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Automatic Writing

When people speak about spirit communication their first thoughts are of clairvoyance and messages from loved ones who have passed away. Secondly they think of philosophy and teachings that come through trance or channeled speaking. Healing is most likely to be their third thought and even physical mediumship will get a look in before automatic writing. Why! Because as a discipline it is not greatly spoken about. There are authors who say their books are channeled from spirit but still they do not mention if that occurred as automatic writing, speaking that was then typed up or inspiration.

There seems to be some confusion about this form of spirit communication. Like most of the work of spirit it is viewed in its extremes that spirit must take over your entire hand and wildly write in strange languages and even stranger script. With the channel not being aware of anything and stunned by what has been produced. But this is not the way of spirit in the 21st Century. Working with spirit has evolved as we have, it is clearer, more relaxed, gentler but no less important or valid.

As with all spirit communication it can be for the personal development, another person or humanity as a whole. We can not dictate which as that was decided before we were born; we can of course choose to do nothing, but why would you? How often are we urged to keep a journal or dairy, look at the web it is littered with blog after blog of someone's life. We write words as easily as we speak them so of course spirit will use this medium to communicate.

Automatic Writing is an umbrella term covering all levels of writing from inspired (the lightest form) to auto-script (done in deep trance). Perhaps it is the word automatic we dislike so much, perhaps calling it channeled writing sounds better as it gives us a part to play, a role in the process of being the channel. Automatic sounds as if we are not even needed, but of course we are. Channeled writing can bring forward a message about your own growth, a message from a loved one or inspiring philosophy and upliftment.

It is also a great way to communicate with your guides in question and answers sessions with a notebook. Your own inner voice which gives you guidance and acts as your compass can also speak through the written word. We would all love to channel a famous poet or author but our spirit guides are those we have chosen to work with and are a perfect fit to our highest good.

It was written “The pen is mightier than the sword.” and I believe it is. Treaties are things of peace but they are held in the written word, as are laws and vows. They also say there is a book in each of us, but maybe not one that we write but instead one that we channel. Take a moment to sit with a pen and paper, clear your mind, ask one simple question - out loud or in your head - and just write what ever comes to you. You might surprise yourself!

Now do the same thing but this time ask your spirit guides to inspire you with the answer, and just write what ever comes to you. This time spirit might surprise you!

Happy writing.


Dedication, Discipline and a Sense of Humour

These are three things I feel you need when you are developing and working for spirit. In today's world time is so precious, everything is in easy reach, fast trains, fasts cars and fast food. However the world of the development circle does not run on fast time and developing, whether as a psychic, medium or healer, takes time. I see many students who join a development circle and think in a few months they will be at an advanced level. Sadly that is not the case for the vast majority.

So the first thing you need is dedication. You need to be dedicated to come week after week to circle allowing your development to take its time, which can be years. Should you have agreed to work for spirit, you will when the time is right that is divine timing. The more you try to rush the more you will block your progress. Patience is indeed a virtue when working with spirit.

The next thing is discipline. Working with spirit requires that we raise our energy and vibration to meet spirit half way as it were. That however is not our normal state of being so we need to take responsibility for our own energies when working with spirit. Discipline ensures that you follow the basic rules of Ground, Protect, Open and Close. And that does not only apply to when you are in circle but throughout your daily life as well. I was fortunate to be trained in the Ivy Northage way, which meant closing to spirit every morning on waking and every night before going to bed and that takes discipline. However it is also important and I encourage my students to do the same.

Finally, a sense of humour. I see so many students get too serious about their development that they forget to enjoy it. Working with spirit should not be a chore but a pleasure. However mostly a sense of humour allows you to make mistakes and trust me as students you will as that is part of learning. But laugh about them. Do not get frustrated by them. Mistakes are some of the best lessons you will have so enjoy them.


Sitting in Circle

When we talk of developing as a psychic, medium or healer we usual use the term development circle. The reason for the circle is many - if you sit in circle you can see each other easily; the circle is the purest and strongest of all shapes, energy flows around a circle as it makes a circuit. So when you want to develop you need to find a circle but where to begin.

Most Spiritualist Churches hold regular circles as do many professional mediums. Places like The College of Psychic Studies and The Spiritualist Association of Great Britain also run them. But, which is the right one for you? Always ask your own intuition and your spirit guides for guidance and direction. Ask to be guided to the right circle for your development. Trust that you will be.

How Do They Work

What happens once you are there? That depends on the circle and the teacher, some circles use mainly guided mediations to work; whilst others like the one I sat in use exercises working with the chakra system and spirit. Different things work for different people. You may find that you work with several circles during your development so you get a broader view on how to connect.

The wonderful thing about being in a circle is the group support and energy. Working with spirit takes energy and a group creates more than an individual making it easier to connect to spirit. When sitting in a circle giving energy to the group is an important part and this is done through intention. As you sit, say to yourself that you are sending energy to whoever is working, or visualise the energy coming out from your heart to that person. Once they have finished working withdraw that energy back into yourself. Thought has power so just thinking it does mean it will happen.

Practice, Practice, Practice

As you are all developing you can support each other in the process. Feedback is very important when you are developing as doubt is your biggest enemy. Keep a record of what happens. Often we do not see our own progress but going back over your records will help to show you how you are coming along. As well as keeping a note of the information and messages you have received from spirit. Most circle leaders will advise you not to work outside of the circle. However once you are more advanced with your development you can start practising on your friends and family.

Remember every time you meet in circle it is an opportunity to practice so make the most of it. Embrace the communication. Do not let fear stop you. Fear is often only a lack of knowledge so study. There are many good books around about becoming a medium or psychic and many more biographies of well known mediums. Read some of them. By reading another persons journey of development you will find that they have experienced many of the same things that you are experiencing. Understanding the basic mechanics of mediumship, for instance, also helps the process along.

"The Clairs"

When sittings for mediumship you need to get to know the “Clairs”. These are clairvoyance, clairaudience and clairsentience - or in English - clear seeing, clear hearing and clear feeling. I knew a lovely lady who sat for many years and said that nothing every happened that was until someone explained that clairaudience was not only external sound but also thoughts that crossed your mind. She had spent years waiting for a voice outside her head when all the time they had been impressing her mind with words and thoughts.

Clairvoyance is clear seeing, this means seeing spirit. That can be anything from full 3D, techni colour, large as life in front of you; to a quick image in your mind; or a perceived image or impression. The first one can, to be honest, be a bit frightening, as they tend to appear out of nowhere and all of a sudden. The later takes the most trust as you almost feel the image rather than see it.

Clairaudience is clear hearing, this means hearing spirit. The loud booming voice from nowhere would be wonderful but most often it is thoughts in your head that are not your own. I have noticed that when I do hear spirit audible they are usually very loud. I reckon on those occasions they are shouting to get my attention. One strange thing about clairaudience, is even though it is a thought that comes into your mind it is by your ear, almost like whisper.

Clairsentience is clear feeling, this means feeling spirit. Many of us have this without even realising it. For instance, you felt a presence in a room that is clairsentience in its simplest form. Clairsentience can be expressed in many ways depending on the medium and spirit but mostly it is an expression of emotions or physical conditions.

Open Platform

As mentioned before practice is important and an open platform is a wonderful learning experience. Many Spiritualist Churches hold open platforms. These are events where people developing can come and demonstrate on a church platform to an audience of understanding people and working mediums. This gives the student a chance to work with people they do not know and to receive guidance and feedback from working mediums. Platform work is also a great way of learning the pitfalls and honing your gift. A church audience will test you more than your fellow students in circle or your family.

So do not rush it. Study and practice but above all enjoy it!


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