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John Arcanum
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Can I see another's woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see anothers grief, and not seek for kind relief? - William Blake

Natural Mediumship contains some VERY potent information. I feel the desire to let the curious know if your looking for a book on how to fake Spirit contact, this probably isn't it. I say probably, because while utilising these techniques allows you to commune with the departed in a realistic manner without actual need for the spirits of the deceased to exist, the contact is genuine. Are you familiar with creating reality tunnels and shifting belief systems? My mind boggles at combining this with the Spiritualist Mind Reading System and Medium Rare.

I have an uncle who is a minister, and part of his job involves working funerals laying spirits to rest and giving solace to the living. He is also called to visit hospitals to attend to the sick offering blessings and healing prayers. I have a lot of respect for the work he does. I feel it's a necessary vital role in any community, and yet I always felt it was too limiting to work from within a single paradigm. I prefer the freedom of shifting beliefs, as this allows you to work with virtually anyone's spiritual overview without compromising your own or imposing on theirs. As Chaos Magician Peter Carroll once said, "Belief itself is only a tool for achieving effects; it is not an end in itself."

This also brings me to an important fact, which is so obvious I hesitate to even mention it. If you have an issue with talking to the dead, you can simply reframe everything in this book to whatever your heart desires and/or artistic vision imagines. Mind Readers communicating with anthropomorphic submodalities, tapping into the Spiritus Mundi, or connecting a nature lover with the Genus Loci of their favorite park. Labeling and interacting with non-physical reality within performance offers so many potentials your imagination, or anothers borrowed, is very much the limit.

This work is so specialised into the emerging genre of Psycho-Spiritual Mentalism I don't wish to go into specifics of the various pieces it contains. Reviewing one of Jeromes books I can't ever seem to find a place to put the awesome trick ratings, though he deserves a gold star Smile . I trust I shared enough of what I absorbed that those who can work this material find it and give it a good home.

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John,

WOW!

Thanks so much, man...for real.

I love your post here for so many reasons; you're a true magician and bona fide "Reality Engineer" in my book!

"Belief itself is only a tool for achieving effects; it is not an end in itself." - Peter Carroll Smile

What strikes me and resonates most deeply about your thoughts here is the level at and extent to which you really understand what you're doing as an artist, performer and reality de-constructionist. As such, you get exactly where I'm coming from too (which is exceedingly rare and ultra appreciated!).

You're very impressive, sir. I have a lot to learn from guys like you. Likewise, I'm honored to call you part of my team and grateful that I can share and contribute my life's work with you and those cut from your same cloth.

Stoked,
Jerome
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To follow up on John's post I thought I'd give my 2 cents for anyone who has this or is thinking of getting this book but who doesn't see themselves performing something involving mediumship, or who just straight up doesn't like that premise at all.

This book is written by someone who has an extremely nuanced understanding of people and performance, and who does his own presentation with sincerity and integrity. It has this value no matter what your performance style or view of the supernatural is. In fact, if you want to perform something almost identical without a hint of mediumship, there's already an elegant solution right in the book. If you go to page 9, look for the line, "So, what do we have here?" The next paragraph is written to the performer but can become your completely apolitical frame to an audience. Just re-work it to suit your presentation, and you have something extremely simple that can be just as powerful and uses all the same tools and presentational arcs.

As for the book as a whole, I'll put it this way: The other day I took apart my phone to see if there was some way to make it work without a power button. On a good day this phone lights up, looks good and gets the job done, but you can tell on the inside that it's not a masterpiece and was nobody's passion (if the power button falling off wasn't enough of a hint). If you open an iPhone, even if you have no clue what you're looking at, you still can't help but get the impression that whomever put this together knew *** well what they were doing. It shows both inside and out, whether the phone is off or on. If you happen to be an engineer of phones yourself, you will learn a ton just from examining it. If you know less, you will still learn a thing or two as well as be inspired by its simple elegance.

When you read this e-book, you're seeing the inside and outside of something that was engineered by people who really knew what they were doing. You don't have to share exact beliefs or perform what's in here (turn it on and use it, if we're still following the phone analogy) to learn a lot.

If you're the type of person who just wants some simple plug-and-play apps (which is perfectly fine), the exact presentation in Natural Mediumship might or might not suit your style. Otherwise, this is definitely worth checking out.

Oh, and if anyone is in the market for a cellphone-style paperweight, PM me.
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Jerome...my dearest Friend, after reading your wonderful gift. I have to say that You my dear friend are the Great White Buffalo, ever so pure and sacred.

You have put my beliefs, thoughts and intentions about our sacred art of mediumship...into words and a process that is more than natural, gentle and pure.

The respect that you have for our ancestors and guardian guides is beautiful and divine.

You Are a light worker who understands this new awakening and offers to be a guiding light for those in need, to share your love and wisdom so those that are ready to see the light...will.

I am very blessed to have you as a friend. This work, hits home for me as that I believe in the process and it's positive benefits.

Thank You many Life times for sharing.

Namaste my Spiritual Brother.

May your ever growing light shine brightly.
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As my four year old would say:

I do NOT like this book! ...I LOVE this book!

I have more to say and will write a better review later tonight or tommorrow, but just do yourself a favor and buy this book.
"Love is the magician who pulls man out of his own hat" - Ben Hecht

"Love says 'I am everything.' Wisdom says 'I am nothing'. Between the two, my life flows." -Nisargadatta Maharaj

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...why haven't you bought the book yet!?

There are a lot of reasons to get this book. Several people (for example, see above) have mentioned good reasons to get this even if you are not interested in mediumship. Of course, they are absolutely right, if you want to add true metaphysical techniques and concepts (that also play well and strong) but are uncomfortable with mediumship per se, you could absolutely use this book to develop a very strong show and/or routine that addresses a vast array of other topics and areas of interest or concern. ...BUT, I'm not really interested in that so I won't comment much on it. Perhaps I should say that I actually am interested in alternative uses for this material, but only as nice added bonuses. What I'm particularly excited about in this book on mediumship is, well, the mediumship and the talking with dead people!

I've wanted a book "for the trade" on mediumship for a long time now. I started searching a few years ago and there has been some great stuff, but not this. Voodini's first book ("Reader of Minds," I believe that was first) discussed how it could be done from one perform mediumship, and why not to; Later Voodini came out with "How to be a successful medium," which is also excellent and amazing, and you should probably buy that too. Voodini's work, plus the study of various professional mediums and the techniques of "Real Q&A" (that's not a brand name or anything, just differentiating between legit question answering and the tricks and stuff (...which are totally fun too) gave me a solid understanding of many key ingredients, but something was missing.

The problem, of course is that talking to the dead is a fragile thing and, unless your a total ***h*le, it's difficult to do gently and with integrity. Interestingly the techniques given here are similar to techniques that I have used to do private, legit, seances (aka mediumship development circles), but with a twist that not only makes the process satisfying, but makes in powerful, helpful and real. You don't need to worry about being a phony huckster here, you do what you're saying you do.

There are several layers here that can all be used independently, or in conjunction, to form the "natural mediumship technique" so to speak. This whole technique can be delivered in five minutes for an individual, be the basis of a private reading or form the the center piece of a full evening show. In fact it is the entire basis of Jerome's 2 hour show, which he fully details in the book.

Obviously it's not for everyone, ...but it's probably for you.
I mean, if you've gotten this far down on this thread and are still seriously considering this book, then you are probably the type of person and performer who would benefit from it. If you are a hard nosed sceptic, ...I mean skeptic! (read: cynic) then you probably already know this isn't for you.

Obviously in a book like this you will want to be familiar with doing readings. Interestingly proficiency in readings is not strictly necessary for the most important/powerful aspects of this work, but readings are (obviously) integral to mediumship and the longer programs. I don't (currenty/yet) have minimalist mind readings, but I suspect that would be a great direction to go. "Psycho-Spiriutal Mentalism" has some great work that complements this greatly, and of course you should further your education with the works of Voodini, Richard Webster and Neal Scryer (if you haven't already that is, in which case ...for shame!).

So of course, as your reading this, and considering buying it, becoming curious as just how powerful and amazing it will be when this book takes your act to the next level, you might get start getting really excited about all the possibilities and...
....oh forget it, just go order the book!
"Love is the magician who pulls man out of his own hat" - Ben Hecht

"Love says 'I am everything.' Wisdom says 'I am nothing'. Between the two, my life flows." -Nisargadatta Maharaj

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One of the pleasures I find in spending my time in this community and collecting and performing the works of different people is the glimpse I get into each creator's perspective and understanding as to what mentalism is. To each of us the art serves a slightly different purpose and meaning. I may not always agree with or assimilate some of the individuals style or beliefs into my understanding of the art, but I always go in excited to see our world through another's eyes.

As this goes I've always enjoyed Jerome's work and found his philosophies close to my own, whilst at the same time being every far.

In reading this work the first thing to shock me about Natural Mediumship was a wonderfully designed cover, an index and page numbers ... Was I reading a Finley eBook? Smile

The second thing to shock me came after reading Jerome's wonderful introduction to himself and his BTV programme. Crossing Over and His Mental Seance are TRULY phenomenal pieces of beautiful work, and pieces I can see myself facilitating - the true beauty of this is that you don't need to proclaim mediumship or great powers, other than being a caring person, you are genuinely facilitating a reconnection with their loved ones in both a mental and spiritual realm. This is personal,beautiful, poetic and Jerome rightful warns people not to !@#$ this up or !@#$ with those you are offering what is a potential a very healing and closure creating piece.

An essay that follows gives you the best understanding of the mindset and goal of a good medium and spirit worker for those working with the spirits in the middle world.

The third thing that shocked me was that honestly I wasn't expecting to get that much from re-reading the crimson wall. But this version alongside the timings and show outline later on was vastly improved and greatly laid out and seeing how parts of it were fitted into different areas of the programme was very helpful and thought provoking.

The next pages are dedicated to essays regarding the role of a medium and obtaining and elicit information and giving readings and advice in the fairest of manners. Additional ideas on communicating who you are and what you do as well as clearings and blessings. Running throughout all this and the theme and is imparting the mindset of a professional and caring medium and individual, working with ethics to spread the good.

As Seadog mentions there isn't, too my knowledge - as I'm not a "medium", a work like this on subject. Jerome includes a small contribution from Voodini and a mini discussion on his work in Pure QA.

Jerome follows with his close-up psychic qa and his handling of Scryers making contact - this offers some firm ground for the mentalist in us to rest on. Business cards, Shapries, speaking with guides that could be replaced with name revelations, question readings and pendulums are afoot and both are fantastic pieces that stand alone and can be presented as mind reading and something special or used as Jerome and Scryer do to make contact and work in a mediumistic manner. They represent very strong launch pads for you to play with the medium readings and mediumship advice, techniques and mindset that has been wonderfully laid out in this work.

I think for anyone interested in Mediumship this is a great buy and as a mentalist - taking a moment to peek into anothers very diverse approach and perspective of our art is always an opportunity you should take.



The world of imagination is the world of eternity. It is the divine bosom into which we shall all go after the death of the vegetated i.e. mortal body. This world of imagination is infinite and eternal, whereas the world of generation is finite and temporal. There exist in that eternal world the eternal realities of everything which we see reflected in this vegetable glass of nature. - - William Blake
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