A medium is a person who claims to communicate with the spirits of people who have died. I would guess that more than 90% of us have at least heard of mediums. People have consulted with mediums for as far back as human history have been recorded. Even today there is a lot of controversy around the subject, but there seems to be more openness than in the past for the most part. There are some who believe that mediums are fake, and others who believe that they are to be avoided due to the belief that mediums are in league with a negative energy/entity.
I myself have witnessed a few instances in which it seemed that a medium had a real connection with some unknown entity. Admittedly, it is an astonishing occurrence. I just do not know how or why some people seem to have access to information that others do not. Being raised in a strict religious environment I was taught, as many of us have, that nothing good could come from a medium. As I grew older, I broadened my horizons. It isn’t that I do not believe in negative energies, I just do not feel comfortable in making judgments about things without evidence. Let me be clear, in case I haven’t been, that I fully believe in the paranormal. My uncertainty lies in the source of many things, and that’s okay with me. Certain things remain in mystery for our entire lifetime and we have to be willing to accept that there isn’t always an answer. Okay…we don’t have to do anything…that was my opinion.
More often though, I have heard those claiming to be mediums asking leading questions or giving open-ended information until they basically get the person that they are doing a reading for to lead them in the right direction. While in the end, this sort of ‘reading’ might bring some comfort or closure for the person receiving the reading, I find it highly objectionable. I would even go so far as to say that I find it predatory. While many people go to a medium for entertainment or guidance, more seek out a medium in times of personal crisis. To any medium who feels justified in giving readings with no foundation in the paranormal because of the ‘comfort’ that they are providing…I say, do it for free then.
I believe that it is okay for a person to charge money for services rendered, but not under misleading circumstances. As stated earlier, I have personally witnessed instances of true abilities and I support and appreciate those people. We’ve all heard stories about mediums who have helped solve missing persons cases with startling accuracy. I do not see how something like that could come from a negative source, but that is my opinion. Far be it from me to disbelieve in what some might view as being far out…I’m a big fan of far out…I’m just an even bigger fan of keeping it real.
To see artwork which goes with this work, click here to go to the blog of Evangeline who I am collaborating with for this year’s A to Z!