Believe it or not, people have been able to communicate with the spirit world for thousands of years. There are references to mediumistic acts throughout the bible and other spiritual writings. Moses, Mary, Peter and many more people all had experiences which have been labelled as visions, angels appearing unto them or speaking in tongues. These can be classed as physical phenomena, with materialisation being just one form of physical phenomena that we as humans can experience when communicating with the spirit world.
Physical Mediumship really started in the mid 1800's. People have been using various methods to communicate with the spirit world. Spirit are trying all the time to communicate with us and will take every opportunity to do so through whatever means is available.
Let’s talk briefly about Ouija boards. Call them what you like, but they are not a good spirit tool. You have to remember not all spirits have good intentions; there are mischievous and negative spirits around. Like attracts like and if you are a depressed, negative or have mental health problems, this board can only bring you trouble.
Physical Mediumship It should only be practised in properly controlled environments with the correct supervision and safeguards in place to ensure the safety of the medium. It takes time and patience to practice. The conditions have to be right for spirit to appear in whatever form. The energy used by spirit is a lot greater in this form of communication than with mental mediumship. In most cases a medium goes into deep trance for the spirit to work through them. The medium is not possessed by the spirit and is in control at all times. The spirit person can communicate using the vocal chords of the medium to, or produce ectoplasm from various parts of the mediums body.
What is ectoplasm?
If you look up the word ectoplasm it will say it is a strange, visible, semi-fluid substance, that is believed to emanate from the body of a physical medium/spiritualistic medium. In fact one vital point is missed out. There has to be a certain chemical balance within the body of the medium that can mix with a certain energy sent by those in spirit. There are sadly too few mediums who have this chemical balance.
The term Ectoplasm was used by a French scientist named Charles Richet in 1894 a former president of the Society for Psychical Research. He was the first to use the term, to explain a third arm that allegedly appeared from a medium named Eusapia Palladino. Ectoplasm comes from the Greek words "ekto" and "plasma", meaning "exteriorized substance".
This type of spirit communication is very rare and should not be confused with ghosts or apparitions, as the spirit will use the energy built up in the room by those present to materialise.
Here are some other types of physical Mediumship.
Transfiguration. Here the face of a spirit person can be seen formed over the mediums face like a mask. I have witnessed, and also been used as the medium for this phenomena. It made me jump at first to see faces appearing, because it wasn't just one face, several appeared in succession. The faces can be very clear at times, with the mediums face completely disappearing. Often a mediums face will go completely dark as the spirit face builds. It feels very strange and I know that’s an inadequate word. The face tingles, feels likes it’s stretching and sometimes it itches like crazy. But it is a wonderful experience.
Direct Voice. Objects called trumpets are used for this type of communication. They 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 make the trumpet float in the air and use it for communication. This sounds hard to believe, but it does happen. The sound is created from an artificial throat box formed from ectoplasm and comes from the pointed end of the trumpet.
Trance. I’ve already touched on this on another page of my site.
Apports. This is a physical object bought through by spirit usually to the group of people sitting for communication. The objects can be almost anything from flowers, books, jewellery and even money. People do not usually sit for the purpose of bringing apports through, they just happen during a séance or closed circle if the spirit wishes to do so for what ever reason.