Mediumship is a fascinating subject but
one cannot study mediumship in any depth without studying psychic phenomena in
its many forms. This is due to the fact
that many times mediumship involves the same extra-sensory faculties that are
expressed in the demonstration of psychic phenomena and it is important to rule
out the possibility that the medium is merely receiving information in a
psychic manner from a physical being and not from a discarnate spirit.
One of the most important of these
extra-sensory faculties, clairsentience-which means “clear-sensing”-is the
ability to sense, perceive or feel things in the psychic or spiritual
realm. Many people consider this sense
to be our “sixth-sense” and akin to Intuition.
In fact, in studies on spontaneous intuition by Dr. Louisa Rhine, half
the people studied said that they felt or
sensed that something was about to happen before the subject incident
actually happened. Some of these people
felt so strongly about what they believed was going to happen that they
actually cancelled trips or altered plans in order to change the outcome.
Clairsentience can also be experienced in
conjunction with other psychic phenomena such as clairvoyance and
clairaudience. In fact, many psychics
report that they have more than one of these “clair” senses happening at the
same time while demonstrating their psychic ability.
One offshoot of clairsentience is
psychometry; or the psychic ability to sense the life record-the people and
places associated with an object-by touch.
Psychometry was discovered by Dr. Joseph
Buchanan, a physician practicing in Ohio, when he found that some of his
patients were able to identify specific medications even when they were
enclosed in sealed envelopes. He did
other experiments and published his early findings in 1849. He went on to work with a geologist, William
Denton, who was doing experiments in geologic psychometry, which is receiving historical
information from geologic specimens.
The basis of psychometry is that
everything and everyone in the Universe has a vibrational energy field
surrounding them and that someone sensitive to these vibrations can pick up
information from this energetic field.
There have been numerous studies of psychometry by scientists over the years and two main approaches have been put forth. Dr. Gustav Pagenstecher proposed that the object was most important as the psychic linked up directly with the vibrations of that object in order to receive impressions. Dr. Eugene Osty on the other hand, stated that he felt that the object was merely a catalyst to start the psychic ability of the sensitive. After the initial contact, the psychic was able to receive all impressions or knowledge from their own psychic faculties and not from the object itself.
However psychometry actually works, there
is no doubt as to its ability to help someone who is just starting out to
develop their psychic ability. It is one
way that you can actually measure your progress because you can record what you
sense from objects and see how your accuracy increases the more that you
practice with additional objects.
Another type of phenomena associated with
mediumship is spirit photography and its close relatives, skotography (“dark
writing”) and thoughtography.
In spirit photography, images of
discarnate beings appear on film or photographic plates inside a camera. Skotography produces images of people, places
and things on sealed photographic plates without the use of a camera. In thoughtography, the images that are
produced on the film are not of discarnate beings but are images produced by
the psychic ability of the sensitive themself.
Unfortunately, because there was so much fraud associated with spirit photography,
it has not been studied in any depth for quite some time.
It is clear that a medium uses many of the
same faculties associated with psychic phenomena but receives the information
from a Spirit and not from a being in physical form. The medium may “sense”, “see” or “hear” but
must be able to interpret the information so that the sitter is able to
accurately identify the entity. This is
the basis of mediumship: when the personal identity of one from the Spirit
World is revealed without a doubt, no matter the way in which it was received,
it is proof of the continuity of life and of personal survival.
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