Is it coming from My Own Mind When I speak in ‘Trance’ in Circle, or is it Really Spirit?
All of us who do speak (or have spoken) in a Trance (better called an altered) state have the same problem initially – wondering whether the whole content of what is said is coming from our own minds. In your early development whilst in an altered state, it is true that some of what is said can very well be from your own mind – BUT NOT ALL OF IT!!!
The earliest influence of Spirit should perhaps better be described as ‘Inspirational Speaking’, where you feel impelled to say something, but the words that come are not the words you might have used yourself!!
With development, this usually progresses to a point where you recognise (feel) the presence of one or more Spirit People around you, and the ‘need’ to speak. You should then allow yourself to speak – in fact, there is a compulsion to speak – but now you have little personal control over what is said.
Eventually, as your development continues, you will realise that Spirit have a greater control over you (it is important that each and every time – before you sit – you must mentally give permission to Spirit for them to use you, as they are not allowed to do so without your permission) and will gradually discover that very few of the words coming from you (or particular expressions) are those you would use yourself.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that ‘Trance’ is something that is either ‘Black’ or ‘White’. They feel that to speak in trance only happens when you are totally unconscious – in fact in a ‘sleep’ state. This is very far from the truth!!! Deep trance is – in fact – very rare, and is normally now associated with ‘Ectoplasm-Based’ Physical Phenomena, although there are a number of ‘Deep Trance’ mediums who (without any Physical Phenomena) are able to bring some extremely evidential communications from Spirit through in that way.
However, the majority of people who describe themselves as ‘Trance Mediums’ today are fully, or partially conscious, and could best be described by the modern term – Channelling Medium – which is a more apt description than ‘Trance Mediums’. Much information from Spirit can be delivered in this way although I do not think that the ‘evidence’ is 100% accurate in these situations. It IS still influenced by the mind of the medium.
You must understand that there are MANY MANY different levels of altered state – between full consciousness and deep trance. These days, many developing mediums who give accurate and evidential messages from Spirit in an altered state (including my wife and me) can go on – in an Energy-Based way to develop Physical Phenomena without the need for either a Cabinet or Deep Trance. Remember that even in the Spirit World, their technology has vastly improved since the first ‘modern’ Physical Mediums – The Fox Sisters – in 1848!!! Just think how far technology in THIS world has come in just the last 10 to 20 years!!!
Confidence in your ‘Channelled’ messages will come with time. Sandra and I both have faith now that what does regularly come through us in an ‘altered state’ is genuinely from Spirit – although Sandra (who is indeed an excellent ‘Trance’ medium is the world’s worst ‘Doubting Thomas’, and Spirit recognise – and often laugh about – that). We are both conscious during our sittings, and can hear what is said – although very little of those messages are ever couched in terms and expressions that we would use ourselves.
Just ‘Go with the Flow’ with your development, and have total faith that your Spirit Team will do their very best to help and develop your mediumship