I am very passionate about teaching, but I will forever be a student. I do my best to challenge my mediumship faculties. However, no matter how hard I work, I am reminded of just how important it is to review the basics. What do you do when in the middle of giving a reading, the silence is awkward and you want to fill it with fluff? Maybe you are demonstrating at a spiritualist community or some other public venue, but instead of going out on a limb with spirit to retrieve valid info of interest, you play it safe. How much of THAT are you going to tolerate?
Last month I invited a couple of friends to a circle I hosted at Circle of Love Spiritualist Community. Mr. D. is quite a medium himself and he has been working with his wife Mrs. D. to help her unfold. I thought their participation in a modern day séance would be good for their development… who knows , maybe I might benefit too. Needless to say, the evening was quite eventful. Eventually I tuned into Mrs. D. , working as direct as I could and brought through her late husband: first I described him, then I told her what I heard him say.
The next morning, Mrs. D. , having sat in the silence like she is growing accustomed to, approached me with a little bit of feedback from the spirit of her late husband. He had told her, “those were my words, but I don’t know the person she was describing.” Now this is the kind of feedback I needed. The spirit eventually suggested, upon request, that I needed to take time to make sure that I match up the correct person to the correct voice. It reminded me of a scrambled word game I use to play as a child. The spirit told me to just ask and that I would always know him by the image of his old motorcycle. Imagine that!
Bringing me to my final point, I realized that this is a weak spot that could be strengthened… quickly. Not only could I implement what the spirit told me to do, but I did a little research, dived head first into literary sources for some more guidance and maybe some practical exercises. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Communicating with Spirits, written by Rita S. Berkowitz and Deborah S. Romaine, was a great place to start my research. This is a highly recommended reading in my Beginning Mediumship Development class. Page 143, “Learning to Focus,” had some great input and reacquainted me with the additional guidance/exercises I needed to elevate the quality of the spirit communications I make. When the proper ground work is there, revisiting the basics maybe all you need. The other highly recommended reading is, A Guide to The Understanding And Practice of Spiritual Healing, by Harry Edwards.
No matter how much time you put into working as a medium, thank goodness you will never be able to out distance the learning curve. Sometimes our experiences will lead us right back to the basics for a refresher or tune-up.