Key themes from the Communications books illustrated by examples from 40+ years of mediumship.
Part Eight: The importance of being Light-hearted
If I may I’d like to help lift the vibrations today by sharing with you memories of some amusing incidents that happened to me way back in the days when I used to take services at spiritualist churches.
Many of the churches were engaged in a constant struggle to raise funds to maintain their buildings, meaning that their premises and furnishings were often in dire need of refurbishment or renewal. Such was the case at one particular church where I was addressing the congregation from a lectern that had seen better days. Being half Italian I tend to ‘talk’- to emphasise things – with my hands, and, whilst making a philosophical point and waving my arms around, I lightly clipped the bottom surface of the lectern and instantly detached a wobbly length of wood which I somehow managed to catch before it clattered to the floor. Still caught up in my address I delivered further points whilst waving this piece of wood around like a conductor’s baton for a couple of minutes before hiding it discretely on a shelf under the railing I was leaning against. The church owners were most kind and didn’t present me with a bill for demolishing their property.
A second lectern incident occurred at a time when I had begun to lose a great deal of weight over a short time. Jane and I had just got together and she had bought me a couple of pairs of swanky new trousers to accommodate my shrinking waistline. Said waistline continued to shrink, however, and thus it was that, proudly sporting a pair of these smart new pants, I took a service one Sunday afternoon at a church I regularly served. At a point during the proceedings I again made a sweeping gesture with arms raised… which promptly caused said trousers to fall down. Luckily I was standing behind a lectern at the time, which covered my blushes as I hastily arrested the descending and offending trousers at knee level, hoisting them up and re-anchoring them. Amazingly no-one seemed to notice as, red-faced and clutching my waistband very tightly with one hand, I continued my address.
An aside: Amusingly the lady secretary at the above church always said exactly same thing when introducing me or other mediums to the congregation, prepping visitors for the clairvoyant demonstration that would form part of the service:
‘Please don’t nod your head if you receive and understand a message. Clearly say either YES or NO as the spirits can’t see you nodding.’ (This is completely erroneous, of course.)
She would then complete her intro by adding ’…and please don’t feed the medium.’
On the one hand I always found this a little offensive as I have NEVER and would never dream of ‘digging’ for information.
On the other I found it amusing as, true to her instructions, not one person ever offered me a single morsel of food during a service at that church.
…Perhaps if they had done my trousers would have remained in the correct position throughout.
Detour over – back to the subject of this blog:
Mediumship very often addresses grief, trauma and loss head on…people seldom visit a medium when everything is going well in their lives. There is a great satisfaction in being able to reconnect individuals with loved ones who have moved on to higher vibrations, but the work, by its very nature, is demanding.
Occasionally, however, something happens that raises a smile and still causes me to chuckle years later. Such was the case, decades ago, when I was directed during a clairvoyant demonstration to a lady in the congregation who was notorious for her ‘vacant’ approach and would never acknowledge the messages given to her by mediums.
On this particular evening her departed husband appeared next to me (my spiritual teacher knew both parties well and confirmed his identity after the service). The gentleman stood to my right and I described him in great detail to the lady (you’re not always given a name). ‘Do you know who this is?’ I asked.
A vacant ‘No’ was the lady’s reply.
I described him a second time, passing on more details from the man, commenting on how he was dressed, his personality traits, etc.
A second ‘No…’
‘All right,’ I continued calmly. ‘Let’s not concentrate on who he is. Let’s focus instead on what he’s saying, what he wants to tell you about a certain situation in your life…’
I duly delivered a lengthy message from the gentleman.
‘Do you understand?’ I asked.
A pause. Then: ‘No…’
The gentleman sighed and folded his arms. ‘She DOES know! Tell her again,’ he said, obviously becoming a little agitated. I did so…
By this point the communicator was visibly angry and was glaring at his wife…
‘Tell her AGAIN,’ he demanded, raising his voice. ‘She DOES know what I’m talking about!’
By now her husband was fuming and red-faced.
‘Um… he’s insistent I give you this message,’ I said, attempting to be diplomatic. ‘He says it’s Important.’
Incandescent, the gentleman stood in front of his wife, scowled, then shouted ‘Bl***y Idiot!’ at her before glancing back at me with a look of desperation, turning away and disappearing.
‘Um… I’m afraid he’s gone now,’ I said hastily. ‘… As we can’t make a connection, I’ll have to move on.’
I hope I’ve raised a few smiles for you in sharing the above anecdotes …As Joseph explains in his books and addresses, the vibrations that surround us and impact on us at the moment on Earth, due to the collective thoughts of humanity, are heavy, dense and, unfortunately, mostly negative. Whenever we lighten our approach to life through laughter and joy we also raise our personal vibrations and push back the chaos around us, dismissing it as nonsense that has no hold or power over us.
In making light of life we lighten our load and our outlook, placing ourselves in a frame of mind that makes us more receptive to the inspirations, guidance and healing available from within – those higher states of consciousness and wellbeing that originate from our spiritual core – from our heart-centre.
In short, It’s not only acceptable to laugh, it’s absolutely essential for our wellbeing and the maintenance of strong spiritual connections that we do so – regularly.
Wishing you a happy – and, therefore, an inspired – day.