Medium Stephen Wakeling Answers Your Questions
Date: 28 December 2011
Many thanks for your interesting question. I have spoken about the point you raise many times at ‘Spiritualist Churches’ over the last few years – where do you develop in parts of the world where there appears to be lack of opportunity.
My initial thought is one which I believe, is vital for the stability and balance of your spiritual aspirations. Why do you wish to be a medium? The question may at first glance seem a little glib! But, I assure you it is not. There are many people today who wish this ‘Divine’ gift for personal reasons, self-gratification, notoriety, or where a person’s desire is more linked to ‘self-ego’ (I have placed a footnote to explain a little more).
Initially take out of the equation the terminology relating to Ego. Let us concentrate upon your spiritual destiny. If you wish to open your aptitude for ‘spiritual mediumship’, in whatever capacity, perhaps you should realise there are no short-cuts. Mediumship takes time; effort and dedication, all of which are held within the ‘Divine Gift’ you have received from the hand of the creator of all things – God. With mediumship there are essential and fundamental elements. These fundamentals are: clairvoyance (to see) clairsentience (to sense) and clairaudience to (hear) all appertaining to vibrations beyond the physical. Often clairvoyance is misconstrued when people think the gift is for seeing the future – it is not! Clairvoyance is to see the form of spirit, objective clairvoyants see either objectively (seeing the form of spirit) or subjectively through the portal of the mind, often referred to as ‘the minds-eye’.
May I suggest you look through the pages of Spiritualist Resources? Grasp what fits into your own aspirations – accept and reject at will. Also, see the point of other peoples’ knowledge by reading a little about the beliefs and truths of the world. My spirituality takes my mind beyond one doctrine seeking inner-peace through many corridors of experience. Perhaps, you may try to open your understanding through the teachings of some of the great religions and faiths like; Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Spiritualism, Taoism, Sikhism, Spiritualism and even Rastafarian. Each religion holds its own truths. I believe that religions and beliefs are like rivers of thought, each take us upon a journey leading to the great divine source – God. However, the concepts of God are for individual perceptions, beliefs and consciousness. It is not until we reach the homeland of eternality, whereupon we learn simple truths, all without prejudice and other peoples’ interpretations. For this reason I enjoy the teachings of eastern religions and their interpretations, because of their simplicity and awareness of enlightenment.
I personally don’t prescribe to any one religion. I take the point of view all religious doctrines are interlinked within the concept of truth. Maybe you might gain some further understanding and thoughts from the ‘Buddha’ held within the Buddhist Noble Eightfold Path? The “Noble Eightfold Path”, is within the teachings of Buddha, declared to be the way that leads to the end of all suffering. Essentially a practical guide of bringing about ethical and meditative discipline, the Noble Eightfold Path forms the fourth part of the Four Noble Truths, which have informed and driven much of the Buddhist tradition. As the name indicates, there are eight elements in the Noble Eightfold Path, and these are divided into three basic categories and are as follows: Wisdom having the rright views along with the right intention. Ethical conduct is to posses’ right speech, right action and the right livelihood. Mental discipline is having the right effort along with the right mindfulness. In all of the elements of the Noble Eightfold Path, the word ‘right’ is mentioned denoting completion, togetherness, and coherence, and which can also carry the sense of ‘perfect or ideal’.
Though the path is numbered, one through to eight, generally it is not considered to be a series of linear steps, through which one must progress; rather, as the Buddhist Monk and scholar Walpola Rahula (1907 – 1997) pointed out: “the eight elements of the Noble Eightfold Path are to be developed more or less simultaneously, as far as possible according to the capacity of each individual. They are all linked together and each helps the cultivation of the others”. Possibly you may have a thought or two about your own ‘self-realisation’? One way of comprehending self-realisation is to look at the teachings of Yoga (in Sanskrit it is योग) referring to physical, mental and spiritual discipline, which has its origins in the distant past of ancient India, which interprets self-realisation as: ‘gaining knowledge of one's true-self’. Self-realisation is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you now possess awareness of the ‘World of Light’. Through the ‘Divine’ all is to improve, that God’s universe is your universe, or omnipresence; that all that you need to do is gain self-realisation. The pathway to self-enlightenment begins through awakening and by asking questions like:
- Who am I?
- What is the real truth?
- What is this whole world about?
- What is the Universe about?
- What, or who is God?
I hope this information gives you food for thought? Perhaps if you look around you will gain inspiration. Furthermore look at the journey of your life, try to balance the ups and downs, reason with the why’s and how’s and listen to your inner-self! When I take ‘Spiritual Training Seminars’ I draw these few points of reference to peoples’ attention as bedrocks of points of reference and areas where you will need to unfold you capacity to gain balance and enlightenment through knowledge. If you seek to open up a gift of spiritual mediumship these few points may help, bearing in mind that your objective may lead to making public presentations and travel. The points have great depth and you will always need to work upon them because no one is ever fully developed. The points are:
- Spiritual philosophy, awareness, understanding & knowledge
- Prayer and readings
- Interpretation of ‘Signs & Symbols’
- Knowledge of other religions or spiritual truths
- Personal appearance and presentation skills
- Excellent delivery and communication skills
- Confidence and steadiness under pressure
- Planning Skills, personal development and forward thinking
I wish you well on your spiritual journey. One major problem today is sadly reinforced by all of this talk about paranormal activities, which brings darkness and ‘fear’. From the words of my spiritual teacher Jack Corbet ‘Fear is a cancer that eats away at the very heart of man’. Fear of darkness alone is a barrier that needs to be taken away through light, allowing you to reach the zenith point in your own and the collective experience of spiritual love.
A thought from a great spiritual guru Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj may help: “Time is in the mind, space is in the mind. The law of cause and effect is also a way of thinking. In reality all is here and now and all is one. Multiplicity and diversity are in the mind only”.
A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affecting changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness inner-energies awaken and work miracles without effort on your part. Take away darkness and become illumed in spiritual light, move forward, open your heart to the work in supporting humanity. Seek simplicity and the interlinking of nature and natural forces and grasp spirituality, enlightenment and knowledge. Enjoy the light within your own spiritual comprehension and try to keep an open mind.
Showers of blessing and light
Perhaps my You Tube video on how the ‘Mind Works’ may help you visit:
YouTube stephenjwakeling “Mind Matters”
The term ‘Ego’ is separated into component parts. First the ‘Self’ aspect of ‘Ego’ though complex, is a core topic for spiritual knowledge. Included within ‘Self’ is the ‘superficial’ defined within the learned composite of mind and body, an egoic creation which leads one to the ‘True-Self’ attained through spiritual balance and enlightenment. Perhaps a simple way of understanding this is to think am I doing this work for me or for others? But be aware, many people cloud their thoughts without realizing the depth needed within this simple truth. Contemporary spiritual teacher and writer Eckhart Tolle stated: “the ego to this extent is present in an individual, that individual is somewhat insane psychologically, in reference to the ego's nature as compulsive, hyperactive and compulsively self-centred”.
Messages In This Thread
- development -- jessica s -- 22 December 2011
- Re: development -- Stephen Wakeling -- 28 December 2011