Albert Einstein once said when speaking about his works in the field of Physics “The state of mind which enables a man to do work of this kind is akin to that of the religious worshiper or the lover; the daily effort comes from no deliberate intention or program, but straight from the heart.”
Knowing that Einstein had to still express his results in terms of formulas and equations, which are equivalent to learning, training and perseverance when adquiring the language of mathematics and physics, then, how do we define our own formula of success when developing mediumship? What is your measure for relative success? Furthermore, what is your understanding of mediumship?
Let us say that your bóveda is set up and you are picking up the pace on your daily routine, it has been but two weeks since you decided to give Spiritism a shot. But all the sitting there in prayer, silence and contemplation, is not quite what you had in mind. You may wonder, when are you going to see a spirit, hear an otherwordly voice or be the star and baffle people with your hability to channel or be the horse for spirits.
Spiritism has its own pace, spirits often times say that they exist in a fluid medium where time and space is irrelevant. It is us who keep timetables, deadlines, and who perhaps get into Spiritism with secret desires to become a medium star. If those thoughts have crossed your mind, I humbly suggest: Empty the cup.
A medium is a conduit for messages and manifestations from the spirit world achieved through an altered state of being. Notice that I say altered and not trance, for there are many levels of awareness and once a person is able to enter willingly or unwillingly to that altered state of mind, communication with the spirit world may happen. It is perhaps most interesting to observe mediumship in children of early age (normally before 7 years), for they have the hability to exist between worlds unknowingly. Due to having transitioned relatively recently into the plane of the living, their state of spiritual grace is high, they are unffettered by societal molds and rules; they simply call it as they see it.
In a letter to a father who had lost a young son, Einstein said that humans as part of the universe experiences themself, their toughts and feelings as something separate from the rest, and that was for him, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. Furthermore, Einstein said that the striving to free oneself from this delusion is the one issue of true religion. Not to nourish it but to try to overcome it is the way to reach the attainable measure of piece of mind.
Thus, could it be than an altered state of awareness is nothing other than a return to normalcy where we are indeed part of the fluid universe where spirit and matter converge? Therein lays our work as spiritist, in facilitating that transition between our ‘normal state of delusion’ and the space between the worlds where everything coalece.
We end up in the same place we started, at the bóveda, book of prayers in hand and our hearts and minds open to communicate with spirits. Of course, spiritual communication is not limited to the area that a bóveda occupies, that is simply your schoolground. I encourage you to find other places where you feel spirit move, pray there, do it as often as you can. Find that place in you where time and space no longer matters and learn to get there at will. Mediumship in adults requires patience, practice and perseverance, how much of each? That is your own formula to determine and share with others as you will.
Oní Yemayá Achagbá