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A Novice’s Experience with Platform Mediumship

If you had told me 18 months ago I would be standing up in front of a crowd of people offering demonstrations of my mediumship and clairvoyant abilities, I would have thought you were slightly bonkers.  The experience of demonstrating my mediumship and clairvoyant skills publicly has been an interesting experience to say the least.  It has taught me humility and resilience.  More importantly, it has taught me to trust my own abilities and the guidance of my spirit team.  The other night I attended an open development circle where there were a few people just starting to discover their intuition.  These people expressed so much doubt about their fledgling abilities despite encouragement from the room.  It made me reflect a little on my own journey so far and I realised that sharing the experience of my first platform readings would be of service to many just starting out.

Whilst I dabbled with offering tarot and psychic readings over the past 25 years, I had never thought it would really progress beyond that.  I certainly did not expect to be standing up in front of a group of people offering evidence of loved ones who have passed.  Up until 18 months ago that would have been well and truly beyond my comfort zone.

The First Time I Stood Up in Front of People

I remember my first platform mediumship experience at the local spiritualist church.  Thankfully I was one of three novice mediums providing clairvoyance demonstration that evening.  I could feel and see someone with me quite strongly.  I described what I was seeing and feeling. Normally I like to make eye contact with people I talk to.  I really take notice of how people are sitting and their facial expressions.  However, as I looked around my room, my stomach dropped and I felt so vulnerable. Before me sat thirty blank faces of those in the congregation.  Nobody claimed to recognise this person in spirit who was with me.  In the back row a gentleman sat with his arms crossed, with a stern look on his face.  I battled on, feeling the energy drop.  After the third piece of evidence remained unclaimed I let it be.  I was shaking and I was embarrassed. I sat down my heart pounded loudly in my chest.

Not Giving Up

I continued to sit whilst my colleagues stood and delivered messages to the room.  However, I was getting a strong push to get back up and try again.  This time all of the evidence was claimed.  I felt the rushes of energy moving backward and forward from the back of my head to the front (when this happens it feels like my Doorkeeper is starting a Mexican wave from the spirit world).  A couple of days later, someone who had been sitting in the congregation made contact with me.  A friend of hers had intended to be there that night but couldn’t make it at the last minute.  The evidence that no one had claimed was conveyed to her.  What do you know, she recognised the person in spirit whose messages had been unclaimed that night.

There Are Always Lessons Every Time You Get Up There

The funny thing about mediumship is you are always learning.  There is always a bigger picture playing out.  We are learning to master our own monkey minds when we stand up there in front of people as much as we are strengthening our mediumship abilities.  As time has gone on I have realised the opportunities to do platform work at the local spiritualist church are about being of service to spirit.  It has nothing to do with me or the individuals sitting there in front of me.  It is about those in spirit wanting to come through to be acknowledged.  I am merely the instrument.

There are always going to be things that work and things that don’t work.  Treat every opportunity to do this work as if it were an experiment.  Keep practicing and honing your skills, and learning ways to grow your own power so you can connect for longer.  You learn over time the things that don’t work are further opportunities for you to improve.

Feel the Fear, Stand Up & Surrender

As I am still at the beginning of this journey, I always let the congregation know I am still wearing my ‘Learner’ plates.  I explain to people a little of how I am working, and ask them to sit back and expect the unexpected.  This has gifted me the freedom to just be with spirit.  In doing this I have taken the expectations of others out of the equation.  I have nothing to prove to anyone other than myself.  The grumpiest face in the room (with his arms crossed over his chest) these days comes over and provides confirmation of those I have brought through for him.  I often get up there on my own these days so I need to get over myself quickly. A healthy sense of humour (and not taking yourself so seriously) does wonders for keeping that vibration high.

If you have been working hard on your mediumship development and are on the precipice of getting up there in front of people, feel the fear and do it anyway.  It is time.  Surrender and go with it.  You will undoubtedly surprise yourself.

Peacock Dreaming The Wisdom Of Flowers, Successful WriterAs well as being the author of Peacock Dreaming: The Wisdom Of Flowers, the Peacock Dreaming Oracle Deck and Lovitude:  Trying To Calm The Monkey Mind, Anne McCormack is also a qualified Clinical Aromatherapist, Metaphysician and Clairvoyant/Clairsentient Medium in Nelson, New Zealand.  Anne has practised and presented courses and workshops in Australia, and has been a guest speaker for organisations such as the NSW Encore Support Group for Breast Cancer and The Australian Acting Academy.

Anne regularly does platform work (or public demonstration of her mediumship skills) at the local Spiritualist Churches.  She is available for readings online via email.  

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