What do mediums REALLY do? Are they cold reading? Guessing? Are their "clients" really planned in the audience … or is it possible they really ARE speaking to the dead? Any of these questions sound familiar? If you are anything like the millions of people who are watching popular celebrity mediums on TV and NOT sure what to make of them, the truth is … you are NOT alone. Trying to decide WHAT a psychic or medium may be doing to get such accurate information is very tough … especially when the "easiest" explanation is one that is too difficult to accept for many: that they really ARE speaking to spirits and communicating with the dead.
Does that mean that ALL psychic mediums really CAN communicate with the deceased?
Absolutely not. If there is one thing I've learned after 20 years of studying this field both personally and professionally alike it's THIS: Just because there are some people who have genuine gifts that are very difficult to explain away using conventional scientific means, does NOT mean that everyone who claims they have that ability really IS doing what they say. (in other words – I DO believe with 100% certainty that we live on after physical death … and that we CAN communicate with the living thereafter, but I do NOT believe that every well known medium is genuine, or really does what they promise)
What about the Long Island Medium?
The truth is, I was following her career well before she was a household name … and some of the stuff she was able to do back then would have convinced ANY open minded skeptic, as it was too difficult to explain using the normal critiques .
For example? Well before she was a well known medium – as part of a charity radio drive, I watched Theresa Caputo on the phone, answering questions from bereaved parents in NY, with about 50% of the readings being so amazingly accurate, that you would have had to have more than 20 sets of parents who lost a child be "in on it" simply to make her look good … which is extraordinarily far fetched. (these were people who had lost children who were participating in a grief counseling session where the readings, or mediumistic part of the program did begin until later)
The truth is, whenever a psychic or medium gets famous … and starts earning big money and large amounts of publicity, the skeptics, cynics and debunkers tend to come out in droves to criticize their motives, their abilities and the entire idea that an afterlife is even possible.
But, did you know that Thomas Edison, the most famous and innovative inventor of the last 200 years was actually working on what he called a "spirit phone" to communicate with the dead, in the last years of his life? (he never completed it, but believed that every human being had a soul or spirit or energetic source that would not be destroyed by death, and that if true … this energy SHOULD be able to communicate with the living, once it transitioned to the other side)
Many famous mediums, including the Long Island Medium, have subjected themselves to scientific scrutiny as well … including having their brain waves measured during a reading (The LI Medium did this recently on national TV) as well as having all sorts of other experiments done to measure their accuracy, their preparation, and what how much of what they see really IS "true" from an objective point of view)
The bottom line?
If you've ever seen a really good medium face to face, or had a personal experience with someone who has crossed over, you start to have a different opinion about what is possible, when it comes to communicating with the dead. I myself was a lifelong skeptic until I had a personal "encounter" with a friend who appeared to me at the moment of his sudden and unexpected death, 1000 miles away, simply to stand at the edge of my bed, smile and wave goodbye.
Once that happens … regardless of how skeptical you may be, a whole new world of magic, and mystery and meaning opens us. And when that does … regardless of how much you may resist it, the world of psychic mediums becomes much more interesting to explore, and the PROOF that they are real, at least the really good ones … becomes much harder to ignore !