Knowing the Medium

By Brian Robertson and Simon James

The mediumistic tradition is one of transformation through communion with the eternal consciousness. The genuine medium is one who treads the path towards the mystical experience, and who is a distinctive, passionate inspirer within the true calling of service. 

Most teachers from our tradition have shared an aptitude for provoking thought. Throughout the ages they have challenged patterns of accepted thinking and moved individuals from their spiritual inertia. The training within this tradition is a never-ending revelation of our relationship to the Divine.

What a true medium is not, is one who claims to hold an apparently privileged relationship with the Creator, one with a belief in their own spiritual authority, and one who clings to stagnant beliefs. Neither is the true medium a seeker after fame and self-importance. 

Self-knowledge is the beginning of transformation on the path to genuine mediumship; and yet it is virtually non-existent within the training of mediums today. The majority of individuals who enter the field of mediumship would find this aspect of the work disconcerting and uncomfortable – surprisingly so in a presumably enlightened age. 

Why is this so? We generally perceive ourselves in a desirable way, overemphasizing our virtuous qualities in order to boost self-esteem. So when, without prejudice, we begin to observe our own feelings, thoughts and patterns in an effort to understand them, it often evokes self-loathing and fears of inadequacy. We are often faced with the uncomfortable truth about ourselves.

Nevertheless, we must understand that the patterns of the mind stem from our own past experience, and it is our responsibility to observe the deceptions that we have created around them. It requires that we let go of preconceptions. It requires that we look at the patterns of our emotions and reactions in order to recognize them without prejudice. Without the clarity that this brings, the desire for power and authority has the capacity to distort our understanding of the many worlds of the Divine. Instead of moving our awareness forward toward connection with the eternal consciousness, in ignorance we may well grasp at ideologies of all kinds, whether they be religious, cultural, or spiritual. This in turn can create discord, fear, separation and sometimes violence.

So, what is the first phase?  Simply have the courage to question. It is a willingness to be awake to our self-deception, to be brave enough to tell the truth. The key to self-knowledge is self-healing. The path of self-healing leads us to a genuine relationship with our talents. In this way, our union with the Divine gains in strength as neediness diminishes, as the search for gratification ceases, and as we begin living our integral truth.  Then the transformation is set in motion and teaching can truly embark. It is the first step towards wisdom.

To know oneself as one truly is requires a fresh mind. Our way is a living truth, ever evolving and ever changing, and one that leads to unity. We must let go of the mechanical process of the faculty within the mind, together with archaic training methods, and move with each generation in its advancements and discoveries. Then the pathway begins to gain reality and ceases to be illusory.  This mystery is one that creates a relationship with the eternal; it awakens a knowing and a trust that is timeless, one that never falters.

Unity in the many worlds can only exist when there is a letting go of self, and a communion with the One. Know thyself, know the One. This is our path.

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