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So You Want to Be a Medium? by Rose Vanden Eynden

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For the most part, I really really enjoyed this book. The first half is filled with great exercises, advice and stories, as well as a very ‘down to earth’ approach to spirit work and mediumship. The author makes a point of trying to not involve religion, which while the attempt is nice, she ends up incorporating quite a bit of her Christian beliefs into it. No one is totally unbiased, after all. One thing I really appreciated is how she tried to be inclusive of LGBT and non-binary genders. She didn’t operate off the typical god/goddess binary. For the most part, it is a very good book and I learned a lot from it…at least, for the first half.

The main problem I had with this book was that she works with Indigenous and Native spirits. Specifically, that she works with them and calls them by their names in English. Like…Black Hawk. I’m sorry, but if you are going to work with a spirit from a closed culture, specifically a culture that your ancestors tried to wipe out, at least learn their names in their own indigenous tongue, or at least what tribe they were from. She treats Nativeness as a monolith, and it is so frustrating as a native person to see that. As I said in my Spirit Speak review, if you were a member of a culture that endured genocide, and you were woken up by someone who in your time period would have hunted you for sport, raped your women, slaughtered your children, burned your home and stolen your land, would you have a polite conversation with them? No, you would probably react violently or just laugh in their face.

So, while this book is, I believe, a very good resource on beginning medium work and spirit work, please please please remember to stay in your lane. Do not attempt to contact or work with spirits from closed religions and cultures, ESPECIALLY if you are white and that closed culture/religion is an oppressed minority culture and has endured a history of genocide by your ancestors. Just don’t do it. Respect those traditions and their people, as we are asking you to please not do this. As I have said before, was stealing our land and many of our practices and people not enough? Must they have our ancestors spirit’s and our sacred creatures too?

The other problem was that she talks about chakras. Please, please, unless you are a member of the closed religions and cultures that have access to that term, do not claim it. Respect them, but use the alternative term ‘energy points’.

So, while I do recommend this book to spirit workers at any level as it does have some good lessons in it, I also highly recommend that you read it with a grain of salt and do not follow in the author’s footsteps in regards to overstepping boundaries and appropriating/stealing/working with spirits that are part of closed cultures. Just…just, dont do it. Please.

TheCuriousViolet

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24 year old Mvskoke Creek Two Spirit Artist and Author.

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