There are many types of mediumship. The types can be broadly divided into the more physical phenomena and the more subtle phenomena.
Physical types include:
• Direct Voice, where other people can hear a voice not coming from “the instrument”
• Materialization or movement of objects
With very rare exceptions, these physical experiences do not come from God’s divine spheres. This is because these experiences do not advance the primary objective of incarnating as a human being: We incarnate with the primary purpose of self-purification. Our incarnations are meticulously planned to provide us the environment, parents and events which will bring our faults, our soul dents, and the fractures in our consciousness into our awareness.
The entirety of God’s divine spirit worlds is oriented toward helping us choose to face directly into these difficult areas of our psyche. To God’s spiritual worlds, this is the only aim that truly matters for human life.
The crude physical phenomena listed above may generally help people realize that a larger reality exists. But these manifestations have little permanence because they do not address the underlying distortions in our psyche. And addressing the underlying distortions in our psyche is the all-important aim of self-purification.
The more subtle types of mediumship include:
• All forms of Extra-Sensory Perception (ESP), such as clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience
• Automatic or inspirational writing
• Healing modalities
• Trance mediumship
These subtle modalities may, or may not, be a channel for help and guidance from God’s spiritual worlds. As will be discussed, this depends on a person’s inner state of consciousness, their commitment to self-purification, and their self-awareness. Very often the above subtle modalities overlap, and differentiating between them is not always easy or useful.
Degrees of separation
When a person receives a transmission through any of the above mediumship modalities, that person may be in one of a wide range of conscious states, ranging from deep trance to fully conscious presence. This is known as the “degree of separation”. Eva found that there exists as much confusion and either/or duality about this aspect of mediumship as in the transmission process itself.
On one side there are spiritual organizations that are against the practice of mediumship. This is frequently due to fear or fundamentalist beliefs about good and evil. In more advanced schools of thought, it is based on a reasoning that the focus of a spiritual path should be elsewhere. Instead of mediumship, the focus is on attaining total integration between the divine spirit worlds and the human personality.
On the other side are spiritual groups that hold mediumship proper as the central aim. Often the more a person is in a deep trance, the more authentic it appears. In this view, the greater the degree of separation between the conscious mind and the channeled message, the more this is proof of a reliable mediumship. This is predicated on protecting the messages from a person’s consciously or unconsciously held biases.
Essentially, one side of the duality discourages mediumship and instead puts the focus on attaining total integration of the personality with the inner divine realms. The other side of the duality encourages mediumship and places a premium on maintaining a high degree of separation of the conscious personality from the channel.
What is overlooked is that mediumship, as discussed here, is a stage that leads to total integration. Eva defined “mediumship proper” as the “manifestation of an inner opening to the realms beyond our own, but this opening is not yet integrated with the rest of our personality.” If it is cultivated toward God’s divine spiritual realms, as will be discussed shortly, this transient opening can bring help and guidance toward total conscious integration with God’s spirit worlds.
Clarifying our focus
Eva said that, at the beginning, she held the view that it was better to be in a deep, unconscious trance. However, she found that as her spiritual development and purification continued, the required depth of trance receded without impacting the clarity of the transmission. At a certain point, while giving individual helper sessions from the Pathwork Guide, her trance became unnecessary and obsolete in most cases.
It is essential to avoid becoming fascinated with mediumistic phenomena and details such as the degree of separation. In this fascination lies a very real danger of getting lost and avoiding the real work of a human incarnation. This is why all authorities on mediumship warn people not to practice alone, without a knowledgeable, well-grounded teacher.
The real work of being human always must be to face and remove the inner obstacles that stand in the way of total integration of the personality with the divine. Any mediumistic channel should be evaluated based on the clarity of the guidance received towards this aim.