In the summer of 2017 a lady guest came along to sit in support of the Lodge project. She initially described feeling curious about physical mediumship and also said that she had experienced altered states of consciousness during meditation, and offered this as another reason for wanting to come along to the Lodge. At this time she had never sat in a Physical séance and wanted to learn more.
Initially this lady was invited to attend several séances with two developing physical mediums. She then asked whether she might be offered an opportunity to sit for this form of development herself. So...with the Christmas holiday ahead, and knowing that I had a few weeks with a reduced number of séances being held, I suggested that we sit together for six periods of experimentation, to begin just prior to the Christmas break. We together agreed that after this series of six sittings we would either cease the experimentation, or else continue to sit together in support of her further development, dependent upon the amount of time that became mutually available to us. My feeling is always that if something is 'meant to be' then the time can be found to accommodate it.
We now offer a very brief resume of these initial sittings and a few more that followed, as we feel the information might interest others. No two mediums are the same and each developmental path is unique, but I feel that learning may be supported by the sharing of experiences.
The lady was offered a comfortable chair with firm arm rests and a winged back (Parker Knoll style) which would support her head and neck were she to fall sideways during a trance experience. Incidentally, the chair was covered by a single (new) bed sheet as I prefer to cover chairs that are being shared by different mediums. She sat in the middle of the séance room facing myself, at a distance of about 4ft away. A short string of fairy lights offered illumination within the room. Background music was played and the customary opening prayer of intent spoken.
The lady clearly experienced spontaneous trance and the rapid vibration of her physical body was demonstrated. I offered her support and assistance at that time with intent to stabilise this condition. Some change within her presented personality was also apparent, with some unfamiliar vocalisation occurring.
The sitting continued for the agreed duration of one hour before being closed with the customary prayer. No after affects were felt and we both looked forward to further sittings.
The same sitting conditions were applied as previously, aside from a change in lighting. The fairy lights were replaced with a red lamp that offered less harsh illumination. The medium appeared more relaxed on this occasion, understandably as she had sat once previously. Again spontaneous trance was experienced and again physical vibrations were apparent. I recognised one presented personality from the previous occasion and upon invitation some fairly stable communication took place. The communicating spirit form offered their name and claimed themselves to be the medium's primary guide and gatekeeper. The sitting continued for the agreed duration of one hour before being closed with the customary prayer. Again we had both enjoyed the experience and agreed to continue our agreed period of experimentation.
The same sitting conditions were applied as upon the previous occasion. Again the medium experienced spontaneous trance. Again physical vibrations were demonstrated. I feel assured that these vibrations will ease shortly. The general communication was much the same as within the last sitting, aside from one very notable factor. Towards the end of the seance a gentleman came through, offering his name and presenting with a personality recognised and known by myself. This gentleman had a great deal of experience of physical mediumship, and was also a mental medium when in life. His communication and presentation at this time was much appreciated, and his visitation of great value in a conformational context. The medium and myself are keen to sit again!
The medium and I met to share information relating to historical mediumship in its many forms, to discuss her experiences as a mental medium to date, and to further consider her potential for development as a physical medium and the responsibilities involved.
The same sitting conditions applied as previously. Again spontaneous trance was experienced. Again physical vibrations were demonstrated, but this time the spirit team responded to my requests to gain more stable control, and the shaking became notably reduced.
This sitting offered several valuable insights into this mediums potential development.
* I objectively saw wisps of energy around her face...particularly around her nose and mouth.
* I witnessed the appearance of an energetic 'fizzy screen', which transformed the appearance of the mediums' face and torso.
* The mediums exhalation of breath became extended vocally in duration considerably beyond the norm'.
* The mediums trance state became deepened further than had been previously experienced.
* The mediums voice range became altered in several ways. The following audio clip demonstrates one of the most familiar of these alterations. Similar sounds can typically emanate from a developing medium and are not to be regarded with alarm. The enablement of audible communication is rather like tuning in a radio, as with practice and dedication the broadcasting voices can become heard.
The sitting conditions were changed on this occasion as both the medium and myself had independently felt that the chair should now be moved into the cabinet...with the curtains remaining open. I had also felt inspired to place the 'Scole dome' centrally within the room...feeling that this would act as an energetic anchor. I have owned this dome for many years but it has seldom been utilised. However, having had the 'thought' I placed the dome in position, whilst offering my intent for its purpose. The dim red lighting conditions within the room remained unchanged.
During the séance, again spontaneous trance was experienced by the medium. The physical shaking previously experienced was clearly under control, and when it did occur it was with purpose. For the duration of the séance energetic phenomena in the form of condensing haze, mist and small lights were clearly visible around the medium seated within the cabinet area.
This sitting over-all offered further insight into this mediums potential for the development of evidential physical mediumship and we were both of highly positive and enthusiastic mindset afterwards.
The séance conditions were set as upon the previous occasion, but this time the medium was seated within the cabinet with the curtains closed. The dimmed red light remained in place within the room, along with the central dome. It was a quiet séance although an interesting one. Primarily, through experience I knew the team to be working upon the mediums levels of consciousness. In addition, externally to the cabinet, various energetic phenomena was seen. Several times during the sitting I invited communication from the medium's guides and each time heard the chair being shaken slightly in response to my 'yes or no' enquiries. It was made clear to me during this sitting that her spirit team had full control of the medium and were willing and able to respond to my words either verbally, or through the simple method of vibration to effect responsive sound.
This sitting was again held in dimmed red lighting conditions with the cabinet curtains closed. Again the sitting was a quiet one, with the same forms of response offered by the spirit team when I made any enquiry. Again too I witnessed visual phenomena to the front of cabinet and felt that this was 'deliberately' being demonstrated, rather than the phenomena being 'randomly' effected. In fact the visual phenomena was of such quality that on several occasions I felt it likely that the appearance of form might become presented...but I dismissed this as being 'expectation' rather than being based upon the likelihood of fact. One never knows!
This sitting was held as previously, but for the first time a second person was present in a supporting capacity as witness. During the séance once again the visual phenomena was clearly seen and as this time two witnesses were present the objective nature of the presentation was undeniable. In addition, through communication with the team, it became decided for a muslin frame to be placed upon the floor outside of the cabinet, between the curtains and the dome, during future sittings with this medium. Such interactive guidance clearly indicating that progress is being made.
The muslin frame was first requested by one of the spirit teams working through a medium that I was supporting nine years ago, and has since been requested by others. It is a simple wooden frame from an art canvas (about 18” x 24”) that has had to canvas removed and replaced by a sheet of cotton muslin. The frame is then laid upon the floor, or placed to stand against the front of the cabinet, and this enables any grey or black energetic substance to be readily seen. I have witnessed energy presented as a greyish mist, as a black mist or density, as a luminescent substance and as ‘electric’ sparkles. Some forms can most effectively be seen again the black background of the cabinet…either internally or externally. Whereas, of course, other forms are best seen against a plain white background. Cotton muslin has (so far) been the fabric of choice...probably because misty forms of substance can travel through the fibres. In my mind I feel that in the present instance the frame may best be offered laid upon the floor at the base of the cabinet curtain, externally. As both the witness and myself saw ‘shadow’ (therefore dark) on the floor…this inspired me to consider how best to support its evidential (and potentially photographable) display.
Independent report by guest sitter:
The evening began with an opportunity to meet the medium before sitting. As the time drew near to start of the event, the energy built up was noticeable. When seated in the séance room, the medium appeared to go into a trance state very quickly. Very soon, a soft haze of energy became visible. Small flashes of light and blue 'sparkles' were seen within a distinct area of energy in front of the cabinet curtains, which gave the impression of the movement of the curtains. The spirit team informed us that the curtains were not in fact moving and that energy was creating the 3D effect that was being seen. This energy could clearly be seen originating at floor level from under the curtains, as it created a 'shadow' on the floor. Due to the position of the red light there was normally be no shadow in that area. This observation was objectively seen by both witnesses and was also confirmed by the spirit team. The energy built up in this way for the duration of the séance, sometimes seen and sometimes withdrawn before building up again. I noted many distinct movements within the energy, which often extended upwards at the front of the cabinet. I was also experiencing distinct cold and warm patches on my right arm and my head throughout the séance. I hope the medium continues sitting for development as I would love to sit with her again.
This séance was held in the same conditions as previously, although a different supporting sitter was present along with myself. The muslin frame (described in the last post) was put in position upon the floor, about 4 inches away from the front hem of the cabinet curtain. Both witnesses were able to see an area of wooden floor surrounding the frame. Dimmed red light was in place for the duration of the seance, with the lamp raised upon a small table in order to show the frame surface and its flooring surround. The medium was seated within the closed cabinet.
During the fourth song played (so about 20 minutes from the opening of the seance) both witnesses saw a soft cloud of mist 'moving and hovering' above the muslin frame. A short time later this mist appeared more dense, and formed into a cushion...this one sitter described as looking like a "soft cloud resting on a bed".
Later on, about an hour into the séance, the floor area nearest to the cabinet became hidden beneath a 'mat' of energy. Both witnesses at this time saw denser patches upon the frame 'cloud', these appearing as greenish or brownish. The frame edge positioned nearest the cabinet had 'fingers' of darker density spasmodically obscuring the rigid edge of the frame itself.
My personal thought, having now witnessed the dense energy upon the floor between curtained cabinet and muslin frame, is that it might be preferable to position the frame closer to the curtain, without the gap between. This is because the energy appears to be emanating from beneath the curtain and the phenomena would, I think, be able to form with greater strength without the space between. The space allows the light to influence the phenomena within that space...whereas if the frame is positioned against the curtain there is no such influence. Historically, in my experience, light has a negative impact upon the development of phenomena of this type. Experimentation will therefore be effected.
Note: Following this séance the medium reported that her face was burning and that she had occasionally returned to consciousness to feel a strong tugging sensation from her solar plexis. These sensations are perfectly normal and welcomed, as they are indicative of this physical mediums developmental progress. She has been advised to use 'Sudacrem' to cool the heat of her face and to increase the offered bare skin areas. Currently she is wrapped up warmly to suit the weather...but will now remove some layers when sitting in séance. A long loose cotton dress has been suggested as suitable attire.
|This style is 100% cotton and is currently available on Ebay for around £13|
As development had further unfolded a séance 'routine' has become agreed. The séances will now begin in the dark, with the medium seated within the closed cabinet for a period of approximately half an hour. After this the red light will be switched on to illuminate the canvas placed in position upon the floor. Upon indication from the spirit team with cabinet curtains may later be opened. The séance duration will be one and a half hours to two hours.
This lady medium now sits once weekly with dedicated intent for continuing development with support being offered within a closed home circle environment. Her sittings will continue in privacy until such time as we feel it appropriate to publish further reports.
Meanwhile, I would like to thank the people who recently responded to my sitter request. This medium now has the circle of support she needs at the present time.
Chris Di Nucci
Note: In response to a query...no, 'Lanturn' is not a spelling mistake. Lanturn refers to a Pokémon character that is described as having orbs which contain a bacteria which chemically react with the Laturns bodily fluid. This enables it to generate electricity in a similar fashion to a battery. Therefore with reference to unusual physical phenomena, I feel the name to be appropriate.