My Journey To Mediumship.
As a young boy of maybe 5 or 6, I remember my Grandfather going into Trance and giving my Grandmother healing. His guide White Feather would often come and speak, this was to my annoyance as it always happened at a time when I was watching my favourite programme! My Grandfather was an old school Christian Spiritualist who would put on relaxing music and would read the bible. Every Thursday my God Parents and sometimes my mother would come around to visit, little did I know at the time that they were holding séances! My Godfather Ken was a Trance medium. I admit I know little about what happened within their circle but 30 odd years later Ken appeared to me transfigured on the face of a medium and gave me information that only my mother could know due to her sitting in the circle at that time.
My Grandfather sadly took his own life in 1987 and I then went through a period of a few years where most people close to me passed to the spirit world, my Grandmother, sister and 2 children plus a couple of friends. My Mother who is mental medium by this time had taken over Newton Abbot Spiritualist and I was a rather angry young man who by this time and in my early 20’s wanted nothing to do with Spiritualism and anyone that was involved in it. Things tended to stay with me though, I could forecast football results, knew instantly when people had passed, would often see people who had passed at the end of my bed. Always trying to ignore it but always slightly intrigued.
This continued until 2004 when by this time and now being 36 I was being pulled back to Newton Abbot Spiritualist Church which was now being run by Phil & Shelia Scott. Being Stubborn I refused to go and although I had recently bought a book on Psychic development there was no way I was ever going to read it. I then went on a national trust holiday in Snowdonia not realising that it was the week that would change my life. Most evenings we would walk down a little pub in Bethgellert but on this occasion I was the only one that didn’t drink, we returned to where were staying and everyone went to bed except for me. It was such a warm beautiful night that I sat outside, the stars were so close that I could touch them! And then stood right in front of me appeared my 2 sisters who were in spirit, Caron who has passed 8 years earlier kept repeating about a book and then they were gone! Must admit I thought it was a crazy dream until a few days later when home. I got up in the morning and sat on the sofa eating my breakfast when on the floor and facing me was the book on Psychic development, today this day I don’t remember if I had left it there but right next to it and also facing me was a book on how to set my video recorder. To this day I can still remember putting it in a place when there was no earthly way it could have been moved! That was it, the next Wednesday I was off to Newton Church for the demonstration of Clairvoyance.
I quickly joined the awareness circle but after a few short months I sat in Phil’s development circle and there I stayed for 10 years, purely based on Meditation. Sitting in the energy and blending with the spirit, developing an unbreakable bond with my guides and helpers and never practicing Clairvoyance until one day I after about 5 or 6 years I was thrust onto the platform. My first demonstration was the most daunting of my life but it went ok and quickly I was asked to work in the locally churches around South Devon, it was at this point that I started to get an interest in Trance and Physical Mediumship.
We were very lucky at Newton Abbot and had some wonderful Physical mediums work at our church, Stuart Alexander, David Thompson, Kai Muegge amonst others. Phil Scott is also a physical medium and on one occasion I was lucky enough to see my 2 daughters transfigured on his shoulders, the information given was so accurate it left me extremely humbled especially as no one in the church knew that I had lost children and the date of the séance was the 1 November, the anniversary of my first daughters passing! In another séance I saw Gordon Higginson walk out the cabinet as fully materialised Spirit Person and talked to Brenda Sawyer who was sat next to me about times they had spent together at Macclesfield Church in the 70’s or 80’s. I have also been lucky enough to have a 2 way conversation with my Grandmother via direct voice.
It was around this time when I first went into Trance, sitting in my mothers house my Grandfathers guides came through and spoke. I knew nothing of it until an hour and a half later when I came back around. The next time I was in Trance was at The Arthur Findlay College with the wonderful Glyn Edwards who sadly passed to the higher life last year.
So here I am a full time medium, demonstrating Mental Mediumship and Trance Mediumship plus doing workshops in the churches and centres throughout the South of England and Wales. I meet some incredible people while doing the job that I love, there are still times when I’m amazed by the strength and courage that some people show plus also the healing power of the Spirit World. We all come from the same source that divine power of unconditional love that I call God, we are all special, we are all little miracles and in our own way we are all mediums. Our loved ones in Spirit are always just a mere thought away.
Time and The World Of Spirit.
I remember as a child growing up in Liverton on the edge of Dartmoor, the long summer days always seemed to be sunny back then. We would start our summer holidays full of excitement as to what we would do and by the end of the six weeks of holidays we were ready to go back to school as we were starting to get a little bored. One such day when time seemed to stand still my mother said to me ‘enjoy these days because as you get older time gets quicker! I didn’t really understand it back then but now and at the grand old age of 48 I know exactly what she means, time does appear to be speeding up! Even on days when I have complete rest, literally do nothing the times rushes by! But why?
The truth is that from a physical point of view I don’t know, I suspect that these days we are consumed by technology always looking at the internet on our phones, checking to see who has done what and that time isn’t actually speeding up but our perception of time is changing.
We do know however that in the spirit world there is no time, 20 of our years pass in the blink of an eye over there. When demonstrating platform mediumship my awareness moves and with this so does my perception of time. I always like to have a clock in sight purely to ensure that I’m not spending too much time on one message. This might sound a little harsh as the whole point of mediumship is for people to receive healing and so how can you measure that in minutes and seconds. The truth is you can’t and so the message has to be about quality and not the length of it. There are only so many messages we can deliver so Spirit have ways of splitting the message so that more than just the receiver can take what the medium is saying.
Trance Mediumship for me is interesting because 2 hours in that state can feel 5 minutes and yet while I am in that state I can feel the essence of the communicator, hearing their thoughts quite often aware of things within the physical environment and yet unable to remember anything about the communicator or the session upon my return. My grandfather who was a Trance Healer felt he never fully let go, my interpretation is that it is actually a way for spirit to keep you safe from harm enabling us to return back to the here and now should we need to do so.
I was told by a little whirlwind that came into my life recently and sadly left just as quickly that I needed to live for the moment and whilst I agree I also feel it is good to keep one eye on future because as we know time waits for no man or woman.
I hope the second half of 2016 brings you peace, joy and happiness.
Recently whenever I start a Clairvoyance demonstration I ask the question ‘who is psychic?’ out of an audience that can sometimes reach 100 people there are usually 2 or 3 hands go up most just look as if you say ‘not me’.
Well the news is that everyone on this planet is psychic! Have you ever thought of someone that you haven’t seen for a long time and then bump into them a few days later or you suddenly have a feeling of unrest and someone that can be a little draining calls you, well that is your psychic awareness.
Mediumship and spirit communication is adding the extra layers to it. In essence you can psychic without being spiritual but you cannot be spiritual without being psychic. Even the spiritual medium will at times drop into the psychic levels when giving a message from the platform, spirit will use all tools available to them to be able give a meaningful message.
Mediumship comes naturally to certain people and others have to work at it and at times throughout our lives our mediumship either gets stronger or we think we are going backwards.
The reality is that during periods of perceived stagnation that is normally the time when things are moving forward the most. It is a very slow and subtle process of unfoldment. I sat in the same meditation circle for 10 years, some people go on different courses with different mediums hoping that will push them further forward faster however we will develop as fast or as slow as spirit think is good enough for us.
Matthew Smith who is a tutor at The Arthur Findlay College says that it should take at least 3 years of development before someone goes on the platform and gives messages. This I completely agree, I am astonished how quickly some fledgling mediums are put on the platform without knowing any of the philosophy of how it works or even how to deliver a message. Mediumship isn’t about the medium or even the spirit communicator it’s about the person receiving the message and can we as mediums make them feel better and begin the healing process. We are key that unlocks the door for healing, nothing more.
So for your own mediumship journey, experience new things, push your boundaries, step out of your comfort zone learn from the likes of Silver Birch, White Eagle or any other Spiritual leader from any religion that you are drawn to, expand your awareness and if your sat in a development circle make sure that you are developing in a way that correct for you because it’s feels right and not because its driven by ego.
God bless and good luck on your Spiritual Journey.
First day of spring, let my new life begin,
lets clear out the old, come on be bold,
as i look to the future, my heart starts to beat,
of long summer nights and finally some heat,
lets live our lives, this is our chance,
live for the moment, laugh, sing and dance,
If money is tight, then dont have a fright,
because a dip in the sea is stunning and free,
tune into mother nature as she whispers, I hear,
when she says life is beautiful, i love you my dear,
so my friends this is our time not to be glum,
Lets live our lives for fun,fun, fun.
My sister Caron passed to spirit on 26th February 1996 at just 20 years old, she had had a difficult few years but just as she had started to turn her life around she was taken from us. As a celebration of her life I would like to post a poem written by her in her darkest hour. Thank you for reading.
Soul Searching by Caron Lucy Greenwood.
As I watch the stars that shine,
I wonder what is truly mine,
For when it is my time to go,
I’ll only have myself to show,
No fancy items will impress,
Just the soul that I possess,
My inner self is all they see,
What has transformed, what’s made me, me,
And as I wonder through the days,
Some so clear, and some in haze,
I realise to feel at ease,
You have to find a way to please,
Your mind, your body and your soul,
You need contentment and a goal,
So you can pass yourself and say,
I feel so good, I achieved this day.
Blending With The Power
'Positive thinking creates a doorway through which Angels love to walk'
So what is the power? How does it help? And where does it come from? The power is the beautiful energy that comes directly from the God force it’s self. God to me is a beautiful universal energy that flows through everything, man, animal, plant and mineral life, it does not discriminate between colour, creed or sexuality, it is pure unconditional love and it’s what links us on the earth to the spirit realms.
The power or energy allows those from the world of spirit to visit and commune with us, it’s how mediumship works, by allowing us to raise our energy levels to a point where the spirit can meet us in the middle. The power is much more than an aid to communication, it will deepen ones healing capabilities or can just help with our own intuition. This beautiful energy is there to help and inspire us 24/7. There is an abundant supply it never goes away. It is very subtle, the best way I can describe it is imagine a butterfly floating by on a hot summers day, it is that light! It has to be because the spirit has no weight, size or shape, it is energy in its purest form.
Mediumship is very similar and to develop all you have to do is to blend with the power whenever possible. Like the energy mediumistic development is a very slow subtle process, you are always expanding, always developing but you will never be the finished product because we will continue to develop in this life and the next.
Sit in a quiet place and put some relaxing music on, close your eyes and try to imagine the stresses and strains of the day slowly melting away. Imagine a white light coming from the universe and entering the top of your head, slowly moving through your body and encompassing your mind your heart and soul (don’t worry if your heart briefly starts to beats quicker its normal), the energy slowly flows down to your knees, your feet and into the ground, as it flows it removes any negative energy leaving just positive energy. Now with every breath imagine the energy expanding, getting deeper and bigger until eventually it not only comes out of your body and fills the room but it encompasses the whole world and just sit in that energy for 10 minutes or so.
Try that exercise over a period of time and see the difference, yes it is a slow process, yes you need dedication and discipline, yes it can be really boring!! But the beauty and the power of the spirit is unimaginable only limited by us and our human mind so it is worth it.
2016 – A New Hope.
‘Do not dwell on the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment’ – Buddha.
Wise words indeed as we enter the start of a new year, we all tend to have our resolutions in place and are ready and optimistic for what the forth coming days will bring. We almost have a sence than on New Year’s Day a miracle will happen and everything will change for the best. But why wait for the New Year? Every day the sun rises and with it brings new opportunity, it doesn’t matter whether it’s January 1st or August 16th, the new beginnings are there for us.
The Spiritualist National Union has its 7 principles and Number 5 is personal responsibility. Responsibility for our lives the good things that happen and also the bad, sadly no matter how much we love somebody especially those who are going through difficult times we cannot take responsibility for them or their actions we can only offer support and love.
The Spirit World in their wisdom tell us that we are on this earthly world for soul growth and that the way to expand our consciousness is through living life, both the good times and the bad, making the most of every day and enjoying life and the challenges that it presents us. Rather than making New Year resolutions that we probably won’t keep lets live life as Buddha suggests ‘in the moment’ making the most of every day so that as it comes to a close we can look back and say ‘it was a good day, I did my best’. Remember the bank account of time, we can only take from that bank account, we cannot put back in, we cannot relive a day or even a moment, when it’s gone, it’s gone. So enjoy the moment for all it brings and live life to the full, our loved ones in the Spirit World would ask nothing less.
Happy New to you all, I hope it is a year filled with fun, good health and laughter.
Love & Peace
Welcome to my first blog J.
Over the coming months and years I intend to write about many spiritual subjects. They will be based on my experiences and the people I meet as these form our philosophies and principles. I hope you will find it thought provoking and interesting.
Within each of us there is a spirit or soul if you prefer. This spirit is pure energy, it has no boundaries other than that of our physical body. When we pass to the world of light we are just losing that which restricts us, our bodies. Consider our bodies as a vehicle which transports us while we are living a physical experience. When we move to the other side our memories stay with us as does our love for the people that are left behind. Love is eternal and so are our spirits, it never dies, it can’t because it comes from the divine source which created everything.
I have so often heard about organisations that state the job of a medium is to prove that life is eternal and while I agree that this is part of what we do I feel that it is only a small part. Mediumship for me is all about healing, it is the first line of healing. Many people will come to see a medium when their lives are in chaos, quite often the medium is the last hope. For a person to be able leave the medium feeling that there is hope, feeling that they can cope and feeling that they can improve their lives, there is no greater gift. Mediumship isn’t the answer but it is certainly part of the solution.
So what it is like being a medium? It’s not all about love and light, you become more sensitive, things that wouldn’t bother you in the past now hurt and the pain runs deep. You can become more vulnerable and more insecure but the positives by far outweigh the negatives. Imagine a beautiful sunrise in stunning warm climates, the joy felt at the birth of a new child, the amazement felt about a stunning piece of art or the peace felt while sitting under a tree looking at rolling countryside, that is what mediumship is about and that is what mediumship means to me. It’s beautiful.
Born in 1967 I come from a heredity line of mediums going back three generations, I have been lucky enough to see visitors from the spirit realms since the age of 3.