Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get a reading from a Church medium?
If you are interested in booking an appointment with one of our Church mediums, please email the Church.
How can I learn to be a medium?
All that is needed to begin your journey is an interest in self-development and a commitment to regular practice. Our Mediumship Development Program accommodates those at various points in their spiritual journey. Mediumship Development Circles run in Fall and Winter sessions.
What are some ways Spirit gives information to a medium?
Spirit gives information to a medium through both physical and intuitive senses. These are sometimes collectively known as the “clairs” (Thalbourne, 2003)1.
For example, Clairalience or “clear smelling” is the ability to smell a Spirit. For example, a medium may smell the pipe tobacco of a person who smoked during life. Clairgustance or "clear tasting" is the ability to receive taste impressions from a spirit. Claircognizance or "clear knowing", is the ability to know something without receiving it through normal or psychic senses. It is a feeling of "just knowing". Often, a medium will claim to have the feeling that a message or situation is "right" or "wrong."
1Adapted from Thalbourne, M. (2003), A Glossary of Terms Used in Parapsychology, Charlottesville, Virginia, Puente Publications. Available on Amazon.
What is a Spiritualist medium?
A Spiritualist medium is an ethical person who has developed their mediumship in the Spiritualist tradition and has the skills needed to act as a conduit for the person in Spirit who has a message for a relative or friend on the Earth plane. Mediums that develop through our Church are trained in ethical mediumship, and must meet defined criteria over a period of time and show commitment to the Seven Principles of Spiritualism to become an appointed Church Medium.
What is psychometry?
Psychometry is the reading of resonant energies of a person (who may be alive or in Spirit) that are contained in a physical object. According to Boddington, in the University of Spiritualism, psychometry involves the reading of the life record of inanimate objects, or the emotional accretions that they have collected. As with the “clair” senses, psychometry can be used psychically or mediumistically, whereby touching objects that have been possessed and impressed by someone who has passed provides another way to establish mediumistic communication (Boddington, 1995)1.
1Adapted from Boddington, H. (1995), The University of Spiritualism, Stansted, U.K., Psychic Press. Available on Amazon.
What is trance?
All forms of mediumship involve varying levels of trance. Trance involves an altered state of consciousness where Spirit is allowed to work through the medium for the purposes of communication or healing.
Roberts differentiates between inspirational speaking or writing and automatic writing and trance lectures (Roberts, 1994, p. 45)1. In trance lectures the mediums ego or active mind is in abeyance and thus can produce words, languages, names and references that are unfamiliar to the medium. As Roberts reports on automatic writing, “writing of a mediumistic nature comes unexpectedly to some people, who find their hand apparently moved by a force other than that of their own will.” Whereas inspirational speaking and writing often occur when the medium is still quite present and are couched in the language, education and experience of the medium. Automatic writing represents a deeper form of trance where the writing is done entirely by spirit with little or no conscious awareness of the medium. Roberts recounts the story of a medium named Grace Rosher, who stated she was writing a shopping list when her hand was unexpectedly controlled and a message was written in the handwriting of her dead fiancé.
1Adapted from Roberts, U. (1994), All About Mediumship, London, U.K., Two Worlds Publishing. Available on Amazon.