will I know if I am grounded or ungrounded?
Grounding or Earthing is all
about the awareness that we are still in a physical
body as well as endeavouring to become spiritual
workers and beings.
Here you will find a list of ways in which being
grounded helps us in our lives:
Brings life in to matter and to be able to bring our
healing abilities into the physical.
Increases balance and stability in our physical and
Helps us to accept that we are here to fulfil a purpose
Helps in creating a bridge between Spirit and matter.
Provides an outlet making the release of energy easier.
Allows us to attain higher Spiritual levels.
Here is a
list of some of the more common symptoms of being
ungrounded. Usually each person tends to suffer the
same symptoms each time they are ungrounded. These could
just be one or two symptoms, or even more.
Falling asleep when you are meditating
Sensitive to Noise and light
Having brilliant ideas that never
Arguing and unable to get your point
Please note that many of these symptoms can also be linked
to physical conditions or illnesses, if in doubt always
check with your GP. Light and energy work is complementary
to general medicine and should not be viewed as a substitute
Tree Root Grounding
When working with energy of any kind, doing
visualisation meditations or taking part in
Open/Closed Circles it is VERY important to ground
yourself beforehand. One of the easiest ways of
doing this is here:
your feet and toes are growing roots and these roots
are growing down into the floor/ground beneath you.
The roots grow very, very long and go down into the
earth's core. As you visualise the earth's core
notice the thick roots of trees which have been
there for thousands of years and visualise your own
roots twisting around them, entangling themselves
among these very old roots and therefore 'grounding'
Also, do not forget to drink plenty of water after
your meditation, Circle or healing session.
Mediums work with something which is called
'CERT'. Cert is what is used to provide evidence
of life after death. By using CERT it helps the
medium to stay focused and provide the sitter with
4 major elements to prove that their passed loved
ones have not 'died' but only passed into another
world...the world of spirit.
The four major elements when a medium gives a
C for Communicator
The communicator will be the Spirit that is
communicating with the medium. This could be a
relative or friend of the sitter. You need to get
as much information from spirit, as to who they
are. The medium should try to get their name, age,
and eye colour, build, height, skin colour etc.
The more information you can provide, the more
evidence you are giving to the sitter.
E is for Evidence
Once the identity has been established you need to
provide evidence that the spirit is aware of past
and present events in the sitters life. This
evidence could include memories from the past, an
event that is happening at the moment for the
sitter, hobbies, mannerisms, idiosyncrasies,
illness in the family and so on.
R is for Reason
This section covers the reason why the spirit is
communicating. This can be to give support, to
comfort a grieving relative or loved one, to
provide upliftment to the sitter and to prove that
the human personality continues after 'death'.
T is for Tie Up
This means tying the communication up and bringing
all the elements together. The role of the medium
is to provide the sitter with evidence that there
is existence after death and that it is only the
body which dies and not the spirit.
The above explanation of CERT is a re-worded
version which was originally written by Stephen
O'Brien, and as such remains the copyright of
Following these guidelines will help the medium to
give a true and honest reading, which is accurate
and provide proof that the 'message' brought
through is definitely from the sitter's passed
An apport is something that
spirit have caused to appear apparently out of
'thin air'. This may be a gift given to someone
in a physical circle (see circles later on this
page), or it may be anything that appears
seemingly from nowhere - for example, keys that
appear in a house but do not fit any locks;
coins; stones etc. On one occasion in circle, a
small piece of yellow Jasper appeared by my feet
whilst we were in meditation. Usually an apport
will be warm or hot to the touch when it first
An aura is the energy field
around everything. Even things that do not
appear to be 'living' have auras. The aura can
be photographed using a special method called
Kirlean Photography. Semyon Kirlean discovered,
in 1939, that when half a leaf was photographed
using his special camera, the missing half of
the leaf would appear. To
find the edges of your aura, extend your hands
outwards and then, with your palm turned
inwards, slowly bring your hand back towards
your body. If you do this slowly, you will feel
a slight resistance (usually about a foot away,
although this varies). This is the edge of your
aura. The aura is often brightly coloured,
although if you are ill or if you are feeling
bad about something, the aura will not be so
bright. If you feel uncomfortable because
someone is 'invading your personal space' it is
because their aura has touched or entered yours.
When a medium works with those in spirit, he or
she will allow communicators to 'step into'
their aura, and this makes communication
Automatic writing is the term
used when spirit communicate through writing. It
differs from inspired writing in that spirit
control the pen with automatic writing so that
the handwriting (when this is done by an
experienced medium) will be the same as the
person's handwriting was when they were on the
Earth. Many mediums who use this method will
hold the pen in their left hand (if they are
right-handed) or vice versa. It makes no
difference how the pen is held - it is spirit
who are doing the writing - not the medium.
Chakra is from the Sanskrit for 'wheel'. There
are thousands of Chakras in our body but we tend
to concentrate on the 7 main Chakras as they are
the main energy points of the body. For
further information about the Chakras, click
Clairaudience means 'clear hearing' and refers
to the ability to hear spirit. Most mediums hear
spirit as a 'thought', in other words there is
no physical voice, but they will often be able
to distinguish an accent or vocal inflection.
The worry of developing mediums is that what
'pops into their head' is them - their
imagination, or what they expect the person to
say. This is usually not the case and with
experience it becomes easy to distinguish which
is 'us' and which is spirit. Some mediums hear
spirit physically; they will actually hear the
voice of the communicator.
Clairsentience is the ability to
sense spirit. This may be as a 'feeling' or it
may be that the medium will smell a scent
relative to the person communicating (for
example, perfume or tobacco smoke). If you have
ever entered a house and felt uncomfortable,
only to discover that something tragic has
happened there - or if you have sensed that a
house is haunted, that is clairsentience.
Clairvoyance means 'clear
seeing'. In many people the term 'clairvoyant'
will conjur up an image of a fortune teller.
This is by no means the case. It refers to the
ability to see spirit. Some 'see' spirit in the
mind's eye and some mediums can see spirit in a
more physical form - either as a complete
person, or a misty form or perhaps just a face.
Open Circle -
This is a development circle primarily for
beginners. It is a circle that anyone can join -
the number of sitters will vary from week to
week. This is an ideal circle to join to get an
idea of how spirit work.
This is a development circle for more advanced
mediums, who may or may not still be in
training. To join a closed circle you must first
be invited by the circle leader and there may be
a trial period to make sure that you are right
for the group. Strong commitment and dedication
are required to sit in a closed circle, which
has the same number of people every week and the
same sitters each time.
This circle is primarily for the development of
physical mediumship, such as trance,
transfiguration and direct voice, to name but a
few. Often this circle will be held in total
darkness, although a small light may be used.
Spirit Rescue Circle
This circle is dedicated to the task of
helping spirits who are 'stranded' - either
because they are afraid to pass over, or because
they do not realise they have died, or because
something is holding them back from moving on
into 'the light'. This circle requires a strong
mind as the work can be emotionally and
A circle which will sit each week to send out
remote healing to those in need.
Direct Voice Mediumship
form of physical mediumship, which occurs when
spirit either use the voice
box of the medium or
creates a 'voice box' from ectoplasm. In either
case, the voice that is heard will be the voice
of the communicator. One of the most famous
Direct Voice Mediums was Leslie Flint. His
website, containing examples of Direct Voice
Ectoplasm is a substance produced
from a physical medium, by spirit, and is pure
energy. It can emanate from any orifice. Spirit
can use the ectoplasm to create images - for
example, a hand or a face.
I do not believe that any spirit is 'evil' per
se. Spirit comes from different levels - from
the highest planes of existence in the world of
spirit to the lowest (see 'Planes of Existence'
below). The spirits that are considered to be
'evil' will always come from the lowest plane of
existence and are mischievous and misguided.
They are the hooligan element of spirit. These
spirits often trick people into believing that
they are talking to someone famous, or a
relative or friend, if the person that is
communicating with them is doing so for the
wrong reasons, if they are dabbling in
mediumship but do not understand or know what
they are doing, or have been playing with a
Ouija Board. If your work is carried out in love
and light, and you
raise your consciousness high, you need not
worry - never forget that 'like attracts like'.
There are many different types of
healing, but here are a few examples:
This is the type of healing that is most likely
to be carried out in a Spiritualist church
(although some churches may offer a wide range
of healing). The healer channels energies from
spirit (they usually have a guide specifically
for this work) which can be used to provide the
healing as required. Spiritual healing can treat
physical symptoms and ailments or it can be used
to help a person who is low in spirits. Absent
healing (or remote healing) works along the same
principles, but the person is not present
(obviously!). To find a Spiritual Healer in your
locality, please visit the
National Federation of
Crystal Healing -
Crystals have their own energies and properties
and these can be used to restore the right
balance in our own energies. Each crystal has
different properties, and is capable of treating
different ailments, whether in mind, body or
is the use of cosmic or universal energy,
channeled through the healer to provide the
necessary healing. There are many different
types of Reiki, the most common being Usui.
Similar principle to crystal healing - and is
used to restore the balance of the chakras. For
individual Chakra healing, a crystal appropriate
to the individual Chakra is used and is placed
on the Chakra for 5 to 30 minutes. For complete
Chakra healing, 7 clear quartz crystals are
placed on the Chakras and left for the same
amount of time.
Inspired Writing could be compared
taking dictation, although it is more complex
than that! The medium will feel the guide or
spirit who wishes to write draw close to them
and will be inspired to start writing.
Kundalini is energy and is often
referred to as the coiled serpent that lives in
the Base Chakra.
a medium/healer develops, the serpent will start
to uncoil and rise up through the Chakras. It is
imperative that this is not done too fast - the
Kundalini can affect our physical bodies and if
it is uncoiled too fast it can cause physical
harm. Once the serpent has uncoiled, it will
remain uncoiled. It is dangerous to dabble with
the Kundalini unless you are completely certain
that you know what you are doing.
The Light The Light
Mediums may often refer to 'the
light' - and may use phrases such as: 'passed to
the light' or 'sending a lost spirit to the
light'. In spiritualism the light is descriptive
of the higher planes - or in essence, what we
would refer to as 'heaven'. In many out of body
experiences, people report seeing a bright,
white light and say that they were floating
You may often hear a medium
referring to 'linking with you' or 'making a
link with you'. This refers to the connection
that is created when you are visiting a medium
or a church and one of your loved ones comes
through to communicate via the medium. Once the
medium has heard your voice, even if you only
say 'hello', the link between you and your loved
one in spirit becomes stronger. The medium is
like the operator at a telephone exchange - the
link (or message) is between you and your loved
one, but they are relaying the message; and to
do so a link is necessary.
'Ouija' comes from the French and German for
'yes'. They usually consist of a board which has
on it the letters of the alphabet, yes, no, and
goodbye, and a pointer. It is NEVER a good idea
to use a Ouija Board. Quite simply they are
dangerous. To know what you are doing would
require training as a medium - and if you are
trained as a medium you would have no use for a
Ouija Board! Although the results of using a
Ouija Board may not be as dramatic as portrayed
in some films, the results can often be
are very likely to summon not 'dear old Auntie
Mabel', but a mischievous spirit from the lower
levels (see 'Evil' Spirits' above). It is rare
to get a spirit from the higher levels through a
Ouija Board - after all, why would they want to
play games? Some people believe that if they are
using a glass to point to the letters etc on the
board they simply need to break the glass and
the spirit will be gone. This is not the case. A
sensible article concerning these issues can be
7 Planes of Existence
There are seven planes of existence and each
vibrates at a higher vibration than the one
before it (see 'Vibration' below). Each level
co-exists with the others, but most people are
not aware of anything other than the first plane
- the Earth plane.
Earth Plane -
The most familiar! This is the plane on which we
exist, and is the densest of all the planes.
Etheric Plane -
When people 'die' their spirits
will pass through this plane to reach the plane
of existence where they belong. However, some
spirits remain for quite some time in this
plane, until they can accept their condition and
move on - or to put it another way, until they
are ready to accept 'the light'.
Astral Plane -
This is the plane where the
spirit who are most likely to make contact with
a medium are situated.
Celestial Plane -
This is the highest level of all
and this is the plane where those we come to
know as our guides and teachers exist.
The more spirit progress, and the
longer they have been in the spirit world, the
higher the plane in which they exist.
This is of the utmost importance.
Before beginning any spiritual work, you should
ask for protection. This may take the form of a
prayer (the Lord's Prayer, for example) - or you
might just call upon your guide(s) for
protection. If you ask for protection you will
be protected - it is just a matter of trust.
Envisage a bright white (or blue) light flowing
through you and around you, acting as a shield.
This is also useful when you are going out and
you know that you may encounter negative
emotions, and because it acts like a shield, any
negative emotion will 'bounce off'. Placing one
arm across your solar plexus in an unpleasant
encounter with another person is useful as extra
protection - for emotion is often felt and
absorbed through the Solar Plexus Chakra.
Psychometry is mediumship using
an object; the person for whom the medium is
reading does not have to be present when the
reading takes place. Some mediums can
psychically determine different things about a
person from the object; others can link to
spirit connected to the owner using the object.
Psychometry is an especially useful method to
use if they know the people for whom they are
Whether you believe in reincarnation is a matter
of personal choice - the jury
is still very much out on the subject and those
with an opinion of reincarnation are divided.
Those who believe in reincarnation hold the
belief that we each return again to the Earth
plane from spirit to learn a set of lessons in
order to progress and advance in the spirit
world. Some believe that we return to the Earth
to set right past wrongs - the law of Karma (in
the simplest terms 'what goes around, comes
around'); for example, if you were wealthy and
cruel you may return as someone who is very poor
and the victim of cruelty. Many people have
'past life experiences' - they may get a feeling
of deja vu when visiting a place they have never
been before - or they may have dreams of people
and places they do not know. Often they will
have undergone Past Life Regression under
hypnosis, from which many details may be given
and verified - often with a high degree of
accuracy. Those who do not believe in
reincarnation account for 'past life
experiences' as shared experiences with another
member of their Soul Group (see 'Soul Group'
below). I myself, have been regressed back
to former lives many times so have first hand
experience of this and know that
we do reincarnate.
A soul group is the 'family' of
souls to which we belong - although we do not
necessarily inhabit the Earth plane at the same
time as any other member of our Soul Group, it
is to this group that we return when we pass to
the spirit world. The Soul Group helps the
returning member (soul) to review the life that
they have lived and to reaclimatise to the
These are highly evolved spirits who have chosen
to guide and help you as you progress through
life. They are wise and loving, and will never
let you down. Everyone has at least one spirit
guide, whether they are 'into' spiritualism or
not. They might otherwise be referred to as
'Guardian Angels'. Spirit Guides can change as
you go through life - but some are with you
throughout your life and have been with you
since you were born. They are not all
necessarily Chinese or Native American, for
example, but I believe that it is down to the
individual's perception. Spirit do not have a
'form' as such, and your guide
will appear in the form that you will be most
able to accept and understand. Therefore, if you
expect to see a Native American, you probably
will. Some were genuinely Native Americans in
their previous lives, but others may simply
choose that form because it is what is expected.
Others do not identify themselves with any given
form - do not 'show themselves' - but are there
nonetheless as pure energy. They may be members
of your Soul Group.
of my guides, the first one I ever saw, appears
to me as an orthodox Jewish man, dressed in the
full 'garb'...long black coat, black hat,
ringlets. Although I am now a Catholic, I was
born into an 'ordinary' Jewish family and more
often than not 'ordinary' Jews do not like the
orthodox Jews because they have some very
strange ways and customs and non-Jews tend to
group all Jews together, so they are sadly
frowned upon by the 'ordinary' Jews. I grew up
disliking these people, something which I am
ashamed of now, and I believe that my guide
Rueben appears to me, not only to show that
orthodox Jews are no different to ordinary Jews,
or even anyone else for that matter, but also to
remind me of my Jewish roots because I had
'turned my back' on the religion. Being Jewish
isn't a religion as such, it is more a 'culture'
and Rueben is here to remind me of that.
Trance Mediumship takes a long
time to develop and takes patience and
dedication. For trance to work, the medium has
to mentally 'step aside' to allow the
communicator (often a guide) to overlap him or
her more closely. It will not work unless both
parties are willing.
Another form of physical
mediumship. This is very interesting to witness,
and is something which I myself have always
wanted to witness, but as yet have not done so.
It is a form of trance mediumship, except that
in the case of Transfiguration the medium
apparently takes on the appearance of the
communicating spirit - either facially or the
whole body. If a person wore a lot of rings, for
example, then the rings will appear on the hands
of the medium. If the person was very tall, or
very short, the medium will become thus -
equally, if the person had a beard or moustache,
these will also appear on the face of the
medium. Most spirit communicating this way do
not have the ability to control the medium's
vocal chords - it takes a lot of energy 'just'
to appear in a recognisable form. These spirits
are often able to mouth the words that they wish
to speak. However, more experienced and advanced
spirit (such as the medium's guide) are able to
use the medium's vocal chords so that their
communication may also be heard.
Everything vibrates. The higher
the vibration, the less dense the object. Spirit
vibrate at a higher level to us - so in order to
communicate with spirit, they need to lower
their vibration as we raise ours to meet
somewhere in the middle. A good example of how
vibration works in this respect is a bee flying.
You can see the bee, but you cannot it's wings.
This is because the wings are vibrating at a
high rate to keep the bee aloft and this high
rate of vibration cannot be perceived with the
human eye. The higher we raise our consciousness
(our vibration), the wiser and more pure the
Working with Spirit
To work with spirit as a medium or healer
requires a lot of time, effort, dedication and
self-discipline. It cannot be done in five
minutes, and there are no shortcuts. Spirit will
only work at the pace that is right for you. Two
important personality traits in developing
mediums are humour and humility. It is possible
to develop on your own, but it is a good idea to
find a development circle - that way, any
questions that you have can be answered, and you
should receive the proper guidance in order to
develop at the pace that is right for you.
However, if you would prefer to develop on your
own, there are some good online spiritual sites
which have chatrooms where you can attend
Circles and classes, one of them being our own,
If you wish to develop within a circle, it is
well worth making enquiries at your local
spiritualist church. A directory can be found on
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