Physical mediumship involves a spirit operator using both the mental and physical energies of a medium to manifest tangible effects in the earthly realm. When these phenomena occur, they’re observable to everyone, making physical mediumship an objective experience. It’s intriguing because it suggests that there is no death and there are no dead—an implication that lies at the core of physical mediumship’s significance.
What makes a physical medium?
Any of the forms of mediumship allow individuals with medium abilities to connect to people living in the life after this life. While most people can develop some level of connection ability through mental mediumship, few have the physical characteristics required for physical mediumship. Unlike mental mediumship, which can be cultivated to an extent by many people, physical mediumship depends on specific attributes within the medium’s physical makeup—either they possess these attributes, or they do not.
Initially, an ample presence of what’s referred to as etheric matter within the etheric vehicle is essential. This subtle counterpart of the physical body serves two fundamental functions:
- First, the etheric vehicle operates as a reservoir, akin to a battery, storing specific vital energies sourced from the sun (prana) and the earth (kundalini). These energies serve to vitalize the dense physical body, complementing the energy derived from the assortment of foods we consume.
- Second, the etheric vehicle functions as a conduit for consciousness, linking the spirit with the body. More precisely, it serves as a channel of energy and consciousness between the astral body and the physical body. For the scope of this article, we won’t delve into the details of the astral body.
The etheric vehicle consists of matter far subtler and more refined than even the rarest of physical matter, hydrogen. To a clairvoyant observer, it manifests as a slender, radiant band of light and energy enveloping the physical body by approximately an inch. Typically presenting a silvery-blue-grey hue, its brightness and intensity vary based on an individual’s overall health and energetic state.
Conditions like illness and physical fatigue tend to diminish the etheric vehicle, as does prolonged exposure to cloudy weather. Conversely, robust health and vitality enhance its brilliance and energy.
A person who has an abundance of this vital energy-matter has the potential of becoming a physical medium.
How does Spirit work with a physical medium?
In physical mediumship, Spirit operators leverage the abundance of etheric energy and matter to produce diverse manifestations. They achieve this by mentally directing and utilizing this energy-matter released from the physical medium’s body.
Typically, though not always, the medium enters a deep trance state. This state sidelines the medium’s mind, allowing the intelligence of the spirit operator to manipulate the etheric energy-matter. Spirits assist the medium in reaching this trance state through a process resembling Mesmer’s magnetic passes.
During manifestations, the physical medium often sits within an enclosed space called a cabinet. This enclosure concentrates energies, creating a sort of battery for the phenomena, while a curtain in front of the cabinet allows observers to witness the proceedings.
Darkness frequently accompanies physical mediumship, with dim red light serving as the primary illumination. White light hampers phenomena, whereas dim red light does not diminish the phenomena. However, it’s important to note that darkness isn’t a necessity for successful phenomena. Helen Duncan, a talented English medium, used a red light, so all events in the room were clearly visible. The result was that sitters saw, spoke to, and even held and kissed their loved ones who had materialized.
What is ectoplasm?
When spirit operators extract the etheric energy-matter from the medium’s body, it’s recognized as ectoplasm. The physical phenomena occur through the utilization and manipulation of this ectoplasm. It can take various forms, visible or invisible, white or colored, determined by the intentions of the Spirit individuals working with this remarkable substance.
Once formed, ectoplasm usually emerges from the medium via bodily openings like the nose or mouth, or through a psychic center situated near the navel, termed the solar plexus.