Psychic Mediums have helped thousands of people cope with the grief of losing a loved one, by sharing their beloved’s unique and definitive messages and affirmations with them. These messages have literally changed those lives forever in multiple, positive ways. Knowing that our loved ones are not only happy and well, but are also still with us, sharing both our joys and sorrows, that they are watching over us and are able to share what they have observed in our lives, empowers us to move forward with the knowledge that we truly are not alone. Often times we have unfinished business with our loved ones, like things we wonder about, or something we were never able to hear or say before their passing. Being able to have closure in these areas, allows us to gain peace of mind and focus on the loving aspects of our relationship with them. Sometimes, people just need the validation that they too have felt spirit presence, and have been receiving messages on their own. Medium Readings can also help those seeking personal validation of what is on The Other Side, as part of their spiritual growth and understanding.
Psychic mediums have an ability to sense and interpret the messages of people who have passed on. But unlike some media representations, psychic mediums receive their messages in a variety of different ways. Some mediums “hear” the information, others, like John Edwards, see symbols that correspond to the messages from loved ones. Other mediums draw pictures that come to them from beyond. The real life Allison DuBois scribbles during her readings to help facilitate the messages she receives. Psychic mediums may smell scents that aren’t actually present in a room. In one strange incidence this writer was sitting in a non-smoking restaurant with some colleagues and picked up the strong odor of cigars. A colleague remarked, “Do you smell that”? The restaurant in times past had been a bar. However, it is not the method, but the message that is important. The psychic medium does his or her best to pass it along to the intended recipient.
But the Greeks weren’t the only ones who used psychic mediums. In the Old Testament, the witch of Endor contacted the spirit of the deceased prophet Samuel at the behest of King Saul. Saul wanted to consult Samuel about an upcoming battle.
In the modern era, Spiritualism became a popular at the middle of the nineteenth century. During this time séances were held in the homes of the rich and famous, or in the medium’s homes. Several types of communication were popular. One was “spirit rapping” where the spirit would tap out yes or no in response to the medium’s questions. Another was automatic writing. One automatic writing technique, called slate writing, employed two slates with a piece of chalk between them, were tied and put on the séance table. The medium would ask questions, and the sound of chalk on slate would be heard. After the medium was done asking questions, the slate would be untied and the answers to the questions would be on the slates. Finally, another popular technique was that of the spirit trumpet. During the séance, the ghostly voices of the dead came through the trumpet.
During the chaos and pain of the Civil War, Spiritualism surged in popularity. Mary Todd Lincoln had séances, attended also by President Lincoln, in the White House to communicate with her deceased son. The spiritualist movement continued into the years of the First World War.
In the United States, spiritualist-training camps sprung up. One of the best known is Camp Chesterfield established in 1886 in Illinois that is still in existence. At Camp Chesterfield rigorous training and testing of mediums is done to ensure the validity of the mediums gifts. Upon satisfactory completion of testing a medium certificate is granted. In the 1970’s and 80’s, with the growth of the New Age movement, mediums became popular again, though channeling the messages directly became the message of choice. Shirley McLaine authored her book “Out on a Limb”, later turned into a movie, which describes, in part, her experiences with a medium. Since then mediumship has retained its popularity as a means to gain messages from beyond this life.
Psychic mediums either have their gift as a child or develop it later as adults. It is said that everyone has the ability to reach spirit to receive messages. Many people report strange things happening after the death of loved ones, such a favorite song suddenly playing on the radio when the thinking of the loved one, or finding coins laying in places that weren’t there before. Other people report dreams of their loved ones giving words of comfort as a final goodbye. This shows all our native ability to reach out, especially in times of grief or sorrow. But it is also true that some of us are more gifted than others.
The psychic medium that has gifts from childhood often talk about imaginary friends in great detail. Allison Dubois is one such individual who received many visits and messages throughout her childhood and teenage years from beyond. Despite the skeptical view of the society in which we live, Allison made mediumship her life’s work. Others either have experiences as adults that they cannot explain that lead them to this avocation. No matter how one reaches the path, psychic mediums develop and expand upon an ability to pick up information from extrasensory sources.
For a psychic medium that has developed his or her gifts making the connection is nearly automatic. The medium may start with a prayer for guidance and some light meditation. Many have “guides”, spirits that work in tandem with the psychic medium to facilitate the passing of messages.
A psychic medium will start with a short explanation of what he or she does and the type of messages received. He or she will also let you know that sometimes it is not always possible to get a message from the loved one the client is seeking.
The second part of the reading is verification. The medium will offer information given by spirit to indicate that the loved one is present and trying to communicate. Sometimes a spirit of relative that the client doesn’t know personally will arrive. This sometimes creates confusion, as the client is unfamiliar with that person. Later, however, another relative may confirm the name of the person that came through.
As the reading progresses more information comes through that is passed to the client. These types of messages can relay things the deceased person liked to do, or discuss the manner of his or her passing. Many times the message is comforting, giving the client an opportunity to lay their fears at rest regarding the passing of their loved ones.