How to Strengthen Your Mediumship Abilities

The Art of Mediumship

What is it about October that makes people interested in the spirit world? It could be the Hunter’s Moon, Halloween/Samhain events, and the longer nights—or a combination of some or all of these elements. This is the season that inspires people to wonder what’s waiting for them on the other side of life. Perhaps they also want to contact those who have crossed over too. As a California Psychics reader, I notice an uptick in the request for readings involving mediumship.

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I would be remiss if I didn’t add this disclaimer: You must study in earnest and never attempt contact without the supervision of a well-established psychic medium. Just as you would never leave your front door wide open throughout the night, you also don’t want to leave your psychic energy wide open in your early attempts at mediumship. Therefore, it’s a prudent idea to begin your studies by asking a trusted psychic what books or classes can help you in your pursuits. Many of my students have gone on to become very successful psychics but first, they had to learn how to listen and how to be patient with their advancements. The study of mediumship (like any divination) takes a great deal of time and dedication in order to fully embrace and utilize it.

Mediumship Begins With a Simple Exercise

Once you have begun your studies, I offer you a simple exercise to try which is a rather rudimentary effort, but it’s also a wonderful way to get accustomed to the interactions of energies that exist in other dimensions. To begin, make sure you are in a quiet and safe place. A small alcove in your home you can designate for meditation would be a great place to sanctify for this process.

Turn off your phone, television, and any other kind of distraction. Bring a white sheet of paper, a marker, and a pendulum into the center of what will become a sacred circle. The pendulum can be an actual pendulum used specifically for this purpose or it can be a necklace, etc. Be sure to drape the chain OVER your first finger and hold the remaining chain between your finger and your thumb. This cuts down on the possibility of your subconscious mind making micromovements to change the outcome of the answers you seek.

Making Your Sacred Circle

Stand in the center of an imaginary circle within your sacred space. Place sea salt at eight places along the circle: north, south, east and west and then in between each of those directions. Now settle into the center of your circle. Make whatever kind of declaration you feel in order to declare that space as a place of love and protection. Remember, that this is YOUR space too. Therefore, nothing can influence anything in that circle without your consent and invitation.

Align your pendulum with the energy you are exhibiting. You can do this by holding it over the white paper and asking a question for which you already know the answer. Does the pendulum swing in a circle? Does it swing back and forth? Whichever direction it’s going will be the way to determine the answer. Any question will do as long as you already know the answer. This is known as getting a baseline read. Now you know how your pendulum will communicate its answers.

Connect to a Specific Energy

Now you can begin by asking for a specific energy to contact you. Perhaps a parent or other loved one who has crossed over would be a good starting place. It’s very important that you ask only “yes” or “no” questions and patience is vital when it comes to mediumship. Connecting with those beyond the veil is not a proven science and each person has a variation of how they prepare to contact the other side. Spiritual direction, dedication, and ethics are the most important attributes brought into this particular form of divination.

Next, record whatever information was offered to you. When you have finished your initial exercise, be sure to send the energies back to the dimensions from which they wandered. Release the energies with appreciation and gratitude, but also with a clear, concise firmness of declaration. Remember, you are in charge!

The Onset of Vivid Dreams

After the circle has been closed and things have returned to the way they were earlier, be prepared for very vivid dreams for a few days. Many energies may find it easier to contact you through the dimension of dreams. Be sure to bless your home and keep a good balance of energy so you can maintain control over your new attempts at mediumship.

Most professional psychic mediums study for many years—even those who are bonded to this gift through a bloodline. Remember, mediumship is not an “instant” line of study. Instead, it requires patience and determination, as well as an open mind and a confident, respectful heart.

Seek advice from a trusted psychic medium, like me. They can certainly give your recommendations for classes and books that can help steer you in the right direction!

Death is not the end of your strong bonds. Apsychic medium can connect you to those who have crossed over. During apsychic medium reading, you can share messages, get closure, and so much more.

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Mediumship passes to little girl, allowing her to meet deceased gramma.

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing poet Lori Katherine regarding her daughter’s ability to see spirits. Lori says she had a few early clues that her daughter, Cailee, might be spiritually gifted. One sign was Lori’s grandmother, Nana. Throughout Lori’s life, her grandmother shared stories about the ghosts and spirits she saw. What Lori didn’t know was that her daughter would also be able to discern spiritual entities. In paranormal jargon, the ability to see and converse with spirits is known as “mediumship.”

According to Lori, the family was not particularly open to Nana’s unusual tales. Because Lori was eager and willing to hear her grandmother’s stories the two developed a special bond–one that apparently survived Nana’s passing. One that included little Cailee, born after Nana had crossed into the summer lands.

Born Beneath a Veil

If old wives’ tales are to be believed, another hint that a child will be spiritually gifted is being born “under a veil.” During our interview, Lori confirmed that Cailee’s face was covered by the amniotic sac at birth. The author says she thought nothing of it at the time because she was unaware of the significance. In the heyday of spiritualism, however, being born beneath a veil was considered strong evidence of the child’s mediumship and other spiritual potential.

But even before Cailee’s birth, Lori experienced spiritual events that did not register as such at the time. A year before her daughter’s conception, for instance, Lori repeatedly dreamt of sitting with a little girl who twirled Lori’s long hair between her fingers. To this day, she says, Cailee twirls Lori’s or her own hair prior to falling asleep.

Another indication that Cailee might be special occurred in Lori’s tenth week of pregnancy. Lori states she began bleeding profusely and was rushed to the hospital. In the emergency room, doctors discovered her placenta had separated from the wall of her uterus. One of those in attendance told her “someone” was watching over her baby and that she was very lucky to avoid a miscarriage.

Lori says Cailee was only five months old when she realized her daughter was seeing something invisible to the rest of the family. She always fed the infant while seated in the same spot on the sofa. Each time she drank from her bottle, the baby turned her head to stare a certain corner of the room. As she grew older, Cailee still stared at the spot—smiling. When she learned to speak, the child often pointed to the spot on the ceiling and told her parents “Di-Di” was there.

Mediumship Confirmed

Cailee may be practicing mediumship unintentionally, but her ability to discern spirits is genuine. This fact came home to Lori emphatically one evening while the two were making chocolate pies. As mother and daughter shared some quality girl time, Lori told Cailee about Nana. She explained that Nana had loved to bake and that each time Lori had visited her, Cailee’s great-grandmother had baked a chocolate cream pie just for her granddaughter.

As her four-year-old daughter stirred the chocolate pudding, giggling, Lori picked up her camera to commemorate the event. She asked Cailee to turn toward her. Lori says, “She had the whisk in her little hand and chocolate pudding on her face. I poised my camera to capture this adorable moment and saw this white figure standing right next to her!”

Thinking something was on the lens of her camera, Lori moved it away from her face. But, she said, the human-shaped figure was still standing next to her daughter. Cailee seemed either unconcerned about or unaware of the shape.

Trying not to panic, Lori hurriedly snapped some pictures before the moment passed. When she examined the photos, the figure’s position changed from frame to frame. The photos, taken in a well-lit kitchen, are quite clear. The human-shaped white figure is clearly visible. Cailee did not acknowledge the shape, so Lori did not mention it, either.

Nana’s Visit

When they finished making their pies. Cailee turned to her mother and said, “Nana says thank you for making her the pies.” Lori was surprised because Cailee had mentioned nothing while the shape was standing next to her. She asked her daughter how she knew about Nana saying thank you.

Lori said, “She looked at me so seriously and replied, ‘Because she just came in and told me she was watching us, silly!’”

Cailee’s mom can’t prove her daughter’s mediumship, but the little girl has seen spirits many times in their home. She is not afraid of what she sees except for one entity that sometimes appears in their yard.  Lori says Cailee is adamant about certain spiritual matters. She shared with Lori that her (Cailee’s) life did not begin until she was three years old. She also says God is a woman and specifically picked Lori to be her mom. Out of the mouths of babes…

My sincere thanks to Lori Katherine for sharing Cailee’s story. If you love poetry, be sure to visit Lori’s site at WordPress and follow her on Twitter. Her poetry collection, Flow Like Lyrics, is available at Amazon and The Book Patch.

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Until next time, #didthatjusthappen ?

2018 – My Mediumship Year in Review

A year of returning to the fold and opening doors once again.

And while there was a small increase in growth and the amount of work I did this year, there were also a lot of foundations being laid, readying me for the year that is to come.

Returning to my Champagne & Dreams in home demonstrations was at times challenging as much as it was fun. The one thing I know about this style of delivering mediumship is that the recipients love it! The public really appreciates the intimacy and comfortableness of these events and getting your messages delivered in your living room with your friends and family doesn’t get much better than that.

This medium, however really struggles with my ability to maintain balance after finding it a constant battle to not give more than is healthy for me. As I write this I receive the awareness of the struggle and am now considering where to go with these events long term.

I was certainly more challenged in 2018 with the empathic side of my mediumship than I have ever been before. I found myself quite often being approached by the Spirit world without conscious intention on my part, which meant more emotion filtering through, and I found the emotion of the work lingered more than ever before. This resulted in a need to housekeep my energies more fastidiously. One day, Spirit even advised that if I didn’t take care of myself in this way I would develop depression because of it. Certainly, my awareness around this and my energy connections increased dramatically this year.

2018 also provided the closing chapter of not seeing my worth in my mediumship. Self-belief is a challenge most heart centered mediums face and one where healing takes place gradually over many years. There was one reading this year, that really hit home the uniqueness of my beliefs and how I approach my mediumship, which therefore enables me to operate outside the normally expected bounds of what a medium does.

Working professionally as a medium is not for everyone, just as working with certain types of energies is not for every medium.

This year I found my Spirit door re-opening itself to the realm of what most mediums call the ‘lower astral’ or negative entities. For me however, this all exists in a belief of Oneness and Love so I see healing and purpose not negativity or fear. This allows me to be open to connecting with those who are not always pretty or delightful to work with. In fact, if I was any less a medium or held any weakness in my mental discipline and health they could literally do your head in.

It took me a little while to realize that the serial killer who was hanging around was connected to this reading and was the only person capable of giving me the information needed for the victims friends and family to find some sense of resolution.

Having received psychic information that lined up with the police theories from twelve years ago that could not be proven was the confirmation my client needed to let go and hopefully move forward.

For me personally, it was a defining moment in my mediumship. A moment that said;

‘Hey Kerrie, this is what you do, you do it well and you do it differently. And there is real purpose as to why that is.’

Not to mention there is also real purpose as to why Spirit has worked so hard at guiding me to let go of needing to see my career be a certain way and allow the Universe to show me more of what Spirit needs me to go. Never in a million year would I ever have expected that a form of forensic mediumship was to be a part of the plan. Yet here I sit going into 2019 knowing that Spirit is opening this door in our own unique way.

with love & gratitude,


Hi, I’m Kerrie Wearing and yes I am a psychic medium soul coach but really the only difference between me and you is I’ve spent 20+ years nurturing and working with my psychic abilities.

I am a big believer that Mediumship is for everyone, not just the so called ‘gifted’ and if you hang a while and get to know me, I’ll show you.

7 Amazing Things You Should Know About Mediumship | Soul and Spirit

Psychic Fran’s quick guide to communicating with the spirit world

Mediumship is a gift from the universe to help us understand that we are first and foremost spirit in a physical body, and that when we die our spirit lives on in another dimension – the spirit world. Mediumship has changed over the years, so here is my quick 7-point guide to help unravel the mystery behind our work.

Deep trance

Back in the 1800’s, illegal séances were held in private homes throughout the country. The medium would go into a trance allowing spirit to move into their aura and take control of their conscious mind and speech. This is known as deep trance.

Deep trance is usually carried out in the dark with just a red light shining onto the medium, enabling the other sitters to see any overshadowing of the medium by the spirit communicator, creating the phenomena of transfiguration.

Direct voice

During these trance demonstrations, voices of loved ones would often be clearly heard and recognised by those present and this was known as direct voice. The medium would often be gagged to prevent them from speaking and many thought this practice was the work of fraudsters, trying for many years to discredit it. However much information proved to be very accurate, especially during the war when servicemen came through giving information on disasters that had happened, but had not yet been released to the press.

Mediumship today

The communicator still steps into the medium’s aura but does not take total control, so it is more of a mental process. There are three main ways that a medium may work today:

When the medium feels spirit around them, giving a sense of knowing what the communicator wishes to convey.

Sometimes called ‘clear hearing’, where mediums hear spirit speaking to them, enabling them to convey messages word for word.

Meaning ‘clear seeing’, the medium is shown pictures in their mind that will convey situations around the person seeking help and guidance, or where the spirit person will show themselves to the medium so that an accurate description can be given.

There are many ways to communicate with spirit and all mediums have their own way of working with the spirit world, Some will use just one method and others may use all of the above or a selection. To find out more visit or use PIN 1133

Intuition, Psychic Ability And Mediumship

Throughout time mankind has explored the ability to communicate with the gods, with nature, or with each other on a non-verbal level. It is extremely common for us to use the term intuitive. these days. It is often the explanation given by many an entrepreneur or successful decision-maker: “I just trusted my gut,” or “What I love about Mary is she is just so intuitive and makes the right decisions.”

The term psychic on the other hand, although nowadays often well known within a household, conjures up for so many outside the metaphysical community feelings of distrust, fake, absurd, not possible. Perhaps these attributes are attached because of our personal belief system that does not value or agree with the skill set. This also can impact our personal relationships if we know it is real and others judge us since we may then hide our abilities as being psychic and connected with the unseen realm or worse shut down and not continue developing them.

Become a good noticer. Pay attention to the feelings, hunches, and intuitions that flood your life each day. If you do, you will see that premonitions are not rare, but a natural part of our lives ~ Larry Dossey

A definition for intuitive is having the ability to know or understand things without any proof or evidence; having or characterized by intuition; based on or agreeing with what is known or understood without any proof or evidence; known or understood by intuition; agreeing with what seems naturally right.

A definition for psychic is of, or relating to the psyche (psychogenic); lying outside the sphere of physical science or knowledge; immaterial, moral, or spiritual in origin or force; sensitive to nonphysical or supernatural forces and influences; marked by extraordinary or mysterious sensitivity, perception, or understanding

The Wikipedia definition for psychic is that the word is derived from the Greek word psychikos (of the mind, or mental) and refers in part to the human mind or psyche, for example ‘psychic turmoil.’ This Greek word also means ‘soul.’

A definition for medium is of, relating to, or having the qualities of a spiritualist medium – an individual held to be a channel of communication between the earthly world and a world of spirits.

I suggest to you that the same mechanics are involved in intuition as in psychic ability and mediumship. It is information that we obtain or become aware of from a realm unseen. It is access to information for which there appears to be no proof or evidence in the moment of its source, but is valuable and worth taking notice of.

When we study quanta and the universal laws of nature, we are now, with the help of advances in science and technology, able to quantify much more of how nature and the physical body communicates, and how nature and our body heals and grows (bio-energetics).

Our movies and obsession with Sci-Fi and the paranormal is perhaps just a means to having us open up our minds to so much more possibilities to life?

Why do we not accept ESP as a psychological fact? Rhine has offered enough evidence to have convinced us on almost any other issue… Rhine may still turn out to be right, improbable as I think that is, and my own rejection of his view is – in the literal sense – prejudice ~ Donald O. Hebb

Extra-sensory perception (ESP) is the term used in the early days by Dr J B Rhine and his wife Louisa at Duke University, and other researchers in Parapsychology. Experiments were done with Zener cards to determine if there ESP, clairvoyance and such related phenomena actually exist. The data collected on levels of accuracy pointed to it being beyond chance. Some individuals, however, seemed more attuned than others.

You should make your own decision on this matter, but I do suggest you explore how science is changing, and in addition, reflect back upon your life experiences. The challenge one can have in accepting whether intuition and psychic mediumship is real, is that our mind, our memories, our education triggers the ego to dispel the probability and possibility of these events, dependent upon our circumstances and emotional attachment to the event. By this I mean that we can easily accept intuition being real, we can even accept that our loved ones who have physically died are watching over us and that we can feel their presence every day. Yet, many, if asked as to whether they believe in psychics or mediums, and their ability to communicate with the dead, would respond with an adamant no.

So, one’s ego has now come to a conclusion that your belief in the Divine Source allows you to know that your deceased friends and family members are with you, but your ego also rejects the same mechanics that give you that personal knowing of the ability for others to communicate with your loved one. If deceased family are around you, watching and supporting you, then why would they not also communicate with you? Well, they do.

Throughout history there has been the inability among scientists to scientifically ‘prove’ paranormal phenomena. Yet, the unseen realm has been consulted by seers, prophets, soothsayers, and oracles for millennia, to comfort or assist mankind in decision making.

My experiences (and yours) have shown that the phenomena is real but it comes with its perceived ‘handicaps.’ Often the information can be too subjective, because the client interjects their story with data. We sometimes inadvertently fish for information, but a good communicator can still say focused and get absolutely pertinent answers.

Quantum physics findings show that consciousness itself created order – or indeed in some way created the world – this suggested much more capacity in the human being than was currently understood ~ Lynne McTaggar

Psychic information also involves reading the energy in the environment, the energy of the client and a more symbolic representation of information. It is also dynamic and changing. After more than 20 years working within the metaphysical realm as a professional medium, I have found that with practice, diligence and learning I can be of service by understanding natural law and energy.

Developing psychic ability is a wonderful tool on your personal spiritual path. If so inclined, I suggest you explore more intensive development, such that you can become a medium. A psychic medium has the capability to obtain information such as form of death, personality characteristics, family memories, ancestral lineage and have loved ones pass on information to those still living.

The primary benefit of psychic development is learning to trust those random thoughts or feelings that are given us daily, when we are trying to find a solution to a problem, or when we are in a time of distress asking for help. Waking up in the morning and suddenly having your answer, your next patent solution, your confidence in self, that you have the answers within, is deeply empowering. You also become more connected with your environment and enjoy more peaceful times by accessing the Universal Energy, or Universal Mind.

If you wish to become a psychic or medium, you simply take the intuitive skills forward to access data and information upon request from the environment with intention. Psychic mediums are individuals who have chosen to develop these skills to serve individuals who are in a place of grief of the loss of a family member or friend. Of course many also have ancestry and genetic connection to these skills and we became aware at a young age of our ability. However, some may have had the skill suppressed as a child and they are re awakening to the skills.

The greatest gift that can be given by a medium is to provide details of the deceased to confirm the continuity of life, and consciousness. It shows that deceased loved ones are still around the individual. Enjoy your journey and utilize your own psychic abilities, or consult with others you value and trust to utilize the spirit realm as an additional resource.

About The Author: Graham

Graham has developed a powerful connection with Spirit that he shares with the world, passing along valuable and detailed information that includes specific dates and time frames. His service to Spirit has allowed him to transform countless lives and it continually validates continuity of life. Spirit has even saved his own life! Colleagues have learned to trust his advice, even if they can’t explain how he does what he does. With many loyal clients around the world to attest to his talent, Graham continues to reach many more through his eight CD audiobook on Mediumship and other Metaphysical subjects. Graham was born in England but now resides in New England. He’s a certified Medium, Channel and Spiritual Healer, to name but a few of his offerings. He is also a teacher and has served on Spiritualist committees in the US and in Europe. He’s provided thousands of readings and also loves to give back to the community, offering his services at fundraising events, local hospices, churches and camps—wherever he is needed. If you’d like precise and accurate information on your life path, you can find Graham at .

Communique: EXPO 216 Presents “Evidential Mediumship Demonstration”

LiSTEN to Kim Griffin talk about Evidential Mediumship

The Death & Dying exhibit has been up at EXPO 216 since last year. The exhibit continues to expand, with recent additions of the Infinity/Near Death Experience room and the Opioid Addiction Project. On Saturday, two Mediums join the exhibit with a focus on bridging the gap between life and death: Kim Griffin and Felicia Grant.

Listen to Kim above; find excerpts and read our full conversation with both Mediums below.

LiSTEN to Felicia Grant talk about one of her early experiences as a Medium

LiSTEN to Kim Griffin and Felicia Grant talk about skeptics

LiSTEN to Felicia Grant and Kim Griffin talk about life as vibration

Gina: For people who don’t know what is a medium, and what do you call yourself?

Kim Griffin: My name is Kim Griffin, and I call myself an Evidential Medium.

Gina: An evidential medium. Can you tell me what that means?

Kim: An evidential medium is a medium that connects with people on the other side and gives evidence of their loved ones or gives evidence of the spirit communication such as physical descriptions, personality, hobbies, job, where they lived, etc. etc. That way that the person that is the sitter – which is the recipient of the reading – knows exactly who it is. We try to avoid psychic messages, such as “Your father came through, and he died of a heart attack. He is telling me that you’re moving to North Carolina. You got a new job” – that is something that you start to go into a psychic reading.

A Mediumship Reading is when you were just connecting to the spirit loved one. They may give messages like that towards the end. That’s really just to prove that they are around, that they are still watching, and that they’re still part of our lives. Basically, they’re just third vehicle, their physical body, has ceased to exist because you can’t destroy energy. So, when our physical bodies ceased to exist, our spiritual bodies, our incarnate spirits, is now dis-incarnate and now we’re in our spiritual body.

Gina: Okay. Tell me your name and what you call yourself.

Felicia Grant: I’m Felicia Grant, and I call myself a Spirit Medium. But also like Kim, I am trained in the same thought process of being an evidential medium. My goal is to bring forth evidence that your loved ones are still around you, and they see what you’re doing every day – every part of your life, every aspect.

Gina: When did you realize that you had a different experience in the world than other people? That you saw things or heard things or just new things that other people around you did not? That you had a special perception?

Felicia: That’s a great question. So, I knew I was different when I was a small child. When I look at the signs now, I’m the classic empath, meaning I feel and sense things going on around me. I don’t see spirit, but I feel and I know that spirit is around me. As small child, I had an imaginary friend. I remember being frightened, but I don’t know why. I would put myself in a closet to get away. I was very withdrawn. I didn’t have a lot of friends. I stayed very much to myself. Then, I believe I closed that off until probably about 10 years ago. I was in Sedona, Arizona for two weeks and started doing a lot of spiritual work at that time.

I started to sense and feel things. I would just get a thought in my mind that I know is not my own. Or, just be around somebody and have a feeling – a knowing – about them or know that sense that something was gonna happen before it happened. So, over the past 10 years, I’ve really been honing and developing this gift. I’ve tried to walk away from it many times. I’ve tried to turn it off. Probably about five or six years ago, spirit started getting my attention in the middle of the night. I’d be asleep, and I would sort of be awake but not. Then, it would be like there was a bright light in the room. I would wake up my husband, and I’d say, “Can you see that?” And he’d say no. They were trying harder and harder to get my attention. I started doing some formal training to really develop this gift that I have.

Kim: I did not see spirit when I was younger. I didn’t have the typical grandma at the end of the bed that woke me up or angels around me. I’m sure there were angels around me, but I didn’t see them. It started when I was a teenager. It would happen in dream state – meaning I would have somebody that had passed come to me not knowing that they had passed, telling me that they had passed, and then I would wake up. The next day or two days, I would find out that Mr. Smith down the road passed. That was the person that had visited me in my dream. Then, as time went on. I would get relatives that would come to me, my dream state again and let me know that they had passed. Then a couple days later, Uncle Hank died or he had already passed – or Uncle Leonard or whoever the relative was. The fun thing – it sounds strange to say, I should say the strange thing – funny thing is when they would come to me, they would not say, “I died.” When my uncle Hank had passed, he said, ” I’m on vacation.”

My other uncle said, “I’m at the carnival.” Another uncle – my mother has a family of 10, so a lot of them come to me – another one said, “I’m at the ice cream shop.” That just showed me that we have our own version of heaven. I think everybody has their own version of what heaven is. So, for Uncle Leonard, it was the ice cream shop. For a Uncle Hank, it was a vacation – wherever that may be. Also, that life is continuous. I did not take this very, very seriously, to be honest with you. I grew up in the 70s. I had too much partying to do, and I just kind of ignored it. I thought it was a fun trick.

That’s what I thought. I thought it was a fun little thing that happened to me, and I did not take it seriously. I had a lot of stuff happen to me in my twenties. As far as my personal life when I straightened out my act probably in my thirties, it started to come on very, very strong. I will say in my late twenties, I had a premonition that my mother was going to die. A month later she did die, and it was exactly how I had dreamed it. So, after her passing and after I got my act together, things started to happen. I still was not receptive of it. I really didn’t want it to be because the shame that comes along with it. 

I think I was embarrassed of it. The shame of it. People not accepting me for it. I hid it. I was starting to read externally instead of dream state. It started coming on in real life when I was awake. I started just reading friends and stuff. People would say, “Try!” and I’d be like, “I only do it when I’m sleeping.” They’d say “Just try.” It is a thought process. So, I tapped into that thought process. I don’t see or hear with my physical eye or ear, it’s all through my mind’s eye. The spirit does not have the voice box. They don’t have their physical body. The medium’s job is to learn the language of spirit.

To learn the language of spirit, we have to understand the symbols and the references. I was reading people for a little while. I guess it was back in 2005, 2006. But then somebody said, “Well, you really should go to development.” And yes, there are development classes for this. I started go – I’m from New Jersey – to a Spiritualist Church run by a former Catholic nun. That intrigued me because I was raised Catholic. I was like, “Well, if it’s good for the former Catholic nun, then it’s good for me.” From there, it just kind of exploded.

Gina: I’m imagining it being like Hogwarts – like real life Hogwarts where mediums and psychics go for to develop their skills.

Kim: In England, there actually is. There’s a school called Arthur Findlay College for Psychic and Mediumship Development in Stansted, England. People actually do go there. 

Gina: I want to ask you about the shame that’s attached to being a psychic or a medium.

Felicia: Real life story – I’m totally coming out of the closet with this – I’ve had a lot of fear about totally owning who I am. I know the spirit world gets upset when I don’t own who I am. We’re new here. We moved here two years ago. We live in a very small, what I would say bedroom type of community. Everybody knows everybody. It’s a new neighborhood. I did a public demonstration at Unity Church for the first time ever with a friend a couple months ago in April. We taped it. We did a video – a Facebook Live. Fast forward – we’re at to a Derby party in my neighborhood – one of the men in our neighborhood comes up to me and he says, “Lady, you scare me.” [Laughs] I said, “What?”

He said, “Yeah, I saw your YouTube on Facebook.” And I said, “What YouTube?” And he said, “You know, the YouTube. You were talking to dead people or something.” And he said, “You scare me.” I’m like, “Really?” And he said, “Yeah.” And then I’m trying to convince him why I shouldn’t scare him. And I said, “Well, what are you frightened of? I’m not frightened to them. I’m more frightened of the two legged people walking around.” I tried to talk to him, and it really wasn’t me that scared him but the fact that dead people could be talking scared him.

I’ve steered away from using the word “psychic medium.” I did get certified last summer with Lisa Williams, who’s an English International Psychic Medium. She had her own TV show many years ago, which kind of propelled her. Merv Griffin took a liking to her when she first came to America. Anyway, I wanted to train with someone like Kim, who trained with Janet who’s very well respected. My title is “Certified Advanced Psychic Medium,” but I don’t use the word “psychic” because I still feel there’s a stigma with that. I feel like when people think of psychic, they think of card readers or the people that you go to in New York. You pay them $10, and they tell you you better watch out because this, this, and this is going to happen. I still don’t feel like the word “psychic” is accepted like it should be. All mediums are psychic, but not all psychics are mediums. You can be psychic and intuitive and read and tap into somebody’s aura and get information from them but not be a medium.

Having that spirit connection. I don’t know about Kim, but I was told in training that I received my psychic information through Spirit. I think we really very similar. I don’t give people advice either, but there are times where Spirit will come through. I might have somebody’s grandfather, father, and they’re saying, “I know you’re a little worried about money.” Sometimes I will get a psychic message at the end of a reading, but it’s not actually doing a psychic reading. I don’t really want to sit down with people that want me to tell them when they’re going to meet their next boyfriend.

Gina: Did you want to say anything about the shame?

Kim: I was in the closet for the longest time. When I lived in New Jersey, I would read my friends – this one, that one, whoever. I would tell people, “Don’t tell anybody, don’t tell anybody” because if somebody finds out they’re going to think I’m crazy. I still had that crazy stigma is attached to it. As time went on, it kind of just dissipated. My family didn’t know about it. My immediate family – my husband knew and my children – knew about it. My neighbors knew about it, but brother, sister, nieces, nephews had no idea whatsoever. To be honest with you, I’ve been doing this for awhile. My sister only found out about three years ago – and that was completely by accident. The rest of the family I think found out about a year ago. I haven’t really seen them since. What my sister tells me is nobody really cares.

We build it up like it’s going to be earth shattering, and they’re going to go, “Oh, gotta bring her to the loony bin and blah, blah blah.” All my brothers said was, “What the f?” He goes, “How come I was the last one to know about this?” That’s the only thing that he said. Now, will he say something to me when I go visit New Jersey? Probably. But, I think the thing that really has inspired me to get over it is the messages that I deliver to people. It really not about me. I am just a conduit. I’m just in the middle – the medium. I take this work very seriously and very, very sacred. It’s like touching the Hem of God, I believe. For example, if I have a mother that is across from me and lost her son to suicide or something, because not every spirit communicator is grandma with the apple pie. There is some real tragedy, and it’s very humbling when you’re in front of these people and go, “You know what? This is really not about me.” I came to a place now where, “How dare I hide it now?” I’m trying to be of service. People are not going to get over their grief from going to a medium, but it will help them or aid them in the bereavement. 

I wouldn’t say they’re ashamed, but I don’t just go up to people say, “Hey, guess what – I’m a medium!” Or, if you meet me for the first time, “Guess what I do?” If it comes up in conversation, it comes up.

Gina: On Saturday you’re doing what’s called Evidential Mediumship. What will that be like on Saturday?

Felicia: Not everybody’s guaranteed to reading. When people come to this type of event, they bring their spirit with them. Kim’s probably done a lot more of these than I have. When I walked in the room at Unity, it was like bees for stinging me life. We had 20 people, and the energy was just powerful. I could feel everybody’s spirit energy coming at me. Then, as a medium, what we do is we do Spirit-centered reading. I stood up. We opened ourselves up, and we talked to the people about what’s going to happen and how we work – that our heads don’t spin around to the back. [Laughs] No, crazy things don’t start happening.

I just opened myself up. It’s kinda like life. The pushy spirits get through first. Kim also brought up a really good point about signs and symbols. So, I get information, I get thoughts, I get feelings, things in my head that are not my own because my idea of opening up is to clear my head and receive this information. I attract a lot of people that are Marines because they use my spirit reference library. My father was a former Marine. They know she understands Marine combat. I’ll start receiving information. I’ll use an example. We did a Facebook Live online. I’ve got a very tall gentleman with a chiseled face. He’s showing me he was in the Marine Corps. He’s showing me a presentation of the flag. The flag was given to his mother at the funeral.

Then, we turn it over and we wait for somebody in the audience to say hopefully raise their hand and say, “Oh, that was my husband” or that was my uncle, or whatever. Once the person in the audience is identified as a match for that, then our link gets even stronger with the spirit because the spirit is going, “Okay, okay – that’s my person!” Sometimes even people get what they call “spiritual amnesia.” They think, “Well, I know they’re really not talking about me” or they’re afraid to raise their hand. Sometimes, as we were talking about the other day, you have to ask spirit sometimes to help you. If your person is here, then you’ve got to show me who that person is. They might say who in your head or your hearing or your drawn to a person.

I think each medium gets their person differently. I feel a pull towards people in my solar plexus area. I’ll feel a pull, or I’ll just have a knowing. Some people are actually lucky enough to see a spirit standing behind the person. They’ll say, “Oh, your father are standing behind you.” I don’t see spirit that way. I had a lot of fear growing up. I think with this I have very strong rules. I did not want to see dead people. So. So they don’t show him that don’t have any say.

Gina: What about you? What it will look like on Saturday, and what it will be like for you?

Kim: I think she set it up pretty well. Usually, we have a group of people. Felicia and I will go up there and explain how it works. I usually use  8 to 10 minutes to bring through the communicator. It’d be like, “Oh, I have a father here. It looks like this.” Hopefully, someone raises their hand and goes, “Oh, that’s for me!” Then, you just go on for a few more minutes – roughly about 8 to 10 minutes. After the one medium’s done, the next medium will go back up. I’d like to add though that, for me, it’s usually the need rather than the wants – meaning that people have their top five that they want to come through.

They have a “I want my father to come through,” “I want my mother to come through,” “These are the people that I want to come through,” or “I want mother to come through. I don’t want my father to come through” for whatever reason. But, there may be a need for father to come through. Maybe father was an alcoholic and abandoned the family. I’ve had situations where that has happened and the people are kind of like, “Well, I didn’t want him to come through. I had a great relationship with my mother. I wanted her to come through.” That’s exactly why father came through because there may need to be some kind of apology. Even though we are working for spirit – and we are here for the spirit communicator – we’re still here on the earth plane. We’re still, living amongst the living. We are of service to them as well so they can kind of go on with their life. Whether or not they take that away with them and seek more help to get over there – problems with father, whatever relationship is really up to them – it could start a healing process for them.

Gina: But you do see yourself like, your boss is the Spirit? Like you work for the Spirit World?

Kim: We work for the Spirit World.

Felicia: They’re are our client basically. Couple things. So, sometimes spirits will come through in groups. I was at a John Edward with 700, 800 people. Sometimes mediums will go right down the row because your father’s with his mother, with his sister, with his aunt. People have to be patient. We have no control over who comes through, and sometimes patience pays off. There’s the star attraction which might be Grandma, but Uncle Joe might come through. You didn’t even know Uncle Joe, but you remember Uncle Joe lived on a farm in Buffalo, New York.

Well, Uncle Joe is here to make the link to you, but then brings Grandma through. So, if people are patient with whoever is coming through, they may have someone else with them. People don’t really change their personality much in spirit. Some family members are more pushy. My husband’s Aunt Sadie always comes through to bring my husband’s father, her little brother, through who was very quiet. You just have to work through who’s here and who they have with them.

The other thing is sometimes, in the audience, it’s your spirit but the person in the row behind you is going, “Oh my god – I can relate to everything you’re saying.” But then there’s this one thing you say, “Oh well, you know, they were from Florida.” Then you go, “Oh, that wasn’t my person.” A lot of people say, “Well you’re getting the letter, but they’re getting a postcard” because those spirits might be together. I don’t know if you agree with that, but you see what I’m saying. Last night we were doing a spirit circle, and I believe I had Kim’s dad. But, we think we use with someone else’s dad too. They very similar things about each other.

Kim: It’s called piggy backing. It’s when two spirits can come in at the same time.

Kim: Piggybacking. Usually two people, maybe they didn’t know each other in life. She had brought my father through, and then she brought somebody else’s father through. Obviously, they did not know each other, but they had similar personalities.

Gina: In terms of the service that you’re providing, why is it, do you think, that you can have this perception? That you and others like you with this perception get to have that, and why did we -the rest of us – not have that? What do you think is the purpose of most people walking around blind?

Felicia: I believe that every one of us has this ability. For example, we can all sing, but we’re not all Andrea Bocelli. I believe that people can work to tap into their intuition and open up to these gifts. I just recently heard though that Mavis Pittilla 80 some years old believes that mediums have a certain DNA that allows us to hear higher notes. I believe that everybody has certain levels of ability. I don’t believe I have a gift or I’m gifted. I believe that I have an ability that allows me to share my gifts with other people by connecting to their loved ones.

Gina: Do you have anything to add to that?

Kim: I also want to add the fact that I don’t think that mediumship is above psychic work. I think there are some fantastic psychics out there, mediums that have a psychic ability can’t touch that psychic ability. I know this woman from New Jersey. I got a reading from her. She was 80 at the time – I mean the best psychic that I’ve ever been in front of, unbelievable – and I haven’t seen any medium that can touch that realm of psychic ability. So, I don’t want anybody to think that a medium is above psychic work. It’s just two different modalities is what I believe. Also, I believe that what Felicia was talking about was a different vibration.

Some people can just tap into a different vibration or a higher vibration than other people. But I also believe that, like she said, everybody has a certain ability. But, I do believe that our religious beliefs hold us back. The social aspects hold us back as well. When we’re young, you hear about a lot of young people – a lot of young children – that can see spirit. As soon as society tells them, “Oh, that doesn’t happen. That’s crazy.” All of a sudden, we shut it down. I’ve seen it a lot with different mediums that have been through hell and back. People that have been through so much for what ever reason. People that have lost children, and all of a sudden they can tap into their medium mystic abilities. People that are drug addicts or alcoholics can just, because they’ve gotten their life back in order or whatever the case is, can just tap into that. They kind of welcome that too.

Felicia: It’s also near death experiences too. John Holland’s story, I think, is he had a horrific car accident and walked away from it completely unscratched. But, all of a sudden, he was hearing from the other side. I had a bit of a tumultuous childhood. I feel like I was very, sensitive and receptive to my surroundings. I think a lot of mediums would say that too – and psychics. We’re more sensitive, and the price of sensitivity is horrible. I’m an extremely sensitive person. I’m in tune with everything that’s going on in a room that I walk into.

I want to agree with Kim too. I am not a great psychic at all, and I don’t pretend to be. That’s why I said I don’t really know. I don’t really like to do psychic readings because there are a lot better psychics and me. I feel like my gift is to be able to tap into the other side and get validation information from them.

Gina: What’s going on over there on the other side? Do you know?

Kim: No, I don’t know. Do you know?

Felicia: Have you seen “What Dreams May Come”? It’s a great movie. You should – you would love that movie. It reminds me of when you brought up heaven. My belief is that we create our own heaven. I don’t believe there’s a heaven, and I don’t believe there’s a hell. I believe that when we leave this physical body, we go into a different vibration. It’s almost like a different radio station. As I had James Van Praagh, a medium, tell me one time, I’m at 106.5. Kim has probably at 106.5. Our loved ones are probably even greater than that.

They have to lower their vibration, we have to raise ours to communicate with them being the medium. They’re back to that divine source where they came from. I do believe when they communicate with us they talk to us about where they are now, what their heaven looks like. If you ask them, they’ll tell you. A lot of times, it has to do with what Kim was saying. I’ll ask people, “Where are you now?” And they’ll say, “Well, I’m in a garden. I’m gardening,” or “I’m in the library. I’m reading” I think that they create their own heaven.

Kim: They’re having a big party. I would like to think the family’s back together. I don’t know what they’re doing on the other side to be honest with you. It’s just a very thin veil between the earth plane in the spirit world. I believe when they do come through, they’re penetrating that veil with their love and their anticipation to connect to their loved ones here on the earth plane. The one thing I will tell you is, because I never really questioned it or asked them like, “Hey, so what’s your heaven like over there?” [laughs] But, that’s because I don’t have like a personal interaction with them. When I’m in front of somebody that wants to reading, my job is to work for the spirit world, give out the information of who they are.

There was this one time when the spirit was actually talking to me in my head – and I think it only happened once. I don’t believe in stuck spirits. I don’t believe that spirits are stuck in limbo. I don’t believe in spirit attachments. That’s my personal belief. Everybody has their own belief. We don’t really know until we get onto the other side. I was just talking to somebody about it very passionately and the spirit came through. He said to me, “Kim, you’re right, it’s like a snap.” I went, “Oh my god.” The recipient was like, “Are you okay?” But, that’s what I got from him. It’s a snap. I thought that was so interesting. It’s like we’re here, and then we’re there.

Felicia: There’s no time on the other side. They have no concept of time for us. Sometimes, people will say, “Oh, well it was three years ago or five years ago.” There’s no time on that side. They don’t really know. They know what’s going on in our life. I’m training with another English medium right now mentoring, and he’s wanting us to be more heart centered in our readings. English are all about evidence. They want you to have 15 pieces of evidence until it’s just an ad nauseum. It’s just evidence after evidence after evidence. He wants mediums to become more heart centered in their message, and I read that way.

I get more situational stuff because I am more of a touchy feely kind of person. Your mom’s talking about when you were in the kitchen and her memory of making apple pies. While that’s evidence, it’s touchy feely kind of stuff. Being heart more heart centered and asking them, “Where are you now? Who are you with? What do you see now?” Those are three things that he hones in on a part of our training. That’s still validation. They do like to let you know that they were there when you’re running around the house and you couldn’t find your car keys. They are there when those kinds of things happen and they like to bring it up sometimes. 

Gina: Do you think that they are more concerned with our world than their world?

Kim: I do – not our world per se, but us. I believe that they’re still concerned for their family. I don’t think that ever goes away. I could tell you my personal experiences with my own family members that have passed and certain signs that I’ve gotten. I know that they are around watching and concerned and using serendipitous moments. They can’t direct certain things, but I believe they can guide us in a sense. So, if your parents are gone, I still think that they are around and still kind of a guiding us and protecting us. Giving us signs, maybe music or a certain books or things that we run into and go, “Oh, mom used to read that all the time.” I think it’s their way of saying we’re still around, we still love you. My sister had just gone through a very, very rough time when my brother in law had just passed away this past October. I do believe certain things are happening in her life that maybe my parents constructed.

Gina: Let me ask you this: What are some of the most striking things that you’ve seen evidence-wise from a spirit that you then communicated to the living person?  

Linda: I’m going to give an example of my mother’s death. She died in 1991. I was working in Washington, D.C., and I flew to Austin, Texas. Unfortunately, she died while I was on the way. We went from the hospital to my sister’s house. A medium who was a friend of mine in Washington, D.C. called me and said, “Are you there? I have some great news for you. Your mother’s fine. She’s enjoying herself in a hot tub.” So, I’m thinking, “Okay, good to know.” Then, we immediately got a call from my mother’s best friend, Lorena, who was at the house, and it was somebody from her house who said, “You’ve got to come home immediately because the hot tub has turned itself on, and we can’t get it turned off.” And Lorena said, “Well, that would be your mother because she always wanted to join us in the hot tub. But she couldn’t because of her knees. She couldn’t get in.” I don’t know if that counts as scientific evidence, but it was enough for all of us.

Felicia: As a developing medium, I’m still still learning. I think we all learn actually. Tony says we hit our stride when we’re 80. [Laughs] I had a crazy experience in the very beginning of my training. I was leading a Women’s Retreat, and this woman had not asked me for a reading. I normally don’t give people readings unless they ask for it. This man was trying to get my attention, and every time I would get around her I couldn’t breathe. I felt like I was having a heart attack. That night, we were all having dinner and she said, “Yeah, my husband died unexpectedly of a heart attack.”

And I thought, “Oh, this is really interesting.” That’s not the evidence. The next morning, I’m walking up to breakfast. I can tell that this man is around me, and he wants to talk to me. So, I go out into the woods of Dahlonega, and I’m like, “Okay, I’m here. You need to tell me what you need to say.” He starts talking about in the kitchen and sunny side eggs up. But the most poignant thing he was telling me, he kept showing me red lips, like red lipstick. It was almost like he was like kissing an envelope – is what I was seeing him do. Later on that afternoon, she comes in from shopping. I followed her in and I said, “I don’t know if you’re open to this, but I really need to give you a message.”

I said, “I feel like your husband is trying to communicate with me because every time I’m around you, I feel like I’m having a heart attack.” And she’s like, “Oh, I’m so sorry.” But anyway, as I’m talking to her, I’m holding the piece of paper where I had written all the notes down from him. The most interesting thing was he was showing me red lipstick. Now, if you saw this woman, you would never ever in your entire life think that this woman had worn red lipstick. It didn’t fit her. I said, “But he’s showing the red lipstick.” I’m sitting here and he’s going like this [kissing sounds] on a card. She looks at me – here’s this little tiny Jewish woman – she says, “Oh my god, when he used to travel for business – because he traveled all the time for business – I would put on red lipstick, and I would kiss the front of his underwear where his [laughs]. She would put it in a suitcase. Unbelievable. True story. Pretty cool. Huh?

Felicia: You can’t make this stuff up. Not in your wildest dreams. Anyway, that was my best pIece of evidence ever. She even said to me, “Don’t ever be afraid to give somebody a message. That was the most beautiful thing you could have ever told me.”

Gina: That’s a cool idea, too. [All laugh] Do you have one of your more interesting evidence pieces?

Kim: I do. I was trying to go through the history. This one always comes up because it’s a lesson with references. I was doing a public demo in New Jersey. I was with two or three other mediums, and there were about 30 people in the audience. I’m connecting, and then I connect with this one gentleman from California. He’s given me all this information, and the woman could take this information – it was a friend of hers – and then he started to talk about her love life. Now, you have to be a Yankees fan to really, really appreciate this. I grew up in New Jersey, right next to New York City. My household is all Yankee fans.

That particular summer, Mariano Rivera, who is the relief pitcher of the New York Yankees, was retiring. When Mariano Rivera would be on the pitcher’s mound, Metallica used to play “Enter Sandman” at their home games. So anyhow, the communicator is giving me Mariano Rivera on the pitcher’s mound, and I can hear Metallica singing “Enter Sandman.” And I’m like, “What the hell’s going on here?” I realized, “Okay, tell me what’s going on here. Why am I seeing Mariano Rivera?” I’m saying this to the spirit communicator and he said, “Just mention the New York Yankees.” So I said to the girl, “I understand that you have a relationship or something with the New York Yankees or somebody in the New York Yankees?”

I got what they call a mind map. I went, “Where’s the energy going here? And I also understand that there is also relationship with Lars. The communicators talking about Lars because I’m seeing the drummer from Metallica.” She went, “Yes, that would be true.” I said, “Could you validate that information please? Could you tell me why am I seeing Lars from Metallica?” She said, “Because I went out with Lars from Metallica, and I also went out with Michael Kay who is the New York Yankees announcer.” So, I said to her, “I don’t know what I’m more impressed with – the fact that you went out with two famous guys or the fact that a spirit gave me this information the way they gave it to me.” It was like a twofer. It was crazy. I’m like, “I can’t believe you went out with Michael K. Are you guys into the yankees?

He’s like a big name with the New York Yankees as far as being an announcer. Then you’ve got Lars from Metallica who’s the drummer. I was floored.

Gina: Yeah, that was crazy.

Kim: Turns out, she worked at ESPN in California. That’s where the whole California lnk came in. That was pretty wild. But that was an example of how spirit will use your references of what you know. I didn’t even want to know anything about the New York Yankees. It’s just my whole family are New York Yankee fans. I knew it through the connection.

You wouldn’t have been able to interpret that?

Felicia: I wouldn’t have at all.

Gina: Do you think that that spirit would have given you a different message, knowing what you could exactly process?

Felicia: Yes. I want to give you a quick example. We had this reading that evening at Unity in April, and the other medium I was working with – I like to work with really seasoned mediums – she had brought through a gentleman that was killed in a car crash. She went through the whole thing, and it was a woman in the front row. It was her husband. My last reading of the night was a Marine.

He showed me the Marine Corps. He showed me helicopters. He showed me that he didn’t want to go – talking about his last tour of duty. It was the same woman, and it was the same man – her husband. He came through with a head trauma in a car crash for that medium, but he knew he was stealing the show that night because he’d come through twice or three times. He had come through for me showing himself a Marine Corps. He wanted to fly helicopters, and he was giving me all this military reference that he knew I would know.

Kim: There was this one time I was reading for somebody from New Jersey – I was in North Carolina – it was a phone reading. I’m reading her. I have no idea who this woman is. I have no idea. So, I’m connecting to her and her ex husband that had passed away. What he passed of, and I’m getting the name Joseph. The area, which was near where I lived at that particular time, and I start writing down somebody’s name that I knew from New Jersey. I’m writing down Donny Mac, Donny Mac, Donny Mac. So, I’m like, “Well, maybe spirits just giving me information connected to him. It’s a reference that I would know. Oh, I understand AA, and I understand Bradley Gardens.

I kept on writing his name down. I said, “Why am I getting Donny Mac?” And she goes, “Because that’s my ex husband.” And I said, “Oh. Well, you told me Joseph?” She said, “That’s his birth name, but nobody called him Joseph.” And I went, “Okay.” I knew him. Because I knew him, I couldn’t be objective. Then my mind will start to come into play and start analyzing the information. Well, I knew that. Sometimes they’ll come in with somebody that I think I don’t know, so that way the information or the evidence can be a little bit more pure. It happened to me another time too.

Again, a woman I did not know and her husband came through. I said, “Why is it showing me an apple? He keeps on showing me an apple.” And she said, “Because that’s what they used to call him, Apple.” Then it dawned on me. I went, “Oh my god. I knew him. I knew him, and I used to wait on him.” And she goes, “You worked at the Westboro. You were a bartender.”

And I said yes. He used to go into the Westboro all the time, but he didn’t give me the beginning information about the fact that I would know him so I could be objective.

Gina: Do you believe in reincarnation?

Kim: I don’t know. I’m not opposed to the belief of it. I just don’t know. I used to believe in reincarnation. Then I went back with it. Now I just don’t know. I keep my mind open to it. It’d be nice, but it might be fun over there in the carnival. Or on the vacation that Uncle Hank is on.

Gina: Do you believe in reincarnation?

Felicia: I think I do. I think that we come back to Earth School to learn lessons over and over again that we don’t get right the first time. But, I do believe that you get to a point. I believe my grandmother is that point where she won’t come back anymore. I think she’s evolved enough. That’s just my thought, but I don’t know. It’s hard for me to think about how do you communicate with the spirit if they’ve come back? But if we’re all just energy, I guess it doesn’t really matter. So, that’s kind of a deep question. I think I do.

Gina: Is there anything else that you’d like to tell me? 

Kim: The spirit world is nothing to be scared of. It’s nothing to fear. Again, my personal belief is they’re no in limbo. They’re not in purgatory. They’re not running around in somebody’s yard. Stuck. A lot of people have a perception that maybe suicides or very traumatic passing such as a murder or something that they’re angry, and they’re staying here. Or, they’re lost or confused.

What I will say is what my teacher, Janet who’s the former Catholic nun, said to me, if we think that a spirit is stuck what we were saying God is out of control and doesn’t know what He’s doing. We’re giving more power to the negativity, than we should be the positivity. We are all Children of God and saying that we had a child that was lost or confused, or maybe it wasn’t acting the way that we think they should be, would we disown them? No, we would not disown them. We would not let them wander around. Same thing with whatever you want to call God, the Divine Spirit, the Source. Spirits are not stuck. People will disagree with me, and that’s their opinion and more power to them.

Felicia: I would like to say also, there’s nothing to be afraid of. There is no fear. There are no dark spirits. There are no evil spirits. I believe that evil spirits were made up by religion to control people. I don’t have any problem with religion. I feel that the church has used evil spirits and things like that. There are no evil spirits. There’s absolutely nothing to be afraid of. As a matter of fact, even if you come to this and you don’t get a message, you will experience so much healing that people receive by receiving these messages. I’ve seen mothers that have lost children and to know that their child is okay – that’s what people want to know. Are my relatives okay? Did they feel any pain when the car crashed? When their life was taken from them, did they feel any pain? I have never had a spirit come through or heard the spirit say that they felt any pain. That’s not the way it works. We’re just taken from our body very quickly. There’s just a lot of healing that comes through in these types of events. I would encourage people to come and even if you’re a virgin, do it. It’s great.

Gina: What about a skeptic?

Felicia: Yes. We love skeptics.

Gina: Do you love skeptics? Love is a strong word …

Kim: Well, they’re going to believe what they’re going to believe, and there’s nothing we can do about that. The reason for mediumship and the reason for a demonstration like we’re going to be doing Saturday is to prove the continuity of life. Life is continuous. But even in saying that, there may be some people that will walk out going, “I still don’t know if I believe.” But, it is to give an experience that communication is achievable and that life is continuous.

Healthy skepticism, I believe, is a good thing. I’m a skeptic, I truly am a skeptic, and I was when I started this. That’s why evidence is so important for me as a medium. If somebody is a nonbeliever and “I don’t believe in this crap” – that’s one thing. They’re taking inventory of everything that you’re saying., “Well, they could have said that. Well, they would have known it. Well, every father wore black rimmed glasses in a crew cut and carry debrief baseball.” No they didn’t. But, okay.

But healthy skepticism is good. It’s good because there are some readings that can be very wishy washy and very general. So, you do want to have that evidence.

Felicia: I would say I’m a skeptic too. Sometimes I even can’t believe that I’m getting this information. I can tell somebody something that I don’t know, and they validate it. It almost, at times, doesn’t even seem real to me. I’m open to skeptics. I’ve been approached with some people that have religious beliefs against what we do, and I approach everybody with love. So, I would expect the same from those people as well. We welcome skeptics if people have never experienced this before, and they want to see what it’s all about.

Psychic Mediums: 7 Interesting Things To Understand About Mediumship

by Conscious Reminder

Psychic mediums are people that God gifted with the ability to realize that we, people, are primarily spirits in  physical bodies.

They are our space suits that wear out with time, and eventually, when our bodies’ systems start giving in, the spirit leaves the body and goes to a different dimension, called the spiritual world. Over the last several years, mediumship changed a lot, so we have a guide in order to help people discover all the mystery standing behind their work.

Diving Deep

Somewhere in the 1800s, there were illegal séances which were usually held in the private homes of people in the whole country. So, the medium tended to go into a deep trance, in that way permitting the spirit to move in their aura, as well as take full control of the speech and mind. In fact, this is also called deep trance.


Often, deep trance becomes accomplished in darkness with only a red colored light that shines on the medium, and that gives the ability to other sitters to actually see overshadowing of that medium, if there is any, by the communicator, in that way creating the transfiguration phenomena.

The Direct Voices

At the time of those demonstrations, people will often hear and recognize the voices of their loved ones which are called direct voice. Oftentimes, the medium is going to find it hard when it comes to stopping them as they speak, and a lot of people believed that this practice is actually the work of a fraudster, but detailed information was proved entirely accurate, particularly at war time when soldiers gave information about disasters which occurred, but were never published by any media or press.

Modern Mediumship 

Communicators are still stepping into the aura of the medium, and they don’t take full control, and that is considered to be more like a mental process. The three primary ways of how the media works today are:


This means that when a medium feels some spirit around him or her, he or she has the sense to understand what actually the communicator wants to convey and express.


This is also called ‘clear hearing,’ and it is where the mediums hear some spirit that speaks to them, and enables them to send their message to the world word by word.


This means ‘clear seeing’ and it is a medium which is shown some pictures in its minds which are going to convey certain situations around that person that seeks for guidance and help, or also where that spirit individual is going to show himself or herself to the medium and a correct description may be given.

In fact, there are different ways in which you can establish a communication with spirits, and each medium has its individual and specific ways of working with that world of spirits. Some of them use only one method, while others utilize all those which we mentioned above.

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Mediumship – Séance or Science? – The Aetherius Society

Mediumship – Séance or Science?Most mediums are pretty vague about what exactly they do. They use a type of psychic condition, be it light or deep, and receive through some method, a message. This comes from an intelligence who is not physically incarnate and who might be good, bad or, very often, indifferent.

Sometimes the communication will be delivered through the voice of the medium which requires them to enter trance. In nearly all cases, this will be what Dr George King describes as a negative trance. In this state, the channel negates their consciousness and allows themselves to be taken over by the communicating entity. Dr King stated that such a trance condition is extremely dangerous because the medium has little or no control over the state they are entering, and therefore could at some stage be easily possessed by a malevolent force. I strongly recommend Dr King’s brilliant lecture, “Trance – Its Various Types“.

I have to confess that when I first started to channel over 30 years ago in a very basic way, I allowed certain guides to speak through me. I discovered for myself that, although I was in a relatively light trance condition which I could stop at any time, it lessened my degree of control and led to mistakes being made. Fortunately, I was a student of Dr King, who was I believe, the greatest exponent of mediumship ever. He corrected me while at the same time encouraging me not to give up.

I have never practiced trance mediumship again and I would not advise most people to do so unless they are at the adept stage. Dr King taught that it requires at least ten years of yoga practice every day, by which he meant advanced techniques of mental and psychic development, before practicing trance mediumship. I would think that rules out almost every medium in the public domain, but I stand to be corrected. As is well known, he practiced such yoga disciplines for ten years for an average of eight hours a day.

There are other forms of channeling though, which are completely safe to practice. I am not suggesting – and certainly not recommending – that this is something that everyone should do. There is also the danger of mental delusion, and sometimes mental health issues, when people think they are “hearing voices” which are actually their own thoughts. Much more important to the world for most people would be to pray, heal and give other forms of effective spiritual service to humanity. It is something that I have been called to do, in addition to these other practices, and through it, I have gained a very small appreciation of just how extraordinary and exceptional is the mediumship of Dr King.

A few years ago I used to co-host a popular talk show on the well-known British radio station, LBC, with the late Mike Allen. It was called “The Phenomena Files” and took place every Saturday evening. We hosted dozens of mediums and psychics, some of whom demonstrated effectively, if at a rather basic level, their abilities. It was clear to me that they did not understand the exact mechanics of what they were doing. This does not matter providing it is safe and the results are positive, but it does illustrate again, the unique caliber of Dr King who understood it completely.

Channelling has been with us through the ages. Socrates, Saint Joan, and Sir Winston Churchill all claimed to receive guidance or messages from various sources. The German composer, Robert Schumann, claimed to have been visited from the afterlife by Franz Schubert, who gave him a wonderful melody. The 18th-century British artist and poet, William Blake, stated:

13 years ago I lost a brother and with his spirit I converse daily and hourly in the Spirit and See him in my remembrance in the regions of my Imagination. I hear his advice and even now write from his Dictate.

More recently the leading Theosophists, Madame Blavatsky and Alice Bailey, who were key to the hierarchical plan at that time, received teachings from certain Masters using various methods. Alice Bailey, in particular, frowned upon psychic and mediumistic practices which were prevalent in her day, describing her rapport with the Tibetan instead as a telepathic collaboration. Despite her reservations about psychic techniques though, she must have used them to some extent to achieve this. In fact, from my experience, clairaudience is extremely valuable because if you can psychically hear the voice of the intelligence who is communicating with you, it is much easier to discriminate between your own thoughts and those coming from outside of yourself.

The most scientific explanation I have come across from earlier centuries was given by the Swedish inventor, philosopher and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). He claimed contacts with extraterrestrial beings from this solar system who, he said, visited him. In his words:

Spirits from thence came to me, and applied themselves to my left temple, where they breathed their speech upon me, but I did not understand it …  It breathed first upon the left Temple and upon the upper part of the left ear; the breathing proceeded thence to the left eye, and by degrees to the right, and flowed down afterward, especially from the left eye, to the lips; and when at the lips it entered through the mouth, and through a way within the mouth, and, indeed, through the Eustachian tube, into the brain. When the breathing arrived there, I understood their speech, and was able to speak with them. When they spoke with me, I observed that my lips were moved, and my tongue also slightly, which was owing to the correspondence of interior with exterior speech.

Although I do not consider his channeling to be completely accurate, nevertheless this is quite a precise description of the methodology he used, which bears a stamp of authenticity about it. He would not have had access to knowledge of the Kundalini, psychic centers and nadis found in eastern writings, and yet he seems to be describing the psychic nervous system which they allude to. It appears that some kind of energy was impressed upon him, which traveled through various channels within him and was then translated into intelligible thought and language by his brain.

However, even he does not come close to the scientific exactitude of Dr King’s description of the completely unique method he used to receive the Cosmic Transmissions. These are some of his words from an article “Why Trance?” published in Cosmic Voice Issue No. 7 of Cosmic Voice Volume No. 2:

The Interplanetary Communicators are able to transmit their thoughts upon a magnetic beam which acts as a carrier wave. This beam, or carrier wave, can be directed by their applied mental pressures with almost uncanny accuracy towards any human being, whether capable of conscious reception or not.

This very precise description would probably rule out most, if not all, of the guides on other realms below the very highest, who would wish to communicate through an earthly medium. They simply would not be able to direct a magnetic beam as a carrier wave with such accuracy towards their receiver. He continued:

The radiation is not limited to distance between transmitter and receiver, neither is it limited by differing vibratory octaves of existence. In other words, The Master Aetherius is capable of transmitting His thought waves in a predetermined pattern over great physical distances and from different planes of existence.

Un-ascended guides from the other realms, unless they are of the highest caliber, generally overshadow a trance medium by impressing upon them certain thoughts and feelings with varying degrees of control. If there is full control by the guide it could be fairly accurate, but also extremely dangerous for the medium as mentioned before. Less control will tend to bring a greater discoloration of the message by the thoughts and emotions of the channel. Either way though, it will not be the precise relay of an exact thought-form perfectly received and translated into sound, as demonstrated by Dr King through the samadhic condition he entered. As he put it:

The Yogic trance condition is employed by me in order to tune into, and receive, the mental stimuli directed by the Interplanetary Communicators. I have learned how to raise the psychic current (Kundalini) from the lower centers and lodge it in a certain higher chakra in order to activate that center to such a degree that prolonged concentration upon the actual carrier beam which conveys the thought transmission is possible. At the same time, I completely detach myself from the results of the sound translation to such an extent that my own pet likes, dislikes, and opinions of the conscious mind cannot discolor the actual message itself.

Have you ever heard a description as technical as that? Do you know of anyone capable of controlling Kundalini to that extent and then using it for mediumship? I doubt that any other medium could even identify exactly which psychic center or centers are being activated, or where the Kundalini is precisely lodged, while they are in the process of receiving a communication. If mediumship were a profession Dr King would be so much at the top of it, that he would have to be given a whole new job description.

In addition to the Cosmic Transmissions he received as a trance medium, he took hundreds of mental transmissions in which he still received with unerring accuracy the telepathic beam of consciousness transmitted to him. He explained:

It is, of course, possible to receive a series of telepathic impressions while still being fully conscious of one’s immediate surroundings. But to share an experience with others – at the same time – by translating the whole series into sound or speech, needs a positive type of Yogic trance condition. Perhaps the greatest lecture I have ever heard was given to me by The Master Aetherius while I was traveling on top of a bus! And this stream of illumination lasted for two whole hours. During the time I was detached from, yet dimly aware of, my immediate environment.

When taking a mental transmission – and some of us have been privileged to be with him as he did so – he would be totally focused on receiving it, but not in a yogic trance condition. He would either write the message down or dictate it in his own voice into a tape recorder.

According to Mars Sector 6 on July 21st, 1964:

Search as you will throughout the world we refer to as Terra, you will never find greater Teachings, more simply given, a greater Truth with less distortion than you find in and through Mental Channel Number One.

Here Mars Sector 6 makes the highest possible judgment of Dr King as Mental Channel Number One or Primary Terrestrial Mental Channel. Firstly, we will never find greater Teachings – a fact which, as far as I am concerned, becomes increasingly clear as the years go by. For me, even great spiritual works from the past pale next to “The Nine Freedoms“, “The Twelve Blessings” and certain of our other Teachings. Secondly, there is less distortion in our Teachings because of the brilliantly elevated exactitude of Dr King’s ability to receive them.

“The greatest medium on Earth in history” doesn’t even do him justice because he was really in a category of his own. More than a medium, he was virtually a receiver and transmitter of light without diffraction, diffusion or distortion. He was the master who demonstrated that the unstable and possibly dangerous terrain of the séance could become the firm, glorious cosmic landscape of science.

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Richard Lawrence is the Executive Secretary of The Aetherius Society for Europe and a Bishop in The Aetherius Churches. He has devoted his life to the work of his Master and personal friend, Dr. George King (1919-1997), who founded the Society. He is also an international bestselling author of more than 10 books.

All the blogposts written for are written by experienced Aetherius Society personnel and approach themes relating to the teachings, practices and ideals of the Society. However, they also contain personal opinions, insights and interpretations that are not necessarily representative of the Society as a whole, or all of its Members as individuals.

Mediumship Is Not A Psychic Sideshow – Anthon St Maarten Psychic Medium

The modern psychic medium faces the challenge of remaining true to a spiritual calling, despite the sometimes unrealistic client expectations engendered by popular culture. Mediumship is in truth not a dog and pony show aimed at applause or viewer ratings. It is a spiritual endeavor that seeks to validate, console, heal and uplift. It’s a blessing from beyond… like a phone call from God.
Mediumship presented as entertainment is a double-edged sword. The media hype generated by psychic television shows, and live stage performances featuring celebrity mediums, has no doubt contributed much to an increased public awareness of mediumship. It has liberated spiritualism from the stereotype of the 19th century séance by bringing the work of the psychic medium into the public domain and mainstream culture.

But does mediumship as an entertainment genre do spiritualism and the daily work of psychics any real justice? I am certainly not a purist. Neither am I a traditionalist when it comes to spiritual matters. I tend to shy away from any form of fundamentalism or fanaticism. But having the work of talented mediums dished up as trivial amusement has certainly proven to be a mixed blessing in my own practice as psychic medium.

The modern psychic medium faces the challenge of remaining true to a spiritual calling, despite the sometimes unrealistic client expectations engendered by popular culture and the mass media. Mediumship is after all not a psychic sideshow, but a spiritual blessing. It is a gift to humanity. There is a reason why the outdoor services at the Lily Dale Assembly, for example, are traditionally described as “religious services”. 
Mediumship is not aimed at applause or viewer ratings – it seeks to validate, console, heal and uplift. Mediumship is a phone call from God. “Ghost whispering”, as it is portrayed on your television screen, is therefore not an accurate reflection of what you should expect from a proper mediumship reading. If you are planning to consult with a psychic medium or spiritualist, you may find it useful to adjust your expectations and cultivate a flexible attitude, to ensure you get the most from your session.

So many people in this world seem to think being a medium is glamorous and something with an almost ‘celebrity’ status. That’s probably because we see it portrayed on our television screens in that way ~  Lorraine Holloway-White

Remember that mediumship is always an experiment, and never an exact science. Booking a  session with a medium does not guarantee you will receive any messages from spirit. Mediumship is not a dial-up service, nor is it a fast food order. Spirit does not communicate on-demand and the psychic medium is not an automated teller machine (ATM).

​The true spiritualist medium is never in control of who comes through from the other side, or in which order loved ones present themselves, or what they will choose to say. Neither can the medium guarantee that loved ones will show up for your reading. Sometimes they just don’t.

Remember that mediumship is always an experiment, and never an exact science. Booking a  session with a medium does not guarantee you will receive any messages from spirit. Mediumship is not a dial-up service, nor is it a fast food order. Spirit does not communicate on-demand and the psychic medium is not an automated teller machine (ATM).

​The true spiritualist medium is never in control of who comes through from the other side, or in which order loved ones present themselves, or what they will choose to say. Neither can the medium guarantee that loved ones will show up for your reading. Sometimes they just don’t.

In my practice it seldom happens that nothing comes through during a session, but from time to time I do experience a complete, resounding silence… like a ‘dead phone line’ from the other side. In these rare cases I simply refund the client. Nothing more to be done. Like some experiments, mediumship sessions sometimes fail, and it is usually not the fault of the client, nor the medium for that matter.

I have, however, noticed that connection is sometimes blocked by spirit when a client expects the session to be entertaining, or dished up like the frivolous ‘comediumship‘ they have seen on television. Humor can indeed be very healing during a mediumship reading, and some fun and laughter is often welcome when the mood becomes too solemn. But, when humor and entertainment happen to be the main aim of a session, it is unlikely that the reading will be much of a success.

​Beware also those “mediums” who claim they can call on specific spirits to come forth on your behalf. True Lightworkers will never command the dead. That is not spiritualism or mediumship, it is necromancy. And necromancy is a dark magical art using spirit invocation as a form of divination. Summoning spirits is treacherous territory and certainly not something to be trifled with for entertainment purposes.

Do mediums who go into a trance make moaning sounds and gyrate their bodies in circles, before speaking in loud exaggerated voices? Yes, they do – when they’re hamming it up! ~ Gordon Smith

It is impossible to control or predict who will come through during a mediumship reading. You may expect your deceased grandmother, but instead you might receive messages from a former colleague, or a distant cousin. Spirit shall communicate as it pleases. Patience in this regard sometimes does pay off, because once the initial communicators have been acknowledged and dealt with, the loved ones who you were hoping to hear from might speak up next. Different spiritual energies or personalities will also communicate in different ways, utilizing the medium’s different pathways of psychic ability in their own, unique way.
It is impossible to control or predict who will come through during a mediumship reading. You may expect your deceased grandmother, but instead you might receive messages from a former colleague, or a distant cousin. Spirit shall communicate as it pleases. Patience in this regard sometimes does pay off, because once the initial communicators have been acknowledged and dealt with, the loved ones who you were hoping to hear from might speak up next. Different spiritual energies or personalities will also communicate in different ways, utilizing the medium’s different pathways of psychic ability in their own, unique way.
For example, in some sessions I often rely more on clairyoyance and clairaudience, while in others I will receive more information through clairsentient and claircognisant channels. How the information presents itself is beyond my control, and sometimes also subject to my flawed, human interpretation.

In my experience spirit often comes through only once to validate that there is life after death, and to bring messages of hope, consolation and forgiveness. I have had many cases where clients failed in their attempts to get additional messages from the same loved one, by scheduling unnecessary follow-up sessions. If you have had a successful, satisfying mediumship session concerning a specific loved one, I recommend you be content and grateful, and let your loved one rest in peace.

​Clients who pursue what I call “psychic binge sessions” are either struggling to accept their bereavement, or they are using repeated readings to postpone the necessary process of grief. Much worse, for some individuals it is a hobby or mere entertainment. Mediums who encourage people to get repetitive follow-up readings about the same family member are simply not being ethical. Mediumship is not meant to be a weekly tea party.

​​I have, however, experienced some interesting cases where spirit came through repeatedly, sometimes in very remarkable ways. My most memorable experience was with a deceased airline pilot who came through on three occasions over a period of about two months. On each occasion the session was with a different family member: first his mother, then his wife, and finally his daughter. This in itself was unusual, but what made it even more extraordinary was that none of the three women knew that the other would be consulting with me. Each of them booked their own session without knowing that the other had done the same.

Part of the reason that the prominent Spiritualist leader Emma Hardinge Britten left her work as a public ‘test medium’ for a career in lecturing for the cause, seems to be that her ’spirit friends’ told her not to turn mediumship into a show from the platform ~ Charles & Penelope Emmons

They all found me of their own accord, a few weeks apart, without ever discussing it with each other. In fact, two of them had not spoken a single word to each other in the five years since this man’s passing! In time it became clear why the former pilot was so determined to guide his relatives to me for mediumship consultations. ​​His family had become torn apart after his passing. He was the key person who always kept his large family together and his passing left a considerable void. He was no longer around to guide and lead his family, who was now falling to pieces due to strife and petty feuds. The separate consultations I had with his three relatives ultimately served to heal many wounds and to reunite the family.

I have also found over the years that some clients are so determined to connect with a specific person that they experience what is known as ‘psychic amnesia.’ In these cases the sitter does not recognize or understand any of the information I relay to them, because it is not coming from the person they are hoping to hear from, or in the form they expected. 

They all found me of their own accord, a few weeks apart, without ever discussing it with each other. In fact, two of them had not spoken a single word to each other in the five years since this man’s passing! In time it became clear why the former pilot was so determined to guide his relatives to me for mediumship consultations. ​​His family had become torn apart after his passing. He was the key person who always kept his large family together and his passing left a considerable void. He was no longer around to guide and lead his family, who was now falling to pieces due to strife and petty feuds. The separate consultations I had with his three relatives ultimately served to heal many wounds and to reunite the family.

I have also found over the years that some clients are so determined to connect with a specific person that they experience what is known as ‘psychic amnesia.’ In these cases the sitter does not recognize or understand any of the information I relay to them, because it is not coming from the person they are hoping to hear from, or in the form they expected. 

Only much later in the session, or sometimes days, weeks or months later, do they suddenly connect the dots and comprehend what the message was all about. One client contacted me two years after a reading to let me know she finally figured out who I was talking about!

It is also not wise to strike some sort of ‘bargain’ with spirit before your reading. Don’t make deals about what you expect the message to be. Some people try to make a mental agreement with their loved one to present specific information, or relay certain facts as proof of the authenticity of the reading. This strategy is seldom effective, and often the client misses out on valuable messages, because they were holding out to hear about that golden pendant, or the funny bumper sticker, or that photo on the dresser. Spirit communication does not always convey what we demand to hear. It is best to keep an open mind and not have rigid expectations, because it simply sets you up for disappointment.

It is best to keep an open mind and have no set expectations, but never attempt to force any of the information to ‘fit.’ A successful mediumship reading does not always run as smoothly as depicted on television. Anyone who has been to a recording of a psychic show will tell you that the show they later saw on television did not accurately reflect the actual chronological events of the original live performance. 

Nineteenth-century British medium Bessie Williams said, ‘When these mediumistic gifts are used, it should be for some higher purpose than an hour’s entertainment ~ Charles & Penelope Emmons

Broadcasts featuring celebrity mediums are usually edited to create drama and add entertainment value. Do not expect your reading with a psychic medium to necessarily offer a similar series of quick-fire and awe-inspiring ‘hits,’ or amazing ‘aha moments.’ If psychic parlor tricks are what you’re after, you might find the typical, garden-variety medium rather dull and unimaginative.

Other precautions you can take when consulting with a psychic medium is to ensure that you are relaxed, well-rested and sober. Participating in a mediumship session when you are stressed, sleep deprived, intoxicated, or stoned, is never a good idea. It will affect the clarity of the reading and will most likely restrict the quality of the psychic connection.

Broadcasts featuring celebrity mediums are usually edited to create drama and add entertainment value. Do not expect your reading with a psychic medium to necessarily offer a similar series of quick-fire and awe-inspiring ‘hits,’ or amazing ‘aha moments.’ If psychic parlor tricks are what you’re after, you might find the typical, garden-variety medium rather dull and unimaginative.

Other precautions you can take when consulting with a psychic medium is to ensure that you are relaxed, well-rested and sober. Participating in a mediumship session when you are stressed, sleep deprived, intoxicated, or stoned, is never a good idea. It will affect the clarity of the reading and will most likely restrict the quality of the psychic connection.

Most of all, approaching a mediumship session with love, trust and respect will ensure the best clarity and accuracy during the reading. I remember one incident where a client booked a second reading with me, less than a month after her first session. Instead of booking under her own name, she chose for some bizarre reason to schedule the second session under a false name by using a pseudonym.

The moment we connected on the phone I instantly knew that we had spoken before. I asked her if this was true, but she vehemently denied it. I was once again shown that we had spoken before, yet still she denied it. I asked her for the third time, and then she suddenly admitted that “we may have spoken before”. She finally admitted that we had indeed spoken before. When I asked her why she was pretending to be someone else, she confessed that she was so astonished by the accuracy of the first reading, during which I communicated with her deceased husband, that she decided to “test” me the second time… to see if I was the real deal? Apparently none of the powerful evidence this client had received from her husband during the first session fully satisfied her skeptical disposition, but she must have been sufficiently impressed to make a second appointment. So much for staring a gift horse in the mouth…

Oddly, the duplicitous client was very shocked when I informed her I was unable to continue with the second session. She apologized, and she tried to encourage me to go on with the reading, but at this point everything inside me had simply shut down. In these situations it almost feels as if spirit slams the door in my face, and the phone line to the other side is then nothing more than a distant dial tone. She did not understand that I could not find it in myself to act as a medium for someone who treats me with such contempt and disrespect. Psychic mediums tend to be highly sensitive souls; we have to be in order to do this work. I cannot speak for other psychics and mediums, but personally I find it quite impossible to perform a ‘dog and pony show‘ for those who offend me, and those who choose not to believe.

© 2016 Anthon St. Maarten

About The Author

Anthon St. Maarten is an international psychic medium and destiny coach. He is also a sought-after inspirational speaker, metaphysical teacher and spiritual author, with a special interest in New Thought spirituality, metaphysics, sacred sites, parapsychology, mediumship and psychic phenomena. He is the author of the bestselling spirituality handbook Divine Living: The Essential Guide To Your True Destiny. Anthon’s psychic reading and consultation services are available online and by phone to clients globally.

Research Report: Sarasota Physical Mediumship Séances

Director, Metaphysics Research

Research Objectives

This research report provides an account of 3 new experiments that took place during the 5 séances conducted by David Thompson and his spirit team[i]. This report will share the methods and conclusions in regards to the specific physical phenomena assessed.

The overall goal of attending and observing the David Thompson séances was to experience and determine the authenticity of full-body materialization and reunions in the 21st Century. Some of the larger[ii] study’s objectives included:

  1. To further expand our understanding of metaphysics and the nature of the universe;
  2. To develop a standard set of criteria that could be used to determine the authenticity of physical mediumship;
  3. To identify a comprehensive list of factors that contribute to outcomes produced in physical mediumship;
  4. To make a definitive conclusion about the authenticity of materialization in the 21st century séance room.

The present study’s objective focuses on objective no.4 related to making a definitive conclusion about the authenticity of materlization.

Background Information

The chapel where the séances were held in Sarasota was said to have been planned by spirits approximately one hundred and fifty years ago. Built in 1973, the chapel was designed to be light proof and maintain cool enough temperatures to sustain the ectoplasm—the substance used to allow discarnates to materialize in the physical realm. A few individuals attending the séances mentioned that they believed that the room was built over a portal that would enhance the phenomena. The séance room fit approximately 30 people and there were no windows and just one door which made it easier to ensure that unpermitted light could not enter the room.

While strict protocol was always being followed to guard the safety of the medium and to enhance the evidential nature of the process, the feelings of camaraderie and the principles of spiritualism formed the basis for the proceedings. For the most part, although the process was open to the public, due to space limitations, word of the séances with David Thompson’s visit to the United States seemed to spread to people who were already part of the spiritualist community from all over the United States.

Approximately 20% of the sitters had observed Thompson previously and 50% had already participated in some type of physical mediumship séance. One-third of the group were newcomers who despite their inexperience with physical phenomena still seemed to have an open mind that the possibility of physical mediumship was authentic. If there were any closed minded skeptics in the crowd, they did not share their perspectives.

Typical Séance Phenomena

Although this particular research report does not analyze all of the phenomena that took place during the séances, a comprehensive analysis will be shared in a book publication in 2015. To provide a context for the 3 experiments that will be described in this report, a brief review of the typical phenomena is necessary.

Each séance starts with the typical protocol check, prayer and selected music to facilitate the deep trance state necessary for materialization.

William, Thompson’s control from spirit greets the sitters and checks in with the circle leader to ensure that all protocols have been implemented. William who usually materializes into full form and demonstrates his solid structure in a variety of ways provides several platitudes and responds to philosophical type questions. Other members of Thompson’s spirit team materialize to share important messages and aim to demonstrate survival of consciousness. Over the period of 5 séances, typical members of the spirit team who materialized in full form included: William, Timmy, Dr. Slavinski, Quentin Crisp and Louis Armstrong.

During 4 of the 5 séances, a total of 10 past loved ones materialized to reunite with sitters who were able to later reiterate what aspects of these reunions were validating.

Over the 5 séances, a total of 15 full bodied regular members of the spirit team and past loved ones known to the sitter materialized and interacted intelligently with sitters in the séance room. Their physical presence and identities were validated as past loved ones shared personal information no one but the sitter could know. Spirit team members and materialized past loved ones touched the sitters and spoke in recognizable voices. A total of 15 different voices[iii] and 7 different sized and textured hands were felt or seen using the luminous plaque.

Demonstrations of trumpet movement by Timmy, a young child-like character with a strong Cockney accent who transitioned to spirit prematurely with a fever, demonstrated the rapid and paranormal type movements of the trumpet. The illuminated trumpet scraped the 8 ft. ceiling creating sparks and moved at inhuman speeds[iv]. Timmy’s development of ectoplasmic rods combined with his thoughts were used to move the trumpet at lightening speeds covering the 29’ long room—sometimes gently touching the sitters to demonstrate precision despite this occurring in darkness.

At the end of each séance the spirit team always levitated Thompson and the chair he was seated in from the cabinet into the middle of the room covering a distance of approximately 18 ft. Since it is not physically possible for someone to drag the chair and Thompson 18 ft. unnoticed or lift and throw him 18 ft., even the skeptic is left to question what other explanation is left. To further validate survival of consciousness evidence, once the lights are turned on and Thompson is out of trance, it is apparent to all sitters that the sweater he was wearing and the ties were reversed front to back. Again the skeptic is left to wonder how anyone in the room could have removed 5 plastic ties, remove the sweater, use 5 additional plastics ties and maneuver this in darkness. The spirit team explained that such a demonstration can enhance knowledge about dematerializing and rematerializing matter[v].

This context is shared to ensure that the research findings are applied to this specific medium within this context. Factors related to: the high level of cohesion between the sitters, the groups moderate to high level of belief in the continuity of life, and the location of the séance are factors to consider when assessing this phenomenon. When these factors vary and are combined with mediumistic ability, the findings and conclusion of physical mediumship phenomenon could vary.

All séances were recorded[vi] and held in darkness except for the use of a luminous trumpet (megaphone shape) and plaque that were used to provide visual demonstrations of materialization. Normal light was introduced into the room in Séance no. 3 at the permission of William, the control.

Research Methods

Direct observations of the séance, participation in the independent checker process, follow-up interviews with key informants and sitters, and a literature review on physical mediumship formed the basis of the methods used for this research report. A qualitative content analysis of the full phenomena was completed for the larger study.

To be able to substantiate survival of consciousness evidence, you would first have to be sure that the appropriate protocol and minimal “authenticity criteria” are met. Given that the séances are held in full darkness it is necessary to use the highest level of authenticity criteria. The following criteria were used to assess the 3 experiments selected for this report:

  • All of the protocols were implemented to reduce any possibility of fraud; and
  • The phenomenon could not be explained by any physical cause (i.e. could not be produced by a human or anything in the physical world);
  • At least one physical change could be attributed to the healing intervention; and
  • A physical effect was experienced during the healing (i.e. heat, tingling, or movement in the body)

If these criteria are met, this supports the conclusion that the source of the phenomenon is from the spirit world, contributing to the strength of the survival of consciousness evidence.

Research Limitations

The information collected from séance no. 3 was from a follow-up with various sitters so the information for 1 of the 5 séances was not received through direct experience. After speaking to approximately 50% of the sitters about séance no.3, the triangulation of their information produced repetitive themes that enhanced the inter-rater reliability of the information. This further mitigated the limitations of secondary self-reported information.

Given the level of cohesion between the sitters and the homogeneous nature of the group (geographically and spiritually), one cannot generalize the findings beyond these contexts. This type of phenomenon varies by mediumistic ability, geographical location, nature of cohesion of the group, levels of belief, and stage of grief being potentially experienced by sitters. Further research into all the factors and how much they contribute to the type and quality of the phenomenon is part of the larger ongoing study.

Despite the perception that darkness limits the ability to produce sound evidential research on physical mediumship, several validations were still achieved (See Appendix A). The luminous tools used during the séance provided adequate visibility for specific experiments and some of the phenomena demonstrated became more valid given the precision and capability of the materialized visitors despite darkness. The darkness factor is also minimized by the sitter’s ability to hear distinct voices and feel various parts of the materialized forms.

Pre-Protocol Activity

In general, the pre-protocol activities for every séance were extremely rigorous. This seems to be driven by William, Thompson’s control who goes to great lengths to ensure that not only is the medium safe but that the sitters are not left wondering if the phenomenon is produced via fraudulent means. The following outlines the rigor used to protect the safety of the medium and to enhance the authenticity of the experiments:

Independent Checkers: Safety for the Medium

There are no electrical outlets in the room to be covered as the room is light proof. Only the flash light was left in the room to be able to hand the materialized forms the luminous plaque and trumpet as requested. This is particularly important to ensure that light is only permitted into the room as granted by the spirit team. This would ensure that the ectoplasm would not withdraw rapidly into the medium’s body and cause physical harm

Independent Checkers: Ensuring Authenticity of the Phenomenon

Two independent checkers are randomly selected to check anything and anywhere they deem appropriate. During each séance, these were always different people selected who were usually individuals that had never sat with Thompson in prior séances. These individuals would check the medium, the séance items (i.e. trumpet), the cabinet, and the medium’s chair. This checking process was conducted in front of all the sitters and checkers were asked to report on their levels of satisfaction each time.

All 10 checkers during the 5 séances reported that the room was appropriate and void of any unexplained items—only a cabinet to house the medium, a curtain, chairs and typical séance items were present. I was also invited to shadow the checkers in one séance where I double checked bindings, inspected the cabinet, checked the medium’s chair thoroughly and inspected all of the séance items permitted into the room. In one of the séances, one of the sitters was a trained military professional who conducted an extremely thorough room and body check of the medium.

Body Search: Safety for the Medium

Any metal on the sitters could create problems for the medium’s physical state if these metals are also carried with the ectoplasm back into the medium’s body. Therefore, all sitters are patted down prior to entering the séance room. Unpermitted recording devices would affect the calculation of energy and could create interference.

Body Search: Ensuring Authenticity of the Phenomenon

Body checks are completed on the medium, the circle leader and the medium’s partner to ensure there are no props used to produce the phenomena. If an apport were to be produced, no one could propose that it was from one of the sitters as all objects are kept outside of the séance room.

Doors Secured: Safety for the Medium

Securing the door with duct tape and a door cover ensures that no one can easily come in or leave the room as unpermitted movement can interrupt or affect the ectoplasmic force field in the centre of the room causing harm to the medium. Sitters were also asked not to stretch legs beyond their chair as this could inadvertently interfere with the force field created in the centre of the semi-circle formation.

Doors Secured: Ensuring the Authenticity of the Phenomenon

If the doors are sealed at all times, one cannot question the phenomenon produced in the room. For example, if a child materializes in the séance room and the door is heavily secured, that only leaves one conclusion—the phenomenon produced is coming from the spirit world as children are not permitted into the séance room.

Hand Chain: Safety for the Medium

Everyone was instructed to hold hands 95% of the time during the séances. Hand chains were broken if the circle leader was asked to provide an instrument. The hand chain was enacted as soon as a materialized form was present and then the hand chain was released once the activity desisted and the entity dematerialized. If a sitter attempt to touch the phenomenon and breaks the hand chain this could harm the medium.

Hand Chain: Ensuring Authenticity of the Phenomenon

Being in a hand chain for a majority of the séance ensures that no one in the room is corroborating with the medium to act as the materialized forms. Sitters were instructed to speak out if someone beside them broke the chain. No one ever spoke out about the chain being broken during any of the séances I attended.

Binding the medium: Safety of the Medium

The medium’s legs and hands are bound to protect him from following the materialized visitors from spirt and inadvertently hurting himself while in trance.

Binding the medium: Ensuring the Authenticity of the Phenomenon

The medium’s legs and hands are bound tightly and checked to ensure sitters have no doubt the materialized phenomena are authentic. A handkerchief is placed around the mouth and knotted behind the head. A tie is fastened around the knot to ensure that it is impossible to remove. This is to assure the sitters that the voices they hear are directly coming from the spirit world and not from the medium[vii] . The chair in this séance room had heavy legs straps—after these were tightly bound around the legs, these knots were also secured by additional plastic ties. While some may be disturbed by this practice, one has to consider that to make any type of conclusive statement about the authenticity of materialization, the appropriate controls need to be put in place. Thompson and his spirit team consent and support this process of binding.

One-hundred percent of the protocol to ensure the medium’s safety and enhance the authenticity of the phenomenon was implemented during all 5 séances. In particular, during 2 of the 5 séances, William requested that the cabinet curtain be opened to demonstrate that the medium was still bound and in trance. The opening of the curtain was done after hearing and feeling William, reducing any doubts that the medium was parading as William. William explained that this type of validation could only be done when the energy is high and stable enough, as opening the curtain reduces the build-up of ectoplasm and energy needed to produce the phenomena.

Given that all of the authenticity sub-criteria were met during each séance, this allows one to observe the séance proceedings knowing that if perinormal[viii]phenomenon are produced, they are unlikely to be produced either by fraud via the medium or corroborating sitters.

Three New Experiments

In the full study, all of the activities in the 5 séances were assessed and will be shared in an upcoming book being written by the author. For this research report, the focus is on 3 new experiments that the spirit team indicated had been rarely attempted over the past 10 years in a public[ix]demonstration of this size:

Experiment #1

Séance no.2 started off like any normal séance. William, Thompson’s control came out to greet everyone. Before doing the usual question and answer period, William cut his greetings short to ask, “Is there a lady writing about physical mediumship?” After a delay I responded, “Yes” and with that response, William had moved closer to me. He wanted to know about what I was writing and indicated that both he and “young David” would be happy to help with any questions. He asked if I had a question at that time. I was grateful as I had been wondering where the ectoplasm was. In another séance with the aid of red light I had actually seen the ectoplasm coming out of the medium’s mouth, moving and then forming into a hand structure. I asked, “William, I know that former scientists like Dr. Richet have been able to examine and validate ectoplasm. I don’t see the ectoplasm here so how would we examine it now?” To this he responded, “Young lady, I have a treat for you.” He asked the circle leader Rev. Tom Newman for the square luminous plaque. It was about 10 feet to walk over to Newman but with almost inhuman speeds, he took the plaque and then returned to me. I could assess the speed as William now had this luminous plaque that provided a visual aid of the phenomenon.

Within 10 inches of my face, in clear luminescent light, I first saw a translucent type of substance undulating in waves, clearly moving and floating above the cardboard plate. I first perceived it to be like a flowing translucent napkin.

Then it became cloudy like mist. William then asked me if I could see his hand materializing. Sure enough as the ectoplasm began to solidify, I saw a dark rod type feature form (2nd finger) and then the third finger started to form (I did not see the thumb or the other fingers at the time of my viewing). When I reflected on what I saw, it seemed as if he was demonstrating the process of materialization of the hand.

He then asked me if I wanted him to touch me so that I could get a sense of his physical presence. He placed his hand on my head and then moved it to the side of my face clearly demonstrating that his very large hand[x] was warm and felt like any hand would in the physical world. His knee went toward my knee and then a large type boot stepped on my left foot. While I felt the physical pressure on my foot it did not hurt but was clearly a demonstration of William’s physical presence. William proceeded to show the other approximately 30 people in the semi-circle the ectoplasm for all to see. During the end of the séance, William explained that they would not be able to continue much longer as this demonstration of the materialization of his hand in the luminescent light took quite a bit of energy. William explained that the process of showing the hand materializing was a first for Thompson and his team.

This experiment passes the authentic test criteria indicated in the methods section of this report. The ectoplasm on top of the plaque was moving and changing with clear visuals in front of me. Showing the formation of the hand within the changing ectoplasm could not be created by someone in the séance room. The inhuman and rapid movement of William as he crossed the room with the plaque and his ability to demonstrate his solid structure further augmented this evidential experience.

Experiment #2

During séance no.3, sitters thought they would experience the typical séance activities as described earlier in this report. Usually there are no more than three reunions during each séance as materializing the loved ones in spirit uses up a great deal of energy and ectoplasm.

On this night, William asked if the sitters wanted to forego the reunions as they were going to try to have Dr. Slavinski[xi] work through Thompson to conduct healings. Everyone agreed that the healings would be more favorable at this time. Rev. Newman, the circle leader used his intuition to choose 6 of the sitters to participate. William shared that this would be the first time during a cabinet séance that Thompson’s bindings would be removed, the light would be turned on and the door would be opened to bring in a healing table.

The spirit team instructed Thompson to be unbound and ungagged but he would remain in trance. When Thompson walked out of the cabinet everyone who participated in the key informant interviews after the séance noted that although it was Thompson, someone else had fully taken over. Thompson walked like an old man with limited mobility and was hunched over. Some even commented how pointed his ears had become. The process of indirect voice was used where Thompson spoke with a Polish accent completely losing the clearly evident Australian accent. The outcome of both the experiences during and after the healing are noted. All the information was collected within twenty-one days of the séance. As well, the recordings were reviewed and this validated key informant follow-up responses.

For those unfamiliar with the concept of energy healing, Dr. Slavinski who took over the medium’s body did explain the process while he was treating one of the sitters. He explained that he did not need to touch the affected area. Holding the hand near the head chakra area allows the energy to be distributed to the affected area. He further explained that he energetically stimulated the brain and the lymphatic system to aid the transport of this energy to areas of the body most in need.

In the present study, two simple criteria have been used to validate the existence that an energy healing occurred. Having a physical effect during the healing provides evidence that a non-localized energy is creating change in the physical body and produces evidence that something is occurring. Second, if the sitter notes any physical or emotional health change after the healing, this is evidence that some form of healing occurred.

[i] Five séances were held at the Sarasota Centre of Light September 18-27, 2014.

[ii] The overall study will be published in the book: Medium9: Harnessing the Power of Spiritual Energy in March 2015

[iii] It should be noted that the loved ones who materialized did not have as clear a voice as the regular spirit team members. Loved ones are often new to using ectoplasm and need to use memory and thoughts to recreate the appearance and sensations they once had when they donned a physical body. Follow-up with sitters validated that either the knowledge shared by the loved one, voice recognition and the size or texture of the loved one’s hand aided with validation.

[iv] There is no human that could move the trumpet at these speeds and make patterns and movements towards the sitters with such precision.

[v] William explained that dematerializing and materializing natural material such as David’s wool sweater is much easier than dematerializing and materializing synthetic fabric.

[vi] Despite recording all of the séances, only 3 of the 5 recordings were actually audible.

[vii] David has channelled William outside of the cabinet environment using indirect voice but this was not the case during these 5 séances.

[viii] The term perinormal is used here to define a concept that was once considered paranormal but has been substantiated as fact. We have 150 years of evidence that the afterlife exists.

[ix] Researchers Dr. Victor Zammit and Wendy Zammit did indicate that much of this phenomenon and more had been demonstrated in Thompson’s home circle where the energy levels, and context are different.

[x] David Thompson shows the size of his hand to the sitters prior to the séance. William has a very large hand that further validates that it is not Thompson moving around the séance room touching the sitters.

[xi] Dr. Slavinski has not provided details about where and when he worked as a doctor on the physical plane. Interested sitters have attempted to search for information on the internet with no information being found. Some of the materialized entities are not always forthcoming with details about who they were on the physical plane as that is their personal preference.

Table 1 During and After Healing Experiences

Patient’s prior illness Experience During Healing Experiences within 21 days of the Healing[i] Conclusion
Patient 1:Nineteen years of back pain
  • Subtle tingling where the current became stronger
  • Warm heat getting warmer throughout the healing
  • Felt dizzy and light headed shortly after
  • Sitter has not been free of pain for nineteen years and was free of pain once getting off the healing table.
  • A little bit of the pain returned within 3 days and he called on Dr. Slavinski via prayer and the pain diminished again.
  • The pain has returned but not to the extreme level that it was. Patient has significantly reduced pain medication and has less problems sleeping
  • Patient sleeps and functions significantly better
Both healing related criteria were achieved.
Patient 2:Stage 4 Cancer
  • Movement through the body that felt like a domino effect where the chakras became aligned
  • Overall sense of wellness despite not being well for the past year
  • Significant increase in energy relative to pre-healing.
  • Awaiting CAT scan follow-up to see if there are any more active malignant cells
Both healing related criteria were achieved
Patient 3:Mobility Issues, specifically difficulty walking
  • Felt movement of energy from the crown chakra to the toes
  • Walking better immediately after the healing
  • Increased mobility every day
Both healing related criteria were achieved
Patient 4:Chronic neck pain
  • Tingling in the neck region where the pain was located
 No change in pain in the neck One related healing criteria was achieved
Patient 5:Herniated Disc
  • Felt love flowing through her body
  • Felt no pain and no discomfort for several days
  • Overall vibrational set point had been raised as she felt her body coming back into balance
  • Overwhelming sense of love and bliss to aid with emotional healing
Both healing related criteria were achieved
Patient 6:Not able to participate in the follow-up Not Available Not Available Not Available
Note: The order of patients presented in the table was not necessarily in the order of healing that took place September 23, 2014. The positive findings in this report should not be construed as a recommendation to replace or avoid formal medical treatment. All of the cases interviewed shared that they had exhausted all available traditional medical treatments with no success. Energy healing should be considered to be complementary to traditional medical practice.

[i] The words of the sitters have been used to describe their outcomes so not to exaggerate or reduce their claims.

Out of the six healings, five were measured in the follow-up as sitter 6 could not be contacted. Of the 5, all of the patients actually felt some physical tingling, heat or sensation in the body during the healing. Eighty percent or 4 of the 5 sitters had at least one physical change up to the time of their follow-up interview. Some of these physical changes were significant in that one patient’s pain reduction was close to miraculous despite his struggle with daily pain medication and high levels of pain for nineteen years prior to the healing.

Experiment # 3

During séance no.5, everyone had a choice between experiencing full body materializations for the purpose of reuniting with past loved ones and experiencing a new experiment. It was unanimous; everyone wanted to experience a new experiment. William did caution us that they were not sure their proposed experiment would work[i]. No one was told prior to the séance what the experiment would be as William did not want our expectations to affect the actual outcome.

When Quentin Crisp materialized as he had done for every séance I attended, he answered a few philosophical questions. In the 1960’s Quentin was an advocate for gay rights and shares the important message that after he transitioned into the spirit world, he never went to “hell” as we call it. He reminded us that when we judge and persecute we end up experiencing more judgement and persecution when we transition to spirit. After these platitudes were shared, he announced that by using the luminous plaque also used in experiment no.1, he would attempt to materialize his face. Using the luminous plaque, he moved towards sitters to attest to this manifestation. The first sitter saw a circular glow in front of him but no face. After about a minute, another sitter said, “Yes, I see the chin and mouth.” There was disappointment in Quentin’s voice as he thought his face was fully materialized. Everyone encouraged him to keep trying. Quentin came to our side and he tried again, I clearly saw his forehead and his hair line. I asked if his hair was currently black as I could see the stark contrast of his skin color and his hair. He replied, “Yes.”

Shortly after, Quentin indicated that he was going to try another experiment where we might be able to touch him. Normally, many of the full body materialized spirit team or loved ones touch the sitters on the head, foot or face after the ectoplasm coating is prepared[ii]. They can touch the sitters as they are able to cover themselves with the ectoplasm and maintain the phenomenon. Quinten indicated that the energy was now stabilizing and he would attempt to see if his hands could be seen and touched by some of the sitters. Seeing the hands was more typical as Timmy was also able to materialize his short child-like hands on the luminous plaque during séance no.4 but no one was permitted to touch them.

Still using the luminous plaque, Crisp put his four fingers on the plaque and showed me first. I could clearly see four fingers and nails. The thumb was likely curled under the plaque to hold it. He said, “Young lady would you like to touch my fingers?” The fingers were long, thin, warm, and I could feel the nails were hard. The few that were permitted to touch the hand were surprised about the nails and the hair on the fingers. Quentin was surprised by our comments and intelligently responded, “Why would I materialize my hands without nails!” He allowed approximately four others to try this but explained that by us touching them, this diminished the ectoplasm and shortly after this experiment, the séance was completed. One sitter was asked if she wanted to touch his blouse. She described it as being silky—this of course would have been consistent with his former flamboyant dressing.

I took note of a few key points. Quentin’s hands were very different than Thompson’s as they were long and thin. Another sitter who met Crisp before he transitioned to spirit stated that his hands felt the same as when he shook them in New York. Silky attire was not worn by any of the sitters in the séance room given the informal nature of the event and the doors were not opened to allow this material to enter into the room at any point during the séance—hence these hands and the material worn by Quentin were materialized into the room. Finally Quentin’s inability to fully materialize his face was ironically evidential. There were two distinct areas of the face seen, yet other parts were invisible—partial materialization of a face is not possible in the physical world.


The following table provides the results based on the indicators that were used to determine the authenticity of the three unique experiments assessed.

[i] Researchers should take note of this point. The spirit world is experimenting with the group of sitters and they are not certain of the outcome—they seem to also be learning about the possibilities of spirit-earth communication.

[ii] Whenever an entity was about to materialize, you could always hear the slurping sound both before and after the materialization. This sound could also be heard when they were preparing to touch the sitter.

Table 2 Assessing the Authenticity of the Phenomenon in the 3 Experiments

Indicator Result
All of the protocols were implemented to reduce the possibility fraud; All of the protocols were implemented prior to and during all 5 séances.
The phenomenon could not be explained by any physical cause (i.e. could not be produced by a human or anything in the physical world);
  • The production of the ectoplasm moving and changing forms could not be produced by a physical cause based on what was available in the secured room.
  • The process of materialization could not be performed by any physical process (i.e. fingers materializing in luminous light).
  • Touching a materialized form that had features not present prior to the séance directly suggests that the phenomenon is coming from the spirit world (i.e. silky blouse).
  • The partial materialization of Crisp’s face is consistent with spiritual phenomenon and testing.
  • Touching the hands that felt remarkably the same as Quentin’s and hearing his distinct voice cannot be explained within the normal physical parameters.
At least one physical change could be attributed to the healing intervention (this criteria was developed specifically to assess the healing aspect of the phenomenon); andA physical effect was experienced during the healing (i.e. heat, tingling, or movement in the body
  • 4 of the 5 sitters had significant physical changes as a direct result of the healing. This could not be explained within the traditional medical paradigm; and
  • The tingling, heat, and other sensations reported by all five sitters could not be produced by any known physical force. Hands held over someone’s head producing these sensations cannot be explained by the physical realm.


While the claims of full body materialization and reunions between past loved ones from spirit may be extraordinary, the findings based on the criteria suggest that materialization within a certain context is authentic phenomenon. As indicated in the research limitations section, there are many factors that contribute to the replicability and quality of the phenomenon and these should always be considered when researching this subject.

The primary intent of Thompson’s spirit team is to demonstrate survival of consciousness. Given the findings, they do provide strong evidence of the continuity of life. As table 2 indicates, among the 3 experiments, 7 unique validations were noted. Further analysis of all of the phenomenon experienced in the 5 séances indicated that seventeen validations were evident (See Appendix A). Given that these validations were assessed against stringent criteria, were repeatable and were performed in front of many witnesses, this suggests that the phenomena assessed are authentic.

This type of knowledge can give hope and help mankind achieve a better understanding of the purpose and the true nature of existence. Many of the platitudes shared by the various materialized visitors can enlighten those seeking answers about the universe. For example, a theme repeatedly shared during all the séances was that our current activities, beliefs and treatment of others creates the foundation for one’s experiences once the transition to spirit has commenced.

Although materializations and reunions of loved ones is described and more closely examined in the larger study, it is useful to note here that the impact I saw from the ten reunions occurring during the period of observation was palpable.

In addition to strengthening knowledge and reuniting with loved ones who have transitioned, experiencing an energy healing with positive impact has been significant for those directly involved. For other sitters observing, it was encouraging for them to learn that a complementary approach to healing is available, affordable and effective.

From a human perspective, those who are able to experience a séance of this calibre can feel privileged to have co-collaborated in experiments that can put them on a spiritual journey to awareness and potential peace. From a research perspective, this examination and its conclusion is a call to universities and researchers to invest more time and effort to understand the metaphysical processes that underlie these phenomena. How does our universe truly work? How can reunions with past loved ones enhance wellness for the living? What platitudes can we learn from the spirit team to help raise consciousness and make positive changes for the planet? What standards can be implemented to ensure these practices are both safe for the medium and always credible for the public? What can materialized visitors teach us about activities in the afterlife to help us better prepare for our transition?

Engaging in credible research in this area can enhance knowledge and create greater understanding and peace for the whole planet.

About the Author

Donna Smith-Moncrieffe is a professional researcher with twenty years of evaluation and research experience and currently works with the federal government in the area of crime prevention research which uses rigorous methods to determine what interventions are best used to reduce youth involvement in the criminal justice system. Smith-Moncrieffe founded Metaphysics Research () in 2010 to apply her scientific background to systematically study mental and physical mediumship, energy healing, past life regression and other areas of study that enhances our understanding of survival of consciousness and the true nature of reality. Full coverage and analyses of the David Thompson séances will be part of her upcoming book: Medium9: Harnessing the Power of Spiritual Energy, iUniverse-Penguin Random House Company, March 2015.


[1] Five séances were held at the Sarasota Centre of Light September 18-27, 2014.

[1] The overall study will be published in the book: Medium9: Harnessing the Power of Spiritual Energy in March 2015

[1] It should be noted that the loved ones who materialized did not have as clear a voice as the regular spirit team members. Loved ones are often new to using ectoplasm and need to use memory and thoughts to recreate the appearance and sensations they once had when they donned a physical body. Follow-up with sitters validated that either the knowledge shared by the loved one, voice recognition and the size or texture of the loved one’s hand aided with validation.

[1] There is no human that could move the trumpet at these speeds and make patterns and movements towards the sitters with such precision.


[1] William explained that dematerializing and materializing natural material such as David’s wool sweater is much easier than dematerializing and materializing synthetic fabric.

[1] Despite recording all of the séances, only 3 of the 5 recordings were actually audible.

[1] David has channelled William outside of the cabinet environment using indirect voice but this was not the case during these 5 séances.

[1] The term perinormal is used here to define a concept that was once considered paranormal but has been substantiated as fact. We have 150 years of evidence that the afterlife exists.

[1] Researchers Dr. Victor Zammit and Wendy Zammit did indicate that much of this phenomenon and more had been demonstrated in Thompson’s home circle where the energy levels, and context are different.

[1] David Thompson shows the size of his hand to the sitters prior to the séance. William has a very large hand that further validates that it is not Thompson moving around the séance room touching the sitters.

[1] Dr. Slavinski has not provided details about where and when he worked as a doctor on the physical plane. Interested sitters have attempted to search for information on the internet with no information being found. Some of the materialized entities are not always forthcoming with details about who they were on the physical plane as that is their personal preference.

[1] The words of the sitters have been used to describe their outcomes so not to exaggerate or reduce their claims.

[1] Researchers should take note of this point. The spirit world is experimenting with the group of sitters and they are not certain of the outcome—they seem to also be learning about the possibilities of spirit-earth communication.

[1] Whenever an entity was about to materialize, you could always hear the slurping sound both before and after the materialization. This sound could also be heard when they were preparing to touch the sitter.

APPENDIX A: List of Validations for All of the Physical Mediumship Phenomenon

PM Phenomenon Rationale for Why this Phenomena is Authentic
Validation by Visual Senses
Trumpet with luminous bands
  • Level of speed and swirling of the trumpet occurred at inhuman speeds; this was validated by watching the luminous bands on the trumpet.
  • The trumpet moves closely to various areas on the sitter never creating harm which demonstrates the spirits use of vibration to sense the location of sitters
  • The trumpet moved behind my head further validating that it was impossible for a sitter to be using a rod to make the trumpet move; if that were the case, the trumpet could not maneuver around and behind my head. This was so unique that the sitter next to me was perplexed at how this could occur.
Luminous Plaque to view hands and facial features
  • Ectoplasm was seen moving with fingers beginning to materialize
  • Three different sized hands or fingers were seen at independent times. William, Timmy and Quentin’s hands were shown on the luminous plaque.
  • Partial facial features were seen (Quentin).
Permitted use of Natural Light (flashlight)
  • A view of the medium in trance after materialized activity started validates that the materializations are from spirit.
Validation by Hearing
Direct Voice
  • 15 distinct voices of past loved ones and the spirit team’s voices were heard. For example, Louis Armstrong’s voice is very distinct and cannot easily be replicated. Armstrong’s singing was not a recording. He stopped at various times due to energy fluctuations and interacted with the sitters. Using his same voice, he shared with a sitter that Dr. Slavinski would be coming by to help her soon.
  • Intelligent communications were experienced between materialized visitors and sitters validating that these unique voices were not pre-recorded.
  • Hearing information from past loved ones and spirit team members that no one else in the room but yourself could know validated that the reunions and materializations were real (i.e. names, details of events were provided)
  • Footsteps were heard on the wooden plank in the centre of the room. If the medium is bound and all sitters are in a hand chain without shoes on, this also validates that the steps are from the materialized visitors.
  • The ectoplasm was heard each time a visitor was about to materialize and dematerialize. It was also heard when the materialized forms were prepared to touch a sitter.
Medium’s Chair
  • At the end of the séance, a loud thump could be heard when the medium in his chair is levitated from the cabinet into the centre of the room.
Validation by Feeling
  • Several different sized and textured hands from the materialized visitors were felt by a number of witnesses (William, Quinton and loved ones who materialized often touched the sitters).
  • In particular, Timmy’s small hand and the size of the babies hand that materialized validates that no one in the room was fraudulently parading as a materialized visitors. No children or babies from the physical world were anywhere near the séance room except for those that were materialized into the room.
  • Being permitted to touch a shirt with a type of material that was not in the room prior to the séance demonstrates that the body and clothing can be materialized.
  • Being felt by the knee and a foot wearing a type of heavy boot is also evidential particularly since none of the sitters wore shoes. The medium wore shoes but he was bound to the chair and there were checks in the cabinet that confirmed he was still in trance while the materialized activity was occurring.
Donna Smith-Moncrieffe, 2014: David Thompson Séances, Sarasota Centre of Light