I always try to demonstrate what I teach during a seminar. This week, as part of the German mentorship programme, I took part in a public demonstration at Stafford Spiritualist Church. I had been teaching all week to surrender to the communicator, to trust the information that was received, and to go outside of one’s comfort zone: to be fearless. To show this I demonstrated a little differently to the 50 odd people who were present.
I decided to do the demonstration blind-folded so that I could not see the audience. I also asked the recipients to just nod or shake their heads to indicate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ so that I could not hear their voices either. The translator (the demonstration was translated into German as there were German students present) then said ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on behalf of the recipients, which you will hear on the recording. Finally, after I explained to the audience what I was going to do, and had put the blindfold on, I then asked everybody in the audience to change seats so I did not know who was sitting where, and for each contact I allowed the spirit communicator to direct me to the person in the audience they wanted to speak to.
The reason I did all of this is so that a sceptic could not use the usual explanations to explain the phenomena. As I asked every member of the audience to move seats and then went direct to each recipient in the room, it would be useless having plants in the audience, as I could not tell where they would be sitting. Secondly, cold reading could not explain the phenomena, as I could neither see nor hear the recipient; and finally, hot reading would have also been rendered useless, as again I asked the audience to change seats after I was blindfolded, and I went direct to each recipient for each contact, so having pre-known information wouldn’t have helped me.
I think it is important to push the boundaries of our mediumship, and as a tutor of mediumship I think it is important to be willing to publicly demonstrate what I teach, not only to inspire, but also to show that I am willing to do what I expect students to do.
Below is a short clip of the demonstration, which was taken by one of the audience members, who kindly sent it to me. I really enjoyed the experience, and thoroughly enjoyed the German students and the seminar.
Fantastic news! I can now announce that another great speaker will be joining us on the Festival of Mediumship at the Arthur Findlay College, Professor Chris Roe.
Chris is the President of the renowned Society of Psychical Research (SPR) and Professor of Psychology at the University of Northampton in the UK. He is Director of the Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes and is Course Leader for Northampton’s MSc in Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies. Chris was awarded his PhD by the University of Edinburgh for research on the ways in which psychic effects might be simulated using conventional psychology. His research at Northampton has continued his interest in the psychology of anomalous experience and has concerned topics ranging from spirituality and wellbeing, psychic deception, correlates of paranormal belief and experience, and experimental tests of claimed phenomena of extrasensory perception and psychokinesis. He is past Editor of the SPR Journal, a Board Member of the Parapsychological Association, Council Member of the Society for Psychical Research, and a Committee member for the BPS Transpersonal Psychology Section.
During the week Chris will talk about the role of science in spirituality, and will demonstrate, using modern technology, what happens in the brain during meditation and mediumistic experiences.
Each morning there will be a short-talk different speaker, who will touch on a different aspect of spirituality that will give you fresh insights into your mediumship. The rest of the day will then be spent in group sessions and tutorials developing your evidential mediumship for both the public demonstration and private sitting situation.
This is going to be an intense week, filled with practical development and new experiences.
I am pleased to announce that Swami Aliyananda Paramahansa will be speaking at the Festival of Mediumship at the Arthur Findlay College, which runs from 11-18th August 2018.
Each morning there will be a short-talk from a speaker, who will touch on a different aspect of spirituality that will give you fresh insights into your mediumship. The rest of the day will then be spent in group sessions and tutorials developing your evidential mediumship for both the public demonstration and private sitting situation.
This is going to be an intense week, filled with practical development and new experiences.
Swami was taught Kriya Yoga by The Great Maha Avatar Babaji, who is mentioned in an Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, for eleven years. Babaji gave Swami her soul mission, and her sacred soul name, and he also personally took he
r to meet and discuss her mission with His Holiness The Dalai Lama, where they both blessed her with The World Peace Mission, a successful organisation which has grown over the years by calling many people from around the world to learn Kriya Yoga and change.
Kriya Yoga has no postures, but prepares the mind for meditation through breathing. Our minds are the key factor to change – when we calm our minds we see wisely, feel more kindly, live more openly and express more clearly each day. The stillness within, which can be achieved through Kriya Yoga, is also essential to the development of mediumship.
This is a unique opportunity to learn from one of the leading practitioners of Kriya Yoga as part of what promises to be a wonderful week of mediumistic and spiritual experiences.
"A progressive group enables the tutor to get to know the student as an individual, while providing the student with the time to absorb properly the teaching. Both of these things are essential ingredients in developing mediumship. " - Andy Byng
For those students who are serious about their mediumistic development, progressive training can be very beneficial. As progressive groups contain the same students for a fixed period of time, the tutor can move the whole group forward together, rather than having to go back to the beginning every time a new student joins the group.
The progressive group this enables the tutor to get to know each student as an individual, which allows for a more tailored tuition that focuses on the particular needs of each student. Also, it allows the tutor to deliver a deeper and more progressive program of teaching: the student really gets to understand and embed their tutor’s teachings, which undoubtedly has a real positive impact on the student’s development.
Andy is establishing a progressive group, which will be open to a maximum number of 18 students, in Cleveland. Students who sign up to the course, are committing to the following training. For the best results the group has to move forward together, and missing training will hold back both the individual student, and thus the group as a whole.
L i m i t e d G r o u p S i z e //
Andy will only be taking a maximum of 18 in-person students for this Progressive Group. The point of this progressive group is to focus on your mediumship, and the limited group size will allow students to receive a lot of individual tuition. This is essential for developing your mediumship.
I n P e r s o n S e m i n a r s //
The tuition will take place over two 5 - day intensive practical seminars, one seminar will be held in Florida and the other will be held in Cleveland. The dates of the seminars are
6 - 10 February 2019 (Florida)
11 - 15 September 2019 (Cleveland)
A F R E E S P E C I A L I T Y O N L I N E C O U R S E //
In 2019 Andy will be taking three 4-week online speciality courses. As a member of the online Progressive Group, you are able to join one of these courses free of a charge.
You can choose one of the following courses:
Sitting in the Power
Colour & The Soul
1 0 O n l i n e T u t o r i a l s //
Andy will deliver 8 online tutorials over the course of the 12-month programme. Each tutorial will be 90 minutes in duration, and will cover various aspects of mediumistic training.
You will also be invited to 2 intensive practical sessions. Andy will be taking these sessions online sessions that are 4 hours in duration, and will consist of online practical exercises, and feedback given by Andy.
The tutorials will be recorded, and you will be able to view them after the session so that you can fully absorb the material, and use them for reference throughout the training programme.
M o n t h l y P r a c t i c e C i r c l e s //
Once every two weeks there will be a practise circle that will be open to every student that Andy is teaching during the year, from different countries around the world. Often students have difficulty in finding people to practise with. With over 100 students having access to this facility, the practise circles are a great way to find new people to work with.
The practise circles give you the flexibility to practise any of the exercises that Andy has taught you that you feel you need to do at that particular time to further develop your mediumship. No tuition or feedback will be given at these circles, except any feedback your recipient gives you. Alyson Gannon will be facilitating this group.
D E D I C A T E D F A C E B O O K G R O U P //
There will be a dedicated Facebook group that will be shared will be for both the in-person and online advanced progressive group. This is a great way to communicate with Andy, ask any questions, be kept up-to-date with everything, and share and create a close knit community.
M O N T H L Y H O M E W O R K A S S I G N M E N T S //
Each month Andy will set you a homework assignment which can be completed in the online practise circles. This is designed to give you exercises that if practised regularly will help you to master the various aspects of the teaching programme.
S p i r i t u a l A s s e s s m e n t //
At the beginning of the training course (January 2019) you will have an appointment with Andy where he can conduct a spiritual assessment for you. By looking at the qualities and needs of your soul, Andy can provide you with guidance at the beginning of the programme to help you understand what you need to focus on during the training programme.
C e r t i f i c a t e o f C o m p l e t i o n //
Andy will issue you with a certificate of completion at the end of the second seminar, to officially celebrate the end of the programme and to mark your achievements during the year.
C o s t //
The cost of the programme is $2,200 for payment in full or $2,450 for payment plan. A deposit of $450 is required to secure your place.
Full Payment: the balance of $1,750 is due at 1st December 2018
Payment Plan: $800 is due on 1st December 2018, and $100 each month between January 2019 and December 2019. There is also an online version of the course. For the online version of the course click here
"To understand the colours that are present within a person's aura, is to understand the very nature of their soul: its core qualities, its potentialities and its essence." - Andy Byng
Colour is an often-overlooked aspect of mediumistic and psychic communication, and yet the colours that we are becoming aware of provide a unique insight into the qualities and nature of a person’s soul.
The colours that we become aware of within a person’s aura denote the particular qualities that are present within their soul. As these qualities originate from that universal power which is the source of all life and is thus present within everybody, the general meaning of each colour is the same in each of us.
To understand an individual’s soul we not only have to sense if the colour is in its negative or positive aspect, but we also have to understand, through our intuition, how the different colours present within a person’s soul interact with each other. By understanding the nature of, and the relationship between, each colour, we are then able to accurately recount the life story of an individual’s soul from the moment of their birth to the present day.
In essence, through working with colour, the psychic is able to provide people with a unique insight into the nature of their soul. This puts the psychic in a privileged position, as they are able to offer guidance that encourages clients to realise their potential and to express themselves in the most natural way possible, which leads to a richer, and more meaningful, life.
During the course of this online seminar, Andy will cover the basic elements of colour. You will understand the general meaning of each colour, and the fundamentals of assessing how the different colours within an individual’s soul are interacting with each other.
Each session will last for two-hours, and will consist of a talk, an exercise, and a question and answer session. The time of each session will be 7 - 9 PM (UK Time). Each session will be recorded, so every talk and Question and Answer Session can be viewed after the session. For those who can't make the session, you will be able to arrange to practise the exercise in your own time via the dedicated Facebook group.
Dates (all in 2018): 2nd May 22nd May 9th June 19th June Cost: £149
What an eventful first week back after the Christmas break.
Firstly, a massive thank you to Su Wood, Paul Jacobs and all of the students on A New Year, A New You, for making my first seminar of 2018 so memorable. It was fantastic to work with students on their personal development, and to see them grow and have their breakthroughs.
After the college I went to Charminster to take a closed progressive group there. A huge thank you to Dominique Williams and Rosie Curtis for all their hard work organising the progressive group, to Jackie Gunningham and the committee at Charminster Spiritualist Church, and to the students for being so great. I even managed to sneak a cheeky fishing session in with Roy before I went home. Really looking forward to returning in the summer.
I am at home now for a few days before I head up to Scarborough to teach on Tony Stockwell's seminar at Cober Hill. There are still a couple of places left is you are interested in joining the course. Full details can be found here
A NEW YEAR A NEW YOU - ARTHUR FINDLAY COLLEGE JANUARY 21-24TH 2018
We are coming to that time a year again where we begin to look ahead into the New Year, and begin to stake stock of the year we have just had. It's a time of setting new goals, assessing which aspects of our self and our life are making us happy, and which aspects we need to change and develop further. Perhaps this is why December can feel the loneliest time of the year, as we naturally seek solitude to begin to reflect upon and make decision for ourselves.
In January, I will be organising an exciting four-day course at the Arthur Findlay College, entitled A New Year, A New You. The process of self-development is essential for your mediumistic and personal unfoldment. Discovering for yourself the qualities and potentials of your soul will help you to build confidence and give you direction in your life, as it enables you to find an expression that is in harmony with what your soul is yearning for. Furthermore, by reflecting, understanding, and articulating the experiences that you have gone through, and the emotions that you feel, you can aid the process of self-healing, which inevitably leads to a deeper and richer mediumistic expression.
The great mediums of the past and present all spiritualised their mediumship: to understand and express the emotions of another soul, they first understood and expressed their own. Become a part of that tradition: understand your soul first, and become more comfortable in your own skin and expression, which will pave the way for a deeper and richer relationship with the spirit world.
Every student will focus on the subject of self-development through the daily meditation, short-talk and tutorial. However, you can choose your group, which will determine what you will focus on during the group sessions.
One group will be focused on personal development. This group is not just suitable for mediums, it is ideal for anybody who is seeking to lead a life that is more in harmony with their soul’s expression, and who are open to the process of self-discovery, self-reflection and self-healing. It is ideal for those who want to be more comfortable in their own skin, and want to find the most natural expression of their soul so that they can enhance every aspect of their life.In a safe and encouraging environment, through practical exercises, talks and discussion groups, your tutor will provide you with the tools that can aide your journey of self-discovery. Your tutor will encourage you to experience the reality of your own soul, to help you to discover its purpose, and to help you set attainable goals to work towards during the year. As the soul communicates with your conscious mind through the emotions, we will also help you to understand and articulate those emotions so that you can better understand yourself.
The second group will focus on teaching you how to give Spiritual Assessments to other people. The role of the medium, in the private sitting situation, is to encourage personal development and growth in others. The Spiritual Assessment group will be dedicated to developing your ability to deliver spiritual assessments properly to other people through psychic and mediumistic exercises. You will explore the following:
Identify the need(s) of your sitter
Identifying and understanding the spiritual qualities and potentials of your sitter, through both practical and emotional evidence.
How to work with clairvoyant pictures to deepen your evidence, and to give you practical information pertaining to your recipient’s personal circumstances.
The spirit world’s role during the Spiritual Assessment
Colour and the Aura
Every student, over the duration of the course, will be taught different aspects of self-development, through the daily meditation, short-talk and tutorial.If you know, or feel, you need to focus on yourself then a personal development group is right for you. If you have already done a lot of work on yourself, and now feel that you are in the right place to focus on inspiring others with their own personal development, then the spiritual assessment group will be ideal.Whatever group you decide on, please let us know on booking the course.This intensive course will provide you with the opportunity for self-discovery. Grasp it with both hands, and let the New Year, and our team of tutors, inspire you to develop a New You.
To book this course, or for further details, click here
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To help you understand personal development, and the importance of what it is to lead a meaningful life, I have published a couple of free articles that I think will be of interest to you.
What is the Meaning of my life? - Click Here Me, Myself and I - Click Here
It seems like a very long time since I have been home: I left on 22nd August and I am still in Canada. I've been in Calgary for the last 7 days staying with a very dear friend of mine Sylvia Peters, who is like a second grandmother to me (she will hate me saying that she is still 29 in her mind), before I begin my final seminar in Banff tomorrow.
Looking back it has been such a great trip: I've met a lot of different people, been to lots of different states, worked with lots of different students and demonstrated my mediumship in a lot of fun places; I even found some time to play blackjack for the first time in Las Vegas.
Working for long intense periods with your mediumship opens you up to new experiences, both as a human being and as a medium. I genuinely cherish every day that I am able to work with the spirit world, but it is equally as rewarding to meet and play a small part in people's spiritual development. I would like to take the opportunity to thank everybody for attending the seminars and demonstrations over the last 6 weeks. It really has been a pleasure.
Before getting to Calgary I flew from LA to Toronto to spend a week a the Spiritualist Society of Burlington. What a fantastic centre for spiritualism. I met some wonderful people, ad managed to spend the day at Niagara falls. I have always felt re-energised by the water, but there is something
very special about these falls. There have been a few times I have felt in awe of nature - in the Pyrennes mountains when I was walking across Spain on the Camino d'Santiago, at Maya Bay in Thailand, and here at Niagara Falls. These moments make you realise that you are merely a small cog in a very big plan; that there is something greater than you as an individual, which you are wholly a part of. My hosts at Burlington, Jackie and Mark, were amazing people: intelligent, witty, and extremely interesting people, it was a pleasure to be their company. A massive thank you to Jim and Rev T C for inviting me to the SSB and organising everything. The students were fantastic, and the service with the live music, tremendous. Thanks you.
From Burlington I made my way down to The Lily Dale Assembly in New York. Lily Dale as always been a place I have wanted to visit, and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to be there. Established in 1879, Lily Dale is the oldest Spiritualist community, and the history exudes from the place. Sometimes it's important to be reminded of the shared history that we share, and to remember the work of thousands of other people over 169 years, many of whom worked silently in the background to make spiritualism what it is. I did fee humbled by Lily Dale and its history. I am hoping to visit Lily Dale again in 2019.
It is often assumed that mediumship is the primary reason why people become convinced by the claims of spiritualism. This article explores this question by examining the conversion narrative of A R Wallace, the co-founder of the theory of evolution by natural selection. Wallace was a committed naturalist, and was considered by his scientific peers to be more Darwinian than Darwin himself. Although Wallace claims that the primary reason for his conversion was the séance phenomena he witnessed, there were aspects of his thought that made him susceptible to the philosophy of Spiritualism before he had even attended a séance room. This article explores some of these ideas and attempts to give a more rounded view of what caused Wallace to change his worldview, which, as you will see, had a dramatic impact on his ideas concerning human evolution.
I hope this article will help us better understand the complex nature of our belief systems and how our preexisting ideas and interests influence the way we view the world and make us susceptible to certain philosophical claims.
To download the article just click here, or on the image below. https://www.andybyng.com/downloads-spiritual-medium-uk
This article has be created for www.andybyng.com on behalf of blogger Sally Perkins. Sally is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.
Can Mediumship Be Scientifically Tested?
Contacting the dead has been a human fascination since the beginning of time. Aboriginal cave paintings found in Australia dating back tens of thousands of years ago that depict mythical creatures, ancient songlines, spirits and the afterlife. Since the 1800s, when mediumship reached a sort of fervour in England, questions about the legitimacy of contacting the spirit world abound.
Even Nobel laureate and famous scientist Pierre Curie investigated medium Eusapia Palladino - an Italian medium, who lived and worked during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Eusapia produced phenomena like rappings, table elevations, and ectoplasmic materialisations. Scientists across Europe studied Eusapia extensively, due to the strength, variety, and reliability of her demonstrations. While many consider her a cheat, there are also many credible investigators who became convinced of the genuineness of the effects.
The Real Question
There are those who religiously oppose any possibilities of psychic or medium abilities, and there are those who believe utterly. As fraud mounts, it behoves sceptics and believers alike themselves to ask honestly:
In fact, it’s a problem worth considering. If mediumship is not, in fact, magic or supernatural, it must operate by natural laws. However, are we sure our knowledge of natural laws is broad enough to fully understand the spiritual realm?
Reputable mediums are, themselves, often presented with carefully controlled “tests” designed to prove or disprove their abilities. But can a spiritual presence thrive in such a controlled environment? Many say no.
However, newly released classified documents indicate even sceptics at the highest level - British, Israeli, as well as the American intelligence--might have found cause to believe. After conducting a series of experiments with famous psychic Uri Geller in the 70’s, the CIA concluded that Geller did, in fact, exhibit proof of psychic capabilities.
Challenges to Mediumship
Critics are hardly ready to concede defeat. For years, the James Randi Educational Foundation offered a huge monetary reward for anyone who could demonstrate paranormal powers under controlled conditions. The challenge was terminated in 2015 without a winner, with challengers citing the mysterious nature of spiritualism and the difficulty of connecting to the spirit world under such rigorous, unnatural conditions.
With so many challenges, can mediumship stand up to the rigours of scientific inquiry? Ultimately, what many fail to understand, is that before science can prove or disprove mediumship our scientific, theological, and philosophical knowledge must grow. Not until our knowledge of natural laws grows and evolves will we fully understand the spiritual world.
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