What Exactly is a Circle?
There is only one way to develop as a Medium - in a Circle.
When I make that statement on a social post, I face a tirade of comments about it not being the only way:
“I did it my way.”
“I went to a course / I run a course.”
“There is an excellent book called ….”
“I follow the Umba Giga Wolta Shinty Method.”
“I learnt from a great teacher.”
All the above may very well support, introduce, and reinforce you to Mediumship. You can get to be able to give readings without attendance in a circle, I will accept that. But you cannot reach a level of adequacy to call yourself a Professional Medium. Full Stop.
It is a generalization that most professions say that it takes 10,000 hours of work/practice learning to become an expert. Ten thousand hours of playing a musical instrument to become an expert musician on the violin. Ten thousand hours of running to become an Olympic Athlete.
Here is a minor revelation for you – we can all receive spiritual messages and indeed almost without fail. Intuition. Gut feeling. Instinct. Are just some of the labels that are used to cover up spiritual information that we receive. I just knew when to cross the road and there you were. Why did I think to phone you when you needed to hear my voice?
However, there are two other aspects to being a Medium.
First interpretation of the messages. And that is key to learning how Spirit communicates with you as an individual and how to interpret that. We are all different so there is a high degree of self-discovery and most of us make huge mistakes, and these must be corrected during the learning process in a safe environment. Marc teaches a method of ding this which is unique in its approach called Consulting Mediumship.
Second the Spiritual Rules of Mediumship. These are very real and must be followed. And you learn them in a Circle. Though this is probably the one aspect where it is safe to say you can read about them. But again, you will make mistakes and better to learn in a circle before you suddenly lose your ability to give messages as make these types of mistakes often and that is what will happen.
So, let us assume you are aware, and you may have received a few messages and are ready to start. Or at the other extreme, you are busy happily posting away on Facebook to give free reading after reading. Why do you need a circle? Because you have a lot to learn, and most of it is a journey of self-discovery about how spirit works with you. In Circle, people often say, “I am getting nothing,” but that is something. An amazingly simple mistake that most readers without training do not realize they are making.
But that journey needs to be guided, and in a safe environment. That is what a circle is. But there are circles, and then there are those damn circles, and they are not all the same.
Okay, so a Circle is a group of spiritualists, usually with a range of abilities, a circle leader, and the combined power of everyone in the circle’s guides and spiritual teachers. They together form a spiritual circle around the human pupils to protect and teach. They work through the circle leaders and guide him or her as appropriate to teach, guide, and support the circle members. The purpose is over time to get every member of the circle to a stage where they can run work as a Spiritual Medium with their guides to provide messages.
The circle should last approximately two and a half hours, every week at the same time. This is a contract between you and Spirit. Probably the least understood aspect of joining a circle and yet the most important. Spirit is going to open to you in the circle, and you are going to develop and experience real communication very quickly for most people. But you must make this undertaking as well. So, you must join a circle you know you will be able to attend and make the commitment to attend. All other members are doing so jointly.
The circle will be what is closed. An open circle is for people who are trying, not yet ready to make that commitment, and generally not yet fully understanding what they are doing. Beginners for want of a better description. The closed Circle is open to new members but only after they agree that they are going to stay long term. Obviously, people can go and try before doing so.
What to expect in the circle?
Teaching, discussion, and guidance first and foremost. However, this should not be the primary activity.
If you get more than one meeting in a row with nothing practical, then walk away.
How to ground yourself and open and close is lesson one.
If this is not even mentioned on day one, then again walk away.
Al the basics I teach in my boot camp approach through circles. The only real way to learn a skill such as Mediumship is through experiencing it and working with other people as they work with you.