What Is Mediumship?

Let us see just what is meant by the term "mediumship." The term

"medium" is defined as: "That which lies in the middle, or between other

things: hence, that through which anything is conveyed from one thing

to another." In a special sense, a "medium" is "a person serving as the

channel of communication between decarnate entities and human being

still in the flesh," in "spiritualistic phenomena." The suffix "ship,"

of course, denotes state or office; and in the case of "mediumship" it

indicates that the designated person possesses the state or office of a

"medium," the latter term being used in the special meaning above


Of course, the term "mediumship," as above defined, lacks a clear

meaning unless the term "spiritualistic," or "spiritualism" be defined.

The term "spiritualism" (or as many of the best authorities prefer to

state it, "spiritism") is applied to "a system of communication with the

unseen world, or with the inhabitants thereof, the latter being usually

known as 'spirits,' through persons called 'mediums,' which has attained

popular favor in Europe and America since about 1850." Or, as another

authority states it, "Spiritualism is a term employed to indicate the

belief that departed spirits hold intercourse with mortals by means of

psychical phenomena, commonly through a person of special susceptibility

called a 'medium.'"

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