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Mediumship or Medium Communications

The survival of consciousness cannot be studied without considering the topic of Mediumship (also known as Medium Communications) and the information that it can convey. For our purposes, mediumship is a process of training and tuning a human mind (the medium) to enter an altered state of consciousness. Once in this altered state, the medium’s mind has access to one or more discarnate entities (non-physical consciousness) enabling them to communicate with living people (message recipients or "sitters") through the medium.

The degree of resonance and the relationship between the medium, the recipient and the entity have a direct bearing on effectiveness of the information conveyed as well as the method of the communication used. The medium can initiate the process of resonance but the desire to communicate, the method of communication, and the chosen recipient will usually come from the entity. In general mediums seem to have the ability to selectively establish a linkage with a specific entities requested by the recipient. In most cases the non-physical intelligence that presents itself is usually the one(s) for which the communications was intended by the recipient but there are occasionally some exceptions to this. In these cases it seems that sometimes those on the other side are just as anxious to communicate as those on this side are. As we have seen, Mediums facilitate communication between non-physical consciousness (entities) and living human beings (recipients). This exchange differs from ADCs (After Death Communications) in that it requires a third party who is a gifted medium rather than consisting of some form of communication directly between a recipient and the entity. Often times the messages that a medium picks up can be crystal clear and other times they may be garbled. Although they may be misinterpreted or misunderstood by the medium, the messages are usually very meaningful to the intended recipient. These messages can be received by the medium directly in the mind as visual images, auditorily as a voice in the head, or even perceived as feelings.

Psychic ability refers to non-ordinary perceptual mechanisms of communication between (physical) human beings and do not require a medium to facilitate this information exchange. The more common of these direct exchanges include the mechanisms of:

  • Clairsentience – Perceiving information by some mechanism associated with strong empathetic feelings

  • Clairvoyance – Perceiving visions in the mind without using the normal visual perceptual mechanisms

  • Clairaudience – Perceiving audio communications without using the normal audio hearing perceptual mechanisms

All of the above apply equally to mediumship and should not be connected only with psychic abilities. These are the three principle modes of perception of mediums as well.

The most frequently experienced psychic ability is one we all have experienced at one time or another. That, of course, is our intuition and is often referred to as our sixth sense. Examples of intuition would be the so called “gut feelings”, the sense of being stared at, a feeling of foreboding, or a premonition of harm or the pending loss of a loved one, especially where there are close emotional ties (say between a mother and a child mortally wounded on the battlefield half a world away). Another common example is the synchronicity (meaningful coincidence) of thinking about a friend that one has not heard from for quite a while, and then receiving a telephone call, letter or some other type of correspondence from them soon after.

Some researchers speculate that the sixth sense is really a misnomer and that it should be named as our “first sense” as it was probably developed by Nature before advanced perceptual mechanisms (like sight and hearing) evolved. This capability is likely based on the quantum properties of entanglement and non-locality which are inherent in all matter. These perceptual mechanisms evolved first to enable primitive organisms to perceive threats and opportunities (e.g. food) in their environment. Like most functions evolved by nature, they are still present in all organisms even though they may no longer be the preferred method that an organism uses to perceive their environment, except, perhaps, when danger is lurking nearby which can stimulate our most primitive perceptual mechanisms.

Speculation exists that everyone is born with latent psychic abilities but, for most, it withers from lack of use and also by the process of enculturation. For this reason this ability is mostly gone by the time one reaches 7-10 years of age. However, even so, it can manifest later in life as the result of severe emotional distress or a spiritually transformative event. Even without these stresses there is growing evidence to suggest this ability is really a latent facility that can be restored with significant practice in a supportive environment.

According to common wisdom, everyone has psychic abilities to one degree or another. However, whether every person also has the ability to be a medium is a matter for debate.

With regard to mediums, one hypothesis for the underlying mechanism proposes that a medium has the ability to resonate with (or tune in) to the non-local consciousness of entities Just as a radio can be used to tune into radio broadcasts of different frequencies. Another hypothesis proposes that mediums have a psychic ability that is really tuning into the “field of non-local consciousness” of the recipient and just playing back information that is stored in the memory or in the subconscious mind of the recipient. The shortcoming of the latter theory is that it does not explain how information that was only known to the entity (as opposed to the recipient) is identified and communicated back to recipient.

A third hypothesis claims that mediums are just very skillful at leading the people being read and no real meaningful information is conveyed by “non-local” (e.g. psychic) means. Instead it is just based on skills that lead or pull information by normal perceptual mechanisms, lucky guesses and even deception.

Although skeptics are quick to point out that both psychic abilities and mediumship are nothing more than wishful thinking, over the last few hundred years there has been considerable anecdotal evidence (some from very credible sources) that suggest that this phenomenon has some solid basis in fact (referenced below).

It is challenging for mainstream science to study subjective experiences such as these due to the constraints of traditional scientific investigative methodologies used by researchers. However, when coupled with current theories of non-local consciousness (see Consciousness Issues  and Survival of Consciousness  on this website, these abilities are recognized to be more credible than before.

There are two categories of mediumship that are of particular interest in supporting the idea of the survival of consciousness:

  • “Mental mediumship” – which refers to "tuning into entities” by hearing, sensing, or visualizing them or by direct mental communications of meaningful symbols. In addition to entities with “higher consciousness” these entities can be deceased friends and relatives of the recipient. Again, the primary purpose of the medium being to facilitate the communication of messages from the entity to the recipient and to provide evidence of the continuity of consciousness.

  • “Physical mediumship” - which refers to materialization of entities, the production of objects by non-ordinary (e.g. so called “super-natural) means, and other physical effects such as flickering lights, knocking, rapping, or occurrence of other physical events in the medium’s vicinity.

With extensive practice, a medium can train their mind to achieve the requisite non-ordinary state of consciousness by entering some type of trance, hypnotic state or other altered state of consciousness. These states permit the entity to work through the medium, not only mentally but also sometimes physically.

Channeling is related to mediumship but in this case the "channel" receives some form of direct mental communications from an entity and can assume a different personality in the process as if a part of their body takes on the personality of the entity. These entities are typically spirit guides, an "Ascended Master", God, or other higher intelligences. Messages are received mentally via the channel and are generally relayed to the recipients vocally or in writing.

An interesting side note of channeling is that, in some cases, the messages received and transcribed by the channel are written backwards (i.e. right to left) or even upside down on the paper. In addition punctuation marks are sometimes added (at the correct locations) after all the text has been transcribed while the channel is not looking at the paper. How could the channel possibly know the correct locations to place the punctuation marks without looking?

Over the years numerous attempts have been made to validate these types of experiences. Recently several credible scientific research programs have been started to investigate these phenomena in very tightly controlled environments. For Example, Dr. Gary Schwartz (Chairman of Eternea) and his colleagues at the University of Arizona have conducted various experiments to determine the accuracy of anomalous communications with entities using well known mediums. Several other organizations are also conducting research into this phenomenon as well including:

Videos on Mediumship by Suzanne Giesemann

To Research Further

Check out additional references on our Recommended Readings page

To learn more about mediums and examples of the kind of information they convey refer to the Mediumship Case Study  or Suzanne Giesemann's videos above.

For additional information click on any of the following links:

Consciousness defined
Consciousness issues
Survival of Consciousness
Exceptional capabilities
Spontaneous Healings
Spiritually Transformative Experiences

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