TYPES OF PHYSICAL MEDIUMSHIP
Foy, one of the mediums at the centre of the fabulous
Scole experiments writes:
Not everybody is aware that Physical Mediumship now takes
place in two totally different ways. The traditional view
is that physical phenomena can only be presented by spirit
helpers using the controversial substance known as 'ectoplasm'.
This method has been used by Physical Mediums and their
guides and helpers since 1848. Generally, it involves just
one physical medium, who is usually in deep trance throughout
the proceedings. The medium usually sits in a 'cabinet'
throughout to concentrate the power (this is a small enclosure
of aproximately of the same or slightly larger size as a
Punch and Judy man's tent by the seaside). Most physical
mediums operate in total darkness, or with the use of a
dim red light for illumination, although one of our members
is currently experimenting with a green light.
The 'ectoplasm' is exuded from the physical medium's body
(from any or all of the body's natural orifices) and can
be moulded by the spirit guides and helpers to form a 'materialisation'
of a spirit person, which can often be positively identified
by friends and relatives of the spirit person. For manipulaion
of objects such as a trumpet (a megaphone like object used
for amplification of direct-voice communication from spirit)
in the seance room, an ectoplasmic rod is used by the spirit
In every case, the ectoplasm remains connected to the medium
whilst phenomena takes place. It is this ectoplasmic connection
which makes the whole proceedings physically dangerous for
the physical medium. If a sitter does something silly, like
switching on an electric light in the middle of a seance,
the ectoplasm shoots back into the body of the medium at
an alarmingly fast rate; causing (at the best) burns to
the medium's body and (at the worst) occasionally internal
wounds that have, on occasion, led directly to the death
or serious injury of the medium. Such was the case with
Helen Duncan and Alec Harris, both famous materialisation
mediums. Consequently, in all sittings where physical mediumship
is conducted through an ectoplasmic-based system, careful
precautions have to be observed for the safety of the medium.
The ectoplasmic-based physical medium often takes many years
to develop their mediumship fully.
The second, and more modern method of producing physical
phenomena is by way of an energy-based procedure. This form
of physical phenomena was largely pioneered by the Spirit
Team working with the Scole Experimental Group in the 1990's.
There may indeed be one or more mediums in a group where
this method is being used. They may, or may not necessarily
be used in deep trance; sometimes, the group are not even
aware of who the medium or mediums might be! The spiritual
energies of all the group members are blended and involved
in the energy-based process. Whilst groups of this sort
should start out in total darkness, the spirit team working
with a particular group often bring their own spirit-lighting
fairly soon in the development of the phenomena to provide
The energy that is used by the spirit team is a blend of
three different types of energy which, when mixed together,
provides one creative energy, which can then be used by
the spirit team or individual spirit persons in a physical
way to demonstrate the phenomena which is produced.
The 3 forms of energy are:
1) Spiritual energy taken from all the sitters in the group.
2) Spirit energy brought by the spirit team from the spirit
world, especially for the purposes of
producing the 'creative energy' needed at a particular sitting.
3) Colums or 'pillars' of natural earth energy which exists
in certain geographical locations
around the world. By their work, groups, sitting for physical
phenomena can attract one of
these columns of energy to them for the work, or even create
a new column.
There are a number of advantages to working in this new
way with energy, although I should point out that neither
method of working is better than, or superior to the other.
These advantages include:
1) Phenomena can develop quicker in the energy way. Sometimes
in months, rather than in years.
2) There is no danger whatsoever to mediums or sitters if
somebody does something stupid during an energy-based sitting.
The phenomena will simply stop,
3) The energy-based method is more versatile in that more
types of phenomena can be developed in this way. At Scole,
we counted around 180 different types of phenomena that
were developed during the 5-year history of the Scole Experimental
For full details of the Scole sittings, see my latest book:
Robyn has started a free online group for people interested
in developing and discussing physical mediumship. See