Wednesday night at the Museum of the Weird I conducted a couple of séance sessions that were opened to the public. I think it’s safe to say that most people have had no experience with this sort of thing. Would it be like Disney’s Haunted Mansion? Would things fly through the air? Would things jump out and say “boo!?”
If you are looking for an experience like that I can certainly set up that sort of Spirit Theatre. However, in this case we were going for something very different. We used the tried and true techniques of the nineteenth century séance parlor to reach out and get answers questions put to the spirits.
We prepared the room. We grounded and cleared people. We connected with spirit guides. We got answers.
Of course, so close to Halloween (or Samhain, if you will) the veil between the worlds was pretty thin. Contact flowed pretty freely. I find, though, that with a group that is truly open to communication and who takes the proceedings seriously that we are usually able to get answers.
Some questions were simple, others were deeply personal. Using numbers for people we kept everyone anonymous so they could choose whether or not to acknowledge themselves. A few revealed themselves during the sharing time after the session. Many kept it to themselves. All acknowledged that they received a personal message for them.
I truly enjoy introducing people to this experience. Just as when I do fortunetelling, things are not exactly what people expect. It’s not like the movies. It’s weird and wonderful. It’s a very human sort of experience that helps you to appreciate what it must have been like for the thousands who gathered around the séance table in the 19th century.
Of course, one doesn’t have to wait for Halloween for this sort of thing. The spirits are around all year round.