Mediumistic Stage Fright

In the same way the placid reflecting surface of the mediumistic mind

may become disturbed by the presence of fear, doubt, and distrust in the

mind of the medium. It may at first seem strange that the medium should

doubt the manifestations being made through his mentality, provided that

he be honest and genuine. But the answer and explanation is very simple.

The medium (particularly the young medium) may become panic-stricken by
the thought that "perhaps this is merely the result of my own

imagination or fancy, instead of spirit power," and the result will be

that he will begin to halt and stumble, stammer and stutter, instead of

allowing the message to flow through him uninterrupted. This is

particularly true when the message is of the nature of a test of

identity, and where the vocal organs of the medium are being employed in

the manifestation. It occurs far more frequently than the public

suppose, that the medium is stricken by stage-fright or the panic of

fear, arising from the causes above given, i.e. the sudden fear that he

is allowing his fanciful imagination to run away with him instead of his

being under genuine control.