Thursday, June 13, 2013

Physical Mediumship, Table Tipping

As described in The Element Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Hauntings, an A-Z guide to spirits, mysteries and the paranormal, by Theresa Cheung, it states that mediumship, which is the ability to communicate with spirits, takes two forms: mental mediumship and physical mediumship. In contrast to mental mediumship (when the phenomenon is demonstrated through the mind of the medium), the physical medium is able to produce for the benefit of those taking part. An example would be a séance when physical phenomena such as lights, sounds, materializations, levitations, etc occur.
I recently had the opportunity to take a workshop with world renown Scottish medium Bill Coller. He is very gifted, and has been teaching workshops and seminars throughout the world for many years. Despite the fact that I don’t consider myself a medium, I enjoy taking his classes when he comes to the United States, to further understand mediumship and communication with the other side. Joining me at this workshop was my partner for the Ghosts of Long Island books, paranormal investigator and clairaudient medium Joe Giaquinto, as well as mediums Richard Schoeller (Long Island) and Sharon Siubis (New Jersey) amongst others.
I have to admit, I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this workshop. I had seen video from past Table Tipping workshops where people were literally running behind moving tables! Was this really possible? If so, how?
Bill was very good at explaining things. First, physical mediumship was very popular in the 1800’s with the onset of Spiritualism, and the Fox Sisters. They often did this type of work. I think for more mediums today, their work is more refined, and they often don’t use such devices anymore. According to Bill, table tipping is the simplest form of physical mediumship, and also the oldest. There are two types. metaphysical and intelligent. Metaphysical is when a person transfers psychic energy to the table or any other object/divination device. Intelligent physical mediumship is when communication occurs when it is used as a divination device to answer questions, such as one tap for yes and two taps for no.
We worked on both types with Bill. For the majority of people attending the workshop, the metaphysical phenomena was much easier to do, and that was making the table move around the room as opposed to asking questions of the spirits and having the spirits move or tip the table. Bill said a cane wicker table works best because its absorbs energy better and it reacts better to voice vibration. A person’s energy absorbs into that table. It’s also ideal for speed because it’s relatively light. For the sake of the class though, we used four legged, light weight card tables. We had about six tables all together. Most tables had four people to them, others had more.
The energy comes from the gut solar plexus chakra. Through collective energy and the commonality of thought, which gives energy movement, it is said that you can actually make an object move. We were working with men and women, mediums and non-mediums, so it was an interesting mix of people. To give you an example, we were asked to say and think collectively, ‘Move table, move.’ Our fingertips were lightly touching the table top. After a while, (and sometimes it took quite a while) the energy began to flow under the table which then caused the phenomena. Your energy working with everyone else’s energy gives the table momentum, and several people reported feeling heat or vibration in the tips of their fingers.
It was a very slow process to get it going. It required a lot of work and concentration, and I felt very drained and physically exhausted after the workshop. Once the tables got going, it was hilarious to watch; people running around the room chasing table that seemed to have a mind of their own. If anyone came in off the street and saw us, they would have thought we were insane!
The one thing it taught me is that anything is possible, and that our own energy is a lot more powerful than we give it credit for.
If you’d like to learn more about this interesting and unique phenomena, check out my radio show archives from May 30 where we presented a show on the Table Tipping workshop. Go to