Here’s the thing, there are way more mediums who have no idea they are mediums, than there are mediums that are practicing mediumship professionally and publicly. Believe it or not, there are lots of people who can connect with Spirit on a daily basis and may not even have any idea. I used to be one of those people - for about 20 years.
Mediumship, the ability to connect with Spirit for yourself and others, is a natural ability, inherent to us all. Being a medium is a lot like being a translator between two worlds and most of us, we kind of do that just about every day to some extent.
Essentially every day, each of us goes out and practices communicating our world and understanding of it to those around us, while also trying to understand different worlds and understandings of them to those around us. The better you are at this and the more you practice this, the more empathy and compassion you develop - two key ingredients to being a good medium.
Translating the interpretation of our own world and experience outward for others, is something we all can do to some extent and with some effort, translating messages and world views for others around us is just one extra step on the ladder. Mediumship is not all that different from becoming good at public relations - someone who acts as the strategic relationship builder and connector between two individuals or groups of individuals.
And if we were being honest about it - we’re all Spirit and for the most part, we can all communicate with each other. So, when it all boils down to this central element - our Spirits- it doesn’t matter if who we communicate is a Spirit with a physical body or without. So long as our common ground it that we both have Spirits, re-learning the communication methods and styles of Spirit is the next step on the train to mediumship.
Mediumship is primarily about relationships
Connecting with Spirit is about the relationship that you have between yourself and your own Spirit to that of another. In developing any healthy relationship, one of the central cores and foundations of that bond is trust - both trusting yourself and trusting in the other core Spirit of that individual. Developing a trust in what you pick up and receive from others and what you know in your own heart - is one of the core elements of connecting with Spirit. At its central part - mediumship is connecting your Spirit to all of those in the Divine Spirit - and the stronger the foundational link, the stronger the connection.
In addition, as I mentioned earlier, two of the key ingredients to being a medium - a conduit between two individuals - is developing (and having) compassion and empathy. Developing your ability and concern for others and the level of emotion and feeling you have and allow yourself to feel for the world around you - are essential to flawless mediumship. Energy and emotion are some of the primary tools of connecting with Spirit and regular practice of extending compassion, a rope of Spiritual connection, between yourself and another, is one of the first steps in learning to create ‘an energy bridge’ (link) between your Spirit and that of another - in both physical and spiritual forms.
Mediumship is about paying attention
Most of the time, when people begin to notice that Spirit is around them - it’s partly because Spirit is now around them more (usually an effort to get you to notice your gifts) and partly because you’ve begun actually noticing your surroundings.
During the day, we are often so wrapped up and busy with our lives that paying attention to subtle signs, cues and energy shifts is the last thing on our minds. In the world of Spirit, it’s hard to see someone who is more gas-like in form, and thus, the result is often out of sight, out of mind. Does this mean Spirit isn’t around? Only if it means that because you can’t see humidity, there must be no water in the air.
Beginning to pay attention to the energy shifts and cues in your surroundings are a few of the first steps in connecting with Spirit - since each of us often senses Spirit far before we ever see or hear them.
Mediumship is about fine tuning
Once you learn how to sense those in Spirit and the nature of how Spirit interacts with humans, from here, connecting with Spirit is more about fining tuning a radio and receiving better, clearer and more accurate information.
It’s like once you’ve learned the basic strings and tunes on a guitar, after that, it’s practice, more practice and developing YOUR own melody. Sure, are there classical pieces to learn and guitar best practices to know? Absolutely yes. But, it’s more about learning your style of connecting to Spirit once you have all the pieces and ingredients.
As you fine tune and hone your abilities, it means you get more control and precise management of when Spirit connects with you and how. Thus, in the developing of your gifts, many people find their piece of mind, life and general feelings of connected to Spirit and themselves greatly improves.
Mediumship is about releasing fear
Releasing your fear of connecting with the Spirit world and what might happen when you do, is one of the main elements of preventing most mediums from being successful. Fear of what might happen, fear of what you might let in, fear of what you might see, fear of what you might hear, fear you might not be a good medium, fear you say something or are wrong, fear you get the wrong message, fear someone won’t know the spirit coming through, fear you wouldn’t be able to perform, fear your gifts will be taken away, fear that if you develop, it will get worse, fear that if you develop, people will judge you.
Lot’s of fears, and that’s just the short list! Developing your gifts is not only about releasing your fear of the Spirit World (it’s mostly pretty safe if you learn some boundaries), but also, releasing your fear of what other people’s opinions are of you . . . and releasing the current opinions you hold about yourself.
To be a medium, you don’t have to have years of training, although many mediums, including myself, believe mediumship is an on-going classroom in itself. There’s no requirement that you saw or felt Spirit as a child, as some people do open up to their gifts later in life, after certain life events, like childbirth.
You can develop your gifts safety and fairly easy with a little bit of commitment, a willingness to make changes in your own life and the lives of others and an open heart. It can be done without fear, and I know, because I’ve done it.
Amanda Linette Meder
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