My interest in connecting with Spirit began in childhood but it wasn’t until I discovered my local Spiritualist church did I know of the existence of people who train in mediumship. I thought it was the province of mystical adherents (otherwise affectionately known as “crack pots”) who shammed innocent, grieving people into thinking the dearly departed only materialized during incense infused séances.
Spiritualists believe in the continuation of Spirit after death, of Infinite Intelligence, and that anyone can learn how to communicate with those on the other side. Churches hold classes that introduce the public to meditative techniques that help unfold one’s innate skills. I attended classes and to be honest, the quality was extremely spotty and often classes were cancelled without notice so I stopped attending. It wasn’t until I took a 6 week class with Lois Goodman that I heard my first verifiable message from Spirit.
Prior to Lois’ class, I looked everywhere for a good book on how to properly train and did read several books on mediumship over the last year, but feel that “Intuitive Studies” is the best one I’ve read so far. To me, it is imperative that mediums ask for evidence to identify the spirit with whom they are communicating. Mediums from the UK are typically “evidential mediums” compared to many in the US who may give one a more general message from spirit such as “Spirit is telling me that you should avoid taking I-35 home tonight.” I’m sorry, but without evidence that’s intuition talking, not a person dear to me who has passed away.
“Intuitive Studies” is a highly readable story of how mediums develop and contains easy to follow exercises even if you are not part of a circle (a small group of people who regularly practice together). Gordon gives excellent advice such as perceiving the “calling card” of your spirit guide, something I’ve been working on and “The Medium’s Toolbox” which lays out which questions to ask as you gain evidence from spirit. The book discusses healing, auras, how to relay messages and more advanced trance mediumship.
Gordon’s ethics are strong and he insists that one spend years in development before working as a medium. When giving readings, it is important to be honest about the possibility of not making contact and to “not try to flannel them with some sort of spiritual psycho-babble.” His focus is about the importance of working in a circle, to expanding your sixth sense with such a group thus becoming a “spiritual family” where one feels safe in sharing personal energy.
For those of us with a deep interest in connecting with Spirit, Gordon Smith’s manual will be an indispensable tool.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.