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Frequently Asked Questions


On the subject of Trance

Do you remember what the spirit being has said while you were in trance?

On occasion I do remember bits and pieces of what has been said. However these are usually out of context and quickly forgotten.

What does if feel like and where do you go, when you are in trance?

That's a tough question to ask, image if I asked you what you felt when you were asleep. Trance is similar to the sleep state for the medium so there are no physical sensations. Often in the trance state I loose track of time and would be unaware if the doorbell rang. In the beginning when I was training in trance mediumship I was aware of more physical sensations and the energy of spirit. For instance, I might have felt my hands get larger of smaller; I might have experienced hot or cold and sometimes tingling across my face and body. As to where I go, nowhere and somewhere, I have no recall of being somewhere during the time I am in the trance state. Though on occasion I do remember images I have seen, these are very similar to what I experience when I am working clairvoyantly.

Are you afraid of being possessed?

NO! Trance mediumship is a working partnership with spirit. They do not enter until I invite them and they leave when the work is finished or I ask them to leave. Possession by its very definition is against the person's free will and their control. Trance is not.

What is the difference between trance mediumship and channelling?

There is no simple answer to that and this is only my opinion. Technically all communication and healing from spirit is channelled. I see the difference in the level at which the connection is made in the physical plane. Channelling is a lighter state than trance. By that I mean the spirit being communicating does not enter as deeply into the physical as they do in trance mediumship. Like trance, channelling can be a light to deep level. I have heard reference to the difference being in the nature of the source of the information but I do not agree. At this time spirit want to communicate with humanity and to do that they need to talk to us without interference.

In channelling and trance that happens when the medium/channel is not in control. Having no awareness is not the key, giving up complete control and keeping your mind out of the way is. Every person works differently, that also applies to spirit. Different layers of communication are required for different work. If you imagine a gradual scale from mind to mind - to - body to body - spirit communication starts at the mind level with mental mediumship and inspirational speaking. It then begins to deepen through channelled speaking, automatic writing and light trance. Finally the spirit being can completely enter the physical body of the medium/channel, this is deep trance. But with most things this is only a guide not a definitive answer. For instance there are cases of automatic writing that have occured in the deep trance state.

Is it dangerous for the trance medium?

Trance mediumship in itself is not dangerous, if you have been properly trained and work in a sensible manner. By that I mean that you take responsibility for your safety when working. I have heard that some people do not believe that a medium should work in trance with a one to one client. The reason being that the client might physically hurt the trance medium while they are in the altered state. The care of the medium falls on the medium and working alone is not recommended. It is advisable to have someone else in the vicinity or if the medium prefers in the room. The medium should also seek protection from spirit and guidance about clients, should they feel unsure about giving them a sitting. My advice, if you are unsure - don't! The other reason this is often mentioned is the reports of physical harm being done when you touch a deep trance medium; this is true and if working at that level the trance medium should advise the client not to touch them. Deep trance mediumship does need additional precautions as even loud sounds can alarm the medium. I feel this is one reason why spirit is working at other levels so the possibility of harm is no longer an issue.

About a Trance Sitting

Do you remember what the spirit being has said during a trance sitting?

On occasion I do remember bits and pieces of the conversation. However these are usually out of context and forgotten in days of having given the trance sitting. This often includes the sitters face, which can be quite embarrassing should I meet them again. Sometimes, spirit do need me to remember a key fact or point in order to pass on additional information to the sitter, such as a recommendation of a healer or therapist.

Will my loved one speak to me or can your guide talk to them?

Your loved one speaking to you through a trance medium is quite rare. Sadly this is not something that occurs during Sarah's trance work. As to can my guide speak to them - in general I would say no. On occasions a sitters guide might relay a message and a loved one might appear for support but this is not the purpose of my guides work. Should a client be seeking communication with a loved one we would refer them to a mental medium (clairvoyant), as they specialise in this type of communication.

[See listings of recommended mediums & psychics on Voices of Spirits link page.]

Will he tell me my future?

No! It is not for spirit to tell you your future it is for you to make it. Even if he were to talk about future things the very fact that you knew about them could and probably would alter the event, rendering the information useless. He can discuss future direction but not time and dates for things to occur. Sitters also often seek guarantees, those are in your hands not spirit.

Can I ask a question about someone else?

Yes. However the answer will depend on the nature of the question and whether or not answering it would breech their free will. Also bear in mind that the future is not set so the answer may not be available.

Can my friend come with me to the trance sitting?

Due to the nature of a trance sitting you need to understand one thing - if they are in the room they will get spoken too. Therefore we can not guarantee that you will get all or even most of the sitting. It might very well turn out that your friend gets more information than you do. Sometimes however we do get family members coming together to discuss the same issue, this then becomes a conversation between all parties.

I am nervous, what if I do not like it?

At the beginning of a trance sitting we explain in detail what will happen in terms of Sarah's appearance and how Master Chou works. We explain that he will hold your hands to start with, scan your aura and then ask what you want to talk about. We also advise everyone that if they become uncomfortable all they have to do is ask that the sitting stops and Sarah will come back from the trance state.

I saw you a few months ago, can I come back for another reading?

Unlike with a clairvoyant or psychic reading, you can come for trance sittings more often. The principle to understand is that a trance sitting is about helping you with issues in your life and understanding them. So often clients do have one or more sessions. Ask yourself this - do you have more questions? If yes, then book a sitting, if no then you do not need one.

About having a reading

What do I need to do for a trance reading?

All we need is that you come along with issues to discuss and an open mind. We recommend having the issues or talking points written down. Master Chou is very careful to ensure you understand the information he is giving before going onto the next issue.

What kind of reading should I have?

That depends on what you need. As a guide we would recommend the following: Should you be seeking contact with a loved one then visit a mental medium, also referred to as a clairvoyant. Mental mediums work in different ways, some hear, some see and some feel spirit though many do a mixture of all three. Should you be seeking some general information about what is going on in your life at the moment then have a psychic reading or tarot card reading. Both can give insight in to current events. Should you be looking for deeper insight and guidance from spirit about your path, issues in your life, or past trauma's, then visit a trance medium or a channeling medium. Finally, should you be seeking guidance from spirit on your spiritual, mediumistic or psychic development then visit a trance medium or channeling medium.

[See Voices of Spirit's pages on sittings and our link page for recommended mediums web-site details. Alternatively for reputable Mediums and Psychic's visit your local Spiritualist Church, The College of Psychic Studies, The Spiritualist Association of GB. Or see listings in the Two Worlds or Psychic News.]

I went for a Psychic/medium reading and none of the information made sense?

There are several possible reasons for this:

  1. The person giving the reading was not working correctly or having a bad day (it can happen)
  2. You were not open to the process. When having a reading you need to be open to the possibility of communication and guidance e.t.c, if you are not you can block the person trying to give you the reading and hence get nothing.
  3. Some of the information may make sense at a later date. It is always a good idea to record a session so you can listen to it again. At the time your memory might not recall a lady with dark hair e.t.c but sometime after the session your memory will go - Oh I know who you mean and the message will then make sense.

I wanted to hear from my dad but he did not come through?

This can happen for several reasons. When we loose someone we love we want to know they are okay and have communication from them. However the loved one might not be ready to communicate. This will depend on how they passed and what they need to reflect on once they have returned to spirit. Also communicating with us is not a easy as picking up a phone it takes a great deal of effort and assistance from other spirits to make the connection. So, they may not make it the first time but the second. Finally, the hardest one to understand is that you might want to hear from them too much and that can create a block to the communication. Again be open to the process. If your loved one has only recently passed then another member of your family in spirit might communicate first or relay a message from the loved one recently passed.

I went for a Psychic reading and they asked to hold a piece of my jewellery?

This is called psychometry. In essence it is the reading of a persons energy that has been left on an object. A psychic will use this technique to give you information about your life. A medium might use this technique to connect to you and start the link before bringing forward messages from a loved one. It is also very useful if you are nervous or very sceptical; the information from psychometry will help you to open up and relax, ensuring you get the best reading possible.

I had a reading but when can have another?

Mediums and psychics generally recommend that you leave at least six months between readings. With trance sittings this does not always apply as it is based on what you need to discuss. Always ask yourself why you want the reading and can it truly assist. If you are unsure ask the psychic, medium or channel before making the appointment. However please do not be offended if they tell you to wait, they are acting responsibly and in your best interests.

About development

How can I develop as a trance mediumship?

Should you feel drawn to developing trance mediumship we would recommend firstly doing a workshop on the subject to get some first hand experience and then see how you feel. Originally you needed to be an advance level medium / mediumship student before training in trance, nowadays that is not always the case. Sarah prefers students to have a knowledge of - working with spirit guides, their aura and the chakra system and working with energy. However she takes each student as an individual and if spirit truly want them to learn then she will assist in teaching these areas as well.

How can I develop as a medium?

As with trance mediumship, if you feel drawn to working with spirit as a medium then you need to find a development circle. Training to be a medium is not an overnight thing, it can take years to fully train. Most Spiritualist Churches run development circles, as do The College of Psychic Studies and the Spiritualist Association of Great Britain.

How can I develop as a psychic?

Most of us have innate psychic ability and use it daily without realising. Again to develop your intuition and psychic ability you need to train and many development circles are available. There are also many good books you can read on the subject to get a better understanding before joining a group. Connecting to your intuition is a wonderful process and can enhance your life.

I want to read tarot cards, do I need to be psychic?

We all have innate psychic ability even if you are unaware of it. Tarot cards are very linked to your own intuition and make a good place to start with connecting to your own abilities. There are many excellent books on the subject and a huge array of cards to choose from. Allow your inner voice to guide you to the right book and pack. There are also courses run at The College of Psychic Studies and other places, which are worth exploring.

Other topics

What is the difference between a psychic and a medium?

A psychic works with the auric field (a persons energy field, which holds information about them and their lives) and energy of the physical plane. A medium works with Spirit, therefore their information is being relayed from the spiritual plane. A person can be both and hence work in both ways, always check when you book a sitting. A psychic medium is someone who can work in both ways.

I think I am being psychically attacked?

Should you feel that you are being psychically attacked then seek guidance from a specialist in Spirit Release or Psychic Attack work. This is a specialised form of work and not to be taken lightly. I recommend contacting someone like Sue Allen or Martha Brett at The College of Psychic Studies for an appointment or more information.

[Sue Allen has also written an excellent book on the subject called Spirit Release.]

I think I have a negative energy in my house?

There are many people dealing with this area, from Feng Shui experts to Mediums. It really does depend on the kind of negative energy you feel is in your house. Should you feel it is conscious, e.g a person, then contact a medium who deals with Spirit Release or Rescue Work. Your local Spiritualist Church will have names of reputable mediums from whom you might be able to seek advice.

[See Voices of Spirit's link page for listings of Spiritual Churches]

Do I need to be psychic or a medium to connect to the Angels?

No. We all have some psychic abilities even if we don't realise it. However connecting to Angels needs only an open heart and pure intention. You can pray, mediate or simply talk to them, they will always hear you as long you address your words to them with love.

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