Sage Paracon UK – Liz Cormell on Mediumship

Sage Paracon UK 2016
Sage Paracon UK 2016

On the 8th & 9th October 2016 Sage Paranormal will be hosting their very own Paranormal Convention at Wroxall Abbey Estate in Warwickshire. Don’t miss out on what’s going to be a great weekend and pop over to their website later and purchase your tickets. There are some great deals available.

So, as we begin to run up to the event I thought I would make a few of my posts all about some of the things going on over the weekend at Sage Paracon UK 2016. Hopefully as you follow the posts, which I will try to make as frequent as possible, you can join me on a virtual journey into the paranormal world. Our final destination will be the Wroxall Abbey Estate on the 8th October and Sage Paracon UK 2016.

If you missed my previous posts on Sage Paracon UK, here’s a few for you to catch up on:-

Sage Paracon UK 2016 – History is a Ghost Story – Jeff Belanger

Sage Paracon UK 2016 – Ghost Adventures Guest & Paranormal Tech Guy Carl Hutchinson

Sage Paracon UK 2016 – Demonologist & Violent Hauntings Expert Jason Love

Sage Paracon UK 2016 – What to expect

Sage Paracon UK 2016 – A Sneak Peak at Wroxall Abbey

Sage Paracon UK 2016 – Talking with Elizabeth Saint from Ghosts of Shepherdstown

Sage Paranormal’s Medium Liz Cormell

As we are now less than two weeks from Sage Paracon UK 2016 I thought it would be a great time to talk with Sage Paranormal’s own Medium LIz Cormell. Liz will certainly be very busy over the Sage Paracon weekend as she will be heading up a Psychic Development Workshop on both Saturday and Sunday, with lecture too at some point.

I’ve met Liz myself on several occasions and on each encounter she has been lovely, but I have to admit as soon as I engage in conversation with her regarding various strands of the paranormal I often feel I could spend literally hours talking about them. Unfortunately this has never been the case as time has been against us. Oddly I think our last conversation was about fairies! Yes actual fairies!
Liz Cormell – Sage Paranormal Medium

Liz’s Mediumship Beginnings

As I wanted to know more about how Liz got into the paranormal and realised her clairvoyant abilities I decided to ask her. Now I would usually break long responses down and add in bits here and there, but personally I think its better directly from Liz;

“I always knew that I could sense things that not everyone else could. Growing up my parents used to take my sister and myself to historic buildings and castles and there were rooms that I didn’t want to go into because they “felt wrong”. I knew my mom felt it too but my dad and sister were oblivious. I always remember going to a castle somewhere in Wales and refusing to go down into the cellars. There was a wave of emotion coming up the steps and it really scared me.

When I was 17 I dated a guy who’s mom was a Romany gypsy. She taught me how to do readings using normal playing cards. Using tarot cards is easier than using standard playing cards so it was an easy step to make. Other than that development I tried to ignore being able to “feel” something else, which is what I know my mom does. Then, about 13 or 14 years ago I went on a commercial ghost hunt, with a friend, “for a laugh”. Little did I know what path it would set me on.

Standing on a floor in one of the turrets of this castle I could see soldiers. From their dress I knew they were from the 13th or 14th century. Then one recoiled from a window opening and I could see half his face was missing and my ears were ringing to such an extent that it hurt. I took the group medium to one side and explained what I had just witnessed. He told me that he was also experiencing the same and that my ears ringing was a sign that spirit was trying to communicate with me. I explained that I didn’t know how to speak to spirit and he suggested that I developed my gift further. Well I did. I went on a development weekend, where I had my first experience as a trance medium. I channeller the spirit of an RAF officer; my face and stature changed significantly while I was in trance. I gave details of the officer and the location that the historian said I could not have known. I found out that I am predominantly a claircognizant medium.

This weekend spurred me on to find out more and I’ve been developing ever since. I have recently discovered that I am becoming more and more clairvoyant which is a bit unnerving.”

Our very experiences truly define us and help us to grow as individuals. Liz has clearly defined here a few of the milestones along her own path which outlined not only her own psychical abilities, but the journey that they would take her on.

A Little on Liz

Understanding how people get into paranormal investigating is always interesting, especially if they apply a little of their every day life experiences into the mix at the same time too. I asked Liz about this to try and understand a little about where her investigation skills derive from. Her response is a lovely balance of science, history and perhaps a connection to the natural world too.

“Up until a couple of years ago I was a CSI and trainer for the police. The scientific and logical side of my character suited this work, and I believe, has made me a more objective paranormal investigator. I am now a self-employed crafter and artist. I love nature and I foster cats for the RSPCA. I don’t get a lot of down time but when I do I love to read historical fiction, especially anything by Bernard Cornwall, and watch movies.”

Liz’s Understanding of Psychical Ability

Something I always ask Mediums when working with them is what their understanding of psychical ability may be. I find it relatively fascinating to hear from those with an ability to sense and possibly communicate with the unknown what their own belief on this may be. Interestingly enough when I asked Liz about this, she presented me with an answer which isn’t a million miles away from my on understanding and belief on this subject.

“I believe that everyone has a psychic skill and it mostly takes the form of instinct in most people. It’s a muscle that needs working and the more you work it the easier it becomes. I believe that spirit uses the energy that is all around us to communicate and this energy can be used between living people too, for passing messages or ESP. I don’t really understand how this energy is translated into messages and/or pictures but I find it increasingly easy to “tune in” using photographs and remote viewing. This says to me that a person doesn’t actually have to be in the immediate vicinity to “pick up” these messages. You just need to open your mind to the surrounding energy.”

Liz’s Favourite Location

Right, time for a little standard questioning when it comes to the paranormal and it wouldn’t be an interview without her favourite location would it.

“I don’t really have a favourite investigation. Each time I do an investigation, and the location is active, that becomes my favourite. I do have a couple of favourite locations though where I’d almost guarantee something happening. The first is The Skirrid Inn, just over the border into Wales, and the second is The Explosion Museum, Portsmouth. Both places I’ve seen unexplainable apparitions, heard audible voices and other unexplainable noises. I’m sure this list grows every time I talk about what I’ve experienced over the years of investigating.”

I’ve still not managed to investigate the Skirrid Inn, the place constantly manages to elude me due to personal commitments. I’ll get there one day soon. However, I can vouch for the Explosions Museum as I have personally come away from there with some very interesting experiences and even a little evidence of my own.

Liz’s Scariest Experience

Fear is often encountered during an investigation, after all we all head off to relatively old buildings in the dead of night seeking the mysteries of life after death. What are our scariest experiences and where can they be found? I put this very question to Liz.

“My scariest experience was actually while leaving an investigation location. We, Sage Paranormal and a guest, had been at Drakelow Tunnels for a couple of hours and had been under threat from something within the tunnels all the time we were there. Someone, or something, was trying to split us up and get us alone. MJ was taken over and badly affected; Carl had been scratched. We had returned to base to regroup when there was an almighty bang, like something large being thrown across the tunnels. At this point we decided that we should leave. We packed up all the equipment and started making our way out of the tunnels. I stayed at the back so I could protect everyone else and keep whatever it was behind us. I don’t know exactly how long it took to walk out but it felt like about half an hour. All the while I could feel something, that kept changing its appearance, throwing itself against the wall of protection I was putting up behind me. I can’t describe the relief of getting out but we still had an ordeal to get off the land. 

Liam had put down one of his cases, just inside the bunker blast door, so he had a free hand to open the door. We all piled outside and I could still feel this “thing” coming towards the door. I urged Liam to pick up his case three times, each more urgent than the last. He grabbed his case and we slammed the door shut. Something hit the inside of that door hard! We then had trouble unlocking the outer gate to get on to the road and Carl’s car died as he tried to pull away. Not somewhere I’m eager to go back to.”

Oddly enough after Liz’s account and from hearing accounts from MJ and Carl too, this is very much somewhere I would like to visit. If there is a conscious energy there capable of generating physical contact and loud audible phenomena then I want to know why. Sign me up, I’ll throw together a team and head in! Perhaps I can persuade Liz, MJ, Carl and Liam to join me?

Where Will You Investigate Next?

We couldn’t round things up with Liz without understanding about the places she still wants to visit or what she already has planned. So, where does Liz wish to investigate next?

“There are 2 places I’ve not yet had the chance to investigate. The first is Warwick Castle which we’re investigating in a couple of weeks, as part of the Sage Paracon. I can’t wait! Growing up in the midlands means I’ve visited this place so many times, and every time felt the energy within it. I’ve also seen an apparition in one of the state rooms in broad daylight. The second is Hampton Court; Another location with many years and layers of history and stories of apparitions. Fingers crossed I get my chance.”

Without a doubt both Warwick Castle and Hampton Court are on my list also, both fabulous locations. I also have to admit I am more than a little excited about the Warwick Castle investigatio. It’s a massive location with an abundance of history and its a castle, a proper castle! Apologies I got caught in my excitement there. The Sage Paracon investigation in October is also going to be completely unique due to the team that will be taking part too. It’s one that certainly should not be missed, that’s for sure.

And you don’t have to miss it…

Get On Line And Get Your Tickets Before Its Too Late!

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be a part of this fantastic event, follow the link below to the Sage Paranormal’s Paracon website to purchase your tickets now.

Sage Paracon UK 2016

Alternatively if you already have tickets to Sage Paracon UK, then please comment below to let us all know and make those not going a little jealous ha ha!

I look forward to seeing you all there and possibly talking paranormal at some point over the weekend. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for my future posts related to Sage Paracon UK 2016.


Trance Mediumship

Where I met my first Trance Medium!
Where I met my first Trance Medium!

Since as far back as I can remember whilst researching the paranormal I have been aware of Mediums. Deeper research soon highlighted that there were quite a few different types of Mediums and some particular types were very interesting indeed.

Over the years I have met quite a few Mediums, many of which I found very interesting. Perhaps it’s the simple link to the survival of human consciousness after bodily death, which they appear to be able to tap into. Maybe its because it is a mystery how communication of this nature is even possible and I love a good mystery!

However it wouldn’t be until 2013 that I fully realised another level of Mediumship which if I’m honest prior to my own experience would have heavily questioned! During a visit to the Royal Oak pub in Swanage I conducted a kind of vintage seance approach where my aim was to experience the pubs spiritual circle. I wanted to know and understand the spiritual approach more, to observe and even experience the event. After all we need to observe and in a way experience the very phenomena we study in order to better theorise how and why it may occur. As with most of the paranormal though this usually presents more questions than answers!

In comparison to some of my other location investigations this was completely different; trusting in the experience itself and allowing ourselves to be immersed in the situation was the plan on this occasion.

I organised the group to sit around a large table which was actually made up of several smaller bar tables. I then assigned specific locations around the table to specific individuals to sit in. In all honesty I have no idea why I believed certain people had to sit in certain places, but these seats would assist in balancing the groups energy somehow. Of course this was a little out of my usually understanding and approach, but also made perfect sense to me and apparently others too!

There was one other additional element to this setup which I added, but I’m going to keep that part to myself for now!

As we sat around the table the entire group looked towards me for guidance on how to proceed, something which I was a little unsure on. As the locals had conducted many Spiritual Circles in the past I decided to go with their experience. One of the local group started us out by grounding us and adding a little protection to the group too. I have to be honest back then it wasn’t really my thing and didn’t see how either would help. However when you enter a new approach which requires an understanding of someone’s beliefs then I believe it’s important to respect how they do things.

As we continued many of the group began to pick up on certain pieces of information communicated by spirit, but this was soon cut off when one member of the large group drifted into trance! This was something that the visitors to the pub were really unprepared for really. As Mo entered trance he let out a loud shocking burst of laughter, it made many of us jump. However it also seemed to raise the energy in the room. I was sat directly opposite Mo and totally unprepared for what was about to occur.

Mo’s voice changed completely and during the course of less than a minute I personally witnessed his face change shape dramatically too! In fact the facial changes were so dramatic in shape and size that it was hard to believe my own eyes! I would usually assume the low light levels had been the reason for me experiencing a form of matrixing, but the variations were too great and only Mo’s face changed! Mo gained control or the spirit settled, I’m not entirely sure which occurred, then he spoke. His voice was completely different and it was amazing to witness. The information that was passed was vague to begin with and also slightly disconnected. However this spirit claimed to be from London, which was slightly unusual for those that have come through previously.

The connection was brief, but the event had already left a lasting mark on me. In fact it may have been this very evening which led me back to the very roots of my understanding of the paranormal, the fact that it’s not simply about the activity or evidence, but those whom investigate it.

As the evening continued around that table two other members of the group slipped into trance and brief pieces of information were communicated. It was evident that some information was specific to possible individuals that had passed, but in reality it was hard to present this information as conclusive proof. However this was also a message within itself to me and I soon realised that if a spirit communicated their full name and date of birth, then that would still be insufficient evidence of survival of bodily death. So, it was obvious that valid information was cryptic by nature.

It was the events of that evening that started me thinking, not about gathering evidence of this kind of communication, but understanding how or even why it was possible.

So, initially here’s what I understand from a little reading and little discussion with said mediums. The easiest way to explain the phenomena of trance is that the medium manages to file away their own consciousness, most probably within their own sub-conscious mind. Then the spirits consciousness which is initially transferred into the mediums sub-consciousness is moved into the mediums conscious mind. Once the spirits consciousness is present in the mediums conscious, then from there it can articulate information and even begin to physically move the medium. The only problem is that I believe everyone’s conscious is setup slightly differently, so the compatibility is gradual by nature. When the medium wishes to return and/or the spirit leaves usually the mediums guide will assist in transfer to get the mediums consciousness back in their conscious mind. Although I have now witnessed situations now where the mediums consciousness has got a little lost on the way!

Now I understand that is a lot of conscious, sub-conscious and consciousness to take on board, but right now I don’t have a better way of describing it without using computer terminology oddly!

Also it is imperative to understand that this is my own opinion right now of how it may occur. I’m not stating this is what happens just theorising a little I guess.

This has now opened up a whole new perspective for me and an angle of research that I wasn’t really prepared for. However it’s an interesting one, one that has been looked at before and one hopefully that will enable me to combine both the science and the spirituality of the paranormal field.

I will be posting more on my website in regards to the spiritual side of the go paranormal and very soon I will begin to include some of my notes on the research I’m conducting.

With all this in mind, please feel free to comment and discuss. After all it’s the discussions that will help further my own quest to learn so much more.

One last thing; never approach an element of the paranormal or anything with a closed mind! Always look to embrace the experience, immerse yourself in the situation and approach from all angles. Often we focus from one perspective and from that one approach we can miss so much.

If you have any thoughts on this, please don’t hesitate to comment.