Buyer Beware – Finding a Medium

Picture of a blue neon medium sign saying Psychic

Yes, I believe that there are real mediums out there.  Have I ever met any? Sure I have, and it never ceases to amaze me the accuracy of the information they are passing on.  But those mediums are not the focus of this article, we’ll discuss the awesome work they do another day.  My focus this week are the charlatans. Those who claim they are the real thing. Some of whom are convincing, some of whom, not so much. Thankfully, I’ve never been in such an emotional state that I would be easily fooled. But I have seen those who are, and it’s heartbreaking.  Tune into any medium’s television show and you’ll see an audience full of people in this emotional state, and no different from individuals who have private readings.  They are all there for a reason…They believe that the medium, be they psychic or otherwise, has the ability to put them in touch with their departed loved ones, and some can, and some will.  And I’m sure that most, if not all, of these people have told themselves that they won’t be fooled, and have committed to not revealing anything about their loved one to the medium without them first bringing it up. But they inevitably do.  Because they need to believe.  They need to connect.  They need to be forgiven. They need to be reassured.  Whatever the reason(s), they will unconsciously give it up.  They are vulnerable.

I once watched a medium walk on stage, sweep their hand over a section of the audience while saying, “I have someone here whose passed… An older male… His name begins with the letter ‘P’… I feel back pain.. His passing had something to do with his back.”  A teary-eyed woman puts her hand up, and says, “My Bob died of lung cancer, it could be him!” The medium goes on to ask a couple of more questions/statements to appear to ascertain that she has the right person for whom the message is intended.  “Bob was a tall man. Taller than you. Wasn’t he.”  “He loved you very much, but didn’t always show it. Is that right”. “There were times when your relationship wasn’t always a bed of roses. Is that correct?”   “I feel a heaviness in the chest area, a shortness of breath.” “He lost a lot of weight didn’t he.  He’s showing me this.” The medium continues with this line of questioning, and then finishes with “Bob wants you to know that he is happy on the other side, and that he is watching over you.”  The audience erupts into fervent applause, while the bereaved woman sobs uncontrollably into a handkerchief.

How many of you when reading the questions above, saw them for what they truly were?  Generalized statements utilized to deceive.  Pretty easy to spot wouldn’t you say. No, not through the fog of grief they’re not.  For anyone reading this who may be in that unfortunate circumstance, or may just not be seeing it, let’s break these questions/statements down:

“His name begins with the letter ‘P’” – Bob doesn’t start with the letter P, neither does Robert.
“Bob was a tall man. Taller than you. Wasn’t he.” – There is a greater chance that a man is taller then a woman.
“He loved you very much, but didn’t always show it. Is that right”. – Men, for the most part, are less likely to show emotion.
“There were times when your relationship wasn’t always a bed of roses. Is that correct?” – All relationships have their ups and downs.
“I feel a heaviness in the chest area, a shortness of breath.” “He lost a lot of weight didn’t he.  He’s showing me this.”  – The symptoms stated by the psychic are totally correct, but only because the widow admitted up front that her Bob had died of lung cancer.  Even the symptoms are fairly generalized.

Pretty obvious now what’s going on here, is it not?

As I said, and I want to make this clear, not all mediums are charlatans, but they are out there.  So, what can you do to protect yourself?

Here are a few tips:

  1. Give yourself time to grieve. No matter how much it hurts, you will get through this. Surround yourself with family and friends.  Even consider visiting a grief counselor.
  2. When the time is right, and before going to a psychic medium, find out from other people about their experience with the medium, but don’t get caught up in their enthusiasm as they may have been fooled.
  3. If the psychic medium asks a lot of leading questions, then chances are they are not the real thing.
  4. Beware of mediums who give you vague or general messages and do not provide accurate evidence.
  5. If arranging a private reading, ask for a money back guarantee. A reputable psychic medium should not have a problem with this.  After all, mediums are humans too.  They may be having an off day.
  6. Take a friend with you who is not emotionally invested and will ensure that you do not unwittingly give anything away, and at the very least can let you know if you did.
  7. Let the medium do most, if not all the talking.  Only verify that which is true, and do not try to fit a square peg into a round hole.  If what you are being told is wrong, don’t make it fit.
  8. Take notes or if you have a friend with you, let them take the notes. Some mediums may allow you to record the session, some will even record it for you and forward it to your email address.

At the end of the day, finding a good psychic medium is no different than that of finding a good therapist.  Do your homework.

What say you?

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Ouija Board – Investigative Tool Or Portal To Hell

picture of a ouija board

The commercial genesis of the Ouija Board dates back to May 28, 1890, with the filing for its patent, which was issued to Elijah Jefferson Bond on February 10, 1891. Yet, its roots go as far back as China, circa 1100 AD where it was called ‘Fuji’, “planchette writing”. And used then as it is now, to communicate with Spirit, until it was forbidden during the Qing Dynasty.

What once fell from grace as a religious practice, and then reincarnated as a “parlour game” has been, and continues to be, the subject of much fear and scorn. Indeed, many organizations have spoken out against its use, with some groups going as far as to ban their followers from using it. The belief that this board, adorned with words, letters and numbers,and used in conjunction with a planchette, is responsible for such things as portal opening, possession, and demonic haunting, not only lies deep in Christian dogma, but is being hotly deliberated today among paranormal investigative groups.  And In this debate, there are no shades of grey.  Here, you are either ‘For’ or ‘Against” the use of the Ouija Board as an investigative tool.

For years I stood staunchly with those in opposition to its use, unable to be convinced that any good could ever come from employing such a dangerous and evil implement.  In my opinion, anyone that employed a Ouija Board was either a Satanist or extremely naive in their search for thrills.  That was, until after several years of investigating the paranormal, and using the various pieces of equipment associated with the modern-day search for the afterlife.  These tools generally fell under the category of ITC, (Instrumental Transcommunication Devices), a term coined by German Physicist Professor Ernst Senkowski for any electronic devices used to communicate with Spirit.  Armed with the KII, Ovilus, FLIR and digital recorders, to name but a few devices, my fellow WCPI team members and I would set about attempting to do this very thing, and on occasion, we were arguably successful in doing so.  This success mostly came by way of EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) Sessions, with the capture of disembodied utterances on our digital recorders.  For those not familiar with what takes place during an EVP Session, I’ll attempt to enlighten you.

While using a KII meter, or a similar device, you would proceed to ask any Spirit present, to communicate with you by waving their hand over the meter, once for “Yes”, twice for “No”.  If the lights on the KII lit up, you would attempt to make certain determinations about who you are talking to by asking questions that could only be answered with a Yes or No.  For instance, “Are you a man?”, “Are you a Woman?”, “Are you an adult?”, so on and so forth.  When it came to names, you would slowly recite the alphabet, and note those letters that drew a “Yes” response.  All the while this is happening the session is being recorded on a camcorder and/or a voice recorder.  By the end of the session, you would, hopefully, have some information that you could verify through the client or by way of historical records.  Of course, there are many ways to conduct these types of sessions, and the preparation is more in-depth than is described here. But generally, they all boil down to the same thing; several living persons attempting to contact persons who are not, while using a device to facilitate the communication.  Hmm, does that sound familiar to you?  I’m sure it does, as it did to me. And with me, it begged the question, “Is there really a difference between what I am doing with these modern-day inventions, and those who use the Ouija Board?”  For the life of me, and try as I may to substantiate my dogged beliefs against its use, I could but only conclude that there was no difference.  There go, if using the Board is akin to using, say, a KII meter, then all investigators are susceptible to opening portals and becoming possessed by whatever happened to wander through.  And, by the same token, if using these modern-day devices lessen or eliminate the risk, then the same must be said of the Ouija Board.   In short, the Ouija Board can be used as a tool in today’s search for the afterlife, with the same probability of success and danger as that of any ITC device.

Having said that, because of the stigma attached to the Ouija Board, I would not make it part of my investigative toolbox.

What say you?

For Your Consideration.

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