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What Do Mediums Do, And Is it Real?


Have you ever lost a loved one and wished for just one more chance to speak with them? It’s a heartbreaking feeling, especially for parents who may never get the closure they need to move forward. But what if there was a way to communicate with those who have passed on to the other side?  


What is mediumship? 

Simply put, mediumship is the practice that involves connecting with the spirits of those who have passed away. People who lead the process are mediums – individuals with abilities to communicate with the deceased.  

There are different types of mediums. Bereaved parents and people who have lost a loved one most often look for evidential mediumship. As you can guess from the name, it focuses on providing evidence of life after death.  


What kind of messages do mediums bring? 

The intention of the messages is to let the person know that their deceased loved ones are still with them in some form. The messages often include information that only the sitter (the person receiving the reading) would know or understand. This helps to provide evidence or validation that they are really connecting with a loved one in spirit.   

The messages are usually ones of love and support and can help to promote healing. A common message is that the loved one is okay and is not sick or suffering.   

In discussions with the medium, you could receive information about your loved one’s personality, interests, personal relationships, and any messages they wish to deliver to you or others that are connected to them in some way. 


Can it be proven that mediumship is real? 

There are individuals and organizations who have conducted research and have gathered evidence to indicate that this is, in fact, a real phenomenon.   

For example, at the Windbridge Research Center in Tucson, Arizona, they are dedicated to studying mediums and their abilities under controlled laboratory conditions. This center not only certifies mediums but also publishes their findings in various studies. Julie Beischel, Ph.D., the co-founder and director of research, is a highly qualified scientist with a doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology, as well as a minor in Microbiology and Immunology. 

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The Afterlife Research and Education Institute (AREI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring the survival of consciousness beyond death. They support researchers and educators in this field and strive to educate people about the compelling evidence for life after death. 

If you’re curious about the afterlife and want to learn more, check out R Craig Hogan’s new book, Evidence Beyond a Reasonable Doubt You Will Never Die. Hogan, who serves as President of AREI, shares the results of five years of research into the most compelling evidence of life beyond the physical realm. 

But don’t just take Hogan’s word for it! Bestselling author and renowned medium Gordon Smith invite readers to investigate the history of mediumship and explore the evidence for themselves in his book, Beyond Reasonable Doubt. With these two thought-provoking books, you can dive into the fascinating world of the afterlife and draw your own conclusions. 


How can a reading with a medium help with grief? 

A session with a medium can be a powerful and emotional experience. The death of a loved one is devastating, and it can create a sense of disconnection and loneliness. Mediums can help overcome these feelings by offering comfort and reassurance that your loved one is still with you (even if they physically aren’t).  

In some instances, a medium can give insight into a loved one’s life. We might receive answers to questions that have been weighing on our minds and gain a deeper understanding of their journey beyond this world. 

Unlike spontaneous after-death communications (ADCs), readings are usually less scary and easier to comprehend, explains a study by Windbridge Research Center. 

Medium sessions take place in a controlled environment, which makes them ideal for prescribing as a treatment option. They’re perfect for individuals who are longing for contact but haven’t yet experienced it. 

The medium who performs the reading is a non-judgmental participant who won’t belittle or criticize the experiences of those who are grieving. Instead, they’ll provide a safe space for you to share your feelings and receive validation and support. 

Research has also revealed that deliberate encounters with after-death communication (ADC) can provide solace to those who are grieving by affirming the existence of enduring connections. 


How do mediums have this ability?  

Many mediums say that they have a natural gift, and many report that from a very young age, they were making connections with those in the afterlife.  Some assert we all have intuitive and psychic abilities, but some of us are not naturally “tuned in.”  They add that this ability can be learned, and there are many courses and books available for those who wish to study and develop their skills in this area. 

Craig Hogan developed a free online training program to help people connect with loved ones who have passed on.  It is called Self-Guided Afterlife Connections, and “it uses a form of self-relaxation to bring the experiencer into a state in which the connections may occur.”  According to AREI, approximately 86% of those who completed the training did have some type of afterlife connection.   

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In July 2018, Gordon Smith released a fascinating book called Mediumship Made Easy: An Introductory Guide to Developing Spiritual Awareness and Intuition. The book is designed to help people tap into their psychic abilities and strengthen their connection to the spiritual world. 


Is a medium and a psychic the same thing?  

Gordon Smith explains that all mediums are psychic to a degree, but not all psychics are mediums. Some people can do both.   

A psychic uses intuition to tune into the energy of people or objects, and they receive information about someone’s past, present, future, or all three.  They also might offer guidance, inspiration, or strategies for coping with challenges.  The information they gather is about the person they are reading and not their loved ones in spirit.   

Mediums get their information from deceased loved ones in spirit.  They make connections with people who are no longer living and deliver messages from them.    


How do I find a legitimate medium? 

Do your research.  Many mediums offer online sessions by phone or video chat, so you don’t need to restrict your search to someone local.  

The Windbridge Research Center provides an excellent and helpful fact sheet entitled “Recommendations for Sitters”, which can be found here: 

The organization Helping Parents Heal provides a list of evidential mediums. Those who are listed on their website as providers must go through a certification process.   

A session with a medium can be a healing experience that – if successful – could provide you with a sense of connection and peace. If that doesn’t happen – that’s okay too. Remember that grief varies from person to person. There is no ‘right’ way to feel after you’ve lost your loved one.