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Guide(religion, spiritualism, and occult)
The majority of Spiritualist mediums have a guide. Many have more than one. The guide is a spirit who can serve as a “Master of Ceremonies” at a séance, introducing spirits who wish to communicate through the medium, regulating which spirits are allowed to come through and what form of communication is being used (clairvoyance, direct voice, etc.), and whether or not such physical phenomena as apports might be apparent, and so on. Some mediums have specific guides for specific purposes. For example, if they do healing they may have an exclusive guide who makes him-or herself known only for that purpose. This is often the spirit of someone who was a doctor or healer of some sort when on the earth plane.
“Control” is a term sometimes used to designate the guide. Descriptively, “Guide” is the better term. Nandor Fodor said, “The body of the medium is an instrument which requires considerable practice in efficient handling. The control is a communications expert who watches over the fluency of the proceedings … The easygoing, conversational aspect of the séances is largely due to his presence … They are patient and ready to produce the phenomena to the sitters’ satisfaction. But they do not take orders. [They] expect courteous treatment and appreciation for what they do and have their own caprices.” They are not all-knowing. Many times a guide will admit to ignorance of a subject, or the answer to a question, and will say that he will ask another who knows.
Not all guides are male, though the majority seem to be. It is not known why this is. Guides often have helpers for certain tasks, for example to prepare for the presentation of physical phenomena. These helpers can also assist in the explanation of incoherent messages.