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Can Anyone Learn to be a Medium?

If you work at it, there are ways to communicate with spirits on the other side, even if your not a medium.

If it's true we use only ten percent of our brain, what is the other 90 percent used
for? I've come to realize that there is a portion of our brain that everyone can use to communicate with spirits on the other side. How do I know this? I actually was able to give a very basic reading to three different people, two of whom I didn't know, at a recent workshop with world renowned Scottish Medium Bill Coller.

Bill Coller lives in Switzerland and comes to the United States at least twice a
year. He gives his mediumship workshops all over the world, and he's probably
one of the best technical mediums there is. For the past three years I've attended his four hour workshops. Every single time, I leave the workshop completely and utterly amazed.

I don't consider myself a medium, and I don't have any talents or gifts in this area. I started taking the workshops to further my knowledge on mediumship for when I lecture, write and do my radio shows. Twenty to thirty people, mostly mediums starting out, attend these workshops, and then there was me. The first year I felt a bit out of place, working with strangers and trying to connect with
their dead grandparents. I knew there would be absolutely no way I could do
such a thing. We were asked to get five points of evidence to prove to the person we were reading for. I had a difficult time, to say the least, but then Bill came over and we took it step by step. Before long, I brought in the woman's grandmother, and she knew without a doubt that it was her. We both sat
there shocked. She too, was able to read for me, and she was not a medium
either. She brought it my father. It was truly incredible.

So in the beginning of March, I attended my third workshop and felt at little more at ease. It was called "Understanding Your Clairaudience, Clairvoyance and
Clairsentience." I know a thing or two about these "tools" as Bill calls them, because I've studied them and I've written about them in my blogs and books. I work with paranormal investigator Joe Giaquinto who is a clairaudient medium (able to hear spirits), and I started developing some clairsentience (knowing/feeling the presence of spirits) while writing the Ghosts of Long Island books. Clairvoyance is the ability to "see spirits."

Over the course of four hours, Bill explained all three "clairs" in detail, breaking it down so we would understand how each means of communication actually works. For the hands-on portion of the workshop, we had to work with a partner and only work on one form of communication. My first partner happened to be a very seasoned medium who Joe and I have had on our blogtalk radio show. I jokingly told her that she obviously had an advantage over me, a non-medium. She laughed and said she believed I could do it. Don't say, "I can't," she said. We'd take it one step at a time.

For this exercise we had to use clairsentience only, so I had to "feel" or "know" who was coming through. We sat holding hands to keep the energy flowing. My eyes were closed and all I could see and feel in my head was darkness...nothingness. Sharon told me to keep paying close attention. Within a
few minutes I started "sensing" the presence of her grandmother. Was this for real though? Couldn't I be just guessing or imagining it? I certainly had my doubts. I started sensing other things before long, her grandmother's house in the country, a winding pathway, a swing. I told her about the relationship she had with her grandmother, and how she had a peaceful death from old age. The things I was able to describe to Sharon were accurate, and she understood it to be her grandmother. She wasn't surprised, because this particular grandmother she was very close to. She often comes to Sharon in spirit and helps her on her journey.

The next exercise was dealing with clairvoyance. I worked with gentleman I didn't
know. Now I had to try to "see" him in my head, in spirit. It started out the same way, holding hands and trying to get the energy flowing. Just like before, all I saw was blackness. I waited. All of a sudden I saw an image of a man, with black hair and a flannel shirt. He was in his forties or fifties and he was kicking up his heels and dancing. I told the man I was reading for what I was seeing, and then to my surprise I blurted out, "It's your uncle." The man said that was correct. I found out he was kicking up his heels because he always wore cowboy boots. Because I saw him dancing, I kept telling my partner he must have liked to dance. He was unsure when I mentioned it. At that point, Bill Coller happened to come over, and he was able to see the uncle as well. He also saw him dancing. He said it was great that I picked up on that, but I was misinterpreting what he was doing. Bill then asked my partner, "Was your uncle unable to walk the last year of his life?" My partner said that was correct. Bill then told us he was dancing and kicking up his heals, because he wanted his nephew to know that he was fine now. He could walk and dance again, and he no longer had pain. It all made sense now, and I was in awe.

For the last exercise, I worked with Joe Giaquinto, who I know well of course, but I gave it a shot. We were to work clairaudiently now. Within a few minutes I
picked up his grandmother on his mother's side, and even though I was hearing
my own voice in my head (which is how Bill said we would hear the spirits) I
knew it was Joe's grandmother, and she gave me a very specific message for him. It was unbelievable.

I don't consider myself a medium, but through guidance and training, I was able to give a very basic reading to three different people. I was tapping into an unused part of my brain. For me, the workshop was more of a learning experience. I don't plan on reading for people as a living, but it's nice to know that if I pay attention, communication is possible.

Most mediums are born with the gift and then develop it later in life, but each of
us has the capacity to pick up on the spirits every now and then. Even the best
of mediums need proper training in how to control their mediumship, and how to
validate the information they are receiving through the five points of evidence.

I've attached a short video of Bill Coller's workshop where I was interviewed by reporter Chris Collora. You can see me working with my three partners.

Do you think you are capable of communicating with spirits? It's never too late to
try.

Kerriann Flanagan Brosky is the author of Ghosts
of Long Island; Stories of the Paranormal
and Ghosts of Long Island II; More Stories of the Paranormal, both available on Amazon in hardcover and e-format. www.ghostsoflongisland.com



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Peter March 31, 2012 at 02:55 PM
There is another side to this issue; The noted medium Emanuel Swedenborg, who had dedicated himself to communication with spirits and who was acclaimed by many as an expert in questions regarding the occult, attests to the fact that spirits with whom spiritualists and mediums deal are so cunning and lying that it is impossible for anyone appealing to them to establish their true personality and intentions. These spirits are excellent actors masquerading under the guise of dead souls. Swedenborg warns novice occultists with the following words: "When the spirits begin to speak with a man, he ought to be aware that he believes nothing whatever from them; for they say almost anything. Things are fabricated by them, and they lie … They would tell so many lies and indeed with solemn affirmation … if a man listens and believes they press on, and deceive, and seduce in many ways ... Let men beware therefore and not believe an iota of what they say" (A Compendium of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, NY, Swedenborg Foundation, 1977).
Kerriann Flanagan Brosky March 31, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Hi Peter, Thanks for writing. I will say that although there are negative entities out there who will pry on certain people, the work I do and the mediums I work with are God loving and respected people in their fields. Everything is started out with a prayer, and communication is upbeat and positive. That is why I stress if people are interested in getting a reading from a medium or if they want to learn more about their gifts, they need to see properly trained and respected people. You are right, there are times when negative entities can make their presence known or deceive. I'm happy to say that the amount of mediums and Spiritualists that I know have not had issues with evil souls. I myself, am a very religious person so I stand on my faith and my own love of God. Because of that, I've had some amazing and beautiful experiences which has changed my life. The other thing I noted from your comment was that Emanuel Swedenborg did his writings back in the 1970's. So much has changed since then in the understanding and development of mediumship. It is no longer as scary as people used to make it out to be. Hope this clears some things up for you.
BB April 03, 2012 at 08:27 PM
The idea that humans only use 10% of their brains is a myth. Humans actually use 100% of their brain, even when the body is at rest.
Karen Steinberg April 16, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Unbelievable blog! This is one of my favorites you've ever written. This gives hope to people like myself that weren't blessed with this gift but with training and concentration, it could be possible. I love the detail you give of your experiences in the class; can you recommend a website of where to look for classes in our own areas? I live in Virginia. Thanks so much!!

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