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PostSubject: Conducting A Séance   Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:06 pm

Conducting A Séance


These days the séance is accessible to all people – not only psychics – through tools such as the Ouija board, which enable you to contact the spirit world. The séance is the central ritual of Spiritualism and has provided thousands of ordinary men and women with the opportunity to gain access to the Spirit world, within a supportive group setting. The classic picture of a séance involves a medium playing the central role, but since the early days of Victorian spiritualism people have practised more accessible types of séance based around an Ouija board or a similar set up. This method does not require special psychic powers and can be used by anyone.

Some may find the idea of holding a séance archaic, or maybe even frightening, but there are several reasons why it’s a good method of contacting spirits if you know exactly what you’re doing, and know how to shield yourself and others present from anything negative that might be drawn in.

Synergy - Several people working together can combine their individual psychic energies to produce a greater force.

Ritual - Following a formal ritual helps to put you in the right frame of mind.

Wisdom – The spirits have a vast store of wisdom, which comes from their own experiences and knowledge and from what they have learned from other spirits.

Comfort - Traditionally, most people attend a séance to speak to a friend or loved one that has passed over to the spirit world to hear that they are fine, or to settle unresolved issues, or simply to have the chance to say goodbye.
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PostSubject: Re: Conducting A Séance   Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:06 pm

Setting Up a Séance


Spend some times ensuring that the atmosphere of your séance room is appropriate. This will help to out all your guests in the right frame of mind. You should hold your séance where you won’t be disturbed, where loud noises or bright lights won’t intrude to ruin the atmosphere or scare off spirit. The table should be big enough for everyone to sit around, but small enough that all participants can rest their hands on the pointer and follow it to all points of the table.

Séance rooms are traditionally decorated with heavy drapes to muffle outside sound and block light – at the very least you should ensure there are heavy curtains over the windows. Clear distracting influences from the room, such as clutter and pets. If you do not have dimmer switches, then turn the lights off and use candles to provide low light levels.

You need a group of like-minded people to carry out a séance. They do not have to be psychic, or even ‘believers’ as long as you trust them to be supportive and not disrupt proceedings. Pick a time to meet that is suitable for everyone, so no one has to rush off. Any time of the day is suitable, but you may find the evening more conducive. (although holding a séance at night might be scary).

Choose a main speaker - once the séance is underway, different people can ask questions, but you must not talk over each other as this will confuse the spirits stepping forward. Natural candidates are those who believe they have psychic powers or have had psychic experiences. Alternatively, choose someone authoritative and unflappable.
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PostSubject: Re: Conducting A Séance   Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:07 pm

Beginning Your Séance



The traditional method of performing a séance is tempered with guidelines for your safety and well-being. Use this guide to make sure your séance is successful.

Sit around the table and have all participants place both hands on the pointer (one hand if the pointer is small). Make sure it is moving freely, then position it in the centre of the board. If there's someone in the group who has had experience conducing a séance, or who is more psychically gifted than the others in the group, he or she might be the right one to mediate the séance.

Have everyone hush and turn off their electronic devices. This will help everyone get in the right state of mind to experience the séance. Make sure everyone has used the bathroom, checked their phones, and so on before the beginning of the séance. Once the session is underway, any type of distraction could throw off the energy and prematurely end the séance.

At this time you might want to ask your sitters if they're ready to participate in the séance. Get a feel for people's moods. It's normal for people to seem a little anxious; you might see someone giggle nervously or look a little worried. However, if anyone seems to be acting cynical about the event, or if anyone looks frightened before it even starts, you might want to ask that person to sit this one out. There's no set script for beginning a séance, but many people choose to recite a prayer of welcome to set the tone for the event. You should thank everyone for coming and announce that it's time for the séance to begin.

Summon The Spirits
You can use any phrase you like, but it should be polite and respectful. Give it some thought and decide what sounds right for you. If you feel uncomfortable or silly in your summoning it is less likely to work for you. Having questions in mind to engage the spirits will give the séance more structure. Rather than just asking the spirits to come and make their presence known, people can try to summon the spirits of specific people and receive information that would be impossible to get in any other way.

For example, someone who lost her grandmother could plan to summon her grandmother's spirit and ask if she's OK. Bear in mind that people should not have the expectation of receiving a clear, straightforward answer to their questions. The spirits do not communicate the same way that humans communicate with each other. "Yes" or "no" questions usually produce more satisfying results than questions that would require a long-winded answer.
Ask everyone to please join hands and close their eyes, then recite the prayer and ask the spirits to join you. Some people pray for protection from angry or evil spirits and ask that only well-intentioned spirits join the circle.

You may summon specific spirits by name during this time. For example, you could say "Grandmother Ivy, we gather here tonight in hope that we'll receive a sign of your presence. Please feel welcome in our circle and join us when you're ready."

Ask questions and be patient. Either the speaker should ask all of the questions, or sitters can take turns asking. In any case, ask one question at a time, and pause for several minutes to wait for an answer. Be sure everyone stays quiet, since the presence of a spirit be difficult to notice.

Remember that yes or no questions are more likely to solicit satisfying answers. Questions like "Are you with us?" and "Do you have a message for us?" are better than "What is it like to live in the spirit world?"

Make sure no one breaks the circle while the questions are being asked. If someone gets up and leaves, or becomes distracted in some way, the spiritual energy will be lost.

A séance can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or longer. Try to keep everyone in the circle until the spirits seem to be gone and you're no longer receiving answers to your questions. The ending of a séance usually occurs naturally when the spiritual energy in the room eventually dissolves.

A séance can be an emotionally intense experience that elicits a range of different reactions. If someone in your group begins to cry inconsolably, scream, or otherwise exhibit extreme negativity or fear, either have someone escort that person to a room that's less spiritually charge, or go ahead and turn on the lights to end the séance.

Thank the spirits for coming when you're ready to stop. It's always a good idea to give a séance closure, as you would any other type of spiritual service or ritual. End the séance by thanking the spirits for joining your circle. You may want to say a prayer of closure. Thank the sitters for their participation as well, then blow out the candles to formally end the session.

Turn on the lights and process what happened. Allow people a few moments to quietly pull themselves out of the spiritual realm and back into the physical, present moment. Talk about the events that occurred during the séance to find out what everyone can learn from the experience.

Analyze the signs and answers you received from the spirits. When that door slammed shut, could it have been caused by a draft? Or are you all absolutely certain that a spirit was responsible? If you recorded the séance, watch and listen to the session. Turn up the volume and listen for voices and sounds that no one noticed during the séance.
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PostSubject: Re: Conducting A Séance   Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:08 pm

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Make sure you're dealing with a "good" ghost and try to avoid demonic presences.

Some ghosts are said to be grounded or visiting. Establish this in your original communication and see if you can be of any assistance to the spiritual presence.

You may have to revisit your prospective ghost more than once to get clearer responses to your questions.

Before you stop your séance, everybody in your group should say " Now is done, leave in peace" three times before letting each other's hands go.

One good method of getting answers to "Yes or No" questions is to lay out three lit candles. Clearly specify one as "Yes, one as "No", and one as "I can't/don't want to answer" (It helps if they're different colors). Then, instead of asking the spirit to splash water or move something, simply as the spirit to extinguish the candle that corresponds to their answer.

When contact has been made, check yourself and your friends so you can establish continuous trust and credibility.


Warnings

If the spirit speaks of someone/something as a portal, stop talking. Portals are ways that spirits come to our realm, the realm of the living. Suffice it to say that some very weird things will happen if you don't stop.

Make sure that you're talking to a person's spirit and not a demon. If you have a specific person you're looking for, ask them to confirm their identity.

If you have an Ouija Board, be wary of words or names like "Soso/Zuzu", "Asag", or "Marax" being spelled out, all three of these are the names of very well known demonic entities.
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PostSubject: Re: Conducting A Séance   Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:09 pm

Some Important General Principles


Don't be afraid if things get too involved, or you don't like a spirit, deal with it politely at all times, but firmly, to defuse tense situations and clear the spiritual atmosphere.

Be realistic, even if you manage to summon a spirit, it may not communicate much, or its answers may not be straightforward. Also, summoning a particular spirit is very difficult.

Be Courteous and take it seriously, even if you do not beleive. Spirits may not be present, but people are, and they can easily get scared or emotionally involved, especially when trying to contact loved ones.

Be polite. If you are not respectful, the spirits either will not show, or, worse, they may get upset which could become very, unpleasant.

Pace yourself and go at the pace of the most timid sitter. You may be braver than the others, but don't press on if other sitters are not comfortable.
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