natural energies that will flow to where they are needed and effect the transformation – the cure – of their own accord.

But perfect health throughout a human life is not, nor never will be, possible, for the vehicle is built to have a limited life span. Human life is intended to be brief, for it is a learning period. And as you all know from your schooling, the best lessons are short, intense and interactive.  If they go on too long, if interest and attention is lost, then learning ceases to happen.

These, then, are the various methods currently employed, and those of the future that will be employed, in the laying on of hands – whether surgically, energetically, or chemically – to heal the human body or mind.

Now let us address healing in a broader sense, for it is not always doctoring which is of the greatest value. Here, let us bring to mind the healing power of an embrace, of a smile, of a few words kindly spoken or written.

One of the greatest gifts bestowed on anyone having a human experience is that he or she is sharing that life with others. You are not alone. There are others around you who share similar challenges, experiences, feelings.

And the greatest sources of healing, the most effective types of healing, are not always the most obvious ones. Sometimes a physical injury is not fixable. Sometimes an illness is not curable. Does this mean that no form of healing is effective? No. For is not the comfort of a loved one’s presence a boon, even when your body is beyond repair? Are not words of comfort or love, spoken softly, exactly what is needed when one feels beyond hope?  Emotional healing goes far beyond the physical body. And when the physical body cannot be healed, emotional healing is even more necessary.

In your search for the next wonder drug, the next surgical technique, the next gene therapy, do not forget the power of a loving embrace.  Do not forget the power of sincere words.  Open your hearts to what it means to be in need of healing.  Share your shared life.  The injuries to others are not always visible, the life that most needs healing is not always visibly blighted.  Sometimes those most in need of healing appear to others to be living a charmed or perfect life.

This is where a healer’s senses go beyond those known to conventional medicine.  This is where the healer that exists in every human can emerge and perform a miracle.  For every one of you can heal.  Every one of you can perform miracles daily.  It does not require a surgeon’s training or a psychiatrist’s learning.  It does not even require an alternative practitioner’s years of study.  All it requires is an open heart, a connectedness to your soul. And then, in tune with yourself, you are also in tune with others.  Then in your openness you can feel the other’s need on an instinctive level.

A kind word as you pass in a doorway, a smile to a stranger as you travel to work, a hand on a shoulder, an embrace at the end of a long day, fingers smoothing hair across a furrowed brow, a hand held. A few well-chosen words:  I love you, I am sorry, may I help, you are not alone, I am here.  These small things are the currency of healing, for all healing begins with connectedness and willingness to share. Sometimes the sharing means taking – sharing a burden for example – and sometimes it means giving, perhaps energy or attention or physical support. Give and take, connectedness.  This is where healing begins and where it ends.

In the centre there is medicine and science and there are developments to come in all these areas. But what will never change is the attendant need for the small healings of everyday life. For, given in enough quality and quantity, they themselves can prevent many greater ills from occurring.

And so I leave you with this thought:  do not leave healing solely to the physicians, eminent and admirable as they are.  Do not leave it even to those who assign themselves as healers, gifted and generous as they are.  Determine, instead, to be a healer yourself, for that is your gift as a human being.

Bring healing to your words and touch, and empathy to all your relationships, every day.  Begin with your relationship with yourself.  Be compassionate with your self.  Do not criticise, but support your self with love and praise, with kind words at the end of a challenging day.  Tell your self you are beautiful, that you are strong, that this too shall pass. Then do the same for those you care for most – and then for those whose lives are touched by yours even in the most fleeting of moments.

Be a ripple in the current that runs through the world, connecting each living thing to another and another. Heal and be healed in the simplest and most fundamental of ways: be kind to one another.

Through Louise

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