Mediumship & embodiment
Mediumship, according to the dictionary, is the ability to be a medium. And a medium is someone who can serve as an intermediary between people and spirits. This aptitude can take various forms: clairvoyance, clairaudiance, intuition, premonition, automatic writing,…
Mediumship, seen by Umbanda as a natural faculty existing in every living being to be able to communicate with the subtle, the invisible, the immaterial, is developed in its so-called embodiment form. In a simplified way, embodying an Entity, a Spirit, corresponds to allowing in the body of the practitioner the momentary fusion of two consciousnesses: that of the practitioner and that of the Entity.
It is important that the embodiment occurs with the permission of the medium, in the right places and times, and not in an anarchic manner.
All the work of mediumistic initiation thus consists in developing both the quality and the mastery of this capacity. This requires the overall personal balance of the medium and in particular his psychological balance.
This learning to come into contact with an Entity and to embody it is done during the rituals, with the support of the energy and the vibration brought into play by the percussions, the songs, the dances, and the support of the Corrente of Mediums. Everyone's safety is ensured by an extremely strict framework and ritualistic elements.
The ability to embody is acquired through slow and natural development, without straining, and not through "must do". Just like reducing the level of unconscious vigilance, it is about letting go and gradual surrender that opposes any form of willpower. Each medium has its own Entities, in finite number, which he is usually the only one to embody. Among them, one comes to the fore and is said to be of the Caboclos family. It’s the first one you learn to embody in what is much more a personal relationship that is cultivated over time than learning a hard technique. Also come, among other types of Entities, the Pretos Velhos who share with the Caboclos the symbol of Umbanda in Brazil.
On his path of learning, the medium first goes through a phase where he is subjected to the vibration of the approaching Entity. Gradually, the vibration gets closer until it really "comes in". The medium then goes from "vibrated" by the presence of the Entity to "embodied" by it. Then all the work is to let your own consciousness fade away so that more and more that of the Entity passes. In doing so, the medium allows the manifestation and the increasingly pure expression of the Light of the Entity which he momentarily embodies to put itself at the service of the assistance which comes to consult it.