Physical Mediumship Explained


Physical mediumship is very rare due to the punishment that your body takes when trying to allow spirits to materialise from their world into our world.

To do this they take substances from the physical body to form what is called ectoplasm and photoplasm, which is a refined form of ectoplasm that can be seen in visible red and blue light. This substance can also be taken from other physical objects like clothes, carpets, tables, or furniture, in a psychic circle, but it mainly comes from the psychical mediums body.

Once the ectoplasm or photoplasm is formed, a spirit can clothe its self in this material to allow it to be seen in our world. This is usually done in a séance or psychic circle which ever you wish to call it. However it can be painful and leave you with a kind of psychic hangover the next day, or even for a couple of days.

The feeling is sluggish, tired, paranoid, and sickly for a few hours afterwards. These after effects are proof that something was going on without seeing it.

Physical mediumship is the highest form of proof of life after death, whereby those who have passed on are able to re-appear in solid form, exactly as they were when they lived on the earth. This is done with a psychical medium, a person that has developed the ability to produce large amounts of ectoplasm from their psychical body. This allows a spirit person to re-form their psychical body. This is done in the dark with a low red or blue light.

Psychical mediumship has many facets, these are Direct Voice, materialisation, Apports, Transfiguration, Psychic Smells, Raps, People being touched, Levitation of objects. A medium usually goes into trance but this is not always the case.



Transfiguration is the forming of a spirits face over the mediums face, or the sitters faces. This is best done in low red light to the ectoplasm can form over the sitters faces without being destroyed. The faces can be very clear at times, with the mediums face completely disappearing.

On other occasions many faces can appear over a mediums face quite rapidly but each one is distinct from each other. Features like beards and moustaches can be clearly seen. Objects like glasses or earrings, smoking pipes or hats. The hair can change shape and size including the body shape, where it can appear large or small. You need to see it to believe it, it is not an optical illusion, and is fascinating to see.



Direct Voice is another very interesting part of Psychical Mediumship, where the voice of a spirit speaks to the sitters out of mid air. Most mediums have a speaking trumpet sitting on the floor of a circle or table if one is required. The trumpets used for this type of communication are conical shaped objects with holes at both ends.

The trumpet is placed in the centre of the circle of people present, when the atmosphere is right for spirit they will sometimes make the trumpet float in the air and make it fly around the room stopping at a person they may want to speak to.

More often the trumpet is not really used for communication or amplification, but it makes the psychic phenomena very interesting and helps concentrate the mind.

Direct voice and independent voice, are basically the same thing. The voices are created from an artificial voice box formed from ectoplasm for the communication so some music is played and a singsong helps bring the power up (sounds silly but it really works). Once the power is sufficient which can take a few minutes for a spirit to master a voice box.

Once the voices come through it’s as clear as anyone talking in the room. Men, women and children, of all ages, languages and accents can speak. Direct voice mediumship usually requires complete darkness to function but again it offers proof of life after death, as questions and answers can be made to the spirit individuals.



Apports occur in a psychic circle where a physical object is materialised by spirit guides, to the group of people sitting in circle. Usually this involves a physical object that has been dematerialised in one location, transported to another and re-materialised.

The object can be almost anything from flowers, books, jewellery and even money usually coins (these are small denomination values, remember financial wealth is not important to spirit).

Apports occur for particular reasons and psychic circle sitters do not usually sit for the purpose of bringing apports through. They just happen during a psychic circle if the spirit has the energy or a particular reason to do so.

One strange peculiarity of apports is that they have an extended life if they happen to be a flower for example; there have been reports where it lasted for months or up to a year in some cases. Apports are great fun and it makes you wonder if the transporters from star trek will be a reality one day.



Levitation is the movement of objects without normal means of support. This can be done by either psychokinetic energy (telekinsis) or by the use of ectoplasm. The medium is the significant source of ectoplasm, but some regular sitters are used as extra energy resources.



A very common phenomena is table raps or knocks. The sounds of these raps range from soft finger taps, to large knocks like knuckles on a table. Quite often you would hear a sound like wood splintering or cracking. On other occasions ectoplasmic rods can cause raps to occur. With all of these raps or knocks you can establish a code for yes or no answer questions. Usually one rap for yes, and two raps for no.

It is quite an effective form of communication, and if you ask the right questions can be very informative.



If the people in a circle are very harmonious it can create conditions of some wonderful phenomena. One of these is the appearance of spirit lights.

Spirit lights come in all intensities and colours. Common colours are blue, white and red. The colours can be seen as bright spots from time to time, however they can have incredible intense brightness on rare occasions.

The lights are considered to be a representation of a spirits presence and their vibration. The brighter the spirit light usually indicates higher levels of spirit development.



When the spirit operates withdraw the etheric energy-matters from the mediums body, it is known as ectoplasm. It is thought the use and manipulation of ectoplasm that the physical phenomena occur.

Ectoplasm can be created in many different forms, visible and invisible, white and coloured. It’s dependent upon what the spirit guides wish to do with this incredible substance. Once created, the ectoplasm generally emerges from the medium through some body orifice (nose or mouth) or through a psychic centre, isolated near the navel, known as the solar plexus.

Ectoplasm can be used to move objects. During a demonstration such as this, the spirit operator might mould the ectoplasm into hardened rods. The ectoplasm is collected by spirit helpers and mixed with chemicals on their side to create a refined ectoplasm, which they then use in physical phenomena structures, be it materialisations or table raps and movements.



With Materialisations, the spirit guides collect ectoplasm from inanimate (furniture, materials in the room) and animate objects (the medium and circle sitters) where it is mixed with etheric chemicals on their side, to form a stable moulding substance that spirits can use to create an exact physical body of how they looked on the earth or as they now appear in spirit.

The degree and strength of the materialized form varies quite a bit. A fully materialised form or head to toe materialization of a spirit is, perhaps, the most amazing phenomenon witnessed in mediumship.

There are countless recorded cases where spirits have materialised fully, with full dress, facial features, and any distinguishing marks that they previously had on their body. They can look as solid as our earthly bodies.

It has been known for them to create fingerprints, move heavy objects, dance with sitters, talk to sitters with direct voice, touch, hug and kiss sitters, allow sitters to touch them, pass through walls, and dematerialise before sitters.

During the manifestations, the psychical medium usually sits within an enclosed area, called a cabinet. The cabinet is basically anything that allows a psychical medium to sit away from the sitters. The cabinet also helps focus the energies and creates a type of battery from which the phenomena can be formed and energized. There is usually a curtain in front of a cabinet, which can be spread apart in order for people to see what is going on within the cabinet.

When a materialisation is about to happen the curtains are closed. The reasons for this are two fold; firstly it protects the medium, as the spirits are using part of their bodily energies to mould the ectoplasm into a form, and secondly, the curtain obscures the build up of the materialised form which can be quite disturbing to look at. During the start of the materialisation build up, the lighting in the room is usually very low, if not complete darkness.

A dim red light or even a bright red light usually provides the only source of light, you can also use a blue and red light.

Once the materialised spirit is ready, it will step out of the cabinet in full view. One of the most interesting phenomena seen during materialisation is the psychical link between the materialised form and the medium. After a spirit materializes and walks away from the medium, cord of ectoplasm linking the spirit form with the physical medium can often be seen. The ectoplasmic cord can be linked to the umbilical cord of a foetus.

Through it, the spirit operator receives a supply of etheric energy matter from the medium. The spirit may demonstrate by withdrawing the ectoplasm back into the mediums body via this cord. There seems to be no limits to what spirit can do through physical mediumship, provided the proper conditions prevail.



Physical mediumship was very common during the last century up until around the 1930’s but it declined rapidly in the 1950’s. In the early half of the 20th century, the power and phenomena seen was amazing. Unfortunately, these days it is quite rare to see it. People are just not dedicated enough to sacrifice their time and effort into developing psychical mediumship.

It really does take total selfless devotion to harness and develop this form of mediumship. In those early years of the 20th century, a psychic circle was a social event. Most of the great pioneer mediums began by sitting in a home circle. Nowadays, it seems as if there is an increase in development circles since the start of the 21st century, but not necessarily physical mediumship circles.

We may be on the verge of a new growth in psychic development circles, hopefully some of these may turn into some physical mediumship.



There are 2 main reasons for this:

The first is when modern spirit phenomena started appearing in the Victorian and Edwardian period, it was all relatively new and people of course wanted to see it live. They needed objective evidence (as we also need and want today) of spirits presence, and of course spirit guides were quite willing to provide evidence of physical manifestations.

When people began to accept the reality of life after death and mediums evidence, the masses yearned for more spiritual teaching and philosophy. This gradually reduced the occurrence of physical mediumship. As a counter balance to physical mediumship, mental mediumship began to predominate. In other words, the needs of humanity through their thoughts, dictated how spirit responded to those needs.

The conditions were created by the yearning thoughts of men and women. It is always the case with spirit that, if enough people think of these things then the thoughts start to create new realities, Maybe a new promotion of ideas could help the cause of physical mediumship to grow again.

The second point on the decline of physical mediumship is the basic fact that the development of physical mediumship can be a lengthy process, sometimes tedious, with no materialisations happening in the circle for years or longer.

It required great commitment on everyone’s part and, can generally focus around the development of one, maybe two, people in the circle having the necessary energies or vibrations, with the other people sitting contributing also to the energies and their own development. Although you don’t always get materialisation you will certainly have raps, table movement, psychic smells, spirit lights, transfiguration and other worthy physical phenomena.



Mediumship itself is not exclusive to a few people as it is a very natural aspect of the spirit body. To a large extent everyone can develop mediumistic ability to link with their spirit guides, thus becoming receptive to the influences coming from those in spirit.

Not everyone can become a physical medium, it requires certain elements to be present within a physical organism of the medium. Either you have those elements or you don’t.

To become a physical medium you need to have the elements within you to create the substance, from which the fundamental building blocks of physical phenomena are formed, namely ectoplasm. Plus you need an abundance of patience.

A physical medium usually has increased sensitivity, so you need a strong will to cope with life and things that are thrown at you, this will help immensely. Good health, sunny days and vigorous circle members help physical mediumship to appear more dazzling and energized.


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