Trance Or Inspirational Mediumship

Through the development and unfoldment afforded by the development

circle, the mediumistic persons in that circle, particularly the medium

who is "sitting for development" in the circle, will in all probability

develop that phase of mediumship caller "Trance Mediumship," or

"Inspirational Mediumship." Of this phase of mediumship a writer has

said: "This mental phase of mediumship involves the development of a

degree of
impressibility which may range from the conscious reception of

suggestion, or impulses, or thoughts from other intelligences, to the

lucidity on the spiritual plane which is displayed by conscious

clear-seeing, or spirit-sight. The phenomena of super-sensuous reception

due to spirit influence are elicited in much the same way as a mesmerist

arouses the clairvoyant powers of his subject. The somnambulic sleep, or

trance, is induced in the subject whose voluntary powers are no longer

under his control, and the involuntary processes are well-nigh

suspended. In this state his spirit sometimes gains a larger degree of

freedom, and is able to perceive on the inner or spiritual plane.