Chapter frrom the ‘The Spirit World in Plain English: Mediumistic and Spiritual Unfoldment’
By Glyn Edwards and Santoshan
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Free the spirit within me. Teach me how to know and attain the way to unbounded and limitless potential.
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Inspiration of any kind is a spontaneous event and is a power that can transform and open our minds. Whether writing a book, composing a song or giving a talk, when inspiration comes, ideas will simply flow through our consciousness. Such acts of creativity link us deeply with the creativity of the universe, Nature, God and spirit. Therefore the value of inspiration in unfoldment must never be underestimated.
In mediumistic development we can often experience a sense of being impelled to speak spontaneously. Insights can flow through us from levels beyond our individual sense of self. But because thoughts and words are forms with which we are familiar, doubts may arise as to whether these are our own or come from another source. It is through the cultivation of an open awareness that we come to recognize inspiration flowing from other realms.
We ought to consider that in all aspects of mediumistic development, the spirit have to use the equipment we supply them. In the initial stages the spirit will have to learn how to penetrate our conscious and unconscious mind and influence the flow of our thoughts. They may have no means of vocalising their thoughts, so they will communicate by influencing parts of our mind. It is for this reason that we need both trust in and an open responsiveness to the spirit, as these supply the spirit with beneficial qualities to use. They will then be able to implement necessary steps required to prove to us that information is coming from them.
Inspirational speaking and drawing inspiration from all life
If at any time while sitting in a mediumistic development circle you feel inspired to speak, then do so. We suggest that you record or write down everything that is said, so that over a period of time you can look back and listen to or read what has been said and see if any changes have occurred in the manner of speech (if recorded) and the content and use of words.
However, it is important to remember that we can be inspired not only by individual spirit personalities, but also by events and experiences in our daily lives. Because we are spirit ourselves, inspiration can surface through our everyday awareness in a myriad of unique ways. This too is of course a highly valid form of communion with the inspiring diversity of life and can play as much of a part in our psychic and spiritual unfoldment as any form of mediumistic inspiration. Here again, a way to awaken to this is to simply be open and responsive to numerous things that can inspire us, such as Nature, music, art, beauty, poetry, literature, healthy interactions with others and the sacredness and Divinity of all, and how they can enrich our spiritual lives.
All that has been said about inspirational speaking applies to the impulse to write. Keep your mind open and receptive and avoid prejudgement of any writing as this can interfere with its flow. Whatever information comes, whether for yourself or another, look for evidence of who is communicating. Do not blindly accept things. If the information is philosophic, examine its content and be aware of the role your own mind can play in this form of development.
Some people may unfold the skill to write poetry. Again you need to reflect upon the source from which it is coming. Is it from your own mind, from an individual spirit personality, or from another unique source of inspiration? Look at the content and decide its value, no matter what type of inspiration has produced it.
Some find themselves inspired to draw, even though they may lack artistic skills. Yet through spirit inspiration they find they are able to draw proficiently. At first the drawings may be crude in quality. But with patience and persistence they can develop into something exceptional, such as accurate renderings of faces of friends, relatives or helpers in the spirit world. You will need to look at the accuracy and the likeness of any drawings to the people depicted. Through this you will hopefully establish the reality of survival of those in the spirit world.
Some people develop the ability to draw the aura. They are often impressed or inspired to put certain colours on to paper. This may be for the purpose of analysing a person’s character and potential, spiritually as well as materially.
With this type of development and with all other categories of mediumistic inspiration, it is wise to keep a level head and not make claims that it is coming from the spirit world or any particular spirit personality until you have acceptable evidence that proves this.
With the development of automatic writing, some experience the sensation of minor electrical impulses going down their arm and feel as though their hand no longer belongs to them. People developing this ability might ask other members of the development circle for a pen to be placed in their hand, as they feel that someone wishes to write through them. If this ability persist, allow it to continue and observe the results. In the early stages, the writing can be just squiggles and swirls, almost childlike in style. Those who wish to know more about this subject will find further information in books by the automatic writing medium Geraldine Cummins, which show some possibilities and types of material that can be produced.
When writing, the arm and hand may move automatically. Through a process of suggestion we can withdraw control of our conscious awareness and allow a communicating spirit to take temporary hold over the workings of particular areas of the mind that affect various nerves, movements and muscles used for writing. Through this process automatic writing takes place. It will, however, depend upon the degree of which we can control the influence of our conscious awareness, which may affect any message and information given through this form of mediumship.
If our consciousness interferes, there will be a blending of our thoughts with those of the spirit. So here we need to consider two factors: the mind of the communicating spirit and the mind of the medium. A state of trance may be more desirable to eliminate any influence of the medium’s thoughts. Yet even in the different states of trance, our unconscious mind can affect the message and its interpretation, which brings a third factor into consideration: unconscious control.
When automatic writing develops, experiments can be introduced to help remove any doubts about the validity of the material produced, such as blindfolding or placing the medium in a blacked-out room and then allowing him or her to proceed with writing when he or she feels ready. In the early stages, any material produced could be removed afterwards, so that the medium does not see it and so exclude any unconscious reproduction of work. You might need to proceed with such tests until the medium and the sitters are satisfied that it is discarnate information and is both reliable and consistent. Other tests in lighted conditions could then be introduced.
The medium and the sitters will always need to consider what level the information is coming from. Because our minds and the range of our thoughts are potentially so vast, it can be difficult to distinguish between inspiration connected with our own unfoldment and that of a discarnate spirit. In all aspects of mediumship, we need satisfactory evidence that it emanates from a source beyond our individual self and from a mind of a communicating spirit.
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A personal realisation
I am open to receive and be inspired by the creative mind of the spirit.
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‘The Spirit World in Plain English’ is a revised and updated edition of the authors’ first book. In this beneficial manual, internationally known medium Glyn Edwards shares practical exercises and teachings for discovering your inherent mediumistic and spiritual potential. Co-author Santoshan, who has a deep interest in creative, yogic and nature centred spirituality, brings an added dimension to the book. Together, they combined their knowledge in far-reaching ways and cover numerous essentials for understanding and interacting with the ever-present world of the spirit. See www.ghf-web.com for more details.
‘The authors demystify the mediumistic experience …’
– Eileen Davies, medium & spiritual teacher.
‘… literally the bible on development.’
– Amazon UK, customer review of first edition.
‘… crammed with suggested exercises and guidelines for practice.’
– Don Hills, co-editor of GreenSpirit magazine
GLYN EDWARDS is internationally recognized as one of the UK’s greatest mediums and teachers of spiritual and psychic science. He has been a regular and highly popular senior course tutor at the esteemed Arthur Findlay College for over three decades and run workshops, has demonstrated his mediumship throughout the world and is particularly known for the quality of his teaching and his ability to demonstrate his mediumship almost effortlessly in front of large audiences.
SANTOSHAN (Stephen Wollaston) studied world religions at King’s College London, is a member of GreenSpirit, their editorial and publishing team and the designer of GreenSpirit magazine. He has a creative background as a spiritual writer, graphic designer, artist and musician and was the bass guitarist of the New Wave and Punk band The Wasps and is the author of several books on spiritual matters, including ‘Spirituality Unveiled: Awakening to Creative Life’ (O Book 2011).
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