Developing your intuitive, psychic and mediumship abilities takes time and practice. It also takes a good deal of knowledge.
When I first began developing mediumship, I took a class at the church I attended to get the basics, and then I spent a lot of time sitting in meditation, either by myself, during church services or development circles, waiting to receive information from Spirit and understand what I was receiving.
Much of what I was taught was to simply relay the messages I received. So I did. I gave messages during circles, I gave message after message at church services as a student medium until I’d delivered enough evidential mediumship that I became certified with the National Spiritualist Association of Churches (along with a whole lot of coursework and exams). I didn’t think much about the mechanics of it, how it worked, or how to teach people other than how I was taught.
However, when I began holding development circles myself, both Spirit and my students led me to begin learning the underpinnings of mediumship so that I could explain it. As I continue to teach and write books about mediumship, I continue to learn more and more.
Reading books is a great way to keep learning and to have your knowledge confirmed and affirmed. One of the things I love about reading books about mediumship and intuition by other authors is that they help cement and clarify my own understanding. Sometimes that’s because the words or ideas don’t resonate with me. Other times they do and it’s brilliant to realize that separate people have come to the same realizations and understanding by way of information from Spirit.
No matter where you are in your journey of developing your mediumship, psychic or intuitive skills, continued education can help you, too.
Here are some books I’ve read recently that I’d like to recommend to you.
by Konstanza Morning Star
This is one of the most refreshing books about mediumship I’ve read. Perhaps it’s because Konstanza and I come from the same background and teaching as far as the Spiritualist church and mediumship, but reading this book is like coming home to all the things I know about mediumship, how it works and how to start practicing it.
This book is already helping me in my own teaching as it explains concepts that I understood, but haven’t quite been able to convey to my students as clearly as I’d like.
No matter your level of experience with mediumship–from beginner to teacher–this book has clarity and wisdom for you. And, if you are just beginning your journey, it really is a gentle step-by-step guide to help you begin to open up your gifts.
by Melanie Barnum
This is an engaging, well-written book that goes into depth on each of the psychic or intuitive senses: claircognizance, clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairalience, clairgustance and clairsentience. Through stories, examples and exercises, it’ll teach you how to open up each of these senses.
One of the things I like a lot about this book is that it makes the connection between each of your intuitive or psychic senses and your chakras. This is how I teach mediumship development as well. I also appreciate that it includes clairalience (psychic or intuitive smelling) and clairgustance (psychic or intuitive tasting), which a lot of books about mediumship and psychic development sadly don’t, and yet they’re important and useful senses to develop.
This book is also by Melanie Barnum and is the first book of hers I read while doing research for The Spiritual Symbols Workbook. It’s a great book to use in combination with others about mediumship or psychic development, to better understand the symbols you receive from Spirit.
While it contains definitions for a whole slew of common symbols, Melanie also encourages students to develop their own symbol dictionary, as your meaning for certain symbols may not fit the dictionary definition and she gives you the tools to discern the difference with practical exercises to develop your own intuitive abilities.
I haven’t yet read this book, but one of my students tells me good things about it, so I’ve added it to my own to-read list. From the tone of the book’s introduction, it looks like it’ll be a worthwhile read. The author points out that mediumship isn’t about fortune-telling or predicting the future, but rather helping us understand the underlying truths of the universe and our own true nature.
I also like his point that each person learns differently and there’s no one right way to learn mediumship, which is the same approach I take with my students.
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Have you read any good books on mediumship, psychic or intuitive development lately? If so, let me know in the comments. I’m always up for a good read.