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An Exploration of Trance Mediumship
By: Chris Ratter - 6th Books, $16.95

Description: When psychic surgeon Chris Ratter was starting out on his own path of unfolding trance mediumship, he found there was very little information available to clarify certain points or answer questions he had.

His desire to ensure others did not feel the same isolation and confusion became his main motivation for writing An Exploration of Trance Mediumship.

Verdict: Here in the deeply thoughtful, highly revealing, and ultimately heartfelt prose that comes forth as An Exploration of Trance Mediumship, author Chris Ratter takes the reader on a touching quest to find greater understanding of the bridge between our world and the world of spirit.

Explaining key aspects of trance mediumship along the way, as well as introducing the reader to his spirit team and providing insight as to how he came to know his individual guides, the chapters within delve into Trust, What Is A Guide, Sitting In The Power, Trance, Developing On Your Own, Spirit Children, Spirit Helpers, Teaching The Altered State of Trance, Séance Cabinet Work, What Is A Title?, Working With The Public, Trance Healing, Healing Online, Elementals In Healing, Angels Within Healing, Spirit Inventions, and both Healing Testimonies and Perception Of The Spirit World.

As we quickly discover, all mediumship is healing, and an accurate, perceptive verbal communication from a loved one in spirit has the power to mend a metaphorical broken heart. When it comes to the physical body, however, Chris’s psychic surgery, which goes hand-in-hand with his trance mediumship, has the power to heal across the spectrum of psychological and physiological conditions.

In the section donated to Trance, something I myself have experienced just a few short months ago, it is, at its core, explained as something that happens when, through the induction of an altered state of consciousness, we allow the spirit world to ‘capture our attention’ or even place a ‘hold’ on our minds, enabling a closer blending with the spirit world; and the degree of ‘hold’ on the medium’s mind will determine the quality and depth of trance.

Trance is a very refined aspect of mediumship, which influences our spirituality, as well as our messages in mediumship. The blending of energy between spirit control and medium can be so strong that the medium can lose awareness but does not fall asleep!

The process of trance occurs when we subdue our conscious minds, slowing down our thinking so that the spirit world can impinge their minds on ours, in order that to establish their presence. In this state, we can be in touch and at one with minds that influence, educate, uplift and inspire.

In order to achieve the trance state, we must withdraw our awareness from the ‘here and now’ and move our minds into that aspect of stillness. Then, losing our awareness so we become subdued and passive, the spirit world moves closer and closer to the medium until they come to the fore of the medium’s mind until there is very little awareness/consciousness within the medium.

One’s thoughts become very passive – yes, even detached – almost like one is not thinking at all. But in that stillness of mind is an inner knowing that, although we are not aware of where we are, the spoken word, or perhaps that an audience is watching us, we are still focused on keeping our minds out of the way.

That said, and as Chris himself freely admits, there are many different points of view and debates within the spiritual community regarding what trance mediumship is or should be.

But, and from my own standpoint, trance is mental mediumship, not physical. That means it’s a process of mind to mind. When we understand how the spirit controls impinge with their thoughts on the mediums’ mind, the greater the co-operation between the medium and spirit, the more control they have.

Basically, when you achieve trance it’s because you have got out of the way of your own thinking and allowed a collective mind to blend with yours and take control of your thinking processes.

When the blending between spirit and medium is so close and at-one through many years of co-operation on both sides, then the spirit world almost take over the mind (with the medium’s) consent and the motor control (through the nervous system) can make it possible to move around to show the relationship and trust between medium and spirit.

Trance mediumship comprises a special relationship with the spirit controls that work with us. This relationship helps us to build a closer rapport and can bring a sharper, more specific and accurate flow of information in all areas of healing, mediumship, philosophy and teaching.

So, if any of this interests you, or you yourself have already looked into it, or are on the verge of considering knowing more about Trance Mediumship, I would humbly suggest you use this book as your guide. “I have written this book with the intention of passing my knowledge and experiences on to those who are seeking to further their spiritual path into mediumship and healing,” Chris says. “My hope is that others may benefit from the understanding and guidance given to me through my own spiritual journey.”

About the Author - Chris Ratter is a spiritualist medium working within a specialist branch of trance healing known as psychic surgery. He is currently the only psychic surgeon residing in Scotland. He runs healing clinics, holds trance-mediumship and healing workshops, and delivers talks and demonstrations on these subjects in Scotland, England and the Republic of Ireland. More detail is available on his website at

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