I've recently been doing a lot of group readings, so I thought I would share a little bit about what it's like for a medium to do readings for a bigger group of people.
When I do readings for an audience or group, I stand at the front and open myself up to connect to the group's loved ones on the other side. I might begin to feel many different spirits step forward all at once, so I'll look for the "strongest", most prominent, energy to focus on first. Spirits who had a very outgoing energy or dominant energy in life still have that personality on the other side, and so they are usually the "loudest" of the energies and will often come through first. They might pave the way for someone in the family who is more reserved or quiet to step forward as well.
At the audience readings I do monthly, there are usually three of us mediums, so the spirits might arrange themselves to come through the mediums that suite them best. We all have different personalities and personal references that might make it easier or harder for a spirit to communicate through us.
In a group of 30+ people, they all have several loved ones on the other side. That makes for at least 60-90 spirits who would like the chance to come through. Sometimes that means several spirits will actively talk over each other and try to come through at the same time.
Spirits who have a lot in common might team up and come through all at once, so that more people can get a reading. Like at our last audience reading, 3 or 4 mother figures who had a lot in common came through at the same time. They brought up the information that was relevant to all or most of them, and then they also split and brought up information that was specific to each person and to each recipient.
It's a very different way of working with spirit and one that has taken me some practice to really feel like I've gotten the hang of it. I often feel like I am juggling spirits. Sometimes that's how it feels in one-on-one readings as well, but it's not even close to the same amount of spirits. It takes some practice to be able to discern when several spirits are coming through at the same time, rather than automatically assuming you aren't connecting right or you're wrong. It takes a lot more trust in spirit.
It also takes an engaged audience. We need the audience to tell us if they think they connect with the spirit coming through, so that we're able to let the spirit step forward even more. If not, then we might have a hard time moving on, because the spirit keeps insisting on the information but no one is raising their hand to take it. Or the reading slows down because it makes us mediums begin to doubt ourselves.
I remember the first proper big audience reading I did, I was connecting to a big male spirit, and as I shared the information he was giving me, only one person in the audience raised their hand and could only sort of take the information. I thought that was OK, and tried to move on but I kept getting information from this Spirit, and no one was raising their hand for it. It came to the end of my turn, so I sat down and let the two other mediums work. In the middle of the last medium's turn, all of a sudden two women in the back spoke up and said "I'm sorry, but we can take the big male spirit that Thea connected to before, and every piece of information that came through after that". They hadn't raised their hand because they didn't really want to talk to that spirit, and as the reading went on it felt too late to raise their hand.
They apologized sincerely after the event, but at the time of doing the actual reading I was sweating bullets and I just wasn't able to move on to a different spirit for someone else because this spirit kept insisting he was right (which he was).
Then we have the issue of sudden amnesia hitting people as they sit in the audience. People are put on the spot when their loved ones come through, and they all of a sudden forget their own name and everything else about themselves and their loved ones.
And then of course we have the fact that sometimes the audience member just doesn't know anything about what the spirit brings up. I've had spirits blow surprise trips and out family members that have begun smoking again (the recipients of the readings emailing me to tell me about it long after the reading).
Every group is different. Some spirits are better at communicating than others which also affects the readings. And some spirits and I get along really well and makes the reading a breeze.
Even though reading for a group can be confusing sometimes, it can also feel amazing to the medium. It's the absolute best experience to have a responsive audience and some amazing spirits who have a good handle on communicating. Having a large audience can also feel really invigorating to the medium because everyone's energy adds to the energy that the medium works with.
This weekend I am teaching another full Animal Communication class at some gorgeous stables, in addition to some wonderful readings coming up. Last Friday I also did another Facebook live with free mini-readings on my business page: www.facebook.com/theahealer and I plan on doing more there going forward (follow me on FB to be notified about when I go live).
I hope you all have a great rest of your week!