Physical mediumship is a fascinating topic. I mean, imagine being able to see and hear psychic phenomena right before your eyes?
For clarity, we’re talking about PHYSICAL spirit communication. Very cool, I know!
Buckle up, it’s going to be a whirlwind of a ride!
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Physical mediumship example
Imagine you are sitting in a room with other people. A psychic medium is standing in front of the room. Then, a mist begins to flow out of her mouth and take the shape of a spirit.
And if the room wasn’t swept first, any debris could stick to the energy (called ectoplasm) and hurt the medium. Eeks!
Though that may sound like something out of Ghost Busters, it’s actually physical mediumship!
What is Physical Mediumship?
Today’s famous mediums (like Theresa Caputo and James van Praagh) are mental mediums.
That means, they communicate with spirits telepathically, within their minds. It’s safe, and not tiring to the body.
Physical mediumship, though, is a whole different ball game! It’s also one of the rarest forms of psychic ability.
So what is physical mediumship?
Physical mediumship is when a spirit manipulates energy. To do this, a spirit uses a psychic medium to create phenomena that can be seen, heard, or felt by everyone present! (Be sure to read the “types of physical phenomena” below.)
In other words, the spirit uses the medium as a “power source” to communicate with others.
For example, sometimes, mediums channel a spirit and allow it to take over their body. By doing this, the spirit can communicate directly with the living. (And don’t worry, this isn’t possession. Remember, the medium has given permission to the spirit to have control.)
Types of Physical Phenomena
There are many different ways that physical mediumship can happen. Here are some of the most common:
Also known as percussions, raps are the most common physical psychic phenomena. They occur when tapping or knocking sounds are heard around the room.
The raps can answer “yes” or “no” questions. For example, one rap for yes, and two raps for no.
They can also acknowledge letters of the alphabet and spell out messages. The Fox Sisters (the first mediums on record, were famous for “rapping” with spirit).
Direct voice is when a spirit’s voice communicates directly with the living. The voice can be projected through a medium or heard in the air. In most cases, the voice will take on the personality of the spirit that is communicating.
This is when a person allows a spirit to communicate through their hands. The medium holds a pen or pencil and allows the spirit to determine what is being written.
Cool fact: Writings that claim to be spirit written include plays, poetry, novels, and music. (Powerful stuff!)
Levitation is the movement of objects without normal means of support. It can tip tables (or even make humans or other objects float in mid air!)
Levitation is possible due to telekinesis or through use of ectoplasm.
Materialization of objects
Objects appearing out of mid air is another physical psychic phenonenon. When this happens, you might see a spirit’s hands, face, or entire body! (This was popular in the 19th century.)
You may even find solid objects, like pennies from heaven!
In the most rare and extreme cases, ectoplasm is used during physical mediumship.
Ectoplasm is a substance taken from the medium’s body and mixed with an etheric substance used by a spirit to affect physical matter. (Remember the green stuff from Ghost Busters? Kinda like that!)
The ectoplasm flows out of the medium’s mouth or nose. Then, it takes on the shape of spirit or helps levitations.
When Did This Start and Why Haven’t You Heard More About It?
It’s believed that physical mediumship has existed since prehistoric times. But, because of a lack of written records, minimal evidence about its history survived.
Most of what we know about the early years of this type of spirit communication are from word of mouth.
Then, in the 18th and 19th centuries, physical mediumship became a big part of the spiritualist movement. And as its popularity grew, so did the written records that proved it was real.
Popularity of Physical Mediumship
Some say that rapping, direct voice, and tapping were common until the 1930’s, but declined in the 1950’s. There are a few theories about why this happened…
In the past, people needed concrete evidence of a spirit’s presence. And physical manifestations proved this. (Seeing is believing, right?)
But today, people are more open to the idea of life after death, mediumship, and spirit guides.
Now, we are more interested in spiritual teachings than dramatic shows of physical phenomena. The gentle, healing type of today’s mediumship is a popular form of psychic ability!
Plus, can you imagine developing your gifts to the point of working with ectoplasm?
It would take selfless devotion. That’s because it’s a long and tedious process to become a physical medium. And even with commitment, this gift can’t always be developed.
Final Physical Mediumship Facts
- Physical mediumship can be very stressful on the medium’s body.
- The Bible is full of reports of physical mediumship.
- The Fox sisters (Catherine and Margaretta) were the first to use raps in 1848.
- The first known case in which direct spirit voices were recording was 1901.
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