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quote:"It's when some people .......... openly say mediumship cannot be taught that creates division or separation that concerns me." And I am concerned when it's implied anyone can learn to become a medium as some self-teach, self-learn courses suggest - especially so if a large charge is made for the course.
I am concerned about beginner mediums developing alone. I am aware bad habits, insensitivity and all manners of errors can happen with mediums who teach themselves or do courses with no experienced medium present. When it comes to money exchanging hands, whether a small or large amount of money, the developing medium has to be responsible and do their research before handing money over. It may seem harsh to hear, but the charge is an offer, and much like in any business, no one is forced to accept that offer. Sadly, not all mediums are ethically responsible to their clients. We can not excuse people from their own actions.

Every individual is entitled to her/his opinion and to express that opinion but on the score of learning to become a medium it can ONLY be opinion whichever way one is persuaded. Having said that, in the back of my mind I think I've read something from a spirit teachers/guide (maybe Silver Birch) on this subject. I wish my memory was better!

I'm much more likely to be influenced in my approach by what a teacher has to tell us than I am by any incarnate's ideas. :) Always assuming I can remember it! lol
Once again, I agree. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and free to express that opinion. Whether a person hears "you can never become a medium" or "you can learn how to become a medium" is someone's opinion. And while not everyone who chooses to develop mediumship will go on to demonstrate mediumship professionally, in terms of their spiritual progression, their experiences may be life-changing.
 
I would feel comfortable with a 'natural ability' to differentiate it from a learned ability.

I often use 'attribute' rather than 'ability'. That works for me especially in connection with psychic awareness/sensitivity that I don't see as anyone's ability.
The ability is a natural ability. Psychic ability or psychic attributes is also known as intuition. Mediums learn how to unlock this natural ability by applying the mechanics of mediumship to deliver meaningful communications from spirit.
 

mac

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The ability is a natural ability. Psychic ability or psychic attributes is also known as intuition. Mediums learn how to unlock this natural ability by applying the mechanics of mediumship to deliver meaningful communications from spirit.
The more additional words are used the more we need to explain what they mean to us individually. It's a perennial issue in matters of the spirit I find.
 

mac

janitor / administrator
Staff member
I am concerned about beginner mediums developing alone. I am aware bad habits, insensitivity and all manners of errors can happen with mediums who teach themselves or do courses with no experienced medium present. When it comes to money exchanging hands, whether a small or large amount of money, the developing medium has to be responsible and do their research before handing money over. It may seem harsh to hear, but the charge is an offer, and much like in any business, no one is forced to accept that offer. Sadly, not all mediums are ethically responsible to their clients. We can not excuse people from their own actions.
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Once again, I agree. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and free to express that opinion. Whether a person hears "you can never become a medium" or "you can learn how to become a medium" is someone's opinion. And while not everyone who chooses to develop mediumship will go on to demonstrate mediumship professionally, in terms of their spiritual progression, their experiences may be life-changing.
 

mac

janitor / administrator
Staff member
The way mediums offer their services, any charge they make etc. are always contentious issues it seems. I guess we each have our pet dislikes and sometimes it's hard to reconcile different views.
 
The more additional words are used the more we need to explain what they mean to

The more additional words are used the more we need to explain what they mean to us individually. It's a perennial issue in matters of the spirit I find.
Each 'additional word' is natural for me, and I sometimes forget that not everyone is aware of them as I share my experiences and perspectives. I realise that as a moderator of the group you have to consider others who visit this forum.
 

mac

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It's partly my wanting to have discussions presented as clearly as possible for new members but primarily it's down to my own awareness of how folk - often those in the US - understand words and phrases differently from us in the UK. That's something I've become more and more aware of from my years online. I write, and often spell words differently, according to whom I'm 'speaking' and where they live. :)
 

mac

janitor / administrator
Staff member
It's partly my wanting to have discussions presented as clearly as possible for new members but primarily it's down to my own awareness of how folk - often those in the US - understand words and phrases differently from us in the UK. That's something I've become more and more aware of from my years online. Consequently I write, and often spell words differently, according to whom I'm 'speaking' and where they live. :)
 
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